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Jemal Countess/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Embattled TV superstar Bill Cosby admitted to giving a woman Quaaludes and said that he obtained the drugs with the idea that he would give them to women he wanted to have sex with, according to court filings released Monday.

In the 2005 filing, part of a civil case, Cosby, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by dozens of women, said that he obtained seven prescriptions for the drugs and answered "yes" when asked if he got them with the intent of giving them to women with whom he wanted to have sex.

The documents cite a deposition that Cosby gave in the case on Sept. 27 and 28, 2005, and quotes from it.

In the filings, which the Associated Press pushed to release, Cosby admits to giving the drug to one woman who he met in Las Vegas. It was not clear when the alleged meeting took place, and the woman is not the same person who filed the suit.

"She meets me back stage," he allegedly said. "I give her Quaaludes. We then have sex."

According to the filing, Cosby's lawyer, Patrick O'Connor, said the Cosby Show star got the drugs in the '70s and suggested that he may have kept them for decades after that.

O'Connor would not allow Cosby to say whether he gave the drug to "other people."

The sexual abuse lawsuit was settled in 2006 for undisclosed terms.

Cosby has never been charged with a crime in connection to the accusations of drugging and sexual assault, and his lawyers have denied the allegations.

Lawyer Gloria Allred, who represents several of the women who have accused Cosby, applauded the release.

"This admission is one that Mr. Cosby has attempted to hide from the public for many years and we are very gratified that it is now being made public," she said in a statement.

A statement obtained exclusively by ABC News from the Cosby camp Monday night reads, "The only reason Mr. Cosby settled was because it would have been embarrassing in those days to put all those women on the stand and [his] family had no clue.  That would have been very hurtful."

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ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ/AFP/Getty ImagesMarisa Tomei has joined the cast of the Fox drama Empire, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Tomei will appear in a recurring role as Mimi Whiteman, a demanding venture capitalist who becomes involved with the Lyon family. The Oscar-winning actress joins a growing list of guest stars on the series that includes Chris Rock, Alicia Keys, and Lenny Kravitz. Tomei's previous TV credits include the daytime drama As the World Turns, the Cosby Show spinoff A Different World and the FX comedy/drama Rescue Me.

Empire's second season began shooting in June and premieres September 23.

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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteBy now, fans know Taylor Swift's hit "Bad Blood" was supposedly inspired by fellow pop star Katy Perry, though neither woman has ever confirmed it.  But what's really interesting about the song is that Taylor says she wrote it as a way of "standing up for herself."

Taylor made her reputation by writing songs about heartbreak caused by busted romances, but "Bad Blood," she says, is "about a new kind of heartbreak that I experienced."  She says it happened "when someone that I desperately wanted to be my friend and thought was my friend ended up really making it very obvious that she wasn’t."

"This was somebody I really looked up to and really, really longed for the approval of this person," she adds. "So it was kind of devastating to receive kind of a low blow."

What was this low blow?  Taylor told Rolling Stone that the person in question "basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me." 

But instead of confronting whoever it was directly, Taylor wrote "Bad Blood," which, she says, was her way of striking back at her frenemy.

"This song was kind of the first time I ever really stood up for myself in that relationship 'cause she was always the bolder one," Taylor reveals. "I think it’s important to stand up for yourself, and if you can only really come up with the courage to do it in song form, then that’s how you should do it."

Whomever inspired the song, Taylor's the last laugh: "Bad Blood" has topped a number of different Billboard charts, and the star-studded video is one of the most talked-about clips of the year.

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Josh Brasted/FilmMagicThe Essence Music Festival 2015 took over New Orleans' Superdome last weekend for the 21st year. With their theme of "Through love we build! Through love we learn! Through love we share!, the festival encouraged music lovers to #BringtheLove, while Essence brought the music.

Gospel singer Lecrae and R&B crooner Trey Songz helped kick things off Thursday night before a sold-out crowd. Trey, who gushed onstage and backstage about his love for black women, performed his hits including "Invented Sex," "Can't Be Friends," "Na Na," and his latest, "Slow Motion."

