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Fox News Mistakes Patti LaBelle for Aretha Franklin Because Of Course It Does

On Thursday morning, the entire world lost a legend.

As previously reported in detail, Aretha Franklin died at her home in Detroit - while under hospice care, surrounded by family members and loved ones - at the age of 76.

She passed away from pancreatic cancer.

And while the tributes and messages in the singer's honor have come flooding in from all corners of the Internet and television, one in particular has sparked some unfortunate buzz.

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It comes from the Fox News Channel.

In relaying to its viewers that Franklin, arguably the most influential and successful solo artist in music history had passed away, the cable network shared the image above.

It features a photo of Franklin; her name; the year she was born; the year she died; and another photo... of Patti LaBelle.

Yes, seriously.

While honest mistakes happen all the time and while we're certain this was nothing more than a mindless snafu, the image has caught the attention of social media users everythwere simply due to its source.

Meaning what, exactly? 

Aretha Franklin Picture

Let's just say that few are surprised that the President's network of choice is the one who mixed up one African-American singer with another.

We'll just leave our commentary at that.

Others, however, had a bit more to say about the Franklin-LaBelle mistake, in meme form and in exasperated Tweet form.

To wit:

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The incorrect visual appeared during America’s Newsroom, as hosts Bill Hemmer and Sandra Smith discussed Franklin’s immense talent and musical legacy.

They said very nice things about her on air.]

Producers just were unable to tell one famous black woman from another.

President Trump, meanwhile, confusingly noted in remarks to the press that Aretha was a person who had "worked for me."

Former President Barack Obama, who had Franklin sing at his 2009 inauguration, Tweeted the following:

Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect.

May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace.

And LaBelle, like so many other celebrities, also chimed in on this very sad passing:

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Franklin was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and earned 18 Grammy Awards over her illustrious career.

She was a true icon.

Despite what Fox News accidentally tried to imply above, she was one of a kind.

May she rest in peace.

UPDATE: Fox News has apologized for the mistake and said it meant to include both Franklin AND LaBelle in that image, but the former got cropped out.

There's just one problem: Franklin is not in that Associated Press photo with LaBelle. 

She could not have been cropped out because she wasn't on stage with LaBelle at the time that picture was taken.

"We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin’s family and friends," said Fox News in this statement, adding:

"Our intention was to honor the icon using a secondary image of her performing with Patti LaBelle in the full screen graphic, but the image of Ms. Franklin was obscured in that process, which we deeply regret."

HOWEVER:

The image of LaBelle the network used was from a 2014 White House concert called “Women of Soul.”

Franklin and LaBelle did not perform on stage at the same time. And, as Mediaite points out, the AP photo used in the graphic does not include Franklin at all.

Said Aretha's family upon confirming her passing:

In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family.

The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.

We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world.

Thank you for your compassion and prayers.

We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.

Mechanic Steals Airplane, Crashes to Death In Puget Sound

A bizarre and tragic story unfolded on Friday night in and around Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

According to various outlets, as well as footage captured by stunned pedestrians, an airport mechanic hijacked a plane around 8 p.m., flew it around for about an hour...

... and then crashed into the Puget Sound in Washington, killing himself in the process.

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The man, who was referred to as Rich by air traffic control personnel in various exchanges that have been made public, worked for Alaska Air Horizon and allegedly stole a Horizon Air Q400, shutting down the airport for a brief period of time.

In a statement released on Twitter last night, Sea-Tac Airport officials confirmed the reports of an “unauthorized takeoff," saying in full:

"An airline employee conducted an unauthorized takeoff without permission at Sea-Tac; aircraft has crashed in south Puget Sound. Normal operations at Sea-Tac Airport have resumed."

The incident is not considered to have been a terrorist act of any kind.

Instead, based on the aforementioned traffic control exchanges, it appears to have been a suicidal act by a troubled individual.

“Male is confirmed a suicidal male. Acted alone he is 29-year-old Pierce county residence [sic],” the Pierce County Sheriff Department Tweeted late Friday.

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This photo is from Twitter. It was taken by a witness on the ground to thia strange incident.

The drama actually played out live over air traffic control monitoring sites.

In audio recordings of the incident posted on Broadcastify, Rich can be heard talking to air traffic controllers as they try to guide him to land the plane.

"I've got a lot of people that care about me, and it's going to disappoint them to hear that I did this," the man says.

"I would like to apologize to each and every one of them. Just a broken guy, got a few screws loose, I guess. Never really knew it until now."

It's terrifying and upsetting to listen to.

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Earlier in the flight, the man says: "This is probably like jail time for life, huh? I mean, I would hope it is, for a guy like me."

"Well," a controller replies, "we're not going to worry or think about that. But could you start a left-hand turn, please?"

Throughout the back-and-forths, controllers are calmly trying to steer the man away from any place where he could cause damage by landing or crashing the plane.

They are trying to save his life and also the lives of everyone underneath his flight path.

"Let’s get you on the ground so you don’t hurt anyone,” someone identified as Captain Bill tells Rich.

As Rich flew over the water, a pair of F-15 fighter jets were dispatched to intercept the plane; neither were involved in the eventual crash landing.

The plane was seen by a number of witnesses doing stunts before crashing, as witnesses shared videos of the low-flying aircraft on social media.

"Some dude stole a plane from #Seatac (Allegedly)," Tweeted one witness, adding:

"did a loop-the-loop, ALMOST crashed into #ChambersBay, then crossed in front of our party, chased by fighter jets and subsequently crashed. Weird times."

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Weird times, but mostly sad and tragic times in this case.

The plane was taken from a maintenance position and was not scheduled for a passenger flight, said Gary Beck, Horizon Air's president and chief executive officer.

