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Michael Jackson estate hits back at ‘Leaving Neverland,’ says sexual abuse accusers are ‘motivated by money’

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Michael Jackson estate hits back at 'Leaving Neverland,' says sexual abuse accusers are 'motivated by money'

The co-executor of Michael Jackson‘s estate said Tuesday that he’s confident the late superstar’s supporters will be able to protect his legacy in the wake of an HBO documentary featuring the disturbing stories of two men who say Jackson sexually abused them as boys.

Longtime entertainment attorney John Branca called the documentary a one-sided “made-for-TV-movie” and accused the film’s subjects of being motivated by money. Branca acknowledged that Jackson’s estate has faced “challenges” since the documentary’s release, but said he doesn’t believe there will be a long-term impact.

“People love Michael. They love Michael’s music for sure. And if the investigation is effective, which I think it will be, in showing that there is severe doubt about what may or may not have happened, we will be back to people feeling ‘It’s OK to say I like Michael,'” Branca said on a panel hosted by the Harvard Institute of Politics.

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It’s the latest attack by Jackson’s estate against “Leaving Neverland,” featuring Wade Robson and James Safechuck. The estate has slammed filmmakers for not interviewing any of Jackson’s family members or other defenders, who insist the singer never molested a child.

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The film’s director, Dan Reed, has repeatedly defended the film. Robson and Safechucks’s accusations are not new, but have put Jackson’s legacy under fresh scrutiny amid the #MeToo movement.

A lawyer for the men said Tuesday that Branca and lawyers for Jackson’s estate are seeking to discredit the singer’s accusers out of their own financial interest.

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“Their recent comments are just part and parcel of the same thing they’ve been doing for years, which is protect the estate so they can continue to profit off of it,” attorney Vince Finaldi said.

The men first came forward with their stories years earlier in lawsuits. Both of them had previously denied the singer sexually abused them, but said having their own children and Jackson’s 2009 death forced them to face the truth. Their lawsuits were dismissed for technical reasons and their appeals are expected to be argued this summer.

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Jackson, who was cleared in 2005 of charges that he molested another boy, acknowledged that he befriended numerous children, including some he invited into his bed, but denied molesting any.

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LeAnn Rimes, Eddie Cibrian celebrate ‘awkward’ Easter with Brandi Glanville

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LeAnn Rimes, Eddie Cibrian celebrate 'awkward' Easter with Brandi Glanville

LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian celebrated Easter with his ex-wife, Brandi Glanville, which was awkward 1 but not for why you’d think.

Rimes, 36, posted a selfie with Cibrian, 45, Glanville, 46, and Cibrian and Glanville’s sons, 15-year-old Mason and 12-year-old Jake.

“Happy Easter LovEs! Our awkward family Easter 🐣 photo/Christmas card?! Lol,” the “Blue” singer wrote. “Today has been a wonderful day. Many blessings to your family from all of us!”

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She added, “#easter #happyeaster#easter2019 #family#ifyoudonthavesomethingnicetosaypleasemoveon.”

Rimes was also quick to clarify, “*awkward – the way we are standing, not that we are all together. Not awkward at all. #clarity.”

The “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star also posted a photo from Easter, hers of Jake and Cibrian, writing, “Happy Easter hanging with the fam in the Bu, I can’t believe how much Jake looks like his dad!!!”

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Glanville, Cibrian and Rimes all get along now, but it took a while to get there.

Glanville and Cibrian divorced in 2009 after he embarked on an affair with Rimes while they filmed the Lifetime movie “Northern Lights.” Cibrian and Rimes married in 2011.

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Rimes and Glanville feuded for nearly a decade before calling a truce in spring 2018.

Glanville previously explained that she and Rimes had it out at a birthday party for one of her sons and decided to at least be civil with one another.

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“I always say if you can’t beat them, join them,” Glanville said. “She’s always going to post family photos, she’s always gonna say ‘my boys,’ she’s always gonna do that and I just have to accept it or I can continue to fight with her, which I don’t want to do.”

Fox News’ Mariah Haas contributed to this report.

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Jenna Bush Hager announces third pregnancy: ‘I don’t know how I hid this’

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Jenna Bush Hager revealed she is expecting her third child with husband, Henry Hager.

The “Today” show co-anchor broke the news on air to a heartwarming reception from her fellow anchors—even receiving a hug from co-host Craig Melvin. “I’m very pregnant… I don’t know how I hid this,” said Hager in her announcement.

Hager also spoke about her daughters—Mila, 6, and Poppy, 3—and their reaction to the big news. The mother of two revealed the pregnancy to her daughters via their Easter baskets, which drew elated reactions from the tots. “They told the man behind me on the airplane. They told the people at church,” Bush Hager said with a laugh. “They’re so happy — to [the point] where they’re telling strangers.”

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Hager also expressed fear when debriefing co-host Hoda Kotb about the pregnancy. “I told Hoda, I said I’m so sorry. She had a glimmer in her eye. Lo and behold, we are doing it at the same time,” said Hager, referring to Hoda’s announcement of her newly-adopted daughter Hope Catherine.

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Hager, who is the daughter of former President George W. Bush, has stated that she intends to reveal more details about her forthcoming child, including the gender, on the 10 o’clock hour of the “Today” show. She married Henry Hager in 2008 after meeting him during the 2004 presidential campaign for father.

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KISS guitarist Paul Stanley explains how a childhood deformity led him to become a rock legend

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KISS guitarist Paul Stanley explains how a childhood deformity led him to become a rock legend

KISS guitarist Paul Stanley said a physical deformity is responsible for pushing him to become one of the most flamboyant and stylized rockers in history.

Stanley may be better known to fans for the “Starchild” persona that he’s used since he started with the iconic band in the late 1970s. Stanley would paint one black star over his right eye, which he recently revealed was part of the rock and roll glamor he turned to after being a social outcast in his youth.

Stanley sat down for an interview with Dan Rather on AXS TV where he got candid about living with a deformity called microtia and how it pushed him into the spotlight.

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“I pursued fame as a way to compensate for a lot of insecurities. I was born deaf on my right side and I had a birth defect. I had what’s called a microtia, which is basically not having an ear. Having a crumpled mass of cartilage,” he shared. “And, I wasn’t very socially adept and when you have something physical that sets you apart from people it makes you really a target of unrelenting scrutiny and sometimes ridicule. And, quite honestly, the idea of becoming famous was a way to push it in people’s faces and go, ‘you see, you should have been nicer to me.’”

While he’s grateful for the many years he spent with KISS and for the life it’s given him, he says that he learned quickly that fame wouldn’t solve his problems. However, he thanks the rocket-ride for teaching him that lesson early, when there was still time to do something about it.

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“I was fortunate enough to have success come to me and realize that didn’t change anything. So I was really blessed because, at that point in your life, it’s either a disappointment because it’s not a remedy and you either put a needle in your arm, a gun in your mouth or you live life as a victim, and I’m not cut out of that,” he said. “So I decided that I would spend my life and my time on self-exploration and trying to make myself a better person and seeing where that was going to take me.”

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Now, Stanley and the rest of the band are preparing to leave their makeup and armored outfits behind at the conclusion of their “KISS End of the Road World Tour,” which kicked off earlier this year.

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