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'No stained garment, no smoking gun, nothing,': Cosby juror explains why he wasn't convinced by the plaintiff

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One of the jurors in Bill Cosby’s trial said that he did not find the accusation of rape convincing because the accuser had worn a bare midriff and had no “stained garment” to show.

Last December, famed comedian Bill Cosby was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault in relation to allegations that he drugged and molested Canadian basketball player Andrea Constand in 2004.

On June 17, the judge in Cosby’s case declared a mistrial after the 12-person jury spent six days and more than 50 hours trying to decide whether Cosby was guilty or innocent of sexual assault. Once the case went public, more than 60 women have come forward with similar accusations of sexual assault against the comedian.

“She was well-coached,” the juror, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Inquirer and The Daily News. “Let’s face it: She went up to his house with a bare midriff and incense and bath salts. What the heck?”

The juror then added that Cosby had already “paid dearly” with his ruined reputation and should not be made to go through another trial. That said, he still refused to say whether he wanted to find Cosby guilty or innocent.

The juror also said that, at one point, 10 out of the 12 jurors believed Cosby was guilty before three jurors changed their minds and the judge had to announce a mistrial. Throughout the deliberations, jurors had difficulty with legal terms such as “reckless” and “severely impaired,” with the juror adding that the language describing the counts of assault was “too legal.”

Even though Cosby’s defense lawyer spent just six minutes to say that the relationship was consensual, the juror still said that he found Cosby more convincing than the prosecution, which spent five days laying out extensive evidence from the police, legal experts and Constand herself. 

He said that Constand should have only seen Cosby at his home if “she was dressed properly and left the incense in the store” and was influenced to go to push forward on the trial years later by her mother.

“No stained garment, no smoking gun, nothing,” he said, adding that you could draw little from evidence from decades ago.

He further added that the accusations of 60 women who have since come forward with similar accusations had played no role in his deliberations — he thought many of them made up their claims to get attention.

“This is ridiculous, unbelievable,” he said. “I think more than half jumped on the bandwagon.”

While the courthouse said that he was proud of having done his civic duty, he does not plan on paying attention if there is a second trial.

“They should’ve left it closed,” he said.

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Police at ground zero for the Sinaloa cartel's battle of succession are outgunned and overwhelmed

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Since once powerful Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was rearrested in January 2016, the cartel’s home turf in Sinaloa state has been embroiled in a steadily escalating battle for succession.

The fight appears to be split among three factions vying for control of the cartel, which is considered one of if not the most powerful criminal organization in Mexico.

Much of that bloodshed is related to the three factions’ struggle for primacy, and the police and soldiers in Sinaloa charged with bringing it to heel appear to be out manned and out matched.

One faction is led by the recently captured Damaso Lopez Nuñez, a former Sinaloa security official who was Guzman’s right-hand man, who helped the Sinaloa chief escape from prison twice.

Two of Guzman’s sons, Jesus Alfredo and Ivan Archivaldo, lead a second faction, fighting to assume the drug-trafficking throne to which they see themselves as heirs.

Guzman’s brother Aureliano Guzman, aka “El Guano,” leads the third faction and commands the area around the community of Badiraguato in the La Tuna municipality, a rugged area where Guzman and numerous other Mexican kingpins are from.

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Sinaloa state, home to 3 million people, saw a 76% increase in homicides over the first five months of this year compared to last year (though there’s reason to believe government data obscures some homicides).

The state has had 764 homicides through June this year, according to the state security secretariat. That’s the highest rate in six years.

“It’s terror. The word for what is happening in Sinaloa is generalized terror,” Alejandro Sicairos, editor of local magazine Espejo, told AFP.

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“This hasn’t been the usual kind of shootout,” Sicairos said. “They’re coming with everything they’ve got: high-caliber weapons, full arsenals, vehicle-mounted artillery.”

Sinaloa’s deputy secretary for security, Cristobal Castañeda, told AFP that the state doesn’t have the resources it needs to fight the criminal groups running roughshod over the area.

