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According to ABC news, George Zimmerman has been charged with aggravated assault, battery domestic violence, and criminal mischief in relation to his domestic dispute today. The alleged victim, his girlfriend, has been identified by police as Samantha Scheibe. The assault took place at the home the two shared.
We now have details on what exactly caused George Zimmerman to be taken into custody today. According to TMZ, the 30-year-old who was acquitted of the murder of Trayvon Martin earlier this year pulled a shotgun on his girlfriend in the middle of an argument.
The girlfriend, who has yet to be identified, reportedly asked Zimmerman to leave her home after they became engaged in a verbal dispute and as a result he began to break things in the house. Zimmerman also began to pack his things — which included a shotgun and an assault rifle — and as the argument escalated, Zimmerman grew more upset … and took the shotgun out of its case.
When Zimmerman’s girlfriend threatened to call police, he reportedly leveled the double barrel piece at her and asked if she really wanted to do that, and then allegedly smashed a glass coffee table with the butt of the gun. Oddly enough, Zimmerman called 911 himself and said his pregnant girlfriend was “going crazy.” Sounds familiar, right? According to the girlfriend’s account, he shoved her outside of the home and barricaded the door behind her. When police arrived on the scene, they forced themselves inside and placed Zimmerman under arrest. The Seminole County Sheriff says Zimmerman’s girlfriend is actually not pregnant.
Yes, it’s déjà vu all over again. George Zimmerman is reportedly back in custody, and though details are slim it appears this latest arrest is the result of some sort of domestic disturbance.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, George Zimmerman has been arrested and is en route to the Seminole County Jail. Around 1:30 pm, Sheriff Don Eslinger confirmed to the news outlet that Zimmerman had been arrested today and that more information would be available shortly. WFTV, though, is reporting that the arrest is the result of a disturbance that took place on Topfield Court in unincorporated Apopka, but details of what the disturbance involves have not yet been released.
As you likely recall, just two months ago Zimmerman was brought in for questioning after his wife, Shellie, called the cops on him in a different domestic dispute. At the time, Shellie claimed Zimmerman pulled a knife on her after she discovered a firearm in the home they share. After a verbal altercation, she claims he then proceeded to pulled a gun on her and her father. Shellie never pressed charges against her estranged husband, whom she’ll filed for divorce from just a few days earlier, but given this latest news it would appear she should have.
WESH-2 is reporting that this latest domestic disturbance involves Zimmerman’s “girlfriend” so we’re especially interested in learning this woman’s identity, as well as who in their right man would get involved with a man like George Zimmerman. We’ll keep you up on the details as they unfold.
Over the summer, we told you that actor Marcus T. Paulk—best known for his role as Miles on 90′s sitcom Moesha—was arrested after he allegedly beat up his girlfriend.
In case you missed it, the 26-year-old actor’s girlfriend, singer Andi Roxx, said that the incident occurred in Beverly Hills at the Confidential nightclub. Apparently she and Marcus got into a heated exchange because he wasn’t paying her enough attention. Once the couple got home, Andi says the argument became physical. She accused the former child star of punching her in the chin and kicking her in the stomach. She admitted that she hit Marcus as well. The aspiring singer went to the hospital the following morning, where she was treated for internal injuries. Law enforcement officers also came to the hospital and questioned her about the incident. Not long after, Marcus turned himself in to authorities.
Three months later, Marcus has officially been charged with domestic violence and battery, TMZ reports. If convicted, the Red Tails actor could face up to four years in prison. It’s not really clear what took the District Attorney so long to officially charge him, but we’re sure that will come out as more details emerge. We will continue to keep you posted as this story develops.
What are your thoughts regarding this case?
This past summer we reported, 50 Cent’s ex-girlfriend, Daphne Joy, accused him of domestic violence and destroying her property during a fight. Luckily for him, he struck a plea deal that will allow him to avoid a future behind bars.
According to TMZ, 50 was charged with one count of misdemeanor domestic violence and four counts of misdemeanor vandalism. Allegedly he caused $7,100 in damages. During his trail, 50 pleaded not guilty and the judge ordered him to turn in his guns and stay away from his ex-girlfriend who is also the mother of his second child. 50 cent’s attorney told TMZ, 50 was able to create a deal with the prosecutor to get the charges dropped by pleading no contest to the one count of misdemeanor vandalism.
50’s sentencing includes three years of probation and 30 days of community service. He has also agreed to receive counseling and pay Daphne back for the alleged damages he caused.
Do you think 50 Cent should have received a stronger sentencing?
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and as we begin to end the month, a sobering study from the Violence Policy Center reminds us just how big an issue this is in the black community.
Josh Sugarmann, the executive director for the Violence Policy Center, wrote at the Huffington Post explaining that black women were killed by black men at a rate 2.61 per 100,000 single victim/single offender incidents while white women were killed by white men at just 0.99 per 100,000. He goes on to put the numbers into perspective:
“First, the primary risk of violence does not come from strangers. Ninety-four percent of black women were murdered by someone they knew (a proportion that is equally high for white women). And the vast majority of homicides of black females were not related to any other felony crime. Most often, they were killed in the course of an argument.”
