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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Since the announcement of their engagement last December, Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade’s relationship has really been put to the test. Just days after their engagement, the public learned that Wade fathered a child outside of his relationship with the “Being Mary Jane” actress, which further opened the door for public scrutiny and questions regarding what’s really going on behind the closed doors of their relationship. Now explosive details from athlete’s ugly divorce from ex-wife, Siohvaughn Funches, are reemerging.
According court documents unearthed by RadarOnline, Funches painted Wade as a cheating and abusive husband who infected her with an STD. Interestingly, she says that his personality shift came just after they tied the knot in 2002.
“I had known that Dwyane Wade had a temper and could become violent at times,” she alleged in court documents. “But when we moved out of my mother’s home … into our own apartment with our infant son, the violence increased. This, however, was just the surface of the domestic violence Dwayne Wade would inflict upon me.”
The mom of two recalled one specific incident where she alleges that a fight with Wade got so out of hand, she wound up spending a week in the hospital.
“He picked up a garbage can made of marble stone and threw it at me. Dwyane Wade picked me up into the air above his head and slammed me down onto a large ottoman with such force that the ottoman broke into pieces when he slammed my body on it and banged my head against a marble bathroom floor.”
“Subsequently, I ended up having to be rushed to the emergency room of Christ Hospital and spent an entire week hospitalized.”
She adds that she noticed a correlation between her ex-husband’s success and the deterioration of their marriage.
“As Dwyane Wade’s income increased, his arrogance and pride increased as well,” Funches explained. “Dwyane Wade began to call me derogatory names more, throw things at me, hit me, take all my money from me, and even kicked me out of the house causing me not to have a place to live. … As a means of controlling me, and as part of Dwyane Wade’s domestic violence pattern, he would often hit me, lock me in rooms and not allow me out, threaten to take my sons from me and frighten me by telling me he knows judges and that they are on his pay roll and he can take the children from me at any time he wanted. The domestic violence and abuse continued on for several years in our family.”
Funches also accused her ex-husband of using money to control her when she tried to leave him.
“I tried to leave Dwyane Wade, but when I did, he made sure I did not have access to my own home and he cut off all my bankcards and denied me access to any money,” she continues. “This exerting of power and control has continued to this day.”
“The marriage has ended but Dwyane Wade’s abuse has not ceased, and through the court system he continues to use his money and influence to exert power and control over me …”
She insists that their marriage came to an end when she tested positive for an STD, something she says is proof that he cheated on her. Wade has denied her claims and is suing his ex-wife for defamation. One can only wonder with these old skeletons are being rehashed. But if we had to take a wild guess, we’d say that Wade’s upcoming wedding with Union probably has a lot to do with it.
We haven’t been hearing much from the Ying Yang Twins these days, so it’s unfortunate that they’re making headlines for something negative. However, one half of the musical duo, “Deongelo “D-Roc” Holmes, has been arrested following a domestic dispute in Georgia.
According to TMZ, D-Roc’s wife, Porsha Holmes, accused him of punching her in the head during an argument back in November. It is being reported that he struck her so hard, she was left with a large bump above her left eye. D-Roc has since been charged with “family violence” and two counts of simple battery. Following his arrest, the “Whisper” rapper was released on bond after agreeing to a few restrictions—including staying away from Porsha.
This, unfortunately, would not be D-Roc’s first run-in with the law. According to Access Atlanta, the 35-year-old rapper was also arrested back in Jun. 2012 for several offenses—including driving under the influence. Reps on behalf of the D-Roc have yet to comment on the allegations.
A couple of weeks ago we learned of a violent new trend called the knockout game, during which teen boys approach unsuspecting victims and punch them as hard as they could in hope of well, knocking the person out. Word of this shocking new game caused quite a bit of hysteria in areas close to where incidents of the game have surfaced. Apparently 23-year-old Ashley DePew of St. Louis was aware of this. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, DePew told police officers that she was punched in the face by a “black thug” participating in the knockout game. Her eye was swollen shut. The way DePew reportedly told officers the story two days after the actual occurrence, she was standing outside of St. Louis bar the Trophy Room when she was approached by a group of young black men and one of them punched her.
After the alleged incident occurred, DePew claims the young men fled the scene; however, when officers began questioning Trophy Room patrons who were present on Nov. 17, the night of the alleged incident, they all revealed that they were unaware of the assault. After doing a bit more digging, officers found that DePew made up the knockout game story to cover for her boyfriend, Justin Simms, who actually assaulted her. The couple eventually confessed to fabricating the story. As a result, investigators are pondering whether or not they’ll press charges against DePew for filing a false police report.
“We had to spend a significant amount of resources unraveling the lies they told. That’s resources that could have been spent on other crimes and it damaged the perception of the city. I hope these two individuals get help in their relationship,” said a St. Louis police spokesperson.
DePew’s attorney, Ethan Corlija is arguing that she should not be charged since she is a domestic violence victim.
“I don’t want this to detract from the fact that she’s still a victim,” he said. “She sustained pretty serious injuries. No matter how the circuit attorney chooses to view it, it still boils down to her being a victim and we can’t lose sight of that fact.”
It has not yet been announced whether or not DePew will be charged. Though it’s unfortunate that this young woman has found herself in an abusive relationship, her false report could’ve led to the arrest of an innocent black man. There should be some sort of repercussion for that.