Thursday, September 6, 2012
NEW ORLEANS (CN) - As he raped her in his hotel room, actor Clifton Powell insisted that a woman call him "Monique," the alleged victim claims in Federal Court.
Click here to read Courthouse News' Entertainment Law Digest. Suing under the pseudonym Kiyante Myers, the woman says she was 24 when Powell raped her on Aug. 29, 2011.
"Defendant Powell is a professional actor that has participated in several movies during his career," the complaint states.
According to the complaint: "On August 28, 2011, at approximately 10:00 p.m., defendant Powell came into Harrah's Casino, where the plaintiff is employed as a cocktail waitress. The plaintiff and defendant have known one another for approximately two years.
"After a brief encounter, defendant Powell asked when she would be getting off from work and if she would like to go out afterward.
"Plaintiff agreed to defendant Powell's request and after getting off from work around midnight, plaintiff met defendant Powell outside of the casino and together went to the W Hotel Bar for drinks.
"After the drinks at The W Hotel, both plaintiff and defendant went to The International House Hotel at 221 Camp Street, where defendant Powell was a registered guest.
"After she entered his hotel room, defendant Powell asked plaintiff to take her pants off so that he could perform oral sex, which led to a consensual sexual relation.
"Later that same day, when plaintiff and defendant Powell awoke, defendant Powell wanted to engage in sexual relations again, but plaintiff declined his offer, informing him that he was too rough with her last time.
"Defendant Powell convinced her that he would 'take it easy' this time.
"After a short period of consensual sex, defendant Powell's voice began to change and he began to be rough with plaintiff and told her he wanted to be called 'Monique.' Plaintiff began to resist defendant Powell, which was met with physical force as he pushed her face into the mattress while choking plaintiff from behind.
"When defendant Powell began to penetrate her anus with his fingers, plaintiff jumped away from defendant Powell and immediately told him to stop.
"Defendant Powell refused by placing his hands over her face and grasping plaintiff's jaw, resuming vaginal penetration and continuing his sexual assault against her will and without her consent under the perceived threat of potential harm, until he was finished."
The woman seeks medical and legal expenses and compensatory and special damages for "sexual assault, battery, and rape."
She is represented by Bruce Betzer of Metairie.
CORPORAL Dwayne Smart, the police officer who shot and killed a heavily pregnant St Thomas woman and injured her sister on the weekend, is to be slapped with murder and other charges.
Yesterday, Acting Director of Public Prosecution, Lisa Palmer-Hamilton ruled that Smart be charged with murder, illegal possession of firearm, wounding with intent, and assault.
Upon the charging of Smart, the prosecution is expected to skip the preliminary enquiry stage of the case in the St Thomas Resident Magistrate's Court and have the matter transferred to the Home Circuit Court in Kingston. The circuit is expected to be reopened on September 17.
Twenty-seven-year-old Kayann Lamont, who was a month away from giving birth, was shot in the head in Yallahs square by Smart following a tussle. Smart had accosted Lamont over the use of indecent language.
Her sister, Novia Lamont, was shot in the shoulder while running to her aid. Another sister, Shemean Lamont, was allegedly assaulted by the cop, who also turned the gun on her. However, the weapon did not fire.
Smart reportedly had to be restrained by colleagues on the scene.
Both women were taken to the Princess Margaret Hospital where Kayann was pronounced dead and Novia admitted. She was released from the hospital yesterday.
The family has since contracted the services of former Justice Minister Dorothy Lightbourne to get compensation from the State over the incident.
The incident, which allegedly happened in front of several eyewitnesses, has drawn widespread condemnation, including from the rights group Jamaicans for Justice, the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party and its affiliate Generation 2000.
In the meantime, the Police High Command, speaking for the first time since the incident yesterday, expressed regret at the shooting and pledged to take all possible steps to minimise the use of force in their interaction with citizens.
"The killing of Miss Kayann Lamont and injuring of her sister... is a terrible tragedy which is deeply regretted," a release from the Constabulary Communication Network said.
The high command emphasised that Smart was taken into custody the same day of the shooting and investigators from the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) were contacted.
"Other officers who were present at the time of Miss Lamont's killing have been made available to the INDECOM investigators to be interviewed. All weapons in possession of the cops on duty at time have also been seized and taken to the forensic lab for examination, and the policemen's hands swabbed," the release stated.
Additionally, the high command said that police chaplains have been deployed in the community since Sunday, and have been providing counselling for the affected families and that an administrative review of Saturday's operation will be conducted on September Friday.
"The Police High Command is appealing to everyone to allow the investigations to proceed in a fair manner.
"Where our members are concerned, this incident demands that we reflect deeply on how we engage citizens in conflict situations as we are committed to improving our operations," the release stated.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
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UPDATE: Lupe Fiasco responds to Chief Keef's threats of violence and name-calling.Chicago, Illinois rapper Chief Keef has continued a strong day in the headlines. Earlier the rapper was believed to have laughed at the death of a Rap rival, Lil JoJo via Twitter. The Interscope Records artist tweeted this evening (September 5) that he will "smack" fellow Windy City artist, Lupe Fiasco. Keef also referred to Lu as "a hoe ass nigga" and "lil bitch."
