Report Sheds Light on Anti-Muslim Bias

A recently released survey of anti-Muslim bias in the U.S. since 9-11 says that New York City has been among the hotbeds of prejudice in recent years.


Released by the Maryland-based group South Asian Americans Leading Together, the report examined almost 160 examples of bias, in forms ranging from heated political rhetoric, to surveillance of Muslim and South Asian communities and outright physical assaults on those same groups.

SAALT placed a special focus on New York City, where Associated Press reports, beginning in 2011, revealed the existence of the NYPD’s demographics unit, which mapped Muslim communities and placed them under wide ranging surveillance. The report also touches on bias against Middle Eastern communities broadly, as well as Arab, South Asian, Sikh, and Hindu communities.

The group’s executive director, Suman Raghunathan, said the timing of the report’s release, on the Monday before the anniversary of 9-11, was planned to coincide with what’s often an increase in divisive rhetoric.

“We wanted to take the opportunity this week, thirteen long years after a horrible tragedy, to highlight how people in our communities continue to be seen as suspect, un-American and unwelcome,” Raghunathan said.

Sikhs, who wear a dastar as an outward sign of their faith, are frequent targets of violence; some of the earliest attacks after 9-11 were directed against Sikhs, who follow a faith entirely distinct from Islam. As recently as August an attack in Queens left a Sikh man seriously injured, after a hit and run incident. The driver reportedly called the victim a “terrorist” before striking him with his car and dragging him more than 30 feet.

After a 2012 attack on a Sikh gurdwara in Oak Creek, WI, killed six worshippers, Raghunathan said there has been an increased awareness within the community about the risk of bias attacks. And for the first time, Sikh communities have been applying for an obscure federal grant program that provides security funding for nonprofits. At least two Newark-area Sikh organizations received grant funding through a subset of the Urban Areas Security Initiative this year.

The report also includes a long list of jaw-dropping quotes from politicians who should probably just stop talking already. Some of the highlights, like the assertion that “80 percent of Mosques in this country are controlled by radical Imams” come from New York’s own Peter King, a congressman representing parts of Long Island. (King is pretty much a star in the making-bigoted-statements-arena, and also the not-caring-about-accuracy-when-maligning-a-whole-religion-arena. When the Washington Post asked him about his 80 percent figure, he said he had no idea if the number was correct, adding “I don’t think it matters that much,” presumably while rolling his eyes.)

The report is listed below, but here’s just one more gem from King, as reported by CNN:

Despite a person’s ethnic background or religious background, when a war begins, we’re all Americans. But in this case, this is not the situation. And whether it is pressure, whether it’s cultural tradition, or whatever, the fact is the Muslim community does not cooperate [with law enforcement ] anywhere near to the extent that it should.

SAALT Report Full Links


Westboro Baptist Church Will Also Picket Gawker, Buzzfeed, Foursquare, Basically Everybody Else

Last week, we told you that the Westboro Baptist Church, a merry band of noxious trolls with questionable ties to Jesus, is returning to New York to picket the New York Times, Facebook, the Huffington Post, and the 9/11 Memorial Museum. It appears that the WBC has realized that picketing media outlets is a good way to get attention: they’ve added a couple dozen other websites, publishing companies and tech ventures to their picket schedule. This is probably our fault. Sorry, everyone. Sorry.

In addition to their original targets, the WBC now plans to picket Reuters, Viacom, Comedy Central — which they may or may not be aware is a subsidiary of Viacom — the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, HBO, NBC, ABC, CBS, Time Warner, Univision, Buzzfeed (which they refer to as “Buzz Feed”), Gawker, Tumblr, Vine, AOL, Harper’s, Scholastic Publishers, Foursquare, and the New York Daily News . Nearly all of these protests will take place on September 10, planned out in 20-minute increments.

It’s as ambitious as it is hilarious. On their picket schedule website, the WBC’s justifications for their picket targets range from predictable (the Wall Street Journal is in trouble for not opposing “fag marriage”) to the deeply, truly bizarre. Viacom is being singled out not just for MTV’s programming (“the Video Music Awards which has become synonymous with your God hating stars trying to outdo each other with their filth”), but for their children’s programming on Nickelodeon:

The filth isn’t contained to just adults and teenagers. Nickelodeon which has programming for children is just as bad. A preschool show called Bubble Guppies parodied Lady Gaga’s Poker Face. Doesn’t that sound like a good thing for toddlers to be singing? Another show called Victorious has a character talking about spending time with her fag uncles. And don’t forget the star of Fred coming out as a fag.

