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USA Gymnastics Says It's Not Liable In Doctor's Sexual Assault Cases

The organizations filed a motion to dismiss all civil suits filed by the victims of former Dr. Nassar, stating it is not responsible for his malpractice. 

Countless civil suits were reportedly filed against the USA Gymnastics organization following an overwhelming number of sexual assault and abuse allegations against former Olympic Dr. Larry Nassar. The doctor reportedly assaulted more than 130 victims – including Olympic gold medalists, Aly Raisman, Gabby Doulas, and McKayla Maroney – but the organization is reportedly fighting the suits, claiming it is not liable for the doctor's malpractice, the NY Daily News reports.

Nassar was reportedly sentenced to 60 years in prison for his misconduct, a count for each child. Following his sentencing, the USA Gymnastics released a statement apologizing for the various incidents. "Sorry that any athlete has been harmed during her or his gymnastics career." That same day, the organization filed a motion to dismiss the civil suit cases filed by 93 former athletes who claimed the organization was negligent in employing such doctor. In documents obtained by the Indy Star, the organization asserts that “while Nassar is liable to the plaintiffs, USAG is not."

The documents also suggest that "most of the plaintiffs failed to timely assert their claims, and, therefore, their claims are time-barred." "Most of the plaintiffs allege they were assaulted at MSU, at Twistars or at Nassar’s home — places where Nassar was acting outside of any relationship with USAG," the motion continues.

John Manly, an attorney for many of the survivors, blasted the USAG for their dismissal, claiming that it was "indicative of their views on" the alleged victims.

Inspired by the MeToo movement, Maroney and Raisman shocked the nation when they released their statements detailing the abuse they endured during various competitions, including the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. Douglas first received backlash after responding to a tweet Raisman wrote regarding sexual assault. Later the gold medalist clarified her statements, along with explaining her own horrific experiences.

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Ty Dolla $ign Releases New Album Feat. Nicki Minaj, Roddy Ricch, Kanye West And More

After a three-year album hiatus, Ty Dolla $ign released his latest studio effort, Featuring Ty Dolla $ign, on Friday (Oct. 23).

The 25-track album features appearances from Nicki Minaj, Kid Cudi, FKA Twigs, Roddy Ricch, Jhené Aiko, Kehlani, 6lack, Young Thug, Music Soulchild, Skrillex, Quavo, Anderson Paak, Post Malone, Kanye West, and more.

Powered by previously released singles, “Ego Death,” Expensive” and By Yourself,” the new album flexes a different music muscle for the Grammy-nominated recording artists who steered clear of  making club records.

“I was intentionally trying to not make club songs [talking about] hoes and *itches and all the sh*t I used to talk about,” Ty told Vulture in a recent interview. “I was trying to, like, talk about my life, and what it is now, and really do something different with it. I got a daughter going to high school this year, and she’s paying attention, and all her friends are paying attention, so I can’t talk as crazy or do the crazy sh*t that I used to do.”

Stream Featuring Ty Dolla Sign below.

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Jay Z Launches His Own Cannabis Brand

Jay Z is venturing into the world of cannabis. The  mogul officially announced the launch of his new cannabis brand, Monogram, on Friday (Oct. 23) marking his first product collaboration since becoming chief brand strategists of the Northern California-based dispensary, Caliva, last year.

“Monogram seeks to redefine what cannabis means to consumers today,” the company said in a press release. As many marijuana storefronts have implemented new rules amid the global pandemic, Monogram is also planing to launch an e-commerce sales option, “In an effort to provide a more tailored customer experience.”

Caliva and Hov opened their first Southern California storefront last year. Besides providing quality products, Hov aims to use his position at Caliva to help the formerly incarcerated (many of whom are not reaping the benefits of marijuana legalization) through advocacy, job training, and employee and workforce development.

According to the company website, Monogram uses “expert growers” to ensure that each marijuana flowers receives the “respect it deserves” in every stage of the growth process. Additionally, Monogram flowers are grown in small batches so that every plant gets “personalized attention.”

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Kehlani Plays Bryson Tiller’s Love Interest In “Always Forever” Video

Kehlani stars as Tiller’s love interest in the intimate new music video for “Always Forever,” released on Thursday (Oct. 22).

The stunning visual, directed by Glenn Michael of Toronto’s Kid Studio, is a creative take on how a relationship can become your entire universe. Tyler and Kehlani cuddle up, kiss, and hold hand in the steamy visual, prompting some fans to question the chemistry between the two. They might look pretty cozy, but Kehlani and Tiller are just friends (Tiller welcomed a child with girlfriend Kendra Bailey last year).

 

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🌎🎥💫Thanks Guys. #alwaysforever @kidstudio_ @ichiki @kehlani

A post shared by [ Bryson ] (@brysontiller) on Oct 22, 2020 at 12:35pm PDT

Kehlani shared some close-up stills from the music video on Instagram along with a message thanking Tiller for being a “solid” friend. “To one of my dearest friends…matching tattoos, years worth of stories, nights of dying laughter and holding each other down in the roughest times…I’m so proud of you. Thank you for being solid.”

The post was deleted after fans in the comments continued to speculate if the two were an item. Kehlani shared a follow-up message on her Instagram Story explaining in part, “I post lengthy captions about all my friends. You would have to follow me to know that.”

 

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#Roommates, #Kehlani explains her previous message to #BrysonTiller. (SWIPE for previous post)

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“Always Forever” is the latest single from Tiller’s newly released ANNIVERSARY LP.

Watch the video below.

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