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Eight Black Minnesota corrections officers filed a racial discrimination lawsuit for allegedly being barred from guarding Derek Chauvin at the detention center where they work.

The eight non-white guards filed the lawsuit against the Ramsey County Adult Detention Center for allegedly providing only white corrections officers to guard Chauvin.

Chauvin, 44, has been held at the detention center since May 29 on charges of felony murder in the death of George Floyd in south Minneapolis on May 25.

The corrections officers said Superintendent Steve Lydon ordered all non-white officers and the Black officers were told to avoid contact with Chauvin.

In the discrimination lawsuit, Lydon allegedly said the officers' race made them a potential "liability" if anything were to happen to Chauvin after he arrived at the facility.

"I understood that the decision to segregate us had been made because we could not be trusted to carry out our work responsibilities professionally around the high-profile inmate — solely because of the color of our skin," said the acting sergeant, who is Black.

He added: "I am not aware of a similar situation where white officers were segregated from an inmate."

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A grieving mom has filed a $1 million lawsuit after she lost her only son during a swimming pool incident at Carl Crawford's Texas mansion.

According to court papers obtained by TMZ, Liban Hersi claims the former Los Angeles Dodgers star didn't do enough to protect her 5-year-old son during a pool party at his home on May 16.

Hersi said her son was visiting Crawford with a family friend when he fell into the massive custom pool and drowned.

Another partygoer died when she jumped into the pool to try and help the drowning boy.

Hersi said the pool was not equipped with an alarm system and she claimed the pool's design was "unreasonably dangerous."

Hersi was not at the pool party when her son died. She was in another state working during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Crawford, 38, shares a son, Carl Leo Crawford, with reality TV personality Evelyn Lozada and two children from a previous relationship.

He called off his engagement to Lozada in August 2017.

Crawford is CEO of Houston independent record label 1501 Certified Entertainment and was the first executive to sign hip-hop artist Megan Thee Stallion.

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A lawsuit has been filed against the Louisville Metro Police Department after a Black woman was killed by three white officers who forced their way into her home.

Breonna Taylor, an EMT employee, was fatally shot in the early morning hours of March 13 when officers forced their way inside and "blindly fired" after they were met by gunfire inside the home.

Taylor, 26, was asleep in bed with her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, who heard a commotion and went to investigate around 12:30 a.m.

The officers were at the wrong house, serving a warrant on a suspect who lived across town and was already in custody.

The cops breached the front door "without knocking and without announcing themselves as police officers," according to the suit filed by Taylor's mother, Tamika Palmer, who is being represented by attorney Benjamin Crump.

"The defendants then proceeded to spray gunfire into the residence with a total disregard for the value of human life," the lawsuit alleges. "Shots were blindly fired by the officers all throughout Breonna's home."

Taylor was shot eight times and died in her bed. Walker, 27, was not hit. He was arrested and charged with assault and attempted murder on a police officer.

The lawsuit states Walker had a license to carry and kept firearms in the home for protection.

Crump is also representing the father of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black male who was shot and killed by 2 white men in Brunswick, Ga. on Feb. 23.

Crump called out the police department for not taking responsibility for the way their officers serve no-knock warrants.

"We stand with the family of this young woman in demanding answers from the Louisville Police Department," he said in a statement on Twitter.

A spokesman for the Louisville police said, "Due to an ongoing internal investigation into this situation, we are not able to comment at this time."

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French Montana is facing a sexual battery lawsuit from a woman who alleges he was one of several men who sexually assaulted her at his California home.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, an unnamed woman, who filed the suit as a Jane Doe, is suing the hip-hop star, real name, Karim Kharbouch, a member of his entourage, Mansour Bennouna, and bosses at his label Coke Boy Records.

The lawsuit accuses French and his employee of assault and battery, sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and label chiefs of negligent hiring, supervision and retention, and negligence.

