OPENING STATEMENTS IN HARVEY WEINSTEIN RAPE TRIAL ARE TODAY
NEW YORK (AP) – It’s the biggest legal moment to date in the (hash)MeToo movement. Opening arguments are set for today in New York for the Harvey Weinstein rape and sexual assault trial. The disgraced movie producer is charged with raping one woman and sexually assaulting another. Weinstein has insisted that all his sexual interactions with women were consensual. And his attorneys have told the judge they plan to use what they call intimate emails from the accusers to support that claim. The trial is expected to last six weeks.
JUDGE: HARVEY WEINSTEIN TRIAL STAYS IN NYC
NEW YORK (AP) – Harvey Weinstein lives in New York – and did business there. And he will be on trial there, too. An appeals court has rejected a last-ditch effort by the defense to move the trial from the Big Apple to elsewhere in the state. In a three-paragraph ruling issued yesterday, the appeals panel says the trial stays put. The court also turned down a bid to delay the proceedings until the matter can be deliberated further. The same appeals court nixed a similar request three months ago. Weinstein’s attorneys have claimed it would be impossible for their client to get a fair trial in New York.
HARVEY WEINSTEIN: ONLY THE BEGINNING
NEW YORK (AP) – No matter how things turn out for Harvey Weinstein in his rape trial the outcome won’t mean the end of his legal concerns. The case that begins today – and which is expected to last about six weeks – involves two of the scores of women who claim Weinstein’s a sexual predator. If convicted, he could get life in prison. Even if he’s acquitted, his legal issues will continue. He must also answer to rape and sexual assault charges in Los Angeles. Those charges were filed this month, even as jury selection in his New York trial was under way.
CBS BAILS ON IMPEACHMENT
NEW YORK (AP) – It wasn’t just TV viewers who had trouble maintaining their attention span for President Trump’s impeachment trial. So did one of the major TV networks. CBS was the first to break away from the trial, giving viewers the chance to watch their regular afternoon programming. People noticed. New York Times reporter Jim Rutenberg name-checked the late CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite when he tweeted, “Uncle Walter is crying.” One viewer asked why CBS had the impeachment case on all its platforms, when there were people who wanted to see their mix of game shows, talk shows and daytime dramas.
OSCARS PRESENTERS NAMED
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The tradition at the Oscars continues. The academy has asked several winners of last year’s acting Academy Awards to be back on the Oscars stage next month to present trophies to the new batch of winners. Among the presenters to be asked back are Olivia Colman, Rami Malek, Regina King and Mahershala Ali. It must be noted that last year’s lineup of winners was much more diverse than this year’s field of nominees. The current lineup features just one person of color, Cynthia Erivo of “Harriet.”
PAMELA ANDERSON GETS MARRIED
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) – Pamela Anderson has married movie producer Jon Peters. A rep for the actress says the couple tied the knot Monday at a private ceremony in Malibu, California. It’s the fifth marriage for both. Anderson is 52 and Peters is 74. They first dated more than 30 years ago – and recently reunited.
MIAMI (AP) – They used their smartphones to get a Lyft. But it turned out that four Florida passengers got a thrill, instead – because the man driving their ride was Will Smith. The actor was in Miami promoting his movie “Bad Boys for Life” over the weekend – and picked up his riders in the 20202 Porsche Taycan (TY’-kan) he was whipping around town. During the ride, Smith made one passenger FaceTime his girlfriend – because the man said his girlfriend watched the original “Bad Boys” once a week. To top off the treat, Smith told each passenger Lyft would give them free rides for the next year.
NETFLIX GAINS SUBSCRIBERS IN FACE OF CHALLENGES
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Some people thought Netflix would lose ground up when companies like Apple and Disney waded into the streaming service wars. But so far, it appears Netflix is doing OK. The company added 8.8 million subscribers during its fourth quarter, surpassing even its own expectations. Netflix has more than 167 million subscribers worldwide.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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