There are 5,700 police and soldiers in the state, but international standards say an area Sinaloa’s size should have 9,000, Castañeda said.

Some of the soldiers are tasked with fighting illegal narcotics, including detecting and dismantling the synthetic-drug labs that are increasingly common in the state.

Local police forces, Castañeda added, have insufficient training.

“We are betting heavily on police training to make sure they can operate in full compliance with the rule of law,” he said.

And in Sinaloa, as in much of the country, many of the police in the streets have been found to not be competent for their jobs by the government’s own vetting system.

National-security data gathered by Mexican civil-society organization Causa en Comun and shared with news outlet Animal Politico shows throughout Mexico, 31,947 security personnel — state, municipal, ministerial, and prison agents — didn’t pass integrity exams, which include reviews of their financial standing as well as psychological evaluations and polygraph tests.

Of those 31,947, 1,312 hold mid- or high-ranking jobs in security bodies.

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Those nearly 32,000 police agents are 10% of the national total, up from 9%, or 30,922 police, who had failed those exams as of April 2016.

Earlier this year, government data showed that in 15 of Mexico’s 32 states, the number of state and municipal police who had failed their exams but continued working had gone up — in some places rising from 30% to 50%.

In Sinaloa, more than half of police — 4,140 of 7,903 agents — failed integrity exams. That’s up from 43% last year. Among police bodies in the state, 55% of state police, 46% of municipal police, 43% of judicial agents, and 43% of personnel assigned to penitentiaries did not pass.

Baja California Sur was second — 1,239 of the state’s 3,182 state and municipal police, or 38%, failed their exams. That’s up from 36% last year.

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Nearby Nayarit was next, with one in three officers not fit for duty, followed by Sonora, where nearly one-quarter did not pass.

Guerrero had 23% of agents fail the tests and continue to work, while Veracruz had 18%.

Only one Mexican state, Campeche, reported no local police failing the exams.

Federal police and military personnel have assumed the duties of local and municipal police in many of Mexico’s states, and the continued failure of those police forces to pass exams hinders the reconstruction of police at the state level and below.

Issues like corruption play a role in the continued employment of officers unfit for duty — particularly in Sinaloa, where criminal organizations have long had sway — but political factors have also prevented reform and other changes. (Police institutional incapacity is also a driver of Mexico’s sky-high impunity rate.)

Legislative initiatives at the federal level have made no progress. And at the state and local level, political expediency often keeps elected officials from pursuing hard oversight or reform.

“If you are a governor or a mayor, why spend money and political capital on institutional reform if you can call on the Army and the Navy to rescue you when things get really bad (at almost no cost to you)?” Mexican political analyst Alejandro Hope wrote in April 2016.

SEE ALSO: A bloody, 3-sided war is raging in Mexico for control of ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel

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The fired Han Solo movie directors who nearly finished it could now lose millions

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The Directors Guild of America is suddenly a major player when it comes to what happens with the director credit on the untitled Han Solo-focused “Star Wars” movie.

On Tuesday, directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord were reportedly fired from the movie by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy following creative differences. The two had spent months shooting the movie and now with a few weeks left of principal photography, Lucasfilm is scrambling to find a replacement to finish the movie.

Many in Hollywood are now turning to the DGA, which protects the interests of feature film and television directors, to bring clarity to the options Miller and Lord have when it comes to director credit and residuals on the movie.

The Hollywood Reporter points out that the DGA has a strict rule, which prohibits replacing the director with someone else from the film’s team, except in the case of an emergency. The rule was created to discourage producers from forcing out the director and taking over a picture.

So even though reports have the movie’s screenwriter, Lawrence Kasdan, as a potential replacement, according to this rule he would not be allowed.

That leaves other names floating around like Ron Howard and Joe Johnston (1995’s “Jumanji”). But if either takes the job another question comes up: Who gets director credit on the finished film?

han solo cast photoThe DGA frowns upon multiple director credits. In the DGA Creative Rights Handbook, it states “only one Director may be assigned to a motion picture at any given time.” There are exceptions, as waivers can be sent to get a directing duo the same credit (presumably this would have happened for Miller and Lord). But it’s very hard to know if in this case, the DGA would allow a three-name credit.

