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September 28, 2020

President Trump's former campaign manager Brad Parscale was hospitalized this week after officials say he was threatening to hurt himself and after he allegedly loaded a gun during an argument with his wife, who told police he "hits her."

The Fort Lauderdale Police Department previously confirmed to CNN that officers on Sunday detained Parscale, who was "threatening to harm himself" inside his home while he was "armed and had access to multiple firearms," and on Monday, additional details emerged on the incident via police reports. According to the Miami Herald, documents describe how Parscale "refused to leave his home and was ultimately tackled by officers on the street when he emerged shirtless with a beer in his hand."

According to BuzzFeed News, the police report also says that Parscale allegedly "took his handgun, racked the slide 'in the face of his wife' and loaded it in front" of her during an argument on Sunday. Parscale's wife showed officers "bruises on her arms from an argument two days prior," the Herald reports.

"While speaking with [Candice] Parscale I noticed several large sized contusions on both of her arms, her cheek and forehead," Detective Steven Smith reportedly wrote. "When I asked how she received the bruising, [Candice] Parscale stated Brad Parscale hits her."

Officials on Monday also released body cam footage showing Parscale being tackled to the ground outside of his home. According to BuzzFeed News, Parscale's wife described how he had recently been depressed and was making suicidal comments, also saying he had been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Authorities, the Herald writes, removed "two shotguns, two rifles, a .22 caliber revolver and five handguns" from his home. Read more at the Miami Herald. Brendan Morrow

April 28, 2019

Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein of Chabad of Poway revealed new information on Sunday afternoon about the shooting that took place Saturday at his synagogue north of San Diego.

One person was killed during the shooting, 60-year-old Lori Kaye, and three others, including Goldstein, were injured. "Lori took the bullet for all of us," Goldstein said. "She didn't deserve to die." The rabbi shared that he was getting ready for the day's service when he heard a loud noise, and looked up to see a young man holding a rifle. "I couldn't see his eyes," he said. "I couldn't see his soul."

Goldstein was shot in the hand, and then "miraculously, the gun jammed," he said. There were about 100 people in the synagogue at the time, and had the suspect, identified by police as 19-year-old John Earnest, turned toward the sanctuary, there could have been more casualties, Goldstein said. Earnest is being held without bail, and will be arraigned later this week on homicide charges. Police said he could also be charged with a hate crime. Catherine Garcia

September 12, 2018

Black-ish, maybe, but not skittish.

Months after Disney and ABC controversially pulled an episode of the family sitcom, Black-ish creator Kenya Barris is divulging his weeks-long battle with the network over the spot.

It had previously been reported by Variety that the episode, which ABC scrapped in February, would have involved Anthony Anderson's character, Dre, reading a bedtime story to his son that takes a political turn and delves into topics like NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed these details, adding that the episode also would have combined animation with real footage of President Trump and the 2017 protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, and it would have featured narration from Spike Lee.

But in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, published Wednesday, Barris reveals that even though the episode had been fully shot, Disney CEO Bob Iger called him personally to talk about the studio's problems with it. There was some "concern about partisanship" among Disney executives, Barris told The Hollywood Reporter. Citing its own sources, The Hollywood Reporter adds that Iger and others feared the episode would alienate the Republican audience ABC was trying to court with Roseanne.

Barris says he attempted to make some edits at the behest of ABC. However, the two parties ultimately agreed that because so much of the episode was political it couldn't be suitably edited. Barris ultimately left ABC partially as a result of the snafu.

While Barris didn't criticize Iger in the interview, he did express frustration toward Disney-ABC Television Group President Ben Sherwood, saying Sherwood had led him to believe ABC would be an "open environment" but that didn't turn out to be the case. Read more about Barris' beef with ABC at The Hollywood Reporter. Brendan Morrow

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