A Baltimore, Maryland LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) group confirms that the beating victim in a viral video filmed at a Baltimore area McDonalds, was in fact a transgendered woman.
Police say the incident occurred on Monday, April 18, inside a McDonalds franchise restaurant at 6315 Kenwood Avenue, in Rosedale, MD. A video uploaded to YouTube and re-posted on Worldstarhiphop.com, showed two black females stomping and pummeling the 22-year-old transgendered woman outside the women's restroom. The unidentified transgendered woman was white.
Witnesses told police the fight started after the transgendered woman refused to leave the woman's restroom.
As the beating unfolded in front of McDonalds employees -- who, for the most part, stood around and did nothing -- one employee, identified as Vernon "Charm" Hackett, 18, pulled out his cell phone -- not to call the police, but to film the action so he could upload it to his YouTube account.
The model citizen, who has worked for McDonalds since 2009, posted this account of the violence on his facebook page Friday afternoon:
I called the McDonalds store yesterday and spoke with a nice young lady who told me that Hackett's employment status with the restaurant was "currently under review," indicating that he might be suspended or fired.
Maryland police later arrested the two teens, ages 14 and 18. The 14-year-old will be charged as a juvenile, while charges are pending against the 18-year-old.
Though the violence on the video is brutal, and appears to be without provocation, legal experts say prosecuting the two teens based on the evidence won't be so cut and dried.
If this is a case of a 22 year old man entering a bathroom while a 14 year old girl was using it – get ready for a legal showdown. Any sleazeball criminal defense attorney will have enough facts to argue for a dismissal. I am sure the two girls have already been called by attorneys willing to take the case pro bono, trying to make a name. LGBT rights will spend more time on trial during this soon-to-be circus than the girls will. Still, all must agree that the assault, without a doubt, is heinous.
Rapper Nicki Minaj and her ever-present lapdog, hypeman, fiance, Safaree Samuel, leave The Factory nightclub in West Hollywood after attending Nicki's After Party for her Staples Center concert ealier in the evening. Pop Singer Britney Spears was also in the building. Nicki is expected to open up for Brit when she goes on tour this Summer.
Pop singer Christina Aguilera forgot to remove the safety tape from her butt pads when she dressed herself to attend a concert by her friend and songwriter Linda Perry at The Roxy on The Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, CA Thursday night.
I love to watch NBA games, not just for the exciting round ball skills on the court, but also for the roundhouse swings of the frustrated players under the basket.
There is nothing more fun in sports than watching multimillionaires losing their cool and butting heads before being ejected from the game.
Last night, just before the Atlanta Hawks eked out a 88-84 win over the hapless Orlando Magic at Philips Arena, Hawks center Zaza Pachulia got into it with the Magic's guard, Jason Richardson. Pachulia appeared to head butt Richardson who responded with a hand mush to Zaza's face. Both players were ejected and will be fined thousands of dollars by the league for their efforts.
Of course, Magic center Dwight Howard -- the dirty player that he is -- got the ball rolling with a savage forearm to Zaza's head. Howard was assessed his 2nd technical in the playoffs (he's got 5 more to go). The Hawks win gives them a 2-1 edge over the Magic in the NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference series.
Normally I don't post videos of ghetto broads brawling inside fast food restaurants because these videos only encourage feeble minded hoodrats who think this type of thing is cute.
But this video right here disturbed me to my core. What disturbed me more than these 2 hoodrats pummeling, kicking and dragging a defenseless girl across a McDonalds floor -- is the McDonalds employees who had the nerve to film the ongoing assault without offering the young girl any assistance.
Every employee in this McDonalds -- except for the manager -- should be fired.
Kudos to the elderly lady who risked life and limb to help the poor girl. I don't find this type of violence entertaining, but obviously a lot of my people do.
And this is why we will never get ahead.
McDonalds has responded... on Twitter.
This is Vernon Hackett, 22, the McDonalds employee who filmed the assault with his cell phone at the McDonalds restaurant at 6315 Kenwood Avenue, in Rosedale, MD. I called the store this evening and spoke to a nice young lady who said this staffer's employment status is "under review." I assume that means he's suspended or fired.
Thanks to loyal reader BevGarr for sending this in!
When pictures hit the net of burlesque singer Beyonce and her husband, rapper Jay Z vacationing in Paris a couple of days ago, one set of pictures in particular caught my eye. Jay Z seemed to be experiencing priapism, or a persistent erection. In a few of the pictures Jigga covers his groin area with his massive hand in a poor attempt to conceal his full blown erection.
Priapism is a potentially harmful and sometimes painful medical condition in which the penis maintains erection and does not return to its flaccid (resting) state for a period lasting longer than four hours.
It was an embarrassing moment for Jay Z to be sure, but it is a common side effect of a drug often prescribed for men with penile erection dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction (or impotency) occurs when a man is unable to sustain an erection long enough to satisfy a woman (or man) during sexual intercourse.
