HARVEY WEINSTEIN SUED BY ACTRESS PAZ de la HUERTA
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The attorney for Harvey Weinstein says a new lawsuit against the disgraced movie producer is the product of “an unstable personality with a vivid imagination.” The suit was filed by actress Paz de la Huerta – who says Weinstein raped her twice in December, 2010. The suit also says Weinstein taunted her by phone between the two incidents, then tried to ruin her career. The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles and makes claims like those de la Huerta made to New York City police last year. No charges have been filed in that case. The suit contains a new allegation. De la Huerta says a month after the rapes, Weinstein exposed himself to her at a hotel in Beverly Hills, California. De la Huerta says she went to the hotel to confront him about the alleged sexual assaults.
MICHELLE OBAMA LAUNCHES NATIONAL BOOK TOUR WITH CHICAGO EVENT
CHICAGO (AP) – Michelle Obama says after she boarded the plane out of Washington the day she and her family left the White House, she “sobbed for 30 minutes.” It was personal, not political. Obama says she finally felt relief from the pressure of “trying to do everything perfectly” for eight years as first lady. It was one of the personal insights she shared with an audience of 14,000 in Chicago last night for her first stop on a 12-city tour for her book, “Becoming.” During a chat with Oprah Winfrey, Obama said one of her main goals was to make life at the White House as “normal” as possible for her daughters. For example, she says she asked waiters not to wear tuxedoes when they served the family pancakes or helped with sleepovers.
PRESIDENT TRUMP TO SKIP KENNEDY CENTER HONORS AGAIN
NEW YORK (AP) – This time, there was no threat of a boycott. But just the same, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania won’t be on hand for the Kennedy Center Honors this year. In staying away, Trump can claim a record, though a dubious one. He’ll be the first president to miss two Kennedy Center Honors ceremonies – not to mention doing so in back to back years. Last year TV producer Norman Lear said he’d skip the Honors if Trump came. Two of this year’s recipients – Lin-Manuel Miranda and Cher – are outspoken critics of Trump.
TRUMP – ARTS
WASHINGTON (AP) – It appears President Trump’s beef with the arts goes beyond his skipping out on the Kennedy Center Honors. The first lady’s office says it is “not likely” the administration will name new winners of awards traditionally given out by the president each year. They include the National Medal of Arts, the National Humanities Medal or National Media of Science. No arts or humanities medals have been announced or handed out since September 2016, when Barack Obama was still president. That’s the longest gap by months since the awards were established in the mid-1980s. A former head of the National Endowment for the Arts says Trump’s disregard for culture, scholarship and presidential tradition “is an embarrassment.”
LEGAL MINDS SAY CNN HAS UPPER HAND IN SUIT VS. WHITE HOUSE
NEW YORK (AP) – In the end, it will likely take the courts to decide the issue. But some top legal minds are saying CNN has case law on its side when it challenged the White House’s suspension of the credentials of its correspondent Jim Acosta. Those aware of the contentious atmosphere between the Nixon White House and the press said Nixon once tried to bar a reporter – but failed. Others siding with CNN on the issue note the action was taken unilaterally and didn’t give Acosta or his bosses the chance to appeal the decision to freeze him out of the West Wing.
GAME OF THRONES – SCHEDULE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Fans of “Game of Thrones” know it’s coming. And now they can say they know when it’s coming. “It” is the start of the HBO drama’s final series. The network says the series will return for its final shows starting in April. There will be six episodes to close out the series. HBO has released a trailer of sorts – but it provides no hints about what’s to come in the final season.
“THE BACHELOR” CONTESTANT COPS PLEA IN FATAL CRASH
INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) – He had been facing charges that could have put him in prison for up to five years. Now, his lawyer says a former contestant on ABC’s “The Bachelor” could end up not having to spend any time behind bars. Chris Soules has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of leaving the scene of a serious injury accident. The accident happened last April when Soules rear-ended a tractor being driven by his Iowa neighbor, who was also a farmer. The man died. Soules called 911 and stayed for a while at the scene – but left before police arrived.
K-POP GROUP APOLOGIZES FOR IMAGES IN CLOTHING
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – A top K-pop group is apologizing for some questionable fashion choices. Reps for BTS say the group is sorry for members wearing a T-shirt depicting the explosion of an atomic bomb. They are also apologizing for wearing a hat with a Nazi emblem. Japanese TV broadcasters have recently canceled appearances by the group because of the A-bomb T-shirts. In a statement, BTS reps say the group offers “sincerest apologies” to those hurt or offended by their “shortcomings.”
PRINCE CHARLES TURNS 70
LONDON (AP) – Britain’s Prince Charles celebrated his 70th birthday today with a group of other people reaching the same milestone this year. After that, he’ll throw down at a party at Buckingham Palace being thrown by his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. The prince’s office has released a pair of family portraits to mark the occasion. They show Charles with his sons William and Harry, their wives and his grandchildren.
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