An investigation is underway to determine more, but it is not believed that anyone outside of the pilot/mechanic was harmed.

"Our hearts are with the families of the individual aboard as well as all of our Alaska Air and Horizon Air employees," said Constance von Muehlen, the airline's chief operating officer.

Carole Radziwill Mourns Dennis Shields, Releases Statement

Carole Radziwil is no longer a member of The Real Housewives family.

But the former Bravo star still chimed in this evening in response to a major loss for someone within this family.

We're talking, of course, about Dennis Shields.

Dennis Shields

The 51-year old, known well to The Real Housewives of New York City viewers as the on-again/off-again boyfriend of Bethenny Frankel, was found dead on Friday morning.

According to a number of outlets, Shields appeared to have overdosed on prescription pills, with various sources saying he actually asked his assistant to give him a dose of Narcan around 9 a.m. on Friday because he knew something was amiss.

Narcan is a drug that is used to combat the effects of an opioid overdose.

Sadly, the request came too late.

Shields fell unconscious and was pronounced dead a short time later.

An autopsy is pending, but it is believed that Shields overdosed on oxycodone.

Frankel, who just discussed her relationship with Shields on the latest episode of the aforementioned Bravo series, has not yet commented on this tragedy.

Dennis Shields and Bethenny Frankel Sited In New York City

But her main nemesis on the program has gone ahead and released a statement.

Via Twitter, Radziwill acknowledged Shields' passing and said the following:

I just heard the sad news about Dennis. He was a good man. My condolences to all his family and friends. So tragic.

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Radzwill is the first of Frankel’s costars to speak on the Shields' passing. 

The journalist announced last month that she's leaving the program after six seasons, telling Us Weekly:

“I have decided to return to what I do best: journalism and producing."

Many fans of this franchise believe that Radzwill was either forced out by producers due to her feud with Frankel or left due to this rivalry.

Either way, things between Carole and Bethenny have been contentious for a long time now.

But an awful event such as this pushes all of that tension to the side. It puts things into perspective.

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Frankel and Shields starting dating in 2016, about 30 years after they first met.

The two stayed in touch over all those decades, eventually getting together at Shields separated from his wife and Frankel divorced Jason Hoppy.

The romance was up and down and was often chronicled on The Real Housewives of New York City.

On the August 8 installment of this series, Frankel confided in Dorinda Medley, saying she needed a break:

“I didn’t say it to Dennis, but in my own mind, I said, ’90 days. I’m not saying a word to Dennis for 90 days.’ It’s a really hard thing to realize that someone you love, it doesn’t mean they’re the right person,

"And I wish he was.”

Bethenny Frankel Is Not Impressed

Shields was still technically married to his estranged wife Jill at the time of his death.

This is what she said soon after the news became public:

“We are all heartbroken. Dennis was, and will always be, the love of my life. His spirit lives on in our children. Please respect our family’s privacy at this time.”

The NYPD, meanwhile, has confirmed hat “police responded to a 911 call of an aided male inside of 721 5th Avenue. Upon arrival, they discovered the unconscious male at the location. E

"MS responded and pronounced the man deceased."

We send our condolences to the loved one sof Dennis Shields.

UPDATE: Sonja Morgan has now also spoken out about Shields’ death, telling Radar Online of Bethenny:

“Dennis is her rock. Dennis was important to her, and her daughter. Another tragedy in her life. I’m so sad for her."

We feel the same way.

6ix9ine May Go to Prison as a Registered Sex Offender

Last month, the rapper named 6ix9ine was robbed and left for dead. He survived ... but he may find himself wondering if that was really for the best.

See, 6ix9ine has gotten into trouble, which violates his probation following a plea deal that he made a few years ago.

And because that plea deal was over an incident involving a 13-year-old, he may have to register as a sex offender.

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It may not surprise you to learn that 6ix9ine, a rapper whose look can best be described as "Pennywise's estranged son," may end up going to prison as a sex offender.

Back in 2015, 6ix9ine, who is also known as Tekashi69 and whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, pleaded guilty to "the use of a child in a sexual performance."

If you think that it sounds bad, you're right! 6ix9ine is currently 22 years old, and was already an adult at the time of his plea.

He himself had posted the videos in which he was partying with a 13-year-old girl.

The plea was supposed to allow him to weasel out of the whole ordeal ... but it looks like he blew it.

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6ix9ine's guilty plea was part of a deal that included a stipulation that he not get into trouble again.

Well, since then, the rapper has gotten into trouble again.

Specifically, he's in trouble for driving on a suspended license, assault, and assaulting a police officer.

That first charge about the license may sound nitpicky to some.

Assault on anyone -- including a police officer -- does not.

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The plea deal would have prevented 6ix9ine from having a criminal record once the period of probation had ended.

Instead, at a hearing on Thursday, the Manhattan District Attorney's office asked the court to revoke the plea deal on the grounds that 6ix9ine had not kept his part of the bargain.

If the deal is revoked, 6ix9ine will be sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison.

He will also have to register as a sex offender.

In general, known sex offenders, particularly those who are identified as having preyed upon young children, have especially dangerous experiences while in prison.

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That said, 6ix9ine could still get out of this. After all, he got away with the incident with the 13-year-old in the first place.

He has a new hearing on October 2.

The DA will argue that he should have a criminal record after this, despite the deal.

This is because prosecutors say that because his brand promotes a culture of violence and crime, and therefore violates the spirit of the law.

Honestly? While it seems clear that he probably violated the plea deal, arguing that a rapper's lyrics preclude them from having a criminal record expunged is not the strongest legal case we've ever read.

6ix9ine

So, being a rapper doesn't mean that someone can't be an upstanding citizen.

At the same time, however, looking at various celebrities who have used their fame and resources to weasel out of charges involving sexual predation and minors, many say that 6ix9ine should have a record.

