News Round-Up: January 26, 2021

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Some news items you might have missed:

Right Wing Watch: Religious anti-gay loon Scott Lively told his radio audience that God removed Donald Trump from the White House because he was too pro-gay. #srsly

NewNowNext: Montana’s House of Representatives has voted in favor of two vehemently anti-transgender bills. The first is House Bill 112, which would bar trans student athletes from playing on sports teams that correspond with their gender identity. The second is House Bill 113, which would block medical professionals from providing potentially life-saving gender-affirming health care to trans or nonbinary youth.

The Frontier: Last April, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt ordered $2 million worth of hydroxychloroquine based, in part, on Donald Trump’s promotion of the malaria drug for use against the coronavirus. Now, the state is trying to unload nearly the entire shipment.

Instinct Magazine: Nearly two months after coming out as a transgender male, Elliot Page and wife Emma Portner have filed for divorce.

NBC News: A gay New York City couple say they were harassed and asked to leave a restaurant this month because of their sexuality. Because the incident happened in New York, the men may have legal recourse, but in nearly half the states, they would not.

New York Times: Grindr has been fined 100 million Norwegian kroner, or about $11.7 million, for illegally disclosing private details about its users to advertising companies.

Justice Department: The Wisconsin pharmacist who intentionally intended to render hundreds of doses of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine ineffective pleaded guilty to two charges filed today in federal court. Steven R. Brandenburg, an admitted skeptic of vaccines in general, now faces up to 10 years for each charge against him.

Reuters: The good news – By a vote of 55-45 the U.S. Senate on Tuesday rejected a Republican effort to stop former President Donald Trump’s upcoming impeachment trial on a charge that he incited the deadly Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol. The bad news – Democrats need more than 5 GOP Senators to vote to convict Trump.

Wife Of Charged Minneapolis Officer Files For Divorce

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin (screen capture)

Kellie Chauvin, the wife of fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, has issued a statement through her attorney that she sends her condolences to the family of George Floyd and she has filed for divorce.

“This evening, I spoke with Kellie Chauvin and her family. She is devastated by Mr. Floyd’s death and her utmost sympathy lies with his family, with his loved ones and with everyone who is grieving this tragedy. She has filed for dissolution of her marriage to Derek Chauvin,” the Sekula Law Offices said in a released statement.

“While Ms. Chauvin has no children from her current marriage, she respectfully requests that her children, her elder parents, and her extended family be given safety and privacy during this difficult time,” the statement continued.

The announcement spurs several questions. Is Ms. Chauvin leaving her husband because she has an opinion about his actions? Were there previous domestic issues at home?

Many commenters on Twitter believe the divorce would be a way to protect the couple’s assets in case he were to be sued in a civil case, which I hadn’t thought of.

Things that make you go ‘hmm…’

News Round-Up: October 16, 2019

Jim Newman (image via Instagram)

Some news items you might have missed:

InstaHunks: Jim Newman (above) throws back to when he was touring with the legendary Village People as ‘the Cowboy’ (until a lawsuit had to go ruin it all…).

Gay City News: A gay man in Jackson Heights was returning home early in the morning on October 13 when he said a stranger exposed himself, punched him, stole his belongings, and dragged him on the ground — all because he wouldn’t perform oral sex on him.

The Advocate: Brianna Hill of Kansas City, Missouri, who was shot to death on Monday morning, is the 20th transgender woman of color to be murdered this year.

New York Times: The newspaper of note recaps the winners and losers of last night’s Democratic debate. Everyone pretty much felt Mayor Pete Buttigieg had a very good night. Here’s just a sample:

Politico: A former top adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told House impeachment investigators on Wednesday that he abruptly resigned last week because of President Donald Trump’s attacks on the ousted U.S. ambassador to Ukraine and the State Department’s unwillingness to protect career diplomats from political pressure, according to two people familiar with the testimony.

People: Arrow star Colton Haynes, 31, and celebrity florist Jeff Leatham, 48, have quietly settled their divorce. In addition to waiving their rights to spousal support and the division of property, the exes have agreed to a non-disclosure and confidentiality agreement. In other words, no ‘tell-all’ memoirs.

The WOW Report: Former The Apprentice staffer Noel Casler shares (among other things), “He’s a speed freak. He crushes up his Adderall and he sniffs it because he can’t read and he gets really nervous when he has to read cue cards. I’m not kidding. This is true.”

Sarah Palin Headed For Divorce Court, Husband Says ‘Impossible To Live Together’

The New York Daily News is reporting Todd Palin has filed for divorce from Sarah Palin, the former half-term Governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate.

