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Three women file defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby

Three women who claim Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them have filed a defamation lawsuit against the star, who they say has publicly branded them as liars.

The lawsuit details each woman’s encounter with Cosby. All three alleged encounters occurred at separate points in the ’70s, and all three involved Cosby offering the women unidentified pills (two of the women took these pills) before he sexually assaulted them.  READ FULL STORY

Dustin Diamond ordered to stand trial for allegedly stabbing man

In a hearing on Monday, a judge ordered Dustin Diamond to stand trial for an altercation that occurred on Dec. 25, 2014, which resulted in the stabbing of another man in a bar in Wisconsin.

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Bill Cosby's Canadian shows to go on as planned

Despite months of sexual abuse allegations, Bill Cosby still plans to complete three upcoming Canadian shows. According to The Associated Press, Cosby’s reps are saying that he has “every intent” to perform, as he is legally obligated to do so.

In a statement, Innovation Arts & Entertainment, which is putting on the shows, said it is obligated to proceed or face “crippling legal obstacles for violation.” And although protests are planned for the shows, the venues are prepared. The statement continued: “While it is disappointing for the need to worry about the theater being a place for planned protests, we are fully prepared to protect our audience.”

This development coincides with another bit of Cosby-related news: On Sunday night, NBC aired an episode of Celebrity Apprentice in which former Cosby Show star Keshia Knight Pulliam was fired after refusing to call her TV dad to ask for funding.

Cosby is set to perform in Ontario on Jan. 7, Jan. 8, and Jan. 9.

ESPN 'SportsCenter' anchor Stuart Scott dies at 49

Stuart Scott, an anchor on ESPN’s SportsCenter, has died after a years-long battle with cancer. He was 49.

Scott joined the network in 1993 when ESPN2 launched. He went on to become a main anchor for ESPN’s SportsCenter, where catchphrases like “Boo-ya!” became his signature — and where he became one of the most recognizable faces in sports journalism.  READ FULL STORY

Country singer Little Jimmy Dickens dies at 94

Country Music Hall of Famer Little Jimmy Dickens died Friday afternoon. He was 94 years old. READ FULL STORY

Report: 'Beverly Hillbillies' star Donna Douglas dies at 81

Donna Douglas, best known for playing Elly May Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies, died Friday morning, according to NBC 12. She was 81.

Douglas, who most recently made her way into the press for her 2011 lawsuit against Mattel Inc. claiming they used her likeness for a Barbie doll without authorization, was also known for starring alongside Elvis Presley in 1966’s Frankie and Johnny. She appeared on a number of television shows, from Mister Ed to 77 Sunset Strip.

Douglas’ cause of death has not yet been released.

'Gilmore Girls' star Edward Herrmann, 71, has died

Emmy-winning actor Edward Herrmann, who starred as Richard Gilmore on Gilmore Girls, has died, according to BuzzFeed. He was 71.

Herrmann’s acting career took off in the ’70s, when he performed in such movies as 1974’s The Great Gatsby and 1978’s The Betsy. While continuing to appear in films like 1987’s The Lost Boys, Hermann branched out into a successful television career that earned him an Emmy for his guest role in 1999’s The Practice. He was nominated for four other Emmys for his roles on Eleanor and Franklin and St. Elsewhere. Herrmann most recently appeared in The Good Wife in 2013 and Black Box in 2014.

Report: 'Extreme Makeover' creator Howard Schultz dies

Howard Schultz, founder and CEO of Lighthearted Entertainment, died on Monday. He was 61.

Schultz, whose company created shows such as Dating Naked and Extreme Makeover, died unexpectedly while on vacation with his family, according to Deadline.

After beginning his career at an ABC Chicago affiliate, in 1992 Schultz created Lighthearted Entertainment, which spawned Bedroom Buddies, The Smarter Sex, and Happy Hour, to name a few of its shows. As recently as a month ago, Schultz sold a new reality competition series, Twinning, to VH1. In the series, which will premiere this summer, 12 sets of twins will put their genetic connections to the test.

There’s no word yet on Schultz’s cause of death. Lighthearted Entertainment remains in the hands of co-owners Rob LaPlante and Jeff Spangler.

Voice of 'Babe' and 'Dexter' Christine Cavanaugh dead at 51

Voice actress Christine Cavanaugh, who brought to life notable animated characters in the ’90s and early 2000s, has passed away at the age of 51.

According to her obituary in the LA Times, Cavanaugh died on Dec. 22; her cause of death is unknown. Cavanaugh gained prominence in voice-acting work through her role as Goslyn Duck in the 1991 cartoon, Darkwing Duck. She went on to voice Chuckie from Rugrats, Dexter from Dexter’s Laboratory, and the titular Babe from the 1995 movie, Babe.

Cavanaugh’s obituary said she retired from voice acting in 2001 and noted that, “Accolades, notoriety, and recognition were not the reason for her interest in entertainment, it was for the love of entertainment, to make people smile.”

Paul Walker's dad files claim against estate of driver in fatal car crash

Actor Paul Walker’s father, Paul William Walker III, has filed a creditor’s claim of $1.8 million against the estate of Roger Rodas. Rodas was Walker’s friend who was driving the car that crashed, causing both of their deaths.  READ FULL STORY

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