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Bill Cosby Medal Of Freedom: Another Honor Revoked?, A U.S. congressman from Arizona said on Thursday he would introduce a bill to strip Bill Cosby of his Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest U.S. civilian honor, citing the sexual assault allegations against the entertainer.
The move came a week after the 78-year-old Cosby, who personified the model family man in his hit 1980s television series “The Cosby Show,” was charged in Pennsylvania with sexually assaulting a woman after plying her with drugs and alcohol in 2004.
Cosby and his attorneys have acknowledged marital infidelity on his part but have denied any allegations of sexual misconduct.
Republican Representative Paul Gosar told reporters in Washington that he and several colleagues would propose the bill on Friday.
The legislation would call for President Barack Obama to revoke the medal, which Cosby received in 2002, affirm his legal capacity to do so, and bring criminal penalties against anyone displaying the medal after having it revoked.
When asked last summer about the possibility of revoking Cosby’s medal, Obama said there was no such mechanism, but that civilized countries should have no tolerance for rape.
“To continue honoring Bill Cosby with this prestigious accolade would be an affront to women nationwide, particularly those who were victims of his horrific acts,” Gosar said.
He cited Cosby’s admission in a 2005 deposition that he had obtained Quaaludes, a sedative that was a popular recreational drug in the 1970s, intending to give them to young women in order to have sex with them.
The deposition was entered in a civil case brought by Andrea Constand, who ultimately settled with Cosby for an undisclosed sum in 2006. Allegations in that case triggered last week’s criminal charges, the only such case against the entertainer.
More than 50 women in recent months have publicly accused the star of sexually assaulting them in incidents dating back decades.
On Wednesday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said it would not bring criminal charges against Cosby stemming from sexual assault allegations by two women over separate incidents, one dating back to 1965 and the other to 2008.
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Natalie Cole: Death Cause Revealed, Natalie Cole’s family revealed the Grammy-winning singer’s cause of death on Thursday, January 7, saying she passed away from heart failure induced by lung disease.
Cole died on Thursday, December 31, at age 65. The “Miss You Like Crazy” singer, the daughter of the legendary Nat “King” Cole, underwent a kidney transplant in 2009, after battling drug issues and ensuing hepatitis.
In a statement to the Associated Press on Thursday, her family said: “[Cole] responded well to pulmonary arterial hypertension-specific agents over many years, during which she performed many concerts world-wide, but eventually succumbed to intractable right heart failure, an outcome that unfortunately commonly occurs in this progressive disorder.”
Cole detailed her struggle with substance abuse — include cocaine, heroin and alcohol — in her 2000 memoir Angel on My Shoulder. In 1983, the singer checked into rehab. Decades later, in 2008, she noted that her hepatitis C was brought about by her drug use.
Her family confirmed Cole’s death in a statement to Us Weekly last week, saying: “Natalie fought a fierce, courageous battle, dying how she lived … with dignity, strength and honor.”
Many celebrities grieved for the “Unforgettable” singer and took to social media to remember her. “Sending prayers and condolences to all the loved ones of my friend #NatalieCole! She will be truly missed but her light will shine forever!” Patti LaBelle tweeted on January 1.
Another music legend, Tony Bennett, added on Instagram: “I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Natalie Cole, as I have cherished the long friendship I had with her, her father Nat, and the family over the years. Natalie was an exceptional jazz singer and it was an honor to have recorded and performed with her on several occasions. She was a lovely and generous person who will be greatly missed.”
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‘Willy Wonka’ reunion: Willy Wonka Cast Reunites, It’s been 44 years since the cast of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory took fans to a “world of pure imagination,” but the actors who were a part of the 1971 classic will never forget it.
The cast of 1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
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On Wednesday, Nov. 11, Peter Ostrum (Charlie Bucket), Julie Dawn Cole (Veruca Salt), Denise Nickerson (Violet Beauregarde), Paris Themmen (Mike Teevee), Michael Bollner (Augustus Gloop), and Rusty Goffe (head Oompa Loompa) reunited for a special Today show interview.
Rusty Goffe played the chief Oompa Loompa in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
“The first thing people do when they find out who we are is they smile,” Nickerson said, after all six of them confirmed they’d reprise their famous roles if given the chance.
Paris Themmen played Mike Teevee in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
“We call it the Wonka Effect,” Cole added.
Michael Bollner played Augustus Gloop in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Though Goffe went on to appear in several major projects like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and the BBC series Doctor Who, the former child stars opted for life out of the limelight.
Julie Dawn Cole played Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Ostrum, who played the protagonist Charlie Bucket, an impoverished boy whose life changed forever with the Golden Ticket, became a veterinarian. And the group wasn’t afraid to uncover some secrets from the set. For example: The Chocolate River.
Denise Nickerson played Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
“I’m sorry, it was water,” Bollner admitted.
“It was disgusting,” Goffe added.
