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Investigator in "Bladerunner" Case Now Faces Murder Charges

The latest controversy in the Oscar 'Bladerunner' Pistorius case surrounds the initially appointed lead investigator. Detective Hilton Botha has been replaced this morning (Feb. 21) after the revelation that he himself is facing attempted murder charges. Lt. Gen. Vinesh Moonoo, the top detective of the South African police department, will resume Botha's duties as read investigator.

Pistorius, the celebrated double-amputee Olympic runner is facing murder charges after his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was pronounced dead in his home. The model suffered three gunshot wounds which were delivered by Pistorius in his bathroom.

Botha will stand trial in May to face seven counts of attempted murder after he and two of his fellow officers allegedly shot at a minibus during an arrest attempt. Charges were at first dropped against Botha in March 2012, but had been reinstated on Feb. 4. In conjuction with his criminal charges, Botha's investigation had come under scrutiny after a few slip-ups by police.

Police findings in the investigation of the scene have weakened the prosecution's case against Pistorius. Botha admitted in court that the scene may have been compromised, that police had lost track of the
illegal ammunition and that specific distances reported may have been poorly judged. Prosecution is now struggling to discredit Pistorius' claim that he believed Steenkamp was an intruder. They are also having trouble proving that the Olympic star is a flight risk in order to delay bail.

South African National Commissioner Riah Phiyega said the case "shall receive attention at the national level" and that the newly-appointed Moonoo will "gather a team of highly skilled and experience detectives."

"Botha has done what he was supposed to do," Phiyega said. "Now we are going into the long haul of the investigation."

Pistorius' defense lawyer Barry Roux is fighting to uphold the Olympic runner's intruder claim to combat the prosecutor's notion that Steenkamp's killing was premeditated. The faulty investigation is a chief defense.

"The poor quality of the evidence offered by investigative officer Botha exposed the disastrous shortcomings of the state's case," Roux said at this morning's hearing. "We cannot sit back and take comfort that he is telling the truth."

The hearing will continue on Friday (Feb. 22) morning as the magistrate decides whether or not to grant Pistorius bail.

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Lee Daniels Finds Viral Star For Gay Superhero Film

Nearly a decade ago, Lee Daniels revealed that he dreamed of creating a superhero film starring a gay protagonist. It's been a long time in the making, but apparently his dream is on the verge of coming true. Daniels recently took to Instagram on Tuesday (Jan. 15), and announced that he will be making a gay superhero flick, and he's found the perfect lead.

Daniels is reportedly teaming up with viral star, SuperB***h for the new movie. "Y'all remember maybe 10, 12 years ago I said my dream was to make a gay superhero film?" he said in a video message on IG. "Dreams do come true. And I found my superhero. America, world, get ready."

 

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Dreams really do come true!! I had the pleasure of meeting the one and only @theoriginalbigdaddy. You’re an amazing man filled with great ideas. I can wait to work with you!. ❤️❤️🌈🌈

A post shared by Super B*tch 💞🤸‍♀️🦸🏾‍♂️ (@hesosoutheast) on Jan 15, 2019 at 10:15am PST

SuperB***h also commented on the news in the caption of the video. "You’re an amazing man filled with great ideas," he wrote. "I can wait to work with you!"

For those who aren't up to speed, SuperB***h is both an actor and comedian from Southeast, D.C., who rose to Internet stardom for his social media videos that feature him twirling, flipping, and protecting the world from homophobic trolls, horrible ex-boyfriends, and other villains.

Daniels has not leaked any details regarding the film at this time. Check out the video message above and below.

 

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WARNING: THE LANGUAGE OR ACTION USED IN THIS CONTENT IS ONLY FOR ENTERTAINMENT & COMEDIC PURPOSES. IT DOES NOT REPRESENT THE FEELINGS OF THE PARTICIPANTS. THIS POST IS NOT INTENDED TO PROMOTE VIOLENCE OR THE USE OF WEAPONS IN ANY WAY. ALL PROPS ARE FAKE. WE DO NOT ENCOURAGE VIEWERS TO TRY THIS AT HOME. People will never understand to mind their own business!. So I had to get crazy and bring super b*tch out 😈🦸🏽‍♂️ 💞@bmrtwins1 @jinnkid

A post shared by Super B*tch 💞🤸‍♀️🦸🏾‍♂️ (@hesosoutheast) on Jan 6, 2019 at 10:07am PST

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Rihanna Is Suing Her Father

Rihanna has had enough. Riri is reportedly suing her dad, Ronald Fenty, for using the Fenty brand to launch a talent agency and solicit money without her permission, TMZ reports.

According to court documents obtained by TMZ, the ANTI singer claims her father launched a talent development company in 2017 called Fenty Entertainment. The problem – Rih trademarked "Fenty" years ago so that she could use it for her blossoming businesses.

The lawsuit claims Ronald is profiting from the reputation that was already created with Fenty Beauty and her apparel lines. Additionally, the docs allege that her dad falsely advertised themselves as her reps to solicit millions from fans.

The entrepreneur claims that her dad made $15 million in false bookings for shows throughout Latin America and attempted to trademark "Fenty" to use with resort boutique hotels.

While it may seem extreme to file a lawsuit against her own bloodline, Rih reportedly sent multiple cease and desist letters to him before she was forced to take full legal action.

Rihanna is asking a judge to place an injunction on Ronald using the name Fenty and to compensate her for the damages.

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VA Basketball Referee Banned After Inspecting 10-Year-Old Girl's Braids

A white, basketball referee has been banned from officiating children's games in a Virginia City after he reportedly singled out and publicly inspected a 10-year-old black girl's braided hairstyle on Saturday (Jan. 12), WAVY-TV reports.

The young girl was reportedly wearing braids with blue extensions during the basketball game. Erica Guerrier, the mother of the young girl and coach of the team, said the referee mistakenly stated that hair weaves and braids are against the rules. Guerrier claimed the ref then made a "spectacle" out of her daughter during the game.

"At the end of the day, they're 9 and 10, so why does it even matter?" she told WAVY-TV.

Following the incident, Virginia High School League Executive Director Billy Haun said that the referee should not have raised concerns publicly.  Hampton Roads Basketball Association commissioner Rick Ennis announced that the ref is under investigation and is banned from officiating future games in the Chesapeake, VA area. In addition, Guerrier said that she would like the ref to apologize to her daughter for the embarrassment.

This isn't the first incident to occur at a sports event involving a black player's hair. A New Jersey high school referee received backlash after chopping off a black wrestler's dreadlocks in front of the entire school prior to his match. The ref was fired following public outrage.

Guerrier hopes her daughter's incident will be a lesson for other refs.  "I'm hoping that if the refs can get more education, more training, than we can see a decrease in these issues," she said.

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