PRESIDENT TRUMP - “APPRENTICE” DEFAMATION SUIT
NEW YORK (AP) — A lawsuit filed against President Donald Trump by a former contestant on “The Apprentice” is a step closer to being heard in court. A judge in New York has set out rules that could see Trump answer questions under oath by early next year. The case is now in the discovery phase, where each side tries to get the other party’s side of the story locked down under oath. Meanwhile, Trump’s attorneys are trying to block demands for information on his campaign’s discussions about other women accusing the president of sexual misconduct. Trump is also continuing efforts to get the case dismissed — or delayed until after he leaves office. Summer Zervos says Trump subjected her to unwanted kissing and groping in 2007.
013787-v-339:36-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)-“I’m Oscar Wells Gabriel”-Judge paves way for depositions in Trump defamation lawsuit (6 Jun 2018)
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PRESIDENT TRUMP: DEPOSITION TESTIMONY FRAUGHT WITH DANGER
NEW YORK (AP) — Why might President Donald Trump and his lawyers want to keep him from testifying at a defamation lawsuit filed by former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos? The answer in two words: Monica Lewinsky. In case you’ve forgotten, she was the White House intern President Bill Clinton had an affair with. He was asked about their relationship in a lawsuit filed by another woman, Paula Jones. And his denial of the Lewinsky affair, proven untrue, led to Clinton being impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice. In the end, the Senate acquitted him, leaving him free to finish his second term.
013788-c-241:44-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)-“and final term”-Judge paves way for depositions in Trump defamation lawsuit6 (6 Jun 2018)
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HARVEY WEINSTEIN CASE
NEW YORK (AP) — Both sides in the Harvey Weinstein criminal case are gearing up for what’s expected to be a bruising legal battle. Attorneys for the movie mogul want to keep the case from ever getting to court. Weinstein’s attorney Benjamin Brafman hopes to convince prosecutors that the case should be spiked. For their part, prosecutors are continuing to build their case against the co-founder of Miramax and The Weinstein Co., by delving into interviews with other potential victims.
013699-w-352:56-(Warren Levinson, AP correspondent, with defense attorney Benjamin Brafman)-“Warren Levinson, New York”-Weinstein pleads not guilty to rape as lawyer vows to fight (5 Jun 2018)
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TRUMP COMMUTES SENTENCE FOR INMATE BACKED BY KARDASHIAN
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is commuting the life sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a woman convicted of drug offenses whose cause was championed by reality TV star Kim Kardashian West. That’s according to two White House officials who say Trump commuted the 63-year old Johnson’s sentence. She has spent more than two decades behind bars and is not eligible for parole. The move comes amid a recent flurry of pardons issued by Trump, who has seemed drawn to causes advocated by conservatives, celebrities or those who once appeared on his former reality show, “The Apprentice.” Johnson was convicted in 1996 on eight criminal counts related to a Memphis-based cocaine trafficking operation.
KATE SPADE DIES, AN APPARENT SUICIDE
NEW YORK (AP) — Imagine the pain Kate Spade’s teenage daughter must be feeling. Her mom’s dead, an apparent suicide. And Spade left a note, which sources say told the 13-year-old girl the suicide isn’t her fault. So far, investigators in New York haven’t officially discussed what was in the note left when the fashion designer was found hanged in her Manhattan apartment. The designer was 55. She also left behind a husband.
013686-v-344:40-(Warren Levinson, AP correspondent)-“Warren Levinson, New York”-Officials: Designer Kate Spade found dead in apartment (5 Jun 2018)
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013696-a-154:08-(Dermot Shea, NYPD chief of detectives, at news conference)-“into the incident”-The Latest: Kate Spade’s family says they are devastated (5 Jun 2018)
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KATE SPADE - REACTIONS
NEW YORK (AP) — Celebrities and fashion insiders have reacted to the apparent suicide of designer Kate Spade:
“I am heartbroken about the news of Kate Spade. I have worn her clothes many, many times. They were colorful, bold, cheerful, and encouraged women to find the twinkly person inside them. You couldn’t walk into her boutiques and not smile. Rest In Peace, Kate.” — Mindy Kaling, via Twitter.
“My heart and prayers go out to Kate Spade and her family. What a wonderful, talented woman who will be dearly missed.” — Reese Witherspoon, via Twitter.
