Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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The full disturbing extent of the physical and emotional abuse boxing legend Floyd Mayweather allegedly subjected his ex-fiancee to during years of torment can today be revealed.
In bombshell court documents, obtained by MailOnline, Mayweather is accused of battering, blackmailing, imprisoning and stealing from his former lover Shantel Jackson.
The world champion boxer, who is due to return to the ring this weekend to fight Marcos Maidana, now faces a trial by jury after his ex filed the explosive lawsuit.
The 29-year-old model announced she was suing Mayweather last week, claiming at a press conference that he beat her and invaded her privacy by posting a picture of an ultrasound scan online and announcing that they broke up because she aborted their twin babies.
But in sensational court documents the full extent of the boxer's tumultuous on-off eight year relationship with the beauty is laid bare in painful detail.
Shantel says she suffered years of hell at the hands of Mayweather, 37, whose ‘outrageous acts’ caused her ‘pain and humiliation’.
During one argument, he allegedly choked and twisted her arm, while in another he held her at gun point and threatened to shoot her.
He also kept her ‘prisoner’ in his Las Vegas home, threatened to publish naked pictures he had secretly taken of her while she slept and stole thousands of dollars worth of belongings from her, her court filings claim..
And in raging verbal attacks he called her a ‘bum’ and a ‘b*tch’ telling her, ‘You're not sh*t without me. I made you who you are.’
Shantel is seeking unspecified damages from Mayweather for battery, assault, defamation, invasion of privacy, false imprisonment, harassment and infliction of emotional distress.
The case is due to be tried by jury in Los Angeles and is expected to last seven days, court papers show.
Stunning Shantel met the boxer in 2006 when she was aged 21 and working as a hostess at an event in Atlanta, Georgia.
The pair began dating and soon after Mayweather asked her to move in with him in Las Vegas.
The boxer, who was last year named the highest paid athlete of the year by Forbes, showered her with gifts including a 17 carat diamond worth $2,500,000, over 100 designer handbags and masses of designer clothing. He also lavished her with ‘substantial cash gifts’ and allowed her to use his credit card.
However, Mayweather soon became very controlling and Shantel had to ‘make herself available to him virtually at all times’ and was not allowed to work, according to the lawsuit filed on Thursday at the Superior Court of California.
Shantel, who changed her last name to ‘Jackson-Mayweather’ at the boxing champ's request, stood by her man when he was jailed in 2012 for a domestic violence attack in which he twisted ex-girlfriend Josie Harris's arm in front of two of their young children.
But just days after his release from prison, Mayweather allegedly lashed out at her in almost the same way as he had attacked his ex.
The court papers state that during a jealous rage, the undefeated boxer twisted Shantel's arm, then ‘choked her and forcibly took her phone away from her to look through it.’
Just a week later Mayweather – nicknamed ‘Pretty Boy’ - begged for forgiveness and promised ‘he would never assault her again’ the documents continue.
Some time later, while Shantel was working in Los Angeles in August, she claims Mayweather asked her for the security code for the home she owned in Las Vegas - which she had kept when she moved in with the boxer and used to store lots of her belongings.
The same evening he took her jewelry, Mr. Mayweather directed one of his agents to remove large amounts of her personal property, consisting of clothes, shoes, purses, credit cars and cellular telephones
When she returned she says ‘all of her expensive clothing accessories and personal items’ had been taken.
As alleged in her court papers, Mayweather – also known as ‘Money’ - then admitted he had taken her things as a 'test to see how important these possessions were to her'.
He eventually returned the property in October and promised to change his behavior but problems in the relationship continued and Shantel decided to leave Mayweather in early 2013 and move to Los Angeles.
In the first week of April she took the belongings from her Vegas house and put them in three storage lockers in Glendale, Calif.
This enraged Mayweather who bragged to her that he had found out which moving company she had used and the address of the storage lockers.
He later confessed he had arranged for one of the lockers to be broken into - and took belongings worth more than $1million from it, the papers allege.
