Model Believed To Have Been Strangled, Injected With Pool Cleaner, & Found Encased In Concrete

Two individuals have been arrested in connection with the death of Esmeralda Gonzalez (above, insert) — whose body may have been found encased in concrete inside a wooden box in the Las Vegas desert.

Christopher Prestipino (above, far left) was booked for the 24-year-old’s murder, while Lisa Mort (above, far right) was accused of helping him cover it up.

The model — who reportedly worked in the adult entertainment industry, and had more than 300,000 Instagram followers — disappeared May 31.

Per alleged residential surveillance video, Gonzalez — wearing lingerie and heels — was seen trying to open the door of a home around 300 yards from where Prestipino lived.

The residents inside told her she was at the wrong house, and later shared with police her “gait was unsteady and she appeared disoriented.”

Allegedly, she then walked in the direction of Prestipino’s property.

After not hearing from her for a week, Esmeralda’s brother filed a missing persons report. When he went to her home, he found the lights on, and noticed the place looked ransacked.

(He also said his sister was diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and had been off her medication for weeks before her disappearance.)

In late July, police received a tip Prestipino might have killed Gonzalez. Additionally, another witness said Prestipino told a friend “he killed the missing girl.”

According to Chief Deputy District Attorney Pamela Weckerly, the tipster told detectives:

“Esmeralda was at Christopher’s house, and he ended up getting her high on methamphetamine… Christopher was not aware of Esmeralda’s mental problems, and she started acting bizarre and speaking in the devil’s tongue.”

Per court papers, Gonzalez was “left tied up to a bedpost for an extended period of time.” Allegedly, when Prestipino untied her, she punched him in the face, which led to him trying to strangle her.

“He thought she was dead, but she woke up.”

Police believe she was then poisoned with pool cleaner.

Afterward, in early June, Prestipino allegedly called a family friend “because he needed help” moving a wooden box full of concrete into a U-Haul truck.

Though prosecutors believe Cassandra Bascones — also known as Cassandra Garrett, Cassandra Tran, and Nikki Hart — was potentially involved, she has not yet been arrested.

After allegedly dumping the body, Prestipino snuck away to Belize, but later returned to Vegas where he was arrested. In addition to charges of murder, he is facing first-degree kidnapping resulting in substantial bodily harm and conspiracy to commit murder. He is being held without bail at the Clark County Detention Center.

Mort faces a charge of harboring, concealing, or aiding a felon. Though she claims to not know anything about Gonzalez’s disappearance, while in jail for an unrelated drug case, she was warned by Prestipino in a recorded call “not to speak with anyone” and “to wipe her phone.”

The Clark County coroner’s office have yet to officially identify Gonzalez’s remains.

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Lady Gaga Fan Speaks Out After Falling Off Stage With Her in Las Vegas

Lady Gaga took a frightening fall with a fan onstage during a performance of her Enigma residency at the Park MGM on Thursday night (October 17) in Las Vegas, and now, the fan is speaking out.

Following backlash on social media for allegedly picking Gaga up, which resulted in the fall, he is now defending himself with a statement on Friday (October 18).

Lady Gaga picked up my letter and invited me on stage, as I was getting out of the standing pit the floor was wet so my trainers therefore were wet getting on the stage, to clarify I categorically DID NOT pick Lady Gaga up when I got on the stage she jumped on me,” he wrote

“As I was getting up I was trying to usher her up my body kinda thing and my foots slipped. As we fell I tried to make sure I took the brunt of the fall and if you could see my leg you’d see that I kinda did. Lady Gaga herself has told people to stop with the negative comments, after the show Lady Gaga herself personally sent her security to come and find me so we could meet and chat and she told me herself I was not to blame and so did multiple members of the team.”

“So for everyone with their negative comments that have something to say, keep in mind don’t coment on something you have 0 clue about, I’ve personally spoke to Lady Gaga and we’ve had a conversation about it and how it was neither of our faults, people just need to stop now cause this is getting too much and it’s starting to affect me. I WASN’T DRUNK OR ANYTHING ELSE PEOPLE ARE ACCUSING ME OF. I WASN’T ANYTHING BUT IN AWE OF HER,” he went on to say.

