Jussie Smollett has been compared to Amber Heard on social media, after the two sat down for post-trial interviews in which each professed their innocence, after respective juries delivered verdicts against them. Empire star Smollett, 40, was released from Chicago's Cook County Jail in March, pending appeal , less than a week after a judge had sentenced him to 150 days behind bars. The actor was in December found guilty of lying to police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack on the streets of Chicago in 2019. Making an appearance on SiriusXM's Sway in the Morning on Tuesday, Smollett—who is currently promoting his feature directorial debut B-Boy Blues —insisted to host Sway Calloway that he did not stage his own attack. "If I had done this, I'd be a piece of s***... That's not really questionable," Smollett said, adding that doing so "would mean that I stuck my fist in the pain of Black Americans in this country for over 400 years. "We're not … [Read more...] about Jussie Smollett compared to Amber Heard as post-trial interviews air
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DOVER, Del. (AP) — A former chief of staff to Delaware State Auditor Kathy McGuiness admitted during testimony in her criminal corruption trial Thursday that he lied under oath to a grand jury that was investigating McGuiness. Thomas Van Horn acknowledged under cross-examination by the defense that he told the grand jury in April 2021 that McGuiness had fired him a month earlier because of “disagreements” they had. In fact, McGuiness asked Van Horn to resign because he had been in a sexual relationship with a subordinate staffer. Van Horn also acknowledged that he never volunteered information to prosecutors and investigators about his relationship with Rachael King, who also is expected to testify. Instead, he claimed that he was terminated because McGuiness had heard a “potential rumor of a sexual relationship” with someone in the office, and that he might be a victim of “defamation.” “When you said it was a rumor, that was a lie, because it was a true story, wasn’t it?” … [Read more...] about Ex-aide admits lied to grand jury in auditor corruption case
The Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard verdict was roped into the notorious murder of Gabby Petito during a court hearing on Wednesday in Florida. Judge Hunter W. Carroll, who will decide whether a lawsuit against killer Brian Laundrie's family will move forward, invoked Depp's defamation verdict while looking at a statement from Laundrie's parents. The murder of 22-year-old Petito by fiancé Laundrie whipped up a media firestorm last year. Her parents have filed a lawsuit against Laundrie's parents, alleging that they knew their son killed Petito and attempted to help him flee the country. In the lawsuit, Joseph Petito and Nicole Schmidt claimed Laundrie told his parents, Christopher and Roberta Laundrie, that he had killed his fiancée about a day after the murder. The Laundrie family "went on vacation knowing that Brian Laundrie had murdered Gabrielle Petito," the complaint alleged. "It is believed they knew where her body was located, and further knew that Gabrielle Petito's … [Read more...] about Judge cites Johnny Depp in court feud over Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie
A man accused of driving his SUV through a Christmas parade in suburban Milwaukee last year, killing six people and injuring dozens more, this week served notice he will try to persuade a jury that he was mentally ill during the incident and if convicted should go to an institution instead of prison. But Darrell Brooks Jr.’s new insanity defense could be a tough sell in Waukesha County, which is still recovering from the horrors of that November day. WHAT ARE THE CHARGES? Court documents allege Brooks beat the mother of his child just before the parade began in downtown Waukesha on November 21 because she hadn’t bailed him out of jail several days earlier. He had been arrested for running her over with his SUV. He then drove the vehicle into the parade route, ignoring police orders to stop, according to a criminal complaint. He crashed into people head-on and ran them over as they lay on the ground, the complaint said. He finally turned off the parade route, left his vehicle … [Read more...] about NEWS 18 EXPLAINS: How US Christmas Parade Crash Insanity Plea Will Work
Johnny Depp's attorney, Camille Vasquez , became emotional in a taped interview as she recounted seeing her client smile again following the verdict in his defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard . Vasquez was the surprise breakout star during the six-week court battle, which centered upon Depp's $50 million lawsuit against Heard over a 2018 op-ed for The Washington Post , in which she said she was a domestic abuse survivor. Following a high-profile trial, the jury on June 1 awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, after finding Heard's claim to be false and defamatory. Heard, who had countersued for $100 million, was awarded $2 million after it was found that Depp's former attorney, Adam Waldman , had made defamatory comments about her. Depp was not present when the verdict was handed down, as he had embarked on a European tour with Jeff Beck days beforehand—but Vasquez has revealed that they still ensured they were … [Read more...] about Camille Vasquez fights tears in video recounting Depp’s post-verdict smile
