HARVEY WEINSTEIN - TRAFFICKING
NEW YORK (AP) — Despite objections by his attorneys, a second federal judge has ruled that a human trafficking law can be used in a civil lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein. The judge in New York ruled a lawsuit against the disgraced Hollywood bigwig can proceed. The suit was filed by Alexandra Canosa, a former consultant for Weinstein’s company. Earlier, another judge in New York ruled the trafficking law can be applied in a different case involving Weinstein. Scores of women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct.
TARAJI P. HENSON SEEKS TO DEFUSE R. KELLY REMARKS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Taraji P. Henson says people who know her wouldn’t have to ask whether she is defending R. Kelly amid new scrutiny of his dealings with young women and girls. Henson, who stars in “What Men Want” says her post about the R. Kelly was taken out of context. She recently posted on Instagram that she searched the hashtags #MuteRKelly and #MuteHarveyWeinstein — and found there were more for R. Kelly than for Weinstein. She typed “Hmmm.” Critics said the term “mute” wouldn’t apply to Weinstein, since he isn’t a singer — and that her comment seemed to defend R. Kelly. In an interview with The Associated Press, Henson said she was “just making an observation.”
MICHAEL JACKSON’S FAMILY DENOUNCES SUNDANCE FILM
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A “public lynching.” That is what Michael Jackson’s family calls the release of a new film alleging he sexually abused two men when they were boys. Jackson’s kin are out with a statement attacking “Leaving Neverland,” which premiered last week at the Sundance Film Festival. In the documentary, Wade Robson and James Safechuck say Jackson abused them as kids. Jackson’s family calls the men “perjurers” — because they both denied under oath that Jackson never did anything wrong to them.
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“BLACK PANTHER” RETURNS TO THEATERS
NEW YORK (AP) — Fresh off of its win at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, “Black Panther” is heading back into theaters. Disney says the Oscar-nominated movie will play free starting Feb. 1 to celebrate Black History Month. The studio also says it is giving $1.5 million to support the United Negro College Fund. On Sunday, “Black Panther” won best ensemble at the SAG Awards, the guild’s top prize. It’s also up for best picture and six other awards at the Oscars.
GREGORY HINES - STAMP
NEW YORK (AP) — A man who had a unique style of dance has been given a unique honor. The U.S. Postal Service is honoring Gregory Hines with a Black Heritage Series stamp. The first day of issue was yesterday. The forever stamp shows him smiling on one knee — with one foot raised to show the taps on the bottom of his shoe. Hines won a Tony Award in 1992 for “Jelly’s Last Jam.” He died of cancer at age 57 in 2003.
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ROSEANNE BARR - ISRAEL
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — And here you thought Roseanne Barr was fired from her TV show because of racist tweets. She’s now saying she was let go because she’s a staunch supporter of Israel. Barr made the new claim in Tel Aviv yesterday, where she said ABC made her the victim of BDS. That’s a Palestinian-led movement calling for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against. ABC canceled the “Roseanne” reboot last May after Barr tweeted racist remarks about former Obama administration adviser Valerie Jarrett.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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