JUSSIE SMOLLETT – INTERVIEW
CHICAGO (AP) – Looks like police in Chicago may not be having a sit-down with Jussie Smollett, after all – at least not voluntarily. Attorneys for the “Empire” actor say they have no plans for their client to meet with Chicago detectives for a follow-up interview about the assault he reported last month. A rep for Smollett’s legal team says in an emailed statement that rather than have Smollett speak with police, his attorneys “will keep an active dialogue with Chicago police on his behalf.” Over the weekend, authorities said their investigation of the purported attack had “shifted.” That suggests they are finding no evidence to back up Smollett’s story – and instead unearthing evidence that indicates the story may be a hoax.
HARVEY WEINSTEIN TRIAL DELAYED
NEW YORK (AP) – Harvey Weinstein’s date with justice is going to be delayed. His sexual assault trial had been set for May 6. But now that case won’t begin until June 3. A rep for the court system in New York confirmed the change in calendar yesterday. The disgraced film mogul is still expected to appear at a pretrial hearing March 8. Why the delay? Scheduling conflicts. Weinstein lawyers Jose Baez and Ronald Sullivan are starting a trial in Brooklyn today that’s expected to take up to 10 weeks.
TIME’S UP HEAD LEAVING
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Lisa Borders has resigned as president and CEO of Time’s Up. In a statement yesterday, she says she is stepping aside “with deep regret” because of family issues. She didn’t specify what those issues are. Time’s Up was formed last year in response to sexual misconduct allegations in Hollywood against people like Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey. Chief Operating Officer Rebecca Goldman will serve as interim CEO while the organization conducts an executive search.
TRUMP ADVISER ROGER STONE APOLOGIZES TO JUDGE
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s longtime confidant Roger Stone has apologized to the judge presiding over his criminal case. And he has done so in a notice filed with the court in Washington. Stone yesterday posted on Instagram a photo of U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson with what appeared to be crosshairs near her head. In the notice, Stone says he realizes the post was “improper and should not have been posted.” He also said later the picture was “misinterpreted” and any suggestion he meant to threaten Jackson was “categorically false.” Stone is charged with lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering related to discussions he had during the 2016 election about WikiLeaks. He denies guilt.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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