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Day: October 7, 2017

RAPPER NELLY IN SHOCKING RAPE ALLEGATION CHARGE

NELLY has been arrested in Auburn, Wash., and charged with rape according to celebrity gossip site TMZ

The rapper who is currently on tour with Florida Georgia Line is accused of raping a woman on his tour bus and has been taken into custody.

Allegations of the crime surfaced this morning, on Saturday morning. According to the site, the woman named Nelly specifically as the person who had sex with her against her will. He was charged with second degree rape around 7 a.m.

The rapper was set to perform tonight in Ridgefield, Wash.

A statement released by Nelly’s lawyer vehemently denys the charges levied against his client. It reads: “Nelly is the victim of a completely fabricated allegation. Our initial investigation, clearly establishes the allegation is devoid of credibility and is motivated by greed and vindictiveness. I am confident, once the scurrilous accusation is thoroughly investigated, there will be no charges. Nelly is prepared to pursue all all legal avenues to redress any damage caused by this clearly false allegation.”

Nelly was on a 40-city tour with FGL, which kicked off in June and isn’t set to end until Oct. 21.

This is the second time that a rapper has been hit with rape charges recently. Back in August, Mystikal was charged with rape in Louisiana. Though his alleged accomplice claims that the victim says the rape didn’t happen, the rapper was indicted by a grand jury on charges of rape and kidnapping in September. It’s not looking good.

Mystikal, born Michael Lawrence Tyler, served seven years behind bars after being convicted of sexual assault in 2003.

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DR DRE IN FORMER DEATH ROW RECORDS BOSS SCANDALOUS $20,000 ASSASSINATION CLAIM

Suge Knight is still finding ways to keep his name in the limelight.

Now the former Death Row Records owner has come up with the astonishing allegations about Dr. Dre, claiming the super producer tried to have him killed.

In new legal documents obtained by TMZ, Suge claims a man named Dwayne Johnson showed him a check for $20,000 that was signed by Dre back in July 2016. According to Suge, the payment was for the former record exec’s life and Suge was supposed to be offed the day he ran over Terry Carter at the Straight Outta Compton set, killing him.

Suge claims Johnson was supposed to be in on the hit but flipped. He and Johnson later met with a private investigator. Suge says this is the reason he was scared for his life when he ran over Carter at the Tam’s in Compton, a crime he is currently facing trial for. Dre’s lawyers are refuting the claims.

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1993 file photo shows rap musician Tupac Shakur. (AP Photo/FILE)

Suge has been talking a lot while behind bars. Most recently, he claimed that Tupac Shakur might still be alive. “When I left that hospital, me and ‘Pac was laughing and joking. So I don’t see how somebody could turn from doing well to doing bad,” he said during an interview for the new Fox series, Who Shot Biggie & Tupac. “I’ma tell you, with ‘Pac, you never know,” he added.

Earlier this year, he claimed he was the target of the deadly shooting that took the rap icon’s life.

And ironically, before I came across this story, I was watching the documentary about the killing of TuPac and Biggie where the Suge claims he still had a bullet from the Tupac shooting lodged in his skull

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NIGERIA SECURES TICKET TO RUSSIA 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP

Nigeria have become the first African side to book their place at 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ after a 1-0 win over Zambia in Uyo earned them an unassailable lead at the head of Group B.

Alex Iwobi repeated his feat of being the thorn in the Zambians’ side, once again finding himself on the scoresheet against the Chipolopolo. Having scored in the first Group B game between the sides, he came off the bench in the second half to end Zambian hopes of creating a final day climax on 6 November, instead seeing the Super Eagles book a spot at their sixth finals.

Seen by many as the toughest group of the continent’s five qualifying tables, Nigeria have been dominant, remaining unbeaten throughout and only dropping points thanks to a Cameroonian penalty on the road in Yaounde. The 4-0 win a few days earlier against the reigning African champions was a particular highlight.

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With a rich youthful streak through the side, seeing the likes of Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Moses Simon score crucial goals throughout qualifying, there will be something of a fresh feel to the side who have only missed one tournament – Germany 2006 – since their debut in 1994.

Led by the seasoned John Obi Mikel, who made his belated World Cup debut at Brazil 2014, they will hoping to better their Round of 16 exit from three years ago – the furthest stage they have reached, having also done so in their first two appearances.

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WOMAN WHO WORKED FOR JOB CENTRE JAILED FOR CHILD ENSLAVEMENT

A Nigerian fraud investigator who tricked a teenage girl into flying to Britain to be her personal slave for more than a decade has been jailed for two and a half years.

