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Fury as company director, 61, who mowed down and killed two cyclists, 56 and 52, walks free



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An award-winning company director who killed two cyclists while driving home from his office has walked free from court. 

Andy Coles, 56, and Damien Natale, 52, were struck by Clifford Rennie, 61, as he drove from his office in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, on the A40 between Studley Green and Piddington in Oxfordshire on June 1 last year.

Driving in his Volkswagen Golf and travelling in the same direction, Rennie collided with Mr Natale and Mr Coles from behind.

Damien Natale, 52, was struck by Clifford Rennie, 61, as he drove from his office in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. Mr Natale was sent to the opposite carriageway after being rear-ended by Rennie and found over 50 metres from where the crash happened

Mr Coles, 56, was thrown over the crash barrier and down the hill, with his shattered bicycle found wedged in a tree.

Mr Natale, 52, was sent into the opposite carriageway and found over 50 metres from where the crash happened.

Both men, who had been cycling behind one another close to the side of the road, were killed instantly, Oxford Crow Court heard.

Another driver saw Rennie’s 2019-plate VW Golf swerve and hit the two cyclists on the crest of the hill.

He said Rennie, who stopped at the scene, had been holding his head in his hands and saying ”there’s two of them.’

The evening had been sunny and, although overhanging trees had created patches of sunlight and shade on the road, a police crash investigator concluded that Rennie should have been able to see the cyclists.

The court was told that there had been a huge outpouring of grief for the victims of the crash, who had been keen cyclists and raised thousands of pounds for good causes. 

The partner of Andy Coles, one of two men killed, said: ‘I lost my world’ while the wife of second victim, Damien Natale, said she felt like she was serving a life sentence. 

In a victim personal statement, Mr Coles’ partner, Helen Atherton, said June 1, 2020, was a date seared in her memory as ‘beyond tragedy, beyond awful, beyond anything I can imagine’.

‘I lost my world,’ she told the defendant.

Mr Natale’s son, Brady, told the court: ‘In that moment you didn’t look, you took our family’s small bit of calm.

‘You took our family’s stability, you took a loving husband, you took a dedicated father, you took a caring son, you took any excited grandfather.’ 

‘You don’t deserve for me to go through the pain of writing it, especially when your answer would be ‘no comment’.’

Andy Coles, 56, pictured, was cycling along the A40 with Damien Natale between Studley Green and Piddington in Oxfordshire on June 1 last year. Mr Coles, was thrown over the crash barrier and down the hill, with his shattered bicycle found wedged in a tree

Andy Coles, 56, pictured, was cycling along the A40 with Damien Natale between Studley Green and Piddington in Oxfordshire on June 1 last year. Mr Coles, was thrown over the crash barrier and down the hill, with his shattered bicycle found wedged in a tree

Rennie was seen in the dock clutching at his beard as Brady’s sister, Coral, told the court: ‘This tragedy has knocked the life out of me.’

Mr Natale’s wife and childhood sweetheart, Tracey, said she felt like she was serving a ‘life sentence’.

Derek Coles said the evening of his brother’s death had been ‘nothing short of horrendous’.

He described the feeling of euphoria when he learned his brother had died instantly, adding: ‘It seems terrible to feel such intense relief, but we were overjoyed that he hadn’t suffered.

‘It is the only thing I have held onto, that he was not in pain or fear as far as we know.’

The family members expressed their frustration that Rennie had not been charged with manslaughter and the delays in the case reaching court.

Rennie answered ‘no comment’ to questions in his first police interview.

In his second interview he provided a prepared statement expressing his ‘heartfelt sympathy to the families of the cyclists.’

Rennie, who claimed he was a cyclist himself, could not explain why he had not seen the two men.

Clifford Rennie arrives at High Wycombe Magistrates' Court where he admitted causing the deaths of cyclists Andrew Coles and Damien Natale by careless driving in Stokenchurch, Buckinghamshire on 1st June 2020

Clifford Rennie arrives at High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court where he admitted causing the deaths of cyclists Andrew Coles and Damien Natale by careless driving in Stokenchurch, Buckinghamshire on 1st June 2020

In a letter to the Judge, the defendant repeated his apologies and ‘sorrow’ for what had happened.

