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This is a dark day in the world of news and entertainment as Bill Cosby, one of the most influential African-American actors and comedians in history, has been sentenced to three to ten years in prison for his 2004 sexual assault!

via The Associated Press

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His Hollywood career and good-guy image in ruins, an 81-year-old Bill Cosby was sentenced Tuesday to three to 10 years behind bars for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman, becoming the first celebrity of the #MeToo era to be sent to prison.

The punishment all but completed the dizzying, late-in-life fall for the comedian, former TV star and breaker of racial barriers.

“It is time for justice. Mr. Cosby, this has all circled back to you. The time has come,” Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill said. He quoted from victim Andrea Constand’s own statement to the court, in which she said Cosby took her “beautiful, young spirit and crushed it.”

Cosby declined the opportunity to address the court before the sentence came down.

The punishment came at the end of a two-day hearing at which the judge declared Cosby a “sexually violent predator” — a modern-day scarlet letter that subjects him to monthly counseling for the rest of his life and requires that neighbors and schools be notified of his whereabouts.

The comic once known as America’s Dad for his role on the top-rated “Cosby Show” in the 1980s was convicted in April of violating Constand, Temple University women’s basketball administrator, at his suburban Philadelphia estate in 2004. It was the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.

Cosby faced a sentence of anywhere from probation to 10 years in prison. His lawyers asked for house arrest, saying Cosby — who is legally blind — is too old and vulnerable to do time in prison. Prosecutors asked for five to 10 years behind bars, saying he could still pose a threat to women.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele rejected the notion that Cosby’s age and infirmity entitle him to mercy. “He was good at hiding this for a long time. Good at suppressing this for a long time. So it’s taken a long time to get there,” Steele said.

The sentencing came as another extraordinary #MeToo drama unfolded on Capitol Hill, where Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh stands accused of sexual misconduct more than three decades ago.

The Cosby case “really raised awareness of the pervasiveness of … sexual misconduct against subordinates and against women of relatively less power,” said Daniel Filler, dean of Drexel University’s law school. “For jurors, I think it’s inherently changed the credibility of the accusers.”

In the years since Constand first went to authorities in 2005, more than 60 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, though none of those claims have led to criminal charges.

The judge ruled on Cosby’s “sexually violent predator” status after a psychologist for the state testified that the entertainer appears to have a mental disorder that gives him an uncontrollable urge to have sex with women without their consent. When the ruling came down, a woman in the courtroom shot her fist into the air and whispered, “Yessss!”

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Cosby’s legacy has been systematically taken apart as these allegations have mounted. The Cosby Show reruns have been taken off the air indefinitely, colleges have stripped him of his honorary degrees, and much of public opinion is against him thanks in no small part to the #MeToo Movement. Cosby will now be in company with the likes of Harvey Weinstein, NBC’s Matt Lauer, actor Kevin Spacey and Sen. Al Franken.

We do not know how to feel, but somehow we hope the victims in this find some semblance of peace.

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Devastated…RIP…Kobe Bryant Killed in Helicopter Crash…

Today is a truly dark day, as one of the world’s greatest NBA Players of all time, and beloved athletes, Kobe Bryant, has lost his life in a helicopter crash. 

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Today is a truly dark day, as one of the world’s greatest NBA Players of all time, and beloved athletes, Kobe Bryant, has lost his life in a helicopter crash.

via TMZ:

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Kobe was traveling with at least 3 other people in his private helicopter when it went down. A fire broke out. Emergency personnel responded, but nobody on board survived. 5 people are confirmed dead. We’re told Vanessa Bryant was not among those on board.

The cause of the crash is under investigation

Kobe has famously used a helicopter to travel for years — dating back to when he played for the Lakers. He was known for commuting from Newport Beach, CA to the STAPLES Center in DTLA in his Sikorsky S-76 chopper.

KB is survived by his wife Vanessa, and their four daughters — Gianna, Natalia and Bianca and their newborn Capri.

Guys, we are devastated and are praying for his family, friends, and fans. Kobe you will be missed…GREATLY.

