R Kelly’s accuser will give key testimony on trial rigging charge

CHICAGO– R. Kelly’s federal trial in Chicago that begins Monday is in many ways a rehash of his 2008 state child pornography trial, in which jurors acquitted the singer for producing a video of himself while that he was around 30 having sex with a girl under 14. There is a big difference: This time, … Read more

Britney Spears’ ex found guilty of trespassing during a wedding raid

VENTURA, Calif. — A man who was briefly married to Britney Spears has been convicted of aggravated trespassing and assault at the pop star’s wedding in June. Jason Alexander, 40, did not contest both counts in California court, Ventura County prosecutors said Thursday. The Ventura County judge sentenced him to the 64 days he has … Read more

U.S. women’s soccer equal pay deal approved by judge

ANGELS — The proposed $24 million settlement between the American soccer players and the sport’s governing body received preliminary approval on Thursday from a federal judge, who scheduled a hearing on Dec. 5 for final approval. U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner granted the motion for approval filed by the players. “Most importantly, the unopposed … Read more

Ex-Manchester United star Ryan Giggs to stand trial

Former Manchester United star Ryan Giggs arrives at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester, England on Monday August 8, 2022. Giggs is due to stand trial on Monday for assault and use of coercive behavior against a former girlfriend . (Danny Lawson/PA via AP)

GoFundMe scammer who used homeless vet’s story gets 5 years

A New Jersey man who made up a story about a homeless veteran helping his then-girlfriend and used the story to solicit more than $400,000 in online donations was sentenced to five years in prison on Friday. ‘State. Mark D’Amico had pleaded guilty in December 2019 and admitted to concocting the feel-good story in late … Read more

Musk’s response to Twitter lawsuit to be made public by Friday

DOVER, Del. – Elon Musk’s response to Twitter’s lawsuit over its attempt to walk away from a $44 billion deal to buy the social media company will be made public no later than Friday night, a judge ruled on Wednesday. Musk’s attorneys wanted to file a public version of their response and counterclaims in the … Read more

US engages in legal battle against merger of publishing giants

WASHINGTON– The government and publishing titan Penguin Random House traded opening salvos in a federal antitrust lawsuit on Monday as the United States seeks to stop America’s biggest book publisher from absorbing rival Simon & Schuster. The case is a key test of the Biden administration’s antitrust policy. The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit … Read more

Court: 70-year-old man charged in Alabama church triple murder

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — An Alabama grand jury has indicted a 70-year-old man with capital murder in the fatal shooting of three people at a church potluck dinner in June, according to court records released Friday. The Jefferson County grand jury indicted Robert Findlay Smith this week in connection with the June 16 shooting of 84-year-old … Read more

Court closes restraining order case against Ricky Martin

A Puerto Rico court has ‘archived’ a restraining order issued against superstar Ricky Martin, meaning the case is closed, a court spokesperson says San Juan, Puerto Rico — A Puerto Rico court has “archived” a restraining order issued against superstar Ricky Martin, meaning the case has been dismissed, a court spokesperson said Thursday. “The applicant … Read more

Prosecutor: Judge reneged on promise in Polanski abuse case

ANGELS — A Los Angeles judge has privately told lawyers he would renege on a promise and jail Roman Polanski for sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl in 1977, a former prosecutor has testified, setting the stage for the famed director flees the United States as a fugitive. A previously sealed transcript obtained by The Associated … Read more