JURY SELECTION IN WEINSTEIN CASE COULD PROVE TO BE DRAWN-OUT
NEW YORK (AP) – Selecting the jury for Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s rape and sexual assault trial in New York is likely to be a long, painstaking process, made complicated by the high stakes, heavy publicity and public revulsion toward him. In fact, one-third of the first 120 prospective jurors summoned for the case on Tuesday were promptly sent home after the judge asked if there was anyone who could not be impartial and about 40 hands went up. Weinstein, 67, is accused of forcing himself on two women in 2006 and 2013 and could get life in prison if convicted. The former studio boss says any sexual activity was consensual.
EX-‘BACHELOR’ CONTESTANT’S $1M FANTASY SPORTS WIN PROBED
BOSTON (AP) – Sports gambling giant DraftKings is reviewing a former “Bachelor” contestant’s $1 million win in an online fantasy football contest after she and her husband are accused of cheating. Jade Roper-Tolbert beat more than 100,000 entries to take the top prize in DraftKings’ “Millionaire Maker” contest this past weekend. But some complained she’d colluded with her husband, Tanner Tolbert, who is a prolific fantasy sports player and fellow “Bachelor” alum. The couple submitted 300 entries into the contest, nearly all of them listing a unique lineup of players from the NFL’s four wild-card games.
COURT FREEZES WOMAN’S DEFAMATION SUIT AGAINST TRUMP
NEW YORK (AP) – President Donald Trump is getting a reprieve in a former “Apprentice” contestant’s lawsuit over his response to her allegations of unwanted kissing and groping in 2007. Appeals judges gave him permission Tuesday to appeal to New York’s highest court, and they put proceedings on hold in the meantime. Trump’s lawyers want to get the defamation suit delayed through his presidency or dismissed altogether.áCourts so far have said no, but Tuesday’s ruling gives Trump’s attorneys a chance to try to persuade the top-level state Court of Appeals to hear the case and holds off other pretrial action for now.
CELEBS DONATE MILLIONS TO AID AUSTRALIA WILDFIRE EFFORTS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Elton John and Chris Hemsworth have each pledged to donate $1 million toward the Australia wildfires relief effort. Hemsworth is from Australia and says “every penny counts.” John said during his concert in Sydney, Australia, that he wanted to bring attention to the devastation that wildfires have caused, saying it has reached a “biblical scale.” The wildfires have so far scorched an area twice the size of the U.S. state of Maryland. The blazes have killed 25 people and destroyed 2,000 homes.
TREBEK INTERVIEW POINTS TO VIEWER INTEREST IN ‘JEOPARDY!”
NEW YORK (AP) – If you judge by viewer interest in ABC’s interview with Alex Trebek, the upcoming ‘Jeopardy!’ tournament is shaping up as a winner for the network. Michael Strahan’s chat with the cancer-stricken host finished among the top 10 programs in Nielsen’s television rankings last week. á’Jeopardy!’ begins a prime-time tourney this week, matching three of the show’s best-known players. It could run as long as seven nights on ABC, or could be done as quickly as three nights. Meanwhile, the “Golden Globes’ brought a little more than 18 million people to NBC on Sunday, roughly equivalent to last year.
NEW YORK (AP) – Here are the top ten television shows by viewership for the week of Dec. 30-Jan. 5, according to Nielsen:
1. NFL Playoffs: Tennessee at New England, CBS, 31.42 million.
2. NFL Playoffs (partial): Seattle at Philadelphia, 24.66 million.
3. “Golden Globe Awards,” NBC, 18.32 million.
4. “Rose Bowl Post-Game Show,” ESPN, 13.16 million.
5. “Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, Part 2,” ABC, 10.83 million.
6. College Football Sugar Bowl: Georgia vs. Baylor, ESPN, 10.05 million.
7. “Hawaii Five-0,” CBS, 8.06 million.
8. “Magnum P.I., CBS, 7.83 million.
9. “What is Jeopardy!?” ABC, 7.81 million.
10. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 7.68 million.