KANYE WEST RESPONDS TO KIM KARDASHIAN WEST’S DIVORCE FILING
LOS ANGELES (AP) – It had the potential to be messy. But it seems increasingly likely that the divorce between Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West may be wrapped up rather tidily. The rap star has filed his response to the complaint filed by his his ex-wife-to-be seven weeks ago. And it seems they agree on the major parts of the breakup. For one, West says he agrees to share custody of their four children. And neither is seeking spousal support from the other. That dovetails with the filing by Kardashian West several weeks ago. In it, she said the couple has a prenup and that they kept their property separate during their six-and-a-half-year union.
WEINSTEIN BALKS AT GOING TO CA FOR NEW RAPE AND SEX ASSAULT CHARGES.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer is taking issue with his client being moved from New York to California to face more rape and sexual assault charges. During a hearing, Weinstein cited a procedural issue as a reason to fight the transfer. His legal team also asked the judge for a “humanitarian delay” to give the disgraced Hollywood producer time to have medical procedures done on his eyes and teeth. That request was turned down. Weinstein is imprisoned near Buffalo, New York after being convicted last year on rape and sexual assault charges. He faces similar charges in California, where he’s charged with assaulting five women in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills from 2004 to 2013. The indictment in that case remains sealed.
LUKE BRYAN MISSES FIRST LIVE “AMERICAN IDOL” EPISODE DUE TO COVID-19
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Luke Bryan says he’s looking forward to getting back to work on “American Idol.” He missed last night’s first live show of the season after he tested positive for COVID-19. Idol’s Twitter account says Bryan is quarantined, resting at home – and wishes him a “speedy recovery.” Original Idol judge Paula Abdul subbed for Bryan last night, joining Lionel Richie and Katy Perry on the ABC show.
WILL SMITH, ANTOINE FUQUA PULL PRODUCTION FROM GEORGIA
NEW YORK (AP) – Will Smith and director Antoine Fuqua have cast their vote. And they have decided to yank their production “Emancipation” from Georgia. The move was made in response to the state’s recently passed law restricting voting access. The Smith-Fuqua movie is the biggest and highest-profile Hollywood project to quit Georgia since the law was passed. Opponents say the law is designed to cut into the political power of minority voters. In a statement announcing the move, Smith and Fuqua say the law reminds them of moves after Reconstruction to blunt Black political power.
OSCAR PRESENTERS NAMED
UNDATED (AP) – Some big Hollywood stars will be taking part in this month’s Oscars telecast. Producers say among the a-list celebs to present awards are Harrison Ford, Halle Berry, Brad Pitt and Reese Witherspoon. Others tabbed to help hand out Oscars are Don Cheadle, Renee Zellweger, Regina King, Joaquin Phoenix, Rita Moreno, Laura Dern, Zendaya, Angela Bassett, Bryan Cranston, Marlee Matlin – and last year’s best director winner, Bong Joon Ho. Producers say they want to make this year’s Oscars look like a movie, rather than like a TV show. The Oscars are on April 25.