FOX NEWS SLAMMED WITH $1 MILLION FINE OVER SEXUAL HARASSMENT CLAIMS
NEW YORK (AP) – $1 million. That’s the fine Fox News will have to pay after the New York City Commission on Human Rights ruled the conservative news and opinion outlet violated laws protecting against sexual harassment and job retaliation. The penalty stems from a probe that began in 2017 after reports of what the commission calls “rampant abuse” at Fox. Under terms of the settlement, Fox News says it will require its New York-based staff to undergo anti-harassment training. It will also – at least temporarily – drop a policy that requires workers to accept binding arbitration to settle sexual misconduct allegations in the workplace.
MARY J. BLIGE NOT READY TO TELL HER STORY JUST YET
LOS ANGELES (AP) – You’d figure Mary J. Blige would have quite the life story to tell – if she felt like telling it. Right now, the actor and singer says she isn’t ready to do that – but is giving fans a little taste with a documentary out now on Amazon Prime Video. It’s titled “Mary J. Blige’s My Life” – but it only tells about the album “My Life,” which she dropped in 1994. Just the same, Blige says it gives viewers a chance to see “where all the pain came from” in that album.
ACTOR ALLISON MACK FACES SENTENCING IN NXIVM SEX-SLAVE CASE
NEW YORK (AP) – A TV actor is facing sentencing for her role in a scandal over a cult-like group from upstate New York. Allison Mack pleaded guilty in 2019 on charges she manipulated women into becoming sex slaves for the group’s spiritual leader, Keith Raniere (ran-EER’). She’s set to appear today in Brooklyn federal court. Her lawyers have argued she deserves a lower sentence for cooperating against Raniere and taking responsibility for helping him create a secret society of women who were branded with his initials. Mack is best known for her role as a young Superman’s close friend on the series “Smallville.”
“AMERICA’S GOT TALENT” LEADS RATINGS RACE
NEW YORK (AP) – The NBA playoffs and Olympic trials may have drawn a lot of attention last week. But in the end, TV viewers made a talent show their top choice. The number one show last week was “America’s Got Talent,” which drew 7 million viewers to auditions for its 16th season. Meanwhile, seven of the top ten shows last week were either NBA playoff games – or the women’s Olympic gymnastics trials.