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Lady Gaga’s Tapping Into Her Italian Roots For Her Next Role as The ‘Black Widow’ Who Killed Maurizio Gucci

Little monsters rejoice, for a star is being born, again! Lady Gaga’s making her return to the big screen next year. Following her Oscar-worthy performance, the pop-star turned actor, will be part of a new project chronicling the murder of fashion mogul, Maurizio Gucci —the founder of, you guessed it, Gucci. The story is every bit as glamorous as you can imagine, and we have the deets. 

Lady Gaga is starring in a new movie, and this one is a true glamorous murder mystery, if ever there was one.

It was reported over the weekend that Lady Gaga’s making another movie. Her next starring role, following her award-winning performance on A Star is Born, will be in a murder, intrigue and high fashion-filled thriller produced by Ridley Scott. 

Scott’s new project chronicles the murder of Maurizio Gucci, the business man who spearheaded the Italian fashion house in the 80s and early 90s. 

A year after we were piqued and obsessed with the fashion and murder mystery ‘The Assasination of Gianni Versace’, another glam intrigue is in the works. At the perfect intersection between true crime and haute couture, comes the retelling of the infamous murder of the head of Gucci back in 1995. 

Patricia was said to hate her ex so much that she plotted and planned his murder.

Maurizio Gucci famously left his wife Patricia Reggiani for another —younger— woman in the late eighties. And in this particular case, the saying ‘hell hath no fury like a woman scorned’ was proven to be true. Rejected and scorned, Patricia hired a hitman to assassinate her ex-husband —earning her the, kinda glamorous and sombre nickname, “the Black Widow.”

The film will be based on the true crime story written by Sara Gay Forden.

The ex-wife was caught and found guilty. Patricia Reggiani served 18 years in prison, before her release in 2016. Here’s where mother monster comes in; Lady Gaga will be playing the role of the Black Widow in the upcoming film. And while details are being kept tightly hidden, we know that the script was written by Roberto Bentivegna, and was based on Sara Gay Forden’s true crime book, ‘The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour and Greed,’ which chronicled the events.

Did Patricia murder Gucci because he was marrying his mistress? Or was it because his spending was driving the family to ruin? Or perhaps she didn’t do it at all?

In Sara Gay Forden’s gripping book, she explores whether Patrizia Reggiani murdered her ex-husband, Maurizio Gucci, in 1995 because his spending was wildly out of control, “or was it because her glamorous ex was preparing to marry his mistress, Paola Franchi? Or is there a possibility she didn’t do it at all?”

Maurizio famously had two daughters with Patrizia Reggiani, but he left her for another woman. She’d had a brain tumor removed, and her children blamed it on her actions; the media took a darker view of her during a sensationalized affair, depicting her as a hot blooded woman scorned. She was originally drawn a sentence of 29 years.

If the film follows the re-telling of Sara Gay Forden’s story, we will get a look inside a glamorous family empire that ultimately came crumbling down.

The true crime story details the ascent, eventual collapse, and resurrection of the Gucci dynasty. In Sara Gay Forden’s pages we’re taken behind the scenes of the trial and exposed to the passions, the power, and the vulnerabilities of the greatest fashion family of the time. 

The Gucci movie will be produced by Ridley Scott and his wife Giannina.

Scott will produce the Gucci saga with his wife, the Puerto Rican actress, Giannina Scott. He most recently directed “All the Money in the World” about the Getty kidnaping. Scott has been nominated for a directing Academy Award for “Thelma & Louise,” “Gladiator” and “Black Hawk Down” and for a Best Picture Oscar for “The Martian.”

It is said that the film has been in developmental hell for the past decade, at one point even signing on Angelina Jolie for the role of Patricia Reggiani. But finally it looks like the project is coming together, and Scott will put our lord and saviour Stefani Germanotta’s Italian roots to good use in her role as the ‘Black Widow’, Patricia Regianni. 