He said: ‘I sincerely hope that the justice that will be rightly served can offer some sort of closure to the families of Mr Coles and Mr Natale and they can begin to heal.’

Christopher Martin, in mitigation, said his client was ‘haunted’ by the fact he could not give his victims’ families answers about why he had not seen the two cyclists.

Clifford Rennie outside Oxford Crown Court after being handed a two-year suspended prison sentence

Clifford Rennie outside Oxford Crown Court after being handed a two-year suspended prison sentence

Rennie was a company director and an industrial chemical engineer and who had won a Queen’s Award for innovation.

Judge Michael Gledhill QC sentenced Rennie to two years’ imprisonment suspended for two years, banned him from driving for five years, and ordered he pay £475 in costs.

This means that unless he commits further offences, Rennie will not have to serve the jail term.

Rennie will also be required to take an extended re-test when his disqualification concludes.

Judge Gledhill told the victims’ families: ‘No words of mine are going to bring these men back.

‘Nobody could be anything but deeply moved at hearing the impact and the effect of their loved ones’ deaths.

‘The consequences for them, their families and friends of the deceased is truly appalling.

‘Some or all of the people I have just heard from feel their lives have been destroyed.

‘But I hope that these proceedings, now that they are about to come to an end will bring some degree of closure.

‘If I could make it better for everybody concerned I would.

‘I regret to say I can’t.

‘I can only express my deep condolences and sympathy for each and every one of you.’

Last month, Rennie, of Wallingford, Oxfordshire, pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by careless driving at High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court.

Senior investigating officer Sergeant Darren Brown, of Thames Valley Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: ‘This was an absolute tragedy that needn’t have happened.

‘Due to the manner of Mr Rennie’s driving on that early summer’s afternoon last year, two men, who were simply out for a cycle ride, did not return home to their loved ones.

The 61-year-old company director, who ploughed into the back of cyclists Andy Coles and Damien Natale killing them instantly, was sentenced to two years' imprisonment suspended for two years

The 61-year-old company director, who ploughed into the back of cyclists Andy Coles and Damien Natale killing them instantly, was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment suspended for two years

‘We were able to prove that the careless nature of Mr Rennie’s driving was the causative factor in the deaths of Andy and Damien, and given the evidence put to him, Mr Rennie pleaded guilty to both offences.

‘This, at least, spared the family and friends of Andy and Damien the further ordeal of a trial.’

He added: ‘Whatever the reason for Mr Rennie’s careless driving that evening, it is abundantly clear that neither Andy nor Damien contributed in any way to this incident.

‘This tragic case underlines the fact that motorists need to be fully aware of their surroundings and be aware of other, more vulnerable road users, especially when driving within national speed limits.

‘I know that no sentence would have served as any solace to Andy and Damien’s family and friends, but I would like to pay tribute to them all.

‘They have showed tremendous resolve and patience while this case was being investigated, and on behalf of Thames Valley Police, I would like to extend my condolences to everyone affected by this tragedy.’ 


Video Shows Family Dog Wagging Tail as Mountain Lion Paws Glass Patio Door Separating Them



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A Colorado dog owner captured a “scary” stare-down between her family pet and a mountain lion on video Thursday.

The video shows a “big, big mountain lion” roaming the patio of a home in Grand Lake, Colorado. The wild animal appears to be staring into the home—right at the 13-year-old shih-poo, named Dash.

Dash’s owner, Sarah Boles, filmed the three-minute encounter while pleading with the dog to walk away from the glass window—the only barrier standing between the two animals. A video of the stare-off has been viewed more than 3.5 million times on TikTok as of Sunday evening.

“He wants to eat my dog,” Boles said.

The mountain lion approached the door, prompting Boles to tell the dog, “Dash, get back.”

She continued begging with Dash to move away when the mountain lion began tapping on the door with his paw.

Dash, on the other hand, started wagging his tail—even as the mountain lion continued pawing at the glass.

