PROSECUTORS: HASTERT MOLESTED FOUR BOYS
According to federal prosecutors, former House SpeakerDennis Hastert sexually abused at least four boys while working as a high school wrestling coach decades ago. Hastert, the longest-running Republican Speaker of the House, will be sentenced in a financial violation case in late April. The prosecutor’s allegations came to light when they found that Hastert had reportedly paid one of his accusers $3.5 million in hush money.
*Cameron: ‘Blame Me’ For Panama Furor
Speaking at a forum, British Prime Minister David Cameronsaid that Britons should “blame” him for the controversy surrounding the Panama Papers revelation that he benefited from his late father’s offshore investment fund. “I know I should have handled this better,” he said. “I could have handled this better. I know there are lessons to learn and I will learn them. And don’t blame No 10 Downing Street, or nameless advisers, blame me. And I will learn the lessons.”
*LBN-WHERE THE ELITE AND UNDERDOGS MEET
*Federal Probe Investigates NYC Mayor
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s fundraising activities are the focus of a new federal investigation, CBS News reports. The FBI corruption probe began with an investigation of high-ranking New York City Police Department officers, and is now focusing on de Blasio’s ties with campaign contributers. Two of the mayor’s key donors are already under investigation for allegedly giving police expensive gifts and vacations in exchange for security. These donors’ ties with de Blasio are now under scrutiny, as federal investigators work to determine whether they made contributions in exchange for favors from the administration.
*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Glen Campbell has had his voice silenced forever by Alzheimer’s. The country crooner — who went public with his battle against the brutal disease in 2011 — has entered the final phase of the mind-robbing condition. Glen’s wife, Kim, has revealed he’s lost the power of speech. ***Welcome to the jungle! Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rosebroke his foot just one show into the band’s vaunted reunion tour. This is what can happen when you do something you haven’t done in nearly over 23 years,” the band’s Facebook page explained, along with a video of Rose’s doctor telling how he needed surgery after fracturing the fifth metatarsal in his left foot. ***Mariah Carey is going to great lengths to protect her money makers. The grand diva of Las Vegas has insured her voice and legs for $35 million each, reports TMZ.
*LBN-SEE IT: Andrew Dice Clay, a long-time LBN reader in Manhattan on Tuesday. His Showtime series, “Dice,” has its premiere on Sunday.
*LBN-SPOTLIGHT: “Secrets of Success” —-
*LBN-BOOK NEWS: ***Marc Jacobs hosted an epic party for Naomi Campbell’s gigantic Taschen coffee-table book on Thursday. Anna Wintour, June Ambrose, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mykel C. Smith, Bella Hadid, Zac Posen, Tyson Beckford, Dave Chappelle and Wendy Williams celebrated with Campbell at Diamond Horseshoe. Campbell danced the night away with manager Bethann Hardison. Models even manned credit-card machines to sell the $1,750 volume, but a spy told us, “No one was buying it.”
*LBN-SPORTS INSIDER: ***HBO is facing a backlash for working with Manny Pacquiao after the boxer said in February that homosexuals are “worse than animals.” The network issued a statement following his remarks saying it “deplored” his behavior, but would go ahead with Saturday night’s pay-per-view Pacquiao bout with Timothy Bradley Jr., adding HBO had “an obligation to both fighters.”
*UNIQUELY, LBN: Attorney Bruce Ramer, an LBN reader from Beverly Hills, California
*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***Marcia Clark, the lead prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson case who has carved out a second career as a best-selling author and legal analyst, has signed with UTA for film and television. Clark is the author of The New York Times No. 1 best-seller Without a Doubt (about the Simpson case), which was recently rereleased as an e-book exclusive. She also wrote multiple best-selling legal thrillers in the Rachel Knight series, including The Competition, Killer Ambition, Guilt by Degrees and Guilt by Association. Clark co-wrote a TNT pilot for a Rachel Knight series that was not picked up to series.
*LBN-DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that nine (9) member of the Michael’s restaurant staff in New York City read LBN daily?
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Mark Baer (Attorney): On Monday night, I sat on the right hand side of Susan Estrich at Michael Levine’s City Talk. It was a wonderful event, as always, and Susan was captivating. It was a real pleasure meeting her. Among other things, she spoke about the fact that Bernie Sanders and those helping him with his campaign are having the time of their lives being irresponsible at this point. She explained that she and her colleagues did the same when she worked on Ted Kennedy’s Presidential campaign, after it became clear that he wouldn’t win. However, the irresponsibility is greatly hurting the Democrats chances of winning the White House and therefore doing nothing but helping to elect either Donald Trump or Ted Cruz. She showed us the number of Super Delegates who have already committed to vote for Clinton and explained that the democratic party is structured such that the delegates of any given state (not super delegates) are divided proportionate to the public’s vote. However, considering the number of super delegates who have already committed to Clinton, Sanders has no chance of winning the White House. Therefore, he and his helpers are just being irresponsible. As I said even before attending that event, I have lost all respect for Bernie Sanders, a man I used to tremendously respect.
*LBN-A DIFFERENT VIEW: Einstein and his rather furry shoes.
*LBN-OVERHEARD: ***A judge on Friday granted Charlie Sheen’s ex-fiancée a temporary restraining order after she cited threats the actor made toward her and two 2014 incidents of alleged domestic violence. Superior Court Judge Alicia Blanco approved the stay-away order Friday based on Scottine Ross’ application stating she was fearful of the actor because he purportedly threatened her life on an audio recording obtained by the celebrity website RadarOnline.com. ***ForNicolas Cage, there is no line between real life and the movies. The tempestuous actor, 52, got into a “huge” physical fight with rocker Vince Neil at the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas on Thursday afternoon, reports TMZ. Law enforcement sources told the website, which also posted video of the end of the altercation, that the two men came to blows after Neil grabbed the hair of a woman who asked the actor for an autograph and pulled her to the ground.
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