Shaun White Apologizes for Dragging American Flag

Snowboarder Shaun White apologized Wednesday for dragging a U.S. flag on the snow after his dramatic gold medal victory in the men’s halfpipe, but said he did not know he had let the flag touch the ground.

 “I remember being handed the flag but I was trying to put my gloves on and hold the flag and get board,” he told reporters afterward. “Honestly, if there was anything, I definitely didn’t mean any disrespect.”

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“The flag that’s flying on my house right now is way up there. So sorry for that,” White continued. “But I’m definitely proud — very proud — to be a part of Team USA and being an American and to be representing for everyone back home.”

White reclaimed his Olympic halfpipe title, landing back-to-back 1440s to knock Japan’s Ayumu Hirano out of the top spot, and at the same time won the United States’ 100th all-time gold medal at the Winter Olympics.

But White, who also won his third gold medal, immediately got criticism on Twitter for allowing the flag touch the ground several times while he was overcome with emotion following his career-capping performance.

One of the harsher tweets reported by the Washington Post: “@shaunwhite way to be classy. You win the gold medal and then proceed to drag the American flag across the ground. No respect. No excuses for this.”

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'My Daughters Are the Heroes.' Father of 3 Victims Apologizes for Trying to Attack Larry Nassar

(CHARLOTTE, Mich.) — A distraught father seething over sexual abuse suffered by three daughters tried to attack former sports doctor Larry Nassar in a Michigan courtroom after a judge rejected his request to confront the “demon” in a locked room, a stunning rush that reflected the anguish felt by parents who trusted him with their children.

Randall Margraves was blocked by an attorney, tackled by sheriff’s deputies and hauled out of court Friday. He later apologized, saying he had lost control. Eaton County Judge Janice Cunningham said there was “no way” she would fine him or send him to jail under her contempt-of-court powers.

“I don’t know what it would be like to stand there as a father and know that three of your girls were injured physically and emotionally by somebody sitting in a courtroom. I can’t imagine that,” the judge said.

Nonetheless, she added, it is “not acceptable that we combat assault with assault.”

The incident occurred during the third and final sentencing hearing for Nassar, who has admitted to sexually assaulting girls under the guise of medical treatment. This case focuses on his work at Twistars, an elite gymnastics club southwest of Lansing.

Nassar, 54, already will spend the rest of his life in prison. He was sentenced last week to 40 to 175 years in prison for assaults at Michigan State University and his home and was ordered in December to spend 60 years in a federal prison for child pornography crimes.

Nassar pleaded guilty to molesting nine victims in Eaton and Ingham counties, but the courts have been open to anyone who says she was assaulted during his decades of work at Michigan State, Twistars and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. More than 200 accusers so far have spoken or submitted statements in the two counties, and at least 80 percent have agreed to be publicly identified.

Margraves’ dramatic move occurred after he listened to two of his daughters speak in court for 10 minutes. Lauren Margraves, a college student, said her parents were “filled with regret” because they took three daughters to see Nassar for sports injuries.

“I see the look in their faces and I know they want to be able to do something but they can’t,” she told Nassar. “The guilt they have will never go away. All this is because of you.”

Her father then stepped up and asked the judge if she would grant him “five minutes in a locked room with this demon.” Cunningham declined and also turned down his request for “one minute.” That is when Randall Margraves rushed toward Nassar.

There were gasps and tears in the courtroom. Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis turned to the gallery and told families to “use your words,” not violence.

“This is letting him have this power over us,” she said. “We cannot behave like this.”

During a return to court, Margraves told the judge that he just snapped. He said he had not known what exactly his daughters were going to say about their abuse.

“I look over here and Larry Nassar’s shaking his head, no, like it didn’t happen. … I’m embarrassed,” Margraves said of his conduct. “I’m not here to upstage my daughters. I’m here to help them heal.”

About 30 more people spoke in person, by video or had statements read after the incident. The case will end Monday with final remarks from the prosecutor, defense and Nassar, followed by the judge’s sentence. Nassar faces a minimum of 25 to 40 years in prison.

At a news conference, Margraves repeated his apology and insisted he’s “no hero.”

“My daughters are the heroes, and all the victims and the survivors of this terrible atrocity,” he said.

Melissa Alexander Vigogne, who traveled from France to speak, said she was surprised that an attack had not been attempted earlier.

“It’s not that that’s how we should respond. But it’s truly understandable — the amount of pain that we’ve all gone through,” Vigogne said outside court.

Sheriff Tom Reich said his officers will investigate what happened in court and send a report to the local prosecutor.

