NEW YORK (AP) — His attorney says a video of Harvey Weinstein and a woman who says he raped her doesn't show his client sexually harassing anyone. Rather, Benjamin Brafman says, the video shows two willing people engaging in what he calls awkward flirting. Melissa Thompson provided the clip to Sky News, which aired it yesterday. Thompson visits Weinstein's New York office in 2011 to demonstrate video technology. Instead of returning a handshake, the movie mogul begins hugging Thompson and rubbing her shoulders. He propositions her and after agreeing to use the technology, Thompson says he put his hand up her dress. At a later meeting, Thompson says Weinstein took her to a hotel room and instead of sealing the technology deal — he raped her.



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NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors in Harvey Weinstein's criminal case are disputing a defense claim that they withheld evidence that could have helped clear the movie mogul. The defense says the electronic evidence could help back Weinstein's denials of sexual harassment allegations against him. One email is from a woman who wrote Weinstein to say she loves him but hated "feeling like a booty call." Prosecutors say they had no obligation to turn over the email because Weinstein could have testified about the pair's relationship — but chose not to.


NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The prosecutor in Bill Cosby's sex-assault case is opposing the actor's demand that the trial judge step down before this month's sentencing. Cosby's lawyers say Judge Steven O'Neill has a longstanding grudge with a key pretrial witness and should have recused himself. O'Neill is set to sentence Cosby on Sept. 24 over his 2004 encounter with a woman at his estate near Philadelphia. The witness involved in the dispute is a former county prosecutor, Bruce Castor, who declined to charge Cosby when the woman came forward in 2005. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele in a court filing Thursday notes that the judge handled cases involving Castor's office for 20 years. Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison on each count but could get far less time under state sentencing guidelines.


NEW YORK (AP) — Time's Up for the top man at "60 Minutes." CBS News has fired Jeff Fager. And in this case, the dismissal isn't directly tied to the #MeToo movement — even though Fager faces allegations of groping women at parties. The president of CBS News says a reporter working on a story about Fager got a text from him — urging her to "be careful." The reporter, Jericka Duncan, said on "CBS This Morning" that she was shocked by the message and felt threatened by it. Fager is the third major player at CBS to be shown the door in the past year, joining anchor Charlie Rose and CBS boss Les Moonves in being ousted.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Olivia Munn is thanking an outpouring of support online for keeping up her morale following "The Predator" controversy. Munn blew the whistle on a fellow actor after she learned he was a registered sex offender. Her intervention prompted 20th Century Fox to cut the sex offender's single scene. Then came what Munn considered a frosty reception from her fellow actors. Munn described feeling lonely and isolated. But online, Munn was praised and she made her case on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." On the arrivals line at a screening Wednesday in Los Angeles, most of the actors from "The Predator" were now singing Munn's praises. Munn thanked bloggers and social media, saying "Without the support from online, I would have just still been one voice."


NEW YORK (AP) — Norm Macdonald says he's sorry for what he said about the #MeToo movement. But his apology has ruffled more feathers. The comedian tried to walk back comments suggesting people should be more forgiving of those accused of #MeToo violations. But in doing so, Macdonald made things worse. He said those accused of misconduct or racism can lose "everything in a day" — while victims don't. Then, trying to clarify those remarks, Macdonald said: "You'd have to have Down syndrome not to feel sorry" for sexual misconduct victims. No word how he will explain his poor choice of words this time.

Macdonald is trying to promote a new talk show on Netflix, which makes its debut tomorrow. The network hasn't responded to his remarks or his apology.



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ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Country singer Gretchen Wilson has agreed to donate $500 to charity to settle a criminal charge related to a disturbance at a Connecticut airport last month. The Grammy-winning "Redneck Woman" singer appeared Thursday in court in Enfield. A misdemeanor breach of peace charge will be dismissed based on the donation to a fund for injured crime victims. Wilson was arrested Aug. 21 at Bradley International Airport near Hartford on her way to a private show at the Mohegan Sun casino. State police said Wilson was in a minor disturbance on the plane involving another passenger and a bathroom, and was arrested after becoming "belligerent" with troopers. Wilson says everyone has bad days, but celebrities are targeted when they have one.


NEW YORK (AP) — Back in the day, it was hard for rap and hip-hop to get love from the American Music Awards. But now, it seems the genre is being fully embraced, at least when it comes to this year's nominations. Drake and Cardi B lead with eight nods each, earning bids in both the pop/rock and rap/hip-hop categories. Drake competes for artist of the year with Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons and Post Malone. Winners will be announced at a ceremony set for Oct. 9 in Los Angeles.



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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — There is some legal maneuvering in a lawsuit filed by Prince's family — perhaps aimed at gaining a "home-field advantage." Attorneys for the late musician's family want to move a medical malpractice and wrongful death from Hennepin County to Carver County, where Prince died. The family has sued Dr. Michael Schulenberg and health care providers, saying they saw Prince in the weeks before his death — but failed to treat his opioid addiction. Prince died in 2016 from an accidental fentanyl overdose.


NEW YORK (AP) — Viola Davis was nominated for an Oscar for "The Help" — and won a Screen Actors Guild award for her role in the 2011 movie. But she says she has regrets about the role. Davis tells The New York Times black maids who worked for white women and raised their children in the pre-civil rights era didn't really have a "voice" in the movie. She says those who worked then had definite ideas about their jobs — but those feelings didn't come across in the movie. Davis stars in the crime drama "Widows," due out Nov. 16.


UNDATED (AP) — It's looking more and more like Henry Cavill's "Superman" days are over. A source says Warner Bros. has no current plans for another film starring Cavill as the Man of Steel. That dovetails with a story in The Hollywood Reporter saying Cavill won't be back in the cape and tights. Officially, Warner Bros. is out with a statement saying it hasn't decided Cavill's status, though it has "great respect" for him.


NEW YORK (AP) — Usually when an author promotes a book, they show up at bookstores and sign copies. But Michelle Obama's book tour will look more like a Beyoncé concert series than an author's tour when it comes to scope. The former first lady will visit 10 cities to promote "Becoming." Instead of using bookstores, the venues booked for this fall will be places like the United Center in Chicago, the Barclays Center in New York and The Forum in Los Angeles. Obama and her husband Barack are working on memoirs. There's no release date set for his book, though it's expected to be out next year.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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