What is antifa and who funds it?

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Antifa is an umbrella term to describe radical left-leaning militant groups that typically confront neo-Nazism and white supremacists at demonstrations.

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Public and elected officials, including President Trump, have blamed antifa activists for violence at protests sparked by the death of George Floyd last week. Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died last Monday after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on Floyd's neck for several minutes.


But officials have said that in parts of the country, what started as peaceful protests have devolved into organized riots.

Short for “anti-fascists,” antifa has no hierarchical structure or universal set of tactics that makes its presence immediately recognizable, though members tend to espouse revolutionary and anti-authoritarian views, said Mark Bray, a historian at Rutgers University and author of “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook.”

Literature from the antifa movement encourages followers to pursue lawful protest activity as well as more confrontational acts, according to a 2018 Congressional Research Service report.


The literature suggests that followers monitor the activities of white supremacist groups, publicize online the personal information of perceived enemies, develop self-defense training regimens and compel outside organizations to cancel any speakers or events with “a fascist bent,” the report said.

People associated with Antifa have been present for significant demonstrations and counter-demonstrations over the last three years, sometimes involving brawls and property damage.

Trump and members of his administration have singled out antifa as being responsible for the violence at protests triggered by the killing of Floyd.


On Tuesday, Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, told FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo the FBI has evidence that shows antifa's involvement.

“This is an organized effort. I don’t say it’s a strictly organized effort, but it’s organized,” Giuliani said. “They’re communicating with each other, you know the FBI has a lot of the texts that show antifa's involvement. They’re anarchists, they’re people who want to drive this government down.”

In a pair of statements over the weekend, Attorney General William Barr described “antifa-like tactics" by out-of-state agitators and said antifa was instigating violence and engaging in “domestic terrorism" and would be dealt with accordingly.

At a White House appearance Monday, Trump blamed antifa by name for the violence, along with violent mobs, arsonists and looters.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters earlier in the day that antifa is a “big element of this protest," though she deferred to the Justice Department on the question of how one could be identified as a member.

But it's unclear how big its involvement is.

Police stand near an overturned vehicle and a fire as demonstrators protest the death of George Floyd, Sunday, May 31, 2020, near the White House in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Bray said that although he believes people associated with antifa are participating in the demonstrations, it is difficult to establish how big of a role they're playing since there is no official roster of members and since the movement lacks the numbers to mobilize nationwide in such a dramatic, forceful way.

“The radical left is much bigger than antifa— much, much bigger — and the number of people who are participating in the property destruction are much, much bigger than the radical left,” Bray said.


Little is known about who funds antifa activists, or how the groups get their resources. Antifa is not a single organization, and therefore, financial details, if any exist, are murky.

Earlier this week, Trump tweeted: “The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization."

Asked Monday what legal authority the president would have for labeling antifa a terror organization, McEnany pointed to the existing statute under the U.S. criminal code that defines acts of domestic and international terrorism.


Even if antifa is not a designated terror organization, FBI Director Chris Wray has made clear that it's on the radar of federal law enforcement.

He has said that while the FBI does not investigate on the basis of ideology, agents have pursued investigations across the country against people motivated to commit crimes and acts of violence "on kind of an antifa ideology."

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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The A Word cast: Who stars in the BBC drama? – The Sun

BBC'S The A Word continues with the fifth episode of season three tonight, Tuesday, June 02.

Last week on the show we saw original stars Christopher Eccleston and Lee Ingleby, joined by some new faces, such as Troy actor David Gyasi.

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The A Word is back for a third season on BBC One

Who is in the cast of The A word?

The A Word first aired on BBC in March 2016.

After the first season proved to be a ratings winner, its second season began airing in November 2017.

The series is based on a family who has to come to terms with the autism diagnosis of their child, while also dealing with their own relationship problems.

The show is now back for its third season.

Max Vento as Joe

Max Vento plays the role of the child at the heart of the drama.

He is from West Yorkshire and has played the role of Joe since the show first aired in 2016.

According to the biography on his agent's website, his skills include choral singing, tap and freestyle dancing.

He has also appeared in Annie and featured in commercials.

Lee Ingleby as Paul Hughes

Lee Ingleby, 44, portrays Joe's father in the series.

With a career spanning over 20 years, he has appeared in some of the biggest releases on both the big and small screen.

