Prosecutors in the US state of Massachusetts have dropped a criminal case against Kevin Spacey. Mr Spacey, 59, was accused of groping an 18-year-old man at a bar in 2016. But indecent assault and battery charges were dropped on Wednesday after the accuser refused to testify about a missing phone, which the defense said could prove the actor’s innocence.
Nicki Minaj is pulling out of a concert in Saudi Arabia because she says she wants to show support for women’s rights, gay rights and freedom of expression. The Human Rights Foundation issued a statement last week, calling for Minaj and other performers to pull out of the show. On Tuesday, the New York-based organization praised Minaj’s decision to not perform at the concert.
Doris Day, the sunny blond actress and singer whose frothy roles in comedies and musicals made her one of Hollywood’s biggest stars in the 1950s and ’60s and a symbol of wholesome American womanhood, has died. She was 97. With her lilting contralto, wholesome blonde beauty and glowing smile, Day was a top box office draw and recording artist known for such films as “Pillow Talk” and “That Touch of Mink” and for such songs as “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)” from the Alfred Hitchcock film “The Man Who Knew Too Much.”
The twelve Thai boys and their soccer coach who were trapped in a flooded cave last summer will soon tell their story on Netflix. On Tuesday, they formally signed a deal with the online streaming giant. The plight of the group, all members of a local soccer team known as the Wild Boars, captivated audiences around the world in the summer of 2018 when they became trapped deep inside in a submerged cave complex in northern Thailand.
Actress Felicity Huffman is among 14 defendants in the college admissions scandal who are expected to plead guilty, according to the Department of Justice. Huffman, who starred in the ABC hit show “Desperate Housewives,” admitted to paying $15,000 to get her older daughter extra time for her SAT test and to have a proctor administer the test and correct the answers. Huffman said in a statement Monday that she accepted full responsibility for her actions and would accept the consequences. “I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community,” Huffman said.
Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed outside his clothing store in south Los Angeles on Sunday, media reports said. Two other people were wounded in the shooting outside Marathon Clothing, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing law enforcement sources. Hussle, whose real name was Ermias Asghedom, grew up in south Los Angeles and often talked about being in a street gang during his teenage years. His debut studio album, “Victory Lap” was nominated for Best Rap Album at this year’s Grammy Awards.
Prosecutors dropped all charges Tuesday against “Empire” star Jussie Smollett, just weeks after he was indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report about being the victim of an alleged hate-crime attack. At a press conference later, outgoing Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters they were outraged at the decision. They continued to accuse Smollett of lying about being attacked as a means to raise his profile and TV salary.
British actress Olivia Colman defied the odds to scoop an Oscar on a night when Green Book also sprang a surprise by winning the award for best film. Green Book won three trophies in total, including best picture, which had been expected to go to Netflix’s Roma. Bohemian Rhapsody won the most awards in total with four, while Roma and Black Panther also won three each. The four awards for Bohemian Rhapsody, the authorized biopic of Queen and Freddie Mercury, included best actor for Rami Malek, who won rave reviews for playing the late singer.
“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett paid two brothers $3,500 to stage a violent attack on him, Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said. Police said Smollett, who is black and gay, lied to them last month when he claimed two masked white men shouting racist and homophobic slurs beat him up in the middle of the night near his apartment building. Smollett has been accused of faking a hate crime after his story of being attacked by racist assailants unraveled.
Kevin Spacey pleaded not guilty Monday to groping an 18-year-old busboy in 2016 in the first criminal case brought against the disgraced actor following a string of sexual misconduct allegations that crippled his career. Spacey’s court appearance came more than a year after former Boston TV anchor Heather Unruh accused the former “House of Cards” star of sexually assaulting her son in a bar on the Massachusetts resort island of Nantucket.