LES MOONVES FIGHTS LOSS OF SEVERANCE
NEW YORK (AP) — Would you walk away from $120 million without a fight? Apparently Les Moonves isn’t able to, either. The ousted CEO of CBS is challenging the decision to deny him his severance package. CBS board members decided recently that he wasn’t entitled to the severance because he violated company policy leading to his being let go. They also say that Moonves wasn’t on the up-and-up when it came to investigating the sexual misconduct claims against him. Moonves isn’t letting that slide. He is asking that the matter be submitted to binding arbitration. Word of the scuffle over the severance is mentioned in a filing that CBS made with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
HARVEY WEINSTEIN GETTING NEW LEGAL TEAM
NEW YORK (AP) — To be determined. That basically is the new legal team that will be representing Harvey Weinstein. All we know right now is that the disgraced Hollywood kingpin will no longer be defended by Benjamin Brafman. The two announced yesterday they would be parting company. The move comes shortly after Weinstein lost a bid to get one of the sexual assault cases against him thrown out. d After being dealt a blow in his effort to get a sexual assault case thrown out. The two sides issued a joint statement announcing the change. The statement also says the new defense team will be revealed next week. The disgraced movie mogul’s trial is tentatively set for May 6. He’s charged with raping an unidentified female acquaintance in 2013 — and performing a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006.
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R. KELLY’S INSISTS NO ONE LIVED AT STUDIO
CHICAGO (AP) — There are studios. And there are studio apartments. But R. Kelly’s real estate lawyer says there’s no apartment-like setup at the singer’s studios. Melvin L. Sims is trying to tamp down speculation about the search at Kelly’s R. studio in Chicago. Building inspectors say they found code violations that indicate someone may have been living there. But Kelly’s lawyer says no one ever lived there.
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EX-BOYFRIEND GETS 20 IN DEATH OF MORGAN FREEMAN’S KIN
NEW YORK (AP) — Remember the case back in the summer of 2015 when someone stabbed a relative of actor Morgan Freeman? Now, someone will likely be spending a long sentence for the crime. Authorities in New York say Lamar Davenport will do 20 years in prison for the crime.
GLADYS KNIGHT TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM AT SUPER BOWL
NEW YORK (AP) — Gladys Knight says it will be an honor for her to use her voice to unite and represent” the nation at the Super Bowl. The veteran performer has been tabbed to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The game is set for Feb 3, in Knight’s hometown of attends.
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“BIRD BOX” CRITICIZED FOR FOOTAGE
NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix is drawing fire for some footage used in its survival film “Bird Box.” At issue is a clip from 2013 which shows a fiery train disaster in the Canadian province of Quebec. In that incident, an unattended train carrying crude oil rolled down an incline, came off the tracks and exploded into a fireball — killing 47 people. Netflix says it has no plans to remove the clip. It says it bought it from a stock image vendor and used it in a TV news montage to set up the series, which is set in a post-apocalyptic era.
MELISSA GILBERT, TIMOTHY BUSFIELD SELL OFF MEMORABILIA
GENOA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — It was quite the electronic yard sale by a couple of actors. Melissa Gilbert and her husband Timothy Busfield have moved more than 200 items in an online estate sale in Michigan. Among the items that went up for bids were a photo signed by the cast of “The Little House on the Prairie” — the show Gilbert used to star in. It went for $1,200. In all, the online auction drew about 58,000 views — and more than 300 bids. Gilbert and Busfield had been living in Livingston County, Michigan since 2013 — but relocated this year to New York City.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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