Love Island’s Anna Vakili and sister Mandi share video of girl involved in fight

Love Island star Anna Vakili and her sister Mandi were involved in a vicious fight in Hyde Park on Monday and a video emerged of them ‘acting in self-defence.

The girls have said they fought back out of self-defence, kicking one girl’s hair and another in the face, and have been largely criticised for fighting with teenagers. 

But Anna, 29, and Mandi, 28, took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a video from a girl who claimed to be involved in the fight, saying her words ‘prove their innocence.’

‘We were telling the truth’: Love Island’s Anna Vakili and sister Mandi shared a video of a girl involved in their bank holiday fight on Instagram on Wednesday

The teenager said: ‘I said to her cousin, when I catch you outside, I will end up shooting you myself. If I don’t shoot you, there will be different weapons involved.’

A girl filming her said: ‘You had a gun, you gangster.’ 

She replied: ‘Don’t say that man, you don’t know if there are feds man, I am being serious.  If I catch these Love Island girls…

‘I don’t care if I go to prison this time for a whole M. Everyone provokes me so what the f***.  I always fight people, you get me. I’m not scared to fight no one. 

‘My girls f***ed her s**t up. Anna, Mandi and the cousin were left bleeding. They looked like monsters. Someone [laughing] ripped her eyelashes off. 

‘Apparently someone had a gun on them. Do you really think someone had a gun on them? And don’t say it’s likely to be me. I wouldn’t pull a gun out.’

The other girl said: ‘Especially in Hyde Park, that’s bait.’

The girl smirks and said: ‘Maybe somewhere else, but yeah. But they got scratched up, bruv. I already know where she lives, so it’s come.’

Still with more to say, she says: ‘The feds can come, they can do a drugs test. They are not going to find anything in our system. Maybe me, maybe me….

‘At that point, none of them had drugs in them. Maybe some of them smoked blem [a joint] and did shisha but that does not f*** you up.

‘She said [I took] class A drugs, but what I took was not class A so what are they talking about?’

Anna said: ‘I am shaking right now, I have evidence that these are the people, who threatened to shoot me. One of my fans screen recorded it.

‘I am shaking because we have been through hell the past through days, with people asking me how I could hit, I didn’t even hit her, I pulled her away and Mandi kicked her.

‘These are the sorts of people I have veen dealing with, they admitted to having a gun, smoking weed, they f***ed us up. Tjhey admitted all these things.’ 

Mandi then said: ‘I am so emotional right now because we have the truth and I feel like we can finally prove to everyone that we’re telling the truth. 

‘I just feel so happy that God is so great. I just want to say thank you so much to our friends, our followers, our fans, our family, everyone who has been extending so much love and support.’

Anna concluded with a final post which read: ‘I just want to end this here. I have reported everything to the police. I will not let them get away with this.   

‘I shouldn’t be as scared to leave my house or have a peaceful picnic. I shouldn’t have to have online trolls sending me threats. 

‘You can call me plastic, you can cal  me any names you like. But don’t come at me,or my family physically, don’t threaten me with a gun and don’t try steal my belongings. 

‘Say what you want about my looks but one thing I won’t allow is for you to try and taint my heart. I KNOW I HAVE THE BEST HEART.’

She continued: ‘I have never had a physical fight, I have never done drugs. I am always kind to my friends and strangers. I shouldn’t have to deal with just because I’m famous. 

‘If these clips didn’t come out, people wouldl still be attacking me on my DMs just because of a 5 second clip THEY wanted you to see. 

‘I have had the worst anxiety since the attack, I couldn’t even get out of bed or eat. But I won’t let them win. I won’t let these “innocent teens” think they can treat people this way.’ 

Anna also released a statement on Instagram on Tuesday, insisting she was forced to act in ‘self-defence’ after a ‘drug-using’ teenager ‘swung’ at her cousin Asal – a claim her family have firmly denied. 

In a video shared on social media, the TV personality can be seen dragging a young woman by her hair across the concrete, before her younger sister Mandi kicks her in the head following a heated exchange. 

Brawl: Anna Vakili (pictured far left), her sister Mandi (pictured far right) and her cousin were embroiled in a fight in London's Hyde Park against a group of women on Bank Holiday Monday

Brawl: Anna Vakili (pictured far left), her sister Mandi (pictured far right) and her cousin were embroiled in a fight in London’s Hyde Park against a group of women on Bank Holiday Monday

The pharmacist kicked off her post by referring to abuse she’s been met with online, stating: ‘Since coming out of Love Island it’s become my normal for people to shout abuse at me in the streets and I have learned to turn a blind eye and remove myself from the situation.’

Anna later said she, Mandi, her cousin and her boyfriend were approached by a group, who ‘subjected them to continuous verbal abuse’ and claimed they possessed a gun.

The TV star added: ‘Yesterday I was having a picnic in the park with my sister, boyfriend and cousin when we were subjected to continuous verbal abuse from a group who came near us who were doing drugs.

‘Wanting to remove ourselves away from them we packed up to leave they came over swung at my cousin and threw her by her hair leaving her bleeding. Out of self defence we had to get them off of her and leave.

