Civil jury finds Bill Cosby sexually abused teenager in 1975

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Jurors at a civil trial found Tuesday that Bill Cosby sexually abused a 16-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in 1975. The Los Angeles County jury delivered the verdict in favor of Judy Huth, who is now 64, and awarded her $500,000. Jurors found that Cosby intentionally caused harmful sexual contact … Read more

Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna settle before trial’s sequel

LOS ANGELES — A settlement agreement has been reached on the eve of a second trial pitting the Kardashian family against former reality TV star Blac Chyna. Jury selection had been set to begin Monday in the trial over Chyna’s claims that her former fiance Rob Kardashian maliciously posted nude photos of her in 2017 … Read more

Bill Cosby civil trial jury must start deliberations over

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — After two days of deliberations in which they reached verdicts on nearly all of the questions put before them, jurors in a civil trial who were deciding on sexual abuse claims against Bill Cosby will have to start from scratch on Monday. By the end of the court day Friday, the … Read more

Lawyers urge leniency at sentencing for Ghislaine Maxwell

NEW YORK — Lawyers for British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell urged leniency at sentencing, asking a judge Wednesday to disregard a probation department recommendation of a 20-year prison term for her sex trafficking conviction and role in financier Jeffrey Epstein’s sex abuse of teenage girls. They said in court papers in Manhattan federal court that Maxwell … Read more

Nipsey Hussle’s shooting death was planned, jury told

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles district attorney told a jury Nipsey Hussle’s fatal shooting was premeditated by the man charged with killing the Grammy Award-winning rapper outside his clothing store three years ago. Deputy District Attorney John McKinney said during his opening statement Wednesday that there’s “no doubt” Eric R. Holder knew in advance … Read more

Amber Heard says she doesn’t blame jury in Depp libel case

NEW YORK — Amber Heard says she doesn’t blame the jury that awarded Johnny Depp more than $10 million after a contentious six-week libel trial in her first post-verdict interview. “I don’t blame them,” Heard told “Today” co-host Savannah Guthrie in an interview clip aired Monday on NBC. He’s a beloved character and people feel … Read more

Depp-Heard defamation trial: What was the jury considering?

FAIRFAX, Va. — After a six-week trial, a civil jury in Virginia spent about 12 hours over three days deliberating defamation claims by Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard. The jury on Wednesday afternoon awarded Depp more than $10 million in damages, while finding that Heard’s counterclaim had merits too, awarding her $2 million … Read more

Jury sides with Depp on lawsuit, Heard on counterclaim

FAIRFAX, Va. — A jury on Wednesday awarded Johnny Depp $10.35 million in his libel lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard, vindicating his stance that Heard fabricated claims that she was abused by Depp before and during their brief marriage. The jury also found in favor of Heard, who said she was defamed by Depp’s lawyer … Read more

Depp-Heard defamation trial: What is the jury considering?

FAIRFAX, Va. — After a six-week trial, a civil jury in Virginia is deliberating defamation claims by Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard. The trial has featured lurid testimony with explicit details about the movie stars’ short and volatile marriage. But what is the case really about? And what will the jury need to … Read more

Judge: No ‘speck’ of proof in Palin’s libel case against NYT

NEW YORK — The judge who presided over Sarah Palin’s libel case against The New York Times denied her request Tuesday for a new trial, saying she failed to introduce “even a speck” of evidence necessary to prove actual malice by the newspaper. US District Judge Jed Rakoff made the assertion in a written decision … Read more