Method Man says he's never heard the Wu-Tang album Martin Shkreli bought for $2 million

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The Wu-Tang Clan album, “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,” may go down as one of the most puzzling chapters in the history of the legendary rap group.

Only one copy exists and the person who paid a reported $2 million to buy it, former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli, was convicted of securities fraud in August and recently placed the one-of-a-kind album on eBay.

But the biggest question has been the album’s authenticity. Is there an album? And if so, is it an official Wu-Tang album?

Business Insider brought these questions up to Wu-Tang member Method Man on Thursday.

“Yeah, I think there is an actual album,” Method Man said, while promoting the show he’s currently on, HBO’s “The Deuce.” “As far as recording, that’s as far as my reach went. When I was informed how they were approaching selling the album, I kind of flipped out, because I was misinformed by the person who gave me the information. It’s hard for me to speak on it because I wasn’t in the loop.”

Since Shkreli bought the album it’s become a legend of its own.

Rumors of the concept coming to Wu-Tang leader RZA while atop the Great Pyramid of Khufu, and that Bill Murray (a friend of RZA’s) was contractually allowed to take the album off Shkreli’s hands in a heist, spread far and wide. And Shkreli flaunted it every chance he had, live-streaming tracks after Donald Trump was elected president, and getting into a public spat over the album with Wu member Ghostface Killah.

martin shkreliRecently the big debate is whether “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin” is an official Wu-Tang album. Representatives for Method Man and fellow member U-God say it isn’t, and instead is the byproduct of tracks produced by Moroccan producer Tarik Azzougarh, also known as Cilvaringz.

Method Man, himself, doesn’t know.

“I wouldn’t know because I haven’t heard it,” he said. “I only know the tracks that I spit on. That is it.”

Looking back on the way the album was released, and the antics of Shkreli, Method Man thinks it was done all wrong.

“My personal opinion, I wouldn’t have done it that way,” he said. “I would have just gave it to the people at the end of the day. But you have people that have families to feed, things of that nature. And then to have someone [buy the album] that is pretty much disliked by a lot of people based off something that had nothing to do with hip-hop, that made it worse.”

Method Man said fans shouldn’t be bummed over not being able to hear the “Once Upon a Time” album because a new Wu album is coming out October 15, “Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues.” That’s definitely an official album, he said.

The rapper-actor didn’t seem that interested in talking about the Shkreli situation, but he was amused that one of the prospective jurors at Shkreli’s trial said in court, before being excused, that Shkreli “disrespected the Wu-Tang.”

“Yeah, you’ll be surprised how far that W stretches,” Method Man said.

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Wide range of candidates for judicial seats in coming election – Toledo Blade

With the departure of four sitting municipal court judges, Lucas County voters will have a larger-than-usual slate of candidates to consider for judicial seats on Nov. 7.

In Toledo Municipal Court, three candidates are vying to replace Judge Robert Christiansen, who has been on the bench since 2006. Democrat Dale Emch and Republicans Nicole Khoury and Hank Schaefer III are seeking the post.

Mr. Emch, 53, is a lawyer in private practice, while Ms. Khoury, 40, has a private law practice and works as a public defender in Sylvania and Maumee municipal courts. Mr. Schaefer, 42, is an assistant city prosecutor.

Two candidates — Republican Jim Anderson and Democrat Joe Howe — are vying for the Toledo Municipal Court bench to be vacated by retiring Judge C. Allen McConnell, who has presided over Municipal Court’s housing and environmental court since 2000.

Mr. Anderson, 48, has had a private law practice since 2011 but worked as Judge McConnell’s law clerk and bailiff from 2007 to 2010. Mr. Howe, 46, works as an assistant city prosecutor in the housing division.

The housing court hears civil and criminal cases that involve local building, housing, health and safety codes, and landlord/tenant issues.

All municipal court judges handle misdemeanor criminal and traffic cases, civil cases with less than $15,000 at issue, as well as felony arraignments.

Voters in the jurisdiction served by Sylvania Municipal Court — which includes the city of Sylvania; the villages of Berkey and Holland; Sylvania, Richfield, Spencer, and Harding townships, and the portions of Swanton, Monclova, and Springfield townships that lie north of the Ohio Turnpike —  have five choices to replace retiring Judge M. Scott Ramey. Judge Ramey has been on the bench for 30 years.

