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Divorce finalized for ‘Glee’s’ Rivera and actor husband
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Naya Rivera’s marriage to husband Ryan Dorsey is over after nearly four years.
A judge in Los Angeles finalized the pair’s divorce Thursday. Rivera and Dorsey will share custody of their 2-year-old son.
The 31-year-old former “Glee” star first filed for divorce in November 2016, but withdrew her petition nearly a year later after she and the 34-year-old Dorsey reconciled.
Then on Thanksgiving weekend 2017, Rivera was arrested in West Virginia on suspicion of domestic battery against Dorsey. The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office said Dorsey later asked that Rivera not be prosecuted.
In December, Rivera filed again for divorce.
Rivera played Santana Lopez for all six seasons of the Fox musical comedy series “Glee.” Dorsey, also an actor, has appeared on shows including “Ray Donavan” and “Justified.”
Apple announces multi-year content deal with Oprah
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Apple says it has reached a multiyear deal with Oprah Winfrey to create original programs for its streaming service.
Apple said Friday the programs will be released worldwide as part of a lineup of original content.
Apple has yet to launch its service, whose major competitors will include Amazon and Netflix.
Winfrey founded and heads the OWN channel as chair and CEO. She recently extended her contract with OWN through 2025.
An OWN spokeswoman said Winfrey has an exclusive on-camera deal with OWN but can appear elsewhere on a limited basis.
Winfrey’s content for Apple will be solely for the streaming service, the representative said.
Cosby ousts legal team ahead of sex assault sentencing
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby has ousted the high-powered defense team whose aggressive tactics failed to sway jurors from convicting him of sexual assault in April.
Cosby’s spokesman Andrew Wyatt said Thursday that Tom Mesereau and the rest of the retrial team have been replaced by a Philadelphia-area defense attorney with experience handling sex crimes cases.
The new lawyer, Joseph Green, didn’t immediately return a message.
Wyatt wouldn’t say why the change was made.
Cosby is scheduled for sentencing Sept. 24 on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and assaulting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004.
The charges will likely be combined into one charge that carries a standard sentence of five to 10 years in prison.