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Bill Cosby Retrial: Comedian’s Legal Team Struggles to Produce Key Witness

Bill Cosby Retrial: Comedian’s Legal Team Struggles to Produce Key Witness
Bill Cosby retrial judge Steven T. O’Neill is deliberating until Monday on whether or not to allow portions of a key witness’ previous deposition to be read to the jury, as the defense has requested. The witness, Sheri Williams — purportedly a close friend of Cosby’s alleged sexual assault victim Andrea Constand — has not responded to subpoenas, according to the defense attorneys, who have tried in vain to question her for Cosby’s retrial.

Cosby’s defense team believes Williams would have special insight into their allegation that Constand plotted to lie about Cosby assaulting her for money.

Witnesses that the defense did procure for the stand on Friday made for relatively brief and unrevealing interviews. Debbie Meister, a Cosby personal assistant, produced documents of his past itineraries and flight schedules. Prosecutor Kevin Steele made short work of having Meister, who began working for Cosby in 2010, clarify that she was not present in 2004 when Constand’s alleged assault took place.
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‘Smallville’ Star Allison Mack Accused of Recruiting for NXIVM, Group Accused of Sex Trafficking and Branding Women

‘Smallville’ Star Allison Mack Accused of Recruiting for NXIVM, Group Accused of Sex Trafficking and Branding Women
Actress Allison Mack, known for her work on the superhero TV series “Smallville,” was arrested Friday and accused of recruiting women into a purported self-help organization, NXIVM, in which they were required to work and have sex with the group’s leader, Keith Raniere, prosecutors said.

U.S. attorney Richard P. Donoghue said in a statement Friday that Mack recruited women for Raniere, and that the women were “exploited, both sexually and for their labor.” He said Mack, who was arrested in Brooklyn, New York, is accused of “directly or implicitly” requiring women “to engage in sexual activity with Raniere. In exchange for this, Mack received financial and other benefits from Raniere.”

Raniere was arrested in Mexico in March. He traveled there after The New York Times published a report in October about the group branding women. Mack’s involvement with the group has long been a subject of speculation: She can be seen in a series of conversations posted to YouTube last year, smilingly interviewing Raniere about his teachings.

His charges in March involve sex trafficking and conspiring to force labor. According to Donoghue, Raniere, known within the group as “The Vanguard,” created “a secret society of women whom he had sex with and branded with his initials, coercing them with the threat of releasing their highly personal information and taking their assets.”
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Harvey Weinstein Seeks Emails He Says Will Help Him ‘Defend Himself’ in Court

Harvey Weinstein Seeks Emails He Says Will Help Him ‘Defend Himself’ in Court
Harvey Weinstein filed court papers in Delaware bankruptcy court on Friday seeking emails from The Weinstein Co. that his lawyers say will help him defend himself in civil proceedings and criminal investigations.

“It is critical that Mr. Weinstein be granted access to e-mails relevant to the certain civil proceedings and criminal investigations and that are in the Debtors’ possession, as they were sent or received by his TWC e-mail accounts,” the papers read. “The Debtors’ continued refusal to permit Mr. Weinstein to access these emails has significantly impinged his ability to effectively defend himself from these allegations and is a continuing deprivation of his due-process rights.
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Avicii Dies at 28

Avicii Dies at 28
Artist, DJ, and producer Tim Bergling, a.k.a. Avicii, died Friday afternoon in Oman, according to a statement from his rep. He was 28.

“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” the statement reads. “He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th. The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.”

One of the most popular and successful electronic dance-music artists of all time — he scored a No. 4 hit on the Billboard 200 in 2013 with “Wake Me Up” regularly appeared in the Top 5 of Forbes’ “Highest-Paid DJs” lists — he retired from live performing in 2016 at the peak of his success, citing health reasons. He had suffered from health problems for several years, including acute pancreatitis, in part due to excessive drinking.
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Jenna Dewan Drops Her Married Name on Social Media 3 Weeks After Channing Tatum Split

Jenna Dewan Drops Her Married Name on Social Media 3 Weeks After Channing Tatum Split
Jenna Dewan has taken the next step in her split from Channing Tatum: changing her last name on social media.

The 37-year-old dancer and actress has changed her social media name from “Jenna Dewan Tatum” back to “Jenna Dewan.”

Her change comes three weeks after Dewan and Tatum jointly announced they were splitting after nearly nine years of marriage.

