Infamous drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who daringly escaped prison on July 11, utilized a tunnel leading from the only “supermax” maximum-security prison in Mexico, where he’d been held. At least that’s the explanation Mexican authorities have given as to how the leader of the Sinaloa cartel escaped prison for the second time.
In the aftermath of the escape, VICE News went to Almoloya de Juarez to inspect the exit of the tunnel that “El Chapo” allegedly used, and spoke with an activist and former inmate of Altiplano prison who claims to have discovered flaws in the authorities’ version of events.
In Photos: Take a Tour of the Tunnel ‘Chapo’ Guzman Used to Escape in Mexico – http://bit.ly/1CTEMdK
Mexico Releases Footage of ‘Chapo’ Escape, But Will Public Believe It? – http://bit.ly/1SF2tIP
‘Chapo’ Prison Break Shows Just How Weak Mexico’s Government Really Is – http://bit.ly/1HVTkXf
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“She is finally at peace in the arms of God,” the Houston family said in statement to ET. “We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months.”
On Jan. 31, Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive in her bathtub, and was then taken to North Fulton Hospital in Roswell, Georgia, where she was put on a ventilator to assist her breathing. She was later placed in a medically induced coma at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital.
“Despite the great medical care at numerous facilities, Bobbi Kristina Brown’s condition has continued to deteriorate,” Pat Houston told ET in a statement that day. “We thank everyone for their support and prayers. She is in God’s hands now.”
Born March 4, 1993, in Livingston, New Jersey, Bobbi Kristina was thrust into the spotlight at an early age, but the love her mother had for her was obvious early on.
“She brings me a lot of joy,” Houston told ET back in 1993. “She brings both Bobby and I a lot of joy. It’s a different thing when you become a mother. It changes your whole perspective on life. You really don’t live for you anymore. You’re living for your children.”
Between her father’s string of hit songs and her mother being one of the best-selling artists of all time, as well as her parents’ tumultuous relationship, as a child Bobbi Kristina became a target of tabloid scrutiny.
Then 10 years old, she was featured on the controversial 2005 Bravo reality series Being Bobby Brown, which famously depicted the family’s darker days.
On Feb. 11, 2012, Houston was found dead in a bathtub in her Beverly Hilton Hotel suite.
Bobbi Kristina had been very close to her mother, often appearing with her at movie premieres, and even accompanying her on tour. She would frequently speak to press about her mother’s love and support, and Houston’s death reportedly hit her very hard.
Bobbi Kristina was in the lobby of the Beverly Hilton when she was informed of her mother’s death. According to reports at the time, Bobbi Kristina suffered a hysterical breakdown and had to be sedated and hospitalized. She was soon discharged after being treated for severe stress and anxiety.
Only 18 years old when her mother died, Bobbi Kristina became the sole inheritor of Houston’s estate. The inheritance was estimated at nearly $115 million.
“I still feel her everywhere,” Brown said on the 2012 reality show The Houstons: On Our Own. “She’s still around me and that’s what keeps me comfortable, is knowing that my best friend, my everything, is still with me.”
Bobbi Kristina’s bond with her late mother was reminiscent of the close relationship Houston shared with her own mom, Cissy Houston. “That’s a little bit of what my mother and I had,” Bobbi Kristina acknowledged on The Houstons. “That’s the bond that we share and we did share. We still share that bond no matter what — even after death.”
Bobbi Kristina even had deep aspirations of following in her mother’s footsteps. On Jan. 29, Bobbi Kristina promised a bright future ahead, tweeting, “Let’s start this career up&&moving OUT to TO YOU ALLLL quick shall we !?!???!”
Following her mother’s untimely death, Bobbi Kristina sought comfort in Nick Gordon, a childhood friend who grew up with her under the same roof.
The discovery of Bobbi Kristina in the bathtub came just days before the third anniversary of her mother’s passing. A source close to the situation told ET that Bobbi Kristina suffered from an apparent drug overdose, the circumstances of which were eerily similar to those of her mother’s passing. Houston’s death was ruled an accident as a result of drowning, but the medical examiner also stated that cocaine and drug-related heart disease contributed to her demise.
A federal judge in Connecticut has ruled that a lawsuit over a leaked sex tape can proceed against rapper 50 Cent, despite his bankruptcy filing.
A New York jury awarded Lastonia Leviston $5million last week after determining the rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson III, didn’t have her permission when he posted online a sexually explicit video she made with her boyfriend.
The jury was to consider punitive damages Monday, but 40-year-old Jackson filed for bankruptcy that day in Connecticut, temporarily stalling Leviston’s lawsuit.
Tough times: A federal judge in Connecticut has ruled that a lawsuit over a leaked sex tape can proceed against rapper 50 Cent, despite his bankruptcy filing
Her lawyer alleged Jackson filed for bankruptcy to evade testifying in the New York case.
According to a Friday report from TMZ, the legal documents the rapper has filed claim that he indeed has tons of money and assets but not enough to cover $20million in recent court judgements.
The gossip site insists that 50 is cash poor and this is all a move by his representation to show his fans that he isn’t a failure.
Order: The rapper – Real name Curtis Jackson III – was ordered to pay $5 million to Lastonia Leviston (right) in a lawsuit after she claimed he acquired and intentionally leaked a sex tape in which she was featured
Bankrupt: New legal documents claim 50 Cent – pictured in London on Friday – owes $28 million to creditors
They also report that the documents that he filed are almost biographical as they go back to his growing up in poverty in Queens, New York where his mom was murdered and he was famously shot nine times.
