Skylar Laine’s Ex-Boyfriend Pleads Guilty to Hate Crimes (VIDEO)

Skylar Laine’s ex-boyfriend, Joseph Dominick, plead guilty to a hate crime yesterday (Jan 3) in connection with the 2011 hate crime murder of James Craig Anderson.

The night Anderson was murdered, Dominick and some friends were celebrating his birthday, During the party, they discussed going into town to harass and assault blacks.

The American Idol 11 alum was still dating Dominick at the time of his birthday party. Sources say that it’s very likely she was present that night at the party. Skyler’s mom told a reporter that her daughter had a good relationship with Dominick during the time they dated, but refused to answer further questions.

Dominick was not present when Anderson was killed, but there is evidence that in the months before the murder, armed with a hand gun, he came into the city to “assault and harass African Americans. He even used a sling shot to shoot metal ball bearings at two of his victims.”

Joshua Ledet was one of Skylar’s best friends on the show, so it’s hard to imagine that she’s a racist. Damn, that she’d date one though.

Watch the Channel 12 report below.

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  • sporkle

    Wow. Sure didn’t see that one coming … but for her sake, I hope she wasn’t involved. Skylar seems like a sensible girl. The whole thing is just a shame. 

  • girlygirltoo

    Wow… :(((

    This isn’t the guy she was supposedly engaged to, is it?
    Hopefully she had no knowledge of what he and his friends were planning to do that night.

  • fed

    “Joshua Ledet was one of Skylar’s best friends on the show, so it’s hard to imagine that she’s a racist.”

    ….really, mj? the whole “i have black/gay/yellow friends so i can’t possibly be racist/homophobic/whatever” point of view? that is SO tired. and insulting.

    and wow this was a pretty serious crime and made national headlines (and maybe even on 20/20 or dateline). i read about it at the time when i was living in CA. kinda unfortunate that skylar was even associated with anyone like him, let alone dating him.

  • Kariann Hart

    I couldn’t be around people like Dominick.  Best that he is out of Skylar’s life.

  • Anny_nanny

    The people on the forehead is not written that they are racists, idiots or killers. (About angels and geniuses do not write too.) Black/white, gay/hetero – we all the people, I don’t understand how they can raise their hand on the man? But we can’t blame any person only on the basis of the former environment, so we can hang the label on the half of the world.
    If I have correctly understood, they parted. Skylar need to learn to choose friends more cautious, but I do believe that she will learn.

  • supersonic

    I knew there was some reason why she totally rubbed me the wrong way.  I knew it!

  • James M.

    I hope Skylar wasn’t in any way knowledgeable or involved on her ex’s actions. She’s always seemed sensible.

  • Niall

    Skylar always seemed like a nice girl and I hope she is, but we only know what celebrities want us to know.

    Still, young girls date horrible guys all the time. They either put blinders on or they are sure they can turn a douchebag into a prince. This could have been one of those situations.

  • Stooch

    Sadly, I tend to judge people by the company they keep :(

  • Henrique Mendes

    I understand, but that is a standart that you can’t held people to.
    You can only control your actions, not what the others do.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Dominick was not present when Anderson was killed, but there is evidence that in the months before the murder, armed with a hand gun, he came into the city to “assault and harass African Americans. He even used a sling shot to shoot metal ball bearings at two of his victims.”

    Yikes! It’s hard to believe that Skylar was unaware of the mindset and attitude of this guy.

    “Skylar always seemed like a nice girl and I hope she is, but we only know what celebrities want us to know.”

    Exactly. The public doesn’t really know any of these people. 

  • WestiesRule

    I believe we all get involved with people who end up having beliefs other than ours. Many keep those thoughts/beliefs safely hidden so you might have an inkling but you either don’t want to believe them, may think they are agreeing with their red neck friends or any other excuse you may think of because you “love/are infatuated” with the person and “hope” you misunderstood them. I’m not making excuses for her but just commenting on years of observing human behavior. I bet we all know someone who holds some crazy bigoted ideas and basically chose to ignore that part of them. I get that people are often judged by the friends they keep but she walked away. I’m not defending her but some of these comments are a bit much.

  • Tess

    If nothing else this story goes a long way to remind Idol contestants that their lives, once they walk out on the idol stage, are no longer their own and they better make darn sure that they are willing to withstand the onslaught if any of their skeletons become public knowledge. It may not seem fair but that is how the world operates, especially in this day and age of global communication.  Nothing stays buried anymore and blogs and the media are always out to get hits so everything ends up being fodder online.

  • jpfan2

    This isn’t going to help her get a record deal. Or any gigs associated with Idol.
    Pretty horrible story.

  • Damien Roberts

    In MJs defense I think its a tired excuse, like you say multiple racist things and what not and have no proof of getting along with people of different cultures, but you somehow have friends that nobody has seen.

    Generally people of different cultures won’t hang out with someone who isn’t a fan of said culture. So seeing that Joshua and Skylar not only got along, but got along very well is a pretty serious inclination that she probably isn’t racist. Generally racists don’t befriend the people they hate.

    That said, it doesn’t mean that Skylar didn’t know that HE was racist.

  • abbysee

    So much for living in this post racial world. Don’t know if she knew, but hate that extreme is hard to hide.

  • raya

    There are just some things you don’t expect to read when you wake up.  Wow!  I admittedly am not up to date on all things Skylar, but is this the guy she was still dating during idol?  I know she broke up with her boyfriend during the show at some point and started dating another guy from back home, and she is supposedly engaged to the new guy. 

    She was tweeting yesterday.  Wonder if she’ll comment on this one.

  • steph6449

    Hard to read into this what Skylar knew but it doesn’t give a good feeling if she dated a person involved in this sort of ugly activity over a period of time, and was actually there the evening of the party. 

