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Jury Deliberations Begin in Jussie Smollet Case, Smollett Shopping TV, Film Projects

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Jury Deliberations Begin in Jussie Smollet Case, Smollett Shopping TV, Film Projects

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A jury has begun deliberations in the Jussie Smollett hate crime hoax case in Chicago. Smollett, 39, faces six counts of lying to police after orchestrating a homophobic, racist attack against himself in February 2019.

In closing arguments on Wednesday, defense attorney Nenye Uche attempted to discredit Smollett’s co-conspirators, Olabinjo and Abimbola “Abel” Osundairo who say the former Empire actor paid them $3,500 to gently assault him, tie a noose around his neck and pour bleach on him.

On his second day on the witness stand, Smollett claimed he has never staged a hoax in his entire life.

He said allegations that he staged the attack were “100 percent false.”

“What happened to me happened,” he said.

But prosecutors say Smollett is a narcissist who orchestrated the attack in order to raise his profile on the canceled ABC TV series and on the big screen.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Smollett is so confident he will be acquitted that he is already shopping movie and TV projects.

THR reports Smollett has found financing for a proposed TV series and a film.

The disgraced actor is shopping an untitled series pilot that he stars in and directed. It is described as a follow-up project to B-Boy Blues in New York and Los Angeles.

Cleveland radio and TV station owner Tom Wilson financed the project because he believes in Smollett’s innocence.

Wilson is counting on the jury to acquit Smollett so the project can find a buyer.

“We just want the right verdict,” says Wilson, “so we can get on with making projects that allow minorities, Blacks and gays the opportunity to show their artistry.”

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Kelly Clarkson Gives Ex Brandon Blackstock 5 Percent Of Their Montana Ranch

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Five percent may not seem like a lot but since Kelly’s ranch is worth over $17 million, Brandon gets around $900k.

Kelly Clarkson, 39, is giving her ex-husband Brandon Blackstock 5.12% of her home sweet home, as per court documents obtained by People. Since the “Stronger” singer’s Montana ranch is worth a whopping $17,750,000, this means that Brandon gets $908,800 in value on the property. The documents specified that while he has small ownership of this Montana property, he doesn’t have any ownership over Kelly’s other adjoining property.

Kelly Clarkson and her now ex-husband Brandon Blackstock. (Matt Baron/Shutterstock)

This settlement comes after the “Because Of You” singer and the talent manager disputed over ownership of the ranch. In October, Kelly was granted ownership of the ranch but Brandon countered that it was “marital property” and had refused to leave. The singer tried to evict him in December to no avail. Now, this resolution will put an end to the dispute once and for all.

Kelly and Brandon officially filed for divorce on June 4, 2020. Their divorce came nearly seven years of marriage and having two children together, five-year-old daughter River and four-year-old son Remington Alexander. It may be a tough time for the kids, Kelly has tried to make up for it by planning an extra-special Christmas for her holiday season. While their mother and father still aren’t legally divorced yet, Kelly applied for and was granted the legal status of being single while the divorce is still being sorted out so she gets to be “Miss Independent” once again.

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Kelly Clarkson is excited for Christmas with her kids. (AFF-USA/Shutterstock)

Even though she’s legally single, this doesn’t mean she’s ready to date. “Kelly had no desire to even think about dating throughout the course of her divorce from Brandon,” a source EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife. “Not only because of the pandemic, but because she had so much going on and she was dealing with a huge life transition.”

“Kelly’s friends have been such a huge support system during her divorce from Brandon. All they want is for her to be happy,” the source added. “They’ve been encouraging Kelly to test the waters and try the dating scene again. Kelly has given this a lot of thought, but she’s the type of person who gives a lot of love and she knows that she deserves someone who will treat her like the incredible woman that she is.”

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Holly Madison’s Kids: Everything To Know About Her 2 Adorable Children

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Former Playboy bunny Holly Madison is the proud mother of two sweet children. Find out more about her adorable two kids here.

Holly Madison, born Hollin Sue Cullen on December 23, 1979 in Astoria, Oregon, is a model, showgirl, reality TV actress and the ex-girlfriend of Playboy founder, Hugh Hefner. Holly gained famed as one of Hugh’s girlfriends on the E! reality show, Girls Next Door. The blonde beauty, who became Hugh’s “number one girl” during her stay at the mansion, eventually moved out in 2008 after their breakup and subsequently spoke about some of her harrowing experiences as a Bunny and in a relationship with Hugh.

Luckily for Holly, she found love with Pasquale Rotella, the founder of Electric Daisy Carnival, the largest electronic dance music festival. The two were married at Disneyland on Sept. 10, 2013, but ultimately separated in 2018, finalizing their divorce Feb 2019.

