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A Long Convo With... Shaunie O'Neal (Pg. 2)

Originally she wasn’t in my thought process to put on the show but she had reached out to me about a year and a half ago just on some personal stuff, just needing somebody to talk to. First of all, Royce is great TV—let me not even front—but she honestly just needed some support and guidance. Yes, she’s wild and crazy but to be totally honest Royce is like that 16-year-old sister that’s buck wild and will say and do anything and doesn’t know any better. Royce is an innocent kind of free spirit and people are judging her saying she’s a slut, she’s a hoe. From what I know she’s not out there wilding out with a bunch of men or trying to get a bunch of men. She’s a dancer, that’s what she does, that’s her profession. She studied dance—tap, ballet and everything else. She just happened to be a dancer for these teams and got caught up in that world but I think Royce is really a good girl. It’s just that after she did that booty dance it just went straight to hell but she’s really a sweetheart.

Yeah, she’s hot on the blogs right now.

I can’t stand blogs. There are some blogs that are cool but I don’t even look at blogs anymore because you just don’t know. You’re like, "Oh this is a good blog," and then it will turn on you so I don’t even look at them. I hate the things that they just randomly pull from wherever and that’s their story, and that so many people go to them like that’s the gospel truth and these people don’t know you or most of the time don’t even care to find out if it’s true or not. Once it’s up there they just believe it and it’s very hurtful. I’ve been lied on, on the blogs so many times and now I don’t event try to defend myself. I’m like whatever.

News about Shaq allegedly trying to stop production of your show has been hitting the Web hardcore. Can you help us make sense of what’s going on?

[Shaunie's publicist interrupts and says that Shaunie cannot speak on this because of legalities involved].  

Word around the Web is that certain episodes won’t air if they mention anything about your relationship with Shaq. Will they get cut?

I can say tune in to Vh1 on Sundays to that one.

You’ve been spotted on dates recently. Will your new love life unfold on the show?

I’m dating [but] on the show I’m just narrating and giving my little two cents and opinion so that’s the extent of it. I’m not on the show as a full time cast member. I made a couple of guest appearances, which one of them was on the first episode so you will see me hosting every week but you won’t see me there interacting and in the mix of things.

Would you ever marry another NBA player or pro athlete?

That hasn’t even crossed my mind. People fall in love with who they fall in love with and not with their profession so I don’t want to say never, but I know damn well I’m trying to stay out of that whole genre of men [Laughs].

Do NBA wives expect infidelity?

It’s so funny, I was talking to one of my girlfriends that’s married to a retired NBA player and we were talking about Gloria and how she’s so naïve with the cheating thing and I was explaining to her—and my friend is older than me and has been in the game a lot longer—and she was like, “She doesn’t know? Come on everybody knows.” So I don’t know if they expect it or you just know and think that once they marry you and have a family that it goes away or just stops. I think that sometimes that’s the mentality. Don’t get me wrong, there are some guys where that does happen [but] very few. Back then I was just thinking, we’re getting married and that’s different. This is not dating. This is serious so he might have be wild then but not anymore. So I think we can be delusional.

What’s one of the wildest groupie stories you have heard or experienced?

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Dr. Dre’s Estranged Wife Accused Of Embezzlement Amid Divorce

Dr. Dre and his estranged wife, Nicole Young, are embroiled in a contentious divorce battle, with both sides hurling allegations at each other. The latest round of accusations revolved around Nicole allegedly embezzling money from Record One, a company founded by Dre and Larry Chatman in 2015.

According to TMZ, the company was founded under an LLC of which Nicole is a trustee and signatory on the LLC’s checking account, and therefore had access to the company money. Chatman claims Nicole wrote herself a check for $353,571.85 last month,  plus an additional $30,000. Dre, whose birth name is Andre Young, and his business partner are giving Nicole a week to return the money or face a lawsuit.

In legal documents filed on Friday (Sept. 18), Nicole accuses her ex of hiding assets, kicking her out of their home, and years of physical, emotional, and financial abuse.

“Andre’s history with women provides context for the blatant disregard he had for the legal rights of Nicole, his wife and mother of their three children,” the complaint states before referencing Dre’s ex, Michel’le, and the Lifetime biopic that revealed the abuse she suffered. “Andre’s documented past is riddled with tales of dominating and physically abusing women, which he was forced to admit when a movie of his life was being released.”

