DAVE CHAPPELLE ASSAILANT WON’T FACE FELONY CHARGE
LOS ANGELES (AP) – No felony. Los Angeles prosecutors say the guy who rushed Dave Chappelle on stage at the Hollywood Bowl this week will face no more than a misdemeanor. That decision was made by the district attorney’s office, which says it looked at the case and decided while there was criminal conduct, they couldn’t make a more serious charge stick. Isaiah Lee was arrested Tuesday night for assault with a deadly weapon after charging Chappelle toward the end of a comedy set at the Hollywood Bowl with a replica gun with a knife blade that could stick out of it. Chappelle wasn’t hurt. The man was interrupted, chased backstage and was taken away in an ambulance. Images as he was being removed indicated he had a badly injured arm and swelling around the nose and eyes.
AMBER HEARD CONTINUES ON STAND IN JOHNNY DEPP LIBEL TRIAL
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) – One can only imagine what jurors in the Johnny Depp trial were thinking after hearing the graphic testimony that came out of the mouth of Amber Heard yesterday. She spoke about an incident in March, 2015 in Australia, where she said she was sexually violated by Depp, who used a liquor bottle to penetrate her. Depp has denied hitting or otherwise assaulting Heard, instead telling the jury it was Heard who abused him. Depp is suing his ex for publicly declaring herself a victim of domestic violence, claiming that her writing that in a Washington Post op-ed damaged his acting career.
JUDGE KICKS DEFAMATION SUIT AGAINST ALEX BALDWIN OVER JURISDICTION ISSUES
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) – Not in my backyard. That, in effect, is what a federal judge in Wyoming has said about a defamation case against Alec Baldwin. The judge dismissed the case filed by the sister of a U.S. Marine killed in Afghanistan. Baldwin donated money to the woman after hearing about the family’s plight. In January, Baldwin learned the woman took part in the Jan. 6 insurrection the year before – and told his online followers about that. The woman says that caused her to be the target of online harassment. But the judge in Wyoming says none of that has anything to do with the state, so he tossed the suit. The plaintiffs say the case will be filed elsewhere.
POLICE: NO CHARGES TO BE FILED IN SHOOTING AT RAPPER DABABY’S HOME
STATESVILLE, N.C. (AP) – We still don’t know who did the shooting, or who the shooter shot at. But authorities in North Carolina say they won’t file charges over a shooting at the home of rap star DaBaby. Police in the town of Troutman say after their investigation they decided no charges should be filed. DaBaby and at least one other person were at the home when the shooting took place on April 13. One person was injured – and authorities say that unidentified person’s injuries weren’t life-threatening.
FIRST BLACK PERSON NAMED AS WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY
WASHINGTON (AP) – Her name is Karine Jean-Pierre – and she’s making history. She’s been picked to be the next White House press secretary. She is the first Black, the first Black woman and first openly gay person to serve in the role. She’ll replace Jen Psaki (SAK’-ee) when she leaves next week. Jean-Pierre says the “historic moment” isn’t lost on her and says to be at the podium speaking on behalf of the president of the United States is “an honor and privilege.”