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Saudis Preparing To Admit Jamal Khashoggi Killed In Botched Consulate Kidnap: Report

After President Donald Trump played canary in the coal mine for them, the Saudi royal family is getting ready to acknowledge this evening that Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul during an interrogation/kidnap gone wrong. The intention had been to kidnap, not kill, the 59-year-old critic of the royal family when he visited the consulate on October 2, CNN is reporting, citing two unnamed sources. The Washington Post… Read

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Turkish Government Reveals Tapes Exist To Prove Jamal Khashoggi Murder

UPDATE, 8:30 PM Pacific time: Turkish authorities have claimed they have recordings that prove journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered when he visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The Turks have shared that information with US officials, according to the Washington Post. The recordings were from inside the consulate, according to reports, and led the Turkish government o conclude Khashoggi was interrogated, beaten, tortured and finally killed. Beyond the… Read

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Harvey Weinstein Gets A Big Win As NY Judge Dismisses One Count And Gives Defense More Time To Fight

(UPDATED with unsealed D.A. letter to defense lawyer) Harvey Weinstein appeared without handcuffs in New York Supreme Court this morning and even flashed a faint smile, a big change from his previous sober and shackled appearances in his sexual assault trial. The fallen mogul’s more upbeat demeanor suited the outcome of the day. Judge James Burke dismissed one of the six counts against him after the Manhattan D.A. agreed to drop it, and also pushed a key ruling to… Read

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Oscar-Winning Director Alex Gibney On The Revelatory Documentary That Could Land Him In Jail – Deadline Q&A

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EXCLUSIVE: On a late summer morning in Belfast just over a month ago, more than 100 police officers raided the homes and an office of journalists Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey, both of whom had worked with the Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney on 2017’s No Stone Unturned, a revelatory, deeply unsettling film about a June 18 1994 mass shooting in a Northern Ireland village pub. Two men, their identities hidden beneath balaclavas, had opened fire, killing… Read

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Marion “Suge” Knight Gets 28 Years In Prison For 2015 Hit And Run Tied To ‘Straight Outta Compton’ – Update

UPDATED, 1:47 PM: The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said today that Marion “Suge” Knight has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for the 2015 hit-and-run death of a man near the set of a commercial being shot for the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton. The incident happened while the Death Row Records co-founder was out on bail in a robbery case. PREVIOUSLY, September 20: Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight pleaded no contest today to running over a… Read

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Time’s Up Applauds Bill Cosby’s Prison Sentence

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Time’s Up, the organization founded by prominent Hollywood women in the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations, today heralded the most significant conviction of the #MeToo era. The group issued a statement applauding Bill Cosby’s sentencing of three to 10 years in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his Pennsylvania home 14 years ago. “Cosby’s sentencing should serve as a reminder to… Read

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Bill Cosby In Handcuffs After Getting Over 3 Years In Prison For 2004 Rape – Video

UPDATED with more details, bail denied: Just less than two hours after being designated a sexually violent predator, Bill Cosby has been sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison by a Pennsylvania judge after being convicted for the 2004 rape of former Temple University employee Andrea Constand. Cosby will serve "no less than three years and no more than 10 years," Judge Steven O'Neill said Tuesday, adding that the actor also must pay a fine and court costs. See Cosby led away… Read

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#WhyIDidntReport Confessions On Sex Assaults Mushroom In Wake Of Trump Tweet

Celebrities and civilians are continuing to come forward with their own stories on why they did not report sexual assault, a response to President Donald Trump’s questioning on why Christine Blasey Ford did not file a police report regarding her alleged groping by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Twitter has erupted with #WhyIDidntReport confessions since Trump’s tweet, as Alyssa Milano, Ashley Judd, Padma Lakshmi and others detailed their reasons for silence… Read

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Asia Argento Turns To Princess Diana Law Firm To Seek “Substantial Damages” Against Rose McGowan — Update

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Thursday update, Sept 20: The time was set. The time has passed. Asia Argento has said on Twitter that she is moving ahead with plans to sue Rose McGowan. The actress updated, “I must inform you that I’ve instructed Mishcon de Reya to seek for substantial damages for deception, fraud, coercion and libel. You will hear from them shortly.” Nothing from McGowan’s side yet. Mishcon de Reya is the blue chip British law firm which has repped clients including Deborah Lipstadt… Read

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Man Featured On Bravo Dating Show Charged With Rape, Other Felonies; Might Be “A Thousand” Victims, DA Says

An orthopedic surgeon who was featured in an episode the 2014 Bravo reality series Online Dating Rituals of the American Male and his girlfriend are facing multiple felonies including one count each of rape in Newport Beach, CA. Prosecutors say that, based on photos and videos found on the defendants’ phones, there likely are more than 1,000 other victims. Grant Robicheaux, 38, and Cerissa Riley, 31, face multiple decades in prison on charges that they drugged and… Read

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Vince Vaughn Charged With DUI After June Arrest – Update

Vince Vaughn

UPDATED, 1:22 PM: The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office has filed DUI and other related misdemeanor charges against Vince Vaughn stemming from his June 10 arrest at a sobriety checkpoint in Manhattan Beach. The veteran actor faces four charges in all: driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, driving with .08 percent blood alcohol content or higher, refusing to comply with a peace officer and refusing to submit to an inspection. If convicted on all… Read

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Sony Hack Re-Enters Spotlight: DOJ Charges North Korean Citizen, Contradicting Donald Trump Bouquet-Toss – Update

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UPDATED throughout with more details: Nearly four years after it jolted Hollywood and threw a wrench into international relations, the Sony hack is once again taking center stage. The Department of Justice today unsealed a criminal complaint against a North Korean computer programmer who conducted sophisticated cyber attacks around the world that crippled computer hardware and resulted in extensive loss of data and money. The complaint, filed on June 8, alleges that Park… Read