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California woman’s shocking mansion death wasn’t a suicide, family claims in doc: ‘We just want the truth’

Doug Loehner, the brother-in-law of Rebecca Zahau, is still stunned that investigators believed she killed herself.

On July 13, 2011, the 32-year-old was found naked, gagged and with rope around her wrists and ankles at her millionaire boyfriend’s California mansion. San Diego County authorities concluded the certified ophthalmic technician took her own life. A second review in December 2018 arrived at the same conclusion.

The woman’s life and grisly demise is the subject of a new two-hour documentary on Investigation Discovery (ID) titled “Rebecca Zahau: An ID Murder Mystery,” which features new interviews with family members, investigators and law enforcement officers who worked on the case.

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Zahau is also part of a separate limited series airing June 1 on the Oxygen channel titled “Death At The Mansion: Rebecca Zahau.” That special also looks at the case with former prosecutor Loni Coombs, crime journalist Billy Jensen and forensic criminologist Paul Holes, known for his work involving the Golden State Killer in California.

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Rebecca Zahau (Medicis Pharmaceuticals Corp.)

“We want Becky’s name out there,” Loehner, a detective at Michigan’s St. Joseph Police Department nearing his retirement, told Fox News about his involvement with the show. “We want to apply more pressure to the sheriff’s office to do the right thing. I hope there’s public awareness. I would love to see what these detectives are seeing. I’m certainly not seeing what they’re looking at. I’m truly not. The only thing I can see is that there’s homicide written all over the place… Becky was killed. You can’t treat people this way.”

Zahau, who was dating pharmaceutical executive Jonah Shacknai, was discovered after she allegedly became distraught over a voicemail she received concerning the grim prognosis of his 6-year-old son Max. Zahau was the only adult known to have been present when the child suffered brain injuries in a fall from a staircase in the home.

Max passed away several days after Zahau and his death was ruled accidental.

MISSING MOM’S FATHER TELLS ALL

Loehner said Zahau developed a special, loving bond with Max before the horrific accident.

“She always talked about him,” Loehner recalled. “Took him to soccer games. The way she would describe Max playing soccer was like hearing it from a mom’s perspective, as opposed to a girlfriend. She would take him to school, pick him up from school. If he had any kind of special events, she was there as far as I know. She took him everywhere. She would have done anything for Max. Becky you know, she did her own thing. She was a free spirit. But there was just something about Max. Max really just grabbed her heart.”

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Jonah Shacknai’s girlfriend, 32-year-old Rebecca Zahau, right, was discovered dead at his mansion prompting an investigation by homicide detectives. (Fox5SanDiego.com)

Shacknai’s brother, Adam Shacknai, from Memphis, Tenn., had come to California after his nephew was injured and was staying in the mansion’s guesthouse. It was Adam who reported finding Zahau’s body hanging from a balcony in the Coronado home. Shacknai himself wasn’t home at the time.

“When Jonah called me and said she killed herself, I didn’t believe it,” Loehner said. “There’s just no way. She wouldn’t…. But Jonah told me she hung herself. That was it. But no one called [myself or her sister Mary]. The only person I talked to at the time was Jonah.”

Loehner claimed he had no idea who Adam was until that fateful day.

“I didn’t even know Adam existed until that day. I turned on the TV and then right there it’s Becky’s naked body on the TV screen. We had no idea she was outside. We had no idea she was naked. We had no idea she was tied up. All those details that Jonah should have known, we didn’t even know.”

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According to investigators, Zahau loosely bound her wrists, took one arm out and put both arms behind her back before tightening the noose. They said footprints on the dusty balcony and DNA on a knife, rope and bedposts helped them reach the conclusion.

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Rebecca Zahau’s sister Mary Zahau-Loehner participated in the Investigation Discovery documentary. — ID

Zahau’s family would go on to file a wrongful death lawsuit that alleged an enraged Adam sexually assaulted the woman, strangled her and then staged her death to look like a suicide. In the documentary, audiences will get to see Adam’s polygraph test for themselves.

“These investigators, they’re telling us Adam passed the polygraph test in record time, in flying colors,” said Loehner. “They repeated this over and over again, how there couldn’t have a been a problem with Adam. [But] he did not pass the polygraph…. It was inconclusive. Why would you make the family believe something that just isn’t there? We just want the truth.”

