U.S. Figure Skating Suspends Coach For Alleged Sexual Misconduct

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They dismissed the accusations 19 years ago

Almost 19 years after dismissing sexual misconduct allegations against figure skating coach Richard Callaghan, U.S. Figure Skating is finally taking action. After the U.S. Center for SafeSport, which oversees sexual abuse allegations in sports, announced it was suspending him, the organization decided to suspend him as well.

The alleged victim, Craig Maurizi, now an Olympic coach himself, brought the decades-old allegations against Callaghan—who's coached gold medalists like Tara Lipinski and Todd Eldredge—to SafeSport in February. “I did it because it seemed like I had an opportunity to right a wrong,” Maurizi told USA Today, adding:

Richard Callaghan should not have been coaching for many, many years and this was a chance to end his access to young skaters. The climate now is much different than it was 20 or so years ago and I felt there would be people who would listen to my story and focus on the facts rather than the political repercussions.

In The New York Times in 1999, Maurizi alleged Callaghan was sexually inappropriate with him when he was 15, and went on to initiate a full sexual relationship with him once he turned 18. It continued until Maurizi, now 56, was 22, and on and off for another 12 years. 

Two other former students of Callaghan's, Eddy Zeidler and Roman Fraden, told The New York Times that Callaghan was sexually inappropriate with them, too. Zeidler claimed Callaghan exposed himself to him in a hotel room, and Fraden accused Callaghan of making sexual remarks.

Despite their allegations, which Callaghan denied, the Olympic coach was allowed to keep working. Maurizi filed a sexual misconduct complaint with U.S. Figure Skating in 1999, but the organization dismissed it, saying it wasn't submitted within the allotted 60-day time period following the alleged conduct. 

Now, nearly 20 years later, after Callaghan moved onto several different rinks, teaching in the Detroit and Southwest Florida areas, he's finally being suspended. When asked about the accusations against him, Callaghan, who didn't know he'd been suspended, told ABC News, "That's 19 or 20 years ago. I have nothing to say."

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.



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"In the midst of chaos there's opportunity"

Following the travesty that was Fyre Festival, Ja Rule wants to take another stab at creating a music festival. Good luck getting that off the ground.

On Thursday, the rapper spoke to TMZ, where he revealed that he was planning to relaunch Icon, an app used to book entertainers, which is similar to Billy McFarland's Fyre app. He told the outlet that he wanted to create a festival similar to Fyre to support it.

"[Fyre Festival] is heartbreaking to me. It was something that I really, really wanted to be special and amazing, and it just didn't turn out that way, but in the midst of chaos there's opportunity, so I'm working on a lot of new things," he says. He then gets into the fact that he wants to form a music festival. "[Fyre] is the most iconic festival that never was... I have plans to create the iconic music festival, but you didn't hear it from me."

Ja Rule actually doesn't seem to think he is at all responsible for what came from Fyre Fest, claiming in a Twitter post that he was "hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, led astray." Even if that's his feeling, he should realize that anyone involved with Fyre shouldn't ever try their hand at music festivals again.