JUSTIN BIEBER DENIES SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS – (06/22/2020)
Justin Bieber denied sexually assaulting a fan in a lengthy Twitter thread.
The accuser, “Danielle,” tweeted from an anonymous account (that Twitter has since removed) on Saturday night (June 20th), claiming that Bieber took advantage of her six years ago. According to her tweets, she joined him in his room at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, TX on March 9, 2014. She writes that he two made out consensually, before the singer sexually assaulted her.
Bieber tweeted a lengthy denial to the accusations posted by “Danielle” on Sunday (June 21st). He wrote, “I want to be clear. There is no truth to this story. In fact as I will soon show I was never present at that location.”
The thread that followed documented his stay in Austin on March 9th, 2014. He posted photos of receipts showing that he stayed in an Airbnb on March 9th and at the Westin on March 10th. His tweets also showed various photos of him hanging out with his assistant and his girlfriend at the time, Selena Gomez.
He summed it all up by writing, “Every claim of sexual abuse should be taken very seriously and this is why my response was needed. However this story is factually impossible and that is why I will be working with Twitter and authorities to take legal action.”
ANSEL ELGORT BREAKS SILENCE ON SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS – (06/22/2020)
Ansel Elgort has spoken out on social media, after being accused of sexual assault. A Twitter user who goes by the name of Gabby wrote to her followers that the 26-year-old actor “sexually assaulted me when I was 17. I had DMed him on when it was two days before my 17th birthday and I got his private Snapchat. I didn’t think he’d ever see my DM. I was just a kid and was a fan of him.”
Her profile has been set to private now.
According to reports, she added: “So when it happened, instead of asking me if I wanted to stop having sex knowing it was my first time and I was sobbing in pain and I didn’t want to do it, the only words that came out of his mouth were ‘we need to break you in.’ I WASN’T there in that moment mentally. I disassociated myself and just felt like my mind was gone. I was in shock. I couldn’t leave. I was only 5’2 and 98 pounds. He made me think this is how sex was supposed to be. I WAS SO YOUNG AND HE KNEW THAT.”
She also claimed that Elgort, known for roles in Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars, “asked to have a threesome with me and one of my ‘dance friends. They were as well underage and I didn’t tell anyone because he said it could ‘ruin his career.’ I sat there for months wondering what I did wrong. Wondering why I felt so used,” she alleged. “Years later, I have PTSD, I have panic attacks, I go to therapy. Finally I’m ready to talk about it and finally heal.”
On Saturday, Elgort wrote on Instagram: “I was distressed to see the social media posts about me that have been circulating in the past 24 hours. I cannot claim to understand Gabby’s feelings but her depiction of events is simply not what happened,” he explained. “I have never and would never assault anyone. What is true is that in New York in 2014, when I was 20, Gabby and I had a brief, legal and entirely consensual relationship. Unfortunately, I did not handle the breakup well.”
Elgort added that he “stopped responding to her, which is an immature and cruel thing to do to someone” and that he knows “this belated apology does not absolve me of my unacceptable behavior when I disappeared.”
“As I look back at my attitude, I am disgusted and deeply ashamed of the way I acted. I am truly sorry. I know I must continue to reflect, learn, and work to grow in empathy.”
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CELEBRITIES CALL FOR JUNETEENTH TO BE DECLARED A NATIONAL HOLIDAY – (06/22/2020)
The time has come! Celebrities are demanding that Juneteenth be declared a National Holiday. The holiday, marking June 19, 1865, as many know, is an annual day celebrating the end of slavery in the U.S.
Amid Black Lives Matter, many in Hollywood and beyond are demanding that Juneteenth be declared a federal holiday. There is a movement afoot in D.C. to make it so. On Thursday, Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) announced that they are introducing legislation to make Juneteenth on official holiday.
Chris Evans retweeted the news, writing, “As it should be.”
George Clooney issued a statement: “Thank you President Trump for ‘making Juneteenth famous.’ Much like when Bull Connor made ‘Civil Rights’ famous. My family will be donating [$500,000] to the Equal Justice Initiative in honor of your heroic efforts.”
Lupita Nyong’o wrote: “Public holidays indicate the moments in history that are important to a nation and the values they hold dear. Recognizing #Juneteenth nationally would be one more way to acknowledge the intrinsic value of Black people and their history to the wealth and prosperity of the USA.”
Jason Alexander tweeted: “A black man inspired me to be an actor. Another black man changed the course of my career. A black woman raised me when my mother was too ill. Another black woman cared for my mother 17 years, holding her hand at her death. There is no me without them.”
Superstar singers like Taylor Swift, Lizzo, Usher and Ludacris were among those also among those championing the caue. Usher wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post Friday. He wrote: “Recognizing Juneteenth as a national holiday would be a small gesture compared with the greater social needs of black people in America. But it can remind us of our journey toward freedom, and the work America still has to do.”
Viola Davis spoke out: “#HappyJuneteenth I’ll tell you what this ‘Juneteenth’, ‘Liberation’, ‘Freedom’ Day means to me. It means to truly and actually be set free from imprisonment and oppression in ALL aspects of this country. To break the micro and macroagressions of mindsets, ignorance, apathy, policies, and political ideologies steeped in systemic racism. So….this day is a ‘Woke’ marker…But…if there is anything to celebrate it’s my ancestors, African Americans who survived the atrocity and stain of slavery. They survived with grace, love and strength. I honor them today with a promise that I will continue to fight for your unexplored dreams and hopes…I will fight for your God given right to live as a human being. In the name of #BreonnaTaylor, #SandraBland, #GeorgeFloyd, #RayshardBrooks, #EmmettTill, #MedgerEvers…and MILLIONS MORE…..AMEN!!!!!”
Kim Kardashian wrote: “Today on #JuneTeenth we reflect, educate and commemorate the end of slavery in the US. We celebrate our black family members, friends and colleagues and the members of our community. We recommit ourselves to fight alongside then for their equal rights and equal justice.”
Sarah Hyland opined: “If you don’t know what #juneteenth is, google it. #makejuneteenthanationalholiday.”
Tom Hanks tweeted: “A Day to celebrate. Nationally. Working towards Liberty and Justice. For All. Hanx.”
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