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Celebrities sound off about Ferguson ruling

After Monday night's announcement that a grand jury would not indict police officer Darren Wilson who shot and killed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., celebrities on both sides of the political spectrum took to social media to say what they think. Charlie Sheen tweeted: "Officer Wilson, you are a murderer. Shame on you." "I'm worried that the looting and chaos in Ferguson is being done by outsiders exacerbating the situation," tweeted Octavia Spencer. After the Presidential Medal of Freedom awards ceremony Monday, Stevie Wonder spoke to reporters about Ferguson saying, "Everyone has to be accountable for the things that they do. I don't care if they're a citizen or a police officer. You have to be accountable for what you do. And if you made a mistake, you have to be accountable for that mistake. I don't believe in violence by anyone." Ted Nugent took to Facebook to say, "Don't let your kids grow up to be thugs who think they can steal, assault and attack cops as a way of life."

Joni Mitchell "squelched" biopic with Taylor Swift

Songwriter Joni Mitchell revealed to the UK's Sunday Times that she was the reason a biopic about her never got off the ground. Rumor had it that pop megastar Taylor Swift was set to play her. "I squelched that! I said to the producer, 'All you've got is a girl with high cheekbones.' It's just a lot of gossip, you don't have the great scenes," said Mitchell. The movie was supposed to be based on the book "Girls Like Us" by Sheila Weller, which is about the impact of songwriters like Mitchell, Carole King and Carly Simon. "There's a lot of nonsense about me in books," said Mitchell, "assumptions, assumptions, assumptions."

Cosby biographer admitted he was wrong to not pursue allegations

Mark Whitaker, author of "Cosby: His Life and Times," responded to an article by New York Times reporter David Carr that calls out Bill Cosby's "media enablers," those who did not investigate further the multiple allegations of rape against the comedian. (Carr includes himself in this group.) Whitaker tweeted: "David you are right. I was wrong not to deal with the sexual assault charges against Cosby and pursue them more aggressively."

Bette Midler and Ariana Grande exchange barbs

Veteran singer and actress Bette Midler told The Telegraph that the sexual way young singers present themselves these days is "terrible" and singled out 21-year-old Ariana Grande. "It's always surprising to see someone like Ariana Grande with that silly high voice, a very wholesome voice, slithering around on a couch looking so ridiculous. I mean, it's silly beyond belief and I don't know who's telling her to do it," said Midler, adding, "it's not my business." TMZ reports that sources close to Grande say she was shocked to hear this because she's a Midler fan and also because Midler had her share of raunchy antics in the past.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

mbaetens@detroitnews.com

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