ASHLEY JUDD GETS FAVORABLE RULING IN LAWSUIT AGAINST HARVEY WEINSTEIN
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A major ruling has gone Ashley Judd’s way in her legal battle against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. An appeals court in Los Angeles has ruled the actor can try to make her claim in court that Weinstein nuked her career after she rejected his sexual advances. The court ruled that while Weinstein wasn’t officially Judd’s employer – as a Hollywood titan, he had enough clout in the movie business to affect Judd’s career. Judd says Weinstein made sexual advances toward her – and when she rebuffed him, he spread word around the movie industry that she was a “nightmare” to work with.
TRACY MORGAN, WIFE, HEADED FOR SPLITSVILLE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A popular comedian-actor is getting a divorce. His rep says Tracy Morgan and his wife are going their separate ways — after five years of marriage. A statement from a publicist says Morgan and Megan Wollover have filed the paperwork to dissolve their union – but said little more, other than that it’s a trying time for them and they would like some privacy as they go through the split. The couple was wed a year after Morgan suffered a near-fatal highway wreck in New Jersey in 2014. His limo bus was struck by a Wal-Mart tractor-trailer. The impact killed Morgan’s friend, a fellow comedian named James McNair. It seriously injured the “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” star and two others.
ANDY DICK SAYS HE’LL COOPERATE WITH NEW ORLEANS PROSECUTORS IN ASSAULT CASE
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Andy Dick says he’s willing to cooperate with prosecutors in New Orleans as they try to put together a case against a man accused of knocking him unconscious last year. The comedian’s comments to a New Orleans newspaper come a day after prosecutors announced they were going to abandon the case because Dick hasn’t been in touch. In a phone conversation with The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate, Dick says he’s willing to return to the city to testify against suspect David Hale. Dick acknowledges not staying in touch with prosecutors, but says that was because he was hurt physically and mentally by the encounter with Hale, who knocked him out cold. The suspect told police he hit Dick after the comedian grabbed his genitals. Dick denies this, saying he posed for a photo with the man, who pulled up his shirt and asked the comedian to touch his bare stomach.
MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY WRITES A BOOK
NEW YORK (AP) – Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey says his book “isn’t a traditional memoir.” Nor, he says, is it an advice book. Rather, McConaughey says his book is “a playbook based on adventures” in his life. The book is titled “Greenlights” – and is due out Oct. 20. Crown, the publisher, says McConaughey’s story will be drawn from a diary the actor has kept for 35 years.
DAVID HARE DEVELOPS CORONAVIRUS-RELATED STAGE MONOLOGUE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Oscar-nominated writer David Hare says he’s turned his COVID-19 illness into a stage monologue. And he says the only thing keeping people from seeing it right now – is the pandemic, which has shuttered theaters. Hare says “Beat the Devil” is about his experience in surviving what he calls a “quite extraordinary disease.” Hare, who’s 73, took ill early in the pandemic, while working on a TV drama. He says the production will open in London as soon as officials say it’s safe for theaters to reopen.