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Bebe Rexha Drops Inspirational ‘You Can’t Stop The Girl’ Video

Pop superstar Bebe Rexha has dropped an inspirational video for her song “You Can’t Stop The Girl,” in which she leads a pack of runners through L.A.

Rexha’s new single, “You Can’t Stop The Girl,” is the theme song for Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. The video was directed by Sophie Miller.

Scenes from Maleficent: Mistress of Evil have been intermixed in the video. Rexha also ends up in an enchanted forest in the video as she sings the song’s inspiring message.

“Oh, they tryna shoot down angels/ They tryna pull their wings off/ So they can’t fly/ And oh, but she’s so brave though/ Just like a tornado/ She’s taking us by storm,” Rexha sings.

Starring Angelina Jolie, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil releases nationwide on Friday, October 18.

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Is Miley Cyrus Jealous of Liam Hemsworth's New Relationship?

It takes time to get over a breakup. In fact, there’s an old saying that you need a month to recover from every year that you were with someone. So, if you were with a person for six years, you’re looking at a good half a year of eating ice cream out of a tub and basically living in sweatpants.

However, this rule apparently doesn’t apply to everyone. Miley Cyrus has certainly shown that. She was with Liam Hemsworth for the majority of her teenage and adult life, yet she jumped into two new relationships almost right after she separated from him.

But dating someone new after a breakup is a completely different thing than watching your ex get into a new relationship. Now that Hemsworth seems to be moving on with a new woman, is Cyrus having regrets?

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth split up

On Aug. 10, the couple announced their split.

“Liam and Miley have agreed to separate at this time,” a rep for Cyrus said in a statement to People. “Ever-evolving, changing as partners and individuals, they have decided this is what’s best while they both focus on themselves and careers. They still remain dedicated parents to all of [the] animals they share while lovingly taking this time apart. Please respect their process and privacy.”

Apparently, the two had been drifting apart for some time.

“After they reunited, everyone thought they were this ‘perfect’ couple, but they still had a lot of issues,” the source continued. “They’re not on the same page when it comes to a lot of fundamental things that make a relationship work. It’s not surprising at all.”

Miley Cyrus’ new relationships

In the same week that Cyrus and Hemsworth announced their separation, Cyrus began seeing Brody Jenner’s ex-wife Kaitlynn Carter. Before long, the two seemed inseparable. But it was only a matter of time before Cyrus called it quits.

Though Cyrus has already moved on from Carter, her family is hoping the two will reconcile in the future.

“It would be no surprise to anyone close to Miley if she got back with Kaitlynn again. Miley and Kaitlynn have been so close for years and will always be,” a source told HollywoodLife.

“Her family adores Kaitlynn and her sister Brandy is really close to Kaitlynn too,” the source continued. “When Miley heals, they’d love to see them reconnect in that way even forever. The romantic part of their relationship pausing has nothing to do with Kaitlynn. It truly was a ‘this is me and not you situation.’”

But the chances of a reconciliation are slim as Cyrus is now dating Australian singer Cody Simpson.

Is Cyrus jealous of Hemsworth’s new relationship?

Cyrus may be on her second post-breakup relationship, but Hemsworth isn’t spending his nights alone anymore, either. Recently the actor was spotted kissing Dynasty actress Maddison Brown.

But does Cyrus even care? Apparently not.

“Right now, Miley is so happy being with Cody that she’s not really paying attention to Liam and Maddison because she knows that is the past,” a source told HollywoodLife.

She is reportedly content in the relationship she’s in.

“Liam was more conservative than Cody and she’s realizing now that she’s older she’s changed,” the source continued. “She’s really happy with Cody. It’s safe and it’s easy for her. She’s known Cody for years and her family has known him since he and Miley were kids. She and Cody have a history. This is a completely different thing for her than Liam and they’re just having a lot of fun together which Miley needs right now.”

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Does Liam Payne Regret Being Part of One Direction?

When it comes to musical groups, there are always things that happen behind closed doors that fans have no idea about.

In One Direction‘s case, a lot of emotional turmoil was getting the best of a few members and Liam Payne is opening up about it.

