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Kevin Spacey accused of past sexual misconduct with then-14-year-old actor

Published: Monday, October 30, 2017 @ 3:52 AM

Kevin Spacey Responds to Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Kevin Spacey issued a controversial apology late Sunday to actor Anthony Rapp, who accused Spacey of sexual misconduct toward him in 1986, when Rapp, now 46, was 14.

"I have a lot of respect and admiration for Anthony Rapp as an actor. I'm beyond horrified to hear his story," Spacey tweeted in response to Rapp's allegation to BuzzFeed that Spacey invited the then-teenager to a party at his apartment, “picked Rapp up, placed him on his bed and climbed on top of him.”

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"I honestly do not remember the encounter, it would have been over 30 years ago," Spacey, now 58, said in the statement. "But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years."

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Spacey continued: "This story has encouraged me to address other things about my life. I know that there are stories out there about me and that some have been fueled by the fact that I have been so protective of my privacy. As those closest to me know, in my life I have had relationships with both men and women. I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man. I want to deal with this honestly and openly and that starts with examining my own behavior."

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Spacey’s statement combining the apology with coming out was widely condemned on social media.

"Coming out is a beautiful part of being gay," journalist and author Mark Harris tweeted. "Attaching it to this vileness is so wrong."

Dan Savage, Rose McGowan and other celebrities also slammed Spacey's statement.

Rapp tweeted the following in response to the BuzzFeed article:

"I came forward with my story, standing on the shoulders of the many courageous women and men who have been speaking out to shine a light and hopefully make a difference, as they have done for me. Everything I wanted to say about my experience is in that article, and I have no further comment about it at this time."

>> See the tweets here

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4-year-old mistakes gun for toy, shoots, kills little brother

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 7:18 AM

4-Year-Old Shoots, Kills Little Brother After Mistaking Loaded Gun for Toy

A Virginia family is mourning the death of a 2-year-old boy after he was shot and killed by his 4-year-old brother.

Tyson Aponte was shot in the chest when his brother picked up what he thought was a toy. In reality it was a loaded gun, WTVR reported.

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The children’s mother was home when the shooting happened Tuesday morning.

Tyson was taken to the University of Virginia Health System where he died, WCAV reported.

“It’s of paramount importance to make sure your guns are secured and out of the reach of children and everything,” Major Donald Lowe told WTVR. “At least have them unloaded or a safety lock on them, whatever you have to do to keep them from being discharged accidentally.”

Police are investigating.

“Our heart breaks for this family ... they’re devastated, naturally, so we want to do everything we can to help them,” Lowe told WTVR.

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Man charged with murder in chase, crash that killed North Carolina trooper

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 6:30 AM

North Carolina Man Charged With Murder In Connection With Crash That Killed Trooper

A man wanted following a fatal crash involving a North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper has been captured.

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Authorities had been looking for 22-year-old Dakota Kape Whitt after Trooper Samuel N. Bullard, 24, of Wilkes County, died late Monday in a crash along Interstate 77 in Yadkin County during a chase.

WGHP-TV reports that during the chase, one trooper noticed he did not see a second patrol car behind him. When his attempt at contacting the other trooper failed, he turned around and found the patrol car engulfed in flames.

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“Our SHP family is devastated by the loss of Trooper Bullard. We are struggling to find words that describe the hurting we feel right now,” said Col. Glenn M. McNeill Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol. “Trooper Bullard died as he was fulfilling his promise to the people of North Carolina, protecting and serving his community.” 

It happened around 11:30 p.m. on I-77 southbound near NC-67. The area is about 70 miles north of Charlotte and due west of Winston-Salem.

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Chris Knox with the NCSHP said Bullard was a three-year veteran assigned to Surry County.

Troopers said the incident started with a license check. A black BMW did not stop and troopers went after it. Trooper Bullard was involved in a collision at Mile Marker 80.

Whitt was taken into custody without incident around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. He's charged with murder, felony fleeing to elude arrest in a motor vehicle and driving with a revoked license. 

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Uber driver gets huge tip thanks to lottery ticket

Published: Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 2:56 PM



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A tip could have gone either way, but an Uber driver really lucked out.

A driver was given a $5 Super Special Ultimate Bingo ticket as part of a tip. That ticket netted the man, who was not identified by Colorado Lottery officials, $30, KDVR reported.

Instead of just walking away with the cash, he bought more tickets.

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At the end of six weeks of rolling over his winnings, he bought one with a huge payout --$140,000, KVDR reported.

He claimed his money this Thursday, but he’s not keeping it all for himself.

He’s giving his parents a large chunk, though it wasn’t specified just how much, for helping him with money a few times.

He’s also going to put some of the money back into his car to trick it out, as he plans to keep driving for Uber, KVDR reported.

And it wasn’t a chance meeting. The winner said the man who gave him the first ticket had been in his car before, but hasn’t been since the first lottery win.

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North Carolina lottery winner walks away from fiery helicopter crash

Published: Thursday, May 10, 2018 @ 11:50 AM

A North Carolina man is OK after his small helicopter crashed and burst into flames in a Lincoln County neighborhood. (Photo by WSOCTV.com)
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A North Carolina man is OK after his small helicopter crashed and burst into flames in a Lincoln County neighborhood. (Photo by WSOCTV.com)(WSOCTV.com)

A North Carolina man is OK after his small aircraft hit a tree and burst into flames Wednesday. 

Timothy Kneiss’ Mosquito XE mini-helicopter was hovering above private property in a Lincoln County neighborhood when the tail rotor hit a tree, causing the aircraft to catch fire, federal investigators said.

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Kneiss and his wife won $100,000 on a $10 scratch-off lottery ticket last fall, according to The Gaston Gazette.

Neighbors told WSOC that Kneiss just bought the helicopter a few weeks ago and struggled with it while practicing in his front yard, only getting it a few feet off the ground. 

“I knew it was going to go down,” neighbor John Aubery said. “You don’t see somebody bouncing a helicopter around the yard and think, ‘Oh, this guy is going to make it.’ ... If I had a helicopter, I wouldn’t fly it into a tree, myself, but he chose to and I respect his rights for his property.”

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the accident. 

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