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Amid a Flurry of Signings and Pardons, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens Officially Resigns From Office

Eric Greitens lived his last days as the state’s leader to the fullest — at least from a legislative perspective.

The Missouri Governor, who officially resigned on Friday, issued five pardons, commuted four sentences, and signed 77 new laws — all in one day. He has been replaced by his former deputy, Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson.

“The ability to make wrong things right, for Missourians who have not gotten fair treatment from our criminal justice system, is one of the most solemn and precious abilities of a governor. I believe in justice, and I believe that with these actions today — justice will be done,”Greitens said of his decision to issue the pardons. In referencing the legislation, the now-former governor said he was “proud to put my name on many important laws and bold reforms.”

Those pardoned included Stacey Lannert, who served 18 years in prison for killing her father, who she alleged raped and abused her, and Judy Henderson, who was sentenced to lifetime imprisonment after a robbery and a murder.

Greitens, a former navy seal once seen as one of the Republican Party’s rising stars, had announced on Tuesday that he would resign by the end of the week, after becoming embroiled in a sex scandal that spawned investigations. He was elected governor in November of 2016.

In January, local St. Louis station KMOV-TV reported that Greitens had an affair with a woman — who has not been publicly identified — in 2015, and allegedly threatened to release nude photographs of her if she ever spoke publicly about their extramarital relationship. KMOV learned of the report from the woman’s husband, who claimed to have audio of her describing the allegations. One day later, a St. Louis circuit attorney launched a formal investigation into the allegations. Greitens has acknowledged the affair but denied any claims he coerced or blackmailed the woman.

On Friday, one of the laws he signed, HB 1558, made non-consensually disseminating sexual images — the pending allegations against him — a felony.

In February, Greitens was indicted for invasion of privacy, which is a felony, but the charges were dropped last month, right before the trial was slated to begin. But in April, he was indicted again, this time for stealing a donor list from the charity he founded to raise money for his campaign.


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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Resigns Amid Abuse Allegations

(NEW YORK) — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who had taken on high-profile roles as an advocate for women’s issues and an antagonist to the policies of President Donald Trump, announced late Monday that he would be resigning from office hours after four women he was romantically involved with or had romantic interactions with accused him of physical violence in accounts published by The New Yorker .

Schneiderman, who had been running for re-election, said he contested the women’s accounts, but “while these allegations are unrelated to my professional conduct or the operations of the office, they will effectively prevent me from leading the office’s work at this critical time.” He said he would resign at the close of business on Tuesday.

Two women had spoken to The New Yorker on the record, saying Schneiderman repeatedly hit them during the course of their relationships with him in recent years, and never with their consent. Neither woman filed any police complaints, but both said they sought out medical attention and confided in people close to them about the abuse.

A third woman who also was involved with him told her story to the other two women, but said she was too frightened to come forward. A fourth woman said Schneiderman slapped her when she rebuffed him during an intimate encounter, but also asked to remain unidentified. The New Yorker said it vetted the third woman’s allegations, and saw a photo of what the fourth woman said was her injury.

The accusations had led Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to call for an investigation and for Schneiderman to immediately resign.

The two women who spoke on the record, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, both said the physical abuse escalated over time, including choking and hitting, and that Schneiderman also was a heavy drinker. The Associated Press is identifying the women because they agreed to tell their stories publicly.

On Twitter, after the story was published, Manning Barish said, “After the most difficult month of my life-I spoke up. For my daughter and for all women. I could not remain silent and encourage other women to be brave for me. I could not…”

Manning Barish said she was involved with Schneiderman from mid-2013 through the end of 2014; Selvaratnam said she was involved with him from the summer of 2016 until fall 2017.

Manning Barish said Schneiderman started getting violent a few weeks after they began dating, slapping her one night after an evening out and escalating to choking her. She said she confided in friends, including novelist Salman Rushdie.

Selvaratnam, who was born in Sri Lanka, said Schneiderman started calling her his “brown slave” and made her say that she was “his property.”

“After I found out that other women had been abused by Attorney-General Schneiderman in a similar manner many years before me, I wondered, who’s next, and knew something needed to be done,” Selvaratnam said in a statement to the AP. “So I chose to come forward both to protect women who might enter into a relationship with him in the future but also to raise awareness around the issue of intimate partner violence.”

Schneiderman, a Democrat, had issued a statement to The New Yorker saying, “In the privacy of intimate relationships, I have engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity. I have not assaulted anyone. I have never engaged in non-consensual sex, which is a line I would not cross.”

