Skip to comments.FR Exclusive: Convicted Sex Offender Headlines Obama Campaign Event Emceed by Manager Jim Messina
Posted on 04/16/2012 9:46:17 AM PDT by kristinn
Obama reelection campaign manager Jim Messina emceed an event for Obama campaign volunteers Sunday night that was headlined by a rock singer convicted of sexual battery on a college student in 1990.
The popular rock group The Red Hot Chili Peppers played a concert at the House of Blues in Cleveland last night for about 1200 Obama for America supporters who volunteered time at Obama phone banks. From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
...On Sunday, the Cleveland Heights woman joined 1,200 Obama volunteers at the House of Blues to hear the band play a 45-minute set that included its anthem, "Under the Bridge," and "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie." The Chili Peppers had approached the campaign about helping the president's re-election bid while they were in Cleveland.
The free show came just hours after the Los Angeles band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The show mixed the band's caffeinated struts and funk-rooted songs with Obama's campaign themes. It underscored the impact of a heavy-hitting band like the Chili Peppers has on getting the political message out.
The Obama campaign had announced last week that volunteers who signed on to help with a phone bank would get free concert tickets. Most of the Obama volunteers at the show have worked with the campaign for years, staffers and volunteers said. The phone bank last week contacted about 39,000 people, campaign staffers said.
"I was going to volunteer, and they said that I could get tickets to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers, so I said, 'What the heck?"' Cowell said. "I've never seen the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I've heard of them, but I never heard them."
She may have been alone Sunday.
The crowd stood and sang with Kiedis and bandmates Michael "Flea" Balzary (bass), Chad Smith (drums) and Josh Klinghoffer (guitar). The band, formed in the early 1980s, rode the alt-rock revolution to stardom. At every turn, the crowd chanted song lyrics and shrieked the members' names.
Jim Messina, the national campaign manager for Obama, introduced the band, saying the members appeared "because they care about their country."
Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis was convicted in 1990 of sexual battery and indecent exposure against a female George Mason University college student who was working backstage at the Chili Peppers' concert on April 21, 1989 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax County, Virginia.
According to the victim, Kiedis exposed his penis and tried to force her to perform oral sex on him against her will.
The Los Angeles Times reported on Kiedis' 1990 conviction.
Four years later, in 1994, the Clinton administration dropped Kiedis as a spokesman for a campaign to promote condom use produced by the Centers for Disease Control, according to the New York Times.
The Obama campaign recently became embroiled in their own 'war on women' campaign tactic when Democrat advisor and former record industry lobbyist Hilary Rosen attacked Ann Romney, saying of the wife of Republican party presidential front runner Mitt Romney, that she has "never worked a day in her life.
In 2008, the Obama campaign forced the campaign of Republican presidential opponent Sen. John McCain to cancel a fundraiser with Texan Clayton Williams over Williams' remark from 1990 comparing the weather to rape. Williams was quoted as saying, As long as its inevitable, you might as well lie back and enjoy it.
So his campaign is going to be pimping free concerts to get photographs of crowds at Obama rallies again this time around too?
Is he going to campaign in Germany and the other 57 states again?
Obama lives in hell. THe worms are coming out of his nostrils and eyes and are claiming the presidency themselves, much the way he came out as a worm from the eyes of the RINOs like McCain.
What has the world come to when a Rock & Roll groupie says ‘no’?
Muslims LOVE sexual perversion. Why would it be a surprise that he headlined for his dear “leader” hussein?
You wouldn’t be joking if the victim was your daughter. She was not a groupie. She was a student working the show for the university.
Holy crap, the Obama Administration truly hates women.
And no woman deserves to be attacked, Ok Kristinn.
the RHCP are Muslims?
I’d be careful on this one. Looks like George Mason university, in DC,, and the innocent female student was in their dressing room after the show as she said, to offer to drive their bus back to the hotel. (cause buses never come with drivers)
He was undressed in his dressing room, where she entered, and he being a rock star, made a lewd joke, asking if she was sent there to give him a Monica. She makes a complaint the next day.
He plead out to a few misdemeanor charges.
This could very easily be another humorless radfem east coast type like Kagan, Fluck, etc ad nauseum. It’s more than enough to dislike this guy because he supports Obama. We are way past the era where the word of coeds in universities should be trusted. (especially at universities within a few hundred miles of DC) In fact,,, you are more likely to meet the radfem type there than normal.
It was worse than you describe. And no, the victim was not a “humorless radfem east coast type like Kagan, Fluck, etc ad nauseum.” Even if she was, it wouldn’t change the facts nor the conviction.
