MANHATTAN’S DISTRICT ATTORNEY HAS DROPPED PART OF THE CRIMINAL CASE AGAINST HARVEY WEINSTEIN
NEW YORK (AP) — One of the charges against Harvey Weinstein was dropped after evidence emerged that a police detective had urged a witness to keep quiet about inconsistencies in the accuser’s accounts. Details emerged on Thursday after the court unsealed a letter that Manhattan prosecutors wrote to Weinstein’s lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, in September. There was no immediate response from the New York Police Department. A judge agreed on Thursday to dismiss allegations by Lucia Evans, one of three accusers in the case. The letter also said prosecutors had recently obtained an email that Evans wrote in 2015 to the man she later married. They say that account differs from the one she provided to investigators. It says the accuser told prosecutors that the inconsistencies may have been caused by a flawed memory.
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KID ROCK COMES TO WHITE HOUSE AS TRUMP SIGNS ROYALTY BILL
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump welcomed musicians Kid Rock and country star John Rich to the White House on Thursday as he signed legislation overhauling the way music is licensed and songwriters compensated. Trump signed the Orrin B. Hatch Music Modernization Act on Thursday. The bill won wide bipartisan support in the House and Senate and is backed by the music industry. It’s named after the retiring Utah senator, who is also a musician. Also joining the president were Mike Love of the Beach Boys, singer Sam Moore and the Christian group MercyMe. The legislation creates a new independent entity that will license songs to companies that play music online. The nonprofit collective will then pay songwriters, including those who wrote pre-1970s classics before music copyrights protected their work.
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KANYE WEST MEETS WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP AT WHITE HOUSE
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he’s “open-minded” about stop-and-frisk policing. He made the comment as he met with rapper and producer Kanye West at the White House. Trump earlier this week called on Chicago to adopt the strategy, in which large numbers of people are temporarily detained, questioned and sometimes searched for drugs and weapons. Trump had said that “stop-and-frisk works.” But West, who’s from Chicago, tells Trump that this strategy is detrimental. Here’s what West said: “We feel stop-and-frisk does not help relationships in the city.” Trump says he’d been willing to “look at it,” and says, “They have to do something.” Stop-and-frisk was used extensively in New York City until it was deemed unconstitutional because of its impact on minority residents. Chicago reached an agreement with the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois in 2015 to curb the practice.
KATHLEEN TURNER TO MAKE METROPOLITAN OPERA DEBUT
NEW YORK (AP) — Kathleen Turner will make an unexpected Metropolitan Opera debut in Donizetti’s “The Daughter of the Regiment” in the non-singing role of the Duchess of Krakenthorp. The 64-year-old will appear in seven performances of the comic opera from Feb. 7 to March 1, the Met said Thursday. The last performance will be televised to movie theaters around the world in high definition. Turner terms her voice “kind of baritone” and says Met general manager Peter Gelb calls her “one of the few women he knows who can sing ‘Ol’ Man River’ in the original key.” Turner received an Academy Award nomination for “Peggy Sue Got Married” in 1997 and Tony Award nominations for “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” in 1990 and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” in 2005.
FORMER ‘TOP CHEF’ CONTESTANT WRITES SHE HAS YEAR TO LIVE
NEW YORK (AP) — Former “Top Chef” Fatima Ali says she has a year to live. The 29-year-old underwent surgery to remove a tumor in January. However, Ali wrote Tuesday in an essay for Bon Appetit that the “cancer cells my doctors believed had vanished are back with a vengeance in my left hip and femur bone.” Ali says her oncologist told her she has a year to live, “with or without the new chemotherapy regimen.” She writes she used to dream of owning her own restaurant. Now she has a growing list of restaurants to visit and is “sketching a plan” to eat her way through New York. Ali says “every day is an opportunity for me to experience something new.” Ali appeared on Season 15 of the Bravo series.
WILL SMITH REVEALS FIRST POST FOR DISNEY’S ‘ALADDIN’
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Will Smith can’t wait for Disney’s remake of “Aladdin.” The star on Wednesday revealed the live-action musical’s first poster. Looking similar to the 1992 Robin Williams film, the poster features an ornate lamp and blue smoke along with the words: “Choose wisely.” The film’s release date of May 2019 also is listed. Smith, who plays the Genie, wrote on Facebook: “LEMME OUT! Can’t wait for y’all to see Me BLUE.” Naomi Scott, who played the Pink Ranger in the 2017 “Power Rangers” movie, is Princess Jasmine in the film, directed by Guy Ritchie.
FOR SALE: BERNIE TAUPIN LYRICS TO ELTON JOHN’S ‘YOUR SONG’
NEW YORK (AP) — An auction house says it will offer the original handwritten lyrics from the “crown jewel of the Elton John and Bernie Taupin songbook.” Don’t expect “Your Song” to sell for a song. Bonhams , the auctioneer, estimates the hammer will drop “in the six-figure range” during the Nov. 19 Manhattan auction. Taupin was waiting for John on a London rooftop when he wrote the now-famous line: “I sat on the roof and kicked off the moss.” After getting the verses, it took John just 10 minutes to come up with the melody. Its 1970 release helped launch John and Taupin into stardom. The document is being sold by the lyricist’s ex-wife, Maxine Taupin.
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AMERICAN REVOLUTION MUSEUM HONORS FILMMAKER KEN BURNS
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns is being honored in Philadelphia with an award from the Museum of the American Revolution. The museum announced Thursday that Burns will receive the Gerry Lenfest Spirit of the American Revolution Award. The museum says the award honors Burns’ “lifetime of work advancing understanding of our national history and revolutionary spirit.” The medal and $25,000 prize will be presented at a private event at the museum April 11. The museum’s chairman emeritus H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest, who died in August, created the award to recognize distinguished achievement in advancing public awareness and understanding of history and of its relevance in the “American experiment.” Burns is now planning an American Revolution documentary film project.
PROMOTER OF FAILED FYRE FESTIVAL GETS 6 YEARS IN PRISON
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has given the creator of the highly publicized, failed Fyre Festival in the Bahamas a six-year prison term. Billy McFarland was sentenced Thursday in Manhattan federal court. Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald called him a “serial fraudster.” He admitted defrauding investors of $26 million in the 2017 music festival and over $100,000 in a fraudulent ticket-selling scheme after his arrest in the festival scam. Buchwald says McFarland deserved a long prison term because he disrespected the criminal justice system by lying to law enforcement agents when they learned about the ticket-selling business. Speaking in a courtroom packed with friends and family and at least one victim, McFarland apologized as family members cried behind him. He says he hit rock bottom and plans to become a better person.