“Not going to lie,” Boles said. “This is really scary.”

The mountain lion then walked around the porch before making its way back to the door. After several more seconds of staring, the mountain lion started to walk off.

That’s when Dash began barking at the mountain lion. But the large cat appeared unfazed, leaving the area.

Boles did not believe the mountain posed a threat to her safety.

“At no time was the lion aggressive, but rather it was just as curious as my dog to figure out what was on the other side of the glass,” Bole told Storyful. “Although I was a bit shaken, I don’t feel I was in any danger and the lion was curious about its own reflection and the dog.”

The cat was “the most beautiful animal I’ve ever seen, and so powerful and frightening at the same time,” she told local paper Sky-Hi News. “I knew the cat couldn’t come in in my rational brain, but…I’m five feet away and it’s tapping on the glass.”

Granby wildlife officer Serena Rocksund told the paper that it never looked like the mountain lion was trying to track the dog.

A Colorado woman captured an encounter between her small dog and a mountain lion on Thursday, with only her glass patio door separating the mismatched animals.
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“I don’t think the cat could see her but maybe some movement inside,” Rocksund said.

Rocksund added that anyone who encounters a mountain lion should make loud noises to scare it off.

“Sarah was making noise but she was being pretty quiet, and with interactions like that we recommend people be very vocal and let them know a human is around,” she said. “Mountain lions are naturally scared of people.”

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INTERVIEW: Actor Greg Ellis On Family Law Bias Against Fathers, Society’s Devaluation Of Men, And A Solution



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Actor Greg Ellis has appeared in numerous films, TV shows, and video games over the course of his lengthy career, but his most recent project is certainly his most personal.

Following a harrowing experience in the family law system, Ellis penned a book titled, “The Respondent: Exposing the Cartel of Family Law.”

I had the opportunity to speak with Ellis about the issues with the family law system, how victimhood culture has intensified the bias against fathers, his organization that seeks to help families stay out of the divorce court machine, and so much more.

You can listen to the interview via the SoundCloud embed, or read the transcript below.

Q: You wrote your book, “The Respondent: Exposing the Cartel of Family Law,” after your own experience within the family law system. What is the desired outcome of your book? What do you want people to come away with, either after having read your book or in hearing you speak?

ELLIS: I think people who are going through the vicissitudes of the family law system right now, are stuck in the divorce trap, to provide them with some hope that there’s a way out and to shine a light on the cartel of family law, the corrupt system that doesn’t provide a presumption of innocence; to reform and improve the system, the one-branch of our legal system that doesn’t provide a presumption of innocence, that has no due process, where parents and partners and ex-spouses and spouses are found guilty until proven more guilty; and to maybe learn some information that might help them along the way.

Q: Why do you think the family law system is biased, as opposed to other systems?

ELLIS: How long do you have? Well, I think our family law system is antiquated and outdated. It’s a quasi-kangaroo court. It’s caught in that middle ground. And I think it’s reflective and indicative of our current cancel culture. I think there is a bias towards men and fathers, which is clear in the statistics if you look at them in family law courts, divorce courts across America. And I think that we have a system where there isn’t really an escape. The silver bullet, as I call it, in family law, which is the majority of allegations of domestic violence are false. The result, and the way it goes is the TRO or temporary restraining order, EPO, emergency protection order, are not sustained once the case moves to a permanency or evidentiary hearing, and shows that the majority of domestic violence allegations are false or unprovable.

This is an affront to the real victims of domestic violence — and this echoes and parallels, I think, what’s going on in broader society with victimhood being the new social currency, and this economy’s booming. And false allegations, once made in family law courts, because there isn’t due process, there isn’t a presumption of innocence, there is no way back from that. It is reputation savaging and destroying. And even when an individual clears their name down the line, the damage has already been done. The separation between parents and their children, it’s basically splitting, destroying families, and costing our citizenry a tremendous amount of money at the expense of the American divorce machine, which is an annual nearly $60 billion a year industry.

Q: Do you think — because obviously the system was set up prior to victimhood being currency like it is today, do you think that current culture of victimhood has just sort of amplified the problem within the family law system?

