After searching his business, the Mainstreet Lodge in Kaitaia, police arrested 56-year-old Mike Harris on 39 charges of indecent assault, aggravated wounding and making intimate visual recordings.
According to police, Mr. Harris filmed his assaults and recorded himself molesting at least 16 male victims over two and a half years, mostly overseas tourists from 18-25, who were drugged so heavily that they may not even be aware of the assault.
“These victims are unlikely to know that something has happened to them, although they may have suspicions,” Detective Senior Sergeant Rhys Johnston told TVNZ.
Police believe Harris assaulted far more than the 16 men in the tapes they recovered, and noted that more than 30 more potential victims have come forward in the day since they made details of the case public. All were backpackers passing through town, including tourists from Germany, England, Scotland, and the U.S.
“It is very important for us to speak to anybody who has stayed in the owner’s residence over the last two and a half years,” Johnston added. “Callers are concerned about whether something has happened to them and we want to be able to provide these potential victims with the right support as well as gather the evidence necessary.”
Harris will appear in Kaitaia District Court next Thursday, when the number of charges against him is expected to rise.
Anyone who fears they may have been a victim of Mike Harris is being asked to email the New Zealand police at email@example.com.
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I ended up making out with 137 people. Which was not nearly as disturbing as the fact that I licked the stage, the floor of the stage, 137 times. That’s where most, if any, infection came from. I’ve never been on more handfuls of vitamins and trace minerals and pills. I think I did five rounds of antibiotics during the show? Just to make sure I was going to get through it. There were thousands of people who wanted to see the show, and I’m only there for a finite period of time, so I didn’t want to have to fall out, because that meant they would have to reschedule or not be able to see it, at least not with me.”
In a segment Tuesday on Fox News' Outnumbered discussing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's indefinite suspension by the NFL, guest host Bernie McGuirk began a short rant about how the NFL goes about punishing its players for bad behavior.
"The NFL will suspend you for pot for half a year. The Dolphins guy was suspended for expressing his opinion on the gay kiss. He was sent to re-indoctrination camp, he was fine. I mean if he would have punched a gay guy in the elevator, this Ray Rice, he probably would have been charged with a hate crime. He wouldn't have been in the NFL anymore..."
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During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Nick Jonas dropped a few juicy tidbits about his upcoming MMA drama series Kingdom - revealing that not only will there be "three or four sex scenes" involving "a lot of nudity," but that his character has a big storyline revolving around his sexuality.r
"Is he like, bi-curious?" Andy asked. "We will see" Jonas teased.r
Watch (and check out another steamy promo photo from the upcoming series), AFTER THE JUMP...r
Kingdom premiers October 9th and stars Nick Jonas, Frank Grillo, Kiele Sanchez, Matt Lauria, Jonathan Tucker, and Joanna Going. Check out the trailer, which features plenty of abs and tight shorts, HERE.r
A Venture County, California high school has barred a booster club from selling Chick-fil-a sandwiches on campus because of the company's position on gay marriage.r
CBS Los Angeles reports:r
Ventura High School Principal Val Wyatt told the Ventura County Star that the football booster club could not sell Chick-fil-A sandwiches at Wednesday’s back-to-school night because the restaurant’s beliefs could offend some students and their parents.r
“With their political stance on gay rights and because the students of Ventura High School and their parents would be at the event, I didn’t want them on campus,” Wyatt told the newspaper.r
“We value inclusivity and diversity on our campus and all of our events and activities are going to adhere to our mission,” Ventura Unified School District Superintendent Trudy Tuttle Arriaga said.r
Check out CBSLA's report on the story, including reactions from parents and students on both sides of the issue, AFTER THE JUMP...r
Last week, we reported S. Truett Cathy, the Chick-fil-A founder who shaped the fast food chain's corporate culture around his Southern Baptist belifs, had died.r
Summer romance has blossomed into a new gay celebrity power couple, according to one defiant source who claims that Ricky Martin and Ian Thorpe are about to go public with their relationship to the Australian media.
