911 calls from Facebook employees reveal everything from a Mace attack to demands to see Zuckerberg — and it's a chilling new reality for Silicon Valley (FB)

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  • Over the past year, there was roughly one 911 call made from Facebook’s California headquarters every two days, about everything from medical emergencies to suspicious vehicles.
  • Business Insider has obtained the call logs, which highlight the security and emergency issues the social-networking giant faces daily.
  • There were multiple reports of people harassing Facebook employees — and in one incident, a Facebook security officer was sprayed in the face with Mace.
  • There were four 911 calls within a month seeking mental evaluations, and more than 90 calls about medical emergencies throughout the year.

SAN FRANCISCO — On the morning of January 31, 2017, a 37-year-old man arrived at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California, demanding to speak to Mark Zuckerberg.

The man, who was not a Facebook employee, refused requests to leave the tech company’s campus, prompting Facebook employees to call 911.

Eight police officers arrived, but the man remained steadfast, ignoring their orders as he insisted he meet the Facebook CEO and even tried to seize a police officer’s equipment, according to police records. He was later found to have active warrants for his arrest.

On March 25, 2017, a man turned up at the Facebook campus’ main entrance saying he had been scammed after being told he had “won the Facebook lottery.” He left only after staff members called 911 and two police officers arrived.

On August 18, an unidentified assailant sprayed Mace in a Facebook security officer’s face, then fled in a vehicle before Menlo Park police officers could apprehend them.

These incidents, which have not been previously reported, are in logs of 911 calls made from Facebook’s Menlo Park campus between January 10, 2017, and March 28, 2018. They provide a snapshot of the security issues that one of the world’s most valuable and recognizable corporations faces daily at its headquarters.

The 239 emergency calls made during the 14-month period — roughly one every two days — range from workplace incidents to encounters with potentially dangerous people drawn to Facebook’s offices.

The logs highlight the challenges tech companies face as they try to balance Silicon Valley’s tradition of open, university-like campuses and casual working culture with the security demands that come with offering services used by hundreds of millions — even billions— of people.

Concerns have been especially acute since a woman opened fire at YouTube’s California campus earlier this month, wounding three staffers before turning the gun on herself. Some have said the shooting could cause tech companies to rethink their approach to security.

Though the roughly 14,000 employees at Facebook’s campus work in buildings that require special access key cards but are surrounded by open space and parking lots accessible to the public. The Facebook thumbs-up “like” sign at the campus entrance is a magnet for tourists and visitors who want a photograph of themselves in front of it.

Google and some other tech companies have campuses that have even more space open to the public.

In a statement, a Facebook representative said: “The safety of our employees is paramount, and we work hard every day to maintain a safe and secure environment for our community.”

The representative declined to answer questions about specific incidents.

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Mental evaluations and medical emergencies

In June and July, there were four 911 calls from Facebook’s campus requesting “mental evaluations” of unidentified individuals; on at least three occasions, the people were subsequently transported to a hospital.

Outside of that period, the logs show no other records of 911 calls seeking mental evaluations. It’s not clear whether the people evaluated were Facebook employees.

Of the other emergency calls, 91 were medical emergencies.

On August 2, a 24-year-old woman reported having difficulty breathing. On October 19, someone said they sprained their ankle. Last month, on March 8, a “call came in of a female that could not walk,” the logs say.

There were eight calls involving suspicious people or vehicles that were said to be bothering or harassing Facebook employees.

On March 31, 2017, there was a report of a white van driving recklessly on the campus, though police officers couldn’t ultimately locate it.

Someone “upset over Facebook account issues” turned up at Facebook’s campus on May 15, the logs say. After they were asked to leave, they were found in a nearby Starbucks. The person “was advised to stay away from campus and not return.”

There also appears to have been repeat offenders.

Just after 7:30 a.m. on August 11, someone called 911 to report “a subject that frequently comes on the campus and refuses to leave.” The person “does not have any complaints or does not demand to see anyone,” the logs say, “but continually causes a scene.”

The person was driven to a nearby Jack in the Box restaurant and told not to return — but they arrived back on campus a little before 1 p.m., prompting another 911 call, an escort off the premises, and an admonishment.