ELLIS: Yeah, I think to a large degree it has. And I think, like any law or legislative bill that’s passed, it eventually gets misinterpreted or interpreted by attorneys and they find a way around it. When I think about family law, I think about the laws that have been passed with regards to, say, shared parenting. There aren’t any apart from in Kentucky and Arkansas, 50/50 default shared parenting. Which means that if there is acrimony in a divorce proceeding, that the go-to baseline presumption is biological father and biological mother have 50/50 shared parenting time. But then the proof is on the accuser rather than the accused to actually prove why that shouldn’t be the case.

And when we look at some of the laws that have been put through, particularly by, ironically, President Biden … the Adoption and Safe Families Act is another. These, for example, the Adoption and Safe Families Act … offers financial incentives to the states that increase adoption numbers. To receive the adoption incentives and bonuses, local CPS or Child Protection Services must have more children, they must have more merchandise to sell. And funding is available when a child is placed in a foster home with strangers. And states get reimbursed $6,000 for every child that’s placed into foster care, and 4,000 children a day lose a parent in family law court. So it doesn’t take a mathematician to work out that there’s big money in trafficking and profiteering from children and breaking up families.

Q: What specifically do you believe should be the first major change in family law that could get the ball rolling? You mentioned the co-parenting law in Kentucky. Is there another sort of legislative thing that you think would be the first step?

ELLIS: Yeah, I think the biggest step — and it may not be the first, it may actually take the longest — is to introduce the presumption of innocence, jurisprudence, the burden of proof must be on the accuser and not the accused. We need to introduce that into family law. Certainly, 50/50 shared parenting, which Arkansas and Kentucky have. I think it’s on the docket in Missouri and in Ohio as well. That’s coming up very soon in Ohio. A divorce must start with a default presumption of what is in the best interest of the children is for both parents to equally share in the parenting. I think we have to address false allegations of domestic violence, accountability and punishment for parents who make them. We don’t have that because even in our criminal law system, criminals get more rights than families do in family law. We have perjury laws, we have Miranda rights, we have the right to an attorney. You don’t have that in family law. And I think we also need to educate experts, parents, judges, and attorneys on how to better notice the signs of parental alienation and hold alienating parents accountable.

Q: Did writing this book and speaking with others who have dealt with the same situation or similar situations lead you to any new insights regarding the way in which the modern world has devalued fatherhood and family?

ELLIS: Yeah, huge. I mean, from talking with Erin Pizzy, who started the first domestic violence shelter 51 years ago. When she looked into what had happened with, I think, it was the first hundred women who came into her shelter, I think 62 of those women were just as or more violent than the spouses they’d left. The irony is that so many of these laws that had been set up and so many of the agencies and movements and organizations, particularly, dare I say, some of the domestic violence support groups for victims and women and girls, they are raking in millions and millions of dollars of grant money, and many of them aren’t really interested in meaningful change. They’re interested in money and profit.

And what else did I learn? I learned that “toxic masculinity,” “smash the patriarchy,” all of these messages that seem to have started recently over the last few years were actually started in a 1969 meeting of [third wave] feminist movement in New York, where they pivoted and decided that they would focus their messaging and their branding on two words, “toxic masculinity.” And all these decades later, here we are. The devaluation of men, the devaluation of fathers. I’m worried about our younger generation, particularly our younger generations of boys, who are hearing these messages, who are falling behind at school, and so on so forth in society.

I wrote the book to make — I didn’t want to write the book, I had to. I wrote it to make sense of this government sponsored devastation of my life, at first, and destruction of family and then others. I wrote it to let my children know that I haven’t abandoned them. I wrote it to tell other similarly-situated men and sometimes women, mothers and fathers, that they’re not alone. And perhaps most of all, I wrote it to ring the alarm about a broken system and call for social change and family law reform.

Q: Did your personal experience reveal any unpleasantness within the acting and Hollywood community? Did people in that community have anything to say when you became an advocate for fathers?