Mayweather went to ‘great lengths’ to try woo Shantel back - and she moved back to Las Vegas on April 19 in a private jet Mayweather had sent for her.
But within days the couple began arguing and when Shantel threatened to leave again, angry Mayweather launched a "terrifying and humiliating" attack on her at gunpoint - refusing to let her leave his house, the papers claim.
The boxer grabbed his fiancee, ‘bent her arm, restrained her and pointed a gun at her foot, asking: “Which toe do you want me to shoot?”’
While ‘forcibly restraining her’ he took off a $2.5million diamond ring from her finger, took her other jewellery before telling one of his employees to remove her ‘clothes, shoes, purses, credit cards, identification and cellular telephones’ and take them to a secret location.
The documents allege that ‘for a period of time’ after this attack Mayweather kept Shantel ‘a prisoner in his home’.
He maintained surveillance and only let her leave the house if she was accompanied by one of his employees.
Shantel made her escape in June while Mayweather was out of town and moved back to California.
It was then she realized her storage locker had been broken into, she claims.
Mayweather confessed he had ordered the items to be stolen and said she could have her things back if she came back to him - but she refused, according to her lawsuit.
The desperate boxer then threatened to ‘put things out about her’ unless she returned to Las Vegas - but again Shantel refused.
The fighter then allegedly posted her Los Angeles address on social media and falsely suggested he was living there causing the house to be swarmed by fans. She says he also started posting pictures of her stolen articles on his social media accounts.
Despite this, Shantel eventually agreed to give the relationship another try after he sent a private jet to come and pick her up to watch a fight and ‘showered her with expensive gifts including Hermes handbags’ – which he subsequently took back after a row.
Shantel said they could work on the relationship but she would continue to live in Los Angeles.
In November she fell pregnant and Mayweather insisted she moved back to Vegas.
When she refused, the lawsuit claims, he launched into a vicious verbal tirade against her calling her a ‘bum’ and a ‘bitch’ and saying: ‘I took you out of the hood. I should have left your ass there. You’re not sh*t without me. I made you who you are.’
She terminated the pregnancy in January 2014 and informed Mayweather, the court papers say.
A month later the welterweight boxer attacked Shantel again, according to the papers.
After meeting him at his plush condo at the Ritz Carlton in Los Angeles they began to argue and Shantel attempted to leave.
But the boxer allegedly ‘dragged her back by her arm into the condo and blocked the door and would not allow her to leave for more than an hour.’
Two months later Shantel went to a basketball game with rapper Nelly and posted a picture on her social media.
This ‘infuriated’ Mayweather and he told Shantel that if she didn’t take the picture down he would post naked photos of her he had taken secretly when she was asleep online, she claims.
The 21 page lawsuit also reveals the ‘emotional torture’ Shantel said she faced when months later, Mayweather posted a scan picture of the twin foetuses she had aborted.
He also wrote on Facebook back in May: 'the real reason me and Shantel Christine Jackson @MissJackson broke up was because she got an abortion and I’m totally against killing babies. She killed our twin babies.'
Shantel said this was the 'ultimate humiliation' and it cause her great 'anguish' as she had only told one friend about the pregnancy and none of her family.
She also had to endure members of the public calling her a 'baby killer' a 'ho' and others asking her: 'Why did you kill Floyd’s babies?', according to the papers.
Shantel said Mayweather’s actions during the course of their relationship had caused her ‘humiliation, embarrassment, hurt feelings, mental anguish and suffering' and she is seeking monetary and punitive damages and an injunction to stop Mayweather publishing naked pictures of her.
Mayweather now has 30 days to respond to the summons.
Last week at a press conference announcing the lawsuit shantey said: 'I have been embarrassed and humiliated more than I can ever imagine by Floyd.'
She added that she had no choice but to file the action in Los Angeles County Superior Court with a 'heavy heart'.
'Ms. Jackson was terrified for her safety, and humiliated by Mayweather's conduct,' lawyer Gloria Allred said.
