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It’s one of those stories that, on the surface, rings a little bizarre.
Okay it is definitely bizarre…
Yusaf Mack, a 35-year-old middleweight boxer from Philadelphia, was caught in a porn scandal involving two other men. The self-professed “whoremonger” who also has 10 children and is set to be married to a woman, tells Jenice Armstrong with the Philadelphia Daily News that he “loves females.” He also says that there is a perfectly valid reason for all of this: he was drugged.
As reported by Armstrong:
“Mack’s saga began earlier this year. Someone reached out to him on Facebook and asked if he would be willing to be in a porn flick. Since he was short on cash, Mack decided to do it.
Sometime in June – he can’t recall exactly when – Mack boarded a train to New York City and made his way to an address in the Bronx. Once inside the apartment where the filming was to take place, he noticed a number of naked women walking around.
“I think, ‘It’s about to go down.’ I needed a drink or something,” Mack told me over the phone. “They gave me a pill and a shot of vodka. I took the pill down with the vodka.”
The next thing he can recall is being on a train at 30th Street Station and someone telling him to wake up.
“I don’t remember getting on the train,” he told me.
But Mack did later notice that he had $4,500 tucked inside his pocket.”
Mack tells Armstrong that he only learned what really happened to him after a friend pulled him aside and confessed that he, as well as much of West Philly, had seen snippets of the porn, which is currently floating around social media.
The boxer also said that he wants “to go after whoever it was that got him into this predicament.” But he can’t remember many pertinent details, like who hired him, who drugged him or even the password to his Facebook account (Mack also told Armstrong that the “Facebook page that he met his porn contact through is inaccessible because he forgot his password”).
He also adds:
“I’m just hurt right now…I can’t really sleep at night, but I’m getting by. . . . Everybody thinks I’m going to hurt myself. I’ve got to stay strong for my children.”
Crazy story, right? Or is it…
I will admit that Mack’s story doesn’t pass the smell test – more on that later. However it does present a good opportunity to talk about the preconceived notions many of us have about a man’s ability to be a victim of sexual assault.
And yes, if what Mack is alleging is true, this was an assault.
Yet, sexual assault that happens to men is often mocked. Or it is looked at as punishment for some other misgiving. Like whenever we joke about prison rape. Very rarely is it treated as a legitimate issue.
This was the case when earlier this year The Huffington Post ran a story about sexual assault against men on college campuses and how those stories are often ignored by not only the administrations at these institutions, but the media itself.
Yet, as reported in the article, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has revealed that “of 5,000 college students at over 130 colleges, one in 25 men answered “yes” to the question ‘In your lifetime have you been forced to submit to sexual intercourse against your will?”
Likewise, other statistics suggest that while 10 percent of reported sexual assaults in the United States, involve men, most sexual assaults go unreported. The reason, according to the website for the Florida Council Against Sexual Assault:
“Men and boys are often reluctant to report the crime of sexual assault, or to seek services, because they feel humiliated, shamed or confused by the crime or because they feel that seeking help will make them feel vulnerable or weak. Anyone who has been the victim of a sexual assault needs compassion, sensitivity and caring, and male victims may also have special needs to consider.”
All of this to say that if Mack had been sexually assaulted, this is no laughing matter.
If he had been a victim, it is possible that the reason he had not come forward sooner was out of shame and embarrassment. I mean could you imagine telling that story to your spouse, extended family and friends or even the police? And more importantly, could you imagine the self-blame? After all the stigma is that only gay men can be sexually assaulted.
But rape is about power and control and predators tend to pick people, regardless of sexual orientation, who are vulnerable. And there is nothing more vulnerable than a man hard up for cash.
That’s if his version of events are true.
Since this story has hit the papers (and the Internet), Twitter has produced more evidence that this is not Mack’s first gay porn production. Still, this is also problematic as well. Currently, his twitter mentions are filled with all sorts of homophobic slurs and threats against his life.
