Sunday, May 16, 2021

Amanda Seales Regrets Supporting Texas Death Row Inmate Rodney Reed [VIDEO]

*Comedian/activist Amanda Seales is pushing back on her support of Texas death row inmate Rodney Reed, whose execution was stayed by the Texas Court of Appeals as the battle rages on over whether his controversial case deserves a fresh look.

Reed has been in prison for over 20 years after being convicted of the 1996 rape and murder of Stacey Stites. Originally scheduled to be executed November 20, he was granted an indefinite stay, thanks in part to local support from the community, law officials and celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

Meanwhile, Seals and activist Shaun King got into a heated exchanged online about the unrelated rape allegations against Reed in the past. She also took to her Instagram account on Sunday (Nov. 17) and posted a nine-minute video titled “What I want I realized prior to rallying for Rodney Reed.” In it clip, she explains Rodney’s DNA being linked to several other rapes, and expressed her regret for supporting his execution stay.

Peep the IG video embed below.

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Amanda warned others to be mindful of the so-called “fake news” that can cause one to “fall for mass movements.”

“In this era of add water activism it is very easy to fall for mass movements in directions of both cancelation and/or exoneration. I apologize for my error in rushing to the aid of this cause without knowledge of the full scope. I will be more mindful in the future. Be wary, be watchful, be wise. These are unseemly times. (Links to everything I reference are in my IG story and available online)”

Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian visited the Allan B. Polunsky Unit prison in Livingston, Tex. on Friday and spent time with Reed after publicly pleading with authorities and Governor Greg Abbott to exonerate the inmate.

Kim revealed Reed’s reaction to his execution’s postponing on Instagram.

“Words cannot describe the relief and hope that swept over the room in that moment,” she wrote. “That hope had been building over the last few weeks around Rodney’s case. We have seen Democrats and Republicans come together. We have seen grassroots activists and lawmakers link arms. We have heard people all around the globe speak up. And all because of a deep belief that every man or woman accused of a crime—especially one punishable by death—deserves the chance to have all available evidence considered.”

She continued, “So grateful for the commitment and passion of everyone who voiced their support, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles for their recommendation to issue a 120 day reprieve, and the courts for issuing a stay!”

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Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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1 COMMENT

  1. I live about an hour southeast of Bastrop Texas. I have known from the beginning of this push to free Rodney Reed that he was guilty as Original Sin. It is nice to know that at least one famous person has actually done their homework and didn’t just jump on the bandwagon. Or initially jumped on the bandwagon and then did their homework and jumped off. If you believe Rodney Reed is innocent of this crime I’ve got a bridge to sell you over the Chattahoochee and I won’t even charge the seller a commission.

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