L.A. JUDGE DISMISSES LAWSUIT OF MAN WHO ACCUSED MICHAEL JACKSON OF MOLESTATION
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The two men who appeared in the documentary “Leaving Neverland” and accused Michael Jackson of molesting them as kids are now 0-for-2 in lawsuits against the pop star’s estate. A judge in Los Angeles dismissed the second of the cases yesterday, tossing Wayne Robson’s filing against two companies Jackson owned. The suit claimed the companies should be held liable for the late singer’s actions. But the judge rejected that argument, as he did for the other accuser, James Safechuck, in October. An attorney for both men says there will be an appeal. For its part, Jackson’s estate has steadfastly denied any claims of abuse by Jackson.
CHLOE ZAHO’S OSCAR WIN IGNORED IN CHINA
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) – Chloe Zhao’s history-making night at the Oscars was a big deal all over the world. That is, except in her native land. Zhao’s winning best director and best picture for “Nomadland” is being ignored in official China. State media made no mention of her on its two main outlets. And some people who tried to spread the word were censored. An online post about Zhao was blocked soon after it went up. A hashtag for her was taken down. And Chinese search engine results only churned out old, unrelated posts about her.
OSCARS RATINGS DROP BY MORE THAN HALF
NEW YORK (AP) – When it comes to the TV viewing audience this year, the Oscars got the Razzies. Preliminary numbers from Nielsen show fewer than 10 million people watched Sunday. That’s less than half what it was last year – and that number was an all-time low. It’s a persistent trend for award shows, which used to draw huge audiences. This year’s Grammys and Golden Globes had record-low viewership numbers, too.
KANYE’S SHOES SET SALES MARK
NEW YORK (AP) – So, how much would you pay for a used pair of sneakers? When it comes to auctions, the answer depends on who’d been using them. In this case, the person who had them on was Kanye West, rocking the prototype Nikes at the 2008 Grammys to perform “Hey Mama” and “Stronger.” The shoes have sold for $1.8 million at a private sale. That’s nearly three times the previous mark for used kicks. Those were a pair of ’85 Jordan 1s that Michael Jordan won when he shattered a backboard during a preseason game in Italy.