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Saturday, August 02, 2008

Lindsey Lohan responses to Chief Bratton comments

From Associated Press.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lindsay Lohan said Friday that police have no business getting involved in her personal life, a day after the police chief explained that the paparazzi were no longer an issue - in part because the 22-year-old actress had evidently "gone gay."

"Police chiefs shouldn't get involved in everyone else's business when it comes to their personal life. It's inappropriate," Lohan said in a video shot by paparazzi Friday and posted on TMZ.com. In the footage, Lohan and gal pal Samantha Ronson are trekking through the Los Angeles Airport on their way to catch a flight to Chicago.

The day before, Chief William Bratton said the paparazzi have become less of a problem thanks to Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and Lohan leading more moderate lifestyles.

"If you notice, since Britney started wearing clothes and behaving; Paris is out of town not bothering anybody anymore, thank God, and evidently, Lindsay Lohan has gone gay, we don't seem to have much of an issue," he told KNBC-TV.

Bratton was speaking about his refusal to participate in a meeting held by elected officials Thursday that was called to discuss new laws to curb problem paparazzi.

He called Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine's special session - which was attended by the likes of John Mayer, Eric Roberts and Milo Ventimiglia - "a complete waste of time."

Bratton later called a news conference outside police headquarters to clarify his position on the paparazzi. When asked about the Lohan remark - which followed months of tabloid speculation that Lohan and Ronson, a DJ, are dating - Bratton said his sister is gay and he is a proponent of gay rights.

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31 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Suddenly, dipshit Bratton "having a file" about Caruso isn't his biggest problem is it???????

It's his big effing mouth that always gets Bratton in trouble.

And it was his big effing mouth that got him out of New York.

He's an effing idiot.

August 02, 2008 1:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey Chief, how about using the media to make Los Angeles more prepared for an earthquake? Just a thought because no believes it is your job to tell us what the sexuality of celebrities is!

August 02, 2008 2:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

PUH-leez. Lohan has never done an "appropriate" thing in her life, and her romance with the dyke chick isn't a matter of "speculation" but all over the tabloids, every
nightly network Entertainment show, and TMZ -- which, along with the hit- generating poll on whether she should sue Bratton (PUH=leeze), runs over and over shots of Tara Reid saying she's NOT into chicks, along with more superimposed pix of Lohan kissing and snuggling with her girlfriend. What Lohan really wants from this is renewed interest FROM the paparazzi, since the value of her photos has gone way down since she's been with that gaypal.

USED to be worth more when she was showing her freckled boobs, acting out in public and being derided as a "firecrotch" by that Davis Jr. dude while her supposed BFF Paris Hilton smirked next to him in the car, holding up the phone for him.

She, Paris and until recently Britney are definitely the slut- chick trio who go out of their way to get the paps to follow them and then expect the LAPD to give them special treatment. Sure Bratton's sick of it, and WE've been paying for it. Zany Zine's "motion" he introduced Thurs. to have a special hotline number DIRECT TO LAPD AND ANY LAW ENFORCEMENT IN JURISDICTION 'CELEBS' ARE DRIVING THRU to respond to them SPECIALLY, would add megabucks to that cost that he's supposedly so worried about.

Even if the actors/SAG kicked in some money toward the program, it would piss off the public to know that OUR regular law enforcement is giving certain people "on a list" special protection we can't have -- even though it's the public, from neighbors to people caught in the streets during a chase, who suffer without getting any benefits.

And IF the spoiled brats didn't get as fast response from LAPD etc. as they'd like, they'd sue -- there was already a sense of that from comments from prima dona John Mayer who lashed out at being questioned.

August 02, 2008 3:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

It is SO overdue for Zine/ Uncle Festus to get his comeuppance from Bratton and his Council colleagues who he's been publicly bashing for a couple years now.

August 02, 2008 3:13 PM  

Anonymous biff said:

Yee Gads! I hope Bratton's sister is out, and he hasn't invaded more privacy. Which by the way brings another point in play. Just who decreed that Sublic Pervants are suddenly part time society reporters? Yeah I know..

August 02, 2008 3:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Zine's clumsy sidekick is spinning away here against Bratton, to no avail. Uncle Festus Z-Man is done as a wanna-be public figure, he's had his 15 mins. and it's backfired.

