Jim Osburn Looks To Supreme Court In Fight Against IATSE President Matt Loeb

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Former IATSE Sound Local 695 business agent Jim Osburn is taking his fight against IATSE president Matt Loeb all the way to the Supreme Court, accusing Loeb of “stifling dissent” through “dictatorial tactics.” Loeb placed the Sound Local into trusteesh…

Olivia de Havilland’s Lawsuit Over FX’s ‘Feud’ Denied Review by Supreme Court

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The Supreme Court denied a review of a lawsuit by actress Olivia de Havilland, who sued FX Networks over its depiction of her in the Ryan Murphy series, “Feud: Bette and Joan.”

The high court on Monday rejected her petition to review the dismissal of her lawsuit, which had been allowed to proceed initially by a Los Angeles judge, before a California appeals court reversed that decision. De Havilland then attempted to petition both the California Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court, but neither thought any intervention was necessary.

The Supreme Court did not give a reason for its decision, instead listing her court case under “Certiorari Denied” (Certiorari is the legal term used when a higher court reviews a lower court’s decision).

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The 102-year-old de Havilland was portrayed by Catherine Zeta-Jones in the limited series about Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. She claimed that the series depicted her in an unflattering light as a “vulgar gossip” and “hypocrite.” Specifically, her lawsuit asserted her right of publicity and false light.

Her legal case was centered around the issue of whether Hollywood projects are protected by the First Amendment, which de Havilland’s legal team argued that FX went too far with “Feud.” The California appeals court ruled that her lawsuit should have been thrown out initially by the Los Angeles judge because it’s precluded by the First Amendment.

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Olivia de Havilland Vows To “Persevere” In Getting ‘Feud’ Feud Before SCOTUS

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Harvey Weinstein Urges New York Supreme Court to Dismiss All Remaining Charges

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Harvey Weinstein, through his lawyer Benjamin Brafman, filed paperwork in New York Supreme Court on Monday asking that it dismiss the five remaining counts in his sexual assault case.

Weinstein argues that the entire prosecution has been contaminated by police misconduct.

The request comes just a few weeks after Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. dismissed the accusations of Lucia Evans, who had accused Weinstein of forcing her to perform oral sex on him back in 2004. That was one of the six criminal charges Weinstein faced.

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In the court documents filed on Monday, Brafman said the entire superseding indictment should be dismissed “because it was based on a defective Grand Jury proceeding, that was irreparably tainted by police misconduct, Lucia Evans’ false testimony and the District Attorney’s failure to provide the Grand Jury with exculpatory evidence of the long-term, consensual, intimate relationship between Mr. Weinstein and the alleged rape victim in counts three, four and five.”

The Manhattan D.A.’s office declined to comment on the filing.

In his filing, Weinstein references evidence he brought to the court in August when he argued for the dismissal of his New York rape case by citing an email in which he says his accuser declared her love for him and said she didn’t want to feel like a “booty call.”

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The D.A.’s office said in response that it was not required to show those emails to the Grand Jury, as “the emails were not exculpatory as none of the ‘emails contained the denial of the charged rape.’”

Weinstein was initially indicted on six charges, including predatory sexual assault, criminal sexual act in the first degree, rape in the first degree and rape in the third degree. He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. He is also being investigated by police in Los Angeles and London.

Last week, in an amended complaint to another ongoing lawsuit, Weinstein was accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl, who was also a virgin at the time, at a 2002 event in New York City.

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The complaint, filed last Wednesday and obtained by TheWrap, said Weinstein “lured” a woman identified as Jane Doe “to his apartment and sexually assaulted her.” The complaint said that Weinstein “continued to emotionally abuse and sexually harass her for nearly a decade thereafter.”

Pamela Chelin contributed to this reporting.

