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September 26, 2018

BILL COSBY - HIS NEW “HOME”

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — For decades, Bill Cosby has lived in a spacious, luxurious home near his hometown of Philadelphia, complete with people who worked for him and his wife. But his new home will be nothing like that. Corrections officials say Cosby — now known as Inmate No. NN7687 — will serve his 3-to-10-year sentence for sexual assault at SCI Phoenix. It’s a new state prison about 20 miles from the gated estate where a jury concluded he drugged and molested a woman in 2004. The $400 million lockup opened two months ago and can hold 3,830 inmates. Cosby is being housed in a single cell near the infirmary. Officials say the prison’s long-term goal is to place the 81-year-old comedian in the general population. Under prison policy, he’ll be allowed phone calls and visits and will get a chance to exercise.

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030364-v-306:24-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)-“I’m Oscar Wells Gabriel”-Bill Cosby spends first night behind bars (26 Sep 2018)

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030365-c-225:84-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)-“he was sentenced”-Bill Cosby spends first night behind bars (26 Sep 2018)

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BILL COSBY - RACE

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby’s publicist says his client has faced what he calls the “most sexist and racist” in the nation’s history. Andrew Wyatt made the charge as he stood in the rain after Cosby was sentenced and hauled off to prison. He compared Cosby to Jesus, suggesting the comedian was falsely accused and convicted in a rigged trial. The trial judge, the prosecutor and jury all saw it differently. Wyatt says there will be an appeal.

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030366-w-348:72-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor with Bill Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt)-“I’m Oscar Wells Gabriel”-Cosby’s representative says trial was “most sexist and racist” in U.S. history (26 Sep 2018)

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030366-w-348:72-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor with Bill Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt)-“I’m Oscar Wells Gabriel”-Cosby’s representative says trial was “most sexist and racist” in U.S. history (26 Sep 2018)

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030366-w-348:72-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor with Bill Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt)-“I’m Oscar Wells Gabriel”-Cosby’s representative says trial was “most sexist and racist” in U.S. history (26 Sep 2018)

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030269-a-106:80-(Bill Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt, speaking to reporters)-“men for centuries”-The Latest: Cosby being taken to suburban Philadelphia jail (25 Sep 2018)

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BILL COSBY - THE MUG SHOT

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — We’ve seen Bill Cosby in so many photos over the decades — usually smiling or making a silly face. But this photo — is different. It’s his mug shot, taken as he was booked into the system as a convicted, sentenced sex offender yesterday. Cosby isn’t smiling. And his eyes are cast downward, as though he was unwilling — or ashamed — to fix his gaze on the camera in front of him. It — and the image of him being walked out of court in handcuffs — are among the two lingering images marking the downfall of a man who was once revered as America’s Dad.

BILL COSBY - #METOO MOVEMENT

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — #MeToo 1, sexual assaulters 0. Decades after becoming the first black to star in a network TV show, Bill Cosby has made another kind of history: the first celebrity sent to prison in the #MeToo era. And while some of the allegations against Cosby date back decades, it was the #MeToo movement that may have made the difference between Cosby being in prison now and being at home. Last summer, a jury deadlocked on criminal charges against Cosby in the one case to make it that far. But after people started taking seriously allegations against people like Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Les Moonves and Charlie Rose — the Cosby retrial this spring was seen by many as a referendum on whether women who make allegations would be believed in court. This time, there was a conviction and the judge followed through with a sentence that will see Cosby imprisoned for at least three years before he can ask for parole.