The judge started the day by addressing comments made by a Nassar lawyer who said she had doubts about the large number of women and girls who say they were assaulted by Nassar. Cunningham called Shannon Smith’s remarks “unfortunate” and said Nassar did not authorize them.

Smith told Detroit radio station WWJ that it is “really unfortunate” if some people stepped forward only because of all the recent attention. Nassar released a statement saying Smith’s comments were a distraction and that his accusers’ remarks “have pierced my soul.”

Many of Nassar’s accusers have blamed Michigan State, USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee for not doing more earlier to stop him. The USOC announced Friday that it hired a law firm to conduct an independent investigation. And the coordinator of the women’s national team for USA Gymnastics, Valeri Liukin, said he was stepping down.

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Mario Batali Apologizes For Sexual Harassment With Cinnamon Rolls

Mario Batali, the former host of “The Chew” who stands accused of sexual misconduct, issued an apology to fans on Friday through his newsletter and inexplicably ended it with a recipe for cinnamon rolls.

So far, eight women have come forward to say Batali groped them, made sexually explicit comments or other unwanted sexual advances. One particularly disturbing anecdote in The New York Times described Batali “groping and kissing a woman who appeared to be unconscious” in a New York restaurant’s so-called “rape room.”

“I have made many mistakes and I am so very sorry that I have disappointed my friends, my family, my fans and my team. My behavior was wrong and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility,” Batali wrote in the letter, his most recent in a series of apologetic statements. 

“Sharing the joys of Italian food, tradition and hospitality with all of you, each week, is an honor and privilege. Without the support of all of you ― my fans ― I would never have a forum in which to expound on this,” he continued. “I will work every day to regain your respect and trust.”

And then, the tone-deaf kicker: “ps. in case you’re searching for a holiday-inspired breakfast, these Pizza Dough Cinnamon Rolls are a fan favorite.”

The incredible speed at which Batali switched from self-reflection to food sparked criticisms from observers on social media.

Previous statements issued by the celebrity chef were absent of breakfast rolls.

“I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt,” Batali said in a statement provided to Eater, which first reported on his misconduct with stories from four women earlier this week. Batali said the incidents described “match up” with his past behavior. 

Actress Siobhan Thompson then said the chef once groped her breasts while she worked as a hostess at one of his restaurants. Three other women came forward with more accusations in a story published by the Washington Post; one of the women said Batali once grabbed her crotch at a party.

In a statement provided to the Post, Batali said he “was the personification of idiocy, a drunken and idiotic fool” the day of the party “with no respect for the staff at Osteria Mozza, the guests nor for the restaurant itself.” 

“I wish I could have the day back and do it right,” he added, taking “full responsibility” and expressing remorse for his “deplorable actions” and any “pain, humiliation or anguish” they caused.

Batali was subsequently fired from ABC’s “The Chew,” the cooking show he hosted alongside chef Michael Symon, “Top Chef” contestant Carla Hall and TV personality Clinton Kelly. 

Prior to ABC’s decision, Batali had stepped away from the program and taken a leave of absence from his management company Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group, which supports over 20 restaurants.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article included Daphne Oz, a former host of “The Chew,” among the current hosts. 

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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BREAKING: Kevin Spacey Apologizes After He’s Accused of Trying to Sexually Assault a Child Actor


Oscar winner Kevin Spacey is the latest A-list Hollywood actor to make headlines in the firestorm of controversy surrounding Hollywood’s 2017 scandal involving pedophilia, rape, and sexual harassment. Star Trek Discovery actor Anthony Rapp alleges Spacey made unwanted sexual advances towards him when he was just 14-years-old.

Even though Rapp has been telling his good friends and family members for more than 20 years Spacey attempted to have a sexual encounter with him, he finally found a news media organization willing to actually publish the actor’s name. While one magazine in 2001 refused to publish the A-lister’s name, Buzzfeed did not shrink back and on Sunday published the story alleging Spacey attempted to bed a young adolescent boy.

Rapp told Buzzfeed the two met on Broadway when Spacey was 26 and Rapp just a young boy. Rapp was a member of the cast of Precious Sons, while Spacey was a supporting actor in the play A Long Day’s Journey Into Night and the two would meet at post-show gatherings.

On one occasion Rapp claims Spacey took him to a nightclub along with some other teenagers. Although he was not legally allowed to be in the club, the Spacey entourage passed right through security with no questions asked, he says.

But Rapp says he was devastated by what happened to him the night Spacey invited him over to his apartment for a party Rapp says was only attended by other adults. Being the only teenager he admitted to getting “bored” quickly and retreated to Spacey’s bedroom to watch TV alone.