As of 6:20 pm, Lupe Fiasco has yet to respond on Twitter to Chief Keef's remarks.
UPDATE: Lupe Fiasco has tweeted what is believed to be a response to Chief Keef.
The 1st & 15th Records vet included in a series of tweets, "I have spoken peace only to receive vitriol and malice in return. My brother seeks destruction my sister seeks attention paths to nothingness."
The three-part tweet is embedded below:
According to Bossip there are problems with 50 Cent & Floyd Mayweather after talk of affair — At the Freelancers premiere Shantel Jackson was hugging 50 Cent:
Floyd seems to take exception that 50 and his fiance Shantel Jackson are too close while taking pictures.
Bossip also received an email during Floyd€™s incarceration telling us about the affair between 50 Cent and Miss Jackson taking place while Money May was locked up. We didn€™t put too much stock into it, but now? Floyd has since cut off ties with Fif€ and the two were only spotted at this premiere€ since Money May€™s release. Here’s the video (around 30 sec mark...
Nicki Minaj has raised the ire of seemingly radical Democrats on Twitter with a rap line that implies she will be supporting Mitt Romney in the upcoming presidential election.
Im a Republican voting for Mitt Romney / You lazy b***hes is f-ing up the economy, Minaj raps on Lil Waynes new mixtape Dedication 4.
The move, whether or not she means it, has caused a seemingly endless flow of insults to the rapper.
Minaj has not commented on the matter, via Twitter or otherwise.
Here are some of the tweets, courtesy of Weasel Zippers:
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
A fuming girlfriend hacked off her partner's penis with a kitchen knife after she discovered his cheating ways.
Huaman Julia Muñoz hatched a plan to end the philandering of Ramon Arias Apayco, 46, in the most gruesome way possible after becoming enraged by his act of betrayal, The New Age website reported.
The 41-year-old allegedly decided to carry out the savage retribution as her boyfriend slept at a hostel in Brena, Peru.
After grabbing a knife from the kitchen, Muñoz sliced off the offending body part and flushed it down the toilet so it couldn't be sewn back on.
She then tried to flee the bloody scene of the crime but was stopped by staff at the hostel.
Mr Apayco was rushed to intensive care while Muñoz admitted to police that she had acted out of revenge after learning of her lover's behaviour.
Almost 20 years ago in June 1993, John Wayne Bobbitt had half his penis cut off by his wife Lorena in one of the most famous cases of revenge of all time.
Ms Bobbitt had been in a "fit of rage" after he returned home drunk from a night on the town and allegedly raped her, and fled the house with her husband's severed manhood and threw it out of the car window into a field.
Mr Bobbitt was acquitted of spousal rape and Miss Gallo was found not guilty of malicious wounding by reason of temporary insanity.
Mr Bobbitt, who now uses her maiden name Gallo after the pair unsurprisingly divorced, said later: "I remember driving with his severed penis in my hand, and in my other hand I had the knife.
"I didn't even know how I got into the car, and apparently I had to toss it somewhere because I couldn't turn the wheel of my car, so I got rid of the thing.
"Then I learnt at the hospital later on that it was his penis."
The missing half of Mr Bobbitt's manhood was surgically re-attached and he used his notoriety to become a porn star.
What a difference a year makes.
Erica DePalo, 33, won the Essex County, N.J. Teacher of the Year award in 2011. Last Friday, she was arrested and accused of having a sexual relationship with one of her 15-year-old honors English students, according to CBS New York.
Many of the students that the station spoke with were blindsided by the allegations.
I was kind of shocked, Arnold Ajondo said. I was a little surprised. She was really close with the students and we all liked her. She was always there after school if you ever needed any help.
DePalo was charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, according to the Star Ledger.
The paper reports that authorities believe the relationship began on June 15 and ended last Tuesday.
Police declined to release further details about the alleged relationship and also did not reveal how authorities first learned of it, according to Montclair Patch.
In a statement obtained by Patch, the West Orange Public School district announced that DePalo has been suspended "immediately and indefinitely.
Mickey Memphitz Wright files federal lawsuit against Viacom International, Inc.; NFGTV, Inc.; and Monami Entertainment, LLC.
MICKEY MeMpHiTz WRIGHT FILES FEDERAL LAWSUIT AGAINST VH-1 AND LOVE AND HIP HOP:ATLANTA CREATORS
Atlanta, GA-September 4, 2012 - Mickey Wright, Jr. p/k/a MeMpHiTz, is filing a federal lawsuit against the creators and producers of the popular VH-1 reality television show Love And Hip Hop: Atlanta.
