The 2nd District Court of Appeals in Los Angeles indicated that it would ultimately restore the lawsuits filed by two men who accused Michael Jackson of ual abuse in Leaving Neverland.
In a tentative ruling, the court said that the lawsuits filed by James Safechuck and Wade Robson against two corporations Jackson owned should return to the trial court that dismissed them in 2017. This is because of a new California law that the ability for victims of child ual abuse to file such suits.
The dismissal came well before the two men achieved notoriety for their appearance in the Emmy-winning documentary that was produced by HBO. Both were in the courtroom during the court hearing.
Unsurprisingly, Vince Finaldi, who is a lawyer representing both men, was pleased with the proceedings. He said “All they’ve ever wanted is their day in court.”
The two men originally filed the suits in 2013. But because the law at the time specified that child abuse victims could only file lawsuits up until they were 26 led to the dismissal of the suits. Robson is currently 37 and Safechuck is 41.
The new law allows victims to file lawsuits up until the age of 40, and it also grants victims of all ages the ability to file new suits within a three-year period beginning January 1, 2020.
The court’s tentative decision does not revive the entire lawsuit against Michael Jackson.
In 2015, a court dismissed the part of the lawsuit that named the Michael Jackson Estate as a defendant, and that decision will stand. The only remaining defendants from the original suits are MJJ Productions, Inc. and MJJ Ventures, Inc.
Attorneys for Jackson still believe that they will prevail. Howard L. Weitzman, who is one of these attorneys, said, “The appellate court’s tentative ruling is not on the merits of Robson and Safechuck’s allegations and the court in no way said that these cases will go to trial. We are confident that the claims against Michael Jackson’s corporate entities will, once again, be dismissed as has happened before.”
Kyrie Irving has been fitting in quite nicely with the Brooklyn Nets so far and fans have been endearing themselves to the man who calls New Jersey his home. So far, the Nets have been struggling a little bit as they try to build chemistry. Not to mention, the team is currently without Kevin Durant who will be joining the roster next season. Either way, Irving’s presence has already made quite an impact and that impact is now making its way f the court.
This past weekend, the Nets were in Chicago to play against the Bulls and despite being injured, Kyrie made the road trip. In the clip below provided by TMZ, Irving can be seen interacting with a group kids and handing out $100 bills. They seemed pretty excited to meet the NBA star and he was putting some big smiles on their faces.
The Nets are currently ninth in the Eastern Conference with a record 5-7. It’s going to be a bit a struggle to get themselves back into a playf spot but it’s still early enough in the season to go on a win streak and finish with a winning record. They are currently one game back the Orlando Magic who are in eighth place.
Hopefully, they can get Kyrie back soon and do some serious damage in the East.
During week 4 the regular season, Oakland Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict was suspended for the rest the season after a brutal hit on Colts tight end Jack Doyle. The lengthy suspension was nothing new for Burfict who has had a reputation being a dirty player. Burfict spoke with the Athletic this week to comment on Myles Garrett’s suspension.
“The NFL had to suspend somebody for that last night, since that wasn’t a football act,” Burfict told The Athletic. “My suspension was a football act. I was hitting somebody. I wasn’t taking a helmet f and swinging it at somebody.”
“I don’t want them to see that,” Burfict said. “Because that’s not what I do. That’s not part football. I hit people on the field during the game. And they say that’s dirty, yeah, whatever. I get hit, too, during the games, so don’t complain. It’s football, bro.”
Burfict also had some strong words for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell: “I met Roger Goodell in New York, and he was a total bitch,” Burfict said. “He was a bitch. He didn’t let anybody speak. He rushed us in and out the meeting. The meeting was bullshit. He already had the suspension in his hand.”
Odell Beckham Jr. thinks the NFL is discriminating against him, making him the latest NFL player to throw shade at the NFL’s drug testing policy. After NFL Thursday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, OBJ claimed that he’s being targeted by the NFL through random drug tests. He claims that the NFL makes him submit to two drug tests a week. “The NFL] made me come in Monday when we had an f day. Had a drug test,” Beckham told Cleveland.com. “Made me come in Thursday after the game. Had another drug test. Every week, twice a week.” The frequency seems a bit excessive. “Nobody is getting tested like me. I know people who didn’t get tested for five months in the fseason and I’m getting tested every time,” he continued.
