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May 29, 2019

CHRIS BROWN DOES NOT ATTEND MEETING WITH RAPE ACCUSER

PARIS (AP) _ Chris Brown did not show up to a formal meeting yesterday in Paris with the woman who’s accusing him of rape. His lawyer says it was a scheduling conflict, while the woman’s lawyer says Brown has no respect for the law. Brown was arrested in January but allowed to leave France without charge while the woman’s allegations were investigated. The woman says Brown and two other men raped her at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Paris, which Brown denies. Attorney Gloria Allred, who represents the woman, says Brown “has thumbed his nose at” the French legal system. Brown’s French lawyer, Raphael Chiche, says he had let French authorities know that Brown could not make the date and Brown does not want to escape his responsibilities. The other two suspects -- Brown’s friend and Brown’s bodyguard -- did not attend the meeting either.

JENNIFER HUDSON BARELY MAKES PULITZER CEREMONY

NEW YORK (AP) _ Jennifer Hudson panicked when her flight from Chicago to New York was canceled and she was going to miss singing in Aretha Franklin’s honor at the Pulitzer Prize ceremony. Then she remembered: what would Aretha do? Franklin would drive, because she was afraid of flying. Hudson drove nearly 13 hours, and she says she got there with five minutes to spare. Hudson says she always feels Franklin’s spirit and tries to lead in a way that Franklin would want. Franklin was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation for her contributions to American music and culture. Hudson sang “Amazing Grace” for a standing ovation.

JOHN GARY WILLIAMS OF MAD LADS DIES

NASHVILLE (AP) _ Lead singer John Gary Williams of the R&B group The Mad Lads has died. Filmmaker John Hubbell, who was making a documentary about Williams, confirms Williams died at his home in Memphis. The time and cause of death were not known. Williams was 73. Williams was a founding member of The Mad Lads, along with William Brown, Julius Green and Robert Philips. The song “Don’t Have To Shop Around” was a number-11 R&B hit in 1965, while “I Want Someone” and “I Want A Girl” were top-20 R&B hits the following year.

TWENTY ONE PILOTS FORCED OUT BY RAPTORS IN TORONTO

TORONTO (AP) _ Tonight’s Twenty One Pilots concert in Toronto has been canceled. The Raptors need the venue. Officials with Scotiabank Arena in Toronto say due to NBA requirements for the technical load-in and setup for the NBA finals, the concert has been called off. Game One of Warriors vs. Raptors is Thursday. Twenty One Pilots seem to be taking it in stride, offering the Raptors their congratulations.

LOUIS TOMLINSON EXPLAINS WHY HE’S AGAINST ONE DIRECTION COLLABORATIONS

LONDON (AP) _ You’d think it would be a gimme for the members of One Direction to be guest musicians on each other’s records. Louis (LOO’-ee) Tomlinson believes that’s cheating the fans. He says it “might feel cheap when you’ve only got half of the main thing.” He says if he were a fan, he’d want all or nothing. Besides, Tomlinson says each of them is making different kinds of solo music, so it would be tough to align. He does feel they owe it to fans to reunite, but he does not know when. Tomlinson says they talk every six to eight weeks, and for a time, he ran into Liam Payne four or five times in a month.

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KODAK BLACK - COURT

MIAMI (AP) —Kodak Black is due back in federal court after his arrest at a Miami hip-hop festival around which several violent incidents occurred. Federal prosecutors are appealing a judge’s decision to release the 21-year-old rapper on $550,000 bond. Black was arrested at the Rolling Loud festival this month in connection with an earlier weapons purchase. He pleaded not guilty to falsifying information on federal forms to purchase three firearms. The arrest prevented him from performing at the festival.

BRITNEY SPEARS RESTRAINING ORDER KEPT IN PLACE

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Britney Spears’ restraining order against her former manager will stay in place for roughly two weeks _ this, after a judge yesterday suspended a court hearing on the matter. During the session, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny ruled that the order against Sam Lutfi will stay in effect until June 13, when the hearing will resume on whether it can be extended for several years. The restraining order alleges that Lutfi harassed and disparaged Spears and her family through social media and text messages. Lutfi has challenged the restrictions as overly broad and unconstitutional.

SURFERS SAY GOODBYE TO DICK DALE

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) _ Dick Dale got a surfer’s traditional send-off on Sunday in Huntington Beach, California. A group of surfers did a “paddle-out” and scattered flowers on the water. The group included Dale’s niece, Taarna Lockhart, who had never been on a surfboard before. Dale was known as the King of the Surf Guitar, with songs like “Miserlou” and “Let’s Go Trippin.” He died in April at the age of 81.

JONAS BROTHERS PLAN MEMOIR

NEW YORK (AP) _ The Jonas Brothers believe it’s time to tell their life story. They have signed a deal with Macmillan to publish their autobiography, “Blood,” on Nov. 12. Joe Jonas says in a statement they were never supposed to be successful. He says they got dropped from multiple record labels and their dad lost his job over them, and the book will tell the full story of the band’s journey.

MARK WYSTRACH OF MIDLAND IS ENGAGED

UNDATED (AP) _ Singer Mark Wystrach of Midland is getting married. He posted a series of Instagram photos of his bride-to-be, Ty Haney, showing off her engagement ring. He writes, “Popped THE QUESTION and Ty Haney had the answer I was lookin’ for!” They did not give any more details.

ROBERT PLANT PREPARES PODCAST SERIES

UNDATED (AP) _ Robert Plant says he usually thinks of making records as a personal thing, but he feels sometimes it’s worth taking a look at how he’s made them. Plant will launch a podcast series called “Digging Deep” that will examine the songs, the stories and the players. It will launch June 3.

ACMS WILL HONOR MIRANDA LAMBERT, KACEY MUSGRAVES

NASHVILLE (AP) _ Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves are among the recipients of special awards from the Academy of Country Music. Lambert will receive the Gene Weed Milestone Award, given for outstanding achievement in country music in the previous year. Musgraves will get the Jim Reeves International Award, given for outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music throughout the world. Brooks and Dunn and Martina McBride will each receive the Cliffie Stone Icon Award for advancing the popularity of country music. The ACM Poet’s Award, given for outstanding musical and lyrical contributions, will have three recipients: Rodney Crowell, Kye Fleming and Billy Joe Shaver. The movie “A Star Is Born” will be awarded the Tex Ritter Film Award, given to an outstanding film that features country music. The winners will be celebrated during the ACM Honors on Aug. 21 in Nashville.

by Margie Szaroleta

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