‘Empire’ Producer Lee Daniels Says Jussie Smollett Case Has Caused ‘Pain and Anger’ on Set

Billboard News Today Empire co-creator and executive producer Lee Daniels says the weeks since cast member Jussie Smollett was arrested and charged with fabricating a racist and homophobic attack have been “a freakin’ rollercoaster.” In an Instagram video that doesn’t refer to Smollett by name, Daniels says since “the incident” he and his cast have “experienced pain and […]

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‘Surviving R. Kelly,’ ‘Leaving Neverland’ & ‘Abducted in Plain Sight’ All Put a Spotlight on Victims’ Parents

Billboard News Today The mothers of the two accusers in HBO’s Leaving Neverland said they were lulled by Michael Jackson’s forlorn demeanor and fairytale world when they allowed him to take their boys into his bed. An aunt who introduced her underage niece to R. Kelly and suspects abuse said in the six-part Surviving R. Kelly docuseries […]

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If Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft and others admit guilt, prosecutors will drop solicitation charges, source says

CNN.com (CNN)Prosecutors have offered to drop charges against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and other men accused of soliciting prostitution at a Jupiter, Florida, day spa in exchange for their admission of guilt, a source with knowledge of the investigation said Tuesday. The 77-year-old billionaire was among more than 100 people linked last month […]

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Gambino Mob Boss Killing: Staten Island Man Is Charged With Murder

NewYorkTimes.com A 24-year-old Staten Island man who was taken into police custody on Saturday in connection with the fatal shooting of the reputed boss of the Gambino crime family faces murder charges, according to court records and officials. The brazen shooting of the boss, Francesco Cali, in front of his home in the Todt Hill […]

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Paris Jackson says it’s ‘not my role’ to defend father Michael Jackson after ‘Leaving Neverland’ backlash

FoxNews.com Paris Jackson tweeted that it was not her “role” to defend father Michael Jackson following the backlash from the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland.” Jackson, 20, appeared to be responding to a social media user, who pointed out that she hasn’t spoken out about the documentary and remarked “tabloids are mad they need to provoke you.” “There’s nothing […]

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