Formula One commentator Brundle slams Megan Thee Stallion’s bodyguards after Texas tussle
Retired Formula One driver Martin Brundle thinks Megan Thee Stallion’s bodyguards need to “learn some manners” after an unpleasant interaction at Sunday’s U.S. Grand Prix in Texas.
The Sky Sports F1 commentator was walking the grid before the race during a live broadcast simulcast on ABC, interviewing team members and notable personalities as he does at every event, when he came across Megan Thee Stallion and her group of bodyguards checking out the scene.
The Texas native was at the race doing social media posts for her sponsor Cash App, and when Brundle first approached her and introduced himself she waved and said “how are you” as a large bodyguard shook his head “no” and gestured that Brundle should back off.
Brundle then tried to ask her what driver she supported when another member of her entourage forcibly got between the two and told Brundle he can’t do that.
“I can do that, ’cause I did,” Brundle said into the mic as he walked away, making it clear he had no issues with the rapper herself.
Michael Jackson’s former bodyguard and multi-millionaire, Matt Fiddes to teach young entrepreneurs
Mr Fiddes, who was Jackson’s personal bodyguard for 10 years will be teaching budding entrepreneurs how to ‘set up’ and ‘scale up’ a business. The serial self-made entrepreneur is said to be worth in excess of £40 million from to his business interests, and has built up one of the most successful martial arts businesses in the world.
Speaking out about entrepreneurship, he continued: “I was privileged to hang around with mega stars and billionaires from such a young age which only occurred after a chance meeting, but those people were invaluable mentors to me, and still are.
“It made me aware from a young age that ‘your network is your net worth’, and the people you surround yourself with will have a major influence on your career and life choices.”
US sentence reduced for Hugo Chavez’s former bodyguard
Hugo Chávez’s former bodyguard, who became one of the earliest and most-effective witnesses for U.S. investigations into corruption in Venezuela, is scheduled to be released from prison in the coming months.
On Tuesday, a Miami federal judge reduced from 10 years to 42 months a sentence handed down against Alejandro Andrade in 2018. He has been detained since February 2019.
Andrade was a bodyguard to Chávez who rose through the ranks of his socialist administration to become Venezuela’s treasurer. After leaving office a decade ago, Andrade moved to south Florida, where he bought a lavish horse farm.
In 2017, he pleaded guilty to his role in a foreign currency conspiracy that siphoned hundreds of millions from state coffers. As part of his plea agreement, Andrade has forfeited more than $260 million in cash and assets, including an oceanfront Palm Beach mansion, luxury vehicles, show-jumping horses and several Rolex and Hublot watches.
Andrade’s early assistance has allowed prosecutors to build cases against a number of insiders from Chávez’s administration, including his successor as treasurer, Claudia Díaz, who is facing extradition from Spain.
Ashraf Ghani’s former bodyguard says he has tape of ex-prez stealing millions
Former Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, whose children both live in million dollar homes in the United States, has denied that he skipped town with four cars and a chopper full of $169 million – but his former head bodyguards says the cowardly politician is a liar.
Brigadier General Piraz Ata Sharifi, was in charge of the day-to-day security of President Ashraf Ghani, claims he not only saw huge bags of cash from the central bank of Afghanistan being transferred to Ghani’s control, he has video proof.
Shariff, who was left behind in Afghanistan and is now being hunted by the Taliban, recalled the final day of Ghani’s presidency to the Daily Mail from his hideout:
“One of my jobs was to disarm the soldiers on guard at the ministry before the president arrived, for his security,” Shariff told the paper. “We were waiting for the president there. But then I got a call to say that instead of coming to the defense ministry, the president had gone to the airport. The defense minister had also fled. So had my boss. So had all of Ghani’s close family and entourage.”
Sharif then revealed potentially devastating information regarding Ghani and his alleged theft of millions.
“I have a [CCTV] recording [from the palace] which shows that an individual at the Afghan Bank brought a lot of money to Ghani before he left,” Sharioff recounted. “Hundreds of millions, perhaps billions of dollars. There were many big bags and they were heavy. It was not rice… This money was supposed to be for the currency exchange market. Each Thursday, the dollars were brought for that purpose. Instead, it was taken by the president. Ghani knew in the end what would happen. So he took all the money and escaped.”
A despondent Shariff added: “I never thought (Ghani) would do that. But I have the evidence which I will share when I am in a safe place.”
“The president never told us he was going,” he said. “They just escaped and left me behind.”
Bodyguard brandishing firearm sparks manhunt
A police officer assigned to guard former Legislative Yuan speaker Wang Jin-pyng, triggered a brief manhunt after brandishing a firearm at a driver in New Taipei City’s Sanchong District.
The New Taipei City Police Department said that a driver, Wu, was decelerating when he was overtaken by a black sedan.
After Wu sounded his horn, a man in the front passenger seat of the black sedan reportedly drew a gun.
Officers at Luzhou Precinct tracked the black sedan via its license number and then intercepted the vehicle in Luzhou District to discover that the vehicle was transporting Wang and the man with the gun was a 6th Special Police Corps officer.
When questioned, the police officer said that Wu was tailing Wang’s vehicle and that he displayed his service weapon alongside his police identification badge out of the belief that the driver was a possible threat to Wang’s safety.
Members of the public who reported the incident to the police may have failed to notice the badge, the officer was cited as saying.
A Sanchong Precinct spokesman said that its officers explained to Wu that the special police officer had acted appropriately in the line of duty.
Wu has accepted that the officer was not behaving in an unreasonable way, he said.
Three Vatican Swiss Guards who refused Covid vaccine quit as Pope’s bodyguard
Three Vatican Guards have returned to Switzerland after they refused to the Coronavirus vaccine, a Swiss Guard official said today.
Lieutenant Urs Breitenmoser told Swiss media that all Swiss Guards had been asked to be vaccinated “to protect their health and that of the others they come into contact with as part of their service”.
“Three members of the Guard have chosen not to adhere to that request, voluntarily leaving the corps,” Breitenmoser said.
Three other guardsmen are temporarily suspended from duty while they await vaccination, he said.
The prime duty of the all-male corps, with its coluorful uniforms and plumed helmets, is to protect the pontiff.
The members stand guard during papal ceremonies as well as at the various entrances of the tiny, independent walled city state near Rome’s Tiber River.
Donald Trump Testifies Over Bodyguards’ Clash With Protesters
Ex-president Donald Trump testified Monday in a lawsuit brought by activists who say they were attacked by his security guards six years ago, a lawyer for the plaintiffs said.
Several activists of Mexican descent brought the lawsuit alleging that Trump’s bodyguards violently broke up a protest they were holding outside Trump Tower in New York.
The protesters were demonstrating against derogatory comments Trump had made about Mexico and Mexicans at the start of his ultimately successful run for president.
“They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists,” Trump had said.
The plaintiffs allege that the guards ripped away their signs and punched and choked one of the demonstrators.
Trump said in a statement that “after years of litigation, I was pleased to have had the opportunity to tell my side of this ridiculous story.”
“When security tried to deescalate the situation, they were unfortunately met with taunts and violence from the plaintiffs themselves,” Trump said of his bodyguards.
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