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S. Carolina restaurant manager beat, burned mentally-challenged employee with tongs: lawsuit

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A 37-year-old South Carolina man accused a longtime employer of abusing him over a four-year period, WMBF-TV reported on Monday.

“I want him to go to prison,” 37-year-old John Christopher Smith said of his former manager, Bobby Paul Edwards. “And I want to be there when he goes.”

Smith has been diagnosed with mild delayed cognitive development. Despite being mentally challenged, Smith has been able to work at J&J’s Cafeteria in Conway since he was 12 years old. He told WMBF that he was afraid to come forward with his allegations regarding Edwards before coming forward late last year.

“He would beat me with belts and all that,” Smith said of Edwards. “Take the tongs to the grease on my neck.”

Court documents state that, according to Smith, Edwards began abusing him in 2010. At various points, Edwards allegedly choked, slapped and punched Smith.

WMBF reported that Smith’s caretaker, Geneane Caines, contacted state officials and asked the local NAACP chapter to help him.

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“Anyone who is rational and has any sense of logic should realize once you have the facts right here, it should be more than just assault,” chapter president Abdullah Mustafa said. “We are talking about enslavement here.”

According to WMBF, a local medical group confirmed that scars on Smith’s back came from hot tongs. Edwards was arrested and charged with second degree assault and battery following a complaint from the state Department of Social Services. He is currently free on a $10,000 surety bond, on the condition that he not go near Smith. He is due in court on March 13.

Officials have placed Smith in an undisclosed location to guarantee his safety following Edwards’ arrest.

Watch WMBF’s report on Smith, as aired on Monday, below.

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Trump spends ABC interview trying to discredit Robert Mueller as ‘conflicted’

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President Donald Trump spent most of his interview with George Stephanopoulos blasting Special Counsel Robert Mueller, while he incorrectly quoted the report he published.

"I don't care what he says. It doesn't matter," Trump said when Stephanopoulos cited the Mueller report. "He wanted to show everyone what a good counsel he was. Now, he may have gotten confused said with that fact that I've always said, 'Robert Mueller was conflicted. He had numerous conflicts. One of them was the fact that he applied for to job to be the FBI director -- the head of the FBI. And, by the way --"

Stephanopoulos stepped in to say that former top aide Steve Bannon said that it never happened.

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Donald Trump whines: ‘My life has always been a fight’

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The full interview with President Donald Trump finally aired on ABC Sunday, revealing the shocking way that he views his life.

Trump lamented that he's had such a hard life, as the son of multi-millionaires who paid to get him out of trouble multiple times.

"You're a fighter. You, you, it feels like you're in a constant kind of churn--" host George Stephanopoulos began.

"Yeah, uh, my life has always been a fight," Trump said. "And I enjoy that I guess, I don't know if I enjoy it or not, I guess -- sometimes I have false fights like the Russian witch hunt. That's a false fight. That's a made-up, uh, hoax. And I had to fight that."

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Pete Buttigieg says ‘statistically’ we’ve already had a gay president — meet President James Buchanan

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In an interview with Axios, Mayor Pete Buttigieg said that "statistically" it makes sense that out of the 45 presidents in American history, one of them was LGBT. Statistics aside, the reality is that former President James Buchanan has prompted historians to question.

The moment came when the Axios HBO show questioned what the young mayor would do when he's attacked for being "too gay."

"Republicans claimed that John Kerry was a traitor in Vietnam. That Barack Obama was a Muslim. If you were to win the nomination, they'll say you're too young, too liberal, too gay to be commander-in-chief. You are young. You are a liberal. You are gay. How will you respond?" asked Mike Allen.

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