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    • KOBE BRYANT STARTED TAKING HELICOPTERS TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH FAMILY

      In an 2018 interview with Alex Rodriguez, Kobe Bryant revealed that he started taking helicopters in order to spend less time in traffic and more time with his family. He said, "Traffic started getting really, really bad/ I was sitting in traffic and I wound up missing like a school play because I was sitting in traffic. This thing just kept mounting, and I had to figure out a way that I could still train and focus on the craft but still not compromise family time. so, that's when I looked into helicopter . . . You have road trips and times where you're not seeing your kids. So, every chance I get to see them and spend with them. Even if it's 20 minutes in the car, I want that."

      Although Kobe flew frequently, reports say that he and his wife Vanessa made a point to not fly on a helicopter together. A source told People,"He and Vanessa had a deal that they would never fly on a helicopter together." The same source also revealed that Bryant "only" flew in helicopters with pilot Ara Zobayan, who was also killed in the crash.

      Kobe, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif. on Sunday. (January 26th).

      LEBRON JAMES BREAKS HIS SILENCE

      Yesterday (January 27th) LeBron James broke his silence on Kobe's death. He wrote on Instagram, "I'm Not Ready but here I go. Man I sitting here trying to write something for this post but every time I try I begin crying again just thinking about you, niece Gigi and the friendship/bond/brotherhood we had! I literally just heard your voice Sunday morning before I left Philly to head back to LA. Didn't think for one bit in a million years that would be the last conversation we'd have. WTF!! I'm heartbroken and devastated my brother!! 😢😢😢😢💔. Man I love you big bro."

      He continued, "My heart goes to Vanessa and the kids. I promise you I'll continue your legacy man! You mean so much to us all here especially #LakerNation💜💛 and it's my responsibility to put this sh*t on my back and keep it going!! Please give me the strength from the heavens above and watch over me! I got US here! There's so much more I want to say but just can't right now because I can't get through it! Until we meet again my brother!! #Mamba4Life❤️🙏🏾 #Gigi4Life❤️🙏🏾."

      TRACY MCGRADY SAYS KOBE WANTED TO DIE YOUNG

      Meanwhile, NBA Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady, one of Kobe's closest friends, revealed that before he had a family, he told him that he wanted to die young. In an interview with ESPN, he said, "I'm devastated, just like everybody else. This sounds crazy," McGrady said. "But Kobe spoke this. ... He used to say all the time, 'I want to die young.' ... 'I want to be immortalized. I want to have my career be better than Michael Jordan's and I wanna die young.' And I just thought that he was just so crazy for saying that."

      MORE CELEBRITY REACTIONS

      Ice Cube: "Kobe is some of the glue that holds L.A. together. I just toss and turn all night thinking about Vanessa and his daughters, thinking about his mother, and his father, his sisters, thinking about Vanessa's parents, just everybody in his immediate life that loved him, what they lost. I know what we lost as fans. Me personally, I don't have too many heroes that's younger than me, and that was one of 'em." (:

      Carmelo Anthony: "This probably was the hardest game I ever had to play. Just uh … I don't know. It was tough. It was tough. ... Honestly knowing him, the way that I know him, he would've wanted me to play. Our friendship and relationship was deeper than basketball. It was family. It was friendship. Basketball was the last piece of connective tissue between us two."

      AUDIO: CARMELO ANTHONY ON KOBE'S DEATH
      AUDIO: ICE CUBE ON KOBE BRYANT'S DEATH
      AUDIO: KOBE BRYANT REVEALS WHY HE STARTED TAKING HELICOPTERS
      AUDIO: TRACY MCGRADY SAYS KOBE BRYANT WANTED TO DIE YOUNG.
    • WEINSTEIN ACCUSER TESTIFIES HE RIPPED OUT HER TAMPON, FORCED SEX

      Former Project Runway production assistant Miriam "Mimi" Haleyi, one of the two women named in Harvey Weinstein's New York indictment, took the stand against him on Monday.

