November 28, 2022

Pop Singer Sentenced to 13 Years in Jail

Canadian pop star Kris Wu has been sentenced to 13 years in jail.

A court in Beijing, China, found the 32-year-old guilty on charges of sexual assault and assembling a crowd to engage in sexual promiscuity.

Wu, also known as Wu Yifan, was detained in China in July 2021, after an 18-year-old student accused him of coercing her and other girls into sex. The court said its investigation showed that the singer had raped three women.

“Wu Yifan took advantage of three drunken women … at his home,” the court said.

Additionally, Wu has been ordered to pay $83.77 million for tax offenses, including hiding personal income. According to authorities, Wu’s tax evasion from 2019 to 2020 totaled $13 million.

Wu will also be deported from the country, the court said.

Source: New York Post

November 18, 2022

Kevin Spacey Faces 7 More Sexual Assault Charges

Actor Kevin Spacey now faces an additional seven sexual assault charges in the United Kingdom, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.

“The CPS has authorized additional criminal charges against Kevin Spacey, 63, for a number of sexual assaults against one man between 2001 and 2004,” said Rosemary Ainslie, Head of the CPS Special Crime Division.

Ainslie said that the CPS has also authorized “one charge of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent.”

Spacey, a two-time Academy Award winner, is already set to stand trial in the U.K. in June 2023 for five counts of sexual assault. He pleaded not guilty to all counts in July. The charges stem from the alleged sexual assault of three men when Spacey lived in London and served as the artistic director of the Old Vic theatre. He held that position from 2004 until stepping down in 2015.

The “American Beauty” actor has also faced accusations in the United States. Last month, Spacey appeared in a New York courtroom for a civil case brought by actor Anthony Rapp.

Rapp had alleged that in 1986, when he was 14, Spacey climbed on top of him and made sexual advances. He sought $40 million in damages for battery.

The jury sided with Spacey, finding that he didn’t molest Rapp, and wasn’t liable for battery.

Sources: Variety | CPS | DNYUZ

November 17, 2022

Driver Fires Gun at Denise Richards in Road Rage Incident

Denise Richards confirmed she was unharmed after gunfire erupted during a road rage incident in Los Angeles.

The actress was traveling to Popsicle Studio L.A., a film and TV studio, in a pickup truck with her husband, Aaron, behind the wheel. Aaron had slowed to look for street parking when a passing driver fired a gun at the couple’s truck.

No one was injured. TMZ first reported the incident, which was later confirmed by Jill Fritzo, a representative for Richards.

According to TMZ, police received a call after someone at Popsicle Studio L.A. noticed a bullet hole on the Ford Shelby F-150 truck. It’s unclear if officers responded to the scene to take a report.

Photo credit: TMZ.com

Richards remained at the studio for another 12 hours of work, with her husband staying for the entire duration. An off-duty police officer who was on set escorted the couple back to the freeway on their way home, TMZ reported.

Sources: TMZ | NBC News

November 16, 2022

Legendary Late Night Host Severely Burned in Car Fire

Former host of “The Tonight Show” Jay Leno has sustained “serious burns” from a car fire, but he’s now in stable condition.

“I got some serious burns from a gasoline fire. I am ok. Just need a week or two to get back on my feet,” Leno told Variety in a statement.

Leno was hospitalized on Sunday after a fire erupted in his car garage in Los Angeles, TMZ reported. One of the cars burst into flames and left the legendary late-night host with burns on his face. Leno was transported to the Grossman Burn Center for treatment.

The comedian was scheduled to appear at The Financial Brand conference in Las Vegas on Sunday, but organizers informed attendees that he had canceled due to a “very serious medical emergency.” Details of Leno’s facial burns weren’t disclosed at the time.

“His family was not able to provide us very many details, but there was a very serious medical emergency that is preventing Jay from traveling,” an email to conference attendees read. “All we know is that he is alive, so our prayers go out to him and his family tonight.”

Sources: Variety | TMZ

November 12, 2022

Legendary Comedian Gallagher Passes at 76

Gallagher, the legendary comedian known for smashing watermelons onstage, has passed away at age 76.

The prop comedian died Friday of organ failure, his former manager Craig Marquardo confirmed in a statement.

“After a short health battle, Gallagher, born Leo Gallagher, succumbed to his ailments and passed away surrounded by his family in Palm Springs, California,” Marquardo said. “He had previously suffered numerous heart attacks, something he and David Letterman talked about on an appearance a few years back.”

Gallagher made history with his 1980 stand-up special “An Uncensored Evening,” the first to ever air on cable television. He became a household name with his signature “Sledge-O-Matic” sketch, where he’d smash a variety of foods with a large wooden mallet, ending with his main act — a watermelon.

“Gallagher stayed on the road touring America for decades. He was pretty sure he held a record for the most stand-up dates, by attrition alone,” his representative told TMZ. “While Gallagher had his detractors, he was an undeniable talent and an American success story.”

