Brannan, a Democrat representing Bay Ridge who’s vying to become Council speaker next year if he prevails in a tight reelection race first, made the offensive remarks in an interview and a written letter published in since-defunct underground music mags in the late 1990s and mid-2000s.
Britney Spears made several claims in open court, alleging that she’s been compelled to use birth control and has been prevented from getting married.
Justin Timberlake spoke out Wednesday in support of Britney Spears after Spears passionately told a judge that she wants to end the 13-year conservatorship that controls her life and money. Spears said it has made her feel demoralized and “enslaved.”
Speaking in open court for the first time in the case, Spears condemned her father and others who control the conservatorship, which she said has compelled her to use birth control and take other medications against her will, and prevented her from getting married or having another child.
“This conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good,” the 39-year-old Spears said. “I deserve to have a life.”
Timberlake, who dated Spears in the early days of their music careers, expressed his support for her on Twitter.
“After what we saw today, we should all be supporting Britney at this time,” Timberlake tweeted. “Regardless of our past, good and bad, and no matter how long ago it was… what’s happening to her is just not right. No woman should ever be restricted from making decisions about her own body.”
After what we saw today, we should all be supporting Britney at this time.
Regardless of our past, good and bad, and no matter how long ago it was… what’s happening to her is just not right.
No woman should ever be restricted from making decisions about her own body.
“Jess and I send our love, and our absolute support to Britney during this time,” Timberlake said, referring to wife Jessica Biel. “We hope the courts, and her family make this right and let her live however she wants to live.”
Jess and I send our love, and our absolute support to Britney during this time. We hope the courts, and her family make this right and let her live however she wants to live.
Spears spoke fast and sprinkled profanity into the written speech that lasted more than 20 minutes as her parents, fans and journalists listed to an audio livestream. Many of the details Spears revealed have been carefully guarded by the court for years.
Spears told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny that “I want to end this conservatorship without being evaluated.”
Penny thanked the pop star for her “courageous” words but made no rulings. A long legal process is likely before any decision is made on terminating the conservatorship.
Spears said she wants to marry her boyfriend Sam Asghari and have a baby with him, but she is not allowed to even drive with him.
“All I want is to own my money and for this to end and for my boyfriend to be able to drive me in his (expletive) car,” Spears said.
“I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive,” Spears said, adding at another point, “I want my life back.”
When an attorney representing her co-conservator said the hearing and transcript should be kept sealed if private medical information was to be revealed, Spears shouted her down, saying her words should be public.
“They’ve done a good job at exploiting my life,” Spears said, “so I feel like it should be an open court hearing and they should listen and hear what I have to say.”
She went on to say she was forced to take lithium — which made her feel “drunk” — after rehearsals broke down for a Vegas residency in 2019, which was subsequently canceled.
She said all she had done was disagree with one part of the show’s choreography.
“I’m not here to be anyone’s slave,” Spears said. “I can say no to a dance move.”
“Not only did my family not do a goddamn thing, my dad was all for it,” Spears said.
She accused her father of relishing his power over her, as he showed when she failed a series of psychological tests in 2019 and forced her to go into a mental hospital.
“I cried on the phone for an hour, and he loved every minute of it,” Spears said. ”The control he had over someone as powerful as me, as he loved the control to hurt his own daughter 100,000%.”
Spears said she felt forced to do the Las Vegas residency on the heels of a tour, and felt like a great weight was lifted when it was canceled. She has not performed or recorded since.
Spears also said several nurses often watch her every move, not even letting her change her clothes in private.
Vivian Thoreen, attorney for Spears’ father, James Spears, gave a brief statement on his behalf after conferring with him during a recess.
“He is sorry to see his daughter suffering and in so much pain,” Thoreen said. “Mr. Spears loves his daughter, and misses her very much.”
James Spears serves as co-conservator of his daughter’s finances, and also had control of her life decisions for most of the conservatorship. He currently serves as co-conservator of her finances.
