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Death of Temptations singer Dennis Edwards under investigation

Authorities are investigating allegations that Grammy Award-winning Motown singer Dennis Edwards, who spent years as a lead singer with The Temptations, was abused before his death last week.

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Family members said Edwards died Feb. 1 in Chicago, one day before his 75th birthday. His wife, Brenda Edwards, told the Chicago Tribune that her husband died from complications of meningitis.

However, Becky Schlickerman, a spokeswoman for the Cook County, Illinois, Medical Examiner’s Office, said Monday that an autopsy failed to determine the cause and manner of Dennis Edwards’ death, The Detroit News reported.

“It’s an open and ongoing investigation at this time,” Chicago police spokeswoman Laura Amezaga told the News on Tuesday.

>> Related: Former lead singer of legendary Temptations, Dennis Edwards, dead at 74

Three weeks before Dennis Edwards’ death, an investigator with the Healthcare Consortium of Illinois filed a request for an emergency protection order on the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee’s behalf, the Tribune reported. The agency investigates cases of elder abuse for the state, according to the News.

In the court records, the investigator said that Brenda Edwards tried to suffocate her husband by holding his head down on a pillow and that she took his hearing aids away from him. Dennis Edwards was described as “bedbound and immobile,” the Tribune reported.

Brenda Edwards denied the allegations Monday night in a statement.

“I loved Dennis and we were married for 18 years,” she said. “I would have never done anything to harm him. These allegations are false and defamatory and will be proven as such. Until this is all over, I have no further comment.”

Authorities continue to investigate the case.

Dennis Edwards was survived by five daughters, a son and several grandchildren, according to the Tribune.

Nicole Eggert files sexual abuse charges against Scott Baio, dating back decades

Nicole Eggert has taken her accusations of sexual assault against Scott Baio to the next level.

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The 46-year-old actress made the allegations official when she filed a police report on Tuesday accusing Baio, 57, of sexually abusing her when she was a minor, reports TMZ.

Eggert was accompanied by her attorney Lisa Bloom who tweeted, “We will fully cooperate with the LAPD investigation. Many have reached out to Nicole and me to say that they witnessed inappropriate behavior from Scott Baio when Nicole was underage.”

“Nicole spent two hours today with special units of the LAPD giving her statement and filing the police report,” her rep David Weintraub confirmed to Page Six in a statement. “She plans on cooperating with the police department as they investigate all of her allegations against Scott Baio.”

The actress first came forward with the accusations against her “Charles in Charge” co-star on Jan. 28.

“Ask @scottbaio what happened in his garage at his house when I was a minor. Creep,” she tweeted, before clarifying a few details about the alleged encounter.

She later wrote, according to the New York Daily News, “It started when I was 14. Wasn’t a one-time deal.”

>> Related: Actor Scott Baio fires back at allegations that he molested a minor on the set of “Charles in Charge”

Egger later appeared on the “TODAY” show and shared her story of Baio’s alleged predatory behavior. “He immediately took to me and befriended me and earned my trust. He expressed his love for me and talked about marriage in the future,” she told the host, Megyn Kelly. “And then, before my 15th birthday, we were at his house, in his car, in his garage, and he reached over, and he penetrated me with his finger. And that is when the sexual touching and abuse started.”

A few days later, Baio appeared on “Good Morning America,” and acknowledged that the pair did have sex, but that it was consensual. He also says it was after the show stopped shooting, and Eggert was of age. He claims he remained friends with Eggert “after [their] only sexual encounter, which she aggressively sought.”

“She wanted me to be her first, so that she would be good for her boyfriend,” he added.

Baio also said he’s not worried about Eggert potentially reporting him to authorities.

“Why would I have a concern over something I didn’t do?” he said.

Baio also took to Facebook Live to deny the accusations.

>> Related: Scott Baio is blaming the backlash over his anti-drug remarks and Erin Moran’s death on his support of Trump

“I’m being accused of inappropriately touching her, Nicole Eggert, when she was a minor. And having sex with her when she was a minor. That’s what I’m being accused of,” he says, vehemently denying the allegations.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle invite Sarah Ferguson to wedding, angering royals

Prince Harry has reportedly enraged his father Prince Charles and his grandfather Prince Phillip by insisting that his estranged aunt, the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, be invited to his upcoming wedding to American actress Meghan Markle.

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“It has been made very clear by Buckingham Palace that they don’t want the Duchess of York to attend,” a source told the Daily Mail.

Phillip has made no secret of his distaste for his former daughter-in-law, who was married to his son Prince Andrew until their highly-publicized divorce 1996, but that reportedly didn’t stop Harry putting his foot down.