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030334-a-0-(RJ Manuelian (man-WEHL’-ee-uhn), criminal defense attorney, in AP interview)-“you appealing it”-The Latest: Cosby accusers say he got what he deserved (26 Sep 2018)

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030333-a-247:20-(RJ Manuelian (man-WEHL’-ee-uhn), criminal defense attorney, in AP interview)-“like that anymore”-The Latest: Cosby accusers say he got what he deserved (26 Sep 2018)

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030332-a-162:48-(RJ Manuelian (man-WEHL’-ee-uhn), criminal defense attorney, in AP interview)-“in this case”-The Latest: Cosby accusers say he got what he deserved (26 Sep 2018)

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BILL COSBY - VICTIMS

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby is in prison after being convicted of one case of sexual assault. But some of the other women who’ve accused the comedian in other cases say they feel vindicated now that he’s behind bars. Sunni Welles is one of those women. After Cosby was sentenced yesterday, she read a letter she had written to him, telling him about the pain she has suffered because of her encounter with him. Cosby was sent away for 3 to 10 years in prison yesterday — after a jury convicted him of drugging and molesting former Temple University official Andrea Constand. In the case of the other women who made claims against Cosby, the statute of limitations had run out, denying them the chance to go to criminal court. On the other hand, the judicial finding that Cosby is a serial offender may help women suing him for defamation bolster their claims.

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030296-w-351:84-(Warren Levinson, AP correspondent, with Sunni Welles, Bill Cosby victim)-“I’m Warren Levinson”-Cosby in cuffs: TV star gets 3 to 10 years for sex assault (25 Sep 2018)

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030298-a-149:52-(Sunni Welles, Bill Cosby victim, at news conference)-“us women felt”-Cosby in cuffs: TV star gets 3 to 10 years for sex assault (25 Sep 2018)

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030297-a-124:08-(Sunni Welles, Bill Cosby victim, at news conference)-“but I can’t (sniffs)”-Cosby in cuffs: TV star gets 3 to 10 years for sex assault (25 Sep 2018)

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030299-a-140:16-(Sunni Welles, Bill Cosby victim, at news conference)-“and raped me”-Cosby in cuffs: TV star gets 3 to 10 years for sex assault (25 Sep 2018)

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030291-a-95:04-(Attorney Gloria Allred, women’s rights lawyer representing 33 women who said they were sexually abused by Bill Cosby)-“minimize the injustice”-The Latest: Cosby team lashes out after sentencing (25 Sep 2018)

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030277-a-100:56-(Kevin Steele, district attorney, Montgomery County, Pa., at news conference)-“of that today”-Cosby denied bail; to be locked up immediately (25 Sep 2018)

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BILL COSBY - ACCUSER’S STATEMENT

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The woman whose complaint against Bill Cosby led to his being imprisoned says her encounter with the comedian left her “unable to heal fully or to move forward.” Andrea Constand provided a five-page statement to the court before Cosby was sentenced — and it has now been released. In it, she says Cosby took her “beautiful, healthy young spirit and crushed it.” Constand says the assault by Cosby left her having to cope with years of anxiety and self-doubt. She says the trial means Cosby’s “decades-long reign of terror as a serial rapist is over.” Women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred agrees. She says the prison sentence is vindication for those who came forward with claims against Cosby — but who weren’t believed.

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030271-a-44:16-(Women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred, speaking to reporters)-“day has come”-The Latest: Cosby being taken to suburban Philadelphia jail (25 Sep 2018)

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BILL COSBY - BRETT KAVANAUGH

WASHINGTON (AP) — Will Bill Cosby’s sentencing have any effect on President Trump’s effort to get Brett Kavanaugh seated on the Supreme Court? While the cases are unrelated, they’re linked by the #MeToo movement — and whether women who make sexual misconduct allegations against prominent men are believed. The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow to question Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey (BLAH’-zee) Ford, who claims the Supreme Court nominee sexually assaulted her. Two other women have also come forward with allegations against Kavanaugh. Some people are asking if Cosby can be imprisoned after decades of allegations against him, why can’t lawmakers investigate the claims made against Kavanaugh? Some Senate Republicans have dismissed the allegations, as has President Donald Trump — who says the claims against Kavanaugh are part of a “con game” run by Democrats opposed to his nominee.

