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Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Breaks Silence on Charges He Solicited Prostitution: 'Truly Sorry’

Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Breaks Silence on Charges He Solicited Prostitution: 'Truly Sorry’

Robert Kraft is speaking out for the first time after he was charged last month with soliciting prostitution at a massage parlor in Florida.

“In deference to the judicial process, I have remained silent these past several weeks. To correct some of the misinformation surrounding this matter, my attorney made his first public comments on Friday night,” Kraft wrote in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. “I would like to use this opportunity to say something that I have wanted to say for four weeks.”

“I am truly sorry. I know I have hurt and disappointed my family, my close friends, my co-workers, our fans and many others who rightfully hold me to a higher standard,” added Kraft, who pleaded not guilty to the charges. “Throughout my life, I have always tried to do the right thing. The last thing I would ever want to do is disrespect another human being.”

“I have extraordinary respect for women; my morals and my soul were shaped by the most wonderful woman, the love of my life, who I was blessed to have as my partner for 50 years,” Kraft wrote, referencing his late wife Myra, who died of cancer at age 68 in 2011.

Concluding his statement, Kraft wrote: “As I move forward, I hope to continue to use the platform with which I have been blessed to help others and to try to make a difference. I expect to be judged not by my words, but by my actions. And through these actions, I hope to regain your confidence and respect.”

Kraft is scheduled to appear in court on March 28, according to ESPN.

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One day before releasing his statement, Kraft’s attorney William Burck told the New York Post that the West Palm Beach State Attorney had denied their request to prevent evidence from the case — including video which allegedly shows spa employees performing sex acts on Kraft — from being released.

“We put in a motion for a protective order of the evidence in this case, a standard request in any case to keep evidence protected until trial — especially since the video evidence supposedly contains private moments between people,” he told the outlet. “We’ve been surprised and disappointed that the state attorney did not sign on to

Read more: https://people.com/sports/robert-kraft-breaks-silence-charges-solicited-prostitution/

The Kooples Founder Laurent Elicha and Wife Noemi Accused of Wearing Blackface: Report

The Kooples Founder Laurent Elicha and Wife Noemi Accused of Wearing Blackface: Report

A founder of the fashion brand The Kooples has been accused of wearing blackface, according to a report from the Daily Mail.

In a story published on Friday, the outlet posted photos showing Laurent Elicha — one of the founders of the French fashion label — and his wife Noemi wearing dark brown paint on their faces. In the images, which were allegedly posted on Noemi’s Instagram account, the duo also wore fake dreadlocks as well as “tribal” makeup and jewelry. (Noemi’s account is now set to private.)

According to the outlet, Laurent and Noemi, as well as their two young children, were dressed up for the Jewish holiday of Purim, which was celebrated Wednesday and Thursday of this week. In one screenshot allegedly from Noemi’s Instagram Story, she captioned a selfie of her costume “#tribalvibe.” Another caption read, “when I said I fell in love with Africa.”

The Daily Mail reported that Instagram users commented on the images to accuse the family of wearing blackface.

The Kooples did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment, but the Daily Mail reported that Noemi removed the photos and apologized in a statement, saying that she “regret and apologize for any offense that has been caused.”

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The Kooples is a French fashion label founded by Laurent and his brothers Alexandre and Raphaël Elicha. The company has worked with many celebrities, including Irina Shayk and Zayn Malik.

On Wednesday, the Business of Fashion reported that the owner of fashion brand Lacoste was in talks to buy the brand.

The outlet reported that Swiss investor Maus Frères, which owns Lacoste along with other brands, is said to have begun “exclusive negotiations with shareholders of The Kooples.” The company did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

RELATED: See the Chic Handbags Irina Shayk Designed with French Fashion Brand The Kooples

The Kooples isn’t the first fashion brand to come under for fire for blackface in recent months. In February, Gucci faced intense backlash over an $890 sweater that sparked accusations of racism for resembling blackface.

 

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Read more: https://people.com/style/the-kooples-founder-wife-accused-blackface/

Mama June’s Daughter Pumpkin Says Her Family 'Is Going Through a Rough Path' After Mom's Arrest

Mama June’s Daughter Pumpkin Says Her Family 'Is Going Through a Rough Path' After Mom's Arrest

Mama June Shannon has yet to break her silence after being arrested on drug possession charges, but her daughter Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon has decided to speak out.

At the start of Friday’s episode of Mama June: From Not to Hot, WE tv aired two messages addressing Mama June’s recent troubles.

“We share our viewers concerns for June Shannon and her entire family. We are monitoring events as they occur and are focused, as always, on the entire family’s well-being,” read a statement from WE tv. (The text was identical to one the network previously shared on social media on Tuesday.)

Then Pumpkin, 19, shared her own statement, saying, “Hey guys, as you know, you’ve seen the stuff out in the media and our family is going through a rough patch.”

“But this year alone we have had a lot of happiness. And when my mom and Alana were out in California and everything seemed good. Then the next couple months rolled around and things took a turn,” she added. “We’re sharing our story in hopes that it helps another family and I sincerely want to thank our fans for always being there and loving and supporting us.”

