Eva Marcille Hits Back at Criticism Over Spending $1K on Each Meal: ‘It’s Per Person, Not Per Plate’

Sunday’s episode of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” saw Eva Marcille finally walk down the aisle with husband Michael Sterling, but some were baffled by how much the event cost — especially with the amount spent on each guest.

As they headed to the nuptials, Kandi Burruss and husband Todd Tucker hoped that since Marcille “said each person cost a $1,000” that the food would be up to par. However, cutting to a confessional scene, Burruss went from saying it was $1,000 per person to a grand per plate and back again.

“Lord! Child, for $1,000 a plate, honey! I had lions, I had flowers galore, I had BBD performing at my reception, honey! I had all kinda stuff happening for less than $1,000  a person,” she said.

On Twitter, others sounded off on the heavy spending, too.

“Mike just lost a campaign and Eva is….? But they were paying $1000 a plate. #RHOA.”

“$1000 a plate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #RHOA Eva Gurl 🥴

“B—-. 1000 USD per plate? eva got all that? #rhoa.”

It’s not clear whether it was Burruss’ on-air comment or the flood of critical tweets that came March 17 during the episode that made Marcille feel she had to respond. Either way, respond she did.

“Let’s be very clear: I paid for my own wedding. There were no loans. Nothing was done on barter,” Marcille begins, perhaps taking a dig at an issue playing out next Sunday where Marlo Hampton claimed Marcille is facing some financial trouble.

“I don’t know about the rest of you guys but if you’ve ever planned a wedding it’s per person, not per plate,” she continues. “So when it comes to floral, decor, when it comes to chairs — I didn’t have plastic chairs — when it comes to tables, when it comes to the champagne you sip from the moment you walked into the door to the moment you left, from valet, to security to lighting to everything. I mean, I had musicians around the clock. Let’s be clear.

“So, when I say it was $1,000 a head, I mean it was $1,000 a head, not $1,000 a plate,” she concludes. “Get your life together. And how about we start minding business that we invest in. How about that for starters? Have a good one!”

In total, Marcille’s lavish ceremony cost more than $200,000 according to the Daily Mail. The star also sobbed over her nuptials going over budget on “RHOA.”

In response to Marcille’s video, many fans said the model didn’t need to explain a thing to anyone.

“Eva Sterling enjoy your life forget the naysayers.”

🤔 What’s understood doesn’t need to be explained🤷

“Eva, let them ppl talk. You good!”

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Coroner says ‘Young and Restless’ Star Kristoff St. John Died of Heart Disease

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Young and the Restless” star Kristoff St. John died of heart disease, with excessive drinking at the time of his death a contributing factor, according to a coroner’s report released Tuesday.

Investigators listed “hypertrophic heart disease” as the cause of the 52-year-old’s death on Feb. 4 at his home in Los Angeles. “Hypertrophic” means the heart muscle has become abnormally thick, making blood-pumping difficult.

Kristoff St. John
FILE – In this June 20, 2008, file photo Kristoff St. John accepts the award for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series for his work on “The Young and the Restless” at the 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

Heavy alcohol use along with a congenital artery problem contributed to St. John’s death, the report said.

He last spoke to someone about 24 hours before paramedics declared him dead in his apartment on a Sunday morning, the report states.

For 27 years, St. John played struggling alcoholic and ladies’ man Neil Winters on the CBS soap opera, “The Young and the Restless.”

He was nominated for 11 Daytime Emmys, winning twice, for outstanding younger actor in a drama series, in 1992 and supporting actor in 2008.

He died four years after the death of his 24-year-old son, and St. John had spoken on social media about his struggles with grief.

He had become engaged to model Kseniya Mikhaleva in September.

St. John’s last episode of “The Young and the Restless” aired in the week following his death. A storyline that pays tribute to both Kristoff and his character is set to start in late April.

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San Antonio Officer Fired for Repeatedly Using Racial Slurs During Arrest of Young Black Man

A San Antonio officer has been fired for using racial slurs and other inappropriate language during an arrest last summer, all of which was captured on his body worn camera.

As reported San Antonio station KSAT, former officer Tim Garcia was booted off the force in January after body-camera footage captured him using the n-word multiple times during the arrest an African-American man at the River Center Mall on July 14, 2018.

Tim Garcia
Lieutenants who reviewed video of the incident initially let Officer Tim Garcia off with a written reprimand. (Image courtesy of the San Antonio Police Department)

The mall’s security guards called police on 24-year-old Dewaxne Robinson, who they’d claimed was acting “aggressive and confrontational” towards mall shoppers. Security also said Robinson was using “vulgar language” and “threatening patrons as they passed.”

