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Cosby files defamation suit against seven women

A defamation suit filed by disgraced comedian Bill Cosby claims that seven women have made “malicious, opportunistic and false and defamatory accusations of sexual misconduct against him.” The action is a countersuit against the seven women who are suing him for defamation. His suit, filed in Massachusetts, comes after a federal judge refused to throw out the women’s suit against Cosby. His lawyer Monique Pressley tweeted a statement saying that, “Mr. Cosby states plainly that he neither drugged nor sexually assaulted the defendants and that each defendant has maliciously and knowingly published multiple false statements and accusations from Fall 2014 through the current day.” In a 2005 deposition, however, Cosby admitted that he obtained Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to women. Earlier this year model Janice Dickinson, who alleges that Cosby raped her in 1982, also filed a defamation case against the actor.

Adele books two shows at The Palace in September

Adele will be saying “Hello” to The Palace of Auburn Hills — not once, but twice. In the year’s biggest concert announcement, the record-breaking British ballad belter has lined up two shows at The Palace on Sept. 6 and 7, promoters announced Monday. Tickets for both shows, $39.50, $59.50, $79.50, $89.50 and $149.50, go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday via Ticketmaster.com, Livenation.com and The Palace box office. The concerts are a part of Adele’s tour behind her monster third album “25,” which has sold more than 5 million copies since its release on Nov. 20. That’s more than any album has sold in a calendar year since 2011 — when Adele’s previous album, “21,” racked up 5.8 million sales. Over on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, “25’s” first single, “Hello,” has been No. 1 for six weeks. The tour marks Adele’s first North American trek since 2011, when she played small theaters, not basketball arenas. She performed at the Royal Oak Music Theatre in May 2011, two years after she made her Detroit debut with a March 2009 concert at Saint Andrew’s Hall. Earlier this month, tickets went on sale for Adele’s UK tour and sold out within 30 minutes, according to reports.

AC/DC also announces Palace date

Just a few months after performing an eardrum-shattering concert at Ford Field, Aussie rockers AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” is routing them back to Metro Detroit. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will perform at The Palace of Auburn Hills on March 20, promoters announced Monday. Tickets, $75, $95.95 and $139.95, go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. In September, the group performed its biggest-ever Detroit concert for 43,000 fans at the Detroit Lions’ home. The Palace show will be AC/DC’s eighth concert at the Auburn Hills arena and its first since August 2009.

Compiled by Melody Baetens and Adam Graham

Tuesday’s Birthdays

Tom Conway, 82

Don Johnson, 66

Adam Brody, 36

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