Nicole alleges that she co-owns the trademark to Dre’s stage name. She also claims that he created an assets holding company to secretly transfer “valuable trademarks” that they allegedly co-owned. The documents allege that Dre threatened to file for divorce in late June leaving Nicole “no choice” but to “initiate divorce proceedings” two days later.

The mother of three was previously married to NBA player Sedale Threatt before marrying Dre in 1996. Dre and Nicole raised three children together, including her son from a previous relationship. Dre also fathered three children from previous relationships.

Nicole, who claims that she was coerced into signing a prenup, demanded a reported $2 million per month in temporary spousal support.

She is requesting a jury trial.

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Louisville Cop Involved In Breonna Taylor’s Death Defends Actions, Calls Protestors “Thugs”

In an email sent to fellow officers on Tuesday (Sept. 22), Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly of the Louisville Metro Police Department, defended the events that led to the death of Breonna Taylor and called out the city’s treatment of officers, amid Black Lives Matter protests. Mattingly blasted Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, former Louisville FBI agent Amy Hess, and LMPD police chief Steve Conrad, and brazenly referred to protestors as “thugs” who “get in your face and yell, curse and degrade you.”

He went on to claim that demonstrators have thrown bricks and urine at police, and that officers are expected to “do nothing.” The authenticity of the email was confirmed by Mattingyl’s attorney, CNN reports

“It goes against EVERYTHING we were all taught in the academy. The position that if you make a mistake during one of the most stressful times in your career, the department and FBI (who aren’t cops and would piss their pants if they had to hold the line) go after you for civil rights violations,” Mattingly wrote in seeming reference to Taylor’s death, which is being investigated by the FBI. “Your civil rights mean nothing, but the criminal has total autonomy.

“We all signed up to be police officers. We knew the risks and are willing to take them, but we always assumed the city had our back,” he continued. “We wanted to do the right thing in the midst of an evil world to protect those who cannot protect themselves.”

Taylor was killed during a March 13 raid led by Mattingly. The 26-year-old EMT was sleeping in bed when officers began firing into her residence without warning. The incident stemmed from an alleged drug investigation involving Taylor’s ex-boyfriend. Taylor was hit at least eight times. Her current boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, was unaware that police were raiding the home and fired back at officers reportedly wounding Mattingly. Walker was indicted for attempted murder of a cop, but the charges were later dropped.

Mattingly, Myles Cosgrove, and fired LMPD officer Brett Hankison, are under investigation over Taylor’s death. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has yet to announced whether or not charges will be brought against them, but it appears that they may not face criminal reprimand as the city of Louisville issued a state of emergency ahead of an announcement on the case, which could come as early as Wednesday (Sept. 23).

Later in the rant, Mattingly claimed that police aren’t racist. “We as police DO NOT CARE if you are black, white, Hispanic, Asian, what you identify as…this week. We aren’t better than anyone. This is not an us against society, but it is good versus evil.”

Speaking of the pending investigation over Taylor’s death he added, “I don’t know a lot of you guys/gals but I’ve felt the love. Regardless of the outcome today or Wednesday, I know we did the legal, moral and ethical thing that night. It’s sad how the good guys are demonized, and criminals are canonized.

“Put that aside for a while, keep your focus and do your jobs that you are trained and capable of doing,” he advised. “Don’t put up with their sh*t, and go home to those lovely families and relationships.”

Read the full email below.

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Tory Lanez Sued For Alleged Attack In Miami Nightclub

Tory Lanez is facing legal trouble over an alleged altercation that went down inside Miami’s LIV nightclub last year. Christopher “Prince” Harty, an up-and-coming artist and Miami promoter who appeared on Love & Hip-Hop: Miami claims that Lanez attacked him last November.

The onetime reality star alleges that Lanez, along with his entourage and security team, punched and attacked him in the nightclub. According to reports, Prince claims to have suffered blunt force trauma to his head, neck, and chest, in addition to contusions, bruises and anxiety, as a result of the incident. He is suing for unspecified damages.

“They backed me into a corner, and once I was there, they started stomping on me, jumping me,” he recalled to NBC Miami.

He believes that the friction stemmed from an Instagram post about music. “They felt that I was insinuating that they stole the record from me, and I was just like, no, I would never do that, that was never my intention. I had no issue with him at all.”

A portion of the incident was captured on cellphone video. Prince stated that he knew Lanez prior to the run-in, and helped get him into clubs before.

His attorney, Marwan Porter of Porter Law Firm, called the violent incident “a chronic problem” with Lanez who is accused of shooting Megan Thee Stallion in July. The 28-year-old recording artist has yet to publicly address either incident.

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