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TV stations hiring private investigators to comb through stars’ social media for racism

Television stations have hired a private investigator to pry through their stars’ social media pages for any racist posts.

CBS, Showtime, MTV and VHI have all hired famed California-based investigator Edward Myers to snoop into social media accounts and find posts that could land their shows in hot water in the future.

It comes amid heightened racial tensions after hundreds of thousands of protesters gathered for Black Lives Matter demonstrations across the world.

On his website Myers describes himself as an ‘investigation and risk assessment specialist’. His services include ‘surveillance and counter-surveillance’ and ‘intelligence gathering’.  

He has previously worked with LA County’s hardcore gang division and tech billionaire Jeff Bezos’ private security chief Gavin de Becker.

Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute in California on June 28, 2018

CBS, Showtime, MTV and VHI have all hired famed California-based investigator Edward Myers to snoop into social media accounts for racism. Pictured,  Brett Caprioni (left), Stassi Schroeder (left of right) and Kristen Doute were fired from Vanderpump Rules last week

Caprioni, a waiter at SUR and Vanderpump's personal trainer, and Max Boyens (pictured in November 2019), TomTom's general manager, reportedly tweeted the N-word in tweets that resurfaced last winter

Caprioni, a waiter at SUR and Vanderpump’s personal trainer, and Max Boyens (pictured in November 2019), TomTom’s general manager, reportedly tweeted the N-word in tweets that resurfaced last winter

Television companies have made a slew of high-profile sackings over the last fortnight after Black Lives Matter protests erupted following the death of 36-year-old George Floyd during a violent arrest in Minneapolis on May 25.

Mr Floyd died after police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes, despite Floyd gasping ‘I can’t breath’ and being unconscious for the final two minutes.

Last week Bravo fired Vanderpump Rules stars Brett Caprioni, Max Boyens, Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute for posting racially insensitive tweets in the past.

Caprioni, a waiter at SUR and Vanderpump’s personal trainer, and Boyens, TomTom’s general manager, reportedly tweeted the N-word in tweets that resurfaced last winter. 

On Wednesday CW fired Below Deck Mediterranean star Peter Hunziker (pictured) for a racist Instagram post

On Wednesday CW fired Below Deck Mediterranean star Peter Hunziker (pictured) for a racist Instagram post

It comes after MTV star Dee Nguyen (pictured) was fired from reality show The Challenge after making 'offensive comments on the Black Lives Matter movement'

It comes after MTV star Dee Nguyen (pictured) was fired from reality show The Challenge after making ‘offensive comments on the Black Lives Matter movement’

Kristen and Stassi were fired from Bravo show after eight seasons after their cast-mate Faith Stowers revealed the pair had racially profiled her, calling the cops in 2018 to allege they believed Faith, 31, was a suspected criminal.

On Wednesday CW fired Below Deck Mediterranean star Peter Hunziker for a racist Instagram post.

The post seen by DailyMail.com appeared to be a reposted meme that depicted shocking racist and degrading sexual imagery that showed a naked Black woman in shackles. 

As the show has already aired three episodes, the network will recut the remaining episodes in the season to reduce Hunziker’s role as much as possible.

Already in the season, Peter had been reprimanded onscreen for calling his boss, bosun Malia White, ‘sweetie’ and ‘sweetheart’.

The network also cut Hartley Sawyer from The Flash. Among the tweets that have detailed Sawyer's career include 2013s tweet that read, 'Out at dinner and just exposed myself as a racist, AGAIN'

The network also cut Hartley Sawyer from The Flash. Among the tweets that have detailed Sawyer’s career include 2013s tweet that read, ‘Out at dinner and just exposed myself as a racist, AGAIN’

Elsewhere, MTV fired Taylor Selfridge from Teen Mom, but she later said she had decided to leave the week before

Elsewhere, MTV fired Taylor Selfridge from Teen Mom, but she later said she had decided to leave the week before

Teen Mom released a statement on Twitter (pictured) revealing they had fired Taylor Selfridge 'in light of her past racist statements on social media'

Teen Mom released a statement on Twitter (pictured) revealing they had fired Taylor Selfridge ‘in light of her past racist statements on social media’

The network also cut Hartley Sawyer from The Flash. 

Among the tweets to derail Sawyer’s career include a 2013 post that read: ‘Out at dinner and just exposed myself as a racist, AGAIN.’

In a separate tweet, he wrote: ‘The only thing keeping me from doing mildly racist tweets is the knowledge that Al Sharpton would never stop complaining about me.’

Sawyer on May 30 took to Instagram decrying his former social media postings, calling them ‘hurtful, and unacceptable’ and admitting he’s ‘ashamed [he] was capable of these really horrible attempts to get attention at that time.’

