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Brett Favre allegedly pressed Mississippi state officials for welfare money even after being warned misspending state funds was illegal, according to ESPN.

Favre is caught in the middle of Mississippi's largest welfare scandal involving $77 million in misspent welfare funds.

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The retired NFL quarterback allegedly pressed former Gov. Phil Bryant and other state officials for $5 million in welfare money to build a volleyball stadium for his daughter at University of Southern Mississippi.

Favre and Bryant are alumni of the university.

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Favre's daughter, Breleigh, pictured left with her parents in 2015, began playing volleyball at the university in 2017.
 
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According to a court filing, Favre was warned by then-Gov. Phil Bryant that the misuse of state welfare funds was illegal.

Favre's attorneys claim he did not know the original source of the funds. However, text messages including a court filing show he was told the funds were earmarked for welfare recipients.

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On July 28, 2019, Bryant texted Favre that the founder of a nonprofit "has some limited control over Federal Funds in the form of Grants for Children and adults in the Low Income Community."

"Use of these funds [is] tightly controlled," Bryant texted Favre, according to the filing. "Any improper use could result in violation of Federal Law. Auditors are currently reviewing the use of these funds."

In another text message to Nancy New, who ran the Mississippi Community Education Center, Bryant wrote, "Just left Brett Favre. Can we help him with his project. We should meet soon to see how I can make sure we keep your projects on course."

A text message from Favre to Nancy New shows he was concerned that the local media might find out about the welfare payment.

"No, we never have had that information publicized," Nancy New texted him back. "I understand you being uneasy about that though..."

In a follow-up text message to Favre the next day, New wrote:

"Wow, just got off the phone with Bryant! He is on board with us! We will get this done!"

A lawyer representing former Gov. Bryant, Billy Quin, told ESPN that Favre "continued to press for state funds, first from DHS and later in a legislative appropriation."

On Sept. 4, 2019, Favre sent a text message to Bryant pressing for an additional $1.8 million to $2 million in funding for the new facility. "We are not taking No for an answer!" he wrote.

Bryant responded, according to the court filing: "We are going to get there. This was a great meeting. But we have to follow the law. I am to[o] old for Federal Prison."

On April 27, 2020, Bryant texted then-Southern Miss president Rodney Bennett after Favre asked him to reach out to Bennett.

"Maybe he wants the state to pay off his [debts]," Bryant wrote. "Like all of us I like Brett. He is a legend but he has to understand what a pledge means. I have tried many time[s] to explain that to him."

Six people were arrested in February 2020, including John Davis, former director of Mississippi's welfare agency. Davis pleaded guilty Thursday to multiple federal and state charges, including five counts of conspiracy and 13 counts of fraud against the government.

Judge Adrienne Wooten sentenced Davis to 32 years in prison, and ordered him to pay restitution.

In April Nancy New and her son Zachary New pleaded guilty to state charges of misspending welfare funds on lavish gifts, including first-class airfare and a Chevy Yukon for Davis.

Nancy New is cooperating with prosecutors as part of her plea deal. She and her son are awaiting sentencing. They face 100 years in prison.

Favre and former Gov. Bryant have not been charged. Favre's attorneys continue to deny any wrongdoing.

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Text messages reveal retired NFL star Brett Favre's involvement in a massive welfare fraud case in Mississippi.

The former Packers quarterback is accused of accepting $5 million in welfare funds to build a volleyball stadium for his daughter at University of Southern Mississippi.

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Favre is pictured in 2015 with his daughter, Breleigh, and wife, Deanna Favre.

The $5 million was part of $70 million in federal funds intended for the state's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families welfare program.

Favre, 52, has not been charged with a crime, but the pressure is mounting as critics accuse prosecutors of a cover up.enl

Text messages reveal Favre and former Gov. Phil Bryant's scheme to misuse the funds for a volleyball stadium.

"Just left Brett Favre. Can we help him with his project. We should meet soon to see how I can make sure we keep your projects on course," Bryant wrote in a text to Nancy New who ran the Mississippi Community Education Center with her son Zach New.

