The infamous California prostitute known as “Pretty Hoe” has admitted to luring teens into sex trafficking and coercing at least one victim into getting her pimp’s name tattooed on her face, officials said.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, instead of going to trial, 23-year-old Melanie Denae Williams—a Los Angeles native who often describes herself as “The Most Hated Hoe in L.A.”—pleaded guilty to sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion in Los Angeles federal court.
Federal prosecutors accused Williams of using her influence on social media to persuade young women to work as prostitutes.
Officials said in one alleged incident, Williams ordered a woman to strip naked before throwing bleach on her and beating her with a broomstick.
“Pretty Hoe” was also known for taking to social media and sharing several videos of her beating and using firearms to threaten victims.
The day Williams entered her plea, she posted a video on Instagram in which she said, “We don’t give a f**k about sh** you talking about.”
As part of her plea deal, Williams faces a minimum prison sentence of 15 years and will be required to pay restitution to her victims. Had she not pleaded guilty, she would have faced life in prison, if convicted.
Pretty Hoe’s sentencing is scheduled for January 28th, 2019.
It’s a sad day for fans of SpongeBob Squarepants fans. Stephen Hillenburg, best known as the creator of the hit Nickelodeon series, died from ALS Monday (Nov. 26) at the age of 57. Nickelodeon confirmed the sad news of Hillenburg’s passing in a tweet.
“We are sad to share the news of the passing of Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants,” Nickelodeon wrote. “Today, we are observing a moment of silence to honor his life and work.”
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Hillenburg revealed he had been diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease known as “ALS” (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) last year.
“I wanted people to hear directly from me that I have been diagnosed with ALS,” he said at the time. “Anyone who knows me knows that I will continue to work on SpongeBob SquarePants and my other passions for as long as I am able. My family and I are grateful for the outpouring of love and support.”
Hillenburg, who has written and directed for other Nickelodeon shows, taught marine biology at the Orange County Marine Institute before coming up with the idea for Spongebob in the late 1990s. The show’s first episode aired in 1999.
“Obviously, SpongeBob is a comedy, but it really was inspired by me liking marine science,” he said during a 2015 interview about how he came up with the hit show. “I focused on that, and I never thought the two would come together.”
Hillenburg earned nine Emmy nominations for the show and even won a special Emmy Award earlier this year for his animation work.
Though most people know Hillenburg as the creator of SpongeBob, he actually got his start in animation by directing another popular Nick show, Rocko’s Modern Life, and he also wrote and directed for Rugrats.
“Let’s not forget, Stephen Hillenburg got his start on Rocko’s Modern life as a director, producer, writer, and storyboarder,” one fan wrote on Twitter Tuesday. “So we have him to thank for the production of this staple of 90s Nickelodeon as well.”
let's not forget, Stephen Hillenburg got his start on Rocko's Modern life as a director, producer, writer, and storyboarder
Director Jorge R. Gutierrez wrote: “A giant of cartoons has left us. A kind, brilliant and hilarious genius who will forever be remembered for his creations. Animation was changed for the better thanks to him. And millions of kids grew up with a character that championed innocence. Gracias for everything, Steve.”
A giant of cartoons has left us. A kind, brilliant and hilarious genius who will forever be remembered for his creations. Animation was changed for the better thanks to him. And millions of kids grew up with a character that championed innocence. Gracias for everything, Steve. https://t.co/Nn0DCnabJS
“This year has just absolutely shattered my heart. Lost two creative, imaginative individuals in both Stan Lee and Stephen Hillenburg, who both shaped so much of my own childhood and my childhood wonder,” another fan of Hillenburg’s work wrote.
This year has just absolutely shattered my heart. Lost two creative, imaginative individuals in both Stan Lee and Stephen Hillenburg, who both shaped so much of my own childhood, and my childhood wonder.
In addition to the TV series, Hillenburg wrote both hit “SpongeBob” feature films. The first one, released in 2004, grossed more than $140 million at the box office. The 2015 sequel grossed over $325 million.
On Tuesday (Nov. 20), authorities responded to the scene of a house fire in Colts Neck, New Jersey. Upon arrival, they discovered 50-year-old Keith Caneiro dead outside of his burning mansion with a gunshot wound in the back of his head. Inside, his 45-year-old wife Jennifer and two young children, 11-year-old Jesse and 8-year-old Sophia, lay dead among the flames with stab wounds.
The gruesome discovery came just hours after Caneiro’s brother, Paul, 51, was dealing with his own house burning down 12 miles away. A neighbor of Paul’s told NJ.com that he was visibly upset hours after the fire at his home was extinguished.
“He said, ‘it must’ve been a gas leak.’ He has tears in his eyes. [His wife] Susan was devastated,” the neighbor said. “He said, ‘I’m in complete shock. I can’t believe this is happening to me.”
According to a criminal complaint, Paul set fire to his own house “by using gasoline and igniting the gasoline causing the residence to catch fire while his wife and two daughters were inside.”
Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said at a news conference Tuesday: “The case has transcended into a multiple homicide investigation in addition to the arson matter. And to date, our investigation has revealed that unfortunately, sadly, each of these individuals were the victims of homicidal violence at some point prior to when the fire was set.”
Police are treating the case as an arson and believe the two fires are connected, but it is unclear if Paul is responsible for also burning down his brother’s $1.5 million New Jersey mansion.
“it’s important to emphasize that we have no reason to believe that anyone in the community is in any danger at this time,” Gramiccioni said.
He continued to mention that, “both of those homes are owned by family members…I’m sure you have questions as to if they are related, and that remains to be seen. But it is an angle that we’re continuing to pursue.”
“Just let us do our investigation,” he concluded.
The two brothers were business partners at their consulting firm, Square One, as well as a pest control company they ran together.
Pusha T performed in Toronto Tuesday night (Nov. 13) at the Danforth Music hall for his “Daytona” tour. While there, he was attacked by concertgoers he later accused of being hired by Drake to sabotage his concert.
During Pusha’s set, a group of troublemakers started throwing beer at him while he performed, covering the stage in frothy fluids. In footage captured by audience members and shared on social media, Pusha’s team can be seen fighting off stage rushers, forcing them to retreat.
From the looks of it, it seems like the stage rushers were trying to get to Pusha, who was quickly taken backstage amid the commotion.
According to XXL, some fans say that after security removed the wannabe assaulters from the stage, Pusha T came back to the stage and fired shots at Drake by performing “I Don’t Like” and “The Story of Adidon.” Pusha then accused the Toronto native of hiring people to cause a scene at his show.
And just last week, the words “F**k Drake” appeared in a large, bold font on the screen behind him during his set at Tyler the Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival, which Pusha later blamed on a “corny a** tech dude.”
Either this is all just some random coincidence, or Pusha T just doesn’t have the best luck right now. It’ll be interesting to see what Drake does or says next, if anything.
Sean “Diddy” Combs has a HUGE family—a total of six children, including Kim Porter’s oldest son Quincy, who isn’t biologically his, but he helped raise him as if he were his own.
Diddy has a strong bond with all three of the women who are his children’s mothers—the late Kim Porter, Misa Hylton-Brim and Sarah Chapman—and not only that, but the women also have strong bonds with each other.
Fans have admired and respected the co-parenting relationship Diddy has with the women of his life, and after the sudden passing of Kim Porter, all of the social media tributes from everyone further proves just how close they all are as a blended family.
On Sunday (Nov. 18), Misa Hylton-Brim, the mother of Diddy’s first-born son Justin Combs, took to Instagram to pen a touching message to the woman who she raised her children with for the past two decades. In her IG gallery, she included three photos of Kim, including one with her and all of their children.
Misa not only thanked Kim for being a second mother to her Justin, but for also accepting her younger children (who are not Diddy’s) as well. She also shared her reaction to Porter’s death, describing it as one of the “most shocking and painful experiences” she’s ever been through and a “devastating loss” to the family.
Alongside a beautiful black and white photo of Porter, Hylton-Brim wrote: “For the last 20 years we have raised our children together, my mind cannot begin to wrap around the fact that you are not going to be here. Thank you for being a 2nd mother to Justin and for loving Niko and Madison just the same. This is one of the most shocking and painful experiences that I have ever been through. A devastating loss to our family.”
Misa went on to describe a recent conversation the two shared about the kids and “how proud we were of them all.”
She said: “We spoke about their futures and how we could come together to support them in business. That was a very special conversation. But you were cool like that, and that is what I will miss the most. Our inside jokes and the fact that we shared an unspoken understanding around what it was like to raise our children in this life.”
Misa also vowed to be a pillar of support for all four of Kim’s children, saying that she’ll continue to love them as though they were her own. “I promise to love and protect Quincy, Chris, D’lila and Jessie. I will always be here for them,” she wrote. “Rest in Power Beautiful Queen #familyForever.”
Justin also wrote a beautiful message to the woman he considered his “second mom.” The 24-year-old recalled how they had recently spent time together as a family, noting how quickly life can change.
Justin also thanked Kim for accepting him as his own, adding that he would “forever cherish all the special moments and talks” they had together. Read his message in full below:
“This can’t be real I keep waking up hoping this is all a bad dream.. I just don’t understand. The other day we were all together dancing & celebrating! My second mother, thank you for loving & accepting me as one of your own I will forever cherish all the special moments and talks we had together please stay close with us and let us hear your voice to guide us. @quincy @kingcombs Jessie & D’lilah I got yall forever!”