ELLIS: There has been some blowback, and obviously I hear along the grapevine. I mean, look, it’s 2021 and I’m going out talking about the bias in family law court towards fathers. I’ve written a book about it. So of course, who wants to hear from a Caucasian heterosexual male from Hollywood whining about his own personal story? This is bigger than that. This isn’t a story about Left versus Right or conservative versus liberal. This is a parent issue; this is a human rights issue. And I think it’s a national health emergency, too. If it can happen to Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt, me, it is, has been, and will continue to happen to tens of thousands of fathers, and sometimes mothers, as well, across Western civilization. I think family breakdown is the single greatest threat to American society right now.

Q: Aiming toward the solutions end of the equation, you’re president of an organization called The Respondent. Can you explain exactly what that is and what The Respondent seeks to accomplish?

ELLIS: So, “The Respondent” is my book. “The Respondent” is my book and video and podcast series, “The Respondent: Exposing the Cartel of Family Law.” And what I built from the ashes of my experience rose like a phoenix from the flames, I guess, is the charitable extension to the book, which is called Children and Parents United, or CPU.

But our mission, yeah, our mission is to promote and improve child wellbeing by providing information and resources to policymakers, legislatures, practitioners, and the general public resulting in enhanced relationships and reduced conflict for those children and parents navigating our current family law systems. And we do that right now through three cost-effective, practical, solution-based programs. Communication, workshops and programs that promote improved interpersonal relating, so when trust breaks down, we can help rebuild those bridges. Mediation, so solutions-oriented intervention experts to help resolve conflict disputes that work outside — they have experience of the court system, but they work outside and parallel to the court system so we’re not churning people back into the system. And CPU Law, we call it, which provides legal advice, supports the mediation process, and … legal procedures so that if two people do actually want to settle and come to resolution on a marriage and actually do choose to divorce, then we can help them draw up those papers so they don’t have to get churned into the divorce trap, which is what I call the system.

And keep people out of court. That’s the main thing we have to do. The blatant plundering of people’s estates, which goes on all the time by these judges, attorneys, and the legal system, which basically make up the state bar associations. They write their own playbook, they write their own rules, and someone needs the Red Cross of divorce, and that’s what CPU [is].

Q: What success have you seen with the organization?

ELLIS: Well, we’re a fledgling organization, but we have — so, for example, our mediation, I took on the first case of mediation myself.

And nearly six years, this couple had been churned around the family law court system, nearly $2 million spent, and in six years, no resolution. In an afternoon and a half, I was able to resolve their case by working just purely with the two of them myself. So we have immediate success. We have ways and means that we can help people and think outside the box, and we know the perils and pitfalls of what goes on in family law across America. So we can keep people out of court and we can get success. That’s just one of the meaningful ways that we can help people who are in vulnerable positions in family law.

Q: If you’re sort of contrasting this to our current behemoth of a system, do you think it’s possible to dig ourselves out of this system that we currently have and transition into something more equitable, like the organization that you have? And how long do you think such a transition would take?

ELLIS: Yeah, I do think it’s possible. I think it’s going to take a multi-pronged approach to excavate and dig ourselves out scoop by scoop in terms of case by case. That’s what I try to do with individuals and couples and families. And then the bigger approach, in terms of our social policies, our familial tapestry is torn, putting pressure on politicians and legislatures and passing new bills and new laws like we have in Arkansas, like we have in Kentucky, like we hopefully will have in Ohio soon and maybe even Missouri, and do it on a state by state basis.

But we do need to get it to the federal level and really, really get to the heart of the matter with the president right now. He’s a Catholic man, he’s a father, and if he really genuinely cared about families, one would think that he would be aware or at least do something about or at least change the laws. … It was his bill in 1974, which I think is getting rewritten right now and is going to make it even worse for families. And he’s ignorant of that fact, and he needs to smart up, get aware, and really change it for the better, not for the worse.

Q: Would this drive of yours with your experience and your book and your organization ever propel you to run for office of some kind?