Elsewhere, MTV fired Taylor Selfridge from Teen Mom, but she later said she had already decided to leave the week before.

Video of the arrest shows officer Derek Chauvin, pictured, using his knee on Mr Floyd's neck

George Floyd died on May 25

Video of the arrest shows officer Derek Chauvin using his knee on Mr Floyd’s neck while he pleaded for air and eventually stopped moving

‘We have to greet everyone at work but sometimes I won’t greet the Black people because they scare me,’ she wrote in one tweet in 2012. ‘My uncle is dating an Asian. Aunt Ping please make me sushi,’ she said in another. She has since apologized for both. 

‘She thought her past apologies both on-air and off had been accepted by the network,’ a source told Us Weekly. 

‘She is saddened that MTV made it look like she was fired over these comments when in reality, she made the decision to leave Teen Mom a week ago to give her and her baby privacy.’ 

They're out: Vanderpump Rules stars Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute have been fired by Bravo after their racially-charged prank that targeted co-star Faith Stowers

They're out: Vanderpump Rules stars Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute have been fired by Bravo after their racially-charged prank that targeted co-star Faith Stowers

They’re out: Vanderpump Rules stars Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute have been fired by Bravo after their racially-charged prank that targeted co-star Faith Stowers

Most damning: Stassi called the cops on her black former costar Faith Stowers – whom she didn't like – in an effort to get her in trouble on a previous season of the show; Faith is seen in 2016 above

Most damning: Stassi called the cops on her black former costar Faith Stowers – whom she didn’t like – in an effort to get her in trouble on a previous season of the show; Faith is seen in 2016 above

Speaking out: Stassi said she's refocused her mentality amid the career crisis, which has seen her lose sponsors and admit to 'racially insensitive comments'

Speaking out: Stassi said she’s refocused her mentality amid the career crisis, which has seen her lose sponsors and admit to ‘racially insensitive comments’

Incredibly sorry: Kristen posted this statement to her Instagram to apologize for the past

Incredibly sorry: Kristen posted this statement to her Instagram to apologize for the past

MTV have also cut Alex Kompothecras, 25, from Siesta Kay. A statement read: ‘We’ve made the decision to cut ties with Alex and are editing the current season to minimize his presence. He will not be in future seasons of Siesta Key.’ 

Kompothecras’ name was scrubbed from the opening credits of the show and his air time was decreased dramatically, with People reporting he was, ‘allegedly making racist comments and sharing white supremacist images on social media.’ 

In posts seen by DailyMail.com, Alex allegedly used offensive language such as N-word in 2013 when commenting on highly offensive racists memes.

Dangerous behaviour: Kristen tweeted about the situation, all but naming Stowers as she wrote: 'Hey tweeties, doesn’t this ex #pumprules thief look familiar?' and later referenced MTV - who has employed Faith

Dangerous behaviour: Kristen tweeted about the situation, all but naming Stowers as she wrote: ‘Hey tweeties, doesn’t this ex #pumprules thief look familiar?’ and later referenced MTV – who has employed Faith

He was also caught commenting on a post that called President Obama the N-word where he added ‘truth brotha’ in messages under the alex_kompo handle which was also seen by DailyMail.com. 

It comes after MTV star Dee Nguyen was fired from reality show The Challenge after making ‘offensive comments on the Black Lives Matter movement’. 

The 27-year-old had said in a now deleted tweet: ‘IDK why some of you think I’m anti-BLM. I’ve been saying that since the day I lost my virginity.’ She had been criticized for posting pictures of herself despite pledging to participate in Blackout Tuesday.

First child: Siesta Key debuted in 2017, with the new season reportedly centering on Kompothecras and Salerno expecting their first child

First child: Siesta Key debuted in 2017, with the new season reportedly centering on Kompothecras and Salerno expecting their first child

Statement: MTV also released a statement which read, 'We’ve made the decision to cut ties with Alex and are editing the current season to minimize his presence. He will not be in future seasons of Siesta Key'

Statement: MTV also released a statement which read, ‘We’ve made the decision to cut ties with Alex and are editing the current season to minimize his presence. He will not be in future seasons of Siesta Key’

Father: As for Kompothecras, his father Gary is a producer on the show, and while he will be removed from the current season as much as possible, his girlfriend Alyssa Salerno will still be part of the show

Father: As for Kompothecras, his father Gary is a producer on the show, and while he will be removed from the current season as much as possible, his girlfriend Alyssa Salerno will still be part of the show

That reaction sparked an argument with her black castmates Bayleigh Dayton and her husband Swaggy C, who accused Nguyen of posting about the movement ‘for clout’. Dayton said she was ‘disgusted and disappointed’. 

In a Twitter statement on Monday, June 8, MTV said: ‘As a result of Dee Nguyen’s offensive comments on the Black Lives Matter movement, we have severed ties with her.’

