Celebrity

Taylor Swift calls out Scooter Braun during Billboard speech

  • Dec 13, 2019

LOS ANGELES— Taylor Swift used the Billboard Women in Music stage to address a series of issues including her ongoing beef with Scooter Braun. Swift was awarded the first-ever woman of the decade honor during the 14th annual event Thursday night, the eve of her 30th birthday. Her acceptance speech lasted mor

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A$AP Rocky performs in Stockholm months after conviction

  • Dec 12, 2019

STOCKHOLM— A$AP Rocky is back in Sweden. The American rapper performed Wednesday evening, four months after he was convicted of assault for a violent street brawl. The curtain raised at Stockholm’s Ericsson Globe arena to the sight of a stage-wide metal cage enclosing male dancers. They attempted to break fr

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Ryan Reynolds says he related to Peloton actress’ plight

  • Dec 12, 2019

NEW YORK— Ryan Reynolds says he relates to the social media criticism heaped on the Peloton ad actress. In fact, that feeling led him to hire her for a commercial promoting his gin company. Reynolds spoke Tuesday about the uproar while promoting his new action flick, the Michael Bay-directed “6 Underground.″

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Weinstein reaches tentative $25M deal with accusers

  • Dec 12, 2019

NEW YORK— A tentative $25 million settlement revealed Wednesday to end nearly every sexual misconduct lawsuit brought against Harvey Weinstein and his former film studio’s board was praised by a plaintiff and some lawyers but criticized by others who say those who opt out are punished. Louisette Geiss, a pla

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Reese Witherspoon honored at Women in Entertainment gala

  • Dec 12, 2019

LOS ANGELES— Reese Witherspoon remembered when she met with several film production studios in 2011 to ask them how many movies were being developed for women. The studios’ responses nearly floored her. “Of all the major seven studios, the answer was one,” Witherspoon said after she received the pres

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R. Kelly charged with paying bribe before marrying Aaliyah

  • Dec 06, 2019

NEW YORK— Federal prosecutors are accusing singer R. Kelly of scheming with others to pay for a fake ID for an unnamed female a day before he married R&B singer Aaliyah, then 15 years old, in a secret ceremony in 1994. The revised indictment, filed Thursday in New York, accuses Kelly of paying a bribe in

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NY bail reforms lead to court date for Harvey Weinstein

  • Dec 06, 2019

NEW YORK— Harvey Weinstein wasn’t the kind of criminal defendant New York lawmakers had in mind when they passed a law this year eliminating cash bail for most nonviolent crimes. Nevertheless, the Oscar-winning producer is due in court Friday for one of many proceedings that courts across the state are sched

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Chris Brown must give up monkeys under judge’s restrictions

  • Dec 05, 2019

LOS ANGELES— A Los Angeles judge on Wednesday said Chris Brown must give up all rights to his former pet monkey, pay for its care and not try to buy a new one if he wants charges of illegal animal ownership dropped. The 30-year-old singer was allowed to enter a diversion program nearly a year after he was ch

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Gabrielle Union, NBC meet over ‘America’s Got Talent’ firing

  • Dec 05, 2019

LOS ANGELES— Gabrielle Union and NBC both said Wednesday that they have had a “productive” first conversation on her firing from “America’s Got Talent” and her allegations that she was removed over her complaints about racism and other troubling on-set behavior. “We had a lengthy 5-hour, and what I thought t

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