Terrorism Suspect In Ariana Grande Manchester Arena Bombing Faces 22 Counts of Murder

The brother and alleged accomplice of the man who killed 22 people—and injured more than 250 others—by igniting a bomb outside an Ariana Grande concert has denied the 22 murder charges that he’s currently facing.

Prosecutors plan to argue that this individual — 22-year-old Hashem Abedi — directly aided and contributed to the bombing. Abedi’s brother was killed in the blast, which took place in Manchester, England, in 2017.

Prior to being extradited to England earlier this week, Hashem Abedi was jailed in Libya, his parents’ home country, having fled the U.K. following the bombing.  While in a Tripoli prison, Abedi signed a written confession that detailed and confirmed his part in the planning and execution of the attack.  Now, back in England, Abedi’s lawyer argues that his client was tortured and forced to sign the admission of guilt.

Abedi’s initial trial was brief — no more than 15 minutes, according to firsthand accounts — and consisted of Abedi confirming his name and British nationality.  A bail hearing is currently planned for July 22nd, but experts have indicated that it’s unlikely Abedi will be allowed to post bond or bail, given that he is a serious flight risk.

Regardless of his case’s result, Abedi is expected to reveal previously unknown details of the suicide bombing’s planning and precise motive, and police and antiterrorism professionals will then use that knowledge to prevent future attacks.

This suicide bombing was one of several high-profile terrorist attacks that were carried out in England in 2017.  That same year, civilians on the Westminster Bridge and the London Bridge were targeted by terrorists, who used vehicles to ram bystanders before exiting and stabbing individuals.

As a result of the U.K.’s subsequent anti-terrorism efforts, many would-be attackers have been stopped prior to carrying out their plans. Here’s to hoping that all such tragedies can be prevented in the future.

APA Hits Back at Sexual Abuse Allegations, Calling Them 'A Shakedown'

APA, a prominent talent agency that has offices in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Nashville, Toronto, and London, has vehemently denied allegations of sexual misconduct.

APA officials stated, in no unclear terms, that the claims set forth by the individual are false.

The company has flatly claimed that the purported victim fabricated the allegations as part of a scheme to extort money from APA.

The former employee, who is a female and remains unidentified, claims that she was sexually harassed for the entirety of her APA tenure, which spanned from 2015 to 2018. The woman stated that APA’s workplace culture and top-to-bottom corporate cooperation made it possible for female employees to be harassed and propositioned.

The employee also said that she departed the company after refusing to engage in sexual activity with a higher-up.

In firing back and denying the allegations, APA said that the former employee fabricated evidence of sexual harassment during her time with the organization. The woman was accused of launching the accusations in an unsuccessful effort to secure a pay raise.

In response to her lawyers’ claims that she possesses damning emails and texts sent by APA execs, APA has stated that the former employee has a history of falsifying images and text message logs,

APA, in a testament to their apparent belief that the former employee’s claims are without merit, has pushed to have the lawsuit tried in a court. From there, APA believes that they will be able to swiftly disprove the allegations.

Workplace sexual harassment is clearly unacceptable, but at the same time, so is making false allegations of harassment. As arbitration approaches, additional information and facts will undoubtedly come to light. Perhaps an informed and objective conclusion can then be reached by musicians, talent agency professionals, and fans.

Ari Lennox Bashes Zara’s London Location For Accusing Her Of Stealing Clothes

Ari Lennox’s London visit didn’t bring about the best experience since the “Shea Butter Baby” singer was shopping at Oxford Circus’ Zara location and was accused stealing, leading to a dramatic situation at the store. Ari first sent out a tweet that detailed her poor experience in the clothing store. “Zara in London on Oxford street had the most racist and disrespectful customer service I’ve experienced awhile. And the manager’s excuse for their evil attitudes was “sorry our workers are tired” tf?” she wrote.

Ari Lennox Bashes Zara's London Location For Accusing Her Of Stealing Clothes
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Things must have taken a dramatic turn since Ari’s tweets that followed detailed how she was accused stealing, despite the fact that she bought $400 worth things. “Yo now @Zara is accusing me stealing!!!!!”

