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May 3, 2015

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Reality TV personality ‘devastated’ by link to Strip shooting case

Oxygen Network reality show star Tasha Malek wants people to know that in this case, she isn’t the bad girl.

On Tuesday, Metro Police mistakenly released several photos of Malek in its search for Tineesha Lashun Howard, who had been wanted for questioning in last week’s high-profile Strip shooting. She was ruled out as a person of interest late Wednesday.

Police believed Howard, who also goes by Yenesis Alfonzo, was in the car with triple murder suspect Ammar Harris when he fired several shots into a Maserati on Thursday as the vehicles drove on Las Vegas Boulevard. The Maserati then crashed into a taxi. Three people died in the incident.

The photos, which were pulled from Harris’ Facebook page, were intended to help people identify Howard. Instead the photos have led many to believe Malek, who made her name on Oxygen’s “Bad Girls Club,” was somehow involved.

“She is devastated,” said Malek’s lawyer Michael Grieco. “She is partially a victim of circumstance and partially a victim of reckless police work when comes to public information.”

Grieco said one of the photos of Malek posing with Harris in the car was taken when they lived in the same Miami apartment complex two years ago. He said Harris and Malek were friends, but she was not involved.

Grieco said she had been in the Bahamas at the time of the shooting and had no idea what happened. It wasn’t until she received a text from her friend late Tuesday night that she realized photos of her were being used.

Metro Police issued a statement Wednesday clarifying the mistake, but Grieco said the damage was done.

“All they saw were pictures of my client with names not hers being talked about as a prostitute and witness to triple homicide when she was in Miami at all times,” Grieco said.

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  1. Looks like "Jackpot" time for Tasha. She'll sue. The cops will settle. Taxpayers will lose. The dumb broad ought to know that, "If you sleep with dogs, you will wake up with fleas." As for "reality" star. I guess they use the word "star" very loosely these days.

  2. most commentors must lead miserable lives. The woman was called a prostitute in the national media. if it's not true, she wasn't deserving of it. I pity you people.

  3. There was also a comment that the photos of the two females looked like the Kardashian sisters....maybe the Sun could run a bologna story about the Kardashians being offended too.

  4. when those photos were released i kept thinking she looked familiar...i kept thinking i had seen her on an episode of vegas stripped or i know..bad luck for her..

  5. We live in an odd society. We want all the information before it is available and then are astonished and offended when mistakes have been made.
    This woman does not deserve to be slandered by the press or the police. Yes, it was an error, but I'm sure no one here would be happy if their name and image was used in association with a major crime they had nothing to do with. At the very least, you would want a very public apology.
    We all at some point come in contact with some pretty rotten people, whether by choice or by chance. That does not make us guilty by association.