ELLIS: I haven’t ruled that out. I haven’t really thought about it too much, to be honest. In fact, I’ve walked a lot of red carpets in my time in the entertainment business. I’m more interested in walking up the steps of legislative buildings and providing testimony and speaking to not just my experience, which people can read about in “The Respondent,” but it’s really just a vessel for so many others — fathers, mothers, parents, partners, spouses that are going through this, particularly children. Any time we strip away a child’s right to have a biological father or a biological mother present for their childhoods, we’re really just — it’s a recipe for disaster. So, yeah, if that happens, I wouldn’t say no. But quite frankly, the state of politics today, it seems like the prerequisite to be a politician is you don’t have integrity.

Q: Is there something that we haven’t touched on in this interview regarding either your book or family law in general or any kind of cultural topic, cancel culture, that you would want our readers and listeners to know?

ELLIS: Good question. No, I think the book is worth — it’s a good read. The one thing I would say is, for anyone who’s going through what I went through or knows someone who is, I also have a companion free downloadable ebook called “The Code,” and that’s available at, and that offers immediate interventions into wellbeing for anyone — parents, children, families struggling to cope with the family law system, or life in general. Those impactful and immediate relief strategies that help you survive what I call in family law or high-conflict divorce “six silver bullets and the magic ballistics of family law war.” So, yeah, I would just encourage people if they need help — and also say to the listeners and viewers, if you’re going through this, you’re not alone. It may seem like the world has turned upside down and you are in this alone and there’s no hope, but ride out that existential wave of terror or angst and you’ll get to the other side, and there is hope. And hopefully my organization will grow and build and more people will become aware of it.

Q: And how can they get to that organization? And what are your social medias, if you have any to plug?

ELLIS: Sure. has all the information about the project, the book, the nonprofit, episodes, the free downloadable ebook. has information about me and socials — @ellisgreg on Twitter. It’s where I can usually be found. I’m on Facebook and Instagram, too. On Instagram, it’s RealGregEllis.

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Trey Songz Has a Long History of Sexual and Physical Assault Allegations. Will He Ever Face the Music?



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It appears to be an isolated incident.”

That’s what an attorney for Trey Songz explained to a Michigan judge when describing an alleged violent altercation in 2016, where the singer was accused of punching a Detroit police sergeant in the head and injuring a cameraman when he threw a microphone stand off a stage.

However, time has proven that’s not an accurate description of the musician’s behavior. Over the past decade, Songz (real name: Tremaine Neverson) has faced multiple accusations of both physical and sexual assault.

This week, Las Vegas police confirmed it is investigating an allegation of sexual assault against Songz. The 37-year-old had been at Drai’s Nightclub in The Cromwell hotel to ring in his birthday last Saturday night. A source told TMZ that after his performance at the club, Songz and his entourage took a group of women back to his hotel room at The Cosmopolitan.

Officials would not release any further details when contacted by The Daily Beast, including exactly when the alleged attack took place, but confirmed the incident occurred in the city and was reported to the department last Sunday.

Las Vegas police said Songz was cooperating with their investigation. His team did not return a request for comment when contacted by The Daily Beast.

Songz’s track record is no secret. But for years the charming, good-looking R&B crooner, with 2010s hits such as “Na Na,” “Bottoms Up,” and “Dive In,” has managed to dodge any serious criminal repercussions for the various claims and charges brought against him.

Just this year, he was let off the hook for an incident where he was seen on security footage in a scuffle with a Kansas City police officer when he flouted repeated warnings to wear his face mask. (The county’s district attorney’s office in April declined to prosecute him, citing a lack of evidence.)

It’s a shame, Donna McIntosh told The Daily Beast, that no one took her seriously back in 2012, when she was left with a black eye after the singer allegedly slung a heavy wad of cash at the Staten Island nurse’s face in close range, resulting in his arrest for assault. (McIntosh said the case was settled out of court and she’s not at liberty to discuss the terms.)

Songz, then 28, had reportedly become enraged that McIntosh had taken a photo of him on her cellphone—something that she claims several other young women in the club were also doing—and yanked her phone out of her hand to try and delete the photo.

