Jussie Smollett Wants “To Get Back To Work,” Vows To Continue Fight For Justice; Lawyer Doesn’t Rule Out Lawsuit
Empire actor Jussie Smollett told reporters outside a Chicago courthouse that he “just wants to get back to work and move on with my life" and continue fighting for justice and equality, but his attorney gave a firm “next question” when asked if Smollett would take any legal recourse against the city of Chicago or the two Osundairo brothers who claimed Smollett took part in a hoax.
Smollett’s attorney, Patricia Brown Holmes, told reporters outside the Chicago courtroom… Read
Jussie Smollett Criminal Charges Dropped; State Says “Appropriate Resolution,” Family “Thank God” – Update
UPDATED with Smollett comments, more details: Jussie Smollett’s lawyers announced today that all criminal charges have been dropped and his record expunged. However, the Illinois law enforcement aren’t letting the Empire actor off totally free.
“Today all criminal charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped and his record has been wiped clean of the filing of this tragic complaint against him,” attorneys Tina Glandian and Patricia Brown Holmes said in a statement… Read
European Parliament Approves Controversial Copyright Law; Google Reacts
The European Parliament on Tuesday voted in favor of a controversial European Union law that seeks fair compensation for copyrighted material, but which has faced opposition over concerns it could be a blow to a free and open Internet. Known as the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, it was passed in a 348-274 vote, receiving both support from the creative industries and criticism from tech giants.
The first overhaul to copyright rules in nearly 20 years… Read
Michael Avenatti Released On Bond After Arrest On Federal Fraud And Nike Extortion Charges – Update
(UPDATED 5:50 PM with Avenatti posting bond) Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti has been released on $300,000 bond, and says he expects to be "fully exonerated" of federal extortion and bank and wire fraud charges.
The attorney who sued President Donald Trump on behalf of Stormy Daniels is lawyering up himself today. Avenatti was arrested after federal prosecutors in New York charged him with trying to extort $20 million from Nike and feds in Los Angeles filed wire and… Read
CNN Dumps Mark Geragos After Reporting He’s Unnamed Co-Conspirator In Michael Avenatti Extortion Case
CNN jettisoned celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos on Monday after reporting that he is alleged to be the unnamed co-conspirator in the Southern District of New York’s criminal complaint against another celebrity lawyer, Michael Avenatti.
Garagos, best known for repping the likes of former NFL-er Colin Kaepernick, actor Jussie Smollett and singer Chris Brown, has been a legal analyst for CNN; that’s no longer the case, CNN reported Monday afternoon, while also reporting Geragos… Read
Robert Mueller Report: “No Conspiracy Between Trump Campaign And Russia”
Special counsel Robert Mueller did not find Donald Trump’s campaign or associates conspired with Russia, Attorney General William Barr advised Congress on Sunday.
“The special counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election,” Barr wrote in a four-page letter delivered Sunday to Congress and released publicly.
Mueller did not have… Read
Dr. Dre Removes Instagram Boast On Daughter’s USC Admission
UPDATE: No good deed goes unpunished in the online world, and Dr. Dre has removed his boasting Instagram post on his daughter’s USC admission after severe online backlash.
Dr. Dre had earlier joked that his daughter had not bribed or scammed her way into the university, unlike other celebrity or executive children. But cynics pointed out that he was part of a $70 million donation to the school five years ago, along with partner Jimmy Iovine, to found an institute. Dre… Read
‘Fuller House’ Sisterhood Supports Lori Loughlin At Kids’ Choice Awards
The Fuller House cast apparently isn’t going to abandon a family member in times of trouble. Last night, the show’s Candace Cameron Bure and Jodie Sweetin accepted the Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Funny TV Show at Nickelodeon’s 2019 Kids’ Choice Awards and gave support to embattled cast member Lori Loughlin, noting “Family sticks together no matter what.”
Loughlin is in legal hot water over a college bribery scandal, and has lost work on the Hallmark Channel and other… Read
Pinterest Files For An Initial Public Offering Of Stock On NYSE
Digital scrapbook Pinterest has filed for an initial public offering of stock, joining what should be a busy IPO season for tech stocks. Pinterest is a big site for so-called influencers, who use it to tout fashion, interior design, and travel tips, among other topics.
Pinterest said Friday it will list on the New York Stock Exchange using the ticker symbol "PINS." The filing has not said how much the company seeks tor raise or the number of shares available. Based in… Read
‘Sin City’ Sequel Producers Sue The Weinstein Co. Over Alleged Distribution, Marketing Shorts
The producers of the film Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (aka Sin City 2) are suing The Weinstein Company, Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein and David Glasser, alleging the distributors pushed a similar movie during the time they should have promoted the Sin City sequel.
The suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleges TWC was promoting the sci-fi movie The Giver during the same period as Sin City’s release. TWC allegedly had a financial interest in The Gi… Read
Netflix Chooses To Seek Dismissal Of ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ Trademark Suit
Netflix has hit back at a lawsuit from the publisher of the popular Choose Your Own Adventure kids book series, which sued the streaming giant over what it claims are similarities found in Netlfix’s Black Mirror stand-alone interactive movie Bandersnatch.
The original civil suit, filed in federal district court in Vermont, home to the publisher Chooseco, says Black Mirror: Bandersnatch infringed on its trademark. In the film, the protagonist, a young programmer named… Read
Fox Corp. Appoints Jeff Taylor As EVP And Chief Litigation Counsel
Fox Corp., which is still in its initial days as a stand-alone company after the close of the historic Disney deal, has appointed Jeff A. Taylor as EVP and Chief Litigation Counsel.
Taylor will report to Chief Legal and Policy Officer Viet D. Dinh. He will oversee litigation, labor and employment, content protection and compliance for all of the company’s operations. The company sold its film and TV studios as well as assets like Star India, National Geographic and FX… Read