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HC Wake-Up Call: Michael Avenatti Arrested, LGBTQ Asylum Seekers From Migrant Caravan Cross Border & Victoria’s Secret CEO Resigns

Good morning Her Campus! With a break-neck news cycle, there is no possible way for you to stay on top of every story that comes across your feeds — we’re all only human, after all. 

But, life comes at you fast. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in for this quick and dirty guide to stories you might’ve been sleeping on (like, literally. It’s early.) 

Michael Avenatti Was Reportedly Arrested On Domestic Abuse Charges

Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing Stormy Daniels in lawsuit against Donald Trump, has been arrested on allegations of domestic violence, law enforcement said to the Associated Press

Avenatti’s law firm later released a statement, calling the claims to be “completely bogus.” 

“I wish to thank the hard-working men and women of the LAPD for their professionalism,” the statement said, according to Buzzfeed News. “They were only doing their jobs in light of the completely bogus allegations against me. I have never been physically abusive in my life nor was I last night. Any accusations to the contrary are fabricated meant to do harm to my reputation. I look forward to being fully exonerated.” 

The Associated Press reports that the alleged incident happened on Tuesday night and was booked on felony domestic charges on Wednesday afternoon. No specific details of the alleged incident have been revealed. He was released on $50,000 bail. 

Lisa Storie-Avenatti filed for divorce on back in November of 2017, and was not involved in the incident, according to Buzzfeed News. Avenatti’s ex-wife, Christine Avenatti-Carlin, also released a statement, saying in the 26 years of knowing him, “he has never been abusive to me or anyone else. He is a very good man.”

His court date is currently scheduled for Dec. 5. 

LGBTQ Asylum Seekers Some Of The First To Cross U.S. Border From The Migrant Caravan 

LGBTQ asylum seekers from the migrant caravan are the first to reach the U.S. border from Central America. Although a large majority are still hundreds of miles away from the U.S., several LGBTQ migrants arrived in Tijuana, the Washington Post reports.  

Thousands joined the caravan fleeing violence and persecution in their home country, including victims of gang violence, domestic violence, and LGBTQ discrimination. According to multiple studies by Amnesty International, Central American has high rates of anti-LGBTQ violence despite pro-LGBTQ laws. 

Multiple LGBTQ asylum-seekers described harassment and discrimination from other migrants in the caravan to The Post

“We were discriminated against, even in the caravan,” said 23-year-old migrant, Rick Dubon, from Honduras to The Post. “People wouldn’t let us into trucks, they made us get in the back of the line for showers, they would call us ugly names.” Many described being harassed and robbed by other migrants leading many to band together, according to NBC News

NBC News reports around 50 LGBTQ migrants in the caravan between the ages of 17 to 60. 


Victoria’s Secret CEO Steps Down After Backlash From Anti-Trans and Plus Size Comments 

Victoria’s Secret’s CEO, Jan Singer, has resigned. The news comes one week after the brand’s chief marketing officer, Ed Razek, said in an interview with Vogue that transgender and plus size models aren’t in the show because they don’t fit the brand’s “fantasy.” 

Since joining Victoria’s Secret in September 2016, she’s worked to combat the brand’s drop in store sales. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she developed a “fast-fashion model” with lower prices and new styles revealed frequently. But her efforts still haven’t solved its commercial struggles. 

The brand also faces intense criticism on the lack of diversity. Last week sparked outrage against the brand and Razek.

“If you’re asking if we’ve considered putting a transgender model in the show or looked at putting a plus-size model in the show, we have,” Razek said in the Vogue interview. “We invented the plus-size model show in what was our sister division, Lane Bryant. Lane Bryant still sells plus-size lingerie, but it sells a specific range, just like every specialty retailer in the world sells a range of clothing. As do we. We market to who we sell t, and we don’t market to the whole world. We attempted to do a television special for plus-sizes [in 2000]. No one had any interest in it, still don’t.” 

He later apologized for his remarks on Victoria’s Secret’s Twitter account. 

LGBTQ and plus-sized models such as Gigi Gorgeous and Tess Holiday publically condemned the brand. 

What to Look Out For….

Despite the non-believers, climate change is 100 percent a thing. And you know one of the ways you can help save the planet is by recycling! It’s National Recycling Day, so please do everything you can to reduce our waste. 

Carissa Dunlap is a Her Campus News X Social Intern for Summer 2018. She is a current Publishing major and Journalism minor at Emerson College (Class of 2020). When she isn't perusing the YA bookshelf at the bookstore, she can be found watching dog videos on Facebook, at her favorite coffee shops, or relaxing on the beach. Follow her on Instagram @dunlapcarissa or Twitter @Caridunlap.
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