REALITY TV STAR SEEKS DISMISSAL OF FRAUD CHARGES
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A reality TV star is asking a federal judge in New York to dismiss fraud charges against her. Jen Shah starred in “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City.” She’s accused in a telemarketing scheme federal prosecutors say took advantage of hundreds of working-class people, many of them elderly. But Shah says the charges should be tossed, claiming she was coerced into waiving her Miranda rights when she was arrested in Utah.
ANTHONY MACKIE TO HOST ESPYS
NEW YORK (AP) – The ESPYS are coming back to New York. And Anthony Mackie will be front and center when they do. The actor will be the host when the awards show is held next month. The July 10 event brings the event back to New York where it originated – and was held for its first seven years. The next 18 years the ESPYS were held in Los Angeles. Last year’s show was done virtually because of the pandemic.
TAVIS SMILEY SPEAKING OUT AGAIN
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Three years ago, TV and radio host Tavis Smiley lost his high-profile jobs after allegations of unwanted sexual behavior were made against him. Now, he’s back in a national forum and is insisting he shouldn’t have been fired in the first place. Smiley denies doing anything to warrant PBS ousting him. Now, he owns a Los Angeles radio station that offers listeners a Black and progressive take on the city – and the nation. The station makes its debut Saturday.
JARED KUSHNER LANDS BOOK DEAL
NEW YORK (AP) – Ex-President Donald Trump’s son-in-law has a book deal. Jared Kushner has signed with Broadside Books, a conservative imprint of HarperCollins. The publisher says the book will be a memoir in which Kushner will write about everything from the Middle East to the pandemic. Kushner was one of the top advisers to the Trump administration. The book, which doesn’t yet have a title, is due out early next year.