His representatives sent the same statement to The Associated Press when asked about the accusations. They also sent a statement from his ex-wife, Jennifer Cunningham, who said, “I’ve known Eric for nearly 35 years as a husband, father and friend. These allegations are completely inconsistent with the man I know, who has always been someone of the highest character, outstanding values and a loving father. I find it impossible to believe these allegations are true.”

Cuomo in his statement said, “No one is above the law, including New York’s top legal officer. I will be asking an appropriate New York District Attorney(s) to commence an immediate investigation, and proceed as the facts merits.”

Schneiderman has been a vocal supporter of the #MeToo movement. He filed a lawsuit in February against movie producer Harvey Weinstein and the Weinstein Co. following an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct, saying the company broke New York law by failing to protect employees from “pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation and discrimination.”

He launched a civil rights probe into the New York City-based company in October after The New York Times and The New Yorker exposed allegations of sexual assault and harassment spanning decades. The company later fired Weinstein.

The women accusing him said seeing him speak out on sexual misconduct issues was part of the impetus in them coming forward.

“This is a man who has staked his entire career, his personal narrative, on being a champion for women publicly,” Selvaratnam said. “But he abuses them privately. He needs to be called out.”

Schneiderman, who won a state Senate seat representing a Manhattan district in 1998, became attorney general in 2010 and had been running for re-election this year. He has a history of recognition for activism on behalf of women’s causes, including reproductive rights.

The 63-year-old also has been a longtime critic of President Donald Trump, and has been part of several efforts to push back against some of his actions in the White House, like the rescinding of protection for immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

Last month, he urged state lawmakers to close a loophole that he said could be used to fight state charges by anyone who has received a federal pardon for similar federal charges.

On Twitter, Donald Trump Jr. offered pointed commentary. He showcased one of Schneiderman’s tweets from last year saying that he would remind President Trump that no one was above the law, with Trump Jr. adding, “You were saying???”

A Republican opponent, Manny Alicandro, had just officially launched his candidacy on Monday. After The New Yorker report, Alicandro said, “If true, he is a disgrace and wholly unfit for the role of New York State’s chief legal officer. I believe the accusers.”


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Rebecca Gayheart and Eric Dane: The Marriage is Over!

After 14 years, two daughters and at least one well-publicized threesome, Rebecca Gayheart and Eric Dane have decided to end their marriage.

Or Gayheart has decided to end her marriage, to be more specific.

The actress filed for divorce from her long-time husband on Friday, with Dane confirming the split to People Magazine via the following statement:

“After 14 years together we have decided that ending our marriage is the best decision for our family.

“We will continue our friendship and work as a team to co-parent our two beautiful girls as they are the most important thing in the world to us.

“We kindly ask that you respect our privacy during this time as we navigate the next phase of our lives.”

Gayheart is reportedly seeking spousal support and joint legal and physical custody of their two daughters: seven-year Billie and six-year old Georgia, 6.

She cited irreconcilable differences as the cause of divorce.

Gayheart is best known for movies such as Jawbreaker and Scream 2 and for a role many years ago on Beverly Hills 90210.

Dane rose to television fame as Mark “McSteamy” Sloan on Grey’s Anatomy, prior to being killed off in 2012 and then landing the lead role on TNT’s The Last Ship.

He took a hiatus from the show last spring due to depression and other mental health issues, about six years after he also sought professional help for an addiction to painkillers.

“I took some time off… I was dealing with some depression, which was kind of odd to me,” Dane explained on July 31 as a guest host on the Today Show.

He added at the time:

“I felt very conflicted about it because I didn’t really feel like I had anything to be depressed about…

“Now I take a medication called Pristiq … and the depression is gone … I’m doing OK.”

“It’s a very serious thing,” Dane continued.

“But it’s very real, and that was the scary thing when you wake up and you’re like, ‘I don’t want to get out of bed’ … this just hit me like a truck.

“I had to take some time off, I went away and took care of it and I’m feeling great.”

In 2009, meanwhile, Dane and Gayheart made headlines after a sex tape leaked that featured the couple in some compromising positions with a third party.

The 12-minute footage depicted a great deal of nudity, a lot of giggling and, we can only presume, a lot of drug use.

The other member of the famous threesome was former Miss Teen USA Kari Ann Peniche.

But anyway.