Nguyen had apologized the day before, writing: ‘I am sorry for the insensitive tweet I posted earlier. I was being defensive and not speaking from my heart. But there’s no excuse.

‘I also want to extend an apology to Bayleigh and Swaggy- who are my cast mates and deserve my respect and compassion.’

But she had earlier suggested she was a victim of ‘cancel culture’. 

MTV star Dee Nguyen  was fired from reality show The Challenge after 'her offensive comments on the Black Lives Matter movement', the network confirmed

MTV star Dee Nguyen  was fired from reality show The Challenge after ‘her offensive comments on the Black Lives Matter movement’, the network confirmed

Her tweets sparked an argument with her black castmates Bayleigh Dayton and her husband Swaggy C, pictured, who accused Nguyen of posting about the movement 'for clout'

Her tweets sparked an argument with her black castmates Bayleigh Dayton and her husband Swaggy C, pictured, who accused Nguyen of posting about the movement ‘for clout’

In a Twitter statement Monday MTV said: 'As a result of Dee Nguyen's offensive comments on the Black Lives Matter movement, we have severed ties with her'

In a Twitter statement Monday MTV said: ‘As a result of Dee Nguyen’s offensive comments on the Black Lives Matter movement, we have severed ties with her’

Nguyen, who found fame on British show Geordie Shore and had been on the current season of The Challenge, said ‘people die every f***ing day’. 

An Instagram user had written to her: ‘All you posted was a black square and went about your day and posting your lame a** thirst traps. 

‘People are dying.’

Nguyen replied: ‘People die every f***ing day. U don’t know me or what I do. I suggest you wake the f*** up and get off social media.’ 

She had been criticized for posting pictures of herself despite pledging to participate in Blackout Tuesday

She had been criticized for posting pictures of herself despite pledging to participate in Blackout Tuesday

The 27-year-old had said in a now deleted tweet: 'IDK why some of you think I'm anti-BLM. I've been saying that since the day I lost my virginity'

The 27-year-old had said in a now deleted tweet: ‘IDK why some of you think I’m anti-BLM. I’ve been saying that since the day I lost my virginity’

But castmates Bayleigh Dayton hit out, writing: ‘THIS IS NOT HOW YOU SUPPORT BLM. I’m disgusted and disappointed. THIS IS NOT A TREND. THIS IS LIFE OR DEATH FOR US.

‘Posting for clout about the death of black people? Shame on you @deenguyenMTV.’ 

Dayton’s husband Chris ‘Swaggy C’ WIlliams then accused Nguyen of trying to engineer a row over it to boost ratings. 

He said she had texted him saying: ‘hey make sure you tell Bayleigh to keep me blocked & you still talk bad about me. I’m thinking of storylines for season 36.’ 

Nguyen apologized, writing: 'I am sorry for the insensitive tweet I posted earlier. I was being defensive and not speaking from my heart. But there's no excuse'

Nguyen apologized, writing: ‘I am sorry for the insensitive tweet I posted earlier. I was being defensive and not speaking from my heart. But there’s no excuse’

Nguyen, who found fame on British show Geordie Shore and had been on the current season of The Challenge, said 'people die every f***ing day'

Nguyen, who found fame on British show Geordie Shore and had been on the current season of The Challenge, said ‘people die every f***ing day’

Dayton's husband Chris 'Swaggy C' WIlliams then accused Nguyen of trying to engineer a row over it to boost ratings. He said she had texted him saying: 'hey make sure you tell Bayleigh to keep me blocked & you still talk bad about me. I’m thinking of storylines for season 36'

Dayton’s husband Chris ‘Swaggy C’ WIlliams then accused Nguyen of trying to engineer a row over it to boost ratings. He said she had texted him saying: ‘hey make sure you tell Bayleigh to keep me blocked & you still talk bad about me. I’m thinking of storylines for season 36’

And fellow contestant Tula ‘Big T’ Fazakerley added: ‘She said she was “blacker” than me because I didn’t know the name of a musician and because she hadn’t seen me fight and be aggressive.

‘I felt like she was trying to make me fit her idea of a “stereotype”… after seeing her tweets it just infuriated me even more and felt like I should be honest about my experience.’   

The statement from MTV announcing her ax from the show continued: ‘Out of respect for our Challengers, we’ll air our season as planned. We strongly condemn systemic racism and stand with those raising their voices against injustice.’ 

On Tuesday, June 9 Nguyen tweeted: ‘I would like to offer my sincerest apology to my colleagues to whom I have hurt directly and indirectly due to my insensitive remarks. Let me be clear I am a POC that cares about BLM.

‘I believe in this movement and I’m stepping away from social media to focus on my wellbeing and mental health. This is not a goodbye, it’s a I will see you again.’ 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk



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