He is known for his roles as Detective Sergeant John Bacchus in the BBC's Inspector George Gently and Stan Shunpike in Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban.

Morven Christie as Alison Hughes

Scottish actress Morven Christie, 38, returns in season three as Joe's mother, Alison.

She has worked in both television and theatre, playing the role of Anya in the Cherry Orchard and Perdita in The Winter's Tale.

She also appeared in the ITV drama Grantchester as Alison Hopkins.

Christopher Eccleston as Maurice Scott

Christopher Eccleston stars as Joe's grandfather, Maurice.

The actor, 56, has had several roles in films, television and theatre.

His performance in the BBC miniseries Our Friends In The North saw him being nominated for a Bafta award.

He received a second Bafta nomination for his role in The Second Coming and won an Emmy for his performance in Accused.

Julie Hesmondhalgh as Heather

Former Coronation Street star Julie Hesmondhalgh is in the cast for the third series playing Joe's teacher.

Julie played Hayley Cropper on the soap for 14 years, before leaving in 2014.

Since then she has appeared on many high profile shows including Happy Valley and Broadchurch.

Molly Wright as Rebecca

Molly plays Alison’s daughter, and Joe’s older half-sister.

The young actress also played Lulu Lane in the 2016 series of Our Girl.

She also starred in the movie Apostasy.

Pooky Quinsel as Louise

Actress Pooky plays music teacher Louise, who has a complex relationship with Maurice.

One of her first big TV roles was as Dr Monica Broome in the 1994 series Cardiac Arrest.

In 2019 she played Mo Buckley in BBC drama  thriller The Victim.

Leon Harrop as Ralph

Leon plays Ralph, who is Louise’s son, who has Down’s Syndrome.

In series two, Maurice decided to employ Ralph at the brewery.

Leon's first TV appearance was in 2009 TV drama The Street.

In 2019 he played Albie in Sky comedy Brassic.

Sarah Gordy as Katie

Sarah plays Ralph’s girlfriend Katie, who he’s been dating for the last two years.

The actress also played Lady Pamela Holland in the BBC drama Upstairs Downstairs.

Her other acting credits include Call the Midwife, Doctors and Holby City.

David Gyasi plays Ben

David Gyasi is new to the series.

The actor previously appeared alongside his The A Word co-star Lee Ingleby in the 2012 series White Heat.

He is also known for playing Percival in the movie Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.

Gemma Paige North as Sarah Hibbs

Gemma plays a single mother with a ten-year-old son, Bill, who has health issues.

The actress has also in Peaky Blinders and Butterfly.

Matt Greenwood as Tom Clarke

Matt plays Rebecca’s best friend.The young actor is just starting out, but has had small roles in Bohemian Rhapsody, Casualty, and Waterloo Road.

Travis Smith as Mark

Travis plays a teenager with autism.

The A Word is the actor's first role.

When is The A Word next on BBC?

Season three of the drama continues on BBC One on TONIGHT (June 02, 2020).

The fifth episode in the series is on at 9pm.

The entire series is available now on the BBC's iPlayer.


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Myka Stauffer: Who is the YouTuber who rehomed her adopted son Huxley?

Putting yourself out there as an online influencer is risky business.

YouTuber Myka Stauffer has come under fire this week for “rehoming” her adopted son Huxley, who is autistic. “I wouldn’t trade him for anything!” the Ohio-based social media star once gushed in a cuddly 2018 Instagram post, which doubled as a paid ad for Dreft laundry detergent for newborns.

Fast-forward to Wednesday: Stauffer, 32, and her husband James, 34, announced they had given up 4-year-old Huxley in a tearful video uploaded to her YouTube channel. One follower was quick to clap back at the apparent hypocrisy in her 2018 Insta ad, commenting “This post didn’t age well.”

After increasing backlash, the couple released a statement through their lawyers which reads in part, “Over time, the team of medical professionals advised our clients it might be best for Huxley to be placed with another family.”

The statement from Thomas Taneff Co., LPA lawyers, a firm based in Columbus, continued: “To be clear this did NOT include any considerations for placement in the foster system, but rather to hand-select a family who is equipped to handle Huxley’s needs.”

