Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Aug 13, 2015
August 13, 2015
Posturing, Posing, Polling and Press Releases:
More than half of U.S. registered voters say a criminal investigation should be launched into HILLARY CLINTON's use of a private e-mail system while serving as secretary of State. Fifty-two-percent of voters responding to a Monmouth University survey say that Madame Hillary's e-mails "should be subject to a criminal investigation for potential release of classified material."
Despite that number, the poll also shows that 51-percent of voters think her use of an in-home e-mail system was a matter of convenience, compared with 38-percent who thought she may have been trying to hide something. (Pacelli)
Sucking the life out of the wire services:
Singer CHRISTINA AGUILERA made headlines yesterday when she posted a topless selfie to Instagram. The dimly-lit picture --taken in a mirror-- shows Christina wearing pink underwear and a hat and covering her breasts with her arms (so, no, you can't see anything, pervert).
Trash talk and satellite dish:
Being a nanny comes with a lot of perks --especially if your boss' name is BEN AFFLECK! The NY Post's Page Six gossip column features photos of CHRISTINE OUZOUNIAN kicking back in a private jet while wearing TOM BRADY's four Super Bowl rings during a trip to Las Vegas last June.
Meanwhile, she may have lost her job at JENNIFER GARNER's house, but is still getting by. The 28-year-old caregiver has a brand-new Lexus convertible and invited pals on Instagram to "meet my new drop top Lexi." (Lee)
The Cosby mess:
Three more women are now accusing BILLY COSBY.
At a press conference yesterday, attorney GLORIA ALLRED introduced the women, who each told how they'd been victimized by the comedian:
--COLEEN HUGHES says she met Bill while she was working as a stewardess on a flight heading to L.A. in the 1970s. When they landed, Cosby offered to take her to lunch in Beverly Hills at what is now the Fairmont Hotel. After they arrived at the hotel, Hughes took a shower in Cosby's hotel room while he watched TV, and after leaving the bathroom in another outfit --fully dressed-- she shared a glass of champagne with him. Several hours later she says she woke up, confused, and realized she'd been sexually assaulted.
--Another victim, former actress LINDA RIDGEWAY WHITEDEER, accused Cosby of sexually assaulting her while she sat in a chair awaiting a job interview. But she said she was not drugged during the assault.
--Former actress EDEN TIRL, who appeared on "The Cosby Show," says she was 22 years old when she was cast as a cop during the show's fifth season. She claims that when she was left alone in a room with Cosby, he sexually harassed her. "I never came forward in 1989," she said. "I knew that I had been sexually harassed, I knew I should say something."
Today's police blotter:
Having a colostomy bag is hard enough, but being accused of stealing your own, well, waste, is horrifying. LEE WINTERS-JONES of England, who suffers from Crohn's disease, was accused of shoplifting after an employee thought his bag was stolen clothes. After leaving the store, he noticed an employee from another store had been following him. "He just came up to me and said that he had a reason to believe that I had stolen some suit trousers. I felt forced to show him that underneath my jumper was my colostomy bag, and I told him that he had discriminated against me, he denied this. He said a quick sorry, then he just walked off. It was a horrible experience, I felt very shaken up there was a lot of people in the store, it was a public shaming and I hadn't even done something."
After his mother complained, the store offered him a gift certificate to compensate him for his "public shaming." (Myers)
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