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Stormy Daniels ordered to pay Trump $293,000 in legal fees over defamation suit

A judge has ordered adult film star Stormy Daniels to pay $293,000 in legal fees to President Donald Trump after her defamation lawsuit against the president was dismissed in October.

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Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, filed suit in April contending Trump defamed her in a social media post last April that made fun of her allegations that a man threatened her in 2011, ordering her to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Trump.

Trump posted a photo of the sketch of the purported suspect and a photo of Daniels’ ex-husband, suggesting that the suspect was actually her ex.

The court ordered Daniels to pay $293,052.33 in attorney fees, plus $1,000 in sanctions. Trump’s attorneys had requested $340,000 in legal fees.

The judge wrote in his decision that the president’s attorney’s spent “excessive” time on the case, The Hill reported.

>> Related: Porn star Stormy Daniels sues Trump attorney Michael Cohen for defamation

Trump’s lawyer Charles Harder issued a statement after Tuesday’s decision calling the ruling “a total victory for the President, and a total defeat for Stormy Daniels.”

Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti angrily told The Hill that “Harder and Trump deserve each other because both are dishonest.”

“They received less than one half of what they asked for because the request was gross and excessive. Stormy will never [have] to pay a dime because they owe her over $1 million in attorney’s fees and costs from the NDA case, especially in light of Cohen’s guilty plea to a felony,” Avenatti said, according to The Hill.

>> Related: Stormy Daniels sues Trump for defamation

Daniels sued Trump and his former personal attorney and “fixer” Michael Cohen in an effort to break a so-called hush agreement she signed before the 2016 presidential election in exchange for $130,000 to keep quiet about an alleged affair with Trump in 2006. She claimed the agreement is non-binding because Trump never signed it.

Cohen has since pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance laws, related to the payment made to Daniels, and other financial crimes and is awaiting sentencing this week. Prosecutors have recommended “substantial” prison time for Cohen.


Video shows Jake Owen's daughter sing, play guitar along to his song

Jake Owen was in Vero Beach, Florida, over the weekend to perform at his annual Jake Owen Foundation Benefit Concert, but his daughter, Olive Pearl Owen, stole the show for some.

TCPalm reported that Jenna Cocorullo was at the Saturday show and got video of Pearl strumming what appeared to be a toy guitar offstage while her dad was onstage.

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The 6-year-old also sang along as Owen performed his 2013 song “Anywhere With You.”

“I doubt Jake will see this but I really hope he does,” Cocorullo said in her tweet the next day. “Most adorable video of his daughter playing along and (singing) his song!”

Owen saw the post and said, “Wow. This just made my life. Ha. Thanks for this..”

Pearl is Owen’s first child from his marriage to Lacey Buchanan. The two divorced in 2015 after three years of marriage.

Pearl will soon be a big sister: Owen is expecting his second child with his girlfriend, Erica Hartlein, in 2019. It will be their first child together.

Meghan Markle shows off baby bump, stuns crowd at British Fashion Awards

The British Fashion Awards got the royal treatment Monday when the Duchess of Sussex, formerly known as Megan Markle, made a surprise appearance.

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Markle, who married Britain's Prince Harry in May and announced her pregnancy in October, wore a black Givenchy gown to the ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London, "Today" reported.

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Markle presented Givenchy artistic director Clare Waight Keller, who designed Markle's wedding dress, with the British Designer of the Year Womenswear Award, ABC News reported.

"As all of you in this room know, we have a deep connection to what we wear, sometimes it's very personal and sometimes it's emotional," Markle said. "But for me this connection is rooted in really being able to understand that it's about supporting and empowering each other, especially as women."

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A stunned Waight Keller embraced Markle and thanked her.

"I've gotten to know Meghan on such a personal level, and you know, to have someone like that trust you in an incredible moment in their life is something that is just the most unbelievable honor," she said.

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Dolly Parton’s younger brother, songwriter Floyd Parton, dead at 61

Dolly Parton’s younger brother and songwriting partner, Floyd Parton, has died at the age of 61.

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He passed away last Thursday, according to an obituary from Atchley Funeral home.

