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Jay Leno comments on Bill Cosby allegations, congratulates Larry Wilmore

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Jay Leno spoke enthusiastically about the state of the comedy industry during a Q&A session on Wednesday at the National Association of Television Program Executives conference. But the conversation took on a serious tone when Leno voiced his opinions regarding the Bill Cosby controversy.

When the topic arose, Leno told moderator Tom Papa, “I don’t know why it’s so hard to believe women. You to go Saudi Arabia and you need two women to testify against a man. Here you need 25.” READ FULL STORY

Martial artist Darren Shahlavi of 'Arrow' and 'Mortal Kombat: Legacy' dies at 42

Darren Shahlavi, an actor and martial artist who had roles on Arrow and in the web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy, died at the age of 42 on Jan. 14, according to Los Angeles County coroner assistant chief Ed Winter. According to Winter, the cause of death has been deferred pending toxicology and additional tests. TMZ has reported that he died of an overdose.

Arrow star Stephen Amell tweeted about Shahlavi’s death:

According to Variety, Shahlavi moved to Hong Kong in the 1990s where he worked as a stuntman. His other credits include I SpyWatchmen, the TV movie Aladdin and the Death Lamp, and Ip Man 2.

Malcolm-Jamal Warner on his 'mentor' Bill Cosby: It's painful to watch him go through this

Following on the heels of The Cosby Show stars Keshia Knight Pulliam and Phylicia Rashad coming to Bill Cosby’s defense—Pulliam claimed there are two sides to every story, and Rashad showed concern for his legacy—fellow Cosby Show alum Malcolm-Jamal Warner has also spoken out regarding the sexual abuse allegations filed against his former TV dad.

Warner told Billboard: “He’s one of my mentors, and he’s been very influential and played a big role in my life as a friend and mentor. Just as it’s painful to hear any woman talk about sexual assault, whether true or not, it’s just as painful to watch my friend and mentor go through this.”

Warner then added: “I can’t really speak on any of the allegations because obviously, I was not there. The Bill Cosby I know has been great to me and great for a lot of people. What he’s done for comedy and television has been legendary and history-making. What he’s done for the black community and education has been invaluable. That’s the Bill Cosby I know. I can’t speak on the other stuff.”

President Obama's State of the Union addresses Sony hack - and Instagram

When President Barack Obama addressed the nation during his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, he made a timely remark about cyber attacks in the wake of the Sony hack. READ FULL STORY

A$AP Mob founder A$AP Yams dies at 26

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A$AP Mob founder A$AP Yams has died at age 26. The cause of death is currently unknown.

Yams ran a popular hip hop blog before founding A$AP Mob, a collective that now includes rappers like A$AP Ferg and A$AP Rocky.  “Yams is the hip-hop encyclopedia,” Rocky told New York Times for a 2013 profile on Yams. “He’s no joke. That’s one person I can’t front on when it comes to music.”

A$AP Mob members have been posting tributes to Yams online since news of his death broke, including one from Ferg that addresses Yams directly: “You were the brilliant mind, you put us on Game, you changed our lives,” he said in a Tumblr post. “You changed my life, you changed the world.” READ FULL STORY

Bravo star Greg Plitt dies at 37 (Updated)

UPDATE: Greg Plitt’s death was officially ruled an accident due to blunt force trauma, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner confirmed to EW.

ORIGINAL STORY (Jan. 18, 2015): Greg Plitt, a fitness model who starred on Bravo’s Work Out, was killed by a train in Burbank, Calif., Saturday afternoon in what Burbank Police Department’s Sgt. Scott Meadows says “appears to be an accident.” He was 37.

Plitt appeared on soap opera Days of Our Lives from 2007 until 2008, when he switched over to reality TV to begin his run on fitness-focused Bravo series Work Out. Bravo’s Andy Cohen tweeted Sunday morning, “We couldn’t take our eyes off Greg Plitt after we cast him on ‘Work Out’-was as nice as he was beautiful.” READ FULL STORY

Chris Brown's probation revoked in Rihanna assault case

Singer Chris Brown’s probation was revoked on Thursday, after Brown traveled to San Jose for a concert without approval and failed to complete his required community service on time. READ FULL STORY

New accusations against Bill Cosby could lead to prosecution

Although multiple women have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault in recent months, he hasn’t been prosecuted. That could change, because a new accuser, Chloe Goins, came forward Thursday morning to claim Cosby sexually assaulted her in 2008. According to a statement from Goins’ lawyer, Spencer Kuvin, she “is potentially the first victim of Mr. Cosby who is within California’s legal statute of limitations to bring forward criminal charges.”

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The Weeknd arrested in Las Vegas for allegedly punching a cop

R&B singer The Weeknd was arrested in Las Vegas early Saturday morning for punching a police officer. READ FULL STORY

'Charlie Hebdo' releases first cover post-attack

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“Je Suis Charlie” became a viral refrain of support on social media after three gunmen attacked French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo last week, killing 12 staffers. Now, that simple phrase appears on the cover of Charlie Hebdo‘s latest issue—its first since the attacks.

The cover features a cartoon of Prophet Muhammad wearing a frown and holding a sign that says “je suis Charlie.” “Tout est pardonné” (all is forgiven) is scrawled across the top in black ink. READ FULL STORY

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