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Exclusive: Bill Cosby Breaks Silence About Sexual Assault Allegations

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Bill Cosby is responding to questions about allegations of sexual assault for the first time in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Linsey Davis.

The actor and comedian is in Alabama, where he is spreading his message of education, preparing to speak with students later on Friday. Cosby, 77, admitted that he expects some backlash.

“I think that many of them may say, ‘Well, you are a hypocrite. You say one thing, you say another,’” he told Davis. “My point is, ‘OK, listen to me carefully. I’m telling you where the road is out. I’m telling you where, as you drive, you are going to go into the water. Now, you want to go here or you want to be concerned about who is giving you the message?’”

More than 30 women have come forward in the past six months, some accusing Cosby of drugging or sexually assaulting them. His legal team has issued a number of denials.

Cosby has never been criminally charged. Three of his accusers have filed a defamation lawsuit against him, which Cosby is trying to get dismissed.

In an effort to turn the page, Cosby is now part of an initiative to bring awareness about the state of underfunded schools near Selma, Alabama. But will the allegations overshadow his message?

“It’s interesting. When I talk to people they will say, ‘This is a situation that’s unprecedented.’ I, my family, my friends, I have been in this business 52 years,” he said. “I’ve never seen anything like this. And reality is the situation. And I can’t speak.”

Cosby has been invited to walk across the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge with students as part of a “March for Education.” The program is hosted by the Black Belt Community Foundation, a nonprofit group dedicated to improving the lives of citizens in a 12-county section of Alabama known as the “Black Belt” area.

Cosby’s participation sparked an online firestorm, something that organizers admit made them think twice about his involvement.

“We had some very rich discussions about it, but at the end of the day what was most important was: How do we make sure the world knows that Black Belt children matter?” said Felecia Lucky, the organization’s president.

Cosby, whose long career has included his portrayal of Cliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show, still talks about the possibility of a return to TV.

“I really know about what I want to do tomorrow — in the tomorrows that follow,” he told Davis. “I have a ton of ideas to put on television for a series about people and their behavior and their love for each other.”

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Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s Partner Discusses Coping with the Actor’s Death

Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s life partner, Mimi O’Donnell, admits the actor’s death from a drug overdose in February 2014 left her devastated.

O’Donnell, a former costume designer for Saturday Night Live, tells The New York Times she was only minimally involved in the theater world over the past year, focusing instead on family trips to the beach with the couple’s three young children and reading books about grief by Joan Dideon and Joyce Carol Oates.

“I was pretty stubborn in my falling apart,” she recalls. “And my kids saw all of it, because they should. What, am I going to hide it from them? I don’t want them to hide it from me.”

Now, more than a year after Hoffman’s death at 46, O’Donnell has returned to the theater, serving as artistic director of the Labyrinth Theater Company, as he once did.

O’Donnell, who often attended the theater with Hoffman, stayed away from shows in the months following his death. However, she returned for the first time last summer, seeing the Capote actor’s longtime friend Cate Blanchett in a production of The Maids.

“She did that thing you want every actress in theater to do: She left her heart on the stage,” O’Donnell tells the newspaper. “And I knew enough in that moment to go: ‘I love theater. I love it. I love what it can do.'”

“And, not making a concrete decision, but knowing that I wasn’t going to leave the theater company, I wasn’t going to stop doing this,” she adds.

When asked how she’s doing now, O’Donnell says, “It is a ridiculous question — I don’t know.”

“There are so many people who have written beautiful books about grief, who have been able to say it much better than I,” she notes, “but I guess I would say that, after a year has passed, I’m able to function, if that’s the right word, or be in the world a little bit differently.”

Hoffman was found dead in his apartment in February 2014. The death was officially ruled an accident caused by “acute mixed drug intoxication, including heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamine.”

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“Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Pitch Perfect 2” Open Friday

“Pitch Perfect 2″ – Universal(NEW YORK) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

Mad Max: Fury Road
— Tom Hardy takes over the Max Rockatansky role made famous by Mel Gibson. Max finds himself in a group led by an Imperator, Furiosa, played by Charlize Theron. The group is targeted by an evil warlord. Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Zoë Kravitz, Riley Keough and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley also star. Rated R.

Pitch Perfect 2
— The Bellas return in an attempt to win the World Championships of A Cappella in Copenhagen. Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks also star in the film, which was directed by Banks. Rated PG-13.

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Bill Murray Announced as David Letterman’s Final Scheduled Guest

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS(NEW YORK) — David Letterman’s final scheduled guest on Late Show will be…Bill Murray.

CBS has announced that the actor will make an appearance on the late-night program next Tuesday, the night before Letterman’s final broadcast.

