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Ozuna Is Working With The FBI And Miami Police Department About An Attempted Extortion

Ozuna, one of the biggest Puerto reggaeton stars, has claimed in a press statement that he was the victim of extortion. The Puerto Rican star says that he had fallen victim to blackmail, involving an explicit video filmed of him when he was just 16 years old. Various media sources are reporting that recently killed trap singer Kevin Fret was the person extorting Ozuna. Allegedly, Fret had threatened Ozuna on various social media sites that he would release the tape.

The reggaeton star originally reported the extortion plot to both the FBI and Miami Police Department back in 2017.

“Our attorney confirmed yesterday that urban artist Ozuna was extorted through an intimate video filmed when he was a minor. This video was edited with the objective of causing even more harm,” reads a statement from Dimelo VI, the label management for Ozuna. “[During] the time of the alleged extortion scheme, we filed a complaint and all the legal measures are being taken, as sending and publishing videos of minors is a state and federal offense.”

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While no blackmailer has been publicly called out, it has been claimed that Fret was said to have a video of a 16-year-old Ozuna performing a sexual act. Fret demanded money to keep the video private and was reportedly paid $50,000 by Ozuna before he contacted the FBI about the blackmail. Fret was be shot and killed on Jan. 10 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

At this time, Ozuna’s lawyer says there is no connection between Fret’s death and the extortion case.

Sagardía said during a conference with Puerto Rican media that his client is not a suspect in the case and only met with investigators because of the extortion claims.

“Ozuna is not a suspect. I went with Ozuna to the Department of Justice. We met with prosecutor Freire (Luis Freire Borges), who at the time was the director of the Cyber Crimes Unit, and with more police personnel, because there was an extortion attempt from another person, who was Kevin Fret.”

According to Billboard, Vicente Saavedra, Ozuna’s manager, has also said that Ozuna has yet to be investigated or called to testify in the murder of Fret.

Don Omar weighed in on the extortion case that has people calling his comments “homophobic”.

The video behind the extortion case is rumored to be an underage Ozuna and two men conducting sexual acts. After the news broke, Don Omar, the famed Puerto Rican singer, was accused of making homophobic comments. He tweeted, “Lunch break! Any of you eat [duck]? Not me.”

Duck, or pato as it reads in Spanish, is a derogatory homophobic slur that is commonly said in some Latin American countries. Fellow Puerto Rican singer, Bad Bunny tweeted back at Omar saying, “Homophobia in this day and age? How embarrassing, loco.”

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Omar has since explained himself for the comments on Facebook live but was short of an apology for using the slur.

“I am not homophobic,” Don Omar said in the video. “Not one of you can call a gentleman who loves his family ‘homophobic,’ who respects them, who takes care of them, and wants the best for each of them.”

He has since received heavy criticism for his comments that have come in light of the openly gay Fret’s death. Some claimed Fret’s death was a hate crime that was due to his sexuality, especially in a genre where masculinity and misogyny are prevalent.

Ozuna sent out an apology to his fans with hopes the singer can learn from this incident.

“Like many young people, I made a mistake, fueled by ignorance,” Ozuna, born Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado, wrote in an apology. “Today, I’m not only sorry for what happened, but I condemn it. That’s why I looked for help and I am certain everything will be cleared. Likewise, I’m following the process and am always willing to collaborate with authorities to prevent the evil that resulted from this big mistake. More importantly, I ask my family for forgiveness. They are my life’s priority and I will continue to fight for them always.”


READ: The Death Of Latin Trap Artist Kevin Fret Is Putting A Spotlight On Heightened Violence In Puerto Rico

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Bad Bunny Surprises With Release Of New Album ‘Las Que No Iban a Salir’ Extending His Reign As Reggaeton’s Leading Man

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Bad Bunny Surprises With Release Of New Album ‘Las Que No Iban a Salir’ Extending His Reign As Reggaeton’s Leading Man

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I know we’re all in quarantine and millions are still in lockdown. But Bad Bunny is making these super strange times a bit less horrible thanks so his constant stream of entertainment.