The woman claims she was invited back to the "No Stylist" hitmaker's home after they met at a recording studio in the early hours of March 28, 2018. She claimed she was plied with drinks, including a shot that caused her to black out.

She alleges French's employee "sexually assaulted, sexually harassed, and raped" her, and the rapper, "sexually assaulted, sexually harassed" her.

Doe states the rapper and his entourage gang raped her. She remembers "several men coming in and out of the bedroom" and attacking her while she was incapacitated and that she believes French "was one of the men" who sexually assaulted her.

The alleged victim states she "regained consciousness" around 1:30 p.m with Bennouna "spooning" her and that she "felt a pain in her pelvis, lower back and vagina."

The lawsuit states that after leaving the rapper's home, she had a rape kit administered that reportedly showed the presence of semen, after which she reported the rape to the police.

She is seeking unspecified damages for "extreme emotional distress, anxiety, flashbacks and depression" she allegedly experienced and claims the trauma ended her burgeoning career as a model.

WENN has contacted French's representatives regarding the allegations.

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Byron Allen is furious over a U.S. Supreme Court decision in his discrimination lawsuit against cable TV giant Comcast.

The billionaire TV mogul criticized the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Monday that dismissed a lower court's ruling that had allowed him to move forward with his case.

Allen accused Comcast of discriminating against him because he is Black, saying Comcast discriminates against minority-owned programming.

Allen argued that Comcast refused to license his TV channels Cats.tv and Pets.tv because he is Black.

But the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that Allen failed to prove Comcast would have licensed his channels if he was not Black.

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"This is a vey bad day for our country," Allen told Yahoo Finance in a statement on Monday.

"Unfortunately, the Supreme Court has rendered a ruling that is harmful to the civil rights of millions of Americans."

Allen added: "We will continue our fight by going to Congress and the presidential candidates to revise the statute to overcome this decision by the United States Supreme Court, which significantly diminishes our civil rights."

In a separate statement, Comcast said it was pleased with the Supreme Court's decision.

"We are proud of our record on diversity and will not rest on this record. We will continue to look for ways to add even more innovative and diverse programming that appeals to our diverse viewership and continue our diversity and inclusion efforts across the company."

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DaBaby vigorously denies slapping multiple women at a nightclub in Tampa, Florida last weekend.

The law firm representing the alleged victim, Tyronesha Laws, claims she is the woman he slapped, but DaBaby's lawyer says "multiple victims" called the law office claiming to be the woman the rapper slapped.

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As cell phone footage shows, DaBaby viciously slapped a woman who accidentally touched his face with her cell phone at the Whiskey North nightclub in Tampa, where the rapper was scheduled to perform last weekend.

Trouble is, the rapper admits slapping "someone," but he says too many alleged victims are coming out of the woodwork.

DaBaby's attorney, Drew Findling, tells TMZ, enhanced video shows DaBaby slapping a woman who struck his left eye with what appears to be a phone with the flashlight on -- NOT the person standing to the left or the right of the individual shoving the phone in his face.

Tyronesha told TMZ she was standing next to a young lady who reached out with a cell phone -- flashlight activated -- toward DaBaby right before he allegedly smacked her in the face.

Cell phone footage shows the troubled 28-year-old rapper slapping the person holding the phone -- but that person has not come forward.

Findling says his law firm has been contacted by multiple women claiming to be the victim, but they haven't been able to verify her identity.

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DaBaby already apologized to the woman he struck, saying he thought he was hitting a guy in a wig and couldn't tell the difference because he was blinded by the light in his face.

After the slapping incident, DaBaby was booed off the stage and the show was immediately canceled by club promoters.
 

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Homicide detectives are investigating the death of boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr's ex-girlfriend and mother of 3 of his 4 children, Josiel "Josie" Harris.

Harris, 40, was found dead inside her parked car at her home on the 25700 block of Oak Meadow Drive. Police tape still blocked the driveway to the 3-story home in Valencia, California on Wednesday morning.