Backstage, Trey said one of the main reasons he attends Essence Music Festival is because the magazine empowers black women. "I love black women to death from their hair, to the way they smell, to their eyes," Trey said. "What's amazing about that is having been to Africa now, South Africa...it's a beautiful thing to see just the differences in us all -- from...the texture of our hair, to the color of our skin. There's so many different beautiful things about black women, I don't think I could think about it all right here, right now."

Friday night was for those who love old school. Kem was up first, performing a variety of his hits, including "Love Calls." He was followed up by India.Arie, who performed "I Am Not My Hair," "Video," "Brown Skin" and "Ready for Love." India, who wore a butterfly head wrap and pink dress, which she said her mother designed, inspired the crowd by quoting former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, saying "It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness." She also debuted new music, a song called "He's Got the Magic."

Other performers Friday night included Charlie Wilson along with Maze featuring Frankie Beverly on the main stage, with Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh, Kelly Price, and Avery*Sunshine, performing in the Superlounges.

Saturday night continued with two ex-lovers sharing the stage, though not at the same time. Common and Erykah Badu headlined the evening, each performing a 60-minute set to a growing crowd.

Still, the night belonged to Missy Elliott, who reportedly rehearsed for three months for her Essence Music Festival performance. "It’s been over 20 years that I’ve been in this music industry," she said before delivering a high-energy performance of her greatest 90s jams, including "The Rain," "Work It," "Get Ur Freak On" and "Pass That Dutch." It seemed Missy could hardly stay on stage, hopping down several times to get closer to the audiences as she told the appreciative fans, "We're gonna show New Orleans how we really get down."

Unfortunately, Missy didn’t get the chance to do much more: after she brought out Sharaya J. and even Jazmine Sullivan, the lights and sound were cut, just as she was preparing to introduce longtime collaborator, Monica. The two stood in the dark for several seconds before realizing the lights and mics weren't coming back on. After Usher -- who came on after Missy -- finished his set, Essence Communications president Michelle Eubanks brought Missy back out to properly say goodnight to the crowd. Although Eubanks blamed the abrupt end of Missy’s set on a "production issue," Missy felt otherwise.  "I'm sorry I was cut off. I came here to give 100 percent. I was cut off," she said. "I was disappointed. I thank you for coming out."

Back to Usher, who decided the Fourth of July was the time to make a statement onstage. The R&B singer wore a black leather jacket with the words "Have we really achieved our independence" written on the back in white lettering.  The jacket later came off to reveal another message on his T-shirt: the words "Fourth of July" were crossed out, and below them was written "Juneteenth." Celebrated June 19th, Juneteenth marks the day Texas became the final U.S. state to abolish slavery, in June of 1865, nearly three years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued.

Usher also delivered on a good set. The Atlanta-bred singer performed songs including “OMG,” “Climax,” “Here I Stand, "Nice & Slow," "Love in the Club," "Yeah!," and "Matrimony," bringing out rapper Wale for the latter.

The Essence Music Festival ended Sunday night with performances by Floetry, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar. The night truly belonged to Mary J. and King Kendrick. Clad in a red jumpsuit, Mary performed hits including "I'm Goin' Down," "Not Gon' Cry," "Real Love" and "Just Fine," then brought out Method Man to perform their 1994 duet, "All I Need," which was the highlight of her set.

Meth stayed in the audience to watch Kendrick deliver thought-provoking visuals and a high-energy performance.  After telling the crowd he came all the way from Compton, California "to see my people," Kendrick performed hits including "Poetic Justice," "I," and "Swimming Pools." The most touching moment, however, is when Kendrick spoke to a young boy at the edge of the stage, who was enjoying the concert with his father. After telling the boy to make sure he listens to his father, Kendrick dedicated "Alright" to him. He then performed a freestyle, perfectly ending the festival for a satisfied crowd.

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Ian Walton/Getty ImagesGame of Thrones' Kit Harington was photographed at a Wimbledon tennis match in London on Thursday, but the big story seems to be his hair.

In the picture, Harington is back to sporting his familiar long hair, after showing up at the U.K. premiere of the movie Testament of Youth back in January with a much shorter 'do. That's led to speculation that his Game of Thrones character, Jon Snow, may be returning to the popular drama.