Beckham has also called out the NFL for scrutinizing his attire on the field. During a game against the Denver Broncos this season, the NFL instructed Beckham to change his cleats at halftime or sit out the rest the game. The NFL rule book states that, “a player may wear shoes that are black, white or any constitutional team color, or any combination black, white and a constitutional team color.” Do you think the league is coming down too hard on OBJ?
An episode of The Simpsons that featured Michael Jackson has gone missing from Disney.
The episode in question came in 1991 — during the premiere of season 3 of the long-running animation series — which was a couple of years before child abuse allegations were first aired against Jackson. It was entitled “Stark Raving Mad,” and in it Jackson voiced the character of Leon Kompowsky, who was a mental institution patient who believed that he was Michael Jackson.
Even when the show originally aired it was not without legal problems. Because of contractual issues relating to the singer, he was never credited for his appearance in the show.
Disney is reportedly streaming all episodes from the first 30 seasons of The Simpsons apart from this one.
While Disney has so far not explained the absence of the episode from its nascent streaming service, many are understandably believing that it is part of the continuing fallout from the release of HBO’s controversial documentary Leaving Neverland, which detailed accusations from two men who claim that Jackson abused them when they were children.
It is quite possible that the removal of the episode had nothing directly to do with Disney, as the episode has also been removed from general circulation as well. This includes not only syndication and streaming services but also Blu-ray DVD box sets.
James L. Brooks, who is the executive producer of The Simpsons, told the Wall Street Journal that it was “the only choice to make” in response to Leaving Neverland. He went on to say, “The guys I work with – where we spend our lives arguing over jokes – were of one mind on this. This was a treasured episode. There are a lot of great memories we have wrapped up in that one, and this certainly doesn’t allow them to remain . . . I’m against book-burning of any kind. But this is our book, and we’re allowed to take out a chapter.”
It’s well established at this point that football is a violent sport but sometimes, certain actions go well beyond the scope a football field. On Thursday night, Myles Garrett the Cleveland Browns got into a huge altercation with Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph. The whole situation took the NFL world by storm and immediately created a firestorm on Twitter. As you can see from the clip below, Garrett tackles Rudolph which results in a bit a melee. That’s when Garrett rips Rudolph’s helmet f and attacks him with it. The Steelers fensive line takes Garrett to the ground and promptly gives him the business.
Once this play made its way to Twitter, fans, pundits, and players were up in arms over what had just happened. Some people are calling for Garrett to be suspended for the rest the season while others want him to get arrested for assault. Clearly, the latter is not going to happen but it’s interesting to see the wide array reactions to what just happened. Even Garrett’s own teammate, Baker Mayfield, was upset with what happened and had some interesting words about the whole thing.
Check out some the most prominent reactions below.
This season has been an exercise in futility for the Golden State Warriors as it seems as though their whole team is injured and their world is crumbling before their very eyes. It’s been a horrible stretch to start the season and last night, the Warriors lost yet another game, this time at the hands the Utah Jazz. When you’re always losing, it is very easy to get frustrated and that’s what happened last night as Draymond Green was ejected.
It all started when he made contact with Jazz point guard Mike Conley. The ref called a foul on Green and it was safe to say he was upset about it. Green ended up walking over to the referee where he gave him a piece his mind. This led to the first-ever ejection in Chase Center history.
For context, the Warriors recently moved to the Chase Center in San Francisco after decades playing at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. So far, the Chase Center hasn’t brought many good memories for Warriors fans and this first ejection is just one many disappointments to come this season.
Hopefully, for the upper-middle-class Silicon Valley Warriors fans that grace the Chase Center every night, they will begin to improve sooner than later.
Antonio Brown has been chilling this season as he is currently without a team due to his incessant antics away from the field. The New England Patriots were the last team to give him a chance but promptly released his after a few f the field issues. Now, AB is spending the vast majority his time on social media where he has gotten himself in trouble at times with his words.
The only thing we haven’t seen Brown do is use his platform to try and court women. Well, that all changed today when at exactly 11:11 AM on November 11th, Brown sent some feelers out to none other than JT from City Girls.
