HARVEY WEINSTEIN DEAL REACHED
NEW YORK (AP) – A tentative deal has been reached to settle multiple lawsuits against the TV and film company co-founded by Harvey Weinstein. At issue is an effort to make whole some of the women who accuse the disgraced movie mogul of sexual misconduct. The amount of the deal wasn’t revealed in court. However, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press the settlement was worth $44 million. The person wasn’t authorized to reveal details of the discussions and spoke on condition of anonymity.
MARIO BATALI – ARRAIGNMENT
BOSTON (AP) – Today, celebrity chef Mario Batali will have to serve up a plea to enter in the criminal case against him. He’s due in court for arraignment in a case in which he is charged with forcibly kissing and groping a woman at a Boston restaurant two years ago. He faces a charge of indecent assault and battery. The woman whose complaint is the basis for the charge claims Batali offered to take a selfie with her – then groped and kissed her repeatedly without her consent. Batali, through his attorney, denies the allegation. It’s the first criminal charge against the celebrity chef, who has seen his career crippled by a series of sexual harassment and assault allegations.
JUSSIE SMOLLETT’S CASE FILE UNSEALED
CHICAGO (AP) – It looks like Jussie Smollett’s (smol-LETZ’) own words may have come back to haunt him. The “Empire” actor has seen his entire case file released – and one of the reasons a judge in Cook County says she did so – was comments Smollett has made. Steven Watkins says the actor’s statements before, during and after the case didn’t seem to be those of someone who kept things private. There is little new in the material now released, but there was one note of interest. It says one of the conditions for Smollett making bail after being arrested on charges that he orchestrated the attack – was that he not get in touch with the two brothers police say he paid to help stage the hate crime.
KIM KARDASHIAN – CELEBRITY JUSTICE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Sure, Kim Kardashian West has gotten a lot of attention lately for calling attention to the issue of prison reform. But she is by no means the only celebrity who has been speaking out on the subject. Another who spent much of his time working on changing the judicial system was Nipsey Hussle, who was shot to death in March. Common, Kevin Hart and others have publicly taken a stand on the rights of inmates and how they are treated when they are released. They have publicly stressed that for many, the criminal justice system is unfair and dehumanizing.
ARTIE LANGE – HEARING
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Earlier this year, comedian Artie Lange spent nearly a week in a county jail in New Jersey after a positive drug test. And there’s a chance that if things don’t get straightened out for him legally today, he may be doing another one-week stint. Lange was arrested Tuesday at a halfway house for an unspecified violation. He has to stay in custody until he faces a judge to be re-evaluated. But if that doesn’t happen today, he’ll probably remain in custody over the long holiday weekend. After today, most municipal, county, state and federal offices will be closed until Tuesday.
“THE COMEBACK TRAIL”
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – A trio of Oscar-winners is banding together for a new movie project. Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones and Morgan Freeman will soon be headed to New Mexico to begin working on “The Comeback Trail.” Principal filming is to begin next month – and last for about a month. The veteran actors will be joined by a dozen actors based in New Mexico – and about 300 extras.
CELEBRITY EVENT RAISES FUNDS FOR AIDS RESEARCH
ANTIBES, France (AP) – Kendall Jenner, Antonio Banderas and other stars were among those who turned out in France last night for the annual amfAR Gala. The event is aimed at raising money for AIDS research. Mariah Carey did a special performance for the dinner guests, along with Dua Lipa and Tom Jones. Even after the food was gone, the groove continued. Charli XCX provided the entertainment at the after-party.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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