The network also canceled The Mick and Last Man on Earth.
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May 10, 2018, 21:11 GMT
May 10, 2018, 21:32 GMT
The network also canceled The Mick and Last Man on Earth.
Originally posted on
May 10, 2018, 21:11 GMT
May 10, 2018, 21:32 GMT
Record producer Detail, who has made hits with artists like Beyoncé, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, and Jennifer Lopez, has been accused by two of his protégés of rape and assault.
The allegations were listed in two applications for restraining orders that were granted by a judge on Tuesday. One of the women alleged that in February, Detail, whose real name is Noel Fisher, raped her in Miami.
“I was trying to leave and he held me down and I couldn’t get away and he raped me,” she wrote.
Her report included allegations that the producer forced her multiple times to have anal and vaginal sex after recording sessions.
The second woman who filed a restraining order corroborated many details in the first woman’s report, and also detailed the alleged abuse she faced while also working with the producer. She said that he put makeup brushes inside her without her permission, raped her, and once forced her to videotape him having sex with the first woman.
BuzzFeed News does not typically identify alleged victims of sexual assault.
Both women also accuse the producer of asserting extreme control, monitoring what they ate, where they slept, and where they showered. Detail also allegedly pulled his penis out in front of them and told them to “kiss it,” according to the court documents, which were first reported by the Blast.
Both women also alleged that the producer was physically violent, including choking them, pulling their hair, and slamming them against the wall or to the ground as recently as March. Detail, they added, would threaten to ruin their chances of a career in the industry if they left.
The last time Detail faced legal troubles was when he sued Drake and his bodyguard in 2016 for an altercation that happened in Drake’s LA home in 2014. However, the lawsuit was dismissed after the producer failed to show up in court.
A representative for one of the record labels Detail works with did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Board members determined that neither Cosby nor Polanski, both found guilty of sex crimes, are in accordance with the Academy’s standards of conduct.
May 03, 2018, 19:22 GMT
On wearing the Make America Great Again hat…
“You can’t tell me what I’m supposed to do … I don’t subscribe to icons. You take the Nazi symbol, if you go to India, it is all over the place, but it doesn’t represent that. It represents something different. So to me to wear that [MAGA] hat means I want to make America great in my own way.”
“When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years? That sounds like a choice. You were there for 400 years, and it is all of y’all?
“It is like we are mentally in prison. I like the word prison because slavery goes too direct to the idea of blacks. It is like slavery/Holocaust, Holocaust is Jews, and slavery is blacks. It is like we are one with the human race, we are human beings and stuff.”
On white supremacy…
“We are going to go and talk — I want to talk to the guys in Charlottesville on both side, on both sides…
“I’m not a white supremacist. I don’t support white supremacy. By the way, white supremacy is a redundant statement in America, whites are supreme in America, that’s what we’re taught.”
The right to free thought
“People need to start worrying about themselves. If I go and grab some water out of the fridge and I am in the studio, I am not asking anybody if they want water. If you want water, you saw me grab the water. You grab your own water. We need to start worrying about ourselves and not worrying about what other people think, and we have the right to free thought.”
On his opioid addiction…
“You know when I went and visited [Trump] the first time right after the election? And then I deleted the tweets. I was drugged the fuck out. I was addicted to opioids.
“Two days after I got off opioids I am in the hospital … Two days before I was in the hospital, I was on opioids. I was addicted to opioids.
“I had plastic surgery because I was trying to look good for y’all. I got liposuction because I didn’t want y’all to call me fat like y’all called Rob [Kardashian] at the wedding and made him fly home before me and Kim got married. I didn’t want y’all to call me fat, so I got liposuction and they gave me opioids [after]. I started taking two of them and then driving to work on the opioids.
“When I left the hospital, how many pills do you think I was given? Seven. I went from taking two pills to taking seven. So the reason why I denounced, why I dropped those tweets and everything, because I was drugged the fuck out, bro. And I am not drugged out.