A text message from Favre shows he was concerned that the local media might find out about the secret payment.

"If you were to pay me is there anyway the media can find out where it came from and how much?" he asked.

Nancy New assured Favre that the media would be left in the dark.

"No, we never have had that information publicized. I understand you being uneasy about that though..."

In a follow-up message the next day, she wrote:

"Wow, just got off the phone with Bryant! He is on board with us! We will get this done!"

Nancy New and Zach New pled guilty to state charges of misusing public funds.

Favre and former Gov. Bryant have not been charged with any crimes. Favre's attorneys deny any wrongdoing.

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The Chief Operating Officer of Beyond Meat was arrested on Saturday for eating a man's nose.

Doug Ramsey reportedly bit off a piece of the man's nose during a road rage incident after the Arkansas Razorbacks football game.

According to USA Today, Ramsey became enraged when the victim tried to pull in front of his SUV and bumped his front tire with his vehicle in a parking garage.

Ramsey reportedly punched the man repeatedly and bit his nose, "ripping the flesh on the tip of the nose," according to the police report.

The occupants of both vehicles got out and tried to separate the two combatants.

Police arrived to find two men with bloody faces in the parking garage. Ramsey was charged with terroristic threatening and third-degree battery. He was released Sunday on $10,000 bond.

Ramsey was named COO of Beyond Meat in December 2021. Prior to that he worked three decades with Tyson Foods.

Beyond Meat is a meat alternative that uses plant-based meat substitutes to mimic the taste of meat. The company stock is down 75% since the start of the year.

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A former Virginia state employee will spend nearly 6 years in prison for stealing $1.8 million in COVID relief funds.

According to the DOJ website, Sadie Mitchell was sentenced Monday to 70 months in prison for defrauding the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program.

Mitchell, 30, submitted 5 PPP applications, containing false statements, to a bank that approved the applications.

Prosecutors say she filed for $1 million in PPP loans using victims' personal identifying information that she obtained from her job as a state government employee.

With the assistance of her co-conspirator, Mitchell filed at least 20 fraudulent unemployment applications using the personal identifying information of prison inmates.

Mitchell's co-conspirator, Lamar Jones, was fatally shot in December 2021.

Mitchell falsely claimed she owned businesses that were in operation on February 15, 2020. She exaggerated her business income and the number of employees who worked for her.

She is accused of accepting PPP loans for businesses that had no customers or employees.

She reportedly used the stolen funds to purchase luxury goods, including gold and diamond jewelry, luxury handbags, shoes and designer clothing for herself, federal prosecutors said.

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Arrest warrants provide more details into the shooting incident involving Ludacris' longtime manager, Chaka Zulu, that left another man dead in June.

According to warrants obtained by Channel 2 Action News, Chaka Zulu, real name Ahmed Obafemi, was charged with murder, aggravated assault, possession of firearm during commission of a felony and simple battery.

Zulu, 52, voluntarily turned himself in on Sept. 13 after learning of the arrest warrants.

In separate interviews with police, Zulu claimed he fired his gun in self-defense when he was attacked in the parking lot of his restaurant and lounge in Buckhead on June 26.

Prosecutors say Zulu "knowingly and intentionally did commit the offense of murder, shooting Mr. Artez Benton in the chest with a firearm".

Benton was pronounced dead at the scene. His family retained high-power attorney Steve Sadow to represent them.

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Celebrities including Keri Hilson (pictured with Chaka); Bow Wow, Lil Jon, Busta Rhymes, Tyrese Gibson, Kandi Burruss, and former Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed were among hundreds showing support for Zulu on social media.

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Strangely silent is La La Anthony (pictured with Chaka) who reportedly was at Chaka's restaurant the night of the shooting. According to rumors, the fight was over La La, who is a longtime friend of Chaka Zulu's.

