News Round-Up: June 8, 2018

Kevin Carnell (image via Instagram)

Some news items you might have missed:

• Participating in the AIDS/Life Cycle, InstaHunk Kevin Carnell (above) has raised over $15K! Just another of many obvious reasons to follow him on Instagram. #Woof

• Family Research Council president Tony Perkins is furious that a Crossfit exec was fired for being anti-LGBT.

• There’s going to be a calendar for America’s hottest gingers – you know you want to take a look 🙂

• Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller brought new obstruction charges on Friday against President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and added allegations against a close associate, who prosecutors suspect has ties to Russian intelligence. Manafort could have his current bail revoked as Mueller’s team caught Manafort contacting possible witnesses in his case which is seen as attempting to influence their testimony.

• Remember convicted gay basher Kathryn Knott who went to jail for leading an attack on a gay couple in Philly’s Center City neighborhood? Bucks County Commissioners approved a settlement agreement of more than $52K with a Norristown woman who claimed the county District Attorney’s Office retaliated against her because of disparaging comments she made about Knott on social media.

• Check out new music from Zach Adam Feat. Adam Joseph “Gravity,” from new LGBTQ music label, Magic Town Media.

The track is a gorgeous pop track about yearning to overcome addiction and depression. I like the track muchly.

If you are considering suicide please call and reach out – The Trevor Lifeline is a 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone service available at 1-866-488-7386.

Podcast: Australia Says ‘Yes’ To Marriage Equality; Bi Gossip Queen Liz Smith Passes At 94; Ohio State Lawmaker Resigns After “Inappropriate” Behavior

In this week’s podcast:

• Australia’s mail-in survey shows a whopping 62% of Aussies support marriage equality which means gay wedding bells will soon be ringing ‘down under.’

• Monday, November 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance. For more info, visit www.glaad.org/tdor

• Legendary gossip columnist and openly bisexual Liz Smith passed away this week at the age of 94

• Philadelphia gay-basher Kathryn Knott settles a civil lawsuit with the two men she helped put in the hospital after a violent gay bashing in Philadelphia

• Supposedly straight Republican Ohio state Rep. Wes Goodman resigns after reports of “inappropriate” consensual behavior in his office with another man

• Plus, I share two new documentaries I think you should see: Rebels On Pointe and Dream Boat.

All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report.

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News Round-Up: November 15, 2017

Pietro Boselli

Some news items you might have missed:

• I would love to have abs like “World’s sexiest math teacher” Pietro Boselli (above), but I like my food too much. So, let’s just look at him 🙂

• China is apparently using electro-shock therapy to try and convert gay men into heterosexuals.

• Anti-LGBT gay basher Kathryn Knott, who went to jail for the violent beating of Andrew Haught and Zachary Hesse in the Center City area of Philadelphia in 2014, has settled a civil lawsuit with the men she helped land in the hospital. Knott and her co-defendants Kevin Harrigan and Philip Williams have apparently agreed to a large six-figure settlement in order to avoid a court battle they’ve already lost once.

• Even more women have come forward accusing sexual assault/misconduct by GOP Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.

• In related Roy Moore news, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is floating the idea of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who used to hold the senate seat in Alabama, being a write-in candidate in next month’s election in an attempt to keep Moore out of the U.S. Senate. I wonder how Jeff Sessions feels about that?

• According to a new Morning Consult/Politico poll, former Vice President Joe Biden would easily beat Donald Trump 46%/35% should the Democrat decide to run for president in 2020.

• Out tennis legends Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova react to Australia’s marriage equality news:

Federal Judge Declines To Dismiss Lawsuit Against Convicted Gay Basher Kathryn Knott & Her Father

Convicted gay basher Kathryn Knott

Convicted Philadelphia gay basher, Kathryn Knott, failed to convince U.S. District Judge Mitchell Goldberg to dismiss a federal lawsuit against her, her father and members of the Bucks County District Attorney’s office that alleges the group sought to retaliate against a Montgomery County woman who took to the internet to mock Ms. Knott.

