Travis Scott Requests Dismissal

The biggest comedy event in history… ‘Live in Front of a Studio Audience’ returns… Jussie Smollett update… Judge asks for Cardi B’s medical records… and Travis Scott requests dismissal

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Netflix is throwing a huge 11-day comedy festival called “Netflix is a Joke.” The shows will take place at different venues around the LA area between April 28 and May 8, featuring 130 comedians! Just about everyone you’ve ever heard of — and a bunch you haven’t — will be taking the stage, including some heavy hitters like David Letterman, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Ellen DeGeneres, Amy Schumer, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Pete Davidson, and Dave Chappelle! Gabriel Iglesias will perform at Dodger Stadium, making him the first stand-up comedian to ever perform at that venue. And Kevin Hart will headline at the Arena, which used to be known as the Staples Center. Presale tickets go on sale today, and the general public can buy what’s left starting Friday.

This may be the best thing Jimmy Kimmel has ever done. He is the genius behind “Live in Front of a Studio Audience,” where A-list celebrities recreate episodes of classic comedies, word-for-word. The first special was broadcast on ABC in May of 2019 with Woody Harrelson and Marisa Tomei playing Archie and Edith Bunker in “All in the Family,” and Jamie Foxx and Wanda Sykes playing George and Louis Jefferson in “The Jeffersons.” Tonight, “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” is back with Jennifer Aniston, Kathryrn Hahn, Gabrielle Union and Allison Tolman recreating an episode of “Facts of Life”! We’re promised some very special and top secret appearances. And then Kevin Hart and Damon Wayons will play Arnold and “What you talkin’ about?” Willis, with John Lithgow playing Mr. Drummond for an episode of “Diff’rent Strokes”!

Rather than plead the fifth, Jussie Smollett took the stand in his own defense yesterday, once again denying he staged a hate crime and then lied to police about it. Jussie is charged with six counts of felony disorderly conduct for allegedly making false reports. He could receive up to three years in prison, if convicted, but it’s more likely that he’ll receive probation and community service. His attackers — Abel and Ola Osundairo — have already testified that Jussie paid them $3500 to attack him while yelling racist and anti-gay slurs, hoping it would be picked up by security cameras in the area. But Jussie testified that the $3500 he paid was for nutrition and training advice from Abel. Jussie testified that Abel told him he could get an illegal herbal supplement that is available in Nigeria, but not in the US. He testified that a text message he sent to Abel days before the attack that read to “meet on the low” was for that weight loss supplement, and not to go through with this fake attack. Jussie also testified that he and Abel did drugs together and engaged in intimate activities on more than one occasion. And as far as the alleged attack, Jussie said that “it felt like something out of Looney Tunes.” And he didn’t call the police immediately because, “I’m a Black man in America. I don’t trust police.”

Cardi B has filed a defamation lawsuit against a vlogger whom Cardi claims has spread false rumors that she has herpes. Now a federal judge has given a California hospital permission to turn over “any and all medical records within your possession related solely to the testing for Herpes and HPV for Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar,” aka Cardi B. In Cardi’s libel lawsuit, she says Latasha Kebe has waged a “malicious campaign” to hurt Cardi’s reputation, including posting dozens of videos falsely accusing Cardi of being a prostitute who uses drugs and has STDs. The trial is set to begin on January 5.

In the aftermath of his Astroworld Festival in Houston, Travis Scott is facing a ton of lawsuits. He’s looking at nearly $3B in damages from all the lawsuits combined. Travis has officially filed his first legal response to 11 lawsuits naming him and his companies as defendants, denying responsibility for the 10 deaths and hundreds of injuries. Travis is issuing a “general denial,” which is a legal term in civil suits that allows someone to submit one blanket response to all the allegations against them. A motion was filed last week to combine all 275 cases that have been filed so far, since so many of them are basically the same. This would make things much more efficient, and would require just one judge to handle the whole thing. The court has yet to rule on that motion.

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