(Turnberry, UK) – Protesters are joining President Trump on the golf course. About a dozen protesters gathered outside Trump’s Scottish golf resort in Turnberry where the President and First lady are spending the weekend. Trump seemed unfazed as demonstrators on the beach booed while he golfed. More protests took place across Scotland Saturday, including one in Edinburgh featuring the Trump Baby balloon that drew nearly ten-thousand people. Meanwhile, Scottish Police say they are investigating how a paraglider was able to fly close to the resort yesterday with a banner that read, “Trump: Well below par.”
Trump arrived in Scotland Friday after meeting Queen Elizabeth and British Prime Minister Theresa May. He’ll head to Finland to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.
(Houston, TX) – Tekashi 6ix9ine is still in jail for an alleged fight with a teenager. The rapper was arrested on Wednesday on an outstanding warrant for supposedly putting his hands around a 16-year-old’s neck at a mall in Houston, Texas earlier this year.
A judge denied 6ix9ine’s bail request yesterday, and called him a flight risk.
(South Carolina) – Officials in South Carolina will not be reopening a 17-year-old rape case against Charlamagne Tha God. The Blast reports that a 35-year-old woman was looking into taking the radio presenter back to court for allegedly assaulting her at a party in 2001, when she was 15.The state will not be pursuing it because he entered a plea deal at the time and served three years probation. Charlamagne Tha God still maintains his innocence.
(SL) – Chris Brown is fighting a felony battery charge. Billboard says the rapper plead not guilty earlier this week to allegedly punching a man who took his picture at a nightclub without his permission around a year ago.
He was arrested last week, and released on bond.
(London) – A Downton Abbey movie is in the works. The British creators of the hit television series say film production begins this summer. The historical drama about a wealthy English family and their servants set in the early 20th century drew millions of viewers in on both sides of the pond.
According to the Guardian, creator Julian Fellowes will write the script and Universal Studios will distribute the highly-anticipated film. Downton Abbey earned three Golden Globes and 15 Emmys during its six season run on ITV in the UK and PBS in America.
(SL) – Actress Scarlett Johansson is backing out of a movie in which she was going to play a transgender man. She dropped the movie because of heavy backlash from the LGBTQ community over the casting choice.
Trans actors criticized Johansson for taking the role, citing that it’s hard for trans people to get work as it is. She was set to play real-life trans man Dante “Tex” Gill in director Rupert Sanders’ upcoming crime drama Rub & Tug. Tex was a trans man who ran a prostitution ring out of his massage parlor in the seventies.
In her statement, Johansson said, “In light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante Tex Gill, I have decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project…. I’ve learned a lot from the community since making my first statement about my casting and realize it was insensitive. I have great admiration and love for the trans community and am grateful that the conversation regarding inclusivity in Hollywood continues.”
(Washington, DC) – A dozen Russian intelligence agents are being charged for attempting to influence the 2016 presidential election. Today, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the Russians hacked the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. Despite the indictments, the White House insists that there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.
Administrators are pointing to the indictment as further proof that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said there’s no evidence that any votes were changed because of the activities. She also said there’s nothing in the indictments suggesting collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. Russian agents allegedly hacked Democratic officials in an effort to influence the election.
U.S. Senator John McCain spoke out saying, “These revelations add to a body of evidence confirming an extensive plot by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government to attack the 2016 election.” McCain is urging the President to confront Putin. Trump claimed during a press conference in London that he planned on ‘asking’ Putin about the charge but said he doubts the Russian leader will admit to anything.
(London England) – President Trump is in Scotland after wrapping up a two-day visit to England. Earlier today, the President and First Lady had tea with Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle.
Trump also held a joint news conference with the British Prime Minister and stressed America’s “special” relationship with the UK.
The two held a joint news conference today, not long after reports surfaced in The Sun newspaper that Trump had criticized her plan for the so-called soft Brexit. He said he’d suggested how she should carry it out and she decided to go in a different direction. May, for her part, said lots of people give her advice on how to negotiate with the EU, but it’s her job to actually go out and do it.
More than 100-thousand demonstrators turned out in central London to protest Trump’s visit to England.
He’ll spend a private weekend at his golf course in Scotland.
(SL) – A new documentary about the late Whitney Houston claims the singer was molested by Dee Warwick when she was a child. Whitney’s mother, Cissy Houston, told People magazine she’s shocked an horrified.
Dee Dee, sister to singer Dionne Warwick, was Whitney’s cousin and died in 2008. Cissy Houston said she’s having difficulty believing the allegations but said if it’s true, Whitney wouldn’t have wanted it to have been revealed to thousands of people in a film.