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An attorney for WNBA star Brittney Griner said she had a doctor's letter recommending medical cannabis (marijuana extract) for pain.

Griner, 31, was all smiles inside a defendants' cage where she visited with her attorneys during a hearing at the Khimki Courthouse outside Moscow on Friday.

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The defense produced a letter from a doctor recommending she use medical cannabis for pain.

"Among the medical documents is a doctor's appointment for the substance that Brittney Griner inadvertently left among her belongings when crossing the border," said attorney Maria Blagovolin.

"The attending physician gave Brittney recommendations for the use of medical cannabis. The permission was issued on behalf of the Arizona Department of Health."

The defense also submitted drug tests the Phoenix Mercury All-Star center underwent before she traveled to Russia which didn't detect any illegal substances in her system.

Griner was arrested in mid-February after Moscow airport officials discovered vape cartridges containing cannabis oil in her luggage.

Griner's trial has been adjourned for 11 days as the defense requested more time to prepare, NBC News reported.

She recently pleaded guilty to drug smuggling and could face a 10-year prison sentence if convicted.

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Brittney Griner was back in court on Thursday after pleading guilty on Tuesday.

Last week, Griner pled guilty to smuggling a small amount of cannabis oil into Russia back in February.

The WNBA star did not testify on the third day of her trial, but character witnesses testified on her behalf.

Journalists were denied access to the courtroom. But the director of the team Griner plays for was allowed to take the witness stand.

"Our task today was to tell the court about her characteristics as an athlete, as a person — tell about how she played a big role in the success of the Ektaerinburg club and Russian women's basketball as a whole," said UMMC Ekaterinburg club director Maxim Rybakov.

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"Today is the first day when we have seen our basketball player since February. Thank God, she feels well, looks good," Rybakov said.

Griner's Russian teammate Evgenia Belyakova testified that "Brittney has always been a very good teammate, so my role here is just to be with her, to support her."

"We miss her very much, we miss her energy," Belyakova added. "I was very happy to see her, and I hope this trial will be over soon and with a positive outcome."

Griner joked with Rybakov and Belyakova as she was led into court.

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A team doctor said Griner had some medical conditions, including ADHD, that were alleviated by cannabis oil.

The doctor said ADHD may have caused her to be distracted when she was packing her bag and she didn't realize the cannabis oil was in there.

Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and WNBA All-Star, is expected to be questioned by the prosecution and the defense when her trial resumes on Friday.

A judge ordered her detained until December 20.
 

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A trial date has been set for WNBA star Brittney Griner who appeared at a pre-trial hearing on Monday in Moscow, Russia.

A judge set Griner's court date for Friday, July 1, and extended her detention another 6 months. This is the fourth time Griner's pre-trial detention was extended.

Griner was arrested on February 17 after officials at a Moscow airport found vape pens containing weed oil in her luggage.

Pictures taken in Moscow on Monday show Griner, 31, looking wide-eyed and anxious as she was escorted into court. She was previously ordered detained until July 2nd.

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The 6-ft-8 Phoenix Mercury center wore a grey t-shirt with grey sweatpants and a black sweatshirt tied around her waist. She was handcuffed to a Russian official.

Griner could face 10 years in prison if found guilty of trafficking a large quantity of drugs for distribution.

After months of silence, the U.S. State Department declared Griner a "wrongfully detained" political prisoner in early May.

Former Marine Trevor Reed was released from a Russian prison in April, after serving three years of a nine year sentence for assaulting a police officer.

The same State Department official who negotiated Reed's release is also negotiating Griner's release.

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Blac Chyna will get another day in court when her revenge porn lawsuit against Rob Kardashian goes to trial next week.

Chyna lost her $100 million lawsuit against Rob's mother, Kris Jenner, and his siblings last month.

Now Jenner is trying to force Chyna to pay up $300,000 in attorney's fees.

Jenner's demand comes after a judge denied Rob's motion to enforce a settlement that doesn't exist.

Rob said his ex was backing out of her agreement to drop her lawsuit against him if he helped get her dropped from a separate lawsuit.

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Chyna's attorney said her client is looking forward to her day in court.

"Chyna is very pleased that the trial judge denied Rob's motion to 'enforce' a settlement that never existed," Lynne Ciani told Page Six exclusively. Ciani added that Chyna will "prove her case ... that Rob posted devastating revenge porn of her" when the trial begins June 20.

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Rob is accused of posting nude photos and videos of Chyna on social media after they broke up in 2017. Chyna filed a complaint citing California's strict revenge porn law that prohibits posting nude imagery of an ex-partner online without authorization.

Rob posted a video of Chyna lying in bed with another man. In the caption, Rob claimed she slept with him before bedding the guy.

"Hahahaha Chyna just sent me this video saying happy 4th of July what a crazy person. Come spend time with your daughter instead of f-king me and then this dude right after. U need help."

Rob, 35, and Chyna, 34, share 5-year-old daughter Dream Kardashian who lives with her dad full-time.