Police responded to a medical rescue call at the home around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, and found Harris unresponsive in her car. The call was later changed to a cardiac arrest and Harris was not transported to a hospital. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:10 p.m.

Police initially said there was no evidence of foul play -- an indication that she died from natural causes or a drug overdose.

Harris' friends and family urged detectives to investigate her death as a homicide. They noted Mayweather served prison time for assaulting her and she filed a $20 million lawsuit against him after he told Katie Couric Harris was drug addicted.

Mayweather, 43, and Harris shared three children, Jirah Mayweather, King Koraun and Zion Mayweather.

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Instagram comedian Michael Blackson almost got knocked out when he tried to take rapper DaBaby's picture at SouthPark Mall in Charlotte, NC.

Blackson got a little too close and touched DaBaby's face with his cell phone. You'll have to watch the video below to see what happened next.

DaBaby, 28, faces a possible lawsuit after he slapped a female fan who tried to take his picture at a nightclub in Tampa over the weekend.

The fan inadvertently touched DaBaby's face with her phone and he hauled off and slapped her.

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Fans booed DaBaby off the stage after the incident, and the club's promoter canceled the show.

DaBaby, 28, later apologized to the woman, identified by her lawyer as Tyronesha Laws. The rapper offered Laws $10,000 and promised to fly her anywhere to apologize to her in person.
 

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Rapper DaBaby was booed off stage after he viciously slapped a female fan who accidentally touched his face with her cell phone.

The violent incident happened at the Whiskey North nightclub in Tampa, where the rapper was scheduled to perform over the weekend.

His show was immediately canceled by club promoters, who kept the other half of his appearance fee, according to reports.

Tyronesha Laws was recording DaBaby's arrival to the club when she inadvertently touched his face with her phone. Police were called to the scene, but no charges were filed.

DaBaby, whose real name is Jonathan Kirk, hauled off and slapped Laws, sending her cell phone flying into the crowd.

The Law firm of Morgan & Morgan, which is representing the victim, contacted gossip blog TMZ to confirm they are representing Laws in a possible lawsuit against the rapper and the club.

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DaBaby offered a half-hearted apology in a video on his Instagram stories after he was booed off the stage.

DaBaby claimed he was blinded by the light from the phone and he couldn't see whether the fan was male or female. He offered to pay the fan $10,000 and to fly her anywhere to apologize to her in person.

"I do apologize that there was a female on the other end... keep in mind, I couldn't see you because you got the flash this close to me... I wish you could have respected me."

DaBaby, 28, was arrested in Miami in January for assaulting a concert promoter. He was released on bond when authorities discovered he had an outstanding warrant for assault in Texas.

He also assaulted a hotel worker and he was previously arrested for killing a 19-year-old man during an altercation in a Huntersville, North Carolina Walmart. The charges were dropped in March 2019 after he said he acted in self-defense.

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Megan Thee Stallion is fed up with her record label jacking her around. The Instagram model says certain execs at her record label, 1501 Certified Entertainment, have a rep for "bullying and strong-armed tactics," with their artists.

She's taking the label to court, and she's already won a major legal battle, TMZ reports.

A district judge in Harris County Texas granted Megan a temporary restraining order which prevents her record label from blocking the new music she plans to drop on her own on Friday.

Megan filed a lawsuit Monday against 1501 and its boss, Carl Crawford. She was upset about the contract she signed with the label back when she was only 20 and fresh out of the strip club.

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In a tearful video on Sunday, she claimed the label was blocking her from releasing new music because she wants to renegotiate her contract for more money.

Megan confessed she made the same rookie mistake as other eager young rappers who just want a record deal.

In exchange for signing the contract with 1501 Certified, she got a measly $10,000 advance -- big money to her at the time.

