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    • JOHNNY DEPP UNDER FIRE FOR TRUMP ASSASSINATION JOKE, NEW ABUSE ALLEGATIONS

      No one was laughing when Johnny Depp made a veiled reference to killing President Donald Trump at the Glastonbury Festival in England. It has been a bad weekend for Depp. It also emerged that his former business managers claim the actor abused his ex-wife Amber Heard, going so far as to cover it up at least once, People reports.

      The abuse allegations would corroborate the abuse charges Heard made against Depp when she separated from him last year.

      • At Glastonbury, Depp asked the crowd: "When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?" The question appears to be a reference to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth.
      • Reaction to his comment was swift, with people on both sides of the aisle strongly condemning Depp for his joke.
      • He recanted, issuing a written statement calling it a "bad joke" in "poor taste."
      • "It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone," he said in the statement.
      • The White House press secretary Sean Spicer spoke to reporters saying there is a double standard at work.
      • Spicer said: "It's a little troubling, the lack of outrage that we've seen in some of these instances where people have said what they've said with respect to the President, and the action that should be taken. The President's made it clear that we should denounce violence in all its forms, and I think if we're going to hold to that standard and we should all agree that standard should be universally called out."
      • Depp’s remark was just the latest in what appears to be a new chapter in the debate over freedom of public expression and the incitement of violence against public figures.
      • In May, comic Kathy Griffin came under fire after posing for photos holding what was styled to look like the bloodied head of Trump.
      • Outrage has also been growing against a production of Julius Caesar at New York’s Public Theater in which the character of Caesar bears a striking resemblance to Trump. Several sponsors, including Delta Airlines and Bank of America, have withdrawn their support of the production.
      • The comments also came just eight days after a gunman shot at members of Congress at a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. The shooting seriously injured Republican Steve Scalise. He is still reportedly recovering in a hospital from the injury.
      • Trump has also been criticized for making references to violence himself. During the 2016 campaign, he made references to gun owners taking action against Hillary Clinton.
      • Meanwhile, People got ahold of legal docs filed by his ex-managers (who is embroiled in a lawsuit with them) that "Depp had been extremely volatile and had sometimes ‘gotten physical’ with Heard."
      • After filing for divorce from Depp, Heard received a domestic violence restraining order against him.
    • OUTRAGE OVER BILL COSBY'S PLANNED SEXUAL ASSAULT TOUR

      When news that Bill Cosby planned to deliver educational talks to teach young people to avoid sexual assault allegations, outrage ensued. Last week a judge declared a mistrial in a sexual assault case against the 79-year-old comedian. The jury was deadlocked on the three charges of aggravated indecent assault against Cosby.

      A spokesperson for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center called his plan to hold sexual assault town halls around the country "outrageous."

      • "There are literally hundreds of organizations in this country with expertise in sexual assault and promoting healthy and respectful sexual relationships," she said. "Those are the people who should be doing education, not a man who has 60 public sexual assault allegations against him."
      • A spokesperson for Cosby confirmed to CNN that plans for educational town halls are in fact underway, and clarified some Cosby's plans for the tour.
      • Andrew Wyatt said: "This is not a sexual assault tour as many media have sensationalized it. It is an educational tour on what people should be cognizant of in regard to sexual abuse allegations and the dangers. It's easy to be falsely accused of sexual assault. If it could happen to Bill Cosby, it could happen to anybody. So people need to be aware of the definitions and perceptions."
      • Meanwhile, a convicted bookie claims that Cosby secretly gambled away a small fortune gambling on the Miami Dolphins in the 1980s. Chris Colombo, who spent a year in prison for running a $3.6 million gambling operation told the New York Post that Cosby’s bets added up to $400,000.
      • When the Post reached out to Wyatt, he didn’t issue an outright denial, but did say "I’m not aware of any of that."
      • In other bad news for Cosby, another university has revoked the honorary degree it gave him. This time, it was the University of Missori-Columbia that voted to revoke the degree.
      • "Honorary degrees throughout the University of Missouri System are reserved for those who have ascended to the pinnacle of their fields while conducting themselves consistent with the university’s core values," the university said in a statement. "The evidence presented during the recent criminal trial indicated that (Cosby) engaged in behavior that is in direct conflict with the core values of the University of Missouri."
    • 'WONDER WOMAN' STILL A MARVEL IN FOURTH WEEKEND

      Transformers: The Lost Knight raked in $45.3 million for its opening weekend, bringing in its total five-day haul of $69.1 million close to its projected earning of $70 million.

      But the real news is Wonder Woman, which, in its fourth weekend, still managed to rake in $26.1 million. (Cars 3 nipped at her heels, bringing in $25.6 million in its second week out).