“Harry has nailed his colors to the mast on this,” a royal aide said, according to the Daily Mail. “He wants his aunt there — and she will be.”

The 58-year-old was not invited to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding in 2011 and spoke about the pain that caused her.

“I was not invited,” Ferguson in 2011 interview with Oprah Winfrey. “I chose to go and be in Thailand in a place called Camelia … the jungle embraced me.” She also mentioned that not receiving an invite was hard, saying, “I wanted to be there with my girls … to be getting them dressed and to go as a family.”

Harry reportedly wants to avoid causing his aunt any more grief.

“Invitations for Harry and Meghan’s wedding are expected to go out the first week of March. Despite reports to the contrary, Sarah Ferguson will be receiving one and attending,” a source told Us Weekly. “Harry has always intended to invite Sarah to the wedding. He is very close to Eugenie and Beatrice, and their mother is just as much family as their father. Harry and Meghan have total control over who goes to the wedding and there was never an issue at the Palace about Sarah being invited. No push back from anyone.”

It looks like Ferguson will be going to two royal weddings this year.

The Duchess of York’s daughter, Princess Eugenie, recently got engaged to her partner Jack Brooksbank.

The proud mom took to social media on the day of the announcement to share several photos of the couple together using hashtags “#engagement” and “#eugieandjack.”

In the first image, she shared a photo of the newly engaged couple with words overlaid on the image reading, “A total embrace of goodness and joy. We love Jack and I am so excited to have a son, a brother and a best friend. Eugenie is one of the finest people I know and so together it will be pure harmony.”

She added, “Total joy!! #engagement @TheDukeOfYork” in the tweet.

‘Home Improvement,’ ‘Justified’ actor, musician Mickey Jones dead at 76

Actor and musician Mickey Jones — known for dozens of character roles in TV and film, and a musical career that yielded numerous Gold records — has died at 76 after “a long illness.”

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Jones’ agent Cherry Hepburn confirmed Jones’ death in a statement to Deadline but did not offer specifics on how he died or services.

 

He is survived by his wife Phyllis Jean Starr and their two children, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Jones’ film credits include “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” “Sling Blade,” “Tin Cup,” “Total Recall” and many moreTV credits include “Justified,” “M*A*S*H,” “Home Improvement,” “Baywatch,” “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “Workaholics.”

Jones was a musician long before he ever saw time on a screen according to the New York Daily News. A drummer, Mickey Jones played on tracks like “Secret Agent Man” by Johnny Rivers, “If I Had a Hammer” by Trini Lopez, and “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition.

His career of over 20 years started before he was even out of high school and led to over a dozen certified Gold records.

>> Related: 9 of the best quotes from Quincy Jones’ sweeping Vulture interview

He’d go on to play drums for Bob Dylan, joining the singer-songwriter on his infamous 1966 tour through Europe that saw Dylan called “Judas” for playing with electric instruments in Manchester. Some fans saw the decision as an abandonment of the sound that propelled him to fame.

Jordan Peele ‘seriously’ considering sequel to hit movie ‘Get Out’

Director Jordan Peele’s unexpected horror film “Get Out” was a sleeper hit last year.

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The movie, about a biracial couple heading to meet the woman’s white parents, was critically acclaimed and turned into a smash hit, netting over $255 million worldwide on a shoestring budget of only $4.5 million. The film has garnered a slew of accolades, including four Academy Award nominations — Best Picture, Best Actor (Daniel Kaluuya), Best Original Screenplay and Best Director for Peele.

Following the film’s huge success, Peele has officially retired his acting cap — he was co-creator of the sketch comedy show “Key and Peele” and appeared in a number of TV and film roles — and has several other ideas in the works that will put him behind the scenes. One of them just may be a sequel to his breakout movie.

“I will definitely, seriously consider it,” Peele recently told THR. “I love that universe and feel like there’s more story to tell. I don’t know what it is now, but there are some loose ends.”

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The movie (SPOILER ALERT) was about a black character named Chris, played by Daniel Kaluuya, successfully getting away from his murderous white girlfriend Rose Armitage, played by Allison Williams, and her killer family members and eventually being saved by his TSA agent buddy Rod, leaves room for a sequel.  

In addition to his big professional success in 2017, Peele had personal success, as well.

The director and his comedian wife Chelsea Peretti, the star of Fox’s cop sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” became the parents of a baby boy, named Beaumont Gino, last July. 

>> Related: Meryl Streep, Jordan Peele, Guillermo del Toro and more react to 2018 Oscar nominations

Peele, 38, and Peretti, 39, after four yeears of dating, got hitched in a secret ceremony in 2016 that was witnessed only by their dog. 

