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Recent articles by Maria:

R. Kelly scandal: Gloria Allred says teen depicted on reported sex tape may be her client

Attorney Gloria Allred is worried that teen girl in new R.Kelly "sex tape" may be her client. She's upset tape was shared with media and others. → Read More

Michael Jackson estate cancels test-run of musical in musical amid HBO documentary

A Michael Jackson musical will premiere on stage in NY instead of Chicago. Jackson estate says change unrelated to HBO film "Leaving Neverland." → Read More

A new R. Kelly sex tape with teen girl? Michael Avenatti claims he's found one

Attorney Michael Avenatti, who repped Stormy Daniels, says he's found a new R. Kelly sex tape with a 14-year-old girl from the 1990s and turned it over to prosecutors in Chicago. → Read More

Ryan Adams emotionally abused women in his life, sexted with a teen girl, says New York Times

The NYT reports Ryan Adams was abusive to women, and he had an inappropriate online relationship with a teen girl. Adams denies the allegations. → Read More

Bill Cosby thinks prison is an 'amazing experience,' compares himself to MLK

Bill Cosby's spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, is shedding light on the comedian's day-to-day life in prison and according to him, it's not so bad behind bars. → Read More

Good news, Hollywood: Films with female leads hit a new high in 2018, study finds

A University of Southern California mini-study finds signs of positive change in Hollywood: more gender, racial and ethnic diversity. → Read More

Ex-royal Sarah, Duchess of York: I never thought of Princess Diana as a 'rival'

The Duchess of York says online abuse of women reminds her of how the media used to portray her and Princess Diana as bitter rivals. → Read More

Katy Perry's shoe collection pulls two pairs over blackface controversy

Are Katy Perry's shoes with faces examples of racist "blackface" imagery? Her label pulled two pairs from website but they're still on sale elsewhere. → Read More

Katy Perry's shoe collection pulls two pairs over blackface controversy

Are Katy Perry's shoes with faces examples of racist "blackface" imagery? Her label pulled two pairs from website but they're still on sale elsewhere. → Read More

'Leaving Neverland' alleges sickening crimes by Michael Jackson

The controversial Michael Jackson film will air on HBO in March. We break down everything you need to know about the production. → Read More

Jill Abramson's 'Merchants of Truth': A grim eye on the state of the news business

Jill Abramson, first woman in the top job in print journalism, got fired and then wrote a book about the existential crisis in the industry she loves. → Read More

Princess Margaret: PBS takes a look at the original 'Rebel Princess'

Way before Princess Diana or Kate and Meghan, the gorgeous, glamorous Princess Margaret was the royal it girl of Swinging Sixties Britain. → Read More

Melania Trump arrives solo, contrasts Dems in white with dark dress at State of the Union

Once again, the first lady traveled separately to the Capitol for the SOTU speech. Her outfit contrasted many Democratic lawmakers who wore white. → Read More

Louisa Moritz, actress, lawyer and one of Bill Cosby's accusers, dies at 72

The actress-turned-lawyer-turned-real-estate investor, one of the first to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault, died Jan. 4, her publicist and lawyer said. → Read More

Bill Cosby targeted by a drone in prison yard, spokesman says

Was it a media drone spotted over Bill Cosby's prison? Officials aren't saying but they warned flying drones over prisons is illegal. → Read More

Michael Jackson family denounces media for 'believing' pedophilia accusers

Michael Jackson's family issued a seething statement denouncing the "Leaving Neverland" film, now assailing the media. → Read More

Model Kim Porter, Diddy's ex, died of pneumonia, coroner says

Kim Porter's sudden death in November 2018 was due to pneumonia, the Los Angeles coroner's office reported. → Read More

Chris Brown in custody in Paris after rape accusation, could stay there under French criminal law

Investigators have another two days to decide whether to let Chris Brown go or file preliminary charges. → Read More

Pursuing R. Kelly: Could he end up convicted of sex crimes like Bill Cosby?

The R&B star is fighting multiple accusations of sexual misconduct, but could he be charged with a crime and convicted? → Read More

Prince Philip, 97, uninjured after car accident, Buckingham Palace says

Prince Philip was involved in a car accident at Sandringham but the palace says the queen's 97-year-old husband was uninjured. → Read More