      The 42-year-old Finland native told Manhattan Supreme Court jurors that Weinstein invited her to his apartment in July of 2006, and then forced sex on her.

      "He greeted me, he invited me in. Asked me if I wanted anything to drink and I believe the television was on and we were just having a normal exchange and sat down on the sofa," Haleyi said of Weinstein.

      When he mad a sexual pass, she said: "I got up from the sofa and I said, ‘Oh, no, no, no.' I just kind of tried to reject him and push him away … and he kissed me and fondling me."

      She continued: "He was coming toward me physically and I was backed into a bedroom that was on the corner of that open space area. I walked backwards because he was pushing me with his body until I got to the bed and I fell backwards onto the bed and I tried to get up and he pushed me down."

      THE ATTACK:

      Haleyi said: "I just said, ‘No, no. I don't want this to happen. This is not going to happen, I am on my period.'"

      She described the attack: "I couldn't even get away from him at all — let alone out of the apartment. Ultimately, after a while I just checked out," she said. "He held me down on the bed and he forced himself on me orally. I was on my period. I had a tampon in there. I was mortified … He forced himself on me orally, he put his mouth on my vagina."

      Haleyi added: "I kept trying to tell him, ‘No, don't go there and don't do that. I'm on my period. I have a tampon in.' It was as if he didn't believe me and he said something like, ‘Where is it, then?' like that and he actually pulled my tampon out."

      Afterward, Haleyi said, she doesn't "remember much," "except when I left the apartment, I remember walking by the building looking to see if the driver was there." He was not.

      She explained that she confided in a roommate about the incident, but decided to not call police. "I thought about my options, but I decided that going to the police was not an option for me," she said. "Obviously Mr. Weinstein has a lot more power and resources and connections. I didn't think I would really stand a chance."

      Later, she remained in her job and even agreed to meet up with him again at the Tribeca Hotel, where he attacked her again, she said.

      "He had managed to convince me to meet him again just to do something like that to me again and I felt like an idiot for having believed whatever he was saying even though I don't remember the conversations," Haleyi said.

      She testified Weinstein "led me onto the bed … I just laid there … he had intercourse with me."

      "He said something like, ‘You're a whore and a b++ch.' He thought that would somehow turn me on."

      CROSS EXAMINATION

      Weinstein's lawyer Damon Cheronis produced an email she sent him two years after the attack.

      It read: "Hi Harvey, How are you? Great to see you in Cannes." The email went on to mention an article in "today's New York Post about the Addams Family being turned into a Broadway musical. Just to remind you what a genius I am — didn't i tell you that was a great idea like 3 years ago at the mercer bar..hmm? Lots of Love Miriam."

      Weinstein's fate largely hinges on the whether the jury of 12 believes that he assaulted the two women named in his indictment. He has pleaded not guilty. If convicted, he faces life behind bars.

      In all, more than 80 women have accused him of misconduct.

    • THOMAS MARKLE THREATENS MEGHAN MARKLE, TELLS HARRY TO 'MAN UP'

      Meghan Markle's estranged father Thomas Markle is taking full advantage of the increased interest in all things royal following Megxit, and is seemingly sharing his POV with anyone willing to listen.

      On Monday, Good Morning Britain had him on, and he shared his perspective on his estrangement from Meghan since her wedding to Prince Harry, following his admission of accepting money for staged paparazzi shots and then his decision to not walk her down the aisle.

      In response to critics who say he should just fade into the background, Thomas said: I would tell them to try being in my position for a little while and try to see what it's like. Have a family member ghost you and not speak to you and see how you feel you. It's something that stays wih you 24/7 every day. It never goes away. It's always on your mind. You go to sleep with it, you wake up with it. It's very hard to deal with. ."