KSAT obtained a copy of footage from Garcia’s body-worn camera, which painted a slightly different picture of the situation. Robinson was seated calmly outside a Macy’s department store, surrounded by mall security guards store when Garcia and his partner arrived at the scene. In the clip, Robinson tells the officers he felt he was being harassed by the security guards, who asked that he leave.

Robinson said he was on his way out but grew angry when the security guards continued following him and “would not leave him alone.” Garcia heard him out, but explained to Robinson that he had to leave if security had ordered him to, or else he could be arrested.

“My question to you is, ‘If they tell you to leave the mall, are you going to leave the mall?’” the officer says in the video. “If they tell you they do not want you here [and] you have to leave, then you have to leave. If you don’t leave, then you’re breaking the law, but you’re not breaking the law by being here. But if they tell you to leave and you don’t leave, then you’re breaking the law, and that’s when I get involved.”

Robinson denied doing anything wrong, but agreed to hand his ID over to police. He then proceeded to question the officers about why he could face a criminal trespass charge even though he was clearly cooperating.

In a police report written by Garcia, the officer said Robinson had “refused” to hand him his identification, and that officers then noticed the man “change posture and begin to take an aggressive stance.”

The body cam video showed Robinson calmly saying “No wait, hold up” when officers asked for his ID a second time, after which Garcia and his partner yanked the man’s hands behind his back and handcuffed him.

“All I did was ask a question,” Robinson says in the video after officers place him on the ground.

“Right, and we asked you for ID and you refused to give it to us,” Garcia responded.

The two continued to engage in an intense back-and-forth as Robinson complained about being arrested. Garcia shot back: “You know what’s bulls–t? The way you were raised is bulls–t.”

After Robinson complained about his arm being twisted in the handcuffs and referred to Garcia using a racial slur, the officer mocked him and said: “N—-? Do I look like your n—-? Say it right. Put an ‘r’ at the end. If you’re going to say it, don’t call me n—–. I ain’t your n—–,” according to the footage.

Their showdown didn’t stop there, however. When Robinson asked once again why he was being detained, Garcia snarkily replied, “For being a f—ked up n—–r.” He later told the man, “F–k you! Here, here, this is the police telling you, ‘F–k you.’ How do you like that?”

The nearly 25-minute video also shows the officer force Robinson to the ground and use his baton “as a pressure point” when the man became combative during a pat-down. According to KSAT, it was this use of force that led Robinson to file a report against Garcia one month after his arrest.

Upon reviewing the bodycam video, a sergeant wrote that Garcia’s inappropriate language was “unnecessary.” However, that same sergeant argued that Garcia didn’t use the n-word in “a racist matter,” but had only “repeated the word after Robinson said it out loud several times.”

Two lieutenants also reviewed the footage, and a letter of reprimand was determined to be an appropriate punishment for the officer at the time. When the matter was reviewed by a deputy chief, however, he did not agree with the other officers and argued that Garcia’s “f–k you” was unprofessional enough for the video to be forwarded to Internal Affairs for a formal investigation.

San Antonio police Chief William McManus agreed and later sided with the review board’s recommendation of indefinite suspension.

“Indefinitely suspending the officer was the only remedy to this particular situation,” McManus said. “That kind of behavior is not in accordance with our guiding principles. So the whole thing, from start to finish, right after start to finish, was just as wrong as wrong can be.”

When pressed by investigators about the incident, Garcia tried to defend his actions, saying: “I used similar language as a means of communicating my point. I repeated some of his language in order to speak a vernacular he would understand.”

“In retrospect, I was wrong and should have refrained from stooping to his level,” he added.

Watch more in the video below.

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Pediatrician Gets At Least 79 Years for Assaulting Over 30 Children, Many of Them Patients

EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former Pennsylvania pediatrician was sentenced to at least 79 years in prison on Monday for the sexual assault of 31 children, most of them patients, in a case that state medical regulators failed to act on nearly two decades ago.

Dr. Johnnie Barto of Johnstown was sentenced on dozens of counts, including aggravated indecent assault and child endangerment. Prosecutors say he spent decades abusing boys and girls in the exam room at his pediatric practice in western Pennsylvania and at local hospitals, with his victims typically ranging in age from 8 to 12. One was an infant.

Pediatrician Assault-Charges
Dr. Johnnie Barto heads into Cambria County Courthouse, in Ebensburg, Pa., on Monday, March 18, 2019, for his sentencing in the sexual assault of over two dozen children.
(Todd Berkey/The Tribune-Democrat via AP)

Nineteen people gave victim impact statements, both in person and through a prosecutor, describing how Barto caused them to feel hopelessness and despair, caused depression and anxiety and instilled a fear of doctors.

Barto’s wife, Linda Barto, was among them.

“He has been lying to me about everything for all of the 52 years I have known him. … He spent his whole sinister life lying and sneaking around, so he could carry on his abuse uninterrupted,” she said. She said her heart was heavy for the victims.