There is no appeals process with the DGA. What they decide is final. 

Currently, Lord and Miller have not taken their names off the movie. But if they do, they would potentially lose millions of dollars. 

THR reports that the rules state if a director pulls their name from a movie, a pseudonym is put in their place (often the DGA uses the name “Alan Smithee”). The fired directors might also have to forfeit all residuals, which for a “Star Wars” movie would be a good chunk of change. It is not clear if the duo would lose their residuals if they don’t pull their names but are just off the movie.

The DGA did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment, but it’s obvious the lawyers and agents for the directors, Lucasfilm, and the DGA will be working some late hours trying to figure all this out. 

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Here's how the police officer who shot Philando Castile described the shooting

FILE PHOTO - Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez, charged in connection with the shooting death of a black motorist Philando Castile last July, is shown in this booking photo taken November 18, 2016 in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S..   Courtesy of Ramsey County Sheriff's Office/Handout via REUTERS

The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile said he thought Castile would act recklessly because he smelled marijuana in his car.

Jeronimo Yanez told the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension in an interview the day after the shooting that he initially pulled Castile over as he thought he matched the description of a suspect in a gas-station robbery he had responded to a week prior to the shooting.

Yanez said he smelled the odor of “burnt” marijuana in Castile’s car as he walked up to the driver’s side window.

He didn’t tell Castile that he smelled the marijuana at first because he didn’t want Castile to “react in a defensive manner.”

Yanez told Castile that he had had a busted taillight.

Yanez said he was worried that Castile may be carrying a weapon for protection from drug dealers or others trying to “rip” or steal from him.

“It appeared to me that he had no regard to what I was saying,” Yanez said. “He didn’t care what I was saying. He still reached down.”

“And at that point I was scared and I was in fear for my life and my partner’s life,” Yanez said. He said he saw Castile grab something near his right thigh.

“I know he had an object — and it was dark,” Castile said.

Yanez said he was concerned for the “little girl” in the back, who was Castile’s girlfriend’s daughter.

“As that was happening, as he was pulling at, out his hand I thought, I was gonna die and I thought if he’s, if he has the guts and the audacity to smoke marijuana in front of the 5-year-old girl and risk her lungs and risk her life by giving her secondhand smoke and the front seat passenger doing the same thing then what, what care does he give about me?” Yanez added.

Yanez said he remembered “smelling the gun smoke” and the “bright flashes from the muzzle.”

“And then I heard, a couple pops from my firearm,” Yanez said.

He shot Castile seven times just 38 seconds after he first pproached Castile’s window.

Yanez was acquitted by a jury last Friday of second-degree manslaughter.

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Russia is reportedly behind a disturbing number of assassinations outside its borders

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Since 2003, more than two dozen murders or mysterious deaths in multiple countries seem to trace back to Moscow.

But no one seems to be doing much about it.

At least 33 people in the UK, US, Ukraine, Greece and India have been murdered or died mysteriously in the last 14 years, according to recent reports by BuzzFeed News and USA Today.

Last week, BuzzFeed News released the first two parts of a two-year investigation detailing how US spy agencies gave the British government, upon its request, evidence linking the murders or deaths of 14 Russians and Brits in the UK to the Kremlin, the FSB — Russia’s security agency — or the Russian mafia, which sometimes works with the government. But the British government has ruled out foul play in each case.

The report was based on a large volume of documents, phone records and secret recordings, as well as interviews with American, British and French intelligence and law enforcement officials.

In early May, USA Today also reported that “38 prominent Russians” had been murdered or died suspiciously since 2014. Nineteen of the incidents happened outside of Russia: 3 in the US (2 in New York and 1 in Washington DC), 1 in Greece, 1 in India, 1 in Kazakhstan, and 12 in Ukraine. 

USA Today named three other victims, but could not determine the locations of the incidents.

