TWO MORE ACCUSERS TO TESTIFY TODAY IN HARVEY WEINSTEIN TRIAL
NEW YORK (AP) – Tarale Wulff and Dawn Dunning. You probably haven’t heard of them as actresses. But today both will play major roles in the trial of movie titan Harvey Weinstein. Both women will say Weinstein used his power as a Hollywood bigshot to take advantage of them sexually. Wulff is expected to testify she met Weinstein in 2005 while working as a cocktail waitress at a Manhattan lounge. She says after Weinstein offered to have her read for roles, a driver took her to Weinstein’s apartment – where the producer raped her. Dunning says once Weinstein fondled her genitals during a business meeting – and on another occasion, offered her movie roles – only if she had a threesome with him and his assistant. Weinstein isn’t charged in those cases. But prosecutors will use their testimony to buttress their argument that Weinstein often preyed on women.
HARVEY WEINSTEIN AND THE SUPPORTING CAST
NEW YORK (AP) – As a former movie producer, Harvey Weinstein knows you can’t produce a hit with just a leading actor or actress; there needs to be a supporting cast. That principle is being applied by New York prosecutors who want to see Weinstein put away for life. They are using additional witnesses to support their claim that he’s a serial sexual predator. It’s a tactic that is effective – in that it helped win a conviction in the Bill Cosby case. But critics say it’s unfair to suggest that if a person has done bad things in the past, he should also be found guilty of any crime he’s being tried for.
REMAINS OF KOBE BRYANT, OTHERS RECOVERED FROM CRASH SITE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Authorities have recovered the last of the bodies and wreckage from the Sunday helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others. Officials used fingerprints to confirm the identity of Bryant and that of three other adults. The coroner’s office hasn’t identified the five other victims, but their presence on the chopper was confirmed by relatives and acquaintances. Two victims were players on Gianna’s basketball team.
KOBE BRYANT CHOPPER DIDN’T HAVE RECOMMENDED WARNING SYSTEM
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Investigators looking into the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant say the aircraft didn’t have a recommended warning system to alert the pilot that he was too close to land. But it’s unclear whether having that device would have helped. Investigators say one working theory about the crash is that the pilot may have lost control just before the chopper struck a fog-covered mountain. Jennifer Homendy of the National Transportation Safety Board says the helicopter sustained “a high-energy impact crash.” The aircraft was intact before it hit the ground – but the impact spread debris over more than 500 feet.
BALLPLAYER’S WIDOW RECALLS HUSBAND’S DEATH
CANTON, Ohio (AP) – The helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant triggered sad memories for the widow of Thurman Munson, the New York Yankees catcher who died flying his own plane back in 1979. Diana Munson says she was in her Ohio home Sunday when she heard Bryant had been killed. The Canton Repository newspaper quotes her as thinking, “This can’t possibly be true.” She says it also rekindled memories of losing her own husband to an aircraft crash. Munson says the public response to her husband’s death helped her get through her grief.
STAPLES CENTER CONVERTED INTO SHRINE FOR KOBE BRYANT
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Los Angeles Lakers fans call the Staples Center the “House that Kobe Built.” And over the past few days, it has been the “house” where Bryant’s fans have built a shrine to mourn the late sports hero. The street near the arena has been closed as fans from as far away as China have placed flowers, balloons, photos, jerseys and basketballs in memory of Bryant and his daughter Gianna, who also died in the wreck. As was the case when Michael Jackson died in 2009, video screens in the plaza displayed images of Bryant. And there are several large white signs where fans could write condolences.
TRUMP DEFENDS POMPEO
NEW YORK (AP) – President Donald Trump has taken sides in a public spat between one of his cabinet members and a national news outlet. And it’s a safe bet you can guess which side he has taken. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been beefing with National Public Radio over an interview last week in which he was pressed on Ukraine. After Mary Louise Kelly did the interview, she says Pompeo summoned her into a private room and berated her, using profanities. Then, the State Department barred another NPR reporter from traveling with Pompeo on an overseas trip. During an East Room session to announce his Mideast peace plan, Trump commended Pompeo on how he dealt with the reporter.
TRUMP RIPS TWO MEDIA TARGETS
UNDATED (AP) – President Donald Trump’s Twitter fingers were also firing insults at other targets yesterday. He blasted CNN host Don Lemon for laughing hysterically after GOP critic Rick Wilson cracked that Trump couldn’t spot Ukraine on an unmarked map – even if the outline had the letter “U” and a picture of crane on it. He also ripped Fox News for “trying to be politically correct” by having a Democratic senator on the air to discuss his impeachment trial.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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