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Last Update on February 10, 2016 08:08 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- Bill Cosby is trying to get a defamation lawsuit filed against him in Massachusetts delayed. The comedian's lawyers have asked a judge to delay the civil case while Cosby defends himself in a criminal case in Pennsylvania. Prosecutors near Philadelphia have charged him with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home in 2004. In the Massachusetts case, seven women claim Cosby defamed them when he sicced his reps on them, calling them liars after they went public with their accounts of sex assault. Cosby has filed his own defamation suit against the women.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's a win for Bill Cosby's former attorney -- but not for the comedian -- in a defamation suit filed in Los Angeles. A judge has dismissed the part of model Janice Dickinson's lawsuit that targeted Cosby's ex-lawyer, Martin Singer. But the judge did not dismiss defamation allegations against Cosby in the same suit. Dickinson claims the comedian drugged and raped her in 1982. Cosby is continuing his efforts to have that case dismissed; a hearing on that is set for later this month.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Ken Watanabe is battling stomach cancer. A rep says the Japanese-born actor had surgery back home and is recuperating at a hospital. He was to return to the production of "The King and I" on Broadway next month. But his return is now on hold. The actor in a statement says his return "will be a little delayed" -- but didn't specify how long he might be away. Watanabe is 56 -- and also starred in "Batman Reigns" and "Inception" -- and was nominated for an Oscar for "The Last Samurai," which starred Tom Cruise.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It was an uneasy day in the jury box for the panel hearing a case against an Ohio man authorities say stalked Gwyneth Paltrow. Jurors yesterday got to hear a former bodyguard for the actress read a series of pornographic messages prosecutors say Danto Soiu sent Paltrow nearly two decades ago. Lawyers for Soiu objected to the reading of the messages -- communication that resulted in Soiu being sent to a mental institution for several years. But the judge ruled the writings were admissible -- since it could help them understand why Paltrow was so upset that Soiu began writing her again after so many years.


NEW YORK (AP) -- One of the new breed on Broadway has been asked to direct the musical that will be based on the Disney hit movie "Frozen," Disney Theatrical Production says Alex Timbers will direct the show, which is to hit the boards in 2018. There it will join two other Disney themed productions "Aladdin" and "The Lion King." Timbers directed "Peter and the Starcatcher," "Rocky" and "The Pee Wee Herman Show." He's been nominated twice for a Tony.


NEW YORK (AP) -- This is one of those competitions where it's hard to pick a winner. Last week saw a ratings battle between the launch of a series about O.J. Simpson's murder trial -- and a two-part movie about financial schemer Bernie Madoff. In the end, the FX series "American Crime Story" about the Simpson case won out. Nielsen says the series premiere for the Simpson show was the highest in the history of FX.