Since posting the update, Stauffer has hemorrhaged 6,000 of her over 700,000 YouTube followers, according to the social media tracker Social Blade, a favorite analytics platform for influencers. The analytics watchdog also predicts Stauffer will lose about 73,052 weekly views on her channel. Still, that doesn’t tell the whole story. She currently has 195,000 followers on Instagram as of Friday afternoon — an increase of 3,000 followers since this morning.

But who is exactly is this disgraced online personality? According to her own YouTube bio, she’s a “Mommy of 4 from Ohio and Married to my best friend.” Her biological children are Kova, 8, Jake, 6, Radley, 4, and Onyx, 11 months.

Here’s what else we know about Stauffer:

She was grounded for a year at 16 for losing her virginity.

Stauffer was raised by a single mom until she was 2 years old.

“I went to go look at my birth pictures and there were only pictures of my mom and my grandma holding me,” Stauffer says in one YouTube confessional with more than 732,000 views. She also reveals that her mother had her when she was 16. “I got to go to some really cool parties [and] I got to go to a bunch of concerts, which is a perk of having younger parents.”

She calls her childhood “basic, regular, and I loved everything about it,” but says she found out a shocking secret at 16.

“My mom told me my dad was not my biological father. I had no clue. It was like the biggest bomb had been dropped on me.” According to Stauffer, her biological father had committed suicide the year prior to her finding out about him. “I just remember crying my eyes out,” she says. The teen decided to lash out.

“The next day I lost my virginity. I had planned to save myself for marriage. It wasn’t even a question in my mind,” says Stauffer. “When my identity was flipped upside down, everything went out the window.”

She calls it “one of my biggest regrets,” adding that she was grounded for an entire year as punishment. She calls the 12 months of lockdown, “a pivotal moment — with a lot of opportunity for self-growth.”

In that time, Stauffer found religion — “I started getting really close to the Lord”— and says she was baptized as a Catholic that year. “I was an ornery, stubborn teenager, hooking up with the most popular senior at school, but I had this opportunity to transform my situation.”


She was a single mom before she was a ‘Mommy’ of five — then four

About eight years ago, Stauffer left her then-fiancé, with her daughter Kova in tow. “Something happened in regards to infidelity, and I left,” hints Stauffer in a video from 2016.

She says she met Kova’s dad, a doctor, in college and says they got pregnant about four months into their relationship. The couple miscarried, and the doc proposed in a horse and buggy ride through Chicago while on a trip to lift their spirits. They decided to try again a few months later. “On Thanksgiving, we conceived Kova. [On] “Christmas day I took a pregnancy test and was pregnant,” says Stauffer in the clip.

“It was the hardest year ever,” the blonde blogger says of the time after walking out on her husband to be. “I broke up with her dad one day before we were supposed to go on a very nice vacation and one week before we were supposed to move into this beautiful dream house,” she says. “I walked away from everything because it wasn’t a future I was comfortable with.”

Eventually, she would meet her now-husband James, a car detailer, who proposed in Times Square in Manhattan eight months after they met.


Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, she was a nurse

After the blonde moved to “a tiny apartment,” Stauffer claims she had to pick up three nursing jobs to make ends meet.

“I had one full-time nursing job and 2 PRN, which means I’d pick up nursing shifts when they needed me,” says Stauffer.  “I picked up as many as I could to afford being a single mom.” She claims to have worked in nursing homes in Ohio and an oncology unit in Indianapolis, where she was living with James.

She idolizes Bethenny Frankel

“If you know me, you know I’m a Bethenny Frankel girl,” says the Ohio mom in another video with more than 320,000 views. “When she broke up with her husband, it made her feel more real that my biggest role model went through the same thing as me at the exact same time,” adds Stuaffer, who says she read Frankel’s books and “was inspired.”

She raves of the Skinny Girl entrepreneur former “RHONY” star: “She is one of the most powerful women that I know. She has the guts and kudos.”


Stauffer is a sometimes-vegan

The Ohio mom has a ton of videos including pregnancy updates, KonMari closet cleanouts and DIY Christmas gift ideas. She also has vlogs detailing her diet, which seems to be mostly plant-based.

“I have been Raw Vegan for quite some time and prefer it as my diet since I always have the most energy and feel amazing when I following [sic] it very strictly,” reads one video bio, though her Instagram stories feature eggs and salmon. Superfood smoothies with maca powder, a vegan alfredo zucchini noodles dish, and detox salads feature on her social feeds as well.

