‘Wheel’ in Big Trouble

‘Wheel’ in Big Trouble

by Fox News ‘Wheel of Fortune’ under fire for use of photos that appear to depict slaves for ‘Southern Charm’ week   ‘Wheel of Fortune’ is under fire for use of an image that appears to depict slaves.  (AP) “Wheel of Fortune” is under fire for using a photographic backdrop showing two African-Americans in slave-era clothing. The photo, which was used for “Southern Charm” week, sparked outrage from viewers. “Someone please tell me why @WheelofFortune has slaves in their ‘Southern Charm Week’ images?” wrote a user named Joshua Itiola. Someone please tell me why @WheelofFortune has slaves in their "Southern Charm Week" images? pic.twitter.com/IPCFo9wh1b — Joshua Itiola (@joshitiola) June 16, 2017   The popular game show’s executive producer expressed contrition and vowed that the image will no longer air on re-runs of the episode. Related: cosby-trial-judge-denies-request-for-a-mistrial–bill-cosbys-sexual-assault-trial-explained “We regret the use of this background image, and we will be replacing it moving forward on any re-broadcast,” Harry Friedman said in a statement to the New York  Daily News. The image was taken by producers in 2005 during an on-location shoot at the Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, La. A spokesperson for the Oak Alley Plantation said that they do not hire people to portray slaves, but do employ tour guides of all skin colors that wear period clothing. “Southern Charm” week originally ran in March, but reruns are...
BREAKING NEWS Mistrial Declared in Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Case After Jury in Deadlock

BREAKING NEWS Mistrial Declared in Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Case After Jury in Deadlock

by Fox News Bill Cosby trial: Judge declares mistrial in sexual assault case after jury deadlock Mistrial declared in Bill Cosby sexual assault trial Bill Cosby’s trial on sexual assault charges ended in a mistrial Saturday after jurors failed to break a deadlock after more than 52 hours of deliberations over six days. Cosby showed no immediate reaction. After the mistrial was declared, he stood up and seemed to be distressed as he spoke to his spokesman. He then sat back down. He left the courthouse without speaking to reporters. The jury confirmed to Judge Steven O’Neill that they could not reach a unanimous decision on whether “The Cosby Show” star drugged and molested Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. Prosecutors said they would retry Cosby. The 79-year-old star was accused of three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault. He faced up to five to 10 years in prison, if convicted. Related: pyongyang-torture—warmbiers-injuries-renew-focus-on-infamous-camps During the six-day trial, the jury heard Constand describe a 2004 sexual encounter with Cosby at his Philadelphia home. Constand testified on June 6th that she shot down the actor’s casual advances twice before she found herself paralyzed and unable to fight him off the night she took pills that he convinced her were safe herbal supplements. “In my head, I was trying to get my hands to move or my legs to move, but I was frozen,” Constand, a former employee of the basketball program at Temple University, Cosby’s alma mater, said during their courtroom confrontation. “I wasn’t able to fight in any way. I wanted it to stop.”...
Cosby trial: Judge denies request for a mistrial – Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial explained

Cosby trial: Judge denies request for a mistrial – Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial explained

by Fox News The judge at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial is bristling at repeated defense requests for a mistrial as the jury asks to rehear yet more testimony on its fifth day of deliberations. Judge Steven O’Neill said Friday that he’ll let jurors work as long as they want as they try resolving a deadlock that threatened to end the case without a verdict. After a lunch break, jurors are expected to rehear testimony from accuser Andrea Constand and her mother about phone calls with Cosby. O’Neill criticized the Cosby team for what he says is a “misperception that there’s a time limit” on how long deliberations can last. Cosby lawyer Brian McMonagle argued the court was “being asked to review the entire trial” with the jury’s repeated requests to rehear testimony. Earlier Friday, Cosby thanked his fans and supporters. View image on Twitter Related: still-standing—tim-allen-may-have-new-home-for-hit-tv-show2017-06-15-19-09-21  Follow Related: still-standing—tim-allen-may-have-new-home-for-hit-tv-show Bill Cosby ?@BillCosby Thank you to all of my fans and supporters — here in Norristown and worldwide. 12:09 PM – 16 Jun 2017  6666 Retweets  252252 likes Twitter Ads info and privacy Cosby tweeted the message on Friday shortly after jurors asked to review his lurid testimony about giving quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with. The 79-year-old TV star said in a 2006 deposition that he got seven prescriptions for the powerful sedative in the 1970s for the purpose of giving them to women before sex....
Bill Cosby’s future is in the hands of the jury as defense, prosecution rest their cases