Floyd Parton was described in the obituary as “a man of many talents and areas of knowledge.”

“He was an avid outdoorsman and had an abundant knowledge of nature as well as being an incredible cook,” the funeral home said

“Floyd was a talented songwriter and composer. Two of his most famous songs were ‘Rockin’ Years,’ recorded by Dolly Parton and Ricky Van Shelton and ‘Nickels and Dimes,’ recorded by Dolly Parton and later by George Burns.”

Another sister, Stella Parton, posted a photo on Twitter on the day Floyd Parton died.

“I am spending the day with my beautiful brother, Floyd,” she said.

The family is asking for donations to the My People Senior Activity Center in Sevierville, Tennessee, in lieu of flowers.

The Parton family already held a private funeral service.

TIME’s Person of the Year 2018 shortlist announced

TIME unveiled its 2018 Person of the Year shortlist Monday, recognizing “the person or group of people who most influenced the news and the world — for better or for worse — during the past year.”

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Last year, TIME honored the “silence breakers,” a group of “all races, all income classes, all occupations and virtually all corners of the globe,” for breaking their silence against sexual harassment. The 2017 magazine cover featured Ashley Judd, Susan Fowler, Adama Iwu, Isabel Pascual and Taylor Swift.

Here are the 10 finalists on the 2018 shortlist:
  • President Donald Trump
  • Separated families at the border
  • Russia’s President Vladimir Putin
  • Special counsel Robert Mueller
  • “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler
  • Christine Blasey Ford, who testified against Judge Brett Kavanaugh in September
  • Jamal Khashoggi, Washington Post columnist believed to have been murdered by the Saudi regime
  • March For Our Lives activists led by students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida
  • South Korean President Moon Jae-in
  • Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex

TIME’s 2018 Person of the Year will be announced Tuesday at 7 a.m. on NBC’s Today show.

50 Cent’s crew member killed on set of Starz series ‘Power’

A crew member on 50 Cent’s popular Starz series “Power” was struck by an SUV and killed Monday morning in Brooklyn, New York, closing down filming on the show’s sixth season, according to media reports.

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Production assistant Pedro Jimenez, 63, was fatally struck around 4 a.m. by another crew member while placing traffic cones on a street in preparation for the start of filming, according to USA Today.

The driver of the Ford Explorer that hit and killed Jimenez remained at the scene as police began their investigation.

“It’s unknown why the vehicle moved and lost control,” New York police detective Martin Brown told USA Today. There have been “no arrests at this time but this incident is still under investigation.”

“I just learned we lost Pedro Jimenez, a member of the Power production team early this morning. My prayers and condolences are with the entire Jimenez family,” 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, said in a post Monday on Instagram.

A Starz spokesperson also responded to the tragedy Monday in a statement.

>> Related: Star troubles: 50 Cent has $108,000 monthly expenses, including $72,000 for mansion

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of the members of our ‘power’ family … Our thoughts are with Mr. Jimenez’s family as we work to fully understand what has happened.

The NYPD’s Highway Collision Investigation Squad is investigating the accident.

Jacquees gets dragged on social media for calling himself 'king of R&B'

R&B singer Jacquees has had a year full of buzz -- from his unauthorized but popular remake of Ella Mai’s “Trip” to the release of his debut album “4275.” Though he has attracted a legion of fans, some R&B music lovers have knocked the 24-year-old down a peg after his boastful comments on Instagram over the weekend.

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The Shade Room reported that Jacquees, whose real name Rodriquez Jacquees Broadnax, shared a message with his Instagram followers about his dominance of the R&B genre, especially for the folks in “this generation.”

“I just want to let everybody know that I’m the king of R&B right now -- for this generation,” he said in the Sunday post. “I understand who done came and who done did that and that and that, but now it’s my time. Jacquees the king of R&B. I just heard them say it and I been feeling like that.”

The 24-year-old has not made it to the Billboard chart’s top 40 in 2018, but his 2016 single “B.E.D.” spent seven weeks on the charts, peaking at No. 30 on the R&B and hip-hop charts. His most notable song this year has been a remix of Ella Mai’s “Trip,” but the team behind Ella Mai ripped the track from Soundcloud, reportedly due to the singer-songwriter publishing an unauthorized version of the song.

