Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prep-Entertainment Report

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(Bill Cosby-Trial)

Andrea Constand told a jury Friday that Bill Cosby, a man she viewed as a friend and mentor, tricked her into taking a powerful drug and then humiliated her for his own sexual gratification.

The Toronto native testified that she was visiting the "Cosby Show" star at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004 when he slipped her three blue pills he called "your friends."

She said she thought they were herbal supplements -- designed to help relieve her stress -- but they knocked her out, and when she awoke, the now 80-yea- old Cosby was violating her.

Constand, who's 45, gave a remarkably similar account when she testified at Cosby's first trial, which ended with a hung jury.

Cosby's lawyer accuses Constand of being a "con artist" who levelled false accusations against the star to get money from him. (The Associated Press)

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(Variety-Women)

MeToo founder Tarana Burke says people need to recognize that the true purpose of the movement is to focus on survivors of sexual assault -- and not to simply bring down powerful abusers.

Burke was honoured along with Hollywood actresses and media and literary stars at the annual Variety Power of Women event on Friday.

Burke also says it's a mistake to see MeToo as a mere "moment'' -- she insists it's a long-term movement.

The cultural reckoning over sexual misconduct during the last six months was a key theme at the event hosted by Comedian Samantha Bee. (The Associated Press)

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(MUSIC-Huey-Lewis)

Huey Lewis and The News are pulling the plug on their 2018 tour, as frontman Lewis deals with the sudden loss of his hearing.

The band says Lewis lost most of his hearing a few months ago before a show in Dallas, but now he can't even hear the music well enough to sing.

While doctors say he shouldn't perform until his hearing improves, Lewis suspects he has Meniere's disease, a disorder of the inner ear.

The band is best know for their 80's hits "Power of Love'' and "I Want a New Drug.'' (The Associated Press)

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(Will-Ferrell-Crash)

Actor and funnyman Will Ferrell was treated by paramedics after sustaining minor injuries in a rollover crash on a Los Angeles-area freeway. …

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