Court Case

Man Accused Of Purposefully Spreading HIV Says He Wanted To Cure Himself By Drinking His Urine

Daryll Rowe is in the news again and this time its because he thought urine was the cure to HIV.

Daryll Rowe, from Edinburgh, is currently on trial for allegedly infecting several male partners that he met on Grindr with HIV on purpose.

While the current court case is focused on whether or not Rowe purposefully infected five men, who’ve chosen to remain anonymous, with the virus between October 2015 and December 2016, the conversation took a weird turn.

Prosecutor Caroline Carberry QC spoke to the jury that Daryll Rowe was skipping on prescribed treatment for his HIV. He was refusing antiretroviral drugs that would have made him less contagious.

“He was warned he could be prosecuted for passing [HIV] on or even putting someone at risk of contracting HIV from him,” Carberry told the court, according to The Guardian.

Rowe then told the jurors that he doesn’t remember ever being told his disease was highly infectious or that he could later be charged for spreading it.

On top of that, he also added that he believed if he stayed a vegan and drank his own urine, he would be able to cure his HIV.

Of course, the prosecutor had to press further on that statement. She said that the idea that drinking urine would cure him was “nonsense” in explaining why he went out of his way to infect other men.

Rowe then said, “Why would I do it every single day if I thought it was nonsense?”

“Because you didn’t want to treat this infection, for whatever reason,” Carberry replied.

“I wanted to cure it,” Rowe struck back, “I thought I was curing it.”

This is just the latest development in the trial over Daryll Rowe who is charged with purposefully tampering with condoms in order to infect five of his fromer male parters with HIV.

The trial is ongoing and is expected to continue well into November.

Judge's Insensitive HIV+ Comment Could Undo Murder Suspect's Conviction

A judge from California started trouble after insulting an HIV-positive murder suspect while being recorded.

“Lord knows where his tongue has been.” That’s the line by former Riverside County Superior Court Judge David B. Downing that started trouble according to the Desert Sun.

Downing is being accused of refusing to read motions filed by Kaushal Niroula because the defendant’s files were licked closed and he’s HIV-positive.

The comment was allegedly made back in 2012 in the middle of a the jury selection process. The courtroom’s mics were off at the moment, but one of the defendants was recording audio on his laptop.

Niroula and co-defendant named Daniel Garcia (who was the one recording) were on trial for the 2008 murder of Clifford Lambert, a retired art dealer.

Eventually, the laptop was discovered to be recording audio, and (seeing as that’s an obvious security breech) it was confiscated and sealed away.

Even though the audio hasn’t been released and thus can’t be confirmed, the trail's transcript from the court case shows that Judge Downing was later confronted about the audio while in session. Downing, who allegedly decided to double down, said that he’s free to say whatever he wanted.

As the transcripts state, Niroula spoke to the judge and said, “It is a commentary regarding my health status and not reading my given motions because you are concerned about where my tongue has been are inappropriate, your honor.”

Downing then replied, “I don’t care what you think. I can say what I want. The First Amendment protects me. I can say what I want.”

Later in the court session, Garcia commented that it was “difficult to proceed in a trial” where the judge had “made fun” of Niruloa’s HIV status.

To which, Downing replied, “What do you care what I said about Mr. Niroula? Worry about yourself right now.”

The two were eventually found guilty of the murder. That said, they are now using Downing’s words to appeal their convictions.

The DA’s Office haven’t decided whether to allow an appeal, but they said they will review the audio “to ascertain what occurred and when.”

When the Desert Sun asked Downing for comment he said, “Who knows? I don’t know what was said five years ago.”

He later added, “Off the top of my head, I didn’t say that stuff.”

Downing retired in 2013 but then partially returned to judging in 2015 for part-time work.

Gay Bronx Teen Who Stabbed His Bullies Says "I Was Afraid For My Life"

We have an update on the gay teen from the Bronx who was arrested for stabbing two of his bullies in school.

The New York City Police Department has decided to reduce the charges of 18-year-old Abel Cedeno from second-degree murder to manslaughter.

Cedeno was arrested at the end of September, on the 27th specifically, after he stabbed two of his classmates which severely injured one and killed the other.

Cedeno, who pleaded not guilty to the second-degree murder charge, faced a grand jury this past Tuesday, October 17.

