TRUMP, AIDES, TO SKIP WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS DINNER AGAIN
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump won’t attend the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington on Saturday – the third straight year he’s skipped the event. No real surprise there, given his views toward the news media. But this year, there’s a twist to his absence. Trump has also told administration officials not to attend. Many White House staffers and other administration officials had accepted invitations to attend as guests of various news organizations. Word of the ban extending to people in Trump’s administration comes four days before the event.
JENNIFER GARNER NAMED COVER OF “BEAUTIFUL ISSUE”
NEW YORK (AP) – Jennifer Garner is being held out as the epitome of beauty in Hollywood. The actress has been named the cover person for this year’s “Beautiful Issue” of People magazine. Inside the magazine, due out Friday, there’s a cover story on how Garner manages to juggle her career as an actress, a businesswoman and a mother of three. In the article, Garner says she is starting to get to the point where she realizes acting “is not going to be forever.” But she says she can still find beauty in how that will all play out. Last year, People magazine renamed its “Most Beautiful” issue as “The Beautiful Issue.” The editors say they wanted to make it clear that the designation is not a contest.
DIDDY OPENS UP ABOUT DEATH OF KIM PORTER
NEW YORK (AP) – Diddy says just before she died, his former girlfriend Kim Porter asked him to “take care of my babies.” And in an article in Essence magazine, the music entrepreneur says he’s trying to keep that promise. Porter is the mother of three of Diddy’s children, a 21-year-old son and 12-year-old twin girls. Diddy tells Essence that since Porter died last November from complications from pneumonia, he has learned to be a more attentive father – even as he copes with the grief of losing Porter.
JUSSIE SMOLLETT: BROTHERS SUE “EMPIRE” ACTOR
CHICAGO (AP) – The two brothers who say they helped Jussie Smollett stage a racist and anti-gay attack against the “Empire” actor – say they have had enough. Abel and Ola Osundairo (oh-shun-DY’-roh) are suing Smollett’s attorneys for defamation. The brothers say they’ve “watched lie after lie being fabricated” about them. They say they’re being defamed by Smollett’s claim that he’s been truthful about what happened that January night in Chicago. Smollett was charged with multiple counts of being deceptive to those investigating the beating. But the charges were dropped, leaving Smollett free to insist that he was telling the truth all along.
BILL COSBY – LEGAL FEES
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Bill Cosby is fighting a new legal battle, even as he remains imprisoned for sexual assault. In this case, the battle centers on how much money he has to shell out to attorneys who’ve been representing him. Cosby is disputing a California arbitration award giving a law firm nearly $7 million of the more than $9 million the firm billed Cosby for. Cosby accuses Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan of elder abuse, “egregious” billing practices and fraud. In recent years, Cosby has had a small army of lawyers defending him against a variety of legal scrapes stemming from his alleged sexual misconduct with women over the decades.
SARAH JESSICA PARKER SETTLES WITH JEWELER
NEW YORK (AP) – Sarah Jessica Parker and a British jeweler have settled their legal beef. The actress and the jewelry firm have released a statement saying they’ve “resolved their differences.” Kat Florence Design sued Parker, claiming she had agreed to promote a line of diamonds and other gems for $7.5 million – but failed to keep her end of the bargain. Parker countersued, saying she didn’t get all the money due her. Now that they’ve settled their dispute, they say they will resume their partnership.
ALEC BALDWIN – GLOBAL WARMING
UNITED NATIONS (AP) – Alec Baldwin says his passion about preserving the planet for future generations was sparked by meeting indigenous people who are guardians of their lands. The actor spoke about his efforts to save the earth last night when he moderated a panel discussion at the United Nations. He told journalists he finds it “very, very unsettling” that indigenous people who understand the environment better than anyone are facing opposition from those in power.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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