During a recent podcast, Payne went into detail about being part of the popular boy band and shared how the constant fame eventually took a toll on his personal and professional life.

According to Payne, there were many downsides to being in the band

Being in a band definitely comes with many ups and downs, but for Payne, being part of One Direction soon became detrimental to his health.

The singer recently spoke candidly about his days as 1/5 of the global phenomenon during an appearance on the podcast Table Manners with Jessie Ware.

During the episode, he discussed the ongoing effects One Direction’s fame started to have on his life and opened up about how “mega stressful” the band’s constant triumphs were on him and the rest of the members.

While discussing the utter “mess” One Direction’s schedule was at one point, Payne went on to admit that the group needed to end, despite the thought of that being “really scary at first.”

With Payne having taken over the bulk of Zayn Malik’s vocals after he left the band in 2015 and being one of the principal songwriters of the group, the “Strip That Down” singer needed to step away before things got out of hand.

“I needed to stop, definitely,” Payne said. “It would have killed me. One hundred percent.”

Being such a worldwide phenomenon, the singer recalls One Direction losing sight of who they were and the continuous downward spiral they were in.

“There’s no stop button,” he said. “You’ve got no control over your life. That’s why I lost complete control of everything.”

Payne then shared that he tried going to therapy in order to gain some control over his life, but didn’t see any progress.

Over the course of One Direction’s career, Payne admits that he learned to become a “recluse” and didn’t know of anything he liked doing since his free time being consumed by the band.

“I remember getting to therapy and the guy was like ‘What do you like to do?’ I didn’t know,” he shared. “That was life….  I just lived so long as this reclusive pop star who was afraid of people, who just stayed inside all the time.”

Does Payne wish he never joined One Direction?

With One Direction’s ultimate fame continuing to grow, Payne soon found himself looking toward alcohol to cope with the constant demands of the industry.

“It’s almost like putting the Disney costume on before you step up on stage and underneath the Disney costume I was pissed quite a lot of the time because there was no other way to get your head around what was going on,” he shared with Men’s Health Australia back in June.

While Payne doesn’t regret his time in the band, the ongoing hardships of performing night after night quickly began to wear on him.

“I mean, it was fun. We had an absolute blast, but there were certain parts of it where it just got a little bit toxic,” he confessed.

After One Direction announced their hiatus in 2016, the singer has been enjoying life and his career a lot more.

Although Payne was faced with a ton of highs and lows while in the band, he is grateful for all of the success and memories he made with Styles, Malik, Tomlinson, and Horan.

“It literally was the perfect storm,” he told Men’s Health. “There were so many scenarios that had to fall into line for that to happen. It’s not something that can easily be recreated or probably ever will be because of the way the Internet was kicking off, the way The X Factor kicked off. I just  think it was just dumb luck.

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Becky G Performs Medley Of Songs at Latin AMAs 2019, Drops New Album ‘Mala Santa’ & Continues To Be Amazing in Every Way

Becky G is having a major moment right now and we are all for it!

Just after performing at the 2019 Latin AMAs and picking up the Evolution Award during the show, the 22-year-old singer just dropped her debut album, Mala Santa!

“Oh my god, it has been an ongoing meme with my fans saying ‘when is the album coming?’ It’s been like 8 years,” Becky recently shared. “I am so excited and I feel really blessed that things have happened the way that they happened. I have so many years of being in this industry and to have had a career solely based on my singles all this time — it just feels like it’s finally the moment to release the album.”

Becky hit the red carpet with longtime love Sebastian Lletget and her family for the Latin AMAs last night, and performed a medley of her hit songs, including “Becky From the Block,” “Mayores,” “Sin Pijama,” and “Mala Santa.”

You can pick up Becky‘s new album now on Apple Music, Spotify and more!

FYI: Becky is wearing Versace.

Click inside to watch Becky G’s performance from the Latin AMAs!