Any parent considering allowing their minor child to attend a 6ix9ine event should Google him, see his criminal history, and then say "no."

A rapper can be an upstanding citizen.

But based upon his guilty plea from a few years ago, 6ix9ine just might be dangerous around minors.

Some of his fans are terrified that he will end up behind bars, but it's hard to feel sympathy for the guy.

Father Spots Creep Snapping Upskirt Photos, Tackles Him in Target

Not all heroes wear capes. But some heroes, it seems, shop at Target.

A surveillance video is making the rounds after it shows one seriously creepy dudes snapping upskirt photos of girls ... and then paying the price.

It was a father, out shopping with his daughter, who noticed what the man was up to and took action. Take a look:

Jorge a ibarra jr mugshot

On Wednesday, August 1, 29-year-old Jorge A. Ibarra Jr. was arrested.

The arrest was over "suspicion of invasion of privacy," which seems like a major understatement after you watch this video and hear the story of what went down.

See, surveillance photos appear to have captured him snapping "upskirt" photos of girls, some of whom were minors, at a Target store in Cypress, California.

If you're not familiar, "upskirts" are what they sound like -- a man takes pictures up a skirt, hoping for a glimpse at a girl's thighs and underwear and any potential glimpse of their butt or genitals that might come with it.

Upskirting is gross, it's predatory, it's a nightmarish invasion of privacy, and, in this case, it will get you tackled in a Target store.

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Ismael Duarte is the hero of the hour.

He was shopping with his 15-year-old daughter on Tuesday, July 1 while Ibarra was allegedly on the prowl.

According to Duarte, he noticed that something was odd about Ibarra's behavior.

It sounds like it didn't take long before he realized that the man was (allegedly) snapping upskirt photos of unsuspecting women, including his own daughter and another girl.

Duarte leapt into action, chasing and tackling Ibarra, who fled the store.

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"My daughter, and the girl that actually was getting their picture taken without her being known," Duarte says. "That’s what got me"

The surveillance video appears to show Duarte kicking the man's phone away and then chasing the man, confronting him, and perhaps pushing him.

The man, later identified as Ibarra (who looks 46 and not 29; we don't know what that's about), flees from Target.

Duarte gave chase.

Though Ibarra did get away, Duarte was able to snap a photo of the man in his car.

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Duarte provided his photo and a description of what happened to the police.

Though he wishes that he had somehow been able to do more, Duarte says that he did not appreciate Target's security team's inaction during the confrontation.

"All they did was stand behind," Duarte laments. "And that's very disappointing."

Target released a statement, affirming that "the safety and security of our guests is very important to us and we have no tolerance for this behavior in our stores."

"Immediately upon learning of these recent incidents," Target continues. "Our teams called police to investigate and shared video footage with them."

Target concludes: "We will continue to help law enforcement in any ways that we can be of support to their investigation."

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Ibarra was arrested and booked at Orange County jail on $25,000 bail.

It may be tempting for some individuals to dismiss upskirt photos as a hobby of perverts.

But there are victims -- the women involved.

There are plenty of moral and legal rationales saying that a person has the right to record video of anything that they can see in a public place (though sharing that video is another matter), but upskirts are not part of public view.

That's someone peeking inside someone else's clothing. In this case, it sounds like at least one of the alleged victims was a minor.

Good for Duarte and the police for taking action.

Father spots creep snapping upskirt photos tackles him in target

Father Spots Creep Snapping Upskirt Photos, Tackles Him in Target

Not all heroes wear capes. But some heroes, it seems, shop at Target.

A surveillance video is making the rounds after it shows one seriously creepy dudes snapping upskirt photos of girls ... and then paying the price.

It was a father, out shopping with his daughter, who noticed what the man was up to and took action. Take a look:

Jorge a ibarra jr mugshot

On Wednesday, August 1, 29-year-old Jorge A. Ibarra Jr. was arrested.

The arrest was over "suspicion of invasion of privacy," which seems like a major understatement after you watch this video and hear the story of what went down.

See, surveillance photos appear to have captured him snapping "upskirt" photos of girls, some of whom were minors, at a Target store in Cypress, California.

If you're not familiar, "upskirts" are what they sound like -- a man takes pictures up a skirt, hoping for a glimpse at a girl's thighs and underwear and any potential glimpse of their butt or genitals that might come with it.

Upskirting is gross, it's predatory, it's a nightmarish invasion of privacy, and, in this case, it will get you tackled in a Target store.

Ismael duarte pic

Ismael Duarte is the hero of the hour.

He was shopping with his 15-year-old daughter on Tuesday, July 1 while Ibarra was allegedly on the prowl.

According to Duarte, he noticed that something was odd about Ibarra's behavior.

It sounds like it didn't take long before he realized that the man was (allegedly) snapping upskirt photos of unsuspecting women, including his own daughter and another girl.

Duarte leapt into action, chasing and tackling Ibarra, who fled the store.

Ismael duarte confronts ibarra

"My daughter, and the girl that actually was getting their picture taken without her being known," Duarte says. "That’s what got me"

The surveillance video appears to show Duarte kicking the man's phone away and then chasing the man, confronting him, and perhaps pushing him.

The man, later identified as Ibarra (who looks 46 and not 29; we don't know what that's about), flees from Target.

Duarte gave chase.

Though Ibarra did get away, Duarte was able to snap a photo of the man in his car.

Ibarra car pic

Duarte provided his photo and a description of what happened to the police.

Though he wishes that he had somehow been able to do more, Duarte says that he did not appreciate Target's security team's inaction during the confrontation.

"All they did was stand behind," Duarte laments. "And that's very disappointing."