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Chyna obtained a restraining order against her ex-fiancé, who retained famed attorney Robert Shapiro to represent him.

Shapiro apologized for Rob's poor judgment.

"I personally on Robert Kardashian's behalf apologized and offered our regrets for what has taken place in the past couple of days, and now we move forward to do one thing and one thing only: whatever's in the best interest of this child," Shapiro said.

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But Chyna was not satisfied with an apology, she filed a lawsuit, seeking millions in damages for her pain and suffering.

"Revenge porn is a very dangerous form of violence predominantly perpetrated against girls and women," Ciani told Page Six. "Victims of revenge porn typically experience serious anxiety, shame and helplessness. Some revenge porn victims have committed suicide."

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Ciani also said Rob has "never taken responsibility for his heinous and vengeful act" of posting nude photos and videos of Chyna on social media in July 2017.

"He was never criminally prosecuted," she concluded. "It is finally time for Rob to be held accountable in a court of law."

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Rob Kardashian says Blac Chyna is trying to back out of a deal to settle their revenge porn lawsuit.

In a new court filing obtained by TMZ, Rob's attorneys says his ex agreed to drop her lawsuit against him for leaking her nude pics - if he helped get her dropped from a separate lawsuit.

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Chyna, 34, is pictured working out for her celebrity boxing match against Instagram model Alysia Magen on June 11.

As TMZ reported, one of Blac Chyna's exes, Pilot Jones, filed a lawsuit against Chyna and Rob, claiming they outed him as bisexual, thereby exposing him to public threats and ridicule.

According to TMZ, Rob says he accepted that deal last month, but now Chyna's trying to get out of it by not dropping her lawsuit against him.

Rob says Chyna is threatening to go forward with a trial in the revenge porn case.

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Rob wants Chyna to stick to her deal to drop the lawsuit altogether. He's asking a judge to force Blac Chyna to keep her part of the bargain.

Rob is desperate to avoid another public trial, like the recent highly publicized trial over their reality show getting canceled.

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Chyna lost her $100 million lawsuit when a jury sided with Rob's mother, Kris Jenner, and his siblings, Kim, Khloe and Kourtney.

Rob filed a motion for an emergency hearing. The judge has yet to rule on Rob's request.




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Update: 5:35 p.m. ET

A Virginia judge allowed an ex-TMZ employee to testify in Johnny Depp's $50 million defamation trial against Amber Heard.

Judge Penney Azcarate ruled against TMZ's emergency motion to block former assignment manager Tremaine Morgan from testifying as a witness for Depp.

TMZ had argued that Morgan should not be forced to give up a source regarding a video that was provided to him. The video shows Depp yelling at Heard and slamming doors. TMZ published the video in 2016.

Depp's lawyer, Ben Chew noted that Morgan was not subpoenaed, that he, in fact, contacted the legal team on his own.

Morgan told the court that he contacted Depp's legal to help them with the timeline of the video.

"You know this case is being televised, right?" Heard's lawyer asked Morgan in court on Wednesday.

"I am aware that there are cameras," Morgan replied.

"And so this gets you your 15 minutes of fame, doesn't it?" she asked him.

"I stand to gain nothing from this," Morgan said, before adding that he is making himself a "target" of TMZ, which he described as "a very litigious organization."

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Update: 1:09 p.m. ET

TMZ filed an emergency motion to block Johnny Depp's legal team from calling a former employee to testify in court.

According to the motion, TMZ is seeking to prevent Morgan Tremaine from getting on the witness stand in Johnny Depp's ongoing defamation trial against ex-girlfriend Amber Heard.

Tremaine worked as a field assignment manager for TMZ, according to the NY Post.

TMZ is worried that Tremaine might spill secrets told to him by an unnamed source.

"TMZ promised this source that it would maintain their confidentiality and would not disclose their name or other information about them," TMZ's lawyers said in a statement.

"TMZ makes such promises of confidentiality, from time to time, so that it may publish information in the public interest, and it relies on the journalist's privilege protecting the identity of confidential sources to do so."

Depp's legal team wants to speak with Tremaine, who provided TMZ with a video of Depp yelling at Heard and slamming doors. The attorneys want to know if the tape was given to Tremaine by the unnamed source.

TMZ's lawyers argued that Tremaine had nothing to do with the video and that any testimony given would be based on "rumor and conjecture."

TMZ said Tremaine's testimony would be irrelevant to the defamation trial.

Watch the trial live below.
 

 
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Johnny Depp's ex-girlfriend, supermodel Kate Moss, denied any violence took place in their relationship. Moss appeared via Zoom at Johnny Depp's defamation trial early Wednesday.

Moss denied Heard's claim that Depp pushed the model down a flight of stairs while on vacation with him in Jamaica.

Moss appeared via Zoom from her home in Gloucestershire, England. Moss said that Depp "never pushed me, kicked me or threw me down any stairs."