E.g. ABC evening news even did a segment on this -- but made the celebs wanting special protection out to be the Now-We-Want-It, Now-We-Don't-And-Citizens-Pay-For-It spoiled children they are. With groupie Zine kissing their butts.

ABC pointed out that some like JLo and Jolie get millions for their first baby photos -- which they wouldn't get without encouraging the paps all along. So implication was, they can't pick and choose.

BUT left open the reasonable suggestion that paps be licensed & credentialed, with which I agree. Bratton SHOULD be open to that one: it's not as hard as herding cats.

ABC did NOT make him out the fool, however -- he's got way too much national cred, which disgrace to the uniform fat, buffonish and back-stabbing opportunist Zine will never have. Hit the gym, Zine, and take Jan Perry with you -- get your minds off of pushing stupid laws.

August 02, 2008 6:11 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Move over, Leno and Letterman. Bratton is looking for a place to deliver his brand of charming quips.

Question, when Antonio is on his junkets, does he take the police bodyguards with him? If so, how many? What is the breakdown for that cost?

Under what conditions would payment of Mayor Tony's bodyguard time NOT be coming out of the City's treasury?

August 02, 2008 6:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

At a minimum, Bratton deserves an official reprimand from the Police Commission for an improper comment -- something Bratton hands out suspensions for to his officers.

August 02, 2008 8:45 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wonder how you say "FIRECROTCH" in a Boston accent?

August 02, 2008 9:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"BRATTON'S LEAVING WITH BLOOD ON HIS HANDS"
SAY FAMILIES OF POLICE BRUTALITY VICTIMS

2,000 Expected at Racial Justice Day Rally 1996


At tomorrow's RACIAL JUSTICE DAY RALLY (City Hall, 4 -5:30 pm), families of police brutality victims will criticize the policies and actions of the NYPD under the leadership of outgoing Commissioner William Bratton. The criticisms include:

* Police brutality and police killings of unarmed youth of color have increased under Commissioner Bratton.

* Commissioner Bratton claims to have reduced crime, but police brutality is a crime. In the name of "reducing street crime," we have been asked to accept an increase of police crime.

* Bratton's "quality of life" sweeps have resulted in more than 98,000 juvenile arrests. 80% of these were for non-violent offenses (such as disorderly conduct, loitering, not having i.d.); and 50% were so minor that only a summons was issued. During these "quality of life" sweeps young people's civil rights are routinely violated.

* Commissioner Bratton has ignored racial crimes against people of color.

* Commissioner Bratton has ignored bias crimes against gays and lesbians.

* Commissioner Bratton has ignored the anti-corruption recommendations of the Mollen Commission; and has failed to mount a vigorous anti-corruption campaign inside the NYPD.

* Commissioner Bratton has undermined the Civilian Complaint Review Board by refusing to even read their findings in the cases of Anthony Rosario and Hilton Vega.

* Commissioner Bratton has ignored the problems of racial and gender discrimination WITHIN the Police Department.

August 03, 2008 1:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

June 29, 1996
Bratton Pays His Friends For Trips
By CLIFFORD KRAUSS

In an effort to end a controversy, former Police Commissioner William J. Bratton sent checks totaling nearly $12,000 yesterday to Henry Kravis and several other wealthy friends who treated him and his wife to weekend trips while he worked for the city.

Three months after he left office, Mr. Bratton continues to be the object of an inquiry by the Corporation Counsel's office into possible conflicts of interest arising from a book contract and a half-dozen or more trips. Mr. Bratton has repeatedly asserted that he did nothing wrong, and several associates of Mr. Bratton, who spoke on condition of anonymity, have suggested that the inquiry was part of an effort by the Giuliani administration to pressure Mr. Bratton into quitting as commissioner.

In an interview yesterday, Mr. Bratton said his payment to friends for trips on their private jets and stays at their homes was not intended as an admission that he had broken any regulations. "While these trips could be construed as gifts," he said, "they are not conflicts of interest as defined by the rules of the Conflict of Interest Board, since none of these men did business with the city, as far as I know."

