STORMY DANIELS’ ATTORNEY SEEKS PROBE IN CLIENT’S ARREST
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Stormy Daniels’ lawyer says he smells a rat. Michael Avenatti suggests politics — not sex — was the motivation behind the arrest of his client at a strip club in Columbus, Ohio the other night. The porn star who says she had sex with Donald Trump before he became president was charged Wednesday with having illegal contact with undercover workers running a sting operation at the club. The charges were dropped after prosecutors acknowledged the law was misapplied to her case. Avenatti says the whole thing was a “set-up” — noting some of the officers involved have “very pro-Trump” posts on their social media. For their part, police in Columbus say they routinely do undercover raids to fight sex trafficking. But they also say there will be an internal investigation into the officers’ motivations.
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STORMY DANIELS RETURNS TO WORK
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — One night after her arrest in Columbus, Ohio, Stormy Daniels was back at work — in this case, working as a strip club performer. Only this time, she didn’t return to the club where she was arrested Wednesday night — opting to work at another strip joint in the city. Daniels was arrested under a law in Ohio that says “regular” performers can’t have contact with patrons. The night she was busted was the first time Daniels worked the club. It’s unclear whether she’d be considered a “regular” had she returned. At her performance last night, Daniels was on stage for about 20 minutes, removing her top — but not interacting with any patrons. Patrons carpeted the stage with dollar bills as she performed.
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EMMYS - DIVERSITY
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The rising tide of diversity is lifting even more boats when it comes to the Emmys. The slate of nominees for the annual TV honors is showing more love to ethnic minorities than ever before. Yesterday, the TV academy announced 101 Emmy acting nods — and more than a third went to minorities. Last year, just one in four nominees was non-white. Last year, Sterling K. Brown and Donald Glover won top acting awards — and are up for those same categories this year. Other notable first-time minority nominees include Latino actors Ricky Martin and Penelope Cruz for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” Tiffany Haddish for “Saturday Night Live,” Issa Rae for “Insecure” and John Legend for “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.” Darren Criss, who is of Filipino descent, is also up for “American Crime Story.” And Sandra Oh is the first nominee of Asian descent for leading actress in a drama. She says her mom would be proud.
EMMYS - POPULARITY
NEW YORK (AP) — TV ratings may be gold to networks when it comes to pulling in ad revenue. But they apparently don’t translate into the kind of gold they hand out at the Emmys. Yesterday’s nominations seem to suggest that, unlike in high school, popularity and success don’t go hand-in-hand. Some popular reboots like “Will & Grace” and “Roseanne” got no major nods. The “The Big Bang Theory” spinoff “Young Shelton” came up dry. And “The Walking Dead” got no Emmy love, either.
EMMYS - JOHN LEGEND
NEW YORK (AP) — John Legend may just become a true legend on Sept. 17. He’s nominated for an Emmy for his performance as the lead of “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” one of two nods he has. If he wins either, he’d reach EGOT status — adding an Emmy to the Grammy, Oscar and Tony he’s already won. Legend is 39 — and if he gets the “E″ of EGOT this year, he would join 12 others who have reached the rare milestone. He’d also be the youngest to have accomplished the feat. He calls the Emmy nod — and the chance to go EGOT — “pretty incredible.”
EMMYS - HANDMAID’S TALE
NEW YORK (AP) — If you haven’t yet watched this week’s roller-coaster finale of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” the show’s creator has a suggestion. Executive producer and writer Bruce Miller says audiences should get a “couple of bottles of Scotch” before watching the show. Miller joked about the finale, which has divided some fans, in an interview Thursday after “Handmaid’s Tale” scored 20 Emmy Award nominations. The finale is so intense, says actress Samira Wiley — who received a nomination for guest actress — that she hasn’t watched it yet. Wiley says she hopes the finale sets up the series to return for its third season “with a bang.”
EMMYS - MUSIC
NEW YORK (AP) — The Emmys are, of course, all about TV. But some music stars are looking to take home trophies this fall. Among the musicians nominated for Emmys are Bruno Mars, Ricky Martin and Sara Bareilles (buh-REH’-lihs). Bareilles is up for her acting in “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Martin has a nod for his acting in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.” And Mars is up for directing his first TV special, “Bruno Mars: 24K Magic: Live at the Apollo.” Even part-time music people are getting Emmy love. Donald Glover, who records as Childish Gambino, is nominated for his acting in the FX comedy “Atlanta” and for hosting “Saturday Night Live.” And LL Cool J is nominated as a producer for “Lip Sync Battle.”
‘DOWNTON ABBEY’ MOVIE TO SHOOT THIS SUMMER
UNDATED (AP) — Three years after going off the air, “Downton Abbey” is coming back as a movie. Focus Features said Friday that it will this summer begin production on a “Downton” film that will reunite the Crawley family on the big screen. Series creator Julian Fellowes wrote the screenplay and will produce. The long-rumored film adaptation is likely to be released sometime next year. The primary cast members are all set to return. Over six seasons, “Downton Abbey” became a global hit, airing in at least 150 countries, and setting a record for non-U.S. television shows with 69 Emmy nominations. Brian Percival, who directed the series’ pilot, will direct the film.
DWAYNE JOHNSON - DISABILITIES
BOSTON (AP) — It’s one thing for Dwayne Johnson to play an amputee in his latest movie. But the actor says an even bigger role he can play — is that of an agent of change when it comes to helping people with disabilities in real life. Johnson has joined the Ruderman Family Foundation, a leading voice in calling for more inclusion and opportunities for the disabled. In his new movie “Skyscraper,” Johnson plays a former FBI agent who has a prosthetic leg.
REBEL WILSON - AUSTRALIA
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rebel Wilson has gone back to an Australian court to get back the money that an appeals court hacked off her damages in a defamation case. Last fall, the comic actress won an Australian record $3.5 million in damages against a magazine publisher that ran articles saying she lied about key parts of her life. An appeals court then sided with the publisher, cutting the damages to under a half-million dollars. Now, Wilson wants the highest court Down Under to reinstate the original damages. There’s no immediate timetable for when the court will take up the issue.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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