Eight New Witnesses Implicate Stites’ Fiancé, A Former Cop, Pointing To Rodney Reed’s Innocence

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Eight New Witnesses Implicate Stites’ Fiancé, A Former Cop, Pointing To Rodney Reed’s Innocence

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Rodney Reed is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on Nov. 20, but eight new witnesses have come forward to corroborate Reed’s claims that the victim was in an abusive relationship with convicted felon and former cop Jimmy Fennell. Nineteen-year-old Stacey Stites was murdered in April 1996 in Bastrop, Texas. A year later, a 29-year-old black man named Rodney Reed was arrested and charged with capital murder. The prosecution argued that the presence of Reed’s semen in Stites’ body was evidence of her brutal sexual assault and murder. The all-white jury sentenced Reed to die by lethal injection, currently scheduled for Nov. 20, 2019.

Now, eight witnesses have come forward to testify to Stites’ fear of fiancé, Jimmy Fennell, who was the initial person of interest in the crime. The witnesses believe that when Fennell learned that Stites was having a consensual affair with Reed, Fennell strangled her to death.

Rodney Reed is being represented by the Innocence Project.

Rodney Reed has always claimed his innocence, and that he and Stites were in a consensual relationship. Now, witnesses have come forward to prove it.

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At the time of Reed’s trial, nobody would testify to their consensual relationship. Now, two witnesses have come forward to recall Stites’ own account of her relationships with Reed and with her abusive fiancé, Fennell. One of those witnesses is Rebecca Peoples, who worked with Stites at an H-E-B grocery store. As any friendly co-workers do, Stites and Peoples confided in each other. Stites told Peoples that “she was having a relationship with a black man,” and that “she was afraid of her fiancé,” according to the most recent Writ of Habeas Corpus. Peoples never shared her testimony because she “did not realize that it was important and no one ever approached [her].”  

In addition, Stites’ own family and friends, Alicia Slater, Lee Roy Ybarra and Calvin “Buddy” Horton, have come forward to attest to the knowledge of a relationship between Stites and Reed.

The prosecution portrayed Stites’ engagement as “happy,” but new sworn testimony reveals that Fennell was abusive to Stites.

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Former Bastrop County Sherriff’s Office Deputy, Richard Derleth, has come forward to recall what other H.E.B. employees shared with him at the time of Stites death. “Members of the [H.E.B.] staff would keep a lookout for Jimmy Fennell to see if he would come into the store,” Derleth said during sworn testimony. “They told
me that if they saw Jimmy coming into the store, they would tell Stacey
and she would run and hide from Jimmy” for fear “he would start a fight with her.” Derleth shared the information with “some members of the
Sheriff’s Office” but is “not sure what was done with the information.”

William Sappington lived below Fennel and Stites’ apartment. His son, Brent, has testified that he overheard “screaming and banging” upstairs. Brent’s wife, Vicki, recalled that her father-in-law “expressed concern that Mr. Fennell was verbally abusive toward Ms. Stites, that he feared Mr. Fennell was also
physically abusive, and that he had reported his concerns to local
law enforcement, but officers dismissed his concerns.”

Jimmy Fennell served a 10-year sentence after kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman while on duty as a police officer.

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In 2008, Fennell pled guilty to kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman he had been dispatched to protect. He also pled guilty to attempting to cover it up by threatening to kill the woman if she told anyone. While he was imprisoned, he sought protection from Arthur Snow, a member of the “whites-only” Aryan Brotherhood at the prison. “Jimmy said he needed protection from the blacks and Mexicans at the
prison,” Snow said in sworn testimony. 

Fennell traded commissary for protection, and later, while in the rec yard, Snow recalls a troubling conversation. Fennell started talking about Stites “with a lot of
hatred and resentment. Jimmy said his fiancé had been sleeping around
with a black man behind his back. By the way Jimmy spoke about this
experience, I could tell that it deeply angered him. Toward the end of the
conversation, Jimmy said confidently, “I had to kill my n****-loving
fiancé.”

Nearly 3 million Americans have signed a petition calling on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to delay Reed’s execution.