Snow was killed off during last month's season-five finale.  Harington has revealed in past interviews that producers have prohibited him from cutting his hair while he's a part of Game of Thrones.  It's also interesting to note that Harington is still sporting his trademark Jon Snow beard as well.

Harington and the show's producers have denied the rumors in the past, but after the finale, co-star Emelia Clarke hinted at Snow's possible return, telling MTV, "If I had to bet, I would say it's a 50/50 chance. There are some helpful people there, who could bring Jon back to life."

Game of Thrones airs on HBO.

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Noel Vasquez/GC ImagesAshton Kutcher and Mila Kunis had an eventful Fourth of July weekend.

The couple tied the knot sometime during the weekend, People magazine reports, citing an unnamed source.

Kutcher, 37, and Kunis, 31, got engaged in February of 2014 and welcomed daughter Wyatt Isabelle the following October.

Their status was a topic of conversation when Kunis appeared on James Corden's Late Late Show debut last March, wearing a diamond ring on her ring finger. Corden asked her if she'd gotten married to her former That '70s Show co-star, but she played coy, answering, "I don't know, maybe."

Kutcher and Kunis began dating in 2012.

Kutcher separated from his now ex-wife, Demi Moore, the previous year; their divorce was finalized in 2013.

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UniversalArnold Schwarzenegger couldn't terminate Jurassic World's winning streak at the box office during the Fourth of July weekend.

For the fourth consecutive weekend, Jurassic World was the top film. The dinosaur flick raked in an estimated 30.9 million dollars. It has now made a total of 558 million dollars at the domestic box office to date.

The Disney/Pixar film Inside Out was a close second over the weekend, collecting 30.1 million dollars.

Terminator Genisys, featuring the return of Schwarzenegger to the Terminator series, opened in third place, with 28.7 million dollars. It's raised 44.2 million since it hit theaters on Wednesday -- an underwhelming total, considering it cost 155 million to make the movie.

Channing Tatum's sequel Magic Mike XXL also had a disappointing debut. It pulled in just 12 million dollars over the weekend, settling in fourth place. It has made 27.1 million since it was released Wednesday.  However, it only cost a reported $15 million to make.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to Rentrak:

1. Jurassic World, $30.9 million.
2. Inside Out, $30.1 million.
3. Terminator: Genisys, $28.7 million.
4. Magic Mike XXL, $12 million.
5. Ted 2, $11 million.
6. Max, $7 million.
7. Spy, $5.5 million.
8. San Andreas, $3 million.
9. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, $1.3 million.
10. Dope, $1.1 million.

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Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicJim Carrey has apologized to the family of a young autistic child after posting pictures of the boy without their permission during an extended Twitter rant about California's new vaccine legislation.

The actor tweeted his mea culpa Thursday night, apologizing to the family of Alex Echols of Eugene, Oregon.

It all began Tuesday, when the 53-year-old actor and comedian went on a Twitter tirade about California's new law that eliminates vaccine exemptions for personal or religious reasons.

Although the scientific consensus is that vaccines do not cause autism, and the well-known autism advocacy group Autism Speaks has been urging parents to vaccinate their children, Carrey remains part of a group of people who feel the ingredients in vaccines are potentially harmful.

In one of his tweets Wednesday, Carrey wrote, "A trillion dollars buys a lot of expert opinions. Will it buy you? TOXIN FREE VACCINES, A REASONABLE REQUEST!" and attached photos of distressed-looking children, including one boy crying with his arms behind his head.

That boy turned out to be Alex Echols, and his family was not at all happy to see it included in Carrey's anti-vaccine rant.

The boy's mother, Karen Echols, and aunt, Elizabeth Welch, responded on social media after seeing Alex's photo.

Posting a copy of Carrey's tweet on Instagram, Welch explained that although Alex does have autism, he was diagnosed with it before receiving any vaccinations. Alex was born with tuberous sclerosis, or TSC, she said, which can cause benign tumors to grow all over the body, including the brain. Many children with TSC have autism.

"I'm very disgusted and sickened that a celebrity would use a photo like this that was used in the first place to spread awareness of Tuberous Sclerosis to mock him and my sister for vaccinations," Welch wrote on Instagram. "Even if that was not his intended outcome, it is what happened. Please spread this, and let's try to get this tweet removed."