“These pills that they want me to take three of a day, I take one a week maybe, two a week. Y’all had me scared of myself, of my vision. So I took some pills so I wouldn’t go to hospital and prove everyone right.”
TMZ is a hospital?
“We are now in the hospital. TMZ is the hospital to fix the world. Obama was our opioids. It made us feel like everything was good.”
On the merits of “crazy shit”…
“I believe that Kim Jong Un didn’t believe that Obama was crazy enough to come at him. Sometimes you need some crazy shit to change something.”
On free love…
“It is free love. It is a spirit. In the office you had Tupac and John Lennon [paintings] on the wall. I don’t want to be the third one, but I am willing to be the third one for free love on that wall.”
On class war…
“There is a class war happening right now, too. The class war might be — the class war is one of the reasons why Trump won. Because Obama was so high class that it stopped speaking to the middle and the lower class. He was so classy.”
Well, that seals it. Matt Groening finally responded & sounds like every other troll on the internet who didn’t see the documentary. No one is offended by this character. It was, at times, insulting & was frustrating to many of us who were solely represented by that one image. https://t.co/AfYNAeaU7Z
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The past week has been particularly difficult for Kanye West fans. Since reactivating his Twitter account on April 13, the rapper has declared his love for Trump — “You don’t have to agree with Trump but the mob can’t make me not love him” — and showed enthusiasm for a prospective meeting with Trump-supporting billionaire Peter Thiel. Though West had previously taken a meeting with Trump, shortly after the election, this was the first time he appeared to actually endorse the president. People reacted by saying West had finally hit the point of no return, sharing memes of the rapper in the “sunken place,” and laughing at the hypocrisy of West championing free speech and free thought while showing admiration for the man who spent a fortune to shutter Gawker. But if you’ve been paying attention, you’ll realize that West’s current behavior falls in line with what made him appealing in the first place.
Because in addition to his brutal honesty and glowing narcissism, West is someone who thinks of himself as a perpetual underdog and who still seeks validation from various elites.
West has spent the entirety of his career trying to kick the door down on spaces he has been excluded from. On his debut album back in 2004, West waxed poetic about how he was laughed at by his label for wanting to transition from producer to rapper, and made the hit song “Jesus Walks” about how difficult it’d be to get Christian rap on the radio. He often scoffed at the amount of awards he would lose even while being ranked 11th for the most Grammys won of all time.
He considered himself to be an underdog, facing off against naysayers, white supremacists, and stubborn institutions, but he was also an early advocate for certain social justice issues, talking about the effects of the drug trade on young black men, speaking out against anti-gay sentiment in the hip-hop community well before other people of his level of fame, and most infamously decrying the media coverage of black victims of Hurricane Katrina and President George W. Bush’s handling of the catastrophe in 2005. While those views are well within the mainstream today, West’s outspokenness was not cosigned by his peers at the time.
West’s message of individuality, self-worth, and perseverance in lines like “Every motherfucker told me that I couldn’t rhyme / Now I could let these dream killers kill my self-esteem / Or use my arrogance as the steam to power my dreams” from his 2004 song “Last Call” seemed to really resonate with his young audience, and put West in the position where his voice helped many young fans find theirs. By sharing his own stories he stumbled into being a role model for a generation of teens looking for a way to be their authentic selves.
West was generally consistent in getting positive feedback for his unsolicited opinions, but a big turning point around West’s public persona was the infamous 2009 MTV Video Music Awards with Taylor Swift. More so than his repudiation of Bush, his interruption of the young country star accepting the award for Best Female Video made West a kind of a martyr for free speech. While it was objectively a rude gesture, in that moment, West vs. Swift became a tableau for the rejection of white mediocrity eclipsing black art, a message most of West’s black fans were happy to see brought to light. Even immediately after, rapper Wale fronting the awards show’s house band said, “You can’t fault a man for speaking his mind.” West was put through the wringer for challenging what art deserves recognition, famously going on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and shedding a tear when asked what his recently deceased mother would have thought of his behavior. But the gesture won him ardent support from those critical of awards shows, establishing West as a more honest barometer of the music industry, especially given how quick he was to concede awards he won to the artist he felt was more deserving.
