Friday, 9 June 2017

Cosby jurors hear why he apologized to his accuser’s mother

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Cosby jurors hear why he apologized to his accuser’s mother
 Jurors at Bill Cosby's sex assault trial heard for the first time Friday the comedian's excuse for why he apologized to his accuser's mom a year after he allegedly drugged and assaulted her daughter.

Cosby wasn't on the witness stand but prosecutors introduced more of the comedian's prior deposition testimony.

"I'm apologizing because I'm thinking this is a dirty old man with a young girl. I apologized. I said to the mother it was digital penetration," Cosby said in the decade-old sworn testimony that was part of a civil lawsuit he settled with the woman's daughter, Andrea Constand.

Sections of the deposition were unsealed two years ago in a different legal proceeding and became a driving force behind prosecutors' decision to charge Cosby with three counts of aggravated indecent assault on December 2015.

The felony case was filed just days before the 12-year statute of limitations deadline on the alleged January 2004 felony attack.

In his civil deposition testimony and interview with police, Cosby claimed his contact with Constand was consensual.

Constand, 44, testified Tuesday and Wednesday that Cosby penetrated her with his fingers against her will.

She said he gave her three blue pills to help with stress, assured her they were "herbal" and then groped her breasts, put his hand in her pants and forced her to masturbate him while she lay incapacitated on a couch inside his suburban Philadelphia mansion.

Cosby, 79, has pleaded not guilty in the case, claiming he gave Constand some Benadryl and then initiated sexual contact that ended with Constand reaching orgasm.
Bill Cosby, arrives with supporters, from left, Joe Torry and Lewis Dix, for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Thursday, June 8, 2017.

During the deposition read to jurors Friday, Cosby admitted he spoke to Constand's mom by phone on Jan. 14, 2005 - and not only apologized but also fielded questions about the pills he supplied.

Asked why he didn't simply tell the concerned mom that he gave her daughter an over-the-counter allergy medication, Cosby said he felt like he was being "attacked."

He said Constand was on the phone too and he tried to get her to tell her mom "about the orgasm."

He said Constand's mom was antagonistic.

"I'm not going to argue with somebody's mother who is accusing me of something," he said.

When asked why he didn't discuss the pills during a second conversation with the mom, Cosby responded with only two words: "The parrot."

He explained that he believed a beeping sound that mom Gianna Constand attributed to a pet parrot was actually caused by a recording device.

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"You believe you were being taped?" Constand's lawyer Dolores Troiani asked in the deposition.

"Yes," Cosby replied.
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Actress Glenne Headly, who starred in ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,’ dead at 62

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Actress Glenne Headly, who starred in ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,’ dead at 62
 Glenne Headly, who starred in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" and "Mr. Holland's Opus," has died.

She was 62.

Headly, an Emmy-nominated actress and original member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, was currently filming the Hulu series "Future Man," her rep confirmed to the Daily News.

"It is with deep sorrow that we confirm the passing of Glenne Headly," her rep told The News. "We ask that her family's privacy be respected in this difficult time."

Headly is survived by her husband Byron McCulloch and son Stirling.

The actress portrayed Janet Colgate in the 1988 flick "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" with Steve Martin and starred alongside Warren Beatty in "Dick Tracy" (1990).

Martin tweeted on Friday that his household was mourning the loss of Headly, calling her a "beloved friend, actress, and comic genius."
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Texas deputy sheriff, husband charged with choking death of 24-year-old man outside Denny’s

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Texas deputy sheriff, husband charged with choking death of 24-year-old man outside Denny’s
 A Texas deputy sheriff and her husband have been indicted for the choking death of a 24-year-old man outside of a Denny’s last week.

A grand jury indicted Deputy Chauana Thompson and husband Terry Thompson with the death of John Hernandez.

The husband and wife, who face life in prison, turned themselves in on Thursday night and by early Friday posted bail, which was set at $100,000 each.

Hernandez died last week after he was taken off life support. He’d been unconscious since May 28 when he got into an altercation with Terry Thompson outside of the Denny’s in suburban Houston.

Chauna Thompson turned herself in Thursday night after a grand jury indicted her for Hernandez's death.

Witnesses, including Hernandez’s widow, testified to the grand jury for almost full day about the incident.

Reports indicate that Hernandez was with his wife and daughter at the Denny’s, and had been drinking.

Hernandez was captured on surveillance video going outside to urinate by his car.