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Chaka Zulu and his son are pictured with the late rapper Tupac Shakur's mother Afeni Shakur at the grand opening of The Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in Stone Mountain, Georgia in 2005.

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Ludacris' longtime manager Chaka Zulu (R) has been arrested on murder charges stemming from a shooting at an Atlanta nightclub on June 26.

WSB-TV reporter Michael Seiden broke the news in a tweet on Saturday.
 
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Zulu and two other men were shot during a dispute at Apt4b, a Caribbean restaurant and bar Zulu owns in Buckhead.

Police say Zulu exchanged gunfire with another man. During the shootout, a stray bullet from Zulu's gun struck Artez Benton, 23, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Benton's grieving family retained high-powered attorney Steve Sadow.

Zulu, whose real name is Ahmed Obafemi, was hospitalized in critical condition. He was eventually discharged from the hospital and turned himself in to police on September 13.

He was booked into the Fulton County Jail and bonded out the same day.

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Zulu is also charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and simple battery, according to jail records.

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Mr. Chaka Zulu, a beloved son of the City of Atlanta, is disappointed in the Atlanta Police Department’s decision to bring charges against him surrounding the shooting that occurred in June 2022.

Update: Attorney Gabe Banks, legal counsel for Chaka Zulu, released a statement to Channel 2 Action News:

"A close review of all of the evidence, including the surveillance footage and eyewitness interviews, reveals that Mr. Zulu was attacked and jumped from behind by a gang of at least four (4) individuals (sadly including the decedent) and was forced to defend himself after this gang repeatedly stomped, punched, and kicked him while he was on the ground in a defenseless posture. Mr. Zulu was shot in the back during the shooting and nearly lost his life, and is still recovering from the nearly fatal injuries he sustained that evening.

Mr. Zulu was at his place of business that night and had every right to defend himself. In an attempt to save his life, Mr. Zulu lawfully discharged his weapon in self-defense, a weapon that he is licensed to carry. Mr. Zulu fully cooperated with law enforcement officials and their investigation, and voluntarily turned himself in once he learned of the arrest warrants. Mr. Zulu remains confident that his named will be cleared of all charges through the judicial process. It is not lost on Mr. Zulu that someone lost his life, but had Mr. Zulu not lawfully defended himself, Mr. Zulu would have been killed that night."

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A St. Louis jury deliberated 17 hours before finding Tim Norman (left) guilty on all counts in his murder-for-hire trial on Friday.

Norman, 43, of Jackson, Mississippi, was charged with masterminding the death of his nephew, 21-year-old Andre Montgomery (right) on March 14, 2016.

The "Welcome to Sweetie Pie's" reality TV star was charged with conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire, murder-for-hire resulting in death and mail fraud.

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Three others, including former stripper Terica Ellis, pleaded guilty for their roles in the murder, according to KSDK.

Norman allegedly took out a life insurance policy on Montgomery for $450,000 in 2014. Prosecutors say he had hoped to collect the life insurance to pay off his IRS debt.

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"He is the architect of this plan, causing, encouraging and aiding this scheme," Assistant U.S. Attorney Gwendolyn Caroll told the jury.

Norman took the witness stand in his own defense on Thursday. He cried and told the jury he mentored many children, including his nephew.

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Norman is the son of Sweetie Pie's owner Robbie Montgomery. The victim was Miss Robbie's grandson.

Both Norman and Andre Montgomery appeared in episodes of Welcome to Sweetie Pie's.

Miss Robbie sued Norman in 2016, claiming his operation of three Sweetie Pie's restaurants was copyright infringement.

Norman's sentencing is set for December 15.

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Cardi B is being canceled after she admitted paying $5,000 to have two female bartenders assaulted in 2018.

Cardi B pled guilty to two misdemeanor assault charges on Thursday. She was ordered to perform just 15 hours of community service.

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Industry insiders are shocked that a convicted felon with known gang affiliations walked free with only 15 hours of community service after paying to have two Black women assaulted.

