KIM KARDASHIAN SOURCES RESPOND TO KIMONO DRAMA: Sources close to Kim Kardashian has responded to all of the backlash the reality star is facing after announcing her new Shapewear line Kimono. Kim was accused of cultural appropriation for naming her line Kimono after the traditional Japanese garment — and also trademarking the name "Kimono." According to TMZ, sources say that Kim has no plan to produce traditional garments and she isn't the first one to use the name — there's Komono Sunglasses, Kimono Lash, Kimono Restaurant and Kimono Condoms and more. The sources added that Kim trademarking the name only applies to her business as it is standard practice. She's also trademarked other businesses she has that incorporate her first name in some way.
BETH CHAPMAN DEAD AT 51: Beth Chapman, wife of Duane "Dog" Chapman, died yesterday (June 26th) at a Honolulu hospital after a long battle with throat cancer. She was 51. Chapman was hospitalized last weekend after having trouble breathing and choking. She was placed in a medically induced coma. Chapman was diagnosed with stage II throat cancer in 2017 but was cancer free by December 2017. The cancer returned last November. Dog announced the news via Twitter, writing, “It’s 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain. Only today, she hiked the stairway to heaven. We all love you, Beth. See you on the other side.” He also spoke to local reporters about her last words, saying, “When she had an attack I didn’t know anything to do but to say ‘in Jesus’ name’ and hold her and when I said ‘in Jesus’ name’ she said, ‘Say it again, say it more.' And then she told the girls and everybody, with her mouth — she came out of it a couple times — ‘I love you’ and ‘Are you guys all okay? Don’t worry,’ but she never accepted it.”
AUDIO REVEALS HARVEY WEINSTEIN'S ATTEMPT AT DAMAGE CONTROL WITH REPORTERS: Audio has been leaked between Harvey Weinstein and two New York Times reporters that show the former movie producer trying to clean things up. In the audio — obtained by Inside Edition, Weinstein pressed journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey for more information on his accusers, saying, “I think you ought to be specific and tell me who they are and if they’re on the record." On the multiple sexual harrassment accusations, he said, “I’m not a saint, but I’m not the sinner you think I am." Weinstein then got defensive, challening their reporting, saying, “There are mistakes you’ve made. I promise we will find them.” He added, “It seems like you have a lotta hearsay on your hands. I’m gonna say this nicely: Get the facts right. You’re journalists.” The reporters said that at the time, they had no idea they were being recorded.
CUBA GOODING JR. LAWYER ASKS JUDGE TO DROP SEX ABUSE CASE: Yesterday (June 26th), one of Cuba Gooding Jr.'s lawyers asked a judge to dismiss sexual abuse charges against the actor and also asked for the accuser's name to be made public. According to Page Six, Mark Heller pressed Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Keshia Espinal to rule on his motion to dismiss, which claims the 30-year-old woman’s allegations that the star grabbed her breast are bogus. Heller argued, “Mr. Gooding’s life has been put on hold, it’s on the pause button … substantially impacting him financially and professionally." The judge said she would reserve ruling on the motion to dismiss until prosecutors have had a chance to respond. She’ll rule on Aug. 14 — when Gooding is due back in court.