Attacked? The Love Island star, 29, released a statement on Instagram on Tuesday, insisting she was forced to act in 'self-defence' after 'threatened them with illegal weapons'

Attacked? The Love Island star, 29, released a statement on Instagram on Tuesday, insisting she was forced to act in ‘self-defence’ after ‘threatened them with illegal weapons’

Vicious: Anna can be seen dragging a young woman by her hair, before her sister Mandi kicks her in the head

Vicious: Anna can be seen dragging a young woman by her hair, before her sister Mandi kicks her in the head

Sharing her side: In a statement released on Instagram on Tuesday, the Love Island star, 29, insisted she was forced to act in 'self-defence' after a group 'swung' at her cousin

'I've just had enough': She went on to depict a video shared on social media

Sharing her side: In a statement released on Instagram on Tuesday, the Love Island star, 29, insisted she was forced to act in ‘self-defence’ after a group ‘swung’ at her cousin

‘There was a large group of them and not many of us. These are not ‘innocent children’ the guys with them kept shouting they have a gun, and they tried to steal my sisters phone.

Claiming she’s ‘never had a physical fight ever’, she added: ‘The violent attack has been reported to the police.’  

‘If you watch the long video that’s from far slowly. You will see they started attacking my cousin and swinging her on the floor by her hair. All these DMs and messages from people that weren’t even there. 

‘Why would we randomly attack anyone ???? Use your brains. We were attacked verbally and physically first because they knew me. 

‘Everything we done was to protect ourselves and my cousin. Can’t even enjoy a picnic in peace. Ive just had enough.’ [sic] 

'People will do anything to villainize us': Mandi took to social media to share a bruise she sustained from the fight

‘People will do anything to villainize us’: Mandi took to social media to share a bruise she sustained from the fight

A representative for Anna told MailOnline: ‘Anna and Mandi Vakili and others in their group were involved in an unprovoked violent and verbal attack on Monday in Hyde Park which included Mandi and their cousin being hit and punched and the group of attackers attempting to steal their belongings. 

‘The very serious matter is now being dealt with the police as they were threatened with illegal weapons during the attack.’ 

The family of the teenager have since spoken out on social media, insisting the fight kicked off when Asal told the fans to ‘shut up’ after they recognised the reality star from the ITV2 dating series. 

Her cousin Nisrine said: ‘Basically my cousin and sister went to Hyde Park, not far away from them were Anna and Mandi, the group of girls. 

Injured: The make-up free social media influencer pictured with a cut on her forehead

Injured: The make-up free social media influencer pictured with a cut on her forehead

‘They were just chilling or what not, my sister’s friend saw her, approached and said Eid Mubarak. You as a famous person, people will approach you, so she kept calling Anna.

The Asa girl told her to shut up, my sister’s friend walked off. My sister and cousin stayed by themselves. The Asal girl approached my sister and told her to shut up. 

‘My sister was confused, she thought do I even know you? What have I done to you? She said I’m going to punch you up.’

Urging their fans to ‘be aware of the people you look up to’, she added: ‘Obviously when someone comes to your face, you’re going to defend herself. Asal kept saying I’m going to F you up. 

‘Asal pushed her, then Anna and Mandi went rushing to my cousin and put her on the floor, Anna ripped her shirt open, Mandi kicked her. 

Calm before the storm: Anna and Mandi pictured enjoying ice cream before the incident took place

Calm before the storm: Anna and Mandi pictured enjoying ice cream before the incident took place

Having fun: The YouTuber enjoyed a boogie session as the group let loose amid the coronavirus lockdown

Having fun: The YouTuber enjoyed a boogie session as the group let loose amid the coronavirus lockdown

‘This could have been anyone’s sister or cousin, we are not doing this for followers, people using them as a brand, what are you guys doing? These are the kind of influencers that you’re shouting out.

‘We just saw the message Anna posted, wallahi [I swear to God] she is the biggest liar. It was only my cousin and sister, there were no drugs, no guns, no nothing. She has the audacity to lie, we have the evidence. 

‘What drugs are you saying? If you want to talk about drugs, you do a drug test sunni. You got caught!’ 

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police told MailOnline: ‘We are aware of an allegation of assault in Hyde Park, on Monday, May 25, at approximately 20:00. We will attempt to contact the complainant to establish the circumstances.’

Since her stint on the ITV2 reality show in the summer of 2019, the brunette has spent the last few months working as a social media influencer and TV personality. 

Last month, however, Anna revealed she would be returning to her job as a pharmacist, as due to the global coronavirus pandemic it ‘felt wrong not to’.  

Tasty: The London native revealed she purchased the food, featuring falafel, sandwiches and coleslaw, from M&S

Tasty: The London native revealed she purchased the food, featuring falafel, sandwiches and coleslaw, from M&S



Facebook rolls out Collab app that lets users create music by repurposing people’s short video clips

Facebook rolls out TikTok-like app called Collab that lets users create music by repurposing people’s short video clips

  • The app lets users record short video clips of music and piece them together
  • Videos are recorded in three parts and are posted to a feed
  • From their other users can borrow clips to create their own songs 
  • Collab borrows features from the hyper-popular social app TikTok 

A new app from Facebook will borrow from social media phenomenon like Tik-Tok by letting users create their own music by editing together short video clips.

Collab, as the app is called, comes from Facebook’s New Product Experimentation group and is currently invite-only on iOS. 

The app, which is still in beta, works by allowing users to record three separate short-form videos of them playing various instruments like drums or guitar or singing vocals.

Collab is a new app from Facebook that lets users piece together short video clips to create and share music 

After the pieces are recorded, users, whether alone or with a friend, can edit the videos together to create a song.

What separate’s Collab from simply a video and music editing app, however, is the stipulation that once video segments are recorded they must be posted publicly to a feed where others can view them.

From a feed, users can also repurpose those clips in their own songs to create an entirely new track.