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Pete Davidson & Margaret Qualley are over after a two-month relationship

In August, we learned that Pete Davidson had begun dating Margaret Qualley, the 24-year-old daughter of Andie MacDowell. Margaret is still very much on the come-up, and while casting directors knew her name, a little romance with a famous guy didn’t hurt at all. But did it have to be Pete? I don’t know. Their romance was brief, in any case. Just a late summer fling, with one nice trip to Venice (where she was promoting a movie). Now it’s over:

It’s over for Pete Davidson and Margaret Qualley. The twosome have called it quits after a whirlwind romance, Us Weekly can exclusively reveal.

“They remain friends,” a source close to the former couple told Us on Thursday, October 17.

Us broke the news in August that the Saturday Night Live star, 25, and the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actress, 24, were dating.

[From Us Weekly]

The youths today are a lot like the youths in my day, in that it’s rarely over the first time. They had a two month romance, my guess is that they’ll probably go back for more at least once. And it’s fine. Even though I dislike Pete and I think he seems like an a–hole boyfriend, I’ll praise him for not going crazy-fast with Margaret and hell, at least this one didn’t end with a sudden engagement. Maybe he’s figuring out how to have healthier relationships or figuring out how to just “date.” As for Margaret… this got her some headlines, but I got the vibe she actually liked Pete a lot. But yeah, I’m happy for both of them that they’re moving on.

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Jamie Redknapp: Louise Redknapp’s ex pictured in terrifying A League of Their Own forfeit

Jamie Redknapp, 46, took part in a daring sky high tightrope walk in Switzerland yesterday.

The former footballer turned TV star completed the scary challenge for his Sky One television show A League of Their Own.

The sportsman, who is a team captain on the game show along with ex-cricketer Freddie Flintoff, 41, was photographed balancing on a high wire with the stunning Swiss scenery in background as he filmed scenes for the new series of the program.

He walked from a clock tower to a 12th century castle in the city of Thun.

Jamie, who separated from his wife of 19 years Louise Redknapp two years ago, carried a long pole to retain his balance as he carefully navigated his way along the tightrope.

On completing the task, Jamie was greeted by Swiss high wire artist Freddy Nock, 54, while Freddie looked on from an open window.

Back in 2015 the fearless tightrope artist broke the Guinness World Record for the highest (ground supported) tightrope walk – breaking a 30-year record.

It took him just 39 minutes to walk between two Swiss mountaintops at 3,532 meters above sea level.

Before attempting the challenging feat yesterday, Jamie took to his Instagram account to share a clip which showed the daredevil completing the task.

Standing is the sunshine in front of the incredible view, the father-of-two asked his 1.1 million followers: “Who do you want to do this forfeit? Freddie or Jamie”.

The second series of A League of Their Own: European Road Trip will air in early 2020.

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Lady Gaga Shares Photo from Ice Bath After Falling Off Stage

Lady Gaga is thankfully doing well after taking a hard fall off the stage during her Enigma show in Las Vegas.

The 33-year-old singer was dancing with a fan on stage and was being held in his arms when he lost his footing and tumbled off stage. She landed with her back to the ground and the fan on top of her.

Gaga continued the show like a pro and got right into an ice bath after getting off stage.

“Post show routine: ice bath for 5-10 min, hot bath for 20, then compression suit packed with ice packs for 20,” Gaga captioned a series of photos on her Instagram account.

We hope she’s feeling okay!

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Dennis Rodman slapped with battery charge for alleged bar attack

Dennis Rodman was hit with a misdemeanor battery charge for allegedly slapping a man in a Florida bar, a report said Thursday.

Rodman is accused of smacking the man twice in the face with an open hand while they were at a bar in Del Ray Beach celebrating his 58th birthday in May 2019, NBC News reported.

The victim — who was not identified — told police he woke up the next day with swelling to his face, according to the report.

He filed a police report two days after the alleged smacking, NBC reported.

Rodman pleaded not guilty to the charge through a lawyer, who appeared in court on his behalf on Thursday, according to the network.

He could face up to a year in jail if convicted.

In May, the NBA hall-of-famer was accused of stealing $500 worth of clothes from a California Yoga studio.

Rodman — who has had several run-ins with the law since retiring from professional basketball — denied swiping the clothes and claimed the studio was trying to shake him down.

Rodman said he asked the employee working at the studio if he and his group could “take a couple of gifts” and she agreed.

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