JUSSIE SMOLLETT ALLOWED TO TRAVEL
CHICAGO (AP) – Jussie Smollett won’t be able to travel outside of the United States. But it appears he’s free to fly to either coast while he faces charges of falsely claiming he was a victim of a hate crime. A judge has ruled that the “Empire” actor to meet which his lawyers outside of Chicago while he’s out on bond. Smollett’s lead attorney, Mark Geragos (GEHR’-uh-guhs), is based in Los Angeles. And Smollett has other attorneys in New York. The actor was arrested last week after police said his story about being beaten by racist homophobes on a Chicago street last month unraveled under investigation. He has been released after posting $10,000 cash – and has been ordered to surrender his passport.
SPIKE LEE – DONALD TRUMP
WASHINGTON (AP) – Spike Lee apparently is too busy celebrating his Oscar win on Sunday to clap back at President Donald Trump for dissing his comments during the ceremony. In a tweet yesterday, Trump complained that Lee did what Trump calls a “racist hit on your President.” Trump also claims he has “done more for African Americans” than “almost” any other U.S. president. Lee won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for his white supremacist drama “BlacKkKlansman,” which includes footage of Trump speaking about the 2017 white supremacist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. In his acceptance speech, Lee called on people to be active in the 2020 presidential election. Without mentioning Trump by name, Lee urged people to “make the moral choice between love versus hate.” In his tweet, Trump suggested Lee had trouble reading his notes.
OSCARS – RATINGS
NEW YORK (AP) – The Oscars broadcast has ended its four-year streak of dwindling viewership. Sunday’s ceremony drew 29.6 million viewers – beating last year’s audience by 12 percent. That’s the good news. The 2018 totals were the lowest ever – at 26.5 million. And that makes this year’s show the second-lowest total. This year’s show may have attracted more viewers because there were more movies with box office success nominated this time than in a typical Oscars year.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – After the Oscars -came the parties. One of the biggest events after Sunday night’s ceremony was at the Vanity Fair party – where even those who didn’t win could feel like winners. Among those who didn’t take home an Oscar but who turned out for a good time was Richard E. Grant. He didn’t win best supporting actor for his role in “Can You Ever Forgive Me.” But he partied hearty, tossing off his jacket, un-tucking his shirt – and loosening some of his top buttons – as Sunday night melted into Monday morning. Others spotted at the bash were Diana Ross, her daughter, Tracee Ellis Ross and Ava DuVernay.
JERRY SEINFELD LAWSUIT
NEW YORK (AP) – Jerry Seinfeld has filed a lawsuit. And in his view, unlike his show, this isn’t about “nothing.” The comedian’s suing a classic car dealer, saying the firm hasn’t backed him in a beef over whether a 1958 Porsche he sold is authentic. The suit seeks unspecified damages from European Collectibles of Costa Mesa, California. The suit comes weeks after Seinfeld was sued by a company that says the Porsche he sold it for $1.5 million – was fake. The comedian says the European Collectibles has done little to help authenticate the vehicle.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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