Sarah Palin and her husband have reportedly split after more than 30 years together.

The former Alaska governor’s husband, Todd, filed for divorce in Anchorage Superior Court Friday, citing an “incompatibility of temperament between the parties such that they find it impossible to live together as husband and wife,” according to the Anchorage Daily News.

Sarah and Todd Palin are reportedly seeking joint legal custody of their child, Trig; their other four children — Bristol, Willow, Piper and Track — are all adults.

Sarah Palin served as governor of Alaska from 2006 until her resignation in 2009, during which time she ran an unsuccessful campaign as John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 presidential election.

Arrow/Teen Wolf Star Colton Haynes Files For Divorce

Arrow and Teen Wolf star Colton Haynes has filed for divorce just six months after marrying florist Jeff Leatham
Colton Haynes (L) and Jeff Leatham (R) in happier times
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TMZ is reporting that Arrow/Teen Wolf star Colton Haynes has filed for divorce in Los Angeles from celebrity florist Jeff Leatham, his husband of six months.

According to divorce documents, Haynes cites irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split.

He is asking a judge to terminate spousal support for both and indicates that each will pay their own lawyer fees.

Haynes married Leatham last October in a lavish wedding in Palm Springs officiated by reality celebrity, Kris Jenner.

Some assumed Leatham had cheated after the Arrow star posted a demo song titled, “Man It Sucks”, to his Instagram account.

But Colton defended his ex-husband-to-be on Twitter asking fans to lay back, writing, “Jeff would never cheat. He is an amazing man. Please stop being mean to him.”

Eagle-eyed social media folks recently noticed that Haynes had unfollowed his husband and deleted just about every pic of Leatham from his Instagram.

Colton Haynes Defends Husband: “Jeff Would Never Cheat”

Haynes and Leatham in happier times

After reports that actor Colton Haynes (Arrow/Teen Wolf) and husband of six months, Jeff Leatham, had not only split but (gasp!) unfollowed each other on Instagram, Haynes took to Twitter this morning to defend Leatham against reports of infidelity.

Haynes wrote, “Jeff would never cheat. He’s an amazing man. Please stop being mean to him. The song I wrote was about a past relationship. ❤”

Apparently folks were confused about the cause of the split after Haynes shared a demo recording of a song he wrote.

Titled “Man It Sucks,” Haynes croons:

“Man it sucks / When someone figures out your games and don’t wanna play ‘em no more / We’re crying in our bed and making our way to the floor / Man it sucks / And I don’t like when you’re staying out all night and never answer your phone / I follow you around the world just to be left alone / And man it sucks.”


Colton has apparently now deleted just about every pic of Leatham from his Instagram.

Check out his demo track below.

Vanessa Trump Files For Divorce From Donald Trump Jr.

The New York Daily News reports that Donald Trump Jr. and wife Vanessa are heading to divorce court:

Like father, like son.

Donald Trump Jr.’s wife has filed for divorce.

Vanessa Trump married Trump Jr. in 2005. They have five children.

President Trump has been divorced twice.

The reasons for the divorce filed Thursday in Manhattan Supreme Court were not clear. The divorce was listed as “uncontested,” indicating the split was amicable. Trump Jr. has been traveling extensively while running his father’s business with his brother, Eric.

The “uncontested” aspect means she’s not expecting a legal battle over custody of the couple’s five children or their assets.

I get no glee from this. I don’t think we should make fun of the parents of five children divorcing.

One last thing, though.

Some folks on Twitter have suggested the possibility that this could be a ploy to move assets out of the family name in case serious legal action against the Trumps were to occur.

Hmm…

Fox News Host Jesse Watters In Divorce Proceedings After Affair With Younger Co-Worker

Jesse Watters with estranged wife Noelle Watters
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Fox News host Jesse Watters is in divorce proceedings due to an affair with a 25-year-old associate producer at the network.

And no, this does not surprise me. Look at him. Tells you everything you need to know.

From The New York Daily News:

The network’s prominent host Jesse Watters — who dined on Monday with President Trump — is in the midst of divorce due to an affair with a 25-year-old associate producer.

Watters’ wife, Noelle Watters, filed for divorce in October. The couple has twin girls.

Sources said the 39-year-old host informed the network of his adulterous relationship with Emma DiGiovine shortly after Noelle filed divorce papers.

DiGiovine was transferred to “The Ingraham Angle.”

DiGiovine and Watters are still dating, sources said.

Watters met his now-estranged wife at Fox News as well.

Jesse Watters new 25-year-old girl friend, Emma DiGiovine
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