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Mace, fires, and car crashes

The most severe incident reported in the more than 200 calls — and the only one classified as an assault — was of a man spraying Mace at a security officer.

Two officers “were dispatched to the location for a subject that just maced a Facebook security officer in the face,” the records say.

“The security officer refused medical services and the subject fled in a vehicle,” they continue. “Officers did an area check for the subject with the limited information they were provided and were unable to locate them.”

The assailant’s identity and motivation were unclear.

On October 11, someone turned up outside Facebook’s Building 10 and refused to leave, then got in their vehicle and started driving around campus.

“Officers located the vehicle and the subject and advised them they were not welcome on the Facebook campus,” the logs say.

On February 9, an “unknown subject” bothered a Facebook employee in a parking lot, leaving only when the employee called the police.

The logs also contain reports of common workplace incidents, including parking-lot fender-benders, a “small fire” coming from a barbecue shack on campus, and two people arguing about a “non-injury accident.”

On April 29, 2017, there was a report of a person who was not a Facebook employee riding one of the company’s branded campus bicycles in a nearby neighborhood.

Almost half of the calls — 120 — were classified as accidental, such as pocket dials or immediate hang-ups.

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Facebook isn’t unique

The kinds of incidents described in the 911 logs are not unique to Facebook — an examination of any major company would be likely to return similar results.

But the challenges that Facebook faces as a high-profile company with 2 billion users worldwide are particularly acute.

While the details of some of the reported incidents were unclear, others were directly linked to the company’s work, like the person said to be upset about account issues, or the man who visited the campus saying he wanted to speak to Zuckerberg.

Employees at other tech companies have experienced harassment from users. Business Insider previously reported that YouTube employees said they had for years been receiving violent threats from video “creators,” some of whom, they said, would camp outside the company’s offices for hours in an attempt to talk to employees about product changes.

Facebook is building a new campus in Menlo Park designed to integrate significantly more with the local community, featuring retail spots, housing, and public-park-style areas. Facebook says the intention is to “invest” in the local area — but the increased openness is likely to mean increased security challenges for the company.

Do you work for Facebook? Can you shed more light on any of the incidents? Contact the author at rprice@businessinsider.com, via Twitter DM at @robaeprice, or via Signal at (650) 636-6268. Anonymity is guaranteed.

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CBS Bubble Show Update: Latest Renewal/Cancellation Buzz – TVLine

The clock is ticking, and it would seem time is not on the side of several established CBS programs. With the network’s “upfront” presentation roughly two weeks away, all, ahem, eyes are on CBS’ remaining bubble series, including — but definitely not limited to — venerable drama Criminal Minds

And while CBS’ recent mass renewal spree resolved the fate of roughly a half-dozen in-limbo dramas (including Hawaii Five-0, Madam Secretary and MacGyver), the news also left several series (hello, Scorpion!) more vulnerable.

Peruse our freshly-updated gallery above for the latest intel on your favorite CBS shows (or click here for direct access) and then share your anxiety in the comments section. And, of course, for all up-to-the-minute pickup buzz, visit our 2018 Renewal Scorecard.

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Cosby's lawyers expected to raise self-incrimination argument on appeal – WHYY

As Bill Cosby awaits his sentencing date, one big question is brewing: What are the entertainer’s best grounds to appeal his conviction?

Under Pennsylvania law, Cosby will not be able to start appealing until after Montgomery County judge Steven O’Neill hands down his punishment. But once O’Neill does so, one line of attack is expected to center of Cosby’s Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

The focal point of that anticipated appeal battle was referenced after the jury verdict Thursday, when Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele addressed reporters.

Steele thanked all of those individuals who helped make the prosecution of Cosby possible and he also gave a shout-out to a document that prompted investigators to peruse the criminal charges: a deposition Cosby sat for as part of a civil case with accuser Andrea Constand.

A federal judge unsealed portions of that previously-confidential interview, an act that, according to Steele, “got us to the point where we were able to reopen this case and seek justice.”

In the deposition, Cosby admitted to obtaining the now-banned sedative quaaludes in the 1970s to give to young women before sex. He discussed encounters with Constand, and shed light on his view of consent, when he said under oath that during one episode with Constand he went in the area “somewhere between permission and rejection.”

