Indictments Hit Manafort, Gates With Tax And Bank Fraud Charges

Special counsel Robert Mueller filed a new indictment on Thursday against former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort and former campaign aide Robert Gates, charging them with new tax and bank fraud crimes and hiking the amount of money they allegedly laundered to more than $30 million. The 32-count indictment was filed in federal court in the Eastern District of Virginia. Manafort and Gates are both accused of tax evasion and not reporting money in foreign accounts, and they are also accused of defrauding banks on paperwork for real-estate loans. While Manafort was originally indicted on charges he laundered $18 million through offshore bank accounts, the new indictment pushes that sum to $30 million. Gates remains accused of laundering $3 million. The charges against Manafort and Gates are related to money from their lobbying work for pro-Russian political figures in Ukraine.

Special counsel brings new charges against Manafort, Gates


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CNN Denies Florida School Shooting Survivor’s Claim They Provided Him With Scripted Question

According to one of the survivors of the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High, CNN nixed his proposed town hall questions and tried to get him to ask a scripted question instead. Colton Haab, a Junior ROTC student at the school who helped fellow classmates get to safety as the shooting began, says “CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted. I don’t think that it’s going get anything accomplished. It’s not gonna ask the true questions that all the parents and teachers and students have.” On Thursday morning, CNN denied providing a scripted question to Haab. The network stated it never scripts its town halls and that the teenager’s father instead pulled him from the production.  “We asked him to expand on his original question but the town hall wasn’t the place for a speech at which point his father declined for him to participate,” a source from CNN said. While CNN pushed back on Haab’s claim, they offered him the chance to appear on the network Thursday to discuss his views.

CNN Denies School Shooting Survivor’s Claim It Scripted Town Hall Question


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Actor Brendan Fraser Says HFPA Ex-President Sexually Assaulted Him

Brendan Fraser is coming forward with allegations of sexual assault by an ex-president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. In a new interview with GQ, Fraser alleges that the HFPA’s Philip Berk assaulted him at the Beverly Hills Hotel in the summer of 2003. Fraser, through his reps, asked the HFPA for an apology, which Berk says he wrote, but added “My apology admitted no wrongdoing, the usual ‘If I’ve done anything that upset Mr. Fraser, it was not intended and I apologize.’” Berk took a six-month leave of absence from the HFPA in April 2014, following backlash from his memoir, but is still a member. He denied the claim in an e-mail to GQ, saying “Mr. Fraser’s version is a total fabrication.” The HFPA did not respond to Variety’s request for comment. The actor said that the incident made him reclusive and he retreated from public life. He was rarely invited back to the Golden Globes, which the HFPA runs, and he feels as though he was blacklisted as a result. He also believes it’s partly why his career derailed, and said “The phone does stop ringing in your career, and you start asking yourself why. There’s many reasons, but was this one of them? I think it was.”   

Brendan Fraser Blames Career Woes in Part on 2003 Groping Accusation Against Former HFPA President


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USA vs. Sweden Set For Men’s Curling Gold-Medal Match At 2018 Winter Olympics

The USA will compete for a men’s curling gold medal for the first time on Saturday. They will take on Sweden in the curling final after both teams won their semi-finals on Thursday at the 2018 Winter Olympics. John Shuster’s team edged past Canada 5-3 in Pyeongchang, South Korea, while Sweden beat Switzerland 9-3.  As the top-ranked team in the world, Sweden will be considered favorites for the gold medal.  They beat the USA 10-4 in the round robin and will hope for a similar result on Saturday, but Shuster’s team should not be discounted after their victory.

U.S. men knock off Canada for first-ever chance at curling gold


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Tiffany Haddish Set To Host The 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards

MTV announced Thursday that comedian TIffany Haddish will host this summer’s 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards. Last year, MTV expanded the ceremony — formerly known as the MTV Movie Awards  — to recognize television and did away with gender-based category divisions.  Haddish, who had a breakout year in 2017, is making her mark on movies and TV.  The actress had a star turn in last year’s hit film “Girls Trip,” as well as previously appearing in the critically acclaimed NBC series “The Carmichael Show.” In addition to the hosting gig, Haddish will be starring opposite Tracy Morgan in the TBS sitcom “The Last OG” and alongside Kevin Hart in Universal’s “Night School.” The 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards airs at 9 p.m. Pacific on June 18. Categories and nominees are still TBD.

