Daily Brief: A Not-So-Cool Cat “Tiger King” Lawsuit; New Robert Durst Indictment

Also, Los Angeles Magazine contributor Michele McPhee investigates Whitey Bulger’s murder as the unsolved case turns three.

» Carole Baskin is not so cool with the cats and kittens at Netflix. Just days after the streamer released trailer for the second installment of Tiger King, Baskin, one of the lead subjects in the series, filed a lawsuit against Netflix and Royal Goode productions in Florida. Baskin also filed an emergency motion for a temporary restraining order that would ban the company “from any use of film footage of the Baskins and the Big Cat Rescue sanctuary in Tiger King 2 or in any related promotion or advertising.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

» Robert Durst, the New York real estate heir who was recently sentenced to life in prison for murdering his best friend more than 20 years ago, was indicted Monday for on a single count of second-degree murder for allegedly killing his first wife, Kathie McCormack Durst. “For nearly four decades there has been a great deal of speculation about this case, much of it fueled by Robert Durst’s own highly publicized statements,” Miriam E. Rocah, the Westchester district attorney, said in a statement. “An indictment is a crucial step in the process of holding wrongdoers accountable for their actions.” [New York Times]

» Officials say that unvaccinated teenagers have been more likely to test positive for COVID than vaccinated adults in Los Angeles County. Children ages 12 to 17 have a monthly COVID case rate that is 32 percent worse than that of unvaccinated Angelenos younger than 50, according to data gathered between Sept. 16 and Oct. 15. [Los Angeles Times]

» Ahead of his upcoming book release You Can’t Be Serious, actor Kal Penn who is known for his roles in House and the Harold & Kumar films revealed to People that he is engaged to be married to his longtime partner, Josh. “I’m really excited to share our relationship with readers. But Josh, my partner, my parents, and my brother, four people who I’m closest to in the family, are fairly quiet. They don’t love attention and shy away from the limelight,” Penn, 44, said about his memoir which releases Nov. 2. [People]

» Ana Guerrero, who was formerly chief of staff to Mayor Eric Garcetti, returned Monday to Los Angeles City Hall after being placed on leave in June for mocking her co-workers in a private Facebook group. Guerrero will now work as a strategic advisor in the mayor’s office, but there will be no change in her salary, which is roughly $248,000 a year, said Garcetti spokesman Alex Comisar. [Los Angeles Times]


» Veterans Row Homeless Encampment Cleanup Is Underway Officials started clearing out the encampment located outside of the historic Veteran Affairs campus in West L.A. on Monday morning

» How One LA-Based Phone StartUp is Helping Black and Brown Entrepreneurs ZmBIZI, a minority-owned company, launched a pilot program to support diverse business owners in Los Angeles

» Harvey Milk Becomes First Ever Gay to Have Navy Ship Named in His Honor The launch ceremony will be Saturday, November 6 at 9 a.m. PST.


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