West had one notable critic though, in then-president Barack Obama, who called West a jackass in a leaked, behind-the-scenes CNBC interview from 2009. He would later stand by the remark in a 2012 Atlantic profile of the rapper. Though West was somewhat magnanimous in his response — “Obama has way more important stuff to worry about than my public perception,” he told XXL in 2009 — it must surely have grated that he’d been denied a relationship with Obama at every turn, and that embarrassment seemed to set into motion his years-later endorsement of Trump.
After the release of his career-defining album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, West decided to launch his own women’s fashion line, and once again he felt himself unfairly excluded from the upper echelons of the fashion word. He invited every major fashion critic to see it in a packed show at Paris Fashion Week in fall 2011, to disappointing results. The Wall Street Journal wrote, “The only thing more painful than witnessing the dress was watching the model pitch down the runway in shoes so ill-fitting that her spike heels were bending at angles.”
West channeled his anger into Yeezus, his abrasive 2013 album that took specific shots at the fashion industry, religious leaders, corporate America, and white supremacy again. He did a series of interviews that excoriated what he perceived to be the elitism of big fashion corporations like Nike, as well as the limits placed on him as a celebrity. He was allowed to be sponsored by brands, but was not allowed to give them any creative input in return.
West said in a 2015 interview with Zane Lowe that prior to his Adidas deal, “I’m giving examples of work that I did that was really successful and I’m getting just completely shut down. But not just by the company we talked about last time, but every single company, every single company you could imagine is just like, ‘No, you are a celebrity. You are not allowed to create, you’re not allowed to think, you’re not allowed to have an opinion.’” However, after the Adidas deal had already proven itself to be a success, West claimed on Twitter to be $53 million in debt and tried to rally his followers into convincing Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to invest $1 billion into his ideas. His platitudes of self-worth mutated, now he was a self-professed thought leader, though his thoughts felt even more erratic and inscrutable. He wasn’t just a celebrity anymore, he was akin to Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, and Nikola Tesla — figures that had little to do with music or fashion.
West had always had an ego, but had demonstrably put himself into a bubble and ceased to empower his fans. And while he was not necessarily wrong to rank himself among the most influential public figures in 2013 — in fact several publications corroborated his statement — in fighting to be perceived as a thought leader he exposed the myopia he developed a decade into fame. He used the fact that he and his wife, Kim Kardashian, had to lobby to be recognized by institutions like Vogue or the Hollywood Walk of Fame as an example of why classicism had replaced racism — as if they were new money still fighting old money for respect. He equated the fashion world not taking him seriously to Michael Jackson not being played on MTV because he was black. West ignored constructive criticism from those who cared and questioned how his plight actually affected others, clamoring for meetings with influential businesspeople and seemingly feeding himself a media diet of what he wanted to hear instead.
Just last week, when West shared pictures of his baffling new Yeezy shoe designs, the fan reactions were less than kind — and it felt like an ominous precursor to what was to come. One Twitter user named @Cripple_God, who uses a wheelchair, quote-tweeted a photo of the electric blue Yeezy slides the rapper debuted and said, “Wouldn’t wear these shits if they could make me walk.” The post was retweeted thousands of times.
Damon Young’s recent piece on VerySmartBrothas about West refusing to read is apt because it indicates that West looks for convenience in the content he consumes. Physically isolating himself in his Hidden Hills home or in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and seemingly separating himself from people who could question his views (though he did just have John Legend over for dinner after Legend himself made news for trying to convince West or others to detach from Trump), allows him to seek out any sort of message in media that serves as a unchallenged validation of his thoughts.