Britney Spears said her years-long public silence has falsely created the impression that she approved of her circumstances.
“I’ve lied and told the whole world, ‘I’m OK, I’m happy,’ ” she said. “I’ve been in denial, I’ve been in shock. I am traumatized.”
More than 100 fans from the so called #FreeBritney movement gathered outside the courthouse before the hearing, holding signs that read “Free Britney now!” and “Get out of Britney’s life!”
Fan Marissa Cooper was inside the courtroom, and cried and occasionally clapped during the remarks.
“It was insane,” Cooper said outside court. “Everyone that’s been following this has been called crazy since the beginning, and conspiracy theorists, so it just feels really really good to actually hear it from her.”
Spears said she has not felt heard in any of her previous appearances before the court, all of which were sealed from the public.
Her court-appointed attorney, Samuel Ingham III, said he made no attempt to “control, or filter, or edit” his client’s words. He said Spears has not officially asked him to file a petition to end the conservatorship.
Spears said she had done research that showed her conservatorship could be ended without further evaluation of her. But under California law, the burden would be on her to prove she is competent to manage her own affairs, and an intensive investigation and evaluation is probably inevitable before it can come to an end.
The conservatorship was put in place as she underwent a mental health crisis in 2008. She has credited its initial establishment with saving her from financial ruin and keeping her a top flight pop star.
Her father and his attorneys have emphasized that she and her fortune, which court records put at more than $ 50 million, remain vulnerable to fraud and manipulation. Under the law, the burden would be on Spears to prove she is competent before the case could end.
Associated Press Writer Amanda Lee Myers contributed.
Justin Rose, 40, is currently competing in The Masters 2021. The golfer, born in South Africa but raised in England, has played golf professionally since his teens – and years on the golf course have netted him a multi-milion pound fortune.
He played in his first Walker Cup at just 17 years old, although it would be a few years until professional golf brought him success.
It wasn’t until 2002 that he found real success, and he went on to win the U.S. Open in 2013.
According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, Justin is worth an impressive $ 40million (£29,178,976).
He is currently competing against other golfing greats at The Masters 2021.
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Dustin Johnson is the favourite to win this year, after breaking a competition record last year for the best score.
If he does win, it’ll be the fourth consecutive year that the Masters has been won by an American.
However, The Masters is currently being led by Justin Rose – although he has never won the tournament before, and is considered an outsider.
Rose has a wife, Kate, who he wed in 2006, and two children, Leo and Charlotte.
Tiger Woods, arguably the most famous golfer in the world, is not competing at The Masters this year thanks to leg injuries sustained during a car crash in February.
Justin’s fortune pales in comparison to Tiger’s, with the latter worth around $ 800million, according to CelebNetWorth.com.
That is a massive sum that is currently equivalent to around £564million.
The site also claims that Tiger’s annual salary is $ 50million, which currently stands at around £35million.
Tiger’s long and successful career as a professional golfer is to thank for his huge fortune.
Tiger was born in 1975 in Cypress, California, to an American father and a Thai mother.
He is an only child but has three half-siblings from his father’s first marriage.
Tiger’s first name is Eldrick, but was nicknamed Tiger after a Vietnamese soldier and friend of his father, Vuong Dang Phong, to whom his father had also given that nickname.
According to his official website, Tiger took an interest in golf as early as six months old as he watched his father – who was an amateur golfer – play.
Tiger appeared on American daytime TV talk show The Mike Douglas Show at age two, showing audiences his putting skills against comedian Bob Hope.
At age five, he was featured in monthly golf magazine Golf Digest.
Before turning seven, Tiger won the Under Age 10 section of a Californian golf competition called Drive, Pitch, and Putt, and later won the youngest age category at the Junior World Golf Championships. He went on to win the Junior World Golf Championships six times.
Dustin Johnson will be defending his Masters title this week at Augusta with the world’s best players in action including the likes of Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas. The 2021 Masters gets underway in its normal place on the calendar this year, meaning Johnson’s reign as Masters champion could well be short lived.