The trips in question included visits to the homes of Mr. Kravis, the Wall Street executive, in Colorado in 1994 and the Dominican Republic in 1996, as well as to the Palm Springs home of Robert Johnson, a senior executive at Johnson & Johnson Corporation. A list of such trips was leaked to reporters by City Hall officials earlier this year, and contributed to Mr. Bratton's image as a jet-setter and social climber.

Mr. Bratton reported the reimbursements for the trips yesterday in a standard financial disclosure form that senior officials and recently departed officials are required to file with the Department of Investigation and the Conflict of Interest Board by June 30.

"These were and continue to be friends who invited me to their private homes," Mr. Bratton said. "But because the issue of conflict of interest is a subject of interest and a matter of interpretation, I have compensated each of these individuals for the equivalent of first class flight tickets and hotel accommodations for me and my wife."

Mr. Bratton said he saw no difference between accepting a trip to someone's home outside the state or country and accepting a ride from a friend and staying at his apartment in Brooklyn.

Paul A. Crotty, the Corporation Counsel, and Colleen A. Roche, Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani's press secretary, did not return telephone calls requesting comment.

Mr. Bratton said there was nothing significant about the timing of his decision to pay his friends, adding, "I'm just trying to put this to rest."

But he noted that two weeks ago, when reports were circulating that Mr. Bratton might run for mayor against Mr. Giuliani, Raymond Harding, the Liberal Party leader, raised the issue of the trips. Mr. Bratton characterized Mr. Harding as the Mayor's "designated attack dog."

Mr. Bratton, who is now running the New York office of First Security Corporation, a Boston security company, said he was not interested in running for mayor next year. But Mr. Bratton did not close the door on a future campaign.

August 03, 2008 1:22 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

On Special Order 40 and LAPD's refusal to cooperate with feds on immigration law enforcement Bratton said: "If you don't like it, leave the state."

Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who has been trying to build support for his unpopular plan to grant driver's licenses to illegal [aliens], announced today that William J. Bratton, the former New York City police commissioner who is now chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, had endorsed it.

August 03, 2008 1:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The whole story of Bratton?s tenure in New York is not being told. He reduced petty crime, it is true, to the great relief of people across the city. But the ?Bratton era? created other problems that will continue to be felt for years to come. These were:Pre-trial detention for tens of thousands of indigent African-American and Latino youth. These young people were ?put into the system? while awaiting arraignment. The City of New York paid up to $50 million to settle a lawsuit on behalf of 50,000 plaintiffs who asserted they were strip searched for ?broken windows? offenses- the largest monetary settlement of a civil rights suit in New York history. The popular stop-and-frisk policies were overkill; for example, no weapons were found in 75% of the stop-and-frisks for suspicion of having a gun?.

In summary, the Bratton era in New York led directly to scandals like Rampart in LA. The police misconduct scandals in New York crested shortly after Bratton?s departure, and he attempted to distance himself in later comments to Time magazine (3-6-02). But the claim is implausible, since the rising patterns of police misconduct and citize complaints began during Bratton tenure (1994-1996) according to Amnesty International data (1994) and continued to spiral out of control in the three years after his departure.

August 03, 2008 1:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Which is it, Mr. Zine: You attacking Bratton for NOT being tough enough on illegals, which happen to be mostly Latinos, re: SO40, OR for being TOO tough on minorities, per the posts by the ACLU/ black activist types you quote? Typical of a muddled mind.

August 03, 2008 2:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Gee, the sleaze bag Zine has his people going after Bratton cause he has no balls and a big crybaby. Look at the poll on tmz.com and read the ugly comments against LOHAN being made. Yup, sure seems people are against Bratton NOT NOT NOT
Should Lindsay sue? (Bratton)
No 69%
Yes 31%
Total Votes: 46,539

Stupid idiot who posts a story from back in 1996 against Bratton, I call that DESPERATE. Tell Zine quit hitting on women and looking at their tits instead of their face. Notice the women Zine takes to events has their blouses down to their belly button. No wonder he wants to support Britney, Paris, Lohan. No other chief has been more supportive then Bratton. So that stupid spin isn't working. All the blogs are more in support of him cause they're tired of the bullshit antics of spoiled rich movie stars.