The two victims, who are sisters, told police the Bronx rapper sent her goons to assault them while they served drinks at a Queens, NY strip club in 2018.

According to the two siblings, Cardi B was furious because her cheating husband, Offset, slept with one of the women.

Black Twitter dragged Cardi B by her edges after she pled guilty to assault and accepted a plea deal on Thursday.

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"Cardi b has no allegiance to women," one Twitter user wrote.

Another person said Cardi B "Belongs in prison but won't see any punishment."

A third person tweeted: "Don't worry, though, she will never see the inside of a jail for drugging and robbing (and possibly raping) men. She'll still be considered a hero for that."

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Cardi B avoided prison time after pleading guilty to paying $5,000 to have two strip club bartenders beat up in 2018.

The 29-year-old Bronx rapper was charged in connection with an alleged assault on two female bartenders.

As part of her plea agreement, Cardi B admitted to paying an associate $5,000 to beat up the two women, TMZ reported.

Cardi B pleaded guilty Thursday to two misdemeanors, third-degree assault and reckless endangerment. Other charges were dropped in light of the plea deal.

Jury selection was set to begin Friday and the trial would have started on Monday. Cardi faced 10 years in prison if convicted.

The 2 women told police that Cardi B accused one of them of sleeping with her husband, promiscuous rapper Offset.
 
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The victims say Cardi B, real name Belcalis Almanzar, directed her posse of female goons to assault them.

The victims claimed that Cardi B and her entourage "threw bottles at them" causing minor injuries.

She agreed to 15 days of community service. If she fails to complete the community service, she will spend 15 days in jail.

The rapper appeared in court with two co-defendants, who also pleaded guilty to their roles.

All three women agreed to stay away from the victims.

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Disgraced singer Robert Kelly was convicted on federal child pornography charges in Chicago on Wednesday.

Jurors deliberated for less than 24 hours before finding him guilty after a monthlong trial.

Kelly was also convicted on sex trafficking and racketeering charges in New York in June. He was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.

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A Chicago jury acquitted Kelly on the state child p0rn charges in 2008. The charges were re-filed in federal court to avoid double jeopardy.

Prosecutors said Kelly urinated on and sexually abused his then-14-year-old goddaughter in a widely seen sex tape in 2008. However, his goddaughter, who is now 37, initially denied being the girl in the video.

She changed her testimony during the 2nd trial, and admitted she was the girl in the video.

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Kelly, 55, was accused of bribing the girl to change her story to avoid a conviction in 2008. Prosecutors say he videotaped himself having sex with multiple underage girls.

He was convicted on six out of the 13 counts he faced, according to CBS Chicago.

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"Robert Kelly abused many girls over many years," Assistant US Attorney Elizabeth Pozolo told the jurors.

"That child, who had no prior sexual experiences in her life, was forced to lay on that floor while that man sitting right over there urinated on her," Pozolo said. "That degrading act is forever captured on that video. That abuse is forever memorialized."

"He committed horrible crimes against children... All these years later, the hidden side of Robert Kelly has come out," Pozolo said during her closing arguments.

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A security guard for Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles says he may have been the last person rapper PnB Rock saw before he died.

Police say PnB Rock was shot during an armed robbery while eating lunch with his girlfriend at the restaurant on Main and W. Manchester Avenue in South Central L.A. around 1:20 p.m. Monday.
 
RELATED: LAPD Chief: Instagram Post May Have Led to PnB Rock’s Killing
 
Police say the 30-year-old rapper was shot multiple times by a gunman who demanded his jewelry.

A writer for the Rolling Stone magazine spoke with a security guard who is seen in a gruesome cell phone video rendering first aid to Rock after the shooting.

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The security guard said he took Rock's girlfriend's phone to call 911 because she was too hysterical to make the call.

"She was screaming and didn't know what to do," he said. "The robbery happened fast. They took some items. He had multiple chains on."

The security guard said he urged the Philadelphia rapper to control his apparent cheyne-stokes breathing.

