Enter Lafayette, played by Nelsan Ellis. However, the man behind the character is the opposite. Here, he tells VIBE how he brought Lafayette to life, what the gay community thinks about the character and how he plans to transition beyond his True Blood role. Nelsan Ellis: I think by the second or third audition I got some bad notes from the casting director. Alan Ball wanted the character to be a myriad of things and at first I was skeptical but I somehow found it, maybe it was God helping me out. So that stereotype you were playing must have been a Queenie type of gay guy, huh?
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Ellis died of complications of heart failure, manager Emily Gerson said. The Hollywood Reporter reported the actor's death earlier Saturday. Gerson told the publication: "He was a great talent, and his words and presence will be forever missed. The performance earned him a Satellite Award for best supporting actor and numerous ensemble awards alongside the cast of the show. Ball praised the late actor in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. HBO in a statement praised the actor and said "We were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Nelsan Ellis.
Hate crime charge added in attack on gay Louisiana teen
Seneca, 19, of Lafayette, with hate crime, kidnapping, firearm, and obstruction charges based on his attempted murder of a gay man and his overarching scheme to kidnap and murder gay men whom he met online. The indictment alleges that on June 19 and 20, , Seneca attempted to kidnap one man and successfully kidnapped two other men through his use of Grindr, a dating application for gay and bisexual men, according to a release. The indictment further alleges that Seneca possessed a firearm in furtherance of the hate crime, and that he tried to cover up his actions by deleting communications between himself and the victim of the attempted murder. The statutory maximum for the hate crime, kidnapping, and firearm offenses is life imprisonment.
LAFAYETTE - Officials released disturbing new details in a case involving a year-old Lafayette man accused of using a dating app to lure in victims who he planned to kidnap, torture and then kill. Before Thursday, local news outlets were only aware of Seneca targeting one victim, but prosecutors revealed that there have been at least two more. The indictment claims Seneca attempted to kidnap one man and was successful in kidnapping two other men after meeting up with them via Grindr, which is a dating app for gay and bisexual men.