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Isaiah Washington still remembers when his former Grey's Anatomy co-star Katherine Heigl tried to cancel his career and silence him back in the day.
Washington recalled the incident in a passionate defense of his free speech rights on Monday.
The 57-year-old actor took to Twitter to share a photo of Heigl, 41, and accused the actress of trampling on his freedom of speech rights.
"This woman once proclaimed that I should 'never' be allowed to speak publicly again. The world agreed with her proclamation back then and protested for my job and my head in 65 languages. I wish I was on Twitter in 2007, because I will NEVER stop exercising my free speech."
Washington, who portrayed Dr. Preston Burke on the ABC TV series, responded to a follower advising him to move on "in a positive way," saying, "I've learned that all money ain't good money and no amount of money can replace your dignity and integrity. Some call it living by your principles."
Heigl, pictured with co-star Washington in 2005, previously accused him of uttering a homophobic slur towards their co-star T.R. Knight on the set.
Washington later addressed the allegation at the 2007 Golden Globe Awards, prompting Heigl to say that Washington "needs to just not speak in public."
Within months, ABC announced the actor would not be returning to the show for its next season.
To save his career, he apologized in a written statement and also shot a PSA for LGBT+ rights support group, GLAAD.
Showrunner Shonda Rhimes appeared to take aim at Heigl while discussing her show Scandal in 2014.
"There are no Heigls in this situation," she told The Hollywood Reporter. "I don't put up with bulls**t or nasty people. I don't have time for it."
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As Russia announced the approval of a new Coronavirus vaccine, legal questions arise about the rights of Americans to decline taking the vaccine.
Vulnerable populations, including Black people, are concerned that their rights will be infringed upon after President Donald Trump announced he would mobilize the military to "distribute" the vaccines.
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According to Dov Fox, a law professor at the University of San Diego, Americans who refuse to take the vaccination can be fined or jailed by law.
"States can compel vaccinations in more or less intrusive ways," he said in an interview.
"They can limit access to schools or services or jobs if people don't get vaccinated. They could force them to pay a fine or even lock them up in jail."
Fox noted authorities in the U.S. have never attempted to jail people for refusing to vaccinate, but some mayors and governors have threatened to jail people who refuse to wear face masks.
"Courts have found that when medical necessity requires it, the public health outweighs the individual rights and liberties at stake," Fox said.
There is legal precedence dating back to 1905 that gave states the authority to fine people who refused to take vaccinations for smallpox.
The coronavirus, which kills far less than 1% of the population, is nowhere near as deadly as Smallpox, an infectious viral disease with a death rate of 30%.
Bill Gates has said "multiple doses" of the expensive vaccines will be necessary to provide protection against the virus.
The unprecedented response to the Coronavirus - a respiratory infection that causes mild symptoms or no symptoms in 99% of the population, has many Americans worried about the government's financial motives.
A video that's going viral on Instagram.com has sparked a constitutionality debate. The video, which first appeared on Majic 107.5 DJ Ryan Cameron's Instagram page, shows a homeowner turning away a handyman who drove a long way to provide his services.
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According to the Huffington Post, two U.S. officials confirmed to the Associated Press that 19-year-old Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was unarmed when he was found hiding in a boat on Friday, April 19. No gun was found in the boat, according to the AP.
This contradicts the blatant lies told by Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, who said his officers and SWAT team members "exchanged gunfire" with the suspect. Davis' exact words were:
“Over the course of the next hour or so we exchanged gunfire with the suspect, who was inside the boat, and ultimately the hostage rescue team of the F.B.I. made an entry into the boat and removed the suspect, who was still alive."
He was wrong on both counts; there was no gunfire exchanged and the FBI did not enter the boat or remove the suspect.
A photo taken by a CBS cameraman during the standoff clearly shows Tsarnaev exiting the boat under his own power.
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