“Thinking about dating a city girl y’all tell JT get @ me ! AB got the meal plan baby I know you just jumped baby 11:11,” Brown said. No, your eyes are not deceiving you. Brown really tried to use meal prep as a way to pick up a woman. Now, when you’re a pressional athlete, you would expect a certain level game that goes above and beyond the four food groups.
Either way, it will be interesting to see if Brown and JT cross paths at some point. Who knows, maybe JT has been looking for exactly what AB can cook up.
Fans of Madonna in Florida are suing the singer and Live Nation in a class-action lawsuit over late concert starting times.
Nate Hollander is the person behind the suit. He says that, in August, he bought tickets to Madonna’s Miami Beach concert on December 17. Originally, it was set to begin at 8:30 p.m., but it has since been changed to 10:30 p.m., which Hollander claims is outrageous for a Tuesday night show in which people have to work the following day.
He further claims that the singer has been habitually late for performances during her current tour, which he says often start hours after their scheduled time.
Because of this, Hollander believes that his tickets have become devalued to the extent that their resale value is less than the $1,025 he paid for 3 tickets, and he insists that Live Nation is refusing to give him a refund. So, he is hoping to get others to join what he hopes will become a class-action suit for breach of contract, which will seek a yet unspecified amount of damages from the singer.
So far, representatives of Madonna have yet to comment on the suit, but the “Material Girl” herself has seemed to make reference to it in a recent appearance in Las Vegas.
During a concert on November 9, Madonna said, “Here’s something you all need to understand… and that is, that the queen is never late.”
Unsurprisingly, this comment did not go over well with some of her fans on Twitter. Some were mad about the change in times for future shows while others complained about her tardiness at past shows. Many were also complaining about the quality of her latest performances.
The late start date in Miami will also affect younger fans of Madonna. In Miami-Dade County, there is an 11:00 p.m. curfew for those 18 years of age and younger, who will now no longer be able to see the show.
Madonna is infamous for showing up at her concerts late. She has made fans wait over 2 hours in the past, and this isn’t a rare occurrence. Now, according to BuzzFeed News, she is being sued. Last week, Madonna changed the start time an upcoming Miami concert from 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM. A fan, Nate Hollander, filed a class-action lawsuit in Miami-Dade county claiming that he bought three tickets for a total $1,024.95 to see her perform in Miami on December 17 as part the Madame X Tour. Live Nation changed the start time the show months after the expensive purchase, and it’s now too late for Hollander to get there. The lawsuit also uses Madonna’s reputation for being late to prove the case. The first show the Madame X Tour began two and a half hours past schedule, which Nate claims caused Live Nation to reschedule start dates for other shows in an effort to work around the tardiness.
Hollander also stated that he tried to get a refund from Live Nation but couldn’t, and the resale the tickets has lost value due to the changed set time. This weekend, Madonna boldly addressed a crowd in Las Vegas, stating “A queen is never late.” This was after showing up very late for that concert as well.
According to The New York Times, a sixth woman has come forward to accuse Roman Polanski rape. A French photographer claims the director “violently” raped her in 1975 at his ski chalet in Switzerland. The photographer was only 18 at the time.
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The accuser says she was moved to break her silence after seeing a recent interview with Polanski where he claims to be the victim in his cases ual abuse and rape. Polanski alludes to his new film about a Jewish military ficer who is wrongly convicted treason as a metaphor for his situation.
A lawyer for Polanski defended his client on Saturday saying, “For 45 years, these accusations have never been reported to judicial authorities. I strongly deplore their publication a few days before the release his film.”
In an interview with the magazine Le Parisien, the accuser says she declined Polanski’s advances, but when called upstairs, away from her friends, she did so because “Life had not yet trained me to be suspicious.” Polanski waited for her naked and attacked her when she entered the room.
“I was totally shocked,” she told Le Parisien. “I weighed 50 kilos. Polanski was small but muscular and at 42 was in the prime his life. He got the upper hand in two minutes.”