Facebook says that users will be credited if their clips are used in a song and in order to create a song using someone else’s prerecorded video, users will have to add at least one original part.

For now, users will have to post their creations to Collab before they’re shared on other social platforms like TikTok or Instagram according to Facebook.  

While Collab will focus on music creation for now, it’s possible that it could expand to other media formats in the future if it becomes popular.

TikTok has risen meteorically in popularity throughout the last several years, catching the attention of other social giants like Facebook

TikTok has risen meteorically in popularity throughout the last several years, catching the attention of other social giants like Facebook 

Facebook rival TikTok enjoyed a similar rise to popularity by starting out as a lip-syncing app in China and eventually introducing features that are strikingly similar to those found in Collab.

Among them are tools called Duet and React which allow users to borrow other people’s videos in their own posts.

Facebook said users can sign up to use the app here that Collab will initially only be available to users in the US and Canada. 



Trump threatens to ‘regulate’ social media after Twitter labels two of his tweets misleading

Donald Trump demanded Wednesday that social media platforms ‘clean up your act’ as he warned his administration will begin to regulate and even shutter such websites after Twitter, for the first time ever, fact-checked his tweets.

He lamented in the Twitter thread that conservatives are being silenced and disproportionately regulated on social media websites like Twitter and Facebook as Twitter issued ‘misleading’ warning labels on two of his tweets about mail-in voting this week.

‘Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen,’ the president posted to his Twitter Wednesday morning. ‘We saw what they attempted to do, and failed, in 2016. We can’t let a more sophisticated version of that happen again.’

The warning was issued after Trump reacted with fury to having two of his tweets labelled as misleading, with links to news articles suggesting they were false attached.

But in contrast, on the same day Twitter’s Jack Dorsey refused to take down the president’s tweets where he touted a conspiracy theory that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough was involved in the death of a staffer when he was a Republican U.S. congressman from Florida.

Twitter users, including Republicans, did not react kindly to the president suggesting increasing regulations on social media websites.

Prominent conservative Margot Cleveland, whose work has been featured in several right leaning news publications, weighed in claiming any private organization has the right to decide what speech can and cannot be featured on their platform.

‘Pro Tip: Saying Twitter is violating your constitutional right to free speech or your First Amendment rights is wacko b/c Twitter ain’t the government,’ Cleveland wrote Wednessday morning. ‘Saying Twitter is ‘stifling free speech’ isn’t. Powerful private organizations can & do stifle speech.’ 

Donald Trump warned Wednesday morning that his administration will begin regulating and shutting down social media sites, claiming tech giants try to ‘totally silence conservative voices’

The claim came after Twitter, one of his favorite mediums for communicating with the American people, labeled two of his tweets about mail-in ballots as 'misleading'

The claim came after Twitter, one of his favorite mediums for communicating with the American people, labeled two of his tweets about mail-in ballots as ‘misleading’

Mark Zuckerberg

Jack Dorsey

The president has often attacked social media giants and the people who run them – even as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has refused to give into pressures to take some of Trump’s tweets down. Pictured: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (left) and Dorsey (right)

Twitter posted a blue exclamation mark alert underneath two of Trump's tweets about potential for fraud with mail-in voting, prompting users to 'get the facts about mail-in ballots'

Twitter posted a blue exclamation mark alert underneath two of Trump’s tweets about potential for fraud with mail-in voting, prompting users to ‘get the facts about mail-in ballots’

Users who clicked on the blue exclamation marks are then redirected to a page explaining why the claim was unsubstantiated, including an assertion that Trump's claim are 'false' and that there is 'no evidence' that vote-by-mail was linked to voter fraud

Users who clicked on the blue exclamation marks are then redirected to a page explaining why the claim was unsubstantiated, including an assertion that Trump’s claim are ‘false’ and that there is ‘no evidence’ that vote-by-mail was linked to voter fraud 

Trump critic and Republican George Conway, who is married to White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway, reposted a message from the State Department spokeswoman that contradicted the president’s tweet.

‘The State Department’s spokesperson, a couple of hours after the President of the United States suggested that the government may ‘strongly regulate’ social media platforms or ‘close them down,’ Conway wrote as a lead up.

Morgan Ortagus tweeted from the official State Department spokesperson account: ‘Governments that restrict internet access deprive their citizens of the information they need to stay safe. #FreedomOfExpression both online and offline is vital, especially during COVID-19. @StateDept is proud to be an active member of the @FO_Coalition.’ 

Trump also re-asserted his flagged tweets’ theme in his Wednesday morning tweet: ‘Just like we can’t let large scale Mail-In Ballots take root in our Country.’

Trump views that mail-in ballots will increase the chances of voter fraud – and benefit Democrats in 2020.

‘It would be a free for all on cheating, forgery and the theft of Ballots,’ Trump insisted. ‘Whoever cheated the most would win. Likewise, Social Media. Clean up your act, NOW!!!!’

The tweeted warning came the morning after the president accused Twitter of interfering in the 2020 Presidential election after the social media site began fact-checking his tweets.

Earlier in the day on Tuesday, the president suggested on Twitter that California’s mail-in balloting initiative would lead to substantial voter fraud in the November general election.

‘There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than substantially fraudulent. Mail boxes will be robbed, ballots will be forged & even illegally printed out & fraudulently signed,’ Trump wrote Tuesday morning.

He then insinuated that non-citizens would be able to obtain ballots.

‘The Governor of California is sending Ballots to millions of people, anyone living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there, will get one,’ he continued in the Twitter rant. ‘That will be followed up with professionals telling all of these people, many of whom have never even thought of voting before, how, and for whom, to vote.’

