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Beverly Johnson Drops the Hammer on Bill Cosby

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The headline is sickeningly familiar: “Bill Cosby Drugged Me. This Is My Story.” So is the routine of the entertainer, in this particular alleged case in the mid-1980s, of asking a female guest to audition in pretend-drunk fashion.

However, the byline is something altogether new. It belongs to an African-American as impactful on their corner of the entertainment industry as Cosby has been on his.

From the top of supermodel Beverly Johnson‘s devastating Vanity Fair essay:

As I thought of going public with what follows, a voice in my head kept whispering, “Black men have enough enemies out there already, they certainly don’t need someone like you, an African-American with a familiar face and a famous name, fanning the flames.”

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Janice Dickinson Says First Draft of 2002 Autobiography Included Cosby Assault Details

ShutterstockJaniceDickinsonThe latest woman to publicly accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault is the most famous yet.

It started this week with a Vice article by Tracie Egan Morrissey, who excerpted passages about Cosby from former supermodel Janice Dickinson‘s 2002 autobiography No Lifeguard on Duty. It quickly escalated with Dickinson shockingly filling in the blanks in an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight co-host Kevin Frazier.

While the additional, shared details were immediately dismissed by Cosby attorney Marty Singer as “a defamatory fabrication,” some earlier legal wrangling with Cosby apparently kept these allegations from surfacing well before 2004 accuser Andrea Constand:

Dickinson says she tried to write about the assault in her 2002 autobiography, but claims that when she submitted a draft with her full story to HarperCollins, Cosby and his lawyers pressured her and the publisher to remove the details.

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Attorney Marty Singer Goes After Latina Author

Famed Hollywood attorney Marty Singer may have gotten more than he bargained for when he sent a pair of threatening letters to Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez (pictured), author of The Dirty Girls Social Club. In her most fascinating blog post yet, Valdes-Rodriguez shares details of those letters and delivers several new bombshell accusations aimed at Ann Lopez, ex-wife of George, whose Encanto Productions optioned the Valdes novel and proceeded to turn it into a homogenized Latina TV pilot version of Sex and the City.

For starters, Valdes-Rodriguez wants Singer to know that she never posted a photo of right-winger David Duke while complaining about the poor quality of the Encanto Dirty Girls pilot script, nor did she link said photo to a Klu Klux Klan website. She then wonders why an attorney hired to combat a case of alleged defamation would insinuate the possible sourcing of earlier defamatory statements made by others about her.

Singer has hinted he might use Wikipedia and other unreliable sources to question my mental health should I refuse to obey his demands for retractions. Sound familiar? It’s the same type of “she-was-wearing-a-short-skirt” tactic used by attorneys defending rapists by re-victimizing their victims…

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What Will The Gawker Sex Tape Lawsuit Mean For Bloggers?

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First there was the not so scandalous sex tape featuring a three-way romp between married celeb couple Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart and former beauty queen Kari Ann Peniche that Gawker posted online last month.

Then yesterday came reports that Dane and Gayheart had filed suit against Gawker, seeking $1 million in damages.

Responded Gawker chief Nick Denton via Twitter (before seeing the full suit): “To quote the great Marty Singer — Eric Dane’s lawyer — if you don’t want a sex tape on the internet, ‘don’t make one!’”

Today, Denton told The New York Times that he had paid for the tape — which has logged over 3 million views since it was posted on August 17. Will that fact change how Dane and Gayheart’s allegations hold up in court?

According to People.com, the suit alleges that “Gawker was warned that posting the video on its Defamer.com violated the couple’s legal and privacy rights, but that the blog ‘went on to maliciously distribute an uncensored copy’ of the tape.”

Thanks to a little something called the First Amendment, journalists are generally not afraid of lawsuits, especially when they have the power of a media company like Gawker behind them. But the question is, does this instance fall under freedom of the press, or can it be seen as malicious? Will Gawker give in, take the video down or settle out of court? Or will Denton have his day in court? But more importantly: will this suit and its outcome affect journalists and bloggers and what they choose to post in the future? Journalist always have a threat of a lawsuit when making decisions what to publish, so one suit of this kind is not bound to change the face of blogging or journalism too much. But if there’s one thing journalists know, its that celebrity and sex always make for great news. If Dane and Gayheart just wanted this to go away, perhaps filing suit wasn’t the best move.

Listen to more thoughts about the lawsuit on this morning’s podcast.

Update: Gawker has posted a copy of the suit for you to peruse.

By All That’s Holy–Armed Guards at Britney Spears’ Church

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FBLA understands that, in certain parts of the planet, religous expression frequently takes a violent tone. But in Bel Air? At a Presbyterian church? Sadly, yes, when Britney Spears is the worshiper.

A trigger-happy security guard pulled a gun on terrified photographer who was waiting to take a picture of the singer. The photog assumed the position, was cuffed and then probably called Marty Singer. The church director said, “I cannot speak for the security officer, but he does not regret it. This is a church, not a concert.”

Bel Air Presbyterian is the show-biz Protestant church, where President Reagan attended and PR exec. Jonathan Bock is a deacon.

Photo from Splash.

Brian Grazer: Editor for a Day at LA Times

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The LA Times is going for a guest editor for the Sunday Op-ed section, Current, and so picked the obvious candidate, Brian Grazer for the March 25th issue. From the press release:

We asked Brian Grazer to kick off the program because we wanted to tap into his creative vision. Brian’s an ideal choice because his interests are notoriously wide-ranging, and often unconventional. His career is powered by an endless curiosity, and we thought it would be fun to hitch a ride along the way.

Grazer has so few outlets for self-expression, and besides, he’s a rich white guy, and you know hard it is for them. Usually these sorts of “Something for a Day” go to the highest bidder at an elementary school fund-raiser.

And Nikki Finke has so much more to the story. Still not locally acclimated Nick Goldberg is behind Grazer who picked some not-very-unconventional choices for writers, who include Andre Leon Talley on “fashion and status” and rabid lawyer Marty Singer on the “power of allegations”. There’s also a Nobel Prize winner, because Hollywood types love to hob-nob with the big brains and more to the point, a facial interpretation expert on how to catch liars.

And, remember, Grazer can’t read.