      • The Gal Gadot / Chris Pine adventure dropped just 39% from its earnings of $41 million last weekend, making it one of the smallest fourth-weekend drops ever for a movie that opened above $100 million. It is also the tenth-biggest fourth weekend gross of all time.
      • Wonder Woman is smashing all kinds of records. The movie has already crossed the $300 million mark, meaning it has out-earned every J.K. Rowling film except Deathly Hallows Part 2. Wonder Woman will also soon be the third-biggest DC Comics earner.
      • It is also among the biggest female-helmed action movies ever, and is already the biggest live-action film directed by a woman. Patty Jenkins directed the blockbuster, and observers predict a huge future for her and Gadot in Hollywood, thanks to their epic box office jujitsu.
    • CHARLIE SHEEN SUED FOR EXPOSING EX TO HIV

      Charlie Sheen is being sued for allegedly lying about his HIV status and having unprotected sex with a woman. While Sheen wasn’t explicitly named in the suit, the unnamed plaintiff refers to two nationally televised interviews in which "the defendant" revealed his HIV status.

      The suit specifically mentions November 17th, 2015, the same day Sheen went on Today and shared his HIV status.

      • The suit also alleges Sheen frequently used the n-word, once calling himself "the dumbest f****** n***** in the room" and lashing out against other women who have accused him exposing them to HIV, saying the are "a****les, f****** n******."
      • After Sheen allegedly exposed the woman, he confessed that he was in fact HIV positive and he gave her two pills to prevent transmission. Instead, she reportedly sought emergency medical treatment and took antiretroviral medication for several weeks.
      • This is the second time Sheen has been sued for allegedly exposing an ex to the virus. His ex-fiancee Scottine Ross filed suit in December of 2015, also claiming he had physically and emotionally abused her.
    • STEPHEN COLBERT MULLING 2020 PRESIDENTIAL RUN?

      Stephen Colbert is contemplating a run for the White House -- or is he? CBSThe Late Show host announced his intention to run on Russian television (and no, no one can quite figure out if he’s serious or not).

      "I am considering a run for president in 2020 and I thought it would be better to cut out the middleman and just tell the Russians myself," Colbert said after doing shots of vodka in a booze-themed game of Russian roulette with the host of Evening Urgant, a talk show inspired by American late night TV and hosted by Ivan Urgant. "If anyone would like to work on my campaign in an unofficial capacity, just let me know."

      • Toasting the "beautiful and friendly" people or Russia he joked, "I don’t understand why no members of the Trump administration can remember meeting you."
      • Colbert teased his visit to Russia on Thursday, trolling President Donald Trump about his journey there.
      • Granted, Colbert has already quasi-run for president twice. Third times the charm? If he does go for it, he’ll have plenty of A-list competition. Both Kanye West and Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson have hinted that they’ll be running in 2020.
    • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

      BRADLEY COOPER PHOTOBOMBS BRAD PITT SELFIE WITH FAN: Bradley Cooper managed to upstage Brad Pitt offstage in a selfie Pitt took with musician (and fan) Chris Simmons at the 2017 Glastonbury Festival in England over the weekend. Simmons was psyched, posting the pic on Instagram and writing: "When you get your photo with Brad Pitt photobombed by Bradley Cooper!" Cooper also crashed Kris Krostofferson’s set at Glastonbury to film a scene for A Star Is Born, his directorial debut starring Lady Gaga and himself.

      JENNIFER LAWRENCE, JON HAMM, MORE LEND STAR POWER TO PRO-PLANNED PARENTHOOD VIDEO: The impending vote on the health care bill introduced by Republicans in the Senate has prompted Hollywood stars to speak out in support of funding for Planned Parenthood. (Funding for Planned Parenthood would be blocked by the bill if it moves forward). Celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, Lena Dunham, Jon Hamm, Aubrey Plaza, Padma Lakshmi, Suki Waterhouse, Elisabeth Moss, Spike Jonze, Amy Poehler and Brie Larson appeared in the video, which was created to help viewers reach their representative and speak out in support of the organization. In a statement Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said: "We are so grateful to have the support of so many artists, many of whom have themselves relied on Planned Parenthood for health care and who understand the importance of speaking out." How do you feel about celebrities lending their voices to political causes?

      LENA DUNHAM SAYS SHE USES TATTOOS TO EMPOWER HERSELF: Lena Dunham has added a few new designs to her tattoo collection, she shared on Instagram Stories. The 31-year-old Girls creator wrote under a picture of new tattoos of a rose and Kewpie dolls: "Been tatting myself up like crazy this month." Under another picture of the tattoos she explained that she uses tattoos to give her a sense of control during her painful battle with endometriosis: "I think it gives me a sense of control and ownership of a body that’s often beyond my control." Have you ever used tattoos to exert ownership over your body?

