DIRECTOR RESPONDS TO REPORT ALLEGING MOLESTATION OF UNDERAGE MEN
NEW YORK (AP) – A film production company says it has Bryan Singer’s back. Millennium Films says it’s supporting the director, who is accused of sexually molesting underage boys. In a statement, Avi Lerner, who founded Millennium, says the company will go forth with plans to do a movie with Singer calling the shots. The movie is a remake of the fantasy adventure “Red Sonja.” This week, The Atlantic magazine ran a story of four men who say they were seduced and sexually abused by Singer when they were youngsters. Lerner says the story is an example of what he calls “agenda driven fake news.” He also noted that here in America, “people are innocent until proven guilty.” Singer, too, has denied the claims against him.
CHRIS BROWN RAPE ACCUSER SAYS “NON-CONSENSUAL SEX” TOOK PLACE
PARIS (AP) – Just because he is being allowed to leave Paris doesn’t mean rape allegations against Chris Brown and two other men are going away. An attorney for the woman who filed the complaint says his client was under “great psychological pressure” while at a luxury hotel last week. And the attorney says, there was “non-consensual sex” that took place in locked rooms. Brown has been released from custody without charges – as police continue their investigation. The Grammy-winning singer has denied any wrongdoing. A rep for the singer in Paris says he’s getting ready to file a defamation complaint against the woman on behalf of Brown.
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL GETS UNDER WAY
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) – The Sundance Film Festival is under way. But it didn’t get started this time with a news conference by its creator, Robert Redford. The actor skipped his opening appearance with news reporters this year. And it was no accident. Redford says he’s ready to take more of a backseat role when it comes to promoting the festival that’s been in operation for 34 years. He says instead of meeting with reporters, he’d like to use the time to “spend with the films and the filmmakers.” The festival runs through Feb. 3.
RON HOWARD – WILDFIRES
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) – Director Ron Howard is getting ready to tell the story about the devastating wildfires that obliterated the town of Paradise, California. Speaking at the Sundance Film Festival, ha says the project will be done with National Geography Films – and has the working title of “Rebuilding Paradise. Last November, flames destroyed nearly 15,000 homes in Paradise – and forced 50,000 people to find homes. Howard says he has relatives in the area – and was drawn to the universal human experience of those who survived the fires.
KOREAN POP STAR LAUNCHES ONLINE FUNDRAISER
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Fans of a Korean pop star have raised more than $2,000 to name a baby deer at the Los Angeles Zoo after their favorite doe-eyed singer. The new baby pudu was named Haechan – which is also the name of the K-pop group NCT and its two subgroups. Donors typically name animals born at the zoo. But after tweeting about the newborn pudu, the zoo realized Haechan’s fans had long thought the 18-year-old looked like the tiny deer that’s native to South America. A zoo official says the zoo didn’t know who Haechan was – but after doing some research – the official seems to agree it looks like the singer. The zoo has invited Haechan to visit his namesake but the singer hasn’t indicated whether he plans to do so.
JIM ACOSTA – BOOK
NEW YORK (AP) – Jim Acosta is writing a book. The CNN Chief White House Correspondent’s book will be out June 11 – and is titled, “The Enemy of the People.” Of course, that is the one of the names President Trump has been trying to stick on the reporters who cover him and his administration. The book is being published by HarperCollins – and will feature stories about his encounters with press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, senior adviser Stephen Miller and others.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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