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Keyshawn Johnson Arrested On Domestic Violence Charges

April 21st, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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The Game, Kevin McCall, Columbus Short…now Keyshawn Johnson?

According to TMZ, the retired athlete is the latest celebrity to be accused of attacking (or threatening to attack) his significant other. Apparently Johnson and his ex-girlfriend engaged in a heated argument about marriage, which allegedly led to a physical altercation. Sources close to the situation claim that Johnson smashed the woman’s phone, leaving a gash on her hand.

Sources add that Johnson’s relationship with the woman has been unstable for quite some time now. It’s unclear how long they’ve been together. Johnson was arrested in Calabasas, California earlier today.

“When deputies arrived, it was determined that the resident and his ex-girlfriend were involved in a domestic dispute,” the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department told CBS Los Angeles.

He was charged with misdemeanor spousal battery. Bail was set at $20,000. He has since been released.

We’re not sure what’s going on in Hollywood, but Johnson is the fourth celebrity male to make headlines in connection to domestic violence allegations this month.

Diamond Alleges That Lil’ Scrappy Abused Her During Their Relationship

April 18th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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At the start of “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta,” Lil’ Scrappy led viewers to believe that his ex-girlfriend, Diamond, abandoned him during a time that he needed her the most. However, according to Diamond, the reality star had been physically abusive to her during her relationship, which is what pushed her to leave.

“He was mentally abusive, physically abusive,” the former Crime Mob rapper recently told The Breakfast Club. “We fought, like you ain’t beatin’ my a**. Yeah, he got some issues. Some demons, he needs some help.”

“He has bad spending problems,” she continued. “I think you, you know, people go through phases. I think we’re better off as friends. I don’t want to try to continue to be in a relationship and we end up not liking each other; hating each other. I just want people to know we’re not together.”

Unsurprisingly, Diamond admits that she bumped heads with the two women who probably play the biggest roles in Scrappy’s life: his mother and his daughter’s mother, Erica. While there are rumors that Erica and Diamond got into a physical altercation at one point, Diamond says they never actually hit one another.

“Nah, we got into it before but we never fought.”

As for Momma Dee, the “Sisterhood of Hip Hop” star blames her for ruining her credit.

“I got his mother an apartment—that she trashed and messed up my credit at one point in time, terrorized. I co-signed for her a condo.”

Considering all that she has been through with Scrappy, Erica and Momma Dee, her addition to the “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” cast would’ve made for extremely interesting TV. However, Diamond says she could tell from the beginning that appearing on the show wouldn’t be a good look.

“They was using our names for ratings. I had a meeting. I wanted to see what it was about, you know as a businesswoman. It wasn’t really going with the whole plan of my music career. I don’t think it was a good look for me. I wanted to focus on what I had going on in my life currently, they wanted to focus on what happened in the past.”

Contrary to popular belief, Diamond also revealed that she and Soulja Boy are no longer together.

“I’m single. We been broke up. Y’all need to catch up. Kimora Lee Simmons and Russell hang out together all the time. We do business together.”

Watch her full interview on the next page. Do you think you’ll be checking out “Sisterhood of Hip Hop”?

Did Mike Epps Punch An Ex-Lover At The ‘Haunted House 2′ Premiere After-Party Last Night?

April 17th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Last night Marlon Wayans celebrated the premiere of his latest comedy, “Haunted House 2″ in Los Angeles, but unfortunately, the night didn’t end on a laughable note. Fellow funnyman Mike Epps is accused of assaulting an ex-lover at the premiere’s after-party, which is said to have taken place at Lucky Strike in Downtown Los Angeles.

The unnamed woman, who according to TMZ says she had a previous romantic relationship with the actor, is claiming that he punched her in the face after she confronted him during the after-party. The woman called the police and filed a report; however, cops say she showed no signs of injury.

Mike told the police that he never touched the woman and sources close to the situation say that she didn’t even know him personally and was simply a fan. The way his camp tells the story, the woman approached him and he requested privacy because he attended the event with his wife (pictured above). Feeling slighted by his request, the woman supposedly became belligerent and resorted to drink throwing. Shortly after, security escorted her out of the venue.

LAPD sources say that the case has been forwarded to the domestic violence division since the alleged victim is claiming to have a relationship with the comedian. The situation is still under investigation.

