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Tom Brokaw, shown in 2010, has been accused of groping and trying to forcibly kiss a former war reporter on several occasions in the 1990s.
Tom Brokaw, shown in 2010, has been accused of groping and trying to forcibly kiss a former war reporter on several occasions in the 1990s. (Michael Nagle / For The Times)

NBC staffers reportedly felt pressured to sign a letter supporting longtime NBC News journalist Tom Brokaw after he was accused of sexual misconduct last week.

The petition — spearheaded by Goldman Sachs exec Liz Bowyer, who worked as a producer on Brokaw’s documentary unit at the network —  stated that Brokaw treated the staffers whose names it bore “with fairness and respect” and characterized him as “a man of tremendous decency and integrity.”

Prominent personalities including Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell, Mika Brzezinski and Maria Shriver added their names to the list of 60 women last week, and scores more have added their names since.

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Avicii was saluted by DJ Black Coffee, left, during the latter's set at Coachella on April 20.
Avicii was saluted by DJ Black Coffee, left, during the latter's set at Coachella on April 20. (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

Avicii, the Swedish disc jockey and producer who died last month, took his own life, as his parents had alluded to in a letter they released about his death. 

The DJ, born Tim Bergling, killed himself with a shard of broken glass from a bottle, according to sources privy to details about his death who spoke with TMZ. They disagreed about how the glass had been used, but said there had been massive bleeding.

“He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness,” his parents said in a statement released a week after Avicii died. “He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace.”

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With their film earning $640 million at the global box office opening weekend, the cast members of “Avengers: Infinity War” had to have been feeling pretty good about themselves.

Leave it to Twitter to rectify that.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live’s” ongoing “Infinity War” extravaganza continued Monday night with the stars of the film engaging in what’s sure to be Kimmel’s best-known bit: mean tweets.

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I've never had a movie I didn't believe in, and I've never had any sense before the movie opens how it might do.

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The first season of “13 Reasons Why” may have ended where it started, but the story is just beginning. 

On Monday Netflix released a new trailer for Season 2 of its popular series, which included the premiere date as well as teased what’s to come for the community still reeling from Hannah Baker’s (Katherine Langford) suicide.

Set to Depeche Mode’s “I Feel You,” the trailer promises that “the tapes were just the beginning.” The somber montage shows glimpses of inner turmoil, physical injuries, threatening notes and more as the lawsuit against Liberty High is preparing to unfold. And it seems somebody is trying to keep the truth behind Hannah’s death from being revealed. 

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Bonnie Raitt is giving people something to talk about, announcing that she is unable to join the first leg of James Taylor’s tour as scheduled due to an unspecified “medical situation.”

A statement posted on the blues singer’s Facebook page announced the news Monday, explaining that the issue came to light during Raitt’s annual physical and surgery is expected soon.

However, “The prognosis is good and a full recovery is expected,” the statement said.

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Comedian Michelle Wolf made a splash at Saturday night's White House Correspondents' Dinner.
Comedian Michelle Wolf made a splash at Saturday night's White House Correspondents' Dinner. (Tasos Katopodis / Getty Images)

If you did anything other than watch cable news or read the internet over the weekend, this Monday likely greeted you with a single, overriding question: Who is Michelle Wolf, and why is everyone yelling at her?

First off, good for you for leaving the house this weekend. It feels like spring has finally sprung, doesn’t it? Almost as if you could throw off the chains of early 2018 and be free of the roiling toxicity of any and all things having to do with Washington, D.C.

Sorry. You’re obviously not getting off that easy, since you’re here trying to figure out who Michelle Wolf is.

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Harrison Snyder, a juror in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial, said Monday there was one thing that stood out to him in his decision to vote for a guilty verdict. 

“It was his deposition, really,” Snyder said on “Good Morning America.” “Mr. Cosby admitted to giving these Quaaludes to women — young women — in order to have sex with them.”

The comic was convicted Thursday in Philadelphia on three counts of aggravated indecent assault against former Temple University employee Andrea Constand. It was the second trial on the charges after the first one ended last year in a mistrial. 

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Adrienne Houghton, left, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Loni Love and Jeannie Mai win for entertainment talk show host for "The Real."
Adrienne Houghton, left, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Loni Love and Jeannie Mai win for entertainment talk show host for "The Real." (Richard Shotwell / Associated Press)

These women are “The Real” deal. 

Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley took home the award for entertainment talk host for “The Real” at the Daytime Emmy Awards held in Pasadena on Sunday night.

It’s the first Emmy win for the series, which launched into national syndication in 2014. 

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For 10 years, I fought against being a star because of all the paperwork it would entail. And I was right. There is a terrible lot of paperwork.