The murder trial of American musician Richard Hinds continued today in Tokyo. Hinds is accused of strangling Irish exchange student Nicola Furlong following a Nicki Minaj concert last spring. Nicola and her friend met up with Hinds and dancer James Blackston following the concert and met up with them for drinks in the entertainment district of Tokyo. At the bar the girls began to fall into unconsciousness and the two men took them to their hotel room. Nicola and her friend were wheeled into two separate hotel rooms in wheelchairs. Nicola with Hinds and her friend with Blackston. Police alleged that Hinds strangled Nicola and she was found dead in his room after someone in a neighboring room reported a disturbance. The medical examiner has ruled the cause of death as strangulation and has ruled out date rape drugs as a factor. The other student who was in Blackston’s room was allegedly sexually assaulted in the cab ride which was recorded by the taxi’s camera. Blackston has a separate charge and has not yet gone to trial. Click through for today’s events. Continue reading »
While I am Internet Handicapped (sometimes I have service at night) I wanted to put up an Idol post where y’all can talk to me about last night’s Idol (and tonight’s too!). I am dying to hear what you guys thought about THE BIG FIGHT last night. I went through a Mariah stage back in the day like everyone else, but sort of got over here. I have never been a Nicki Minaj fan and really don’t even listen to that much music (because of my TV addiction!) So I feel unbiased in the conflict. That said, I totally think Nicki has done nothing wrong other than reacting a bit strongly and immaturely to Mariah and Randy (!) acting like her opinion is not important. Plus, she seems to be running the panel telling people when to start and stop and her interactions with the singers are the most interesting. Continue reading »
My homeboy and American Idol winner, Phillip Phillips has gone triple platinum with Home. Yet he says that song is way too pop for him and not his cup of tea. We’re off on a new season of American Idol. I am mainly watching to see what Nicki Minaj does with Mariah Carey. This will be random thoughts more than recap. Let’s get started! Continue reading »
Because there is absolutely nothing interesting going on in the celebrity world at the moment, here is the next update in the TamaraTattles year in review. May was the month that two young Irish women had a run in with two young American men in Tokyo. It was a confusing story that had me working closely with several Irish journalist in an attempt to sort out information. One suspect was misidentified, both subjects had friends and family emailing me saying they were not guilty, the victims friends and family were angry and hurt in the comments section. It was a big issue. In housewives news, I posted some tea on Melissa Gorga’s finances, Andy Cohen’s book party at SUR, and Nene Leakes success on Glee and her alleged friendship with Kenya Moore. Continue reading »
One of the things I say her a lot, and often in not the nicest terms, is that I blog about what interests me. I’m not one of those bloggers that I call Rebloggers. Rebloggers are people who just drag everyone else’s blogs over to their blog (often copied word for word.) I blog about things I have something to say about. I’ve been reading the tea on the Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey throw down on the set of Idol the other day. I’m interested in the story and following it closely. But, I don’t feel like I have an opinion yet on what is going on. What the hell is going on? So I decided to ask you guys whose side you are on. Continue reading »
There were also reports that the two men arrested were actually on tour with Japanese-American singer, Ai. There are not a lot of updates coming out of Japan or Ireland on this story. Funeral arrangements are underway for Nicola. Her female companion on the evening she was killed is said to have very little memory of the events because the two young women were drinking heavily. Nicola’s friend has returned to Ireland to attend Nicola’s funeral. Meanwhile, details of the autopsy have not been officially released.
|James “King Tight” Blackston|
Nicola Furlong, a 21 year old Irish foreign exchange student, was murdered in an upscale hotel room in Tokyo in the early hours of Thursday morning. Nicola along with another female friend attended the Nicki Minaj concert Wednesday night. Details are difficult to confirm but this is how the story is shaping up for me. Nicola and her friend met James “King Tight” Blackston, a backup dancer, and Larry Perry, a 19 year old musician at the concert. It is looking likely, but as yet unconfirmed, that the two were working on the Nicki Minaj tour. The girls were wasted. They had missed the last train out and decided to go to the hotel rooms of James and Larry. In the car on the way to the hotel, the girl that lived, claims she was sexually assaulted. Both men are arrested on the sexual assault charge. UPDATE: There are conflicting reports on who the 19 year old is. Because in Japan you are a minor at 19 the police are not releasing the name. Most credible sources in the UK are reporting that it “Larry Perry”. Other sources have mentioned a young drummer who is on a tour unrelated to Nick Minaj. However that person is still tweeting and seems highly unlikely to be the correct 19 year old.
At the hotel the foursome paired off into two different rooms. The girl who went to James’ room lived. The girl who went to Larry’s room appears to have been strangled to death around 3 a.m. Other guests reported a loud disturbance. When security checked on the room they found Nicola strangled and Larry standing next to her. She was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Update: Reports are leaking that the deceased woman was sexually assaulted AFTER she was strangled.
Some international reports indicate that the Japanese often arrest on a lessor charge while building a case on the higher charge. It appears that one or both may be charged in the death soon. James has done previous backup dancing for Chris Brown and J-Lo in the past. Not much information on “Larry Perry” yet and the Japanese are not even officially identifying him because he is 19. Blackston is 23. Both are in deep shit.
UPDATE: The two men arrested were not affliated with the Nicki Minaj tour but were working with Japanese Hip Hop artist Ai. Ai has not issued a statement with regard to the arrests.