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Friday
Jun162017

No verdict reached yet in Bill Cosby sexual assault case after 40 hours of deliberations

iStock/Thinkstock(NORRISTOWN, Penn.) -- A fourth day of jury deliberations in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial ended Thursday with no verdict yet reached.

Early yesterday, the jury in the Norristown, Pennsylvania courtroom informed the court that they were unable to reach a unanimous agreement on any of the three charges the comedian faces.  But the judge sent the jury back to continue deliberating.

Each jury deadlock announcement is met with a defense motion for a mistrial. Thursday morning’s motion was denied by the judge. But Cosby's attorneys can pressure the judge to declare a mistrial.

Deliberations, which have now reached nearly 40 hours, are set to resume at 9 a.m. Friday.

The comedian is accused of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004.

Cosby has been charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each of which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, with no minimum, and a $25,000 fine. The charges stem from a 2004 sexual encounter with Constand.

She claims that he drugged and molested her, but the former television star said in a decade-old deposition that their relations were consensual and that he gave her a Benadryl only to help her relax.

Cosby pleaded not guilty and has repeatedly denied allegations of wrongdoing.

If the trial ends in a hung jury, the district attorney could choose to retry the case, but prosecutors would not likely move for an immediate retrial, according to a spokeswoman for the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office. 

Dan Abrams, chief legal correspondent for ABC News, said the decision to retry the case could come down to two critical factors.

"If [the vote was] 11-1 to convict, the DA would be under pressure to retry the case. Also, what does Andrea Constand think? She becomes a critical player in that decision. If she insists, that could hold some weight," he said.

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Thursday
Jun152017

Watch now: "Insecure" season two teaser trailer has arrived

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(LOS ANGELES) -- A teaser-trailer for the second season of Issa Rae's smash hit series Insecure shows her character, Issa Dee, daydreaming as she's stopped at red traffic light.

As her daydreams take flight, set to the sounds of Calvin Harris' "Slide," she's seen "hella confused" by ex-boyfriend Lawrence, "hella tempted" by her "friend with benefits" Daniel, and "hella lit" with her group of close girlfriends, including Molly, played by Yvonne Orji.  

Soon, Issa is snapped back to reality by the honking of car horns behind her, and drives off with a smile on her face. 

You can tune in to see if any of Issa's dreams come true and more on the second season premiere of Insecure July 23 at 10:30 p.m. ET on HBO. 

 

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Thursday
Jun152017

"Bachelor in Paradise" cast member DeMario Jackson lawyers up, blasts "false claims and malicious allegations"

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(LOS ANGELES) -- Former Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson broke their silence on Wednesday about the "misconduct" that allegedly took place on the set of Bachelor in Paradise earlier this month.

Olympios confirmed in a statement to ABC News on Wednesday afternoon that she was a part of an unspecified incident that prompted Warner Brothers, the studio behind the show, to suspend production and launch an investigation into allegations of on-location misconduct. 

Calling herself "a victim" in her statement, Olympios said that she is in therapy, and has retained an attorney to "obtain justice."

Though it has been reported that Jackson was also involved, he did not confirm as much in his statement.  However, Jackson says he also hired a lawyer, and responded in his own statement, obtained by ABC News.

"It's unfortunate that my character and family name has been assassinated this past week with false claims and malicious allegations," said Jackson. "I will be taking swift and appropriate legal action until my name is cleared and, per the advice of legal counsel, will be seeking all available remedies entitled to me under the laws."

A representative for ABC, the network on which the show airs, referred a request for comment to Warner Brothers, since the alleged incident took place during production. A representative for Warner Brothers did not respond to a request for comment. 

Sunday afternoon, Warner Brothers released a statement only confirming that production on season four of the show had been suspended as a result of "allegations of misconduct," and vowed, "appropriate responsive action" would be taken following a "thorough investigation."