Bill Cosby’s future is in the hands of the jury as defense, prosecution rest their cases

by Fox News Bill Cosby’s lawyer called accuser Andrea Constand “a liar” during his nearly two-hour long closing argument in the comedian’s sexual assault trial Monday. The prosecution countered that claim in a two-hour-plus closing argument of his own that followed. Now, it’s up to the jury. They are set to begin deliberating tonight. The star could spend the rest of his life behind bars if convicted. Cosby’s attorney Brian McMonagle argued that Constand and Cosby had a year-long consensual relationship. He admitted Cosby failed his wife Camille by having an extramarital affair, but said his client is being prosecuted now because of a media firestorm after excerpts from his lurid deposition became public. McMonagle pointed at Cosby’s wife of 53 years several times during his closing statements to emphasize his points. This is the first time Camille Cosby joined her husband in court since the start of his sexual assault trial last week. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele then addressed the jury, calling the sexual assault trial a “very straightforward case.” “He assaulted her. Drugging somebody and putting them in position is not romantic, it’s criminal,” Steele told the court. Cosby’s defense team called just one witness on Monday and then promptly rested its case. Cosby’s team called up the detective who led the 2005 investigation into allegations Cosby drugged and violated Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home. Related: a-masterpiece-cnn-host-praised-nyc-play-with-trumpkilling-scene Detective Richard Schaffer was one of 12 witnesses who testified during the five-day prosecution case. Related: play-punishment–sponsors-flee-nyc-theater-company-over-trump-scene Cosby attorneys said they would not call any character witnesses. Then, Judge Steven O’Neill shot down the defense’s bid to call...
Cosby on trial: Gripping testimony, brisk pace mark Week 1

Cosby on trial: Gripping testimony, brisk pace mark Week 1

by Fox Entertainment Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial in Pennsylvania has moved at a brisk pace and produced gripping testimony along with moments of levity. The case could reach the jury early this week. The aging Hollywood icon is charged with drugging and molesting a young woman he befriended through his alma mater, Temple University, in 2004. The trial involves only accuser Andrea Constand, although about 60 women have accused Cosby of similar misconduct over his long career as an actor, comedian, author and, as one judge said, “public moralist.” Constand went to police in 2005, but the local prosecutor declined to press charges. Authorities reopened her complaint in 2015 after learning Cosby had testified in her lawsuit to giving various women wine, pills or even quaaludes before sex. Prosecutors called 12 witnesses over five days before resting on Friday. Cosby, 79, could take the stand when the defense starts its case Monday, although most court observers call that risky given the cross-examination he would face. Here’s a recap of the trial’s first week and a look at what’s ahead. ___ HOW DID ACCUSER ANDREA CONSTAND DO ON THE STAND? The case largely rests on the credibility of accuser Andrea Constand, a former professional basketball player who worked at Temple from 2002 to 2004 as director of operations for the women’s team. Calm and direct, she remained unrattled over more than seven hours of testimony over two days. She occasionally grew teary discussing the sexual encounter, when she said she was semi-conscious and could not object. Related: bill-cosbys-future-is-in-the-hands-of-the-jury-as-defense-prosecution-rest-their-cases She said Cosby had “never said a word to me” to...
‘SINNER IN YOUR MIDST’ Maher addresses n-word controversy on ‘Real Time’

‘SINNER IN YOUR MIDST’ Maher addresses n-word controversy on ‘Real Time’

by Fox News Variety Bill Maher was on air last night one week since a scandal erupted over his use of the n-word.  (Reuters)   Bill Maher started his HBO show Friday night by thanking the audience “for letting a sinner in your midst,” a reference to his use of the n-word on last week’s show. “Michael Eric Dyson will be here soon to take me to the woodshed,” he added, a reference to one of his guests on the show later that night. Some audience members yelled, “We love you Bill” as he took the stage. Maher then went into his regular monologue. Related How Will Emmy Voters React to Bill Maher’s Racial Slur Gaffe? More From Variety TV News Roundup: Jennifer Esposito Exits ‘NCIS’ After One Season Bill Maher Lines Up Michael Eric Dyson to Replace Al Franken in Wake of N-Word Scandal How Will Emmy Voters React to Bill Maher’s Racial Slur Gaffe? This was Maher’s first show since using the racial slur during an interview last week with Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.). HBO issued a statement condemning the remark, and Maher issued an apology the next day. Related: cnn-cancels-reza-aslans-show-after-tweets Related: cnn-cuts-ties-with-reza-aslan-following-antitrump-tweets “Friday nights are always my worst night of sleep because I’m up reflecting on the things I should or shouldn’t have said on my live show,” he said in the statement. “Last night was a particularly long night as I regret the word I used in the banter of a live moment. The word was offensive and I regret saying it and am very sorry.” But it did not stop the fallout. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.)...