All of these things, you see, are morally equivalent in the eyes of the Lord: MTV, gay marriage, Lady Gaga, Bubble Guppies. And Harper’s is being singled out not just for their content, but for their very physical location. The church writes, “WBC will picket the fag-enabling, sin-promoting, Christ-rejecting, God-haters at Harper’s Magazine. (NOTE: Their address tells the story – 666 Broadway).”

We’re also overjoyed to report that the Village Voice has been specially singled out to not be picketed. The reason, the WBC explains, is both that we are passé and that, in our last post on this subject, we used a photo of a trio of adorable baby kittens instead of one depicting the WBC and their various shouty signs. The church writes, “Westboro Baptist Church will picket the headquarters of AOL while sharing the love with the rebellious New York Media Outlets. (Except The Village Voice, they are so yesterday… and their little kittens too. JK 🙂 )” [sic]

What a delightful time to be alive and in the media business. The WBC is doubtless aware that most New York media outlets hold weekly pansexual orgies in the place of staff meetings; we hope everyone will move the festivities outdoors so the church is able to participate.


The Westboro Baptist Church Is Coming Back to New York to Picket the Media, the 9/11 Museum and “FaceBook”

The Westboro Baptist Church will return to New York City in September as part of an ongoing bid to troll the universe and fill their days with some semblance of meaning. According to their picket schedule, the protest- and lawsuit-happy church/hate group is in Missouri this week to picket the funeral of Mike Brown, the Ferguson teenager recently slain by police officer Darren Wilson. But after that, to coincide with the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, they’ll be heading this way. They’ve got quite the itinerary planned.

On September 9 and 10, the WBC says they’ll picket four media companies: the New York Times, Viacom, Reuters and the Huffington Post. They only offer a rationale for HuffPo, writing, “shame on Arianna Huffington and her perverse publishing machine. Arianna, there are not enough breathing techniques to help you when you face that God that you have rebelled against and taught rebellion against!”

(The WBC has an impressive recall for Arianna Huffington-related trivia; a brief Google dive shows that the “deep breathing” dig is from a 2013 article about the amenities at the HuffPo HQ.)

The WBC’s merry band of un-merry people will also stop by Facebook’s New York offices, which they refer to as “FaceBook.” They have apparently tried unsucessfully to picket the company before, writing, “This time, WBC, The Lord willing, will appear at the corporate offices of that institution established by God Almighty. FaceBook is famous for sending nasty-grams to anyone that dares to publish the Word of God, if it gets cross-wise with our rebellious Jewish friend, Mark Zuckerberg.”

But the WBC’s real purpose is, of course, to protest the new September 11 Memorial & Museum, which they refer to as the “Kleenex Museum.” The WBC believes, roughly, that the September 11 attacks were a message to the United States to stop with the abortions and the gay marriage. They write:

Thirteen years have passed and this nation has refused to repent, and instead have waxed worse and worse, and today, you marry fags in this nation and pimp fag marriage all over the world! You also continue to murder 4 THOUSAND babies every day in this nation! You do all that with full knowledge of what God has to say about that. Meanwhile, you build that memorial to your rebellion and your in-your-face battle with God Almighty.

This is the WBC’s second visit in less than a year. They were in New York last in December, when they picketed both Duck Dynasty and T.V. network A&E for briefly cancelling Duck Dynasty. Then they swung by St. Patrick’s Cathedral to shout about it being a “roman catholic whorehouse.” Before that, they hadn’t come this way since 2011. It’s almost as though they’re starting to like it here?


Horrifying New York Post Cover Shows Journalist James Foley Just Before Beheading by ISIS

James Foley, an American freelance journalist who was kidnapped in Syria by terrorists two years ago, has been murdered by his kidnappers, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, also known as ISIS and ISIL. The group posted a video online yesterday showing Foley reading a clearly coerced speech calling the U.S. government “my real killers” before being beheaded with a knife by a black-hooded man. Extremely disturbing images of his death began spreading with virus-like speed across social media, even as friends of Foley and many journalists pleaded with the public not to share them. Dick Costolo, the CEO of Twitter, eventually announced that the company would suspend the accounts of anyone sharing the images of Foley’s death.