      He then essentially blackmailed Meghan, saying he would continue speaking out unless she agreed to contact him: "I pretty much will give an interview and wait for 30 days for some kinda answer back. If I don't get one back, then I'll try another interview. That's about the only shot I have ... After this interview if I don't hear from someone in 30 days then I will try again. I don't want to sit in silence in my living room for the rest of my life waiting for someone to get back to me."

      Thomas also spoke to Prince Harry directly, telling him: "Man up and fly down and see me and we will talk… I feel he can still reach out to me, they are making this a big drama for the world every day, it's a family problem and should be solved as a family problem."

      Asked about the possibility of meeting Meghan and Harry in court as part of her lawsuit against the Mail on Sunday, which published a personal letter she sent him in August of 2018, he said: "If it comes to meeting them in a courtroom, that's great. At least I'd finally get to see them."

      He went on to say he did not want a "battle."

      AUDIO: THOMAS MARKLE GIVES HIS PERSPECTIVE
    • DAVID SCHWIMMER ON WHITE PRIVILEGE, CRITICISM OF 'FRIENDS'

      Friends ended 15 years ago, but fans and critics alike can't stop watching. When it landed on Netflix in 2015, the scrutiny intensified, especially around matters of the show handled issues of diversity and homophobia.

      Speaking to The Guardian, Schwimmer is still all-in for the show, despite the serious backlash his character Ross has come under for his treatment of Rachel (Jennifer Aniston): "I don't care. The truth is also that show was groundbreaking in its time for the way in which it handled so casually sex, protected sex, gay marriage and relationships. The pilot of the show was my character's wife left him for a woman and there was a gay wedding, of my ex and her wife, that I attended."

      He continued: "I feel that a lot of the problem today in so many areas is that so little is taken in context. You have to look at it from the point of view of what the show was trying to do at the time. I'm the first person to say that maybe something was inappropriate or insensitive, but I feel like my barometer was pretty good at that time. I was already really attuned to social issues and issues of equality."

      Schwimmer's character dated an Asian woman and a black woman, but that's about as diverse as it got, despite his best efforts.

      "Maybe there should be an all-black Friends or an all-Asian Friends," Schwimmer said. "But I was well aware of the lack of diversity and I campaigned for years to have Ross date women of color. One of the first girlfriends I had on the show was an Asian American woman, and later I dated African American women. That was a very conscious push on my part."

      This all comes as the show celebrates its 25th anniversary of the premiere, and rumors of a movie featuring Schwimmer, Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc are swirling.

    • IRINA SHAYK TALKS BRADLEY COOPER BREAKUP

      Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper have been largely tight-lipped about their split, but the model opened up about the state of her heart in British Vogue.

      The 34-year-old covered the glossy's March issue, and inside, she got philosophical about how relationships bring out extremes of human behavior. She said: "I think in all good relationships you bring your best and your worst—it's just the nature of a human being. Two great people don't have to make a good couple."

      She went on, saying that the time they had together was epic: "I think we've been very lucky to experience what we had with each other. Life without B is new ground."

      They split in June of 2019. Together, they shared four years and a 2-year-old daughter, Lea de Seine Shayk Cooper.

      Now, she's trying to find a new balance between motherhood, life and work. She said: "It's hard to find a balance between being a single mom and being a working woman and provider. Trust me, there are days I wake up and I'm like, ‘Oh my god, I don't know what to do, I'm falling apart.'"

    • KATE MIDDLETON PHOTOGRAPHS HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS FOR NEW EXHIBIT

      Kate Middleton is marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by photographing a group of Holocaust survivors and showing them in a powerful exhibit.

      The Duchess of Cambridge, a noted photographer, took shots of survivors Steven Frank, Yvonne Bernstein and their grandchildren. Frank was one of the few children who survived the Westerbork transit camp, then the Theresienstadt in the Czech Republic. He was photographed with granddaughters Maggie and Trixie. Bernstein was a "hidden child" in France during the war; she was photographed with her granddaughter, Chloe.