.....The city's top law enforcement official, saying the Constitution upholds such unions, donates to a group fighting a ballot initiative that would ban them.
By TINA DAUNT, July 22, 2008
LAPD Police Chief William J. Bratton has come out -- in favor of gay marriage.

As a wedding gift to friend and celebrity publicist Howard Bragman and his longtime partner, Chuck O'Donnell, Bratton made it official:

August 03, 2008 8:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What's troubling to me is that the police chief is up to date on his celebrity gossip.

Do we really want a 60-year old police chief who knows about Lindsay Lohan, not to mention her sexual trivialities?

August 03, 2008 10:08 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:08: Yeah, it's a real shame to have a Top Cop who knows his job -- including who the main non-crime- related distractions are for his force. Like Britney without her undies and Paris attracting swarms of paps and hazardous road conditions. And he must pick up a paper or watch tv once in a while -- I for one try to avoid the goings-on of Lindsay, from her gaypal to rehab stints of a day here and there before going off the wagon, but it's too ubiquitous.

What's scarier is someone who looks like Z-Man/ Uncle Festus making himself an "expert" on all these young bimbos and Boy Toys like John Mayer just to try to get them to know who HE is by kissing upto them. Bratton's not familiarizing himself with these people because he's a groupie, but because it's his JOB.

Zine should emulate Bratton and hit the gym, instead of cruising the highways "born to be free" on his Harley in a too-tight leather getup. (He and Jan Perry would benefit from more time at the gym and less time wasting Council time on Nanny-state laws they're not smart enough to think through.)

August 03, 2008 10:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dont worry too much about Bratton.....he will be resigning in the next 6 to 8 months. There is a HUGE scandal brewing, and he wont be able to wiggle out of it. He cant say he didnt know, his signature is on the documents, and he cant defend the undefendable. The thug tactics of I.A. under Berkow is about to be exposed. Berkow is looking at prison time after this comes out. This aint no sexual harrasment beef either.

August 03, 2008 11:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Should Lindsay sue? (Bratton)
No 69%
Yes 31%
Total Votes: 46,539


That has nothing to do with Zine. Lindsay has nothing she can sue for.

The question should be is Bratton an effing idiot?

8 out of 10 New Yorkers say yes, hell yes.

August 03, 2008 12:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

In January 1995, as NY City police commissioner, Bratton admitted to a group of business executives in Boston that, while crime is declining, fear of crime is up. "Fear far surpasses the reality of crime," he said, according to the Boston Globe. "Crime statistics are manipulated in the interests of the profit motive -- high crime rates mean high expenditures on police, on public and private prison
construction and staffing."

August 03, 2008 12:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

'GLOWING' BACKGROUND CHECK IGNORED TESTIMONY
Author(s): Thomas Palmer, Globe Staff Date: May 17, 1986 Page: 17 Section: METRO A background check on William J. Bratton, designated to become chief of the Metropolitan
Police, has been completed and yielded "nothing but glowing reports from all concerned," according to MDC Commissioner William J. Geary.
But the routine background investigation, conducted by the State Office of Investigations,
did not include an examination of Bratton's testimony before a Suffolk County grand jury in a
criminal case in which Bratton has been subpoenaed as a witness.
Bratton has indicated he will not appear voluntarily in the case, citing plans to be away after he is married on May 24. The attorney for
the defense in the case said this week he would ask the judge to compel Bratton to testify. The
case, scheduled for trial on May 27, involves William J. Sweeney, 38, of Hanson, a former Boston police officer who is accused of illegally receiving pay for an outside job for three years while he was on full-salaried injury leave from the department.

Bratton, formerly a superintendent in the Boston Police Department, was questioned before a grand jury late last year concerning a telephone recommendation he allegedly gave -- and a written
one he allegedly arranged -- for Sweeney, who was applying to Whitman-Hanson Community Regional School District.

