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Mississippi man sues R. Kelly, says singer ruined marriage

JACKSON, Miss. — A Mississippi sheriff’s deputy is suing singer R. Kelly, alleging that Kelly had a yearslong affair with his wife that broke up his marriage. Deputy Kenneth Bryant, who married Asia Childress in Mississippi in 2012, filed suit last week in a county circuit court in Jackson, the state capital. He’s seeking unspecified …

Cosby, daughter, lawyer speak out as sex assault trial looms

PHILADELPHIA — Bill Cosby and his delegates are speaking out in select media interviews Wednesday, a month before jury selection starts in his Pennsylvania sex assault trial. Cosby tells a black news service that he is working on new material and hopes to resume his entertainment career. “I think about walking out on stage somewhere …

Producer admits bilking investors with fake Broadway play

NEW YORK –A Broadway producer admitted on Wednesday that he scammed his friends and others into investing more than $165,000 in a nonexistent play about opera star Kathleen Battle supposedly starring Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o. Roland Scahill pleaded guilty in state Supreme Court to grand larceny and fraud charges. As part of the plea deal, …

YouTube announces music competition series for emerging acts

NEW YORK –YouTube is launching a new music competition series for emerging artists featuring Backstreet Boys, Demi Lovato and Jason Derulo. Ryan Seacrest Productions and Endemol Shine North America announced Wednesday that “Best.Cover.Ever” will debut on YouTube later this year. Ludacris will host the series, where pop stars will give budding artists a chance to …

‘So sad he’s gone’ fans react to death of Jonathan Demme

Some reaction to the death of filmmaker Jonathan Demme. – “Jonathan taught us how big a heart a person can have, and how it will guide how we live and what we do for a living. He was the grandest of men.” – actor Tom Hanks in a statement. – “Jonathan Demme was a great …

Hollywood producer testifies in Robert Durst murder case

LOS ANGELES –A Hollywood producer testified Wednesday that a friend claimed to have impersonated the first wife of real estate heir Robert Durst in a telephone call that prosecutors say took place after the wife was dead. Lynda Obst, whose films include “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Interstellar,” took the stand during a pre-trial hearing for …

Johnny Depp’s former managers call him ‘habitual liar’

Johnny Depp’s former business team is calling the star “a habitual liar” after Depp said in an interview that his one-time managers “clearly let him down.” Depp sued The Management Group in January for more than $25 million, charging fraud and negligence. The Management Group countersued, saying Depp spent lavishly on homes, private jets, art …

Los Angeles mayor declares April 25 as “La La Land” day

  LOS ANGELES–Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday declared April 25 as “La La Land” day in front of the LA City Hall, in honor of this Oscar-winning movie which was filmed across Los Angeles. The dedication ceremony kicked off by a jazz band, followed by aerial dancers dressed as the characters from the …

Faye Dunaway speaks on Oscar’s best picture fiasco

NEW YORK –Actress Faye Dunaway says she thought co-presenter Warren Beatty was joking when he paused before showing her the envelope that should have contained the Oscar’s best picture winner. Dunaway tells Lester Holt on NBC Nightly News she thought Beatty was stalling for effect. Dunaway read “La La Land” as best picture winner rather …

Caitlyn Jenner talks of suicide, secrets in new book

NEW YORK –Caitlyn Jenner opened up Monday about her frank new memoir detailing her now 2-year-old transition and the bumps along the way, including her three failed marriages, thoughts of suicide while she was relentlessly pursued by paparazzi and, finally, freedom to be her true self. And, yes, contrary to the thoughts of many in …