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Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash cleared of sex abuse charges

Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who voiced Sesame Street‘s Elmo for 28 years, has been cleared of three sexual abuse charges. An appeals court has dismissed the lawsuits.

In 2012, Clash was accused of abusing multiple men when they were minors, more than 10 years earlier. Clash, 53, resigned from Sesame Street amid the allegations filed against him in several lawsuits. He denied any wrongdoing.

Now the U.S. Court of Appeals has thrown out three cases against Clash, agreeing with a New York judge’s 2013 decision that the claims were made too late. READ FULL STORY

Actress Lake Bell is pregnant

Lake Bell and husband Scott Campbell are expecting their first child together, People reports.

Bell and Campbell wed last June. The actress’s latest film is Million Dollar Arm, which comes out May 16.

Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde welcome baby boy

Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde are parents! The couple welcomed a baby boy named Otis Alexander, according to People. The actress announced the good news via Twitter Wednesday evening,  READ FULL STORY

Chris Brown: Los Angeles judge refuses to release singer

A judge in Los Angeles has denied a request to release R&B singer Chris Brown from custody while he awaits trial on an assault charge in Washington, D.C.

Superior Court Judge Victor Greenberg denied a request Wednesday by Brown’s lawyer to release the Grammy-winner from custody either on bail or his own recognizance. The singer has been jailed since mid-March on a no-bail warrant after he was expelled from a court-ordered rehab program. READ FULL STORY

Actress Angie Everhart is engaged

Actress Angie Everhart and Carl Ferro got engaged April 23.

Everhart, known for her work as a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, tweeted the news, revealing that Ferro proposed to her “in the exact spot” where the two shared their first kiss.

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Cuba Gooding Jr. and wife split after 20 years of marriage

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. and his wife, Sara Kapfer, have called it quits after 20 years of marriage. Though reps for the actor have yet to comment, People has learned that Kapfer filed for legal separation from the actor in L.A. Superior Court on Monday, citing irreconcilable differences.

Gooding and Kapfer, who met and began dating in high school, have three children together; Kapfer is currently seeking joint legal and physical custody of their two minor children as well as spousal support.

Jodie Foster marries girlfriend Alexandra Hedison

Actress Jodie Foster has tied the knot! People has confirmed that Foster and photographer Alexandra Hedison married over the weekend after almost a year of dating. READ FULL STORY

Teri Polo files for bankruptcy

Teri Polo, best-known for her role in Meet the Parents and currently starring in ABC Family’s The Fosters, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to People. The filing indicates the actress is nearly $1 million in debt.

According to the petition filed April 14, Polo owes roughly $772,000 in income tax and and about $37,000 in credit card debt, and says she has less than $50,000 in assets.

TMZ reported that Polo also owes $30,000 to a landlord for not cleaning up after her pets in a previous rental home, a claim she denies in her filing.

Chris Brown's D.C. trial delayed for months

Singer Chris Brown’s trial on an assault charge was put on hold for months Wednesday after prosecutors declined to grant immunity to his bodyguard, who would be a key witness in the case.

Brown’s trial had been set to start Wednesday, and Brown’s bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, had been expected testify and say that he, not Brown, hit a man outside a Washington hotel in October. Hollosy was tried separately and convicted Monday of assault, but he plans to appeal.

Hollosy’s lawyer has said that unless Hollosy is granted immunity, he will not testify until he is finished with the appeal. READ FULL STORY

Justin Bieber trial on DUI, other charges delayed until July

Justin Bieber’s trial on driving under the influence and other charges was delayed Wednesday until July after his lawyers asked for more time to examine evidence and discuss whether to accept a possible plea deal.

Bieber attorney Roy Black initially asked for a 60-day delay from the previous May 5 trial date, but Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield extended the postponement even further to July 7. READ FULL STORY

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