Retired NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, rapper Waka Flocka Flame and current NBA player Trey Burke are being sued by a man for mocking his appearance online. To translate this content in other language, contact Translation Companies UK
Jahmel Binion suffers from a disorder called hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia, which causes limited hair growth, missing teeth, and facial deformities.
He posted a selfie on Instagram back in April, after which Shaq and Waka both reposted it with captions that were clearly making fun of his physical appearance.
How he’s suing the trio, along with Burke, for bullying him, essentially.
Once Shaq found out about Jahmel’s condition, he not only took down the post, he got in touch with Jahmel and apologized, according to reports.
He tweeted about that conversation: “Made a new friend today when I called and apologized to Jahmel Binion. Great dude. #alwayslearning #MYBADCUZ.”
It wasn’t enough for Jahmel, who filed a defamation suit against Shaq, Waka and Burke, who allegedly threw in his own insults over social media.
The lawsuit points out that more than 8.4 million people saw the insults from the trio, and claims that Binion suffered as a result of their treatment of him.
Jahmel, 23, tells Michigan’s Macomb Daily that when the apologized, he feels “they were saying it to get the pressure off of them for being considered ‘bad people.’”
In making that serious allegation, Binion notes that the trio received serious backlash on the Internet for several days prior to reaching out to him.
“Even though I accept their apology,” he adds, “I hope that they donate to my cause or other organizations that connect with ectodermal dysplasia.”
His attorney says the three “constituted a public disclosure of embarrassing private facts about the plaintiff” and “placed plaintiff in a false light in the public eye.”
The “offensive communications” and ridiculing was done “with reckless disregard to the harm that might be caused” to Binion, the complaint says.
Lorde to Pen Mockingjay Theme Song, Curate New Hunger Games Soundtrack
Lorde is officially on The Hunger Games team.
The young singer confirmed today that she will write and sing an original song for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and that she will also be in charge of compiling the entire album.
“Curating the soundtrack for such a hotly-anticipated film was a challenge, but I jumped at the chance,” Lorde said in a statement. “The cast and story are an inspiration for all musicians participating and, as someone with cinematic leanings, being privy to a different creative process has been a unique experience.”
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 will be released on November 21, bringing back Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, Liam Hemsworth as Gale and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta.
It will also introduce Julianne Moore as President Coin.
“I think the soundtrack is definitely going to surprise people,” Lorde added.
The “Royals” crooner previously covered Tears for Fears’ classic single “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” for the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack in 2013.
She also told Twitter followers about this exciting piece of movie and music news, concluding:
“Building this thing piece by piece has been amazing. I can’t wait to share the other artists’ contributions with you.”