Those explosive statements were heard by the jury and factored into their decision to find him guilty of three sexual assault felonies: drugging Constand, violating her while she was unconscious and violating her without her consent.

Cosby, 80, who has been ordered to be confined to his Cheltenham home, wearing a GPS ankle bracelet until his sentencing hearing, could face decades behind bars.

Now, according to sources close to the defense team, Cosby’s lawyers are going to argue that when he sat down for the deposition, he did not know he would be incriminating himself. And those statements, by Steele’s own admission, compose the centerpiece of the criminal charges. As such, Cosby’s lawyers are expected to argue that his conviction should be overturned.

“Why would he have given statements under oath in a civil deposition if he didn’t believe there was no chance of criminal prosecution?” asked longtime Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer Bill Brennan, who is not involved in the Cosby case. “I think not only is it a basis for an appeal but I think it’s the strongest argument for bail pending appeal.”

Did he think those statements could be used against him, or didn’t he? That is in dispute. Yet one thing is clear: Cosby’s lawyers think it was unfair for the judge to allow the statements read to the jury of seven men and five women who found Cosby guilty. Cosby’s defense team fought to suppress them. But the judge sided with prosecutors, allowed the deposition in as evidence.

Lawyer Matthew Stiegler, who specializes in appeals, said that when United States District Judge Eduardo Robreno made portions of the deposition public, it did not mean it should be automatically be accepted as evidence in Cosby’s criminal trial in state court.

“The fact that a federal court unsealed it doesn’t answer the question of whether it was proper to admit it in this case,” Stiegler said. “I think this is likely an appealable issue.”

Philadelphia civil lawyer Mark Tanner is less convinced the self-incrimination appeal will gain traction. The issue was unsuccessfully raised by Cosby’s former defense team before the first trial. Back then, Cosby’s lawyers argued that filing criminal charges against Cosby broke a promise made by former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor, who announced by press release that he would not charge Cosby, indicating in the 2005 announcement that resolving the dispute in civil court would be the better option from Constand.

Castor has said the agreement was put into place so that Cosby could not invoke Fifth Amendment protections against self-incrimination when he sat for the civil deposition under oath

Yet the agreement never obtained a judge’s approval. Instead, the promise was brokered verbally. That’s important, Tanner said.

“I think the defense has a real uphill battle,” Tanner said. “The prosecution’s argument that this alleged agreement was unenforceable and did not afford Cosby immunity from prosecution is the better argument.”

Tanner said Castor and Cosby’s attorneys probably recognized that seeking judicial approval of such a promise would generate considerable public scrutiny that could be damaging to both Cosby and Castor.

“And they simply agreed on a stalemate, hoping it would never be tested,” Tanner said.

Members of Bill Cosby’s defense team would not comment about which appeal approaches they are exploring.

Even if Pennsylvania appeals courts decide to entertain a Fifth Amendment challenge, Brennan said if Cosby is not granted bail pending his appeals, no legal argument will get him quickly out of prison, if O’Neill does impose a sentence that includes incarceration.

“It was an interesting question two years ago, when Mr. Cosby was presumed innocent, but he’s a convicted felon now,” Brennan said. “So if he’s incarcerated pending appeal, the court to take a year or longer to decide that.”

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Stormy Daniels attorney predicts Michael Cohen will 'flip,' cooperate with federal prosecutors – Washington Post

Michael Avenatti, an attorney for Stormy Daniels, speaks to the media Thursday. (Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images)

The lawyer representing porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen predicted that Cohen will “flip” and cooperate with federal prosecutors in a related criminal investigation in Manhattan.

Michael Avenatti, interviewed Sunday on CNN, said a recent National Enquirer cover promising details about Cohen’s “secrets and lies” is a sign that Trump is in “panic mode” over Cohen possibly cooperating with investigators in New York. The Enquirer’s parent company, American Media, is run by David Pecker, a friend and ally of Trump’s.

“It’s pretty transparent what is going on here,” Avenatti said on “State of the Union.”

“Mr. Trump and the administration have concluded what I’ve been saying for weeks: that Michael Cohen is in a lot of trouble and he’s going to flip on the president,” the lawyer said. “So this [National Enquirer cover] is the first effort on their part to undermine Mr. Cohen’s credibility so they can claim when he does flip that he’s a liar.”