“As ‘unfussy’ as I am, I still loved my Kate Spade bags. Practical, classy, and elegant... Praying for her family...her husband and 13 yr old daughter.” — Viola Davis, via Twitter.
KATHY GRIFFIN - WEST HOLLYWOOD HONOR
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Kathy Griffin has dedicated part of the honor she’s received — to designer Kate Spade. The comedian wore an outfit made up entirely of Spade’s designs when she accepted an award from the city of West Hollywood. And Griffin mentioned her in her acceptance remarks. Spade was found dead in her New York City apartment yesterday, an apparent suicide. The city gave Griffin its Rainbow Key Award for raising $5 million for HIV/AIDS services and other LGBTQ causes.
013839-w-297:84-(Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH’-tah), AP entertainment correspondent, with Kathy Griffin, comedian)-“I’m Margie Szaroleta”-Griffin honored for LGBTQ activism, pays tribute to Spade (6 Jun 2018)
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013840-a-34:08-(Kathy Griffin, comedian)-“homage for real”-Griffin honored for LGBTQ activism, pays tribute to Spade (6 Jun 2018)
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DAVID CASSIDY SAID HE WAS STILL DRINKING
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new documentary quotes David Cassidy as saying he was still drinking in the last years of his life and he did not have dementia. People magazine reported Wednesday the former teen idol called producers of an A&E documentary after he fell ill and told them he had liver disease. In the recorded conversation, Cassidy said there was no sign of dementia and it was “complete alcohol poisoning.” The former “Partridge Family” star says he had lied by telling friends and family he had stopped drinking. Cassidy died of organ failure in November at age 67. Producer John Marks tells People that Cassidy wanted to be honest once and for all. The issue appears on newsstands Friday. A&E will air “David Cassidy: the Last Session” on June 11.
CHRIS FARLEY’S FAMILY FILES LAWSUIT
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — During his life as a comedian and actor, Chris Farley made no apologies for his physique — in fact, many of his routines centered on his ample girth. The comedian’s family is suing a Wisconsin-based bicycle company, saying it unfairly traded on Farley’s figure for corporate gain. The family says Trek Bicycle was wrong to call its fat-tired bike a Farley. The company founded and run by Farley’s family to protect his publicity and property rights says damages in the case could rise above $10 million. Farley died in 1997 from a drug overdose.
ARIANA GRANDE- POST-TRAMAUTIC STRESS DISORDER
LONDON (AP) — Many lives changed forever when a bomb blast went off at an Ariana Grande (GRAHN’-day) concert in Manchester, England last year. And one of those whose life has been changed is Grande. She tells the British version of Vogue the blast left her with post-traumatic stress disorder. At the same time, Grande says many — including the 22 who died in the blast and their families — went through so much more. And because of that, she says she feels a twinge of guilt for even mentioning her own feelings about the blast.
TEACHER ON LEAVE AFTER EMINEM ASSIGNMENT DRAWS FIRE
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An in-class assignment featuring Eminem may end up getting a teacher expelled. A Utah junior high teacher is on leave after she had her class read the lyrics of Eminem’s “Like Home,” a song that disses President Donald Trump. The head of the Park City school district says that was inappropriate, even though the teacher was trying to teach her students about biases in society by exposing them to the song. School officials say after the incident is reviewed, a decision will be made on whether the teacher can return to work next semester.
“FIXER UPPER” STARS SETTLE WITH EPA
WACO, Texas (AP) — The stars of the HGTV show “Fixer Upper” have settled with the Feds over allegations involving lead-based paint. Chip and Joanna Gaines faced claims they used inadequate protection while removing lead paint during renovations. Under the deal, their company must follow lead-based paint rules in future work. As part of the probe, the EPA says it looked through footage from several seasons of “Fixer Upper” to find the alleged violations.
BILL CLINTON - MONICA LEWINSKY
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton is acknowledging he didn’t do a good job handling questions about former White House intern Monica Lewinsky in a recent interview. He says the scrappiness he showed in an interview with NBC released Monday didn’t represent his “finest hour.” At the same time, Clinton said the affair and the impeachment that resulted from it was “very painful.” Clinton was on CBS’ “Late Show” last night. He told host Stephen Colbert he was angry with himself for the way he handled the questions about Lewinsky — adding that it wasn’t the first time he’s been upset with himself.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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