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Justin Bieber Was Accused Of Sexual Assault And Somehow Selena Gomez Got Dragged Into It

Over the weekend, singer Justin Bieber was accused by two women of sexual assault. On Sunday, he took to Twitter to refute one of the allegations but has not commented on the other.

In a lengthy series of posts shared on Twitter this past Sunday, Bieber denied sexual assault claims made by a woman, known only as Daniel.

In a series of tweets, which were shared by the account PopCrave and have now been deleted, Danielle accused Bieber of assaulting her on March 9, 2014, after his performance at SXSW. She claims the singer took her to a Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, where he sexually assaulted her. In response to the tweets, Bieber said he’d been encouraged by his wife to speak up and claimed that “there is no truth to this story.” He also shared various receipts from AirBnbs and an article in an attempt to show that he had not been at the hotel mentioned in the claim.

“I don’t normally address things as I have dealt with random accusations my entire career[,] but after talking with my wife and team I have decided to speak up on an issue tonight. Rumors are rumors but sexual abuse is something I don’t take lightly. I wanted to speak out right away but out of respect to so many victims who deal with these issues daily, I wanted to make sure I gathered the facts before I made any statement,” Bieber wrote in his Twitter post. “In the past 24 hours, a new Twitter [account] appeared that told a story of myself involved with sexual abuse on March 9, 2014[,] in Austin[,] Texas[,] at the Four [S]easons [H]otel. I want to be clear. There is no truth to this story. In fact, as I will soon show I was never present at that location.”

In his claims, Bieber said that while he had performed at SXSW that year he attended the festival with his then-girlfriend Selena Gomez.

To back up his claims, Bieber shared photos of two of them together at the time. He also shared a series of email correspondences and receipts to show evidence of his Airbnb reservation. “I stayed with Selena and our friends at an Airbnb on the 9th and on the 10th stayed at a Westin because our hotel reservation at LÀ Quinta and not the four seasons was messed up. Here are the receipts for the hotel on the 10th,” Bieber wrote in his tweet.

Bieber also shared tweets from March 2014 that showed people had claimed to have seen him at the Four Seasons Hotel around the same time.

Bieber asserted that while he was at the restaurant he had not gone to the hotel. “Every claim of sexual abuse should be taken very seriously and this is why my response was needed,” Justin replied to the claims. “However this story is factually impossible and that is why I will be working with [T]witter and authorities to take legal action.”

In a separate claim, a woman identified only as Kadi also accused Bieber of sexual assault.

In response to Danielle’s claim, Kadi wrote “I believe Danielle, I am a victim of sexual assault by Justin Bieber too.” Kadi, whose tweets remain up, accused the singer of sexually assaulting her in New York City in 2015. Kadi claimed that after a brief encounter outside the Langham Hotel, where Justin was staying she was invited to his room around 2:30 a.m.

In her tweets, Kadi claimed Bieber’s bodyguard invited her up to his hotel to join a party where he took her to a separate area and assaulted her despite her asking him to stop. “I asked him to stop and continued to say that I cannot have sex whit[h] anyone prior to marriage (traditional and cultural thing) So Bieber started pushing me to the bed and have his body against mine, he pinned me down pulled my leggings down and his shorts and penetrated me (which is considered a very bad thing unless by the husband) it aggravated me and I pushed him and kicked him between his legs and run out to the living room,” she claimed

A Black Transgender Woman Was Killed On The Last Day Of Pride

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A Black Transgender Woman Was Killed On The Last Day Of Pride

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We’re now almost halfway through 2020 and the statistics tallying the number of murders that have occurred this year in the trans community are alarming. Sadly when it came to the sacred month of Pride the trans community did not receive a break in these numbers, unfortunately.

A community in Dallas, Texas is currently coming to terms with the death of 22-year-old Merci Mack a Black transg woman whose body was discovered in Dallas on the final day of Pride.

Mack, whose body was discovered in a parking lot, is at least the 18th trans person to be killed in 2020.

According to reports, Mack’s body was discovered at 6:15 a.m and had sustained gunshot wounds. She was found in a parking lot of the Rosemont Apartments located in South Dallas. After her body was discovered, residents at the apartment claimed to police that they heard shots fired an hour beforehand. According to the Dallas Police Department, they never received a 911 about the incident. By the time an emergency response team came to the scene, Mack was dead.

