ROSE McGOWAN DRUG CASE TO CONTINUE
LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — A judge in Virginia has rejected a request by attorneys for Rose McGowan to dismiss the case. The judge ruled that spiking the case now would be premature. Prosecutors objected to the move, saying they have additional evidence to bring forward in the case that will bolster their claim. McGowan was charged after authorities say they found cocaine in a wallet she left behind on a flight to the Washington D.C. area last January. In a recent filing, McGowan’s attorneys suggested the drugs may have been planted by operatives of disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. McGowan is one of the actresses who have publicly accused Weinstein of rape.
HEATHER LOCKLEAR CHARGED WITH BATTERY
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — She hasn’t been hit with domestic violence charges. But Heather Locklear is facing court action over what happened when authorities showed up at her home over a dustup with her boyfriend. The former “Melrose Place” star has been charged with four misdemeanor counts of battery on an officer or emergency personnel. She also faces a single count of resisting or obstructing an officer. Sheriffs’ officials say Locklear kicked, pushed and shouted at deputies who responded to the domestic dustup with her boyfriend late last month. So far, no charges have been filed in the domestic violence situation that led to the response to begin with.
SUGE KNIGHT – ATTORNEYS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The timing of the Suge (SHUG) Knight murder case may be thrown off. An attorney who’d been working on Knight’s case has been dismissed from the case. The judge in the case cut Thaddeus Culpepper from Knight’s defense team after he was indicted on witness-tampering charges. Knight opted to give up his right to having a lawyer free from potential conflicts of interest so he could keep Culpepper on his team. Culpepper was indicted on a charge of trying to get a potential witness to give false testimony in the case. Knight, who co-founded Death Row Records, is charged with killing a man he ran over with his truck — and injuring another. Knight claims it was self-defense.
AVA DuVERNAY – EBERTFEST
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Ava DuVernay will be on hand at an event in Illinois to honor the late movie critic, Robert Ebert. The director will be a guest at the 20th annual Ebertfest next month in Champaign — and will screen her film “The 13,” a documentary nominated for an Oscar. DuVernay also directed “Selma” and “A Wrinkle in Time.” Festival organizers say more films and guests will be announced in the coming weeks.
JAY-Z AND BEYONCE TO TOUR TOGETHER
NEW YORK (AP) — Jay-Z and Beyoncé are about to hit the road — again. The musical couple will be doing a stadium tour this summer and fall. The “On the Run II” tour will launch June 6 in Wales, and roll through the U.K and Europe before hitting the U.S. Among the 21 stateside stops will be Boston, Detroit, New Orleans, Houston, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Miami. Tickets go on sale next week
“AMERICAN IDOL” – RATINGS
NEW YORK (AP) — “American Idol” is off to a good start — despite an effort by its former network to slash into its ratings. The reboot of the former Fox show reached more than 10 million viewers at its new broadcast home, ABC. Fox counter-programmed with a special of about O.J. Simpson — in which the former double-murder defendant speculates about how he might have killed his ex-wife. The Simpson special was watched by 4.4 million people.
MEGHAN MARKLE MAKES APPEARANCE WITH QUEEN ELIZABETH II
LONDON (AP) — It likely won’t be the last. But Prince Harry’s bride-to-be has made her first public appearance with Queen Elizabeth II. American actress Meghan Markle joined the queen and other senior royals yesterday at a Commonwealth Day event at London’s Westminster Abbey. Markle was greeted with cheers and screams when she arrived with her finance. The couple is to marry May 19.
JAMES LEVINE FIRED FROM METROPOLITIAN OPERA
NEW YORK (AP) — He had been a towering figure in classical music. But James Levine’s tenure at the Metropolitan Opera has tumbled down. The famous opera company has fired Levine after 46 years after an investigation turned up evidence of sexual abuse and harassment. Levine was suspended Dec. 3 after published reports unearthed sexual misconduct claims dating back to the 1960s. The investigation concluded in view of the findings that Levine’s staying at the Met “would be inappropriate and impossible.”
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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