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A federal judge has rejected the Justice Department’s attempt at taking over the defense for Donald Trump in his defamation suit brought on by author E. Jean Carroll, who accused him of raping her in the 1990’s. 

U.S. District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan rejected the government’s motion to remove Trump as the defendant and instead list the DOJ as defendant. This is a victory for Carroll, who very likely would have lost her case had the Justice Department assumed the role. 

“The undisputed facts demonstrate that President Trump was not acting in furtherance of any duties owed to any arguable employer when he made the statements at issue. His comments concerned an alleged sexual assault that took place several decades before he took office, and the allegations have no relationship to the official business of the United States,” Judge Kaplan wrote. “To conclude otherwise would require the Court to adopt a view that virtually everything the president does is within the public interest by virtue of his office.”

He went on to add, “In that event, Ms. Carroll would be left with no remedy, even if the president’s statements were false and defamatory.”

In Carroll’s lawsuit against Trump, she says that the president defamed her when he denied raping her and said that she was “totally lying”.

Carroll has long accused Trump of raping her in the dressing room of a Bergdorf Goodman in the 1990’s. Trump has continuously denied raping the woman. He even claimed that he did not know her despite a photo of the two surfacing.

Roberta Kaplan, Carroll’s attorney, was pleased with the decision in their pursuit of justice. 

“We are very pleased that the federal court interpreted the plain text of Federal Tort Claims Act as not covering President Trump’s false statements about our client, E. Jean Carroll. The simple truth is that President Trump defamed our client because she was brave enough to reveal that he had sexually assaulted her, and that brutal, personal attack cannot be attributed to the Office of the President. We look forward to moving forward with E. Jean Carroll’s defamation case against Donald Trump in his personal capacity in federal court.”

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RIP: Reggae Legend Bunny Wailer Dead at 73

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Reggae legend Bunny Wailer passed away from natural causes in a hospital in Kingston, Jamaica on Tuesday, March 2, his manager, Maxine Stowe, confirmed to the Jamaica Observer newspaper. He was 73.

The musician struggled with speech impediments following his first minor stroke in 2018. He suffered his second stroke in July 2020.

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Born Neville O’Riley Livingston in Kingston, Bunny (in black tee) is best known as an original member of The Wailers, along with his childhood pal Bob Marley (in green jacket) and Peter Tosh (not pictured), in the early 1960s.

He sang on tracks like “Reincarnated Souls”, “Burnin'”, “Pass it On”, and “Hallelujah Time.” He went solo in 1973, following the success of the band’s major-label debut album Catch a Fire.

Bunny released singles including “Dreamland”, “Dancing Shoes”, “Searching For Love”, “Life Line” and “Bide Up”, while he also reworked a string of The Wailers’ hits for his 1980 project Bunny Wailer Sings the Wailers.

Bunny won three Grammy Awards (Best Reggae Album) for 1991’s Time Will Tell: A Tribute to Bob Marley, Crucial! Roots Classics in 1995, and 1997’s Hall of Fame: A Tribute to Bob Marley’s 50th Anniversary.

Bunny was considered a national treasure in his native Jamaica, and was awarded the Order of Jamaica in 2012, and the Order of Merit in 2017.
 

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Trump Campaign Donated $3.5 Million To “Stop The Steal” Rally That Led To Capitol Riot

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A new report has discovered that the Trump campaign donated $3.5 million to the “Stop the Steal” rally, which led to the deadly Capitol riot.

The report conducted by the Center for Responsive Politics found that the organizers of the January 6th “Stop the Steal” protests received more than $3.5 million from the Trump campaign and its associated fundraising committees.

The new findings stemmed from a review of recent Federal Election Commission filings by OpenSecrets, an arm of the Center for Responsive Politics.

OpenSecrets also discovered that at least three individuals listed on permit records for the “Stop the Steal” rally worked for the Trump campaign through the end of November 2020. It was also unveiled that the Trump campaign made payments to a company named Event Strategies, Inc., which was also named on the permit for the rally. The company was also found to employ two people involved in the January 6th rally.

The “Stop the Steal” rally progressed into the deadly Capitol riot that left five dead, including a Capitol police officer.




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Tyrese Gibson’s estranged wife dispenses advice about dating famous men

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Samantha Lee Gibson is dispensing valuable advice about dating famous men. The soon-to-be ex-wife of troubled singer Tyrese Gibson says don’t do it.

Samantha, who shares a 2-year-old daughter with the 42-year-old singer/actor, is advising women to steer clear of famous men.

The single mom took to Instagram to explain that famous men are unwilling to compromise because they have too many dating options.

When asked if she would date someone else famous, she responded with an emphatic “NO!”

Samantha confessed that women want to be with famous men for the notoriety, but that’s not where your worth or validation comes from.
 

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