Greece resisting the PC trend
Greek laws 'fall short' as racist and homophobic violence surges
Opposition says limited anti-discrimination bill offers no protection, as rightwing campaigners resist call for civil unions
A gay and lesbian rights activist wears a banner calling for equal rights for same sex couples during a demonstration in Athens. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images
Nearly three years after it was first brought to parliament, Greek MPs are poised to pass an anti-discrimination bill which human rights groups say still falls far short of dealing with an epidemic of racist and homophobic violence in the country.
Ahead of this week's vote, gay rights protesters have taken to the streets to denounce the conservative-dominated government's refusal to extend protective rights, including domestic partnerships, to same-sex couples.
Rightwing MPs have resisted introducing legal protection for gay people despite an alarming rise in homophobic attacks in Athens, claiming that such measures could take Greece down a dangerous path.
"In Holland there are parties that recognise paedophilia; what are we going to do, adopt it too?" asked Anastasios Nerantzis, an MP with the ruling New Democracy party, as debate raged in the 300-seat house.
"There are also brothels that allow bestiality; what are we going to do, adopt that too? Since the third century marriage has been defined only between man and woman," he railed. "As such, there is no place for civil unions in Greece."
With debate at such levels, there is concern that far from curbing hate crimes, the law will allow violence to flourish.
Anna Hatzisofia, who represents the radical left Syriza party, the main opposition, said it was appalling that Greece had come up with an anti-discrimination law "in name only" when more than 400 racially-motivated assaults had been recorded since 2012.
Petros Tatsopoulos, a left-leaning independent MP, said the refusal to protect gay people was an alarming omission.
"Greece has been condemned by the European court of human rights on the issue of [same-sex] civil unions and yet is doing nothing to fix it," he told the Guardian.
Affirmative Action Death Penalty for Minority Murderers
The left’s ideas may be insane, but they usually function in a linear fashion. This is one of those cases where their ideas are appropriated and used with strange results.
The recent trend of lawyers attempting to reclassify every death row killer as mentally retarded based on IQ tests is another of the noxious efforts by the left to undermine the justice system.
IQ tests weren’t meant to decide who lives or dies (nor are they foolproof) and the left’s insistence on using them that way was strange. There’s also no credible reason why a rapist and murderer who tests a little below average should be exempt from the death penalty. We aren’t talking about someone who genuinely doesn’t know what he’s doing. Rather we are talking about dimwitted murderers who don’t test well.
So to get around the problem, prosecutors took the even older lefty objection that IQ tests didn’t properly measure minority IQs and combined it together to nullify the results of the IQ test. It’s somewhat amusing since it means one leftist idea was used to nullify another.
The case involved a Mexican-born illegal immigrant named Ramiro Hernandez who was convicted in a Texas court in 2000 for the murder of his employer and the rape of his employer’s wife. After given the death penalty, he appealed on the grounds that he was mentally retarded. Hernandez’s lawyers argued that because IQ tests taken prior to trial showed his to be a mere 62, within the standard definition of mental retardation, his execution would be unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition on “cruel and unusual punishment.”
This so-called “Atkins claim” by the defense, named after the 2002 case of Atkins v. Virginia, was rejected by the Fifth Circuit. They accepted the prosecution’s rather astonishing argument that although Hernandez’s IQ was low compared to “American norms,” when “scaled to Mexican norms” it should be adjusted upward. When assessed according to his “cultural group”, they argued, his results should be closer to 70, a level just outside the definition of mental retardation.
A chief concern for Young and Blondel involves the apparently long-accepted conclusion from the psychology community that there’s “inherent bias” in IQ tests which disadvantage minority populations. Indeed, organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association and the American Association of Mental Retardation require that IQ results take into account the test-taker’s “cultural group” and “cultural diversity” so that these “biases” can be corrected.
The left would like IQ results to only be graded on a sliding scale when it advantages minorities, not when it disadvantages them.
Ultimately the only outcome of this is that lawyers will now work to see that their killers test below the level for their population group, rather than the national level. That’s happened before when killers retook IQ tests and had their scores fall lower to help their appeal.