Afolake Adeniji, 50, was working in the fraud department at Plaistow Job Centre in east London when she persuaded Iyabo Prosper to fly to London from Africa in 2003 when she was just 13.

The teenager was living in poverty in Nigeria and was promised a better life and free education at Adeniji’s home in Beckton, east London.

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But instead, Miss Prosper was forced to wake up at 5.30am every day to look after Adeniji’s children before spending the rest of her day cooking and cleaning for her family.

Prosecuting, Irshad Sheikh told Southwark Crown Court: ‘She was completely submissive to the defendant and her family and any confidence she had was lost and ebbed away.

‘Effectively that was what she was living – the life of domestic servitude.’

He added: ‘It soon became apparent that Iyabo had become miserable, had become extremely depressed, was having negative thoughts and suicidal ideas.’

Miss Prosper, now 27, claimed Adeniji’s verbal abuse has left her with post traumatic stress disorder.

She eventually ‘plucked up the courage’ to tell a friend how she was being treated and Adeniji was arrested in October 2014.

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Afolake Adeniji

She was convicted of arranging or facilitating the travel of Miss Prosper to the UK for exploitation but cleared of inflicting grievous bodily harm, following her victim’s claims of being given post traumatic stress disorder.

Jailing Adjenji for two and a half years, Judge Stephen Robbins said: ‘You subjected a young girl to a life of domestic servitude for a lengthy period of years.

‘You used her for your own ends. You exploited her.’

The court heard Adeniji, who had been on bail since being convicted last month, will now be placed on suicide watch in custody.

Mr Sheikh told jurors during her trial that the then teenager ‘was lured to the UK with the promise of education and a better life’.

He said: ‘She was forced to clean, mind the defendant’s children and effectively live the life of a house girl.’

Jurors heard Ms Prosper was forced to work ‘for up to 16 hours a day’, first at an unknown address in Beckton and then at another house in Eglington Drive, Chelmsford.

The court was told she had to share the box room occupied by Adeniji’s children and would be up at 5.30am to get them fed and ready for school.

Household chores would occupy the rest of her day until she had to pick them up, prepare dinner for the family and tidy up before going to bed at around 10.30pm.

But Adeniji tried to convince the court the girl she made her slave was ‘part of a loving family’.

She said: ‘She was part of a loving family. She’s making up all these stories.

‘I did not need her to help me. Everything was already in place before she arrived.

‘All I did was just to help Iyabo.’

Adjenji, 50, of Chelmsford, Essex was fired from her job at Plaistow Job Centre (pictured) in east London

She also claimed she got to know Miss Prosper through her older brother, who was worked at the home of Adeniji’s parents in Nigeria.

Mr Sheikh suggested he was also working as a ‘houseboy’ but Adeniji stood by the fact he wasn’t, saying he was ‘like a son to my parents’.

She has since been fired by the job centre, where she was working in the fraud and error prevention service before her conviction.

 

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TOP HOLLYWOOD FILM PRODUCER HARVEY WEINSTEIN IN HISTORICAL SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS

A blockbuster story detailing allegations of sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein has been published by The New York Times.

The story alleges that the Hollywood producer sexually harassed women inside and outside the company for years.

This follows many stories that have been emerging of the producers epic sexual abuse of starlets, actresses and even TV anchors many of them leading as far back as thirty years.

Actress Ashley Judd told the paper that she was asked to massage Weinstein and was invited to watch him shower. The article includes details of several other alleged instances of harassment over the course of several decades.

Judd is quoted in The Times as saying: “I said no, a lot of ways, a lot of times, and he always came back at me with some new ask. It was all this bargaining.”

Weinstein is the producer of many top blockbuster movies such as “Pulp Fiction,” “Life Is Beautiful” and “Chicago and for many years, has been on the top of Hollywood’s hierarchy with his brother Bob.

The top shot maverick producer worked with Brad Pitt on big movies such as “Inglourious Basterds”, “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” and , “True Romance”  – and on “Cold Mountain”, The Others” and “The Human Stain” with Nicole Kidman,

He is  considered a king and queen maker in Hollywood.

According to Kim Masters, host of The Business on KCRW, and editor-at-large of The Hollywood Reporter: “In the day, Harvey Weinstein was a magician in the Oscar race. Many people have statuettes on their mantle because of him”

The harassment allegations, which have long been rumored in Hollywood, were finally put squarely in the public sphere after The New York Times published its story on Thursday.

