Daily Brief: Judge Judy Allegations; ‘Rust’ Wrongful Death Suit? Tupac Exhibit

Also, Los Angeles Magazine’s style editor Merle Ginsberg is on the scene as Gucci takes over Hollywood Blvd.

» The husband of Halyna Hutchins—the cinematographer who was fatally shot on the movie set of Rust—has hired attorneys and will likely file a wrongful death lawsuit, TMZ reports. Matthew Hutchins, who himself is a lawyer, has enlisted the legal counsel of LA-based firm, Panish Shea Boyle Ravipudi, with Brian Panish acting as lead lawyer. [Los Angeles Times]

» A limited-run immersive museum that explores the life, music, and legacy of late rapper Tupac Shakur is coming to downtown Los Angeles, Shakur’s estate announced this week. “Tupac Shakur. Wake Me When I’m Free” is slated to open Jan. 21 and tickets will go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. Nov. 12. [ABC7]

» Former employees of “Judge Judy” are accusing the show’s star Judith Sheindlin—who recently launched a new show called “Justice Judy” on Amazon—of ignoring complaints of racism, sexual harassment, and abuse. An Insider investigation found that Sheindlin’s long-standing executive producer and director Randy Douthit has been repeatedly accused of sexually harassing staffers, making inappropriate sexual comments to female employees, offering preferential treatment to staffers he found attractive, and demanding junior producers to bring fewer Black litigants on the show. [Insider]

» Palmdale City Council members on Oct. 20 voted unanimously to direct the city attorney to report back with options on how to challenge L.A. County’s vaccinate mandate to enter indoor lounges, bars, and nightclubs. “It is an overreach to sit here and demand an invasive medical procedure,” Mayor Steven Hofbauer told the Times. [Los Angeles Times]

» In his upcoming memoir titled Will, which is set to release on Nov. 9, Will Smith describes a moment when he contemplated killing his father who had abused his mother throughout his childhood. In an excerpt from the book he writes, “I paused at the top of the stairs. I could shove him down, and easily get away with it. As the decades of pain, anger, and resentment coursed then receded, I shook my head and proceeded to wheel Daddio to the bathroom.” [People]


» The Redistricting Process Is a Cartographic Murphy’s Law It seems like everyone is up in arms as the council takes over the once-a-decade redrawing of political boundaries

» L.A. Student Athletes Sidelined Over COVID Vaccine Mandates LAUSD requires students 12 and up to get their first shot by November 21 and their second by December 19

» L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Tests Positive for Breakthrough COVID Case The fully vaccinated mayor was attending a climate conference in Scotland when he received the diagnosis


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Bewitched: My Close Encounter With the Oracle of L.A.

Back in January 2020, an acquaintance mentioned that she went to see a witch for a ritual meant to boost her confidence. Dealing with my own spate of ennui about turning 50, which was hard enough, I’d also been sharing an apartment with my convalescing mother-in-law who fretted about imagined catastrophes 24/7. Needless to say, these were stressful times, so I googled the witch’s name for more info.

Some people might snort at the idea of witches casting spells for self-improvement. Not me. I’m open to most unexplained phenomena and to pseudosciences like astrology and feng shui. If my computer freezes, Mercury’s probably in retrograde again. If a check arrives in the mail, I water the lucky bamboo in the “prosperity corner” of my house.

When I was growing up in the ’70s, my single mom kept a collection of woo-woo books on the shelf including Linda Goodman’s Love Signs and Wayne Dyer’s Your Erroneous Zones. She believed in numerology and she says that she named me Hilary because H is the eighth letter of the alphabet. Eight, you see, is a power number, and a sideways eight is the symbol for infinity, which means my initials—HH—equal double infinity, and therefore my name will go on and on forever. Or something. (Just to be clear, we’re Jews, so it’s very unfortunate that Nazis have claimed ownership of HH and 88, but I doubt Ma’s aware of the irony.)


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