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Samuel L. Jackson's new movie The Banker is in jeopardy after allegations of molestation by the family of the main character's son, who produced the movie.

Jackson, 70, stars in a real-life story about Bernard Garrett, a Black businessman who hired a white man as the face of his financial business before the 1964 Civil Rights Act was passed. Garrett Sr. gave loans to Black Americans at a time when few banks would accept loan applications from Black people.

The Banker, which was filmed in Atlanta, also stars Anthony Mackie, Nicholas Hoult, Nia Long, and Jessie Usher. It was written and directed by George Nolfi.

The film was set to premiere at AFI Fest in Los Angeles, CA on November 21, but the premiere was abruptly canceled by Apple+ after family members of the main character's son made serious allegations against him.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cynthia and Sheila Garrett accused one of their 8 siblings, half brother Bernard Garrett, Jr., of molesting them when they were young. Garrett Jr. is listed as a producer of the movie.

The sisters, who are about 15 years younger than their half brother, accused Garrett Jr. of sexually abusing them over the course of a few years when they were young.

Cynthia Garrett, formerly an interviewer on MTV and VH1, has since founded Cynthia Garrett Ministries and speaks to women's groups about the stigma surrounding molestation by family members.

Molestation is a serious problem in the Black community. It often goes unreported to protect the molester, who is typically a male relative.

Another sister, Grace Garett, was upset that Apple+ erased her and her mom from the film.

"Yes it's true. They omitted my mom and my siblings and I entirely. Stole our mom and our life story and did so with our abuser. It hurts. Deeply," she said.

Apple, which purchased the rights to The Banker in 2019, declined to comment on the specifics of Cynthia Garrett's allegations.

In a statement announcing the cancellation of the premiere on Wednesday, the company said:

"We purchased The Banker earlier this year as we were moved by the film's entertaining and educational story about social change and financial literacy. Last week some concerns surrounding the film were brought to our attention. We, along with the filmmakers, need some time to look into these matters and determine the best next steps."

THR reports Apple has a lot riding on The Banker, which is set for theatrical release domestically on Dec. 6. The film is getting an awards-season push.

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Terry Bean, left, a high-profile LGBT+ activist and Obama donor, was arrested and charged with using a computer while conspiring to prevent a 15-year-old boy from testifying against him and his ex-boyfriend after they allegedly had sex with the teenager in an Oregon hotel room.

Bean, 71, was arrested on October 30 and charged with two counts of felony 3rd-degree sodomy and misdemeanor sexual abuse. He was released from jail on $3,000 bond the same day.

His then-attorney, Derek Ashton (pictured right), was arrested hours earlier and also posted a $3,000 bond. Ashton is a prominent Portland attorney who once represented the Portland mayor. Both Bean and Ashton are charged with an elaborate scheme to conceal the whereabouts of the then-teenage victim to prevent him from testifying against Bean.

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Bean is a prominent land developer in Portland and a co-founder of one the largest LGBT+ organizations in America: the Human Rights Campaign. He raised over $500,000 for former President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.

Bean was originally arrested in 2014, at age 66, for arranging a sex hookup with a 15-year-old boy after meeting him on an online dating app.

Bean's ex-boyfriend, 25-year-old Kiah Lawson, was also arrested for having sex with the teen in the hotel. Bean and Lawson both filed restraining orders against each other. Lawson eventually dropped his restraining order but Bean's restraining order still stands.

The case was dropped in 2015 after the boy went missing and prosecutors were unable to find him. Prosecutors reopened the case in August after locating the now 20-year-old victim who detailed the extraordinary lengths that were undertaken to protect the high-profile friend of a sitting president.

The case began to unravel in 2015 when Ashton asked a judge to approve a $220,000 payment to the teenager to make the whole case go away. The judge said no, but the men paid the boy anyway.

Paying off a victim is legal in certain criminal cases in Oregon if a judge approves it. But bribing a victim or witness to make a criminal charge go away is a crime.

At the time, Bean released a statement claiming he was exonerated and "this nightmare never should have even begun."