Read the results of the study over at MommyNoire.com
A quote that I see frequently my IG and Twitter timeline is: ”You attract what you are,” and I’ve got to say, that quote bothers me sometimes. Especially when it comes to domestic abuse. October is Domestic Abuse Awareness month, and this seems like there’s no better time than now to address the perceptions that people have of domestic abuse victims and the blame people place on them.
As time has gone on domestic abuse has been placated to the position of a joke, and then the rationalizations begin to surface. “Aww, that chick had to have done something. I bet she probably hit him first, or was talking crazy, thinking that a man wasn’t going to hit her while she’s acting like a man. Proved her wrong.” “It’s her fault, she shouldn’t have jumped in a relationship so fast, not knowing the person, then it wouldn’t have ever happened.” Or the line that makes that small vein in my eye throb of: ”You attract what you are.” Why must people say such stupid things?
Domestic abuse is an issue that is important to address across all racial lines, and according to statistics from the Domestic Violence Resource Center, 25% of women will face domestic abuse in their lifetime. That’s one in four women. On top of that, African American women have the highest statistics for domestic violence and fatalities by the hands of a current/past partner, but it is the most under reported crime (meaning that the numbers, as high as they are, are even higher due to people not speaking up until the last minute).
So many times I feel as though we fall victim, ourselves, due to the theory that W.E.B. DuBois coined as “double consciousness.” The theory expressed that for African Americans we see ourselves through two different consciousness; who we are, and how others perceive us. So, a lot of times we behave in the way that we’re expected to, it becomes some what of a self-fulfilling prophecy. African Americans are seen as uberly strong individuals. We’re the “don’t take crap” from anyone, and if you have something to say to me, I’ll shut you down with the quickness, and sometimes we might get to the point that we believe our own hype. This hype, I believe, is one of the reasons why so many African American women stay silent to the abuse, that and victim blaming.
It’s not easy knowing that the world expects you to be strong, but you’re cowering under someone else’s fists, and/or insults? On top of that, there’s the fear of the question: “Well, what did you do?” that haunts some women. Feeling that if when you go for help, the blame will be put on you. And that’s not fair.
Let’s get things straight. No sane person goes into a relationship asking to be abused, degraded, or made to question their own self-worth. You didn’t ask for that to happen. So no, it’s not your fault. Regardless of what anyone says to you. Even if they use the line, “You should have waited until you knew him/her better,” it’s still not your fault. Most abusers are able to hide the monsters that they really are to get into a relationship. For my case, I was with someone for an entire year before the abuse came. But, let’s take it to an extreme example. Dennis Rader. This man was married, had two children, and four years after his wedding, he started killing people under the name “BTK.” According to all accounts, his wife had no idea, and had no reason to be fearful of this man, the same one who terrified the citizens of Witchita, Kansas.
But, before I let you go, let’s also dissect one more misconception, domestic abuse is not limited to women. There are men who are abused by women as well, verbally and physically, and none of it is right. Whether you’re a man or a woman, no one has a right to put their hands on you, and hurt you. You didn’t ask for it, and you didn’t get into that relationship expecting it to happen.
For most cases, you were a good person, who just so happened to be with a terrible human being. That’s not a reflection on you, it’s a reflection on them and the ghastly ways that they tried to control and harm you. You are so much more than that, and so much more than what a “meme” is dictating about you. Always remember that.
You may remember Olympic track and field star Lashinda Demus, who won a silver medal in the 2012 Olympics. The 30-year-old California native is making headlines again, but unfortunately, it’s not for her athletic abilities.
According to TMZ, Lashinda has filed for a protective order against her husband, Jamel Mayrant, who just a couple of weeks ago was arrested and jailed for domestic violence. According to the filed complaint, Lashinda is accusing Jamel of strangling her and threatening to kill her. Court documents go on to say that as a result of the incident, Lashinda was left with bruises and a lump on her head.
In her request, she also asked that the restraining order cover their 6-year-old twin sons, whom she claims Jamel also threatened. As if that isn’t horrible enough, Lashinda is also accusing her husband of trying to destroy her image.
“I’m a professional athlete … so I need no derogatory emails, pictures, texts, phone calls released about me on the web or to other people,” court documents read.
The courts have granted her temporary restraining order request, ordering that Jamel stay 100 feet away from Lashinda, the boys and her parents.
It looks like Damon Dash’s son has a problem keeping his hands to himself
According to the New York Post, 21 year old Damon Dash, Jr., aka Boogie, was arrested on Tuesday in New York City after attacking his girlfriend or “lady friend” after they had a disagreement.
The report says the young lady was visiting Boogie’s apartment when they had an “apparent dispute over sex,” according to a law official who spoke with the newspaper.