She says she practices intuitive eating, the so-called “anti-diet” where you eat only when hungry, and claims “I stop eating at 6 o’clock every single night so I can have a longer duration of fast to help my digestive tract.”

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Who is Mrs Hinch's husband Jamie Hinchliffe?

JAMIE Hinchliffe is married to Mrs Hinch, the social media cleaning expert.

Here's everything we know about him and his relationship with Sophie Hinch.

Who is Mrs Hinch's husband Jamie Hinchliffe?

Jamie Hinchliffe is a 39-year-old Sales Manager from Essex, though currently he is on a career break to spend more time with his family.

He features in Sophie’s videos and has shown he’s picked up her cleaning tips.

He married Sophie Hinch on August 17 2018.

To propose he told Sophie he had a surprise for their anniversary and arranged a romantic helicopter ride for them.

Meanwhile their families were on the ground holding a banner reading “Sophie Barker will you marry me” as he got down on one knee.

Their families then had a meal to celebrate together.

Whenever You Call by Brian McKnight and Mariah Carey was their first dance at their wedding.

When did they meet?

The pair met through working together before Sophie became a social media star.

They both worked in sales at a recruitment company in central London.

It was Sophie’s second job in London and was new to the company – Jamie was a team leader and delivered some of her training.

Sophie admitted she found it hard to concentrate because of how nice he was and because he was too chatty.

Sophie left to become a hairdresser afterwards.

Do they have children?

In June 2019 the pair became parents to their son, Ronnie James George Hinchliffe.

Jamie announced the arrival of Ronnie on Instagram, sharing: “Yesterday, the 20th June 2019, at 4.11am, I watched my wife, the love of my life, bring our beautiful son into the world, weighing in at 6lbs 1 oz.

“I didn’t think I could love Soph anymore than I already do, but I was so very wrong.

“I know you’ll understand that we’ll be quiet for a while whilst we take these precious moments in and enjoy our baby bubble.”

They also have a dog named Henry.

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Nudist monster who raped children and created sick child abuse videos jailed for 74 years – The Sun

A CHILD rapist who has been caged for 74 years claimed sickening abuse photos found on his computer were consistent with his nudist beliefs.

Joseph Suder, 37, also admitted raping two children and provided a boy to another peadophile.

Suder pleaded guilty in January in Clermont County Common Pleas Court to charges including rape, child pornography and human trafficking.

But he claimed he photographed one of his child victims because he said it was consistent with his naturesist beliefs. 

The Clermont Sun reports how Robert Barbato, assistant prosecutor, said the rape offenses occurred last summer and involved three different children, all under the age of 10. 

Suder also had photographs of the explicit activity involving the children on his phone. 

Those photographs were then distributed to a co-defendant in the case, William Bustillos III, 26, of the village of Lockland. 

Police said Suder supplied a five-year-old boy to Bustillos who sexually abused the boy in his Lockland apartment.

Also, he had pictures and videos on his phone of other young children engaged in explicit activity on his phone, which he "procured from bartering or downloading online".

Before cops busted him, Suder attempted to delete numerous photos and videos from his phone. 

Judge Richard Ferenc imposed the 74-year sentence .

Suder is the first person in the county to be convicted under the state's human trafficking law, which took effect in 2011, said Clermont County Assistant Prosecutor Scott O'Reilly.

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Woman who ‘looked nine-months pregnant’ has giant cyst removed from ovaries – and it weighed 2 STONE – The Sun

A WOMAN had a giant cyst removed from her ovaries that weighed two stone after doctors said she “looked nine-months pregnant”.

Doctors at the Affiliated Hospital of Xinyang Vocational Technology College in China were astonished when the young woman turned up at the centre with an unexplained swelling in her stomach.

The patient, known only as Ms Wang said she had the swelling for over a decade.

The 20-year-old had previously been given various types of medication, but put off having surgery as she feared she would be left with unsightly scars.

She had put off receiving further treatment due to the Covid-19 outbreak, but was admitted to hospital on May 15.

The doctor treating her, Dr Sun Kang said Ms Wang appeared "nine months pregnant", with scans revealing a large shadow in her abdomen measuring 14 inches long and nine inches wide.

