Jeffrey Epstein Reportedly Visited Office for ‘Sexual Conduct’ While in Jail; Police Records ‘No Longer Available’


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New details have emerged on billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s all-time sweetheart deal from former top Miami prosecutor Alex Acosta, as Epstein was reportedly allowed to spend hours a day in his West Palm Beach “office” as young girls were brought into the private room. The allegation, parts of which have been reported in the past, was leveled by a lawyer representing a number of Epstein’s accusers. The billionaire’s special treatment came after he took a plea in state court that sent him to Palm Beach County jail for 13 months in what was meant to be an 18-month sentence. “It was, if you were in jail, improper sexual contact,’’ said attorney Brad Edwards, who represents multiple Epstein accusers, during a press conference in New York on Tuesday. “He was not just sitting there conducting some scientific research for the betterment of the community,’’ he continued, adding that Epstein Continue reading "Jeffrey Epstein Reportedly Visited Office for ‘Sexual Conduct’ While in Jail; Police Records ‘No Longer Available’"

Jeffrey Epstein Reportedly Visited Office for ‘Sexual Conduct’ While in Jail; Police Records ‘No Longer Available’


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New details have emerged on billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s all-time sweetheart deal from former top Miami prosecutor Alex Acosta, as Epstein was reportedly allowed to spend hours a day in his West Palm Beach “office” as young girls were brought into the private room. The allegation, parts of which have been reported in the past, was leveled by a lawyer representing a number of Epstein’s accusers. The billionaire’s special treatment came after he took a plea in state court that sent him to Palm Beach County jail for 13 months in what was meant to be an 18-month sentence. “It was, if you were in jail, improper sexual contact,’’ said attorney Brad Edwards, who represents multiple Epstein accusers, during a press conference in New York on Tuesday. “He was not just sitting there conducting some scientific research for the betterment of the community,’’ he continued, adding that Epstein Continue reading "Jeffrey Epstein Reportedly Visited Office for ‘Sexual Conduct’ While in Jail; Police Records ‘No Longer Available’"

Miami Herald Editorial Board Calls on Trump Labor Secretary Alex Acosta to Resign Over Epstein Deal


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Miami Herald Calls on Alex Acosta to Resign The Miami Herald, the paper that brought the Jeffrey Epstein case back into the public eye with a stunning investigation by reporter Julie K. Brown, called on U.S. attorney who brought the case to step down from his position in the Trump administration in a new editorial. “Alex Acosta made an ethically compromised decision 10 years ago,” the Herald’s editorial board writes. “Today, he should resign.” The board argues that in 2008, Acosta “had the chance to prosecute Epstein for luring dozens of troubled girls to his Palm Beach estate on the pretense of giving him massages — before he escalated things to sex acts.” Instead, he negotiated a sweetheart deal with Epstein’s lawyers: “Epstein pleaded guilty to a state charge of soliciting prostitution, paid a fine, registered as a sexual predator and served 13 months of an 18-month sentence. No federal charges were filed. Continue reading "Miami Herald Editorial Board Calls on Trump Labor Secretary Alex Acosta to Resign Over Epstein Deal"

BREAKING: Feds Announce Sex Trafficking Charges Against Jeffrey Epstein, Call For More Victims to Step Forward


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Prosecutors Announce Sex Trafficking Charges Against Jeffrey Epstein The Southern District of New York held a press conference Monday morning after financier Jeffrey Epstein was charged with sex trafficking underaged girls. “The charges allege that Epstein abused young girls by enticing them to engage in sex acts for money,” said U.S. attorney Geoffrey Berman.

More than a decade after the politically-connected registered pedophile was gifted a lenient plea bargain in Florida, federal prosecutors charged Epstein in an indictment unsealed Monday with abusing girls as young as 14 at his mansion in New York and estate in Palm Beach. Berman detailed the alleged abuse of girls by Epstein, who allegedly paid dozens of girls hundreds of dollars in cash for massages that turned increasingly sexual. “Many of the underage girls Epstein victimized were particularly vulnerable” Berman said, adding “they deserve their day in court.” Berman made a request that more victims to step forward and contact the Continue reading "BREAKING: Feds Announce Sex Trafficking Charges Against Jeffrey Epstein, Call For More Victims to Step Forward"

White Supremacist James Fields Gets Life in Prison For Murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville


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The white supremacist who rammed his car into anti-racist protesters at a Charlottesville, Virginia protest in August 2017, killing 32-year-old local activist Heather Heyer in the process, was sentenced to life in prison on Friday. James Alex Fields was handed down the sentence while being tried in a federal hate crimes case for his actions at the white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally nearly two years ago while he was 20 years old. While Fields’ sentence came after he pleaded guilty earlier this year of charges tied to the killing of Heyer, he is still set to be sentenced on state charges in July. In the lead up to US Judge Michael F. Urbanski’s sentencing of Fields, prosecutors broke down the gruesome details of the white supremacist attack and even showed a clip of the exact moment the defendant slammed his Dodge Challenger into a crowd of unsuspecting victims. Susan Continue reading "White Supremacist James Fields Gets Life in Prison For Murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville"

Michael Avenatti Finds Unlikely Defender in Fox’s Greg Gutfeld: 404 Years in Prison? ‘He’s Not the Taliban’


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Fox News Channel’s Greg Gutfield has come out as an unlikely defender for disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti, who faces hundreds of years in prison on multiple fraud and blackmail charges.

Avenatti was charged in March with allegedly trying to extort millions from Nike. Just this week, Avenatti was additionally charged with identity theft in connection to his representation of Stormy Daniels.

Gutfield was commenting on how ubiquitous Avenatti was on cable news prior to his fall during The Five Thursday evening.

“To his credit, he showed how easy it is to commandeer the media. What were their weaknesses? To ruin Trump and [Brett] Kavanaugh. He jumped on the horse and rode it to CNN’s guest heap,” Gutfield noted.

But Gutfield also noted the sentencing guidelines appeared high. “He’s getting 400 years. I mean he’s not the Taliban,” Gutfield noted.

Watters opined the networks that featured Avenatti should apologize for Continue reading "Michael Avenatti Finds Unlikely Defender in Fox’s Greg Gutfeld: 404 Years in Prison? ‘He’s Not the Taliban’"

Texts From State’s Attorney Kim Foxx Show She Called Smollett a ‘Washed Up Celeb Who Lied to Cops’


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In text messages that were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, Illinois State’s Attorney Kim Foxx called Jussie Smollett a “washed up celeb who lied to cops” two weeks before her office dropped all charges against the actor. In the texts, first reported by by CBS Chicago’s Charlie De Mar, Foxx spoke to Joe Magats, the prosecutor running the Smollett case after she recused herself. Here’s a screenshot: “So…I’m recused , but when people accuse us of overcharging cases…16 counts on a class 4 becomes exhibit A,” Foxx texted. “Yes. I can see where that can be seen as excessive,” Magats replied. “Pedophile with 4 victims 10 counts.  Washed up celeb who lied to cops, 16. On a case eligible for deferred prosecution I think it’s indicative of something we should be looking at generally. Just because we can charge something doesn’t mean we should,” Foxx Continue reading "Texts From State’s Attorney Kim Foxx Show She Called Smollett a ‘Washed Up Celeb Who Lied to Cops’"

U.S. Reportedly Gave Ecuador ’Verbal Pledge’ to Not Seek Death Penalty for Assange


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Ecuador only agreed to revoke Julian Assange‘s asylum after the United States agreed not to seek the death penalty, according to an ABC report. Citing multiple sources, ABC reports that Assange had become a nuisance to his hosts costing over $30,000 a month to keep him there. He was also taking up too much room in the small diplomatic space. So, they wanted him out. “They were over him, he was a big nuisance,” one senior U.S. official was quoted as saying by ABC News. “They were saying ‘This is too much. How do we get him out?’” However, they wanted to make sure that he wouldn’t be extradited to a country where he may face the death penalty first. Back in March 2018, Ecuador made its first contact with UK officials to make sure Assange’s would not face execution. Six months ago, they reached out for Continue reading "U.S. Reportedly Gave Ecuador ’Verbal Pledge’ to Not Seek Death Penalty for Assange"

Spy vs. Spy


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New York Times reporter Michael Schwirtz set out to investigate a series of assassinations in Ukraine with low expectations. Reporting on a homicide as a member of the foreign press is daunting enough to begin with. His assignment was formidable beacuse many of the murders were linked to Russia — a government hostile to the media at best and notorious for murdering foreign journalists at worst. But when Schwirtz approached alleged Russian assassin Oleg Smorodinov to question him about a murder, the accused provided some unexpected bits of testimony: a confession. And on top of that, Smorodinov disclosed the specific role the Kremlin played in ordering and directing his crime. Schwirtz published his findings in a New York Times feature last week. Bob spoke with Schwirtz about spies, state-facilitated assassination and the experience of following a true story that reads like a Russian mystery novel.