Rapp says sometime after midnight, after all the other adults went home, Spacey came into his room, picked up the teenager, put him on his bed and made an unwanted and unspecified sexual advance towards the 14-year-old.

“My memory was that I thought, Oh, everybody’s gone. Well, yeah, I should probably go home,” Rapp said. Spacey, he recalled, “sort of stood in the doorway, kind of swaying. My impression when he came in the room was that he was drunk.”

Although Rapp doesn’t recall Spacey saying anything to him, his mind has never forgotten what he says happened next:

He picked me up like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold. But I don’t, like, squirm away initially, because I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ And then he lays down on top of me…He was trying to seduce me…I don’t know if I would have used that language. But I was aware that he was trying to get with me sexually.

Rapp says he was able to, after some time, “squirm” out from underneath Spacey and go to the bathroom and gather himself. He then came out and told the now Hollywood star he had to go home. From that encounter until now, Rapp has spent an untold amount of time trying to process all that happened to him that day in Spacey’s bedroom. He said:

My head was spinning…I have a memory of turning around and [thinking], What was that? What am I supposed to do with it? What does it mean?…The older I get, and the more I know, I feel very fortunate that something worse didn’t happen…And at the same time, the older I get, the more I can’t believe it. I could never imagine [that] anyone else I know would do something like that to a 14-year-old boy.

Immediately following the story’s publication on Buzzfeed, and in a rare discussion of his past (especially his sexuality), Spacey apologized to Rapp on Facebook. Here’s what Spacey wrote. He claims to have no recollection of coming on to the actor when he was just a teenager.

Spacey also acknowledged being gay for the first time, even though it has long been a well-known secret in Hollywood and elsewhere. But will an apology be enough to quiet Rapp’s mind and emotions from such a traumatic life event, the fallout of which has plagued him for years? He admitted to Buzzfeed that he was devastated by Spacey’s actions towards him, even paralyzed with fear that he might actually have to communicate with Spacey at some point if their paths ever crossed.

Rapp remembers calling Spacey a phony when he won an Oscar for the best supporting actor in The Usual Suspects. It’s unclear from the Buzzfeed interview if he was referring to Spacey being a pedophile or a gay man but Rapp remarked, “At that time, I wanted to scream to the rooftops, ‘This guy is a fraud!’”

Rapp claims to have consulted a lawyer to see if there could be a case against Spacey but the advocate said no such case could be brought against the Oscar-winning A-list actor. Even still, the Star Trek Discovery actor said he could not let it go and recently felt empowered to tell his story following the dozens upon dozens of women coming forward to accuse Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of rape, molestation, and sexual harassment. Rapp admitted:

Part of what allowed the Harvey situation to occur was that there was this witting and unwitting conspiracy of silence…The only way these things can continue is if there’s no attention being paid to it, if it’s getting forgotten.

While Spacey’s apology is far from an admission of guilt, his statement may permit others to come forward with their own accusations. Pedophiles prosper and proliferate when their victims stay silent. It’s time for the decades-long era of silence surrounding Hollywood’s pedophile elite to be broken with the truth of what is really going on.

Rapp told his story in 2001 to the Advocate, but the magazine redacted Spacey’s name from the published version of the story. Buzzfeed secured testimony from the Advocate’s editors, as well as many of Rapp’s friends, that he has been telling this same story for years, even decades, but only now, in light of the Weinstein scandal, the whole story is being published.

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Bozell & Graham Column: Hollywood Never Apologizes for Ultraviolence

Hollywood’s hypocrisy about Harvey Weinstein is only outdone by its hypocrisy about gun control.

We still don’t know why Stephen Paddock unleashed his arsenal in an evil attack on October 1 at an outdoor concert crowd in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and injuring another 500. But Hollywood’s glitterati seem to know, apparently. They quickly and predictably jumped on Twitter and other media to denounce the NRA as terrorists and demand “common sense gun control” that, as usual, wouldn’t have stopped Paddock in any way.

So why does America have this mass-shooting problem? Will Hollywood ever look inward on this question and explore its role? Four of the biggest box-office successes in the week leading up to the shooting demonstrated the degree to which Tinseltown is aggressively promoting a culture of gun ultra-violence in America.

Matt Philbin of the Media Research Center reported that in just these four movies – Kingsman: The Golden Circle, American Assassin, Stephen King’s It, and Mother, featured an astounding 589 incidents of violence. It gets worse. There were no less than 212 incidents of gun violence and the body count is at least 192. In over 100 gun-violence incidents, some kind of automatic weapon is used (which is why the numbers are under counted: researchers literally couldn’t count fast enough).