That’s when Thompson, who was with his children, engaged with Hernandez, according to reports.

Chauna Thompson and her husband, Terry Thompson, right, face life in prison if convicted.

Chauna Thompson was off duty at the time, arrived in a separate car and called police, the Houston Chronicle reported.

She was charged with accessory to murder, according to the newspaper.

Eyewitnesses told local media they begged Terry Thompson to release Hernandez from a chokehold.

"The man was turning purple," Denny’s worker Melissa Trammell told the Houston Chronicle. "We begged him to get off the man and he wouldn't."

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez last week asked the Department of Justice and the Texas Rangers to assist in the investigation.

Terry Thompson’s lawyer, Scot Courtney, expressed dismay that his client was charged with intentionally killing Hernandez.

“I’m extremely disappointed the grand jury chose to indict,” he told the Houston Chronicle. “I don't believe the evidence shows that.”

The indictment came a day after over 150 people rallied in downtown Houston for Hernandez. They chanted “Justice for John Hernandez,” “Brown lives matter” and “No estan solos,” which is Spanish for “you are not alone, according to the Houston Chronicle.
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Jerry Seinfeld blasts the Kardashians: ‘These people are not doing anything interesting’

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Jerry Seinfeld blasts the Kardashians: ‘These people are not doing anything interesting’
 What's the deal with the Kardashians — they don't do anything!

That's the takeaway Jerry Seinfeld supplied in a new interview slamming the famous family — and reality stars in general — for putting a product on TV that doesn't measure up to classic comedies of the past.

The funnyman told the website Mr Porter that he was very unhappy when he discovered his daughter tuning in to "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" on her phone.

"The one time I really, really got upset was when my daughter was watching the Kardashians on her phone in her bed and I could not take that scene," Seinfeld told the site. "For someone who for their whole life, television was the Olympics of being a comedian. It was only for the very best. You had to have everything."

"I'm offended by reality television on many levels and that show of course is the premier example of reality television," he continued. "These people are not doing anything interesting."

Of course, the comedian co-created and starred in one of the most beloved sitcoms of all-time, "Seinfeld," for nine seasons from 1989 to 1998.

Despite being a show about nothing, “Seinfeld” was named the second best-written series of all time by the Writer's Guild of America in 2013.

Susan, played by Heidi Swedberg, is George's one true serious relationship. The two even become engaged. Susan appears in 28 episodes, and in that time George puts her through the wringer. While she decides to date women for a time, they still connect and get engaged. But George can't commit! He tries to get her to end things, but she ultimately dies after licking wedding envelopes containing toxic glue.

Seinfeld added that he's unsure if his daughter still watches his series, but notes he hasn't seen her do so in a while.

It's not the first time Seinfeld has made headlines this week. He was caught on camera denying pop star Kesha a hug during a TV interview, but later suggested he didn't realize who she was.

"When you get to be my age and you've done a couple things, you have your own reality. In my reality, I don't hug a total stranger," he told Extra.
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New York lottery scammers get prison time for secretly claiming winning tickets for people in debt

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New York lottery scammers get prison time for secretly claiming winning tickets for people in debt
 These lotto winners have a lotto nerve.

Two New Yorkers were tossed behind bars in the state’s first-ever arrests of lottery scammers accused of secretly claiming winning tickets for people who owe child support, back taxes or other debts.

Neil Ferguson, 50, of Manhattan, raked in $273,139 after claiming 91 winning tickets over the same period.

Both were charged with criminal tax fraud after a joint investigation by the state Gaming Commission and the Department of Tax and Finance.

“This is a unique partnership that we formed and one that we’re excited about in that we have a novel way of finding these individuals,” said Lee Park, spokesman for the New York State Gaming Commission.

“We expect there to be more of these cases in the future.”

The arrests were revealed roughly two weeks after a Daily News published an investigation on frequent lottery winners.

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Lottery winner Merle Butler and his wife Patricia Butler display the winning ticket during a press conference in Red Bud, Illinois on April 18, 2012 announcing that the Butlers were winners of $218.6 million during the multi-state Mega Millions lottery.

State law calls for winners of prizes worth at least $600 to settle their child support and tax debts before they’re allowed to collect any money.

Officials say Moran-Barrera and Ferguson acted as corrupt middlemen for shady lotto winners eager to rake in big bucks despite owing money to the state.

