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Ashley Judd sues Harvey Weinstein, says tried to hurt career

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Ashley Judd has sued Harvey Weinstein, saying he hurt her acting career in retaliation for her rejecting his sexual advances. In the lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Judd accuses Weinstein of defamation, sexual harassment and violation of California's unfair competition law. Central to the lawsuit is director Peter Jackson saying in December that Weinstein had warned him that Judd was a "nightmare" to work with. Jackson was considering Read more [...]

Danny DeVito gets his own day in his native New Jersey

ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) -- Danny DeVito has gotten his own day in his native New Jersey. The Asbury Park Press reports the Asbury Park City Council honored the actor Saturday night by declaring his birthday, Nov. 17, as "Danny DeVito Day" in his hometown. The honor was announced as DeVito appeared at the Asbury Park Music and Film Festival. DeVito starred in the classic TV series "Taxi" and films including "Twins" and "Batman Returns." He starred in the hit comedy "It's Always Sunny Read more [...]

Prosecutors: Bill Cosby sexual-assault conviction will stand

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- In the tense moments before a jury convicted Bill Cosby of sexual assault, the prosecutor who had branded him a "con man" and called him out for laughing during closing arguments started to worry about the global implications if the #MeToo era's first big trial went the other way. Accuser Andrea Constand's allegations that Cosby had drugged and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004, revived out of nearly a decade of dormancy by another comedian's Read more [...]

Church from ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ song reopens after upgrades

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts church building made famous by the 1967 Arlo Guthrie song "Alice's Restaurant Massacree" is reopening after some recently completed upgrades. The building in Great Barrington is home of the nonprofit Guthrie Center and has been closed for about two months during the work. The Berkshire Eagle reports the upgrades include the restoration of the circular stained-glass window at the front entrance, a new ceiling in the great room and insulation. Read more [...]

Fitted with ankle bracelet, Cosby to be prisoner inside home

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Two days after his conviction, Bill Cosby has already started life as an inmate - though his surroundings are far nicer than they likely will be in a few months. A judge says Cosby will be confined to the same suburban Philadelphia mansion where jurors concluded he drugged and molested a Temple University women's basketball administrator, ordering him to be outfitted with a GPS ankle bracelet to monitor compliance. Until sentencing, Judge Steven O'Neill ruled Read more [...]

MSNBC’s Joy Reid can’t prove hackers wrote ‘hurtful’ posts

NEW YORK (AP) -- MSNBC's Joy Reid, under fire for homophobic language in old blog posts, apologized Saturday for any past comments that belittled or mocked the LGBTQ community and says she hasn't been able to verify her claim that her account was hacked. Reid opened her weekend show "AM Joy" by acknowledging has said "dumb" and "hurtful" things in the past. "The person I am now is not the person I was then," she said. But she was unable to explain blog posts from a decade ago that Read more [...]

Influential Burning Man festival co-founder dead at 70

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Larry Harvey, whose whimsical decision to erect a giant wooden figure and then burn it to the ground led to the popular, long-running counterculture celebration known as "Burning Man," has died. He was 70. Harvey died Saturday morning at a hospital in San Francisco, surrounded by family, Burning Man Project CEO Marian Goodell said. The cause was not immediately known but he suffered a stroke earlier this month. Longtime friend Stuart Mangrum posted on the organization's Read more [...]

Cosby verdict met with conflicting emotions by some blacks

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- It is difficult to overstate the pride, admiration and sense of ownership many black Americans felt watching Bill Cosby at the height of his career in the 1980s and '90s. As Dr. Cliff Huxtable, Cosby starred in a top-rated network sitcom about a loving, successful black couple and their wholesome children. "The Cosby Show" shifted the paradigm for millions of viewers for what a black family could look like. And it made Cosby an idol to many African-Americans in Read more [...]

Cosby confined to his home as team decries ‘public lynching’

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Bill Cosby's team blasted his sexual-assault trial as a "public lynching" Friday and began looking ahead to an appeal as the judge ordered house arrest for the 80-year-old comedian and said he would be outfitted with a GPS ankle monitoring device. Cosby's appeal seems certain to focus on the judge's decision to let a parade of women testify that they, too, were abused by the former TV star. Defense allegations of a biased juror and the admission of Cosby's Read more [...]

Tom Brokaw ‘hurt and unmoored’ by sex harassment allegations

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tom Brokaw denied sexual misconduct charges and told friends in a late-night email that he felt "ambushed and then perp walked" in the media as an avatar of male misogyny and stripped of his honor and achievement. The 78-year-old broadcast journalist penned an emotional response to accusations that he had made unwanted advances on a former colleague, writing that "it is 4:00 a.m. on the first day of my new life as an accused predator in the universe of American journalism." Read more [...]
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