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  • JUSSIE SMOLLETT OFFICIALLY CHARGED FOR FILING FALSE POLICE REPORT

  • Thu, 21 Feb 2019 01:00:00 EST

    Jussie Smollett has officially been charged with federal disorderly conduct for filing a false police report for his alleged attack on January 29th. Chicago police spokesman, Anthony Guglielmi, tweeted on Wednesday afternoon (February 20th) that the Empire star is being charged with a Class 4 felony, and that detectives presented evidence before a Cook County grand jury.

    Guglielmi tweeted, "Case Update: Jussie Smollett is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by #ChicagoPolice for filing a false police report (Class 4 felony). Detectives are currently presenting evidence before a Cook County Grand Jury."

    In response to the new development, Smollett’s lawyers said in a statement, "Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked. Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense."

    If Smollett is charged, he can face one to three years in prison.

    FOX SAYS JUSSIE SMOLLETT'S ROLE ON 'EMPIRE' IS SAFE AS NEW EVIDENCE IS REPORTED

    Fox is denying reports that Jussie Smollett’s role on Empire is being cut amid a reported investigation into whether he staged his own attack. Smollett and his attorneys, meanwhile, have agreed to sit down with police in a bid to stave off a grand jury, TMZ reports.

    NEW EVIDENCE?

    Meanwhile, late in the day Wednesday, CBS2 posted video that allegedly shows Ola and Abel Osundairo buying ski masks, gloves, red hats and other gear reportedly used in the staged attack. Police sources tell CBS that the pair bought the items at Smollett’s direction.

    SUPPORT FOR SMOLLETT

    In a statement, the network says, "Jussie Smollett continues to be a consummate professional on set and as we have previously stated, he is not being written out of the show."

    Since the January 29th attack that landed him in the hospital, the narrative around Smollett’s role in it has evolved. Smollett has maintained that he was assaulted by two men shouting "homophobic" and "racist slurs," while police sources have repeatedly told news organizations that they are looking into whether he colluded with two Ola and Abel (who were arrested and later released) in the attack.

    His siblings have also stood by him.

    Smollett's brother, Jocqui, posted an Instagram photo that read, "This is the media, an irresponsible media. It will make the criminal look like he's the victim and make the victim look like he's the criminal. If you aren't careful, the media will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing."

    His sister Jurnee Smollett-Bell then reposted the image.

    Later, Jocqui posted another image that read, "I have a feeling even if we had video of Jussie Smollett being attacked... y'all would still discredit him. Because it's easier to believe what aligns with your contempt for survivors of hate crimes, sexual abuse, etc who happen to be LGBTQ+, disabled or women."



  • HOW DID KHLOE FIND OUT ABOUT TRISTAN AND JORDYN?

  • Thu, 21 Feb 2019 01:00:00 EST

    Khloe Kardashian has reportedly split with her boyfriend Tristan Thompson after he cheated on her with her sister Kylie Jenner’s best friend, Jordyn Woods. E! and Us Weekly spoke to insiders to get the 411 on what went down, when. The pair have been dating on and off four more than two years; the last time they split up, it was because Tristan got caught cheating on her just days before she gave birth to their daughter True.

    "Khloe first started hearing things on Monday," a source tells E! News. "She wasn't sure if it was true and started to ask around. She knew it had happened for sure on Tuesday."

    "It" refers of course to reports that Tristan had cheated on her with Jordyn. When the news first broke Tuesday, Tristan tweeted-then-deleted, "FAKE NEWS."

    On Sunday night, Jordyn and Tristan reportedly hooked up after hanging together at a bar in Santa Monica. Khloe reportedly heard from a mutual pal about the hook up, and received multiple shocked texts from eyewitnesses.

    It is still unclear when Khloe dumped Tristan, but he reportedly could care less.

    "He doesn't even think him hooking up with Jordyn is 'bad' because him and Khloe were broken up in his mind," a source told Us Weekly. "He just truly doesn't care."