Donald Trump was a win for Kanye West because he now has access to a man who can relate to being ostracized by corporate America and those elites in power that West himself was trying to ingratiate himself to. Like Trump, West has proven to thrive off the credit he has been given, and now two Republican presidents have publicly shared how big an effect he’s had on them, for better or worse. Meanwhile, Trump now has a black face with star power that just so happens to share his desperate need for validation from the most powerful people in the world.
What’s next with West is hard to pin down. His music is often where he is most insightful, but if the song he posted Friday called “Lift Yourself” is any indication, he is not taking public opinion about his recent actions very seriously. A second song released Friday night, “Ye Vs The People,” is a political tête-à-tête with rapper T.I., which ends at an impasse, possibly indicating that he is still under the same delusion he was in 2013, believing he was the one person in the world who could rebrand a Confederate flag or MAGA hat as symbols of black empowerment. For as much controversy as he has caused, while dropping hints about running for president in 2020, he admits to having little knowledge about conservative politics.
His recent retaliations against Obama and Jay-Z seem to indicate that West still cares about other powerful black cultural figures’ opinions, though he could just be raging against the lack of attention they seem to pay to him. By all accounts, the visionary has finally lost his laser-focused vision, and some have even said he’s been “redpilled.” Whatever the case, what is constant is West will continue to look for respect, whether it be from the president of Universal Music or the president of the United States, and as he racks up debt — whether it be emotional or financial or both — those who lose out the most are the generation of fans who have stood by him up until now. ●
Meek Mill told NBC News in an interview that aired Wednesday that while he’s grateful to be out of prison, he wants the movement that helped him to extend to the system as a whole.
Mill, whose real name is Robert Williams, became a cause célèbre of fans and fellow rappers after he was sentenced to up to four years in prison for popping a wheelie, which a judge ruled violated his parole from a case in 2008 that prohibited reckless driving.
After spending five months in prison, he was released Tuesday after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered the rapper be granted “unsecured bail,” overruling a lower court’s decision.
Soon after his arrest, he said on social media that he understood “many people of color across the country don’t have that luxury and I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those issues.”
Speaking to NBC’s Lester Holt, Mill said he was ready to take on that mantle of responsibility.
“I don’t feel free. I ain’t feel free since I caught this case at the age of 19. I’m 30 now,” the rapper said. “Being as though I’m in this position, I got a lot of responsibility. I’ve got a lot of important people depending on me, and not talking about the people, the public officials, I’m talking about the men that’s depending on me that are going through the same thing I’m going through.”
He added that he wanted the momentum of public pressure for justice and prison reform to extend to others who don’t have influential supporters, like Jay-Z and the co-owner of the 76ers.
“Let’s now retire #FreeMeekMill and make it #JusticeReform,” he said.
A federal lawsuit alleging music mogul Russell Simmons raped a woman at her home in 2016 has been dropped.
The woman, Jennifer Jarosik, filed the lawsuit for $5 million against Simmons in January, alleging sexual assault and battery, as well as intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
In an answer to Jarosik’s complaint, Simmons’ attorney strongly denied any assault took place, insisting that any sexual encounter between the two was consensual. Simmons’ team also argued in their filing that Jarosik reportedly has a “propensity to exaggerate” and suffers from “untreated mental health issues.”
Jarosik had claimed Simmons raped her in August 2016 when she went to his house to discuss collaborating on a documentary she was working on. In the answer to Jarosik’s complaint, Simmons’ lawyer writes that Jarosik also sent texts to Simmons saying “Sending love <3” and “I miss u Russell. r u ok?” only a month after the alleged rape.
In the stipulation of parties for dismissal, Simmons and Jarosik agreed to pay their own legal fees and costs in the case.
BuzzFeed News has reached out Jarosik’s lawyer for comment.
Simmons’ legal woes aren’t over, however. The New York Police Department opened a sexual assault investigation into Simmons after multiple women came forward in December with allegations against him in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. A woman identified only as Jane Doe also filed a $10 million lawsuit in January alleging Simmons raped her after she chaperoned her young son at a Def Jam concert.
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