Cedeno’s bail was set at $500,000, which his attorney, Christopher R. Lynn, called outrageous.

At the courthouse, Cedeno was initially supposed to appear in front of a judge, but his defense team, who’re also once a part of the council for the Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights, waved that appearance and moved over to the grand jury session.

That said, Cedeno was able to reach out to news outlets and share his version of the story.

Abel Cedeno says that the reason he stabbed his two classmates was because he was afraid for his life.

He alleges that the two classmates, Matthew McCree who died and Araine LaBoy who was seriously wounded, attacked him in class first (while two teachers watched). On top of that, the two supposedly have ties to gang members.

As Cedeno told Gay City News, “[McCree] hit my face twice. The second time I snapped. All the years of bullying, and I couldn’t control my body and started to defend myself.”

That’s when Cedeno says he pulled out the knife that he carried around for protection and used it against his attackers.

While there are some that don’t believe Abel Cedno’s side of the story, those against him are not representing themselves well.

Outside of the courtroom on Tuesday, supporters of both Cedeno and McCree gathered.

Ava Talley, of the New York Transgender Advocacy Group, recounted to Gay City News that McCree’s family and supporters were yelling out homophobic slurs in the crowd.

“His family keeps saying he was not a bully, but they use homophobic and transphobic rhetoric,’ Talley said. ‘His whole group of supporters was doing it.”

In addition, McCree’s family have denied his involvement with gangs, but Cedeno's supporters carried screenshots of gang members confirming that McCree was one online and in some comments gang members even claimed they would avenge McCree avenge him.

“We’re getting threats now," Cedeno’s sister Vanessa (shown above) said. "We just want justice for Abel. No one wanted for this to happen. He was bullied from the sixth grade and would come home with bruises. The schools failed him. My brother should not be in jail. We shouldn’t have to be afraid to be ourselves, especially in school.”

The school is also under investigation for allowing such violence and bullying to happen within.

Justin Bieber's Testicles Started A Lawsuit

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Justin Bieber can’t catch a break. Just last week the singer had a mini-scandal when a hacker got a hold of Selena Gomez’s Instagram account and released nude photos of her ex.

Of course, the nudes were shots we’d all already seen from two years ago. They were the shots of Bieber “hanging out” while on vacation. You’ve probably seen them. (If you haven’t, good for you. You are pure and a better person than I am).

Anyway, it seems that Bieber can’t catch a break because news just got out that his balls are the center of court case right now.

Last May, Bieber went to the Emergency Room of the Northwell Health in Long Island, NY after getting a shot to his crotch while playing soccer. All was well and good at the time because Bieber was able to walk out the door later without any issue.

But, an issue came along later when Northwell Health found itself getting sued. Why you ask? Because they allegedly fired an employee wrongfully.

 

 

 

New York employment attorney David H. Rosenberg says his client Kelly Lombardo, who was a former employee at Northwell, was fired over accusations that she illegally accessed Bieber’s medical file during his visit.

The rumor is that she allegedly accessed his records to see if the singer indeed had an STI. But, Lombardo not only denies that reasoning but also the idea that she accessed the records at all.

“My client never accessed Mr. Bieber’s medical file. She was falsely accused of doing it because of her gender,” Rosenberg told Billboard. “We look forward to vigorously prosecuting these claims at the New York Division of Human Rights.”

Right now, the lawsuit is at a standstill as Lombardo and Rosenberg wait for a copy of the position statement.

Meanwhile, Bieber and his team have not commented on the situation and are probably hoping media coverage of it, as well as his connection to it, blows over quickly.

We’ll see about that.

A Straight Man Is Suing His Old Dishwasher Job For Discriminating Against His Sexuality

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A former dishwasher at a Cheesecake Factory in Providence, Rhode Island is suing the company for discriminating against him. For being straight.

Jessie Ross claims that in August of last year he was felt up, both on his butt and his crotch, by a fellow male employee.

When Ross went to complain to his manager he was pushed aside after being told it would be looked into.

Ross said that the issue didn’t stop there and that since there was a large amount of gay men working at the restaurant, “rough behavior” was a regular occurrence.

Remember, state and federal laws ban discrimination on sexual orientation and that street goes both ways.

That said, Ross claims that he continued to be harassed at work and felt unsafe there. He eventually went back to his manager but the manager seemed to not care because of his “protected status as a heterosexual male.”

