ACTOR DANNY MASTERSON CHARGED WITH THREE RAPES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A star of “That ’70s Show” is charged with rape. Prosecutors in Los Angeles have charged Danny Masterson with raping three women in the early 2000’s. The actor had been investigated for three years before the charges were filed. The case is one of the few in the (hash) MeToo era to result in the arrest of a popular Hollywood figure. Masterson was arrested yesterday in Los Angeles – and released hours later after posting bond. Arraignment is set for Sept. 18.
KOBE BRYANT PILOT APPARENTLY CONFUSED
LOS ANGELES (AP) – There is new information about what caused the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna – and seven other people. Federal investigators say it seems the pilot was disoriented while trying to fly through thick fog on Jan. 26. Documents released by the National Transportation Safety Board say as the pilot tried to get through the fog, he lost visibility – and reported he was climbing when he was descending, instead. The aircraft ended smashing into a hillside. A final report on the crash is still pending.
STAR OF REALITY TV SHOW FIRED
SIESTA KEY, Fla. (AP) – We don’t know why – at least not yet. But a star of an MTV reality show has been fired. MTV went on Twitter to say that Alex Kompothecras has been dumped from “Siesta Key.” Not only was he fired, MTV will edit unaired episodes to “minimize his presence” in them. His dad, Gary Kompothecras, is an executive producer of the show. He says the family is “very disappointed” about the move to fire his son.
ARTHUR ASHE STATUE IN RICHMOND, VA. VANDALIZED
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A statue of tennis legend Arthur Ashe in Richmond, Virginia has been vandalized. Photos show part of the base of the monument was spray-painted with the words, “white lives matter.” In another spot, the initials “WLM” were painted over with “BLM” – for “Black Lives Matter.” The Ashe monument was dedicated in 1996 to memorialize the Richmond native who was the first black man to win the Wimbledon tennis tournament.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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