Entertainment News Roundup: Amber Heard plans to appeal decision that she defamed Johnny Depp; Harvey Weinstein’s Rape Conviction Upheld by New York Court of Appeals & More

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After a nasty trial, can Johnny Depp or Amber Heard stage a second act?

In the wake of graphic allegations of abuse, vicious brawl tapes and nasty text message spreads, will Hollywood be ready to welcome back Johnny Depp or Amber Heard? Depp, the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star, says a US jury brought him back to life by awarding him a near total victory in his libel fight with his ex-wife Heard on Wednesday.

Amber Heard plans to appeal the decision that she defamed Johnny Depp

Aquaman actress Amber Heard will appeal a jury’s decision that she defamed her ex-husband Johnny Depp when she claimed she was a survivor of sexual abuse, her husband announced on Thursday. lawyer. A seven-person jury in Virginia ruled Wednesday that Heard defamed the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star and awarded him $10.35 million in damages. The jury also determined that Heard had been defamed, awarding her $2 million.

Harvey Weinstein’s rape conviction upheld by New York Court of Appeals

A New York appeals court on Thursday upheld Harvey Weinstein’s rape and sexual assault conviction, rejecting the disgraced film producer’s arguments that the trial judge made several errors that marred the trial. Weinstein was appealing his February 2020 conviction and 23-year prison sentence for assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi and raping former aspiring actress Jessica Mann.

US attorney Michael Avenatti gets 4 years in prison for defrauding Stormy Daniels

Michael Avenatti, the brash California lawyer who took on then-President Donald Trump, was sentenced to four years in prison on Thursday for defrauding his most notorious former client, porn actress Stormy Daniels. A federal jury convicted Avenatti in February of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft after a two-week trial, agreeing with prosecutors that he misappropriated nearly $300,000 in book proceeds intended for Daniels.

Warner Bros chairman resigns, MGM studio heads take over

Warner Bros. Pictures Group Chairman Toby Emmerich is stepping down, the company announced Wednesday, as Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav puts his imprint on the newly formed media company. Emmerich has been president of the studio since 2018, when the studio enjoyed its greatest box office success, fueled by hits such as “Aquaman”, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”, “Ready Player One “, “The Meg” and “A Star Is Born”.

Jamaican lawmaker calls for reggae legend Bob Marley to be named national hero

A Jamaican lawmaker is asking the country’s parliament to name reggae legend Bob Marley a national hero, an effort that comes amid growing nationalism in English-speaking Caribbean countries that are distancing themselves from their colonial past. Lawmaker Lisa Hanna’s proposal would make the iconic singer a national hero, a title already held by seven Jamaicans, including black nationalist leader Marcus Garvey and the country’s first prime minister, Alexander Bustamante.

Bill Cosby in court sued by woman alleging sexual assault

The lawyer for a woman who accused Bill Cosby of assaulting her at the Playboy Mansion in the mid-1970s told a California jury on Wednesday that the comedian had a sense of ‘entitlement’, while the lawyer for Cosby called the alleged assault a “fabrication”. The statements came at the start of a civil trial for Cosby, 11 months after he was released from prison when Pennsylvania’s highest court overturned his sexual assault conviction in a separate case.

Depp wins near-total victory in US libel case against ex-wife Heard

Actor Johnny Depp won more than $10 million in damages on Wednesday, winning a near-total victory in a libel suit against ex-wife Amber Heard to cap a six-week lawsuit with graphic testimony about the soured relationship of the stars. A seven-person jury in Virginia also ruled for Heard on a counterclaim against Depp. The ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie star described the decision as vindication, and his ex-wife said it was “a disappointment.”

Cholita Mona Lisa: a Bolivian artist revamps a famous indigenous portrait

High in the Bolivian Andean mountains, surrounded by small thatched-roof houses and sheep, Claudia Callizaya, 32, puts the finishing touches to her new work of art: an interpretation of the “Mona Lisa” as a indigenous cholita woman. His adaptation has the same staring gaze as in the portrait of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece and a similar nose. But on her head is the traditional bowler hat of the cholitas of Bolivia and she is wrapped in a colorful Andean shawl.

The Rolling Stones kick off 60th anniversary European tour in Madrid

The Rolling Stones rocked Madrid on Wednesday with excitement and a bit of nostalgia for their late drummer Charlie Watts, as they embarked on a European tour marking their 60th anniversary as a band. Some 53,000 fans at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium roared with delight as they welcomed original band members Mick Jagger, 78, and guitarists Keith Richards, 78, and Ronnie Wood, who turned 75 on Wednesday, to the stage.

(With agency contributions.)

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