Leslie Jones tweets unfavorable service review of Atlanta Fish Market

Leslie Jones, who is in Atlanta working on the TV show “Kevin Probably Saves the World,” was displeased with the service she received at dinner Tuesday.

The actress and comedian, known for “Saturday Night Live” and “Ghostbusters,” previously blasted the Ritz-Carlton via social media and is now letting the Atlanta Fish Market have it. 

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“I wanted a nice meal and wow Atlanta Fish Market gave me the worse service I’ve EVER gotten,” Jones tweeted Tuesday. “Then instead of the manager coming to make it better, he came and gave me the worse attitude EVER! I can’t believe this!”

“Ms. Jones, we’re very sorry to hear that you had a negative experience at the Atlanta Fish Market,” the restaurant tweeted in a reply. “We’d appreciate the opportunity to learn what happened & hopefully make things right. Our guests’ experience is our top priority, & we appreciate you bringing this to our attention. ” 

Jones was not swayed by the restaurant’s response.

“Ask your snobby manager who thought it was just black people trying to get out of paying instead of it being the bad service and terrible food,” Jones wrote. “He actually said ‘No you just didn’t like what you ordered.’ Um yea cause it’s nasty son! I just wanted to eat in Atlanta! Y’all ruin that.”

It’s not clear if the restaurant resolved the issue with Jones beyond addressing her tweet.

Christie Brinkley reveals Donald Trump tried to pick her up while married to Ivana

Longtime top model Christie Brinkley is making an eye-popping claim about President Donald Trump.

Page Six reports that Brinkley, in an interview with Porter magazine, spilled the beans about an alleged encounter with “The Donald” that involved the real estate mogul calling the model to offer her a ride on his private plane — while he was married to Ivana Trump!

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“My phone rings and this guy goes, ‘Hey, Christie, it’s The Donald.’ I say, ‘Hi, Billy,’ because I was dating Billy [Joel] at the time,” the 64-year-old claims.

“But the voice goes, ‘No, no. It’s The Donald! … I hear you’re leaving for Aspen tomorrow. I am too. I’d like to give you a ride on my private jet.’”

Brinkley then said she rejected the offer because Trump was a married man.

“So I reply, ‘Thank you, but I have already arranged my flights.’ I knew he was married, and there he was asking me to go on his plane. He was kind of flirty about it,” she said, adding that she believed he was just “out chasing skirts.”

But the chase didn’t end there, she claimed.

“I’m done being discreet,” Brinkley continued. “I’ve had dinner with him. I’ve always found him smarmy, as in, ‘Watch out, part the waves, the rich people are coming, everything is gold, solid 24-carat gold, the best, the greatest, nobody else has more gold on anything in their house than me. Did you bring a brush? Let’s gold-leaf it!’”

Brinkley’s claims come just a few weeks after the president’s rumored 2006 affair with porn actress Stormy Daniels made the headlines.

According to CNNFox News reporter Diana Falzone wrote a story about the alleged relationship between Daniels and Trump in October 2016, a month before voters went to the polls for the election.

People with knowledge of the story told CNN that Falzone had seen communications about a settlement between Trump and Daniels and had a statement from Daniels’ manager that the adult-film star did engage in a sexual relationship with Trump.

However, the network chose not to publish the story, with one person telling CNN that Falzone “had the story and Fox killed it.”

>> Related: Stormy Daniels appears on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live,' dodges questions about alleged Trump affair

CNN’s report came shortly after The Wall Street Journal published a report that Trump’s personal lawyer, who was at the time a lawyer for the Trump Organization, paid Daniels $130,000 as part of a non-disclosure agreement one month before the 2016 election.

Daniels had reportedly revealed to sources interviewed by The Wall Street Journal that she had a consensual relationship with Trump in 2006. Trump married his current wife, Melania Trump, in 2005.

Meghan Markle used secret code when talking about Prince Harry on ‘Suits’ set

A former Meghan Markle co-star from “Suits” has confessed that the actress used a secret code to discuss Prince Harry on the set of the legal drama.

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“She met this nice guy and we always talked about him in code really,” actor Wendell Pierce, who played Markle’s onscreen dad, admitted on Harry Connick Jr.’s talk show Tuesday. 

“You know, ‘How you doing?” ‘Oh, I’m going to London, coming from London, whatever.’”

Pierce also discussed a tender moment he shared with his Markle as his daughter on her final day of shooting.

“I had a really wonderful moment as we were coming to an end of her time on the show,” the 54-year-old actor recalled. 