Monty Python Star Eric Idle’s Home Reportedly Evacuated After Anthrax Scare


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Monty Python star Eric Idle‘s Hollywood Hills home was reportedly evacuated Monday night after an anthrax scare. According to NBC Los Angeles, someone in the home called 911 after opening a certified letter containing a suspicious powder. NBC Los Angeles reports:
Residents at a Hollywood Hills home were evacuated Monday night after a piece of certified mail yielded an unknown powdery substance, the Los Angeles Police Department said. A resident opened the mail and a powder came out, so the resident called police at approximately 6:23 p.m., police said. The home is located in the 3100 block of Floye Drive. Officials said they are treating the scene as an anthrax scare, though it was not immediately clear if the power was in fact the dangerous bacteria.

According to TMZ, it is not believed Idle was home at the time. This is a developing story

Chicago Prosecutor Kim Foxx Suggests Racism Behind Criticism for Dropping Charges Against Smollett


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Kim Foxx, the top prosecutor for Cook County, suggested racism has been behind the large amount of criticism she and her office has received after they dropped all sixteen charges against actor Jussie Smollett. Her office maintained they still believe Smollett staged the hate crime against himself, but he is not a priority compared to other violent crimes. “I cannot run an office, I cannot run an office that is driven by anger and public sentiment,” Foxx said during a press conference. “I must run an office that looks at the facts, the evidence, and the law on every case. That is my responsibility when I look back at how we have wrongful convictions in the circumstances around them and some that we’re hiding of media attention and others that were not, I cannot put ourselves in the position of being driven by public. We must be driven by Continue reading "Chicago Prosecutor Kim Foxx Suggests Racism Behind Criticism for Dropping Charges Against Smollett"

Jussie Smollett’s Lawyers: Chicago Mayor and Police Owe Actor an Apology


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In a newly released statement, Jussie Smollett‘s lawyers said the actor is owed an apology from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson after Cook County prosecutors dropped the charges against him. “It is the Mayor and the Police Chief who owe Jussie — owe him an apology — for dragging an innocent man’s character through the mud. Jussie has paid enough,” Smollett’s lawyers said, according to CBS Chicago reporter Charlie De Mar. The statement is in response to Chicago Mayor Emmanuel announcing he intends to bill Smollett for the cost of the investigation into what officials say was a hoax hate crime. Per De Mar, Emmanuel said he wants the memo of the reimbursement to read: “For Hoax,” “I’m sorry”. That comes after one of Smollett’s lawyer’s, Tina Glandian, suggested the Osundairo brothers, the pair who say Smollett hired them to stage the hate Continue reading "Jussie Smollett’s Lawyers: Chicago Mayor and Police Owe Actor an Apology"

Brian KIlmeade Mocks State Prosecutor’s Claim People Who Are Upset at Smollett Case Don’t Understand the Law


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Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade slammed Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx after the charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett were dropped at their request. Foxx had recused herself from the case because she had conversations with Smollett’s family. “If people don’t know how the justice system works, and more specifically, alternative prosecution diversion, pre-trial diversion, this would seem like an odd outcome,” she told CBS Chicago. “But it doesn’t surprise me that people and their sense of justice would think that a different outcome would make sense.” “I don’t know what is crazier, the fact that he is not contrite or admits anything now or he dreamed the whole thing up to begin with,” Kilmeade said. “And also they have to get stories straight, he was attacked by two MAGA supporters or he was attacked by two Nigerian Continue reading "Brian KIlmeade Mocks State Prosecutor’s Claim People Who Are Upset at Smollett Case Don’t Understand the Law"

Jussie Smollett’s Lawyer: The Two Brothers Are ‘Absolutely’ Lying About the Alleged Staged Attack


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Tina Glandian, a lawyer for Empire actor Jussie Smollett, accused the two brothers involved in the alleged hate crime hoax, that was planned by Smollett, of lying about his role in the reported attack. “You know Jussie has said he’s been truthful and consistent throughout this case. But he said at the beginning he didn’t know who he encountered that night. He knew it was the brothers, didn’t he,” ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked. “He did not. The — the attackers were masked. He only saw one of them. One of them approached him from behind. And he was wearing a mask. And so he did not identify them. He initially had a really hard time believing that they could be involved because he knew one of them and we could only speculate as to motivation, Glandian said. Stephanopoulos said police have phone records of the conversations between the Continue reading "Jussie Smollett’s Lawyer: The Two Brothers Are ‘Absolutely’ Lying About the Alleged Staged Attack"

