TRUMP’S REMARKS SPARK CRITICISM BY CNN AND FOX
NEW YORK (AP) – It may be no surprise that CNN anchors and commentators are on President Donald Trump’s case after his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. But when people on Fox call Trump out, it’s worth noting. Shepherd Smith told his audience: “Shameful, disgraceful, treasonous – those are some of the descriptions of what President Trump did.” On CNN, Anderson Cooper called Trump’s performance “disgraceful.” At a post-summit news conference, Trump said Putin was “extremely strong and powerful” in denying any election meddling. He also trashed the probe as “a disaster” for the U.S. For his part, Putin said the tampering claims are “nonsense” – while adding he favored Trump over Hillary Clinton as president.
JOHNNY DEPP – LAWSUITS SETTLED
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Johnny Depp has settled a pair of lawsuits that ended up shedding some light on his lifestyle. You may recall the actor sued his management firm for more than $25 million over alleged financial abuse and negligence. The company countersued, saying Depp was to blame for his own money woes because he spent more $2 million a month. The suit said Depp shelled out more than $75 million to buy and maintain 14 homes, including a French chateau, a chain of islands in the Bahamas and a yacht.
FARRAH ABRAHAM CHARGED IN HOTEL SECURITY BEEF
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Reality TV star Farrah Abraham is charged with two misdemeanor charges over a scuffle with a Beverly Hills hotel security guard last month. The DA’s office says she’s charged with battery and resisting – and with delaying or obstructing a peace officer. She’s to be arraigned next month. Abraham is best known for her work on MTV’s “16 & Pregnant” and “Teen Mom.” She was arrested last month after being accused of attacking a hotel security guard. Her rep calls the incident a misunderstanding that has “been blown out of proportion.”
MADONNA – MALAWI
BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) – Madonna has made a return visit to Malawi – the African nation where she recently set up a medical facility. The Mercy James Institute is named after one of the four children she has adopted from Malawi. The facility hosted the first successful separation of conjoined twins in Malawi. During a visit yesterday, Madonna met the mother and aunt of the twins. Madonna says it was good to “give them hope” by means of the hospital, which is funded by her charity.
COMEDIAN DISPUTES CLAIM OF POSING AS DISABLED VETERAN
NEW YORK (AP) – Showtime and Sacha Baron Cohen are pushing back against a claim the comedian posed as a disabled veteran on his new show. The network says Baron Cohen “did not present himself” that way – or wear military garb when he taped bits with Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. In a post on Facebook last week, Palin says Baron Cohen “heavily disguised himself” as a disabled U.S. vet in a wheelchair to dupe her. She’s urged the comedian and Showtime to donate proceeds from the show to a veterans’ charity.
BROADWAY ACTOR’S SUICIDE PROBED
NEW YORK (AP) – A Broadway union is investigating a veteran actor’s suicide – to see if it had anything to do with the way he was treated by a show director. On June 29, Jeff Loeffelholz killed himself. He was a standby for reporter Mary Sunshine in “Chicago,” a role he’s had since the show returned to Broadway in 1996. The actor told friends a week before his suicide, he was put through a grueling rehearsal by director Walter Bobbie. Loeffelholz says Bobbie had him sing a key song about five times, but said he was dissatisfied. The actor also says the director asked him to end the deal which gave him the part as long as “Chicago” was on Broadway. A friend says the rehearsal “kind of broke” Loeffelholz’ heart.
COMIC-CON – WOMEN
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Comic-Con is a time for those who are into fantasy characters to hang out and chill. It’s also been a time when women aren’t made to feel as welcome as they should. And as the (hash)MeToo movement has taken hold of Hollywood, it will be interesting to see whether the game has changed for women attending this year. One participant is already out. Chris Hardwick’s been stripped of his moderator’s role on panels, after an ex-girlfriend accused him of sexual assault and emotional abuse. And organizers say they have taken other steps to ensure there are no allegations of sexual harassment this year.
SUE MANNING, LONGTIME AP EDITOR IN LA, DIES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A longtime Associated Press editor has died. Sue Manning worked at the AP’s Los Angeles bureau – and helped coordinate coverage of events like the death of Michael Jackson and the O.J. Simpson case. Manning was found dead Sunday at her home in Glendale, California. It appears she died in her sleep. She was 71.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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