In April 2018, a jury voted that Adam was liable for the death and must pay Zahau’s family $5 million for the tragic loss. He was also ordered to pay an additional $167G for the loss of financial support she would have provided her mother and siblings.

“That’s a day I’ll never forget,” said Loehner. “It was a tense moment. I’m sitting in the back of the courtroom. The jury comes in and there’s a verdict. My heart’s racing. We’re all nervous. Our attorneys said it’s not good, they came back early. That’s usually a bad thing. When you hear that from your attorney, oh God, your heart is just going 100 miles an hour. It’s sinking out of your body. Then the judge reads the verdict. She’s got a good poker face because I had no idea what it said. The clerk then starts to read it. And you know that teacher from Charlie Brown? That’s exactly what I heard when they read that part of the verdict.”

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Adam Shacknai was staying in the guest house of the mansion where Zahau’s body was found. (Nelvin C. Cepeda/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)

“Then I heard this big loud yes,” continued Loehner. “The guy sitting next to me is friends with our attorney. He’s just got this big smile on his face… The mood of the whole room shifted. On Adam’s side, where he had a whole army of attorneys and had exchanged high-fives before, had a switch of emotions. They all got their heads hung low. It was all extremely emotional.”

At the time, San Diego County sheriff’s officials said they stood by the original investigation but were willing to review any new evidence that came out of the civil trial. Adam has adamantly denied killing Zahau. People magazine shared the sheriff’s department has long maintained Zahau killed herself because she felt responsible for Max’s accident.

“We conducted an objective and thorough investigation into Miss Zahau’s death,” the sheriff’s department wrote in a statement to the publication. “The facts of that investigation have led to the conclusion that Miss Zahau took her own life.”

The outlet also shared Adam’s attorney, Seth Weisburst, said his client had nothing to do with Zahau’s death and was blindsided by the allegations against him. Weisburst said it was Adam who quickly flew to be by his family’s side after Max’s accident and called 911 after discovering Zahau’s body. Adam also reportedly tried to administer CPR.

In February of this year, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Zahau’s family had reached a settlement that dismisses a lawsuit and wipes out a $5.1 million jury award. The settlement was made with his insurer but other details weren’t disclosed.

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View of Jonah Shacknai’s home in Coronado, Calif., on Oct. 25, 2011. His girlfriend Rebecca Zahau’s body was found nude and bound July 13 at the oceanfront Spreckels mansion. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Corbis via Getty Images)

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According to the outlet, Adam, who had planned to appeal the jury verdict, said the settlement took him by surprise and was made by his insurance company.

Zahau’s family attorney, C. Keith Greer, also told People magazine the family is now considering whether to file legal action against the San Diego County Sheriff. Greer also told the outlet he is preparing to petition the medical examiner’s office to change the cause of death from suicide to homicide.

Loehner said he wants justice for Zahau. But he also wants the world to remember her for the person that she was.

“When you met her, you knew you would always remember her,” he said. “It’s just her. Her attitude. She projected that.”

“Rebecca Zahau: An ID Murder Mystery” airs May 27 at 9 p.m. on ID. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘Jersey Shore’ star’s girlfriend gets new lawyer in Las Vegas case

Jersey Shore” star Ronnie Ortiz-Magro’s on-again-off-again girlfriend got a new lawyer to defend her on a misdemeanor allegation that she attacked Ortiz-Magro at a Las Vegas club on New Year’s Eve.

Jennifer Annette Harley made a brief appearance Wednesday before a judge who set another hearing June 12 to let her court-appointed attorney and prosecutors confer.

Harley remains free on bond.

The 32-year-old Harley and the MTV reality show star have a daughter together, and court records show misdemeanor domestic battery charges against her in 2016 and 2018 were dismissed.

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Harley was arrested last week after Las Vegas police responding to her report of a man in a van with a gun learned she was sought on a warrant in the Dec. 31 incident at Hustler Night Club.

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No charges for actor Rick Schroder after domestic abuse reports

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Prosecutors have declined to file charges against actor Rick Schroder after an arrest on suspicion of domestic violence.

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said in documents Tuesday that Schroder’s girlfriend on May 1 told a 911 operator he punched her at his home in Malibu.