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Trevor Noah Savages Senate Vote That Made Brett Kavanaugh Donald Trump’s New Supreme Court Justice

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“Kavanugh,” Trevor Noah began tonight’s The Daily Show.
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Jimmy Kimmel Mocks Donald Trump’s Brett Kavanaugh Swearing-In Ceremony

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Donald Trump Apologizes To Brett Kavanaugh “On Behalf Of Country” At White House Ceremony

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Brett Kavanaugh Followers Flock To Fox News Channel To Watch Vote, Confirmation And Donald Trump Victory Lap

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Senate Confirms Brett Kavanaugh to United States Supreme Court

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Judge Brett Kavanaugh will become Justice Brett Kavanaugh, so says the Senate, who voted 50 to 48 Saturday to confirm him to fill the ninth seat in the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh’s nomination was split down party lines, with all but one member of the Democratic caucus opposing him and all but one Republican backing him. Alaska’s Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski voted with the Democrats against Kavanaugh, while West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin split with his party and supported Kavanauagh. The final margin of victory was provided by Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who announced her support for the nominee in a lengthy Senate floor speech on Friday.

Saturday’s vote was interrupted multiple times by loud protests from the gallery, as Vice President Mike Pence repeatedly called for the sergeant at arms to restore order. “Shame on you!” one protester was heard yelling at one point as the votes were taken.

Shortly after the confirmation, President Trump tweeted, “Later today, I will sign his Commission of Appointment, and he will be officially sworn in.”

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In an exclusive Axios poll, 45 percent of Americans approved of Kavanaugh’s nomination, while 50 percent disapproved. From early September to this week, strong disapproval rose from 26 percent to 35 percent, while strong approval rose from 23 percent to 30 percent. The gender gap is significant, with just 36 percent of women approve of Kavanaugh, compared to 55 percent of men.

The vote is a big win for President Trump, who staked much of his political capital backing Kavanaugh. As the vote neared, Trump repeatedly doubled down on the judge, blasting critics and calling the sexual misconduct charges leveled against him a “smear.”

The Senate vote caps weeks of, at times, graphic accusations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh from his high school days and years at Yale. On Sept. 27, the judge’s most serious accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying Kavanaugh tried to rape her while he was intoxicated during a party in the early 1980s.

“Brett groped me and tried to take off my clothes. He had a hard time because he was so drunk,” Ford told senators in her opening statement, choking up on several occasions. “I believed he was going to rape me. I tried to yell for help. When I did, Brett put his hand over my mouth to stop me from screaming. This was what terrified me the most,” she said.

Later that day, Kavanaugh testified before the committee. With his remarks veering between angry and tearful, he denied misconduct. In what many on the left are calling a show of political bias, he also called the scrutiny he was under “a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger about president trump and the 2016 election.”

“Sexual assault is horrific. It is morally wrong. It is illegal. It is contrary to my religious faith. And it contradicts the core promise of this Nation that all people are created equal and entitled to be treated with dignity and respect,” he said. ” I never did anything remotely resembling what Dr. Ford describes.”

Kavanaugh also faced two additional charges, one from Deborah Ramirez, whose told the New Yorker that Kavanaugh thrust his genitals in her face without her consent while at a freshman year party at Yale.

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A third woman, Julie Swetnick, said in a sworn statement that she attended parties where Kavanaugh along with his high school friend Mark Judge participated in spiking punch at house parties “with drugs and/or grain alcohol so as to cause girls to lose their inhibitions and their ability to say ‘No.’” Swetnick is currently being represented by Michael Avenatti.

Last week Republican Sen. Jeff Flake threw yet another wrench into the nomination after demanding an FBI inquiry into the misconduct allegations. The move, which GOP leadership had strenuously resisted, delayed the final vote by a week.

The final report of the bureau was never made public and was only viewed by members of the Judiciary Committee, whose assessment of the findings broke down along partisan lines. Republicans like Chuck Grassley said it showed nothing new, while Democrats like Bob Menendez call it a “bulls– probe.”

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Chuck Todd Readies For Second ‘Meet The Press’ Documentary Film Fest As Supreme Court Controversy At Full Boil

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Olivia De Havilland Takes ‘Feud’ Feud With FX & Ryan Murphy To Supreme Court

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Donald Trump Takes Victory Lap As Senate Votes To Move Forward With Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court Nomination

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Brett Kavanaugh Inches Toward Supreme Court After Senate Procedural Vote Squeaker

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Donald Trump Tweets: Brett Kavanaugh Appointment Protesters Are “Paid Professionals” Financed “By Soros”

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Stephen Colbert Does The Math On Senate’s Brett Kavanaugh Vote Set For Saturday

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“We are fast approaching end of the epic saga that is the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh,” Colbert promised at the top of Late Show.
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