"I was telling him, 'Be calm, be calm, get control of your breathing," he said. "And then his breathing declined. It went all the way down. I think he was gone. He was just gone."

The security guard said he did not get a good look at the suspects.

"It was a blur. I had my glasses off. God put me in a position to not see shit."

Meanwhile, Rock's girlfriend Stephanie Sibounheuang deleted her Instagram page amid accusations that she caused his death by dropping his location in an Instagram post.

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The Roscoe's House of Chicken & Waffles in South Central Los Angeles reopened for business 24 hours after rapper PnB Rock bled out on the floor from gunshot wounds.

Police say PnB Rock, real name Rakim Allen, was fatally shot while eating lunch with his girlfriend at the restaurant on Main and W. Manchester Avenue around 1:20 p.m. Monday.

Police say the 30-year-old rapper was approached by a lone gunman who demanded his expensive jewelry.

Words were exchanged and the gunman opened fire before robbing the victim and his girlfriend. The suspect fled the restaurant through a side door and hopped into a waiting vehicle.

Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said police are investigating whether the gunman was tipped off to Rock's location by an Instagram post.

Police said the gunman arrived in a vehicle moments after Rock's girlfriend, Stephanie Sibounheuang dropped their location in an Instagram photo of her plate of uneaten chicken and waffles.

"While they were eating, at least one suspect approached them with a firearm and demanded the victim's property," LAPD Capt. Kelly Muniz told reporters at a press conference Tuesday. "At this point there was some sort of verbal exchange, we were not able to obtain audio in the investigation. Then, the suspect shot the victim several times. The victim then fell to the ground and the suspect took some items from the victim."

A restaurant employee tried to administer aid to the dying rapper.

"I ran in to see what was going on and this dude got shot three times in the chest," he said. "I start putting pressure on the hole that was closest to where I thought it would kill him. I did the same thing on the chest."

Rock was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

A week before he passed, Rock spoke with Instagram blogger DJ Akademiks about armed robberies by brazen gunmen in Los Angeles, which is soft on crime.

"It's so common," Rock said, before describing a botched robbery attempt for his jewels. "I never got robbed. Ever in my life."

"I ain't gonna say never. I don't like saying 'never.' I'm not superstitious, but I haven't been robbed... I'm not gonna put myself in those situations because I know what happens in those situations," he said.

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Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said an Instagram post may have led a gunman to the location of aspiring rapper PnB Rock.

The 30-year-old was robbed and fatally shot while eating lunch with his girlfriend, Stephanie Sibounheuang, at the Roscoe's House of Chicken & Waffles on Main and Manchester in South Los Angeles just after 1:15 p.m. on Monday.

Chief Moore said the gunman approached Rock and demanded his jewelry soon after the rapper's girlfriend tagged their location in a since-deleted Instagram photo. He was shot multiple times and died at a local hospital. Sibounheuang was also robbed but uninjured.

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He "was with his family — with his girlfriend or some kind of friend of his — and as they're there, enjoying a simple meal, [he] was brutally attacked by an individual who apparently [came] to the location after a social media posting," Moore said.

Sibounheuang is the mother of one of Rock's two daughters. He reportedly chastised her in the past for sharing their location on social media.

Chief Moore said police are investigating whether his girlfriend's IG post led to the shooting. Moore said Rock was targeted for his gaudy jewelry. The gunman is still at large.

A coalition of civil rights leaders asked the city of Los Angeles to offer a reward leading to the arrest of the gunman

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"It's critical that our community and its leadership not accept the cold-blooded murder of Rapper PnB Rock who was murdered in front of his children and their mother," Najee Ali, Director of Project Islamic Hope, said at a press conference on Tuesday.

"We can't allow these types of crimes to continue with indifference as if this is normal and it's nothing we can do about it. We can do something about it. We can cooperate with law enforcement and turn the killers in."

So far, police have no leads in the case.

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Cardi B and Nicki Minaj had very different reactions after aspiring rapper PnB Rock was shot dead during an armed robbery on Monday.