Although the pair went their separate ways, they continue to co-parent the two wonderful children they share together, a girl, Rainbow Aurora Rotella, and a boy, Forest Leonardo Antonio. Find out more below about the couple’s two adorable kids!

Rainbow Aurora Rotella 

Holly gave birth to Rainbow Aurora Rotella on March 5, 2013. “I wanted to give my daughter a unique name,” Holly told  E! News at the time, who first reported the news. “Growing up, there was a girl in my school named Rainbow and I was so envious of that name. I thought it was so pretty and unique!” The former Playboy Bunny noted at the time that was spending her time “learning how to be a mom” and named it “the best project in the world.” She continued, “I never thought I would be so happy – especially on so little sleep!”

The former Girls Next Door star likes to keep Rainbow, now almost 9-years-old, out of the spotlight for she and her little brother Forest’s “safety and privacy,” as she explained in a Dec. 22, 2021 Instagram post. Rainbow and her younger sibling still do, however, make appearances in their mom’s posts but with emojis attached.

“In my 20s I’d kinda given up hope that I’d ever have a family so I’m extra grateful to have Rainbow,” Holly stated on Oprah‘s “Where Are They Now” series back in 2015.

 

Forest Leonardo Antonio Rotella 

Forest Leonardo Antonio Rotella was born August 7, 2016. Holly and Pasquale unfortunately went through a stressful situation with Forest’s birth, as the baby was immediately taken to the neonatal intensive care unit and hooked up to “a million machines.” Speaking with PEOPLE around the time of Forest’s ordeal, Holly shared that  medical staff “took him away to get the fluid out of his lungs. First it was the fluid, then it was jaundice, then his eyes weren’t dilating, and I spent hours thinking my baby couldn’t see.”

After a few weeks, doctors finally deemed the child to be healthy and mom and dad were able to bring the baby boy home. “It was such a relief,” Holly shared with the outlet, also posting an update to her Instagram to share the good news about Forest. “I’m so happy to be at home with a healthy baby boy, Forest Leonardo Antonio Rotella. Thank you for all the kind comments over the past few days,” she wrote at the time.

“[Rainbow] was the first person my husband and I told,” Holly also told PEOPLE concerning the news about her son. “I think she’s going to be a good big sister,” Madison continued. “She’s very caring and she loves playing with her baby dolls and taking care of the pets.”

Two months after Forest’s birth, Holly gave an update, sharing how her “sweet” son was bonding with the family: “[Rainbow] has been great.”

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Jennifer Lopez Models Low-Cut Top & High-Waisted Jeans To Wish Her Fans A ‘Happy Friday’

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‘La-La-Lavender’ J.Lo declared in her caption as she wished her millions of followers a ‘happy Friday’.

Jennifer Lopez is back with another hot look! The 52-year-old superstore sizzled in a plunging light purple top paired with a wide legged jean in her Instagram post shared on Friday, Jan. 21. “La-La-Lavender,” she began her caption, including a purple heart. “#HappyFriday #JLoJenniferLopez,” she added.

She opted to go with a dark wash trouser style jean for the look, a contrast to the ripped, faded styles that have been all over social media in recent months. Always known for her glam touch, she added layers of gold chain necklaces around her neck, including a vintage key. She matched the necklaces with a chunky gold bracelet as well as several rings on her fingers.

The On The 6 singer‘s makeup and hair was on point, too: she kept her highlighted blonde-brunette locks back into a sleek bun with side pieces to frame her face. Her skin was glowing, likely thanks to her JLo Beauty line (she swears by the serum and sheet masks), topped off with a glossy lip and brown and gold eyeshadows.

J.Lo is seen wearing jeans with a Birkin bag. (Shutterstock)

“Loving this darker hair on you,” one fan wrote in the comments. “Loved this whole look,” her makeup artist Mary Phillips added. YouTube star Hayley Fitzgerald posed, “HOW DO YOU NOT AGE. Like what kind of Benjamin Button?” while another penned, “Omg yes to everything about this look and YOU.”

Jennifer, who has undoubtedly been a major influencer in fashion for over two decades, has often remarked about her love of dressing up. “For me, fashion is an expression of who I am right in that moment — so what you’re seeing is what I’m influenced by now,” she previously said in an interview. Notably, J.Lo effectively gave birth to Google Images in the year 2000 after creating a major sensation with her plunging green Versace dress at the GRAMMY Awards (when she was the date of ex Diddy). She was also one of the first stars to launch a namesake clothing line, J.Lo by Jennifer Lopez, in the early 2000s, followed by subsequent lines Sweetface and a now shuttered collaboration with Kohl’s.

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