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Morgan Freeman’s attorney is demanding CNN retract its story accusing the actor of sexual harassment, calling it the fruit of a “year-long witch hunt” against the 80-year-old that has caused damage to his reputation and career.

According to a letter sent Tuesday, reporter Chloe Melas misinterpreted a remark that was not intended for her — a misinterpretation that Warner Bros.’ human relations department, which reviewed tape of the interview and chose not to investigate further, found without merit — and used her own experience as the premise for the rest of her reporting with co-author An Phung.

Freeman’s team demanded Tuesday that CNN, at the very least, “issue a retraction and apologize to Mr. Freeman through the same channels, and with the same level of attention, that it used to unjustly attack him on May 24.”

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will reportedly honeymoon in the Canadian Rockies, surrounded by nature and abundant wildlife.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are said to be heading to the Canadian province of Alberta and staying at the tony Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, TMZ reported on Monday.

The resort is situated in Jasper National Park, Canada's largest Rocky Mountain national park, which is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Kevin Abstract, from front left, and Matt Champion; from rear left, bearface, Merlyn Wood, Dom McLennon, Ameer Vann, Romil Hemnani, JOBA.
Kevin Abstract, from front left, and Matt Champion; from rear left, bearface, Merlyn Wood, Dom McLennon, Ameer Vann, Romil Hemnani, JOBA. (Myung J. Chun)

Hip-hop collective Brockhampton has ousted member Ameer Vann over allegations of sexual misconduct, according to a statement the group released on Twitter.

"Ameer is no longer in Brockhampton," the tweet reads. "We want to sincerely apologize to the victims affected by Ameer's actions. We were lied to, and we're sorry for not speaking up sooner."

The group also announced that it would be cancelling its remaining U.S. tour dates to "go home and regroup."

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Alden Ehrenreich is Han Solo, and Joonas Suotamo is under all that fur as Chewbacca in "Solo: A Star Wars Story."
Alden Ehrenreich is Han Solo, and Joonas Suotamo is under all that fur as Chewbacca in "Solo: A Star Wars Story." (Jonathan Olley /Lucasfilm Ltd.)

Despite debuting in first place at the box office, Disney's "Solo: A Star Wars Story" is coming in well under expectations with just $83.3 million through Sunday, a disappointing haul for the usually sure-footed blockbuster franchise.

The second "Star Wars" movie to hit theaters in six months — the shortest window ever between two films in the long-running intergalactic saga — "Solo" was originally expected to gross between $140 million and $150 million over the four-day Memorial Day weekend, according to analysts. Now, the film is expected to gross $101 million through Monday, according to figures from measurement firm ComScore.

Compared with opening weekends from last year, "Solo" has a lower three day gross than "Justice League" (a major disappointment despite grossing $93.8 million), and the R-rated X-Men entry "Logan," which grossed $88.4 million. 

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Her Truth Is Out There

Morgan Freeman at the 2018 PEN Literary Gala in New York.
Morgan Freeman at the 2018 PEN Literary Gala in New York. (Evan Agostini)

Morgan Freeman defended himself Friday against accusations of inappropriate behavior toward women, saying he had joked with them but did not assault anyone or create unsafe work environments.

He also asserted that he never offered employment in exchange for sex.

“I am devastated that 80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye, by Thursday’s media reports,” he said in a statement. 

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Morgan Freeman, 80, has been accused of inappropriate behavior by a number of women.
Morgan Freeman, 80, has been accused of inappropriate behavior by a number of women. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

A day after eight women accused Morgan Freeman of sexually harassing behavior, two more conversations have been unearthed in which he made journalists feel uncomfortable. 

"Entertainment Tonight" aired the video Thursday and posted it on YouTube on Friday. It showed “ET” reporter Ashley Crossan interviewing the actor in 2016 during a "London Has Fallen" junket.

“Are you married?” Freeman asked; Crossan said she was not. “Fool around with older guys? I’m just asking,” he replied. 

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Pete Davidson, rumored beau of Ariana Grande, called out online trolls who have criticized his mental health issues.
Pete Davidson, rumored beau of Ariana Grande, called out online trolls who have criticized his mental health issues. (Chris Pizzello / Invision/Associated Press, left; Evan Agostini / Invision/Associated Press)

The rumored romance between Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande that has left social media shook all week continues to shake things up today.

Davidson, a comedian best known for his tenure on “Saturday Night Live,” posted an Instagram story refuting online trolls who suggested that his borderline personality disorder made him unfit for relationships.

“Normally I wouldn’t comment on something like this,” Davidson wrote, “but I’ve been hearing a lot of ‘people with BPD can’t be in relationships’ talk.

Harvey Weinstein arrives at NYPD 1st Precinct headquarters Friday morning.
Harvey Weinstein arrives at NYPD 1st Precinct headquarters Friday morning. (Andres Kudacki / Associated Press)

Harvey Weinstein might well have extra time for some light summer reading in the coming months. And if his appearance Friday morning was any indication, he's already lining up some books.

The disgraced mogul toted three tomes with him, perhaps carefully selected for the optics they would convey, during his perp walk Friday as he surrendered at New York police headquarters.

One was leather-bound and might have been a journal, Time reported; the others were “Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution” by Todd S. Purdum — perhaps he’s pondering a Broadway comeback? — and 2005’s “Elia Kazan: A Biography” by Richard Schickel.