Jacquees’ sentiment on his R&B royalty status was not well-received for the most part on social media Monday, with many pointing out the singer had little evidence of his dominance, especially when compared to singers like Chris Brown. 

It wasn’t just music fans who took issue with the singer’s declaration. Actor and singer Tyrese also chimed in. On Instagram Monday, Tyrese called Jacquees out for “trolling” social media users. He cited Chris Brown and Trey Songz as current contenders for the “king” title.

Though the reception was mainly negative, Jacquees’ comments did get support from those who applauded his confidence.

Singer Ty Dolla $ign indicted for felony cocaine possession

Ty Dolla $ign may face more than a decade in prison after being indicted by a grand jury on drug charges.

TMZ reported that, according to court documents, the singer and rapper is facing three counts of drug charges, including two felonies.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in September that Ty was arrested in Atlanta on charges of felony possession of cocaine, felony possession of THC and misdemeanor possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

The 36-year-old, whose birth name is Tyrone William Griffin Jr., is from Los Angeles. In Georgia, drug laws are stricter than his home state, according to TMZ.

Related: Ty Dolla $ign caught with cocaine, marijuana in Atlanta, police say

At the time of his arrest, Atlanta police spokeswoman Officer Stephanie Brown told the AJC officers stopped the vehicle Ty and six others were in. TMZ reported that DJ Skrillex was also in the limo. Body camera footage from the arrest shows an officer telling another officer he smelled marijuana, prompting them to get everyone out of the vehicle. Only Ty was arrested after police said they found marijuana and cocaine in his bag. 

“He had no drugs on his person at all,” the singer’s lawyer, Drew Findling, told WSB in September. “Apparently there was a small amount of some drug found in the car, and they let five people walk away. And they let the international superstar go into custody.” Griffin was released on $6,000 bond.

If convicted, TMZ reported, the singer could get up to 15 years in prison. Ty has not responded to the reports. 

Hilary Duff on 'Lizzie McGuire' reboot rumors: 'There's been some conversations'

Could "Lizzie McGuire" be heading back to TV? 

According to "Entertainment Tonight," actress Hilary Duff, who starred in the Disney Channel teen sitcom that aired from 2001 to 2004, said "there's been some conversations" about a possible reboot. 

"It could be a possibility, or it could be nothing, so we'll see," Duff, now 31, told "ET" last week, adding that "it's definitely not a go."

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"I don't want to get everyone wild talking about it," she said.

But Duff said she's "excited" by the idea of a revival.

"I think she was so important to girls at an important time in their life," Duff told "ET." "If she could be important to them again at this age, I think that would be amazing."

The mother of two also said there have "been lots of conversations about" where her character would be today.

"I don't think she's a mom yet, but she might be getting there soon," Duff said.

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Former Miss Kentucky charged with sending naked photos to student

A former Miss Kentucky was arrested Friday and charged with four felony counts in Kanawha County, West Virginia, after she was caught sending nude photos of herself to a former student, according to authorities.

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Ramsey Bearse, 28, now a middle school science teacher outside Charleston, admitted to sending the photos to a 15-year-old ex-student after his parents found the photos on his phone and called authorities, according to The Associated Press. Bearse was the student’s teacher when he attended Andrew Jackson Middle School in Cross Lanes, West Virginia.

“She is currently suspended from her teaching position,” according to a Facebook post from the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office.

After her arraignment on the felony counts, Bearse was released on a $10,000 bond.

The charges carry a maximum fine of 20 years in prison and a $100,000 fine, The Washington Post reported.

It’s unclear if Bearse may have sent explicit photos to other students. The sheriff’s office urged anyone with additional information on the Bearse case or similar cases to contact authorities.

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The University of Kentucky graduate won the Miss Kentucky pageant and competed in the Miss America pageant in 2014 under her maiden name, Carpenter. Bearse, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, used her Miss America platform four years ago to raise awareness of the disease.

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