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Bob Beckel Accuser Retains Lawyer Behind Fox News Discrimination Suits

A Fox News Channel IT department employee who was the target of racially insensitive remarks from The Five co-host Bob Beckel that eventually led to his firing, has joined the roster of a legal firm repping several current and former employees in racial discrimination and sexual harassment cases against the network. Wigdor LLP said today that it is now repping the unnamed IT worker, and filed three more complaints on behalf of three other women today in the U.S. District… Read

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Bill Cosby Says He Won’t Testify In Upcoming Rape Trial – Update

UPDATE, 7:09 AM: Just more than two weeks before his criminal trial for an alleged 2004 rape is set to start in Pennsylvania, Bill Cosby told a radio host today he will not testify on his own behalf. After being teased out yesterday by SiriusXM, the admission came on Michael Smerconish’s show in a pre-taped 30-minute interview with the much accused comedian. Ahead of the June 5 trial start date in Norristown, PA, the segment with Cosby airs in the 10 AM ET hour, aka right… Read

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‘Conan’ Joke-Stealing Lawsuit Moves Forward

Conan O’Brien and writers and producers of his late-night TBS talk show might be heading to court as part of a lawsuit that claims they lifted several jokes performed in the show’s monologue from a blogger. It comes after a U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California judge last week dismissed claims on two of five jokes in a summary judgment ruling but allowed claims on three other jokes to move forward. Alex Kaseberg originally filed suit in July 2015… Read

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Hackers Holding Disney’s Latest ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ For Ransom

UPDATED with comments from former hacker: Disney’s upcoming Johnny Depp film Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has been pilfered by ransom hackers seeking payment from the studio. The hackers have demanded an enormous amount of money be paid in Bitcoin. Disney is currently working with the FBI and will not pay. Although Disney CEO Bob Iger did not reveal which movie the ransom hackers claim to have, he did reveal to ABC employees during a town hall meeting… Read

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Brillstein Boss Among Former U.S. Attorneys Seeking Special Counsel In Russia Probe

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A group of 180 former U.S. Attorneys and Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the Southern District of New York have sent a bipartisan letter to Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein asking that the Department Of Justice appoint a special counsel “to oversee the FBI’s continuing investigation of Russian interference with the 2016 Presidential election and related matters.” The signees include Jon Liebman, the chairman and CEO of Brillstein Entertainment Partners. The… Read

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‘Rebecca’ Jury Delivers Mixed Verdict On Press Agent, Finding “Interference” But No Defamation In Doomed $12M Show

UPDATED 9:15 PM with more information throughout: After struggling for two days with complex definitions of “defamation” and “tortious interference” and a week of conflicting testimony about a Broadway investor who turned out not to be dead, as initially reported, but non-existent, a Manhattan jury Wednesday afternoon said that press agent Marc Thibodeau interfered with an investor’s commitment to Rebecca The Musical and was liable for compensatory damages in the breach… Read

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‘Hawaii Five-O’ Stunt Double Sues CBS & Others After Being Hit By Car During Filming

A stunt double for Alex O’Loughlin’s Steve McGarrett character on Hawaii Five-O is suing CBS Corp., CBS Studios and a number of production companies over an on-set accident in which he was hit by a car. Among the allegations is that a key stunt “personnel who had safety responsibilities” was under the influence of pain pills at the time of the incident. Justin Sundquist has doubled for the Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes in Captain America: Civil War and done stunts for… Read

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21st Century Fox Has Paid Out $45M In Settlements Since Roger Ailes’ Fox News Exit

The financial fallout from the sexual harassment claims and lawsuits piling up at Fox News Channel made an appearance today in corporate filings submitted by parent 21st Century Fox. The price tag is at $45 million since Roger Ailes was canned last summer following numerous and explosive allegations of extremely inappropriate behavior. "Other for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2017 included approximately $10 million and $45 million, respectively, of costs… Read

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Ex-‘Dance Moms’ Host Abby Lee Miller Sentenced To Prison In Fraud Case

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Almost a year and a half after she was first indicted on 20 counts of fraud, former Dance Moms host Abby Lee Miller was sentenced today to one year and one day in prison by a federal judge in Pittsburgh. After reporting in to a facility likely close to Los Angeles in about a month and a half and serving her time, Miller will have an additional two years of supervised release, Chief Judge Joy Flowers Conti told the crying defendant and a packed courtroom this morning. “You… Read

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Rupert Murdoch Insists All Good At Fox News As Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Grows & UK Regulators Meet With U.S. Lawyers

On the same day UK regulators met with a U.S. lawyer who wants to stop 21st Century Fox's purchase of Sky, and a potential class action racial discrimination suit against Fox News Channel added two more plaintiffs, Rupert Murdoch is saying everything is roses. Murdoch told the BBC on Monday in New York that "nothing is happening at Fox News," when asked about how the lawsuits plus other less-than-flattering situations at the outlet could effect the recommendation on the… Read

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‘The Bachelor’s Chris Soules Charged With Felony Hit And Run – Update

UPDATED, 4:01 PM: Former The Bachelor star Chris Soules formally was charged with felony hit and run today in connection with an April 24 crash that left a tractor driver dead in rural Iowa. According to court documents obtained by the Des Moines Register, Soules will be arraigned May 23 in Independence, IA, when he will enter a plea. The Class D felony carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $7,000 fine. Read details of the case below. PREVIOUSLY, April 2… Read

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Feds Expand Fox News Probe, News Corp-Owned Paper Says

There’s a report tonight that the federal government is expanding its investigation into allegations of sexual harassment at Fox News — and the word comes from a solid source: The Wall Street Journal, which is run by Rupert Murdoch, whose 21st Century Fox owns Fox News. The paper says the feds have quizzed current and former Fox News staffers and on-air talent about the harassment claims and alleged intimidation tactics at the cable news net. Prosecutors at the U.S… Read