BILL COSBY SEEKS JUDGE’S REMOVAL
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby is again trying to get the judge handling his case — off his case. A defense motion asks Steven O’Neill to step aside before the comedian is sentenced a week from Friday. The comedian’s attorneys claim O’Neill has a longtime grudge against a key witness in Cosby’s pretrial hearing — a hearing that led to his being tried on felony sex assault charges. The witness is former prosecutor Bruce Cantor, who promised Cosby he’d never be prosecuted over a 2004 encounter with a former Temple University employee. O’Neill ruled there was no evidence of a binding deal and sent the case to trial. He presided over both criminal cases, the second of which ended in Cosby being convicted of three felonies. He could get up to 10 years in prison on each count.
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LES MOONVES - WHAT’S NEXT
NEW YORK (AP) — Now that CBS chief executive Les Moonves’ career has been doomed by sexual misconduct, the question is being asked: What does this mean for the #MeToo movement? Moonves is the biggest corporate titan to be jettisoned. But instead of praise, CBS is getting some criticism for how it handled his case. Moonves was fired after a second wave of allegations in New Yorker magazine. Some wonder why it took a second set. CBS is also catching flak for thanking Moonves in its dismissal announcement — and offering him $120 million severance. Despite that, some activists say the Moonves case serves as a warning that even the most powerful boss can’t hide.
GAYLE KING CALLS OUT CBS OVER MOONVES PROBE
NEW YORK (AP) — CBS News anchor Gayle King says her network can’t move forward without “full transparency” over former CEO Les Moonves. Speaking on the air yesterday, King called on CBS to publicly release results of the investigation into Moonves’ dealings with women. A law firm is looking into claims of sexual misconduct against Moonves. He denies them. The report is key to whether Moonves gets severance. CBS hasn’t decided whether the report will be made public.
“60 MINUTES” CHIEF FAGER OUT AT CBS
NEW YORK (AP) — CBS “60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager says he’s leaving the company, after being named in recent stories that accused him of fostering an abusive workplace. CBS News President David Rhodes announced the departure on Wednesday. It came only three days after CBS Corp. Chairman Leslie Moonves was ousted following sexual misconduct charges. An outside law firm has been investigating Fager following reports in the New Yorker that he groped women at parties and protected men accused of misconduct. Fager has denied the charges. His second-in-command, Bill Owens, has been put in charge temporarily.
WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s the book everyone seems to be talking about. But not everyone who wants to read it may be able to get their mitts on “Fear: Trump in the White House.” The publisher says more than 750,000 copies have already been sold, a day after the book by Bob Woodward arrived in stores. Amazon says it’s currently out of stock. And it says it will take between a week and three weeks to get orders filled.
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“DOWNTON ABBEY” MOVIE
NEW YORK (AP) — Don’t look now — but they’re gearing up for a “Downton Abbey” movie. Filming has begun with actress Michelle Dockery posting a photo on Instagram with the caption, “And...we’re off.” The screenplay was written by series creator Julian Fellowes — and most main cast members are onboard. As for the plot — few details have been released. Over six seasons, “Downton Abbey” aired in at least 150 countries and set a record for non-U.S. television shows with 69 Emmy nominations.
NICK CARTER - RAPE ALLEGATION
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawyer for Nick Carter says the Backstreet Boys singer feels vindicated. Prosecutors in Los Angeles have declined to file criminal charges against Carter after a singer reported last year that he raped her in 2003. Melissa Schuman of Dream was 18 at the time. The statute of limitations for prosecution expired five years ago. California ditched its statute of limitations for rape in 2016. Schuman says it’s too bad the state didn’t make the move retroactive.
JASON ALDEAN CANCELS SHOW IN CINCINNATI
CINCINNATI (AP) — People in Cincinnati planning to see Jason Aldean in concert tonight — need to make other plans. The show’s been canceled because of flooding. The event was to be at the Riverbend Music Center. The venue sits near the Ohio River, which is above flood stage because of massive rainfall. There will be no makeup date.
ED SHEERAN AND PRIVACY
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Don’t look for Ed Sheeran to talk about his personal life a lot on TV or in interviews. That’s because he says he already talks about his life in his music. Sheeran he tries to keep his personal life, well, personal — because of his family. He says it’s the most important thing in his life — and doesn’t want to ruin that by exposing them to the media. Sheeran has given a peek into his life through a “Songwriter” documentary on Apple Music. But he didn’t let cameras into his home.
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BRUNO MARS WON’T PLAY PRINCE IN MOVIE
NEW YORK (AP) — If you heard that Bruno Mars will play Prince in an upcoming movie — you heard wrong. A rep for Mars says it isn’t happening. A British tabloid reported Mars was being considered to portray Prince in a Netflix film project. Netflix is also denying there’s a Prince movie in the works with Mars attached.
MISS AMERICA - RATINGS
NEW YORK (AP) — Would you watch a beauty pageant without a swimsuit competition? Sadly for the Miss America competition, the answer for about a million people — is no. Nielsen reports 4.3 million people saw the crowning of the new beauty queen Sunday on ABC. That’s down 1 million from last year — a 19 percent drop. Swimsuits or no, declining viewership has been an ongoing problem for the pageant the past few years.
DRAKE, CARDI BE LEAD AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS WITH 8 NODS EACH
NEW YORK (AP) — Rap has easily dominated the pop charts and on streaming services in the last few years, and that’s reflected at the 2018 American Music Awards. Drake and Cardi B are the leading nominees with eight each.
Drake, with the top-selling album “Scorpion” and three No. 1 hits, will compete for artist of the year alongside Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons and Post Malone. Rapper-singer XXXTentacion (ex-ex-ex-ten-TAH’-see-YOHN’), a streaming juggernaut before his death in June, earned nominations for new artist of the year and favorite soul/R&B album for his 2017 debut, “17.” Cardi B’s “Invasion of Privacy” was surprisingly shut out of the favorite rap/hip-hop album category, where nominees include Drake, Malone and Lil Uzi Vert.
The AMAs will air live Oct. 9 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
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EMMYS TURN TO SNL CHIEF TO SHAKE UP BROADCAST
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Can a touch of “Saturday Night Live” help boost ratings for the Emmys? NBC hopes that will be case when SNL producer Lorne Michaels runs Monday’s awards show. Last year’s Emmys drew 11.4 million viewers. That’s a slight uptick over the 11.3 who watched in 2016 — an all-time low. Michaels is certainly familiar with the hosts: “Weekend Update” hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost. Kate McKinnon, Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin are among SNL mainstays who will be presenters.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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