There are plenty of other forms of violence there as well.

It is the monster hit of the fall, with a box-office take of $315 million and counting. The movie has  only three gun scences, but one features a penetrating captive bolt pistol, which is used to stun animals prior to slaughter. Victims are stabbed, bludgeoned, and the killer clown even bites off the arm off a little child. Mother includes an atrocious scene of a crowd disemboweling and eating a baby.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle was the number-one film that weekend, a sequel to the hyper-violent original Kingsman: The Secret Service, which contained one of the grisliest murder scenes that Hollywood has ever produced  – where some kind of demonic neurological wave causes everyone to try to slaughter everyone else inside a church until they’re all dead.

The sequel includes 118 incidents of gun violence (70 of them with automatic weapons),  and another 164 incidents of violence. Philbin made a list: “body slams, punches, explosions, ripping off limbs, ripping out vocal cords, putting people in meat grinders, cannibalism, lasso violence, slicing people in half and eyes randomly exploding from people’s heads.”

The Hypocrite-in-Chief of this production is actress Julianne Moore, who plays the drug-lord supervillain in the film. Moore went on Jimmy Fallon’s late-night show for the usual love bombs. Fallon said “Kingsman alone is fantastic!” and Moore said “Thank you! It’s a fun movie, right? It’s really, really fun.”

Since the Vegas mass shooting, Moore’s Twitter feed has been stuffed with tweets attacking the NRA and demanding gun-control legislation. Naturally, nowhere in this October Twitter festival is any mention of her “really fun” hit movie.

The Hollywood Reporter, to its credit, asked Moore if critics of Hollywood “glorifying gunplay have a valid point?” Moore shot back: “It is impossible to be killed by watching a violent movie, but unfortunately, it is all too possible to be shot and killed while sitting in a theater and watching any kind of movie.”

Hollywood might point the finger of blame for all this violence back on the audience, and there’s merit to that argument. The Kingsman sequel won the weekend box office for two weeks. Before that, It won for two weeks. And before that, the winner for four consecutive weekends was….Hitman’s Bodyguard.

But does that exonerate Hollywood for feeding the beast?

The movie stars have no problem mudslinging at the NRA and blaming them for mass shootings. But they have demonstrated a complete lack of moral introspection about their own glamorization of over-the-top violence with guns…and with everything else. Until they get serious about their own responsibility, they have no right to judge anyone else.

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Prominent NBA Coach Apologizes for Being White-“Whites Should Be Made to Feel Unfomfortable”



San Antonio Spurs NBA coach, Gegg Popovich is apologizing for being white. He went on to say that White people need to be made to feel uncomfortable. How White people are supposed to be made uncomfortable was unclear. Rather than talking about constructively and proactively dealing with the issues, the new leftist mantra is promoting White guilt and White discomfort. Excuse me while I check my dictionary for the term "racism", but I think we are now witnessing a new flavor of this leftist disorder. Here is the complete story.

San Antonio Spurs NBA coach, Gegg Popovich is apologizing for being white. He went on to say that White people need to be made to feel uncomfortable. How White people are supposed to be made uncomfortable was unclear. Rather than talking about constructively and proactively dealing with the issues, the new leftist mantra is promoting White guilt and White discomfort. Excuse me while I check my dictionary for the term “racism”, but I think we are now witnessing a new flavor of this leftist disorder. Here is the complete story.


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US Treasury chief's wife apologizes over Instagram post

Washington (AFP) – The wife of US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin apologized on Tuesday after she posted an Instagram photo and comments that were slammed as tone deaf and elitist.

Louise Linton, 36, who is also a Scottish actress, posted a photo to the social network on Monday night that showed her descending with Mnuchin from an official US government plane. She tagged her designer clothing and accessories, including Tom Ford sunglasses, an Hermes scarf and Valentino heels.

The husband and wife had just returned from a trip to Kentucky, where Mnuchin addressed the Louisville Chamber of Commerce and visited the US Bullion Depository at Fort Knox.

The Commerce Department estimates that about 18.5 percent of Kentuckians live in poverty.

A user, jennimiller29, left a comment accusing Linton of freeloading on the taxpayer’s dime: “Glad we could pay for your little getaway. #deplorable.”

Linton was apparently unable to resist a lengthy rebuttal: “Aw!!! Did you think this was a personal trip?! Adorable!” she wrote. “Do you think the the US govt paid for our honeymoon or personal travel?! Lololol.”

Linton also said that by virtue of their wealth, she and Mnuchin contributed more to society than jennimiller29.