    No matter how drunk they may have been, what kind of guys sit at a birthday party and think let’s go out and physically / verbally attack other people to celebrate. Even if on this particular evening the guy says he was not involved in the actions themselves, the apparent pattern of his attacking strangers with slingshots and the like is violent and beyond stupid.

    I’m not a huge fan of the vague “hate crime” concept especially attached to something like assault or murder. Anyone who assaults or murders anyone, regardless of motive, is exhibiting pretty hateful behavior in my book. So I hope the penalty in his plea deal for ‘conspiracy of a hate crime’ is at least comparable to his role in what happened the night in question — which seems to be conspiracy to assault, if he was involved in the early planning for the harassment ‘outing’ even if he ultimately didn’t go.

  • jobeob987

    This is surprising given that Skyler’s close friendship with Joshua Ledet seemed genuine. Still, it’s hard to believe she didn’t know what her boyfriend was really like.  Not saying she participated in what transpired just that she likely tolerated the mindset of their group of friends.  She’ll be tainted by this, for sure — to what extent remains to be seen.  A real shame all the way around.  All these lives ruined for the sake of hatred (the man killed, the young men who will be going to jail for a very long time, their families, etc.).  I guess Skyler will be the least affected even if this does affect her career negatively.

  • potatorocks

    I remember when I was concerned about the gun toting, atv ramming image they were giving Skylar during her run on AI.  This past relationship with a racist  boy completes that picture and I think she will have difficulty  overcoming it. 
    No matter what her age,   it is hard to believe that she could associate with someone socially whose level of intolerance was so great that they were capable of commiting a hate crime and not know it.  Ugh it is just all so disheartening.

  • Jaejae1

    A lot of racist people have a black “friend” that they are ok with. Think back to to the slave days.  I always wonder about these little hick towns where people like Skylar, P2, and Scotty come from. I just imagine their families hurling the N word around and having fits if their child was to date anyone not white.  Not saying anything about those kids but I know the environment they come from being from the South.  And that Skylar would date an ___hole like that and probably even be friends with the rest  of his buddies is not a surprise to me really.  I am sure she heard him and his buddies talking about what they were going to do all the time and saying durogatory things about anyone who wasn’t white, straight, american…who knows?  But as I said, not surprised at all. 

  • Tinawina

    Wow. I’m speechless.

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  • Tess

    I always wonder about these little hick towns where people like Skylar, P2, and Scotty come from.

    Wow, I didn’t quote the whole post because I was just taken back at the racism I conjoured up while reading it.  And unless someone is hiding under a bush they should be aware that one of Scotty’s very best friends is black and that his hometown is a suburb of a large metropolitan area.  And guns have nothing to do with racism, nor is the “south” the only racist area…I’ve traveled enough to know that it exists in almost every corner of the world.  You should live where I live and see how people react to those of a different race or ethnicity.

    I have no clue about what Skylar knew or didn’t know and I hope until that is known people treat her with the same respect as they would, say the girlfriend of a mass murderer who really didn’t have a clue what he was capable of doing.  Guilt by association is hard to overcome, I wish Skylar the best.

  • chillj

    I once dated a guy living in Wellesley, MA, one of the fanciest suburbs of Boston.  I never knew he was a racist until we were in a supermarket and he made a nasty crack to a (black) woman near us.  I was appalled – and stunned and embarrassed and I hurt for the woman.  I never expected…I just assumed.  It should not necessarily reflect on Skylar.

  • mjsbigblog

    You never know what goes on in a celebrity’s life really, unless you know them, but Skylar and Joshua really seemed to be friends.  I’m not going to judge Skylar without knowing the full story. 

    Skylar could have just gotten mixed up with a bad apple. It’s not unusual for young people make bad dating decisions. It happens all of the time.

  • fantoo1

    Yep, not to mention Scotty is also part Puerto Rican, and his grandmother is a Spanish speaking Latina.

  • raya

    Agreed.  While I don’t presume to know any of these people, I have never seen anything from Skylar publicly to raise any red flags.  For now I’m giving Skylar the benefit of the doubt.  It would be different if this was someone she was actively involved with, but for all we know this is the reason the guy was kicked to the curb.  We really don’t anything about her involvement or what she did or didn’t know. 

    Also as said below, southern does not necessarily equal “hick” town.

  • bridgette12

    Skylar has a problem, she was dating a racist that has now been accused of hate crimes. She can’t pretend that she didn’t know what he was, because most people when they are with their spouse or significant other, they tend to relax and show who they are. Her buddy Joshua, should consider himself lucky that her boyfriend and his predator racist buddies, didn’t go after him.

  • bridgette12

    But he looks white.

  • chillj

    People date without ever asking each other their views on race.  That mostly shows how the society has progressed.

  • chillj

    People do not always “show who they are.”  Sometimes they know better.

  • Ronnie D

    I don’t believe for one instant that she didn’t know he was a racist. I don’t know what world you come from, but most people do know what their mates views are on topics like this, and just choose to ignore it because “I LOVE HIM.”

  • hello

    how horrible.

    and yes it’s hard to belive skylar didn’t know he was like that. very unlikely

  • chillj

    I have dated people where the subject never came up and I can think of innumerable people, including relatives, whose views on the topic I don’t know, because when I think about it, I never asked.  The guy I dated that I described below was a master’s level therapist who worked for the State of Massachusetts; we were both single parents with young children and race never came up.  You have race discussions in non presidential election years with everyone you know?  If you don’t, you may be in for some surprises.  A boyfriend does not qualify as a “mate,” he qualifies as a “date.”

  • listen

    And unless someone is hiding under a bush they should be aware that one of Scotty’s very best friends is black and that his hometown is a suburb of a large metropolitan area.

