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January 10, 2019

LADY GAGA - R. KELLY

NEW YORK (AP) — A big-name musician is speaking out about R. Kelly in the wake of a TV series that chronicles his alleged sexual abuse of women and girls. Lady Gaga says she is sorry for doing a duet with the singer in 2013. And, Gaga says, she plans to remove the 2013 song “Do What U Want (With My Body)” from streaming services. In a tweet yesterday, Gaga says she worked with R. Kelly on the song during a “dark time” in her life as a victim of sexual assault. She says she should have sought therapy or other help instead. In her tweet, Gaga says she’s sorry for using “poor judgment” for working with Kelly — and “for not speaking out sooner.” Kelly has long denied any wrongdoing in connection to his dealings with women and girls.

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R. KELLY - GEORGIA

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in Georgia are starting to take a dive into the longstanding allegations of sexual misconduct against R. Kelly. A lawyer who represents a couple who appeared in the “Surviving R. Kelly” series says prosecutors in the Atlanta area want to speak to the pair. Timothy and Jonjelyn Savage insist that R. Kelly has brainwashed their daughter — and won’t let her contact them. The Lifetime series reports that the couple’s daughter has repeatedly denied that Kelly has done anything wrong — as has Kelly himself. The girl reportedly has said she simply no longer wants to talk to her family.

MICHAEL JACKSON’S ESTATE DENOUNCES SUNDANCE FOR AIRING ABUSE DOCUMENTARY

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson’s estate and the Sundance Film Festival are at odds over a documentary that the festival plans to run later this month. “Leaving Neverland” is the account of two men now in their 30s who say that when they were young boys, Jackson abused them. Jackson, who died in 2009, was acquitted of molestation charges in 2005, the only case against him to make it to court. The names of the accusers in the documentary weren’t released. Jackson’s estate is calling the film “an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on” the late pop star. Sundance kicks off in two weeks.

ASHLEY JUDD - HARVEY WEINSTEIN

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed part of Ashley Judd’s lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein. The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times are reporting that the judge in Los Angeles ruled yesterday that Judd’s sexual harassment claim doesn’t fall within the scope of a California statue. At the same time, the judge says Judd can go forward with separate allegations against Weinstein, which include defamation and economic interference. Judd has claimed that after she rejected Weinstein’s sexual advances two decades ago, he defamed her to “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson, and in doing so, hurt her career.

PETER FARRELLY - SEXUAL PRANKS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — He says he thought he was being funny at the time — but now it’s something that makes him cringe.” ″Green Book” director Peter Farrelly is apologizing for his antics 20 years ago when he had a habit of trying to lure people into looking at his penis. Accounts of him doing that were in a Newsweek article from 1988 that was resurfaced by a movie website, The Cut. The story said Farrelly and his brother Bobby liked to make up scenarios designed to get people — men and women — to look at his penis. Peter Farrelly has copped to the juvenile behavior — saying he is “embarrassed” now and “was an idiot” for doing that back then.

SING-ALONG VERSION OF “BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY” PLANNED

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Usually having someone sitting at a theater belting out the tunes in a movie at the top of their lungs would not be something people would appreciate. In this case, it’s not only tolerated, but encouraged. Twentieth Century Fox says “Bohemian Rhapsody” will be released as a sing-along in more than 750 theaters starting tomorrow. The film includes some of the rock band’s most popular hits, like “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions.” So far the film has grossed more than $734 million worldwide. On Sunday, it won the Golden Globe for best film drama — and Rami Malek won the Globe for best actor for his portrayal of Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury.

JOE MANGANIELLO VISITS HOSPITALIZED CHILDREN

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joe Manganiello provided a treat for a bunch of kids cooped up at a children’s hospital in Pittsburgh. The actor and his brother Nick showed up to lead a game of Dungeons and Dragons. The Post-Gazette reports Joe Manganiello took on the role of “Dungeon Master,” leading the narrative of the game. Manganiello regularly plays D&D and hosts game sessions. He says he hopes his visit Tuesday will inspire others to learn the game.

MARGOT ROBBIE - BARBIE

LOS ANGELES (AP) — If you were to say Margot Robbie’s upcoming film performance was somewhat stiff and plastic, she’d probably take it as a compliment. She’ll be playing Barbie in a live-action film. Mattel and Warner Bros. says Robbie will star as the iconic toy in the first-ever live-action film based on the doll. She will also co-produce the film under her LuckyChap Entertainment banner. The film’s title and release date haven’t been revealed.

TV WEATHERMAN FIRED AFTER UTTERING SLUR ON AIR

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Mistake or malice? It’s the question many are asking after hearing that a TV meteorologist in Rochester, New York was fired after referring to a park as “Martin Luther Coon King Jr. Park.” Jeremy Kappell, who is white, says it was simply a mispronunciation. And since the story broke, people have been weighing in online as to whether the word was a deliberate racial slur — or simply an on-air flub. Kappell, who had worked for WHEC, was let go after Rochester’s mayor and city officials called the words hurtful — and demanded his ouster. Kappell has apologized though a four-minute Facebook video, in which he says he “spoke a little too fast” when mentioning the slain civil rights icon and “jumbled a couple of words.”

STAN LEE TRIBUTE

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stan Lee’s many fans will soon have a chance to mourn him along with his friends, family and co-creators. His company has announced plans for a memorial in Hollywood on Jan. 30. The event will take place outside the TCL Chinese Theater — where Lee’s hand and footprints are in cement. Among the celebrities slated to take part in the memorial include filmmaker Kevin Smith, actors Mark Hamill and Vincent D’Onofrio — and Wu Tang Clan member RZA (RIH’-zah). Lee, whose creations include Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk and Black Panther, died Nov. 12 at age 95.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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