Ms Wang was then diagnosed with a large ovarian cyst which measured four inches and occupied the left side of her abdomen.

It was also discovered that Ms Wang had pelvic inflammatory disease, which causes pockets of infected fluid in abscesses, which resulted in her also having nine litres of pus drained from the cyst.

Dr Sun and colleague Sun Ting were led by department head Jiang Pingping in an operation on 18th May.


A cyst is a fluid-filled bump that forms just underneath the skin. It is common and harmless and can go away without treatment.

However, sometimes they can swell up and require medical treatment. They look like a round, dome-shaped bump and is yellow or whitish in colour.

They don't usually hurt but will become tender, sore and red if they get infected.

Why do they form?

Cells in the top layer of our skin produce a protein called keratin that helps give skin strength and flexibility.

Normal, these cells move up to the surface of the skin as they start to die, so they can be shed.

But sometimes these cells can move deeper into your skin and multiply, forming a sac.

They secrete keratin into the middle of the sac, which forms a thick, yellow paste.

This can ooze out of the cyst if it is burst.

Anyone can get a cyst, but you are more likely to get one if you have gone through puberty, have a history of acne or you have injured the skin.

How are they treated?

If they are small and not bothering you then they can be left alone.

Holding a warm flannel against the skin can encourage it to heal and reduce inflammation. But don't be tempted to pop it because that will increase your risk of infection.

If your cyst is bothering you then it can be cut out by a GP.

They will numb the area with local anaesthetic, make a tiny cut in the skin and squeeze the cyst out.

According to a hospital report from 23rd May, the team opted for a laparoscopy, a surgical procedure that allows a surgeon to access the inside of the abdomen and pelvis without having to make large incisions in the skin. 

This meant the growth could be removed without leaving her with large surgical scars.

Doctors created a small incision on her abdomen and then used a camera and surgical tools to drain the pus.

In order to keep the cyst intact, the medics then inserted a specimen bag and folded the cyst into the packet before retrieving it.

Ms Wang was able to leave her hospital bed and walk on her own just 12 hours after surgery.

She was discharged on 22nd May and is content with having only a minor scar on her abdomen, the hospital said.

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Man who nearly died from Covid-19 could become antibody 'super donor'

Great Ormond Street paediatrician who nearly died from coronavirus is found to have antibody levels FORTY times higher than normal amid hopes his blood could help others recover as well

  • Alessandro Giardini, 46, spent seven days on a ventilator after catching Covid-19
  • Doctors discover his antibody level is around 40 times that of the typical donor
  • They hope his blood can be used to save others who are battling coronavirus 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

An NHS paediatrician who nearly died from coronavirus has been found to have antibody levels forty times that of a normal plasma donor – and doctors hope his blood could now help save the lives of others

Alessandro Giardini, 46, a consultant at Great Ormond Street Hospital, spent seven days on a ventilator after contracting the deadly virus. 

But the father-of-two, who has since recovered from the virus, is set to turn from patient to ‘super donor’ after doctors discovered his antibody level is around 40 times that of the typical plasma donation made to NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) so far.  

He said: ‘It was a very hard experience, not knowing if you will see your family again – I have two young children.

Alessandro Giardini, 46, a consultant at Great Ormond Street Hospital, spent seven days on a ventilator after contracting the deadly virus

‘I was aware of the convalescent plasma donation programme so I was expecting the call to come in and donate. I felt I had to give back.

‘Even though it was scary to go back into a medical environment and have a needle again, I really felt that if there was any chance I could help someone else who was still ill with COVID-19, that I needed to do it.’  

It comes as doctors look to explore a pattern that men over 35 who have been hospitalised with coronavirus appear to make high levels of antibodies which could potentially fight the contagion.

They could play a major part in providing transfusions of blood plasma which may save lives.

NHS Blood and Transplant is now trying to recruit people over 35, men, and those ill enough to have needed hospital treatment – urging those who fall into one or more of the groups, and live near one of 23 donation centres, to donate their plasma.

A trial is ongoing looking into whether plasma – the liquid part of blood – can help people recover faster.

Experts believe antibodies made by people who have recovered can be transferred to others to fight coronavirus in the period before they are able to develop their own immune response. 