Trump ended the two-tweet tirade by saying, ‘This will be a Rigged Election.’

‘No way!’ said Trump, who votes in Florida absentee.

The president used a mail-in ballot to vote in the Florida primary last month – a move his administration has defended since he cannot show up for in-person voting while living in Washington, D.C. 

Trump accused on Tuesday night that Twitter is interfering in the 2020 presidential election by fact-checking his tweets and flagging it with disclaimers

Trump accused on Tuesday night that Twitter is interfering in the 2020 presidential election by fact-checking his tweets and flagging it with disclaimers

He also accused the tech giant of 'stifling free speech' in a fiery rant on Tuesday

He also accused the tech giant of ‘stifling free speech’ in a fiery rant on Tuesday

TWITTER’S TRUMP ‘FACT CHECK’: THE UNANSWERED QUESTIONS

Twitter labeled two linked Trump’s tweets as ‘misleading’ Tuesday, their first ever action against the president on the platform.

They added a link to a series of articles from outlets including CNN and the Washington Post – but put their own summary at the top of the page with Twitter’s bullet-point version of why they labeled the tweet misleading.

But the company left a series of unanswered questions about the process of fact-checking including:

  • Why were these tweets selected?
  • Who in Twitter decided they were ‘misleading’?
  • Are all of Trump’s tweets checked for being misleading?
  • How can the ballot claims be labeled misleading while a conspiracy theory that Joe Scarborough murdered a women who died of natural causes while he was hundreds of miles away does not?
  • Is there a complaints process or did Twitter make the decision to label the tweets itself?
  • If it did it itself, who actually decided? 
  • How does someone who has been labeled misleading appeal?
  • Twitter claims simply to offer a platform to its users, and not to be a ‘publisher’ like a traditional newspaper or broadcaster. But they summary of its factcheck is an editorial product – so who wrote the claims at the top of the fact-checking page and how can they be held accountable?
  • Are people subject to labeling for being ‘misleading’ given advance notice to allow them to delete their tweets? 
  • Will Trump’s tweets about being factchecked also be factchecked? 

By Tuesday afternoon, Twitter had flagged the tweets with a blue exclamation mark prompting users to ‘get the facts about mail-in ballots.’

Another page on the social media site called Trump’s tweets ‘unsubstantiated,’ according to fact-checkers from CNN, Washington Post and other news outlets.

‘These tweets contain potentially misleading information about voting processes and have been labeled to provide additional context around mail-in ballots,’ a statement from Twitter read.  

Following the move from Twitter, Trump used the social media site he is attacking to decry its decision to label his tweets ‘misleading’ and accused them of ‘stifling free speech.’ 

He threatened the tech giant, stating he wouldn’t allow it to continue.

‘@Twitter is now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election. They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect, based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post,’ Trump wrote Tuesday night.

‘Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!’ he asserted.

Trump’s 2020 campaign was quick to slam the move.

‘We always knew that Silicon Valley would pull out all the stops to obstruct and interfere with President Trump getting his message through to voters. Partnering with the biased fake news media ‘fact checkers’ is only a smoke screen Twitter is using to try to lend their obvious political tactics some false credibility. There are many reasons the Trump campaign pulled all our advertising from Twitter months ago, and their clear political bias is one of them,’ campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement.  

The move to fact-check Trump on Tuesday came the same day Twitter refused to delete tweets written by the president where he suggested ‘Morning Joe’ host Joe Scarborough was involved in the death of one of his congressional aides who worked for him in 2001.

The widower of the woman who died, Lori Klausutis, sent a letter to Jack Dorsey begging for Trump’s tweets about this conspiracy theory to be deleted.

As Timothy Klausutis recounts in the letter, Lori had an undiagnosed heart condition and fell and hit her head on her desk at work, where her body was found the next morning.

While Twitter wouldn’t budge on deleting Trump’s tweets, the site had promised to be more proactive about labeling factually inaccurate content.

‘Psycho Joe Scarborough is rattled, not only by his bad ratings but all of the things and facts that are coming out on the internet about opening a Cold Case. He knows what is happening!’ Trump tweeted Wednesday morning.

Trump reupped his continued assertion that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough was involved with the death of his congressional intern in 2001 – when he was a U.S. congressman for Florida

Trump reupped his continued assertion that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough was involved with the death of his congressional intern in 2001 – when he was a U.S. congressman for Florida

For weeks Trump has said that states, not wanting to expose the voting public to COVID-19, shouldn’t be implementing full-scale mail-in balloting plans. 

The president has drawn a distinction between absentee ballots, which he said can be used for special purposes, and governors sending every American voter a ballot to send back in.  

‘I have to do an absentee because I’m voting in Florida and I happen to be president and I live in that beautiful house over there that’s painted white,’ he said in the Rose Garden Tuesday.   

Trump’s tweets came after the Republican National Committee and two other GOP groups filed a lawsuit Sunday against California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who had signed an executive order to use mail-in ballots for the November election. 

‘In California the governor, I hear, is sending millions of ballots all over the state. Millions, to anybody. People that aren’t citizens, illegals, anybody that walks in California is going to get a ballot,’ Trump said at the White House Tuesday.

‘We are not going to destroy this county by allowing things like that to happen. We’re not destroying our country,’ he added. 

Republicans long have been suspicious that making voting easier would elect more Democrats. Young people, for instance, tend to tilt more Democratic, but are also less likely to vote in-person. 