Kathleen O’Donnell filed the lawsuit after the was fired from her job. She alleges that the Knotts and company used their official positions in law enforcement to push O’Donnell’s boss to fire her for her online heckling.

From PhillyVoice:

Goldberg declined to dismiss the lawsuit filed last year by Kathleen O’Donnell, a Norristown resident who used the screen name “Knotty is a Tramp” to post disparaging remarks about Knott in the comment sections of online news articles. O’Donnell’s username included an unflattering picture of Knott drinking from a bottle of alcohol.

O’Donnell claims Kathryn Knott and her father, Karl, used his then-position as Chalfont police chief to retaliate against her, alleging they conspired with former Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler and two county detectives to threaten criminal charges. Heckler left office in September 2016, a year before his second term was to end.

O’Donnell was fired from her position job in Chester County after the detectives met with her employer, according to the lawsuit.

Knott, of Upper Southampton, was released from prison last year after serving five months for her role in the 2014 beating of a gay couple in Center City.

She was among three defendants charged with assaulting Zachary Hesse and Andrew Haught, who was knocked unconscious and suffered a broken jaw that needed to be wired shut for about two months.

You’ll recall the gay bashing attack in the Center City area of Philadephia where Knott and a group of about 15 friends attacked Hesse and Haught.

Knott refused to accept the plea deal her co-defendants took which required only probation and 200 of community service.

Internet sleuths found social media posts by Knott bragging about her law enforcement father’s ability to get her out of trouble. It was clear she thought he could get her out of this situation.

He could not.

Knott was the only person jailed for the attack.

Podcast: Antiretroviral Meds Prove Zero Spread Of Infection; President Trump Gets Push Back On Trans Military Ban; Philly Gay-Basher Claims “Self-Defense”

In this week’s podcast:

• A new study shows hiv+ men who take antiretroviral medication on a regular basis have pretty much zero chance of spreading the infection to others

• President Trump gets plenty of pushback on his proposed transgender military service ban

• Out singer/songwriter Wrabel releases powerful anthem of personal empowerment and community, “The Village,” in response to Trump’s trans military ban

• Convicted Philly gay basher Kathryn Knott now says she was acting in self-defense when she shattered the jaw of a gay man in 2014

All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report.

News Round-Up: July 28, 2017

Some news items you may have missed:

• Fitness trainer Ben Zerbst (above) is concerned about his “t-shirt tan,” which gives you just one more reason to keep staring, as if you need one 🙂

• Kathryn Knott, convicted Philadelphia gay-basher, is now claiming self-defense in a civil lawsuit from the couple she helped attack. One of her victims had his jaw wired shut for 8 months due to injuries.

• Stephen Colbert slammed Donald Trump’s tweets announcing a new ban on transgender military service members: “I began my day today as I often begin my days, by checking Donald Trump’s Twitter feed. Just to see how far the crazy has spread. And today, I really think he’s off his meds, as he’s gone from crazy to cruel.”

• The GOP-controlled House has approved $1.6 billion for President Donald Trump’s long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump promised at nearly every rally and campaign event that Mexico would pay for the wall.

• 19 Attorneys General have sent a letter to Congress opposing Trump’s transgender military ban.

• Woofy Instahunk Roberto Caccamo sends regards from Italy…

Convicted Gay-Basher Kathryn Knott To Be Released From Jail

Convicted gay-basher Kathryn Knott

Philadelphia Magazine reports that convicted gay-basher Kathryn Knott will be released from jail this afternoon after her lawyer successfully petitioned for parole.

Calling Knott “an exemplary inmate,” Center City attorney William Brennan told Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Roxanne Covington, “She completed anger management in a timely, quick fashion. And she elected not to appeal. That speaks volumes to her sincerity.”

But Knott’s legal woes will continue even after her release as she faces a civil lawsuit by her victims of the violent gay-bashing, plus a $5 million lawsuit by a Montgomery County woman who is suing Knott over what she claims was a conspiracy against her.