 

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Thursday
Jun152017

Jim Gaffigan calls his wife "Wonder Woman" after brain tumor scare

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(NEW YORK) -- Comic Jim Gaffigan stopped by ABC's Good Morning America Thursday and discussed his wife Jeannie Gaffigan’s recent emergency surgery for a brain tumor.

"[I]t entered my mind that I would have to retire and be a very mediocre dad," Gaffigan said of his wife's health scare. "It's a scary thought but, luckily, I'm married to Wonder Woman."

It's good news, though.  Said Gaffigan: "Everything's fine. The tumor is gone, along with my ability to ever win another argument."

Gaffigan, who's just released his fifth comedy album, Cinco, said he makes work events a family affair.

"We travel, we tour during the summer and I'll bring them along," Gaffigan said of their five children. "Last summer, it was in a tour bus and it's chaos but they love it. They think it's camping. My wife thinks it's hell."

Jeannie Gaffigan directs the recent Netflix special Jim Gaffigan: Cinco and appears in it as well.

"The amazing thing is, we write everything together, we're parents of five kids and we've never had an argument," Gaffigan said.

As for Father's Day celebrations, Gaffigan joked what he'd like for a gift.

"Hopefully, they'll leave me alone," he said. "That's what I would like. I would love a nap and some food and to imagine my life without children. There's a lot of kids and, frankly, there's too many of them."

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Thursday
Jun152017

Bill Cosby jury deadlocked; judge orders them to continue deliberating 

iStock/Thinkstock(NORRISTOWN, Penn.) -- After over 30 hours of deliberations, the jury in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial reported late Thursday morning that they are deadlocked. 

The judge in the case has asked them to resume deliberations to try and reach a unanimous verdict.

The jury is reportedly deadlocked on all three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault Cosby faces, stemming from his alleged sexual assault of Andrea Constand in 2004.

Each of the three counts carries a sentence of from five to 10 years in prison if Cosby, who's 79, is convicted.  However, the judge could order that the sentences be served concurrently, meaning if convicted on only one count, Cosby could serve as few as five or as many as ten years in prison.

Testimony in the trial began June 5.  The prosecution rested its case Friday, June 9, and the defense rested its case the following Monday, after calling only one witness.  Jury deliberations began Monday night.

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Thursday
Jun152017

Holy tribute, Batman! Los Angeles to light the Bat Signal in memory of Adam West

Getty Images/Silver Screen Collection(LOS ANGELES) -- The Bat Signal will shine over Los Angeles in tribute to the late Adam West, the actor best-known for playing Batman in the campy 1960 television series.

West died Friday at age 88.

Mayor Eric Garcetti says the Bat Signal will be lit at LA's City Hall at 9 p.m. Thursday.

Perhaps it needs no explanation, but in the Batman comics, movies, and TV shows, the Bat Signal is a spotlight with the silhouette of Batman's winged emblem that's projected onto the clouds in the night sky to call for Batman's help.

Garcetti announced the event on Twitter and added the hashtag, #BrightKnight.

Batman is often referred to as the Dark Knight, but West's children said in a statement that he aspired to positivity and always saw himself as "The Bright Knight."

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Thursday
Jun152017

Jamie Foxx sings song for Cleveland on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

ABC Radio(NEW YORK) -- Jamie Foxx stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday night to promote his new film, Baby Driver, which is directed by Edgar Wright and also stars Kevin Spacey and Jon Hamm. Host Jimmy Kimmel praised the film and told Foxx, “I just want to say something very seriously – that’s a great movie! I mean, it is fantastic!”

During their conversation, Jamie and Jimmy talked about the recent NBA Finals, in which the Cleveland Cavaliers, the former NBA champs, lost in 5 games to the Golden State Warriors. Foxx talked about his admiration for Cavaliers’ star LeBron James and how much respect he has for the player whose career he said he’s been following since James started in the NBA. He said it was sad for him to watch the Cavs lose the finals.

