Celebrity legal affairs

Chef Mario Batali departs after pleading not guilty, Friday, May 24, 2019, at municipal court in Boston, to an allegation that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman at a Boston restaurant in 2017. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
May 24, 2019 - 10:52 am
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...
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FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2018, file photo, Harvey Weinstein enters State Supreme Court in New York. A tentative deal is close to settling lawsuits brought against the television and film company co-founded by Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by scores of women. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
May 23, 2019 - 11:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A tentative deal is close to settling lawsuits brought against the television and film company co-founded by Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by scores of women. "We now have an economic agreement in principal that is supported by the plaintiffs, the AG's...
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FILE - In this March 26, 2019, file photo, actor Jussie Smollett waves as he leaves Cook County Court after his charges were dropped in Chicago. A judge in Chicago has ordered the file in the Smollett criminal case unsealed. Cook County Judge Steven Watkins said Thursday, May 23, 2019, that while there are good arguments in favor of keeping the file sealed, the "Empire" actor forfeited his rights to keep the case sealed to protect his privacy by talking to the media before and after prosecutors dismissed the charges against him. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
May 23, 2019 - 10:40 pm
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...
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FILE - In this May 25, 2005 file photo, Michael Jackson arrives at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse for his trial in Santa Maria, Calif. A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit between Tohme Tohme, a former manager of Michael Jackson, and his estate. The settlement announced Thursday, May 23, 2019, ends one of the last remaining legal fights involving Jackson’s estate and comes just short of the 10th anniversary of the pop superstar’s death. (Aaron Lambert/Santa Maria Times via AP, Pool)
May 23, 2019 - 4:03 pm
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...
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FILE – In this Feb. 15, 2017, file photo, comedian Artie Lange attends a premiere for HBO's television comedy series "Crashing," in Los Angeles. Authorities say a court hearing has not yet been scheduled for Lange following his arrest on a charge of having failed to comply with his drug court program. The Essex County sheriff says Lange was arrested Tuesday morning, May 21, 2019, at a halfway house on an unspecified violation.(Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
May 23, 2019 - 1:00 pm
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...
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FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2013 file photo, actor Geoffrey Rush poses at the photo call for the film The Best Offer at the 63rd edition of the Berlinale, International Film Festival in Berlin. Oscar-winning actor Rush has been was awarded 2.9 million Australian dollars ($2 million) damages in a defamation case against a newspaper publisher and journalist over reports he had been accused of inappropriate behavior toward an actress. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)
May 23, 2019 - 4:31 am
SYDNEY (AP) — Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush has been awarded a total of 2.9 million Australian dollars ($2 million) damages in a defamation case against a newspaper publisher and journalist over reports he had been accused of inappropriate behavior toward an actress. The 67-year-old Australian...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, April 19, 2017, file photo, chef Mario Batali attends an awards event in New York. The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston says Batali is scheduled to be arraigned Friday, May 24, 2019, on a charge of indecent assault and battery, in connection with an allegation that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman at a Boston restaurant in 2017. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP, File)
May 22, 2019 - 11:12 pm
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...
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FILE - In this April 2, 2019, file photo, rapper Meek Mill speaks at a gathering in Philadelphia to push for drastic changes to Pennsylvania's probation system. Philadelphia's District Attorney's office wants a new trial with a new judge for rapper Meek Mill. Larry Krasner submitted the brief Wednesday, May 22, 2019. He said former Judge Genece Brinkley's court "abused its discretion" after sentencing Mill in 2017 to two to four years in prison for violating an old gun charge. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
May 22, 2019 - 4:49 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's top prosecutor called for a new trial and judge for rapper Meek Mill on Wednesday, saying the former judge who sentenced him "abused its discretion" and has been biased against him. District Attorney Larry Krasner's office filed a brief questioning Common Pleas...
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This Thursday, May 16, 2019 booking photo from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows Jennifer Annette Harley. A lawyer says Harley, the on-again-off-again girlfriend of "Jersey Shore" actor Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, will fight a misdemeanor domestic battery charge alleging she attacked Ortiz-Magro at a Las Vegas club on New Year's Eve. Harley's attorney, Michael Cristalli, said Friday, May 17, 2019 he was surprised his 32-year-old client was arrested Thursday on a warrant issued April 17, more than four months after the incident at the Hustler Night Club. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via AP)
May 22, 2019 - 3:07 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — "Jersey Shore" star Ronnie Ortiz-Magro's on-again-off-again girlfriend got a new lawyer to defend her on a misdemeanor allegation that she attacked Ortiz-Magro at a Las Vegas club on New Year's Eve. Jennifer Annette Harley made a brief appearance Wednesday before a judge who set...
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May 22, 2019 - 2:49 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Avenatti, the attorney who rocketed to fame through his representation of porn star Stormy Daniels in her battles with President Donald Trump, was charged Wednesday with ripping her off. Federal prosecutors in New York City say Avenatti used a doctored document to divert...
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