    I read this blog most every day and I know nothing about Scotty’s best friends nor where he lives. 
    The reason  – I don’t read articles about Scotty; he doesn’t interest me.
    Just because someone is a very popular AI winner, doesn’t mean people who don’t follow said winner have any inkling about their personal lives.  
    Just saying…

    Re Skylar: I would think she had to be somewhat aware of her boyfriend’s racist attitude, as well as that of his closest friends.  How could that hate be hidden so well that Skylar wouldn’t have some inkling these guys were violently racist?
    Usually that degree of pure hate is hard to hide, isn’t it?

  • bridgette12

    The subject don’t have to come up. That type of racism is ingrained in the very soul of these people. It affects every aspect of their lives. This was her boyfriend, not a blind date who she just met.

  • Miz

    To me the most remarkable part of this story is that the family of the victim has requested that his killers are not given the death penalty. My heart goes out to them.

    I am not going to judge Skylar on the attitude and actions of a former boyfriend. She has given me no reason to think she is a racist herself. I didn’t like her love of guns and hunting, but that is something that is personal to me.

  • Ronnie D

    Part of dating is getting to know the person, at least that’s what I thought it was about. Since I don’t know if they were sleeping together, I guess I can’t say they were “mates.” lol

  • Amy Beth

    I don’t know anything about Skylar’s racial attitudes, now or before Idol. I do know that getting away from a small town where everyone thinks the same, and literally “going Hollywood” could have been an eye-opening, growing experience for her.

  • runways

    So owning guns and ATVs are now equivalent to racism? I’m willing to bet she probably knew about the boyfriend’s views, and maybe she is a racist, but your foreshadowing is insane. 

  • J

    Agreed.  I think casting judgement on someone just because of the town or region they grew up makes about as much sense as judging someone for skin color.  Prejudice isn’t a Southern problem, it’s a worldwide problem.

    People should be judged for their own character.  Stereotyping entire groups of people is it’s own form of prejudice.

  • J

    There is nothing to show that she knew.  People hide what they are from someone they are dating all the time. Just like people hide what they are from co-workers or family. So many women wouldn’t end up in abusive relationships if the guy wasn’t hiding his true nature from the start. 

  • girlygirltoo

    I grew up in a small town, and not everyone thought the same way where I’m from, so I don’t think it’s fair to assume everyone in Skylar’s home town thinks the same way or believes the same things.

  • BonnieDee

    That’s pretty strong stuff for her to not see it.  It would be hard not to know your long time boyfriend is a violent racist.  And now she’s associated with a racist in the headlines, so whether she knew or not, it’s not good for her.  I’ve seen reports that she dated him at least 3 years.  I have a hard time believing she didn’t know.  

  • Stooch

    Many people are saying that Skylar didn’t know or might have been unaware, I could buy that if the incident happen at the party as a result of a fight and their hatred came out of nowhere and resulted in the young mans death.  But there were several incidents over a period of time with planning among friends, this attitude was not hidden.  I can’t say what Skylar feels about the situation, it’s hard to judge what is in a person’s heart and mind, but I’m quite sure she was aware of the attitude.

  • Cannon X

    I’m not saying Skylar is a racist, but the argument that she has a black friend makes you think she is not a racist is the dumbest thing I ever read on this site. Most racists have black friends. The common belief that alot racists have is its alright to be friends with one, just don’t date one.

  • potatorocks

    You misunderstand my point.   I was concerned at the time because I felt they were playing up a stereotype that would not help her get votes with a large group of people.  I thought it hurt her chances.    I think her association with her ex reinforces that stereotype and it will hurt her now once again as she trys to get a record deal.

    I do not know Skylar’s feelings on race.  I do know kids will hide all kinds of things from each other when they want to get involved.  A boyfriend of someone very close to me joined her in all kinds of gay rights issue events at school and  volunteered with her at an aids clinic only to let her know when they broke up that he had a real problem with gay people.

    It is hard to believe Skyler didn’t know but I do know that  it is possible.

  • J

    I guess I’m just not willing to judge her based on assumptions.  I’d rather have facts.

  • BonnieDee

    She’s not doing much for her image with her current Twitter pic being a huge rifle pointed out the window, at least not at this time.  She needs to get away from calling herself an outlaw too.   I’m no fan, but for her fans who do support her, she needs image help now more than ever.

  • bridgette12

    There are quite a few women who have dated these abusive slugs that been slapped and pushed them around when they dated them, but choose to ignore all of it, because they love them and was sure they could change them with love and time.

    If he was a racist and his buddies were a racist, don’t you think Skylar might have picked up on the clues. People of this type   are not shy about stating their opinions. Her boyfriend and his buddies hunted people down other human beings either to harass, assault and kill. If Skyler knew about this and kept her mouth shut about any of the crimes any of them perpetrated , she’s as guilty as they are. She don’t get a pass if she knew.

  • J

    I know from first hand experience that people can hide an abusive nature for years.  No, not all abusive people make it plainly evident what they are capable of doing. 

    The operative word you use in your assessment is “IF”.  That’s right, “IF” she knew anything then you can hold her responsible for that.  But you don’t know and I don’t know.

    Again, I’m not wiiling to jump to a conclusion and judge her when I don’t know the facts.

  • bridgette12

    “If” she knew about what her boyfriend and his friends did on any of these crimes, then she’s no better than they are. Those who commit crimes and the ones who know about, but didn’t participate, are all guilty. If her beloved boyfriend or his friends in any way, say she knew about what they were up to, that career in music business that was a long shot to begin with for her, it’s completely gone. Anyway, it wasn’t like labels were lining up to sign her, she was not anything special on that show or anything that country music didn’t already have.