I told you a couple of years ago that, according to a source, Jay Z, 41, was swallowing Viagra pills like they were Pez candies. According to the source, Jay Z has had trouble "getting it up" for years. Finally, out of desperation, he (allegedly) sought medical treatment to keep up with the sexual demands of his young wife, Beyonce.
Common causes of erectile dysfunction in men include cigarette smoking, diabetes, hormone insufficiencies, heart disease or drugs, such as anti-depressants and cocaine.
While it is a laughing matter for us ladies who (thank God) don't have such problems, most men can relate to Jay Z's predicament.
R&B singer Rihanna has been packing on the pounds lately. When fans spotted the "What's My Name" singer at Coachella music festival last week, they noted she looked a little pudgy. Though her concert tour is breaking records over in Europe, her friends say Rihanna is depressed over slow ticket sales in the United States.
RiRi's friends say it is her natural habit to pig out when she's feeling out of sorts.
Now comes word that the 23-year-old Barbados native caused costly re-editing delays after she shot a charity public service announcement for UNICEF. She held up the PSA schedule after complaining that she looked heavier than usual in the online video clip.
When the editors told her that it wasn't the video that was making her look fat, she bucked, and had to be calmed down by her handlers.
The svelte songstress participated in UNICEF's Celebrity Tap campaign, which asks stars to donate bottles of their own tap water to raise money and awareness for impoverished children in need of clean drinking water globally.
Rihanna stars in a stylish black-and-white PSA on celebritytap.org, in which she slinks in a clinging black minidress down a hallway and into an ultramodern kitchen where she fills a clear glass with clean tap water and sexily drinks it. Source
Because you can't get enough of her: Here's more pics of Beyoncé at Disney Euro in Paris, France with her nephew Julez yesterday.
I would never buy a record with her name on it, but singer Nicole Scherzinger looked stunning shooting her new music video "Right There" in Downtown Los Angeles yesterday. The former Pussycat Dolls frontwoman changed outfits half a dozen times and gave a sexy performance on the streets of LA wearing harem pants, tan leather boots, bangles and cropped vest.
NBA great Magic Johnson, 51, was spotted chatting up a lovely young thing while out and about in Beverly Hills, CA yesterday. The old man's still got it! Magic was diagnosed with HIV in 1991.
The new Columbia Pictures film 'Jumping the Broom' produced by Tracey Edmonds and Bishop T.D. Jakes is a romantic comedy that explores today's difficulty in abstaining from sex until marriage.
Bishop Jakes fuses religion and comedy to challenge the film's audiences to explore the option of abstinence before marriage.
The film asks the question how easy is it to abstain from sex until you jump the broom? And which guy would make you want to Jump The Broom?
Laz Alonso and Paula Patton play Jason Taylor and Sabrina Watson, a young couple who decide to spend the rest of their lives together in Holy matrimony. But when their two families from opposite ends of the tracks converge on Martha's Vineyard for their dream weekend wedding, problems crop up and threaten to derail the happy event.
After meeting with Bishop Jakes for a counseling session, Taylor makes the decision to abstain from sex until his marriage to Watson.
In addition to abstaining from sex, Watson has to deal with her parents (played by Angela Bassett and Brian Stokes Mitchell) who have problems in their own marriage and appear on the brink of divorce.
And Taylor faces pressure from his friends who scoff at the idea of abstaining from sex until marriage.
'Jumping The Broom' also stars Mike Epps, Loretta Devine, Meagan Good, Tasha Smith, DeRay Davis, Julie Bowen, Romeo Miller, Gary Dourdan, Pooch Hall, and Valarie Pettiford.
'Jumping The Broom' opens everywhere on May 6, 2011.
Promotional consideration provided by Columbus Pictures
Beyonce's ex-manager Matthew Knowles hugged Michelle Williams, the only member of Destiny's Child who isn't related to him, at the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards held at The Fox Theatre yesterday in Atlanta. The show airs on GMC on Sunday April 24, 2011.
Lala Vasquez was spotted out and about in NYC yesterday wearing a one-shoulder creme colored dress. Lala was on her way to see the opening of 'Sister Act' on Broadway as the special guest of Whoopi Goldberg. I'm told the NY Knickerbockers organization is reminding wives of the unspoken rule that players must avoid sex before every game to keep their stamina up. Judging from the series standings so far (Celtics lead the series 2-0), it seems likely that the rule is being ignored. Photos by: Jackson Lee/Splash News
I was just talking to a male industry friend who told me: "Sandra, the fake big booty bishes are definitely winning right now." I won't say what prompted him to tell me that. Anyway, speaking of fake big booty bishes, Ice T's wife Coco was spotted filming her reality TV series with her pregnant sister in the meatpacking district today.