CLOSING ARGUMENTS BEGIN IN HARVEY WEINSTEIN RAPE CASE
NEW YORK (AP) – The Harvey Weinstein rape case takes a big step toward the finish line today. The defense will offer closing arguments to the New York City jury that has heard six women testify that the Hollywood bigwig sexually assaulted them. Before resting its case, the defense presented witnesses who challenged the testimony of the two women whose claims account for the criminal charges Weinstein faces – charges that could put him away for the rest of his natural life. Weinstein didn’t take the stand in his defense.
HARVEY WEINSTEIN TRIAL SCHEDULE SLOWS A BIT
NEW YORK (AP) – The wheels of justice will slow down just a little as the final part of the Harvey Weinstein case unwinds. Yesterday, there was no court because of a state holiday in New York. After the defense presents its closing arguments today, the prosecution makes its case before the jury tomorrow. Court will be dark again on Monday, for Presidents’ Day. And on Tuesday, it’s expected the panel will receive instructions from the judge – and begin deliberating Weinstein’s fate.
GAYLE KING GETS APOLOGY FROM SNOOP DOGG
NEW YORK (AP) – Snoop Dogg is throwing a lot of water on the firestorm he created by attacking Gayle King for an interview she did after Kobe Bryant died. The rapper has apologized for going off on the CBS correspondent, saying he “overreacted” after King asked WNBA star Lisa Leslie if Bryant’s legacy is tainted by a 2003 rape charge against him. Snoop’s apology is in an Instagram post yesterday – and it was about as direct as apologies go. He acknowledged he came at King “in a derogatory manner” and was “being disrespectful” to her. He said he was angry about the rape charge question, but adds, “Two wrongs don’t make no right. when you’re wrong, you gotta fix it.” The rapper says it was a chat with his mom that helped set him straight on the criticism of King.
KOBE BRYANT, DAUGHTER BURIED
LOS ANGELES (AP) – He was mourned publicly – but the funeral for Kobe Bryant was a private affair. Death certificates say the NBA legend and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna were buried this past Friday in a cemetery near the family’s Southern California home. The service was at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar, where actor John Wayne is also buried. The Bryants and seven others died in a Jan. 26 helicopter crash. A public memorial is set for all the victims on Feb. 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
OBIT – PAULA KELLY
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A veteran actress, singer and dancer has died. Paula Kelly was 77 when she died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to a Los Angeles repertory theater she had ties to. Kelly received an Emmy Award nomination for her work as public defender Liz Williams on the sitcom “Night Court.” She also starred alongside Chita Rivera and Shirley MacLaine in the movie “Sweet Charity.” Kelly also performed with Morgan Freeman on Broadway in a production titled “The Dozens.”
FORMER NHL STAR KICKED OFF NBC SPORTS
UNDATED (AP) – Former NHL star Jeremy Roenick has been benched by his former bosses. NBC Sports says he won’t return to the air, ending a nearly decade-long tenure with the network. Roenick confirms his dismissal in a Twitter video, in which he says he’s “very disappointed and angry” at being let go. Roenick was suspended indefinitely without pay in December for comments he made in a hockey podcast. He made leering remarks about fellow hockey broadcaster Kathryn Tappen – while disparaging the looks of some of the men he appeared with NBC Sports. Before getting into broadcasting, Roenick played 20 seasons with the NHL.
NYC JURY GETS MICHAEL AVENATTI CASE
NEW YORK (AP) – Remember Michael Avenatti? The lawyer who was all over TV when he represented a porn star who claimed an affair with President Donald Trump now finds his fate in the hands of a New York jury. The panel began deliberating extortion charges against Avenatti yesterday – and is to resume today. Avenatti is charged with trying to extort up to $25 million from Nike by threatening to publicly expose corruption at the sporting goods maker. Prosecutors say he owed more than $11 million in debt at the time.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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