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Alyssa Milano was once a big fan of Elon Musk and a proud Tesla owner, but that has changed. Speaking to the co-hosts of "The View" on Tuesday, she explained why Musk wasn't who she thought he was.
"For me, speaking of #MeToo, when he was accused of sexual misconduct and paid out $250,000 to this person, I decided — I can't live in that hypocrisy of that, driving that car, you know, when that happened," she said. "I'm kind of, I'm so annoyed with all of these billionaires, especially with Elon Musk. You buy Twitter to destroy it for $44 billion. Imagine if he donated that money to UNICEF. He would change the world. There would be no hunger!"
Milano has been an ambassador to UNICEF for two decades, striving to help children on areas where there is a serious conflict and war zone.
"He could go in his pocket and donate that money!" said Whoopi Goldberg, who recently left Twitter.
"It wouldn't cost $40 billion, but these guys, you know.." Milano trailed off
"There's a load of electric cars coming on the market," Joy Behar quipped for folks who want an affordable alternative to Tesla without all of the baggage of labor rights, sexual harassment allegations and other scandals.
Musk has denied the allegations against him of sexual misconduct, saying that they are "utterly untrue."
"What happens if things continue the way they are on Twitter? I think it's become a hellscape," said Sunny Hostin.
Milano noted that she's always been a target for trolls, though she confessed she always opens Twitter with trepidation, fearful of what she will see, describing it like she needs a helmet on.
Goldberg noted that one solution is simply to leave the platform as she did. Milano said that she doesn't want to cede territory to the troll war. She treats it like a turf war. Goldberg maintained that there are other options, but Milano maintained that she refuses to allow the bots and extremists to have the power.
"If we're not representing our side of the political discourse, aren't we just saying, you know what you can have Twitter?" she posed.
"I'll tell you, some things you have to walk away from until you can get the control you need of it," countered Goldberg. "Right now there's no way to get this control. So, find the ones that you can get and fix and then come back and run that run over."
The co-hosts all agreed that it remains an individual choice based on self-care and what's best for them.
Musk has spent the past several weeks attacking corporations that no longer want to advertise on Twitter, saying that they're against the First Amendment by not giving money to the site anymore. Twitter has lost most of its employees and the site has grown increasingly glitchy since. The new CEO spends most of his time online attacking people, making fun of others, and then calling for civility.
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Indiana triple murder suspect arrested on drug charges while awaiting trial for killing Black men in cold blood
An Indiana man accused of gunning down three Black men last year has been arrested again on drug charges after a judge allowed him to leave jail to await trial.
Caden Smith, who is charged with killing Michael James, Abdulla Mubarah and Joseph Thomas on two separate days in October 2021, was released in late September after a judge ruled that detectives violated his Fourth Amendment rights during a search, but police obtained another search warrant last week after finding incriminating posts on his Snapchat account, reported WTHR-TV.
“I know for sure [police] did not want him released, but that’s what the law required, and the judge simply followed the law," said his attorney David Hennessy. "I suspect he has been on their radar."
Police obtained a search warrant last week for a house Smith had been visiting for his 18th birthday, after seeing social media posts suggesting he had been dealing cannabis, mushrooms and pills, and officers said they found guns, drugs and ammunition.
One of the videos listed in the probable cause affidavit was recorded just a day after Smith was released from jail, while another appears to show him holding a handgun and wearing a GPS ankle monitor.
Smith had been ordered not to have any guns, deadly weapons or ammunition in his possession while awaiting trial.
The judge ruled that some of the key evidence seized in the murder case should be excluded from trial because detectives had not followed the law during their search, and the victims' families said they're angry but unsurprised by Smith's latest arrest.
“There needs to be some sort of accountability here and some restrictions put on this young man,” said Gladys Larsen, the mother of shooting victim Michael James Jr. “It’s not surprising. Caden Smith is a young man that should remain in jail, especially pending charges of three counts of murder. This is just not right, and I want the court system to see that this is a dangerous individual and that he belongs in jail."
United States District Judge Lewis Kaplan has set a trial date in writer E. Jean Carroll's rape case against former President Donald Trump.
Journalist Adam Klasfeld first reported that Kaplan had accepted Carroll's proposed trial date of April 10, 2023.
Carroll revealed in 2019 that she had allegedly been sexually assaulted by Trump in the 1990s. She later sued Trump for defamation after he responded by saying that "she's not my type."
Last week, Carroll filed a new lawsuit after a New York law lifted existing deadlines for sexual assault survivors to sue.