Weird News 1/29/17
Weird News of the week.
QUEENS, NY — Actor Shia LaBeouf has been arrested after getting into a scuffle with an individual espousing support for Adolph Hitler at a gathering by his art collective in a museum in Astoria, Queens.
After a verbal altercation turned physical, the actor was booked on misdemeanor charges after he allegedly tugged on the 25-year-old protester’s scarf and scratched his neck, according to CNN. The victim had stated, “Hitler did nothing wrong.”
LaBeouf’s art collective LaBeouf, Ronkko & Turner introduced the HEWILLNOTDIVIDEUS project on January 20, which involves asking people to say the words “he will not divide us” into a camera mounted on a wall outside the Museum of Moving Image.
While some people have repeated the phrase, others have spouted alternative political philosophies including the white supremacist “14 words”: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”
The livestream has captured more than one instance of LaBeouf getting belligerent with members of the crowd. LaBeouf can be seen aggressively interacting with the man espousing the white-supremacist slogan (main photo, above), shouting “He will not divide us!” directly into his ear while seemingly trying to physically intimidate him while the crowd continued to chant in the background.
Tomoko Kawamoto, spokesperson for the Museum of Moving Image, said the project is not “anti-Trump” and that the museum will “welcome participants of all political viewpoints to be part of the work and expect all to behave with common decency and respect for others.”
She added that while there have been a few “incidents of hate speech,” the response from the vast majority of the public has been “overwhelmingly positive.”
The NYPD says the 114th Precinct will continue to monitor the area and protect everyone’s rights to free speech. According to the collective, the camera will be up for the next four years.
“I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.”
So proclaimed President William Jefferson Clinton, 49, in a public address on January 26, 1998.
“That woman” to whom Clinton referred was Monica Lewinsky, 24, a Lewis and Clark College graduate who had served in 1995 as a White House intern and in 1996 took a job with the White House Office of Legislative Affairs.
During Miss Lewinsky’s tenure in both those positions, she and Clinton actually did engage in what he would later term an “improper physical relationship.” At first, though, he tried to talk his way out it.
Eleven days prior to Clinton’s adamant declaration, right-leaning muckraker Matt Drudge’s fledgling website Drudge Report reported that Newsweek had been actively holding back a potentially sensational story by investigative journalist Michael Isikoff.
The piece, according to Drudge, alleged that Clinton and Lewinsky had had sexual conduct in the Oval Office on nine separate occasions between 1995 and ’97 and that both had lied about it — Monica, under oath.
Furthermore, Lewinsky had detailed the encounters over the phone to her friend Linda Tripp who, without Monica’s knowledge, recorded their conversations. Lewinsky also held on to what would become a famously unwashed blue dress splashed with DNA evidence of Bill Clinton’s semen.
Subsequently, Tripp had taken the Lewinsky tapes to literary agent Lucianne Goldberg. He, in turn, encouraged Tripp to share the recordings with attorneys representing Paul Jones in her sexual harassment suit against the president — a case within which Lewinsky had previously submitted an affidavit denying any physical interactions with Clinton.
Goldberg also told Tripp to contact Independent Counsel Ken Starr, who was investigating other Clinton-related scandals regarding Whitewater, the White House FBI files, and the White House travel office.
With a move that forever altered the media landscape, Matt Drudge’s revelations seemed to force the hand of the then-dominant print and broadcast news outlets.
The Lewinsky scandal story — soon to be nicknamed “Monicagate” and “Zippergate” (among other terms) — broke on a mass scale on January 21. Five days later, Clinton addressed the press from the White House.
With First Lady Hillary Clinton by his side, the president steadfastly and with apparent moral indignation announced:
“I want to say one thing to the American people. I want you to listen to me. I’m going to say this again: I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time; never. These allegations are false. And I need to go back to work for the American people. Thank you.”
The next morning, Hillary Clinton appeared on the Today show and summarily dismissed the allegations, stating: “The only story here for anybody willing to find it and write about it and explain it is this vast right-wing conspiracy that has been conspiring against my husband since the day he announced for president.”
With that, the term “vast right-wing conspiracy” entered the popular lexicon.
During his deposition in the Paula Jones lawsuit, Clinton swore under oath that he did not engage in sex with Monica Lewinsky. Citing the tapes and the stained dress, Ken Starr declared the president had lied and ordered him to undergo a new deposition on these matters.
In response to the question, “Have you ever had sexual relations with Miss Lewinsky?,” Clinton replied in the negative.
