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December 20, 2018

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-HARVEY WEINSTEIN

NEW YORK (AP) — The judge overseeing Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault case has found there’s no merit in defense claims of misconduct by prosecutors and police. Judge James Burke issued the findings today while declining to dismiss charges against the 66-year-old disgraced Hollywood mogul. Weinstein’s lawyers argued the case had been “irreparably tainted” by a detective’s alleged coaching of a potential witness and one of the accusers. They also said the grand jury should have been shown evidence that Weinstein had exchanged friendly emails with two accusers after the alleged attacks.

Prosecutors insist their case is strong. Defense attorney Benjamin Brafman says he remains confident Weinstein will be “completely exonerated.” Weinstein has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex. He has pleaded not guilty and is free on $1 million bail. He left court without commenting.

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SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-CBS

NEW YORK (AP) — Eliza Dushku says she struggled with her decision to keep quiet about the sexual harassment she says she endured from actor Michael Weatherly on the set of the CBS show “Bull.” The actress agreed to stay silent as part of a $9.5 million settlement reached with CBS. But Dushku says she took solace in a requirement she imposed on the company: that CBS designate someone trained in sexual harassment compliance to monitor Weatherly and the show in general. Dushku spoke out for the first time about the settlement in an essay in The Boston Globe published Wednesday. The actress says she was written off the show after she complained to Weatherly about his behavior. CBS has confirmed the settlement but declined to comment about Dushku’s essay.

JULEZ SANTANA SENTENCED IN GUN CASE

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Juelz Santana has been sentenced to two years and three months in prison. But he doesn’t have to go behind bars right away. Authorities in New Jersey says the 36-year-old rap star won’t need to report to prison immediately — after reaching a deal to do a performance on New York’s Long Island. Santana was sentenced yesterday after pleading guilty to trying to board a plane with a loaded gun. He was caught trying to slip the weapon past security at Newark ’s Liberty International Airport. He also had non-prescription oxycodone in his carry-on. Once his stash was discovered, Santana bolted from the security checkpoint — but turned himself in three days later. He eventually pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a weapon on an aircraft.

LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA - DANCING

NEW YORK (AP) — Lin-Manuel Miranda says people who saw “Hamilton” would notice there was “a lot of incredible dancing” in the production. It’s just that he says none of it was done by him. While not exactly saying he has two left feet, Miranda says Hamilton “does almost none” of the dancing because he’s too busy talking. Because of that, he was a little hesitant about playing Jack the Lamplighter in “Mary Poppins Returns.” But Miranda says having nine weeks to rehearse before the cameras rolled helped him get ready to tackle the choreography. Miranda says as a kid, he watched Dick Van Dyke dance with the animated penguins in the original “Poppins.” Miranda says he “grew up dancing along with those penguins ... like everybody else.”

SENTENCING DELAYED IN SWIPED CELEBRITY PHOTOS CASE

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — One of the five people charged in the “Celebgate” scandal will have his sentencing delayed. Former Virginia teacher Christopher Brannan has seen his sentencing date pushed back from Jan. 25 to March 1. His attorney says the probation office needs more time to interview his client for a pre-sentencing report. Brannan pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft and unauthorized access to a protected computer. He was one of the hackers who wormed their way into getting nude photos and other private information from more than 200 people, including several celebrities. Actress Jennifer Lawrence says she was one of the people whose privacy was violated.

OBIT-PETER MASTERSON

NEW YORK (AP) — Peter Masterson, the playwright, filmmaker and actor whose credits ranged from co-writing the Tony-winning musical “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” to directing the movie adaptation of “The Trip to Bountiful,” has died. Masterson’s son, also called Peter, says his father died Tuesday from complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 84 and died at his home in Kinderhook, New York. Born Carlos Masterson, but known as Peter because his father preferred that name, Masterson often worked with family members. His cousin was playwright Horton Foote, who wrote the stage version of “The Trip to Bountiful.” His wife, Carlin Glynn, won a Tony for “Best Little Whorehouse.” His daughter, Mary Stuart Masterson, made her film debut in “The Stepford Wives,” in which he starred as her father.

ART NEVILLE RETIRING

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — He has had lots of trouble getting around. And now, New Orleans musician Art Neville has decided he won’t be getting out and performing anymore. The 81-year-old keyboard player and singer has announced his retirement. Neville hasn’t performed publicly in more than a year. And the New Orleans Advocate reports he’s battled health issues recently that have limited his mobility. Neville had back surgery — but had complications from that, too.

MICHELLE OBAMA - DESIGNING WOMEN

NEW YORK (AP) — Most people agree that when she was first lady, Michelle Obama helped set fashion trends. As for how she decided whose stuff to wear — she says there were many factors that went into the mix. She spoke about that during a session last night in New York — the final one promoting her new book, “Becoming.” She told actress Sarah Jessica Parker, who moderated the event, that sometimes diversity played a role in helping her decide what to wear. Other times, Obama said she decided to wear something simply because she thought the designer was a nice person — or rejected an outfit because the designer wasn’t so nice. In her eight years as first lady, Michelle Obama was a powerful taste-maker in fashion. In some cases, she’d wear an outfit — and it would sell out hours later.

THAI SOCIAL MEDIA CRITIC FACES POSSIBLE COURT CASE

BANGKOK (AP) — A case in Thailand is giving whole new meaning to the term “fashion police.” A Thai social media figure criticized a gown worn by her country’s Miss Universe contestant. And now, she could end up in court, now that a business owner and politician filed a complaint claiming the critique defamed the royal family. The Facebook post put down a blue dress worn by the daughter of Thailand’s king at a pageant event earlier this month. The businessman took his beef to police, who will investigate. The influential critic has since deleted the post and apologized to the princess in another Facebook post. Even so, if charged and convicted, she could get up to five years in prison.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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