Avenatti’s comments came two days after a federal judge granted Cohen’s request for a 90-day delay in Daniels’s lawsuit, saying it was “likely” that Cohen will be indicted in the related criminal probe.

“This is no simple criminal investigation; it is an investigation into the personal attorney of a sitting President regarding documents that might be subject to the attorney client privilege,” U.S. District Judge S. James Otero wrote.

“Whether or not an indictment is forthcoming, and the Court thinks it likely based on these facts alone, these unique circumstances counsel in favor of stay,” the judge wrote.

Cohen said last week that he would invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in the Daniels lawsuit in light of the ongoing criminal inquiry in New York.

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Tom Brokaw calls sexual misconduct allegations a 'drive by shooting' in angry email to colleagues

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  • NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw on Friday responded to allegations of sexual misconduct against him, in an email sent to NBC News colleagues and obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. 
  • Brokaw’s former colleague Linda Vester told Variety and The Washington Post that Brokaw harassed and groped her in the 1990s. Brokaw, through NBC, issued a denial to the allegations.
  • Brokaw wrote in the obtained email, “I am angry, hurt and unmoored from what I thought would be the final passage of my life and career.”
  • In the email, he described Vester as a “former colleague who left NBC News angry that she had failed in her pursuit of stardom.”

NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw hit back at allegations of sexual misconduct made against him by Linda Vester, a former war correspondent for NBC News, in an email sent to his NBC News colleagues and obtained by The Hollywood Reporter on Friday.

Vester alleged to Variety and The Washington Post that Brokaw harassed and groped her in the 1990s. She said that, at the time, she didn’t bring a complaint to NBC. A second, anonymous woman The Post talked to also accused Brokaw of acting inappropriately. Brokaw, through NBC, issued a denial to the allegations and said of Vester that he “made no romantic overtures towards her at that time or any other.”

In the email to his colleagues obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Brokaw was more forceful in defense of his conduct and in his criticism of Vester.

“I was ambushed and then perp walked across the pages of The Washington Post and Variety as an avatar of male misogyny, taken to the guillotine and stripped of any honor and achievement I had earned in more than a half century of journalism and citizenship,” Brokaw wrote in the email.

I am angry, hurt and unmoored from what I thought would be the final passage of my life and career, a mix of written and broadcast journalism, philanthropy and participation in environmental and social causes that have always given extra meaning to my life,” he continued.

Brokaw, 78, called Vester in the email a “former colleague who left NBC News angry that she had failed in her pursuit of stardom,” with a “reputation as a colleague who had trouble with the truth.”

Representatives for Brokaw did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.

Vester told Variety that Brokaw tried to force her to kiss him on two occasions and groped her in an NBC News conference room.

“He grabbed me behind my neck and tried to force me to kiss him,” Vester said of the first alleged incident in January 1994, when she was 28 years old. “I was shocked to feel the amount of force and his full strength on me. I could smell alcohol on his breath, but he was totally sober. He spoke clearly. He was in control of his faculties.” In the email, Brokaw said he kissed her on the cheek.

Vester also told Variety that when she asked what Brokaw wanted of her, he replied, “An affair of more than passing affection.” A year later, Vester said Brokaw again tried her to kiss him and that, when she pulled away, he asked, “Can you walk me to a taxi?”

“I emphatically did not verbally and physically attack her and suggest an affair in language right out of pulp fiction,” Brokaw wrote in the email. He called the allegations a “drive by shooting by Vester, the Washington Post and Variety.”

“My client stands by the allegations which speak for themselves,” Ari Wilkenfeld, Vester’s lawyer, said in a statement to Business Insider.

In an email to staff, NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack wrote, “As you have all seen now in reports from last night, there are allegations against Tom Brokaw, made by a former NBC News journalist, which Tom emphatically denies. As we’ve shown, we take allegations such as these very seriously, and act on them quickly and decisively when the facts dictate.”

Read Brokaw’s full email at The Hollywood Reporter.

