People: Gov. Andrew Cuomo 'appalled' by Chainsmokers concert

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Cuomo 'appalled' by Chainsmokers concert

New York's governor says he is "appalled" by videos showing crowds standing close together at a Hamptons concert featuring electronic music duo The Chainsmokers over the weekend.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state Department of Health will conduct an investigation into "egregious social distancing violations." Cuomo warned in a Tuesday call with reporters that violations of public health law can result in civil fines and a potential for criminal liability.

The Saturday night concert — called "Safe & Sound" — was billed as a charity drive-in show in Southampton where Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon and Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman's band also performed.

Cuomo shared a social media video, which has over 6 million views, that showed crowds of people standing and swaying near the stage. The video shows attendees who appeared to be wearing masks, but many individuals were standing closer than 6 feet.

Cuomo questioned why local law enforcement didn't break up that was "out of control and all the rules were being violated." He said the state's investigation will look at the role of local leaders and reports of "ongoing" violations in the village of Southampton.

Meghan fights to keep friends anonymous in lawsuit

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Lawyers for the Duchess of Sussex asked a judge at a London court on Wednesday to keep the names of five of her friends out of the public domain as she wages a privacy-infringement battle against a British newspaper.

Meghan's attorney said the female friends, who defended her in anonymous magazine interviews last year, are innocent parties who fear intrusion if their names come out. The target of her lawsuit, Associated Newspapers Ltd., argues that the principle of open justice — the public's right to know — means the friends should be identified.

The former Meghan Markle is suing the publisher of the Mail on Sunday newspaper and the MailOnline website at Britain's High Court over five articles that published portions of a handwritten letter she wrote to her estranged father, Thomas Markle, after her marriage to Prince Harry in 2018.

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Meghan, 38, is seeking damages from the publisher for alleged misuse of private information, copyright infringement and data protection breaches. Her lawyers say publishing the letter was "a flagrant and unjustified intrusion into her private and family life." Associated Newspapers says it will strongly contest the claim.

No prosecution in alleged assault on Andy Dick

A man arrested last year in an alleged assault on comedian Andy Dick won't be prosecuted, a spokesman for New Orleans' district attorney said Tuesday.

Ken Daley, spokesman for District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's office, said in a statement that Dick has not kept in touch with prosecutors and hasn't been cooperative, The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported.

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Video recorded outside a French Quarter night club last August showed the comedian being knocked unconscious.

Daley's statement said the case could be revived if Dick re-establishes contact with the district attorney's office.

"We have long believed that this matter was only a case due to the infamy of the alleged victim," attorneys Michael Kennedy and Miles Swanson said in a statement on behalf of Hale. "For the first time in almost 12 months, Mr. Hale will be able to rest easy tonight."

There was not an immediate response Tuesday evening to messages seeking comment that the news outlet submitted through Dick's website and by email to a management agency.

Today's birthdays: Blues guitarist Buddy Guy is 84. Actor-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger is 73. Actor Delta Burke is 64. Actor Lisa Kudrow ("Friends") is 57. Comedian Dean Edwards ("Saturday Night Live") is 47. Actor Gina Rodriguez ("Jane the Virgin") is 36. Actor Joey King (TV's "Fargo") is 21.

— The Associated Press


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