The messages do not appear in the online version of the episode available to stream on WE tv.

Mama June, 39, has remained silent on the legal issues and hasn’t posted anything on Twitter since last week, when she live-tweeted the season premiere of her reality program.

We share our viewers’ concerns for June Shannon and her entire family. We are monitoring events as they occur and are focused, as always, on the entire family’s well-being.

— WE tv (@WEtv) March 19, 2019

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The reality star was arrested on March 13 on drug possession charges in Alabama, a spokesperson for the Macon County District Attorney’s Office previously told PEOPLE.

Shannon was arrested on possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia charges after she allegedly had crack cocaine and a crack pipe on her, the spokesperson said, adding that the substance was undergoing testing.

She was arrested with boyfriend Eugene Edward Doak, who has been charged with third-degree domest

Read more: https://people.com/tv/mama-june-daughter-pumpkin-breaks-silence-mom-arrest/

How a Naked Video of Actor Jay Mohr Led to the Online Bullying of His Friend, Singer Logan Lynn

How a Naked Video of Actor Jay Mohr Led to the Online Bullying of His Friend, Singer Logan Lynn

For nearly two decades, Oregon-based songwriter Logan Lynn has quietly produced indie music to critical accolades.

With nine studio albums under his belt, he developed a niche following. He also worked on TV, hosting the weekly music video countdown cable television show NewNowNext Music on Logo.

But now Lynn, 39, is getting more attention than he ever imagined — and he tells PEOPLE that it is destroying his reputation.

In 2018, he partnered with his friend, Jerry Maguire actor Jay Mohr, on a multimedia project titled My Movie Star, a short film accompanied by a double album that includes collaborations with the Dandy Warhols and Tiffany. The video included full frontal nudity of Mohr, who had never appeared naked on film before.

 

The eye-grabbing video received notice from critics and fans — but soon garnered some unwanted attention, as well. Shortly after the release of My Movie Star, the online bullying started — especially on a particular Reddit subgroup, where fans of the shock jocks Opie and Anthony began weighing in.

Anonymous users began making wild accusations that Lynn says have no basis in truth. They alleged that he had molested children, was a serial rapist and other unprintable allegations. They photoshopped his face onto pornographic images, created memes with racist sayings that they falsely attributed to Lynn, and even alleged that he was a member of a prominent pro-pedophilia organization.

As the bullying intensified and the unfounded allegations grew more sinister, Lynn worried that his reputation would suffer. He spent hours blocking and reporting abusive posts, to no avail. Confused how so many people could bully him with seemingly no repercussions, Lynn reached out to Reddit — who he says declined to take action. (Reddit did not return PEOPLE’s messages for comment.)

“I usually try to lampoon this type of bigotry,” Lynn, who is openly gay, tells PEOPLE, “and I’ve been doing that here as much as I can. But it’s hard to find a punchline in what most of these people are saying and doing. It’s really sick and I’m shocked that Reddit would allow such a large group of people to organize homophobic bullying on their site.”

Mohr, 48, soon entered into the fray, denouncing the bullying on Twitter.Read more: https://people.com/music/naked-video-jay-mohr-online-bullying-friend-singer-logan-lynn/

Jordyn Woods Smiles as She Hits Up Hollywood Hotspot in Daring Outfit After Cheating Scandal

Jordyn Woods Smiles as She Hits Up Hollywood Hotspot in Daring Outfit After Cheating Scandal

Jordyn Woods is continuing to make her return to the public eye following her cheating scandal with Tristan Thompson.

On Friday, the 21-year-old model was seen smiling as she left celebrity hotspot Craig’s in West Hollywood, California, where she was joined by her mother, Elizabeth Woods. (Multiple sources previously confirmed to PEOPLE that Woods has been living with her mother since moving out of longtime BFF Kylie Jenner‘s home.)

Woods dressed to impress for her night out on the town, wearing a plunging black velvet blazer and a matching micro-mini skirt, which she paired with sheer black tights and a pair of chic black boots.

Making her return to the spotlight even more official, just one day earlier, the model announced an upcoming trip to London to promote her Eylure X Jordyn Woods Lashes collection.

“I am so excited to come to London next week to celebrate my @eylureofficial lash collection launching exclusively in @superdrug ❤ All three lashes will be available in stores on the 25th of March!” she wrote on Instagram.

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Her trip announcement came nearly three weeks after she appeared on Jada Pinkett Smith‘s Facebook Watch show, Red Table Talk, to share her side of the story. Woods claimed that Thompson, 28, kissed her while she was leaving an afterparty at the NBA player’s house.

“On the way out, he did kiss me,” she told Pinkett Smith, who asked if it was a peck or something more romantic. “No passion, no nothing, on the way out. He just kissed me. Like a kiss on the lips, no tongue kiss, no making out, nothing.”

RELATED: Who Is Jordyn Woods? What to Know About

Read more: https://people.com/tv/jordyn-woods-craigs-west-hollywood/

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