On June 1, a Chechen assassin posing as a French journalist also tried to kill a married couple, Amina Okuyeva and Adam Osmayev, in Kiev. The Kremlin had accused the couple, whom later fought against Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, of trying to assassinate Putin in 2012.

When the Chechen assassin, Artur Denisultanov-Kurmakayev, was interviewing the couple in a car, he pulled out a gun and shot Osmayev. Okuyeva then pulled out a gun and shot the assassin four times. The assassin and Osmayev both survived, and the Ukrainian government has accused Russia of ordering the hit. 

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The 14 victims BuzzFeed News has revealed had all gotten in the way or run afoul of powerful Russians. They were either stabbed, killed in mysterious crashes, hanged, driven to suicide after repeated threats against their lives, or poisoned. 

One victim, Alexander Litvinenko, a whistleblower, had traces of radioactive polonium 210 in his system, a substance only made in Russia, BuzzFeed News said. 

Even the scientist who found the trail of polonium all over London, Matthew Puncher, was eventually found stabbed to death, BuzzFeed News said. 

Scotland Yard’s former counter-terror commander, Richard Walton, told BuzzFeed News that Russia is skilled at “disguising murder” by using biological or chemical agents that leave no trace. 

But what all these deaths have in common is that the British government has done nothing, ruling out foul play in all cases, according to BuzzFeed News.

That’s because the British government is scared of any political, cyberwarfare or traditional warfare retaliation by the Russians, according to 17 US and British intelligence officials who spoke with BuzzFeed. They also have the incentive to keep Russian oligarch money in their banks. 

The Washington, D.C. Police Department did not respond to request for comment on any ongoing investigation into the death of Mikhail Lesin, the founder of Russia Today and former Gazprom executive who was found dead in his D.C. hotel with blunt force head injuries. 

The New York Police Department declined to comment to Business Insider about the murder of Sergei Krivov, saying information could only be released via a Freedom of Information Act request. The NYPD pointed Business Insider to the United Nations when asked about the death of Vitaly Churkin, the former Russian diplomat to the UN, who died of an apparent heart attack.

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The UN said to contact the Russian government. The Russian Embassy in D.C. did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

One glaring difference between the deaths in the UK or US, and those in Ukraine, are the methods used. Almost every victim in Ukraine was shot, tortured or killed in a bombing, USA Today reported. 

The possible reasons for this are many, according to Stratfor Chief Security Officer Fred Burton.

Russian mobsters, who only know violent methods, may have been contracted, or Russia could be trying to send signals to Ukraine. It could also be because Russia is trying to evade the US and UK’s more sophisticated intelligence communities. 

As for recourse, the US and UK could make the Russian ambassadors persona non grata, ramp up surveillance of known Russian agents, or even put out Interpol warrants out on suspected assassins, Burton said. 

“But with that could come foreign policy blowback,” Burton told Business Insider. “I’m not optimistic.”

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Sheriff David Clarke has reportedly withdrawn his acceptance of a Homeland Security job

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Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke will not join the Department of Homeland Security as an assistant secretary, his adviser Craig Peterson told The Washington Post on Saturday.

“Late Friday, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. formally notified Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly that he had rescinded his acceptance of the agency’s offer to join DHS as an assistant secretary,” Peterson said.

“Sheriff Clarke is 100 percent committed to the success of President Trump and believes his skills could be better utilized to promote the president’s agenda in a more aggressive role.”

Clarke previously said he would start the DHS job in June.

The news comes just weeks after Clarke was embroiled in a plagiarism controversy, after CNN’s KFile reported that he had failed to properly cite sources in at least 47 parts of his master’s thesis.

Clarke has also faced longtime criticism over the conditions at the Milwaukee County Jail, which he oversees. Since April 2016, one newborn baby and three inmates have died at the jail, and prosecutors have alleged that one of the deaths was caused by dehydration after jail staff cut off water access to his cell.

Clarke’s job offer at the DHS was never publicly announced by the Trump administration, but Clarke had announced on a Wisconsin radio station in May that he accepted the post. He told WISN host Vicki McKenna he would work as a “liaison with the state, local, and tribal law enforcement” in the Office of Partnership and Engagement.