And all of the actors praised star Gene Wilder, now 82, on the set of the film, an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1964 book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Peter Ostrum played Charle in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
“Five kids clambering all over you, wanting his attention,” Cole said. “There was never any ‘Please don’t follow Mr. Wonka,’ and we must have been pretty tiresome.”
“They were,” Goffe teased.
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‘Love that never dies’: Justin Bieber Selena Gomez, Singer Justin Bieber says his ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez is someone he loves “dearly” and that he will never stop checking in on her.
The ‘What do you mean?’ hitmaker discussed their 2013 break-up during his appearance on ‘Access Hollywood’ show, reports usmagazine.com.
The ‘What do you mean?’ hitmaker discussed their 2013 break-up during his appearance on ‘Access Hollywood’ show.
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“It was really tough. I don’t know if I’m over it yet,” said Bieber, 21.
“I think that I’m definitely in another place and I think we’ve definitely went our separate ways. I love her and I want her to be awesome, but there are things that remind me of her.”
He added: “(She) is someone I love dearly. I’m never going to stop loving her. I’m never going to stop checking in on her. I don’t think if you end a relationship, you should end that, unless it was super toxic and you guys were hurting each other physically or mentally. We always respected each other and we still respect each other.”
Bieber and the “Good for you” singer, 23, were an on-and-off couple for three years before calling it quits in January 2013. The pair remain amicable, with Bieber even admitting that some songs on his new album, “Purpose”, were inspired by Gomez.
“A lot of it (is about her),” said Bieber. “Probably, like, three (songs),” he continued, noting that Gomez was his “first real love”.
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New deposition: Bill Cosby Janice Dickinson, Bill Cosby and his former attorney can be deposed by model Janice Dickinson’s attorney in Dickinson’s defamation lawsuit against the entertainer for denying that he sexually assaulted her.
On Monday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Debra K. Weintraub ordered the comedian and his former attorney Martin Singer to give their testimony no later than November 25, according to court papers obtained by PEOPLE.
However, the depositions will be restricted to evidence showing that Cosby’s denials of Dickinson’s rape claim were made maliciously. The judge also ruled that Singer and Cosby can assert attorney-client privilege and decline to answer certain questions.
Last year, Dickinson accused Cosby of raping her in 1982 after he allegedly flew her to his home in Lake Tahoe to discuss her working on The Cosby Show. Instead, she said, Cosby allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted her.
Cosby has denied sexually assaulting Dickinson and the more than 50 women who have alleged they were victims of the former sitcom star.
Singer, who has vehemently defended Cosby and has accused some of the women of lying about their encounters with the comedian, has called Dickinson’s story “a fabricated lie.”
In May, Dickinson filed a lawsuit against Cosby for defamation, false light and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
“Janice Dickinson, like over three dozen other Cosby victims, recently publicly disclosed that she was drugged and raped by Bill Cosby,” Dickinson’s lawyer, Lisa Bloom, wrote in the complaint. “In retaliation, Cosby, through an attorney, publicly branded her a liar and called her rape disclosure a lie with the intent and effect of revictimizing her and destroying the professional reputation she’s spent decades building.”
According to the complaint, Dickinson wanted to write about the rape in her 2002 memoir, No Lifeguard on Duty, but was barred from doing so by her publisher’s legal department.
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Last month, Cosby replaced Singer in Dickinson’s defamation lawsuit and hired Christopher Tayback of Quinn Emmanuel Urquhart & Sullivan. Tayback, a former Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles and Assistant United States Attorney, is the son of actor Vic Tayback, who was a familiar television character actor in the 1960s and 70s.
Tayback also replaced Singer in the lawsuit filed by Judy Huth, a California woman who claims the comedian sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974 when she was 15.
Huth’s attorney, Gloria Allred, deposed Cosby last month, overcoming Singer’s attempt to block such a deposition. That deposition is sealed for at least 60 days, though it’s possible his testimony will be made public after Dec. 22, when a hearing on the matter will be held.
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Coco on her tiny bump: Coco Austin Ice T, Coco Austin showed off her usual style when attending The Paley Center for Media’s Hollywood Tribute to African-American Achievements in Television event last night alongside hubby Ice-T. The pregnant star flaunted her figure in a low-cut black dress which accentuated her growing baby bump, while the Law & Order: SVU star matched in an all-black outfit.
The Hollywood couple were joined by Terrence Howard, Regina King, Tyra Banks, Alfred Enoch, 50 Cent, Rick Fox, Brandy Norwood and more stars, who gathered at the Beverly Wilshire hotel Monday night to recognize the African-Americans who have made a significant contribution to television.
Quincy Jones was honored at the event for his musical contributions to TV spanning the discographies of Michael Jackson, Little Richard and Ella Fitzgerald, according to The Los Angeles Times.
Also honored were Diahann Carroll, who was the first African American actress to star in her own TV series with 1968’s Julia as something other than a maid, and Black Entertainment Television (BET) on its 35th anniversary.
“We’ve come a long way and have a long way to go,” Jones told the audience. “And we will go.”