“I didn’t even know I had a bruise on my face until after I left the club,” McIntosh told the New York Daily News at the time. “I had to walk around a whole week with a black eye.”

“It was insulting that he just threw something. He was verbally disrespectful as well. He embarrassed me in front of everyone in the club.”

Now, McIntosh believes it spoke to an early pattern of behavior. “When I made the complaint before, no one believed me and said it was all my fault,” she told The Daily Beast. “Now it’s constantly coming up. It’s the same with him, story after story.”

“The women get knocked down—he’s not being held accountable at all.”

So far, Songz has seen little if any professional consequences from the steady stream of accusations. The singer is still slated to perform at the storied Chicago Theatre for a special New Year’s Eve concert. The venue did not return The Daily Beast’s request for comment on whether Songz was still expected to perform in light of the investigation.

Earlier this year, Songz settled a $10 million civil complaint from a Jane Doe accuser out of court. The accuser detailed in court papers seen by The Daily Beast how the singer allegedly sexually assaulted her.

The woman claimed in her complaint that Songz had picked her up at a New Year’s Eve party in 2018 hosted at Diddy’s Miami mansion, before they continued the night at the popular nightclub E11EVEN.

In the VIP area, Songz “sexually assaulted and battered Jane Doe by proceeding to forcefully place his hand under her dress, without her consent, and attempting to insert his fingers into Jane Doe’s vagina without her consent or permission,” the lawsuit alleged.

In the VIP area, Songz “sexually assaulted and battered Jane Doe by proceeding to forcefully place his hand under her dress, without her consent, and attempting to insert his fingers into Jane Doe’s vagina without her consent or permission,” the lawsuit alleged.

The suit also claimed that following the alleged assault, another woman in the VIP area confided in Jane Doe that Songz had done something similar to her the same night. The second woman alleged that Songz also put “his hands down her pants and had placed his fingers into her buttocks without her consent,” according to the complaint.

Although Jane Doe retained her initial attorney days after the alleged assault, she alleged in court documents that he failed to bring about the complaint until days before the statute of limitations expired in January 2020, resulting in her hiring new counsel. (He has denied that he caused any undue delay.)

The parties were able to settle out of court, according to court documents, with Jane Doe withdrawing her complaint. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, and Jane Doe and her attorney did not respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment.

Similarly, a battery complaint brought against Songz by Andrea Buera was dropped in 2019.

The Los Angeles-based Buera had claimed the singer choked, punched, and knocked the then- 27-year-old to the ground at his L.A. rental in Feb. 2018 after he allegedly became furious that she had been chatting with one of his friends.

“While I was on the ground, he continued punching me, and he did not stop until his security pulled him off of me,” she said during a televised press conference alongside her lawyer Lisa Bloom, adding that Songz even took her phone from her and threw it.

“I had to go to the hospital because he hit me so hard that I had a concussion and was throwing up from the migraines,” she added, claiming the alleged attack only stopped because Songz’s bodyguards got involved.

Songz claimed in court papers that he was acting in self-defense, saying he “reasonably believed [Buera] was going to harm him and any force he used was only the amount reasonably necessary to protect himself.”

Andrea Buera (R), who is accusing Trey Songz of assaulting her, speaks during a press conference with her attorney Lisa Bloom (L) at The Bloom Firm on March 13, 2018, in Woodland Hills, California.

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Buera provided a photo of herself in a hospital bed where there appeared to be a bruise forming under her chin, and other photos with marks around her eyes and forehead.

“I want you to get help,” Buera told Songz at the press conference, pushing for the Los Angeles Police Department to press charges against him. “Although I am not your first victim, I’d like to be your last.”

When officials declined to pursue a case against Songz, Buera filed a civil complaint in Aug. 2018. A person with knowledge of the situation told The Daily Beast that during the lawsuit, Songz’s team had hired a personal investigator to dig into Buera’s personal life, reaching out to her past romantic partners.

By April 2019, Buera filed to withdraw her complaint with prejudice, meaning that she could not attempt to sue Songz again over the same incident. And although it was not reported if a settlement was reached, the source told The Daily Beast that Buera came into a sum of money shortly afterwards but did not know if that was related to the withdrawal of the suit.

