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Former AFP head Villanueva acquitted in PhilPost graft case

THE Sandiganbayan acquitted former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Diomedio P. Villanueva of graft charges for prosecution’s failure to prove his role in anomalous transactions worth P53 million. He is also free of civil liabilities.

Empire’s Jussie Smollett charged with faking attack

AMERICAN actor Jussie Smollett was charged on Wednesday with lying to police when he claimed he was attacked and beaten on the streets of Chicago by two masked men shouting racist and homophobic slurs, police said on Wednesday as they sought his arrest.

Chicago police seek follow-up interview with Empire actor

CHICAGO — Chicago police have shifted the direction of their investigation into actor Jussie Smollett’s report of a hate-crime assault and are seeking to interview him again, after releasing two men detained for questioning in the probe, a police spokesman said on Saturday.

Singer Ryan Adams calls accusations ‘inaccurate’

LOS ANGELES — Rock singer Ryan Adams on Wednesday called a New York Times article about him “upsettingly inaccurate” but said he was “not a perfect man” and apologized to anyone he had hurt.

Threat of crime remains but PNP cites prevention efforts

ACCORDING TO the statistics of the Philippine National Police (PNP) from January to October 2018, crime volume nationwide decreased to 390,358 or 13.06% lower than the 448,982 of the same period last year.

Trillanes charged with making grave threats

EMBATTLED opposition Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV is facing yet another court case — this time he has been charged with threatening a government official.

Cosby’s lawyers cite grounds for appealing sexual assault conviction

ATTORNEYS for Bill Cosby outlined their grounds on Tuesday for appealing his sexual assault conviction, citing what they called errors in legal procedure that may have biased the jury and warrant a new trial for the once-beloved comedian.

Actor Geoffrey Rush tells court he was ‘numb’ after misconduct allegation...

SYDNEY — Australian actor Geoffrey Rush said on Monday he was distraught when he read newspaper articles accusing him of inappropriate conduct, as a court began a hearing into his lawsuit against the publisher.

Toward a stronger economy

The current administration inherited a robust economy from its predecessor. And exactly two years after President Rodrigo R. Duterte assumed the office, the economy...

Sylvester Stallone under scrutiny in sexual assault case

LOS ANGELES — US prosecutors have launched a probe to determine whether film star Sylvester Stallone should be charged in connection with a sexual assault reported last year, a spokesman said Wednesday.

Making a Murderer case goes before America’s Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court on Thursday was to decide whether to hear an appeal in a case made famous by popular Netflix series Making a Murderer that raised troubling questions about the American judicial system.

Weinstein Co. must face sexual harassment suit, judge rules

WEINSTEIN CO. must return to New York court to face a lawsuit by women who say the firm is responsible for alleged sexual misconduct by founder Harvey Weinstein, a federal judge ruled.

Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch fights real-life crime — report

LONDON — Hollywood actor Benedict Cumberbatch channelled his inner Sherlock Holmes by leaping to the defense of a cyclist under attack by four men, according to reports.

Film producer Weinstein indicted for rape

NEW YORK — Movie producer Harvey Weinstein was indicted on Wednesday on charges of rape and a criminal sexual act, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said, the first case to emerge from a slew of sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Film mogul Harvey Weinstein appears handcuffed in court to face rape...

NEW YORK — Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein appeared in handcuffs in a New York court on Friday to face charges of rape and other...

Weinstein attorney could face ‘impossible’ task

AFTER sexual assault charges were dropped against former International Monetary Fund chairman Dominique Strauss-Kahn in 2011, his lawyer Ben Brafman assailed the accuser’s credibility,...

Pop star Chris Brown named in sex assault lawsuit

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles woman filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against Chris Brown and a fellow rapper, alleging she was repeatedly raped...

Cosby conviction could mean hefty damages in civil cases — legal...

NEW YORK — On top of the years in prison comedian Bill Cosby faces for sexual assault, his criminal conviction increases the likelihood he...

Wall Street collector launches legal fight over Koons works

ONE OF Wall Street’s biggest investors in distressed debt claims a prominent New York gallery and artist Jeff Koons are cheating customers by failing...

NY judge awards Nazi-looted artworks to Holocaust victim’s heirs in key...

NEW YORK — A New York judge on Thursday awarded title of two Nazi-looted drawings by noted Austrian painter Egon Schiele to a Holocaust...

Cosby back on trial for sex assault in #MeToo world

NORRISTOWN — Disgraced US megastar comedian Bill Cosby returns to trial Monday for alleged sexual assault, a tougher legal fight the second time around...

SC en banc orders government to submit records of operations related...

