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Dave Chappelle Sued By Man Who Threw A Banana Peel At Him

Christian Englander, the man who threw the banana, claims he was aggressively handled by the comedian's security. 

The man who was escorted out of Dave Chappelle's comedy set for throwing a banana peel at him has filed a lawsuit against the legendary comedian.

The Associated Press reports Christian Englander filed the suit Tuesday (Apr. 3), claiming a man "presumed to be Chappelle's bodyguard" hit him two times while restraining him. Backing up a bit, the incident happened in 2015 during Chappelle's show in Sante Fe, New Mexico. Englander, who describes himself as a "performance artist," threw a banana peel at the comedian during the set.

Englander attempted to flee but was apprehended by Chappelle's bodyguard and arrested. He was then charged with battery and disorderly conduct. They were later dropped as Chappelle refused to respond to prosecutors' attempts to contact him. Instead of going to court over the incident, the 44-year-old used it as material in one of his critically-acclaimed Netflix specials.

In his special Deep in the Heart of Texas, the father of three describes the incident as "banana-gate". Chappelle wittingly jokes that of course the peel was thrown by a white man and also offers his reaction to the press contacting him the next day over the peel. “The press called me up, ‘Do you have a statement?’ A statement! For a [expletive] banana peel? No! I don’t have anything to say,” he said into the crowd.

Englander claims when he threw the banana peel at Chappelle, there were no racial implications. He says it was a joke because Chappelle "made racists comments to his friend" who was sketching in a book during the set.

Englander says Chappelle's use of the incident in said comedy special left him "ostracized from town." According to a 2017 Facebook post found by the Santa Fe New Mexican, Englander claims Chappelle's "racially charged" reaction left him voiceless to explain himself.

“Unfortunately for me, Chappelle’s racially charged reaction spun the headlines before I was even given the opportunity to tell my side of the story,” he wrote in the post.

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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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Cardi B Opens Up About Filing For Divorce From Offset

Cardi B took to Instagram Live on Friday (Sept. 18) to air out a few things about filing for divorce from Offset.

The Bronx rapper made it clear that she didn’t file for divorce as a publicity stunt to promote her upcoming album. “I’m not doing it for clout and on top of that I don’t need stunts to sell music,” she said. “I’m not [trying to] brag but don’t ever say I’m doing anything for clout. My first album is three-times platinum and I didn’t need no stunts to do that. My [“Wap”] single is no. 1 worldwide why would I need stunts to sell music? I don’t need stunts — [especially] when it comes to family — to sell anything, so don’t play yourself.”

As for the reason for the divorce filing, the estranged couple simply grew apart. “Nothing crazy out of this world happened, sometimes people really do grow apart. I been with this man for four years. I have a kid with this man, I have a household with this man…sometimes you’re just tired of the arguments and the build up. You get tired sometimes and before something happens, you leave.”

“I just wanna' be a free bird,” Cardi said after questioning whether people secretly want infidelity to be the reason for the split.

“I am the f**king clout,” she added. “I never needed anything. I never needed no stunts to sell sh*t.Why would I need anything to sell my next album?”

Speaking of the new album, Cardi has been indecisive about choosing her next single because “WAP” did so well. “That means that my second single has to be even better.”

Towards the end of her venting session, Cardi reiterated that she’s focusing on her work, and revealed that she's starting new business for her daughter Kulture.

 

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Barack Obama Announces Release Date For ‘A Promised Land’ Memoir

Following the mega-success of his wife’s Becoming release, Barack Obama is poised to debut his own memoir, A Promised Land, this fall. The former president made the literary announcement on Twitter on Thursday (Sept. 17).

“There’s no feeling like finishing a book and I’m proud of this one,” Obama tweeted while explaining that he tries to give an “honest account” of his presidency in the book. The release will also touch on “the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our division and make democracy work for everybody.”

There’s no feeling like finishing a book, and I’m proud of this one. In 'A Promised Land,' I try to provide an honest accounting of my presidency, the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our divisions and make democracy work for everybody. pic.twitter.com/T1QSZVDvOm

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 17, 2020

The highly anticipated and introspective release takes readers on a “compelling journey” and details Obama’s “improbable odyssey from a young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world.” Included in the memoir are striking personal details about his political education, as well as landmark moments from his first term presidency.

The Obamas secured the reported $60 million book deals around a year after ending their tenure in the White House. Michelle Obama’s book became the best-selling memoir in history.

A Promised Land is currently available for pre-order at Obamabook.com. The memoir will be released on Nov. 17.

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