Moss was expected to support Heard's claims of violence and abuse in Heard's relationship with Depp. But Moss denied the allegations.

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Moss admitted she fell down the steps and that Depp helped get her medical attention.

Questioned by Depp's attorney Benjamin Chew, Moss said, "He carried me to my room and got me medical attention."

Moss and Depp dated in the 1990s. Thy were both notorious for their hard partying, drinking and drug use.

At the time, the "Edward Scissorhands" star was at his peak as a young actor.

Moss later said that she "cried for years" over their breakup. She ended up in rehab after her drinking and drug use escalated out of control.

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After Moss' testimony, Heard reportedly said, "So Johnny Depp didn't abuse Kate Moss. That makes him 1 for 2 in the abuse column."

In 2012, Moss was ranked #2 on Forbes' Highest Paid Models List, with earnings of almost $10,000,000.

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The ongoing defamation trial began on April 11 in Fairfax County, Virginia. Plaintiff Depp sued Heard for $50 million in damages. She is countersuing him for $100 million.

So far, Depp is the fan favorite to win.




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Amber Heard broke down in tears on the stand while explaining why she filed for divorce from actor Johnny Depp.

She shed dry tears when the sensational defamation trial resumed on Monday, May 16, at the Fairfax County Courthouse in Virginia.
 
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The bisexual actress was married to Depp from 2015 until they divorced about a year later. She said violence began in their relationship while they were dating on and off in 2012.

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Heard, 36, became emotional as she recalled Depp's first act of physical violence. But she contradicted an earlier statement when she said the violence began in 2013.

Heard said the violence started when Depp attacked her after she asked about his "Wino Forever" tattoo - a tribute to his ex-girlfriend, actress Winona Ryder.

Heard's lawyers provided multiple photos of Heard at red carpet events with "scars" on her arms. They claimed the scars occurred in Australia, when Depp held her against a glass-covered countertop and sexually abused her with a liquor bottle. She said the bottle slashed the tip of his finger.

But Depp, 58, previously said the injury happened when she hurled a liquor bottle at his hand.

Heard previously testified that Depp accused her of defecating on his side of their bed.

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When asked why she filed for divorce, she told her attorney, "I knew if I didn't, I'd likely not survive. I was so scared that it was going to end really badly for me. I really didn't want to leave him, I loved him so much. I couldn't stay. I believe he would've taken it too far and I wouldn't be here. The violence was normal and not the exception."

Heard also told the court that everything she said until now "has been the truth."

Depp will be brought back to testify before the trial wraps up.

Watch the trial livestream below.
 

Marissa Alexander

A Tallahassee woman who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot at her estranged husband will get a new trial, Yahoo news reports.

A Florida state of appeals ruled Marissa Alexander is entitled to a new trial "because the judge failed to properly instruct the jury regarding her claim of self-defense," Yahoo News reports.

Alexander, 32, told police she fired the "warning shot" during an argument with her estranged husband who arrived at her home to pick up their son.

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Trayvon Martin

The woman who was on the phone with Trayvon Martin when he was confronted and shot by George Zimmerman inside a gated community took the witness stand today.

Rachel Jeantel, 19, told jurors she was not Trayvon's girlfriend. She recounted the phone conversation she had with Trayvon before he was shot to death by the self-appointed neighborhood watchman inside the Retreat at Twin Lakes subdivision in February.

Speaking almost in a whisper, Jeantel said Trayvon used the N-word several times as she described what she heard Martin say to a male. She said Trayvon told her the man was following him as he returned to his father's fiancee's home from a convenience store. He described the man as "creepy" and a "cracker."

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Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman

A hearing is currently underway in Sanford, Florida, to discuss audio experts testimony in the upcoming Trayvon Martin case.

According to a report in the Orlando Sentinel, key expert audio witnesses give conflicting testimony regarding what can be heard on the audio in a snippet from a call placed to 911 the night George Zimmerman shot unarmed teen Trayvon Martin.

Alan R. Reich, an audio expert says Trayvon can be heard screaming, "I'm begging you!" just before the shot rang out.

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Rihanna Drops $5 Million Topshop Lawsuit

Troubled singer Rihanna may have had a change of heart and decided not to sue British clothier Topshop over their unauthorized use of her likeness on a tank top.

According to The Sun Daily, Rihanna filed a $5 million lawsuit against Topshop after months of negotiations failed last year. Rihanna was upset that Topshop sold oversized tank tops bearing her image without her consent.

In reality, Rihanna was probably more unhappy about the unflattering image that Topshop used.

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Jerome Power pours water on his lawyer's head

Courtroom outbursts by criminals and other defendants are not unusual these days. But Monday's outburst in a Cedar Rapids, Iowa courtroom was subdued compared to others.

Murder suspect Jerome Power concluded that he wasn't represented adequately by his attorney after the jury left to deliberate his verdict on Monday. "You sold me out!" exclaimed Mr. Power as he gently poured a cup of water over the head of his attorney, Steve Addington.

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