WEINSTEIN JURY SHOWN NUDE PHOTOS OF HIM
NEW YORK (AP) – The jury in the rape trial of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein got quite an intimate look at him yesterday. Prosecutors showed jurors nude photos of Weinstein taken by the district attorney’s office a few weeks after his arrest. Presumably it’s to corroborate claims by a 34-year-old woman he’s charged with raping who said she noticed “extreme scarring” on his body. Weinstein’s lawyers continue a painstaking review of emails and other evidence they say paint the woman as manipulative. Weinstein has said any sexual encounters were consensual.
‘THE MASKED SINGER’ HOPES TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF RARE EDGE
NEW YORK (AP) – It’s the greatest time slot in television and most producers would kill for it – right after the Super Bowl. This year Fox’s music game “The Masked Singer” had that luck and reached 23.7 million viewers on Sunday after the Kansas City Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers. The show got less than a quarter of the audience of the Super Bowl, but the game is such a behemoth that it was still more people than ever watched it. “The Masked Singer” will quickly learn whether it gained any new fans – a new episode airs on Fox Wednesday night.
SUPER BOWL LEADS TOP-RATED TV SHOWS OF THE PAST WEEK
NEW YORK (AP) – Here are the top 20 shows for the week of Jan. 27-Feb. 2, according to the Nielsen company:
1. Super Bowl: Kansas City vs. San Francisco, Fox, 99.9 million.
2. “Super Bowl Post-Game” (10:11 to 10:21 p.m. Eastern), Fox, 83.51 million.
3. “Super Bowl Post-Game” (10:22 to 10:39 p.m.), Fox, 57.04 million.
4. “The Masked Singer,” Fox, 23.7 million.
5. “NCIS,” CBS, 12.13 million.
6. “FBI,” CBS, 9.27 million.
7. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 8.65 million.
8. “Hawaii Five-0,” CBS, 7.56 million.
9. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 7.53 million.
10. “America’s Got Talent Champions,” 7.35 million.
JANE AUSTEN, ACTRESS CREATE PBS COSTUME DRAMA DIVERSITY
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Crystal Clarke could imagine herself playing the heroine of a period costume drama. But it seemed like an unlikely prospect for an African American actress, even one who studied her craft in Scotland. Then came the PBS drama series “Sanditon,” based on an unfinished Jane Austen novel. Clarke plays Miss Lambe, a young, biracial heiress from the West Indies. The story is set in a coastal town in 19th-century England and also stars Rose Williams and Theo James. Clarke said she was given the opportunity to bring her perspective as a young black woman to her character, a woman whose wealth couldn’t protect her from racism.
MAKING OSCAR HISTORY, ‘HONEYLAND’ SHATTERS BORDERS
NEW YORK (AP) – “Honeyland” has already made history. At the upcoming Academy Awards, it’s the first film ever nominated for both best documentary and best international film, the category formerly dubbed best foreign language film. The dual honors make “Honeyland” a quietly revolutionary Oscar nominee, one that speaks to both the increasingly boundless nature of documentary filmmaking and the specific greatness of “Honeyland.” It’s a portrait of a middle-aged Macedonian woman (Hatidze Muratova) who ekes out a hardscrabble and solitary existence harvesting honey with ancient, sustainable methods across the craggy mountainous landscape of the former Yugoslav republic.
PROSECUTORS SEEK TO DROP RAPE CASE AGAINST CALIFORNIA DOCTOR
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) – Prosecutors say they will seek dismissal of a high-profile rape case against a doctor who appeared in a reality TV dating show and his girlfriend. Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said Tuesday that there’s insufficient evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. Orthopedic surgeon Grant Robicheaux and his girlfriend Cerissa Riley were charged in 2018 with rape by use of drugs, kidnapping and other crimes. At the time, authorities said the pair plied their victims with drugs and sexually assaulted them when they were incapable of resisting.áRobicheaux previously appeared on a Bravo TV show called “Online Dating Rituals of the American Male.”