California was the first state in the country to commit to sending mail-in ballots to all registered voters for the November election, a move responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

President Trump continued to tweet about Lori Klausutis' death on Tuesday, again suggesting that Joe Scarborough may have been behind her death

President Trump continued to tweet about Lori Klausutis’ death on Tuesday, again suggesting that Joe Scarborough may have been behind her death 

‘Democrats continue to use this pandemic as a ploy to implement their partisan election agenda, and Governor Newsom’s executive order is the latest direct assault on the integrity of our elections,’ Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement. 

The RNC said that voting by mail creates an opportunity for fraud. 

Republicans, including Trump, have also claimed that mail-in voting is susceptible to rigging. 

‘No state that conducts all-mail elections automatically mails ballots to inactive voters because it invites fraud, coercion, theft, and otherwise illegitimate voting,’ it added.

The lawsuit asks for Newsom’s order to be barred as unlawful and was filed by the RNC, the National Republican Congressional Committee, and the California Republican Party.

Numerous studies have found little evidence of voter fraud connected to voting by mail. Democrats say it is necessary to counter health risks from the coronavirus by helping to prevent crowds at polling places.

Last Wednesday, Trump denounced plans to expand voting by mail in Michigan and Nevada, two key swing states.  

He briefly threatened to withhold federal funding for the two states but dropped the warning after an avalanche of criticism from Democrats.   

Since winning the 2016 election via the Electoral College, but losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton, the president has alleged that ‘millions’ of people voted illegally in California and that’s how Clinton had such an edge. 

There was no evidence of wide-scale voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election. 

Twitter REFUSES to delete Donald Trump’s tweets accusing Joe Scarborough of murder despite grieving widower of dead staffer pleading with Jack Dorsey to remove them – but platform does apologize for ‘pain’ they are causing

  • Timothy Klausutis, the husband of the late Lori Klausutis, has asked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to delete President Trump’s tweets about his wife 
  • Lori Klausutis was a Congressional aide for Rep. Joe Scarborough and died after hitting her head at the office in 2001 at the age of 28 
  • Lori Klausutis had an undiagnosed heart condition, but Trump has tried to push a conspiracy theory that she was murdered by the now ‘Morning Joe’ host  

Twitter refuses to take down President Trump’s tweet that accuse ‘Morning Joe’s’ Joe Scarborough of murder. 

CNN reported that the company wouldn’t be pulling down the president’s tweets about the death of Scarborough’s late staffer, Lori Klausutis, even after her husband Timothy Klausutis wrote a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey asking they be removed. 

‘Please delete those tweets,’ Timothy Klausutis pleaded. ‘My wife deserves better.’   

A spokesperson for Twitter said the company won’t be pulling down the president’s tweets on Lori Klausutis’ death, which Trump continued to write Tuesday morning.  

‘We are deeply sorry about the pain these statements, and the attention they are drawing, are causing the family,’ the spokesperson said. ‘We’ve been working to expand existing product features and policies so we can more effectively address things like this going forward, and we hope to have those changes in place shortly.’ 

Timothy Klausutis (pictured), the husband of the late Lori Klausutis, has asked Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey to remove President Trump's tweet that allege she was murdered by her boss Joe Scarborough, the host of MSNBC's 'Morning Joe'

Timothy Klausutis (pictured), the husband of the late Lori Klausutis, has asked Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey to remove President Trump’s tweet that allege she was murdered by her boss Joe Scarborough, the host of MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ 

President Trump continued to tweet about Lori Klausutis' death on Tuesday, again suggesting that Joe Scarborough may have been behind her death

President Trump continued to tweet about Lori Klausutis’ death on Tuesday, again suggesting that Joe Scarborough may have been behind her death 

These three tweets, two from President Trump and one from Donald Trump Jr., are referenced in a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey penned by Timothy Klausutis, the widower of Joe Scarborough's staffer who died in his Florida Congressional office in 2001

These three tweets, two from President Trump and one from Donald Trump Jr., are referenced in a letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey penned by Timothy Klausutis, the widower of Joe Scarborough’s staffer who died in his Florida Congressional office in 2001 

Joe Scarborough (right), with his wife and co-host Mika Brzezinski (left), served in Congress as a Republican, but has become a vocal critic of President Trump and his former political party

Joe Scarborough (right), with his wife and co-host Mika Brzezinski (left), served in Congress as a Republican, but has become a vocal critic of President Trump and his former political party 

The New York Times obtained a copy of Timothy Klausutis’ letter. 

As Timothy Klausutis recounts in the letter, Lori Klausutis had an undiagnosed heart condition and fell and hit her head on her desk at work, where her body was found the next morning. 

Lori Klausutis died at age 28 in 2001. She had an undiagnosed heart condition and fell and hit her head at work

Lori Klausutis died at age 28 in 2001. She had an undiagnosed heart condition and fell and hit her head at work 

Lori Klausutis was 28-years-old when she died in 2001, and was a staffer in the Florida office of Rep. Joe Scarborough, who resigned from Congress later that year. 

President Trump and Donald Trump Jr. have repeated a conspiracy theory that Scarborough, now the host of MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe,’ was responsible for her death. 

He was in Washington at the time.  

Scarborough, while a Republican in Congress, has become extremely critical of the Trump administration.  

In a May 12 tweet, the president wrote, ‘When will they open a Cold Case on the Psycho Joe Scarborough matter in Florida. Did he get away with murder? Some people think so,’ Trump tweeted. 

