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September 27, 2018

KAVANAUGH HEARING RIVETS TV VIEWERS

WASHINGTON (AP) — The woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when both were teenagers has finished her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The televised questioning of Christine Blasey (BLAH’-zee) Ford ended about four hours after it began. The California psychology professor’s account of being attacked sexually by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh when they were high school students was carried live by the major broadcast and cable networks in a spectacle that transfixed people across America.

President Donald Trump was among those who said he would be watching. Trump postponed his highly anticipated meeting with embattled Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (ROH’-zen-styn) until next week to avoid interfering with the hearing.

Ford told the panel that at a party one night in the summer of 1982, a drunken Kavanaugh forced her down on a bed, groped her and tried to take off her clothes. She said she was ultimately able to escape. Kavanaugh, who has emphatically denied the allegations, was to testify before the panel in the afternoon.

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KAVANAUGH HEARING CONSIDERED A WATERSHED MOMENT FOR TV

NEW YORK (AP) — Why did the nation’s broadcasters devote a big chunk of their daytime schedule for today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing pitting Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh against accuser Christine Blasey (BLAH’-zee) Ford? A top official at CBS News says, “the stakes are very high.” Christopher Isham says not only is a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court on the line — but the faceoff between Kavanaugh and Ford will help shape the national conversation about how women are treated in the wake of the #MeToo movement. For Ford, it was the first time she’s been seen in public since making her accusations. Earlier this week, Kavanaugh was on Fox News for an interview. It was seen by 3.6 million people — a fraction of the number that saw him today.

BILL COSBY - LEGAL APPEALS PLANNED

UNDATED (AP) — It’s considered a long shot. But Bill Cosby’s legal team wants to get the comedian’s sex assault conviction overturned. There’s been no formal appeal request yet. But the comedian’s lawyers are looking at several possible avenues. Most hinge on decisions made by trial judge Steven O’Neill. But legal experts say appeals judges usually cut judges lots of slack in handling trials — and only a small fraction of convictions get overturned. The experts say Cosby would be better served by trying to get an appeals court to agree the trial judge made errors that hurt his constitutional rights to a fair trial.

BILL COSBY - CIVIL COURT FIGHTS

UNDATED (AP) — Even as he tries to get his conviction overturned, Bill Cosby is fighting a battle on another legal front: one that can cost him his fortune, not his freedom. Aside from the criminal case that landed him in prison, Cosby faces civil lawsuits from at least 10 accusers in Massachusetts and California. These cases were delayed while Cosby dealt with his criminal case. But now the civil proceedings can get back on track. The women say Cosby and his reps defamed them by calling them liars when they went public with their sexual assault allegations.

COSBY’S PAROLE CHANCES QUESTIONED

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Some think Bill Cosby’s 3-to-10-year prison term might give the disgraced comedian a chance to go free after just a few years. But a defense lawyer says don’t count on that. Alan Tauber says Pennsylvania parole board tends to look unfavorably upon sex offenders. Tauber notes to get parole, a prisoner would have to acknowledge his crimes and get treatment and counseling. Tauber notes Cosby’s continued claims of innocence may work against him when seeking parole.

BILL MURRAY DEFENDS DUSTIN HOFFMAN

NEW YORK (AP) — Appearing on the same stage where months earlier Dustin Hoffman faced repeated questions about alleged sexual harassment, Bill Murray praised the actor as a “really decent person.” Murray spoke last night at Manhattan’s 92nd Street Y. He was interviewing his former agent, Michael Ovitz, whose memoir has just been published. Murray and Hoffman were both Ovitz clients when they worked together in the 1982 film “Tootsie.” Murray called Hoffman “crazy” and a “Borscht Belt flirt,” but a “sweet man.” During an event last December at the Y, Hoffman was chastised by interviewer John Oliver over allegations he had groped an intern while making a TV movie of “Death of a Salesman” in the 1980s. Hoffman denied any wrongdoing and said Oliver was making “an incredible assumption” about him.

JUDI DENCH DISAGREES WITH KEVIN SPACEY’S ERASURE

SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain (AP) — Judi Dench says she doesn’t condone any inappropriate conduct by Kevin Spacey, but says scrubbing him from a film sets a questionable precedent. The celebrated British actress says “I can’t approve in any way the fact that, whatever he has done, that you then start to cut him out of films.” Spacey was erased from “All the Money in the World” last year and replaced with Christopher Plummer after allegations of sexual harassment against him. Dench told the San Sebastian film festival in Spain that Spacey “is and was a most wonderful actor.” She added: “Are we to go back through history now and anyone who has misbehaved in any way or has broken the law or has committed some kind of offense, are they always going to be cut out?”

PRINCE GETS HONORARY DEGREE

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — He was a masterful musician. Now, Prince has been honored with an honorary doctorate degree. It was given by his home-state school, the University of Minnesota. The school says it’s recognizing Prince’s influence on music and his role in shaping his hometown of Minneapolis. The school presented a Doctorate of Humane Letters to Prince’s sister, Tyka (TY’-kah) Nelson, at a ceremony yesterday. The school says it wanted to give Prince the honor even before he died in 2016 of an accidental drug overdose.

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AMA TO HONOR ARETHA FRANKLIN

NEW YORK (AP) — The American Music Awards will honor the Queen of Soul next month. Dick Clark productions tells The Associated Press that Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans and musical director Rickey Minor will pay tribute to Aretha Franklin’s gospel roots and her iconic album, “Amazing Grace,” at the Oct. 9 event. It will air live on ABC from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Franklin died last month. She won six AMAs throughout her career and even hosted the show in 1976 and 1983.

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CHILDISH GAMBINO POSTPONES TOUR

NEW YORK (AP) — Childish Gambino is postponing his tour because of a foot injury. Live Nation says the “This Is America Tour” is on hold for now — and will resume Dec. 2 in Nashville. Those with tickets can use them for the rescheduled shows. Gambino hurt his foot at a show in Dallas on Sunday. No details on the extent of the injury — or how it happened.

“THE SHINING” SEQUEL BEING FILMED IN GEORGIA

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Hollywood’s in the house when it comes to people on St. Simons Island, Georgia. It’s being used to shoot scenes for the movie sequel to Stephen King’s horror classic, “The Shining.” The scenes feature large RVs, a tent, beach chairs, a picnic table — and a fire pit. Locals strolled along the sand as the movie cast and crew did their thing Tuesday and yesterday. No word on a release date for “Shining” sequel.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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