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March 7, 2018

MAN CHARGED IN OSCAR THEFT MAKES COURT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — He didn’t win the Oscar. He was seen walking off with the Oscar. But he didn’t steal the Oscar? That’s the legal approach a lawyer is taking on behalf of the man charged with stealing Frances McDormand’s Oscar. The attorney, Daniel Brookman, says his client, Terry Bryant, will fight the felony grand theft charge lodged against him. The lawyer acknowledges Bryant is seen in an Associated Press video triumphantly toting the Oscar out of the Governor’s Ball on Sunday night — hours after the awards ceremony — but the video doesn’t prove he stole it. Bryant is being held on $20,000 bail. His lawyer will ask for reduced bail when Bryant appears at his arraignment today in Los Angeles.

PORN STAR SUING OVER NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENT WITH DONALD TRUMP

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The porn star who says she had a sexual relationship with President Donald Trump is suing for the right to tell her story. Stormy Daniels has filed suit in Los Angeles, claiming the non-disclosure agreement she signed just before the presidential election should be declared void. She claims that Trump was supposed to personally sign the agreement, but didn’t. Her lawyer was on the morning news shows today saying his client wants to “set the record straight” about her relationship with Trump, which Daniels has said began in 2006 and continued for about a year.

STEVE WYNN - LAWSUIT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The state of Oregon is taking gambling mogul Steve Wynn — and his company — to court. The civil lawsuit claims Wynn and the board of directors of Wynn Resorts didn’t act in the best interests of stockholders when they failed to stop sexual misconduct at the company. The suit is similar to one filed in New York on behalf of its public pension fund. Both suits say the board breached its fiduciary duty, causing damage to the company and the value of shares held by investors in the publicly traded company.

DEAL TO BUY WEINSTEIN CO. FALTERS

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s one thing to take on $225 million worth of debt to buy a troubled company. But throw in another $64 million — and, well forget it. That’s what appears to be the deal with an effort to buy what’s left of the scandal-tainted Weinstein Company. A group of investigators was about to pull the trigger on the deal — but now, the head of the investment team says it won’t happen. Maria Contreras-Sweet didn’t offer details. But sources close to the situation say the decision to back out came after financial sleuths found another $64 million in red ink. If the talks aren’t rekindled, it would appear the next “deal” involving the Weinstein Company — will be a trip to bankruptcy court.

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001-v-35-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)--The latest effort to buy the scandal-ridden Weinstein Company has taken another serious blow. AP Entertainment Oscar Wells Gabriel has the details. (7 Mar 2018)

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002-v-35-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)--AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports that an attempt to buy the Weinstein Company is fading to black. (7 Mar 2018)

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003-c-13-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)-“surfacing last fall”-AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports the collapse of the potential sale leaves The Weinstein Company’s future in doubt. (7 Mar 2018)

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004-c-26-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)-“since last fall”-AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports while its reputation is in tatters, The Weinstein Company does have some valuable assets. (7 Mar 2018)

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BILL COSBY HEARING

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — We don’t know when the judge in the Bill Cosby sex assault retrial will rule on key evidentiary issues argued this week. But the decisions will go a long way toward determining whether Cosby is convicted on a charge that he drugged and molested a former Temple University employee. Prosecutors want to let the jury hear from as many as 19 other women who say Cosby did similar things to them. That would help prosecutors knock down any defense suggestions that the accuser made up her account. And the defense wants the jury to hear that Cosby paid the accuser in the settlement of a civil lawsuit. Defense attorney Thomas Mesereau has said that will show jurors that the accuser is “greedy.” But some legal experts say it could also tip off jurors that Cosby felt whatever happened between him and his accuser was bad enough that he had to buy her silence.

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005-c-16-(Michael Sisak (SIH’-sak), AP correspondent)-“and sexual misconduct”-AP correspondent Michael Sisak reports Bill Cosby’s lawyers have argued against the prosecutors desire to have as many as 19 other accusers testify at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial. (7 Mar 2018)

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006-c-25-(Michael Sisak (SIH’-sak), AP correspondent)-“she was paid”-AP correspondent Michael Sisak reports lawyer Tom Mesereau said he wants to make the settlement paid to Andrea Constand a focal point of Cosby’s retrial. (7 Mar 2018)

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007-c-16-(Michael Sisak (SIH’-sak), AP correspondent)-“about a month”-AP correspondent Michael Sisak reports the retrial should start early next month. (7 Mar 2018)

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ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS PERFORMERS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — We know the nominees. Now we have a partial list of those who are to perform at the Academy of Country Music Awards next month. Among those lined up for the gig are Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and pop singer Bebe Rexha, who will team with Florida Georgia Line. Others on the performance list are Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett. Chris Stapleton has eight nominations — most of any artist going into the awards show, which is set for April 15. It will air on CBS.

ACTRESS - CHILD KILLED UPDATE

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s mayor says the driver of a car that fatally struck two children, including the daughter of a Broadway actress, should never have been behind the wheel. Authorities say Dorothy Bruns apparently had a seizure Monday while stopped at a red light in Brooklyn. The car moved forward, striking actress Ruthie Ann Miles, another mom — and the children with them. Both children died. The mothers were injured, but survived.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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