The attorney general’s office had asked for 31 to 62 years in prison.

Barto declined to make a statement.

He pleaded guilty in December to some counts and no contest to others. He’s been jailed pending sentencing. His lawyer, David Weaver, has said Barto opted to enter pleas, so “the healing could begin for his family, his victims and for himself.”

Authorities had a chance to stop Barto in 2000, when he appeared before the Pennsylvania Board of Medicine on administrative charges that he molested two young girls in the 1990s. But regulators threw out the case and allowed him to keep practicing medicine, saying the allegations were “incongruous to his reputation.” At the time, the prominent pediatrician had a lot of support in the community.

Barto, now 71, went on to molest at least a dozen more young patients before his arrest in January 2018, according to the state attorney general’s office.

The medical board’s 7-2 decision to let him off the hook in 2000 sparked outrage from victims and at least one former board member. Vivian Lowenstein, who had voted to strip Barto of his license, told The Associated Press last year that she was “sick about it” and that the case was as an example of how Pennsylvania’s physician-regulators typically looked out for their own.

The Pennsylvania Department of State, which provides legal and administrative support to the board and prosecutes administrative cases of doctor misconduct, said last year that “the Board of Medicine takes allegations of sexual misconduct by professional licensees very seriously.”

Regulators have not commented on the board’s 2000 decision.

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T.I. Blasted for Apparently Wearing a Gucci Shirt in Birthday Post to Son Domani: ‘The Boycott Is Over?’

Welp, it looks like rapper T.I. is in a bit of trouble with fans after posting a photo of himself apparently wearing Gucci.

Earlier in February, the “King” called for a boycott against the Italian designer brand after it was accused of using a blackface motif for one design. So when the rapper was seemingly spotted donning a shirt from the label, fans were dismayed.

T.I. took to Instagram on March 17 with a post wishing his son Domani Harris a happy 18th birthday.

“I can’t say enough how proud I am of the man you’re becoming @domaniharris1,” the musician wrote on his page along with a photo of he and Domani.

“You’ve accepted all the challenges the universe put in front of you (well…except football 🤣😂😉)& made the adjustments necessary that grew you all the way here to this moment… That’s Fye🔥! Pipe Up and Go Claim what’s rightfully yours out there!!! Wit you for LIFE!!!! Happy Birthday My Boi!!! #GameWePlay #OUTNOW.”

T.I. and Domani Harris (@troubleman/Instagram)

The “Troubleman” artist received a shower of birthday wishes from fans to his son.

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY DOMANI❤🎂! TI you are also father, God Bless you and your family.”

“Happy birthday @domaniharris little Tip! He’s come a long way since Green Faces 😂!”

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY NEPHEW 🎂🎈 Now this the son that has bars. Watch his glow up!”

However, T.I.’s birthday post to his teenager derailed after others noticed he seemed to be sporting a Gucci shirt in the photo of him and his son.

“Is that a Gucci Polo💩? @troubleman31 I thought you was boycotting Gucci?”

“I see we’re no longer boycotting gucci huh?”

” Is that Gucci you got on? So we can wear Gucci now ? The boycott is over?”

“That’s a Gucci shirt @troubleman31 has on!! SMFH 😡!”

The shirt the Atlanta native is wearing resembles Gucci’s “Cotton Polo with Bee” shirt.

Screenshot taken from www.saksfifthavenue.com. (Gucci Polo)

Supporters defended T.I. against critics, claiming the photo of the artist ostensibly wearing the Italian brand was from “years ago” and an “old picture.” The image doesn’t have a timestamp and could have possibly been taken before Tip began inciting the Gucci boycott. However, as the post shows Domani’s dreadlocks to be very close to their current length, it is unlikely that the photo is years old.

He has yet to address the accusations.

In February, Gucci instantly pulled from stores a $890 black wool balaclava sweater with a red cut-out for the wearer’s mouth that featured bright red lips, evoking minstrel imagery. Social media users immediately deemed the garment “racist” and “offensive.”

The company apologized for its faux pas in a statement on Feb. 7, but it wasn’t well received by people, including T.I. himself.


“Y’all GOT US fu–ed UP!!! APOLOGY NOT ACCEPTED. Our culture RUNS THIS S–T!” T.I. wrote on Instagram Friday, Feb. 8. “We (People of color) spend $1.25 TRILLION/year (but are the least respected and the least included)and if we stop buying ANYTHING they MUST correct any and ALL of our concerns.”

He also posted a “call to action”, urging supporters and fans to: “stop buying Gucci for 3 months.” He also blasted Prada and Moncleur for for their insensitive designs produced last year adding, “Ok…Y’all gon get this WORK as well !”

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