Soon after Clarke’s announcement, dozens of Democratic lawmakers urged Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to reject the appointment, citing concerns over the Milwaukee County Jail deaths as well as Clark’s previous criticisms of the Black Lives Matter movement, which he has called a “hateful ideology.”

Clarke, who has been a prominent Trump surrogate since the early days of his presidential campaign, met with President Trump in Wisconsin on Tuesday to discuss other potential roles he could fill, the Post reported.

“The sheriff is reviewing options inside and outside the government,” Peterson said.

“Sheriff Clarke told Secretary Kelly he is very appreciative of the tremendous opportunity the secretary was offering, and expressed his support for the secretary and the agency.”

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Trump's hardline on US relations with Cuba could create a blind spot in a major drug-trafficking corridor

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President Donald Trump announced on Friday the reversal of several key parts of Barack Obama’s normalization of relations with Cuba, which started in December 2014.

Before an enthusiastic anti-Castro crowd in Miami, Trump signed a directive that restricted Americans’ ability to travel to the island, prohibited financial dealings with the Cuban military, and laid out several stipulations on which future US-Cuban negotiations would be based.

One of the four goals of Trump’s police change is to “Further the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States and those of the Cuban people,” according to a fact sheet distributed by the White House.

“The policy clarifies that any further improvements in the United States-Cuba relationship will depend entirely on the Cuban government’s willingness to improve the lives of the Cuban people,” the fact sheet states, “including through promoting the rule of law, respecting human rights, and taking concrete steps to foster political and economic freedoms.”

Trump’s directive reinstates many of the restrictions that were in place prior to the Obama-led opening. But beyond limiting travel and financial dealings, Trump’s reversal may limit or end recent cooperation on security issues, particularly on drug trafficking, which appears to be returning to the Caribbean in force.

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While Cuba was awash in drugs prior to Castro’s arrival, once he took over and imposed a hardline anti-narcotics policy, they largely disappeared.

In the wake of an incident in the late 1980s in which several Cuban officials were executed for conspiring with drug traffickers, Cuba increased its cooperation with the US to counter smuggling in the area.

Now, despite Cuba’s location between major drug producers in South America and a major drug consumer in the US, the island “is not a major consumer, producer or transit point of illicit narcotics,” the US State Department reported in 2016.

And over the last decade, despite political differences, Cuban and US officials have worked closely together to track and intercept drug shipments transiting the Caribbean.

According to Col. Victor Lopez Bravo of Cuba’s coast guard and border patrol, Havana has notified US officials of more than 500 drug-smuggling operations over the last 10 years. Between 2003 and 2016, Cuban authorities seized or recovered more than 40 tons of marijuana, cocaine, and hashish.

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“We have prevented a huge quantity of drugs from coming into the US,” Bravo told CNN. The US Drug Enforcement Administration has confirmed it is exchanging information about narcotics smuggling with Cuban officials.

After Obama’s opening in late 2014, drug-enforcement officials from both countries starting having meetings in Cuba and Florida regularly. Last year, they reached an agreement that allowed US and Cuban personnel pursuing drug traffickers in the area to communicate directly for the first time — cutting down on delays and giving suspected traffickers less time to flee.

That deal came as a number of incidents in the latter half of 2016 indicated that drug trafficking was swinging back to the Caribbean — a once prominent smuggling corridor that saw drug flows wither in the face of increased enforcement and the growing popularity of routes through Mexico and the Pacific.

The freeze Trump has put on dealings with the Cuban government during his review of US policy toward the island — which now looks set to endure — has thrown that cooperation into doubt.

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Two meetings between Cuban security officials and their US counterparts scheduled this year have already been canceled.

“We are waiting to see if it happens,” Bravo told CNN about US-Cuba meetings where law-enforcement officials discuss tactics and share intelligence.

“It’s up to the United States to announce and invite us to the next meeting,” he said. “We hope it happens because it really is beneficial for both countries.”