  • Stooch

    A person can hide their true identities, but this was group think and by nature is much more in the open

  • mjsbigblog

    Most racists have black friends. The common belief that alot racists have is its alright to be friends with one, just don’t date one.

    That particular generalization is brand new to me! Who woulda thunk it.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yeah, I read this blog every day too and I had no clue that one of Scotty’s best friends is an AA. Plus, I don’t know what that means in terms of his more general attitudes towards AAs (eg. if intermarriage is ‘acceptable’, etc.), and I suspect that no one who doesn’t know him in real life has a clue either. Scotty went on Ellen, but then walked out just before an interview with Larry Flick on OutQ Sirius radio allegedly because Larry was gay and his show was targeted to the LGBT community. I don’t know what to think about Scotty’s attitudes on the LGBT community and will likely never know.

  • bridgette12

    People like this are not quiet and meek, who hide their evil behind locked doors. For these people, they had a pack mentality and that mentality was to hurt, humiliate and kill people of color. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “she was dating a racist that has now been accused of hate crimes. ”

    Not just “accused”. The former boyfriend has pled guilty to hate crimes.

  • J

    I couldn’t care less if she ever sells a single song.  I’m not a fan.  I don’t see what that has to do with judging her on this issue.

    You are still using suppositions to judge her.

  • bridgette12

    Your right, I should have said guilty of hate crimes. 

  • J

    So what did Skylar hear and what did she know?  It would appear based on your analysis that everyone who knew any of these guys condones their actions since it was so open and obvious.

  • potatorocks

    In CannonX’s defense, I have a friend whose parents gave him that talk at 14 years old when the family moved to America.

  • bridgette12

    I am using her long, intimate association with someone “convicted” of hate crimes, to question what type of person she is and if she knew what he was and did she in anyway know what he did and turned a blind eye to his crimes. 

  • mjsbigblog

    There’s a huge difference between wanting to hurt or condoning violence against a black person, and not wanting to intermarry.

    My definition of a racist is somebody who HATES a group of people and wants nothing to do with them, and will basically avoids contact with a particular culture.

    I’m not going to debate semantics here. Obviously your mileage may vary on what defines a racist–but I have seen no evidence yet that Skylar HATES black people, and will give her the benefit of the doubt until I do.

  • AlesheaDominique

    One of the news stations for her area reported this people are commenting on the story and are angry that Skylar was even mentioned. They have been calling the news station and complaining.

    This all makes me sad. It sad that I’m not surprised. Much of my Family is from Mississippi on my Momma’s side and for a long time we didn’t go to Jackson unless we absolutely had to.(Yes, I know racism is EVERYWHERE but it insane in the area) Guess there is a reason he is an ex. I’m trying not to judge until all the facts come out. But my take is maybe she new about his thought process and beliefs but never thought he would act on them or do something like this. Darn, and he seemed so nice in the interviews I saw of him during her stint on Idol. But I guess racism never had a certain look.
    Finally, can we stop saying small town when we associate many Idols who are from the South. I guess everyone’s definition of small town is different but to me Scotty and Skylar aren’t really from small towns. 

  • Stooch

    Well I go on my experiences to judge, I hung with my girlfriends and their friends and they hung out with me and my friends.  We all knew how we felt about certain people, groups and issues.  There are several levels of people I call friends and may not know their exact feelings on everything but within my inner circle I did.  If the accounts we see are correct than this wasn’t a spur of the moment thing and rather a prevailing Ideology among them.  I don’t know if Skylar agrees with their point of view, I can’t get inside her head but she was aware of the attitude as were probably many others in the inner circle.  If this was an isolated incident that got out of hand I would have a different view.

  • potatorocks

    I agree with you regarding Skylar who this topic is about.

     There are varying degrees of hate and intolerance   all of which I believe to be racism. 

  • fantoo1

    I actually don’t know of any close African American friends of his, but I know he is close to an Asian.

  • Eilonwy

    If he was a racist and his buddies were a racist, don’t you think Skylar might have picked up on the clues. People of this type   are not shy about stating their opinions.

    By that logic, if Ms. Laine shares her ex-bf’s views, presumably she would have given some hint by now.

    It must be awful to discover that a person in one’s circle would commit a horrible crime, but I’m not ready to treat a bad dating decision as tantamount to being an accessory. If she condones his behavior, it’ll come out eventually — probably as a social media meltdown, since that appears to be the top means lately of celebrity self-promotion/self-destruction.

  • J

    I think it’s funny that people want to use her relationship with her boyfriend to question her character based on his actions, yet her own actions in being good friends with Josh are not supposed to offer any evidence whatsoever of her character.

    IF she knew what was going on then she is accountable for that, but for all we know he became her EX when she realized what he is about.

  • Taylor

    This article gives some information about the crime, including a possible timetable of some  of the events. The crimes were committed a few months before Skylar was on Idol.

  • Maha

    Well, it’s one thing to be “racist,” as in you have prejudices against people on account of their race, but it’s a whole other thing to be bigoted and hateful to the point of purposefully seeking to torment people because of their race.  That the perpetrators of the assault and murder on Mr. Anderson announced their intentions openly at a party of their friends and that Dominick (the ex-boyfriend), although not involved in that assault, apparently had what seems to be a prior habit of terrorizing black people do not speak well for anyone else who kept their company, in my view. With that said, I can imagine that their girlfriends would not agree with their behavior and want them not to do it, but I’d have a hard time believing they were totally unaware.  

  • Eilonwy

    This article gives some information about the crime, including a possible timetable of some  of the events. The crimes were committed a few months before Skylar was on Idol.

    Eep. If that article’s accurate, that really doesn’t look good, particularly the statement that the group boasted about its exploits.

