Three lawsuits brought by men who said a former Elmo puppeteer sexually abused them when they were underage were tossed out by a judge who said in a decision published Monday that the men waited too long to sue. US District Judge John G. Koeltl said the claims must be barred because they came more than six years after each man reasonably should have realized that the physical and emotional injuries they’re suing over were caused by alleged encounters with Kevin Clash. The judge also noted that each man had been over the age of 18 for more than three years before they filed their lawsuits. Clash was the man behind Elmo, the popular furry red monster, for 28 years.
Rapper died of overdose
A medical examiner’s investigator says Chris Kelly of the ’90s rap duo Kriss Kross died of a drug overdose. Investigator Betty Honey of the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office in Atlanta said Monday that a toxicology screening showed the 34-year-old Kelly had a mixture of drugs in his system when he was pronounced dead on May 1. However, Honey said she did not know which specific drugs Kelly had used. A police report says Kelly’s mother told investigators her son used cocaine and heroin the night before he died and had a history of drug abuse. Kelly, known as ‘‘Mac Daddy,’’ performed alongside Chris Smith, known as ‘‘Daddy Mac,’’ in the early and mid-1990s. The duo was remembered for the song ‘‘Jump’’ from their 1992 debut album, ‘‘Totally Krossed Out.’’
O’Brien on Al Jazeera
Former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien will be contributing reports to the new Al Jazeera America network when it debuts in August. The network said Monday that O’Brien will report for the network’s prime-time magazine series, ‘‘America Tonight.’’ Al Jazeera has also made a deal with O’Brien’s production company to produce hourlong documentaries.
“I am marrying my best friend.” - Brooke Hogan, the daughter of wrestler Hulk Hogan, announcing her engagement to Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Phil Costa.