The Dish for April 27th

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BILL COSBY: Guilty as Charged   


Bill Cosby was convicted Thursday afternoon on all three sexual assault charges he was facing in his retrial. The 80-year-old entertainer could get as much as 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000 on each count.

After 14 hours of deliberations, the jury returned a guilty verdict for three counts of aggravated assault against Andrea Constand. She claimed the comedian drugged and raped her in his home in early 2004. The first trial on these charges ended in a mistrial nearly a year ago.

Cosby lashed out when Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele argued that the former TV dad be jailed immediately instead of remaining free on bail until sentencing. Steele told the judge that Cosby was a flight risk and owned a plane. Cosby then shouted, “He doesn’t have a plane, you [a-hole]. He doesn’t know.”

A sentencing date wasn't immediately announced, but it will come within the next 100 days.

Cosby's other accusers who were in the courtroom "shrieked and cried in delight" after the first verdict was announced, according to Deadline.

BILL COSBY: Lawyer Vows to Keep Fighting


Bill Cosby's sex assault trial is over -- but according to his lawyer the "fight is not over."

The 80-year-old comedian was convicted on all the charges against him today (Thursday), but outside the suburban Philadelphia courthouse, attorney Tom Mesereau said Cosby will appeal his conviction on three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

He'll be sentenced within the next three months.

District Attorney Kevin Steele told reporters that Cosby's outburst in court today allowed us "to see who he really was." The entertainer called Steele an "a-hole" after the attorney asked the judge to jail him immediately while he awaits sentencing. Cosby remains free on bail.

Victim Andrea Constand's lawyer, Dolores Troiani, said, "Although justice was delayed, it was not denied."

Cosby accuser Janice Baker-Kinney took to Twitter to express her happiness with the verdict. She wrote, “I am overwhelmed with joy, relief and gratitude. May this verdict open the floodgates to those who have been hiding their shame for far too long and give them the courage to come forward.”

Cosby didn't speak with reporters after the verdict.


MATT LAUER: Finally Speaks About Sexual Misconduct Allegations


For the first time since November, Matt Lauer is speaking out about the sexual misconduct allegations which got the longtime NBC anchor fired.

At the time of his termination, Lauer issued a statement apologizing for those he may have hurt, but denied many of the stories told by his accusers. In a new statement released to The Washington Post yesterday (Thursday), Lauer says, "I have made no public comments on the many false stories from anonymous or biased sources that have been reported about me over these past several months. I remained silent in an attempt to protect my family from further embarrassment and to restore a small degree of the privacy they have lost."

"But defending my family now requires me to speak up. I fully acknowledge that I acted inappropriately as a husband, father and principal at NBC. However I want to make it perfectly clear that any allegations or reports of coercive, aggressive or abusive actions on my part, at any time, are absolutely false." Several female staffers have accused Lauer of sexually harassment. (People)


ROYAL BABY: The New Prince Has a Name


After four days of speculation, the Royal Family has chosen a name for its newest prince and it is Louis Arthur Charles. 

Kensington Palace announced the name in a tweet this morning and added, "The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge." Little Prince Louis, the third child of Prince William and Kate Middleton, is now fifth in line to the throne behind his older brother Prince George and his sister Princess Charlotte. He's also bumped his uncle, Prince Harry, down to sixth. (NBC News)


TOM BROKAW: Accused of Sexual Harassment


Tom Brokaw is the latest TV newsman accused of sexual misconduct.

Two female co-workers have come out to claim the former anchor of NBC Nightly Newsmade inappropriate and unwanted advances in the '90s.

Linda Vester tells Variety that Brokaw sexually harassed her while she was a reporter for NBC on Weekend Today in 1994. She claims, "Brokaw physically tried to force her to kiss him on two separate occasions, groped her in a NBC conference room and showed up at her hotel room uninvited."

Brokaw denies the allegations. In a statement, he says, “I met with Linda Vester on two occasions, both at her request, 23 years ago because she wanted advice with respect to her career at NBC. The meetings were brief, cordial and appropriate, and despite Linda’s allegations, I made no romantic overtures towards her at that time or any other.”

According to TMZ, the second woman, who has asked to remain anonymous, says Brokaw "took her hands and put them under his jacket against his chest. He then invited her to his office later on ... insinuating he wanted to give her more than job advice."

Brokaw has denied this allegation, as well.

Neither woman reported the behavior to police or NBC at the time.