"I take some measure of comfort that the world now knows what I have always known — that I was falsely accused and completely innocent of every accusation that was made," Bean's statement said.

Prosecutors actively searched for the boy to get him to testify against Bean, but the teenager was nowhere to be found. At least three Portland attorneys conspired to conceal the boy's location.

The victim, who is reportedly Black, later told prosecutors that, after he received the $220,000, his own attorney, Lori Deveny, arranged to hide him in her girlfriend, Deanna Wray's cabin in a remote location in Oregon. Wray is also an attorney in Portland.

The scheme involved cash exchanging hands, a "burner" cell phone, and the disabling of a Lojack tracking device on a rental car.

"She told me not to talk to certain people, she told me to go on the run at a certain point," the boy reportedly told a detective in reference to his lawyer, Deveny. "So, if I did testify I was told I wasn't supposed to get my money. So that's why I did not testify. And that’s why my attorney told me to go on the run."

The Portland Tribune first reported that a legal assistant to Wray, who was nervous that the case was reopened, went to her then-law firm to confess that she was involved in helping the teen disappear.

Bean met Lawson in 2013. He was immediately smitten with the "stunning" mixed race young man. Bean put Lawson up in a luxury apartment and paid his rent as well as gave him $1,600 a month for expenses.

Bean, who is wealthy and very well-connected, took Lawson on trips around the world and introduced him to his high-profile friends, including then-President Barack Obama during a private party at the White House.

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Lawson is seen speaking to then-President Obama at the White House in a photo posted on his Facebook page in 2014.

According to Gay America Blog, Lawson has a lengthy criminally record that includes assault and battery on previous boyfriends.

More arrests are expected, and multiple attorneys will likely be disbarred for obstruction of justice.


 

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The fallout continues for Malik Yoba after the New York Undercover actor took to his Instagram page to announce he was attracted to MtF transgenders.

According to a memo obtained by NewsOne, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., removed Yoba as spokesman for the Sigma Beta Club program, which provides counseling and guidance for pre-teen boys and teenage males.

In the memo, dated Sept. 5 and sent out to fraternity members on Thursday, the organization decided to remove Yoba after allegations were made against him by Mariah Lopez Ebony, a former transgender prostitute who claims Yoba paid for sexual favors from child sex workers.

In an interview with Ryan Cameron on Majic 107.5 on Thursday, Yoba vigorously denied the allegations and threatened to sue bloggers and media outlets who ran the story.

Last year, Yoba revealed his 3 year relationship with a male to female (MtF) transgender.
 

In a lengthy post that has since been deleted, Yoba introduced his Caucasian "girlfriend" who was born a male named Brad "BJ" Hendrix.

He called BJ "the most incredible woman I've ever had the pleasure of loving. My truest reflection ever!"

He added:

"It took me 48 years to finally find my match and I’m eternally grateful for you BJ Hendrix. The last two years on this journey with you has taught me so much about myself, how to heal my childhood wounds, my capacity for growth and knowledge of self, what grace and unconditional love really looks like."

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Hosea Chanchez opened up about being molested by his friend's father when he was 14. Chanchez revealed the abuse in a lengthy Instagram post on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

"Im Hosea chanchez and when I was 14 years old I was molested BY my friends father," he wrote. "This man is a predator, preying on children who’s trust he's falsely built through lies, manipulation, threats and secrets. I hope this truth helps to stop child molesting predators from sexually assaulting more children."

He added:

Pedophiles have no place in our society they hide in the open and rape children who are afraid to speak up because of shame, guilt, fear, denial and the thought that no one will believe them. Im doing this to help parents and young children become aware of some of the signs and better protect themselves from sexual predators.

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Chanchez's revelation came days after actor Malik Yoba revealed he is attracted to male-to-female transgenders.

The true statistics of sexual abuse of children in the Black community will never be known since many parents and caregivers cover up for the pedophile and never report the abuse to authorities.

The abuse can leave long lasting emotional damage on children who sometimes grow up to abuse others or turn to drugs and alcohol to self-medicate.

Many homosexuals recall being molested by family members of family friends when they were young.
 

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