Carrey did remove Alex's picture and apologized, which was noted by the boy's mother.  His apology read, "I'd like to apologize to the Echols family and others for posting a pic of their kids w/o permission. I didn't mean to cause them distress."

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Image Courtesy RCA/Saccenti(NEW ORLEANS) -- When Usher closed out Saturday night's concerts at the Essence Music Festival 2015 in the New Orleans' Superdome, he wanted to make a statement. After all, it was the Fourth of July, the day when America celebrates its Independence. 

The R&B crooner wore a black leather jacket with the words, "Have we really achieved our independence," written on the back in white lettering. And after he performed songs such as "OMG," "Climax," and "Here I Stand," he eventually took his jacket off to reveal another message on his T-shirt. The words "Fourth of July" were crossed out and another word stood prominently underneath: "Juneteenth."

Juneteenth is also known as Freedom Day for African-Americans and celebrates the abolition of slavery in the Confederate south. However, it's typically celebrated on June 19.

Along with his statements, Usher also put on a good set. The Atlanta-bred singer performed "Nice & Slow," "Love in the Club," "Yeah!" and "Matrimony," during which he brought out rapper Wale.

The Essence Music Festival continues Sunday night with concerts, featuring Floetry, Mary J. Blige, Omarion and Kendrick Lamar. 

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Myrna Suarez/WireImageBilly Joel just capped off a banner week by tying the knot.

The 66-year-old singer-songwriter married girlfriend Alexis Roderick, 33, Saturday at his Long Island, NY estate, according to US Weekly.  By all accounts the ceremony was a surprise to the family and guests gathered for a Fourth of July celebration.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo officiated the nuptials, while guests included comic actor Kevin James and Alexa Ray Joel, Billy's daughter with second wife Christie Brinkley, who posted her congratulations on Instagram, writing: "Congratulation to the glowing bride and groom.. And to my daughter Alexa, who has a wonderful friend in Alexis! Wishing the growing family every happiness!"

James was also there last Wednesday night, when Joel performed his record 65th show at New York's Madison Square Garden, the most shows played there by any artist.  James helped raise a banner commemorating the achievement.

Joel and Roderick, who's pregnant, began dating in 2009, right about the time Billy divorced his third wife, Katie Lee.

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RCA RecordsTo some, the Fourth of July means the beach, beer and barbecues, but Daughtry will spend that day being reminded of the true meaning of the holiday -- they'll be performing for the troops at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.  "It's just, like, the best crowd ever," says Chris Daughtry.

"That’s gonna be fun. We always love playing for the troops. We’ve done many tours overseas and different military bases and it’s just like the best crowd ever," Chris tells ABC Radio. "They’re so grateful and so awesome and they do all the hard work, you know?"

In fact, Chris explains why there's really a different feel when they perform for the troops, as opposed to just a regular concert audience.  "Because that’s their time to see the show. They can’t go next week; they can’t see it another time when you come back through. That’s their escape time, you know, and they don’t take that for granted," he tells ABC Radio. "You know like a lot of people [are like], 'Oh, well we saw them last month,' or whatever."

"I dunno, they just seem extremely grateful and it makes us even more proud to perform for ‘em," he adds.

Just because Chris is performing on Saturday doesn't mean he won't get to barbecue, though.  And when it comes to his favorite type of meat to cook over the coals, he's an equal-opportunity eater.  "You had me at 'meat,'" he laughs. "Whatever, just throw it on the grill and I’ll eat it. I’m a caveman, I’ll eat the crap out of some meat!"  He doesn't want too much seasoning on it, either.

"I’m a big fan of spicy food but when it comes to red meat I don’t want it too spicy," says the singer, who's evidently quite the gourmand. "I don’t want it to overtake the flavor and the rotund and robustness of the red meat."

One thing Chris probably won't be able to do on the Fourth is shoot off fireworks: they're illegal in North Carolina, and doing that on a military base probably isn't advisable.  However, the singer says when he was a kid, doing that was a big deal for him.

"I used to love shooting fireworks as a kid -- get all the M-80s and the smoke bombs and go out and put ‘em on your G.I. Joes and see how far they’ll fly," he laughs. "Some of ‘em went pretty good and they would explode!"  