Tiffany Haddish Will Host the MTV Movie and TV Awards


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Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard Likely Done for The Rest of the Season

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich told reporters he’d be “surprised” if Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard returns to action this season after battling a quadriceps injury that has lingered all year long. “We only have X number of games left in the season, and he’s still not ready to go,” Popovich told reporters in San Antonio. Leonard has been medically cleared to return from the right quad tendinopathy injury, but since shutting it down after only nine games this year, he has elected against returning to the active roster. If Leonard does return, it will be because he has decided he can manage the pain of the injury. The injury to Kawhi’s hip has caused a ton of tension between the Spurs organization & the star forward, with possible implications spilling over into the 2019 free agency next Summer.

Gregg Popovich: ‘I’ll Be Surprised’ If Kawhi Leonard Returns This Season


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Bow Wow Returns With New Single Called ‘Yeaahh’

After some time away from making music, Bow Wow (a.k.a. Shad Moss) is back with his new single, “YEAAHH.” The rapper-actor references Gucci Mane, Magic City, and even the Bow Wow Challenge. This self-deprecating line is a jab at himself: last year, Bow Wow bragged about taking a private jet with a promo shot from a private jet company’s website. He was then spotted on a commercial flight and ridiculed for lying online. From then on, fake stunting was referred to as the “Bow Wow Challenge.”  “YEAAHH” is a single off Bow Wow’s upcoming Greenlight 6 project. The previous installment, Greenlight 5, dropped in 2013. Bow Wow, who can also be seen on WE TV’s “Growing Up Hip-Hop,” is slated to perform “YEAAHH” for the first time on MTV’s “TRL.”

Bow Wow Is All About His Paper in New Song, ‘Yeaahh’


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Janelle Monáe Debuts Two New Singles And Videos

After recently announcing her new album, Dirty Computer, Janelle Monáe unveiled two new songs “Make Me Feel” and “Django Jane,” out April 27th. Both tracks arrived with music videos. Alan Ferguson directed the “Make Me Feel” clip and Andrew Donoho, Chuck Lighting and Lacey Duke co-directed “Django Jane.”  Dirty Computer is available to pre-order and marks Monáe’s first solo LP since 2013’s The Electric Lady. Monáe is also prepping a narrative film to accompany Dirty Computer, though a release date and title have yet to be announced. 

Janelle Monae Drops Two New Songs and Videos, Reveals Release Date For Upcoming ‘Dirty Computer’ LP


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Tim McGraw Speaks Out On #NeverAgain Movement

One week after the deadly mass shooting in Florida, Tim McGraw was among the millions of Americans watching as students rallied at the Florida state capitol and Washington, D.C. demanding action on school safety and gun control. McGraw called Scott Beigel, one of the teachers who died in the Stoneman Douglas shooting, a “true hero,” and was deeply moved by the students’ demonstrations. He also revealed Beigel was a friend of one of his associates. In a Twitter post, McGraw said: “I learned one of the teachers at Stoneman Douglas, Scott Beigel, was a friend of one of my associates.  A true hero who lost his life protecting the children.  I’m deeply moved by these students who are lifting their voices, challenging us to listen, learn, and make real changes.”

Tim McGraw Says He’s ‘Deeply Moved’ by Florida Students Speaking Out After Shooting


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Sam Hunt To Headline Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s “Legends Day” Concert

Sam Hunt will headline the Firestone Legends Day Concert ahead of the 102nd Indianapolis 500 this May. Hunt will perform on May 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Ahead of the race, Canaan Smith and Filmore will open the concert, which starts at 3:30PM. Tickets are currently on sale via The 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will be held on Sunday, May 27. Hunt announced that he will be curating a festival in April with back-to-back nights of the inaugural Nashional Music Festival, a multi-genre event that will also feature Brothers Osborneand Lanco. That festival is set to take place at Nashville’s Bicentennial Capitol Mall on April 20-21. And In June, he’s headlining the 2018 Taste of Country Music Festival in New York.

Country star Sam Hunt to headline Legends Day Concert for this year’s Indy 500


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