PROSECUTORS REJECT SEX ABUSE CASES INVOLVING SPACEY, SEAGAL
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Los Angeles prosecutors have cited the statute of limitations while saying they won’t file sexual assault cases against actors Kevin Spacey and Steven Seagal involving incidents in the early 1990s. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office made no comments Tuesday on the merits of the accusations. The cases were reviewed by a task force established to evaluate sex abuse allegations in the entertainment industry in the wake of dozens of women accusing disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein and others of abuse. Representatives for Spacey and Seagal did not immediately return emails seeking comment.
TYLER PERRY ANNOUCNES LAWSUIT IN DISAPPEARANCE OF TWO MEN
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) – Tyler Perry says race is a polarizing factor in the U.S., but he wants to fight injustice. Perry and attorney Benjamin Crump announced a lawsuit yesterday in Naples, Florida, alleging that former Collier County deputy Steve Calkins, who is white, was responsible for the death of Terrance Williams, a black man who disappeared in 2003. Calkins had picked him up after Williams’ car broke down. Calkins also was the last person seen with Felipe Santos, a construction and farm worker from Mexico who disappeared after the deputy arrested him following a fender bender. In 2013, Perry offered a $100,000 reward for information about the men’s disappearance. He raised that to $200,000 yesterday. Calkins did not return a call seeking comment but he has said he dropped both men off at a convenience store.
NO ARRESTS IN THEFT OF RUBY SLIPPERS FROM “THE WIZARD OF OZ”
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) – The FBI says it has multiple suspects but no arrests in the case of the stolen “The Wizard of Oz” ruby slippers from a Minnesota museum 13 years ago. The shoes were recovered in a sting operation after a man approached the shoes’ insurer and said he could help get them back. The shoes were one of four pairs used in the movie. Their authenticity was verified by comparing them with the ones at the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History in Washington.
PROSECUTORS ASK FOR COSBY ACCUSERS TO TESTIFY
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A spokesman for Bill Cosby says a prosecutor’s motion to have uncharged criminal conduct introduced during his sentencing hearing is a “publicity stunt.” Andrew Wyatt, a spokesman for the 81-year-old comedian, said the motion Tuesday was not supported by any Pennsylvania law and his attorneys would appropriately respond. Montgomery County prosecutors filed the motion Tuesday asking to introduce testimony about uncharged criminal conduct during the sentencing hearing scheduled for September 24. It was unclear who or how many witnesses prosecutors planned to call. A jury convicted Cosby in April on three counts of aggravated indecent assault related to allegations made by Andrea Constand. Five additional women were allowed to testify at his trial despite no criminal charges being filed in those allegations.
SAG-AFTRA FOUNDATION TO HONOR HARRISON FORD, LADY GAGA
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Harrison Ford and Lady Gaga are being honored by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation with the Artists Inspiration Award for their contributions to humanitarian and philanthropic causes. The non-profit organization said Tuesday that the awards will be presented at its third annual Patron of the Artists Awards on Nov. 8 in Beverly Hills. Both Gaga and Ford are actively involved in a number of philanthropic and advocacy organizations. For more than 25 years, Ford has been an advocate for the environmental non-profit Conservation International where he serves as the vice chairman of the board of directors. Gaga started the Born This Way Foundation which focuses on empowering youth and mental health research. Previous honorees include Leonardo DiCaprio and Lionel Richie.