HARVEY WEINSTEIN – ASHLEY JUDD
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers are trying to get a lawsuit filed against the disgraced movie mogul kicked out of court. The suit is filed by actress Ashley Judd – and it says Weinstein tried to hurt her career after she rejected his sexual advances. In court documents filed in Los Angeles yesterday, Weinstein’s lawyers argued the suit is baseless – and want it dismissed. At issue in the request filed by Weinstein – is Judd’s claim that she told Weinstein she’d only let him touch her after she won an Oscar in one of his films. Judd says the comment, which she says Weinstein mentioned to her several times, was a joking way to get out of an awkward situation she found herself in. She says she made the comment after Weinstein asked in a Beverly Hills hotel room if he could give her a massage or she could watch him shower.
STORMY DANIELS – OHIO LAW
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio city attorney is recommending that a state law used to arrest Stormy Daniels earlier this month should not be enforced. Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein makes the request in a memo to the city’s police chief. In the memo, Klein says future charges filed under that law will not be prosecuted. The law in question says dancers at “sexually oriented” businesses are barred from touching customers and vice versa. Klein says the law is “glaringly inequitable” because it depends on how “regularly” the employee performs. He also notes employees who touch police aren’t in violation because an on-duty public official can’t legally be considered patrons. Daniels was arrested after a performance earlier this month based on the law – but the charge was dismissed the next day.
RUSSEL CROWE – JOCKSTRAP
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – You’ve seen signs in stores saying everything is selling to the bare walls. That’s almost true when it comes to the sale of the two remaining Blockbuster stores in Alaska. One of those stores in Alaska. And one of the items in the store is a jockstrap worn by Russell Crowe in the 2005 movie “Cinderella Man.” Earlier this year, comedian John Oliver sent the jock and other celebrity memorabilia to the store in Anchorage to help pump up business. The general manager of the store says for now, anyway, the jockstrap is not for sale.
“DARK KNIGHT” – UPDATE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – “The Dark Knight” is returning to the big screen for its 10th anniversary. Make that four of the biggest screens. Warner Bros. says the middle film in the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy will be shown on IMAX in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Toronto. The run is limited – one week – and will begin Aug. 24. The theaters chosen will play the movie in the 70mm IMAX film format that Nolan used for some of the film’s action sequences. “Dark Knight” features Heath Ledger’s performance as The Joker. Ledger won an Oscar for it after he died.
GARY BEACH – OBIT
NEW YORK (AP) – The man who won a Tony Award for playing a terrible theater in Mel Brooks’ hit “The Producer” has died. Gary Beach was a Broadway and TV veteran who was also in “Beauty and the Beast” and in “La Cage aux Folles.” His agent says Beach died Tuesday at his home in California. No cause was given. He was 70 years old.
CHRIS CHRISTIE – BOOK
NEW YORK (AP) – Chris Christie is writing a book. And the former governor of New Jersey who was also a key backer of Donald Trump during the 2016 election – before being shunted aside for others for cabinet posts – says he doesn’t plan to hold back his thoughts. Hachette Books tells The Associated Press the book is titled: “Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics.” It’s due out next Jan. 29.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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