“We have lovingly chosen to separate as a couple,” the pair said in a joint statement to People on April 2, which was shared on their Twitter and Instagram pages soon after. “There are no secrets nor salacious events at the
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Janelle Monae’s ‘Dirty Computer’ Film to Premiere on MTV and BET

Janelle Monae’s ‘Dirty Computer’ Film to Premiere on MTV and BET
Janelle Monae’s new 44-minute “emotion picture” for “Dirty Computer” will premiere on MTV and BET on April 26, the companies announced. Monae’s album will be released the following day.

The film, which co-stars Tessa Thompson is described in a press release as “the story of a young woman named Jane 57821 (Janelle Monae), who is living in a totalitarian near-future society where citizens are referred to as ‘computers.’ … ‘Dirty Computer’ explores humanity and what truly happens to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness when mind and machines merge, and when the government chooses fear over freedom.
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Natalie Portman Denounced by Israeli Government Over Decision Not to Attend Awards

Natalie Portman Denounced by Israeli Government Over Decision Not to Attend Awards
Israel's minister for culture and sports has denounced Natalie Portman's decision to decline an award in her homeland of Israel over politics.

"I was saddened to hear that Natalie Portman has fallen as a ripe fruit in the hands of BDS supporters," stated Miri Regev, associating the actress' act with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. "Natalie, a Jewish actress who was born in Israel, now joins those who refer to the success and wonder of the rebirth of Israel as 'a tale of darkness and darkness.'"

Regev's reference was to the Oscar winner's 2015 directorial feature debut...
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Rachel Weisz, 48, Reveals She's Expecting First Child with Husband Daniel Craig

Rachel Weisz, 48, Reveals She's Expecting First Child with Husband Daniel Craig
Rachel Weisz and husband Daniel Craig have a “little human” on the way.

The couple are expecting their first child together, the actress, 48, told the New York Times while discussing her new movie, Disobedience.

“I’ll be showing soon,” she told the Times, adding, “Daniel and I are so happy.”

Continued Weisz, “We’re going to have a little human. We can’t wait to meet him or her. It’s all such a mystery.”
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'Deadpool 2': Standout Character Has His Own (Dad) Twitter Account

'Deadpool 2': Standout Character Has His Own (Dad) Twitter Account
The final trailer for Deadpool 2 dropped Thursday, and it seemed from buzz online one character in particular stood out: Peter W.

At first, not much was known about Peter. The apparently regular guy (played by Rob Delaney) admits he has no powers. He just saw the ad for the X-Force, so he figured he would join. By the end of the trailer he is flying through the air with the rest of the heroes, looking hilariously out of place, but still determined.

As it turns out, in a bit a amazing marketing, a Twitter account was set up for Peter weeks...
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Jimmy Fallon Gets Choked up Honoring Tina Fey: I 'Hope' My Daughters Grow Up to Be 'Like You'

Jimmy Fallon Gets Choked up Honoring Tina Fey: I 'Hope' My Daughters Grow Up to Be 'Like You'
It’s become a common routine on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon for the host to introduce his unsuspecting guests to their idols. But on Thursday night, it was Fallon’s turn to gush over a celebrity.

Fallon and his former Saturday Night Live castmate Tina Fey surprised fans at Mean Girls: The Musical in a special segment. While the show attendees stood in front of a poster and gushed over Fey, she and Fallon hid out in a back room listening in. At the opportune moment, both popped out — leading to tears and hugs.

“Tina Fey, you are extremely special to me,
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Will Ferrell Makes First Public Appearance Days After His Car Flipped on Its Side in Scary Accident

Will Ferrell Makes First Public Appearance Days After His Car Flipped on Its Side in Scary Accident
Will Ferrell returned to the stage following a scary car accident on April 13.

On Thursday, the actor, 50, made his first public appearance since the accident at We Day California where he was joined by Macey Hensley, the 7-year-old presidential expert on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, to speak to the crowd inside The Forum.

Ferrell, who was dressed in a blue western style shirt and jeans, also gave a thumbs up to all the attendees.