That sense of restraint and basic decency was not shared by the New York Post, which for its cover photo today used an image of Foley just moments before his beheading.

Both the Daily News and the Post went with the same single-word cover line today: “SAVAGES.” The News used a still from Foley’s execution video, albeit a slightly less graphic one than the Post displayed. The Post‘s cover is here, if you truly feel the need to see it. In New York, it will also assault your eyeballs from newsstands everywhere for the remainder of the day.

The reaction to the Post‘s use of the image has been swift and negative. Capital New York reports that “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough displayed the News cover this morning on air but said he wouldn’t show the Post‘s.

Foley, a well-respected and well-traveled reporter, was working for the Global Post when he was kidnapped in Syria. His friends, family, and colleagues have stated that they are trying to remember him as he was, not at the hour of his death. One friend, D.C. reporter Andy Carvin, tweeted this:

Yesterday, Foley’s mother, Diane, released a statement through Facebook, which closes by asking for privacy for her family. Here it is in full:

We have never been prouder of our son Jim. He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people.

We implore the kidnappers to spare the lives of the remaining hostages. Like Jim, they are innocents. They have no control over American government policy in Iraq, Syria or anywhere in the world.

We thank Jim for all the joy he gave us. He was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and person. Please respect our privacy in the days ahead as we mourn and cherish Jim.


The Worst Service We’ve Had in NYC Restaurants This Year

In Zachary Feldman’s review of El Vez, he pointed to numerous issues with service that had a major impact on his meal. But this Battery Park City cantina isn’t the only restaurant in New York suffering from hospitality problems. Fork in the Roaders eat out nearly nightly, and we see a lot of bad behavior. Here are the most egregious examples of bad service we’ve seen so far this year.

El Vez, 259 Vesey Street
Like the table mentioned in Feldman’s review of El Vez, my party was set upon by our server while our host was still handing out menus. My party had requested and received patio seats with our reservation, but when we showed up, we were told the patio came with an additional 30 minute wait. Undeterred, we had a margarita at the bar until the table was ready. The hostess dropped us off and, before she’d walked away, our server came over and asked if we were ready to order. We told him we needed a minute since we’d just been seated, so he remained at our table, filling our water glasses, while we continued talking, our menus still untouched. Before he walked away, he said, with an impatient hand gesture, “So, are you ready now?” I’m not sure, do I have x-ray vision?

At the end of the meal, he asked us, “Anything else? Coffee? Dessert? A tequila shot for your server?” We laughed uncomfortably, and then he said, seriously and expectantly, “No, seriously. It’s been an extremely long day.” You’re showing us too much behind the curtain, dude.

Jack’s Wife Freda, 224 Lafayette Street
Against better judgement, my group decided to brave the Sunday brunch line at Jack’s Wife Freda. I got there first, and there was a massive queue of people just waiting to put their names on the list. The hostess was clearly frazzled, but instead of dealing with the hordes, she was ignoring them completely. A group of her friends rocked up, saw the line, and said, “Oh, this seems like a bad day to try to attempt this,” making it clear to everyone within earshot — a dozen people or so — that they’d just arrived. She stepped by the waiting parties, leaving them to languish, and had a lazy conversation, which ended when she declared, rather loudly, “No, no, it’s okay, I’ll just seat you now.” Hosts — it’s you’re prerogative to let your friends and VIPs skip the line, but do you have to be so obvious about it? We went elsewhere. I was afraid that I would yell at her if I had to talk to her. This is why people hate brunch.

Cascabel Taqueria, 1538 Second Avenue
Upon biting into a delivery order of chicken tacos from Cascabel Taqueria, we found ourselves cracking into the entire hilt of a drumstick bone chucked in with the braised meat and scallions, and we also discovered a few other smaller bones. Alerted to the issue and asked for a replacement order of carnitas, the restaurant’s initial response was, “Can’t you just remove the bones and eat it?” They eventually delivered the carnitas, but not until we’d sufficiently convinced them of the choking hazard.

Hamilton’s Luncheonette, 51 Bank Street
The schmoozy, older host at Hamilton’s Luncheonette hit on my mom and jokingly (but not jokingly) shamed us for not ordering enough.