The world No 1 has endured a difficult season so far but he will remain one of the favourites this week due to his historic performance back in November.
Only three players in history have won back-to-back Masters titles – Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods.
“My game is in good shape,” Johnson said this week. “Maybe not quite as good of shape as it was in November, but I feel like it’s coming together.
“I’m starting to hit a lot of the same shots and getting a lot more comfortable over the golf ball. I feel like it’s in pretty good form.
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“I think it’s getting there. Sometimes playing in Hawaii with a lot of wind, LA with a lot of wind, Saudi with a lot of wind, sometimes it gets just a little bit off. My setup and posture was just a little bit off which caused me to hit some funny shots which is kind of the difference of playing really well or playing just okay. I think that was the main thing.”
But there are a number of players who head into the 2021 Masters in strong form and will fancy their chances.
Thomas won The Players Championship last month with a stellar final round and showcased his skills in and around the green.
Lee Westwood has also enjoyed a strong start to 2021 with the Englishman looking to become the oldest winner of The Masters.
The week is set to see surprises through all four rounds and Express Sport is on hand to provide updates throughout the week.
Terry McAuliffe, the leading candidate in this year’s Democratic primary for Virginia governor, faced a flurry of attacks from his rivals at a debate on Tuesday night as they aimed to diminish his broad support from Black voters. In the most extraordinary broadside, the state’s Black lieutenant governor, Justin Fairfax, accused Mr. McAuliffe of treating him like George Floyd or Emmett Till after Mr. Fairfax was accused of sexual assault by two women in 2019.
Mr. McAuliffe, a white former governor of the state who has the backing of many of the state’s top Black elected officials, issued a public call that year for Mr. Fairfax to resign.
Mr. Fairfax’s remarks on Tuesday — in which he compared himself to two Black people killed in episodes of white violence — were the most pointed attempt by one of the three Black candidates in the race to draw a racial distinction between them and Mr. McAuliffe, who is aiming to reclaim the office he held from 2014 to 2018.
The accusation came at the end of the debate, the first for the five Virginia Democrats running for governor. Responding to a question asking the candidates to envision the future of law enforcement in Virginia, Mr. Fairfax said theoretical descriptions were unnecessary because he was a living embodiment of the harm that false accusations and a rush to judgment can produce.
“Everyone here on this stage called for my immediate resignation, including Terry McAuliffe three minutes after a press release came out,” Mr. Fairfax said. “He treated me like George Floyd, he treated me like Emmett Till, no due process, immediately assumed my guilt. I have a son and I have a daughter, and I don’t want my daughter to be assaulted, I don’t want my son to be falsely accused. And this is the real world that we live in. And so we need to speak truth to power and we need to be very clear about how that impacts people’s lives.”
Mr. McAuliffe did not respond to Mr. Fairfax on the debate stage. His spokesman declined to address the remarks.
In February 2019, amid a concurrent scandal involving a medical school yearbook photograph of Gov. Ralph Northam in blackface, two womenaccused Mr. Fairfax of sexually assaulting them in separate episodes — allegations that Mr. Fairfax has always denied. Mr. Fairfax faced a torrent of calls for his resignation. Weeks later, in a speech on the floor of the Virginia Senate, he compared himself to lynching victims.
Mr. Fairfax was not the only candidate on Tuesday night to try to cleave Black voters from Mr. McAuliffe. The scant public polling of the race has found Mr. McAuliffe holding sizable leads over his four opponents, and no survey has shown him with less than a two-to-one advantage over his closest rival.
Jennifer McClellan, a state senator who is running for governor, accused Mr. McAuliffe of underfunding the state’s parole system, cutting deals with the National Rifle Association during his term as governor and being a late advocate for racial justice.
“Racial justice is about more than criminal justice reform,” said Ms. McClellan, who is Black. “It is embedded in every system we have in government, and I did not need George Floyd’s murder or the Unite the Right rally to teach me that.”