IQ tests are not a very accurate measure of intelligence. They correlate to some degree, as many tests do. There are far more credible ways of measuring actual mental retardation. This gets expensive with specialists and opposing specialists, but it’s something that can be hashed out in a court of law and using IQ measures leads to the same specialist vs. specialist debate anyway.
As discussed before, the “Cruel and Unusual Punishment” standard has been widely abused to mean everything from banning the denaturalization of defectors to outlawing the death penalty. The Supreme Court should have no power over the application of a conventional death penalty and it’s a good thing that it did not intervene here. If states want to spare some killers, they should limit that based on prior evidence of the killer’s functioning in society, not post-conviction IQ tests that the killer has every reason to botch.
If the killer ever held down a job, if he managed to get through at least six grades of school, if he was capable of doing his own shopping and living independently, then he knew enough of what he was doing to face the consequences.
Here’s what poor mentally retarded Ramiro Hernandez did.
In October 1997, while he was in the U.S. illegally, Hernandez-Llanas led 49-year-old Glen Lich from his house by telling him that there was a problem with a generator, then repeatedly clubbed him with a piece of steel rebar. Armed with a knife, he then attacked Lich’s wife. She survived and testified against Hernandez-Llanas, who also had been linked to a rape and a stabbing.
Just 10 days before the murder, Lich had given Hernandez-Llanas a job helping with renovations at his ranch near Kerrville, about 65 miles northwest of San Antonio, in exchange for living quarters.
Hernandez-Llanas was in Texas after escaping from a Mexican prison, where he was serving a 25-year sentence for a 1989 bludgeoning murder in Nuevo Laredo. He was linked to the rape of a 15-year-old girl and a stabbing in Kerrville. While awaiting trial, evidence showed he slashed another inmate’s face with a razor blade. In prison, he was found with homemade weapons.
Strapped to a gurney inside the death chamber, Hernandez-Llanas asked for forgiveness:
"‘I’m happy… I am sorry for what I have done,’ he said, speaking in Spanish during a nearly five-minute final statement. ‘I’m looking at the angel of God.’
He blew kisses to family members and also thanked prison officers and the warden"
Maybe Ramiro couldn’t have been a college professor, but he wasn’t mentally retarded. He was a cunning violent criminal who escaped from prison, crossed the border was able to work and infiltrated a home, lured out his target and killed him. Then he raped his wife.
There was no reason not to kill him or to take his poor IQ scores too seriously. Lots of violent criminals are dumber than average. That doesn’t make them mentally retarded. They’re still cunning and manipulative enough to outsmart history professors.
Crime victims being failed by Britain's PC police
Yesterday, in a prime illustration of just how utterly detached they have become from the wishes of the public, one of Britain’s most senior policemen declared: ‘The simple fact that an officer does not turn up does not mean that an offence is not being taken seriously.’
This was one of two risible defences that Sir Hugh Orde, leader of Britain’s chief constables, offered to the revelation by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary that victims are now being asked to investigate theft, criminal damage and burglary themselves, because police cannot be bothered.
The second? It is all the fault of the cuts.
Sir Hugh’s entirely predictable attempt to blame austerity falls to pieces in the face of the fact that, while all forces have had their budgets reduced, six still manage to send an officer to all crimes, where it is requested by the victim.
The reality, as HMIC inspector Roger Baker – himself an ex-chief constable – says, is that ‘it’s more a mindset that we no longer deal with these things... effectively a number of crimes are on the verge of being decriminalised’.
The depressing truth is that policing, like nursing, has been turned into an academic pursuit by senior officers who obsess over political correctness and diversity, while forgetting the basics.
Meanwhile, hundreds of hours are devoted to PR stunts, deploying huge squads to arrest ageing celebrities and hunting down Press whistleblowers.
Is it really too much to hope the HMIC’s devastating report might make Sir Hugh and his colleagues rethink their hopelessly skewed priorities?
Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.
American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of other countries. The only real difference, however, is how much power they have. In America, their power is limited by democracy. To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges. They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did: None. So look to the colleges to see what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way. It would be a dictatorship.
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