If he is lying, shame on him for exploiting rape and for making it a lot harder for men who have been victimized. But even if he is lying, we have to stop shaming people who have yet to come to terms with their own sexual orientations. Not only does it not help them embrace their true selves, it also sends a message to other men who might be watching, and who have been victimized, to feel less secure in speaking out about what’s happened to them.
Anthony Weiner’s clownish acts make it too difficult for us to accept him as a serious politician. Not only has his run for New York City mayor stalled because of sexting revelations (again!), but we’re now discovering Weiner paid a private eye nearly $45,000 to investigate the fake Twitter “hack” that led to his downfall in 2011, reports Mashable.
Two years ago, the very-married politician accidentally tweeted a photo of his genitals to a woman who is not his wife, with his bulge appearing on his very-public timeline to 40,000 followers and in just about every tabloid in the country. In a hurried attempt to save his seat in Congress, Weiner promised he would begin an investigation to find the culprit behind this horrendous incident.
Using $43,100 from campaign funds, Weiner, who was a congressman at the time, hired a private investigator from T&M services. He also shelled out $93,350 to BakerHostetler, a law firm, for services between 2010 and 2012. He also asked the firm to look into the “hack,” but it’s unclear how much of that total amount went into the investigation.
The cash was pulled from his “Friends of Weiner” campaign which was funded by donor contributions. The committee is being fined by the Federal Election Commission for “failing to refund nearly $70,000” after his resignation from the House after the sexting scandal, LegalInsurrection.com reports.
“It’s wrong on just so many levels,” said Melanie Sloan, director of the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “He’s wasting people’s hard-earned dollars on a wild goose chase… He knew all along who did it.”
Last week, it was revealed that Weiner had continued sexting after he’d copped to the tweets and resigned from Congress. His campaign manager has resigned over the continued “sexual dalliances” but Weiner has chosen to stay in the race.
“He was trying to get redemption by election. That’s election with an ‘L’ not ‘R,’” Ann Navarro, a CNN analyist told Don Lemon. “[But] this man is not going to get elected. New York voters are not that crazy.”
According to polls, the mayoral candidatenow trails Christine Quinn, 25 percent to 16 percent, for the Democratic Party, the LA Times says.
Clash’s latest loss comes from the hands of Warner Bros. Pictures, who has reportedly canned an untitled upcoming feature film that was in development with the puppeteer. According to development document obtained by Vulture, Clash was working with the studio in recent months to develop a new character centered around “a ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ kind of movie about a kid and his stuffed animal that takes on a life of its own because of the child’s imagination.”
Although Warner Bros. has severed ties with the developing film, one insider close to the project revealed to the site that it’s unlikely another studio may be interested in the motion picture due to Clash’s recent controversy.
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Zhang Ziyi is one of the biggest actresses in China, but here in the US, she’s mostly known for her role in the international hit, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. She also played the innocent role of Chiyo in Memoirs of a Geisha, and rumor has it Zhang has been living a little of that geisha lifestyle in real life.
According to a story on Boxun.com, a Chinese-language site operated here in the United States, since 2007 Zhang has been paid $1.6 million (10 million yuan) to carry on a sexual relationship with Chinese politician Bo Xilai, and that’s not all. The Chinese actress is said to have raked in a total of $100 million from sexual liaisons with multiple high-ranking, well-paid government officials over the past 10 years. About $28M in cash is said to have come from billionaire Xu Ming who is a business associate of Bo Xilai and reportedly pimped her out to two other high-level officials as well. Who would’ve thought?
Zhang is obviously not happy about this news and she and her lawyers have demanded a full retraction of the story, along with an apology.
“We read this outrageous report in the [Hong Kong newspaper] Apple Daily,” her publicist said. “It sent chills down our spines and has left us with deep sadness.
“Friends have advised us to release a short statement and not take this seriously,” Zhang’s publicist continued. “The more you argue, the more you will stir up. It would be better to step aside until people lose interest and the lies disappear. The innocent will always be innocent.”