Mr. McAuliffe, during his turns to speak, emphasized his relationships with Mr. Northam and President Biden, two Democrats who both owe their offices to strong relationships with and support from Black voters. He highlighted his move to restore the voting rights of 206,000 felons in the state and said every police officer in the state should wear a body camera “so we can see what’s going on.”
“Thank goodness we had all those individuals there who had those cellphones when George Floyd was murdered,” he said.
Mr. McAuliffe barely mentioned his rivals during the debate, except to remind the audience that Ms. McClellan was a frequent partner of his when he was governor. But Mr. Fairfax, by the debate’s end, sought to define himself as the chief rival to the loquacious former governor.
“There appears to be two sets of rules up here, one where the governor can talk as long as he wants to and do whatever he wants, and one for everybody else,” Mr. Fairfax said. “I think that’s part of the issue, that we do have so many disparities in our society.”
Hailey Baldwin is sharing how she’s handled the relentless and vicious internet bullying ever since she married Justin Bieber, and how he helped her cope.
Hailey Baldwin is using her new YouTube channel to shine a light on mental health, when dealing with the pressures of haters on social media. The 24-year-old model has been relentlessly bullied since marrying pop superstar Justin Bieber, 26, and shared how he helped her cope with the pressures of internet hate. Hailey discussed the situation with psychiatrist Dr. Jessica Clemons in the latest A Conversation With episode that dropped on Mar. 31.
Hailey detailed how she quit Twitter and rarely uses Instagram. “My husband has helped me so much with it. I really give him credit because he’s been doing this so much longer at this really massive level,” she explained. “I think I’ve gone through a phase where I’m like ‘I get it. I don’t want to hear it,’” about going on social media, “and then I do it and he’s like, ‘I told you. Life is way better this way.’ And he was so entirely right.”
The Ivy Park model explained that, “I think over the last 2 and half years for myself it — after getting married especially — it really opened me up to this new kind of level of attention. I think one of the biggest things I struggled with for sure was the comparison aspect of body comparison and looks comparison and behavior comparison,” Hailey revealed about how her profile was raised into the stratosphere after becoming Mrs. Justin Bieber on Sept. 13, 2018.
While she didn’t bring up Justin’s ex Selena Gomez by name, Hailey seemed to touch on some of the intense bullying she received after tying the knot with Justin. “I think when you’re going through a situation where you just have so many people hounding you with the same thing over and over and over again, it starts to mess with your mind and you start to question everything and you’re like, ‘Is there something that I’m not seeing that they see – maybe they are right?’” She added, “It was such a low point for me that I was like honestly maybe I am delusional. Its like separating two realities essentially.”
Hailey then revealed how she’s weaned herself off of social media for the sake of her mental health. She revealed that she no longer goes on Instagram Monday through Friday, and now it is a place she only hits up on weekends. “I was getting to the point where I was going to open my Instagram for no reason. It was like a reflex,” she explained, then added a helpful way she’s made her IG page a safer space for her mentally.
“Another thing I did that I think was really helpful was that I turned off the comments on my page except for people who I follow. When I look at my comments now when I put up a photo or video, I know it’s only going to be people who I know are only going to be positive, and only going to be encouraging and uplifting,” she shared.
The model then explained that she got rid of her Twitter altogether because it gave her terrible “anxiety.” “I don’t even have a Twitter anymore because there was never really a time where I would go on there and it didn’t feel like it was a very toxic environment,” Hailey explained. “The thought of even opening the app gives me such bad anxiety that I feel like I’m gonna throw up. So I got rid of that because I was like ‘it just needs to go, it no longer needs to be part of my life.’”
Hailey then pointed out how “People can say whatever they want on the internet. And then this stuff goes viral because people believe anything that they see on social, media.” She then revealed that because of her kind and sensitive nature, “I want everyone to like me, it’s like my downfall at times and I’m working through it.”