Rumors were sparked last night and fueled on Twitter throughout the morning after Peter Ford, an Australian reporter tweeted that the alleged power couple had accepted a $500,000 deal to tell all:
Hot goss on @6PRbreakfast suggesting Ian Thorpe about to do the big mag spread with even more high profile boyfriend. A $500,000 deal!!
— Peter Ford (@mrpford) September 12, 2014
Happy times for Ricky Martin and Ian Thorpe & they're about to tell the world in a mag deal. Coming up @RadioLIVENZ
— Peter Ford (@mrpford) September 12, 2014
Now, Peter Ford’s profile picture is an ape in makeup and he only has around 7,500 followers, but he seems to come as a credible enough source for the Daily Mail (read: maybe not credible at all).
Regardless, his rumor has forced Australian media to investigate the relationship and report it as false.
According to the Mail, a rep for Martin said “This is 100% not true. The two have never met.” Thorpe’s manager, James Erksine, told the Sydney Morning Herald: “I think someone is having you on,” and another source close to Martin says it’s complete “rubbish.”
Thorpe has notoriously tried to remain private with the media throughout his career, but told Michael Parkinson in July that he was “not straight.” Martin congratulated him on Twitter shortly after the special aired:
— Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) July 13, 2014
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You see the photo to the right. Do we really need to explain why?
In the clip below, Ellen brings this incredibly sculpted man on stage to break some bad news, that she’s ending her beloved recurring Classic Joke Wednesday skit.
“Nick” the gardener is on hand to lighten the mood a bit, distracting the audience from bad news with his near impossible physique.
Turns out this isn’t “Nick’s” first time on Ellen, as he is actually Billy Reilich of the comedy group “The Cream Pies”. He first sat down with Ellen back in January, when a viral video the group created caught Ellen’s attention online:
She brought them on the show to talk about the video, but discussion was obviously focused on Billy’s abs:
Ton?i Tomi? photographed by Andreja Damnjanovic.
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According to El Espectador, Sergio Urrego had endured relentless bullying and harassment from administrators at Gimnasio Castillo Campestre, a Catholic high school in Bogota, after they confiscated his phone and discovered a photo of him kissing his boyfriend on it.
School officials reportedly blocked Urrego’s requests for transfer and forced him to visit a school psychologist. After weeks of torture, multiple class suspensions and accusations of being an “anarchist,” an “atheist” and a “homosexual,” Urrego jumped from the roof of a shopping center in Bogota.
Shortly before he took his own life, Urrego posted the lyrics to Pink Floyd’s “Goodbye Cruel World” on his Facebook wall:
“The school, Gimnasio Castillo Campestre, a Catholic institution, treated the situation in a deplorable manner,” GLAAD said in a statement. According to them, the boy’s mother is filing a complaint against the school with the help of Colombia Diversa, a local LGBT group.
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According to the study “The Potential Impact of Voter Identification Laws on Transgender Voters in the 2014 General Election,” about 84,000 transgender people across the ten strict photo ID states are estimated to be eligible to vote. The 24,000 transgender voters who may face barriers to voting reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.r
In order for these 24,000 voting-eligible transgender people to obtain the updated photo IDs required to vote in the November 2014 general election, they must comply with the requirements for updating their state-issued or federally-issued IDs.r
The study’s author Jody L. Herman, Ph.D, said:r
“Some voters may not have the means or the ability to present the required voter identification for a variety of reasons, such as poverty, disability, or religious objection.r
Transgender people have unique barriers to obtaining accurate IDs needed to vote.r
As these ten states begin planning for their fall elections, educating poll workers is crucial in order to ensure that transgender voters in their states have fair access to the ballot.”r
Watch the 2012 National Center for Transgender Equality's "Voting While Trans" campaign video, AFTER THE JUMP...rrr