‘Why did he leave Congress so quietly and quickly? Isn’t it obvious? What’s happening now? A total nut job!’ the president added. 

In a May 4 tweet Trump wrote, ”Concast’ should open up a long overdue Florida Cold Case against Psycho Joe Scarborough,’ he said, referring to NBC’s parent company, Comcast.  

‘I know him and Crazy Mika well used them beautifully in the last Election, dumped them nicely, and will state on the record thathe is ‘nuts.’ Besides, bad ratings!’ the presidenet continued, referencing Scarborough’s co-host and wife Mika Brzezinski.  

When MSNBC’s public relations tweeted that presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden was going to come on ‘Morning Joe’ to talk about the sexual assault allegations made against him by former Congressional staffer Tara Reade, Donald Trump Jr. chimed in, ‘What show is Joe going to go on to discuss Lori Klausutis?’ 

These are the specific tweets Timothy Klausutis asked Dorsey to delete from the platform.   

‘I have mourned my wife every day since her passing. I have tried to honor her memory and our marriage. As her husband, I feel that one of my marital obligations is to protect her memory as I would have protected her in life,’ he wrote in the letter.

‘There has been a constant barrage of falsehoods, half-truths, innuendo and conspiracy theories since the day she died. I realize that may sound like an exaggeration, unfortunately it is the verifiable truth. Because of this, I have struggled to move forward with my life,’ he continued. 

He talked about how he didn’t want Lori’s niece and two nephews, who never met their aunt before she died, to meet her this way. 

On Saturday, President Trump also tweeted about Lori Klausutis' death, suggesting it should be investigated

On Saturday, President Trump also tweeted about Lori Klausutis’ death, suggesting it should be investigated 

Donald Trump Jr. complained abut Kara Swisher's opinion piece for The New York Times, in which she agreed with Timothy Klausutis that President Trump's tweet on his late wife's death should be removed from Twitter

Donald Trump Jr. complained abut Kara Swisher’s opinion piece for The New York Times, in which she agreed with Timothy Klausutis that President Trump’s tweet on his late wife’s death should be removed from Twitter 

‘I’m a research engineer and not a lawyer, but reviewed all of Twitter’s rules and terms of service. The President’s tweet that suggests that Lori was murdered without evidence (and contrary to the official autopsy) – is a violation of Twitter’s community rules and terms of service,’ he argued. ‘An ordinary user like me would be banished from the platform for such a tweet but I am only asking that these tweets be removed.’    

‘I’m asking you to intervene in this instance because the President of the United States has taken something that does not belong him — the memory of my dead wife and perverted it for perceived political gain,’ Timothy Klausutis wrote.  

Brzezinski said last week that she also planned to have a conversation with Dorsey over the president’s tweets. 

‘Donald, you’re a sick person, you’re a sick person,’ she said on ‘Morning Joe,’ before turning her attention to Twitter. ‘Twitter, you shouldn’t be allowing this, and you should be taking these tweets down and you should be ashamed of yourself, you will be hearing from me on this.’ 

Twitter lets Trump’s tweets fly by arguing that he is a public figure and what he writes is news.  

As of Tuesday morning, Trump’s tweets remained on the website – and he continued to tweet about Lori Klausutis’ death. 

‘The opening of a Cold Case against Psycho Joe Scarborough was not a Donald Trump original thought, this has been going on for years, long before I joined the chorus,’ the president wrote Tueday morning. ‘In 2016 when Joe & his wacky future ex-wife, Mika, would endlessly interview me, I would always be thinking about whether or not Joe could have done such a horrible thing? Maybe or maybe not, but I find Joe to be a total Nut Job, and I knew him well, far better than most.’ 

‘So many unanswered & obvious questions, but I won’t bring them up now! Law enforcement eventually will?’ the president added. 

Donald Trump Jr. tweeted to complain that the New York Times was calling for the president to be censored. 

‘The NY Times is calling for Twitter to censor the Pesident of the United States. If they can push for that who won’t they try to censor next?’ Trump Jr. wrote, misspelling president. ‘If they can push for that who won’t they try to censor next?’ 

‘Given silicon valley’s leftist tendencies you all better watch out, they are coming for all of you,’ he added.  

Kara Swisher, the reporter who penned the column that first referenced Klausutis’ letter, had argued that the company needed to step in and play a bigger, truth-telling role.  

‘The company tends to be hands-off when a Trump controversy erupts, relying on a tenet that he is a public figure and also that it cannot sort out what is truth and a lie and is therefore better off letting its community argue it out,’ she wrote. ‘While that might work when it comes to some issues, it has broken down here.’ 

Swisher said banning Trump from Twitter, like some have suggested, would be ‘too drastic,’ and labeling the content misinformation wouldn’t stop the spread of the lie. 

‘I am supportive of the suggestion Mr. Klausutis makes in his letter to simply remove the offending tweets,’ she wrote.  

HERE’S THE LETTER THE WIDOWER OF JOE SCARBOROUGH’S STAFFER SENT TO TWITTER’S JACK DORSEY

Mr.Dorsey:

Nearly 19 years ago, my wife, who had an undiagnosed heart condition, fell and hit her head on her desk at work. She was found dead the next morning. Her name is Lori Kaye Klausutis and she was 28 years old when she died. Her passing is the single most painful thing that I have ever had to deal with in my 52 years and continues to haunt her parents and sister. 

I have mourned my wife every day since her passing. I have tried to honor her memory and our marriage. As her husband, I feel that one of my marital obligations is to protect her memory as I would have protected her in life. There has been a constant barrage of falsehoods, half-truths, innuendo and conspiracy theories since the day she died. I realize that may sound like an exaggeration, unfortunately it is the verifiable truth. Because of this, I have struggled to move forward with my life. 