Eva Marcille Reportedly Files Restraining Order Against Kevin McCall

April 8th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Just two months after welcoming their baby girl, Marley Rae, Eva Marcille Pigford and boyfriend, Kevin McCall, reportedly found themselves in the middle of a major domestic dispute.

According to TMZ, towards the end of March Pigford and McCall got into a huge argument at their home, which allegedly led to McCall “violently kicking down” four doors in their home and trying to snatch their infant daughter out of Pigford’s arms. It’s unclear what started the argument, but the “America’s Next Top Model” winner reportedly told police that McCall lost it during an argument, chased her around the house and threatened to punch her.

It’s reported that Pigford obtained a restraining order against the Grammy Award-winning writer and producer on Mar. 28, which prohibits him from coming within 100 yards of her. We’re not sure what happened between then and last Friday, but the family appears to be reunited in an Instagram photo (above) that the model and actress shared on Apr. 4.

According to reports, Pigford and McCall have been seeing each other for approximately one year; however, they’ve made it a point to evade quesitons about specfically how long they’ve actually been together. The couple has yet to comment on reports of the protective order.

Is Tiffney Cambridge Breaking Her Silence On Alleged Domestic Violence Incident With The Game?

April 7th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Tiffney Cambridge addresses alleged domestic violence incident in cryptic Instagram post.

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Last week we told you that rapper Jayceon “The Game” Taylor was being investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department surrounding a domestic violence incident that allegedly took place between him and estranged fiancée, Tiffney Cambridge. According to reports, Taylor assaulted Cambridge during a Mar. 19 argument, leaving the mother of two with a broken nose and a damaged eye socket. While Taylor has acknowledged that were was a domestic dispute between him and his “Marrying The Game” co-star, he argues that he never laid a finger on her.

“I don’t want to give fuel to these false accusations, but the truth will definitely come out,” the former G-Unit rapper said in a statement. “I am always looking out for my children’s safety and have never laid a hand on Tiffney.”

However, it appears that it may be Cambridge’s word against his. The school-teacher-turned-reality-star recently shared a cryptic message that appears to be about the alleged assault via social media site Instagram and well, we’ll let you draw your own conclusions.

“All I needed to see… Thank you Jesus. Thank you to my family, friends, & supporters.. Nothing more to be said or explained,” Tiffney captioned a screenshot from a text conversation with a friend, who basically encouraged her to trust that God will shed light on the truth.

Screen shot 2014-04-07 at 8.55.45 AM Some speculate that Cambridge and Taylor are actually okay and that this is a huge publicity stunt they’ve concocted to promote the third season of their reality show. It wouldn’t be completely far-fetched, as Cambridge and Taylor have been extremely selective with their wording. But honestly, domestic violence allegations are pretty serious and we would hope they wouldn’t play around with something like that. As always, we’ll continue to keep you posted as further details emerge.

Richard Pryor’s Grandson Hit With Assault Charges Over Domestic Violence Allegations

April 3rd, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Randise Pryor, Richard Pryor's grandson hit with assault charges over domestic violence allegations.

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Valentine’s Day is generally a time where couples shower one another with love and affection. However, according to court documents, Randise Pryor, grandson of legendary comedian Richard Pryor, and his ex-girlfriend, Kaly Mason, experienced the polar opposite. For reasons that are unknown at this time, the couple split up and the events following their breakup are quite troubling.

A couple of weeks following their split, Mason went to the 23-year-old’s home to recover her belongings, which led to a disagreement. Their dispute eventually escalated and she says things got physical.

“He took my head and smashed it against the wall,” Mason told the Enquirer. “I didn’t try to fight back and started to leave, but then he pushed me into the bathroom and continued to punch me.”

Mason adds that the attack was so severe, she had to be treated at a local emergency room. In court documents regarding the alleged assault, which were filed on Mar. 1, Mason painted the comedic heir as a terrible boyfriend who treated her “like crap” for the duration of their 5-month relationship. She went on to tell reporters that their relationship was a mess from the start.

“He stayed with me every night. He didn’t have anywhere else to stay [at the time] and didn’t have a job or money. He neglected me, and I felt like he was just using me for a place to stay, for my car, and because I had a job and was making money.”

Pryor has been charged with simple assault and harassment.