Attorneys Conti J. Moore, Esq. of Conti Moore Law, PLLC and Alcide L. Honor, Esq. of Hooper & Honor, LLC, are representing Mr. Wright. He is filing suit against the following entities: Viacom International, Inc.; NFGTV, Inc.; and Monami Entertainment, LLC.
Wright is suing the named Defendants for approximately one dollar per viewer per show for damages that stem from the defamatory statements and denigrating actions of cast member Kimberly Michelle Pate p/k/a K. Michelle.
According to Attorney Conti J. Moore, Esq., whose practice is based in Orlando, Florida, Ms. Pate has taken full advantage of societys tendency to accept claims of domestic violence as always being true, even in the absence of proof. The only abuse that actually occurred is the malicious and calculated pattern of vicious lies Ms. Pate has assailed for the purpose of fabricating a compelling story line in an attempt to ruin my clients name.
Atlanta based Attorney Alcide L. Honor, Esq. maintains that, even the most ridiculous statements when repeated frequently become true in the minds of many. Ms. Pates preposterous claims, which include allegations that Mr. Wright mismanaged funds and caused her career to flop, have been adopted as truth by many followers of the popular VH-1 reality series.
Wright maintains that the suit is not about revenge but is instead about defending himself and his professional reputation from the malicious false and misleading statements made about him on the popular VH-1 reality show.
My family and I have suffered tremendously while VH-1, Monami Ent., and the other companies provided a worldwide platform for K. Michelle to repeatedly assassinate my character. The filing of this suit is to compensate for the irreparable damage that has been done to my reputation and to deter these companies from doing such future harm to others.
Domestic violence is an issue of serious nature, often having grave consequences for true victims with whom we all sympathize. However, it is unconscionable for one to play on the sympathies of the masses by levying false accusations of such heinous acts against an innocent party, simply for the sake of entertainment or for purported career advancement. After reviewing the evidence in this matter, we are prepared to litigate this case to the fullest extent of the law to seek justice for our client and to restore his name and professional reputation. Moore & Honore
NEW ORLEANS — Tens of thousands of customers remained in the dark Monday in Louisiana and Mississippi, nearly a week after Isaac inundated the Gulf Coast with a deluge that still has some low-lying areas under water.
The murder happened at 3:00 pm on Monday, when the 69-year exconvicta was in a neighborhood butcher Bethlehem Park, accompanied by a exnuera pregnant.
According to preliminary police investigation, a couple of guys came in a low cylinder motorcycle, the grill and got shot twice in the head with a revolver.
The pregnant mother who accompanied her unharmed in a car and moved to the Intermediate Unit in Bethlehem, where he died. The murder happened at 3:00 pm on Monday, when the 69-year exconvicta was in a neighborhood butcher Bethlehem Park, accompanied by a exnuera pregnant.
According to preliminary police investigation, a couple of guys came in a low cylinder motorcycle, the grill and got shot twice in the head with a revolver. The pregnant mother who accompanied her unharmed in a car and moved to the Intermediate Unit in Bethlehem, where he died.
While there were obviously some tension between Popcaan and his former mentor, that tension is swiftly turning into a bitter feud between the former friends. Fast rising Mobay deejay Tommy Lee has also sided with the Gaza Boss in the feud. Lee and Kartel teamed up on the new single aimed squarely at Popcaan.
“Yow world boss, yo no si words come to pass, don’t seh yo love mi, man mi no love, stop call up mi name just fi get a forward,” Tommy Lee deejay in the intro while Vybz Kartel chime in saying, “dem betray the gaza boss, dem get a lickle hype an a try fi diss the boss, but them fi member say I am the champion, I am the champion… stop talk bout gaza, better unnu talk bout plaza, unnu a use mi name fi mek money but unnu no rate mr. palmer.”
The single which was released by So Unique Records, came just a week after Vybz Kartel issued an alleged statement labeling both Tommy Lee and Popcaan as disloyal.
Tommy Lee appearing on this track dispels any speculation of a feud between himself and Vybz Kartel, but Popcaan not so much.
Listen the track below.
Monday, September 3, 2012
LOS ANGELES | Tue Sep 4, 2012 3:55am IST(Reuters) - Actor Michael Clarke Duncan, best known for playing a death row inmate in the 1999 drama "The Green Mile," died on Monday, less than eight weeks after suffering a heart attack, a spokeswoman said. He was 54.
Duncan died in Los Angeles, his fiance, the reality television star Omarosa Manigault said in a statement provided by Duncan's publicist, Joy Fehily.
"Manigault is grateful for all of your prayers and asks for privacy at this time," Fehily said.
Details on the cause of Duncan's death were not released. He suffered a heart attack on July 13 and "never fully recovered," Fehily said.
The Chicago native was nominated for an Oscar for his supporting role in the 1999 prison drama "The Gr
Saturday, September 1, 2012
This isn’t Smith’s first big-time touchdown grab. Remember, he was the one who brought down Miller’s long heave late in the fourth quarter to beat eventual Big Ten champ Wisconsin last season.
Watch that catch in this highlight: