R. KELLY – LETTER
NEW YORK (AP) – A woman who says R. Kelly engaged in sexual misconduct with her says the singer wrote her a letter threatening to reveal embarrassing details of her sex life if she didn’t drop her lawsuit against him. The woman, Faith Rogers, says she received a letter from someone identifying himself as R. Kelly, warning her attorney that if she pressed forward with the lawsuit, she’d be “subjected to public opinion.” The letter also said R. Kelly would demand medical documentation of her claim that he gave her herpes – and that she’d be forced to turn over texts and social media post and have – quoting the letter her – “10 personal male witnesses testifying under oath about her sex life.” An attorney for R. Kelly in Chicago denied the authenticity, saying it “looks fake.” Rogers is one of the women who was in the recently aired Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” which catalogued years of accusations against the singer. Kelly has denied any wrongdoing.
ROSE McGOWAN ENTERS PLEA IN WASHINGTON D.C.-AREA DRUG CASE
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) – Rose McGowan has now settled a drug case stemming from a visit to Washington D.C. two years ago. Court records say she has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor drug charge – and agreed to pay a $2,500 fine and accept a suspended jail sentence. The case stems from a case in which she left her wallet on a flight – and it was found to have contained cocaine. She was originally charged with a felony that could have carried jail time – but the plea deal cut the charge down to a misdemeanor. McGowan, among other things, suggested the drugs could have been planted by operatives of Harvey Weinstein. The actress was one of the first to accuse the disgraced Hollywood producer of sexual assault. McGowan tells radio station WTOP she entered the plea because she “just wanted it to be over.”
JIMMY FALLON – PUERTO RICO
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Jimmy Fallon is calling the “Tonight Show” episode taped in Puerto Rico a love letter to the U.S. territory that was ravaged by a hurricane. Fallon tells The Associated Press the taping of the late-night show was “not a pity party,” but “a party-party.” Fallon says he wanted to do the show on the island to help boost tourism and to let people know what they can do to help rebuild Puerto Rico. “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manual Miranda – who’s from Puerto Rico – appeared on the show. Fallon says it was Miranda’s idea to take the New York-based show to Puerto for a night. The show airs tonight.
SAG VS. MOTION PICTURE ACADEMY
NEW YORK (AP) – The Screen Actors Guild is telling Oscar to lay off. The union representing movie and TV performers has demanded that the motion picture academy stop trying to get stars from appearing on awards shows before doing the Oscars. In a statement, SAG-AFTRA said it had gotten many complaints that the Oscars people are pressuring certain actors to only appear on next month’s Oscars. Several awards shows take place before that – including the guild’s own Screen Actors Guild Awards, set for Jan. 27. The union calls the academy’s efforts to keep performers from being on shows other than the Oscars “utterly outrageous and unacceptable.” Messages left with the academy weren’t immediately returned yesterday,
HUGH GRANT LOOKS TO RECOVER SCRIPT SWIPED FROM CAR
LONDON (AP) – Hugh Grant is no doubt upset about having his car broken into. But he seems more concerned about some of the papers he lost in the break-in. The British actor says the thief or thieves took a bag that contained a script for an upcoming project. He isn’t saying what the script is for – but is making it clear that it’s a big deal. He went on Twitter to ask if anyone knows who broke into his car – to see if they’d return the script. Grant also says his kids’ medical cards were also missing. In the meantime, police haven’t immediately commented on the reported theft.
BROADWAY CHANNEL ON iHEARTRADIO DEBUTS
NEW YORK (AP) – Do u “heart” show tunes? iHeartRadio has your fix. It has launched a Broadway channel – and online hub. The iHeartRadio Broadway channel started offering streaming music from stage productions from Broadway shows Monday. The website companion will provide news, videos, interviews and podcasts from theater insiders. The new channel will compete with SiriusXM’s “On Broadway.”
CHRIS PRATT ENGAGED TO KATHERINE SCHWARZENEGGER
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The latest celebrity love match involves an actress and the daughter of a former action star-turned politician. Actor Chris Pratt has put a ring on Katherine Schwarzenegger. Pratt posted a photo of his bride-to-be wearing an engagement ring on Instagram yesterday. The caption read: “Sweet Katherine, so happy you said yes!” Schwarzenegger is the eldest daughter of actor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver. Pratt is 39; his finance is 29. No word on when the wedding will take place.
MEGHAN MARKLE / PRINCE HARRY – BABY
LONDON (AP) – Apparently there will be no baby-reveal party for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. The Duchess of Sussex visited a group of schoolchildren yesterday in Birkenhead.
And afterward, a 9-year-old girl said she asked the duchess if she was having a girl or a boy – and she said she didn’t know. Markle produced some other news during her visit. She also told one of the children she is now six months pregnant – and expects to give birth at the end of April or in early May.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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