    Khloe and Jordyn were tight too, which adds insult to injury, according to reports. But Kylie is truly devastated.

    "Kylie is having a very difficult time," a source says. "She is devastated and emotional. She doesn't want to believe this could have happened."

    "She wanted to give Jordyn a chance to explain herself," the source added. Meanwhile, "she's shocked and confused."

    Still, despite all of the drama, Khloe kept it cool when she appeared in public Wednesday. She was snapped leaving her brother-in-law Kanye West’s office in Calabasas, California, grinning and looking gorgeous in all-white.



  • GWYNETH PALTROW FILES COUNTERSUIT IN SKI-AND-RUN CASE

  • Thu, 21 Feb 2019 01:00:00 EST

    Gwyneth Paltrow has filed a counterclaim against a lawsuit filed against her by Terry Anderson. The two are disputing a 2016 skiing accident, with Anderson claiming that had been skiing "out of control" on Feb. 26, 2016, ramming into him and leaving him with injuries. Sanderson is reportedly seeking at least $3.1 million in damages.

    Paltrow, meanwhile, is claiming that she was the one who was injured. "Ms. Paltrow remembers what happened very clearly," her suit, obtained by Page Six on Wednesday, read. "She was enjoying skiing with her family on vacation in Utah, when Plaintiff — who was uphill from Ms. Paltrow – plowed into her back. She sustained a full ‘body blow.’ Ms. Paltrow was angry with Plaintiff, and said so. Plaintiff apologized. She was shaken and upset, and quit skiing for the day even though it was still morning."

    Paltrow, 46, also claimed that Sanderson, 69, "had told his doctor about one year earlier that he was blind in his right eye, and that his vision in his left eye was decreasing. Just three weeks before the incident, Plaintiff told his doctor that Plaintiff had ‘gotten old all of a sudden.’ Other than his vision problems, he had 15 other chronic medical issues."

    She is asking for a symbolic $1 in damages, along with attorney fees.



  • JAMEELA JAMIL SPARKS CONTROVERSY BY DUBBING KARL LAGERFELD A 'RUTHLESS' 'MISOGYNIST'

  • Thu, 21 Feb 2019 01:00:00 EST

    Jameela Jamil sparked a serious conversation about how we should talk about the dead when she slammed Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld late Tuesday. News of the 85-year-old’s death broke Tuesday, and while social media was flooded with positive memories from models and celebs, the Good Place star chose to highlight a different side of his life.

    "I’m glad somebody said it," the 32-year-old body-positive activist wrote, retweeting an article titled "Stop Mourning Oppressors: Anti-Condolences for Karl Lagerfeld."

    Continued Jamil: "Even if it is a little soon. A ruthless, fat-phobic misogynist shouldn’t be posted all over the internet as a saint gone-too-soon. Talented for sure, but not the best person."

    Model and Lagerfeld muse Cara Delevingne was one of the first to jump to his defense, writing: "Seriously have some respect…You are calling him ruthless??? Are you kidding me? No one is perfect but you clearly don’t know the man so please keep your opinions to yourself and stop bashing people for attention."

    Later, she added: "He was born in 1933! I am not saying I agree with some of the things he has said. I’m very emotional and mourning his death and feel like I have to stick up for him when he’s not here to speak for himself."

    While many appeared to be itching for a cat fight, the pair politely exchanged POVs, with Delevingne writing, "I understand what you were trying to do and I apologize if I offended you or anyone else. I just don’t feel that living in the past and bringing up things that have already happened helps anything. Let’s move forward and lead with love. That’s it..."



  • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

  • Thu, 21 Feb 2019 01:00:00 EST

    BARBRA STREISAND, QUEEN LATIFAH, MIKE MEYERS AMONG OSCARS PRESENTERS: Bringing out the big guns. Barbra Streisand, Dana Carvey, Queen Latifah, Chef Jose Andres, Dana Carvey, Congressman John Lewis, Diego Luna, Tom Morello, Mike Myers, Trevor Noah, Amandla Stenberg and Serena Williams are set to present the Best Picture nominees at the 2019 Oscars, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The 91st Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood and air live Sunday on ABC.