Later, Jamie moved to a piano and shared an encouraging song for the city of Cleveland, “to make you feel better.” During the song he pointed out that, in spite of this week’s loss, they still have Lake Erie, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, perogies and celebrities Halle Berry and Drew Carey, who are both from the City that Rocks. But more importantly, they still have “King James,” LeBron.

Baby Driver opens June 28

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights on ABC at 11:35 p.m. EST

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Thursday
Jun152017

After directors object, Sony changes plan to sell "clean" versions of movies

Sony Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Sony Pictures has relented -- at least partially -- on its plan to offer consumers "clean versions" of previously released movies.

Last week, Sony announced that it would make its cleaned-up broadcast TV or airline versions of 24 movies available to consumers who purchase films on various download and streaming sites.  But that plan faced strong objections from some filmmakers and from the Directors Guild of America, reported Variety

“Directors have the right to edit their feature films for every non-theatrical platform, plain and simple,” the Guild said, adding that releasing a cut made for one platform on another violates the Guild's agreement with the studio.

Judd Apatow, producer of one movie on Sony's list, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, had particularly not-clean words for the plan on Twitter, writing, "This is absolute bulls*** and @sony and @SonyPictures is gonna get hell for F****** with our movies. Shove the clean versions up your a****!"

On Wednesday, Sony announced a change in its plans, saying the studio won't sell clean versions of the movies against directors' wishes.

“Our directors are of paramount importance to us and we want to respect those relationships to the utmost,” Man Jit Singh, president of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment said in a statement to Variety on Wednesday. “We believed we had obtained approvals from the filmmakers involved for use of their previously supervised television versions as a value added extra on sales of the full version. But if any of them are unhappy or have reconsidered, we will discontinue it for their films.”

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Wednesday
Jun142017

Contestant Corinne Olympios breaks silence about "Bachelor In Paradise," cites "physical and emotional trauma"

ABC/Jeff Daly(LOS ANGELES) -- Former Bachelor contestant Corinne Olympios has broken her silence about the incident that took place on the set of Bachelor in Paradise earlier this month.

On Wednesday afternoon, the reality TV star confirmed in a statement obtained by ABC News that she was a part of the incident, which prompted Warner Brothers, the studio behind the show, to suspend production and to launch an investigation into allegations of misconduct.

Though she did not go into detail, Olympios explained that she is currently in therapy to "begin dealing with the physical and emotional trauma" that she sustained while shooting the show in Mexico.

She also said that she has retained an attorney to "obtain justice."

“I am a victim and have spent the last week trying to make sense of what happened on June 4. Although I have little memory of that night, something bad obviously took place," she said, adding, "As a woman, this is my worst nightmare and it has now become my reality."

A representative for Warner Brothers did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A representative for ABC, the network on which the show airs, referred a request for comment to Warner Brothers, since the incident deals with production.

On Sunday afternoon, Warner Brothers released a statement confirming that production on season four of the show had been suspended and "appropriate responsive action" would be taken following a "thorough investigation."

Two days later, Chris Harrison, the host of the Bachelor franchise, urged fans to "be patient" and apologized for "any inconvenience and disappointment" caused by the show's suspension.

Last week, ABC released the names of several Bachelor in Paradise contestants. In addition to Olympios, they included Raven Gates, Alexis Waters, Jasmine Goode and DeMario Jackson.

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Wednesday
Jun142017

Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and company return for charity "Dodgeball" campaign

Omaze.com(LOS ANGELES) -- Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, and their co-stars from the 2004 comedy hit Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story have reunited -- in character -- for a new Omaze charity video

Stiller and Vaughn explain that the charity site will give one lucky donor and a friend the chance to "dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge" in an epic game of dodgeball, playing either for Globo Gym -- the team headed by Stiller's "protein-forward" villain White Goodman -- or for Vaughn and his pals on the Average Joe's Gym team. 

As always, the minimum donation for a chance to win is $10, but other price points give donors access to additional chances to win, as well as other goodies like including autographs, exclusive memorabilia, and more.

All proceeds benefit The Stiller Foundation, which provides educational opportunities for children all over the world. 

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