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David Rhodes, the pres­i­dent of CBS News, said Tues­day that a 60 Min­utes in­ter­view with adult film star Stormy Daniels is on its way but that more jour­nal­is­tic work needs to be done on the story be­fore it is aired. Rhodes’ state­ment at a con­fer­ence in Is­rael was the first time CBS pub­licly con­firmed it had in­ter­viewed the ac­tress, who has al­leged an ex­tra­mar­i­tal af­fair with Don­ald Trump be­fore he be­came pres­i­dent. Trump has de­nied this. Michael Ave­natti, lawyer for the ac­tress, whose real name is Stephanie Clif­ford, last week tweeted a pic­ture of him­self, Clif­ford and CBS in­ter­viewer An­der­son Cooper. While Buz­zFeed has re­ported that Trump’s lawyers were con­sid­er­ing seek­ing an in­junc­tion to block the in­ter­view from be­ing aired, Rhodes, in re­marks re­ported by Va­ri­ety, said he could not imag­ine what the ba­sis would be for any le­gal ac­tion by Trump’s team to pre­vent it from be­ing shown. The ex­change be­tween Cooper and Clif­ford was “ac­com­pa­nied also by con­ver­sa­tions with at­tor­neys, doc­u­ments were pro­vided, and so we have to run all that down be­fore it runs,” he said. The ac­tress is seek­ing to in­val­i­date a nondis­clo­sure agree­ment un­der which she was paid $130,000 not to give de­tails of her en­coun­ters with Trump. Clif­ford said Mon­day that she has of­fered to re­pay the money as long as she can speak openly about the sit­u­a­tion. But Trump’s le­gal team did not re­spond by a Tues­day dead­line set by Ave­natti to set­tle Clif­ford’s law­suit seek­ing to void the con­fi­den­tial­ity agree­ment.

A grand­son of cult leader Charles Man­son has won a Cal­i­for­nia court bat­tle over the killer’s body. Kern County Su­pe­rior Court Com­mis­sioner Alisa Knight ruled Mon­day that

Ja­son Free­man can re­trieve Man­son’s re­mains, which have been on ice in the Bak­ers­field morgue since his death in Novem­ber. Free­man didn’t im­me­di­ately com­ment but pre­vi­ously said he would cre­mate and spread the ashes of Man­son and put to rest “this so-called mon­ster, this his­tor­i­cal fig­ure that shouldn’t have been blown up as big as it was for all these years.” Man­son died in a hos­pi­tal in Bak­ers­field while serv­ing a life sen­tence for or­ches­trat­ing the 1969 killings of preg­nant ac­tress Sharon Tate and eight oth­ers. He was 83. The fight over his corpse de­volved into sev­eral friends fil­ing com­pet­ing wills pur­port­edly signed by the in­fa­mous in­mate while peo­ple claim­ing to be kin be­gan sur­fac­ing to stake claims to the killer’s body and an es­tate that could in­clude lu­cra­tive rights to songs Man­son wrote or to li­cense his im­age and other ma­te­rial. At­tor­ney Dale Kiken, who rep­re­sents Free­man, said his client is re­spect­ful and won’t keep ashes or pieces of Man­son. Kiken ex­pects there to be a pub­lic cer­e­mony, pos­si­bly doc­u­mented by a film crew, in which Man­son’s ashes are scat­tered on a body of wa­ter.



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