ASHLEY JUDD ADDRESSES MOTHER’S SUICIDE
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In the wake of her mother’s suicide, Ashley Judd is encouraging people to seek help for their mental health issues. Speaking on “Good Morning America,” Judd said she was home with Naomi Judd when she shot herself — a day before being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Ashley Judd says she decided to speak out to prevent rumors from spreading; in announcing her death, the family said they lost her to “the disease of mental illness.” Ashley Judd said the timing of her mom’s death shows how depression can affect someone. She says there was a gulf between what her mom’s peers in country music told her about her work — and the “lie that the disease told her” about herself. And in the end, Ashely Judd says, her mom felt that lie “was so convincing,”
CASANOVA PLEADS GUILTY IN FEDERAL RACKETEERING CASE
NEW YORK (AP) — Casanova faces at least a five-year prison term when he’s sentenced in December for his guilty plea in a gangland racketeering case. But prosecutors want to see the rap star do more time than that. Federal prosecutors say Casanova’s plea came in connection with an indictment in which he was charged with dealing drugs and committing robbery as part of the Untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation gang. Casanova’s attorney says the government dismissed more serious charges as part of the rap star’s plea deal.
PRODUCTION FIRM BEHIND “RUST” FIGHTS NEW MEXICO FINE
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The production team behind “Rust” is fighting back against the fine slapped on them by New Mexico. Last month, state job safety officials levied a $137,000 fine on Rust Movie Productions for multiple workplace safety violations on the set where Alec Baldwin fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins last year. Now, producers are appealing the ruling. In their formal challenge, they say they didn’t willfully violate any job safety rules. They also laid the blame for any problems with firearms on the people they hired to handle that responsibility. In their report on the case, state officials said there were two misfires on the set before the incident where a live round from a gun Baldwin was using in rehearsal killed Hutchins.
#METOO AND THE COURTS
BOSTON (AP) — Remember when the #MeToo movement began gathering steam and it appeared any number of prominent men would end up facing justice for their alleged misdeeds with women? Five years later, former prosecutors, legal experts and victims’ advocates say prosecuting sexual misconduct cases is no easier than before the reckoning that began in 2017. Just recently, Bill Cosby was freed from prison on appeal and quarterback Deshaun Watson landed a record-setting $230 million contract, despite being accused of assaulting 22 women. And this week, celebrity chef Mario Batali was acquitted in a two-day trial in which he was charged with sexual assault. Emily Martin of the National Women’s Law Center says the criminal justice system is “an extremely imperfect tool” for addressing the needs of sexual assault victims. She says there are still “gender stereotypes” that cause people to be “especially distrusting” when women allege sexual assault.
IMAGE OF NAKED PERFORMER RILES BROADWAY
NEW YORK (AP) — People in the theater community are expressing shock over what happened during a production of the play “Take Me Out.” During a performance someone captured footage of a naked Jesse Williams in an onstage shower scene — and posted it online. That has triggered both show producers and the union that represents actors and stage managers. They note theaters have a policy that forbid the recording of shows — and taping someone who is nude without permission is a privacy violation. The producers of the show say they are trying to track down copies of the images online — and make sure they are removed.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE MAKES CAMEO APPEARANCE IN WIFE’S TV SHOW
NEW YORK (AP) — It isn’t quite a “bring your husband to work day” kind of thing. But if you catch tonight’s episode of “Candy,” starring Jessica Biel, you might think so. Her hubby Justin Timberlake will be on. The musician-actor plays a deputy tasked to investigate the murder the show is centered on. Biel says she thought Timberlake was kidding when she learned her husband had asked her co-producer about the idea. But in the end she says it was fun and “a good surprise.”
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