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A Lollapalooza security guard was arrested for making a false mass shooting threat so she could leave work early.

Janya Williams, 18, was scheduled to work during the four-day Lollapalooza music festival at Grant Park in Chicago last weekend.

According to the Cook County Sheriff's Office, Williams sent her supervisor a TextNow message on Friday afternoon that said, "Mass shooting at 4pm location Lollapalooza. We have 150 targets."

The supervisor contacted the Chicago police, who notified the FBI.

Williams then told the supervisor that her sister saw a similar message on Facebook. The supervisor asked Williams to send a screenshot of the Facebook threat.

Williams allegedly created a fake Facebook account under the name "Ben Scott" then posted a message that read, "Massive shooting at Lollapalooza Grant Park 6:00 p.m." She took a screenshot of the fake post and sent it to her supervisor, who forwarded it to the FBI, prosecutors said.

The FBI traced the original TextNow message back to Williams' IP address and iCloud, prosecutors said.

Under interrogation, Williams admitted making the false threats "because she wanted to leave work early," prosecutors said.

Williams was arrested and charged with making a false terrorism threat, a felony. She is being held in the Cook County Jail on $50,000 bail.

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Lil Durk nearly lost an eye when pyrotechnics exploded in his face while performing at Lollapalooza in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, July 30.

Cell phone video shows the Chicago drill rapper performing when pyrotechnics went off directly in his face.

The stunned rapper staggered backwards, as the DJ asked him if he was OK. After taking a few moments to compose himself, the gangsta rapper continued the show.

On Sunday, he shared a photo of himself on Instagram, with gauze covering his right eye. He said he was taking a break from performing while he recovers from his injuries.

Durk captioned the photo: "Due to the incident that happened at Lollapalooza in Chicago on stage, I'ma take a break & focus on my health. I finished my performance yesterday for my fans. Appreciate y'all."

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There was no statement from Lollapalooza organizers. But Lil Durk's fans on social media are convinced that the pyrotechnics was no freak accident.

Lil Durk is a reputed member of Chicago's OTF/Lamron set, a faction of the notorious Black Disciples street gang.

Lollapalooza is considered one of the largest music festivals in the U.S. The 4-day summer music festival is held annually at Grant Park.

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DaBaby clapped back at "cry babies" during his first performance since his headline-grabbing homophobic outburst at the Rolling Loud music festival last month.

The 29-year-old rapper was humbled after NY radio station Hot 97 allowed him to perform at its Summer Jam festival at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday, August 22.

A plethora of summer music festivals canceled the outspoken rapper's bookings after he uttered anti-HIV and anti-LGBT+ insults at Rolling Loud.

Before DaBaby took to the stage, a pre-recorded video was shown in which he thanked Hot 97 for letting him "to share my gift, share my blessing with y'all out here live on this stage amongst all the chaos and all the backlash."

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"They accepted my sincerity and all my apologies when I said I never, ever meant to offend anybody or say anything to make anybody feel any type of way live on that stage a few weeks ago.

"Hot 97 was also willing to stick they neck out on the line, willing to go against all odds with everything going on out here in the world, and still allow me to come out here on this stage and utilize they platform to help the world move forward."

After DaBaby hit the stage, he took the opportunity to apologize once again to the LGBT+ community:

"I never in my life meant to offend anybody, you know, and I apologize... that ain't even how I rock.

"But check this out, other than the people that was truly offended, I feel like the rest of y'all motherf**kers are being cry babies."

His remarks neatly segued into "Cry Baby" - his hit collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion.
 

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An American sign language interpreter for rapper Megan Thee Stallion is under fire for her overtly explicit interpretation of Megan and Cardi B single "WAP" at Lollapalooza.

Megan was the headline act at Lollapalooza at Grant Park in Chicago festival on Saturday.

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The 26-year-old rapper dressed in a rock-n-roll-inspired leotard as she performed tracks from her new album Good News.

Video of the woman's explicit interpretation for the hearing impaired went viral on social media, according to Eurweb.com.

The original Tiktok video has been viewed over 1 million times.

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The sign language was particularly offensive when Megan rapped.

    "I wanna gag, I wanna choke. I want you to touch that lil' dangly thing. That swing in the back of my throat. My head game is fire, p****** Dasani. It's going in dry and it's coming out soggy."

Ticket holders were so shocked by the woman's sign language that they walked out of the show.

Other ASL interpreter's defended the woman for her very graphic interpretation.

The interpreter, who goes by @kelly4access on Instagram, responded to the criticism by trying to deflect the attention.

"Thanks for the love on my page from hearing people but I'm just an interpreter passionate about providing access to a community I love and have learned everything from," she wrote.

"If you're new to my page you'll quickly see this is a space meant to amplify the work of Deaf creators and to provide access to social media content for the Deaf community. I'm a hearing interpreter so I do not teach. In this post I will direct you to some amazing Deaf ASL teachers, Deaf influencers, and other Deaf content creators."

 

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Earlier this month, it was reported that rapper DaBaby did not respond to requests from LGBT+ groups to help create an HIV awareness and anti-stigma campaign targeting Black males.

DaBaby was "canceled" after uttering anti-HIV and anti-LGBT+ comments during his set at Rolling Loud music festival in Miami last month.

In addition to the PSA campaign, the "Suge" rapper was asked by music festival organizers to record a video of his "sincere and heartfelt" apology to the LGBT+ community.

According to industry insiders, DaBaby agreed to record a video in which he planned to confess that he was "touched" by a male family acquaintance as a child.

That incident reportedly fueled his longstanding hostility and resentment toward homosexuals as an adult.

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As reported by Billboard, a publicist for DaBaby reached out to seven fall festival promoters and assured them that the video was forthcoming.

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The apology video was to be played before he hit the stage at Lollapalooza. However, DaBaby missed the deadline to submit the video to Lollapalooza organizers for their approval.

He was dropped from the lineup and his slot was given to another rapper with feminine tendencies, Young Thug.

DaBaby has since lost lucrative gigs at other music festivals including Governors Ball, Parklife, Day N Vegas, ACL Fest, and the iHeartRadio Music Festival.

To control the significant damage to his rap career, DaBaby's publicist wrote a heartfelt apology to the LGBT+ community and shared it on the rapper's Instagram.

But the third party apology was too little, too late.
 

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