From the Kyle Rittenhouse trial to the Astroworld lawsuits, this week’s news changed rapidly.
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KYLE RITTENHOUSE JURY DELIBERATES
UPDATE: Rittenhouse has been acquitted of all charges. The highly controversial decision came after four days of deliberations, with the jury ruling that the teenager acted in self-defense during the deadly Kenosha protest encounter.
The jury in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial enters its fourth day of deliberations. The 18-year-old was charged with the murder of two protesters, Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, as well as attempted murder of a third protester, Gaige Grosskreutz.
The incident occurred last summer in Kenosha, Wi., following unrest after the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Kyle Rittenhouse’s defense team claims that the teenager acted in self-defense, while the prosecution claims that he was at the protest with his AR-15 semi-automatic rifle with the intention to cause harm.
Awaiting his verdict, Rittenhouse still has a chance for mistrial. His defense team filed the motion mere hours before the jury started their deliberations, citing prosecutorial misconduct.
QANON SHAMAN SENTENCED IN CAPITOL ATTACK
Jacob Chansley, the 33-year-old conspiracy theorist who made headlines after being photographed wearing a horned helmet and leading the charge of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, was sentenced to 41 months in prison.
Calling himself the “QAnon Shaman,” the hard-to-miss rioter said that he has since given up both the persona and controversial QAnon conspiracy theory.
STEVE BANNON TURNS HIMSELF IN TO THE FBI
Steve Bannon, a former Trump ally and co-founder of Breitbart News, surrendered to the FBI after failing to appear before the House Committee investigating his role in inciting the Capitol riot. He has since plead “not guilty.”
Charged with contempt of Congress, Bannon believes that an order from former President Donald Trump gives him “executive privilege.” He claims he does not have to answer any of the House Committee’s questions. Either way., Bannon still had to show up after being subpoenaed, which he ignored.
ASTROWORLD VICTIMS FILE LAWSUITS
Dozens of lawsuits representing hundreds of Astroworld attendees have been filed, as victims claim physical and emotional damage from the tragic Travis Scott concert in Houston that led to the death of 10 fans. Ezra Blount, a 9-year-old boy who was trampled, separated from his father, and placed in a medically induced coma, was the 10th victim to pass away.
High-profile lawyer Ben Crump – who represented the families of victims of police shootings such as Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Trayvon Martin- filed a lawsuit on behalf of 93 plaintiffs. A recent lawsuit filed by Texas attorney Thomas Henry on behalf of another 242 victims is asking for over $2 billion in damages. The lawsuit names Travis Scott, Drake, Live Nation, Apple Music, and the NRG Park venue, as co-defendants.
‘RUST’ INVESTIGATION CONTINUES
A script supervisor for the film Rust has sued Alec Baldwin, assistant director Dave Halls, and head armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed, claiming that the prop gun incident that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was due to the production’s inability to follow safety protocols.
The script supervisor, Mamie Mitchell, also claimed that the script did not call for Alec Baldwin to fire the prop gun in that scene. The lawsuit blames others for alleged reckless behavior and for allowing live ammunition on the film set.
COVID-19 VACCINE MANDATES SPUR PROTESTS
Anti-vaccine mandate protests have emerged throughout the United States this week, as some citizens claim it should be their right to choose if they want the Covid-19 vaccine or not. Many companies and workplaces are requiring proof of vaccination as part of return-to-office plans. A number of schools also have mandates in place.
Tension rose around the issue this month after the FDA approved the Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a prominent critic of vaccination mandates, passed a new bill in response to prevent the passage of any vaccine or mask mandates in the Southern state.
CHINESE TENNIS PLAYER PENG SHUAI IS MISSING
Peng Shuai, a Chinese professional tennis player and two-time Grand Slam doubles champion, has not been seen or heard from since posting allegations of sexual assault against a former politician on Monday.
The Women’s Tennis Association doubled-down on its call for an investigation after a disturbing email allegedly from Peng Shuai was released by Chinese-state television. It denied the allegations and said that she was doing fine.
AARON RODGERS RETURNS TO FOOTBALL
Aaron Rodgers played in last Sunday’s football game against the Seattle Seahawks after violating the NFL’s health and safety protocols.
The all-star quarterback had to sit out for 10 days while he recovered from contracting Covid-19. The Packers QB previously lied about being vaccinated and went on a rant about his skepticism of the vaccine. He also discussed his controversial friendship with podcast host Joe Rogan.
ADELE IS BACK
British singer Adele is back in full force promoting her upcoming new album, 30. She released the lead single “Easy on Me,” which quickly broke the all-time record for Spotify’s most streamed song in a single day.
After performing in a livestreamed concert titled “One Night Only” where she teased even more new music, the 15-time Grammy Award winner gushed to reporters about her new relationship with sports agent Rich Paul and getting over her recent divorce from entrepreneur Simon Konecki.
AN OSCAR FOR LADY GAGA?
Promoting her new film, House of Gucci, directed by Ridley Scott, singer Lady Gaga has been absolutely stunning on the red carpet. The film, which addresses the assassination of the head of the Gucci family, stars Lady Gaga as Maurizio Gucci’s ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani, and has fans clamoring for an Oscar nod.
Though critics remain divided on her campy accent, the star-studded film also showcases the talents of Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, Salma Hayek, and Al Pacino. House of Gucci premieres in theaters on Wednesday, Nov. 24, the day before Thanksgiving.