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Russ Harrington/Sunshine SachsHaving written three best-selling cookbooks and hosting her hit show, Trisha's Southern Kitchen, on the Food Network, it’s no surprise that Independence Day at Grammy-winning country singer Trisha Yearwood’s house sounds like it lives up to her culinary reputation. But the Peach State native says she tends to stick to family traditions, like her mother’s coleslaw. 

“4th of July at my house is one of my favorite holidays just because it's all of my favorite summer foods,” she muses. “My dad was the grill master, and he used to make barbecue chicken for the whole town of Monticello, Georgia. We don't make it for the whole town, but we do these ribs now that were a favorite of my mom that have kind of a thick, sweet sauce, and they're part oven and part grill, and they say 4th of July to me.”

For dessert, Trisha tries to “go for something red, white and blue,” but often serves strawberry shortcake with whipped cream. In the afternoon, she’s a fan of the swimming pool, ahead of the evening’s pyrotechnics.

“My favorite part is watching the fireworks. Since marrying Garth [Brooks], we shoot off our own fireworks, which makes me a little bit nervous,” she admits. “But we also watch the whole town. You can see downtown fireworks in cities surrounding from our back porch. So, it's pretty cool to just sit out and watch all the fireworks.”

This Friday, the exhibit honoring Trisha, called “The Song Remembers When,” opens at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

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Robin Marchant/Getty ImagesOne of Sesame Street's most beloved cast members is leaving the show.

During the American Library Association Annual Conference Monday, Sonia Manzano -- best known as "Maria" on Sesame Street -- announced she's stepping down.

"After 45 years on Sesame Street, @SoniaMManzano will no longer appear on the next season," the Library tweeted Monday.

Manzano, 65, has won 15 writing Emmys during her long tenure on Sesame Street, and was nominated twice as a performer.

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Actress America Ferrera, best known for her starring role in the ABC series Ugly Betty, took aim at Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump and his recent comments about Mexican immigrants in an open letter posted to the Huffington Post Thursday, thanking Trump for galvanizing Latino voters.

"What you did with you straight talk was send more Latino voters to the polls than several registration rallies combined!" she wrote. Noting that Latinos are youngest and fastest-growing constituency in the U.S., Ferrera wrote, "Thank you for reminding us that there remains an antiquated and endangered species of bigots in this country that we must continue to combat."

In a June 16 speech announcing his big for the Republican presidential nomination, Trump referred to Mexican immigrants as "bringing drugs" and "bringing crime" to this country, and being "rapists."

"The truth is, Mr. Trump, that your comments mean that you fail to see that immigrants are what have made this nation.  They are at the core or our ideals, and they are the foundation that keeps us afloat," Ferrera wrote, concluding, "No, Mr. Trump, you may not reduce us to drug dealser and rapists. We are moms and dads, sons and daughter. We are valedictorians and honor studies.  We are college graduates, bankers, police officiers, entertains, teachers, journalists, politicans and we are the future of America."

Meanwhile, after being dropped by NBC and Univision, Trump's Miss USA Pageant has found a home on the Reelz cable network.

“The decision on the part of REELZ to acquire the rights to the Miss USA Pageant was based on our belief that this special event, and the women who compete in it, are an integral part of American tradition,” said Stan E. Hubbard, CEO of Reelz, in a statement on Thursday. "“As one of only a few independent networks, we decided to exercise our own voice and committed ourselves to bringing this pageant to American viewers everywhere."

The pageant, scheduled to take place July 12, was dropped by NBC and Univision in response to comments Trump's  June 16 comments Since then Trump has filed a $500 million lawsuit against Univision claiming the network had no contractual right to terminate its deal with him; Trump also has suggested that he might sue NBC.

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ABC/Michael AnsellBlack-ish star Laurence Fishburne will play Alex Haley, author of Roots: The Saga of an American Family, in a remake of the 1977 ABC miniseries being simulcast on History, A&E and Lifetime, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The story, chronicling the life of Kunta Kinte, will be an original, contemporary production, combining material from Haley's novel with new information about the time period over which it spans. The role was portrayed by James Earl Jones in the original miniseries.

Original Roots star LeVar Burton, who played Kunta Kinte, will co-executive produce the remake.

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