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NEW MEXICO SAFETY AGENCY SLAPS “RUST” PRODUCTION COMPANY WITH FINE

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — There’s news related to the fatal shooting on the set of “Rust” last year. A state workplace safety agency in New Mexico has slapped the production company with a fine for firearms safety failures on the set. The state bureau says producers must pay $138,793 — the maximum fine possible — for what it calls “a set of obvious hazards to employees” regarding the use of firearms on set. For example they say an investigation shows production managers took little or no action to address two misfires on set before Alec Baldwin fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins last October. Baldwin has said the gun went off as he was pointing it at Hutchins before filming a scene. Baldwin is also listed as a producer on the movie.

JOHNNY DEPP CONTINUES TESTIMONY IN LIBEL CASE AGAINST EX-WIFE

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — To hear Johnny Depp tell it, he is a victim of domestic violence at the hands of his ex-wife — not the other way around. The actor is back on the stand today in his libel suit against Amber Heard. He told a jury near Washington, D.C., that Heard berated him and attacked him constantly during their brief, but turbulent marriage. Depp said Heard had a “need for conflict, a need for violence” that targeted him. He says his response was to do what he learned as a kid: “retreat.” Heard’s side of the story is much different, which is why this is being heard as a libel case. Depp is suing Heard over a piece she wrote in “The Washington Post” saying she was a victim of domestic abuse. The op-ed didn’t mention Depp by name, though she has accused him at other times.

BLAC CHYNA TO CONTINUE TESTIMONY IN DEFAMATION CASE AGAINST KARDASHIANS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blac Chyna returns to the stand today as she tries to prove to a Los Angeles jury that the Kardashian women conspired to kill off her reality TV show. The rapper was on the stand toward the end of yesterday’s first day of testimony, but so far she has only told about how she got her break in show biz. Today she’s expected to deal with the nuts-and-bolts of her case. She claims Kardashians matriarch Kris Jenner made false accusations that she assaulted her son Rob Kardashian — and that she and her daughters disparaged her to the point that their reality TV show was canceled before its second season. Chyna is seeking $100 million in damages.

TESTIMONY TO CENTER ON KEY DATE IN “ROBY & CHYNA” RELATIONSHIP

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Much of the key testimony in the defamation lawsuit against the Kardashians centers on what happened on Dec. 4, 2016. That’s the day Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian were celebrating the renewal of their E! Network reality series, “Rob & Chyna.” But the celebration went sideways. Both sides agree the couple got into a big fight that changed their relationship forever. Chyna claims Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner told show officials the rapper beat her finance with a pole and wrapped a phone-charging cord around his neck so tightly, it left marks. An attorney for Chyna’ says unaired footage from the series would show no serious injuries. Chyna says Jenner got her daughters to trash her to showrunners to the point “Rob & Chyna” was canceled. In opening statements, lawyers for the Kardashians said the show was canceled because the couple broke up.

MAC MILLER DRUG DEALER SENTENCED TO PRISON

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who admitted supplying the dealer who sold Mac Miller the drugs he overdosed on has been sentenced. Ryan Michael Reavis is to spend more than 10 years in prison for his role in the rapper’s death. He pleaded guilty last year to a count of distribution of fentanyl. In his plea agreement, Reavis says he supplied counterfeit oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl to co-defendant Cameron James Pettit. It was Pettit who sold those pills and other drugs to Miller. The transaction took place two days before Miller died. The case against Pettit is still pending.

EZRA MILLER ARRESTED IN HAWAII … AGAIN

HONOLULU (AP) — Ezra Miller’s roles as “The Flash” in Justice League movies have him portraying someone with incredible speed. But Miller can’t seem to outrun what police say are his misdeeds in Hawaii. For the second time this month, Miller has been arrested. This time he was detained after police say he threw a chair that cut open a woman’s forehead. Authorities say he was upset because he was asked to leave someone’s home. Last month Miller was busted for a ruckus at a karaoke bar. Police say he was irked that patrons were singing the song “Shallow.” Miller also has a pending traffic case. And a couple filed a restraining order on him, which is now rescinded.

A$AP ROCKY ARRESTED IN 2021 SHOOTING

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rapper A$AP Rocky has been taken into custody at Los Angeles International Airport in connection with a shooting in Hollywood last year. The performer, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was detained on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Police say the 33-year-old was wanted in connected with a Nov. 6, 2021, shooting that broke out after an argument escalated. Mayers is accused of firing a handgun at an acquaintance, who sustained a minor injury and later sought medical treatment. Authorities say Mayers and two others fled. Mayers’ RCA Records publicist and attorney did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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