The Atlanta man seen in a viral video being savagely beaten by thugs for wearing skinny jeans will speak today at a press conference scheduled for noon.
The victim's family told reporters that the 20-year-old man came forward on Tuesday to speak with police after the FBI joined the investigation.
"Atlanta Police Department spokesman Carlos Campos said that the widespread dissemination of the video led family members of the 20-year-old victim to contact police," according to the Atlanta Journal.
"Atlanta police investigators were able to locate the victim ... who gave a statement to investigators," Campos said in statement emailed to the news media Tuesday night.
In the video, which was first posted on Worldstarhiphop.com, the victim is seen exiting a convenience store on McDaniel Street in the "Pittsburgh" area of Atlanta on Saturday. The man, wearing tight black "skinny jeans" and a long black ponytail, is set upon by three thugs shouting anti-gay slogans.
The thugs punch and kick the defenseless man as he crouched on the ground. One thug picked up a tire that was leaning on a wall nearby and hit the victim with it.
The brutal scene was captured on two cell phone cameras as well as a surveillance video from the convenience store.
The FBI is investigating the incident as a federal hate crime against gays. If captured and convicted, the perpetrators will face stiffer sentences than if they were convicted on state charges.
A loyal reader sent in this disturbing video of a man being beaten by thugs who assume he's gay apparently because he's wearing a hairpiece and skinny jeans.
In the video, which was posted on Worldstarhiphop.com, the unidentified male victim, dressed in all black, was viciously punched without provocation as he exited a convenience store with another man dressed in an orange Tee (it isn't clear if the two men are together).
When the victim hit the ground he was set upon by three thugs who savagely kicked and punched him as he cowered on the ground. The thug holding the camera laughed while another man off-camera screamed anti-gay hate slogans.
Loyal reader Demond writes:
Please Help End This.. Can you please help put an end to this mess! Bring these three guys to justice!
The Atlanta Journal Constitution was on top of this story earlier today. According to the AJC, Atlanta police are aware of the videotaped beating, which took place outside a convenience store on McDaniel street just south of the AU center. But police don't know who the victim is or the date when the video was shot. The APD is urging the victim to come forward and press charges against his assailants.
Police are asking anyone with information about the incident shown in the video to call Zone 3 police officers at 404-624-0674 or to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477.
Update III, 11:40 pm ET:
The AJC reports that the FBI has joined in the investigation:
In a prepared statement emailed to the media Monday night, U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said, "Along with the Atlanta Police Department, we are working to determine if the actions portrayed in the video violate federal law, including the hate crime statute.
"The actions depicted in the video are appalling and unacceptable in our community, and we encourage anyone with information about this video to contact the FBI or Atlanta Police," Yates said.
CNN's political analyst Roland Martin came under attack from gay groups after tweeting a wisecrack about British soccer star David Beckham.
Martin, who is very sensitive when he is the subject of gay jokes, took to his Twitter page last night to "live tweet" during the Super Bowl broadcast. His tweets included this one, which his followers took to be an anti-gay slur:
Martin seemed to suggest that his followers "smack the ish out of" any male Super Bowl fan who is "hyped about David Beckham's H&M underwear ad" that was shown during the Super Bowl.
Martin added that "real bruhs" would not purchase underwear advertised by Beckham.
Troubled singer Rihanna was spotted stumbling out of the Manor nightclub in West Hollywood last night. The Manor was the same nightclub where her ex-boyfriend was partying with friends after watching the Super Bowl. Once again Rihanna was ignored by Brown and his entourage. RiRi wore a black, leather Chanel cap, a sheer, black bodysuit and blue jeans.
The 23-year-old Bajan beauty drowned her sorrows with bottle after bottle of expensive bubbly, according to witnesses. Rihanna leaned hard on her fiercely protective assistant, Melisssa, as they exited the nightclub. Security had to practically drag the drunken singer through hordes of paparazzi to her car.