    I’d like to hear her response — if she chooses to make one — before reaching a conclusion. But I hope her management’s discussing how this kind of story can have an impact on her career.

    And if she was comfortable hanging out with people who behaved thus, I hope she’s since learned better and will choose her friends more wisely.

  • potatorocks

    Does Skylar have management or a PR team?  Does she have to handle this on her own?   I think she will have to address it given the time frame.

  • raya

    I don’t know if Skylar has PR people, but I can’t see how she can’t comment at some point, or at least offer up a carefully crafted PR statement.  Whatever she knew or didn’t know, her being linked to something like this, could be an immediate career killer.  Especially since we’re talking a boyfriend of 3 years and someone she was still involved with until relatively recently.  I realize this is a far bigger issue than just her career, but I would think anybody in their right mind would want to distance themselves from this whole mess as quickly as possible.

  • chillj

    There are a myriad of possibilities, including the one that Skylar may once have felt as her boyfriend did, but has grown and no longer does.

  • elliegrll

    I am not going to judge Skylar on the attitude and actions of a former boyfriend.

    People tend to judge others by the company that they keep.  This was her boyfriend, not her brother, so she made the choice to associate with him.

  • chillj

     What is disturbing about some posts on this issue is that by referring to “rednecks” (or anyone else) as “these” or “those” people, the posters are jumping to the same type of gross generalizations that racists employ. 

  • chillj

    But any number of people keep the company of people in their youth they never would as an adult.  

  • Miz

    According to that article, females were also involved. I pray that Skylar wasn’t one of them.

  • pj

    Hmm.  Just read that article that was just posted.  She dated him for 3 years.  I don’t see how she couldn’t know of his attitudes. Not saying she knew what he did, but someone willing to attack someone can’t be shy about expressing themselves verbally.  I’m not saying that she agreed with him. How would I know?  I do find it disgusting that she would hang out with him.  I couldn’t do it. 

    ETA: The fact he didn’t even try to fight suggests he might have done worse than what he plead to…

  • bridgette12

    You won’t have to worry about her having a celebrity meltdown or whatever, because she became obsolete when she left the show and no one would pay attention. Which is a good thing, because the scandal would have bad for her career. 

  • Niall

    If she does comment on this I hope she doesn’t plead ignorance of this guys character. She lives in a small town where everybody knows everybody else’s business, and she dated him for a long time.

    I hope, like I posted earlier, that she was a young girl with rose colored glasses who thought she could change him or thought he would grow out of it. It’s better if she admits to lapses in judgement and points out he is no longer part of her life ( if that’s the case, I’d hate to learn they still associate).

  • No Thanks

    Sounds like Skylar was with this guy for a while and must have known about his racists views and least SOME of his exploits.  She might not have joined in but the fact that she was basically rolling with this band of racists does NOT look good for her.  She clearly put up with it and did nothing about it.  

  • BonnieDee

    Exactly.  Totally agree.

  • DB987

    I think this tells me that Skylar did not have her shit together like everyone kept saying.   No matter how she feels she wasn’t able to extract herself from this boy and his friends which isn’t unusal and speaks to a immature perhaps insecure young women.  Hopefully she grows up and releases that carrying a gun and calling yourself an outlaw isn’t nearly as brave as being someone who can standup for what is right.

  • Cannon X

    There are varying degrees of racism. Most people who are racists don’t go around hunting down Blacks. That’s a very small percentage of racists. Those people are extremists like skinheads and the kkk. The average racist in America don’t like Black people, would never date or marry a Black person, but would have a Black friend if the situation presents itself.

    I don’t know if Skylar is a racists or not, but it wouldn’t SHOCK me because she has a Black friend.

  • BonnieDee

    In this TOC article, she denied knowing anything about it.  I still say she must have at least known his character.  The article says they broke up during the season.

  • bridgette12

    If your hanging about with a bunch of racist, you have to know what they are. They got together and planned attacks on other human beings. If she didn’t know, she would have to be one of the most clueless people in the world. 

  • pj

    Wow.  They couldn’t find enough people to harass in their own town so drove to Jackson to do it?  

    She says she didn’t know about the charges.  Okay, but did she know about the crimes?

  • J

    I know.  It’s fascinating watching people all too ready to point fingers of blame while unwittingly putting their own prejudices up for display.

  • J

    This is what she said…

    Dominick and Laine broke up before the reality competition ended, and
    the singer says she knew nothing of the charges. “I knew nothing about
    Joseph committing hate crimes,” she told the Clarion-Ledger
    in Jackson, Miss. “I have never committed a hate crime, and I would
    encourage anyone with knowledge of a hate crime to come forward.”

    Maybe if she can prove a negative, she will be forgiven by those who have already found her guilty.

  • James M.

    People tend to judge others by the company that they keep.

    Which I think really sucks. I remember during Season 10 when Scotty’s friend apparently poked fun at Lauren’s weight and people were on Scotty’s case about it. That didn’t seem fair.

    Skylar’s situation is a lot more serious, obviously. I’m really hoping she put on the blinders and made a lapse in judgment in whom she dated rather than supported his acts.

  • Stooch

    “Maybe if she can prove a negative, she will be forgiven by those who have already found her guilty.”

    For not knowing someone she dated for 3 years is a racists and bigot  yeah are we ever delusional.  Nobody has said she’s involved in this sorted affair, but to plead ignorance that this could have happened or any shock about it is a bit disingenuous

  • Kirsten

    Dominick was not present when Anderson was killed, but there is evidence
    that in the months before the murder, armed with a hand gun, he came
    into the city to “assault and harass African Americans. He even used a
    sling shot to shoot metal ball bearings at two of his victims.”

    I don’t even know what to say. It is so sad that there are such twisted people out there that think this is a “good time”. Ugh.