She added: “Man I wish after spending 400 dollars at Zara that I would steal a bralette that I’ve never seen in my life! The triff lady ringing me up either accidentally placed the item in my bag or it was intentional. The security guard demanded I pay for the item or they’d call the police.”

It seems as though Ari got out the situation and by no surprise at all, she’s returning the merchandise she bought. “Definitely returning all this shit tomorrow,” she wrote

City Girls’ "Act Up" Dominates Rhythmic Songs Airplay Chart

The City Girls’ “Act Up” smash ficially climbed to the No. 1 slot the Rhythmic Songs airplay chart for the week ending in July 6th after the cut experienced an increase 15% in plays.

As the track itself climbed to the penthouse suite, cementing the duo’s undeniable relevance in the mainstream at the moment, they also earned their third total entry on the charts as London On Da Track ‘s “Throw Fits,” which features a verse from Yung Miami, debuts on the same chart at No. 36. 

Billboard notes that “Act Up” is well on its way to a No. 1 slot on other charts as well judging by his current trajectory. On the Rap Airplay chart, the track sits at No. 2 with a 7% jump in its audience while sliding up to No. 3 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart despite a recorded decrease 2%, earning an audience 20.5 million.

Such numbers only further serve to bolster a fruitful homecoming for one-half the duo, JT, who is set for her release from federal incarceration in the coming months. It was around this time last year that the Miami-bred rapper began to serve a year-long sentence for her conviction on fraudulent credit card charges.

 

UK Competition Watchdog Aims to Have Viagogo Found in Contempt

Earlier this week, and in a surprise ruling, the Council of State ordered the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) to return a €1 million ($1.1 million) fine to Viagogo.

The London-based secondary ticketing platform it remains legally obligated to disclose actual ticket face values and specific seating areas.

The Council of State stated Viagogo isn’t responsible for information provided by individual ticket resellers. AGCM’s original ruling would’ve also affected online retailers, including Amazon and eBay.

As expected, not everyone was happy about the fine.  While Viagogo executives likely celebrated, TicketOne, a leading Italian ticket provider, denounced the overturned fine.  In a statement, the company stated it would work tirelessly to assure the AGCM applies consumer-protection laws to secondary ticket-resale sites.

Yet, while the secondary ticketing platform scored a major victory over in Italy, it may have to finally face the music back home.

UK watchdog goes all-in against Viagogo.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has sent a stern warning to the beleaguered ticketing platform.

Following repeated warnings to comply with UK consumer law, the British competition regulator will now seek to have a federal court find Viagogo in contempt.

The CMA sent a “letter before action.”  Should the ticketing platform again fail to change its ways – and finally comply with British law – the contempt process would start.

Previously, Viagogo’s top executives “agreed” with demands to change its fraudulent business practices.  The company would’ve gone to court in November 2018.  The CMA had presented a legally binding court order to ensure this happened.

Unfortunately, Viagogo has refused to change its fraudulent and misleading ways, prompting the letter before action.

Speaking about the new court process, Andrea Coscelli, the CMA’s Chief Executive, explained,

After the CMA repeatedly raised concerns with Viagogo, and also took the time needed to give proper consideration to the findings of an independent review of [the ticketing platform’s] compliance, we’re very concerned that it still hasn’t done what it was ordered to do.

Summarizing the action, he added,

We’re now taking the next step in legal action to ask a court to find [the ticketing platform] in contempt.

Responding to the move, the company said it was “surprised” by the action.  After reaching a deal with the CMA last year, Viagogo allegedly returned £400,000 ($503,360) to customers.

Spinning the letter of action, a company spokesperson said,

We will continue to work closely with the CMA, as we have been for the past year, to ensure we are offering the best possible consumer experience and protections in the UK.

 


Original featured image by Viagogo.

Nipsey Hussle’s Family & Lauren London Earn Apology From The Crips

The ongoing battle to find out who will own the phrase “The Marathon Continues” has ficially come to an end with the Crips gang realizing they had done wrong by one their brothers. They had been embroiled in a legal war against Blacc Sam, the brother Nipsey Hussle, in order to file a legal trademark for “The Marathon Continues.” The slogan was used during Nipsey Hussle’s life and when he passed away this year, it became one the main phrases associated with his character. The Crips had tried to gain ownership the slogan but they have ficially given up and apologized to Sam and other members Nip’s family.