Troubled singer Rihanna was spotted arriving at Roxbury nightclub in West Hollywood after the Clippers game last night. The "We Found Love" singer was dressed in hooker chic gear, including a blond lacefront wig, black thigh high hooker boots, a striped top and Daisy dukes ripped denim shorts. The 23-year-old was spotted holding hands with her long-suffering personal assistant Melissa, who looks like she's dropped a few pounds. I hope Melissa isn't sick.
Today's story on celebrity gossip site TMZ.com about 'Basketball Wives' cast member Jennifer Williams feuding with Evelyn Lozada's assistant, Nia Crooks (right), jarred my memory about an interesting email I received last year.
In her email my loyal reader, who identified herself as "Patricia," claimed to have had a torrid love affair with the still-married Williams.
Patricia wrote that she met Williams 3 years ago at the Miami Club where she earned a modest living as an exotic dancer. She said JW took an instant liking to her because she reminded JW of "a younger version" of herself.
Patricia said the two women exchanged phone numbers and JW called her just a few hours later to make sure she "got home safely." Patricia recalled how JW "wined and dined" her at fancy restaurants. Their friendship quickly blossomed into something "more meaningful," Patricia wrote.
Patricia, who admits she is bisexual, described sex with JW as "intense" but infrequent. She wrote that she and Williams, who assumed the more dominant role, argued often and Williams seemed to be obsessed with exerting complete control over her.
How often do you hear about a police department editing a 911 emergency call audio before releasing a copy of the audio to the media? Almost never -- unless the subject of the call is a well-known celebrity.
According to celebrity gossip site TMZ.com, the LA police edited -- or redacted -- certain portions of the recording of that emergency 911 call made from actress Demi Moore's house the night she was stricken with seizures.
TMZ clearly indicates that portions of the redacted audio pertained to any mention of drugs that Moore may have ingested or consumed that night.
Being a celebrity has its benefits. If that were you or I, the embarrassing tape would have been released unedited.
Earlier this week, paparazzi photos of troubled singers Rihanna, 23, and Chris Brow, 22, leaving the same nightclub fueled rumors that they were seeing each other. But nothing could be further from the truth. As we told you in this post, Rihanna and Brown, who was accompanied by his girlfriend KT, did not speak to each other.
PEOPLE confirms that Rihanna and Brown never bumped into each other that night (or any night for that matter).
Well, that could have been awkward: Chris Brown and Rihanna were both partying at L.A. nightspot Greystone Manor Supperclub, but the exes stuck to separate sides of the venue... According to the clubgoer, the exes never interacted.
According to my credible source, the fact that Brown chose Karaoke over Rihanna is "messing with her mind."
Rihanna is a classic Narcissistic Personality Disorder; she thinks she's entitled to have whomever or whatever she wants, she has little empathy for others, and she is very manipulative in relationships. Which explains why men (and women) avoid her like the plague.
Meanwhile, Brown continues to pollute the radio airwaves with his techno junk music. His latest musical offering is something called "Turn Up The Music". Click below to listen.
Actress Cynthia Nixon, 45, has angered gay rights activists by saying she chooses to be gay. Nixon insists that, for her, being gay is a choice, just like being celibate or bisexual is a choice.
The former 'Sex and the City' star's choice of words flies in the face of what gay rights advocates want us to believe -- that being gay is not a choice.
But Nixon, who has 2 biological children with her old college sweetheart, Daniel Mozes, said “Why can’t it be a choice? Why is that any less legitimate? It seems we’re just ceding this point to bigots who are demanding it, and I don’t think that they should define the terms of the debate."
“I gave a speech recently, an empowerment speech to a gay audience, and it included the line ‘I’ve been straight and I’ve been gay, and gay is better.’ And they tried to get me to change it, because they said it implies that homosexuality can be a choice. And for me, it is a choice,” she said. “I understand that for many people it’s not, but for me it’s a choice, and you don’t get to define my gayness for me. A certain section of our community is very concerned that it not be seen as a choice, because if it’s a choice, then we could opt out. I say it doesn’t matter if we flew here or we swam here, it matters that we are here and we are one group and let us stop trying to make a litmus test for who is considered gay and who is not.