      EDYTA SLIWINSKA OF DANCING WITH THE STARS WELCOMES BABY NO. 2: Edyta Sliwinska gave birth to her second child, a baby girl, last week. The 36-year-old dancer's rep confirmed that Sliwinska welcomed daughter Leia Josephine with husband and fellow Dancing With the Stars alum Alec Mazo on June 18. Sliwinska and Mazo married in 2007, and are also parents to 3-year-old son Michael Alexander. Sliwinska also shared the news by posting a photo of herself with Leia on Instagram. Sliwinska competed as a pro in the first 10 seasons of Dancing With the Stars, and returned for Season 22 in 2016. Mazo won Season 1 with partner Kelly Monaco, and later competed in seasons 4, 5, 7 and 9.

      CAKE BOSS STAR BUDDY VALASTRO'S MOTHER DIES: Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro's mother Mary Valastro, has died at the age of 69 following her battle with ALS. "It's with an extremely heavy heart that I must share the news of my mother's passing," Valastro wrote on Instagram Thursday alongside a black and white photo of himself giving his mother a kiss on the cheek. "She left for heaven this morning, surrounded by the family. This is a difficult time for all of us and I do ask for your patience and respect while we let this sink in," he continued. ALS, a neurodegenerative disease, affects nerves in the brain and spinal cord. Valastro launched the Momma Mary Foundation after his mother was diagnosed with ALS in order to spread awareness and help find a cure.

      SCOTT DISICK AND BELLA THORNE OUT AND ABOUT AGAIN: Scott Disick, 34, and Bella Thorne, 19, are back at it again, whooping it up into the wee hours Friday after hitting Lana Del Rey’s birthday party. "They both love to party and that is the sole reason why they hang out with each other," a source tells E!. "It is pure fun. Scott knows that he is getting a rise out of the public and is sparking attention on himself when he hangs out with Bella, or any other young girl. He loves it. Scott wants to show Kourtney that he is having a good life." The duo were linked last month when photos of them kissing poolside at Cannes were released, but when Scott was photographed canoodling with a series of other women later that week, she hit up Twitter claiming they were "legit nothing."

      PARIS JACKSON SHOWS OFF TATTOO IN HONOR OF LATE FATHER: Paris Jackson has some new ink, and this time it is a heartfelt tribute to her late father, Michael Jackson. The 19-year-old model got the word "Applehead" inked onto her left foot, a nickname people close to Michael called him. She captioned a shot of the new tattoo on Instagram, writing: "With every step I take, you lift my foot and guide me forward. Love you."

    • INDUSTRY NEWS

      ONE DAY AT A TIME CASTS ED QUINN: One Day at a Time is welcoming Ed Quinn to its cast in a recurring role. Netflix’s reimagining of Norman Lear’s 1970s classic focuses on a Cuban-American family. Justina Machada stars as a recently separated, former military mom who is figuring out single life while raising her teenage daughter and tween son. Rita Morena stars as her Cuban-born mom. Quinn will play an EMT who served with Machado’s character in Kabul.

      KEVIN KLINE PLAY PRESENT LAUGHTER TO BE RECORDED FOR ON-DEMAND: The Broadway revival of the Noel Coward-penned comedy Present Laughter starring Kevin Kline, Cobie Smulders, Kate Burton, Kristine Nielsen and Reg Rogers, will be recorded by BroadwayHD for on-demand viewing. Filming took place during the June 23rd performance at the St. James Theatre. The play will be available for streaming this fall. The Tony-nominated limited engagement closes July 2nd.

      ALAN CUMMING SUPPORTS PETA SUIT TO RETIRE OLD FILM CHIMPANZEES: PETA filed a suit against a Missouri facility over the manner in which it houses some of its chimpanzees, two of whom were used in Hollywood movies. The sit aims to get the chimps out of cages and into a roomier sanctuary. Actor Alan Cumming (The Good Wife, Battle of the Sexes) is spearheading the project; he reportedly bonded with one of the chimps in question during the filming of 1997’s Buddy. The now 22-year-old chimp also starred alongside Cumming in George of the Jungle. The other Hollywood chimp in question appeared in Spymate and MVP: Most Valuable Primate.

      EMMY-AWARD WINNING GABE PRESSMAN DIES: Gabe Pressman died at the age of 93. The Emmy Award winning Pressman launched his six-decade career at NBC after stints at the Newark Evening News and the New York World Telegram. He covered riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention and starred for years at Inner Circle, a show that poked fun at journalism and politics.