ARETHA FRANKLIN’S CASKET MOVED FROM MUSEUM THAT HOSTED VIEWING
DETROIT (AP) — Aretha Franklin’s body has arrived for a viewing at the Detroit church where she got her start as a gospel singer. Crowds chanted Franklin’s nickname “Ree Ree!” and “Let the Queen through!” as Franklin’s body arrived in a 1940s hearse and was taken into the sanctuary. Hundreds of fans gathered outside the church for the viewing at New Bethel Baptist Church, where Franklin’s father was the longtime pastor and she learned the gospel fundamentals that would make her a soul institution. The viewing follows two days of public viewings at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History that attracted thousands of fans and mourners from around the country. Franklin’s invitation-only funeral will be held Friday at the Greater Grace Temple, one of the largest and most famous churches in the city.
GERARD DEPARDIEU IS SUBJECT OF RAPE COMPLAINT
PARIS (AP) — A French judicial official says rape and sexual assault accusations against actor Gerard Depardieu are the subject of a preliminary investigation. The French film star denies the allegations. The official said a woman filed a complaint on Monday near the southern city of Aix-en-Provence and the case was assigned to Paris prosecutors Wednesday. The official requested anonymity in discussing the case Thursday because he was not allowed to disclose details about an ongoing investigation. Depardieu’s lawyer said on France’s BFM TV that the actor “absolutely denies any rape, any sexual assault, any crime.” French newspaper Le Parisien and BFM TV said the woman, a 22-year-old comedian and dancer, reported that the 69-year-old Depardieu assaulted her on Aug. 7 and Aug. 13 at his Parisian home.
BRAD PITT FOUNDATION FACES LAWSUIT OVER NEW ORLEANS HOMES
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An attorney plans to sue actor Brad Pitt’s foundation over the degradation of homes built in an area of New Orleans that was among the hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina. Ron Austin tells WWL-TV he plans to bring a lawsuit on behalf of some Lower Ninth Ward residents against Pitt’s Make It Right foundation. Austin says residents have reported sicknesses and headaches, in addition to infrastructural issues. Austin says Make It Right “was making a lot of promises to come back and fix the homes that they initially sold these people and have failed to do so.” The report didn’t indicate how many residents would join the lawsuit. More than 100 “green” Make It Right houses were built in 2008. The foundation didn’t respond to the station’s request for comment.
ALEC BALDWIN WITHDRAWS FROM ‘JOKER,’ CITING SCHEDULING ISSUES
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alec Baldwin has pulled out of playing Bruce Wayne’s father in the “Joker” movie. The actor told USA Today on Wednesday he has “scheduling” issues. Baldwin says he’s “sure there are 25 guys who can play that part.” Baldwin was cast to play Thomas Wayne in the film, which features Joaquin Phoenix as the DC Comics villain. Robert De Niro also is part of the cast in the Warner Bros. movie, which is due in theaters in October 2019.
HACKER OF CELEBRITY PHOTOS GETS 8 MONTHS IN PRISON
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who hacked into more than 200 iCloud accounts of Hollywood stars and other people has been sentenced to eight months in prison. George Garofano was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Bridgeport. After prison, he must serve three years of supervised release and perform 60 hours of community service. The North Branford man was one of four men arrested in the 2014 hacking scandal that led to private photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Upton and others being made public. Authorities say the hackers used a phishing scheme that sent emails appearing to be from Apple security accounts that asked for usernames and passwords. Garofano pleaded guilty in April and asked for leniency, saying he faces a lifetime loss of rights because of the felony conviction.
PRINCE HARRY, MEGHAN JOIN LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA AT ‘HAMILTON’
LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry sang and joked with Lin-Manuel Miranda on the stage of “Hamilton,” after he and his wife Meghan joined audiences for a gala charity performance of the smash-hit musical in London’s West End. The royal couple sat in the royal circle at Victoria Palace Theater during the performance, and afterward they joined Miranda, the show’s creator, on stage to thank the cast and crew. Harry received enthusiastic cheers from the cast and audience as he sang the opening words to “You’ll Be Back,” a ballad about the “break-up” between Britain and America performed in the musical by the actor playing his sixth great-grandfather, King George III. Speaking about the character of the king, Miranda said he envisioned it during his honeymoon then quipped: “Smash cut to 2018 I’m sitting next to his sixth great-grandson.”
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BUSINESS MANAGER GUILTY OF DEFRAUDING NE-YO, BRIAN MCKNIGHT
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a business manager of defrauding R&B artists Ne-Yo and Brian McKnight in a sports beverage scheme. The panel in Ohio found 42-year-old Kevin Foster of Montclair, New Jersey, guilty of wire fraud, money laundering, bankruptcy fraud, tax evasion and filing false tax returns last week. Prosecutors say Foster induced Ne-Yo, whose real name is Shaffer Smith, to invest $2 million into OXYWater under false representations. They say Foster invested an additional $1.5 million of Smith’s money without his consent and took out lines of credit by forging Smith’s name. Authorities say he also defrauded McKnight to fund the operation and his lavish lifestyle of luxury cars, designer watches and season tickets to the New York Knicks and Giants. Two others were previously convicted in the scheme.