It’s been a dull weekend at the box fice. After opening weekend, Mike Flanagan’s sequel to Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation Stephen King’s The Shining, Doctor Sleep is not fairing well. Doctor Sleep opened to a measly $14.1 million, nowhere near it’s $50 million budget. It also failed to compare to any the other recent Stephen King adaptations such as the It series. Critically, the film’s done alright for itself, currently sitting at 73% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Roland Emmerich’s Midway was able to upset Doctor Sleep and land at the top spot in the earnings rankings. Midway did not fair very well either however, it cost approximately $100 million to produce and brought in $17.5 million. The film revolved around the Battle Midway during World War II in June 1942, a smart release for Veterans Day weekend.
Elsewhere, Playing with Fire starring John Cena and Keegan Michael-Key ranked third at the box fice, pulling in $12.8 million, but flopped critically with a 24% on Rotten Tomatoes. Terminator: Dark Fate continues to struggles, falling 65% this weekend to $10.1 million making its total $47 million. Lastly, Joker continues to hang in there, pulling in $9.2 million over a month after it’s release.
Lamar Jackson had numerous doubters when he entered the league last season. Many pundits thought he couldn’t make it as a quarterback and would be better served by changing positions and becoming a running back or wide receiver instead. Despite these comments, Jackson persevered and has quickly become one the best starting quarterbacks in the entire NFL. On Sunday night, Jackson further cemented himself by defeating Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
The Ravens won’t be playing any more games against the Pats this season but Jackson is already looking ahead to a potential postseason matchup. In a recent report, Jackson explained what it was like playing against Brady while also alluding to a pretty bold prediction.
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“I know we’re going to see him again, so we’ve just got to prepare,” Jackson said per NFL.com’s Jeremy Bergman. “Like I said, I didn’t care who I was playing against, you know? Tom Brady, the G.O.A.T. all G.O.A.T.s, six Super Bowls, 20 years doing it, the guy’s still playing like he’s a second-year player, a third-year player like he’s a young guy in the league and still you can’t take nothing from him. It was crazy.”
If you’re a Ravens fan, you’ve got to love Jackson’s confidence here. The team has a lot work to do but if he continues this MVP pace, they will certainly be a Super Bowl contender.
Portland Trail Blazers’ All-NBA point guard Damian Lillard is a proud Oakland-native, so you can understand that he was a little upset when the Golden State Warriors ficially moved from Oracle Arena to the new Chase Center in San Francisco.
Prior to Monday night’s game against the Warriors in SF, Lillard opened up about his thoughts on the move, telling reporters point blank, “I don’t like it.”
Lillard, who grew up in the shadows Oracle Arena and wears the No. 0 to represent an “O” for Oakland, told reporters:
“There’s a sense pride in Oakland about everything that represents us and it’s like the Warriors go over the bridge,” Lillard told reporters before Monday’s game. “Raiders going to Vegas, it’s almost like the money grab, the money moves is pushing the real love and what’s really behind this organization to the side, which is understandable and also not understandable because I’m from Oakland.”
“I don’t like it. If that’s what y’all want to know. I don’t like it.”
“Where’s the pride?” asked Lillard. “It just rubbed me wrong. I’ve watched games here and the crowd is just not the same. People leaving games early.”
Dame finished with a game-high 39 points on 15–26 shooting at the Chase Center on Monday night, but it wasn’t enough to catapult the Blazers to victory over Eric Paschall and the injury-riddled Warriors.
Lillard and co. will now travel south to Los Angeles as they prepare for a matchup against Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers on Thursday night. That game, airing on TNT, is scheduled to tipf at 10:30pm ET.
The Cleveland Browns fell to 2-6 on the season following Sunday’s 24-19 loss to the Denver Broncos, and quarterback Baker Mayfield could not have looked more defeated as he took the podium for his post-game press conference. Naturally, twitter was quick to sling jabs at Mayfield as he discussed the team’s fourth straight loss.
Check out some the reactions below.
Mayfield completed 27 42 passes for 273 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the loss. Through eight games this season, the second-year QB has completed 58.7% his passes for 1,963 yards with just seven touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Worth noting, Mayfield eclipsed 3,700 passing yards with 27 TDs and 14 interceptions in 14 appearances during his rookie campaign.
The Browns will return to the Dawg Pound for their Week 10 matchup against the 6-2 Buffalo Bills.