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Trump's Labor Pick Withdraws Nomination After Domestic Violence Accusations Surface

Carl's Jr. CEO Andrew Puzder reportedly had little support from House Republicans to secure up to 50 votes for the nomination. 

Carl's Jr. CEO Andrew Puzder has officially withdrawn his nomination for President Donald Trump's labor secretary after receiving little to no support for the role. The news comes after Puzder's past came into question in the form of an interview his ex-wife had on the Oprah Winfrey Show over domestic violence accusations.

Puzder and a senior administration official confirmed the news to CNN on Wednesday (Feb. 15). Although his confirmation hearing was scheduled for Thursday (Feb. 16), Puzder had four confirmed "no's" from the Republicans. The businessman would have needed 50 votes to pass.

Reports of domestic violence surfaced after a report from Politico last month. Winfrey herself turned over the 27-year-old episode that featured his ex-wife Lisa Fierstein to senators on Tuesday (Feb. 14). In a segment called "High-Class Battered Women,” Fierstein claimed Puzder was physically abusive and told her, “I will see you in the gutter. This will never be over. You will pay for this.”

Fierstein later retracted her story, claiming she was using the opportunity as leverage in their divorce proceedings. Puzder and Fierstein released a joint statement about the accusations. "Perpetuating these retracted 30-year-old allegations and an impulsive decision to appear on a talk show is nothing more than a desperate attempt to tarnish Andy Puzder at the expense of Lisa and their family,” the statement reads.

Before the video came to light, democracy advocates like Karl Frisch stressed Winfrey to hand over the tapes before the now-canceled confirmation hearing. “For the good of our country and to assure an open and deliberative confirmation process, Oprah Winfrey must release this tape that only Senators have been allowed to view in private since its existence was first reported on last month," the executive director of Allied Progress said. "If confirmed as Labor Secretary, Andy Puzder will be responsible for establishing and enforcing labor policies that will either protect or abandon hard-working men and women in every workplace. Given the explosive nature of these domestic violence allegations and the epidemic of sexual harassment and assault that his female employees have faced, it is extremely important that we have a completely transparent confirmation process where no stone is left unturned.”

When it comes to duties as labor secretary, Puzder was for the living wage, as opposed to improving the minimum wage and spoke out against the Affordable Care Act. His employees at Carl's Jr. also reported up to 33 state and federal complaints that ranged from wage theft to sexual harassment.

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Rico Nasty allowed much time to go by without new music. Since the release of her debut album Nasty last year, the rapper has released a steady amount of singles and slayed guest spots on tracks with Doja Cat and Amine. Now the 21-year-old is ready to drop another LP perfectly titled, Anger Management. 

On Sunday (March 24), Rico hopped on Instagram Live to share the news. A date hasn't been put in place but she assured that the project will "probably come out in April." Like many of her projects, Rico will team up with producer extraordinaire Kenny Beats. Rico revealed how she wants fans "to really enjoy it" as she will jump into different sounds and styles.

From what Rico disclosed in her Instagram Live, Anger Management will feature guest spots from Earthgang and "Intro part 2" rapper Splurge.

The "Countin' Up'" artist has always been unique in her style and comfortable in her own skin. Nasty, which was featured on our EOY lists last year, showed how successful Rico is at mixing trap and pop. Seems like fans can expect the same magic this time around.

Rico was most recently at SXSW and will perform at Coachella in April.

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NEW COLLAB PROJECT WITH @kennybeats (THE WHITE MAN) Called ANGER MANAGEMENT Coming Soon COMMENT an ANGRY EMOJI IF YOU ARE READY TO RELIEVE SOME STRESS 👺👹😡🤬

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Twitter Users Make #SurvivingCardiB Trend After Claims Of Drugging And Robbing Men

What started out as Cardi B addressing critics who believe she doesn't deserve the accolades she's received swiftly turned into a controversial revelation. The "Money" rapper went on Instagram Live to address the detractors but caused a stir for reportedly stating that she used to drug and rob men.

"Ni**as must've forgot, my ni**a, the sh*t that I did to motherf*cking survive. I had to go strip. I had to go, ‘Oh yeah, you wanna f**k me?' Yeah yeah yeah, let’s go back to this hotel," Cardi said. "And I drugged ni**as up and I robbed them. That’s what I used to do. Nothing was motherf**king handed to me, my ni**a. Nothing!”

Rapper #CardiB admits to using sex to DRUG men and ROB them of their money. pic.twitter.com/vIYYP1fMfr

— 24/7 HipHop News (@BenjaminEnfield) March 25, 2019

The mother-of-one's revelation spawned more criticism and resulted in the hashtag #SurvivingCardiB. A few Twitter users claimed that the Bronx native should be regarded in the same light as Bill Cosby and R. Kelly due to her admission, while others even called for the "Bodak Yellow" rapper to be removed from Hustlers, an upcoming film with Jennifer Lopez.

