BRITNEY SPEARS GETS RESTRAINING ORDER EXPANDED
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Britney Spears has won an interim battle in her fight against her former manager – and may be in position to score an even bigger one next month. A judge in Los Angeles has extended the restraining order Spears had taken out against Sam Lutfi for another two weeks. And when the hearing reconvenes on June 13, it’s possible the judge could extend the TRO for several years. Spears claims Lutfi has harassed and blasted Spears and her family online and in text messages. She wasn’t present at yesterday’s hearing.
KODAK BLACK – COURT
MIAMI (AP) – We will have to see what develops when Kodak Black returns to court. The rapper was arrested at a Miami hip-hop festival earlier this month – and released on $550,000 bond. That isn’t sitting well with prosecutors who believe the rapper should stay in custody. He was bounced from the Rolling Loud festival a couple of weeks ago because of his arrest – and that very weekend, there were three unrelated shootings in the area that may be linked to the event. Meanwhile Black also faces drug, weapons and sexual assault charges in other states.
JENNIFER HUDSON – ARETHA FRANKLIN
NEW YORK (AP) – Jennifer Hudson did more than just channel Aretha Franklin’s song styling and energy at her performance yesterday at the Pulitzer Prize awards ceremony in New York. She also mimicked the Queen of Soul’s travel methods. Hudson’s flight out of her native Chicago was canceled because of bad weather, Hudson decided to hit the road – and drive from the Windy City to New York. It took 13 hours – but Hudson was able to make it with five minutes to spare before she was to perform. Hudson says she was determined to make it to the event, during which Franklin was awarded a special citation by the Pulitzer board. Franklin was notorious for being afraid to fly – and took ground transportation to most of her gigs.
“GAME OF THRONES” STAR CHECKS INTO RETREAT
LOS ANGELES (AP) – He endured an endless series of battles in “Game of Thrones.” But now the actor who played Jon Snow in the HBO series is carving out some time to care for himself. A rep for Kit Harington says the actor is taking time off to work on what he calls “personal issues” – and has checked into a wellness retreat to do that. The rap isn’t saying what issues Harington is dealing with. Huntington is 32. He’s married to a “Game of Thrones” co-star, Rose Leslie.
ALEX TREBEK SHARES “MIND-BOGGLING” PANCREATIC CANCER UPDATE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – ‘Jeopardy!’ host Alex Trebek says his doctors say he’s in “near remission” of advanced pancreatic cancer and his response to the treatment is “kind of mind-boggling.” Trebek tells People magazine he’s responding very well to chemotherapy and the doctors have told him “they hadn’t seen this kind of positive results in their memory.” Trebek says some of the tumors have shrunk by more than 50%. Trebek says he still has several more rounds of treatment to hopefully get into full remission.
NETFLIX – GEORGIA
NEW YORK (AP) – Remember when Hollywood rallied as one to oppose measures seen as hurtful to the LGBTQ community? By contrast, the silence has been deafening since Georgia passed one of the strictest anti-abortion laws in the country. Those opposing the law have hoped Hollywood’s more liberal players would force a rollback. But so far, there have been no major calls for boycotts against a state that attracts lots of TV and movie business with generous tax breaks. For now, one network is stepping up. Netflix says it will oppose the measure by teaming with the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups. And a top company official says if the law is enacted, Netflix will reconsider its entire relationship with the state of Georgia.
CALIFORNIA MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAM APOLOGIZES AFTER ANTI-AOC VIDEO
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – After Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called the play foul, a minor league baseball team in California is apologizing. The Fresno Grizzlies played a video on its scoreboard on Memorial Day, suggesting the freshman lawmaker from New York is among “enemies of freedom.” The team says it grabbed the video off YouTube – and didn’t properly screen it before showing. Ocasio-Cortez said it’s dangerous to throw her in among people like North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. She says inflammatory words can have serious consequences.
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SOLD
NEW YORK (AP) – Sports Illustrated magazine is under new ownership – sort of. The magazine has been sold for $110 to Authentic Brands Group. But the company that is making the sale says it will continue to be the brains behind SI. Meredith Corp. will run the print edition of Sports Illustrated as well as its associated website for the next two years.
KUTCHER TESTIFIES ABOUT KNOCKING ON SLAIN WOMAN’S DOOR
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Ashton Kutcher testified today at a Los Angeles murder trial that he went to pick up a woman to go out for drinks on a night back in 2001 and left when she didn’t answer her door, only to learn the next day she had been killed. From the witness stand, the 41-year-old actor said that he looked into the window at the Hollywood home of 22-year-old Ashley Ellerin and saw what he believed were wine stains before leaving, thinking the fashion design student had already gone out for the night. Kutcher said he told detectives the next day he knew his fingerprints were on the door and he was “freaking out.” 43-year-old Michael Gargiulo is on trial for the killing Ellerin and another woman.
“THE BACHELOR” SENTENCING DATE RESCHEDULED
INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) – A new sentencing date has been set for ex-“The Bachelor” contestant Chris Soules. It’s Aug. 27. A judge in Iowa had delayed last week’s sentencing because of a dispute over what information could be considered to decide how much time Soules should serve. Soules was charged in connection with the death of a neighbor farmer whose tractor the ex-reality star rear-ended in 2017. He wasn’t charged with causing the death of Kenny Mosher – but faced charges stemming from his failure to stay on the scene of the fatal wreck until police showed up.
MINDY KALING BOOK STRATEGY
NEW YORK (AP) – Imagine writing a book – but having no way to sell it in bookstores. That’s a concern actress Mindy Kaling may face as she is releases a third book of essays. She’s having it published by Amazon, which is fine if she only wants the books sold online. But traditional bookstores have beef with Amazon and are reluctant to stock books from the online retailer’s publishing arm. Some bookstores have suggested they might try to work around the dispute so Kaling’s books can get in the hands of people who want them.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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