Latest Celebrity legal affairs News

Chef Mario Batali pleads not guilty to assault charge

May. 24, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Celebrity chef Mario Batali, whose career crumbled amid several sexual misconduct accusations, pleaded not guilty Friday to a charge that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman at a Boston restaurant in 2017. Batali, 58, wearing his signature red ponytail and a blazer, did not speak during the...

Lawyer: Deal close in Weinstein sexual misconduct lawsuits

May. 23, 2019 11:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A tentative deal has been reached to settle multiple lawsuits brought against the television and film company co-founded by Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by scores of women. Attorneys involved in the negotiations told a federal bankruptcy court judge during a...

File says Smollett couldn't contact brothers after arrest

May. 23, 2019 10:40 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — One of Jussie Smollett's conditions after posting $10,000 bail amid charges he lied about being the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack was that he have no contact with two brothers police say he paid to help stage the incident, according to a case file unsealed Thursday in Chicago. Besides...

A host of celebrities speak out on criminal justice reform

May. 23, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kim Kardashian West isn't the only celebrity speaking out for prison reform. It's a topic that was also very important to slain rapper Nipsey Hussle, and to Common, Kevin Hart and a host of others who consider the criminal justice system often unfair and dehumanizing. Hussle served time...

Kim Kardashian West locks arms with prison reform warriors

May. 23, 2019 7:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Brittany K. Barnett and MiAngel Cody are warrior attorneys with a mission: freeing drug offenders serving life in a federal system they're working to reform. When it comes to the cause, their energy is boundless, Barnett through her Buried Alive Project and Cody as founder of The...

The Latest: Unsealed file contains Smollett bail conditions

May. 23, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on a judge's order unsealing the file from actor Jussie Smollett's criminal case (all times local): 5:35 p.m. The file that a judge unsealed in Jussie Smollett's criminal case includes documents from when the actor posted $10,000 bail after being arrested on charges that he lied...

Michael Jackson's estate and former manager settle lawsuit

May. 23, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A years-long lawsuit between Michael Jackson's estate and one of the superstar's former managers has been settled, ending one of the final legal fights over the King of Pop's assets. The confidential settlement announced Thursday with Tohme R. Tohme, Jackson's manager in the last year of...

Comedian Artie Lange awaits drug program violation hearing

May. 23, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a court hearing has not yet been scheduled for comedian Artie Lange following his arrest on a charge of having failed to comply with his court-ordered drug program. The Essex County sheriff in New Jersey says Lange was arrested Tuesday morning at a halfway house on an...

Geoffrey Rush awarded $2 million in Sydney defamation case

May. 23, 2019 4:48 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush was awarded an Australian record of 2.9 million Australian dollars ($2 million) damages by a Sydney judge on Thursday in defamation case against a newspaper publisher and journalist over reports he had been accused of inappropriate behavior toward an actress....

Celebrity chef Mario Batali facing assault charge in Boston

May. 22, 2019 11:12 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Celebrity chef Mario Batali is facing a criminal charge on allegations that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman at a Boston restaurant in 2017. Batali, who recently gave up financial stakes in all his restaurants, is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on a charge of indecent assault and...