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Man accused of tackling comedian Dave Chappelle on stage is charged with assault
The man accused of tackling comedian Dave Chappelle onstage during a performance at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles was charged Wednesday with felony assault with a deadly weapon. The attack on Chappelle, 48, happened Tuesday night during a sold-out appearance by the Emmy-winning artist as part of an 11-day ‘Netflix is a Joke’ festival , featuring many big names in stand-up comedy.
Pastor sues Kanye West, saying ‘Donda’ track ripped off sermon
A Texas minister is suing Kanye West, claiming the rapper, producer and entrepreneur used a recording of one of his sermons without permission in the song “Come to Life.” Dallas County, Texas, Pastor David Paul Moten sued West, his record label Universal Music Group and its subsidiaries Def Jam Recordings and West-founded GOOD Music on Tuesday in federal court in Dallas. The copyright infringement lawsuit says at least two sections of “Come to Life” feature excerpts from Moten’s sermon.
Sobbing Amber Heard accuses Johnny Depp of sexual assault
Aquaman actress Amber Heard broke down in tears on the witness stand on Thursday as she said her ex-husband Johnny Depp sexually assaulted her with a bottle of alcohol and threatened to kill her shortly after their marriage. Testifying in a widely watched defamation lawsuit, Heard said she visited Depp in Australia about a month after they married in early 2015 while he was filming the fifth ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ movie.
‘Fortnite’ Returns to iOS and Android Devices via Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming
Xbox Cloud Gaming users will now be able to play “Fortnite” for free on devices powered by Google-owned Android and Apple’s iOS through a partnership between Microsoft Corp and Epic Games, the companies announced Thursday. The hit Battle-Royal video game has been out of reach for mobile users since Apple Inc and Google pulled it from their app stores in 2020 following a dispute over in-app payment guidelines.
In his Spanish debut, Brian May sings “Another World”
Decades after studying the skies above the Canary Islands for his doctorate. in astrophysics, Queen guitarist Brian May returned to film his Spanish singing debut “Otro Lugar”, a translated version of his old song “Another World”. The 74-year-old music star traveled to Tenerife, La Palma and El Hierro to record his new music video as part of a remastered version of his 1998 solo album also called ‘Another World’.
Actor Stone and Director Lanthimos Reunite for ‘Golden Age’ Silent Film
Four years after joining forces in a period drama, award-winning American actress Emma Stone and director Yorgos Lanthimos have reunited on a project reminiscent of the golden age of cinema: a silent short film shot in black and white. Filmed on the Greek island of Tinos in 2020, “Bleat” explores the cycle of life and death centering on a local couple, played by Stone and French actor Damien Bonnard.
Duran Duran, Eminem, Dolly Parton among 2022 Rock Hall inductees
Rapper Eminem, 1980s new wave band Duran Duran and country music legend Dolly Parton are among the artists to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year, organizers announced Wednesday. Other newcomers at a November ceremony in Los Angeles will be rocker Pat Benatar, pop group Eurythmics and singers Lionel Richie and Carly Simon.
A Minute With: Singer Brooke on Ireland’s Eurovision Representation
Singer Brooke Scullion will carry the flag of seven-time winner Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest, to be held this year in the Italian city of Turin. The 23-year-old, who plays Brooke, is participating with her own song “That’s Rich,” and is expected to make the second semi-final next Thursday to qualify for the May 14 final.
Netflix drops Meghan Markle’s ‘Pearl’ animated series
Streaming platform Netflix Inc said on Sunday it had decided to stop work on Meghan Markle’s ‘Pearl’ family series as it reviewed animated content. The abandonment of several projects, including Markle’s, was part of strategic decisions about the production of animated series, the company said in a statement, without giving further details on its decision.
Man accused of attacking comedian Dave Chappelle charged with four misdemeanors
A 23-year-old man accused of attacking comedian Dave Chappelle during a performance was charged on Thursday with four misdemeanor counts after the city attorney declined to pursue more serious charges. Isaiah Lee, who was subdued after he tackled Chappelle, 48, on the stage on Tuesday night, was charged by the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office with assault and battery, possession of a weapon with intent to assault and two other misdemeanor counts.
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