This comes as no surprise, since Murray was Letterman’s first guest on NBC’s Late Night in 1982, as well as his first guest on Late Show in 1993. Next Tuesday’s segment will represent Murray’s 44th overall appearance with Letterman.

CBS further revealed that Tom Hanks will sit down with Letterman on Monday night, while Eddie Vedder will deliver a musical performance backed by Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra.

As for Letterman’s Late Show finale on Wednesday night, CBS is only saying that it will be “an hour filled with surprises, memorable highlights, the show’s final Top Ten List and more.”

Letterman’s ratings have been on the rise as the countdown to his last night on late-night TV continues. Late Show averaged 3.82 million viewers last week, topping Jimmy Fallon on NBC and Jimmy Kimmel on ABC.

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“Mad Men” Comes to an End Sunday Night

Doug Hyun/AMC(NEW YORK) — After seven seasons, the drama that fascinated viewers with its exploration of the advertising industry in the 1960s and early 1970s comes to an end on Sunday night.

The Mad Men series finale will air on AMC at 10 p.m. Eastern time. Several of the characters are at a crossroads going into the episode, after they were absorbed by McCann Erickson. For example, Don Draper, played by Jon Hamm, abruptly left a work meeting and has been out West since.

What will the finale have in store for Don? Alan Sepinwall, a TV critic for HitFix, suspects Don may undergo a “massive personal reinvention,” which could include him reverting back to his old identity, Dick Whitman.

Sepinwall tells ABC Radio, “We definitely know he’s not going back to advertising, there have been a lot of hints lately reminding us that Don is really mechanically inclined.”

“I’m looking forward to whatever it winds up being because Matt Weiner tends to end the seasons well, and I’m not expecting the last one to be any different,” Sepinwall adds.

Sepinwall does not expect Weiner, the creator of Mad Men, to wrap up his show with a vague final scene, a la The Sopranos with its fade-to-black ending. Weiner, incidentally, was a writer for The Sopranos.

Weiner says he felt the emotional weight of the Mad Men finale after filming had been completed. He recalls to ABC Radio how tough it was when he moved out of his office, because “everybody was gone and going through everything and walking out of this room where I had written most of it and slept and lived to some degree.”

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Australian Authorities: Depp’s Dogs Flying Back to the US

ABC/Randy Holmes(CANBERRA, Australia) — Australia’s Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce tells the BBC that he believes Johnny Depp’s dogs Boo and Pistol are expected to leave the country by private jet Friday, calling it “the wisest move.”

The tiny Yorkshire Terriers caused a huge international incident, with the Australian government official threatening to put the actor’s dogs down if they weren’t returned to The States in a timely manner.

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reported that Depp brought the dogs with him when he and his wife, Amber Heard, flew to the Land Down Under on a private jet last month, so he could continue filming the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie. They apparently failed to declare the dogs in accordance with Australian quarantine law.

As the canine crisis appears to be abating, however, the no-nonsense Joyce says he’s concerned the pooches will be left “stateless,” suspecting the celebrity couple could run afoul of American quarantine laws as well.

Production on Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales was temporarily halted earlier this year after Depp suffered a hand injury in Australia. He subsequently underwent surgery in the U.S.

Depp is reprising his role of Jack Sparrow in the sequel, which is scheduled to be released by Disney on July 7, 2017. Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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George Clooney Handcuffs Himself to David Letterman

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS(NEW YORK) — George Clooney can’t bear to see David Letterman leave late-night TV.

Appearing as a guest on CBS’ Late Show Thursday night, Clooney handcuffed himself to the soon-to-be-retired host and tossed away the key. He declared, “You’re not going anywhere, David Letterman!”

Letterman shot back to the actor, who married his wife Amal Clooney last year, “Is this something left over from the bachelor days?”

The Tomorrowland star explained that when he was a single man he would tape Letterman’s show and watch it later on. He continued, “I’m a married man now. I’m home. I’m home with my wife, I turn on the TV and now I hear you’re not going to be there? That’s not OK.”

Clooney later turned serious, telling Letterman that the host provided laughs through the years while also helping viewers deal with difficult moments like 9/11.

“You may be going off the air, but you belong to us for the ages,” Clooney said to applause.

Clooney touched upon his marriage, joking that while his wife is a human rights lawyer and takes risks in that capacity, he “handcuffs himself to a guy who’s leaving town.”

Clooney remained handcuffed to Letterman while Letterman interviewed his second guest, musician Tom Waits. Clooney was by Letterman’s side, behind his desk, while Waits sat in the chair Clooney occupied just minutes earlier.

Thursday night’s Late Show also featured a cameo from Al Pacino, who helped Letterman present the Top Ten List by counting down the numbers. The topic was “Top Ten Reasons Max Is Mad,” in reference to the new Mad Max movie.