August 03, 2008 12:24 PM  

Anonymous Ashley said:

Chief Bratton's comments were pure sexist and demeaning. He should be reprimanded for those words. It is no ones business what a woman is wearing beneath her clothing. The fact that paparazzi were behaving in an uncontrolled manner is their own wrongdoing, not the females involved. If they have worn that clothing the chief mentioned the paparazzi would have been behaving irrationally to take photos of those "pantie lines". This bratton fellow would do better shoveling manure some where. A true gentleman would avert his eyes if a woman showed a bit too much. If he did see too much he would pretend not to. A true gentleman would NEVER photograph the event and sell it to a sleaze magazine or sleaze web site like TMZ. That man Mayer works for TMZ and no doubt make a lot of money trashing these young women. He, John Mayer, is not unlike that sleazeball Salomon who trashed Paris for money with that video. He then trashed several others culminating in that short time marriage to Pam Anderson. If I were a young woman in CA, I certainly would not accept interest from the slime balls pursuing these young beautiful talented women, I would choose the company of another woman as Lindsay has done. It is much safer. Chief Bratton should be fired and Los Angelos should pass a strong severe papazzi law.

August 03, 2008 12:32 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That is not what Bratton said. Go back and see the interview. He said she had a new girlfriend. He did not say it was because she was gay.

August 03, 2008 1:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

All you fools trying to spin against Bratton are looking like the naive idiots. That's why you read other blogs and they love the fact that a man in this city had enough guts to speak his mind. None of the politicans have the guts to do that. They can't even speak to a reporter without saying please don't print my name. We're not in NY idiot. Whether you like it or not Bratton is here to stay. And to the loser who keeps posting that Bratton will be in trouble I have news for you, that whole issue was bullshit and Bratton came out clean. So move on. You've been posting he'll get into trouble for months. Zine has his morons doing crisis control because when you have Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie selling their photos for $14 million who do you think is the problem? OF course Bratton knows what's going on the lead stories on local tv are those idiot rich movie stars causing havoc all over LA.

August 03, 2008 4:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, or the general public was offended by Chief Bratton’s comments they can make a complaint against Bratton by calling the Inspector General’s Office.

You may contact the Office of the Inspector General at (213) 202-5866or writing to: Office of the Inspector General, 201 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90012.

August 03, 2008 5:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hey 4:15, how could he "come out clean" he hasn't yet, been deposed, and is stone walling being deposed....so no he aint clean on this, and his signature IS on the documents in question. So he is far from clean....Berkow is going to singlehandedly bring him down. The wheels of justice grind slowly, but they grind on none the less. If he has nothing to hide, and he is "clean" as you say, why is he avoiding depos????? Is he going to have Berkow "fall on his sword" for him??? Do you think the I.A thugs are going to as well??? They are going to turn on them in a heartbeat to save their own skins. Get your facts straight.

August 03, 2008 6:39 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"If you notice, since Britney started wearing clothes and behaving; Paris is out of town not bothering anybody anymore, thank God, and evidently, Lindsay Lohan has gone gay, we don't seem to have much of an issue,"

August 03, 2008 9:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh yeah.. Bratton's going down. Big scandal in the works.

Hey - Zuma Dogg is going to jail. Oh hell yeah.. big scandal in the works.

Did anyone else hear Greig Smith on Howard Stern last week? Yep, you got it.. big scandal getting ready to break.

I heard City Council is getting ready to make a motion to ban bullshitters from blogs unless they use their true name.

August 04, 2008 4:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Those 46,539 who voted in a poll are there for movie stars and couldn't care less what Bratton said.

Get your priorities straight. This is Los Angeles where the movie industry thinks they run the City but in reality, it's developers!

August 04, 2008 4:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

4:16....you first bigmouth. I noticed you wont practice what you preach, COWARD!! I can just imagine who you are, your one of the leg riding toadies that follow Bratton down the hall, so close, that if he stopped, you go right up his a$$. You guys make the rest of us want to PUKE. There are a bunch of us here that despise you, more than you think. So keep riding his leg....your promotion will come soon, If he isnt out by then.

August 04, 2008 6:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh my lord 6:01, you couldn't be more wrong. Dennis despises me. I am a liberal commie. I have never and would never "ride his leg". And I'm a woman.

I'm not even a coward. I've posted under my real name more than mostly anybody here. When I'm in the mood. So if you can make even one of your ghastly inaccurate predictions come true, I'll out myself.

This could be an easy guess for some of you who know me because I don't think Dennis Zine hates too many women and I'm in his top 10.

August 04, 2008 9:08 PM  

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