Later, when it came to light that he had placed an unlit cigar inside Monica’s vagina and that she had fellated him, Clinton, with legalistic aplomb, stated, “I thought the definition included any activity by [me], where [I] was the actor and came in contact with those parts of the bodies.”
In other words, the president claimed that receiving oral sex didn’t “count” as having “sexual relations.”
The case continued throughout 1998. On August 17, Clinton came clean in a taped grand jury testimony, confessing that he and Lewinsky had undertaken an “improper physical relationship.” That night, he repeated the admission to the American people in a TV broadcast, saying that what happened was “not appropriate.”
By the end of the year, Clinton faced impeachment. He ultimately beat the charges in Congress, but a judge later fined him $90,000 for being in civil contempt of court for giving misleading testimony. In 2001, Clinton also lost license to practice law in his home state of Arkansas for five years.
The entire situation provided limitless fodder for both serious journalists and comedians alike — especially the comedians. The very name “Lewinsky” became perhaps the defining punchline of the final days of the 20th century, particularly as the Internet rapidly came to conquer the world.
Today, Monica Lewinsky, now 43, is active campaigner against online shaming and cyberbullying.
The FX anthology series American Crime Story, which scored huge ratings and acclaim in 2016 with The People vs. O.J. Simpson, is set to next focus on the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal.
Just as the O.J. episodes used the book The Run of His Life by Jeffrey Toobin as source material, the show’s creators will be basing the upcoming edition on the 2000 bestseller A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President, also by Toobin.
OSHKOSH, WI — A Nazi flag flying outside a home in Wisconsin on Saturday sparked outrage on social media — and a neighbor now says she wants to move after people threatened to burn her house down.
Gordon Hintz posted a photo of the house, located on North Main Street, on Facebook Sunday. “A nazi flag hung yesterday less than a mile from my house and two blocks away from a elementary and middle school in Oshkosh,” he wrote. “I really think everyone needs to ask what is going on right now, and do their part to make sure ignorance and hate is not normalized in any way. This is not ok. It is 2017 for the record.”
It was not clear when the flag was put up, who put it there, or — since no one has spoken to the family who lives in the home — whether it was meant as a hate crime, hoax, or something else entirely.
But a woman who claims that the flag-flying family lives in the duplex behind her says that since her home appeared on Facebook — and was shared thousands of times — she and her family have received death threats.
BROOKLYN, NY — A convicted sex offender from East Flatbush, Brooklyn, has been charged in connection with a woman’s body parts found at a garbage transfer station last Tuesday in the Bronx.
Somorie Moses, 40, was charged with concealment of a human corpse and tampering with evidence after police used cell-phone records and surveillance footage from the Metropolitan Transfer Station in Hunts Points to identify him.
Moses was convicted in 2006 of attempted promotion of prostitution and profiting from prostitution from a person younger than 16.
He was reportedly arrested after he had sexual intercourse and contact with the girl, who was a stranger to him and younger than 16, according to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.
Last Tuesday, several trucks were unloading their garbage after 4 A.M. when a bulldozer operator was shocked to find two arms, a leg, and a torso that appeared to belong to a female.
Police were called, and investigators sifted through the debris and found two arms — without hands — believed to belong to the victim, officials said.
The victim has not yet been identified and the cause of death has not been determined.
A Bronx Supreme Court judge ordered that Moses be held without bail, and investigators say that he could face further charges pending autopsy results.
REYNOLDSBURG, OHIO — A young Ohio mother is facing a felony charge after a Facebook video emerged of her taping her toddler son to the wall, police say.
Reynoldsburg police have reportedly identified the mother as Shayla Rudolph, 18. Officers arrested her on Thursday.
In the video, the child can be seen stuck to the wall with clear packing tape for about 15 minutes, while the mother can be heard saying: “You got the best mommy in the whole world,” later adding: “Don’t make me put more tape up there. Now sit still, you can see the TV from there, you’ll be all right.”
“You can’t clean without them running around, tearing up? Tape them to the wall,” Rudolph says in the video, while she appears to be cooking dinner. “You can’t cook or none of that because they running around? Tape them to the wall.”
Investigators were notified of the video after a concerned viewer saw the suspect post the video live to her Facebook account on January 1, and alerted TV station WSYX.
Rudolph is facing a felony charge because the child’s liberty was restrained, authorities say.
The child was taken into the custody of Franklin County Children’s Services and was expected to be placed with family members, police said.