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KEVIN SPACEY TO PAY $30 MIL+ TO “HOUSE OF CARDS” PRODUCERS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kevin Spacey has already paid with the loss of his main job — and his reputation — because of sexual harassment claims against him. Now he will also have to pay a lot of money. A Los Angeles judge has backed up a private arbitrator’s ruling that Spacey and his production companies must pay nearly $31 million to the makers of “House of Cards.” The judge upheld a ruling in favor of those who bankrolled the Netflix series. “House of Cards” producers said firing Spacey caused them to stop work on season six, rewrite episodes to remove Spacey’s character, and do fewer shows than they usually would have.

ALEX JONES AWAITS JURY RULING ON PUNITIVE DAMAGES

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The attorney for the family suing Alex Jones for defamation says he’d better be ready for a huge judgment against him. A jury in Austin yesterday ordered the conspiracy theorist to pay more than $4 million in compensatory damages to the family of a 6-year-old boy killed in the Sandy Hook massacre. It’s the first time Jones has been held financially liable for his oft-stated claim that the shooting was a hoax. The family asked the jury to award them $150 million. The jury returns today to decide how much more they will give the family to punish Jones for his baseless talk about Sandy Hook.

PROSECUTORS STILL SEEKING INFO IN “RUST” SHOOTING CASE

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The investigation into the fatal film-set shooting of a cinematographer by actor Alec Baldwin continues — more than nine months after it began. And the New Mexico prosecutor overseeing the case says they still lack key information to decide whether criminal charges will be filed. District attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies has put up a social media post explaining where things stand. She says her office has received only partial evidence from the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office. Among the items she says are missing are a forensic analysis of the fatal gun, information from Baldwin’s cell phone — and information from FBI and state medical examiners.

“THE VIEW” ADDS PAIR OF REPUBLICANS TO CAST

NEW YORK (AP) — They identify with the political party symbolized by the elephant. But chances are former President Donald Trump would view the two new members of “The View” cast as “RINOs,” Republicans in Name Only. ABC has named Alyssa Farah Griffin and Ana Navarro as regulars on the show. Both are outspoken critics of the ex-president. Farah Griffin was a rep for Trump and Vice President Mike Pence during their one-term. On the other hand, liberal viewers have already called for boycotts of the show because of Farah Griffin’s past ties to Trump.

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