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UPDATE! Jussie Smollett, Victim of Attack By “Make America Great Again” Supporters! Read Threatening Letter Sent to Him 8 Days Ago!

Just in! Jussie Smollett’s attackers were “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) supporters! The proof is in the putting, and in this case a homophobic attack on popular, openly Black and gay man. Donald Trump’s MAGA campaign claims to be harmless, and wants America to stand for its former “ideals,” but his supporters have continuously and systematically proven themselves to be anything but peaceful!

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Just in! Jussie Smollett’s attackers were “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) supporters! The proof is in the putting, and in this case a homophobic attack on popular, openly Black and gay man. Donald Trump’s MAGA campaign claims to be harmless, and wants America to stand for its former “ideals,” but his supporters have continuously and systematically proven themselves to be anything but peaceful!

via TMZ

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Empire” star Jussie Smollett was brutally attacked by 2 men who beat him up, put his head in a noose and screamed, “This is MAGA country.”

Sources directly connected to Jussie tell TMZ, the actor arrived in Chicago from New York late Monday, and at around 2 AM he was hungry and went to a Subway. We’re told when he walked out, someone yelled, “Aren’t you that f***ot ‘Empire’ n*****?” 

The 2 men — both white and wearing ski masks — viciously attacked Jussie as he fought back, but they beat him badly and fractured a rib. They put a rope around his neck, poured bleach on him and as they left they yelled, “This is MAGA country.” 

Jussie was taken to Northwestern Memorial where he was treated. He was discharged later Tuesday morning.

ThatGrapeJuice.Net first posted this letter which was sent to Fox Studios in Chicago with cut out letters spelling, “You will die black f**.” Our sources say the letter was sent 8 days ago.

We really hope justice is served for Jussie and these Trump supporters are buried under the prison. There is no excuse or compassion for this heinous act. Check out their hateful, and threatening letter below. We love you Jussie and are prating for you! We will keep you posted as this story unfolds further!

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Prayers! Jussie Smollett Hospitalized After Possible Homophobic, Racist Attack!

We live in a world where fear and hate somehow manage to permeate the lives of billions worldwide. Its latest victim, however, is a well known one, Empire star, Jussie Smollett. The world over knows him as “Jamal Lyon,” but in real life his an openly gay and affluent man, advocating for equality for all people no matter their sexual orientation and gender. Today, Jussie was attacked by an as of yet unnamed assailant, and it may have been homophobic and racially motivated!

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We live in a world where fear and hate somehow manage to permeate the lives of billions worldwide. Its latest victim, however, is a well known one, Empire star, Jussie Smollett. The world over knows him as “Jamal Lyon,” but in real life his an openly gay and affluent man, advocating for equality for all people no matter their sexual orientation and gender. Today, Jussie was attacked by an as of yet unnamed assailant, and it may have been homophobic and racially motivated!

via ET Online

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Jussie Smollett has been hospitalized in Chicago after a possible homophobic and racially charged attack, ET can confirm.

According to the Chicago Police Department’s incident details, a 30-something man was walking when two unknown offenders approached him and gained his attention by yelling out racial and homophobic slurs towards him. Police say the offenders allegedly began to attack the victim with their hands about the face and poured an unknown chemical substance onto the victim.

At some point during the alleged incident, one of the offenders wrapped a rope around the victim’s neck. According to police, the offenders then fled the scene, and the victim was self-transported to Northwestern Hospital. He is in good condition, and Area Central Detectives are investigating.

Chicago Police Department spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi sent out a statement to ET on Tuesday reading: “Overnight, the Chicago Police Department received a report of a possible racially-charged assault and battery involving a cast member of the television show Empire. Given the severity of the allegations, we are taking this investigation very seriously and treating it as a possible hate crime. Detectives are currently working to gather video, identify potential witnesses and establish an investigative timeline. The victim is fully cooperating with investigators and we ask anyone with information about this incident to contact Area Central Detectives at 312-747-8382 or report it anonymously to www.cpdtip.com.”

This is very disheartening! These are truly trying times and we hate this is happening to Jussie, or anyone for that matter. Please if you know something, say something. Be an advocate to those who live and love differently! We’re praying for you Jussie!

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