King County prosecutors formally decline to file sexual assault charges against rapper Nelly

SEATTLE — The King County Prosecutor’s Office has formally declined to file sexual assault charges against the rapper Nelly that stemmed from an incident in Auburn in October, the lawyer for the victim said Wednesday night. Karen Koehler, the attorney for the woman who accused Nelly of raping her, released the statement she had received Wednesday afternoon from the King County Prosecutor’s Office. “Our office has formally declined to file charges on this matter. “The following statement will be released […]

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PBS suspends distribution of Smiley show for misconduct

LOS ANGELES (AP) — PBS says it has indefinitely suspended distribution of Tavis Smiley’s talk show after an independent investigation uncovered “multiple, credible allegations” of misconduct by its host. The broadcaster said in a statement Wednesday that it hired a law firm to investigate “troubling allegations” about Smiley and that its findings prompted the indefinite suspension. A representative for PBS declined to specify the nature of the allegations against Smiley, but said the investigation included interviews with him and “witnesses.” […]

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NFL Network, ESPN suspend Marshall Faulk, other stars after sexual harassment lawsuit

Accusations of sexual harassment have already rocked politics, entertainment and media. Now a raft of sports stars have been hit with similar allegations. The NFL Network and ESPN have suspended five former football players, including Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk, due to allegations in a court filing Monday accusing them of repeated sexual harassment when they were at the NFL Network. Other ex-players named in the suit include Ike Taylor and Heath Evans, who along with Faulk were suspended by […]

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and girlfriend are having a girl

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s life is about to get a lot more pink. The action star and his longtime girlfriend, Lauren Hashian, are expecting a second daughter. The couple revealed the baby news via Instagram, with a photo of their daughter, Jasmine Lia, who turns 2 this month. “Our Jasmine Lia would like to make a big announcement – IT’S A GIRL!,” the caption read. The actor added he and Hashian “are boundlessly grateful for this blessing as this spring […]

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Meet the 11-year-old from Seattle area who plays Ralphie in FOX musical ‘A Christmas Story’

SEATTLE — An 11-year-old boy who lived in the Seattle area is playing the role of Ralphie Parker in FOX’s live musical version of “A Christmas Story,” which will air Sunday night. “I’m very excited about this,” Andy Walken said in a Skype interview Monday from his new home in the Los Angeles area. “It’s so cool to work on this Warner Brothers set and work with all these actors. The live musical will air at 7 p.m. on Dec. 17 […]

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Mario Batali steps away from business, TV show amid sexual misconduct allegations

Celebrity chef Mario Batali is stepping away from his restaurant business and ABC television show amid allegations of sexual misconduct. Batali said in a statement to CNNMoney that he is “deeply sorry” for any pain or humiliation he has caused. “I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt,” Batali said. “That behavior was wrong and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility and am deeply sorry for any pain, humiliation or discomfort I have caused to my […]

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Chance the Rapper tries his hand as a TV weatherman

CHICAGO – He can win Grammy Awards, host Saturday Night Live and raise money for Chicago Public Schools – but can Chance the Rapper forecast the weather?! The Chicago native had the “chance” to try his hand as a WGN-TV weatherman Friday during the 15th annual WGN Morning News Toy Drive. All toys collected will benefit Chance the Rapper’s youth empowerment charity SocialWorks. Veteran WGN Morning News weatherman Paul Konrad gave Chance some advice: “I’ve been doing this for 20 […]

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Danny Masterson off Netflix’s ‘The Ranch’ amid rape allegations

(CNN) — Danny Masterson is out of the Netflix comedy “The Ranch” amid rape allegations made against him. “As a result of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Masterson out of The Ranch,” a Netflix spokesman said in a statement to CNN Tuesday. “Yesterday was his last day on the show, and production will resume in early 2018 without him.” Masterson said in a statement to CNN that he is “obviously very disappointed in Netflix’s decision to […]

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Who will be the next Batman? Here are the favorites to play the Dark Knight

The latest superhero blockbuster, Justice League, just hit big screens but it seems like one of the film’s biggest stars, Ben Affleck, is done donning the cape and cowl of the Batman. With plans for a new Batman franchise and follow-ups to Justice League already in the works, DC Comics is currently casting a backup Dark Knight should “Bat-fleck” call it quits. The fun-loving oddsmakers at sister site Covers have cooked up some prop odds for the next Batman, with […]

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‘House of Cards’ production to resume without Kevin Spacey

Netflix has decided to move forward with the final season of “House of Cards” without Kevin Spacey, a source familiar with the decision tells CNN. Production on the eight-episode sixth season had been hold due to allegations of sexual misconduct made against Spacey. Production will resume in early 2018, the source said. Actor Anthony Rapp was the first person to make allegations against Spacey. Rapp, who appears on CBS’s “Star Trek: Discovery,” alleged in a story by Buzzfeed published in […]

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