JUSSIE SMOLLETT RELEASED FROM COUNTY JAIL IN CHICAGO
CHICAGO (AP) – It’s another strange twist in a case that has had a lot of twists and turns since January, 2019. Jussie Smollett was released from jail yesterday, after serving just six nights of a 150-day sentence. The former “Empire” actor was set free after an appeals court in Chicago agreed with his lawyers that he shouldn’t have to be locked up pending his appeal of a conviction for lying to police about a racist and anti-gay attack. Smollett didn’t comment as he climbed into an SUV waiting outside jail for him last night. But his defense attorney did. Nenye Uche told reporters the Smollett family is “very very happy” with the court ruling that has now set the actor free.
KIM KARDASHIAN SAYS PETE DAVIDSON BRANDED HER NAME ON HIS BODY
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Kim Kardashian says her new boyfriend, Pete Davidson, is a “tattoo guy” – who tends to mark his body with things he’s done in his life. And now they are the latest high-profile celebrity couple. Kardashian says her new boo has gotten three tats referring to her on his torso. Speaking on “The Ellen Degeneres Show,” Kardashian says one of them goes a step beyond a simple tattoo. She says Davidson has had “Kim” branded into his skin – yes, branded like a cowboy might to a steer. Kardashian says it’s “cute” that Davidson did that.
CHRIS CUOMO SEEKING $125 MILLION FROM CNN
NEW YORK (AP) – Chris Cuomo was dropped by CNN late last year. And now he is asking for a big chunk of money from his ex-employer to cushion the fall. The former anchor wants an arbitrator to award him $125 million. Cuomo says his CNN bosses weren’t up front when they said he misled them about the amount of help he gave his brother as Andrew Cuomo fought to remain New York governor amid a sex harassment scandal. In his claim, Chris Cuomo says his bosses knew what he was doing – and some of his higher-ups did the same. Since Cuomo’s ouster, CNN chief Jeff Zucker and his top deputy, Allison Gollust, were also let go.
DR. OZ SAYS HE WILL RENOUNCE DUAL CITIZENRY IF ELECTED
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Dr. Mehmet Oz says if he’s elected to the U.S. Senate, he will renounce his dual citizenship in Turkey. The statement from the man known as TV host “Dr. Oz” comes after he got criticism on the issue from a key rival in the Republican primary in the race for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania. Oz had said he’d keep his dual citizenship because it gave him legal power in Turkey to make healthcare decisions for his mother, who has Alzheimer’s. Now that it’s become a campaign issue, Oz says he will renounce his Turkish citizenship before he’s sworn in – if he should win.