In the suit, Megan, 25, lays out what she believes are unfair terms of her contract. For instance, she claims the deal calls for 1501 Certified to get 60% of her recording income. The remaining 40% goes to her, but she has to pay engineers, mixers and featured artists out of her 40%.

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According to the suit obtained by TMZ, the contract calls for all monies from Megan's touring and live performances to be paid directly to 1501 Certified.

She says the label is supposed to give her a proper accounting of what she's owed -- but claims what they've provided is incomplete, and "purposefully and deceptively vague."

Megan also claims Crawford has been using his relationship with Rap-a-Lot Records founder J. Prince to intimidate and strong arm people in the industry.

She's suing Carl and his label for at least $1 million in damages. J. Prince is not named in the lawsuit.

Megan scored a viral hit "Hot Girl Summer" last year when she teamed up with Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign.

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Actor Jason Mitchell is reportedly struggling to pay bills after he was fired from "The Chi" and dropped by his agent for sexual misconduct.

According to The Blast, Comerica Bank filed a breach of contract lawsuit against the 33-year-old struggling actor for defaulting on a $60,000 loan.

The bank claims it loaned Mitchell's company $60,000 in December 2016. He made payments on time until June 2019 - when he was let go by "The Chi" producer and close friend Lena Waithe.

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The bank accuses Mitchell of willfully defaulting on the loan a month after he was accused of sexually harassing co-star Tiffany Boone on the set of "The Chi" in Chicago.

Boone complained about the harassment to human resources and to Waithe, but her complaints fell on deaf ears. She ultimately felt unsafe and quit the show.

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Mitchell was let go in 2019 when bloggers got ahold of sexual misconduct allegations made by Mitchell’s other female costars.

Comerica Bank says despite numerous demands for full payment of $70,674.16, Mitchell has refused to pay up. The current balance of the loan is $59,268.50 (principal) plus $11,260.66 (interest) and $145 in late charges.

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Damon Dash has filed a lawsuit against WE tv for allegedly breaking a promise not to let his son Damon "Boogie" Dash drink alcohol on reality series Growing Up Hip Hop.

According to TMZ, the music mogul filed papers claiming the network required 28-year-old Boogie to drink in order to boost TV ratings.

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Dash argues that WE tv's actions went directly against a verbal agreement they allegedly made with the record executive not to give Boogie anything to drink.

In court papers, the 48-year-old Roc-A-Fella co-founder claimed WE tv caused his family "emotional distress" by encouraging Boogie to get drunk.

Additionally, Dash alleges that WE tv owes him money. According to the music mogul, a court order is in place directing the network to make payments directly to his creditors. Dash owes millions to creditors including his baby mamas and his company, Poppington.

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The lawsuit is the latest in a string of legal woes for Dash, who was accused of sexual battery by hip-hop photographer Monique Bunn, who filed a $50 million lawsuit against the mogul and his fiancée Raquel Horn in December.

Dash is pictured above with (L-R) son Boogie, daughter Ava Dash, and Horn.

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How convenient. A second accuser has come forward just days after a celebrity photographer accused Damon Dash of sexual assault.

Dash was sued for $50 million by his business associate and celebrity photographer Monique Bunn.

Bunn accused Dash of sexually assaulting her in a bedroom in his California mansion in April 2019. Her attorney, Chris Brown, filed the lawsuit last week.

A second woman sent a notarized letter to the court identifying herself as T. Harper. She described an assault that allegedly took place in NJ over 20 years ago.

She said she met the 48-year-old music producer at a restaurant one night in New York while she was still a college student.

Harper and her friends crossed paths with Dash again in New York. Dash and his entourage invited the women back to his penthouse in New Jersey. She said a friend called her back to Dash's master bedroom where, she alleges, he was waiting for her wearing nothing but a bathrobe.

"As he got closer, he took his towel off and began to play with his penis. I told him I was not interested in having sex. The friend who called me back, was nowhere to be found."

