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Tupac's Breakup Letter To Madonna Will Head To Auction

The statute of limitations to recover the items had expired.

Although she's got incredible amounts of star power and influence, pop icon Madonna's super status won't help her in court. The OG Material Girl lost a legal battle to prevent the auctioned sale of some of her intimate personal belongings, reports The New York Times.

These items include intimate photographs, satin underwear, a cassette tape of unreleased recordings, and a breakup letter from former boyfriend, the late-rapper Tupac Shakur.

Last summer, Supreme Court Judge Gerald Lebovits granted Madge an injection blocking the sale of 22 personal items. However, this past Monday (Apr. 24), Judge Lebovits dismissed the case on the grounds that the statute of limitations to recover her items had expired.

"The auction house [GottaHaveRockAndRoll] said the online sale of the items will now go ahead in July," wrote the publication of the items. "The starting bid for the handwritten Shakur letter is $100,000."

According to reports, the former couple fizzled out due to their ethnic differences. The 1995 letter, which is expected to be auctioned off Jul. 19 to 28th, allegedly features Pac alluding to this reasoning for Madonna. It was written while he was incarcerated at New York’s Clinton Correctional Facility for sexual assault, just one year before he was killed.

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Trey Songz Claims He Acted In "Self-Defense" In Alleged Assault

Trey Songz is claiming he acted in self-defense in the ongoing domestic assault lawsuit against him.

In 2018, Andrea Buera claimed that the R&B singer attacked her at an NBA All-Star Weekend party. In an effort to get the lawsuit dropped, Songz is stating that he he not responsible for any harm suffered by Buera, due to the fact that he was just trying to protect himself.

Per court documents obtained by The Blast, Songz says that during the alleged encounter, he “reasonably believed Plaintiff was going to harm him and any force he used was only the amount reasonable necessary to protect himself.”

According to Buera, she was allegedly attacked by Songz at the Hollywood Hills party, after he became “enraged” that she was talking to one of his friends.

This is a developing story. Keep it locked to VIBE for updates.

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Justice Department Will Not Charge Officer Who Killed Eric Garner

The day before the five year anniversary of Eric Garner’s death, it was reported by multiple outlets that a federal prosecutor would not charge the police officer responsible for his death.

Per USA Today, The Justice Department will not bring federal charges against Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD officer who held Garner in a chokehold outside of a store in Staten Island in an attempt to arrest him for allegedly selling cigarettes. Garner’s last words “I can’t breathe” became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement.

“In 2017, the city's Civilian Complaints Review Board determined that Pantaleo used excessive force,” USA Today reports. “Federal authorities have been conducting a separate, years-long civil rights inquiry into Garner's death. Pantaleo also is awaiting a verdict in a NYPD disciplinary proceeding.”

During Pantaleo’s trial this past May, Stuart London– the police union lawyer who represented the officer– argued that Mr. Garner died from being “morbidly obese.”

“Those who have been able to not come to a rushed judgment, but have looked at the video in explicit detail, see Pantaleo’s intent and objective was to take him down pursuant to how he was taught by NYPD, control him when they got on the ground, and then have him cuffed,”  London said in an interview with the New York Times. “There was never any intent for him to exert pressure on his neck and choke him out the way the case has been portrayed.”

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Nipsey Hussle Was Reportedly Being Investigated For Gang Ties Prior To His Death

According to reports, Nipsey Hussle was reportedly under investigation due to gang ties prior to his fatal death in late-March.

Per The New York Times, there was an open investigation being conducted by the LAPD and the city attorney’s office, which is reportedly still ongoing. The Victory Lap rapper’s property– including his clothing store The Marathon– are being looked into, in an effort to prove that the strip mall that Nip owned was subject to gang activity and violence.

“As part of the investigation, the city pressured Hussle’s former landlords to evict the rapper and his associates,” the report reads. “Instead, the landlords sold the property earlier this year to Hussle and a group of investors for $2.5 million, according to public records.”

Despite the efforts, the Los Angeles community and the music world continue to mourn the death of the 33-year-old Grammy nominee. However, his memory and voice lives on both on wax and in the real world.

“Everybody knows that Nipsey was pretty much the founder of the idea to bring everyone together who, you know, may individually be able to do great things and make a significant impact on their own in their communities,” T.I. said of his fallen friend. “But for us to come together, we can impact so, so many more communities and spread our efforts so much wider.”

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