Target released a statement, affirming that "the safety and security of our guests is very important to us and we have no tolerance for this behavior in our stores."

"Immediately upon learning of these recent incidents," Target continues. "Our teams called police to investigate and shared video footage with them."

Target concludes: "We will continue to help law enforcement in any ways that we can be of support to their investigation."

Upskirt creep at target

Ibarra was arrested and booked at Orange County jail on $25,000 bail.

It may be tempting for some individuals to dismiss upskirt photos as a hobby of perverts.

But there are victims -- the women involved.

There are plenty of moral and legal rationales saying that a person has the right to record video of anything that they can see in a public place (though sharing that video is another matter), but upskirts are not part of public view.

That's someone peeking inside someone else's clothing. In this case, it sounds like at least one of the alleged victims was a minor.

Good for Duarte and the police for taking action.

Father spots creep snapping upskirt photos tackles him in target

South Carolina Woman Drives Drunk, Says She’s Too "White" to Get Arrested

A resident of Bluffton, South Carolina was pulled over for reckless driving last Saturday morning and arrested on a number of charges.

This, despite the fact that she was white.

Lauren Elizabeth Cutshaw

That statement may seem like a ridiculous non-sequitor, but it was actually the argument used by Lauren Elizabeth Cutshaw at the time over her run-in with the law.

As documented by The New York Post, the 32-year old was caught by police officers blowing through a four-way stop sign at 60 miles per hour around 1:45 a.m. on August 4.

With eyes described in the official report as bloodshot and glossy, Cutshaw told the cops that she had only two glasses of wine.

But she was allegedly slurring her words and there was a strong scent of alcohol emanating from the vehicle.

“I mean, I was celebrating my birthday,” Cutshaw told the cops when they asked her how big the glasses were for her pair of drinks, according to the report.

This is a rather aburd excuse for two reasons:

  1. Her birthday is on August 9. 
  2. One's birthday is not an excuse for breaking the law.
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But this seemingly typical arrest has gone viral for a different reason.

Cutshaw gave the officers what she believes were perfectly reasonable explanations for why they shouldn't place her under arrest. To wit:

She maintained perfect grades during all of her school years... she was a cheerleader ... she was a member of a sorority.

Oh, and also:

“I’m a white, clean girl,” Cutshaw said, according to the report.

For some reason, however, this defense did not mean anything to the arresting officers.

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When the officers asked what, exactly, Lauren meant by this announcement, she replied:

“You’re a cop, you should know what that means.”

(Translation: You guys only shoot and harass black people. So come on! Give me a break!)

What did mean something to these authority figures?

The fact that Cutshaw failed sobriety tests; and that a breathalyzer showed that her blood alcohol at the time was .18 percent (the legal limit in South Carolina is 0.08 percent).

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The report actually cited Cutshaw's "white" remark, noting: 

“Making statements such as these as a means to justify not being arrested are unusual in my experience as a law enforcement officer and I believe further demonstrate the suspect’s level of intoxication."

And also of her white privilege.

In the end, Lauren was booked on charges of speeding, disregarding a stop sign, simple possession of marijuana, driving under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Naked Man Caught Having Sex with Miniature Pony, Police Say

Move over, Florida Man. Oklahoma Man is stealing your thunder in the worst way.

Police have arrested a man after they spotted him standing up in a field and having sex with a miniature pony. Intensely gross.

And also strange, to state the obvious. The man is claiming that he only engaged in bestiality because of his medication.

Tyler Joseph Schlosser mug shot

According to police, 29-year-old Tyler Joseph Schlosser was charged on August 1 following an incident in Rogers County, Oklahoma.

Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton reports that Schlosser was spotted in a pen with a miniature pony in an area west of Inola.

This was at about 8am.

According to the affidavit, a witness told investigators that she had spotted a fully nude man there, where he was having sex with the poor pony.

And someone even caught this deplorable act on video.

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(Note that we have included some photos of miniature ponies, but are of course not posting photos of the victim, out of respect for its family and our younger readers.)

A woman was with her daughter and reported to investigators that she filmed Schlosser.

She turned over the video to police as evidence.

She says that when he noticed that he was being filmed, he stopped and walked towards her and her daughter.

That sounds ... very scary. He was still naked at this point, folks.

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Schlosser told police that his behavior was the result of medication.

His step-grandfather, James Hester, put forward a similar suggestion when speaking to Newsweek.

"Well, the only thing we can figure out is someone had drugged him," Hester says.

"I think somebody put something in a bottle of [soda] he had. He got sick after he bought that [soda] and he just lost it."

"I spoke to him and he don’t know anything about what happened," Hester reports. "He’s feeling better now. He come around."

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"Tyler’s not that kind of guy," Hester explains. "He’s a good Christian boy. He’s not the kind of person who would do something like that."

Sometimes people treat bestiality cases as merely being gross or disturbing, but that's not telling the whole story.

It's important to remember that animals such as ponies are living beings that absolutely cannot consent to intercourse with a human.

It's not a victimless crime. There's the miniature pony as well as the witnesses who saw it.

We cannot think of any medication that would cause someone to do something like this.

If Schlosser really was drugged, that is awful and dangerous and whoever is responsible should be held accountable for what happened.

We always want to see justice done.

Ugh, this is such an unsettling case.

Affair With a Married Woman Costs NC Man $8.8 Million!

In a stunning case, a jilted husband exploited an archaic law to sue the man who had an affair with his wife -- and won.

What is truly shocking is how well it worked. The court awarded him an $8.8 million judgment, most of which is punitive.

This story and this case is sensational and even ridiculous -- but it's also more troubling than it may sound.

A man named Keith King sued Francisco Huizar III, whom his wife had been seeing for 16 months.