Cafe Select, 212 Lafayette Street
We reserved a World Cup game table on a weekend, making it clear over the phone that our intention was to watch the game, which started at 3 p.m. No stipulations were given for our table. When we arrived, our table wasn’t ready — Cafe Select had banked on a group of brunchers to vacate, but as I’d suspected when we called, that group planned to stay for the game. A half an hour into the game (and a round deep), the staff finally figured out how to seat us, and we quickly ordered another couple of rounds of drinks plus nuts and olives. Mid-match, a manager came over and told us that tables were only for people eating brunch (was anyone eating brunch? It appeared everyone was watching the game on the big screen), and while no one was waiting for a table at the moment (thereby making it a non-issue at 4 p.m.), they’d have to force us out if someone showed up…unless, of course, we ordered food. I don’t believe they would have made us leave. I believe that was a rather aggressive upsell.

At the end of the game, when the server tallied our check, she screwed up the split — the individual payments (three total) added up to $15 more than the original total. When I pointed it out, the server waved us off, saying the machine did the work automatically. Only when we pointed out the absurdity of that statement did she agree to re-run it.

Gallow Green, 530 West 27th Street
It sounded like a great plan: meet a few old high school friends at Gallow Green, a swanky rooftop bar, for drinks and reminiscing about the past, when we were free, young, and proud to be buzzed after three Mike’s Hard Lemonades. If you block out the mostly mid-20’s Wall Street crowd, the rooftop is actually quite nice — there are two dozen long wooden tables and a wooden canopy filled with flowers and moss.

Unfortunately, the small bar was manned by only two bartenders, who were trying (and failing) to serve the 200 to 300 people gathered. While my friends jockeyed for positions at the eight-person deep bar, I walked around to see if we could get drinks if we ordered appetizers at a table. Every employee I asked gave me a different answer. Not even the maitre’ d seemed to have a clue. At the entrance to the rooftop, a greasy-haired banker was yelling at the manager about the service and how he had been waiting 45 minutes for a drink. Despite our differences, I sympathized. I went back to check on my friends, and 20 minutes into this ordeal, they’d made no change in position.

OK, I thought, maybe we can get drinks from another floor and bring them up here. After going down one flight, I was strong armed by security: “A private Counting Crows concert is going on now, you MUST have a wristband.” I had no wristband. I have not owned a Counting Crows album since 1995. I thought it best to return upstairs.

Now 40 minutes into our tour, my friends were finally touching the bar (!). They ordered two drinks for each person in our party, and 55 minutes after first arriving, we were enjoying our ok-at-best cocktails. I could have watched two episodes of Seinfeld, sans the commercials, in the comfort of my own apartment in that time. Come on, Gallow Green, hire about 10 more people and open up another bar on the rooftop! Or at least let me bring my own hard lemonade next time.

The dozens of places that drop a check and then disappear
When I worked in a restaurant, our fearless leader basically beat it into us that when a customer has decided he or she is ready to leave, the minutes slow down. So even five minutes can feel like an agonizing wait. If I have to flag you down to run my credit card — or worse, go find you so I can leave — there’s a good chance that, even if everything else was perfect, I’m never coming back. This happens to me at least once a week in this city.

Zona Rosa, 571 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn
I hate when my meal is ruined after I’ve paid my check. At Zona Rosa, we’d paid ours, and a member of our party had left to bring the car around when a member of the staff said curtly, “We need that table.” Mindless lingering is certainly a valid reason to politely ask a party to head over to the bar, but there’s a right and wrong way to do that, particularly when, from a guest’s perception, you have other tables open and an entire second floor you don’t feel like opening up. Zona Rosa does a few good things with the cattle on its menu, it’s just a shame the staff chooses to treat paying customers like a herd that needs to be lassoed out of the pen and dragged out to pasture.

Had a terrible service experience of your own? Tell us about it on Facebook, or via Twitter — we may aggregate the very worst into another post.


Queens Couple Charged With Starving and Beating 12-Year-Old Daughter For Nearly Two Years

An Ozone Park, Queens couple has been arrested after their 12-year-old daughter told authorities about the abuse that she endured at their hands, including being isolated, beaten and starved down to just 58 pounds. Rajesh Ranot, 46, the child’s father, and Sheetal Ranot, 31, her stepmother, are being charged with assault and endangering the welfare of a child in the attacks on Maya Ranot. According to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, the little girl was been seen by emergency room doctors at least three times over the past year and a half. In one May, 2013 incident, emergency medical technicians found Maya lying in a pool of blood on the kitchen floor, with the tendons to her left wrist cut to the bone after her stepmother allegedly attacked her with a metal broom handle.