From his album ‘YHLQMDLG’, which he just released in March, to free concerts on Instagram Live and some seriously perfect Instagram stories – Bad Bunny is making sure we’re all well-stocked with Bad Bunny content during this pandemic.

And now, our beloved Conejo Malo kicked off his Mother’s Day celebration by dropping a collection of tracks – which were definitely teased during his next-level Instagram Live from last weekend – titled Las Que No Iban a Salir, or The [tracks] That Weren’t Going to be Released.

Las Que No Iban a Salir is just the latest in epic drops from the epic reggaetonero.

Just two months after the release of his last album, Bad Bunny is back with a surprise new album. It’s called Las Que No Iban a Salir. Among the guests on this surprise 10-track collection are: Zion & Lennox, Yandel, Don Omar, Nicky Jam, Jhay Cortez and his girlfriend, Gabriela Berlingeri.

The new album comes just two months after his sophomore album, YHLQMDLG, made history.

Bad Bunny released YHLQMDLG in March and it made history on the Billboard charts. YHLQMDLG debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, scoring the highest charting all-Spanish-language album ever.

Listeners have returned to the album consistently in the weeks since its release. YHLQMDLG hasn’t left the Top Ten, and its racked up nearly a billion streams in the U.S. alone. The album conquered old-school mediums as well as the digital world. “Yo Perreo Sola” and “La Dificil,” a pair of legit reggaeton singles, are both Top 20 on Latin radio this week.

There are some serious bops on this album. I’m already obsessed with ‘En Casita’!

“En Casita” (At Home) features his girlfriend Gabriela Berlingeri, who he has been quarantined with in his native Puerto Rico during the Coronavirus pandemic. Berlingeri who previously avoided the spotlight has been making frequent appearances on Bad Bunny’s social media channels.

Then there’s his SNL skit which was hilarious.

The Latin Grammy Award-winning artist made his debut on Saturday Night Live during their April 25 broadcast where Kenan Thompson played baseball star David Ortiz, better known as Big Papi. The skit titled “Big Papi’s Cooking Show” featured Bad Bunny as a character named Big Bunny ready to sell audiences pots and pans for any kitchen, as well as sweatpants.

Bad Bunny is living his best life during this pandemic and I am so grateful he’s helping us all cope with new music during these truly strange times.

Reggaeton And K-Pop Battle It Out With J Balvin Leading The Charge In ‘Trolls World Tour’

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Reggaeton And K-Pop Battle It Out With J Balvin Leading The Charge In ‘Trolls World Tour’

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“Trolls World Tour” is now streaming so everyone who can’t go to the movie theaters can see the highly anticipated animated film. The movie is giving all kinds of musical genres love showing the wide world of music. Don’t worry. Reggaeton finds its way into the movie and J Balvin is carrying the torch.

J Balvin is giving reggaeton and Latino music some serious representation in “Trolls World Tour.”

“I am a troll and represented reggaeton 🌈🌈🌈 for the culture. #colores @trolls the movie !! LATINO GANG,” J Balvin wrote on his Instagram caption.

Honestly, this kind of representation for children is something that we all need to celebrate. J Balvin’s character Tresillo is fighting for reggaeton and it’s admirable. Not only are we hearing some Spanish in the movie, Tresillo corrected the mispronunciation of his name and that is something that we can all relate to.

Tresillo is the kind of character so many people are able to relate to.

Who would want to live in a world without reggaeton? That kind of world just doesn’t seem like the kind of world worth living in. Imagine a world without Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, or Bad Bunny. What a sad world that would be.

The way he corrects the pronunciation of his name is everything.

How many times have you had to correct the way someone mispronounced your name? Bonus points if the person acted offended or thought you were being too dramatic. A name is something that is so important to a person. No name is too hard that people can’t pronounce it. After all, people can pronounce Zach Galifianakis so why should they struggle with pronouncing any of our names?

Truly, Tresillo might be the kind of visual distraction so many of us need to make it through this time.

Thank you for giving us some representation even in all of this. It is really so small but in a world like this, it can really make the difference. Children stuck at home can now see themselves represented in the Trolls universe.

This troll even moves with the culture.

Get it, J Balvin. Thank you for always doing it for the culture and doing it right. You can watch “Trolls World Tour” now.

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