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Criminal Minds executive producer: 'It would be a crime' if drama wasn't renewed – EW.com

Spoiler alert! Don’t read this unless you’ve watched Wednesday’s season finale of Criminal Minds.

In tonight’s episode, an FBI agent who’s really a member of a serial killer cult threatens to kidnap Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness) if the BAU doesn’t release her creepy leader. Considering how CBS has yet to say whether it wants a 14th season of Criminal Minds, it was a pretty optimistic move by Executive Producer Erica Messer to end the drama with a cliffhanger. So we asked her why!

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: A cult with serial killers! Where did you get this idea?
ERICA MESSER: I know! It’s crazy-town. We knew we wanted to take it to an unexpected place. The idea of a cult is something that’s been done before, but the idea of a specific cult of people who are not only willing to kill but might actually have joy in doing it felt very unique to Criminal Minds, especially in terms of a 300th episode, which we are heading into. We got excited and decided that would be a tease at the end of episode 299, so in 300 we could really run with the why now of it all.

300 episodes! It seems wrong not to renew Criminal Minds when it’s about to celebrate such a huge milestone.
Exactly! That’s how I feel.

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You must have felt confident enough about a renewal because you ended with a cliffhanger.
I feel that we have been such a good show for CBS for so long, and we have such a loyal fan base who has been with us through ups and downs. It would almost be a crime to not allow us to finish out our show. That’s how strongly I feel, they wouldn’t let us just go off and into the sunset like that. I’m profiling CBS to say I don’t think they would be that cruel. [Laughs]

Well, Criminal Minds hasn’t received an early pickup for years now.
It’s been years and years of that, actually. [Earlier Wednesday, CBS announced the renewal of 11 series]. The last time we got the early order was going into season 8. It’s been for different reasons over the years. Sometimes there are a lot of actors who are up for renegotiation. Sometimes there are issues between ABC and CBS studios as partners in the production of the show. This time we have our actors ready to go and our producers and writers are all lined up. I’m sure CBS has many reasons why they are holding back on a pickup. It’s business.

So you haven’t received any indication of a 14th season?
Zero. It’s so funny. After 13 years of being on one show, people assume I have a stress-free May. And I say, oh no. We wrapped March 28. I won’t know until they are in New York. That’s when I get the call.

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At this point, would you consider adding anyone for a new season if the show were renewed for a 14th season?
No, I think we’re doing great. We added Daniel Henney last year. We are at a really good place right now. A nice, diverse cast. Half women, half men. This is a really great group. I would love to see it stay as is.

If you have a 300th episode, will it be a one-hour or something longer?
I was planning on a one-hour to kick off the year unless they told me otherwise. I really want it to be a big reward for all of us who have been loving this show for 300 episodes. I feel hopeful. The thing is, it’s not like I’m sitting here saying, “We’ve run out of stories! We’re plum out, got nothing else to tell.” It’s not true! We can keep on going.

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Cosby says 'he doesn't have a plane' in a bizarre 3rd-person rant after guilty verdict

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  • Bill Cosby was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault in his retrial on Thursday.
  • Cosby was ordered to remain in Pennsylvania after prosecutors argued that he should be taken into custody immediately because he owned a private plane and could flee the state.
  • “He doesn’t have a plane, you a–hole!” Cosby yelled, according to multiple reporters who attended the trial.

Bill Cosby gave a bizarre response after his retrial on Thursday, where a jury found him guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004.

Cosby was ordered to remain in Pennsylvania after prosecutors argued he should be taken into custody immediately because he owned a private plane and could flee the state.

“He doesn’t have a plane, you a–hole!” Cosby yelled back, according to multiple reporters who attended the trial.

While it’s unclear whether Cosby does, in fact, own a private plane, he has been photographed boarding and departing private aircraft over the past few years.

Cosby’s defense lawyers had presented logs from flights he took on a private jet in January 2004 as evidence that he wasn’t in his suburban Philadelphia mansion during the month Constand said he sexually assaulted her there.

Cosby was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault. He faces up to 30 years in prison, though he is not likely to serve the maximum sentence.

A mistrial was declared in Cosby’s first trial in June when the jury failed to yield a unanimous verdict.

While more than 60 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, Constand’s is the only allegation to have become a criminal case.

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