His legal representation explains in the written record: ‘In many respects, Mr. Jackson typifies the American dream.’
Leviston’s attorney, Philip Freidin, tells The Hartford Courant he’s pleased the New York case will be resuming Monday.
Before exiting the stage, Pitbull also advised Mr. Trump to watch out for “El Chapo.” Mr. Trump had waged a Twitter war this week about Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the escaped Mexican drug cartel chief.
Mr. Trump has defended his comments, made during his presidential announcement speech last month, that Mexico is sending some of its criminals to the United States.
Mr. Bush has said that along with Teddy Roosevelt, he might want to take the Miami-based rapper, also known as Armándo Perez, to a baseball game, and Buzzfeed has reported that Mr. Rubio is on a first-name basis with him.
Documents filed in Connecticut Bankruptcy Court showed Jackson’s listed assets and debts to be in the range of $10 million to $50 million.
Jackson’s attorney was not immediately available to comment on the timing of the filing.
A sale of the rapper’s stake in VitaminWater netted him about $100 million after taxes when Coca-Cola purchased the beverage brand in 2007.
In a more recent venture, Jackson closed a $78 million deal at the end of 2014 with FRIGO Revolution Wear to promote men’s underwear.
But filing for bankruptcy doesn’t necessarily mean the Grammy award-winning rapper is out of money, according to Leon Bayer, a bankruptcy attorney at Bayer Wishman & Leotta.
“Chapter 11 is the drug of choice for celebrity debt problems,” he said. “You don’t have to be broke to file for chapter 11, but it could mean you don’t have good cash flow.”
Whether or not that is the case will be made more clear sometime in the 14 days Jackson has to file his debt payment plan or “schedules,” which could reveal intimate financial details.
“When he files schedules it’s going to show all the details of his debts, assets, even whether or not he paid his gardener on time,” Bayer said.
Intentionally or not, Jackson’s bankruptcy will also put a roadblock between the $5 million he was ordered to pay and the woman winning her sex tape case was set to receive.
“It tells them they aren’t going to get a check anytime soon, so why not sit back down at the negotiating table,” he said.
Jackson’s spending and business activity—including any salary drawn for himself—could be subject to the scrutiny and approval of bankruptcy court pending the review of Jackson’s filing.
The rapper Capo, a member of Chief Keef’s Glo Gang, was killed in a Chicago drive by — and the fleeing shooters mowed down a baby boy in a stroller as they sped away, authorities said.
The 22-year-old was shot in the hip and back about 1:40 p.m. on Saturday in the city’s South Side, police said.
The suspects fled after the shooting and plowed into the 13-month-old boy just over three miles away, Chicago police Officer Veejay Zala told the Daily News.
Police haven’t named the victims, but Capo’s manager, Renaldo Hess, told the Chicago Sun-Times the young star was killed in the shooting.
“He was a good kid,” Hess told the newspaper. “The streets of Chicago is something. He was murdered. I don’t understand what is going on with all these kids.”
Capo, whose real name was Marvin Carr, was a documented gang member, according to a police source.
Two people are being questioned in the fatal shooting, the source said.
The baby, Dillan Harris, was with his mother and two older sisters when the killer’s vehicle barreled onto the sidewalk, slamming into the child, the Chicago Tribune reported.
“I was trying to save my baby,” the boy’s mom told the newspaper. “I never imagined this would happen… my son gone so soon.”
The boy was rushed to University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital where he died, Zala said.
A witness claimed the people in the car continued across a parking lot before bolting from the vehicle on foot.
“The boys jumped out of the car right here in the alley and ran down the street,” witness Erin Fletcher told WLS TV.
Rappers and fans mourned Carr’s death on social media.
Chicago police investigate after a baby was killed in a hit-and-run shortly after the vehicle was involved in rapper Capo’s drive-by shooting, authorities say.
It’s not that hard to fight the man! As long as you live in a city with an easily accessible Apple Store or two. Just ask Prince Harvey, a New York City rapper who recently recorded an entire new album for free on display computers in the SoHo Apple Store.
He told the us he decided to take advantage of Apple’s free computers, Wi-Fi, and playlists filled with Hozier and Mumford and Sons after his laptop crapped out:
“It wasn’t my plan to record this at the Apple Store. First, my computer died. Then my external [hard drive] died,” he says. “New York is expensive. I couldn’t just buy another laptop. I just thought, ‘I’m going to die before anyone knows I’m hot.’”
The work environment wasn’t exactly ideal, either:
“One time there was a fire drill and I was trying to save my work, and this lady came over and disconnected the thumb drive while it was saving,” he says.
Recording a whole album in an Apple Store is technically against the rules, but good thing Harvey had the help of two anonymous Apple Store employees who helped him evade security to record five days a week for four months. (By the way, not using any instruments while recording your album is an especially great way to be inconspicuous. Harvey just hummed and sang into the mic on the floor models.) Harvey also figured out that he could avoid getting his work deleted nightly by hiding files in the trash folder on the desktop. Eventually he finished the album, which is great because it would be terrible to die before anyone knows you’re hot.
Harvey’s album PHATASS apparently drops July 26 and, even if it mostly sucks, we still can praise this enterprising young hero for the time he stuck it to Apple.