FLAVOR FLAV PLEADS NO CONTEST IN SCUFFLE
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Flavor Flav’s lawyers say he’s working at staying sober, as a case of nonviolent misdemeanor coercion against him is closed. Flav pleaded no contest in suburban Las Vegas to the charge, stemming from a scuffle with his girlfriend on Oct. 4. The court and Flav’s attorneys say he admitted to taking a cellphone and paid $640 in fines. His attorneys say he’s been sober for one year.
TOM DELONGE PREPS FILM “MONSTERS OF CALIFORNIA”
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – If all goes well, Tom DeLonge plans to release a film in the next few months that he calls “a perfect portrayal of all the mischief and weirdness” he’s gotten into over the past two decades. The movie, called “Monsters of California,” is in post-production. DeLonge says anyone who’s a fan of Blink-182 or Angels and Airwaves or even his work with UFOs will love this film. He calls it a companion piece to the Angels and Airwaves album “Lifeforms,” which is out now.
CARNEGIE HALL LAUNCHES VIDEO SERVICE
UNDATED (AP) – If you can’t make it to Carnegie Hall in New York, it will come to you. The venue has launched an on-demand video network featuring recorded performances of classical artists. Performers include Luciano Pavarotti, Renee Fleming, Leontyne Price, Leonard Bernstein and Georg Solti. Creators of the service have not decided whether to stream live performances. The Carnegie Hall Plus service costs $7.99 a month and is available through the Apple TV app, Roku, Amazon Fire and smart televisions.
“THE VOICE” ANNOUNCES FINALE ENTERTAINMENT
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Coldplay, Alicia Keys and Walker Hayes are among the guests who will perform on the season finale of “The Voice.” Carrie Underwood will join John Legend to perform “Hallelujah.” Other performers include Ed Sheeran, Keke Palmer and Tori Kelly. “The Voice” finale will air Tuesday on NBC.
JURY RESUMING DELIBERATIONS IN JUSSIE SMOLLETT CASE
CHICAGO (AP) – A case built on “overwhelming evidence” – or a “house of cards?” It’s up to a jury in Chicago to decide which description is true when it comes to Jussie Smollett. The jury resumes deliberating today on whether the former “Empire” actor staged his own hate crime, then lied to police about it – or if a pair of brothers lied about it being a hoax. The jury got the case yesterday after a week’s worth of testimony. The panel will have to determine the veracity of the actor and the two men who say he hired them – the only three people who really know what happened on a Chicago street on a frigid night in January of 2019.
JUSSIE SMOLLETT: PROSEUCTION CLOSING ARGUMENTS
CHICAGO (AP) – In their closing arguments, prosecutors tried to remind the jury of the international ruckus it caused when “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett claimed he was the victim of a racist, anti-gay beating in January, 2019. Special prosecutor Dan Webb told the panel Chicago police spent 3,000 hours investigating a crime they now believe is fake. Smollett, who’s Black and openly gay, claimed attackers put a noose around his neck during the incident near his downtown Chicago home. Webb told the jury it’s “just plain wrong to outright denigrate something as serious as a real hate crime,” especially to say it involved a noose. Webb also says Smollett lied to the jury, saying surveillance video jurors saw contradicts his testimony.
JUSSIE SMOLLETT: DEFENSE ARGUMENTS
CHICAGO (AP) – An attorney for Jussie Smollett says the brothers who testified against the former “Empire” actor are “sophisticated liars” who are “out for money.” And defense lawyer Nenye Uche says the prosecution’s case is “like a house of cards.” The brothers testified Smollett recruited them and paid for the hoax. But Smollett calls them “liars” and said the $3,500 check he gave them was for meals and workout plans, not to plan a fake beating. The defense contends the brothers beat Smollett because they’re homophobic – and that they later tried to shake Smollett down by saying they wouldn’t testify against him if he gave them $1 million.
JURY DECIDING FATE OF REALITY TV STAR JOSH DUGGAR IN CHILD PORN CASE
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) – A federal jury in Arkansas returns to work today at a courthouse in Fayetteville, Arkansas to decide the fate of Josh Duggar, who was on TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting.” He’s charged with receiving and possessing child pornography. The panel worked on the case for about five hours yesterday before calling it quits. Duggar, who is 33, faces up to 20 years in prison on each of the two counts if convicted. TLC bagged the show in 2015 after it came out that Duggar had molested four of his sisters and a babysitter. He was charged in April after child porn was found on a computer at his job.
FLAVOR FLAV GETS DOMESTIC BATTERY CHARGE DISMISSED
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Flavor Flav is promising to clean up his act – after a domestic battery charge against him was dismissed. The hip-hop and reality TV star pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor domestic battery charge stemming from a scuffle with his girlfriend at a home near Las Vegas last year. His lawyers say the ex-rapper has been sober for about a year – and wants to stay that way.
“JEOPARDY!” TO FINISH SEASON WITH BIALIK AND JENNINGS
LOS ANGELES (AP) – It was a question being asked 13 months ago after Alex Trebek died of cancer: who would replace him as host of “Jeopardy!”? There’s still no definitive answer, nor will there be for the popular quiz show. Producers say Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings will continue to tag-team the gig the rest of the season. In September, Bialik and Jennings were named interim hosts after Sony’s efforts to replace Trebek ran aground. The show’s producer, Mike Richards, was handed the job. But shortly afterward, he lost it when his past questionable podcast comments resurfaced.