Rahm Emanuel: Jussie Smollett and Cook County Prosecutors ‘Better Get Their Stories Straight’


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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel continued to express frustration with the Cook County prosecutors deciding to drop all charges against actor Jussie Smollett he allegedly staged a hate crime against himself. Prosecutors said dropping the charges does not mean they believe he is innocent, but it was not a priority. “You have the state’s attorney’s office saying he’s not exonerated, he actually did commit this hoax. He’s saying he’s innocent and his words aren’t true. They better get their story straight,” Emanuel said. “This is making a fool of all of us. You know, all over the city of Chicago, George, there are signs on front yards and windows that says ‘hate has no home here.’ He turned those values upside down and inside out. He abused the city of Chicago and actually committed a crime here and lied about something and, remember, the grand jury indicted him when only Continue reading "Rahm Emanuel: Jussie Smollett and Cook County Prosecutors ‘Better Get Their Stories Straight’"

Avenatti Denies Fraud Charges, Says He’s ‘Concerned,’ ‘Nervous, and ‘Scared’


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Former Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti is “concerned” and “scared” about the charges against him — which he denied in an interview with CBS This Morning. In his first interview since being arrested on federal charges of wire fraud and extorting $20 million from Nike in separate cases in New York and California, Avenatti said he was “nervous,” “concerned,” and “scared” of the charges. “Sure, I’m nervous, I’m scared, I’m all of those things, and If I wasn’t, it wouldn’t make a lot of sense,” he said. The embattled lawyer expressed gratitude for the people in his life who have supported him thus far, as Continue reading "Avenatti Denies Fraud Charges, Says He’s ‘Concerned,’ ‘Nervous, and ‘Scared’"

MSNBC Legal Analyst on Smollett: Chicago PD Has History of Racism, ‘Lying and Covering Up’


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With Empire actor Jussie Smollett having all charges dropped against him at the request of the prosecution, MSNBC legal analyst Midwin Charles said the Chicago police department has a bad reputation when it comes to “lying and covering up” crimes. She specifically pointed to the case of Laquan McDonald. “But again, you know, you’re talking about a Chicago police department that’s already been struggling with a sullied reputation after police officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of shooting 17-year-old black teen Laquan McDonald and there was an extensive coverup. And when it came to truth-telling and when it came to, you know, being the shining light of truthfulness, the Chicago PD unfortunately was not it,” she said. “But I can’t imagine, when you’re pointing to the situation with Laquan McDonald, to bring the Chicago PD
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Twitter is Perplexed After All Charges Against Jussie Smollett Are Dropped: ‘No, Seriously. What Actually Happened?’


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People were in disbelief after it was revealed all criminal charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped at the request of the prosecution. A spokesperson for Smollett said his record will also be “fully expunged.” After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollett’s volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case,” Office of Cook County State’s Attorney said in a statement. Observers on Twitter were left dumbfounded:

BREAKING: Jussie Smollett Charges DROPPED and Record Wiped Clean


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Multiple journalists in Chicago are reporting the charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett have been dropped.
CBS Chicago reports Smollett was being charged with allegedly staging his own crime and filing false police reports. He pleaded not guilty the 16 counts. The actor said he was attacked by two men, who yelled slurs, tied a noose around his neck, pour bleach on him and screamed “This is Continue reading "BREAKING: Jussie Smollett Charges DROPPED and Record Wiped Clean"

CNN Drops Mark Geragos After Legal Commentator Reported as Co-Conspirator in Avenatti Scheme


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The co-conspirator charged along with Michael Avenatti in a $20 million extortion plot against Nike has been revealed to be longtime CNN legal analyst Mark Geragos. Geragos had recently represented former NFL player and Nike representative Colin Kaepernick, in the football player’s lawsuit against the NFL. The criminal defense attorney, who represented a number of notable figures including Empire‘s Jussie Smollett and former Congressman Gary Condit, was the co-conspirator referred to in the criminal complaint against Avenatti, according to the Wall Street Journal. CNN told Mediaite that Geragos is no longer a contributor at the network.