The so-called discounters agreed to cash in the winning tickets in exchange for a cut of the prize money. They appeared on investigators’ radars after failing to pay taxes on the winnings, officials said.

“The New York Lottery ensures that claimants who owe child support, back taxes or public assistance obligations first pay what is rightfully owed before collecting any winnings,” said Gweneth Dean, of the state Gaming Commission.

“With the help of our partners in Tax and Finance, we are putting a stop to those who try to circumvent financial obligations through discounting schemes.”

Lawyer Mike Jurena, who represented Moran-Barrera and Ferguson at their arraignments, declined comment.

As part of the investigation, officials also suspended the licenses of seven lotto retailers accused of abetting the scheme.

Six are located in the Bronx; one in Manhattan.
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Dog fired from police force finds new life as greeter at Australian governor’s mansion

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 He wasn’t cut out for the police force, but his friendliness got him new work in politics.

Gavel, a German Shepherd, was booted from the police dog academy in Australia because he was too friendly.

Police said Gavel often greeted strangers and “did not display the necessary aptitude for a life on the front line,” according to BBC.

But he found a new home with the Governor of Queensland, where he was previously fostered as a puppy before heading to the academy.

Gavel arrived at the home of Governor Paul de Jersey last April when he was just six weeks old.

At the time, police had high prospects for the German Shepherd.

"Gavel comes from a long line of pedigree... if the family bloodline is anything to go by, in 16 months Gavel will be tracking and catching criminals as a proud member of the Queensland Dog Squad!" a police statement at the time said, according to BBC.

The aspiring K-9 officer couldn’t live up to his family reputation, however.

What he lacked in police gruffness, he made up for in political charm.

He hung up his police coat and was reposted to the Goverment House in Queensland earlier this year, tasked with greeting guests and tour groups.

“Gavel’s new full title is ‘Gavel VRD’ (‘Vice-Regal Dog), and he will now wear a specially-made Government House coat, emblazoned with the Governor’s Personal Standard, the St Edward’s Crown and the brolga, the official bird emblem of Queensland,” reads a February statement from the Queensland governor’s office.

Indeed, the German Shepherd is seen in multiple photos sporting his custom coat or a scarf of the local rugby team.

A spokesman for de Jersey told the Brisbane Times that Gavel was a “valued and much-loved” part of the governor’s house.

"Gavel on occasions sits in on briefings with the Governor," he said.
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Pregnant subway stabbing victim lashes out at poet who randomly attacked her: ‘I want this man to die’

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Pregnant subway stabbing victim lashes out at poet who randomly attacked her: ‘I want this man to die’
 It was a crime without reason or rhyme.

A five-months pregnant woman, speaking Friday from her hospital bed, recalled the violent explosion that followed when she accidentally bumped into a deranged Bronx straphanger.

Once-popular Harlem street poet Derrick Wilson simply snapped during the Friday night subway ride, gashing Shaday Tripp in the throat and stabbing her friend Zakia Lewis twice in the arm, cops said.

“When he stabbed me, I started running through the doors on the train saying ‘Somebody call an ambulance!’” the 24-year-old woman said. “I was just holding my neck, and all the blood just came out.

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“I want this man to die,” the mom-to-be continued. “That’s what I feel like. He almost killed me.”

Wilson, 50, has a rap sheet with 15 prior arrests. He was arrested after good Samaritan straphangers grabbed him on the platform in the Prospect Ave. station, said NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce.

Tripp said the Thursday evening incident started innocuously when she accidentally bumped Wilson’s leg. She was sitting on her girlfriend’s lap aboard the crowded uptown No. 2 train when her leg hit his.

“I said, ‘I’m sorry,’” she recalled. “He said, ‘You keep touching me with your leg’ — and started cursing. And after then he stood up ... and he grabbed the knife out of his pocket and stabbed me.”

The knife was wrapped in a rag and stuffed inside the chest pocket of Wilson’s suit.

Wilson, whose works include “Don’t Beat Your Children or They’ll Turn Out Like Me,” was once a well-known Harlem figure, selling his books of poetry in the subways.

Wilson somehow suffered a puncture wound to his neck during the melee.

Lewis, 21, suffered a minor wound and was discharged early Friday.

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Wilson was charged with attempted murder, assault, menacing and weapons possession. Sporting soiled hospital scrubs and a scraggly beard, he stared at his feet and said nothing as he was led Friday to a Bronx Criminal Court arraignment.
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