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Blues Giant B.B. King Dead at 89

Credit: Kevin WestenbergBlues legend B.B. King, whose stinging licks played on his guitar nicknamed “Lucille” influenced generations of guitar players, has died at age 89, Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg confirms to ABC News.

King had been in hospice care at his home in Las Vegas after experiencing health issues last month related to diabetes.

His passing comes one week after a judge in Las Vegas rejected a guardianship claim made by several of his adult children, a ruling that allows the guitarist’s longtime business manager, Laverne Toney, to retain power-of-attorney and control of King’s medical care and finances.

King was a towering figure in the music world for more than half a century, dominating Billboard‘s R&B charts in the 1950s and early ’60s with a string of 16 top-10 singles and remaining a popular and respected artist throughout his life.

Born Riley B. King near Itta Betta, Mississippi, on September 16, 1925, the musician got his big break while performing on bluesman Sonny Boy Williamson‘s radio program on KWEM in West Memphis, Tennessee, in 1948. As his popularity grew, King got his own radio show in Memphis, where his nickname developed from Beale Street Blues Boy, to Blues Boy King, to B.B. King.

King’s biggest pop success came in 1970, when he reached #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “The Thrill Is Gone.” By the late 1960s, he’d been embraced by the rock world, and frequently performed or toured with such well-known artists at The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Peter Frampton, among many others.

King’s collaboration with U2 on “When Love Comes to Town,” from the album Rattle and Hum, peaked at #2 on the rock charts in 1988, while the 2000 album he recorded with Clapton, Riding with the King, reached #3 on the Billboard 200 and sold more than two million copies in the U.S. alone. Among King’s many other achievements: he won more than a dozen Grammy awards, was inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and was honored during the 1995 Kennedy Center Honors. Recently, King’s legendary 1965 album Live at the Regal landed at #141 on Rolling Stone‘s list of the 500 Greatest Live Albums of All Time.

King was also the subject of a 2012 documentary titled B.B. King: The Life of Riley, which was narrated by Morgan Freeman and featured interviews with such stars as Clapton, The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Ringo Starr, Carlos Santana, U2’s Bono, Joe Walsh, and Slash.

Famed for years of tireless touring, King is said to have averaged more than 250 concerts a year until November 2014, when illness forced him to cancel his remaining scheduled shows that year.

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Jane Fonda Reveals When She Joined ‘Mile High’ Club

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Jane Fonda became a member of the mile-high club at age 50 on her fourth date with ex-husband Ted Turner.

The 77-year-old Oscar winner was spilling secrets on The Ellen DeGeneres Show while playing a game of “never have I ever” with host Ellen DeGeneres.

“Never have I ever joined the mile-high club,” DeGeneres said, reading from a card.

Fonda held up a paddle which read, “I have,” before explaining, “I was 50 years old. It was my fourth date with Ted Turner. He has his own plane, and we get on the plane, and he said, ‘Are you a member of the mile-high club?’ I didn’t know what he was talking about.”

The actress soon learned.

“I joined!” she exclaimed. “Suddenly the seats became a bed.”

Fonda also revealed that she had made out with someone half her age.

“Just make out, right?” she clarified.

“Whatever you want to share with us, but yes,” DeGeneres quipped.

“That’s all,” Fonda said.

When DeGeneres read, “Never have I ever hooked up in the bathroom at a party,” Fonda hesitated.

“Do you have to tell the truth?” she asked with a laugh.

She then revealed that she had but still wanted some clarification.

“What do you think ‘hook up’ means?” Fonda asked.

DeGeneres replied, “Probably a little more than making out… But it could be all kinds of things.”

Fonda once again held up her paddle, which read, “I have.”

“I stick with that,” she said.

The actress was also asked if she had ever been drunk before noon or stolen something. Watch the video below to find out what she said.

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Sam Smith Is Out of Vocal Cord Surgery, ‘High on Pain Killers and Listening to Whitney Houston’

Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Victoria and Albert Museum(NEW YORK) — Sam Smith fans, breathe a sigh of relief: The singer made it through vocal cord surgery Thursday just fine.

Smith, who underwent the procedure to repair a hemorrhage on his vocal cords, tweeted that he’s “flying” after waking up from the procedure.

“Just woken up from op,” he tweeted. “I’m high on pain killers and listening to Whitney Houston hahahahaha.”

Last week, the 22-year-old announced that his doctor had advised him to undergo “suspension microlaryngoscopy surgery” to treat a hemorrhage on his vocal cords. He is expected to be fully recovered in several weeks, though he admitted Wednesday that he was anxious about the procedure.

“Looking through all your beautiful messages. Makes me emotional to know I have so many people wishing me well,” he wrote.

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