HARVEY WEINSTEIN – ACCUSATION
NEW YORK (AP) – Harvey Weinstein is facing a new civil case – one that claims he’s guilty of sexual assault and harassment. The lawsuit, filed yesterday, claims he forced a 16-year-old Polish model to touch his penis – subjected her to years of harassment and emotional abuse – and blocked her from a successful acting career as payback for refusing his advances. The woman is identified in the lawsuit as Jane Joe. And her lawsuit claims Weinstein assaulted her at his New York City apartment in 2002, days after they met at an event involving her modeling agency. Weinstein’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, calls the allegations “preposterous.”
OPERA SINGER DENIES SEXUAL ASSAULT CLAIMS
DETROIT (AP) – An opera singer and University of Michigan professor is denying sexual assault claims made against him in a federal lawsuit. David Daniels says in a statement that the accusations are “false and malicious.” He also says he and the man in the complaint never had a physical relationship. In the suit, a male student says Daniels groped him, sent him sexual photos and videos – and asked for similar photos in return. The student also claims he was served alcohol, given sleep medication – and touched sexually. Daniels is on leave from the school amid claims he sexually assaulted a performer nearly a decade ago. He has denied that allegation, too.
DON LEMON SPARKS CONTROVERSY WITH COMMENT ABOUT WHITE MEN
NEW YORK (AP) – CNN says it and Don Lemon won’t say more about the anchor’s statement that white men represent the biggest terrorist threat in the country. Lemon said that Monday, as he compared the attention given the caravan of potential refugees in Central America with the scrutiny given suspects in recent shootings of two blacks in Kentucky and people killed at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. Lemon said it’s time to “stop demonizing people and realize that the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right.” That comment sparked criticism among conservatives.
CELEBRITIES WEIGH IN ON GEORGIA GOVERNOR’S RACE
ATLANTA (AP) – Former presidents Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter and former talk show queen Oprah Winfrey are trying to influence one of the nation’s hottest governor’s races. They are focusing on Georgia’s race, where Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams is in a tight race with Republican Brian Kemp. Today, Winfrey will be with Abrams for two town hall-style events, while Obama will be with her tomorrow. Meanwhile the GOP candidate will have some political star power himself. Vice president Mike Pence will attend several rallies with Kemp today.
RAMI MALEK AS FREDDY MERCURY
NEW YORK (AP) – The man who plays Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury in the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” says he thinks he can relate to what drove Mercury to stardom. Rami Malek says he thinks what motivated Mercury was that he was an immigrant, arriving in London from Tanzania at age 18. Malek says as a first-gen American from Egypt, he said he can sense the same desire to overcome obstacles. In doing so, Malek has caught the attention of Queen guitarist Brian May. He says when you see Malek, “you believe he’s Freddy.”
SHAUN WHITE – HALLOWEEN COSTUME
UNDATED (AP) – It’s a different kind of Halloween “leftover” people often deal with these days. Instead of excess candy and snacks, there’s the fallout from people who wear inappropriate costumes – only to show up on social media. The latest to answer for a poorly thought-out costume is three-time Olympic snowboarder Shaun White. He says he’s sorry for dressing as “Simple Jack,” a character with disabilities from the 2008 movie “Tropic Thunder.” An official with Special Olympics says his organization is disappointed White picked a costume that’s “so offensive and causes so much pain.” White says the getup was picked in haste and was a “poor choice.” He apologized for “being insensitive,” adding, “Lesson learned.”
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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