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Unsealed court filings link big names to Jeffrey Epstein scandal

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Chris Ryan/iStock(NEW YORK) — A federal appellate court in New York unsealed about 2,000 pages of documents in a now-settled civil defamation case involving a long-time associate of Jeffrey Epstein.

Virginia Roberts Giuffre has alleged that British socialite Chislaine Maxwell recruited her in 2000 and brought her to Epstein’s home for a massage. Giuffre was working at Mar-A-Lago at the time. She says she was directed by Epstein and Maxwell to have sex with Epstein’s friends and associates.

Some of those identified by Giuffre include Prince Andrew, Alan Dershowitz, former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, and former Maine Senator George Mitchell.

Maxwell’s attorneys contend in the newly unsealed filings that Giuffre “utterly failed” to substantiate her allegations that Maxwell facilitated her abuse.

Mitchell and Richardson issued statements denying Giuffre’s accusations today. Prince Andrew denied his involvement in 2015.

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Nevada man arrested after making threats against synagogue, LGBTQ bar

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Vladstudioraw/iStock(LAS VEGAS) — A Nevada man accused of plotting an attack on a Las Vegas synagogue was charged in federal court with possession of illegal firearms and destructive devices on Friday.

U.S. Attorney for the District of Nevada Nicholas Trutanich said in a news release that “threats of violence motivated by hate and intended to intimidate or coerce our faith-based and LGBTQ communities have no place in this Country.”

Conor Climo, 23, allegedly conducted encrypted online conversations with individuals who identified with a white supremacist extremist organization throughout 2019. In those conversations, Climo is accused of using derogatory racial, anti-Semitic, and homosexual slurs.

Climo also discussed attacking a synagogue, making Molotov Cocktails and improvised explosive devices, and conducting surveillance on a bar he believed catered to the LGBTQ community.

According to a criminal complaint, law enforcement seized a notebook with hand-drawn schematics for an attack, and drawings of explosive devices in the August 8 execution of a search warrant.

Climo also claimed to have tried to recruit a homeless person for pre-attack surveillance of multiple targets.

He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

“As this complaint illustrates,” Special Agent in Charge Aaron C. Rouse of the FBI Las Vegas Division said, “the FBI will always be proactive to combat threats that cross a line from free speech to potential violence.”

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What Would Dolly Do? Sing with Kristin Chenoweth, of course

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Concord RecordsBroadway star and actress Kristin Chenoweth’s going a little bit country on her next album, For the Girls.

Both Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton join the Oklahoma native for duets on the record, which pays tribute to some of music’s most legendary female voices.

Reba teams up with Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson to help Kristin with her take on Peggy Lee’s “I’m a Woman.” Kristin sings Dolly’s most famous song, “I Will Always Love You,” with her idol.

Through the years, Kristin’s made no secret of her love for the superstar from East Tennessee, even writing and recording the song “What Would Dolly Do” for her 2011 country album, Some Lessons Learned. At times, Dolly’s even mentioned the possibility of Kristin playing her onstage or onscreen.

The full For the Girls album arrives September 27, but you can stream or download Kristin and Dolly’s duet now.

The record also includes covers of Patsy Cline’s “Crazy,” Linda Ronstadt’s “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore,” and “Desperado,” which was recorded by both Ronstadt and the Eagles.

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Leslie Jones announces Netflix comedy special to air in 2020

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Netlfix(LOS ANGELES) — Leslie Jones announced Thursday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live that she’s starring in her first Netflix special to air next year, and Netflix made it official on Friday.

“Y’all finally get to see like what I really do,” Jones said on Kimmel. “I am actually a standup comic. I mean, it’s great to be the actress and the sketch[es] and all that stuff but I am actually a standup. Hard core. That’s what pays the bills.” 

The Saturday Night Live star, who’s been doing standup comedy since she was 16 years old, will tape her special September 10 at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Jones’ career is on fire now: She just joined the cast of Coming 2 America, starring Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, and Wesley Snipes. The three-time Emmy winner can next be heard as the voice of Zeta, the villain, in Angry Birds 2. 

Jones admitted to Jimmy Kimmel that her addiction to the Angry Birds mobile game became so expensive, her family had to take it off her phone.

“You keep playing and then you get that iTunes bill and its $767, and then you really become angry,” she said. “My sister was like, ‘No. I’m taking it off your phone. Off your iPad. You are restricted.'”

Angry Birds 2 opens August 16.  It also features the voices of Tiffany Haddish and Sterling K. Brown.

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"Kings of Neon" Brooks & Dunn return to the throne in 2019

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Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumWith Brooks & Dunn’s new Kings of Neon exhibit now open at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, the clock is ticking toward their induction into the Hall this fall.

Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn will officially join the ranks of country’s biggest legends during an induction ceremony in the Hall’s CMA Theater in October. Their exhibit will run through July 19 of next year.

Kix and Ronnie have also released three new live tracks from their REBOOT record, which were recorded during their CMT Crossroads outing in June. You can stream or download “Brand New Man” with Luke Combs“Red Dirt Road” with Cody Johnson, and “Mama Don’t Get Dressed Up for Nothing” with LANCO now.

You’ll find the studio versions on REBOOT, which re-imagines B&D’s biggest hits with the help of some of today’s hottest acts.  

The duo’s also been headlining fairs and festivals this summer, with stops in Allentown, Pennsylvania and Mashantucket, Connecticut still to come later this month. In December, they return to Sin City to continue their Together in Vegas residency with Reba McEntire.

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