The recent US-Cuba thaw hasn’t only facilitated cooperation on drug trafficking.

Lt. Col. Yahanka Rodriguez, the commander of Cuba’s military cybersecurity center, told NBC news this month that over the last year and half, Cuba has given the US information on at least 17 cybercrime cases involving the US.

That information has included internet addresses thought to be part of a suspected identity-theft attempt — “addresses that we traced to the United States, for both the suspected attackers and the potential victims,” Rodriguez told NBC.

Cuban officials also said they’d contacted a Homeland Security Department cybersecurity team about hacking attacks on Cuban infrastructure that appeared to come from the US — though they were not aware of an any US action taken in response to such Cuban reports made in January and May this year.

For some US officials, the security concerns related to a US reversal on Cuba extend to the geopolitical sphere.

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With internal strife and economic turmoil consuming Venezuela, one of Havana’s main energy suppliers and trading partners has been able to provide less and less.

“[Russia] has already started trying to make up the gap in petroleum imports to Cuba that have fallen off dramatically with the chaos in Venezuela,” retired Army Brig. Gen. David L. McGinnis, a member of the Consensus for American Security at the American Security Project, said on an Atlantic Council conference call this week.

Russia has also recently forgiven billions in Cuban government debt and won a bid to build a railroad on the island.

“They’re in a market for products from both Russia and China, and both of those countries have the resources to provide the loans to allow them to purchase their weapons and equipment,” McGinnis said.

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These are not new concerns.

In 2010, nine retired generals wrote to then-House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Howard Berman to say that Cuba did not pose a threat to the US and to call for the travel ban to be lifted.

“Lifting the overall travel ban would extend this cultural and economic engagement and … [enhance] our security by removing unnecessary sources of discontent in a country so close to the United States,” the generals wrote.

For its part, Havana has not fully embraced Russia (or China, which is Cuba’s largest trading partner and the largest holder of its foreign debt).

According to McGinnis, that is likely because of the Cuban government “wanting to have a balanced foreign policy to the best extent they can, hoping that we will step forward and do the right thing.”

This isn’t a return to the Cold War, but the Cuban mood may quickly change if avenues for engagement with the US appear to be closed.

“If we would step back, that would kind of take the hope away from the Cuban government that there was going to be rapprochement,” the retired general said, “and obviously they would be forced toward the two eager adversaries of the United States in our own backyard.”

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'Bachelor in Paradise' contestant says the scandal cost him his job and video will clear his name

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DeMario Jackson, the “Bachelor in Paradise” contestant accused of sexual assaulting a female cast member, suggests tapes from the alleged incident will clear his name.

“My character has been assassinated, my family name has been drug through the mud,” Jackson told “Inside Edition” for a segment to air on Thursday. “The only thing I want is for the truth to come out. I feel like the truth will be able to come out in those videos.”

Jackson’s interview with the newsmagazine show echoes his official statement released on Wednesday, in which he called claims that he sexually assaulted Corinne Olympios when she was too intoxicated “false” and “malicious.” “Bachelor” cameras were reportedly rolling as the alleged incident took place. He also said that he has sought out legal counsel.

Jackson told “Inside Edition” that the scandal has cost him his job as an executive recruiter, but he doesn’t blame anyone for what’s happened.

“I don’t blame anyone right now, all I want [are] the tapes,” he said in addition to asking for privacy for himself and his family.

Olympios also released a statement on Wednesday. The alleged victim announced that she had hired famed attorney Marty Singer to represent her and said she had very little memory of what occurred that night, adding, “I’m a victim.”

Currently, production on the show has been suspended pending Warner Horizon’s investigation into the incident as a result of a complaint filed by a producer. The incident occurred on the show’s first day of taping on Sunday, June 4.

Watch Jackson’s interview with “Inside Edition” below:

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Democratic congressmen say they are getting calls saying 'you guys are next'

Several Democratic lawmakers say they have received threats following the shooting at a Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia on Wednesday.