The stories are still very much online, but posts about an investigation surrounding these sexual liaisons, including the rumor that Zhang is currently not allowed to leave the country, are being removed. The actress was noticeably absent from the recent Cannes Film Festival, despite the premiere of her latest film, ironically titled, Dangerous Liaisons, which only fueled rumors about her not being able to leave the country. If that part of the story isn’t true, it’s possible that none of it is. But if Zhang really does get down like this, she’s fooled everybody with her innocent charm.
What do you think about this story?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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(CNN) – Two young men who last fall sued Atlanta megachurch leader Bishop Eddie Long for allegedly manipulating them into having sex when they were teens are speaking out against the pastor for the first time since settling with him out of court. On Wednesday, Jamal Parris and Spencer LeGrande, now in their early 20s, gave an exclusive interview to CNN Atlanta affiliate WSB, saying that they are haunted by their experiences with Long and that they are writing a tell-all book about what they say happened between them and the powerful pastor. Last September, Parris, LeGrande and two other young men filed suit alleging Long “uses monetary funds from the accounts of New Birth and other corporate and non-profit corporate accounts to entice the young men with cars, clothes, jewelry, and electronics.” The accusations were particularly controversial because Long, who is married, has preached passionately against homosexuality for years.
(Rolling Out) — Investigative reporter Dale Russell of Atlanta’s Fox 5 I-Team revealed on the July 27 6 p.m. broadcast that Bishop Eddie Long had a fifth accuser in his sexual misconduct case. The accuser never filed a lawsuit and his name was kept a secret, but the settlement negotiations revealed the individual as Centino Kemp. Russell has been tracking this story for several months and met Kemp at a small Atlanta recording studio.
(New York Times) — She was born in a mud hut in an isolated hamlet in Africa with no electricity or running water, a 10-minute hike to the nearest road. Unschooled, she was married off to a distant cousin as a teenager, had a daughter and was soon widowed. Not long after, in her early 20s, she arrived in the United States — one more anonymous immigrant struggling to make a new life. She served stew in a cubbyhole of an African restaurant in the Bronx, and landed a more stable job a few years ago as a housekeeper changing the sleek sheets at the Sofitel New York, in Midtown Manhattan. Then came the encounter on May 14. The woman told the authorities that she was sexually assaulted by the French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn while cleaning his suite at the hotel. Now she finds herself in the glare of international scandal.
(AJC) — New Birth Missionary Baptist Church issued an unusual statement Tuesday denying recent Internet rumors that the wife of Bishop Eddie Long has moved out of their home. Last fall, Long was sued for sexual misconduct by four young men, who claimed he lavished them with trips, gifts and jobs and pressured them into sex. The lawsuits, which also named the Lithonia-based megachurch, were settled in mediation and dismissed in May. Terms of the settlement are confidential.
(Bloomberg) — Pressure on U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner to resign escalated as President Barack Obama called his behavior “highly inappropriate” and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi prodded the New York Democrat to heed the president’s advice to leave office. Weiner, who last week acknowledged sending lewd photos of himself and suggestive messages to women online, was granted a two-week leave of absence by the House last night. He said through a spokeswoman on June 11 that he was seeking “professional treatment” and would request a leave. “I can tell you that if that was me, I would resign,” Obama said of Weiner in an interview with NBC News. “When you get to the point where, because of various personal distractions, you can’t serve as effectively, then you should probably step back.” The Obama interview is scheduled for broadcast this morning on NBC’s “Today” program.
(AJC) — The Rev. Bernice King will announce on a radio show Tuesday that she is stepping down as an elder at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, an action apparently unrelated to Bishop Eddie Long’s recent settlement of four sexual misconduct lawsuits. King intends to disclose her plans to radio host Rhodell Lewis on Praise 102.5, and on mypraiseatl.com between 4 and 5:30 p.m., according to an Effective Media Group news release. King is leaving with the blessing of Long, pastor of the Lithonia Megachurch, and had been planning this move for a couple of years, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity.