Daily Brief: Alec Baldwin Speaks Out on Shooting; California COVID Update

Also, Ice Cube walks away from $9 million movie deal over COVID vaccine request, USC admits ”troubling delay” to warning campus about sexual assault allegations, and more

» Actor and producer Alec Baldwin gave his first public comments on-camera regarding the shooting death of Rust cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins. “She was my friend. The day I arrived in Santa Fe and started shooting I took her to dinner with Joel [Souza], the director,” Baldwin said. “We were a very, very well-oiled crew shooting a film together and then this horrible event happened.” [Variety]

» The president of USC admitted there was a “troubling delay” in warning the campus community about allegations of drugging and sexual assault by a fraternity last month. In a letter sent out Friday night, President Carol L. Folt said the university had received between five to seven confidential disclosures of possible drugging and sexual assault in late September, but the information wasn’t shared with the campus community until Oct. 20. [Los Angeles]

» Ice Cube has dropped out of the upcoming Sony comedy Oh Hell No, in which he would’ve co-starred with Jack Black, after declining a request to get vaccinated against COVID. Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that the studio is looking to find a replacement for the rapper and actor who walked away from a $9 million payday. [The Hollywood Reporter]

» Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos showed support for comedian Dave Chappelle during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this weekend, where Chappelle began his introduction speech for honoree Jay-Z by saying, ‘I would like to apologize…nah, I’m just f***ing with y’all.’ Sarandos and Chappelle were seen catching up in the backstage area and posing for a photo together. [DEADLINE]

» California’s new weekly coronavirus cases and hospitalizations have plateaued, but some health experts are concerned that the holidays and cooler temperatures could cause a surge in the near future. “We have certainly seen a downsizing of the surge that we had, but cases are flattening out and we’re not seeing any further decline. Things have been pretty stable over the last couple of weeks,” said Dr. Marty Fenstersheib, the vaccine officer for Santa Clara County, Northern California’s most populous. “We hope that this is not the beginning of a surge.” [Los Angeles Times]


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