HARVEY WEINSTEIN – THE DEFENSE
NEW YORK (AP) – The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump isn’t the only high-profile case that will begin in earnest this week. Another is being held in New York – and in this case, the defendant has become the poster child of the (hash)MeToo movement, Harvey Weinstein. The disgraced movie producer is charged with raping a woman and sexually assaulting another. His defense hasn’t fully tipped its hand about how they will defend the Hollywood star-maker. But it appears Weinstein’s legal team will go on the offensive against his accusers. For one thing, they will try to present evidence that the women didn’t act like victims after the incident in question. To counter the attempt to blunt the accusers’ testimony, prosecutors plan to call a sex crimes expert as a witness. That expert will seek to dispel common myths about how rape and sexual assault victims behave after an attack.
PRINCE HARRY SPEAKS ABOUT ROYAL SPLIT
LONDON (AP) – Prince Harry says he hopes taking leave from his royal family duties will free him of the challenges of staying one step ahead of the news media and paparazzi who have dogged him since his birth. But observers of the royal scene suggest Harry is being naive. Many are predicting that even if the couple moves to Canada, Harry and his wife Meghan Markle won’t be able to escape the glare of the spotlight. The author of a book on the British monarchy says she doesn’t think the couple is “being very realistic.” In a speech over the weekend, Harry said he felt he had no other option than to bolt from his royal duties, even if it meant losing their titles and their public funding. In the past, Harry has accused the media of hitting his biracial wife with a “a wave of abuse and harassment,” including what he calls pieces with “racial undertones.”
SAG – TELEPROMPTERS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Everyone knows that when they present trophies at major awards shows, celebrities have their material written in advance – and scrolled before their eyes on teleprompters. At the Screen Actors Guild awards Sunday night, it was clear in one instance when one presenter strayed from the script. When actor Ray Romano introduced the ensemble nomination for “The Irishman,” he mused that he still couldn’t believe he played a mob lawyer opposite Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel. When Keitel burned him by responding, “I can’t believe it either,” Romano complained, “Hey, that’s not up there,” referring to the teleprompter.
KIDS AND SAGs
LOS ANGELES (AP) – It wasn’t just the adults who got to stay up late at the Screen Actors Guild awards the other night. There were many kids among the stars – and they earned the right to be there. There were child actors from nominated productions like “Big Little Lies,” “Once Upon a Time … In Hollywood” and “JoJo Rabbit.” As in the case of many young people these days, the coin of the realm was selfies. The child actors were often spotted scurrying around capturing shots with castmates and stars of other shows.
JAMES DEAN RETURNING VIA CGI
LOS ANGELES (AP) – In the old days, if you wanted to engineer an acting comeback, you’d need a good publicist. Nowadays, getting publicity to revive a career requires an engineer, especially one trained in computer graphics. A company called Worldwide XR is behind an effort to relaunch James Dean’s career – by making a digital likeness of him for an upcoming movie. Officials with the company say they hope Dean’s appearance in the Vietnam War era film “Finding Jack” will be the start of using Dean in other projects. Some have questioned the propriety of “resurrecting” a dead performer through technology. But in Dean’s case, the project has the full agreement of the late actor’s estate and his surviving kin.
PRISONER FREED WITH CELEBRITY HELP ISSUES KING DAY MESSAGE
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A former prisoner who owes her freedom to efforts by LeBron James, Snoop Dogg and Kim Kardashian West has put out a message in honor of Martin Luther King Day. Cyntoia Brown-Long says for most of her life, she felt she hadn’t been seen by others – but King felt people should be seen for what they are on the inside. Brown-Long was freed from prison last August. She’d been serving a life sentence for killing a man who picked her up for sex at age 16.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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