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Ozuna Addresses Extortion Plot During Billboard Latin Music Week Q&A, Apologizes Again

Ozuna fans were shocked at the beginning of the year when they heard about an extortion plot that was consuming the reggaetonero. The singer was paying tens of thousands of dollars to keep the extorter from releasing sexually explicit videos of Ozuna when he was a teenager. Despite apologizing in January, Ozuna apologized to fans again at his Billboard Latin Music Week Q&A.

Ozuna used his Billboard Latin Music Week Q&A to address his fans on an ongoing controversy.

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Ozuna started his 45-minute long Q&A with Leia Cobo by directly addressing his fans about the extortion drama. He candidly used his own experience to speak to his fans about the importance of owning up to your action and past.

“People say you don’t have to apologize. Of course, I have to apologize,” Ozuna told Cobo during his Q&A.

The young musician admitted that he felt his fans deserved an explanation for his actions.

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For Ozuna, the apologies he has released for the extortion plot were necessary to thank those who stand behind him. Regardless of the fame and success he has experienced, he knows the importance of being open with his fans and the necessity of giving them the most honest representation of who he is.

The singer is most appreciative for his family, who are his biggest supporters.

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“My family, my wife and my kids, they know who I am,” Ozuna told the audience when answering a question about balancing negative and positive news coverage. “As long as we are with god we have nothing to fear.”

“Life is balance. It is positive and negative balance. I am not the only person who has been born with difficulties. There are errors that you make when you’re young,” Ozuna added. “I am still a human.”

This is the second time Ozuna has apologized because of the extortion plot.

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“Like many young people, I made a mistake, fueled by ignorance,” Ozuna wrote. “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.”

Shortly after his apology, it was announced that late LGBTQ+ trap artist Kevin Fret was behind the extortion.

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Kevin Fret’s death at the beginning of the year set off a firestorm of fear and anger within the LGBTQ+ community. Fret was shot and killed while riding his motorbike through San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Ozuna’s team came forward and admitted that Fret was the man behind the extortion plot threatening Ozuna’s career unless he got payments from the singer. However, Ozuna’s manager, after meeting with the San Juan District Attorney, said Ozuna was in no way implicated in the tragic death. Yet, Fret’s mother is adamant that Ozuna is responsible for her son’s death.

“I know that it was him [Ozuna] who ordered my son to be killed, together with Vicente Saavedra,” Hild Rodriguez, Fret’s mother, told Samantha Love on her radio show in April 2019. “Ozuna carries this in his conscience.”

Fans came out strong to support Ozuna during this time and defended him on social media.

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There is nothing funny about extortion based on sexually explicit material. That is revenge porn, a form of pornography that is being outlawed and turned into a felony offense in several states in the U.S. Not to mention that the video of Ozuna is allegedly him as a minor and has serious criminal implications if it would be released.

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

Teresa Giudice And Her Daughters Are Pleading With President Trump To Save Joe From Deportation

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Teresa Giudice And Her Daughters Are Pleading With President Trump To Save Joe From Deportation

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The Real Housewives of New Jersey is always a hot mess, like the rest of Bravo’s reality show line up. The ladies on RHONJ have no qualms about showing their true selves whether it’s by flipping tables, fighting each other, or committing fraud. The star of the show, Teresa Giudice, has done all of those things and even went to jail for it, and her husband too.

Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe have both served their time in federal prison based on their fraud convictions.

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The Jersey couple has been embroiled in fraud charges since 2013 when they were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, and bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications, and bankruptcy fraud.

Teresa was sentenced to 15 months in prison while Joe received 41 months in prison. The judge allowed for the two to serve their time one after the other so their daughters were not left without parents. Teresa served her time first.

While Joe is no longer in prison for his role in the fraud case, he has been in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody since the end of his prison sentence.

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Teresa and their children have not seen Joe since he has been released from prison. He is currently awaiting his deportation back to Italy. Joe, according to several reports, came to the U.S. when he was a baby but never became a full citizen. Instead, Joe has been living in the U.S. with a green card, even after marrying Teresa.

“My mother and father have fought tirelessly to pay back every single penny of restitution to court deemed they owe. They have made a mistake but rectified it through serving time and by finically satisfying all that was owed,” Gia, the eldest daughter, wrote on the petition to save her father. “He is currently still in a detention center while fighting the deportation; that’s right he’s still incarcerated months after completing his prison sentence in an effort to stand by his family.  After completing his sentence he could’ve left the country and gone to Italy but he chose to stay in prison, hirer additional counsel and make several more appeals to try to stay in the United States because he knows how much his family needs him.”

There is no guarantee that Joe will be able to stay in the U.S. and the family is concerned he would suffer by being forced away from his family and sent to a country he does not know.

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“He knows nothing of Italian culture, laws, societal norms, he has no immediate family and will not be able to secure work in this foreign land,” Gia wrote. “My father is not a danger to society, he is a warm, loving man, and I beg you sign our petition to give my father a second chance at being part of our lives and giving back to the community we live in once again.”

She added, “This would rob us of my father screaming from the stands at our graduations, meeting our future husbands for the first time, of walking us down the aisle, of being there when his grandchildren come into the world. Please use your voice, your power, and your signature to help keep my family together.”

The pleas for help from the Giudice family is an echo of the pleas for help from numerous immigrant families recently torn apart by Trump’s cruel immigration policies.

Now Teresa is getting backlash for not showing compassion toward Latino undocumented people.

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Would Trump show mercy on Joe despite deporting countless of others? For starters, the Giudice’s are reality TV stars, and we know Trump loves reality TV, and secondly, they’re non-Latino. So we have a good feeling Trump will allow him to stay and maybe invite him to the White House.

Some people took the position of “you get what you vote for.”

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Giudice was once on “Celebrity Apprentice” and was a vocal supporter of Trump during the campaign. Since becoming president, Trump has made it easier for immigration officials detain and deport people residing in the U.S. That would also mean people, like Giudice’s husband, who are not U.S. citizens and break laws.

The post is also showing people the disparity of life for the rich and famous vs. the rest of society.

People are showing support and do feel bad for the family, however, they aren’t letting them off easy. The court of public opinion is steadfast in pointing out the fact that their family should received the same treatment as every other family caught up in the immigration system.

Some Instagram users are even saying that Joe should have “done it the legal way.”

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The immigration process in the U.S. is notoriously difficult. In large part, immigration cases are decided on a case-by-case basis because there are so many variables that can change the trajectory of a case.

One person came through and suggested that people use this experience to do more for all families being torn apart by immigration policies in the U.S.

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So many families have faced the tragic separation happening along the southern border and within the U.S. It is a moment in history that the country will have to answer for and the answer right now is one of xenophobia and carelessness. There are still hundreds of kids who have not been reunited with their parents and it is a sad reminder of the Trump administration’s willingness to use immigrant families as political pawns.

READ: A Family Hugged Goodbye As The Father Was Deported To Mexico After 30 Years In The U.S.

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