The Supreme Court (SC), sitting en banc, on Tuesday, April 3, gave the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) 15 days to submit to...

Endorse UN inquiry into drug war, HRW urges gov’t

THE PHILIPPINE government should “urgently support” a United Nations (UN)-led investigation into the killings in its war on drugs, New York-based advocacy group Human...

Official figure on fatality count in drug war 3,987

By Arjay L. Balinbin THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and other agencies, in a press briefing at Malacañang on Monday, Jan. 22, reported that...

Palace: Action being taken on Davao Boys in Reuters story

MALACAÑANG ON Thursday, Dec. 21, said the government has already taken action regarding the so-called Davao Boys of police officers in Quezon City who...

‘He was my monster’: Actress Salma Hayek alleges Harvey Weinstein misconduct

CHICAGO — Mexican-born actress Salma Hayek has joined the ranks of Hollywood women accusing movie producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, calling him a...

Batali leaves food empire over sex misconduct allegations

NEW YORK -- Celebrity chef Mario Batali stepped away from his eponymous gastronomic empire Monday, after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct over...

Palace assures probe on retired priest’s murder, but cautions against ‘political...

MALACAÑANG ON Tuesday assured the public that the Philippine National Police (PNP) will investigate the murder of Nueva Ecija priest Fr. Marcelino “Tito” Paez,...

‘Rampant’ Singapore piracy prompts Hollywood lobby for crackdown

SINGAPORE, which prides itself on being a haven for law and order, is being called a haven for pirating copyrighted programming by entertainment titans...

Sex misconduct allegations snag Levin, Rush, and Russell Simmons

NEW YORK — New York’s Metropolitan Opera on Sunday suspended its relationship with former long-time music director, the acclaimed conductor James Levine, as it...

Backstreet Boy Nick Carter denies 2002 rape allegation

LOS ANGELES — Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter on Wednesday denied an allegation that he raped a teen pop singer 15 years ago, saying...

Jeffrey Tambor quits Transparent after sex assault claims are made

LOS ANGELES — After two women on the set of Transparent accused him of sexual harassment, Emmy-winning actor Jeffrey Tambor announced Sunday he is...

Harvey Weinstein, studios face class action suit over alleged sexual misconduct

LOS ANGELES — An actress filed a class action lawsuit Wednesday against Harvey Weinstein, claiming she and other women had been subjected to a...

Puma accused of defacing Indian heritage for shoe commercial

NEW DELHI — Global sportswear giant Puma was accused Tuesday of irreversibly damaging 17th-century architecture in Delhi’s historic quarter as part of an advertising...

US mom says Kevin Spacey assaulted son

NEW YORK — A Massachusetts mother on Wednesday accused Kevin Spacey of sexually assaulting her 18-year-old son on the holiday island of Nantucket last...

Weinstein sues own company for records

WILMINGTON, DELAWARE – The Weinstein Co. film company on Thursday was sued by its founder and former co-chairman Harvey Weinstein who is seeking information...

Marilyn Manson axes bassist after rape allegation

NEW YORK – Shock rocker Marilyn Manson has dismissed his bassist whose former girlfriend accused him of rape, as the furor over film mogul...

Could Weinstein face trial? The mogul’s legal woes

NEW YORK – Could Harvey Weinstein go on trial for sexual assault, rape or harassment? Experts assess his mounting legal woes with around 40...

Two more Weinstein accusers go public with sex assault claims

LOS ANGELES – A former actress accused Harvey Weinstein of exposing his genitals and forcing himself on her as a separate alleged victim publicly...

US court rejects Cosby accuser’s bid to revive defamation suit

BOSTON – A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected a bid to revive a defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby by an actress who said...

Cosby accuser asks US appeals court to revive defamation lawsuit

BOSTON – A lawyer for an actress who claims Bill Cosby raped her in 1974 told a US appeals court on Wednesday that the...

Swiss probe rape allegation against Roman Polanski

ZURICH – A former German actress and model has told Swiss authorities that film director Roman Polanski raped her at his mountain chalet in...

SWS survey shows crime down but fear remains

PROPERTY CRIMES and victimization by common crimes fell to a record low of 3.1% and 3.7%, respectively, whereas physical violence was at a steady...

Indian police arrest four after Game of Thrones leak

NEW DELHI – Indian police have arrested four people on suspicion of leaking an unaired episode of HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones, police...

Singer Taylor Swift wins groping lawsuit

DENVER – Pop superstar Taylor Swift was celebrating Monday after winning a sexual assault lawsuit against a former radio DJ she accused of groping...