AMY SCHUMER: Tells Oprah About Abusive Ex and Sexual Assault


Amy Schumer opened up about an abusive ex-boyfriend and being sexually assaulted when she was 17. 

The I Feel Pretty star recently sat down with Oprah Winfrey as part of OWN’s SuperSoul Conversation and said she was once “convinced” that she “wasn’t lovable.”

“I got hurt by accident a lot," the comedian said. "He didn’t realize how hard he’d grabbed me or shook me or pushed me, and I would fall and hit something then I’d be hurt. I can picture being thrown on the hood of a car like it was an hour ago.”

She also talked about losing her virginity. “I didn’t consent, and for me, I lost my virginity while I was asleep and that’s not OK.”

Amy said she talks about the incident in her stand-up. "I called it, ‘gray-area rape,’ which was my way of bringing this up in my stand-up… trying to make people laugh while they learned.” 

She wed chef Chris Fischer in February, and now at 36, Amy says, she's found happiness. 


BILL COSBY: Hollywood's Reactions to Conviction


Here's what people in Hollywood are saying about Bill Cosby's conviction:

Rose McGowan: "Cosby is guilty. I’m sorry if you loved a lie. His victims can now exhale. Thank you judge and jury. Thank you society for waking up."

Patricia Arquette: "The state of America is this: Even with dozens of accusers we were all afraid Bill Cosby would walk."

Elizabeth Banks: "Finally some justice for Bill Cosby’s victims. May they find a little #peace today. #GUILTY"

Chelsea Handler: "I wonder how long it’s going to take Trump to announce he’s going to pardon Bill Cosby."

Kathy Griffin: "I can’t stop thinking about all the old farts in Hollywood that knew. They knew the whole time. The networks, the producers, the studios. Time’s not up yet."

Andy Richter: "Heard a man on TV reminiscing about the Cosby of old, and expressing bewilderment over the duality of such a revered paternal figure also being a predator and rapist. Yep. You’re starting to get the point, buddy."

Seth MacFarlane: "The Cosby conviction is a resonant reminder that power and influence come with significant responsibility, and must never, ever be abused in an evolved society. Hopefully this is only the first step forward."

Dax Shepard: "I hope Eddie Murphy reaches out and scolds him for using 'blue' words in his set."

Christine Teigen: "So many years have been packed into this week. No more please, brain hurts."


HOLLYWOOD BUZZ


Weekend Update co-hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost have been tapped to host the 2018 Emmys on September 17th. NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt says, "I think we are in for one of the funniest awards shows in a long time." Other SNL cast members will make surprise appearances on the telecast.

Lindsay Wagner will play Alex Karev's (Justin Chambers) mother on Grey's Anatomy. The onetime Bionic Woman will make her debut on the May 3rd episode. (Deadline)

Bam Margera got three years probation in his DUI case. The Jackass star, who was arrested in January, was also ordered to attend AA meetings and pay some fines and fees, according to TMZ.

Following Bill Cosby's conviction on sexual assault charges, Bounce TV said it will pull The Cosby Show from its schedule.

S.J. Clarkson has been chosen to direct Star Trek 4, making her the first women to helm a Star Trek movie.

Showtime has renewed Billions, starring Paul Giamatti, for a fourth season.


IMAGINE DRAGONS: Singer Splits With Wife


Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons and his wife, Aja Volkman, are splitting up.

Reynolds tweeted, "After seven beautiful years together, Aja and I’s marriage has come to an end. Our children continue to be the most important thing in our lives, and we will continue to co-parent them with all our love. I ask that you please respect our privacy at this time as we work through this as a family." They have three daughters -- a five-year-old and one-year-old twins.

Reynolds and Volkman met in 2010 after performing on the same bill at a club in Las Vegas. They released an EP together under the name Egyptian in 2011.


MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEK   


AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (Action)

WHAT'S IT ABOUT? The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

WHO'S IN IT? Robert Downey Junior, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Mackie, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Josh Brolin, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Pratt

TRIVIA:

  • The producers and directors won't say how many superheroes are in the film. Even the stars don't know. Chris Hemsworth thinks it's 76, while Paul Bettany says he was told it's 32. (BBC)
  • Tom Holland wasn't allowed to read the entire script because producers were afraid he'd leak spoilers. The actor, who plays Spider-Man, is supposedly terrible at keeping secrets.
  • The movie is on pace to have one of the biggest opening weekends of all-time. Some estimates have it earning $235 million. Star Wars: The Force Awakens holds the record with $248 Million.
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