RICK SCHRODER ON HOW HIS FAMILY KEEPS HIM GROUNDED

But prosecutors say she was uncooperative with deputies when they arrived, and the next day said she suspected he hit her by accident because she startled him as he was sleeping.

They also declined to file charges after an arrest about a month earlier in an incident that Schroder’s girlfriend two days later called “a big misunderstanding.”

The 49-year-old Schroder is known for starring in the TV series “Silver Spoons” and “NYPD Blue.”

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An email to his publicist seeking comment wasn’t immediately returned.

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Johnny Depp says Amber Heard painted fake bruises on her face to ‘fabricate’ domestic violence claims

Johnny Depp has accused his ex-wife Amber Heard of painting fake bruises on her face in order to “fabricate” claims of domestic violence against him – while claiming he was the true victim of abuse in their turbulent marriage.

The actor has spoken for the first time about the allegations from Heard, stating in a court filing that her claims that he repeatedly attacked and abused her are “categorically and demonstrably false.” Depp even claims that bruises seen on Heard’s face and shown in photos as she went to an LA court to get a restraining order against him as their relationship ended were “painted on” and faked.

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Depp states in new court papers, “I have denied Ms. Heard’s allegations vehemently since she first made them in May 2016 when she walked into court to obtain a temporary restraining order with painted-on bruises that witnesses and surveillance footage show she did not possess each day of the preceding week.

“I will continue to deny them for the rest of my life. I never abused Ms. Heard or any other woman.”

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Depp filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit in Virginia last year after Heard – his wife for just over a year until they separated in May 2016 – had penned a Washington Post op-ed about her experience as a victim of domestic violence. Depp was not named in the piece, but he insists it was strongly inferred he was the perpetrator.

Heard responded to his lawsuit in April this year by painstakingly detailing the alleged “horrific” abuse she claims she suffered at the hands of Depp, who she said became “the Monster” when he drank and abused drugs.

JOHNNY DEPP TALKS DIVORCE, LAVISH SPENDING IN SHOCKING TELL-ALL

In harrowing court papers first seen by Page Six, Heard alleged that on numerous occasions Depp hit her, dragged her by her hair, ripping it out, smashed up bottles and her possessions, then choked and nearly suffocated her to the point she feared she would die.

But Depp – who began dating Heard in early 2012 after they met on the set of “The Rum Diary” – argues she is lying, and instead insists the actress was violent towards him after mixing prescription drugs and alcohol.

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“Notwithstanding Ms. Heard’s false domestic abuse allegations about me,” Depp hits back in the new court documents filed in the Virginia case, reported by The Blast, “there was actual, documented domestic violence in our relationship: she was the perpetrator, and I was the victim.

JOHNNY DEPP’S EXTRAVAGANT SPENDING DETAILED IN COURT DOCUMENTS

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In this Jan. 2, 2016, file photo, Amber Heard, left, and Johnny Depp arrive at the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala in Palm Springs, Calif. In a complaint filed Friday, March 1, 2019, Depp is suing his ex-wife Heard in a $50 million defamation lawsuit, citing a piece she wrote for The Washington Post about domestic abuse.

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“While mixing prescription amphetamines and non-prescription drugs with alcohol, Ms. Heard committed innumerable acts of domestic violence against me, often in the presence of third party witnesses, which in some instances caused me serious bodily injury.”

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He continued, “Throughout our relationship, Ms. Heard also committed domestic violence against me. She hit, punched, and kicked me. She also repeatedly and frequently threw objects into my body and head, including heavy bottles, soda cans, burning candles, television remote controls, and paint thinner cans, which severely injured me.”

JOHNNY DEPP APPEARS FRAIL, GAUNT IN NEW PHOTOS

In the new declaration, Depp attempts to refute each incident detailed by Heard accusing him of violence. He states, “After years of asserting my innocence, I am finally in a position to prove it by dismantling each element of her hoax.”

The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star says the final straw in their turbulent relationship came in April 2016, when one of Heard’s friends left feces in his bed the morning after another alleged violent domestic incident.

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He explains, “After I removed myself from Ms. Heard’s presence in the penthouse on April 21, 2016, the following morning Ms. Heard or one of her friends defecated in my bed as some sort of a sick prank before they left for Coachella together.