Next Singer Raphael “Tweet” Brown Denies Domestic Violence Allegations

March 31st, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Over the weekend we told you that Next singer Raphael “Tweet” Brown was being accused of domestic abuse by his estranged wife, Juliette Gil-Brown, who recently filed a restraining order agaisnt him. Not only did Juliette accuse the “Too Close” singer of kicking her while she was pregnant, but she says that he also brutalized their four-year-old daughter, among a plethora of other stomach-churning allegations.

Raphael has since responded to his wife’s claims and he’s insisting that most of the allegations are lies. While he admits to being verbally abusive to Juliette, he says he never laid a finger on her.

“I never kicked her in her stomach when she was pregnant with our son, who’s now 10 years of age, nor when she wasn’t with child. I never punched my ex-wife in the face, I’ve never grabbed my ex-wife by her neck or pushed her to the floor,” he told TMZ.

Ironically, though she’s the one who filed for a restraining order, Raphael claims that Juliette is actually the one harassing him from a private Twitter account.

“You’re a dirty n****. All you have to do is provide food and shelter for your children and you don’t. #divorce,” Juliette allegedly wrote in a tweet on Mar. 3.

“You are the reason n***as are dying of AIDS. Your lifestyle is to blame,” she allegedly followed up.

Raphael insists that he just wants the divorce to be over with so that he can move on with his life.

“I have peace in my life and I have moved on. That chapter is closed and I want her to respect my position and do what’s best for our children,” he added.

Something tells me that this isn’t the last we’ll be hearing from either of them.

Judge Issues Warrant For Columbus Short’s Arrest; Domestic Violence Allegations Surface

March 26th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Yesterday we told you that Columbus Short was reportedly involved in a pretty serious bar fight that left his contender unconscious and with a broken nose. It now appears that the “Scandal” actor is in big trouble over the incident. According to TMZ, a warrant has been issued for the 33-year-old father’s arrest.

As you may recall, the alleged incident occurred at an engagement party in Los Angeles after the actor’s unnamed victim made some inappropriate remarks about Short’s wife, Tanee McCall-Short. Eyewitnesses say that the comment set off  the choreographer-turned-actor and he proceeded to sucker punch his alleged victim. The man was later transported to a nearby hospital.

The warrant for Short’s arrest was issued by a judge today on one count of felony aggravated battery. The charge carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison. Bond has been set at $50,000. Reps for the actor have yet to comment on the warrant, but it turns out that Short has acquired quite the rap sheet over the past few years. In addition to the March 2010 incident where he knocked out a man’s teeth, TMZ is reporting that Short was also recently arrested for physically attacking his wife.

The incident occurred back in February at the couple’s Woodland Hills home. Police say they responded to a 911 call around 2 a.m. and that Short attacked Tanee during an argument. To make matters worse, his 2-year-old and 10-year-old children were present during the altercation and witnessed the entire thing. He was charged with spousal battery and child abuse due to the emotional trauma the kids suffered by watching the scuffle. The actor pled not guilty to the charges on Tuesday.

An additional incident occurred between Short and his wife two weeks later. According to the police report, they got into an argument and he allegedly pushed her. Similar to the previous one, this incident also ended with the “Scandal” heart throb being carried off in a police patrol car.

Should Ebony Wilkerson Be Convicted Of Attempted Murder?

March 11th, 2014 - By Charing Ball
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Source: Voulsa County Corrections

Source: Voulsa County Corrections

Last week’s near-tragic story of a pregnant mother, who attempted to drown herself and her children by driving the minivan into the ocean, is a perfect reminder of how little regard we give to the impact domestic violence has on women, particular ones, who might be mentally ill.

According to published reports, a $1.2 million bond has been set for 32 year old Ebony Wilkerson, who is facing three counts of attempted murder, as well as other other charges, for the near-fatal incident, which resulted in bystanders rescuing her children, ages 3, 9 and 10, from their minivan as it was almost submerged off the coast of Dayton Beach, Florida. Wilkerson, who was 27 and 1/2 weeks pregnant at the time, was also able to escape without injury.

The Washington Post writes that just mere hours before driving herself and her children into the ocean, Wilkerson’s sister had called the police and reported that her sister had been, “talking about Jesus and how there are demons in my house and how I’m trying to control her but I’m trying to keep them safe.” The story goes on to say that when police stopped her Honda Odyssey, she told them that she feared that her husband would find them in Florida and harm them.

Wilkerson’s own children also told authorities of a history of violence between their mother and father and that they had only come to Florida to escape him three days before she tried to drive them into the ocean. Furthermore, the kids told authorities that their mother had been “acting crazy and speaking to Jesus” since moving to Daytona Beach.