We wish Dane and Gayheart well and hope they work out an amicable resolution for the sake of their kids.

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Rebecca Gayheart Files for Divorce From Eric Dane 

It’s over for Rebecca Gayheart and Eric Dane. The actress filed for divorce from the Grey’s Anatomy alum after 14 years of marriage on Friday, February 16.

Gayheart, 46, is seeking spousal support and joint legal and physical custody of their two daughters: Billie, 7, and Georgia, 6. She cited irreconcilable differences as the cause of divorce. 

The Beverly Hills, 90210 alum and Dane, 45, tied the knot in October 2004. The Last Ship actor sought treatment for depression in April 2017. 

The family of four made their first public appearance at the 16th annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball in June after he completed his program.

Dane opened up about taking a step back from his TNT show after his mental health struggles the following month.

“I took some time off, I was dealing with some depression, which was kind of odd to me,” he explained on July 31, while guest-hosting the Today show in July. “I felt very conflicted about it because I didn’t really feel like I had anything to be depressed about … “Now I take a medication called Pristiq … and the depression is gone … I’m doing OK.”

“It’s a very serious thing,” Dane continued. “But it’s very real, and that was the scary thing when you wake up and you’re like, ‘I don’t want to get out of bed’ … this just hit me like a truck. I had to take some time off, I went away and took care of it and I’m feeling great.” 

Dane also previously entered rehab for an addition to painkillers in 2011.

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Eric Clapton Reveals He Is Going Deaf

Eric Clapton revealed in a new interview that he is going deaf after being diagnosed with tinnitus, which is the perception of ringing in the ears commonly caused by noise-induced hearing loss.

“I am still going to work. I’m doing a few gigs. I am going to do a show at Hyde Park [British Summer Time Festival] in July,” the 72-year-old musician said during an interview with Steve Wright on BBC Radio 2 on Tuesday, January 9. “The only thing I’m concerned with now is being in my 70s and being able to be proficient. I mean, I’m going deaf, I’ve got tinnitus, my hands just about work.”

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Eric Clapton attends the premiere of ‘Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars’ during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto on September 10, 2017. Juanito Aguil/WireImage

Amid his battle, Clapton hopes his fans will still show their support at his concerts. “I am hoping that people will come along and see me [for] more than [because] I am a curiosity,” he said. “I know that is part of it because it’s amazing to myself that I am still here.”

The three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee previously revealed that he suffers with peripheral neuropathy, which causes weakness and pain in hands and feet. He said in June 2016 that the nerve damage has affected his ability to play the guitar.

Clapton is best known for songs including “Wonderful Tonight,” “Tears in Heaven,” “I Shot the Sheriff” and “Change the World.”

Sting, Ozzy Osbourne and Neil Young are among the other rock stars who have said they also suffer from hearing loss. During a SiriusXM interview in November 26, the former Police frontman, 66, said, “I tried wearing a hearing aid, but I heard more than I wanted to hear! People talk a lot of s–t. … I’m fairly deaf and ‘what?’ is my favorite word.”

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Ellen DeGeneres Scares Eric Stonestreet With a Clown After She Promised She Was Done Pranking Him

One last time? Ellen DeGeneres promised Eric Stonestreet she was done pranking him on her talk show, but that didn't stop her from pulling one final clown scare Tuesday, April 4.

"I promised him I wouldn't

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Jessica Simpson Gets Sweet Note From Husband Eric Johnson on 6th Engagement Anniversary

So sweet! Jessica Simpson and her husband, Eric Johnson, celebrated the sixth anniversary of their engagement on Friday, November 11.

In honor of the happy couple's special day, the former NFL tight end, 37, sent his wife a

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People Can’t Stop LOL-ing Over These Photos of Donald and Eric Trump Peeking at Their Wives’ Ballots

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his son Eric Trump were both caught taking a peek at their wives’ ballots on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, and the internet cannot stop laughing.

The Oval Office hopeful, 70 —

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Jessica Simpson, Eric Johnson Channel ‘Grease’ for Halloween — Well, ‘Sandra Double Dee’ to Be Exact

Who’s that?! Jessica Simpson and her husband, Eric Johnson, looked almost unrecognizable as Sandy and Danny Zuko from Grease when the couple dressed up for Halloween.

“Danny Zuko and ‘Sandra Double Dee’ 👻 #AboutLastNight,” Simpson tweeted, along with a photo of the pair in their costumes. “Sandra Double

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