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Reed has maintained his innocence since day one. The murder weapon, a belt used for strangulation, has never been tested for DNA, despite multiple requests by Reed’s attorneys, all of which have been denied. Reed has been imprisoned for 21 years.

Selena Gomez Says That Social Media Users Had Attacked Her When She Gained Weight: ‘Really Messed Me Up’

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Selena Gomez Says That Social Media Users Had Attacked Her When She Gained Weight: ‘Really Messed Me Up’

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Two years ago, actress and singer Selena Gomez opened up to fans about her experience with lupus and undergoing a kidney transplant. The summer before she took a public break from her music career. The singer had been traveling her for Revival world tour when she announced her decision to take a break to focus on her health. She cited anxiety, panic attacks and depression as side effects to her lupus diagnosis and expressed her need to take care of her health. Now, Gomez has revealed why she spent so much time out of the spotlight. She was undergoing a kidney transplant.

Since her surgery, Gomez has been open about her experience and its impact on her physical and mental health.

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The singer opened up even more about the process of recovery during a recent podcast, in which she revealed that she’d experienced body shaming her health led to weight gain. During an appearance on a recent episode of “Giving Back Generation,” a video podcast by Raquelle Stevens, Gomez said criticism impacted her “big time.”

During the interview, Gomez said that after being attacked by body shamers online she decided that she needed some time away from social media. This was primarily because they were having so much of an impact on her mental health.

“I experienced [body-shaming] with my weight fluctuation for the first time,” Selena told Stevens during the podcast. “I have lupus and deal with kidney issues and high blood pressure, so I deal with a lot of health issues, and for me that’s when I really started noticing more of the body-image stuff.”

According to the Mayo Clinic, Lupus is an autoimmune disorder that, occurs when the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues and organs. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Lupus is a systemic autoimmune disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems — including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs. Lupus can be difficult to diagnose because its signs and symptoms often mimic those of other ailments. The most distinctive sign of lupus — a facial rash that resembles the wings of a butterfly unfolding across both cheeks — occurs in many but not all cases of lupus. Some people are born with a tendency toward developing lupus, which may be triggered by infections, certain drugs or even sunlight. While there’s no cure for lupus, treatments can help control symptoms.” 

Speaking about how the autoimmune disease has affected her weight, Gomez said that it’s normal for her to fluctuate.

“It’s the medication I have to take for the rest of my life — it depends on even the month, to be honest. So for me, I really noticed when people started attacking me for that,” she explained. “In reality, that’s just my truth. I fluctuate. It depends what’s happening in my life.”

Gomez went onto further explain how the body shaming affected how she has chosen to interact with her fans moving forward.

“I’m very happy with living my life and being present. Because that’s it. Similar to me posting a photo and walking away. For me that’s it. I will do a red carpet, I will do whatever. I don’t need to see it. I participated. I felt wonderful and that’s where the extent of it is,” she said. “I don’t care to expose myself to everyone and hear what they have to say about it… I don’t care about that stuff but I did start gaining weight and I didn’t mind it. And that hurt…I’ve experienced people who try to control that kind of stuff before. This is my time and I want to do it the way I want to do it.”

It’s not the first time Gomez has opened up how criticism about her appearance has affected her mental health and how she chooses to include social media in her life. 

In 2018, Gomez explained that she was taking a step back from social media because she was being affected by disparaging and negative comments online.

“Update: taking a social media break,” she wrote to fans in a post on Instagram at the time. “Again. As much as I am grateful for the voice that social media gives each of us, I am equally grateful to be able to step back and live my life present to the moment I have been given. Kindness and encouragement only for a bit! Just remember— negative comments can hurt anybody’s feelings. Obvi.”

“Update: taking a social media break,” she wrote to fans in a post on Instagram at the time. “Again. As much as I am grateful for the voice that social media gives each of us, I am equally grateful to be able to step back and live my life present to the moment I have been given. Kindness and encouragement only for a bit! Just remember— negative comments can hurt anybody’s feelings. Obvi.”