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Ray J enters not guilty plea to charges of sexual battery

Ray J, whose full name is William Ray Norwood, has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of sexual battery, vandalism, battery on a police officer, and resisting a peace officer.

According to the Associated Press, Norwood entered the not guilty plea on Tuesday in regards to his arrest on May 30 after a woman claimed he groped her at the bar of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. According to the police, Norwood then resisted arrest, using his feet to shatter a patrol car window.

Norwood’s preliminary court hearing is scheduled for Aug. 28. His reps did not immediately respond for comment.

'Midnight Rider' producer enters not guilty plea in Sarah Jones case

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Midnight Rider executive producer Jay Sedrish has entered a plea of not guilty to the charges of criminal trespass and involuntary manslaughter in the case of Sarah Jones’ death. Jones, a 27-year-old camera assistant, was struck by a train and killed during filming of the Gregg Allman biopic in February.

Sedrish’s plea comes one month after Midnight Rider filmmakers Randall Miller and Jody Savin entered a plea of not guilty after turning themselves in to police. Sedrish also waived his right of personal presence at an arraignment in Wayne County, Ga. where the filming took place. Sedrish’s legal team cited his residence in California as reason not to appear at an arraignment.

'Saturday Night Live' announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

Don Pardo, the voice of Saturday Night Live, is dead. He was 96.

According to The New York Times, Pardo, the longtime announcer of SNL, died in Tucson on Monday. Although most would recognize his voice from Saturday Night Live, Pardo began his career in radio before becoming the announcer for both The Price Is Right and Jeopardy!. Pardo then moved to SNL in 1975, where he announced the show’s first episode in October. Since then, he’d stayed with the show for 38 seasons, having only missed season seven. His final introduction came in May, when he announced the finale, hosted by Andy Samberg.

Pardo is survived by his three daughters, Paula, Dona, and Katherine, and his two sons, David and Michael, in addition to five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Twentieth Century Fox sued over 'Simpsons' hologram used at Comic-Con

Hologram USA, along with Musion Das Hologram Limited and Uwe Maass, are suing Twentieth Century Fox and Gracie Films for willful infringement in regards to a Homer Simpson hologram that was used at Comic-Con in July.

According to the lawsuit filed Thursday, “Defendants do not possess a valid license to practice that technology. Such a license may only be provided by Plaintiffs. In spite of their knowledge of Plaintiffs’ rights, the Performance was made anyway.”

The activity in question is the Simpsons Comic-Con panel, during which a hologram of Homer came out onto the stage for a discussion with the show’s creator, Matt Groening, among others. You can watch it below.

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'Peyton Place' star Ed Nelson dies at 85

Ed Nelson, who made his name as a star in ’60s soap opera Peyton Place, died on Saturday. He was 85.

Nelson co-starred with Mia Farrow and Dorothy Malone in Peyton Place, which premiered in 1964 and ran until 1969. He later starred in TV movie spinoffs of the series, Murder in Peyton Place and Peyton Place: The Next Generation.

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Robin Williams' death was suicide by hanging, Marin County coroner says

At a press conference held Tuesday morning in Marin County, the assistant deputy chief coroner Keith Boyd said that initial findings suggest Robin Williams death was a suicide by hanging.

He was found in his bedroom with a belt around his neck and acute slash marks on his left wrist.

According to Boyd, Williams was last seen alive Sunday evening at 10:30 when his wife, Susan Schneider, retired for the night. She then left the house Monday morning at 10:30 a.m., assuming that Williams was still sleeping. Williams’ personal assistant became concerned later that morning when he didn’t respond to knocks on the bedroom door. The aide gained entry to the room and found the body and immediately called 911. READ FULL STORY

Drake pitches Kevin Durant, Raptors fined 25k

The Toronto Raptors have been fined $25,000 for comments that Drake, rapper and team ambassador, made about Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant at a recent concert in Toronto. The NBA sees the comments as a violation of its anti-tampering rules, ESPN reports.

ESPN’s sources explained that Drake, who was named the Raptors’ global ambassador in September 2013, performed what the league considers a public recruiting pitch: “Before we leave, I just want to show one of my brothers something,” Drake said, addressing the crowd. “You know, my brother Kevin Durant was kind enough to come to the show tonight and watch us. I just want him to see what would happen if he came to play in Toronto. Let him know what would happen.” Following Drake’s comments, Durant was met with an ovation, and the crowd reportedly broke out in a “KD” chant.

The Washington Wizards, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, and Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly planning to court Durant, who will become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2016.

'Game of Thrones' actor J.J. Murphy dies at 86 (Updated)

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Veteran Northern Ireland actor J.J. Murphy, who was most recently cast on the HBO series Game of Thrones, has died. He was 86.

The Belfast Telegraph reports that Murphy, who died just four days after filming his first scenes on the show, was playing Ser Denys Mallister, the oldest member of the Night’s Watch. His other credits included a role as a village elder on Dracula Untold.

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David Duchovny and Tea Leoni are getting divorced

After 17 years of marriage, David Duchovny and Téa Leoni are getting a divorce.

People reports that the couple have been separated for months. A TMZ report early Saturday morning says divorce papers were quietly filed in June. The actors had two children together, Kyd Miller, 12, and Madelaine West, 15. Both parents will share joint legal custody, with Leoni being responsible for primary physical custody and Duchovny paying $8,000 in monthly child support along with $40,000 a month in spousal support and all other expenses related to the children.

The couple had briefly separated twice before, once in 2008 and again in 2011.

 

Martha Stewart's sister Laura Plimpton dies from brain aneurysm

Laura Plimpton, Martha Stewart’s sister, died from a brain aneurysm on Wednesday. She was 59.

Stewart posted a note on her website Wednesday addressing her sister’s death, writing that Plimpton worked for her and her company “for more than 25 years.” According to Stewart’s post, Plimpton woke up Monday morning and was rushed to the hospital later that day after suddenly feeling sick. She was diagnosed with a massive brain aneurysm at the hospital and was put on life support until Wednesday.

“Laura deserves the very best,” Stewart wrote about her sister, who had three children. “She was an extraordinary mother, wife, and sister.”

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