Bill Cosby Accuser Petitions U.S. Supreme Court In Defamation Case
Kathrine McKee, the actress who accused Bill Cosby of rape in a 2014 article in the New York Daily News, has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review her defamation case against Cosby. Her lawyers filed the writ of certiorari yesterday.
The petition (read it here) comes in the face of the current #MeToo movement and would bring it to the nation’s highest court, with McKee’s lawyers positing the question of whether victims of sexual misconduct have a fundamental right… Read
Harvey Weinstein Seeks Access To Old Emails And Papers To Defend Himself
Disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein has asked for access to his old e-mails and files as he attempts to defend himself amid ongoing federal and state criminal investigations in New York, Los Angeles and London.
The co-founder of The Weinstein Co. filed a petition with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware today seeking access to his old correspondence — access he says he has been denied, impairing his ability to “exonerate himself.”
“The debtors’ continued refusal to permit… Read
Bill Cosby Attorneys Raise Questions About Timeline Of Alleged Sexual Assault
Bill Cosby's attorneys want to show that the comedian wouldn't have been in the Philadelphia area when the alleged assault of Andrea Constand took place in 2004.
This morning at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, PA, Cosby’s attorneys called Debbie Meister, Cosby’s personal assistant, and Kim Harjo, a former public relations assistant who worked with Cosby. Both went through travel records from late December 2003 and January 2004.
Constand, after originally… Read
Avicii Dies: Swedish EDM Star was 28
Avicii, the Swedish DJ and producer born Tim Bergling who rose to the top of the electronic dance music scene but retired from touring in 2016 because of health concerns, was found dead today in Oman. He was 28. His publicist confirmed the news but gave no cause of death.
“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” Diana Baron said in a statement. “He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April… Read
Celebrities And Activists Form Coalition To Take On NRA
UPDATED with an interview with Alyssa Milano
A new coalition of celebrities and activists, including actress Alyssa Milano and Parkland High School student advocate David Hogg, announced plans today to take on the National Rifle Association and the politicians who accept money from the powerful gun lobby.
The NoRA Initiative (short for No Rifle Association) put the NRA on notice in a letter to Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre enumerating the organization’s efforts… Read
Nyle DiMarco Went From ‘America’s Next Top Model’ To Broadway Producer: How ‘Children Of A Lesser God’ Paved The Way
When Nyle DiMarco won the Mirror Ball Trophy on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars in 2016, he was following in the ballroom steps of deaf actress Marlee Matlin, who danced (but didn’t win) on the show back in 2008. It was DiMarco’s second reality TV show victory in as many years: He’d already taken the top honor on The CW’s America’s Next Top Model, the show’s first deaf contestant.
And now once again, DiMarco’s life and career has intersected with Matlin’s. The… Read
Slate PR Promotes 10 Across Team
EXCLUSIVE: Slate PR, the full-scale entertainment public relations firm based in Hollywood and New York, has promoted 10 staffers, including Shawn Purdy to EVP status and four others to VP.
Purdy, who has been with the company founded by Robin Baum, Andy Gelb, Simon Halls, Stephen Huvane and Ina Treciokas since its 2010 inception, becomes EVP Events and Brands. She will work with Gelb on the Tony Awards, National Board of Review, The Vulture Festival and The Angel Ball… Read
Josh Stamberg To Portray Arthur Miller In Boston Premiere Of New Play ‘Fall’; Escape Artists Producing
Josh Stamberg (The Affair, Parenthood) will take on the role of playwright Arthur Miller in Fall, a new play written by Bernard Weinraub, the former film reporter for The New York Times, and produced by Todd Black and Steve Tisch of Escape Artists, the film production company behind such movies as Southpaw and The Pursuit of Happyness.
A co-presentation with Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company, where the play will have its world premiere in a May 18-June 16 engagement, Fal… Read
Natalie Portman Criticized By Israeli Government For Pulling Out Of Awards Ceremony
Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev has denounced Natalie Portman’s decision not to come to Israel to receive an award by the Genesis Prize Foundation.
Regev said Portman had "fallen into the hands" of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign that aims to isolate the Jewish state. “Portman, a Jewish actress born in Israel, joins those who tell the successful, wondrous founding of the State of Israel as ‘a tale of darkness and darkness’,” he said. Regev’s reference… Read
Bette Midler Returning To Broadway’s ‘Hello, Dolly!’ For Production’s End Run
Bette Midler is heading back where she belongs, returning to Broadway’s Hello, Dolly! for the final six weeks of the hit Tony-winning show that won her a Tony of her own. Bernadette Peters, who took over the role after Midler’s departure, will end her run as previously scheduled on July 15, with Midler taking the stage July 17 through the show’s closing on August 25.
Producer Scott Rudin made the announcement today, and tickets for Midler’s return go on sale Saturday… Read
Johnny Depp Dumped By New Lawyers As Trial Looms In Ex-Biz Managers Battle
EXCLUSIVE: At World's End may not just be a title in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise for Johnny Depp but also the state of the star's $25 million fraud lawsuit with his former business managers.
Less than three weeks after losing heavyweights Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP as part of his legal team in the nearly year and a half long multi-complaint battle with The Management Group, Depp has now been bloodlessly cut loose by replacement Michelman & Robinson… Read
NFL 2018 Schedule Is Out: Check Out The Primetime Games, Thanksgiving & More
The NFL is coming off a rough season lowlighted by some ratings challenges and a president — and a big chunk of the league’s fan base — grumbling about players protesting during the national anthem. But after an off-season in which Fox spent a reported $3 billion for the TV rights for its 25th year airing the NFL games, spring has sprung and a new campaign looms, as the country’s most lucrative sports machine released its 2018 regular-season… Read