The father-of-two, who works at Great Ormond Street Hospital (pictured) in London, is set to turn from patient to ‘super donor’ after doctors discovered his antibody level is around 40 times that of the typical plasma donation made to NHSBT so far

Professor David Roberts, NHS Blood and Transplant’s associate medical director for blood donation, said: ‘These initial results are in line with past findings.

‘People who are more seriously ill produce more antibodies, which can be transfused to potentially help others.

‘The evidence so far is that men and older people are more seriously affected by coronavirus.’

So far men have been twice as likely as women to have high enough antibody levels in their plasma, with only 10 per cent of people aged under 35 having high enough levels.

Nearly a third of people who tested positive for the virus but were not hospitalised had high enough antibody levels, compared to 70 per cent of those who needed hospital treatment.

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Author Who Won $300k Lawsuit Against Damon Dash Releases Tell-All Book About Dash's Shady Business Practices

Damon Dash cannot catch a break in terms of the mounting financial trouble he has found himself in throughout the past few years. Dash has had a public fallout with Lee Daniels over a financial loan. His legal battle with his ex-wife Rachel Roy, and another mother of his child for child support keeps him in the news and he recently was ordered to pay $300,000 to an author who sued him for copyright infringement. Now, the author, Edwyna Brooks, is explaining her road to victory in a new tell-all book.

Edwyna Brooks sues Damon Dash for trying to release a film they worked on together after she fired him

Brooks and Dash went into business together when she hired him to help transition her popular four-part Mafietta book series to film. Dash was hired as the film’s director. She fired him after she found his work to be unsatisfactory and claimed that Dash was wasting time and money intended for the production of their film on his personal projects.

Despite being fired, Brooks says that Dash continued to promote the film. She claimed that Dash tried to have the film released on iTunes and have it available for online streaming on his film company’s website. A trailer was even released for the film and posted to Dash’s site.

Brooks decided to sue Dash for copyright infringement in 2019. A judge ruled in Brooks’s favor and she was awarded $300,000. The judge berated Dash for his behavior in court during the trial, calling him out for being disruptive and speaking when he was not told to. Dash has filed an appeal.

Edwyna Brooks talks about Damon Dash’s alleged shady business practices in a new interview and a tell-all book

Brooks spoke with The Shade Room about her contentious fight with Dash. She met Dash when she attended a seminar he gave in North Carolina and pitched her film idea to him. At the time, she’d heard of Dash’s previous legal trouble and told the outlet that Dash did not have the best reputation, but that she thought he was turning over a new leaf and wanted to give him a shot. She’d also pitched the film idea several times before with no luck and was excited that Dash was interested.

According to Brooks, there were red flags from the beginning and knew that things would not end well she showed up to set on what was supposed to be their first day of filming to discover Dash working on another project.

“I arrived to set on the first day and he was filming a music video without telling me,” she said. “It was not something he ever discussed with me and threw off my entire schedule for the shoot causing rewrites for the two days that followed.”

Looking back, she says that Dash was shady in his business practices from the beginning. She says filming began before an actual legal contract was drawn up.

“I have learned to never begin any project based on someone’s word. I don’t care if it’s writing on a project or filming one. Nothing matters if it isn’t on paper,” she said. “Feelings change and so do motives as you can see in my case and having Damon read my contract and agree to sign it was not enough. I should not have spent one dime until he actually signed it.”

She also urges others to be careful when considering going into business with Dash. For now, Brooks’s new book, Brooks vs. Dash: The Unauthorized Taking of Mafietta, reveals all about her 14-month legal battle with the mogul. It’s currently available for purchase on her website.

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Nursing home patient who ‘filmed himself brutally beating elderly patients while they were in bed’ charged – The Sun

A MAN who filmed himself punching elderly patients in the face until they bled as they lay helpless in their nursing home beds has been arrested.

20-year-old Detroit nursing home patient Jaden T. Hayden set up a cellphone and appears to have recorded himself beating his 75-year-old roommate, Norman Bledsoe, at the Westwood Nursing Center in Detroit.

He also allegedly stole the elderly victim's credit cards and is believed to have also attacked another defenseless resident in a similar way.

Hayden, from Ypsilanti, Michigan, has been charged with two counts of assault, larceny and two counts of stealing a financial transaction device.

In his video, filmed mid-May, that he posted online, Hayden is seen calmly facing the camera, then climbing onto the bed he is seen smiling as he repeatedly punches the old man in the head.