Six days ago, Ferrell’s SUV that carried him and a group of his friends flipped on its side as a result of a two-car accident.
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Ariana Grande Makes a Triumphant Musical Return With "No Tears Left to Cry"

Ariana Grande Makes a Triumphant Musical Return With
The wait is over. After some cryptic digital promotion, Ariana Grande debuted new music late Thursday night. "No Tears Left to Cry" is Grande's first single from her forthcoming album—and the first to be released after a bombing took the lives of 22 fans during a concert in Manchester in May 2017. "I don't think I've been through anything as traumatic as [what] we've been through," Grande said five months after the attack, giving Coveteur a rare interview. "So…[touring] can be a lot." Grande canceled seven shows right after the incident and swiftly organized a benefit concert, One Love Manchester, which raised millions of dollars for the British Red Cross....
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Julius Randle Cares About His Own L.A. Future, Not LeBron's

  • TMZ
Julius Randle says you can jam it with all the questions about LeBron James on the Lakers ... because there's one Lakers future he's much more interested in ... His Own. Randle is coming off a career season with the Purple & Gold, but being that he's a restricted free agent, there's no guarantee he'll be back in tinsel town next year. Might be why, when we got Jr out in Beverly Hills and tried to ask about
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Backstreet Boys Turn 25: Vote for Their Best Music Video of All Time!

Backstreet's back, alright! Okay, the Backstreet Boys never really left. In fact, as of today, they've been together for 25 years, which is just insane and we need to commemorate the occasion Asap. On Friday (Apr. 20), the famous boy band—which is made up of Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, Aj McLean and Kevin Richardson—celebrated their 25th anniversary with a sweet shout-out to their fans who've been supporting them through bad hair decades, awesome costumes and lots and lots of great music. "On April 20th, 1993 we became the Backstreet Boys. If you would have told us that 25 years later we would still be making music together, we would have never believed you," the...
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Could This Be the Wedding Dress Cardi B Wears Down the Aisle?

It's almost wedding season! And who better to help us navigate through upcoming celebrity nuptials than our friends who live and breathe tulle and lace all day long. Here, Brides Executive Director Lisa Gooder breaks down the dresses we may see come down the aisle. It's the most wonderful time of year—well, to us over at Brides, anyway! The top bridal designers just unveiled their newest collections of wedding dresses at Spring 2019 Bridal Fashion Week. Think back-to-back fashion shows and presentations, hundreds of dresses and the freshest trends in bridal. It's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it. With seemingly endless options, there was a dress for every bride—even...
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NY Gym Apologizes to Jermell Charlo, Insists They're Not Racist

  • TMZ
Jermell Charlo has gotten an apology from the upscale NY gym he was kicked out of on Thursday night -- but the gym insists he was Not racially profiled.  As we previously reported, Charlo -- a world champion boxer -- was turned away from Life Time Athletic in Manhattan. He claims front desk told him that his crew smelled like weed and they wouldn't be allowed inside. Charlo denied the weed allegations and said it all came down to race.
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Prince's Counterfeit Vicodin Pills Contained Mixed Bag of Drugs

  • TMZ
Fentanyl wasn't the only drug found in Prince's stash of counterfeit Vicodin pills -- in fact, they were laced with so many drugs ... there's no way he could have known exactly what he was taking when he popped one. According to law enforcement, hundreds of the fake pills were found around Paisley Park -- they were all stamped "Watson 853" -- a brand of Vicodin -- but they were in several different non-prescription bottles. Instead, the pills were in over-the-counter bottles,
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Smallville Star Allison Mack Arrested and Charged With Sex Trafficking

Smallville Star Allison Mack Arrested and Charged With Sex Trafficking
Allison Mack has been arrested and charged with sex trafficking in connection with the purported self-help organization, Nxivm.  The former Smallville actress was arrested Friday morning after an indictment was unsealed Friday in federal court charging Mack and the organization's founder Keith Raniere with sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy. "As alleged in the indictment, Allison Mack recruited women to join what was purported to be a female mentorship group that was, in fact, created and led by Keith Raniere," United States Attorney Richard Donoghue said in a statement. "The victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor, to...
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Rachel Weisz, Eva Longoria and More Pregnant Stars Over 40

Rachel Weisz, Eva Longoria and More Pregnant Stars Over 40
Rachel Weisz is pregnant! The Oscar-winning actress revealed in a New York Times interview, published Friday, that she's expecting her first child with husband Daniel Craig. "I'll be showing soon," the 48-year-old star shared. "Daniel and I are so happy. We're going to have a little human. We can't wait to meet him or her. It's all such a mystery." Weisz also has an 11-year-old son, Henry, with her ex, director Darren Aronofsky. The actress joins a list of women having babies in their 40s. It was just months ago that Eva Longoria, 43, revealed that she's expecting her first child with husband Jose Bastón. In celebration of the exciting baby...
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