The frequency, intensity, ugliness, and promulgation of these horrifying lies ever increases on the internet. These conspiracy theorists, including most recently the President of the United States, continue to spread their bile and misinformation on your platform disparaging the memory of my wife and our marriage. President Trump on Tuesday tweeted to his nearly 80 million followers alluding to the repeatedly debunked falsehood that my wife was murdered by her boss, former U.S. Rep. Joe Scarborough. The son of the president followed and more directly attacked my wife by tweeting to his followers as the means of spreading this vicious lie. I’m sure you are aware of this situation because media aroundthe world have covered it, but just in case, here it is: 

‘When willthey open a Cold Case on the Psycho Joe Scarborough matter in Florida. Did he get away with murder? Some people think so. Why did he leave Congress so quietly and quickly ? Isn’t it obvious? What’s happening now? A total nut job!’ – President Trump 

”Concast’ should open up a long overdue Florida Cold Case against Psycho Joe Scarborough. I know him and Crazy Mika well used them beautifully in the last Election, dumped them nicely, and will state on the record that he is ‘nuts’.Besides, bad ratings!’ – President Trump 

‘What show is Joe going to go on to discuss Lori Klausutis?’ – Donald Trump Jr. 

My request is simple: Please delete these tweets.

I’m a research engineer and not a lawyer, but reviewed all of Twitter’s rules and terms of service. The President’s tweet that suggests that Lori was murdered without evidence (and contrary to the official autopsy) – is a violation of Twitter’s community rules and terms of service. An ordinary user like me would be banished from the platform for such a tweet but I am only asking that these tweets be removed. 

I am now angry as well as frustrated and grieved. I understand that Twitter’s policies about content are designed to maintain the appearance that your hands are clean you provide the platform and the rest is up to users. However, in certain past cases, Twitter has removed content and accounts that are inconsistent with your terms of service. 

I’m asking you to intervene in this instance because the President of the United States has taken something that does not belong him — the memory of my dead wife and perverted it for perceived political gain. I would also ask that you consider Lori’s niece and two nephews who will eventually come across this filth in the future. They have never met their Aunt and it pains me to think they would ever have to ‘learn’ about her this way. 

My wife deserves better. 

Thank you for your consideration.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

 

Sincerely,  

Timothy J. Klausutis, Ph.D    



Ana de Armas is a ‘great influence’ on her boyfriend Ben Affleck

Ana de Armas, 32, has been a ‘great influence’ on her boyfriend Ben Affleck, 47, as their relationship continues to strengthen

She has been by his side since the start of the pandemic, and has even met his three children.  

Now an insider has shared details about Ben Affleck, 47, and Ana de Armas’ balanced relationship.   

Ana, a career-focused actress who doesn’t seem into the party scene, began dating Ben after working on the film Deep Water this year, and has been a ‘great influence’ on him, a friend of the actor told People

Head over heels: An insider recently describe Ana de Armas as being a ‘great influence’ on her boyfriend Ben Affleck 

‘They are enjoying their time together,’ the insider said.  ‘He makes her laugh and she’s a great influence. They safely visit with his family and he works to make sure he is healthy and present for his family.’ 

Though they’ve only been together for a short while, things definitely seem to be getting serious between Ben and Ana who have been practically inseparable since returning to the United States after their travels abroad in March.

The quarantine seems to have only sped up their relationship, now that the couple have begun self-isolating together. 

Ben has even introduced Ana to his three children he shares with his ex-wife Jennifer Garner. 

Meet the family! Ben has even introduced Ana to his three children he shares with his ex-wife Jennifer Garner

Meet the family! Ben has even introduced Ana to his three children he shares with his ex-wife Jennifer Garner

The new couple were recently seen going on a walk with Ben’s daughters Violet, 14, Seraphina, 11, and son Samuel, eight. 

A source previously told People Ben wanted his children to meet Ana, whom he was ‘serious’ about. 

‘He wants the kids to spend time with her so they can get to know her,’ the insider explained.  

Smooch! The couple recently shared a kiss in the Residente music video for Antes Que El Mundo Se Acabe

Smooch! The couple recently shared a kiss in the Residente music video for Antes Que El Mundo Se Acabe

The sighting of the group family meet comes after a report from Us Weekly claiming that Jennifer is ‘happy’ he is dating again. 

An insider told Us Weekly: ‘Although it’s sad in a way to see him move on and be so happy, she is ultimately happy that he is happy and in a good and healthy place with his life. That’s what she ultimately wants for the father of her kids,’ they added.

The Hollywood stars have subsequently worked hard to maintain a good relationship with each other for the sake of their children.

The source added that Jennifer is ‘always polite and trusts Ben and lets him do what he wants when he’s with the kids’.

More than puppy love: The couple have been going on frequent dog walks since going into self-isolation together

More than puppy love: The couple have been going on frequent dog walks since going into self-isolation together 





Coronavirus contact tracing scheme will launch TOMORROW but WITHOUT NHS app

The UK’s coronavirus contact tracing programme will launch tomorrow without its centrepiece NHS app as experts warned it will not be a ‘silver bullet’ which kills off the disease.  

The NHS Test and Trace system for England will see anyone who develops symptoms urged to self-isolate for seven days and told to order a test online or by phone. 

Anyone who then tests positive will be asked to provide phone numbers and email addresses to the NHS for people they have recently come into close contact with. 

