Convicted former movie producer Harvey Weinstein is expected to appear briefly via video from a New York prison Friday as part of legal efforts to send him to California to face sexual assault charges.
Authorities say the extradition proceeding, originally scheduled for August, likely will be postponed again, this time until April 9.
Weinstein, 68, is serving a 23-year prison sentence after being convicted in New York City earlier this year on charges of rape and sexual assault against two women.
He faces similar charges involving five women in California, stemming from alleged assaults in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills from 2004 to 2013.
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Because Weinstein is imprisoned in New York, a judge must sign off on transferring him to the custody of Los Angeles authorities to be tried there.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office agreed to the first delay because of the pandemic, a spokesman said.
Weinstein survived a bout with the coronavirus in March at the maximum-security Wende Correctional Facility east of Buffalo, where he is incarcerated. His lawyers said he experienced symptoms of COVID-19 again in mid-November but did not test positive for the disease at that time.
Bob Dylan’s entire catalog of songs, which reaches back 60 years and is among the most prized next to that of the Beatles, is being acquired by Universal Music Publishing Group.
The deal covers 600 song copyrights including “Blowin’ In The Wind,” “The Times They Are a-Changin’,” and “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door,” “Tangled Up In Blue.”
“Brilliant and moving, inspiring and beautiful, insightful and provocative, his songs are timeless—whether they were written more than half a century ago or yesterday,” Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group Sir Lucian Grainge said in a prepared statement on Monday.
The transaction’s announcement comes a few weeks after the singer-songwriter’s musings about anti-Semitism and unpublished song lyrics sold at auction for a total of $495,000.
Dylan, who first came into the public’s consciousness via New York City’s Greenwich Village folk music scene in the early 1960s, has sold more than 125 million records globally. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016, the first songwriter to receive such a distinction.
Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Netflix has “no plans” to add a disclaimer to “The Crown” stating that its lavish drama about Britain's royal family is a work of fiction.
In a statement Saturday, Netflix said it has always presented the drama, as just that — a drama.
“We have always presented The Crown as a drama — and we have every confidence our members understand it’s a work of fiction that’s broadly based on historical events," it said.
“As a result we have no plans — and see no need — to add a disclaimer.”
Netflix was urged last week by British Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden to add the disclaimer, in the wake of the broadcast of the drama's fourth series.
Questions of historical fidelity weren't a major issue during earlier seasons of the show, which debuted in 2016 and traces the long reign of Queen Elizabeth II, which began in 1952.
But the current fourth season is set in the 1980s, a divisive decade in Britain. Characters include Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, whose 11-year tenure transformed and divided Britain, and the late Princess Diana, whose death in a car crash in 1997 transfixed the nation and the world.
Some Conservatives have criticized the program’s depiction of Thatcher, played by Gillian Anderson. Britain’s first female prime minister, who died in 2013, is portrayed as clashing with Olivia Colman’s Elizabeth to an extent that some say is exaggerated.
“The Crown” creator Peter Morgan, whose work also includes recent-history dramas “The Queen” and “Frost/Nixon,” has defended his work, saying it is thoroughly researched and true in spirit.
Charles Spencer, Diana’s brother, was one who called on Netflix to add a disclaimer.
“I think it would help The Crown an enormous amount if, at the beginning of each episode, it stated that, ‘This isn’t true but it is based around some real events,’" he told broadcaster ITV. “I worry people do think that this is gospel and that’s unfair.”
Sunny Deol is the latest Bollywood actor to test positive for Covid-19. He is asymptomatic and currently in home isolation at a farmhouse in the Himalayan resort town of Manali.
"I got myself tested for coronavirus and the result has come back positive. I am in isolation and feeling well. I request that all those who came in contact with me recently should isolate themselves and get tested,” the 64-year-old action hero tweeted on Wednesday.
Sunny, also a ruling BJP parliamentarian, has been resting at the farmhouse in Manali since undergoing a shoulder surgery in Mumbai. The Bollywood actor got himself tested for Covid on Tuesday in Manali before coming back to Mumbai.
Sunny will soon be seen in the sequel for Apne, featuring his father Dharmendra, brother Bobby Deol and son Karan Deol. The film is slated for late next year release.
“With the blessings of Babaji and your love, all of us will be seen together, again. Feeling blessed to get a chance to work with my father, brother again this time with my son. #Apne2, in cinemas Diwali 2021,” the actor had tweeted.
A number of Bollywood celebrities, right from singer Kanika Kapoor to Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek, had been tested positive for the deadly virus. Luckily, all of them have recovered from Covid.
Sunny made his Bollywood debut opposite fellow debutante Amrita Singh in blockbuster Betaab in 1983. Subsequently, he went on to star in a number of successful flicks in the 1980s and 1990s, and is considered as one of the most successful stars of that time.
A special court in the Indian city of Mumbai on Wednesday finally granted bail to Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty's brother Showik in the drugs scandal that gripped the country's Hindi film industry following the death of her actor-boyfriend Sushant Singh Rajput in June this year.
Rhea and Showik were arrested in September by India's narcotics control authority in connection with the drugs case. Both the siblings were charged under multiple sections of the anti-narcotics law. The actress was, however, released on bail in October by Mumbai High Court.
"The special court has finally given bail to Showik almost three months after his arrest as the narcotics sleuths failed to file a chargesheet in the case within the mandatory 90-day period. We are preparing the necessary documents so that he can walk out of jail latest by Thursday," a lawyer told the media.
Rhea was, in fact, arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on September 9, following days of questioning, in connection with the death of 34-year-old Sushant Singh, whose body was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his Mumbai flat on June 14. She was accused of procuring cannabis for her late actor-boyfriend.
Immediately after the arrest of Rhea, the names of at least 20 top Bollywood celebrities — from actors to filmmakers to designers — surfaced in the drugs case. Several of them, including leading female Bollywood actors — Rakul Preet Singh, Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan and Shraddha Kapoor — were subsequently grilled by NCB.
The grilling came in the wake of WhatsApp chats retrieved from Rhea's mobile phone indicating that they procured banned substances like cannabis, weed and hash from dealers with links to foreign countries. All the actors have, however, reportedly denied any links with such drug dealers.