I also feel like people think I was walking around in a cloud and didn’t realize I was gay, which I find really offensive. I find it offensive to me, but I also find it offensive to all the men I’ve been out with.”
According to Radaronline.com, "The Huffington Post reports that America Blog writer John Aravosis is amongst those displeased by Nixon’s “choice” of words."
"It's not a 'choice,' unless you consider my opting to date a guy with brown hair versus a guy with blonde hair a 'choice,'" he writes. "It's only a choice among flavors I already like... every religious right hatemonger is now going to quote this woman every single time they want to deny us our civil rights."
Rumors started last week that ex lovers Rihanna and Chris Brown were seeing each other again, but the rumors are not true. Brown and his girlfriend, Karrueche Tran, were spotted leaving the Greystone Manor separately, and at different times, after a night of partying.
Chris Brown left the club through the front door and climbed into his Range Rover with his girlfriend, KT, and some friends, while Rihanna, looking desperate and lonely, left through a side door and got into a waiting SUV with a bodyguard. My sources tell me Rihanna and CB didn't speak to each other. The media insists on putting these troubled kids back together, but the truth is they are just friends.
Meanwhile, Rihanna was spotted looking wasted as she arrived at LAX airport from Hawaii where she was spotted smoking pounds of weed and drinking to drunken excess. Rihanna looked terrible and we're all worried for her. The way Rihanna looks now, even Chris Brown doesn't want her.
A gay activist group is pushing a training video to teachers and parents featuring school children between the ages of 6-12 discussing what it means to live a gay lifestyle.
According to CNSnews.com, The Human Rights Campaign, a homosexual advocacy group, has produced a “professional development film” through its website called the Welcoming Schools project.
On its home page, the Welcoming Schools project states that it “is an LGBT-inclusive approach to addressing family diversity, gender stereotyping and bullying and name-calling in K-5 learning environments. … Additionally, it offers a wide range of resources for school administrators and educators to support students who don’t conform to gender norms.”
CNSNews.com says questions to the Human Rights Campaign -- "including inquires about whether the training sessions are taking place in schools, how many schools are participating, and whether or not the video will be viewed by children -- were not answered before this story was posted."
Rihanna, 23, has ben working out with her personal trainer in Hawaii to get back in shape for the start of her world tour in February. “Rihanna is so connected to her body,” said Nunez, who is on call with Rihanna 24/7 when she is one the road. “She used to work out because it was part of her responsibility, but now she works out because she loves it!”
Nunez doesn't mention the drugs or alcohol that RiRi reportedly consumes between workouts. But he does make sure she fuels her body with the right combination of protein and amino acids to promote muscle growth and tone.
“It’s more about feeding her to perform,” Nuñez says. “She is big on protein. She loves it.”
Once again, kids, ignore those rumors of Rihanna hooking back up with troubled singer Chris Brown. That simply is not true. Rihanna may be immature and hard up for a man right now, but she has way too much pride to share a man with another chick - especially not a moron like Chris.
Yesterday the Internet was abuzz when Kanye West's former beard Amber Rose tweeted a pic of herself posing with legenday R&B singer Monica Brown in a studio. Monica is busy recording her much-anticipated album, New Life, set for a Feb. 21 release (which we hope will rocket her into the stratosphere). We really hope Amber was just passing through the studio and that Mo obliged her with a photo? We would hate to hear Amber shrieking on a Monica track.
Queen Latifah was the guest on The Wendy Williams Show yesterday. The Queen stars in the gospel musical “Joyful Noise” which is in theaters now. Latifah recently split up with her longtime girlfriend, Jeanette Jenkins. But the 41-year-old still wants to have children with her new lover.