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Entertainment Brief: Jan. 20

Alec Baldwin Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter

On Jan. 19, CNN’s Elliot Williams said prosecutors have decided to charge actor Alec Baldwin with involuntary manslaughter.

In a conversation with CNN’s Kate Bolduan, Williams said the decision to charge Baldwin was made as he was a producer of the movie Rust.  This follows an Oct. 2021 incident when Baldwin fired a prop gun which possessed a live round, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

“It would have been hard to see him charged with his capacity as an actor here,” Williams said. “But he’s being charged in effect as somebody who was responsible for what happened on the set. What this involuntary manslaughter charge comes down to is negligence.”

Baldwin’s attorney responded with a statement, saying the 64-year-old actor had no clue there was a live bullet in the firearm and should therefore be innocent.

“The decision distorts Halyna Hutchins’ tragic death and represents a terrible miscarriage of justice,” the statement read. “Mr. Baldwin had no reason to believe there was a live bullet in the gun – or anywhere on the movie set.”

In addition to Alec Baldwin, armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed is also being charged with involuntary manslaughter.

If convicted, Baldwin could face up to 18 months in prison.

Carole Baskin’s Husband Debate Re-sparks

The debate regarding Tiger King star Carole Baskin and her late husband Don Lewis has once again gone viral.

While resurfacing this past Thursday, Baskin’s comments were initially from 2021, in which she implied her husband could be “alive and well” in Costa Rica.

In an interview with ITV News, Baskin said Lewis had initially gone to Costa Rica with a million dollars to prove he could “make a living” for himself.

According to Baskin, it was the US Homeland Security who informed her Lewis is “alive and well.”

“I don’t know how it is that Homeland Security says he’s alive and well in Costa Rica,” Baskin said. “But I’m glad to hear it.”

This dispute comes nearly three years after the popular Netflix show Tiger King which documented the lives of big cat owners throughout the country.

While Oklahoma’s own Joe Exotic was the star of the show, many fans were drawn into the Baskin plotline, especially when it came to the disappearance of her ex-husband Don Lewis. Many people assumed Baskin herself killed Lewis and fed him to their tigers.

Lewis has been legally dead since 2002. He has not made any statements confirming he is in fact alive, even during this resurfacing.

Ben Savage Planning to Run for Political Office

Ben Savage, known for starring in the ‘90s sitcom Boy Meets World is making a run for public office.

According to documents submitted on Jan. 18, the actor will be running as a Democrat and intends to represent California’s 30th Congressional District, currently held by Rep. Adam Schiff (D).

Despite the filing of election documents, a representative for Savage said he is still making decisions.

“He is focused on his upcoming wedding,” the statement said. “[Savage] is still making decisions and always looking for opportunities to give back and serve the community.

This is not the first time Savage has run for office. In 2022, he ran for a spot on the West Hollywood City Council, albeit unsuccessfully.

According to his website, Savage’s campaign will focus on safety, housing, and homelessness. A general election won’t be until Nov. 5, 2024. 

 David Crosby Dies at 81

Singer-songwriter David Crosby died on Jan. 18.

The 81 year old singer’s family announced the news, saying his legacy will continue to live on through his music. 

“Although he is no longer with us, his humanity and kind soul will continue to guide and inspire us,” the statement read. 

No cause of death has been revealed. 

Many seemed shocked to hear about the classic rock legend’s passing, especially those who followed his active social media, which he even used the day before his death. Interestingly, his final tweet turned out to be a joke about Heaven and the afterlife. 

“I hear the place is overrated… cloudy,” Crosby’s last tweet read. 

In addition to a successful solo career, Crosby served as a founding member of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Both bands have been inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and 1997 respectively.

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