Celebrity legal affairs

Michelle Janavs leaves federal court, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Boston, after being sentenced to five months in prison for trying to cheat and bribe her daughters' way into college as part of a nationwide college cheating scam. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Associated Press
February 25, 2020 - 4:24 pm
BOSTON (AP) — An heir to the Hot Pockets fortune was sentenced to five months in prison Tuesday for trying to cheat and bribe her daughters' way into school as part of a nationwide college admissions scam. Michelle Janavs, whose father and uncle invented the microwaveable Hot Pockets turnovers...
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FILE - In this March 26, 2019, file photo, actor Jussie Smollett talks to the media before leaving Cook County Court in Chicago. Smollett is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Chicago since a special prosecutor announced that he'd been indicted for a second time on charges that he lied when he told police he was a victim of a racist and anti-gay attack. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)
Associated Press
February 23, 2020 - 11:11 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett is due to make an initial court appearance Monday on a new set of charges alleging that he lied to police about being targeted in a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago early last year. Smollett, 37, is expected to plead not guilty to...
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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich shakes hands with a supporter as he arrives home in Chicago on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, after his release from Colorado prison late Tuesday. Blagojevich walked out of prison Tuesday after President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former Illinois governor for political corruption. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Associated Press
February 19, 2020 - 5:41 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Rod Blagojevich returned home to Chicago early Wednesday, shaking hands and signing autographs after President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former Illinois governor for political corruption. Blagojevich landed at O’Hare airport hours after walking...
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FILE - In this July 23, 2019, file photo, California attorney Michael Avenatti walks from a courthouse in New York, after facing charges. Avenatti, a lawyer who gained fame by representing a porn star in lawsuits against President Donald Trump, has been convicted Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, of trying to extort the apparel company Nike. The charges carry a combined potential penalty of 42 years in prison. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)
Associated Press
February 14, 2020 - 8:23 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Avenatti, the combative lawyer who gained fame by representing porn star Stormy Daniels in lawsuits involving President Donald Trump, was convicted Friday of trying to extort sportswear giant Nike. The verdict was returned by a federal jury in Manhattan following a three-...
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FILE - This July 16, 2016 file photo shows "CBS This Morning" host Gayle King speaking at the 2016 Art For Life Benefit in Water Mill, N.Y. In the wake of a social media backlash, King says she is embarrassed and angry with how the network promoted part of her interview with WNBA star Lisa Leslie that concerned the late Kobe Bryant. A video clip distributed on CBS News' social media accounts, taken from a wide-ranging “CBS This Morning” interview that aired Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, focused on Leslie addressing a sexual assault charge that had been brought against Bryant and dismissed. In the interview, King asked Leslie whether Bryant's legacy had been complicated by the assault case. Leslie said it hasn't, and called on the media to be more respectful of Bryant's memory. Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP, File)
Associated Press
February 06, 2020 - 11:05 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — In the wake of a social media backlash, CBS' Gayle King says she is embarrassed and angry with how the network promoted part of her interview with WNBA star Lisa Leslie that concerned the late Kobe Bryant. King responded via Twitter on Thursday to address the reaction to a video...
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Harvey Weinstein arrives at a Manhattan courthouse for his rape trial in New York, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Associated Press
February 06, 2020 - 1:58 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors in Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial rested their case Thursday after more than two weeks of testimony punctuated by harrowing accounts from six women, including some who said he ignored pleas of “no, no, no” and justified his behavior as the cost of getting ahead in...
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NFL free agent Antonio Brown appears at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., via video link Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Brown was granted bail on Friday after spending the night in a Florida jail. The wide receiver will have to pay a bond of $110,000, surrender his passport, wear a monitor, get mental health evaluation and pass random drug tests. He also can't have guns. Brown is accused of attacking the driver of a moving truck that carried some of his possessions from California. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel via AP, Pool)
Associated Press
January 24, 2020 - 5:50 pm
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — NFL free agent Antonio Brown was released on bail Friday after a night in a Florida jail, where he turned himself in to face charges that he and his trainer attacked the driver of a moving truck that carried some of his possessions from California. Broward County Judge...
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Actress Annabella Sciorra, right, arrives as a witness in Harvey Weinstein's rape trial, in New York, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Associated Press
January 23, 2020 - 4:20 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — “Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra confronted Harvey Weinstein from the witness stand Thursday, testifying that the former Hollywood studio boss overpowered and raped her and made other crude overtures that included sending her X-rated chocolates and showing up uninvited in his...
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FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown (17) on the sidelines, during the first half at an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Miami Gardens, Fla. NFL free agent Antonio Brown turned himself in at a Florida jail on Thursday night, Jan, 24, 2020, following accusations that he and his trainer attacked another man. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
Associated Press
January 22, 2020 - 8:25 pm
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — A warrant has been issued for the arrest of NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown following accusations that he and his trainer attacked another man near Brown's Florida home, authorities said. Hollywood police spokesman Christian Latta said in a Wednesday news release that Brown...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010 file photo, Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer poses for a portrait in New York. Kramer, a founding member of the band, filed a lawsuit against his band mates in January 2020 in Massachusetts Superior Court in Boston, claiming he has been kept out of the band after he hurt his ankle in 2019 and missed some shows. The suit comes just as the band is set to perform and be honored at Grammy Awards events. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen, File)
Associated Press
January 22, 2020 - 6:01 pm
BOSTON (AP) — A judge has told Aerosmith's drummer Joey Kramer to dream on if he hopes to rejoin the band as its set to perform and be honored at Grammy events this week. Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Mark Gildea on Wednesday denied Kramer's request to order the band, whose first hit single...
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