Dirty Laundry 6.20.18

Jay-Z says the NFL approached him to perform at the Super Bowl -- but he shot them down saying, "You need me, I don't need you."

It's all part of Jay and Beyonce's new song, "Apesh*t" (featuring Quavo and Offset), which dropped this past weekend. Scroll to 3:31. 

One of the key lyrics is when Jay says, "I said no to the Super Bowl: you need me, I don't need you. Every night we in the endzone, tell the NFL we in stadiums too."

Seems to imply Jay rejected the NFL over the handling of the Colin Kaepernick kneeling situation -- a situation Jay has publicly criticized the league for in the past. 

Another clue ... in the music video, Jay features at least 11 people taking a knee during that line. 

There were reports back in Sept. 2017 that Jay gave a thumbs-down to the NFL -- but he hadn't commented before and the NFL essentially denied it saying no decisions had been made. 

But, Jay doesn't mince words here ... 

Lucy Hale cryptically alluded to being sexually assaulted earlier this year in a string of since-deleted tweets, and now, she's spoken directly to the experience.

In a new interview with Haute Living Los Angeles, the Pretty Little Liars actress said that while her assault may not have been as bad as some others, it still left her changed and in pain.

“I’ve experienced stuff on the small side, but assault is assault,” she said. “I think there are a lot of people who have been intoxicated and taken advantage of. It’s happened to me and people I know. It’s very common. Luckily, I’ve been unscathed; nothing’s hurt me too badly.”

Hale noted on Twitter and Instagram in January: “I never understood sexual assault until tonight. I always sympathized, but I never felt the pain of it until right now. My dignity and pride was broken. I am completely at a loss of words.”

She added in the interview that movements like #MeToo are hugely encouraging to women who have experienced similar traumatic events.

“I feel grateful to have people that I look up to that are speaking up about things,” she said. “Not just women — I think men have sometimes suffered the same way that women have. And as long as a conversation is going or a conversation has started, which it has, that’s the best thing you could ever ask for because that makes people feel not alone. I think if powerful people can make a difference by speaking up, which they are, that will trickle down hopefully.”

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