Those contacts will then be tracked down and told to self-isolate for 14 days – even if they do not have symptoms.  

Boris Johnson announced the launch of the scheme during an appearance in front of the Liaison Committee this afternoon. 

He said test and trace isolation would be an imposition for a ‘tiny minority’ but that the benefits would be worth it.

The PM said: ‘I would just say to everybody that it’s worth it because that is the tool that other countries have used to unlock the prison. 

‘That captivity for a tiny minority for a short time will allow us gradually to release 66 million people from the current situation.’  

The Government is pinning its hopes of ending the nationwide lockdown on the success of the scheme. 

But it will go live tomorrow, earlier than the June 1 launch date which had been anticipated, without the NHSX coronavirus app which digitally records close contacts and will massively speed up the contact tracing process. 

The Government originally wanted the app, which has been trialled on the Isle of Wight, to roll out nationwide in the middle of this month. 

But problems with its development have seen it delayed which means the new scheme will initially be entirely reliant on an army of 25,000 contact tracers to track people down and prevent a second wave of infections. 

However, there remain major question marks over how the system will work in practice with the architects today insisting they do not intend to fine people who refuse to self-isolate. 

Meanwhile, councils and public health officials will be tasked with containing any localised outbreaks of the disease in the future, with local authorities warning they must now be given the ‘necessary powers’ to act. 

Boris Johnson today announced that the NHS Test and Trace programme will formally launch in England tomorrow

HOW NHS TEST AND TRACE WILL WORK

 The NHS Test and Trace programme will be split into two parts. They are: 

Part One

Step One: Isolate. When someone gets symptoms they should self-isolate for seven days. Anyone in the same household should do the same.

Step Two: Test. They should order a coronavirus test online or by calling 119.

Step Three: Results. If a test is positive they must complete seven days in isolation. Anyone in the same household should complete 14 days. If it is negative no one needs to isolate.

Step Four: Contacts. People with a positive test will be contacted via text or email or by phone and told to answer questions and share phone numbers and email addresses for close contacts.

Part Two – For People Flagged As Contacts

Step One: Alert. People flagged will get a text or email. They will then be told what they need to do.

Step Two: Isolate. They will be asked to self-isolate for up to 14 days based on when they last came into contact with the person. Other household members do not need to self-isolate unless symptoms are present.

Step Three: Test. If they develop symptoms all other household members should self-isolate. They should then order a test. If it is positive self-isolation must continue for seven days. If negative you must still complete 14 days unless virus not yet showing. 

The NHS Test and Trace scheme has an overall staff of approximately 50,000 people, comprising of 25,000 contact tracers, 20,000 people administering tests and between 4-7,000 clinicians who will provide expert advice.

The Government hopes that it will soon have the capacity to test 200,000 people for coronavirus every day, using 50 drive-through sites, more than 100 mobile testing units and three so-called ‘mega labs’. 

The aim is for test results to be ready within 24 hours although officials have admitted it will take some time to hit that goal. 

Speed will be of the essence in avoiding a second wave of the disease with contact tracing working best when people who may have been exposed to infection are swiftly removed from society.  

As of tomorrow anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and told to share information about their recent interactions.

Close contact will be defined as anyone who has spent more than 15 minutes at a distance of less than two metres with someone who has subsequently tested positive.

People identified as having been in close contact will then be told to stay at home for 14 days even if they do not have symptoms to stop unknowingly spreading the virus. 

If those in isolation do then develop symptoms they will be able to book a test online or by calling 119. 

if they test positive they must continue to self-isolate for seven days or until symptoms have passed. If they test negative they must complete 14 days in isolation just in case the virus could not be detected yet. 

WHAT HAPPENS IF TEST AND TRACE IDENTIFIES A LOCAL OUTBREAK?

Every local area will have a coronavirus action plan setting out what will happen if there is a localised spike in infections. 

The focus will be on containing the outbreak. 

If testing data shows there has been a localised spike in cases a public health investigation will be triggered to examine the circumstances and to immediately crackdown on it.

Local testing efforts will be stepped up to determine the extent of the spread and to make sure everyone who is infected is put into self-isolation. 

If the data suggests the outbreak is linked to a certain service or premises it will be shut and subject to deep cleaning before being allowed to reopen. 

Members of their household will not have to stay at home unless the contacted person becomes symptomatic. Then all household members must self-isolate for 14 days. 

Everyone who has to isolate will be entitled to statutory sick pay or if they are self-employed they will get access to a Government grant. 

The scheme will have the capacity to trace the contacts of 10,000 people who test positive for coronavirus per day. That capacity could be scaled up of it is deemed necessary. 

Royal Society scientists today suggested the contact tracing programme may only bring down infections by as little as five per cent. 

World-leading experts from the prestigious scientific academy warned the scheme was ‘not a silver bullet’ and will only have a ‘modest’ effect on the UK’s crisis.

The scientists said that testing times were still too slow and there is a good chance many Britons do not adhere to self-isolation rules. 

They modelled what effect contact tracing would have on Britain’s epidemic and found that, even if compliance is 80 per cent and the Government speeds up its testing, the number of new cases will only drop by up to 15 per cent.

The report, by the Data Evaluation and Learning for Viral Epidemics (DELVE) group, has been handed to SAGE scientists ahead of the rollout of the contact tracing programme tomorrow. 

Nobel Prize laureate Venki Ramakrishnan, chair of the DELVE committee, said the UK’s scheme should by no means ‘be considered as a silver bullet’.