Celebrity legal affairs

FILE - In this March 22, 1963, file photo, Nobel prize-winning author John Steinbeck, right, admires a prize-winning poster by his son, Thomas Steinbeck in Hartford, Conn. A three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will be in Alaska's largest city on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, to hear arguments in an appeal by the estate of Steinbeck's late son, Thomas Steinbeck, over a 2017 ruling in California. In that case, a federal jury awarded the author's stepdaughter Waverly Scott Kaffaga, more than $13 million in a lawsuit claiming Steinbeck's son and daughter-in-law impeded film adaptations of the iconic works. (AP Photo, File)
August 06, 2019 - 7:32 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Both sides had another day in court Tuesday in a family battle that has been waged for decades over who controls the works of iconic author John Steinbeck. A three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments to an appeal by the estate of Steinbeck...
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Michael Gargiulo smiles during a court appearance Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. Closing arguments started Tuesday in the trial of an air conditioning repairman charged with killing two Southern California women and attempting to kill a third. (Lucy Nicholson, Pool Photo via AP)
August 06, 2019 - 4:31 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Four strikingly similar attacks on women in California and Illinois were all planned and executed by a skilled serial killer who studied the lives and homes of victims who lived near him before savagely stabbing them, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Los Angeles County Deputy District...
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FILE - In this Thursday, June 6, 2019, file photo, musician R. Kelly leaves the Leighton Criminal Court building, in Chicago. Kelly is due in a New York City court, Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, for an arraignment on charges he sexually abused women and girls. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky, File)
August 06, 2019 - 2:17 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Legal experts say federal sex charges recently brought against R. Kelly in Chicago and New York greatly increase the pressure on the 52-year-old singer to seek a plea deal. Adding those 18 charges to the 21 Illinois charges he already faced and two new charges in Minnesota mean Kelly...
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FILE - In this July 7, 2006 file photo, Boston Symphony Orchestra music director James Levine conducts the symphony on its opening night performance at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass. Conductor Levine’s breach of contract and defamation lawsuit against the Metropolitan Opera has been settled. A lawyer for Levine and the company made the announcement Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, but did not disclose terms of the agreement. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
August 06, 2019 - 2:06 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Conductor James Levine's breach of contract and defamation lawsuit against the Metropolitan Opera has been settled. A lawyer for Levine and the company made the announcement Tuesday but did not disclose terms of the agreement. The 76-year Levine was the Met's music or artistic...
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Meek Mill attends the world premiere of Amazon Prime Video's "Free Meek" limited documentary series at the Ziegfeld Ballroom on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Jason Mendez/Invision/AP)
August 06, 2019 - 6:39 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A decision on whether Meek Mill will be retried in a drug and gun case has been delayed until next month. The 32-year-old rapper has been on probation most of his adult life over the teenage arrest. His case was overturned last month because of credibility concerns about the...
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August 05, 2019 - 4:20 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The longtime composer of "The Simpsons" has sued over his dismissal from the long-running series, saying he was discriminated against because of his age and a perceived disability. The lawsuit filed by Alf Clausen in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday for age discrimination,...
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August 05, 2019 - 4:04 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein lost an effort Monday to get a federal appeals court to quickly decide whether sex trafficking claims can legally be brought against him. U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan rejected the request by the disgraced movie mogul to immediately go to the 2nd U.S. Circuit...
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A$AP Rocky, right, leaves the district court after the third day of his trial in Stockholm, Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. A Swedish court has ruled that American rapper A$AP Rocky and two other U.S. suspects can be freed from detention until Aug. 14, when the verdict on their assault case will be announced. Prosecutor Daniel Suneson said in his closing comments that he was seeking a six-month sentence for the rapper. (Fredrik Persson/TT News Agency via AP)
August 03, 2019 - 1:39 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rapper A$AP Rocky is back in the United States as the verdict in a Swedish assault case against him and two other Americans looms, Los Angeles television stations report. Local stations report the American artist was among a group of people shown emerging from a private airplane...
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FILE - In this March 16, 2006 file photo Duane "Dog" Chapman listens during a panel discussion on Waikiki Beach, in Honolulu. Police in Colorado are investigating a reported burglary of a business owned by "Dog the Bounty Hunter" reality TV star Chapman. Police in Edgewater, a suburb of Denver, say a passer-by discovered early Tuesday, July 30, 2019, a broken glass door of a business that stocks merchandise that's sold online. (AP Photo/Lucy Pemoni, File)
August 02, 2019 - 10:42 am
EDGEWATER, Colo. (AP) — Police in Colorado said Friday they are investigating a reported burglary of a business owned by "Dog the Bounty Hunter" reality TV star Duane "Dog" Chapman. A passerby in the Denver suburb of Edgewater discovered a broken glass door Tuesday at a business that stocks...
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One of A$AP Rocky's bodyguards arrives at the district court in Stockholm, Friday Aug. 2, 2019, the third day of A$AP Rocky's trial. American rapper A$AP Rocky testified Thursday at his assault trial that he did everything possible to avoid a confrontation with two men he said were persistently following his entourage in Stockholm, but one of those men picked a fight with one of his bodyguards. (Fredrik Persson/TT via AP)
August 02, 2019 - 10:38 am
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Latest on the assault trial in Sweden for American rapper A$AP Rocky (all times local): 7:30 p.m. A Swedish court has ruled that American rapper A$AP Rocky and two other U.S. suspects can be freed from detention until Aug. 14, when the verdict on their June 30 assault case will...
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