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Kathy Griffin Calls Johnny Depp ‘Bloated Boozebag’ Amid Amber Heard Verdict



FAIRFAX, VA - MAY 27: Johnny Depp gestures to his fans during a recess outside court during the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard civil trial at Fairfax County Circuit Court on May 27, 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia. Depp is seeking $50 million in alleged damages to his career over an op-ed Heard wrote in the Washington Post in 2018.(Photo by Cliff Owen/Consolidated News Pictures/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 11: Kathy Griffin attends the Los Angeles Premiere of "George Carlin's American Dream" at Avalon Hollywood & Bardot on May 11, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images) Getty Images

Kathy Griffin didn’t mince words when asked for her opinion of Johnny Depp this week, calling him an “orange, fat, bloated boozebag.”

Griffin is the latest celebrity to come out in support of Amber Heard after the jury in her defamation trial found she had defamed her former husband.

Depp was found guilty of one count of defamation in Heard’s countersuit, but has enjoyed high-profile celebrity support since the early days of the trial.

During the trial both parties leveling allegations of violence against the other, all of which were consistently denied.

At the beginning of a June 2 call-in episode of CNN political analyst Brian Karem’s “Just Ask the Question” podcast, Karem asked Griffin for her thoughts on the Depp-Heard trial.

Griffin prefaced her statements by saying she’s “friends with Amber Heard,” adding, “I completely believe her.”

She said the verdict was “really disturbing” to her as a woman and a feminist.

Referring to the testimony of several female witnesses, and the possible pressure they felt to “change their tune,” she said “nobody wants to get Kathy Griffin-ed, as I was very famously canceled and blacklisted and all that stuff.”

Griffin was referring to the infamous photoshoot in which she held a mold of Donald Trump’s severed head, which led to her being widely criticized and attacked in the media.

There is no evidence that any of the females called to the stand to speak on Depp’s behalf were coerced into making statements in support of Depp, or felt undue pressure to alter alter past experiences.

Griffin then called the discussion around the trial a “social media bloodbath,” and opined that #MeToo is not dead yet. Then, she set her comedic sights on the current state of Depp.

“I just think Depp is gross,” she said. “Do you know what I find funny?” She went on:

These Johnny Depp stans that are talking about this trial and yet they refuse to show pictures of what he looks like now, which is a big orange fat bloated boozebag. He looks like Donald Trump with a ponytail. And so they keep sticking up for him and being like, ‘Amber is taking down Johnny! He’s so gorgeous and dreamy!’ I’m like, okay, he talks like Kanye when Kanye had his jaw wired. He has a fake accent like when Madonna turned British. So, you know, who are we kidding here?

Karem agreed that Depp’s newfound accent is suspect.

“He’s a Kentucky boy so every time I hear that from him I go, ‘He didn’t learn to speak like that in Kentucky,'” Karem said.

“He learned it from his idol Keith Richards,” quipped Griffin.

She also ripped his fans who waited outside the courtroom each day, saying, “And just the whole thing of how he had, like, his digital warriors outside. It’s… this is a middle-aged man. This is pathetic. So, anyway, I don’t… I don’t get it.”

The six-week trial between Depp and Heard gripped the world as it was broadcast live whenever court was in session.

Depp sued ex-wife Heard for $50 million over three lines in a 2018 op-ed published in The Washington Post that she co-authored with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Heard countersued for $100 million over statements Depp and his camp had made about her.

The jury found Heard guilty of defamation on all counts and ordered her to pay Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.

The jury also found Depp guilty of a defamation charge stemming from an April 8, 2020, article by his associate, Adam Waldman. They ordered Depp to pay Heard $2 million in compensatory damages.



AU official calls out Germany over leopard jibe that left some offended




A Leopard 2 tank is pictured during a demonstration event held for the media by the German Bundeswehr in Munster near Hannover, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011. - Copyright © africanews Michael Sohn/AP2011

Germany apologized on Thursday (Jan. 26) for using a leopard emoji in a tweet refering to the Russian Foreign Minister’s visit to Africa. The post that was regarded as offensive by some users was called out by the spokeswoman for the African Union chairman Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat.

The German foreign ministry attempted to poke fun at Russia’s top diplomat during his tour of Africa when it tweeted that he wasn’t there looking for leopards, but using the trip to try and justify Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

The tweet, and the leopard emoji the foreign ministry used on its official account, apparently sought to play off Germany’s decision to send some of its advanced Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine to back its military fight off Russian forces.

An African Union official questioned the use of emoji, pointing it could be interpreted as the continent being portrayed once again as only about wild animals.