As the judge in the defamation trial between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp finalized the verdict in the case on Friday, it became clear that Amber Heard may need to pay a large amount of money should she appeal. After the weeks-long, high-profile trial, in which Depp sued his ex-wife, Heard, for $50 million for defamation following an op-ed she wrote in 2018, the seven-person civil jury reached a verdict on June 1 largely in Depp's favor , awarding him $15 million in damages—$10 million in compensatory damages with the other $5 million for punitive damages. Judge Penney Azcarate later lowered the punitive award to $350,000 per Virginia's legal maximum. In total, after figuring the $2 million awarded Heard for her her counter-suit for nuisance, Depp's award came to $8.35 million, which Heard's lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft, has publicly stated the Aquaman actress cannot afford . On top of that, the upfront cost of an appeal for Heard would be equal to that judgment, plus … [Read more...] about Amber Heard needs mega payment to appeal Johnny Depp decision: Judge
The uncovering of Jeffrey Epstein 's sex abuse scandal sent shock waves across the world when it was revealed in July 2019. Also implicated in Epstein's crimes was Ghislaine Maxwell , a British socialite who was accused of helping him procure girls, including a 14-year-old, who were subject to sexual abuse. Epstein took his own life in his New York prison cell in August 2019 as he awaited trial and sadly for his victims, they never got to see justice served. However, some justice has prevailed among the horrors of Epstein and Maxwell's crimes with Maxwell, 60, recently standing trial for several sex trafficking offenses she committed between 1994 and 2004 with Epstein at his homes in Florida, New York and New Mexico. In December 2021 she was found guilty of recruiting and grooming teenage girls to have sexual encounters with Epstein after 40 hours of jury deliberation. Who is Ghislaine Maxwell? on Starz is a three-part documentary that looks into the rise and fall of … [Read more...] about “Who Is Ghislaine Maxwell?” on Starz: Where is Ghislaine Maxwell now?
Joe Rogan believes everyone wants to see Johnny Depp date Camille Vasquez, the attorney who helped him to success in his recent defamation trial. Vasquez was the surprise breakout star of the court case, becoming a trending topic online during it with numerous admirers commenting on her abilities during the court case. As a result of her friendship with Depp during the trial, a number of dating rumors emerged and Vasquez has even been forced to address the topic on a number of occasions. Comedian and podcaster Rogan once again weighed in on the subject of Depp vs. Amber Heard with his guests Ari Shaffir, Shane Gillis and Mark Normand. Not for the first time, he commented unfavorably on Heard but also discussed his admiration for Vasquez. Comedian Normand admitted to having a crush on Vasquez and Rogan added, "She's very hot." He continued: "Being hot and natural, and really smart. Really smart and not taking any bull s****. And, we all want her to fall in love with Johnny … [Read more...] about Joe Rogan thinks “we all want” Camille Vasquez and Johnny Depp to date
Miranda rights are read to a person by a police officer during their arrest. The Miranda warning was created to protect the rights of those questioned by the police in an intimidating or coercive manner in the 1960s. The police will read a person their Miranda rights if they plan on using the person's answers as evidence at a trial and they are only required to read the rights if they intend to interrogate the suspect under custody. Essentially, Miranda rights allow a person in police custody to remain silent and have an attorney present for questioning. What are your Miranda rights? The Miranda rights are read out as follows: "You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you. "Do you understand the rights I have just read to you? With these rights in mind, do you wish to speak to me?" In Indiana, New Jersey, Nevada, … [Read more...] about What are your Miranda rights and when must they be read?
close Video Verdict reached in Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard trial Fox News correspondent Mark Meredith details the reactions from Johnny Depp and Amber Heard following the conclusion of the defamation trial on 'Special Report.' NEW You can now listen to Fox News articles! Johnny Depp's lawyer Camille Vasquez is being hailed as "Wonder Woman" after she rushed to the aid of a passenger on American Airlines who collapsed mid-flight, according to a report. Vasquez, 37, helped Depp secure a $10.35 million judgement against his ex-wife Amber Heard in his blockbuster defamation trial earlier this month in Fairfax, Virginia. HOW JOHNNY DEPP VERDICT COULD IMPACT PETITO FAMILY LAWSUIT AGAINST BRIAN LAUNDRIE'S PARENTS The celebrity lawyer was on a flight from Los Angeles to New York June 20 when an attendant yelled for help after a man, in his 70s, fell and hit his head, TMZ reported. Johnny Depp's lawyer Camille Vasquez … [Read more...] about Johnny Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez helps airline passenger who hit head