Harper claims Dash grabbed her, threw her down on the bed and tried to remove her pants. She said Dash attempted to penetrate her but she clenched her vagina, tightened her legs and "continued to fight."

Harper claims Dash fondled her with his fingers. The attack ended when she kicked him in his groin and fled the room.

"For a split second, I thought about taking a champagne bottle and cracking him in the head with it," Harper wrote. "But then I thought, I would get arrested and no one would believe my story, so I didn't split his skull, but I wanted to hurt him the way he had hurt me."

Harper said "it took years of therapy to accept" that she did the right thing.

Dash is the latest Hollywood mogul to be brought down by the so-called #MeToo movement. Similar allegations brought down power players like Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Adam Venit, Bryan Singer and Brett Ratner.
 

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Damon Dash responded to a $50 million sex assault lawsuit filed against him by celebrity photographer Monique Bunn.

Bunn filed a federal lawsuit against Dash, his fiancee Raquel Horn, Damon Dash Studios and Poppington LLC last week.

According to the lawsuit filed by high-powered attorney Chris Brown and obtained by The Blast, Dash flew Bunn out to the West Coast to work on a project for his company in April, 2019.

After working on the project all day, Bunn bedded down for the night in Dash's home, Bunn claims Dash entered the bedroom, wearing nothing but a bathrobe, and drunkenly assaulted her. He reportedly stopped when she threatened to fight him.

Bunn is suing Dash for $50 million in damages as well as the return of her personal photography equipment and hard drives containing photos of Mary J. Blige, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, and others.

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Dash responded to the lawsuit by claiming Bunn tried to extort him after he caught her stealing $5,000 in electronics from him.

On Thursday, Dash posted a video in which he accuses Bunn of robbing him after he sent her to purchase 2 hard drives.

When Bunn returned, Dash learned, instead of purchasing the hard drives, Bunn purchased a $3,000 Apple iPad, a $1,000+ iPhone and other equipment totaling $5,000.

In the video Bunn claimed the electronics were necessary to scan video footage onto the hard drives.

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A celebrity photographer is suing Damon Dash, his fiancee Raquel Horn (pictured above) and his companies for $50 million over allegations of sexual battery.

Monique Bunn, who is well-known in the music industry as a celebrity photographer, filed a federal lawsuit against Dash, Horn, Damon Dash Studios and Poppington LLC.

According to the lawsuit filed by high-powered attorney Chris Brown and obtained by The Blast:

"In April 2019, Bunn was in contact with Dash and Horn. Dash wanted Bunn, an existing business associate, to meet with him and shoot new [photos] for Poppington and DDS."

Bunn was flown out to Los Angeles to meet with Dash and Horn. Upon arriving, she immediately began shooting the material under Dash's direction.

"At the conclusion of the evening Dash and others brought Bunn back to the Dash residence where Bunn was staying... She was told she would be sleeping in Dash's daughter's room, according to court documents.

Dash, 48, allegedly entered the bedroom, wearing only a robe and no underwear. He was reportedly intoxicated after "drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana all day."

Bunn claims she woke up due to "the unauthorized touching by Dash," and she was able to get Dash's hands off her breasts and buttocks. Dash asked Bunn "what are you doing?" Bunn responded and said, "I am sleeping" and "I will fight you" to Dash who then left the room.

The documents state Bunn was "angry and frustrated by Dash's offensive and unwanted touching." But she continued to stay "at the Dash residence and did not sleep that evening."

The following day, Bunn accused Dash of telling her he had a deal with WE tv to shoot a documentary-series based on the photographer's life.

"The reality of the situation is that Dash did not have a deal with WEtv associated with Bunn and only wanted to keep Bunn silent about the events of April 18, 2019."

Bunn is suing for $50 million in damages as well as the return of her personal photography equipment and hard drives. The hard drives contain photos of Mary J. Blige, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, MA$e, Quincy Jones, Teddy Riley, and others.