He still denies that what she said was true. Why should i believe her word above his? A lot of the accusers at Tailhook were/are believed. And they were full participants,, to the point of drinking drinks by sucking them out of a phallus shaped container.
It takes more than an acccusation. Men, including rockstars, are totally defenseless against anything a female says. There are a million reasons that women lie about this kind of thing. Attention, to make a boyfriend jealous, to extort money, because they werent ready for a Mid-term the next day and needed an excuse, and just plain crazy,,etc etc.
Im just saying she accuses/he denies,, no injury, no proof, and no defense was possible except to deny it. And she was in HIS dressing room,, why? Please spare me the indignation,,, since at least 1965 women know exactly what going into the dressing alone room means.
Last,,, there is a striking absence of other women claiming similar behaviors. He gets the benefit of the doubt here against a secret accuser. But i’ll reserve the right to think he’s stupid for supporting Obama.
Besides,,,if the goal is to discredit Obama you’ll need to do better than to tar him with the RHCP association. Thats like if Santana plays for him, having some breaking news worls headline “Obama associated with pot smoker!”
After all, Merle Haggard played for Reagan,,, We are on extremely thin ice if we insist thast every musician associated with campaign events have decades of purity and chastity. The worry is that all kids generally like the RHCP, a LOT. And we get nowhere with such silliness,, except to give college kids a reason to roll their eyes at how retarded we sound being all freaked out about it.
“IIRC, he slapped her in the face with the body part - did not simply make a request.”
BS,, and i keep hearing little inuendos, but why not give us the whole who, what, where, how, and when? Including who she is? IIRC, she was alone in the dressing room with him. So why? What EXACTLY was her task that required her to be in there? Who was she working for? Did they confirm they they sent her there do do task “X”? Was she professional? Did she knock,,, wait for an answer,,and say “i’m here to for “X”?
This just sounds like baloney,,,
There is something shady about this. And how was her face THAT close? Did he grab her? Where? Who saw her right after,, later that night? Did they go out for beer and wings as she laughed the night away?
Without some serious proof,, it just sounds like more of the last 2 decades of feminazi shenannigans. Flame away,, cause thats what i see.
What was the backstage task she was doing after the show, alone, with the singer? Don’t be naive. At worst,, he probably hit on her.
What was the backstage task she was doing after the show, alone, with the singer? I bet a lot of chicks are going to be taking sound tech classes,,,,
“as part of her duties as a member of the Program Board, she waited in the hallway of the Student Union Building opposite the room to which the band members were taken after their performance”
Translation into rock,,, the groupies (ahem,,program board members) were taken to what would normally be the “hospitality room”, to meet the band. She was there for fun,,,period. And she found more fun than she wanted. She was there to party,, but a little less than him. True _business_ from the program board would be done through the management or road crew.
She wanted to have fun with the rock star, he probably thought she had plaster too. Sounds like a pretty embarrassing misunderstanding IMO. But a “sex offender opens for Obama” headline just makes us look stupid here.
I worked a number of rock shows during that time, but not this one. I never observed employees being sexually assaulted or abused like what took place at this show.
You forgot the rest on the story,,, that this was from her million dollar civil lawsuit against the bands management company. And this interesting line,,
“Count I of the Motion for Judgment also claims that the four band members went to the plaintiff’s [**3] car, knocked her to the ground, took her keys, and entered her car to leave without her permission or consent to take the car. The plaintiff seeks consequential damages of $ 1,000,000 in Count I from defendants Kiedas, Fruscianti, Smith, and Balzary.”
It sounds like it went from backstage,, where the ENTIRE band tried to rape her,, and then again,, the ENTIRE band went with her out to her car,, and were about to steal her car! Pooor thing!! Abducted by the entire band backstage,,, and headed out to her car where it finally ended. Just one question,, how did she sneak them out to where her car was without her competition seeing??
And a million dollars because of that? Please,, people shot by the police often settle for less than 500k.
I’m just sayin’
Bill Clinton, is this you?
Thanks for posting the info on the civil suit.
Did you read the article?
"Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis was convicted in 1990 of sexual battery and indecent exposure against a female George Mason University college student who was working backstage at the Chili Peppers' concert on April 21, 1989 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax County, Virginia."
Obama ran for political office in 1989/90?
Yes,, we all know that the cold hard truth is best found in civil lawsuit complaints, and judges rulings.
And Crystal Mangum got attacked by Duke LaCrosse,, Nifong told us so. Think all the Nifongs get exposed? Sounds like a gold-digger. Even accepting her story outside the room,,, is she seriously saying that she decided to leave,, and the ENTIRE band,, followed her to her car? And were getting ready to steal her car?? LOL.