As reported by The Blast, the ficial company formed by the street gang, Crips LLC, has told the Asghedom family and Lauren London that they will not be trying to trademark the TMC phrase for future use. In addition to the surrendering their legal battle, the Crips also “respectively vow to support the wishes Lauren London and the Asghedom family.”

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William King Hollis, a spokesperson for the Crips, has issued the following statement: “We realize that our actions may have been fensive and we have reached out to his family, respectively Nips sister, Samantha Smith. We are deeply sorry for any disruptions and melee that the trademark acquisition may have caused to his family, friends and fans.”

Hopefully, Nipsey Hussle can rest in peace now that his family will have control his most popular slogan. The Marathon truly Continues.

Viagogo Successfully Defeats a Staggering €1M Fine In Italy

Viagogo, a prominent ticket-resale website, has successfully defended itself against a staggering €1 million ($1.13 million) fine that was issued by Italy’s Autorita Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (AGCM).

The fine, which totaled more than $340,000 when issued in April of 2017, was later bumped up to the aforementioned number.

The London-based ticket-resale business, which was founded in 2006, vigorously denied the charges made by the AGCM, including that Viagogo is legally obligated to inform consumers of tickets’ face values and the specific seating areas that they provide access to.

Viagogo’s appeal was heard by the Council of State, which stated that Viagogo is not responsible for the information provided by each third-party user — i.e., the ticket reseller. Had Viagogo been unable to overturn the ruling, it’s possible that other sales websites, including Amazon and eBay, would have become liable for the details offered — or not offered— by their users.

Viagogo released a statement that claimed, in effect, satisfaction with the ruling, and a legitimate desire to work closely with the AGCM to protect Italian consumers moving forward.

TicketOne, the leading provider of tickets in Italy, denounced the overturned fine and stated that they would work tirelessly to assure that the AGCM applies consumer-protection laws to secondary ticket-resale sites. TicketOne is based out of Italy and was founded in 1998.

It’ll be interesting to see whether or not TicketOne is able to reverse this appeal. In the meantime, it looks as though the many customers who use Viagogo can rest easy. Furthermore, as was alluded to, Viagogo’s victory in the Italian courts is also a victory for each and every website that allows third-party users to sell items. It’d be exponentially more difficult to operate if all user-posted product listings had to be checked for accuracy and specificity.

Of course, this remains a fluid situation, with Viagogo facing heavy scrutiny — and downright hate — from European consumers, regulators, and competitors.

7digital Says It Needs to Raise $5.7MM In a Month or It's Going Bankrupt

B2B digital music services provider 7Digital could be facing bankruptcy without a last-minute cash injection.

The UK B2B company says it is highly likely it will enter administration by July 31st without the funding.

7digital expected to issue more shares to raise the cash, but investors have now rejected the last-ditch proposal. With shareholders rejecting the bid, fundraising efforts are looking pretty grim.

Notes from the meeting posted today (Thursday) explain that the company’s directors are looking to engage relevant shareholders to get their support.

“The failure of the Resolution numbered 7 to be passed by Shareholders at the General Meeting, therefore, creates greater execution risk for any subsequent equity raise (a “Follow-on Financing”) by the Company since further shareholder approval would be required to implement this.

Clearly, the Directors are extremely disappointed with this unsatisfactory outcome and therefore intend to engage with the relevant Shareholders, where possible, to secure their support for a Follow-on Financing.”

eMusic president Tamir Koch has offered $1.6 million of the $5.5 million needed.

eMusic is planning a mass market distribution project using 7digital’s blockchain platform. But eMusic may not be in the best financial position to offer another struggling company money.

Last October, eMusic faced accusations of refusing to .  Various labels and distributors, including The Orchard, Naxos, and others removed their content from the platform over the non-payment dispute.

Shares of 7digital have fallen 3.1% since the notice went live on the group’s website.