Justin’s sister (and Misa’s daughter) Madison also took to Instagram to share a heartfelt to her “Aunt Kim,” thanking her for opening her home to hear and treating her and her brothers like “one of [her] own.” She also thanked her for giving her her “best friends” (Christian, Quincy, D’Lila and Jessie) and for “embodying love, beautify and grace.” You can read Madison’s message in its entirety below:
“I think shock and saddened are the only words that come to mind in this moment when looking to describe how we all feel. Wow.. Aunt Kim, thank you for opening not only your home but your heart to Justin, Niko and I.. Thank you for treating us like one of your own, thank you for always reminding me that I looked, acted and sounded ‘JUST like Misa’.. and most importantly thank you for giving me my best friends.. my siblings & for making me a big sister of not one but two beautiful, smart and loving girls. We all miss you and love you and still really cannot believe that you are gone. Thank you for embodying love, light, beauty and grace.. wow.. Rest In Peace Aunt Kim… my heart is so heavy.”
Diddy honored the mother of his children with a private memorial service at his mansion in Bel-Air. The service was attended by close family and friends, including French Montana, Pharrell and Mary J. Blige.
According to TMZ, the house was filled with photos of Porter and the family, and a candlelit walkway lined the entrance as guests arrived.
Good news! A Detroit teen who went missing after she took the trash out and never came back into the house has been found safely.
15-year-old Amariona Mayfield was last seen by her mother on Sunday, November 18th around 12:40 a.m. at their home in the 19900 block of Hanna Street. She was discovered missing at approximately 2 a.m.
A New Orleans man was arrested at a restaurant after allegedly “threatening” to “blow the bathroom up.”
According to an arrest warrant obtained by NOLA.com, 30-year-old Arthur Posey walked into Willie’s Chicken Shack last Tuesday (Nov. 13) and asked an employee what time the restaurant closed.
When the employee told Posey didn’t know, he allegedly replied: “Y”all about to close right now because… I’m about to blow this place up.”
Cops were called, and when they tracked down Posey, he claimed it was a huge misunderstanding. He explained to the restaurant’s employees that he really didn’t mean that he was going to blow the place up with a bomb … he meant he had to poop really bad and used the term “blow up the bathroom” in jest.
Restaurant staffers, however, didn’t see it that way, telling police that Posey was very angry during the discussion and claiming that he never mentioned the bathroom when he made his alleged threat.
The police didn’t buy Posey’s story either and he was arrested on the spot. He’s now facing two charges of communicating false information and planned arson and will need to appear in court for a competency hearing, Fox News reported.
It isn’t known whether or not Posey was able to eventually relieve his bowels.
Moral of the story: We’ve all blown up a bathroom or two, however, not everyone knows what you mean when you say that, so it’s best to just tell folks you have to use the toilet and leave it at that.
Denver Police spokesman Doug Schepman told reporters that no arrests have been made and police don’t know if there was more than one shooter. Authorities did not immediately release any information on potential suspects.
Denver Health Medical Center spokesman Simon Crittle said paramedics from the hospital responded to the shooting and found one person dead at the scene.
Officers closed several streets in the area, about three blocks from Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, after police first received reports of gunshots around 4 p.m. MST.
Downtown is obviously a very populated area, and so to have multiple gunshots fired in an area like this is quite concerning,” Schepman said.
Kim Porter’s family has finally broken their silence on her sudden and untimely death.
Sean “Diddy” Combs, who fathered three children with Porter, addressed her tragic death for the first time with a touching video and message on social media.
The video shows him and Kim doing a maternity photo shoot with Essence magazine in December 2006 when Kim was pregnant with their twin daughters D’Lilah Star and Jessie James.
The hip-hop mogul captioned the video with a somber message that read: “For the last three days I’ve been trying to wake up out of this nightmare. But I haven’t. I don’t know what I’m going to do without you baby. I miss you so much.”
Diddy continued: “Today I’m going to pay tribute to you, I’m going to try and find the words to explain our unexplainable relationship. We were more than best friends, we were more than soulmates. WE WERE SOME OTHER SH*T!! And I miss you so much. Super Black Love”
Kim and Diddy dated off and on for 13 years before breaking up for good in 2007, however, they remained close friends for the sake of their three children together—Christian Combs (born in 1998) and twin daughters D’Lilah Star and Jessie James (2006). Diddy also took in Kim’s oldest son, Quincy Brown (from her relationship with Al B. Sure), as his own son at a young age.
Quincy also posted a message on Instagram about his late mother, saying: “I am broken…& the only thing that makes sense right now is that you were way too good for this silly world we live in. I love you so much MOMMY. Please give Mee-Maw the biggest hug and kiss for me.”
Quincy’s biological father, Kim’s first baby daddy, also paid tribute to Kim on Instagram by sharing a throwback photo and a short message: a broken heart emoji and the hashtag “#ForeverMyLady.”
Kim was found dead at her home Thursday (Nov. 15) from complications stemming from either pneumonia or the flu. While officials told the media they don’t suspect foul play, the Los Angeles Coroner has called for an “additional investigation” into Porter’s death at age 47.