“I was an outstanding employee,” Ross says, “Why would I make something up?”

It wasn’t until much later that Ross had finally had enough. He informed his manager that he was so uncomfortable working there that he needed something to be done. That’s when the manager fired him.

But, things didn’t end there because apparently Ross received phone calls and text messages with threats “in an effort to intimidate him and cover up his firing.”

Ross’s lawyer, Joseph Daigle, says he has evidence to support the accusations.

Now a year later, the lawsuit has been brought to public and we'll see how things end for Jessie Ross.

We’ll keep you informed when the story updates.

Chicago Professor Killed His Boyfriend With Help From Chat Room Buddy To Fulfill Murder-Suicide Fantasy

Wyndham Lathem (left) and Andrew Warren

Wyndham Lathem and Andrew Warren both worked at universities. Lathem taught microbiology at the Northwestern University in Chicago, while Warren was a payroll assistant at Oxford University’s Somerville College.

Not long ago, both men were strangers and lived on different sides of the world. But earlier this month, they sat together in a getaway car as they tried to escape the fact that they, allegedly, were murderers.

Apparently, the two met online through chatrooms and spent months talking about “carrying out their sexual fantasies of killing others and then themselves.”

But sadly, their sick fantasies would take a turn for the reality. And who would be their murder victim? None other than 26-year-old hairstylist Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau, or Lathem’s boyfriend.

This past Sunday, the two men stood in court with Cook County judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. while Assistant State’s Attorney Natosha Toller recapped their alleged actions the night of July 27.

Before then, Lathem had flown Warren in and had him stay in a hotel room close to his Chicago condo. Inside the condo, Cornell-Duranleau laid sleeping.

Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau (Credit: Homocide Watch Chicago)

Around 4:30 a.m., both men entered the condo and Lathem grabbed a 6-inch drywall knife. He then stabbed Cornell-Duranleau in the neck and chest with it.

The victim immediately woke up and tried to fight but was soon ganged up on, as Warren allegedly covered his mouth and hit him over the head with a lamp.

At some point, Warren got a hold of two other kitchen knives and the two continued to stab Cornell-Duranleau about 70 times. The autopsy shows that the body’s back, neck and chest were sliced up so deeply that it was nearly decapitated. In fact, the attack was so violent that one of the knives broke.

After Conell-Duranleau laid dead, the two decided to flee. Even though their original plan was to commit a murder and then kill each other (Lathem stabbing Warren and Warren shooting Lathem), they instead cleaned themselves off, got in a car, and drove Westward.

It seems that the two realized their terrible deed as they started to show actions of guilt and remorse.

Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau (Credit: Homocide Watch Chicago)

On their run from the law, the two made it to Lake Geneva, Wisconson. There, Lathem decided to donate a $1,000 check to the town’s library in Cornell-Durnaleu’s name (he also donated $5,610 to a Chicago LGBTQ health center earlier that day).

Plus, Lathem then made a call to the condo building’s doorman and told him that there was something wrong in his room.

After that, Lathem also sent a video to his family and friends. In it, he apologized for his “involvement” in the murder and Anthony Guglielmi, the spokesman for the Chicago police, stated that in the video Lathem says he’s made “the biggest mistake of his life.”

Some point after that, the two split up as Lathem was later caught in Oakland, California and Warren was arrested in San Francisco. The two then admitted to the murder as Prosecutors told the Chicago Tribune.

At the moment, the defendants haven’t made an official plea, but the case is still continuing. We'll keep you updated as the story develops.

An African King Wants To Stop The Distribution of a Gay Film, And Not For The Reason You're Guessing

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The King of the amaXhosa people is trying to stop the distribution of gay film Inxeba or The Wound. And funny enough, the reason isn’t because of its gay content.

Zwelonke Sigcawu is the King of the amaXhosa people, an ethnic group found mostly in South Africa. The king and his people are worried because the recently released film The Wound is sharing too much of his people’s culture and customs.

As stated in our earlier post:

“The film follows factory worker Xolani (played by Touré), who has to guide young Kwanda through an age-old rite of passage into manhood. While doing this, Kwanda goes through the trial of discovering and understanding himself while also understanding Xolani’s sexuality and relationship with another tribe caretaker.”