Ranot is a yellow cab driver; city documents show that his license is active through the end of this year. The District Attorney’s office believes that he and his wife began abusing Maya as far back as December 2012. The authorities say she was afraid to speak up, for fear that her four younger step-siblings would be taken away and put in foster care.

The litany of abuse, when Maya was finally able to disclose it, is horrifying. She said that her stepmother made a habit of locking her in her room and refusing her food for what the D.A.’s office calls “extended periods of time.” In December 2012, Sheetal Ranot is believed to have kicked the girl in the face while wearing shoes, causing bruising, swelling and injuries to her eye and face.

In May 2013, after Sheetal allegedly tore open Maya’s knee and wrist with the metal broom handle, the girl was taken to the hospital, where she had to have surgery on her wrist and stitches on her knee. At the time, the D.A.’s office says, ” doctors allegedly observed several bruises, marks and scars in various stages of healing throughout Maya’s body.”

Nonetheless, the Ranots were allowed to take the girl home. She returned to the emergency room on April 16 of this year, after her stepmother allegedly hit her in the face with a rolling pin. Doctors noted then that she was extremely underweight and wearing dirty clothes.

Rajesh Ranot is also believed to have participated in the abuse, beating her with a belt and baseball bat, sometimes while forcing her to take cold showers, depriving her of food and locking her in her room.

The breaking point seems to have come on May 6, when little Maya was once again taken to the ER at Elmhurst hospital, where doctors noticed bruises, marks and scars in various stages of healing over her scalp, ear and legs.

Sheetal Ranot is charged with both first- and second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child. She faces up to seven years in prison for the second-degree assault and 25 years for the other charges. Rajesh Ranot is charged with second- and third-degree assault, unlawful imprisonment, and endangering the welfare of a child. He faces seven years. Jail records show that the husband and wife have both bonded out of jail and been released. They return to court August 13.

If you suspect a child is being abused, call the Administration for Children’s Services hotline, 1-800-621-HOPE, or call 911. You can read about some common signs of child abuse and neglect here.


Local Idiots Criticized Over YouTube Pranks In Brownsville and East New York

Mohammed “Moe” Etayyim and his brother, Etayyim “Et” Etayyim, are two twenty-something dudes from Bay Ridge. They have access to a video camera and they’re not very smart. This much we can surmise from their YouTube channel, OckTV, which specializes in “pranks,” the omnipresent YouTube kind that involve harassing, annoying or just plain baiting people in various New York neighborhoods. They sit on people on the subway. They ask for directions and then scream “Don’t tell me what to do!” And sometimes, teaming up with yet another YouTube prankster,, Dennis Chuyeshkov, a.ka. “Dennis Cee”, they wander up to men in higher-crime neighborhoods like East New York and ask if they want to buy guns. This is going to end really well.

In the past day, the Bros. Etayyim — though not Chuyeshkov for some reason — have faced criticism from both the Daily News and Pix 11 over their pranks, specifically the ones that trade on racist stereotypes. Also, various people are suggesting they stop before someone takes serious offense and really, really hurts them.

The video that seems to have sparked a lot of the recent backlash is this one, which the Etayyim brothers say was shot in “the west side projects in Coney Island,” by which they probably mean the Coney Island Houses, a New York City Housing Authority development.

The other “prank” that’s attracted a lot of negative attention is this one, titled “Selling Guns in the Hood [Gone Wrong].”

Chuyekshov also got a lot of attention, mostly negative, for a similar stunt a few weeks ago, titled “Extreme Selfies in the Hood.”

We could link to another one, “Farting in the Hood,” but you probably get the idea.

Almost all the OckTV and Dennis Cee videos have racked up hundreds of thousands of pageviews. They’re also facing serious criticism from places like the Al Sharpton-founded National Action Network. Tony Herbert, president of NAN’s Brooklyn East chapter asks the Daily News, rhetorically, “How stupid are they? They are particularly targeting minority neighborhoods. Somebody is going to get hurt. They are putting their lives in jeopardy.”

“This is exploitation and stereotyping at its worst,” another dissatisfied viewer wrote on DennisCeeTV’s Facebook page. “Why are all of his pranks in our neighborhood? There is nothing funny about these pranks, stay out of our neighborhood’s with your new age blaxploitation.”