Of the $8.8 million that the judge awarded to King in damages, only $2.2 were over allegedly tangible losses -- because King claims that his company lost money and a valuable employee in the process.

That employee being his wife, Danielle Swords.

King sued Huizar for criminal conversation, alienation of affection, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress, and assault and battery.

"Criminal conversation" is essentially a legalese euphemism for extramarital sex acts.

The allegations of "assault and battery' are ... well, based upon something that happened later.

A little over five years after Danielle Swords married Keith King, she met Huizar at a bike show for her husband's company, King BMX Stunt Shows.

According to allegations made by King's attorneys, Huizar "pursued" Swords, which eventually led to him renting a home near her.

From there, the two enjoyed spa days and hotel visits and, you know, normal affair stuff. Please don't cheat on your spouse, folks.

Apparently King first noticed that his wife was exchanging inappropriate texts with Huizar. If he learned that by going through her private messages without permission, that is a huge red flag.

King has hotel reciepts and call logs that he says support his claims about Huizar.

King's 33-year-old wife Danielle Swords says that their marriage was already in trouble when Huizar came along, but King disagrees, and lays the blame at the feet of Huizar.

Swords eventually separated from King, moving into an apartment of her own.

When Keith went there, he was apparently "shocked" to see Huizar there with her.

It appears that he freaked out, and Swords recorded a video of him whining "that's my wife!"

Under other circumstances, one might choose to feel sorry for the guy. As it is, he used the incident to accuse Huizar of assault and battery.

From footage that Swords herself recorded, it looks like all that Huizar did was keep King from entering an apartment where he was not welcome.

Here is why this is serious.

Alienation of Affection laws essentially treat women as property instead of as independent human beings who can make their own choices.

Most states do no have "alienation of affection" laws still on the books, because it's 2018 and most of us agree that women are people.

But North Carolina still has this law on the books. And so do Hawaii, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Utah.

Huizar is going to appeal the judgment (paying isn't even an option, of course), and hopefully, his case's appeals could get his barbaric law thrown out.

If you're wondering why so many feel disgust and contempt towards King and not for Swords, who cheated, even though cheating is bad ... listen to the way that he talks about her.

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"If she had been in a car accident," King says. "And I walked up on the car accident and saw her dead in the car, that's what it felt like to me."

That is a very creepy comparison. Especially considering that she is a person who is alive and well, but just decided that she didn't want to be married to him.

"I felt like I had just witnessed her die," King says.

If he feels that the mother of his child only has any value if she's still "his," it's no surprise that he dedicated his time and resources to exacting revenge upon the man she prefers in court.

We definitely think that Swords should have not had an affair and instead separated before taking up with Huizar.

But, at the same time, we hope that Huizar's appeal is successful. The court's judgment may have followed the law, but the law is dehumanizing to consenting adults and should be overturned or abolished.

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Tiffany Haddish: I Was Raped by a Police Cadet

Tiffany Haddish may be the funniest woman on the planet.

But the rising superstar shares a story in the latest issue of Glamour that is as serious and as sad as it gets:

She was raped at the age of 17.

Tiffany Haddish on Instagram

The Girls Trip star shared her very personal story with the aforementioned magazine this month, tearfully explaining that she still struggles with the reality of the situation to this day.

"That whole experience put me in such a messed-up place for a long time, and I ended up going to counseling," Haddish says.

Haddish said that she did report the incident shortly after it transpired, but it continues to be something that takes a heavy toll on her. It's still something she thinks about constantly.

All the star will really say about the situation at this point is that the rapist was a police cadet.

She won't really get into any other specifics, for understandable reasons, of course.

However, Haddish does admit that the assault colors her personality a bit and plays a role into how she approaches the opposite sex.

Tiffany Haddish Hosts the MTV Movie & TV Awards

"I notice that men are afraid of women that are aggressive. So to protect myself I become semi-aggressive," she says.

"You hear about, 'Tiffany always hitting on somebody,' but that's to keep them from hitting on me."

In that same context, Haddish tells Glamour that she has been as forceful as possible when faced with directors and producers who try to exchange acting roles for sexual favors.

Yes, this really has happened to her.

Just as it has happened to so many women in Hollywood.

Tiffany Haddish at 2018 Oscars

"I've had experiences where directors or producers are like, 'You want this job?' I might get real bossy and say, 'First off, don’t nobody want to see your little dick!' I get loud, all that," she told Glamour.

Classic Tiffany Haddish, right?

Except now we comprehend a little more why the star can come across as so loud and abrasive.

The result is often hilarious.

But the backstory behind it is anything but.

Tiffany Haddish Arrives!

Haddish went through a divorce from William Stewart In 2013.

He denied claims that he also physically abused her (in her 2017 memoir, the actress wrote that Stewart "got violent" and that Stewart "choked" her)... but Tiffany isn't about to allow her past experiences keep her from dating and finding the right man.

Which is not to say she's spoken for at the moment. She's very single and she's open to mingling. It's just...

"I don't really have time. And I've had enough somebodies," she tells Glamour, hilariously concluding:

"I done ran through 38 dudes, OK? Body count, yeah. Mine is 38. Write it down. Let them know. I’ve had 38 experiences."

Allison Mack: New Details Emerge on Sadistic Treatment of Sex Cult Slaves

Former Dynasty star Catherine Oxenberg's daughter, India, was one of the reported sex slaves within NXIVM and DOS. With the arrest of the cult leaders, that nightmare is over.

Within the organization, women were allegedly blackmailed and branded at the behest of Keith Raniere and Allison mack.

In Catherine's new book, she shares the harrowing details of what has been revealed to her about life within the nightmarish sex cult. Take a look:

Allison Mack Hangs Her Head

RadarOnline has the scoop: Catherine Oxenberg's new book is titled Captive: A Mother’s Crusade to Save Her Daughter from a Terrifying Cult.