Running for the post in Sylvania are Democrat Michael Bonfiglio and Republicans Daniel Ellis, Chris McGowan, Anthony Spinazze, and John Thebes.

Mr. Bonfiglio, 62, works as bar counsel for the Toledo Bar Association. Mr. Ellis, 60, and Mr. Spinazze, 46, both are partners in the Sylvania law firm, Lydy & Moan Ltd. Mr. McGowan, 58, and Mr. Thebes, 55, both have private law practices specializing in criminal law.

There are four candidates seeking to replace two-term Judge Jeffery Keller in Oregon Municipal Court: Republican Anne Brossia, Democrats Louis Kovacs and Clinton Wasserman, and Scott Winckowski, who is not affiliated with a political party.

Mr. Wasserman, 35, an assistant Lucas County prosecutor, is a former Oregon City Council member. Both Mr. Kovacs, 57, and Mr. Winckowski, 53, are private practice attorneys who have worked as acting judges in Oregon Municipal Court. Ms. Brossia, 56, is a private practice lawyer who specializes in litigation.

In Maumee, longtime Municipal Court Judge Gary Byers, 61, a Democrat, is seeking a seventh term. Challenging Judge Byers is Maumee City Councilman and lawyer Daniel Hazard, 44, a Republican.

Running unopposed for re-election are Toledo Municipal Court judges Timothy Kuhlman, a Republican, and Michelle Wagner, a Democrat.

The judicial races are non-partisan, meaning candidates’ party affiliations will not appear on the ballot.

Full-time municipal court judges are elected to six-year terms and currently are paid $125,850 a year — a salary set by the state legislature.

Contact Jennifer Feehan at jfeehan@theblade.com or 419-213-2134.

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Trump says he's 'not at all surprised' by sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein

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President Donald Trump on Saturday said he was “not at all surprised” by recent reports alleging that Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed multiple women over a period of decades.

“I’ve known Harvey Weinstein for a long time. I’m not at all surprised to see it,” Trump told reporters outside the White House before he boarded a flight to North Carolina.

The New York Times released an explosive report earlier this week that said at least eight women have reached legal settlements with Weinstein after harassment and abuse allegations.

On Saturday, the high-profile lawyer Lisa Bloom, who typically represents women in sexual assault cases against powerful men, announced she was resigning from Weinstein’s legal team.

But when Trump was asked on Saturday about the Weinstein accusations in the context of his own history of sexual harassment and abuse allegations — particularly after the bombshell Access Hollywood tape released one year ago in which Trump boasted about groping women without their consent — Trump dismissed the comparison.

“That’s locker room. That’s locker room,” he said.

Since the Times report on Weinstein, other women have come forward to report similar allegations. HuffPost reported on Friday that the TV journalist Lauren Sivan, who was previously a news anchor on local cable channel Long Island 12, alleged that a decade ago Weinstein trapped her in the hallway of a restaurant that was closed to the public and masturbated in front of her until he ejaculated.

Elena Holodny contributed reporting.

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Criminal Minds Exclusive: There's a Condition to Reid's – TV Guide – TV Guide

The team is back in action this week on Criminal Minds, but Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) has some reservations about being back on the team.

There is a condition to his reinstatement to the BAU after being framed for murder last season. For every 100 days that Reid spends in the field, he has to take 30 off. It feels like a probation, but Prentiss (Paget Brewster) is able to explain that it’s just a temporary safety measure to make sure that Reid doesn’t freak out on duty.

If Reid was truly ready to be back on the team, would he need such a “safety valve” though? Prentiss tries to say that everyone on the team needs it, including her, but it doesn’t seem to do much to boost Reid’s confidence. Luckily, he seems to be the only one doubting whether he can handle the job. Sure, he wanted to kill Scratch (Bodhi Elfman) — but so did every person on the team. Prentiss is at the top of the list of people who can understand that.

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The good news is that even if Reid has technically has a probationary reinstatement, he won’t be hanging out bored every three months. He will get to use his mandated time off to teach some seminars to the rest of the bureau, which honestly sounds perfect.

It may still take a while for Reid to fully be back to his normal self, but it’s a relief to see him on the mend.

Criminal Minds continues Wednesdays at 10/9c on CBS.

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