“As a result of the years of domestic abuse I had suffered at the hands of Ms. Heard—most recently the April 21 physical attack and defecation on my bed sometime before she and her friends left the next morning—I resolved to divorce Ms. Heard.”

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Johnny Depp’s ex-wife Amber Heard claimed the actor physically abused her during their marriage. They would finally settle their divorce in 2017. (Reuters)

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Depp concludes, “Cynically relying on the concept of #believewomen that has been promoted as part of the important #metoo movement, Ms. Heard’s ‘evidence’ rests primarily on her word and that of her dependent friends.

“She and they have falsely accused me of violence, although interestingly none of her ‘witnesses’ say they ever witnessed any violence. And they did this despite the inconvenient truth of my possession of eyewitness statements provided under penalty of perjury and photographs of her converse violence committed against me, overwhelming evidence that her various abuse claims and the injuries that she claimed ensued from them are hoaxes, the fact of her own prior arrest and incarceration for domestic violence against her previous wife, and new witnesses who are now coming forward to describe the brutal violence they suffered at her hands.”

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In response to Depp’s filing, Heard’s attorney Eric George said, “The evidence in this case is clear: Johnny Depp repeatedly beat Amber Heard. The increasingly desperate attempts by Mr. Depp and his enablers to revive his career by initiating baseless litigation against so many people once close to him – his former lawyers, former managers, and his former spouse – are not fooling anyone.

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“In light of the important work done by the #TimesUp movement highlighting the tactics abusers use to continue to traumatize survivors, neither the creative community nor the public will be gaslit by Mr. Depp’s baseless blame-the-victim conspiracy theories.”

This article originally appeared on Page Six.

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Johnny Depp says Amber Heard painted fake bruises on her face to ‘fabricate’ domestic violence claims

Johnny Depp has accused his ex-wife Amber Heard of painting fake bruises on her face in order to “fabricate” claims of domestic violence against him – while claiming he was the true victim of abuse in their turbulent marriage.

The actor has spoken for the first time about the allegations from Heard, stating in a court filing that her claims that he repeatedly attacked and abused her are “categorically and demonstrably false.” Depp even claims that bruises seen on Heard’s face and shown in photos as she went to an LA court to get a restraining order against him as their relationship ended were “painted on” and faked.

DISNEY COULD SAVE $90 MILLION BY AXING JOHNNY DEPP FROM ‘PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN’ FRANCHISE

Depp states in new court papers, “I have denied Ms. Heard’s allegations vehemently since she first made them in May 2016 when she walked into court to obtain a temporary restraining order with painted-on bruises that witnesses and surveillance footage show she did not possess each day of the preceding week.

“I will continue to deny them for the rest of my life. I never abused Ms. Heard or any other woman.”

DISNEY PRODUCER CONFIRMS JOHNNY DEPP DROPPED FROM ‘PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN’ FRANCHISE

AMBER HEARD’S CAMP RIPS GQ FOR ‘OUTRAGEOUS’ JOHNNY DEPP STORY

Depp filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit in Virginia last year after Heard – his wife for just over a year until they separated in May 2016 – had penned a Washington Post op-ed about her experience as a victim of domestic violence. Depp was not named in the piece, but he insists it was strongly inferred he was the perpetrator.

Heard responded to his lawsuit in April this year by painstakingly detailing the alleged “horrific” abuse she claims she suffered at the hands of Depp, who she said became “the Monster” when he drank and abused drugs.

JOHNNY DEPP TALKS DIVORCE, LAVISH SPENDING IN SHOCKING TELL-ALL

In harrowing court papers first seen by Page Six, Heard alleged that on numerous occasions Depp hit her, dragged her by her hair, ripping it out, smashed up bottles and her possessions, then choked and nearly suffocated her to the point she feared she would die.

But Depp – who began dating Heard in early 2012 after they met on the set of “The Rum Diary” – argues she is lying, and instead insists the actress was violent towards him after mixing prescription drugs and alcohol.

AMBER HEARD CLAIMS SHE LOST WORK AFTER MAKING DOMESTIC ABUSE CLAIMS AGAINST JOHNNY DEPP

“Notwithstanding Ms. Heard’s false domestic abuse allegations about me,” Depp hits back in the new court documents filed in the Virginia case, reported by The Blast, “there was actual, documented domestic violence in our relationship: she was the perpetrator, and I was the victim.

