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Teen cosplayer attacked near Comic-Con

UPDATE: The victim, a female minor, was found with “significant injuries” by the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina hotel pool on the 27th, the San Diego Unified Port District Harbor Police informed the press on Thursday. She had attended Comic-Con prior to the incident. The police investigation concluded that her injuries were not the result of a criminal assault, rather they were likely sustained in a fall “from the distance of approximately six feet.” The findings do not affect the charges against Kalior.

At 1:15 a.m. on July 27, the San Diego Unified Port District Harbor Police arrested 29-year-old Justin Kalior at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina hotel, EW has confirmed. According to a press release, the suspect was then “booked into San Diego County Jail at 11:20 a.m. on charges of sexual contact with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.”

The victim’s friends and family quickly took to social media after the event happened, revealing that the victim had been dressed in cosplay when the attack took place. It’s unclear if the victim had attended San Diego Comic-Con, though the Marriott Marquis is known for its connection to the convention.

According to the police statement, the victim was taken to the hospital while the investigation is ongoing.

'Grimm' star Bree Turner expecting second child

Actress Bree Turner is expecting her second child, reports People.

Turner, who plays Rosalee on the drama Grimm, is seven and a half months pregnant. She debuted her baby bump Saturday at Comic-Con.

“Thankfully the [Grimm] crew has been very flexible with my current situation,” the actress told NBC San Diego.

Turner, 35, and her husband, Justin Saliman, are already parents to 2-year-old daughter Stella Jean. The pair wed in 2008.

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'Twilight' fan dies at Comic-Con

UPDATE: A 53-year-old woman was killed Tuesday morning when she was hit by a car outside the San Diego Convention Center while lining up for the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 2 Comic-Con panel taking place Thursday, according to the  San Diego Union-Tribune. “Comic-Con fans said the woman, who was with a group, had been in line since Sunday for the Twilight panel. They said the convention center staff was about to switch the line, so the beginning became the end, and that the pedestrian was running to keeping her place in line,” the paper reports.

The Union-Tribune also noted that the driver was a 67-year-old San Diego man who, after the accident, stopped and was interviewed by officers.

Summit and parent company Lionsgate released the following statement regarding the incident: “Lionsgate, Summit and the entire Twilight community are saddened by the death of a Comic-Con fan today due to a traffic accident during the hours leading up to this year’s convention in San Diego. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the victim’s family and friends. She will be respectfully remembered this Thursday in Hall H.”

Comic-Con organizers also expressed their condolences. “While we have not received an official briefing from the San Diego Police Department, it is our understanding that an individual was fatally injured while crossing Harbor Drive in Downtown San Diego.  It is with tremendous sadness that we offer our heartfelt condolences. Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to all those involved in this tragic incident,” Comic-Con spokesperson David Glanzer, said in an e-mail.

On Twitter this afternoon, the phrases #FandomisFamily and #RIPTwiFanG were trending, as Twilight fans joined together to honor the woman who died. Her name has not publicly been released, but Tweets are referring to her as “Gisela.”

EW spoke to the San Diego police department, where spokesperson Lt. Andra Brown confirmed that they got a call that the accident took place at 9:22 a.m. PT Tuesday, and the victim was pronounced dead at the hospital at 9:51 a.m. PT. She said the driver of the vehicle was fully cooperative with the officers on the scene.

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Comic-Con will remain in San Diego 'for the foreseeable future'

Comic-Con International, the annual comic book and pop-culture convention that’s become one of Hollywood’s biggest showcase events of the year, announced today that it will remain in San Diego “for the foreseeable future.” Held in the city’s seaside convention center since it was built in 1991, Comic-Con sold out for the first time in 2007, and has reached a self-imposed attendance ceiling of 125,000 every year since. The convention’s current lease with the city was due to expire in 2012, and the inability to accommodate more people led convention organizers to field bids from larger convention centers in Los Angeles and Anaheim, Calif. This decision, however, keeps Comic-Con in San Diego through at least 2015.

The release did not specify what measures will be taken to allow more people to attend; Comic-Con marketing and PR head David Glanzer only stated that the organization is “happy that the [San Diego] community has worked with us to ensure that we remain [in the city].” The San Diego Convention Center Corporation has, however, scheduled a press conference for tomorrow.

Comic-Con: Suspect booked on assault charge for alleged Hall H attack

Police arrested a man July 24 inside San Diego Comic-Con’s 6,000-person Hall H after he allegedly assaulted another man and cut him on or near his eyelid with a pen  in a dispute over seating. Police said attendees subdued the attacker, who was arrested without further incident. The man was led out of the hall by police in handcuffs to boos from the crowd, according to an EW reporter on the scene. The victim was taken to the hospital, and the alleged attacker has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, according to a report.

The attack occurred at the rear of Hall H around 5 p.m.  PDT, between the panels for the movies Resident Evil: Afterlife and the sci-fi comedy Paul. The star-studded panel for Paul was delayed approximately 30 minutes while movie trailers were screened for the Hall H crowd. Later that evening, during the Hall H presentation for Universal’s Cowboys & Aliens, star Harrison Ford was led onto the stage in handcuffs by Comic-Con “guards.” The gag, which received a standing ovation from the audience, was only a coincidence — a studio rep told EW it was an orchestrated joke to play off how Ford, who’s never attended Comic-Con, had been “dragged” to the convention against his will. The joke had been in the works since Friday.

(Reporting by Jeff Jensen, Adam B. Vary, and John Young)

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