LAWSUIT ALLEGES SEXUAL SOLICITATION OF TEENS BY STAR OF NETFLIX SERIES “CHEER”
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – Some serious allegations have been made against the star of a Netflix documentary about cheerleaders. The mother of a set of teen boys has filed a lawsuit against Jerry Harris, star of “Cheer.” It alleges Harris hit on the boys sexually. The lawsuit says Harris sent the teens sexually explicit photos and videos of himself. And the suit says Harris once cornered one boy in a bathroom during a cheering competition — and begged him for oral sex. The FBI is looking into the allegations and has spoken to the boys about their claims. USA Today reports the Feds went to Harris’ home in Illinois on Monday. No criminal charges have been filed.
FOOTBALL RATINGS OFFER A MIXED BAG OF NEWS
NEW YORK (AP) – Ready for football? For some people, the answer was yes – and for others, it was more like “meh.” Most of the games in Week One of the NFL season were played before empty stadiums – but there were people watching at home. Nielsen reports Sunday’s marquee match between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints was seen by nearly 26 million people. That game marked quarterback Tom Brady’s first start with the Bucs. On the other hand, ratings for games on NBC and CBS – as well as the Monday Night Football clash – were lower than they were for last year’s openers.
PRESIDENT TRUMP INVITES HIMSELF AS REGULAR ON “FOX & FRIENDS”
NEW YORK (AP) – President Donald Trump has been virtually a regular on “Fox & Friends,” having appeared nearly two dozen times on it by one count. But when he suggested increasing his exposure on the Fox News morning show, he got shut down. It happened yesterday when Trump told the hosts he had a deal to be on the program once a week – on Mondays. Only problem: that was news to the hosts. Before Trump finished his phone-in visit, Steve Doocy reported his Fox bosses hadn’t signed off the deal. What’s worse, Doocy also announced Fox was offering air time to Trump’s Democratic rival for the White House, Joe Biden.
MADONNA TO DIRECT HER OWN BIOPIC
NEW YORK (AP) – If someone was making a movie about your life, you’d probably want the director to know something about you. Universal Pictures is working on a film about Madonna — and she’d have to agree, the person directing it shares her vision. That’s because the movie will be directed by Madonna, herself. She says she wants the film to show audiences “the roller coaster” her life has been as she continues on her journey as “an artist, a musician, a dancer – a human being, trying to make her way in this world.” No word on a title for the movie – or a date for it to be done, for that matter.
EVA LONGORIA TO BE PART OF TRIBUTE TO LATINOS CONTRIBUTIONS TO TV
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Eva Longoria, George Lopez and Gloria Estefan will be part of a month-long celebration of Latino contributions to TV. It’s being put together by The Paley Center for Media – and is timed to coincide with Hispanic Heritage Month. The celebration begins with a show streaming tonight on Yahoo Entertainment. It stars Estefan, Longoria and Lopez – plus Edward James Olmos, Jimmy Smits and Alex Rodriguez. Soledad O’Brien will moderate.
SCIENCE MAGAZINE ENDORSES PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE FOR FIRST TIME – IT’S BIDEN
NEW YORK (AP) – Scientific American magazine has been around nearly two centuries. And until now, it had never endorsed a presidential candidate. It has broken that tradition by coming out in support of Joe Biden’s White House bid. And the magazine’s editor-in-chief says it wasn’t a close call. Laura Helmuth says President Donald Trump’s administration has been much worse for the scientific community than the magazine ever thought. The 175-year-old journal says Trump “has basically damaged the United States and its people because he rejects evidence and science.” The endorsement was announced the day after Trump blew off the science of climate change as it relates to the California wildfires. The magazine says the timing was just a coincidence – and that the decision to back Biden was made within the previous two months.