On Twitter, the Etayyims fired back, calling the media reports biased and insisting they get everyone to agree to the pranks:

At the same time, both Chuyekshov and the Etayyim brothers also spend a lot of time on Twitter and Facebook hyping how “scary” their experiences in places like Brownsville and East New York are.

“Never going back to East New York/Brownsville again!!! We got a new video for you guys this Wednesday! Some crazy shit w/ OckTV,” Chuyeshkov wrote on July 5.

“Here is a collaboration we did at East, NY,” Et Ettayim added, a few days later. “Never going back there smh. It could’ve turned out much worse.”

It’s almost like deliberately antagonizing people is a bad idea.


Cannibal Cop Gilberto Valle’s Conviction Overturned, After Judge Rules He’s More of an Imaginary Cannibal [Updated]

Gilberto Valle, the NYPD officer who was arrested in October 2012 after plotting online to kidnap, torture and cook multiple women, including his wife, has had his conviction overturned by a federal judge. The New York Times was first to report that U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe had acquitted Valle on charges of kidnapping conspiracy, for which he was facing life in prison after being convicted in March of 2013.

Valle’s lawyers, both public defenders from the Federal Defenders of New York, had been pushing the judge to grant him a new trial. In his ruling, according to the NYT, Gardephe wrote that the evidence in the case suggests that is “more likely than not” that Valle’s online chats, in which he fantasized about spit-roasting various ladies, “are fantasy role-play.”

Valle’s case launched an enormous debate about offensive speech and how it should be protected under the First Amendment. It also generated a Law and Order: SVU episode, “Thought Criminal,” about a photographer who fantastizes about kidnapping and torturing children. In the episode, though, the photographer builds a large and elaborate torture chamber, while Valle confined himself to online chatting. As an American Civil Liberties Union policy advisor pointed out in a Times debate , fantasizing about doing something criminal is legal, provided it doesn’t cross the line into a “true threat.”

Prosecutors in Valle’s case argued that he’d vaulted over that line, with lead prosecutor Randall W. Jackson telling the jury Valle had engaged in “detailed strategic conversations about real women he has identified.” Those women included Valle’s wife, Kathleen Mangan-Valle, who testified that she uncovered her husband’s extracurricular interests after noticing a fetish website,, on his computer search history. She followed the link and found a photograph of a female corpse. Then she found his chats with other members of the Dark Fetish community.

“I was thinking of tying her body onto some kind of apparatus & cook her over a low heat, keep her alive as long as possible,” he told one of his chat buddies. He’d also googled terms like “how to kidnap a woman” and “human meat recipe,” according to the Daily News.

Judge Gardephe upheld a lesser conviction, illegally gaining access to a law enforcement database, a misdemeanor whose maximum penalty is one year. Valle was fired almost immediately after the NYPD learned of the allegations (with then-commissioner Ray Kelly issuing a statement calling it “a bizarre case.”) Valle has already served more than a year in jail. The judge has called a hearing for this morning, at which he’ll likely be released.

3:30 p.m. Valle was released this afternoon. The Associated Press reports he offered an apology outside the courtroom to ” anyone who was hurt, shocked or offended by my infantile actions.”

We’ve included the full opinion from Judge Gardephe on the following page. It’s 118 pages, and not recommended for mealtime reading.

Gilberto Valle Acquittal Opinion


Shia LaBeouf Shouted “Do You Know Who the Fuck I Am?” as He Was Being Arrested at Studio 54 Theater Last Night

As you may have heard by now, actor and public problem-haver Shia LaBeouf had an unsuccessful trip to the theater last night. LaBeouf’s viewing of Cabaret was cut short around 8 p.m., when he was reportedly escorted out of Studio 54 Theater for smoking, yelling, and, per Page Six , slapping the butts of various actors.

We’ve obtained the criminal complaint against LaBeouf. It says police were called to the theater by a custodian, Carlos Ortiz, who told officers that he’d witnessed LaBeouf “yell loudly” at the actors onstage. Ortiz asked LaBeouf to leave. He refused.

When police arrived and handcuffed LaBeouf, the arresting officer, J. Pecora, adds that the actor grew even more agitated, shouting, “Fuck you. This is fucking bullshit. Do you know my life? Do you know who the f— I am? Do you know who I am?”

