As you probably may have heard, Kasey Kahl was arrested this past Sunday in conjunction with an altercation outside of a bar in Fresno, CA, which as we know is the hometown of the great Kevin Federline. Now, you may be asking, “Why did you just refer to Fresno as the hometown of Kevin Federline?” Well, because when the story first broke on TMZ the other day and I tweeted it out, that’s exactly what the story says. Click here for the link. Here’s the exact quote to start the story that ran on Monday:
“Bachelorette” star Kasey Kahl was arrested Sunday morning in Fresno, CA — hometown of Kevin Federline — after cops say he was drunk and disorderly at a nightclub … TMZ has learned.
Was that really necessary to throw that in there? I mean, really Fresno? That’s who your city is holding their hat on? Fat-erline? Congratulations. I mean, there’s gotta be someone else you can claim as your own, right? Lets hope when the next big news out of Fresno breaks, you’ll have come up with someone better than that. God help you all.
Anyway, like most sensationalized stories, immediately everyone ran with this and figured Kasey beat someone up or something. Obviously I wasn’t there, and I don’t know the facts, but in case you haven’t read his lawyer’s statement that was released, here’s what it says:
“At this time we have no comment regarding the specific facts of the alleged incident, but we are confident that Kasey Kahl will be fully exonerated upon completion of a full investigation. We merely ask for patience until such a time that those facts can be brought forth. As Kasey is in the public eye, it is not unlikely that we would not be surprised if these persons bent on attaining their 15 minutes of fame, while intoxicated and perhaps fueled by jealousy, will antagonize and attack stars such as Kasey in a ‘Jersey Shore’ type brawl given the opportunity. These persons wanted their 15 minutes, which they received, and now those 15 minutes are over. The recent reports emphasizing any brutality on his behalf and downplaying his act of self-defense are entirely speculative and false. Kasey’s lawyers will vehemently confront and respond to any and all defamatory, slanderous, and or libelous statements or claims and will defend him to the fullest extent of the law.”
I’ve only met Kasey very briefly on a couple of occasions in my life and something about this story doesn’t seem right. The Kasey I met and talked to was actually a cool, down-to-earth, and very sincere about his intentions. I’ve also talked to many people who know him better than I do and even they aren’t buying this incident. Now, just because someone presents themselves one way, am I saying that it’s not possible with a few drinks in them could things have gotten out of hand? Of course it could’ve. I’m giving the guy the benefit of the doubt. I’m sure plenty of you won’t (as I’ve seen your tweets and emails), but that’s ok. I expect that from those who already didn’t like the guy and a headline like this will give them further ammunition against him. I just don’t think that way.
I think his lawyer makes a very good point when he says that the couple in question were looking for their 15 minutes. Regardless of whether you think of these “Bachelor/ette” contestants as “celebrities,” in their hometowns and in smaller venues, they are. Sure, none of these people are walking the red carpets at the Golden Globes or the Oscars, but to see the amount of attention they do get when they do appearances or any local gigs is astounding. I’ve seen it with my own two eyes. I’ve seen how people act around these people, and frankly, it’s not normal. I’ve seen people instigate Wes and throw a drink in his face because they didn’t like what he did on Jillian’s season. I’ve seen women completely lose all their inhibitions and basically throw themselves at some of these guys for no other reason than they were on the show. So yes, it happens. ALL THE TIME.
Lets let the facts of the case get out first before you continue firing off your “Oh, no wonder Vienna left him, he’s a drunk,” or “What a famewhore, he got what he deserved” emails. I’d be really interested to know what actually happened that night. If Kasey did physically attack two people and hurt them, then he will be punished for it. If he didn’t, then he won’t. I understand that with paparazzi and social media nowadays, basically you’re guilty until proven innocent, but in this case, I’m guessing there’s a little more than meets the eye. I’ll wait to make my decision.
In the meantime, lets now officially crown Kasey Kahl the champion of “Greatest Mug Shot” of all time. That thing is classic.
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