The Weinstein case comes after a string of high-profile cases of sexual harassment allegations against prominent men, including the late Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, Epic records boss L.A. Reid, and BetterWorks CEO Kris Duggan, among others. All the men have disputed claims against them.

Harvey Weinstein’s movie company said Friday it would investigate the allegations. Meanwhile Weinstein is to proceed  on an indefinite leave of absence during the probe, the company said.

The board of the Weinstein Company met Friday and decided to hire a law firm to delve into allegations revealed in an article published in The New York Times, which quoted several women who alleged they were sexually harassed, including actress Ashley Judd. The article said several women received financial settlements over the years.

“We strongly endorse Harvey Weinstein’s already-announced decision to take an indefinite leave of absence from the Company, commencing today,” the board said in a statement Friday evening. “As Harvey has said, it is important for him to get professional help for the problems he has acknowledged.”

A majority of the board of the privately-held company said it had hired the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton “to learn the full truth regarding the article’s very serious accusations.”

They will report their findings to “a special committee of the board composed exclusively of independent directors,” Friday’s announcement said. “Next steps will depend on Harvey’s therapeutic progress, the outcome of the Board’s independent investigation, and Harvey’s own personal decisions.”

Weinstein is perhaps better known than the average movie studio boss. He was frequently seen on the red carpet with his fashion designer wife, Georgina Chapman.

He carved out a niche as a New York-based supporter of independent movies and is known for backing numerous Oscar winners, including “Shakespeare in Love,” “The Artist,” and “The King’s Speech.” The company also owns a TV division that is behind shows such as Lifetime’’s “Project Runway” and the Netflix series “Marco Polo.”

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Several of Weinstein’s friends and associates believe it is unlikely that Weinstein can continue his career in its present form and that the business of independent film production and distribution has morphed with the arrival of Netflix and Amazon. Weinstein was said, by a person familiar with the crisis management plan, to be in his company office on Friday making calls. The TV division has long been for sale for as high as $900 million, according to several reports.

A call to Weinstein’s office was not returned. Harvey’s adviser Lisa Bloom told The Times that “he denies many of the accusations as patently false.”

 

Politicians connection and reaction

Several politicians said they are returning donations from Weinstein in light of the claims, according to the politicians’ spokespeople and several news reports. They include Democratic Senators Cory Booker, Charles Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, Richard Blumenthal, Martin Heinrich, and Patrick Leahy.

The Republican National Committee on Thursday issued a statement calling on Democrats to return Weinstein’s donations. “If Democrats and the Democratic National Committee truly stand up for women like they say they do, then returning this dirty money should be a no brainer,” the statement said. Weinstein has been a big financial booster of both President Bill Clinton and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The Democratic candidate for New Jersey governor, Phil Murphy, was slated to host a benefit with Weinstein this month. A person who is involved in the event said: “There will be one less co-host.” Murphy’s press representative declined to comment on Weinstein’s presence.

 

Press Conference

 

Weinstein gave a press conference to address the allegations on Friday. He appeared contrite, issuing a statement that said, in part: “I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it. Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go.”

Later in the evening Thursday, Weinstein threatened to sue The New York Times and issued a rambling statement. The statement quoted Jay Z lyrics and then launched into an attack on the National Rifle Association.

“I’m going to need a place to channel that anger so I’ve decided that I’m going to give the NRA my full attention,” that statement said. “I hope Wayne LaPierre will enjoy his retirement party. I’m going to do it at the same place I had my Bar Mitzvah. I’m making a movie about our President, perhaps we can make it a joint retirement party. One year ago, I began organizing a $5 million foundation to give scholarships to women directors at USC. While this might seem coincidental, it has been in the works for a year. It will be named after my mom and I won’t disappoint her.”

 

LADIES WARNED ABOUT DANGERS OF FAKE MAC LIPSTICK SELLING ON EBAY

Women are being warned and alerted to the dangers of a fake lippy called Lady Danger sold on eBay and Facebook.

Health experts say the fake £6 MAC lipstick could increase the risk of serious heart problems and also harm the health of a mum-to-be’s unborn baby.

The lipstick contains 300 times the legal level of lead, a court heart.

Magistrates in Plymouth were told if used regularly the product could trigger high blood pressure, heart, reproductive and neurological problems.

It could also cause possible neurological damage to unborn babies if used by pregnant women.