Because this film focuses on the initiation process for young men into adulthood, several amaXhosa citizens have reached out to their leaders, and ultimately to the King, to ask for help keeping their secrets.

This is a very private practice for the amaXhosa people (even many amaXhosa women are unaware of how the male rituals go) and several are upset that it is being shared without their knowledge or consent.

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Matthew Mpahlwa, the king’s lawyer, told News24 that:

“His subjects are complaining. He is the custodian of custom and what is being dealt [with] in the film is custom. It is on those grounds that he would ... be an interested party,” Mpahlwa said.
“There’s a lot of panic among the amaXhosa people who have undertaken the rituals, some of the men mostly, and they called on the kingdom of the amaXhosa to intervene.”

That said, the king and his people have not yet seen the film, and it’s fair to say most didn’t even know of the film’s existence until trailers were released.

“He has been seeing [the] trailers and people are just shocked.”

"There is an extent [to] which freedom of expression can go...  there are limits [to] which customs... can be exposed."

The film has already released at the Durban Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and the Film Forum in NYC, but King Sigcawu still wants to talk “amicably” with the film’s producers before going to court and filing a complaint with the Film and Publications Board (FPB) about the film’s distribution.

We’ll keep you updated as the story unfolds. In the meantime, you can watch the trailer for the film down below, and see for yourselves what everyone is so angry about.

 

Richard Simmons Defends Transgender Defamation Lawsuit By Quoting Trump

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Did you know that Richard Simmons is going through a defamation lawsuit?

What happened was that Richard Simmons and his team discovered that the National Enquirer magazine ran multiple articles between June 2016 and March 2017. These articles had titles like “Shocking Sex Surgery” and spread the rumor that the fitness guru had gone under gender-reassignment surgery.

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Then in May, Simmons and his team filed a defamation lawsuit against the magazine stating that the articles were “cruel and malicious.”

But, American Media, which owns the magazine, is arguing back that it doesn’t count as defamation because there is no shame in being transgender. Thus, calling someone transgender shouldn’t be considered insulting or public image ruining.

But get this, Simmons and his legal team fired back by filing another lawsuit this past Thursday, and this time they cited Donald Trump.

They stated that in a time where the U.S. President will tweet intolerance towards trans people, the magazine used sensational wording like “exposing” and “bizarre” to sell a false and transphobic narrative.

Some of the specific wording that the prosecution used was:

“It is unclear why — if society (and AMI purportedly with it) so embraces the transgender community — that AMI would characterize its Articles as ‘exposing’ Mr. Simmons or use the word ‘bizarre’ to characterize his alleged new life as a trans woman,” states Simmons’ response.”

“Surely, if AMI’s readers rejected prejudice against trans people, such phrasing would not help sell magazines or promote internet clicks. AMI cannot at once cynically and deliberately publish falsehoods about Simmons that it touted to the world as ‘shocking’ and ‘bizarre,’ intentionally pandering to prejudice, and then righteously pretend that such prejudice does not exist.”

That said, perhaps the magazine really believed in its news and its stories. After all, Richard Simmons did suddenly disappear from public view for a few years. There are even websites and podcasts about it.

But, it seems that isn’t the case as the magazine continued to publish articles about this rumored sex change even after being sued.

In addition, media like the Enquirer were point fingers toward former masseuse and friend Mauro Oliveira as the source of the rumors.

They alleged/stated that Oliveira had become a stalker and said that he wanted to ruin what’s left of Simmons’s career and public image (if he wasn’t paid).

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That said, Simmons's team filed a declaration on Thursday with a statement from Oliveira where he says he never said such a thing.

"I was shocked and disturbed after discovering that the National Enquirer and Radar Online published cover stories claiming that Richard Simmons has transitioned into a woman and included the photos I supplied," Oliveira stated.

"Although I may have said that Richard Simmons's chest looks like the chest of someone who might be on hormones," Oliveira's statemend added, "I never stated that Richard Simmons is now a woman, had breast implants, or had sex-change surgery."

That’s as far as the case has gone and there’s no way to know which way the verdict will go. But we'll keep you updated if there's any change.

Note (8/19/2017): An earlier version of this post reported on the Oliviera stalking as if it was true, but thanks to his comments to Instinct, we have updated the article to include his statement and declaration.