Daily Brief: Elon Musk’s Defamation Defense, a Canned Tuna Conspiracy, and More

Also a disturbing LAPD body cam video, french fry shortage fears, and Devin Nunes’s high-dollar lawsuit
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» Elon Musk took the stand yesterday to defend himself against a defamation charge for referring to Thai soccer team rescuer Vernon Unsworth as a “pedo guy” on Twitter. “I assume he did not mean to sodomize me with a submarine. …Just as I didn’t literally mean he was a pedophile,” Musk said. He’s expected to take the stand again today. [Reuters]

» A new lawsuit accuses TikTok of secretly handing over U.S. user data to China, despite company claims to contrary.The popular social media app is headquartered in Los Angeles, but owned by a Bejing-based tech firm. [Reuters]

» Central Valley Rep. Devin Nunes is suing CNN for $435 million for what he says was a “demonstrably false hit piece.” [CNN]

» Disgraced tuna tycoon Chris Lischewski, former CEO of Bumble Bee Foods, has been convicted in a price-fixing conspiracy case. The verdict comes just as the SoCal company files for bankruptcy.  [Los Angeles Times]

» It might sound like science fiction, but a new weapon being tested by the LAPD claims to shoot out kevlar cord that wraps around a suspect’s body. It can tie up and detain a person from up to 25 feet away.  [Los Angeles Times]

» In other disturbing LAPD news, an officer is being investigated for allegedly turning off his body camera so he could fondle the breasts of a woman found dead in her home. The act was reportedly still captured because of the device’s two-minute buffer. [CNN]

» Amid concerns that redevelopment could raise housing prices, the county wants to spend $41 million on fighting displacement along the L.A. River. [Curbed]

» After an underwhelming potato growing season, fast food fiends could be in for a shock. Some experts are predicting a French Fry shortage may be on the horizon.  [People Magazine]


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» The Assemblywoman Angling to Keep Katie Hill’s Seat in Dem Hands Just Got a Big Endorsement According to Gov. Gavin Newsom, Christy Smith “knows how to get things done”

» Billionaire Alki David Ordered to Pay Out Nearly $74 Million in Damages to Accusers Two cases are still pending against the Coca-Cola bottling heir accused of sexual harassment by multiple women

» Kamala Harris Is Out of the Presidential Race “I’m not a billionaire. I can’t fund my own campaign,” she wrote in an announcement.


ONE MORE THING

Jeff Vespa

Hollywood Producer Brian Grazer Is Serious About Philanthropy

Producer Brian Grazer has enjoyed what is, by any measure, a spectacularly successful career. Over the course of 35 years, he has garnered a handful of Emmys, won an Oscar, penned a New York Times best-seller, and found his way (twice) onto Time’s 100 Most Influential People List. In his recent book, Face to Face: The Art of Human Connection, Grazer credits what is perhaps an unlikely source for his success: the personal connections he has formed throughout a career in Hollywood.

On a recent visit to his Santa Monica home, we talked about his extensive philanthropic interests in Los Angeles and beyond; why he prefers to support causes close to home; his partnership with his wife, Veronica; and how not having a beard shaped his professional persona.

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