The source went on to say that he punched and slapped her, then threw her on the bed where he proceeded to get on top of her and choke her.
The young lady didn’t immediately call the police; instead, the situation seemed to have calm down for a second. However, that didn’t last long as Boogie once again jumped on top of her in an attempt to strangle her.
It was at that point that she called the police on him.
Dash, Jr. was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault and strangulation.
The police report described the woman’s condition as having a black eye, a cut lip and several other bruises.
Boogie was released from jail on Wednesday without bail after signing an order of protection which prohibits him from having any contact with the young lady.
Wow. So a disagreement about sex leads to a young woman being abused? What a terrible situation. For years Damon Dash’s son was seen as the “nice and sweet kid,” but apparently he has a lot of other things going on we knew nothing about.
No word on whether or not Bookie will have to make another appearance in court.
‘The Antichrist Is Here!’ Terrence Howard Reportedly Threatens Murder-Suicide During Fight With Ex-Wife
Anyone wanna organize a petition begging Terrence Howard and Michelle Ghent not to ever try to get back together again? I’ll be the first to sign.
Nearly three months after their ugly divorce was finalized, Terence Howard and ex-wife Michelle Ghent were back in the headlines after one of their secret reunions during a Costa Rican family vacation went horribly wrong. Once the couple got back to the States, Michelle filed for a protective order claiming that the Dead Man Down actor has beaten her again. Photos of a battered Michelle with a n*sty black eye surfaced not long after news of the incident broke. Terrence, however, claimed that Michelle was lying and that she was actually the aggressor in the situation. He also claimed that she went as far as threatening to kill his family.
As if all of that isn’t horrible enough, it appears that there were more violent showdowns between the couple that no one knew about. In court documents recovered by the New York Daily News, which detail a dispute that allegedly occurred just two weeks before the former couple’s divorce was finalized (April 23rd), Michelle says that when she confronted Terrence and “confirmed” that he’d been inappropriately speaking to six other women—one of them being 17 years old— he lashed out by slamming her onto a hardwood floor and tossing her computer out of a window. She went on to claim that he threatened to kill himself.
“He grabbed an X-Acto blade and put it to his wrist as if to cut himself. [He also grabbed the] belt on his robe and displayed attempts to hang himself,” she said in her filing.
She also claims the actor threatened to kill her as well.
“I’m just thinking if I should kill you first before killing me,” Howard allegedly said to her.
Text messages, which Michelle claim were sent to her from Terrence were also recovered. One disturbing message reads:
“I will become Satan Himself! You were my last chance to love. I will now Hate in all things and seek my vengeance among Humanity for all the wrongs ever done to me!! I have suffered because of my faith and will now destroy the world of Mankind! You just killed the last grain of light within me! Now the Darkness has begun! I hate all things because of you! The Antichrist is here!”
If you were to read the headline Marcus T. Paulk arrested for domestic violence. It would be unfortunate but it probably wouldn’t mean much to you. But honey, Marcus T. Paulk is the 26 year old actor who played Brandy’s younger brother, Myles Mitchell, on her hit show “Moesha.”
According to TMZ, the actor turned himself into authorities after allegedly putting his girlfriend in the hospital. He was arrested not too long ago.
Paulk’s girlfriend, a singer who wanted to be identified by her stage name Andi Roxx said the altercation started at a Beverly Hills nightclub called Confidential. She said she and Paulk got into an argument because he wasn’t paying her enough attention.
Roxx says by the time they got home the fight had turned physical. Paulk punched her in the chin, she swung back and busted his lip open and he hit her again, this time in the stomach. She says he also kicked her in the stomach and told her to get her stuff and get out.
Roxx went to the hospital the next morning with internal injuries. Law enforcement were sent to the hospital where she told them what happened.
Police contacted Paulk and his attorney arranged for the actor to turn himself in.
Police officers were called to the Colorado home of Denver Nuggets player Ty Lawson and his pregnant reality TV star girlfriend Ashley King aka Ashley Pettiford, TMZ reports.
When authorities arrived on the scene, Ashley, who is most known for her role on Oxygen reality show Bad Girls Club, tearfully told officers that she and Ty got into a verbal disagreement after she overheard him on the phone speaking to another woman the night before. She reportedly went on to say that after the argument, she began packing her things to leave, but Ty stopped her by shoving her onto the bed. According to reports she reacted by throwing his phone and breaking it. In turn, he reportedly placed her phone under water.
Ashley, who is six months pregnant, went on to tell police that despite being shoved, she was sure that her baby was okay because she felt it moving around after the incident. Both Ashley and Ty were placed under arrest. Ashley was arrested for criminal mischief due to the damage she’d done to Ty’s phone. Ty was arrested for suspicion of domestic violence and criminal mischief for the damage he’d done to Ashley’s phone. They were both later released from jail on $1,000 bond.