The Daily Beast also uncovered a previously unreported criminal charge against Songz from 2012, where he was charged with assault and battery against a woman in Virginia stemming from an incident on New Year’s Eve in 2011.

The woman claimed she was photographing a party when Songz allegedly “smashed my camera into my face and while ripping my camera, asked me why I was taking a photograph of him smoking,” according to the criminal complaint obtained by The Daily Beast. “I replied that he had hit me in the face for no reason as I had not taken a photograph of him.” The case was later dismissed.

Actress Keke Palmer also spoke of a concerning interaction with Songz, alleging in 2017 that he used “sexual intimidation” to pressure her into appearing in a music video that she did not want to be featured in, claiming she hid in a closet to try to hide from him.

“After you found me in a closet HIDING because I was so afraid of anymore conflict,” Palmer wrote in a series of since-deleted tweets about her cameo in Songz’s video for “Pick Up the Phone.” “Literally my last option was to hide because you all would not listen when I said I did not want to be in the video the FIRST time.”

Songz dismissed Palmer’s concerns, tweeting, “Babygirl buggin. Point blank period. Got my number, coulda called, saw the cameras and the lights, heard action. I don’t do this twitter shit, girl you know me and got my number fuck outta here.”

Instagram model Celina Powell appeared on Adam22’s podcast No Jumper last year with her friend Alize, who claimed that Songz once refused to let her leave his home. (Adam22 has also been accused of rape and intimidation in the past.)

“He took my phone and my purse away for a whole day and held it over the balcony and was like, ‘Bitch, if you try and leave, I’m going to drop this shit,’” she claimed. “He did the same thing to [Powell]. He just does the same shit. He’s, like, weird.” (Songz denied their claims in a series of tweets.)

Songz has also faced allegations of physical violence from men and is currently being sued in Los Angeles by bartender Jeremy Johnson, who claims that during a concert at the Hollywood Palladium in 2019, Songz jumped up and sat on the bar’s counter.

Since it was against the venue’s policy, Johnson claimed in a legal complaint against Songz seen by The Daily Beast that he requested for the singer to get off the bar. “[Johnson] then put his hand on Neverson’s back to get his attention and again stated that he was not allowed to be on the bar,” the suit, which was filed in May, alleged.

“Neverson did not immediately respond, but then he turned around and struck [Johnson] in the head with a closed fist.”

Johnson’s suit comes a month after officials in Kansas declined to press charges against Songz after he was seen on security footage striking a police officer at a Kansas City Chiefs game after he was repeatedly asked to wear a face mask at least three separate times.

According to police, people around Songz and his entourage complained they weren’t wearing face masks—a mandate the stadium was enforcing for spectators in January. Security personnel came by on several occasions, warning Songz to wear his mask.

Eventually, a police officer came by and after a few moments, the officer moved to detain or remove Songz, who stepped down to the row below his seat. Security footage released by the KCPD appears to show that Songz threw the first punch, leading to the officer and him wrestling on the ground.

Although Songz was arrested and charged with assault of a police officer, officials declined to press charges.

But Songz did face felony charges in Michigan in 2017 when he allegedly became enraged that the Detroit music venue cut off his performance after he went over the allotted time, throwing a microphone stand from the stage and injuring a cameraman, resisting arrest, and flipping off the camera in his booking photo, according to police and reports at the time.

He was charged with assaulting a police officer and aggravated assault. Songz’s legal team secured him a plea deal, where he was able to plead guilty to two reduced counts of disturbing the peace in exchange for dismissing the more serious charges, evading any jail time with a non-reporting probation period of 18 months and attending anger management classes.

Songz and his team have managed to thwart any serious charges against the singer time and time again, as officials decline to pursue charges after a few months or his alleged victims settle with him out of court, never to be heard from again.

If a case is brought to court, his legal team has managed to successfully isolate the recurring incidents, speaking of how Songz donates to charity and has a clean criminal record. Time will tell if Songz will ever face the music.

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