Convicted Gay-Basher Kathryn Knott Requests Early Parole

Kathryn Knott

Convicted gay-basher Kathryn Knott has asked her attorney to request early release from her 5-10 month incarceration based on her “good behavior.”

Via Philly.com:

In the motion, Brennan argues that while Knott’s minimum release date based on the sentence is July 8th, she would have become eligible for early release on June 6th, because inmates can get credit for good behavior while in jail. According to the motion, Knott hasn’t had any behavioral issues while at Riverside, and she completed a court-ordered anger management class in April.

Judge Roxanne Covington has yet to rule on the motion.

When Knott does finally get out of jail, she has much to look forward to: two years probation, a $2,000 fine, restrictions on her leaving the state of Pennsylvania or entering Philadelphia, plus a civil law suit filed by the men she hospitalized in the now-famous Center City gay bashing.

Philly Gay-Bashing Victims File Civil Lawsuit Against Attackers

The two men who were the victims of a violent gay-bashing in September of 2014 in Philadelphia have filed a civil lawsuit against their attackers.

Both victims say that in addition to their physical injuries, they suffered psychological injury, emotional distress and embarrassment.

From PhillyMag.com:

Earlier this week, Zachary Hesse and Andrew Haught filed a civil suit against Kathryn Knott, Kevin Harrigan and Philip Williams for their roles in the attack.

Harrigan and Williams both escaped jail time when they pleaded guilty last year to simple assault and conspiracy and aggravated assault and conspiracy, respectively, while Knott was convicted by a jury of simple assault, conspiracy, and two counts of recklessly endangering another person. She is currently serving a sentence of five to ten months at Riverside Correctional Facility in Northeast Philadelphia, imposed in February.

The suit, filed by the prominent Center City law firm Kline & Specter, seeks unspecified damages. Neither the plaintiffs’ attorneys nor the defendants were immediately available for comment.

One of the men attacked, Andrew Haught, had injuries so severe he needed emergency surgery and spent five days in the hospital. He suffered a fractured jaw bone and orbital bone, and permanent facial scarring, in addition to other injuries. His jaw was wired shut for eight weeks.

Blogger Sues Convicted Gay-Basher Kathryn Knott After Losing Job Over Parody Account

Convicted gay-basher Kathryn Knott

The author of a “parody blog” – Kathleen O’Donnell – based on convicted gay-basher Kathryn Knott has filed a lawsuit against Knott, her father and others after losing her job based on the parody account.

From Philly.com:

The suit says she was “expressing her opinions and outrage” about the attack on the two gay men when there was intense media scrutiny of Knott, who before the attack had expressed anti-gay sentiments on social media.

O’Donnell alleges that Knott learned of the blog and that her father, Karl Knott, directed her to complain to the Bucks District Attorney’s Office.

Karl Knott was then chief of Chalfont Borough police in Bucks County and now is captain at the Central Bucks Regional Police Department.

O’Donnell says that in August 2015, two Bucks County district attorney detectives went to her office at Walker Parking Consultants in Wayne.

The detectives, Martin McDonough and Mark Zielinski, first met privately with O’Donnell’s boss, James Pudleiner, and told him that O’Donnell had posted “harassing comments” about Kathryn Knott, sometimes from a computer at her work, the lawsuit says.

It says that O’Donnell was brought before the detectives and that she acknowledged operating the “Knotty is a Tramp” account, commenting on news items about Knott.

The lawsuit contends the detectives “threatened” O’Donnell, saying that if she continued writing under the username “Knotty is a Tramp” that “she would be arrested for ‘fraudulently impersonating Ms. Knott.’ “

O’Donnell told the detectives she would not post on the account again.

The lawsuit says that O’Donnell was fired from her job that day “as a direct result of the visit” by the detectives.

Her lawsuit, which also names Bucks County as a defendant, seeks more than $150,000 in compensatory damages and more than $5 million in punitive damages. It contends she suffered monetary losses, including her salary, as well as emotional pain and damage to her reputation.