SANTA ANA, CA (TMZ) — The troubled son of former ‘RHOC’ star Lauri Peterson is recovering after getting slashed in his face during an insane jailhouse ambush … and TMZ has video of the whole incident.
The brutal attack went down at the Orange County jail in Santa Ana when Josh Waring was on his way back to his cell. He never got there because another inmate jumped out wielding razors wrapped in towels.
This surveillance video of the October 9 showdown shows the attacker sneak into position — hiding under a staircase — and then Josh, in pajamas and sandals, is suddenly fighting for his life. Fists start flying and Josh defends himself well for a while — getting in a few head shots — but he eventually suffered deep gashes to his chest and face.
The brawl — which moved off-camera, but was still visible in a mirror — lasted nearly 90 seconds and only stopped when guards rushed in … commanding both men to get down on the ground.
Josh’s attorney, Joel Garson, tells TMZ … his client was returning to his cell in the protective custody unit of the jail after making a phone call. He says the normal protocol is for all other inmates to be locked in their cells while another inmate is using the phone. Garson says guards are supposed to confirm over the intercom that the other inmates are locked away. There’s no audio on the surveillance video, so Josh’s attorney says he can’t tell if that protocol was followed — but he says he wouldn’t be surprised if the attacker was allowed to be out of his cell.
Garson is claiming it could be retaliation against Josh for filing a federal lawsuit against Orange County and its Sheriff’s Department for violating his civil rights while he’s been behind bars.
Another video shows Josh receiving medical treatment after the attack. He’s surrounded by deputies as he describes his injuries. He was concerned the razors used against him weren’t sterile, and he could’ve contracted an STD.
We’re told he got 20 stitches to his chest and face, which was slashed from his left eye down to his chin.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department tells us it’s opened a criminal investigation into the attack.
Josh has been locked up since 2016 while he awaits trial for attempted murder. He’s accused of shooting a man at a sober living home where he was living.
He could get life in prison if convicted.
Garson tells us, based on this video, they are considering adding new claims to the federal lawsuit they’ve already filed against Orange County.
Joe Exotic Prison Has 2nd Highest ‘Rona Rate
FORT WORTH (TMZ) — The prison Joe Exotic is currently being held at is the second leading hotbed for coronavirus in the entire federal prison system — but not to worry … Uncle Sam’s got a plan.
The ‘Tiger King’ star has been locked up at FMC Forth Worth in Texas, and as of Tuesday … there was a total of 298 confirmed COVID-19 cases among inmates, making it number 2 behind a federal CA facility at 570 inmate cases.
If that sounds troubling, it should … we’ve seen jails and prisons across the U.S. getting besieged with the virus — and some of the inmates are suffering. The Federal Bureau of Prisons has assured us they’re going above and beyond for their prisoners, staff and visitors alike at Joe’s facility to keep them safe and healthy.
As for Joe … his people have repeatedly told us … he’s virus-free.
The agency tells TMZ there’s a comprehensive action plan in place at all of their institutions — which includes reducing inmate transfers, increasing screening and testing, minimizing unnecessary movement on the inside and temporarily canceling social and legal visits, not to mention training for BOP employees. They will also do regular temperature checks.
The trick is … as little congregating as possible. BOP says it’s trying to keep guards at one post for as long as possible to avoid unnecessary interaction.
BOP also tells us they’ve made sure everyone — prisoners and staffers — have received surgical masks. BOP says it has things under control — so far fewer than 5 deaths at the Fort Worth facility … but with nearly 300 cases, it’s gotta be viewed as a full-fledged outbreak.
So … guess that means Joe’s in good hands??? Here’s hoping so.
Anderson Cooper Reveals He’s a Dad, Welcomes New Baby Boy
NEW YORK CITY (TMZ) — Anderson Cooper is the proud new father of a baby boy … revealing Wyatt Morgan Cooper to the world.
The CNN anchor took to Instagram Thursday night to reveal earlier this week Wyatt was born via surrogate. Cooper said, “As a gay kid, I never thought it would be possible to have a child, and I’m grateful for all those who have paved the way, and for the doctors and nurses and everyone involved in my son’s birth.”
As for Wyatt’s name, 52-year-old says it’s in honor of his dad, who passed away when he was just 10, saying, “I hope I can be as good a dad as he was.”
Anderson also shared a sweet message about his surrogate, saying, “Most of all, I am grateful to a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt, and watched over him lovingly, and tenderly, and gave birth to him. It is an extraordinary blessing – what she, and all surrogates give to families who cant have children.”
Finally, Anderson says, “I do wish my mom and dad and my brother, Carter, were alive to meet Wyatt, but I like to believe they can see him. I imagine them all together, arms around each other, smiling and laughing, happy to know that their love is alive in me and in Wyatt, and that our family continues.” His mother, Gloria Vanderbilt died last year.
Wyatt is Anderson’s first child … Congrats!!
Madonna: I Have Antibodies … Gonna Breathe in COVID-19 Air
Madonna has revealed — via her “Quarantine Diary” — that she’s tested positive for coronavirus antibodies, and already has a bizarre plan for using them.
The Material Girl’s known for posting some eccentric material on her Instagram, but she’s kicked things up a notch during lockdown … the latest being heading outside to “breathe in the COVID-19 air.”
Yep, Madge says now that she knows she has the antibodies, she’s going out for a drive and rolling down the windows. She included the hashtags #staysafe #staysane with her video post.
It’s unclear exactly what M hopes to accomplish by sucking in virus air on her drive, but if she truly has antibodies it means she likely already had the coronavirus. Most scientists agree she should have some COVID-19 immunity, but it’s unclear for how long.
Madonna’s been doing her part in coronavirus relief efforts — both by donating a million dollars and joining the REFORM Alliance in sending 100,000 surgical masks to jails and prisons.
She’s throwing caution to the wind, though, with her own health.
Hey, she’s got a pocket full o’ antibodies and she’s gonna spend ’em!!!
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