Translation,,, whatever happened in the hall, the band clearly didn’t understand she was saying “no”. Because then she says after the incident, they now take this whole little “meeting of the minds” out to her car,, obviously to take the party somewhere else. Finally she decides she doesn’t want the whole band in her car, with the lead singer driving. And then the nightmare ends.
Clearly she was playing her game and got in over her head. This reminds me a LOT of the Kobe “rape”. Where the desk clerk got off at midnight and stopped by Kobes room before she left to see if he needed anything.
“but not this one. I never observed employees being sexually assaulted or abused like what took place at this show”
Sooooo,, you didn’t work this show, but you never saw anything as bad as what took place, at this show you ***weren’t at***? LOL,,Any other events you weren’t at you can tell us about?
Hillary,, this you? (she told us about dodging sniper fire she didnt experience,,, and channeled Elenor Roosevelt ya know)
Your attitude is why some women are reluctant to press charges when they are sexually assaulted.
Guess thats why she sued for a million. And yes,, it is utterly insane to believe accusations in these situations without solid proof. And for those who claim it is my attitude that makes actual victims reluctant to report. It’s not,,
It’s Crystal Mangums, it’s Heidi Jones and her lies, it’s the DSK maid caught on the phone talking about making money on him,, it’s Susan Smith who lied to us, it’s the slutty tailhook women, it’s the accusers of half a dozen high ranking military officers, it’s the woman who serviced Kobe then tried to make her Bf jealous and cash in,,,and then don’t forget the hit parade raped by Herman Cain. The runaway bride nut? How about that heroic Air Force woman, who was abducted in Afghanistan,,managed to escape the Taliban,,, and ran an epic 30 miles, barefoot in the wilds of asia to make her escape? (and i thought “Rescue Dawn” was badass. Shes like Steve McQueen, James Bond, Christian Bale and Shaft,,, all rolled into one!
These and so many more, make me very slow to believe sensational claims, such as “the entire RHCP chased me alll around GMU attacking me”.
Yes,, the nature of sexual assault clearly often means there will be no witnesses, i do get that. But also many men are OFTEN wrongfully accused in ways where it is utterly impossible to mount a defense beyond saying she lied, or we had consenual sex. The false accusations come for the most crass and craven of reasons. And False accusations never result in prosecution, but often end in wealth and fame.
So do not blame me if true victims are reluctant to report. Blame the women who have brutally taught us that they are never to be trusted in sensational claims, simply on their word.
Not to play devil’s advocate, but the Duke rape case is why some men, including me are afraid of dating. Because it turns into she said, then she said. It’s never he said/she said with something like that.
The judge knew the facts, not you. You seemed to just have some axe to grind. So far you came up with every excuse why not to believe her. And accusing others here of not doing something. And were able to list off a litany of former accusers - do you keep a log or something?
Jim Messina? As in Loggins and Messina?
Thank you for the facts.
I’m sure you are aware of the many sexual assaults on women, and just how many get away with it. Charges dropped, dismissals, etc. You named a few cases, but there are millions of valid cases.
Another day in Obamaland. :(
“What has the world come to when a Rock & Roll groupie says no?”
Yea, this does sound like a setup. How the hell was the singer supposed to know that this babe didn’t want it - when the previous 846 babes would kill for it.
Let’s have some respect here - if you’re not interested in getting “it” don’t hanging around them.
I don’t care if she was a hooker. No is no. If she didn’t lead him on, he can keep his (probably tiny) Johnson in his pants.
Do you have a college degree?
Are you a RINO or Donkey?
Some folks like to disrupt Freerepublic.
Was your source the friend of a friend of a friend of a friend type thing?
Inquiring minds would like to know...
I’m sure glad someone is dealing with the REAL WORLD here.
I’ve told my girls not to get near ANY of these rock star clowns if they know what’s good for them. It’s no different than telling little boys to stay clear of ‘friendly’ men that offer them a ride. Or how about walking the other way when a grizzly is on the trail in front of you? Or even worse, when you’re in Baltimore and see some ‘locals’.
There are simply people that are best stayed away from - and if you don’t, while you can technically blame them for being who they are...you can’t claim it was a surprise.
Thank you for the facts.
She was working there, not hanging around.
BobL, you talk like an Imam explaining why women are asking for it.
In this case we can blame the sex offender. There were witnesses.
My question is how does one thrust 'it' into the plaintiff's face, poking her in the cheek, while she is STANDING in the hallway?
Is this guy 8 feet tall? Or was she 4 feet tall?