I’m sorry @JLo but if @iamcardib is in your new movie than I will NOT be watching! She admitted to drugging men and robbing them, if you are okay with that than you are part of the problem! #MeToo #SurvivingCardiB https://t.co/eRFQTqEHkX

— CoreyDLikeMe (@GodAmongYouAz1) March 26, 2019

I’m done with my @iamcardib commentary. I’ve been saying this since she came out she represents the worst in popular culture is a horrible example for girls and women and should not be put up on a pedestal. #survivingCardiB

— Kwesi 🇬🇭 (@thejollofking) March 26, 2019

@iamcardib this isn’t about ruining your career. This is about holding you accountable for your actions. You started this, we need to end it. The artist and the art can no longer be separate. #survivingCardi #TimesUp https://t.co/ja5ywWJgpW

— ceara (@cearablue) March 26, 2019

The 26-year-old artist has yet to specifically address the situation, but her recent tweets seemingly speak to the incident in question.

 

When they try to cancel me on Twitter and instagram 🤪🤪🤪😊😊😊😊😊😊 pic.twitter.com/a19gI006Xk

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IM THAT BITCH THEY LOVE TO HATE,IM THAT BITCH THEY HATE TO LOVE ❤️ 😝and I love it 😍🥰🥰

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I never claim to be a angel I always been a street bitch Ya be glorifying this street rappers that talk and do that grimmey street shit but they can’t stand a street bitch!

— iamcardib (@iamcardib) March 24, 2019

Don’t come harrasing me on my page and when I reply back ya get upset .GTFOH! If you not BARDIGANG then why the fuck you here ?

— iamcardib (@iamcardib) March 24, 2019

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Michael Avenatti's Extortion Scandal Might Help R. Kelly Avoid Criminal Case

R. Kelly might evade another sexual misconduct trial again thanks to Michael Avenatti's extortion case.

The prosecutor, who has claimed to have multiple tapes of the singer engaging in sexual acts with underage girls, was indicted Monday (March 25) on a wire fraud scheme against Nike. The 48-year-old reportedly threatened to expose the company for paying college basketball players and their families. Avenatti tried to convince Nike to hire him to launch an internal investigation for $15 to $25 million. Celebrity attorney Mark Geragos was also named as a co-conspirator.

The very messy case has allowed R. Kelly's legal team to question how Avenatti retrieved the tapes for his case against the singer. Speaking to TMZ Tuesday (March 26), Kelly's lawyer Steve Greenberg believes Avenatti's credibility is shot. The unidentified man who was handed the tape over to Avenatti reportedly had a history with Kelly–he recently shared with prosecutors how he was paid upwards of a million dollars by Kelly's camp to keep the tape from the public.

Greenberg believes Avenatti might've used unlawful practices to get his hands on the tape. This might mean the troublesome case could be thrown out thanks to Avenatti's behavior.

This hasn't stopped the prosecutor from his battle against Nike. After he was released from police custody Monday, Avenatti took to Twitter to drop names in the alleged Nike funneling scandal and claimed the company orchestrated his arrest as a distraction. “We never attempted to extort Nike & when the evidence is disclosed, the public will learn the truth about Nike’s crime & coverup,” he wrote on Twitter. 

Nike said in a statement they have been cooperated with officials in the NCAA investigation for over a year.

Either way, the rights and justices for black girls have been overshadowed by greed and corruption.

This hasn't affected Geragos' latest client Jussie Smollett. It was reported this morning that all charges against the Empire actor in relation to his alleged staged attack have been dropped.

See Twitter reactions from Avenatti's case below.

https://twitter.com/KayCTee/status/1110242132646903808

So uhhh, y'all couldn't tell/didn't realize #MichaelAvenatti was an "ain't sh**" mofo? pic.twitter.com/YsZDptDDYQ

— Ms. Williams (@MsWilliamsWorld) March 25, 2019

And to think--some folks ACTUALLY thought #MichaelAvenatti cared about the young women attached to the R. Kelly case... pic.twitter.com/Q6H2NWxU4x

— Ms. Williams (@MsWilliamsWorld) March 25, 2019

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Mark Garagos is scum. He represented Michael Jackson, wife killer Scott Peterson and Cameron Brown, who was accused of killing his 4 y/o daughter by throwing her off a cliff. https://t.co/xUYLU1Pasc

— Nasty Woman (@HandToForehead) March 25, 2019

OPPSCNN - Having a really bad dayAvenatti - Having a REALLY bad day

Now, Jussie Smollett is having a really bad day.Mark Garagos co-conspirator w/Michael Avenatti.

Garagos works for CNN AND Jussie Smollett.

Celebs are awfully quiet today.Trump - Having a great day as POTUS https://t.co/s7paMnUFpj

— Charlene Worley (@cworley2007) March 25, 2019

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