‘GLEE’ STAR NAYA RIVERA FOUND DEAD AT CALIFORNIA LAKE
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say “Glee” star Naya Rivera has been found dead at a Southern California lake. Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub said at a news conference that the body found floating in Lake Piru earlier Monday was the 33-year-old Rivera. The discovery came five days after Rivera’s 4-year-old son was found alone on a boat. Ayub says the boy told investigators his mother helped him get back aboard before he looked back and saw her go under. She is the third star of the Fox musical-comedy series “Glee” to die in their 30s. Her death was confirmed exactly seven years after co-star Corey Monteith died.
IN LIBEL CASE, DEPP SAYS HEARD HIT HIM WITH ‘HAYMAKER’ PUNCH
LONDON (AP) - Johnny Depp has accused Amber Heard of hitting him with a “haymaker” punch during an altercation near the end of their volatile marriage. The star was wrapping up testimony in his libel suit against a tabloid newspaper that accused him of domestic abuse. Depp said the fight came after Heard’s 30th birthday party, and hours after he had learned that his former business managers had absconded with hundreds of millions of dollars. Depp is suing News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun, and the paper’s executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that called him a “wife-beater.” The Sun’s defense relies on a total of 14 allegations by Heard of Depp’s violence. He strongly denies all of them.
PEACOCK ENTERS STREAMING FRAY WITH PAID, FREE SUBSCRIPTIONS
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Peacock is joining the streaming world with a few feathers plucked from its intended array of original programs. Peacock launches Wednesday. The industry-wide production halt because of the coronavirus pandemic means subscribers will have to wait for a reimagined “Battlestar Galactica,” the podcast-based “Dr. Death” with Jamie Dornan and Alec Baldwin and reboots of “Saved by the Bell” and “Punky Brewster.” Nine new programs will be released on Peacock’s launch day, bolstered by some 20,000 hours of library fare from parent company NBCUniversal and outside acquisitions. Peacock will offer TV shows and movies that viewers already know including “The Office,” “Cheers” and “The Matrix.” Sports and news are an uncommon part of the mix.