“I think one thing I’ve had to come to the conclusion of is trying not to feel like I owe everybody an explanation or owe anybody anything, and really just try to correct what I need to correct personally, and behind closed doors, and do the work personally and behind closed doors. I’m still figuring out the fact that I don’t have to explain myself,” she told Dr. Jess.
Justin shared just how bad things had become for his wife in a Dec. 3 IG story about how a Selena fan made a video encouraging other “Jelena” shippers to flood Hailey’s comments in an upcoming Instagram live session with messages about the “Wolves” singer. “This sad excuse of a human just encouraged people on video to literally go after my wife telling people to say that my previous relationship was better so on and so forth. I just wanted to share this so that people get an idea of what we face day to day,” Justin told fans.
Hailey then responded with her own post that read, “I would never in a million years wish for someone to be treated this way and I will never condone this kind of hateful behavior. I want only to support, uplift, and encourage other women in this industry and wish them nothing but love and success and I wish for all of my followers and supporters to the same. Wishing the young woman in that video all the best. I hope she finds love, peace and happiness in this life!”
With the main obstacle now removed (or better yet, retired) from his ascent towards UFC gold, Islam Makhachev wants to rubber-stamp his rise up the rankings by taking on established contenders Rafael dos Anjos and Justin Gaethje.
This month’s win against Drew Dober made it seven on the spin for Russia’s Makhachev and the man hand-picked as the successor to the now fully-retired Khabib Nurmagomedov says that he wants to keep a tight schedule as he inches closer to a UFC title opportunity of his own. Also on rt.comUFC 259: Dominant Makhachev calls out Tony Ferguson after defeating Dober to extend winning streak to SEVEN in a row
But as Khabib found in his halcyon UFC days, it is also proving to be easier said than done in arranging a fight for the 17-1 former Combat Sambo world champion Makhachev.
He followed up his third-round submission win against Dober by calling for a fight with Nurmagomedov’s rival Tony Ferguson in a fight which would act as a sort of proxy war for the Khabib-Ferguson which continually smoked but never went ablaze.
Ferguson, though, has accepted a fight with Beneil Deriush in his next outing, leaving Makhachev to plot a different course towards title contention and leaving former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos as his chief target.
However, Dos Anjos – who was booked to fight Makhachev at last year’s UFC 254 before withdrawing due to a Covid-19 diagnosis – seems to have cooled on the idea, reportedly telling Makhachev that he will accept a fight only if he gets another opportunity to compete with Khabib afterwards, should he win.
“I don’t know why his opinion changed so quickly,” Makhachev told RT Sport after a recent Eagle Fighting Championship fight card.
“[Dos Anjos] won a fight and started acting differently. He was quiet when we had a fight scheduled. He got taken off the card and I asked for a replacement but the UFC said they’d give me a five-round main event then I quietly got on a plane to the US without my team because I wanted that fight then I got sick and he had a fight and after that he started talking differently.”
Khabib’s exit from the UFC’s lightweight division has left it in a state of flux. Top-ranked Dustin Poirier is set to fight Conor McGregor this summer, while UFC newcomer Michael Chandler will take on Charles Oliveira for the Russian’s now vacant world title.
And with the route to the top of the 155lbs looking to be tighter than ever, Makhachev says that he just wants an opportunity to prove himself.
“I don’t know what’s going on with the UFC matchmaking but I think that’s what will end up happening,” he said. “Most of the top-10 fighters are busy but I’m 90 percent sure they’ll give me a top-10 guy.
“We know that Felder doesn’t want to fight often. He has other things going on with the UFC and isn’t eager to fight anymore. As far as Hooker, I saw that he recently came home. He was quarantined for a long time so I don’t think he’ll want to come back soon. He’ll probably want to rest after getting knocked out, so I think they’ll give me Dos Anjos.”
If that doesn’t come to pass though, Makhachev has a very attractive ‘Plan B’.
“Yes, it’s possible [that I fight Justin Gaethje]. Justin and I know each other but it’s not like we’re friends,” Makhachev said. “It’s possible. He’s free right now. Why not? I’d love to fight him.”