The home was in lockdown at the time due to coronavirus concerns.

Bledsoe tries to defend himself and crawl off the bed as around 60 blows reign down on him almost methodically.

The abuser then grabs him by the neck and pulls him off the bed.

The victim can be heard breathing heavily throughout the attack and is unable to defend himself.

Hayden then calmly turns the camera around to show blood streaming from his victim's face, while saying: "This b**ch-a** n***a wouldn't get off my bed."

He then told nursing home staff who found Bledsoe bleeding from both sides of his face on May 15 that the old man had fallen out of bed, prosecutors said.

Mr Bledsoe was rushed to hospital where he was treated for his injuries that were luckily deemed non-life-threatening.


A separate horrific video was also posted on social media appearing to show the same man abusing another elderly victim.

The suspect begins the second video by holding his fist in front of the camera and then launches a similar attack on the elderly victim who is incapacitated and lying in bed.

Trump seized on the video, tweeting: "Is this even possible to believe? Can this be for real? Where is this nursing home, how is the victim doing?"

Prosecutor Kym Worthy said: "The alleged actions of this defendant are truly and uniquely disturbing. We must be able to trust our loved ones in specialty care facilities.

"I truly hope that the facts of this care are one of a kind."

It is not clear why Hayden was a resident at the home.

The social media videos were originally noticed by the Ann Arbor Police Department and passed on to the Detroit Police Department.

Hayden was arrested by Detroit police May 21 and arraigned Sunday with a bond set at $300,000.

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Who was Hana Kimura and how did she die?

IT HAS been announced that Hana Kimura has sadly passed away.

Who was the Japanese professional wrestler, what Netflix show did she star in and how did she die?

Who was Hana Kimura?

Hana Kimura was a Japanese professional wrestler who had been tipped for WWE success.

It was announced by her representatives, Stardom Wrestling, on May 23, 2020 that she had passed away at the age of 22.

In a post on Twitter, the organisation – who are a Japanese women's professional wrestling league – wrote: "We are very sorry to report that our Hana Kimura has passed away.

"Please be respectful and allow some time for things to process, and keep your thoughts and prayers with her family and friends.

"We appreciate your support during this difficult time."

Hana was born in Yokohama, Japan in 1997, and is the daughter of well-known former wrestler Kyoko Kimura.

The star made her debut in 2016 for Wrestle-1.

Within months, she had won her first title – the JWP Junior Championship – and went on to secure other championship titles.

Hana officially joining Stardom in March 2019, and twice won the Artist of Stardom championship along with the title Goddess of Stardom championship.

Alongside her success in the ring, Hana – famed for her pink hair – had amassed a huge online following.

What did she star in?

Hana appeared in the fifth – and latest – series of Japanese reality TV show Terrace House, which began in 2019.

The programme had became a global hit when it was picked up by Netflix in 2015.

It followed six strangers – three men and three women – as they moved into a house together in Tokyo.

Filming had been suspended due to coronavirus.

How did she die?

It has not been disclosed how Hana died.

The BBC report that shortly before she died, she indicated on social media that she had been cyber-bullied.

On her Instagram Story on Friday, she shared a photo with her cat, with a caption that read "goodbye".

According to Pro Wrestling Sheet, a recent episode of Terrace House caused fans to turn on her.

The show's latest instalment, aired on May 19, saw her wrestling matches cancelled as the pandemic spread.


Fellow pro wrestlers around the world paid tribute to her on social media after news of the death was announced.

WWE star Natalya posted: "I just heard this news and I’m truly saddened by it. Heartbreaking. Prayers for #HanaKimura and her family."

Session Moth Martina wrote: "Heartbroken."

Tessa Blanchard said: "It absolutely breaks my heart how cruel people can be on social media. It was an amazing honor to know Hana Kimura.

"She was an amazing girl with the kindest soul and immense passion and work ethic. I’m at a loss of words over this tragedy. Rest In Peace my friend."

Jamie Hayter added: "Distraught. I don’t even know what to say or feel. Numb.

"I can’t express it. RIP Hana Kimura. Such a wonderful human being. The gaijin helper. All the potential.

"A beautiful soul. Kind. I just can’t even put in to f***ing words how upsetting this is. I hope you found peace."

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