The Post also writes:

“The children said that while driving south on the beach, their mother pointed at the ocean, locked the doors, rolled up the electric windows and then jerked the steering wheel, sending the minivan into the waves.One of the children asked her what she was doing, and she said: “’I am keeping us all safe,” according to the affidavit.”

Obviously Wilkerson is mentally unstable here. And thankfully they all survived. But I have a hard time reconciling the idea that locking this woman up in prison is the best outcome in this situation. Like, wouldn’t mental health treatment as well as domestic violence assistance, be more beneficial – and I’m talking about for both Wilkerson as well as her children?

As recent research shows, particularly this study from the King’s College London and the University of Bristol that reviewed data from 41 studies worldwide, both men and women with mental health problems are at an increased risk of domestic violence. However as it relates to women, the study shows that women with depressive disorders were 2 and a half times more likely to experience domestic violence – even worse for women with post-traumatic stress, who were seven times more likely be in domestic violence situations. In fact, one of the lead researchers is quoted in saying, “The evidence suggests that there are two things happening: domestic violence can often lead to victims developing mental health problems, and people with mental health problems are more likely to experience domestic violence.”

An article in The Grio highlights a Johns Hopkins study, which shows that one out of every three women abused during pregnancy went on to develop depression in the first 12 months of the child’s life. And according to this study, Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Postpartum Depression Care Among Low-Income Women, a disproportionate number of black and Latina women who suffer from postpartum depression do not receive needed services including diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care.

I point to those studies to remind us that the effects intimate partner violence has on an individual isn’t just limited to physical acts of violence and scarring. Intimate partner violence also has the potential to impair someone’s mental capacities or even accelerate already existing mental health issues. Coupled or even multiplied with other hardships in life (like economic instability) and we have a vitriol situation ready to pop-off, say like driving your kids into the ocean. I know that there are the hardline amongst us, who live strictly by the motto of: if you do the crime, then you must do the time. But if your “crime” was also the result of your victimization, where exactly is the justice in that?

And according to statistics by the Correction Association of New York’s Women in Prison Project, (a group, which is trying to get legislation passed that would consider domestic violence history in sentencing decisions) in New York alone, seventy five percent of woman incarcerated have endured severe intimate partner violence during their adulthood. Moreover, 93 percent of women incarcerated for killing an intimate partner were abused by an intimate partner in the past. It certainly seems that we victimize survivors of domestic abuse twice, when we not only fail to protect them from abusers but then punish them harshly and indiscriminately when they attempt (no matter how extreme) to break free.

NFL Star Ray Rice Caught On Tape Dragging Unconscious Fiancée Out Of Elevator After Fight

February 19th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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We told you earlier in the week about NFL star and Ravens running back Ray Rice getting into a physical fight with his fiancée at a casino in Atlantic City. According to reports, surveillance cameras in the casino caught Rice and his lady, Janay Palmer, hitting one another. The couple (who have a 2-year-old daughter together) were arrested and both charged with simple assault and domestic violence. They were released after refusing medical attention.

Now, according to TMZ, after the fight happened and right before the couple was arrested, Ray tried to take Palmer out of the casino by means of the elevator. As video below shows, Palmer was out cold during all of this, as Rice pulled her out of the elevator and dropped her on the floor. At one point, he even kicks her leg to get it out of the elevator, to no avail. Security saw this scene in the hallway and approached Rice about what was going on, and Rice stopped trying to pull her out so that he could try and rouse her. Palmer finally does wake up, but struggles to get up as she blocks the elevator from closing. Rice walks away from her and the security guard takes to his walkie talkie to alert someone of what has happened. According to TMZ, from there, both parties were arrested and taken to the Atlantic City Police Department.

Rice’s lawyer has since responded to the posting of the video by TMZ Sports, telling them that what people see is not the whole story:

“Neither Ray nor myself will try this case in the media. However, the video that’s being posted by TMZ Sports is not the complete event, but is merely the end result of what transpired. We’ll assure the public that when this matter is fully tried and completed, you’ll have a better understanding of what happened and we ask the public to reserve making any judgment until all of the facts come out.”

It’s unclear from the video or through the lawyer whether or not Palmer could have possibly been unconscious because of intoxication, or if she was in the state she was in because of the assault that took place prior to this scene. Whatever the full story is, this video was quite troubling to watch.

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