Bill Cosby seeks criminal defense lawyer
Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby has sought out a criminal defense lawyer as prosecutors in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, revisit a 2005 sexual assault complaint against him. The Associated Press reports that New Jersey-area lawyer Edwin Jacobs said Cosby’s agents contacted him about the pending investigation, and he referred them to counsel in the Philly area. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman wouldn’t confirm news that the case has been reopened. The D.A. before her, Bruce Castor, didn’t think there was enough evidence in 2005 to charge Cosby, but since then dozens of women have come forward accusing the 78-year-old comedian of instances of sexual misconduct and assault taking place over several decades.
Kid Rock puts California home back on the market
Want to buy Kid Rock’s Malibu pad? The musician has listed the 8,3000-square-foot home for a third time. According to the Los Angles Times, Kid bought the house in 2006 for $11.6 million. Two years ago, he put the five-bedroom home up for sale for $13.45 million and again earlier this year for $12.75 million. Today the 1.5 acre Balinese-style property is being listed for $12.495 million.
Amy Schumer inks eight-figure book deal
Recent Emmy Award-winner Amy Schumer has negotiated an eight-figure book deal with Simon & Schuster for her memoir, says the Hollywood Reporter. Set to be titled “The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo,” Schumer’s book is reportedly a series of comedic essays about the star’s childhood, family and feminist views. Sources say Schumer will get a $6.5 million advance for the book, while one source says the final deal was as much as $9 million. To compare, Tina Fey received $6 million for her best-selling memoir “Bossypants.” Schumer’s sketch comedy show “Inside Amy Schumer,” which won her an Emmy on Sunday, has been renewed for a fourth season.
Singer/songwriter Leonel Garcia leads pack for Latin Grammys with six
Mexican singer-songwriter Leonel Garcia is the favorite of this year’s Latin Grammys with six nominations. Garcia is up for record of the year and best singer-songwriter for “Amor Futuro.” The 16th Latin Grammy Awards will air on Univision Nov. 19.
Trumpet player Ben Cauley dead
Ben Cauley, a member of the Stax Records group the Bar-Kays, died in Memphis at the age of 67. Cauley was the only survivor of the 1967 plane crash that killed Otis Redding and most of his Bar-Keys band mates.
■Amy Poehler and Nick Kroll have broken up after two years. According to Us Weekly, the two comedic actors split because they couldn’t make the relationship work with their schedules.
■Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton will star as Danny Tanner in the unauthorized off-Broadway musical parody of “Full House.” Bob Saget played the fatherly role in the 1990s sitcom.
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