Ebba Kalondo, the spokeswoman for AU Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat, tweeted back to the German government account questioning if Africa, its people and its wildlife was “just a joke to you?”

“Foreign policy is not a joke nor should it be used to score cheap geopolitical points by illustrating an entire Continent with colonial tropes,” Kalondo wrote in a follow-up tweet.

The German foreign ministry apologized and said that the tweet wasn’t meant to offend, but rather “to call out the lies that Russia uses to justify its imperialist war of aggression against Ukraine.”

Lavrov has visited South Africa, Eswatini, Angola and Eritrea this week, where he has repeated his claims that the United States and its Western allies are using Ukraine as a tool in a “hybrid war” against Russia.

Many African nations hold historical ties with Moscow. South Africa was one of several to abstain from a U.N. vote last year condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Eritrea voted against the resolution alongside Russia, Belarus, North Korea and Syria.

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Bomb injures at least a dozen people near a market in north-eastern DR Congo




Congolese Defense Forces soldiers inspect the scene of an attack near the town of Oicha, 30 kms (20 miles) from Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo, Friday July 23, 2021.

A bomb exploded at a market in eastern Congo on Wednesday (Jan. 25), injuring at least a dozen people, authorities said.

An unknown person detonated a bomb inside a bag in North Kivu’s Beni town, said Tharcisse Katembo, a local official.

“Damage was documented (and) at least 12 people were injured. They were injured in the lower limbs, others in their upper limbs and others were hit in the head,” he told reporters in Beni.

The victims were taken to the hospital and an investigation was underway, Katembo said.

No one claimed responsibility for the bomb. However, attacks by the Allied Democratic Forces, which is believed to be linked with the Islamic State extremist movement, have been increasing in North Kivu, according to the United Nations.

Deadly violence

Earlier this month, at least 14 people were killed and dozens injured in an attack on a church in Kasindi town, which was claimed by Islamic State. It said in its Aamaq news outlet that it planted an explosive device inside the church and detonated it while people were praying.

Since April, attacks by the Allied Democratic Forces have killed at least 370 civilians, and the group has abducted several hundred more, including a significant number of children, the U.N. says.

The explosion Wednesday (Jan. 25) occurred in a local market next to a cassava mill, witnesses said.

Danny Syaghuswa, 16, said he was sitting on his motorcycle when a man in a striped shirt put a small bag behind a door, saying he would come back for it, according to an interview with local reporters heard by The Associated Press. “Less than five minutes after he left the bomb exploded,” Syaghuswa said.

Images of the attack circulating on chat groups show people lying on the floor. One woman in blood-stained clothes was carrying a small child.

Violence has wracked eastern Congo for decades as more than 120 armed groups and self-defense militias fight for land and power. Nearly 6 million people are internally displaced, and hundreds of thousands are facing extreme food insecurity, according to the United Nations.

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Somalia: Al-Shabaab terrorists storm mayor’s office, killing six




Al-Shabaab terrorists set off a bomb and stormed a government building in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu.  The Al-Qaeda-backed terror group has stepped up bombings in the country.

At least six people were killed on Sunday in an attack by Al Shabaab militants at the mayor’s office in central Mogadishu, police said.

A suicide bomber set off a huge blast that tore through building near the office complex with gunfire erupting afterwards, Somali police spokesman Sadik Dudishe said at the end of the four-hour siege.

“All the six attackers died. Five of them during the fire exchange with the security forces and one of them detonated himself,” Dudishe told reporters.

“Six civilians also died during the attack and the situation is back to normal.” All the staffers at the mayor’s office were rescued, the police added.

Al 0Shabaab, a militant group allied with Al Qaeda claimed, responsibility for the attack via its communication channels, saying its fighters “made their way inside the targeted building after killing the security guards.” Witnesses said the initial explosion damaged nearby buildings and gunfire could be heard in the vicinity of the mayor’s office.

The area was quickly cordoned off by security officers, a witness who runs a business near the offices said.

Another witness, Omar Nur, said he was inside a nearby mall when the explosion went off and “was lucky to have escaped safely.” The Al Shabaab militants have been waging a bloody insurgency against the frail internationally backed central government for 15 years, carrying out attacks both in Somalia and neighbouring countries.

The latest attack comes days after seven soldiers were killed on Friday at a military camp in Galcad, a town in central Somalia about 375 kilometres north of the capital Mogadishu. The US military said the attack — in the Somali town retaken by the army this week — involved more than 100 Al Shabaab jihadists.

“The combined actions by partner forces on the ground and the collective self-defence strike is estimated to have resulted in three destroyed vehicles and approximately thirty Al Shabaab terrorists killed” the US military command for Africa (AFRICOM) said in a statement.

Source: Dawn

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