Republican House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot by 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson during an early-morning practice for a congressional baseball game. Along with Scalise, four other people were injured in the shooting. Hodgkinson was a fierce Bernie Sanders supporter and called President Donald Trump a “traitor,” but his exact motive for the shooting has not been established.

As Democratic members of Congress were getting briefed on the developing situation, some have gotten calls saying “you guys are next,” Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragan of California told Buzzfeed News.

Barragan said that several Democratic lawmakers also got calls on their personal cell phones, including one to a lawmaker who was not a member of their party’s baseball team. While Barragan was not one of the members to receive such a call, she said that others she would not name got calls saying “you Democrats, you Democrats.”

Buzzfeed reporter Adrian Carrasquillo tweeted that another Democratic congressman also told him that he saw alt-right groups posting comments saying the Democrats were next online.

But it’s not just Democrats. Rep. Claudia Tenney, a New York Republican, also got a threatening email saying, “One down, 216 to go,” Spectrum News reporter Nick Reisman tweeted.

According to Buzzfeed, several Democratic leaders confirmed that there have been more threats coming their way from both before and after the shooting and that they were now pressing for increased security for the members.

“We are public officials, part of our shtick is to draw attention to ourselves so we will always be mindful of [the danger of that],” Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley told Buzzfeed News. “But I am more concerned about the safety of my staff.”

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How a chain of text messages led to one teen's death and another one's trial

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When two teenagers started exchanging text messages, they probably didn’t expect them to be read by anybody but themselves.

But after the string of texts led to the one teen’s suicide, months worth of deeply disturbing messages are now being aired publicly in a Massachusetts courtroom.

Michelle Carter, 20, is charged with involuntary manslaughter after sending hundreds of texts that the prosecution says encouraged her 17-year-old boyfriend Conrad Roy III to kill himself in 2014. It will be up to a judge to determine whether she is legally responsible for his death by the end of this week.

Here is the chain of events that led up to the trial:

  • In 2012, Carter and Roy were both teenagers when they met while taking family vacations in Florida. Both lived in Massachusetts and, at the end of their holiday, started talking to each other over Facebook and text.
  • In October 2012, Roy’s parents divorced and he attempted to commit suicide. Court evidence found that Roy had been both physically and verbally abused and once referred to himself as “no-good trash” and “an abortion.”
  • While Carter also struggled with body image and severe anxiety, court experts described her as more positive than Roy. She would regularly listen to him as he shared his worries. In 2014, she wrote to a friend that she was “kinda going thru my own stuff but if I leave him he will probably kill himself and it would be all my fault.”
  • By July 2014, Carter switched from taking Prozac to Celexa for her anxiety and, according to a court psychiatrist, also shifted in her communications with Roy. “She’s thinking it’s a good thing to help him die,” psychiatrist Peter R. Breggin told The New York Times.
  • In the two weeks before Roy killed himself, Carter continued to send him lengthy texts. In one, she told him that he was strong enough to go along with it while adding that “everyone will be sad for a while but they will get over it and move on.”
  • Carter even wrote Roy possibilities of how he could kill himself, writing one could “hang yourself, jump off a building, stab yourself idk there’s a lot of ways.”
  • On July 10, Carter started texting Roy about how he could use the car generator of his pickup truck to commit suicide. At the same time, she was texting her friends that Roy had gone missing while still talking to him.
  • In the next two days, Carter would send Roy multiple texts saying he “just had to do it” and spoke to him by phone before texting another friend that Roy had gotten out of the car because he got scared and she “told him to get back in.”
  • On July 12, 2014, Roy died inside his car from carbon monoxide poisoning. He was found by the police the next day.
  • In the coming weeks, Carter organized a fundraising tournament in Roy’s honor and started calling herself a suicide prevention advocate trying to “save as many other lives as possible.”
  • As police started investigating the events that led up to Roy’s suicide, Carter was charged with involuntary manslaughter on March 5, 2015.
  • On June 6, 2017, lawyers presented opening statements in the trial, with Carter having waived her right to a trial by jury.
  • If the judge finds Carter responsible for helping Roy kill himself, she could face up to 20 years in prison.

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