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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Harvey Weinstein has rattled a hornets’ nest with his latest attempt to get out from under the federal sexual misconduct and racketeering lawsuit he was hit with last week. His attorneys have asked a judge to dismiss the case. But in doing so, Weinstein’s attorney has irked many — by saying the case should be dismissed because some big Hollywood stars have said nice things about him over the years. Two of those cited in the filing: Meryl Streep and fellow Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence. Both have said publicly that they weren’t sexually harassed by Weinstein. Streep has responded. She says it’s “pathetic and exploitive” for the disgraced movie mogul to suggest because he didn’t abuse her — that he, as she put it, “was not abusive with many OTHER women.” Streep adds that if there is any justice in the system, Weinstein will end up paying for his deeds.



001-v-37-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)–Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is fighting back against a huge lawsuit he faces. We get details on that story from AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel. (22 Feb 2018)

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002-v-35-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)–AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports lawyers for disgraced movie honcho Harvey Weinstein are fighting to get a federal lawsuit against him dismissed. (22 Feb 2018)

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003-c-15-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)-“claims of racketeering”-AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers are suggesting the federal lawsuit filed against him in New York is not valid. (22 Feb 2018)

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004-c-23-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)-“for those actions”-AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports that a top Hollywood actress is firing back at Harvey Weinstein’s effort to dismiss a federal lawsuit against him. (22 Feb 2018)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — PBS says the lawsuit filed against it by fired talk-show host Tavis Smiley is without merit. And it also says the lawsuit is an effort by Smiley to take the focus off his sexual misbehavior. Smiley has sued PBS for breach of contract for cutting him loose in December. Smiley, who is black, also claiming in his suit that his race was a factor in his dismissal.



005-v-35-(Shirley Smith, AP correspondent)–A lawsuit has been filed in connection with allegations of sexual harassment. AP correspondent Shirley Smith reports. (22 Feb 2018)

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006-c-15-(Shirley Smith, AP correspondent)-“to his dismissal”-AP correspondent Shirley Smith reports Tavis Smiley is suing PBS for breach of contract after he was fired in connection with sexual harassment allegations. (22 Feb 2018)

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NEW YORK (AP) — Last year, one of the biggest movies was “Wonder Woman.” But a new study indicates that overall, there are fewer women featured as central characters in the movies than there were the year before. The study is done by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film” at San Diego State University. It found that female made up 24 percent of protagonists last year. That’s down from 29 percent in 2016.



135-w-28-(Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH’-tah), AP entertainment correspondent, with sound of actress Gal Gadot, portraying “Wonder Woman”)–A new study finds that the number of female protagonists in the 100 top-grossing movies of last year has dropped. AP entertainment correspondent Margie Szaroleta has more. ((opens with sound)) (22 Feb 2018)

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136-v-23-(Margie Szaroleta (zar-oh-LEH’-tah), AP entertainment correspondent)–A study from San Diego State University finds that the number of top films with female leads dropped in the past year. AP entertainment correspondent Margie Szaroleta reports. (22 Feb 2018)

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NEW YORK (AP) — If you tuned in to see Wendy Williams today and thought you had seen the episode before — you’re right. The talk-show queen is taking a three-week hiatus — prompted by her doctor. And while she’s away, the show will be in reruns. Williams has Graves’ disease and hyperthyroidism. She says she has had a number of symptoms lately, like feeling disorientated and hyperactive. She told her audience she had an appointment with her doctor — and skipped it to handle a business appointment. He advised her audience not to make the same mistake.



007-w-34-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor with clips from “The Wendy Williams Show”)–A popular daytime TV host is taking time off work. And AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel says it’s because of a health issue. (22 Feb 2018)

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008-w-28-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor with clips from “The Wendy Williams Show”)–AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Wendy Williams’ doctor has told her to chill for a while. (22 Feb 2018)

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009-c-15-(Oscar Wells Gabriel, AP entertainment editor)-“be airing instead”-AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports daytime talk show host Wendy Williams is taking time off from her show. (22 Feb 2018)

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010-a-15-(Wendy Williams, talk show host during Wednesday broadcast of “The Wendy Williams Show”)-“of vacation … what”-Wendy Williams says she has been told to take time off from work because of a health concern. COURTESY: The Wendy Williams Show ((mandatory on-air credit)) (22 Feb 2018)

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011-a-10-(Wendy Williams, talk show host during Wednesday broadcast of “The Wendy Williams Show”)-“behind your eyeballs”-Wendy Williams describes the condition that has caused her doctor to take her to take three weeks off from her talk show. COURTESY: The Wendy Williams Show ((mandatory on-air credit)) (22 Feb 2018)

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012-a-15-(Wendy Williams, talk show host during Wednesday broadcast of “The Wendy Williams Show”)-“but not high”-Wendy Williams describes some of the sensations she has been feeling lately as she has been fighting Graves’ disease and hyperthyroidism. COURTESY: The Wendy Williams Show ((mandatory on-air credit)) (22 Feb 2018)

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UNDATED (AP) — It’s another indication that in less than a week, “Black Panther” has secured a place in the national consciousness — and imagination. Some of the nation’s busiest international airports — in Atlanta and Orlando — have gone on Twitter to announce they are running flights to Wakanda, the make-believe setting of Black Panther. The Orlando airport even accompanied its fake flights with an image of a jet labeled “Wakanda Air.” Black Panther has been a box office smash during its first week, setting a new mark for most money taken in on a Monday — and coming close to the record for most money taken in during a four-day holiday weekend.


UNDATED (AP) — It’s often said an army travels on its stomach. But in truth, it takes money. And the “army” of students who are planning a major nationwide march to protest gun violence in schools and elsewhere is getting a huge influx of cash. George Clooney and his wife Amal have given a half million dollars. That amount doubled when Oprah Winfrey kicked in another half million. They aren’t the only ones. Steven Spielberg is pledging a donation, as is fellow Hollywood big shot Jeffrey Katzenberg. The student march is set for March 24.


DARIEN, Conn. (AP) — You know how those daytime TV shows are soused with ads for lawyers who deal with car wrecks? The host of one of those shows might do well to take heed to those ads. Steve Wilkos is facing a drunken driving charge in connection with a single-car crash in Connecticut last month. Police in Darien (DAR’-ee-en) say the Jerry Springer protege had a blood alcohol content of 0.29 after the Jan. 21 wreck. That’s more than three times the legal limit to drive. Wilkos will need to be back at court March 5 to face the charges. In a statement, Wilkos says getting behind the wheel after drinking was “a complete lapse in judgment.”


NEW YORK (AP) — There’s a new face at the helm of “Face the Nation.” CBS News has named Margaret Brennan as moderator of the Sunday morning political gabfest. Brennan has been one of the subs, along with Nancy Cordes and Major Garrett, since Dickerson left the show. Dickerson is now on “CBS This Morning,” replacing the sex-scandal tainted Charlie Rose. Brennan takes over on Sunday.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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