JOHNNY DEPP’S EXTRAVAGANT SPENDING DETAILED IN COURT DOCUMENTS

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In this Jan. 2, 2016, file photo, Amber Heard, left, and Johnny Depp arrive at the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala in Palm Springs, Calif. In a complaint filed Friday, March 1, 2019, Depp is suing his ex-wife Heard in a $50 million defamation lawsuit, citing a piece she wrote for The Washington Post about domestic abuse.

JOHNNY DEPP SUED FOR ALLEGEDLY ATTACKING CREW MEMBER ON FILM SET

“While mixing prescription amphetamines and non-prescription drugs with alcohol, Ms. Heard committed innumerable acts of domestic violence against me, often in the presence of third party witnesses, which in some instances caused me serious bodily injury.”

JOHNNY DEPP’S BANDMATE ALICE COOPER SAYS ’99 PERCENT’ OF STORIES ABOUT ACTOR ARE FALSE

He continued, “Throughout our relationship, Ms. Heard also committed domestic violence against me. She hit, punched, and kicked me. She also repeatedly and frequently threw objects into my body and head, including heavy bottles, soda cans, burning candles, television remote controls, and paint thinner cans, which severely injured me.”

JOHNNY DEPP APPEARS FRAIL, GAUNT IN NEW PHOTOS

In the new declaration, Depp attempts to refute each incident detailed by Heard accusing him of violence. He states, “After years of asserting my innocence, I am finally in a position to prove it by dismantling each element of her hoax.”

The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star says the final straw in their turbulent relationship came in April 2016, when one of Heard’s friends left feces in his bed the morning after another alleged violent domestic incident.

JOHNNY DEPP JOKES ABOUT ‘ASSASSINATING’ DONALD TRUMP, THEN BACKTRACKS

He explains, “After I removed myself from Ms. Heard’s presence in the penthouse on April 21, 2016, the following morning Ms. Heard or one of her friends defecated in my bed as some sort of a sick prank before they left for Coachella together.

“As a result of the years of domestic abuse I had suffered at the hands of Ms. Heard—most recently the April 21 physical attack and defecation on my bed sometime before she and her friends left the next morning—I resolved to divorce Ms. Heard.”

WARNER BROS. ‘FREAKING OUT’ OVER JOHNNY DEPP LAWSUIT, REPORT CLAIMS

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Johnny Depp’s ex-wife Amber Heard claimed the actor physically abused her during their marriage. They would finally settle their divorce in 2017. (Reuters)

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Depp concludes, “Cynically relying on the concept of #believewomen that has been promoted as part of the important #metoo movement, Ms. Heard’s ‘evidence’ rests primarily on her word and that of her dependent friends.

“She and they have falsely accused me of violence, although interestingly none of her ‘witnesses’ say they ever witnessed any violence. And they did this despite the inconvenient truth of my possession of eyewitness statements provided under penalty of perjury and photographs of her converse violence committed against me, overwhelming evidence that her various abuse claims and the injuries that she claimed ensued from them are hoaxes, the fact of her own prior arrest and incarceration for domestic violence against her previous wife, and new witnesses who are now coming forward to describe the brutal violence they suffered at her hands.”

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In response to Depp’s filing, Heard’s attorney Eric George said, “The evidence in this case is clear: Johnny Depp repeatedly beat Amber Heard. The increasingly desperate attempts by Mr. Depp and his enablers to revive his career by initiating baseless litigation against so many people once close to him – his former lawyers, former managers, and his former spouse – are not fooling anyone.

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“In light of the important work done by the #TimesUp movement highlighting the tactics abusers use to continue to traumatize survivors, neither the creative community nor the public will be gaslit by Mr. Depp’s baseless blame-the-victim conspiracy theories.”

This article originally appeared on Page Six.

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Daughter of Catherine Oxenberg, India, called a ‘monster’ over NXIVM sex cult involvement

A Nxivm whistleblower once lashed out at India Oxenberg, calling her a “monster” for “spreading hate” as part of the alleged sex cult, an attorney claimed on Thursday.

Mark Vicente, a longtime high-ranking member of the purported self-help group, was grilled about confronting the daughter of “Dynasty” actress Catherine Oxenberg in May 2017.