“Have you given more to the economy than me and my husband? Either as an individual earner in taxes OR in self sacrifice to your country?” Linton wrote. “Pretty sure the amount we sacrifice per year is a lot more than you’d be willing to sacrifice if the choice was yours.”

“You’re adorably out of touch.”

By Tuesday morning, Linton’s post had reportedly been removed from her Instagram account, which was no longer publicly accessible.

She also issued an apology through her publicist later in the day.

“I apologize for my post on social media yesterday as well as my response. It was inappropriate and highly insensitive,” Linton said in the statement given to AFP.

A Treasury Department spokesperson told AFP the couple were reimbursing the federal government for Linton’s travel.

“She receives no compensation for the products she mentions,” the spokesperson added.

A former Goldman Sachs executive, Hollywood producer and banker, Mnuchin is a prominently wealthy member of the Trump administration, one of the richest in recent memory.

Fortune magazine estimates Mnuchin’s net worth is as high as $500 million.

During Senate confirmation, he faced awkward questions about previously undisclosed offshore investment firms and real estate holdings of about $100 million.

Linton posed earlier this year for the magazine Town and Country, exhibiting the lavish diamond and pearl jewelry she wore at her June wedding to Mnuchin.

The other Instagram user, identified by The New York Times as Jenni Miller, a 45-year-old mother of three from Oregon, told the paper Linton had gone on a “rant” to make herself appear “smarter, better, richer — all those things.”

“If she hadn’t made her account private, I would have written back with a very snide Marie Antoinette joke,” Miller said.

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Education Dept. official apologizes for comments on sexual assault

The Education Department’s top civil rights official has apologized for her characterization that 90 percent of campus sexual assault accusations investigated by the federal government under Title IX stem from drunken regret or the fallout of a broken romance.

Candice Jackson, the acting assistant secretary for the department’s Office of Civil Rights, said in a Wednesday New York Times article, “The accusations — 90 percent of them — fall into the category of ‘We were both drunk,’ ‘We broke up, and six months later I found myself under a Title IX investigation because she just decided that our last sleeping together was not quite right.’”

Jackson apologized for her comments in a late Wednesday statement from the Education Department, calling them “flippant.”

“As a survivor of rape myself, I would never seek to diminish anyone’s experience,” Jackson said. “My words in the New York Times poorly characterized the conversations I’ve had with countless groups of advocates. … All sexual harassment and sexual assault must be taken seriously — which has always been my position and will always be the position of this Department.”

Sexual assault survivors and advocates have blasted Jackson for the comments. The Senate’s assistant minority leader, Patty Murray, D-Wash., slammed Jackson’s comments in a Wednesday letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

In the letter, first obtained by BuzzFeed News, Murray wrote that Jackson’s views promulgated “damaging misinformation about sexual violence.”

Murray, who is the top Democrat on the Senate Health Committee, said she was “deeply disturbed” by Jackson’s characterization of sexual assault accusations investigated under Title IX of the Education Amendments Act, especially given Jackson’s position as head of the department’s Office of Civil Rights.

“At the least, this suggests a fundamental misunderstanding of campus sexual assault and suggests that OCR is not prepared to take accounts from survivors seriously,” Murray wrote.

Jackson also said in the Times article that some campus representatives described the public list of universities under Title IX investigation as “a list of shame.” The list, published in 2014 by the Education Department, also identifies schools where investigations have been initiated but have not yet found proof of sexual misconduct.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testifies before a Senate subcommittee on June 6. (Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testifies before a Senate subcommittee on June 6. (Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)

Murray expressed concerns that Jackson’s description presented “a clear lack of understanding about the importance of transparency in the Federal government.” The senator cited a 2015 American Association of American Universities report on 27 universities that found 23.1 percent of female undergraduates experienced sexual assault or sexual misconduct by physical force, and called for continued public reports of schools under Title IX investigation.

The senator’s letter also took aim at DeVos for her refusal to commit to upholding current Title IX investigation procedures. Under President Trump, the department is preparing to reassess how federal investigations of campus sexual assault are handled. Democrats have praised former President Barack Obama for a more aggressive approach to investigations, while Republicans have said Obama’s strategy went too far, citing concerns of federal overreach.

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., also wrote to DeVos, who is scheduled to meet Thursday with sexual assault survivors, those accused of sexual assault and higher education administrators.

“Any rollback of protections for victims of campus sexual assault is completely unacceptable, and your refusal to express support for federal protections of victims of sexual assault does a disservice to the women and men who have bravely spoken out about their own experiences in order to end this injustice,” Casey wrote.


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