The 30-year-old rapper, real name Rakim Hasheem Allen, was dining with his girlfriend at a Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles restaurant in Los Angeles when the suspect approached their table.

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The suspect allegedly targeted PnB Rock for his diamond jewelry, which he routinely flashed in social media posts.

According to police, the suspect shot Rock and fled the restaurant. A chilling video shows the aftermath of the shooting, as Rock lay in a pool of blood.

Fans took to social media and blamed Allen's girlfriend, Stephanie Sibounheuang, the mother of his two daughters, for sharing their location in an Instagram photo.

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However, rapper Cardi B, 29, chastised her followers for blaming Sibounheuang for Rock's death.

"I highly doubt nikkas was looking at PMB's babymom IG," she tweeted on Monday.

"He was in a bad location and people stay outside plotting. It's very irresponsible and inconsiderate to blame her for something so tragic. We should be sending nothing but love to her and his family at this time."

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Nicki Minaj, 39, took a different approach. She seemed to blame Allen's baby mama for posting their location.

"After Pop Smoke there's no way we as rappers or our loved ones are still posting locations to our whereabouts. To show waffles & some fried chicken????! He was such a pleasure to work with. Condolences to his mom & family. This makes me feel so sick. Jesus. #SIP #PnbRock."

She added:

"The ppl around these rappers gain so much. It's time to start really reminding them over & over!!! At least TRY to put your foot down if you CARE! Tell them!!! You're not loved like you think you are!!! You're prey!!!! In a world full of predators!!!! What's not clicking???!!!"

"Y'all r not the ones that be bawling crying after you just worked with or just spoke to ONE OF YOUR OWN!!!!! I BELONG TO THIS SHIT. IMA FKNG SPEAK ON IT!!!! If it gets attention from y’all being ignorant than so be it!!! At least it'll save lives. FOH."

Instagram blogger DJ Akademiks may have conducted PnB Rock's final interview.

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In the interview, the Philadelphia native described a previous robbery attempt in Los Angeles.

Rock said he carries a gun on him for his protection because criminals are bold in the Democratic stronghold city.

"I be on my sh-t too, you feel me? I be on angles, I'm already watching everything that's going on. So, it's gonna be kinda hard for you to get me, because I used to do the same sh-t."

When Akademiks asked if he was ever robbed, Rock replied:

"No, I never got robbed. Ever in my life. I ain't gonna say never, 'cause... I don't like saying never. I'm not superstitious. I'm not superstitious or nothing like that. But, I haven't been robbed... A ni--a can't just walk up on me. Feel me? A ni--a can't just even look at me."

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Los Angeles prosecutors say traveling nurse Nicole Linton's actions were "conscious and deliberate" in the moments before she caused a crash that killed 6 people on August 4.

Linton's lawyer had argued that she suffered an "apparent lapse of consciousness" when she ran a red light and plowed her Mercedes-Benz into cars at an intersection.

The fiery crash killed six people and injured seven others. Among the victims was a pregnant woman and her her 11-month-old son.

According to Linton's attorneys, the Houston nurse was previously diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and struggled to find appropriate mental health treatment for years.

However, analysis of the Mercedes-Benz's on board computer shows Linton floored the gas pedal and reached a top speed of 130 mph before running the red light.

"Further analysis reveals that her speed at impact was in fact 130 mph and that she floored the gas pedal for at least the 5 seconds leading into the crash, going from 122 mph to 130 mph," the prosecutor's office stated in a court filing obtained by the LA Times on Friday.

The court documents stated Linton had "complete control over steering, maintaining the tilt of the steering wheel to keep her car traveling directly toward the crowded intersection."

"This NASCAR-worthy performance flies in the face of the notion that she was unconscious or incapacitated," the prosecutors said.

Her attorneys had asked the court to release Linton into a mental health treatment facility "where she can be monitored and treated for her illness."

Linton remains in jail on a $300,000 bond.