That might sound like it's melodramatic or, worse, the title of a Lifetime movie. But having a child trapped in a sex slave cult in which you don't know what's happening to them is frightening.

The only thing worse, perhaps, is when you finally learn what is happening. And that is what Catherine did as she consulted with multiple women about what they say happened.

Keith Raniere may be the leader of NXIVM, but Allison Mack was a "master" within the sex-slave cult.

"I would hear from many slaves that Allison was also very territorial about Keith," Oxenberg writes in her book.

She was allegedly his fanatical servant, determined to please him by selecting women and ordering them to have sex with him.

Keith Raniere and Allison Mack

But apparently this task made her feel jealous of the women who were, after all, obeying her orders.

"And," Oxenberg writes, Mack "felt threatened and jealous of each woman she sent to have sex with him."

"Which resulted in her being very punitive and sadistic as a master," Oxenberg reports.

That makes a twisted kind of sense. If you're providing someone with lovers because you're devoted to him, you might also resent those lovers if you feel that you should be the one in bed with him.

Combine that with Mack being allegedly in charge of "discipline" for the slave women and you get a recipe for suffering.

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In fact, Mack was said to be an incredibly strict taskmaster.

Oxenberg writes that Allison Mack is "obsessed with penance and weight."

The slave women were reportedly subject to blackmail and other punishments while required to make themselves "perfect" for Raniere.

"They also had to give collateral every month," Oxenberg writes. "And keep closely to their starvation diets."

As we all learned late last year, Mack and the other women are said to keep themselves to starvation diets, limiting their caloric intake to an alarming degree and also exercising.

This is allegedly part of what they need for self-improvement or whatever, which makes it curious that Raniere himself does not do any of that.

Allison Mack Recruits for Jness

Oxenberg also reveals some details of the tasks that Mack would allegedly assign to the slave women.

There was more to it, it seems, than a simple instruction for a woman to bed Raniere.

For one thing, it's said that Mack would give them permission to enjoy the sex.

Additionally, Oxenberg writes that Mack would instruct the women to "let him take photos of you naked afterward."

This was apparently "to prove you’ve completed this assignment.

Mack would allegedly order the women with naked photos to "send them to your master."

Allison Mack Discusses Her Diet

Oxenberg apparently learned this from speaking with multiple former "slave women" from NXIVM's internal group, DOS, which is an acronym for a latin phrase meaning "dominance over the slave women."

We can only imagine the heartache that she must have felt -- and must still feel -- knowing that her own daughter was recruited and, incrementally, manipulated step by step until she was one of these women.

The heiress who bankrolled Keith Raniere and NXIVM tried to suggest that the abuse allegations are just sex-shaming, but the allegations aren't that Raniere engaged in sex.

The allegations are that, through blackmail and brainwashing, Raniere and Mack gave this women no choice but to allow themselves to be branded and bedded at his will.

Three Thieves Steal Aquarium Shark in World’s Dumbest Heist

In a trully bizarre heist that may very well be the premise for the next Pain & Gain-style dark comedy, three absolute buffoons allegedly stole a shark from an aquarium.

Amazingly, they bundled up the shark in a stroller and disguised it as a baby.

We want to go ahead and reassure you that the shark was found safe and alive. But the twists and turns in this story are almost as unbelievable as the crime itself.

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On Saturday, a shark was snatched from the San Antonio Aquarium in Texas.

As the aquarium shared on its Facebook page: "one of our employees reported seeing suspicious activity from a group of three people near one of our interactive shark touch tanks."

As you can see in the video, the suspicious activity was that the three alleged thieves caught a small shark with a net and stole her.

"Our General Manager, Jen Spellman, caught up with the suspects in the parking lot," the post reveals. "And was denied access to searching the vehicle and the stroller."

We can only imagine how that went down.

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"Our 16-inch long Horn Shark was stolen from our tide pool exhibit while the attendant was assisting other guests," the aquarium reveals.

They continue, writing: "Surveillance video shows the suspects staking out the pool for over an hour for their opportunity."

"Surveillance footage also indicates that the suspects brought in a net to capture our shark," the page mentions.

"After grabbing our shark and placing her into a wet towel, they entered into one of our back rooms where they took a bucket that was half-full of bleach cleaning solution (used for disinfecting our tools)," the page explains. "And dumped it all into our cold water exhibit filtration system."

In case you are worried about some absolute monsters dumping a bleach cleaning solution into the aquarium's filtration system, it was caught and the bleach was neutralized.

"This caused harm to multiple tanks, all of the tanks on that system, it is all connected. Including our seahorses, baby seahorses, jellies, and more."

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According to the aquarium, had staff taken even a minute longer to notice that something was wrong, countless sea life from the aquarium would have perished.

"They then," the post reveals. "Took the sanitation bucket to aide in the transportation of the shark into the stroller, quickly exited up the stairs and out into the parking lot."

But the aquarium was already on their case, even though they were refused permission to search the trio's belongings.

"We worked closely with Leon Valley and San Antonio Police Departments to recover our shark and apprehend the suspects," the page explains.

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And there is good news!

"They located our shark, brought our Assistant Husbandry Director, Jamie Shank, there to identify Miss Helen and bring her back with us."

"Ammon Covino the owner of the San Antonio Aquarium wants to publicly show his appreciation to them for all the hard work they did in locating our shark," the post reads. "And allowing us to bring Miss Helen the Horn Shark back home."

Miss Helen might technically be considered evidence, but she's also a sharknapping victim.

"We value the lives of all of our animals and take pride in the care that we can give them," the page says. "As well as the education that we can provide for the general public about these treasured species."

Miss helen

Here is Miss Helen, safe and sound.