Despite being an openly trans woman, reports by law enforcement and the local media deadnamed her.

The lack of support in using the deadnames of trans people has earned the ire of The Associated Press Stylebook  GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). AP urges reporters to use “use the name by which a transgender person now lives” and HRC has published trans reporting guidelines for police and members of the media. In a statement to BuzzFeed News, a spokesperson for the department has said that their “hearts go out to the grieving family who are trying to cope with the loss of their love one… Our detectives, as with all murders, are working diligently to find the perpetrator to this horrible crime.”

In response to Mack’s tragic death, LGBTQ+ groups have released statements honoring her life and legacy.

“Another Black transgender woman has had her life stolen from her,” Tori Cooper, a director of community engagement for HRC’s Transgender Justice Initiative stated an interview. “We cannot become numb to the fact that our community has learned of more killings of transgender and gender non-conforming people in the past few weeks than HRC has ever tracked in the past seven years.”

Mack is at least the 11th trans person to die since 2017 in Texas because of violence. Almost all of them have been Black women. Most recently, in May of this year, Helle Jae O’Regan was stabbed to death while at a barbershop in San Antonio.

Latinas talk “Imposter Syndrome”

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Latinas talk “Imposter Syndrome”

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Imposter syndrome. It may happen when you finally got accepted to college and have found yourself overwhelmed by the student body, or when you accepted that dream job, or even while doing your job. It can happen in relationships, in friendships. Basically anywhere and amongst us Latinas too. Even despite our hard work and much-earned credentials.

We wanted to talk about Imposter’s Syndrome and how to deal with it, so we reached out to our FIERCE audience on Instagram for their thoughts.

Latinas got real with their responses about feeling as if they were undeserving.

Check them out below!

Remind yourself that you’ve worked hard and are deserving.

“Thank you for posting this! I actually just got hired on as a school counselor and I’m feeling this intensely right now. I have to keep reminding myself that I worked so hard for this and that I AM WORTH IT!” – adelitafamania

Understand that anything can trigger it.

“It happens to me every single day on so many levels. It’s been holding me back my whole life and I keep pushing against it, some days it gets the better of me but I won’t give up on myself even when I really feel I’m not capable. I get so stressed all the time thinking someone is going to discover that I’m not smart, or fun, or whatever it is at that moment that I shut down. It’s so good to openly discuss it with friends or even professional help.” – pinatapink

And it can lead to social anxiety.

“This is so hard, I feel like this nearly every day. Lately, it’s been getting in the way of my entire purpose and whether or not I want to work hard at all. I tend to think, “Like for what? I don’t deserve to have the things I want because I didn’t work hard enough.” Yet, I did. Probably more than anyone else in my programs, jobs, teams, even my friend group. This is so tough and often it leads to my social anxiety which affects a whole multitude of behavioral patterns like procrastination and chronic lateness.” –curlsofroses

But you can battle it by not shrugging off your achievements.

“Happens to me all the time. And when people give me praise I tend to say “oh it’s not a big deal.” But I’m trying to remember that I’m enough and hell yeah I’m a big deal.” – erika_kiks18

Because it can happen to brain surgeons and Fortune 500 CEOs too.

“Our country and our community has been through a lot since the middle of March. Now more than ever is the time to nourish our goals and inspirations. In my podcast, I bring together some of the highest achieving Latinos that our country has to offer: Dr. Quinoñes-Hinojosa: who went from migrant farm worker to a world-renowned brain surgeon
Hector Ruiz: one of the very few Latinos to be a Fortune 500 CEO of an American Company Louis Barajas: the #1 financial Latino expert in the USA. (He is most likely your favorite Reggaeton artist’s to-go financial guy.)
Cesar Garcia: an actor who has seen. dozens of times in music videos, shows, and movies. He’s known for his roles in Fast and Furious and Breaking Bad. Chef Aarón Sánchez: The most well-known Latin Chef in the country. Find an episode that catches your attention or share an episode to a friend of loved one that would like to hear from other Latinos on how they achieved their dreams and goals.” – trailblazinglatinospodcast

And you can cure it by not reminding yourself to not give weight to other people’s thoughts.

“I cured mine by not giving a fck! The enemy is a LIEEEE.” –stephaniesaraii

And last but not least, know that it can be hard to defeat but you ARE worthy.

“This was me on the first day after I transferred to University. The feeling still follows me sometimes. It hard to defeat.” – dianalajandre