  • J

    Violent crimes are committed all the time while the people they knew
    were clueless.  It’s the common theme, “He was a nice guy.  We had no

    The collective wisdom of the blogosphere who weren’t there
    and don’t know any of the actual facts with regard to her knowledge and
    involvement (or lack thereof) is not something I find persuasive enough
    to prematurely condemn her.

    Even people who were eye witnesses
    to crimes can’t get all the facts straight, so I’m definitely not
    putting stock in an internet jury that is convinced they know something they don’t really know.

    I don’t think it’s
    delusional.  I just think it is a lack of consideration for other
    possibilities and a rush to judgement based on limited information. 

    I think any person deserves the benefit of the doubt until actual facts come to light.  Innocent until proven guilty, as they say.   

  • pj

    I don’t think anyone is suggesting that she had anything to do with the crimes.  I do think having a boyfriend for 3 years and knowing nothing about his beliefs is a bit hard to swallow.  I’m also not stereotyping her for her living in the South. I am very, very disappointed that she dated a guy like that.  I don’t care how young she is.

    ETA: The facts seem clear. She dated a guy who was not only racist, but one who violently attacked others for being of a different race. I find that troublesome. I also find it hard she to believe she didn’t know about his racism, since the articles suggest it was a topic of discussion at parties.

  • Stooch

    The way you are describing “violent crimes” are more due to “snap factor” or “loosing it” when you hear the term “he was a nice guy”.  As I said in a earlier post if he lost it a bar or a party and beat a guy to death, yes you sometimes don’t see that coming and I would have a different take on the situation.  But this behavior was a pattern over time, discussed and brag about and even before any violence occurred there would be been signs.  The only thing I’m saying Skylar is guilty of is bad judgement in a relationship and will also say that she was quite aware of Dominik’s views on race.  

  • J

    Really?  Because I see people saying she must have known what he was doing and therefore must have condoned it.

    Saying she must have known he had prejudicial attitudes and she must have known about criminal behavior aren’t the same thing.

    And I’m going to allow for a 14 to 17-year-old to figure out that she wants to disassociate from certain types of people.

    If she is judged by the company she keeps, then it must be noted that she stopped keeping his company and happily kept company with Josh.

    We don’t have to judge people in a vacuum.

  • bridgette12

    She was at the party with her boyfriend. Him and his friends were talking about harassing and assaulting people. Where was she at when this talk was going on, in the bathroom? If the party goers heard it, how can she not know about it. 

  • J

    No, they aren’t all “snap factor”.  I’ve watched enough Dateline, 48 Hours Mystery, Snapped, 20/20, American Justice, City Confidential and Investigation Discovery marathons to know.

    Rapists/murderers are often very good at hiding their crimes.  And they often have wives and children for years or decades that don’t figure it out.  Green River killer, anyone?  BTK killer anyone?

    People say this Joseph guy’s hate crimes were so extreme that there is no way he cold have hidden it from her.  Yeah, well,  I think killing people, eating them and storing their body parts in your refrigerator is pretty extreme.  Burying bodies in your basement or back yard is pretty extreme.  But people have managed to hide those kinds of things and appear as normal and productive members of society for years. These were long-term activities, not a sudden violent snap.

  • Axxxel

    I hope, like I posted earlier, that she was a young girl with rose colored glasses who thought she could change him or thought he would grow out of it.

    LOL… I love the above statement..Not only young girls think that way.. some (much)  older ones think like that too !

  • Stooch

    Well actually confusing two completely separate mental issues.  A Serial Killer has certain psychiatric issues that makes him/her like killing, they know it’s wrong so they hide it, but still do it to satisfy whatever fantasy or pathology they have.  A racist who is violent can share the traits of a serial killer but generally a racist doesn’t feel the need to hide there views especially among like minded friends.  They went out for 3 years she knew his views, even if she didn’t agree.  If she was dating a drug addict for 3 years you can’t tell me she won’t know where all the drug dealers in town lived, even if she didn’t do them  

  • J

    Well, that’s just the thing bridgett12.  You can ask me those questions, but I’m not pretending I know the answers.

    So you tell me.  What room in the house did the conversation take place?  Were they whispering, shouting or speaking in a normal tone? How many people were involved in the conversation and how many overheard it?  What did the other party goers say about what transpired?  When did Skylar arrive?  What did she hear?  What did she say? Did Skylar go to the bathroom?  Did Sklyar go outside to talk to someone else?  Why did Joseph decide not to go?  Did Skylar hear the conversation and talk him out of it?  Did he say, “No, I’m not going because I don’t want Skylar to find out. Shut up.”

    If there is evidence that Skylar knew about multiple criminal assaults and knew about this particular impending criminal assault, why was she not charged with anything?  Was she hauled in for questioning?  Did she testify?

    What are the actual facts?

    She could be guilty as sin for all I know, but before I go accusing someone of such a heinous thing, I’d just like to know that I’ve got it right first.

    Now that she has disavowed herself of any knowledge, maybe Joseph or someone else will spill the beans.  I haven’t seen that yet, though.

  • bridgette12

    And I’m not pretending that someone who was in a relationship for three years with a guy, didn’t know that he’s racist and so are his friends. Did she need him to stand there dressed in his klan outfit carrying a cross to burn, not to recognize what he was. But as you say, you can’t answer the question and she pretends that she was clueless to all of it. 

  • J

    Were you not saying she must have known about his violent activites?  Because that is what you appeared to be saying before.

    You claimed that Skylar must have known about his activities unless he just “snapped”.  There is ample evidence that close family and friends often don’t know about violent activities that has nothing to do with “snapping”.

