Ving Rhames

Ving Rhames Sets the Record Straight

by CDW Contributor Kelly on August 17th, 2007

in -News, Info & Stories, Ving Rhames

Despite widespread reports that Rhames‘s dogs mauled his caretaker Jacob Adams to death, he says:

My dogs are family dogs. Jacob didn’t have any bites on his face or neck. He had scratches to the middle of his torso as if the dogs were trying to pull him over.

Read the rest of the article at People.com

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I was out of the country when this shocking and terrible tragedy occurred on my property. Jacob Adams was not just a devoted employee — he was also a dear friend. I want to offer my heartfelt condolences to his family. I am relieved to know that the coroner’s report confirmed that my dogs were not the cause of his death — and that any wounds found on his body were superficial. I would appreciate the media’s privacy for me and my family during this difficult time.

This statement came out yesterday even though the coroner’s report still hasn’t been made official. Read the entire scoop over at TMZ.

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Ving Rhames and one of his dogs

Us magazine reported the following:

Los Angeles animal services were spotted taking four mastiffs away from Ving Rhames‘ Brentwood home Friday morning after the attack on a 40 year old man, Jacob Adams, the caretaker of Rhames’ property and dogs.

The actor has long been fond of the breed, which are often used as guard dogs.

In a 1999 interview with the Los Angeles Times, the Pulp Fiction star showed off his “petrifying” Ambullneo mastiff named Samson and his three mastiff puppies — Storm, Scorsese and Cage (the latter two were named after director Martin Scorsese and actor Nicolas Cage, with whom Rhames worked on the film Bringing Out the Dead).

He also talked about his 170-pound Fila Brasileiro named Kong.

“The dog was actually bred to guard slaves,” Rhames said. “It was the only dog they found that had the temperament to guard a slave. It could be around you every day, but if you tried to run away, it would deal with you like it never saw you before.”

The Times reporter joked, “Just as you are thinking how helpful this will be to the forensic specialists, he pulls the dog away with his free hand before it can playfully disembowel you.”

During the interview, Rhames lavished his canines with attention, at times speaking to them in baby talk.

Still, despite their intimidating appearance, Rhames insisted that his dogs were all bark no bite. “He just wants to play,” Rhames said of Kong.

In a 2001 interview with Time magazine, the actor admitted that he tests out his characters on his dogs to make sure that he’s completely embodied a character.

“Once I’m close to that transformation, then I do it for my dogs – because dogs know when something’s not right,” Rhames points out. “I figure if I can fool them, then I’ve successfully changed my spirit.”

While preparing for the role of Don King in the television movie Don King: Only in America (for which he won a Golden Globe award), Rhames adopted the boxing promoters’ speech patterns and mannerisms and tried out the character on his pets.

I changed my voice, my diction, my movement – and then I tested it on the dogs. The dogs started growling at me. That’s a true story.

An autopsy is pending to determine if the man died of heart failure.

There’s been some discrepencies on the breed of dogs that were found on the property. We’ve also read that there were 3 mastiff’s and one bulldog. We’ll follow-up with the definite breeds soon.

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Ving Rhames’ Dogs Maul Someone

by CDW Contributor Kelly on August 4th, 2007

in -Bites and Bruises, -News, Info & Stories, Ving Rhames

Man! You take a day off and someone gets mauled, not good. We’ll be updating the site soon with your daily dose of celebrity doggie candids and more, including this story if you haven’t heard about it yet. So sad!

In the meantime, read all about it at CNN.

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