2020 ELECTION – CELEBRITIES
WASHINGTON (AP) – There’s already a large field of candidates seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. And that means there are a bunch of celebrities looking to back those candidates. So far, Ben Affleck, Susan Sarandon, Anna Wintour and Willie Nelson are among those giving their names and their money to their favorites in the crowded field. For months now, candidates have aggressively courted key figures in music, TV, movies and publishing. Those types are considered the Democratic party’s most reliable sources of campaign cash.
BERNIE SANDERS DOES FOX
NEW YORK (AP) – Sen. Bernie Sanders’ appearance on Fox News Channel continues to cause tongues to wag. The Democratic lawmaker presided over a town hall meeting in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on Monday night. And last night, President Trump weighed in on the telecast, complaining that the hosts seemed too nice toward his potential rival. No matter how you feel about Sanders and Fox pairing up, it did draw a big audience. An estimated 2.55 million people saw the town hall. That’s the biggest audience for a candidate’s appearance so far in the run-up to the 2020 vote.
BILL COSBY – INSURANCE
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Usually, a person wouldn’t be upset about their insurance company paying off claims against it. But in this case, Bill Cosby is unhappy with the way his carrier has been handling his business. AIG has settled another lawsuit filed by a female accuser. The move to settle with former model Chloe Goins comes a week before the imprisoned Cosby was to give a deposition in the case. Cosby says AIG is engaging in “egregious behavior.” Earlier this month, AIG settled defamation lawsuits filed by seven other Cosby accusers in Massachusetts.
MICHAEL JACKSON – ESTATE
BOSTON (AP) – Michael Jackson’s estate is continuing to fight to salvage the late pop star’s image in the wake of a documentary spelling out claims of sexual abuse. Co-executor John Branca is critical of those behind “Leaving Neverland,” saying they should have sought reaction from the estate before it was released. The movie features the accounts of Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who say they were sexually molested by Jackson when they were boys.
“SESAME STREET” – TOUR
UNDATED (AP) – The “Sesame Street” gang will be hopping the old tour bus soon. Big Bird, Elmo and other stars of the legendary children’s TV series will do a 10-city tour this summer. Among the stops include New York, Washington, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles. The Muppets will spend two days in each town, hanging with local kids before hitting the stage. The tour begins June 1.
“GAME OF THRONES” – RATINGS
UNDATED (AP) – In this case, you can believe the hype. The debut episode of the final season of “Game of Thrones” has created a mark for the most-watched, single day event in the history of HBO. Nielsen reports 17.4 million watched Sunday. There’s a good chance that number will be eclipsed next month when the Game of Thrones signs off for good.
ZOMBIE MOVIE ACTOR SOUGHT
ROME, Ga. (AP) – A Georgia man who’s acted in zombie movies is accused of beating two women and forcing one of them to taste his blood. The Rome News-Tribune says 30-year-old Eliot Ryan Rutledge faces charges including false imprisonment and aggravated assault. Authorities say the actor allegedly trapped a woman inside his home in Georgia in August last year. Court documents say the same woman said she was assaulted at Rutledge’s home between June 2017 and October 2018. Rutledge was in the 2017 short films: “Gangsters and Zombies” and “Gangsters and Zombies II.”
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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