Things did not improve from there. Pecora adds that while LaBeouf was being processed at the Midtown North Precinct, he started spitting: “I observed the defendant spit in my direction and observed the spit land at my feet.”

Usually spitting at or near a cop will land you an assault on an officer charge, which is a felony. But it appears that LaBeouf got lucky for the first time all night: he’s charged with criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, and harassment, all misdemeanors.

The actors of Cabaret don’t seem too shaken up. Alan Cumming, one of the show’s stars tweeted this earlier today:

LeBeouf was arraigned this morning in Midtown Community Court and released on his own recognizance. His next court appearance will be July 24.

I am informed by Carlos Ortiz, of an address known to the District Attorney’s Office, that he works as a security guard at, and is thereby a custodian of, Studio 54, which is enclosed by multiple walls, a roof, and doorway in a manner designed to exclude intruders. I am further informed by Mr. Ortiz that he observed the defendant stand up in the middle of a theatrical performance, while the performance was underway. I am further informed by Mr. Ortiz that he then observed the defendant yell loudly at the actors onstage. I am further informed by Mr. Ortiz that the theater was filled with more than one hundred individuals, and that many of these individuals turned to look at the defendant as he engaged in the above described conduct.

I am further informed by Mr. Ortiz that he approached the defendant and asked him in substance to leave the theater and that the defendant refused to leave. I am further informed by Mr. Ortiz that after he asked the defendant to leave, the defendant no longer had permission or authority to remain inside Studio 54.

As I escorted the defendant out of Studio 54, I observed the defendant scream at me in substance: “F— you. This is f—ing bullshit. Do you know my life? Do you know who the f— I am? Do you know who I am?” I observed approximately ten pedestrians turn to look as the defendant screamed at me.

During arrest processing at the Midtown North Precinct, I observed the defendant spit in my direction and observed the spit land at my feet.


Anthony Weiner Pulls Twitter Boner

At about 8 a.m. today, Anthony Weiner, former representative of New York’s Ninth Congressional District, unsuccessful mayoral candidate, and reformed sexy texter, had 27 Twitter favorites.

They included some tweets about hockey (he’s a fan) and some compliments on his new-ish column (he writes about politics and hockey).

The lovely Paris.
The lovely Paris.

Oh, and at least six photos of this Orange County, California woman , who goes by ParisDylan550 on Instagram and ParisRoxanne0 on Twitter.

We don’t know much about Paris, except that she’s lovely. She poses not infrequently in her underwear and has some 41,000 Instagram followers who are thrilled every time she does. While Weiner doesn’t have an Instagram, he favorited several Instagram links Paris posted to Twitter, including a link to this photo , which features her in her underwear and a Bob Dylan T-shirt. (Her Instagram profile declares her as “Future Mrs Bob Dylan.”)

She may be a New York Rangers fan.

Weiner’s Twitter favs are on the minds of the New York press corps this morning, after Buzzfeed’s Andrew Kaczynski noticed the former Congressman had favorited a link to a story about Tinder and sexting, two words Anthony Weiner should try to stay far, far away from:

A scroll-through of Weiner’s other Twitter favorites circa 8:30 revealed a plethora of Paris, but on a 9 a.m. refresh, his favs had been wiped clean. (To my eternal chagrin, I didn’t grab a screenshot before they vanished.) But a cached version of his Twitter page shows that he had 27 favorites yesterday — albeit not what they were. If memory serves, he’d favorited the Dylan undies shot and at least five others, including this one:

While Weiner’s Twitter history suggests that he was a fan of Paris Roxanne, it looks as though she’s also a fan of his. Paris tweeted at the pol back on July 28, 2013, five days after his second sexting scandal broke, to let him know he’s “so cute”:

(Update, 1 p.m.: Paris appears to have deleted that tweet, so we’ve replaced the embed with a screenshot we took earlier today.)

She was also a fan of his mayoral campaign on Facebook, liking everything from his profile photos to the driest posts about the U.S.’s rates of uninsured people:

Paris hasn’t responded to a request for comment from the Voice. But Anthony Weiner did.

“Yep, there were a bunch of favorites there that I either didn’t recognize or mean to favorite,” he told us via email at 9:30 this morning. “I’m not clear on how they got marked in the first place but I assume hit the little star thing accidentally as I scrolled through stuff.”

And who among us hasn’t done that at least 27 times?