"We are astonished but so grateful that she survived this catastrophic event," the aquarium writes.

"This guy knew what he was doing," they write begrudgingly. "Or she wouldn't have survived."

A 38-year-old man who has not yet been identified has been arrested for taking the shark.

Police believe that he was seeking to replace a previous horn shark, who had died. Police found an aquarium at his home.

Investigators intend to arrest and charge the remaining two suspects when they are located.

This is a bizarre case. Despite some upsetting twists (though thankfully, Miss Helen is okay), it's an entertaining story.

We can't wait for the inevitable movie. We're just surprised that, unlike Pain & Gain, this story won't take place in Florida.

Three thieves steal aquarium shark in worlds dumbest heist

Alan Alda Reveals Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis

Alan Alda, the veteran and beloved actor, who is also a six-time Emmy Award winner, announced on Tuesday morning that he has Parkinson's disease.

The long-time star, who anchored one of the most popular programs of all-time (M.A.S.H.) as combat doctor Hawkeye Pierce, opened up about this condition in an interview with CBS today.

"I was diagnosed three-and-a-half years ago and I've had a full life since then," the 82-year-old said, adding:

"I've acted, I've given talks, I help at the Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook, I've started this new podcast."

Wow.

As you can tell, this diagnosis has not slowed Alda down one bit.

He didn't even really plan on going public with the news until he realized that he might not have a choice.

"I had been on television a lot in the last couple of weeks talking about the new podcast – and I could see my thumb twitch in some shots and I thought, it's probably only a matter of time before somebody does a story about this from a sad point of view, but that's not where I am," he explained on air.

The podcast to which he keeps referring is called Clear+Vivid. It explores all the ways in which people communicate with each other.

Alda also emphasized during this interview that he isn't "angry" about what has happened to him.

The widely respected star has enjoyed memorable stints on such hits shows as the West Wing, 30 Rock, The Big C, The Blacklist and, most recently, The Good Fight.

"There are some common symptoms, but mostly everybody's different and each day is different from the next," Alda said about his illness.

"One day you wake up, you think, oh, it's over, it's gone. Next day it's back a little worse. You don't know what it's going to be, but the main thing is, there's stuff you can do and I've been -- you know how I look at it?

"It's like a puzzle to be solved. What do I have to adapt to to carry on a normal life? And I enjoy solving puzzles."

What an admirable attitude.

Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disease that results in movement-related problems, commonly referred to as "motor" functions. 

Symptoms can include impaired balance and coordination, slurred speech and difficulty walking.

Fellow actor Michael J. Fox has been open about his own diagnosis for years.

Watch Alda's full interview on the subject here.

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Scott Peterson: "Death Row Sissy" Trading Sex For Protection In Jail!

Being famous and in prison is not a good combination. Being infamous and widely despised and in prison is usually worse.

Scott Peterson is about as infamous and widely despised as it gets, and his fellow inmates at San Quentin prison know that.

A new report alleges Peterson is so desperate to avoid the wrath of other prisoners that he is trading sexual favors for protection.

Scott Peterson in Jumpsuit Orange

Raynard Cummings is a convicted cop killer and an armed robber.

He has been in prison since 1983 for the shooting of LAPD Officer Paul Verna.

In a lengthy letter published by RadarOnline, Cummings reveals that Scott Peterson is trading sexual favors for protection from a group of strong, burly inmates -- including Cummings.

RadarOnline shares that Cummings is 61 years old, 6-foot-6, and 250 pounds.

It sounds like Cummings able to offer a great deal of protection from the regular beatings that Peterson would otherwise experience in general population.

Cummings has a nickname for Peterson -- his "snowbunny." Outside of prison, that nickname has some very different meanings. Behind bars, well ...

Scott Peterson in the Courtroom

Cummings and his group within San Quentin are apparently known as the Tribe.

In addition to sexual favors, Peterson apparently performs unenviable chores -- like washing the Tribe's underwear -- and also gives them backrubs with massage oil int he showers.

Though Cummings cannot imagine why Peterson actually requested to be moved out of protective custody and placed in the general population, he writes that he enjoys reaping the benefits.

"Taking SP [Scott Peterson] in was and is one of the sweetest move[s] I’ve ever made in 37 years of death row imprisonment," Cummings writes.

Scott Peterson Mugshot

"For whatever reasons," Cummings writes. "SP wanted to hang out with the baddest of the blackness…This is the circle in which SP chose to walk into in the middle -- and then to stay in the middle of -- learning the program."

"I call him my Death Row sissy," Cummings explains. "Because he’ll do just about anything to save his worthless neck."

Wow.

Cummings elaborates, saying: "He knows he’s one of the most hated men in here and could be killed at any moment."

Cummings even included some more salacious details about his interactions with Peterson in the showers, writing: "The shower felt silky-smooth and SP to me is one handsome white boy."

Laci Peterson Missing Poster

The world knows the grisly details of Laci Peterson's murder. So many people wasted countless hours searching for Laci when, the court concluded, her husband knew the whole time where she was -- because he had been the one to murder her.

Scott Peterson has been on death row for many years, now.

He has made numerous attempts to appeal his conviction, but to no avail.

It is difficult to imagine why someone like Peterson would want to enter the general population -- unless, of course, he simply had a death wish, and changed his mind afterwards.

What Cummings describes should probably not be confused with prison rape, another serious issue. This sounds like Peterson has effectively hired these men to protect him from other men.

But it's still not a good situation.

Scott Peterson

Some might view Cummings' letter as some form of justice.

Others believe that every day on which Peterson draws breath is an injustice, and that we -- all of us who are good people -- will live in a better world the day that he finally dies.

Whether or not you believe the word of a death row inmate who was convicted of murdering a police officer during a routine traffic stop, the letter is an indictment of the prison system.