    Now you say she must have known because racists don’t feel the need to hide their views.  I don’t know where you get that idea.  People hide what they know society  and the law does not accept.  And people often put on different personas when they are around different goups of people…co-workers, family, spouse, dates and even different groups of friends.

    And again, whether she knew about his racist attitudes and whether she knew about his violent crimes are two different things.

  • J

    Yes, that could very well be what happened.  I’m glad someone could offer a less damning possibility.  It’s not unusual for girls/women to be very stupid about men and trying to change them.

  • mjsbigblog


    Dial it back people.

  • Stooch

    LOL sorry, Skylar had no way of knowing any of this about her ex-boyfriend :)

  • hillstreetblooz

     True that… some of the most racist people I’ve encountered in my life have been those mealy mouth ones who sputter that worn out – but, but some of my best friends are black! Her being friends with Ledet is no indication of what or how she may really feel in her heart… I don’t know for certain if she’s racist or not, but I say BS on her not knowing exactly who and what this dude was… Not feeling sad for him atall – hope he gets the max allowable under the law… hope she picks better boyfriends in the future.

  • hillstreetblooz

     I ain’t a pollyanna, but IMO there’s no way to nice up or put rose colored glasses on the kind of sickness in one’s soul that leads them to Hate on,  hurt or murder people simply because they are a different color, race, sex or religion, etc… no rationalizing can pretty up the ugly that racism is…  she consorted with a racist murderer – I’ve no problem saying that, because that is what it is… she’ll have to live with and make her peace with it, but it won’t change those facts…

  • Cherry

    This is terrible for Skylar. It’s either “love is blind”… or it’s…”tell me who your friends are, & I’ll tell you who you are” / “birds of a feather flock together” principle. Any of these have devastating consequences. It’s good she broke up with him. It could have been worse if she didn’t.

  • potatorocks

    But from the article it sounded like he broke up with her which makes the situation even harder to understand.

  • Axxxel

    agree with Cherry… Love is blind.Then again I am only speculating… good she is not with him anymore.

  • bridgette12

    It would have to be blind not to notice she was dating a racist for three years. 

  • Jaejae1

    Boston is well known to be racist.  Remember the story of the white woman who drowned her two babies and then claimed two black guys(made up) stole her car with her kids in it?

    Racisim is wide spread. Can’t deny that, but it is still extremely malignant in the deep south.  You get more stuff like what happened to that poor kid happening in the deep south than in other regions of the country.  If you look up recent lynching type behaviors and hate crimes, you can see where most of them occur. 

  • Axxxel

    As some other poster said… , there are several degrees of racism. Would you ever think that your lover/love one (family) would be able to commit a (hate) crime ? It could happen to anybody else but to ourselves…

  • Jaejae1

    You have the fact that she dated this guy.  

  • Jaejae1

    I know you said you are not debatibng semantics and that you are using your own definition, but in this discussion, I do think semantics is important.  HATE can be a component of racism but in general what really defines a racist is feeling that a person is less human than you are.  That they are less everything than you. A racist can interact with those people but they are not really perceived as “same” or “equal”. Your definition leaves out a lot. The majority of Germans didn’t really “hate” Jews. And yes there is a HUGE difference between not wanting to intermarry or date and wanting to hurt or kill someone because of a difference in race or culture but it really is a matter of where that person is on a spectrum. I have met the vehement hateful racist, and the quiet kind who sit around shouting the N word, disrespecting men and women of color, would never consider dating a person of color and would kill their kid if they did and yet would be more than happy to get LeBron James’ autograph and a picture with his arm around him. 

  • Stooch

    I don’t think anyone is blaming Skylar for the acts of violence but rather the fact she chose to associated with such a person for 3 years.  I highly doubt he woke up one day before the attacks and said “you know what I’m a racist”

  • Jaejae1

    So this article stated that there were girls who participated in these trips to attack black people.

  • upsidedawn

    If you mean Susan Smith, I believe that happened in South Carolina.  Just a small point–no denying that racism exists all over the US.

  • guinness 416

    I think the “she might not have known he was a racist” might be a little more likely if she was 30 …. an age you’re so busy with work and friends and other responsibilities you’re seeing someone you date for a couple of hours at night, and when people have all sorts of stuff in their pasts.  But as a teen who’s dating someone for years you’re in each other’s pockets, have all those long summers together.  It’s all speculation on all our parts of course but that she didn’t know his true colours seems pretty unlikely to me.  Depressing stuff all ’round.

  • ptslittlecomment

    How do we know that this guy’s racist attitude is not the very reason Skylar broke up with him? Or that he dumped her because she refused to go along with his beleifs or actions? We do not know anything about the relationship nor what she did or did not do. I do not think we are in a position to judge.

    And along that line, I happen to think that calling all Southerners racist just because they live in the South is pretty prejudicial in itself.

    But that is really the definition of prejudice isn’t it? Juding some one before one gets to know them…….

  • bridgette12

    The strange thing I find about it is that in that video that reporter said he asked Skyler mother if her daughter had any knowledge or involvement with the hate crimes, and she refused to answer. I don’t know about anyone else’s parents, but if it was my mom and they asked that about me, she would screamed at them that there was no way in hell that I would have anything to do with committing a hate crime nor condoning one. But her mom didn’t do that, she refused to answer. How hard of a question is that to answer, especially if your daughter is innocent.

  • Jaejae1

    Thanks for the correction. I acknowledged it in the original post as well. :)

  • Stooch

    Well I guess it comes down to whether you believe she knew nothing about his racist beliefs.  All the incidents occurred before she started her idol journey, so she was around him at the time.  She may not have been involved in this horrible situation but she was with him at the time.  This is speculation but because he wasn’t involved in the murder, she might have thought he didn’t have to worry.  But because of the horrible nature of the crime the prosecutors were out to make an example of this group and came back and charged the others with “Hate crime conspiracy” for their past actions.

