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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - News -

■ A.J. Cal­loway, a host on the syn­di­cated en­ter­tain­ment news show Ex­tra, was sus­pended Sat­ur­day as his par­ent com­pany in­ves­ti­gates sex­ual mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions.

The com­pany said it had in­ves­ti­gated prior ac­cu­sa­tions against Cal­loway and found no sug­ges­tion of work­place mis­con­duct.

But he was sus­pended af­ter Warner Brothers be­came aware of ad­di­tional al­le­ga­tions that will be pub­lished in an up­com­ing ar­ti­cle in The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter. Cal­loway’s lawyer, Lisa E. Davis, said her client ve­he­mently de­nies ever as­sault­ing any­one and looks for­ward to clear­ing his name. Cal­loway has been with Ex­tra since 2005.

He was ar­rested fol­low­ing a 2006 in­ci­dent where a woman, Sil Lai Abrams, ac­cused Cal­loway of as­sault. The charges were dis­missed. The Daily Beast re­ported last month about two mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions made by women who wanted to re­main anony­mous. Warner Bros. said in a state­ment Sat­ur­day that “to date, we have found noth­ing to sug­gest that Mr. Cal­loway has ever en­gaged in work­place mis­con­duct.” But with ad­di­tional al­le­ga­tions made, “we are ex­pand­ing our on­go­ing in­quiries,” the com­pany said.

■ Ge­orge Michael’s col­lec­tion of works by some of Bri­tain’s most fa­mous con­tem­po­rary artists is go­ing up for auc­tion in Lon­don next month, auc­tion­eer Christie’s an­nounced Fri­day. The sale in­cludes pieces by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lu­cas and other mem­bers of the “Young Bri­tish Artists” gen­er­a­tion who, like Michael, shook up Bri­tain’s cre­ative scene in the 1980s and 90s. Cris­tian Albu, co-head of post­war and con­tem­po­rary art at Christie’s, said the col­lec­tion is “a por­trait of Bri­tain in the 1990s.”

He said Michael wanted “to cel­e­brate a time in which new life was breathed into Lon­don,” and be­gan buy­ing works by artists who be­came per­sonal friends.

More than 200 works will go un­der the ham­mer, in­clud­ing Hirst’s “The In­com­plete Truth,” a glass case en­clos­ing a dove pre­served in formalde­hyde, which has an es­ti­mated price of $1.28 mil­lion to $1.92 mil­lion. Albu said the col­lec­tion also re­veals Michael’s sense of hu­mor. In 1998, the singer was ar­rested by an un­der­cover po­lice of­fi­cer in Los An­ge­les for lewd con­duct in a pub­lic toi­let. He sat­i­rized the po­ten­tially ca­reer-threat­en­ing mo­ment in the song and video “Out­side.” He also ac­quired three works by Michael Craig-Martin: one em­bla­zoned “Sex”; one, called “God,” de­pict­ing a uri­nal; and one of hand­cuffs. Christie’s plans to tour the col­lec­tion in­ter­na­tion­ally be­fore the sale in Lon­don on March 14. Some lots will also be sold in an on­line auc­tion run­ning March 8-15. Michael’s trus­tees say pro­ceeds will go to con­tinue his phil­an­thropic work.

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