“It was just she I in the room and I said, ‘I know your life is going to change, but always know, no matter where you are, I will always be your loving fake father.’”

When Markle’s engagement was announced in November of 2017, Pierce tweeted his approval. “Congratulations to my TV daughter Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on the news of their wedding engagement,” he wrote. “Harry you have her TV father’s blessing. Robert Zane approves.”

>> Related: Cast of Prince Harry, Meghan Markle TV movie announced

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It was recently confirmed that Markle’s co-star and TV fiance Patrick J. Adams would be following her out the door at the end of Season 7. The duo will be reportedly saying goodbye to their long running legal drama in a two-hour season finale that is set to air Wednesday, April 25. The show’s creator Aaron Korsh praised the stars for their work on the series, Entertainment Weekly reported.

“I would like to thank Patrick and Meghan for their extraordinary contributions over the last seven years,” Korsh said in a statement. “Not only have they been outstanding in their roles as Mike and Rachel, they are also superb human beings who will always be beloved members of the Suits family, and we wish them well in their days to come.”

News of Markle’s exit came in early November, just before Kensington Palace announced her engagement to Prince Harry on Nov. 27. The real-life lovers will tie the knot in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19. As well wishes poured in for the pair, Markle’s on-screen lover cracked a joke about her upgraded relationship status.

>> Related: Another royal wedding: Princess Eugenie engaged to Jack Brooksbank

The actor tweeted a link to Kensington Palace’s announcement of the engagement news and added his own quip as a caption: “She said she was just going out to get some milk…”

Mary J. Blige gets honest about financial problems in new interview

Mary J. Blige might be the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul and an Academy Award-nominated actress and songwriter, but she’s struggling financially.

In an interview with Vulture, published Sunday, the singer opened up about her financial struggles due to her ongoing divorce from husband and former manager Martin “Kendu” Isaacs.

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“I’m just being straight-up honest,” she said. “I never wanted to do all this stuff, but after what I’ve been through and the mess that I’m in … You have to pay those taxes. It’s good to see what you have and what you don’t have — and why are we paying this person $5,000 a week?” she said.

Blige had reportedly been ordered to pay her estranged husband $30,000 in temporary spousal support, and owes the IRS $6.5 million for eight years of back taxes, according to reports.

Related: Mary J. Blige receives record-setting Oscar nominations for ‘Mudbound’

Last year, Blige spoke at Essence Fest 2016 about how she got through it following her split from Isaacs.

“The journey that got us here is that every woman can relate to, a woman out there fighting for her marriage,” she said, according to People. “When I first started writing (my album, ‘Strength of a Woman’), I was fighting for my marriage. There were a lot of layers to me peeled back for this marriage. I really thought I did (find) the love of my life.”

Blige filed for divorce from her husband of 12 years in July 2016. In the time since she filed, she has kept details mostly private.

The singer said she turned to prayer to help her get through the pain.

“Being Mary J. Blige the celebrity is secondary and I’m a human being first and I suffer just like everyone else,” Blige said. “I believe that I wasn’t given this career or this job as a singer or this gift from God to sit down and say, ‘I’m going to suffer from the world in silence and die.’ And it’s therapeutic for me as well. So, you know, that’s why. It’s not just for me.”

Blige has been nominated for best supporting actress at the 90th Academy Awards for her role in the Netflix film “Mudbound.” Her song “Mighty River” from the film’s soundtrack has been nominated in the Best Original Song category.

WWE's Kane visits Kentucky man fighting cancer

Pro wrestling star Kane is known for his chokeslam finishing hold, a move that requires strength.

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In a recent visit to Kentucky, the WWE star offered strength and comfort to one of his biggest fans, who is battling brain cancer, WYMT reported.

Glenn Jacobs, who wrestles under the name Kane, visited T.J. Brewer in Harlan County. It was a gesture that was appreciated by Brewer’s brother, Chris Brewer, who watched Kane wrestle when they were children. 

“We obviously flocked to Kane and Undertaker because on the storyline they were brothers,” Chris Brewer told WYMT.T.J. Brewer has been diagnosed with cancer five times over the past 12 years, WYMT reported. Doctors had given him only days to live at one point, but T.J. continues to show strength, his brother said.

“He was given three months to live he was in Stage 4 (which is) very aggressive and he just kept battling and he used that as like a rallying cry,” Chris Brewer told WYMT.

T.J. Brewer was inspired to start a ministry and share his strength with community members. The response has been positive, Chris Brewer said.

“We've had about 500 visitors, everybody in this community,” he said.

And outsiders like Kane, too.

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