    So tho answer your question with a question how do know she wasn’t told by someone that she better dump this guy if she ever wants to have a career in music?

  • supersonic

    I always wonder about these little hick towns where people like Skylar,
    P2, and Scotty come from. I just imagine their families hurling the N
    word around and having fits if their child was to date anyone not white.

    Me, too.  I feel the exact same way.

    And unless someone is hiding under a bush they should be aware that one
    of Scotty’s very best friends is black and that his hometown is a suburb
    of a large metropolitan area.

    Then, I must be living under a bush (or just don’t care).  But having one of his very best friends being black or his hometown means nothing to me.  All racists don’t come from the backwoods.  They can come from the suburbs, too.

  • tibitibis

    Wow ! I watched many news about this case in the past and i surprised that only now we learn about Skylar , is true we shouldn’t judge her , but three years into a relationship with a person with this kind of behavior is a little crazy , is true she was a teen by the time she was with this guy so teens had the tendency to see the world in a more romantic way and the ‘bad guys’ often impress young/teen girls ….. but ….idk even her parents; what were they thinking ?. …Ugly News :/

  • durbesque

    Why is any of this dirty business relevant to us?  Is Skylar’s career in jeopardy?  She has no career and never will.  She’s just a girl who was on Idol.

  • blackberryharvest

    I don’t see any signs or indication that Scotty or Phillip are racist. Scotty has never said or done anything that even gives a little sign of being racist. People would argue that its just because he is a white from the south, but that would be generalizing. Besides, his Grandma is 100% Puerto Rican. As for Phillip, his best friend on the show was an Asian(Hee-Jun) and Jimmy Hendrix is one of his idols.

    I don’t think Skylar is a racist either, her dating one doesn’t mean she is. I know a lot of people who are together and have opposing viewpoints.

  • Stooch

    I hope this is wrong, if it’s true someone needs to tell this girl to stay away from these people

  • Abner4President

    The original comment suggested “little hick towns” foster racism. But Scotty doesn’t come from a “little hick town.” Why even wonder about his or his family’s propensity to throw around racial epithets then? What basis is there to this speculation? The “little hick town” = racist stereotype is at least fairly common, but for Scotty it boils down to what? That he’s white and southern? Ridiculous.

    I do hope that the people in this thread speculating as to others’ prejudices based solely on the type of town they come from realize how steeped they are in irony.

  • bridgette12

    She’s all buddy buddy with these lowlifes. 

  • Kariann Hart

    Sometimes girls will put up with unacceptable behavior because they are insecure and may feel they can’t get any better.  Then again, this racist attitude might be true of several guys she could have dated from that town.  I would like to believe she got out of the situation once sanity stepped in.

    I will be honest, I didn’t like the rifle toting, “I am an outlaw” character set up for Skylar. 

  • tibitibis

    ”People tend to judge others by the company that they keep.”

    Well, difficult not to do it when her company are not only racists , but Criminals that had for hobbies  to go out and brutally beat black people just because they feel they want to do it . :|  ….. makes me sad for her , i like her when AI but i hope her wild personality is not that WILD :(

  • tibitibis

    OH well !! …NVM :/

  • DragonFly

    “The night Anderson was murdered, Dominick and some friends were celebrating his birthday, During the party, they discussed going into town to harass and assault blacks.”

    Can’t think of a more fun & exciting birthday actibity!! & likely not a first adventure.   Wh on blk was the focus in this crime but we don’t lose sight of the fact that “activities” like this take all forms of prejudices (blk on wh,
    wh on blk, within a race, b/c of differences of all kinds–the list is endless sad to say).  Absolute mindless criminal offenses against fellow humans. 

  • chillj

    People need to be careful about labeling by geography.  Boston has a troubled racial history, certainly, but so do many places.  The state has a black governor, and so far California and NY have not, so…  I just read in Smithsonian of a study indicating children as young as three months prefer people of their own race.  I am not surprised by this; in fact, I think most if not all people probably have racial preferences, including many minorities. I have lived in minority communities where residents were quite vocal about their prejudices.  There is a big difference between preferring a particular race and actively discriminating based on it, but there is a spectrum of racism.

    Yes, racism is widespread, but it is an area where we would be wise to look at ourselves instead of indicting people we barely know.

  • J

    You hit the nail on the head.

  • J

    And I have the facts that no one here knows what she did, said or truly believed.

  • mjsbigblog


    The average racist in America don’t like Black people, would never date
    or marry a Black person, but would have a Black friend if the situation
    presents itself.

    Most people I know aren’t friends with people they dislike. That’s actually a contradiction in terms.

    When a racist says “Some of my best friends are….” I just assume they are full of shit–exaggerating what relationships they do have (tolerating co-workers, for instance) to defend themselves.

    From what I understand, Holly, Skylar and Joshua were than just co-finalists, but friends who were inseparable during their Idol run. That’s what I based my comments on.

  • OnIyZuul

     Too bad your definition of what’s racist and the dictionary’s version is entirely different.

  • OnIyZuul

     Too bad your definition of racist is not based on the dictionary’s. Or some semblance of reality.

  • Kariann Hart

    So to answer your question with a question how do we know she wasn’t told by someone that she better dump this guy if she ever wants to have a career in music?

    I think this is a real possibility and it may have been her Mom or even a sister.  I can’t help but wonder if Dominick was part of the popular kids crowd or the rebels.  It’s quite likely she knew how bad he was and finally got out of the relationship – or he broke up with her.  We can only speculate what all happened.

    At this point in time, I am done with this thread.  Time to move on.

  • ohreli

    Who would have expected Mel Gibson of being such a racist antisemitic jerk until the truth came out…. You never know….