These warnings emerged at the trial of  dodgy dealer Paul Lamerton who was also flogging fake mascara and kids’ Minion and Barbie watches on eBay and Facebook.

Tests found that the fake MAC product he was selling contained 3702mg/kg of lead – the permitted limit is 10mg/kg.

Magistrates heard how trading standards officers raided his home in the city after a tip off.

They found that Lamerton, 47, was selling the lipstick at £6 each or four for £15.

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Authentic MAC lipsticks cost around £16.50 each.

He made a £823 profit selling the counterfeit goods over four years between 2012 and 2016.

Lamerton, who used the eBay account Lamerton 69, pleaded guilty to seven Trading Standards offences and narrowly avoided jail with a suspended sentence.

For each offence he was given six weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months. The sentences will run concurrently.

Magistrates had initially said the offences should each carry a nine week sentence but this was reduced due to Lamerton’s early guilty plea and his remorse.

Julian Jefferson, mitigating, said Lamerton had given up his job to care for his terminally ill wife and had started selling goods online to earn “a few extra quid”.

He said his client was “naïve” and would not have contemplated selling the lipsticks if he was aware if the unsafe lead content.

He added that Lamerton was truly remorseful for what he had done and would not be buying and selling fake goods online again.

Lamerton was also ordered to pay £400 towards costs and a £115 victim surcharge.

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Lamerton pleaded guilty to seven Trading Standards offences and narrowly avoided jail with a six week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months. He was ordered to pay £400 towards costs

After the case councillor Dave Downie, cabinet member for safer and stronger communities said: “These items were not only fake, but some were dangerous.

“The products may look like the real thing, but were not and consumers can put their health at risk by using them.

“The level of lead in one sample was incredible.

“Legitimate companies comply with regulations that are designed to keep us safe but counterfeiters avoid costs incurred and the taxes by legitimate companies.”

Lead can have a serious impact, particularly on a child’s health, the World Health Organisation warns.

The toxic metal can attack the brain and central nervous system, causing coma, seizures or even death.

Kids that suffer lead poisoning can be left with mental health problems and learning and behavioural disorders.

The WHO states: “The neurological and behavioural effects of lead are believed to be irreversible.”

MEET THE NEW DEPUTY GOVERNOR OF NIGERIA’S CENTRAL BANK

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Aishah Ahmad as the new deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Ahmad is to replace a former deputy governor, who retired early this year.

Aishah Ahmad was born on October 26, 1976, and hails from Niger State.

According to her profile in the most recent annual report of Diamond Bank, Aishah Ahmad was the Head, Consumer and Privilege Banking and prior to that appointment, she was the Head, Retail Banking Directorate.
She joined Diamond Bank in June 2014 as a Deputy General Manager and the Head, Retail Financial Services Division, overseeing Privilege Banking, Consumer Banking Group, Retail Assets, Cards and Customer Engagement & Insight.
Before joining Diamond Bank, Aishah worked with Stanbic IBTC Holdings where she served in various capacities as Head, High Net-worth Individuals; Head, Private Client Services and Deputy Head, Private Client Services between 2009 – 2014.
She had also worked with other companies such as Zenith Capital Limited as Head, Business Development, Bank of New York Mellon (UK), Synesix Financial Limited (UK), Zenith Bank Plc as Head, Retail Banking Unit, and NAL Bank Plc as Head, Private Banking.
She worked with First Interstate Bank Plc as Executive Assistant, Treasury Group, Manstructs Group Nigeria Limited as Group Accountant and Z. O. Ososanya & Co.

Mrs Ahmad holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Abuja, an MBA (Finance) from the University of Lagos and an M.Sc. Finance and
Management from the Cranfield School of Management (UK).

Mrs Aisha Ahmad (l) was appointed Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria

She is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and she holds the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Ms Ahmad is currently an Executive Director at Diamond Bank Plc, an appointment we understand may have been made ahead of this announcement.
Aishah Ahmad is currently the Chairperson of Women in Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ) and a board member of the SOS Children’s hospital.
Aishah is renowned for her experience in the private banking space having managed many High Net-worth Individuals (HNI’s) throughout her career.
Aishah is married to Brigadier General Abdallah A Ahmad (rtd) and has two kids.

The new Deputy Governors appointment is subject to confirmation by the Senate.

In a letter to the Senate President , the president urged Senator Bukola Saraki to consider the expeditious confirmation of Ahmad, who would then resume work immediately.


 

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