On 25 August, Marvin Magallanes, 31, was sentenced to two life terms in prison for the murders of Sabah Alsaad, 49, Onosai Tavita, 52, and Danny Pham, 27.
According to The Independent, the California native killed two homeless men—Alsaad and Tavita—in 2016 and 2017 respectively, and then proceeded to strangle his cellmate Pham in their joint prison cell. Both of the homeless men had been sleeping rough when Magallanes killed them. Meanwhile, Pham had only been sharing a cell with Magallanes for a few weeks before he was murdered.
Magallanes allegedly believed that media personality and businesswoman Kylie Jenner was communicating with him and ordering him to commit the aforementioned crimes. He went as far as to claim that the reality TV star had “told him to do it” or otherwise someone was going to “steal his life.”
During the recent trial, one prison guard testified that the inmate did indeed suffer with “split personality” disorder. Family members further emphasised this, stating that Magallanes had displayed erratic behaviour following a painful breakup in his youth.
Ultimately, however, Orange County Superior Court Judge Kimberly Menninger declined Magallanes attorney’s “not guilty by reason of insanity” plea and sentenced the offender to two terms of life in prison without parole for the killings of the homeless men and a further 15 years to life for murdering Pham.
This was not Magallanes first brush with Jenner either. In June 2016, Magallanes attempted to crash his car through the socialite’s security gates at her home in Calabasas, California. At the time, he accepted a plea deal and was only required to serve ten days in LA County Jail followed by a year of probation, as reported by the Daily Mail.
It appears that the convict has been convinced that he has been in a romantic relationship with Jenner since before 2016—fuelling an obsessive and paranoid fascination with the celebrity.
During the 2022 criminal trial, Pham’s sister spoke to the court about the impact of Magallanes’ actions. She said, “Every day is a struggle and constant reminder of my brother’s absence. As I sat in court and listened to the evidence shown against Marvin Magallanes, I cannot believe how he did not show any sign of remorse.”
In 2014, American socialite Kylie Jenner founded her beauty brand, Kylie Cosmetics, and went on to be dubbed as “the youngest self-made female billionaire”—thanks to its digital and retail success around the world. While Kylie Cosmetics’ Lip Kits are infamous for selling out within minutes, the brand itself is not without controversies.
Over the years, Kylie Cosmetics has witnessed numerous complaints—including claims that the eyeshadow palettes cause headaches, customers finding swarms of ants in the packages as well as evidence showcasing unhygienic displays at pop-ups. The fashion mogul has even amassed backlash for her comments about swatching products on her housekeeping staff as “she has the best arms” and “just sits there.”
Then came Wednesday 3 August 2022, when the 24-year-old took millions of her Instagram followers into one of the brand’s facilities in Milan, Italy. “In the lab creating new magic for you guys 💕 better than ever,” Jenner captioned the carousel post. Donning a lab coat, the businesswoman intended to demonstrate how she’s involved in every stage, from conception to production, when it comes to her line of cosmetics.
As she stood inspecting vats, measuring formulas and weighing ingredients, however, the majority of fans quickly pointed out her blatant violation of sanitary protocols.
“[Aren’t you] supposed to wear gloves, mask and the hair net thingy???” a fan commented, highlighting how Jenner had a full set of long pink nails adorned with crystals on display with her super long locks left open. “I just see so many lab rules not being followed,” a second echoed.
Meanwhile, some noted how the entire carousel post is “giving high school science class,” as others questioned if the products she was seemingly busy “creating” included swatches of her hair. “In the lab creating the new pandemic,” a user corrected, while another wrote: “Can’t wait for this to break my skin out in hives 😩”
“I love you Kylie but as a scientist this post is hella funny, because there’s just no way you created anything dressed like that… lol!😂❤️” a third added.
In a similar vein, Emmy-winning makeup artist and consumer advocate Kevin James Bennett called Jenner out for “gaslighting [her] followers.”
“I’m a cosmetic developer and work with cosmetic manufacturers (and their labs) as part of my job,” he wrote on Instagram. “I have very short hair, and I’ve never been allowed into the lab or onto the manufacturing floor without a hair net, shoe covers, mask… and disposable gloves. Kylie is gaslighting her followers into thinking she is creating cosmetics.”
Bennett also demanded to know “what ignorant manufacturer (in Italy) let her stage this photo-op in their lab and on the manufacturing floor—without following proper sanitation protocols?”
“Folks, this is not the way we create cosmetics and misrepresents how our industry works,” he continued. “Credible manufacturers follow strict sanitation protocols to protect you.”
While several experts backed Bennett’s claims, some pointed out how there’s no way of confirming if Jenner was actually involved in the formulation phase. “I don’t get the issue—many brand owners take those pictures,” a user stated. “She’s not doing anything wrong and we have zero way to know how involved she is in formulation.”
A source also informed Page Six that the media personality was not on the production floor when the pictures and videos were taken. “We’re told she was simply reviewing colours and ideating on new concepts,” the publication mentioned.