India spent years as an alleged sex slave to Nxivm founder Keith Raniere and was even branded with his initials, her mom said in a tell-all book.

On cross examination, Vicente testified that he’d reached out to Catherine in 2017 with concerns about India’s “mental state, her weight and that she might be in danger.”

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Then, he showed up at India’s home in Los Angeles around her birthday.

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“I was scared,” Vicente told jurors in Brooklyn federal court as Raniere’s trial continued.

“Did you call her a monster?” asked Raniere’s lawyer Marc Agnifilo.

“Sorry, I have no idea if I did that or not,” Vicente responded.

But the attorney pressed harder, “Did you yell at India that she was a monster? Did you yell at India that she was spreading hate?”

“I can’t recall,” Vicente said.

He later recalled feeling angry that day because “I was concerned she was being used as an agent against myself and others.”

The LA filmmaker, who spent 12 years in Nxivm before tipping off the FBI about the organization’s allegedly criminal exploits, said he brought India either a pie or a cake.

“What kind of pie was it?” asked Judge Nicholas Garaufis — prompting the jury to burst into laughter.

“Ice cream,” Vicente said.

Agnifilo also suggested Vicente was stalking India when he showed up with an HBO film crew in tow at Plantmade, an East Village vegan restaurant where she worked at the time.

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“This, I remember, was a last-ditch attempt to try to get India to consider going to the authorities,” Vicente explained. “And to get her to tell what she knew. She was still very loyal to the entire structure.”

“Did you care whether India would welcome a camera?” Agnifilo asked.

“I believed at that point that she was in almost a trance-like state,” he said.

Meanwhile, it was revealed that prior to his membership in Nxivm, Vicente was part of another sect called Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment from 1994 to 2004.

The group was founded by JZ Knight, who believes she is channeling a 35,000-year-old warrior named Ramtha, Vicente explained.

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He said he left because “it didn’t make sense in the end,” and that he group was “full of very zealous people” who turned against him, making him fear for his life.

This article originally appeared in Page Six.

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Tom Petty’s daughters file suit as estate battle continues

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Tom Petty’s daughters filed suit against his widow on Wednesday, as a struggle continues for control of the late singer-songwriter’s catalog.

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Adria Petty and Annakim Violette allege that their father’s wife, Dana York Petty, has deprived them of their rightful role in determining how Petty’s works are released. The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeks at least $5 million in damages.

Petty died in October 2017 of an accidental drug overdose, leaving his widow as the trustee of his trust. The terms of the trust entitle the daughters to “equal participation” in decisions about how Petty’s catalog is exploited. The daughters have interpreted that to mean that they get two votes out of three, giving them majority control.

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Dana Petty filed a petition in probate court in April, seeking to put Petty’s catalog in the hands of a professional manager. She argued that Adria Petty had been erratic and abusive, and had made it difficult to conduct business in an orderly way. Adria Petty filed a separate probate petition in an effort to claim control of the estate.

The new lawsuit, filed by attorney Alex Weingarten, accuses Dana Petty of usurping the estate’s assets at the daughters’ expense.

Adam Streisand, Dana Petty’s attorney, issued a statement calling the suit “destructive nonsense.”

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“This misguided and meritless lawsuit sadly demonstrates exactly why Tom Petty designated his wife to be the sole trustee with authority to manage his estate,” he said. “Dana will not allow destructive nonsense like this to distract her from protecting her husband’s legacy.”

Since Tom Petty’s death, two compilations have been released, “An American Treasure” and “The Best of Everything” — both of which involved a good deal of conflict between Petty’s widow and daughters, over content, release dates, credits and liner notes. In her probate petition, Dana Petty said Adria had interfered with plans to release a third album, “Wildflowers — All the Rest,” which would include outtakes from the original album and coincide with the original’s 25th anniversary.

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Lori Loughlin keeping an eye on Felicity Huffman case, fears being ‘penalized for her fame’ in college admissions scandal

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Lori Loughlin thinks her television success may put a target on her back in the college admissions scandal.

Sources close to the erstwhile “When Calls the Heart” star said she’s been monitoring Felicity Huffman‘s case, which has parallels to her own: They’re both successful actresses who were accused of bribing their daughters’ ways into higher education.

