Sep. 05, 2018
WOMAN REGRETS HER PHOTOS OF 'COSBY' ACTOR WORKING AT STORE
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The woman who took photos of a former regular on "The Cosby Show" while he worked at a New Jersey grocery store says she's filled with regret over the uproar they caused. Karma Lawrence tells NJ.com she took the photos on impulse and meant no ill will toward Geoffrey Owens. She shuttered her social media accounts after her photos showed up on news sites and she received a wave of negative responses. Owens played Elvin Tibideaux, the husband of the eldest daughter of Bill Cosby's character on the TV show. The photos showed him at a register scanning items at a New Jersey Trader Joe's complete with a "Geoffrey" name tag, but he no longer works there. Numerous actors and members of the public voiced support for Owens, saying there's no shame in being a working actor.
COSBY'S HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME STAR VANDALIZED BY GRAFFITI
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill Cosby's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was vandalized this week by someone who scrawled the words "serial rapist." The graffiti appeared sometime at the end of the Labor Day weekend. City News Service says Los Angeles police officers found the sidewalk star marred by a marker pen around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. The graffiti was similar to vandalism that occurred in 2014 and has since been removed. Cosby was convicted in Philadelphia this year of aggravated indecent assault on a former Temple University employee who is among many women who have stepped forward to accuse the comedian of sexual misconduct. Cosby has denied any wrongdoing.
BILL COSBY SUED FOR FAILURE TO PAY LEGAL FEES
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former member of Bill Cosby's defense team is suing the 81-year-old comedian for more than $50,000 in unpaid legal fees. The civil claim for failure to pay for legal services rendered was filed Tuesday by Philadelphia-based law firm Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis. Attorney Samuel Silver had worked as part of Cosby's defense team for his retrial on sexual assault allegations through the beginning of February. Silver declined to comment when reached by The Associated Press on Wednesday. The initial claim did not detail how much work was billed or an exact amount the law firm was seeking. A message seeking comment from Cosby's spokesman was not immediately returned Wednesday. Cosby was convicted in April of three counts of aggravated indecent assault. His sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 24.
NBC'S 'LAW & ORDER' FRANCHISE ADDING NEW HATE-CRIMES DRAMA
LOS ANGELES (AP) — NBC's "Law & Order" franchise is adding what the network calls a "relevant" new series about hate crimes. The network said Tuesday that it's ordered 13 episodes of "Law & Order: Hate Crimes." The drama from "Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf is based on New York state's Hate Crimes Task Force. The fictional version of the task force will be introduced in the upcoming 20th season of sister program "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." Wolf said in a statement that he wants to shine a light on the wide range of crime victims in big U.S. cities and show that justice can prevail. A debut date hasn't been announced for "Law & Order: Hate Crimes," created and produced by Wolf and Warren Leight.
KIM KARDASHIAN MEETING WITH TRUMP ON PRISON REFORM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Reality television star Kim Kardashian was at the White House today for a meeting with President Donald Trump on criminal justice reform. That's according to a White House official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the matter on the record. TMZ first reported Kardashian's visit to the White House. Kardashian last visited the White House three months ago to press for a pardon for Alice Marie Johnson. One week later Trump granted the 63-year-old clemency, freeing her from prison after a more than two-decade stint on drug charges.
PRINCE'S ESTATE SUES ALLEGED EUROPEAN PIRACY NETWORK
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prince's estate is suing what it says it a European piracy network that is selling his music around the world, including his final concert. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Minnesota last week alleges that defendants in France, Belgium and the Netherlands are selling unreleased studio recordings and bootlegged recordings of his live performances without permission. The Star Tribune reports that the music includes the concert Prince gave in Atlanta a week before he died in 2016 of an accidental fentanyl overdose. The defendants didn't immediately reply to the newspaper's messages seeking comment. Court records don't list attorneys for them. The lawsuit seeks $2 million for each trademark violation. Mike Sherrill, a Minneapolis copyright attorney not involved in the case, says chances of collecting are slim.
AMBER TAMBLYN WRITING BOOK OF ESSAYS
NEW YORK (AP) — Amber Tamblyn, the actress, feminist and #MeToo activist, is working on a book of essays. Archetype announced Wednesday that it will publish Tamblyn's "Era of Ignition" in March. Tamblyn will combine stories about her life with her political and cultural views in what Archetype is calling an "enlightening and inspiring call to arms." Tamblyn's acting credits include the daytime soap opera "General Hospital" and such films as "127 Hours." She's a founder of Time's Up, the Hollywood movement against sexual harassment. Her previous books include the novel "Any Man" and the poetry collections "Bang Ditto" and "Free Stallion."
SWIMSUIT-LESS MISS AMERICA COMPETITION BEGINS WEDNESDAY
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — With a revolt underway by state pageant officials — and without swimsuits — the Miss America competition begins Wednesday night amid the most turmoil the iconic event has seen in decades. The first of three nights of preliminary competition begins with a big change: In past years, one talent and one swimsuit winner were named in each of the three preliminary nights. This year, instead of a swimsuit winner, the winner of an onstage interview will be named. The format is similar to what will happen during Sunday night's nationally televised broadcast on ABC. Scholarships totaling nearly $506,000 will be awarded. Most state organizations want new leadership for the Miss America Organization, and the outgoing Miss America, Cara Mund, says she was bullied by pageant leaders. They deny the charges.
DOLLY PARTON WILL BE HONORED AT 2019 MUSICARES
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Entertainer, actress, singer and songwriter Dolly Parton will be honored at the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute event next year. The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that Parton will be the first artist from the Nashville music community honored at the annual MusiCares charity gala, which raises money for those in the musical community in times of financial, medical and personal need. The tribute will be held in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, two days before the Grammy Awards. The eight-time Grammy-winner is being recognized for her music and her support of numerous causes through the Dollywood Foundation, including the Imagination Library, which has provided more than 100 million books to children. Parton in a statement said she was excited and humbled by the honor.
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MEXICAN ROCK BAND MANA IS LATIN GRAMMYS' PERSON OF THE YEAR
NEW YORK (AP) — Mexican rock band Mana will be honored as Person of the Year 2018 by the Latin Recording Academy on the eve of the Latin Grammys. The winner of six Latin Grammys and four Grammy Awards will be recognized for its achievements and contributions to the Latin community and its support of the preservation and protection of the environment and human rights. Mana will be honored Nov. 14 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, where a variety of Latin stars will be performing some of the hits from Mana's repertoire.
WARNER BROS. AND HBO ADOPT COMPANY-WIDE INCLUSION POLICY
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Six months after Frances McDormand introduced the world to the concept of an inclusion rider in her Oscars speech, Warner Bros. and its sister companies are announcing a company-wide commitment to diversity and inclusion. WarnerMedia says it is pledging to make sure that diverse actors and crews are considered for film and television projects at all stages of the production process going forward. WarnerMedia companies include Warner Bros., HBO and Turner. The first production to fall under the policy will be the Michael B. Jordan film "Just Mercy," which begins shooting this week. Jordan was an early advocate of the idea of inclusion riders at his production company and helped craft the framework for WarnerMedia. WarnerMedia also says it will issue an annual report on its progress.