    GLENN CLOSE, TONI COLLETTE TO PRESENT AT INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS: The final presenters for the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards are: Glenn Close, Toni Collette and Carey Mulligan, nominated for Best Female Lead on The Wife, Hereditary and Wildlife, respectively, ET reports. The 34th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards will be held in Santa Monica, California, on Feb. 23 and air live on Facebook Watch and IFC at 5:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. PT.

    EMMA THOMPSON QUITS FILM IN PROTEST: When Skydance Animation hired the former Pixar/Disney chief creative office John Lasseter, Emma Thompson quit the studio’s film Luck. She reportedly quit in protest because he’d been accused of sexual misconduct. It’s not the first time she’s spoken out against powerful men in Hollywood. In 2009, she removed her name from a petition in support of accused rapist Roman Polanski after speaking with a college student.

    LAWYER: TERESA GIUDICE IS NOT CHEATING ON HUSBAND: Despite reports claiming Teresa Giudice is getting cozy with 26-year-old Blake Schreck, the 46-year-old Real Housewives of New Jersey star is staying loyal to her husband Joe Giudice while he serves out his time in prison. "This is a story about someone helping a woman who had some wine and was wearing high heels to her car," her attorney, James Leonard Jr., told Page Six. "That’s what you see in those pictures. There is no cheating, no divorce, no scandal and no story."Joe is scheduled to be released in March and will be deported to Italy. It is unclear if Teresa will join him. The couple shares daughters Gia, 17, Gabriella, 15, Milania, 13, and Audriana, 10.



  • INDUSTRY NEWS

  • Thu, 21 Feb 2019 01:00:00 EST

    AMY POEHLER TO DIRECT RIOT-GRRRL FILM: Netflix has snagged Amy Poehler to direct Moxie, a Tamara Chestna-scripted adaptation of the Jennifer Mathieu novel. She will produce through her Paper Kite banner. Moxie follows the story of a 16-year-old girl who is inspired by her mother’s part in the punk movement Riot Grrrl, and decides to launch her own feminist revolution.

    RAINN WILSON JOINS UTOPIA: The Office alum Rainn Wilson has joined Utopia, Amazon’s adaptation of the British series written by Gone Girl scribe Gillian Flynn. Sasha Lane co-stars. The series follow a group of adults and are stalked by a state organization after they discover a cult underground graphic novel.

    SURVIVOR SHAKE-UP EXPECTED: Season 38 of Survivor kicked off last night (Wednesday), and it looks like a new series of twists should be expected. Executive producer Jeff Probst tells ET: "The idea behind Edge of Extinction was to see how far players were willing to go, both emotionally and physically, to play this game. Once a player is voted out, they will be faced with a decision. They can choose to go home… or they can grab the torch, get on a boat and head to an unknown island in the middle of the night. What awaits them there is a big island of uncertainty. No information, very little in terms of a shelter or supplies. This will push players further than ever before." Fourteen new players, and four returning ones, including familiar faces from Millennials vs. Gen-X, Worlds Apart and Game Changers, are competing for the $1 million purse. Survivor: Edge of Extinction airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

    LIFE OF PRIEST-TURNED-ECSTASY-KINGPIN SERIES IN THE WORKS: OBB Pictures has snatched the rights of Michael Clegg, the Catholic priest-turned-MDMA-dealer. Clegg dubbed the drug Ecstasy and insisted it was a conduit to God. OBB is teaming up with 3 Arts Entertainment to produce the show. "Michael Clegg’s story is complex and improbable at every turn, but the stakes of sticking to your faith in spite of your own failures are as relatable as it gets," said Michael Ratner, OBB’s president and CEO. "This story will make for a dark and funny drama that highlights the twisted complexities of mixing religion and drugs through a unique, multi-faceted character."