“Lori is watching Felicity’s case very closely,” a source told People. “She’s relieved that it doesn’t look like the prosecution is making an example of Felicity, and is adhering to the law.”

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The insider added, “Her big worry was that she would be treated unfairly as one of the more famous people involved in the case. She’s afraid of being penalized for her fame, but it looks like prosecutors may be making a good faith effort to treat each defendant fairly.”

However, there are stark differences in the stars’ approaches to their own cases.

Huffman, 56, tearfully pleaded guilty on Monday to paying an admissions consultant $15,000 to have a proctor correct her older daughter’s answers on the SAT. She reportedly considered the same for her younger daughter but decided against it.

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The assistant U.S. attorney recommended four months of prison time, 12 months of supervised release and a $20,000 fine for the “Desperate Housewives” actress.

Loughlin, 54, and husband Mossimo Giannulli were accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to William “Rick” Singer to get their daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella into the University of Southern California (USC). Singer reportedly had Olivia Isabella enrolled as crew team recruits, despite neither girl being a coxswain.

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Giannulli and Loughlin were each arrested and released on $1 million bonds. They rejected the plea agreement that Huffman accepted and were subsequently hit with additional charges of conspiracy and money laundering. They now each face up to 40 years in prison if convicted of all counts.

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Though Loughlin is reportedly terrified of a potential prison sentence, sources previously claimed that she feels she was “manipulated” by Singer and believes a trial is the only way to clear her name. However, she now faces a new obstacle she may not have expected: Laura Janke, a former assistant soccer coach at USC pleaded guilty Tuesday to creating fake athletic profiles for the children of wealthy parents, including Giannulli and Loughlin’s daughters — and she may be called to testify against the actress and her fashion designer husband.

Fox News’ Mariah Haas and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Former OJ prosecutor Chris Darden steps down from defending alleged Nipsey Hussle killer

Former O.J. Simpson prosecutor Chris Darden wrote Friday that he had decided to withdraw from defending the suspect accused of killing Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle.

In a Facebook post, Darden cited threats against him and his family as part of his reasoning. He had been defending Eric Holder, 29, who allegedly gunned down Hussle outside the rapper’s Los Angeles clothing store on March 31. Hussle was 33 years old.

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Darden, 63, also received death threats when he was a prosecuting attorney in the 1995 O.J. Simpson murder trial.

“Just as they were in 1995-Cowards never change,” he wrote in his post. “These days these cowards don’t send letters instead they sit anonymously behind keyboards threatening a man’s mother and children.”

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Darden filed his motion to withdraw Friday before Holder appeared at the courthouse, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Holder has been assigned a public defender.

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“I defend poor people — that’s all I do. And he’s definitely poor,” Darden said when asked why he took on Holder as a client, the Times reported.

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Conan O’Brien settles joke-stealing lawsuit, blames ‘tweet-saming’ in defending his writers

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Conan O’Brien’s team decided to settle a 2015 joke-stealing lawsuit this week. But in a lengthy yet witty op-ed published Thursday, O’Brien defended his writers’ innocence by explaining the honor code of comedy writers – next to murder there’s nothing more despicable than joke theft.

“I have devoted 34 years in show business striving for originality,” he wrote in Variety. “Had I, for one second, thought that any of my writers took material from someone else I would have fired that writer immediately, personally apologized, and made financial reparations. But, I knew that we were in the right.”

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The case against O’Brien, TBS and his production company Conaco was brought by a San Diego-based blogger/Twitterer, Alex Kaseberg, who said O’Brien’s TBS show stole five jokes from his Twitter account and blog.

If his show was guilty of anything, O’Brien seemed to imply in the essay, it would be not always being original. In the art of topical joke writing, comedy writers often think up the same punchlines – and this, O’Brien explained, is what happened with regard to Kaseberg. He also wrote that in the age of social media – “and seemingly 60% of [Twitter users are] budding comedy writers” –dozens of people often simultaneously write the same joke. It’s apparently called “tweet-saming.”

He added that his team and Kaseberg decided to settle the suit “amicably” and that he wanted to avoid a potentially expensive and “farcical” jury trial.

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“‘No legacy is so rich as honesty,’” O’Brien quoted at the end of his essay. “Of course, William Shakespeare is now claiming he tweeted that in 1603.”

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