Even if you believe that Peterson deserves his current fate as described by Cummings, we all know that there are innocent people behind bars who become victims of violence.

We should have prisons designed in such a way that inmates, guilty or innocent, are not at the mercy of strong, vicious criminals who have nothing to lose.

That said ... it is difficult if not impossible to feel sorry for Scott Peterson.

Les Moonves, CBS CEO, Accused of Sexual Misconduct

One of the most powerful men in the entire entertainment industry is facing accusations of sexual misconduct.

According to an article in The New Yorker by Ronan Farrow, the 68-year-old allegedly kissed and touched women without their consent, on multiple occasions.

Les Moonves

The damaging expose touches on incidents that go back 20 years in some cases, while also delving into broader cultural issues at CBS.

Moonves has worked as the chairman of this network since February of 2016.

Said the company in a statement shortly after news of Moonves' alleged misdeeds went public:

All allegations of personal misconduct are to be taken seriously.

The Independent Directors of CBS have committed to investigating claims that violate the Company’s clear policies in that regard.

Upon the conclusion of that investigation, which involves recently reported allegations that go back several decades, the Board will promptly review the findings and take appropriate action.

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It added in this statement:

The timing of this report comes in the midst of the Company’s very public legal dispute. While that litigation process continues, the CBS management team has the full support of the independent board members.

Along with that team, we will continue to focus on creating value for our shareowners.

Moonves has been married to CBS talk show host Julie Chen since 2004.

After filling a number of executive positions at CBS beginning in 1995, he served as co-president and co-CEO of CBS Corporation predecessor Viacom, Inc., from 2004 until the company split at the end of 2005. 

Just over two years ago, he replaced Sumner M. Redstone as the head of the network.

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Farrow, meanwhile, is the same reporter who recently won a Pulitzer Prize for his scathing story on Harvey Weinstein.

He wrote in extreme detail about how the veteran movie producer would allegedly abuse and assault an endless array of women over the many decades he worked in Hollywood.

As chairman and CEO of CBS Corporation, Moonves oversees all operations, including the CBS Television Network, Showtime, The CW, CBS Television Studios and CBS Interactive.

As part of his legacy, the network has been the most-watched network for 10 straight seasons and 15 out of the past 16 years.

He is yet to comment on these allegations.

But Moonves is merely the latest major name in this industry to be accused of sexual misconduct, as women across the nation respond to the #MeToo movement by gaining the confidence needed to speak out against their abusers.

Good for them, we say.

And if any of the allegations against Moonves are true, then very very very very bad for him.

McDonald’s Workers Pummel Customer in Brutal Beatdown Video!

If you buy a water cup, you're really not supposed to get soda with it. Anywhere, including McDonald's.

Some employees, it seems, take this policy much more seriously than others.

Because soda-theft is apparently what prompted a couple of McDonald's employees to deliver an epic beatdown to a customer. And you can see it all in the video and .gifs that we've included.

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(Note: this still image is worth seeing on its own, but we made .gifs of some highlights below)

In a video posted on Wednesday night, several unidentified persons were involved in a brawl at an undisclosed McDonald's.

A customer runs, tossing what appears to be a milkshake and then a tray behind her, perhaps in an effort to slow or deter the tall employee who is pursuing her.

Her efforts are unsuccessful.

The taller employee appears to corner her against a table and, as they say, wail on her with her fists.

The customer's efforts to fight back do not appear to be successful. She gets flung across the aisle and onto a table like a rag doll.

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We have to show you the censored version of this brutal pummeling, folks. 

The obscenities are one thing, but the unidentified customer gets such a thrashing that her boob pops out and flops around everywhere.

(Since we do not know her identity, we also cannot verify her age)

Her breast popped out because her top, appropriate for this unspeakably hot summer weather, is less than ideal for a knock-down, drag-out fight.

Comics artists who like to draw superheroes wearing what looks like a few ribbons should take note: it is not realistic combat attire.

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TMZ reports that this McDonald's fight was apparently all started after the customer tried to use a water cup to steal soda from the soda dispenser.

We have to assume that there was some escalation between "ma'am you need to buy a soda" and the absolutely ghastly display of violence caught on video.

It sounds like the customer may have insulted the taller employee's mother, though honestly, a lot of what's said in the video is difficult if not impossible to understand.

We're hesitant to say who started it without knowing the whole story, especially since it appears that people are committing some crimes -- in addition to workplace violations.

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Most of us, if we were lifted into the air and slammed into a table, might try to end the fight.

A couple of others try to intervene, and another employee moves the customer away while also restraining her.

The customer, who is tiny but appears to be 100% ready to fight, struggles to escape the shorter employee's grasp.

It appears that the shorter employee loses her patience because she responds with some hair-pulling and is shown delivering some blows of her own.

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Even after things appear to be settled -- again -- the customer grabs what looks to be an aluminum chair and begins to charge towards the taller employee.

Folks, please do not get into fights. And if you just escaped a fight in which you were decidedly on the losing side, do not try to start things up again.

McDonald's is not a buffet -- do not go back for seconds.

Thankfully, the taller employee is able to diffuse this situation -- sort of -- by confiscating the chair.

(She just takes it from her)

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Again, there is so much that we do not know. There is even -- as always -- technically a possibility that a group of friends staged all of this to go viral.

But ... we somehow doubt it. This looks very real.

Fight choreographers for television shows should take note.

We want to stress again that we do not know who the original aggressor may have been in this conflict.

We can only imagine what is going through the minds of McDonald's corporate as they watch this video go viral.

Hey, it's not the worst McDonald's content that's ever spread over social media.

Mcchicken sex video sends internet over the edge

Mcdonalds workers deliver brutal beatdown to milkshake throwing