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Brothers sue Jussie Smollett's lawyers, claiming defamation

Apr. 23, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Two brothers who say they helped Jussie Smollett stage a racist and homophobic attack against himself sued the "Empire" actor's attorneys on Tuesday, accusing them of defamation by continuing to insist publicly that the brothers carried out a real, bigoted attack on Smollett despite knowing...

Bill Cosby fighting $1M a month legal bill in arbitration

Apr. 23, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A fee dispute between actor Bill Cosby and one of the many law firms hired to address his legal problems shows the Los Angeles firm alone was billing Cosby $1 million a month in the run-up to his first sex assault trial. The imprisoned Cosby is challenging a California arbitration award...

The Latest: Gossip site can be subpoenaed over Kraft tape

Apr. 23, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the prostitution case against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (all times local): 4:50 p.m. A celebrity gossip website may have to reveal who tried to sell it a video that police and prosecutors say shows New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft paying for...

Jeweler, Sarah Jessica Parker settle breach-of-contract suit

Apr. 23, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Sarah Jessica Parker and a British jeweler have settled a breach-of-contract lawsuit against the actress. A joint statement released Tuesday says the parties have "resolved their differences" and are excited to "resume their partnership." Kat Florence Design sued Parker, arguing that she...

The Latest: Smollett's attorneys call lawsuit 'ridiculous'

Apr. 23, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit filed against Jussie Smollett's attorneys (all times local): 1:50 p.m. Jussie Smollett's attorneys say a lawsuit accusing them of defaming two brothers who say they helped the "Empire" actor stage an attack against himself is "ridiculous." Attorneys Mark Geragos and...

News groups fight to keep Harvey Weinstein's hearing open

Apr. 22, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — News organizations are fighting to pull back the curtain on a Harvey Weinstein court appearance that the prosecution and defense want held in secret. The organizations, including The Associated Press and The New York Times, argued in court papers filed Monday that the sides haven't met a...

Ex-Alabama officer pleads guilty to assaulting detained man

Apr. 22, 2019 6:06 AM EDT

TALLASSEE, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama police officer has admitted to slamming a compliant handcuffed man into the ground and then slamming the man's head into his patrol car. News outlets report 27-year-old Michael Brandon Smirnoff pleaded guilty Friday to federal excessive force charges. He's set to be...

Fognini realizes boyhood dream to win Monte Carlo Masters

Apr. 21, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

MONACO (AP) — On the clay courts where he once practiced as a youth with big dreams, Fabio Fognini won the biggest title of his erratic career by beating Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-4 Sunday in the Monte Carlo Masters final. The local lad from nearby San Remo, a 40-minute drive away along the Mediterranean coast...

Fed Cup semi: Australia, Belarus tied 2-2 ahead of doubles

Apr. 21, 2019 2:12 AM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The Fed Cup semifinal between Australia and Belarus is going to a doubles decider. Victoria Azarenka beat Australia's Sam Stosur in the second reverse singles Sunday 6-1, 6-1 in 59 minutes to even the match at 2-2 on hard courts at Pat Rafter Arena. In the second set, Azarenka...

Fed Cup semifinal: Australia, Belarus level after 1st day

Apr. 20, 2019 8:14 AM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australian Ashleigh Barty beat doubles partner Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 7-6 (2), 6-3 to level their Fed Cup semifinal at 1-1 on Saturday. Barty's win on hard courts at Pat Rafter Arena ended Azarenka's 13-match winning streak in the Fed Cup. "I knew the first set would be...