Rep. Maxine Waters: Bill O’Reilly ‘Needs to Go to Jail’
California Democratic congresswoman Maxine Waters says Fox News host Bill O’Reilly “needs to go to jail” over allegations of sexual harassment. O’Reilly and Fox have reportedly paid more than $13 million to as many as five women in settlements where he was accused of mistreatment. Waters said in an interview on NBC News that “all catching up with O’Reilly.” She also criticized President Trump’s defense of O’Reilly, considering offensive speech about women in the past.”Don’t forget he talked about grabbing women in the private parts and because he was important he could get away with it.” A brief controversy emerged between the two when O’Reilly made a condescending remark about Waters’ hair. He later apologized.
Acid-Tongued Comedian Don Rickles Dies at 90
Don Rickles, who took insult comedy and created a new genre for stand up comics, died of kidney failure in his Los Angeles home, his publicist Paul Shefrin announced. Rickles was a headliner on the casino circuit in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, creating a confrontational style of joke telling that managed to make people like him when they would have blasted others. “I think the reason that (my act) caught on and gave me a wonderful career is that I was never mean-spirited,” he once said. “Not that you had to like it, but you had to be under a rock somewhere not to get it.”
Atlanta Hawks’ Thabo Sefolosha Gets $4 Million in NYPD Lawsuit
After being acquitted of criminal charges that came out of a skirmish with police, Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha settled a lawsuit with the city for $4 million. In the suit, he accused police of leaving him with a broken leg, ending his basketball season. Sefolosha was arrested in April 2015 in front of a Manhattan nightclub. Prosecutors said he repeatedly disobeyed officers’ orders to leave the area around the club where another NBA player, Chris Copeland, had been stabbed. He was later acquitted of misdemeanor criminal charges. “In light of the gravity of his injuries, the potential impact on his career as a professional athlete and the challenge for a jury in sorting out the facts in this incident,” says a statement from the NYC Law Department
Arkansas Judge Blocks Execution of 1 of 8 Inmates
A judge halted one of eight executions scheduled for this month in Arkansas, although at least six remain on course despite the judge’s finding that the state broke some of its rules while handling clemency requests. U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall Jr. put stopped the execution of Jason McGehee, one of eight inmates who are scheduled to die in an unprecedented series of double executions this month. Marshall said he would rule later on one inmate’s request, because his clemency request doesn’t go before the Parole Board until Friday. The judge rejected stay requests from five other inmates, despite criticisms of the Parole Board office. Gov. Asa Hutchinson has set four double executions to occur from April 17-27.
With Reporting by AP