MARILYN MANSON HOME SEARCHED IN ABUSE PROBE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Authorities in Los Angeles have searched the home of Marilyn Manson, amid allegations by several women that he physically and sexually abused them. A sheriff’s deputy says a search warrant was served on the musician’s home yesterday – but provided no further details. In February, the L.A. sheriff’s department said it was investigating allegations of domestic violence between 2009 and 2011 at Manson’s home in West Hollywood. The women weren’t identified. But several women have since publicly alleged they were physically, sexually and emotionally abused by Manson around the same time. Some of the women have sued Manson. And his former finance, actor Evan Rachel Wood, named him as her abuser in a February Instagram post.
BRYAN ADAMS UNVEILS CALENDAR AMID COVID-19 QUARANTINE
MILAN (AP) – Bryan Adams acknowledges that the launch of his 2022 Pirelli Calendar has been “interesting.” Adams tested positive for COVID-19 and debuted the calendar in Milan yesterday with a virtual press conference. Adams is a skilled photographer and created the calendar with images of musicians including Iggy Pop, Cher and Jennifer Hudson. Adams says the cover photo of St. Vincent with a guitar pick on her tongue “will be remembered as one of the iconic Pirelli images.” As for his quarantine, Adams says he’s grateful for the well wishes and he’s being taken care of at a hotel.
FIRE DESTROYS HOME OF DAD OF AVETT BROTHERS
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) – The father of the Avett Brothers says 60 guitars and 100 paintings were destroyed in a house fire Friday in Concord, North Carolina. Jim Avett, the father of Scott and Seth Avett, writes on Facebook the fire started from a golf cart and half the house is beyond repair. The Charlotte Observer reports nobody was hurt. Jim Avett says a cat is missing.
ADELE’S “30” ROCKETS TO NUMBER ONE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Adele’s “30” album is already the biggest album of the year in terms of sales. It moved 839,000 units in its first week of release, putting it at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week. It pushes “Red (Taylor’s Version)” by Taylor Swift to second. “Certified Lover Boy” by Drake is number three, with Silk Sonic’s “An Evening with Silk Sonic” at number four. “Dangerous: The Double Album” by Morgan Wallen is fifth.
LIT EXPLORES THE HISTORY OF “MY OWN WORST ENEMY”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – You may not know this about the Lit song “My Own Worst Enemy,” but singer A. Jay Popoff was in the buff when he recorded his vocals. Popoff says he took off his clothes to shake off his nervousness. While he was at it, he went streaking through the studios, because the staff was gone for the night. The song is the subject of a new four-part podcast called “My Own Worst Enemy, the Podcast.” Guitarist Jeremy Popoff says the premise of the podcast is why that song, of all songs, has the longevity that it does. The podcast is out now. Lit also has a new single called “Yeah Yeah Yeah,” from an album they hope to release next year.
REBA McENTIRE WILL OPEN RESTAURANT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Reba McEntire is developing a restaurant and live music venue in Atoka, Oklahoma. McEntire plans to convert a building that formerly held a Masonic temple into Reba’s Place. It will feature two levels of dining and a performance stage. The menu will include street tacos, chicken fried steak, pinto beans and corn bread, and the “Fancy” steak dinner. Reba’s Place will open next year.
METALLICA OFFERS THEIR OWN VERSION OF CLUE
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – If your normal board game of Clue is not metal enough, Metallica will kick it up a notch. They are offering a Metallica-themed version of Clue. Rather than tracking down a murderer, players are looking for a piece of lost recording equipment: guitar, bass, snare drum, wah pedal, microphone or computer. The players are Papa Het, Duder, Mr. Ripper, Dr. Groove, The Engineer and Col. William. Instead of a mansion, the board is the Metallica headquarters. The game sells for $49.99 on Metallica’s website. The band previously offered a version of Metallica Monopoly, which is still available.
MILEY CYRUS WILL DO NEW YEAR’S EVE SPECIAL
NEW YORK (AP) – Miley Cyrus will ring in the new year with an NBC special airing live from Miami. “Miley’s New Year’s Party” also will feature Pete Davidson of “Saturday Night Live.” More celebrity appearances will be announced later.
PROSECUTORS ASK U.S. SUPREME COURT TO RULE ON COSBY CASE
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Prosecutors in Pennsylvania are asking the highest court in the land to flip a decision that has set Bill Cosby free. The prosecutor in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania says the state’s high court erred when it threw out Cosby’s conviction back in June – and wants the U.S. Supreme Court to set things straight. The state high court saw things Cosby’s way when it came to an alleged agreement the comedian and his lawyers had with a former prosecutor. The deal, which wasn’t in writing, suggested Cosby had lifetime immunity from being criminally charged in a case involving ex-Temple University official Andrea Constand. She says Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her at his home. A jury agreed. Current Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele says the written agreement was nothing more than a press release – and shouldn’t carry the legal weight of an immunity agreement.
ATTORNEYS FOR SMOLLETT SAY HE’S “A REAL VICTIM” OF A “REAL CRIME”
CHICAGO (AP) – An attorney for Jussie Smollett says the actor “is a real victim” of a “real crime.” The claim came yesterday in opening statements at Smollett’s trial in Chicago, where the ex-“Empire” star is charged with staging his own hate crime. Prosecutors told jurors Smollett hired two brothers who worked on his TV to rough him up on a Chicago street in January, 2019. Prosecutors say Smollett had received hate mail and felt producers of the TV show “Empire” weren’t taking them seriously. For its part, the defense says the attack was real, the brothers beat up Smollett because they didn’t like him – and that there was a third person involved in the attack. It’s expected the jury will begin hearing evidence when court reconvenes today.
MARILYN MANSON HOME SEARCHED IN ABUSE CASE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Authorities have searched the West Hollywood home of Marilyn Manson – amid claims by his ex-finance and other women that he physically and sexually abused them. The search was done yesterday, but authorities wouldn’t provide details. In February, the Sheriff’s Department in L.A. began investigating the musician for alleged domestic violence between 2009 and 2011. The women weren’t named – but Manson’s ex-finance, actor Evan Rachel Wood, accused him of abuse in a February Instagram post.
LINDSAY LOHAN ANNOUNCES ENGAGEMENT
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Lindsay Lohan is engaged. She tells her Instagram followers she and boyfriend Bader Shammas will tie the knot, though she didn’t say when. An image on the site shows off a traditional oval diamond ring with a photo of the couple locked in an embrace. The post read, “My love. My life. My family. My future.” Lohan is 35 and is best known for starring in “Mean Girls.” For the past several years, she has lived in the United Arab Emirates, where many Hollywood types have sought refuge because there are no paparazzi to hound them.
BRYAN ADAMS UNVEILS CALENDAR, DESPITE COVID SCARE
MILAN (AP) – It came a year later than it was supposed to. But musician Bryan Adams has finally gotten to show off his skills as a photographer in the Pirelli Calendar. Adams participated in the official unveiling of the calendar yesterday. It almost didn’t come off, though. When he arrived in Milan on Thanksgiving, an airport screening found he tested positive for COVID-19. He says he was holed up in a hotel before doing a virtual press conference to debut the calendar, which features his images of artists like Jennifer Hudson, Iggy Pop and Cher.