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Family Awarded $31 Million After Doctors Fumble Boy's Circumcision

The defense attorney representing the nurse midwife and doctor found liable argued $1 million was enough to cover mental and physical damages.

A jury in Clayton County, Georgia awarded a family $31 million after a botched circumcision of an 18-day old boy has left him with chronic stabbing pain and other life-long injuries.

According to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, in October 2013 Stacie Willis brought her son to Riverdale’s Life Cycle Pediatrics for the routine procedure and with an accidental slip, nurse midwife Melissa Jones severed the tip of the boy's penis.  The boy, whose name is being withheld from the public, was sent home bleeding. None of the medical staff on hand reportedly recommended emergency surgery to reattach the severed part, which would've minimized future complications.

Willis said she had to insert an instrument into her son's penis to prevent it from closing. Her son has since had surgeries in Massachusetts and Minnesota, which lawyers agree have helped the now 5-year-old boy and made it easier for him to urinate. Both surgeries also open up the possibility of him have children in the future. However, tests must be done when he reaches puberty.

Originally, Defense Attorney Terrell W. Benton who represents the nurse midwife and doctor found at fault argued $1 million was enough to cover the mental and physical damages the boy will face for the duration of his life. Willis' attorney, Neal Pope initially found $100 million as a reasonable amount and argued the boy would live well into his sixties.

Pope focused his argument on what the boy will endure as he gets older and tries to find a partner. "It will take a special person to accept the boy's deformity," Pope said.

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Kyle Massey Denies Sexual Misconduct Allegations: Do Not 'Jump To Conclusions'

Former Disney Channel star Kyle Massey came under fire over the weekend after being accused of sending sexually explicit material to a teenage girl. The 27-year-old is vehemently denying the allegations in a statement.

"No child should ever be exposed to sexually explicit materials and I unequivocally and categorically deny any alleged misconduct," said Massey through his lawyer Lee Hutton in a statement to TMZ. He also urged the public "not to jump to conclusions based on the allegations alone but reserve judgment until the whole story comes to light, proving these allegations baseless.”

The gossip site broke the story that the former That's So Raven actor was being sued by the family of the teenager for $1.5 million. The suit alleges that Massey send a photo of his erect penis to the girl via Snapchat in Dec. 2018.

Court documents claim that the teenager is an aspiring actress who has known Massey since she was four years old. He remained close with the family and acted as a "father figure" of sorts to the girl. She reached out to him in November 2018 about auditioning for the spinoff of his show, Cory In The House.


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Michael Jackson Artifacts Removed From World's Largest Children's Museum

Michael Jackson artifacts found in The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis have been removed. The Indiana museum is the largest children’s museum in the world.

According to the New York Daily News, the late-musician’s fedora and white gloves will be removed from the American Pop exhibit, while a signed poster will be removed from the The Power of Children display in response to the aftermath of the HBO documentary, Leaving Neverland. The four-part doc spotlights two men who allege in graphic detail that they were sexually abused by Jackson when they were children through the musician’s grooming techniques.

"As the world’s largest children’s museum, we are very sensitive to our audience," said the museum in a statement. "In an excess of caution, and in response to the controversy over the HBO film called Leaving Neverland, which directly involved allegations of abuse against children, we removed those objects while we carefully consider the situation more fully."

Despite the iconic items being nixed from the museum, items gifted to AIDS victim Ryan White by Jackson will remain on display. The song ‘Gone Too Soon’ was written after White died in 1990. The young boy idolized and befriended Jackson as he battled his illness.

“Ryan’s family found Michael Jackson’s kindness to them to be an important part of Ryan’s story, and the pictures of Michael displayed in that exhibit will always be an integral part of the Ryan White story,” the museum continued.

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Fyre Festival Merch To Be Auctioned Off To Help Those Who Were Bamboozled

Those who have been invested in the downfall that was the disastrous Fyre Festival, it's your lucky day. According to a report from Vulture, several merch items that were originally slated to be sold at the 2017 fiasco in the Bahamas will go to auction. The auction will benefit those who the festival's founder, Billy McFarland, owes money to, in an effort to help get that money back where it belongs.

Additional assets belonging to McFarland were deemed "untraceable" by authorities. However, Vulture reports that in court papers, feds were able to obtain a few important things. "$240,000 in a bank account" was found, as well as “two large boxes containing Fyre-branded T-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts and other clothing items that were intended for sale at the Fyre Festival,” per court filings.

McFarland, 27, was sentenced to six years in prison for wire fraud back in October 2018. While he was waiting to be sentenced, he was also found guilty of running a ticket scam on the side. He reportedly bamboozled investors for the Fyre Festival out of $24 million and a ticket vendor out of $2 million.

The date of the online auction has not yet been set.

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