The comedian had a series of health issues over the years. In 2011, he collapsed onstage while performing in Minnesota. In 2012, he suffered a heart attack in Texas shortly before he was supposed to perform.

Gallagher is survived by his two children, Aimee and Barnaby.

Sources: TMZ | Variety

November 8, 2022

Kathy Griffin Permanently Suspended From Twitter

Comedian and outspoken Democrat Kathy Griffin was permanently suspended from Twitter after breaking the platform’s rules against impersonation.

Griffin had changed her account’s display name to “Elon Musk,” switched her avatar to the same image used on Musk’s account, and started impersonating Musk in her tweets.

Griffin, 62, instructed people to “vote blue” in her tweets purporting to be Musk, who recently purchased the social media platform.

Twitter already had rules in place against impersonation before Musk’s takeover. The platform dictates that accounts that impersonate others are subject to suspension, temporary or permanent.

On Sunday, after Griffin and a litany of other verified Twitter accounts started impersonating Musk on the platform, the new CEO issued a stern warning.

“Going forward, any Twitter handles engaging in impersonation without clearly specifying ‘parody’ will be permanently suspended,” Musk tweeted. 

“Previously, we issued a warning before suspension, but now that we are rolling out widespread verification, there will be no warning,” he added.

The incident wasn’t the first time that Griffin lashed out against Musk. In April, she called him a “white supremacist.”

“Musk is a Piers Morgan level media thirsty, vindictive, white supremacist who is looking to convince you he is an innovative disruptor,” Griffin said.

Source: The Blaze

October 13, 2022

Details Emerge About Bill Murray’s Alleged On-Set Misconduct

New details have emerged about Bill Murray’s alleged “inappropriate behavior” toward a female production staffer on the set of the movie “Being Mortal.”

According to the report published on Puck, the 72-year-old actor reached a settlement with the unnamed staffer for more than $100,000. In April, she accused Murray of sexual misconduct on the set of Aziz Ansari’s upcoming feature film.

Murray reportedly had been under the impression that the staffer, a “much younger woman,” had been “flirting with him.”

“So at one moment when the two were in close proximity near a bed that was part of the production, Murray started kissing her body and straddling her,” the report reads. “It was perhaps an unclear bit of physical comedy, but one that was unannounced.”

The woman filed a complaint over the incident, alleging that “she couldn’t move because [Murray] outweighed her,” Puck reported.

“Then, he kissed her on the mouth, although when he did so, both Murray and the woman were wearing masks, owing to COVID protocols,” the report said. “Murray later said that he was just being jestful, but the woman interpreted his actions as entirely sexual. She was horrified.”

A second staffer had witnessed the incident and also filed a report. Production was suspended, but the cast and crew weren’t informed of the details as to why.

Murray “felt miserable,” a source said, “not just at what he thought was a miscommunication, but also at how one moment had caused his co-workers to essentially lose their jobs.” The outlet noted that both parties had “agreed to maintain confidentiality” as part of the settlement.

In late April, Murray broke his silence regarding the incident.

“I did something I thought was funny, and it wasn’t taken that way,” Murray said.

The “Ghostbusters” star said he’d “done not much else but thinking about it” in recent weeks.

“We’re talking about it. I think we’re going to make peace with it, I’m very optimistic about that,” he added. “I think it’s a sad dog that can’t learn anymore. I think that’s a really sad puppy that can’t learn anymore. I don’t want to be that sad dog and I have no intention of it.”

Sources: Puck | People

September 12, 2022

South Carolina Rep Faces Calls to Resign Over Comments About White Constituents

1958: U.S. Supreme Court orders the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas to integrate.

South Carolina state Rep. Krystle Matthews (D) is facing pressure to resign after an activist group released audio of Matthews making disparaging remarks about white people.

Matthews, who is also currently vying for a U.S. Senate seat against incumbent Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), made controversial comments about her constituents that were secretly recorded and released by activist group Project Veritas.

“You ought to know who you’re dealing with,” Matthews said in the recorded conversation. “You’ve got to treat [white people] like sh-t. That’s the only way they’ll respect you.”

Matthews can also be heard bragging about keeping her constituents “under her thumbs” and not tolerating “white sh-t.”

South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Drew McKissick called Matthews’ remarks “overly racist.”

“This is overtly racist. Point blank. Period. What happens when a white family in her district needs help? Does Matthews assist them, or does she treat them like crap,” McKissick asked. “The fact that question even has to be asked is more than enough to call for her to resign.”

Matthews told the Associated Press that the audio was edited from a “tongue-in-cheek” exchange that didn’t accurately reflect her sentiments. She dismissed Project Veritas as a “satirical MAGA-powered news outlet.”

However, even Democrats have called for Matthews to resign.

“If any of our white counterparts had said the same thing with regards to blacks, the minority community, including myself, would be up in arms calling for that member’s immediate resignation,” said state Rep. Justin Bamberg (D).

As of this reporting, Matthews says she has no plans to resign.

Sources: The State | WCBD

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