Al Sharpton criticized for calling ’emergency meeting’ over Oscar nominations

 

Al Sharpton is being questioned for calling for an emergency meeting of his “diversity task force” Thursday after the Academy Awards nominated only white actors.

“The lack of diversity in today’s Oscar nominations is appalling, and while it is good that ‘Selma’ was nominated for Best Picture, it’s ironic that they nominated a story about the racial shutout around voting while there is a racial shutout around the Oscar nominations,” Sharpton said in a statement. “With all of the talent in ‘Selma’ and other Black movies this year, it is hard to believe that we have less diversity in the nominations today than in recent history.”

Sharpton said he will meet next week with allies to discuss “potential actions” ahead or during the Feb. 22 award show.

The Academy’s female African American president Cheryl Isaac Burke said she does not believe there is a diversity problem.

Cosby wasn’t in LA at time of alleged abuse: Cosby’s lawyer taking his accusers to task over the allegations

Bill Cosby’s attorney said Friday that the comedian was not at the Playboy Mansion on the night a model accuses him of drugging and sexually abusing her.

Cosby was in New York on the night that model Chloe Goins claims the comedian drugged and accosted her in a bedroom of the mansion, attorney Martin D. Singer wrote in a statement.

Singer said he would present evidence to authorities detailing Cosby’s whereabouts before, during and after the Playboy Mansion event.

Goins met with Los Angeles police detectives on Wednesday and her attorney said the incident took place during an event in August 2008. While many of the abuse claims leveled against Cosby fall outside civil and criminal statutes of limitations, Goins’ allegations may fall within the time period that Cosby could be charged.

Goins’ attorney Spencer Kuvin said Wednesday that the alleged abuse occurred during an event called “Midsummer’s Night Dream Party” on Aug. 9, 2008, at the mansion. Goins does not know what happened while she was blacked out but Kuvin has said she awoke to find herself naked and Cosby over her.

“Mr. Cosby was in New York on that date,” Singer wrote. “We will be providing documentary evidence to the appropriate authorities which conclusively establishes Mr. Cosby’s whereabouts on August 9th and for the preceding and succeeding days.”

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