      The Duchess shared her motivation for the project in an Instagram post, along with some of the images: "I wanted to make the portraits deeply personal to Yvonne and Steven — a celebration of family and the life that they have built since they both arrived in Britain in the 1940s. The families brought items of personal significance with them which are included in the photographs."

      She continued: "It was a true honour to have been asked to participate in this project and I hope in some way Yvonne and Steven's memories will be kept alive as they pass the baton to the next generation."

      Kate's pictures will be included in an upcoming exhibition organized by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, Jewish News and the Royal Photographic Society.

    • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

      CHRIS HARRISON WILL HOST UPCOMING BACHELOR SPINOFF: The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart officially has a host: Chris Harrison. "We got a new mansion, new drama, but it's still always about love," Harrison said of the show. The Bachelor: Listen To Your Heart will have 20 single men and women sing songs and live together as they go on Bachelor-style music-focused dates. The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart premieres April 13 on ABC. Will you tune in?

      HOW JAMES CROMWELL AVOIDED BEING A TARGET IN PRISON: The 79-year-old James Cromwell has ended up behind bars on multiple occasions, thanks to his activism on animal rights and the environment. He told Page Six that he avoided trouble via his celebrity status, as officials knew that many make their bones in prison is to rape or beat up some guy. What better guy to beat or rape than a movie star?"

      90 DAY FIANCE COUPLE MARRIED BY EX: Juliana and Michael made it official on Sunday's 90 Day Fiance … and they were married by Michael's ex-wife Sarah, whom Juliana has bonded with. Before making it official, Sarah noted how much she appreciated Juliana's commitment to her and Michael's kids, Max and CeCe.

      411 ON COLIN JOST's MEMOIR: Saturday Night Live co-head writer and Scarlett Johansson fiance Colin Jost has written a book about his life that will hit shelves on April 14th. The book is titled A Very Punchable Face. Here's how it's described on Amazon: "You'll also discover things about Jost that will surprise and confuse you, like how Jimmy Buffett saved his life, how Czech teenagers attacked him with potato salad, how an insect laid eggs inside his legs, and how he competed in a twenty-five-man match at WrestleMania (and almost won). You'll go behind the scenes at SNL (where he's written some of the most memorable sketches and characters of the past fifteen years) and Weekend Update. And you'll experience the life of a touring stand-up comedian — from performing in rural college cafeterias at noon to opening for Dave Chappelle at Radio City Music Hall."

    • INDUSTRY NEWS

      BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH'S IRONBARK ACQUIRED: The rights to Benedict Cumberbatch's civilian spy thriller Ironbark have been snagged by Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate. The deal was made at the Sundance Film Festival, after the world premiere Friday night and an enthusiastic response from attendees. In the film, Cumberbatch plays Greville Wynne, a regular guy tapped by the government to help end the Cuban missile crisis. Dominic Cooke (On Chesil Beach) directs.

      THE SEVENTH DAY ROUNDS OUT CAST: The Guy Pearce-toplined exorcist flick The Seventh Day has rounded out its cast. Joining Pearce and the previously announced Vadhir Derbez is Stephen Lang, Keith David, Chris Galust, Robin Bartlett and Brady Jenness.

      UNCLE FRANK SNAGGED: Amazon scooped up Allan Ball's Uncle Frank at Sundance for $12 million. The bidding was reportedly competitive. Ball is best known for writing American Beauty and creating Six Feet Under and True Blood. The film stars Paul Bettany, Sophia Lillis, Judy Greer and many others; the story follows Bettany's titular character as he takes his 18-year-old niece (Lillis) on a road trip to bury his father.

      HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER DIRECTOR & STAR SET KILLING IT: How I Met Your Mother director Pamela Fryman and star Ashley Williams are teaming up with Margin Call producer Neal Dodson and Alan Grossbard on an adaptation of Killing It: An Education. Williams will star in the feature adaptation of Camas Davis's best-selling memoir. The tale follows Davis's journey from unemployed reporter to a butcher apprentice in France, then back to Portland, Oregon, where a food revolution is afoot.