Don Cruickshank and Eric Cohen are also stepping down as directors of 7 digital. The company has appointed Tamir Koch and David Lazarus to the board. Mark Foster will act as interim chairman of the company for now.

In March, 7digital abruptly ended its partnership with Juke, a German-owned streaming music service. Despite a settlement of $4.5 million, 7digital still remains cash strapped.

Supreme x Air Jordan 14 Pack Releasing Today: Purchase Link

Supreme’s next Air Jordan collabs – taking shape in the form an Air Jordan 14 – will be releasing Supreme’s online shop today, June 13. Each Supreme Air Jordan XIV will retail for $248.

As always the kicks will be extremely limited, but you can attempt to cop a pair the link provided below starting at 11am ET.

The collaboration comes in two colorways – white/black/red and black/royal – both which are equipped with rounded silver studs and Supreme branding across the top the tongue, as well as on the heel and Ferrari-inspired logo on the ankle. The kicks will also be available Supreme’s locations in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Los Angeles, London and Paris.

Supreme sneaker collabs are traditionally among the most coveted drops the year in the sneaker world, and that holds especially true when the streetwear icons teams up with Jordan Brand. The last time Supreme released an Air Jordan collab was back in 2015, when they unleashed a trio Air Jordan 5s. Each those kicks are still selling for upwards $650 at consignment shops like Flight Club.

Supreme x Air Jordan 14 Collab: Release Details, Official Images

Supreme’s next Air Jordan collabs – taking shape in the form an Air Jordan 14 – is ficially slated to launch this Thursday, June 13. Each Supreme Air Jordan XIV will retail for $248.

The collaboration comes in two colorways – white/black/red and black/royal – both which are equipped with rounded silver studs and Supreme branding across the top the tongue, as well as on the heel and Ferrari-inspired logo on the ankle. The kicks will be available Supreme’s online shop and their locations in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Los Angeles, London and Paris.

Supreme sneaker collabs are traditionally among the most coveted drops the year in the sneaker world, and that holds especially true when the streetwear icons teams up with Jordan Brand. The last time Supreme released an Air Jordan collab was back in 2015, when they unleashed a trio Air Jordan 5s. Each those kicks are still selling for upwards $650 at consignment shops like Flight Club.

Police Arrest Teens For Beating Up Lesbian Couple That Wouldn’t Kiss: Report

News broke recently that a lesbian couple was attacked on a London bus. The same-sex couple experienced the scary counter after a group teenagers boarded the bus. Melania Geymonat and her girlfriend Chris were sitting on the top deck the bus when the group teenagers took place in the seats behind them on May 30th. In a Facebook post which details the assault, Geymonat states the group must have somehow figured out that they were a couple which then led for the taunting to commence. Five teenage boys began “describing sexual positions” to them, tossing coins and demanding for the LGBT couple to kiss.

“I don’t remember if they were already there or if they got on after us. There were at least four them. They started behaving like hooligans, demanding that we kissed so they could enjoy watching, calling us ‘lesbians’ and describing sexual positions. I don’t remember the whole episode, but the word ‘scissors’ stuck in my mind,” was shared. Melania Geymonat also posted a shocking photo the damage inflicted. The two can be seen beaten up badly, distraught and bloody. The police have since nabbed the boys involved. 

Five teenagers between the ages 15 and 18 years old have been arrested and are facing serious charges which include aggravated grievous bodily harm. Andy Cox, the Police Detective Superintendent, called the attack “disgusting.”

Palace x Adidas Superstar Pack Releasing Today In Limited Quantities

Palace and Adidas Originals have teamed up once again, this time for a collection  Adidas Superstars.

The Palace x Adidas Superstar, each priced at $130, will release today, June 7 exclusively at the Palace web store and at Palace shops starting at 11am. ET. 

The London-based skate shop crafted a trio monochromatic versions the classic low-top, including white and black iterations, as well as an eye-catching neon yellow joint.

Each the Palace Superstar collabs are constructed a smooth leather with “Palace” text above the perforated three stripes branding, and f white shell toes and midsoles. The kicks also come equipped with both Palace and Adidas logos on the tongue, while Palace branding handles the heel tab and insole. 