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030263-w-318:48-(Sagar Meghani (SAH’-gur meh-GAH’-nee), AP Washington correspondent, with President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. and Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash.)-“Sagar Meghani at the White House”-Trump blames Democrats for Kavanaugh allegations, Democrats insisting on investigation (25 Sep 2018)

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030250-w-396:96-(Sagar Meghani (SAH’-gur meh-GAH’-nee), AP Washington correspondent, with President Donald Trump)-“Sagar Meghani at the White House”-Trump says Democrats playing con game with Kavanaugh accusations (25 Sep 2018)

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030235-a-143:04-(President Donald Trump, with reporters while meeting with Colombian President Ivan Duque)-“a con game (third reference)”-Trump says Democrats playing ‘con game’ with Kavanaugh allegations (25 Sep 2018)

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030233-a-170:64-(President Donald Trump, with reporters while meeting with Colombian President Ivan Duque)-“a con game”-Trump says Democrats playing ‘con game’ with Kavanaugh allegations (25 Sep 2018)

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PRESIDENT TRUMP — #METOO

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Trump has taken a swipe at the #MeToo movement — as he continues to back his Supreme Court nominee. Defending Judge Brett Kavanaugh yesterday, Trump said “false accusations of all types are made against a lot of people.” Trump himself had numerous allegations of sexual misconduct lodged against him during his presidential campaign. And he didn’t help his image with comments to Billy Bush about kissing and grabbing women by the genitals without permission. After first saying the claims against Kavanaugh deserved investigation, Trump has attacked them and the women who made them.

Trump is also lashing out at Michael Avenatti (ah-ven-AH’-tee), the lawyer representing a third woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. In a tweet today, Trump called Avenatti “is a third rate lawyer who is good at making false accusations.” Avenatti also represents Stormy Daniels, a porn actress who says she had sex with Trump years before Trump became president. The lawyer, tweeting back, calls Trump a “habitual liar and complete narcissist” who’s “an embarrassment to our nation.”

WILL SMITH - BUNGEE JUMP

LITTLE COLORADO RIVER GORGE, Ariz. (AP) — Will Smith says looking out over a chasm near the Grand Canyon was “some of the most beautiful stuff” he has ever seen. He marked his 50th birthday yesterday with a bungee jump from a helicopter near the Grand Canyon. And fans got the chance to go along; the stunt was livestreamed on YouTube. Smith said the experience was like going “from pure terror to absolute bliss.” There was more to the stunt than having Smith tap into his adventurous side. Proceeds from a lottery to watch the event in person will be used to help children in struggling countries get better education facilities.

PRINCE TO RECEIVE HONORARY DEGREE

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota will award Prince an honorary degree to recognize the late rock star’s influence on music and his role in shaping his hometown of Minneapolis. University officials will present the school’s highest honor, the Doctorate of Humane Letters, to Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, in a ceremony on campus this evening. The university had been preparing to present it to Prince himself before he died of an accidental painkiller overdose in 2016. Students from the university’s School of Music will be joined by guest artists Kirk Johnson, Jellybean Johnson, St. Paul Peterson, Cameron Kinghorn and a surprise guest in paying tribute to Prince by performing music associated with his career.

MUSIC LICENSING

WASHINGTON (AP) — Help for old-school musicians and their kin is a presidential signature away from reality. Lawmakers have approved a bill that would beef up the compensation for songs that are streamed online. It’s one of the few pieces of legislation passed by Congress that got bipartisan support — and it’s expected to be signed by President Donald Trump, now that it’s reached his desk. Among the aims of the bill is to compensate songwriters who wrote pre-1970s hits. Current copyright laws don’t grant them royalties, something the new bill addresses.

TV RATINGS

NEW YORK (AP) — “America’s Got Talent” has ended the summer season the way it started: as one of the nation’s most popular shows. Just under 13 million people watched the final two episodes of the NBC show last week. But there’s a bit of a dark cloud amid the sunny numbers. Nielsen reports last Wednesday’s season finale was down 18 percent from the final show from the 2017 season.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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