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Pope Francis is kicking-off his first-ever trip to the United States with a bang. Earlier Wednesday morning, the White House hosted a welcoming event to celebrate his arrival to the country. The event, which took place on the South Lawn, was attended by nearly 15,000 people. The Pope is slated to meet with President Obama following the event to discuss world issues that include the refugees in Europe, climate change, and income inequality. Over the next six days, Pope Francis will make stops through Washington, New York, and Philadelphia. Read more.

Sean Penn Sues Lee Daniels for $10M

Director Lee Daniels is being hit with a defamation of character lawsuit by actor Sean Penn. Penn, the star of the film Dead Man Walking, claims that Daniels implied he is abusive towards women. The issue came about when Daniels addressed Empire star Terrence Howard’s domestic abuse scandal in an interview. “[Terrence] ain’t done nothing different than Marlon Brando or Sean Penn, and all of a sudden he’s some f—in’ demon,” he said. “That’s a sign of the time, of race, of where we are right now in America.” The $10 million lawsuit, which was filed yesterday in New York, states that his remarks during the interview falsely connected Penn to domestic violence. Read more.

Cosby Looks to Hire Lawyer for 2005 Sexual Assault Allegation

Comedian Bill Cosby’s agents are avidly looking for a criminal defense lawyer as prosecutors in Pennsylvania consider exploring a sexual-assault allegation from 2005. The complaint was made by former Temple University staff member Andrea Constand. She claims she befriended Cosby and he served as her mentor. During a visit to his house, he allegedly gave her pills for stress and she woke up with disheveled clothes. If charges are filed, it will be the first time Cosby will face criminal charges for any of the sexual allegations lodged against him. Read more.


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