Take a closer look at all three styles below.

Palace x Adidas Superstar Pack Releasing Today In Limited Quantities

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Palace x Adidas Superstar Pack Releasing Today In Limited Quantities

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Palace x Adidas Superstar Pack Releasing Today In Limited Quantities

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Palace x Adidas Superstar Pack Releasing Today In Limited Quantities

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Palace x Adidas Superstar Pack Releasing Today In Limited Quantities

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Palace x Adidas Superstar Pack Releasing Today In Limited Quantities

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Palace x Adidas Originals Superstar Releasing In Three Colorways

Palace and Adidas Originals have teamed up once again, this time for a collection  Adidas Superstars.

The London-based skate shop crafted a trio monochromatic versions the classic low-top, including white and black iterations, as well as an eye-catching neon yellow joint.

Each the Palace Superstar collabs are constructed a smooth leather with “Palace” text above the perforated three stripes branding, and f white shell toes and midsoles. The kicks also come equipped with both Palace and Adidas logos on the tongue, while Palace branding handles the heel tab and insole. 

The Palace x Adidas Superstar will release this Friday, June 7 exclusively at the Palace web store and at the Palace shops starting at 11am. ET. The three sneakers, each priced at $130, will also release Saturday in Japan. 

Take a closer look at all three styles below.

Palace x Adidas Originals Superstar Releasing In Three Colorways

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Palace x Adidas Originals Superstar Releasing In Three Colorways

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Palace x Adidas Originals Superstar Releasing In Three Colorways

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Palace x Adidas Originals Superstar Releasing In Three Colorways

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Palace x Adidas Originals Superstar Releasing In Three Colorways

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Palace x Adidas Originals Superstar Releasing In Three Colorways

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Supreme x Nike 2019 Summer Collection Releasing This Week

One Supreme’s biggest drops the Summer, an expensive apparel collection with Nike, is set to launch this Thursday, May 23. The latest Supreme x Nike collab, coming on the heels the Nike Tailwind IV pack, consists a water resistant nylon hooded sport jacket, nylon warm up pant, hooded sweatshirt, sweatpant, jacquard logo sweater and a nylon shoulder bag.

Supreme x Nike 2019 Summer Collection Releasing This Week

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The Supreme x Nike 2019 summer collection will be available at the skate label’s in-store locations in New York, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, London, Paris and also its online store from May 23. Japan will see a later release as usual on May 25. 

Scroll down for a look at the upcoming Supreme x Nike collab.

Supreme x Nike 2019 Summer Collection Releasing This Week

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Supreme x Nike 2019 Summer Collection Releasing This Week

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Supreme x Nike 2019 Summer Collection Releasing This Week

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Supreme x Nike 2019 Summer Collection Releasing This Week

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Supreme x Nike 2019 Summer Collection Releasing This Week

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Supreme x Nike 2019 Summer Collection Releasing This Week

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Daniel Craig Ankle Injury Suspends "Bond 25" Filming

Just two weeks after Daniel Craig’s final James Bond film has begun filming in Jamaica, the actor has unfortunately injured his ankle while acting out a stunt, leading the film to have to postpone its shooting, The Sun reports. The publication details how the injury happened while he was running in his trademark suit and slipped, causing his ankle to sustain a possible sprain. 

The actor was flown to a US hospital to get X-rays. A source explains how he was visibly frustrated moments after it happened. “Daniel was suited and booted for one the last scenes in Jamaica. He was sprinting during filming when he slipped and fell quite awkwardly,” the source details. “He was in quite a lot pain and was complaining about his ankle. As you’d expect he was also pretty angry that it had happened. He threw his suit jacket on the ground in sheer frustration.” A shoot in London has been cancelled this week due to the injury with no word on when it will commence. 

Daniel Craig Ankle Injury Suspends "Bond 25" Filming
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Daniel is no rookie to on-set injuries. He’s previously had his teeth knocked out, injured his rib and more. “I’ve had my right shoulder reconstructed, my right and left knees operated on and my thumb hurts!” he previously stated. 

All in a days work.