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A juror in the Amber Heard trial says the jury believed she was the “aggressor” ad that they didn’t buy her “crocodile tears”

ABC did not reveal the new name of the juror, instead only identifying him as “one of five men on the jury.” The other two of the seven jurors were women. According to unnamed juror, jury members felt much of Heard’s story didn’t add up, the majority of the members feeling she was the aggressor.

“The crying, the facial expressions that she had, the staring at the jury — all of us were very uncomfortable…,” the juror told ABC News, in a segment that aired on Good Morning America Thursday. “She would answer one question and she would be crying and then two seconds later she would turn ice cold… Some of us used the expression ‘crocodile tears.’” [ABC News via People]

Golden State Warriors Win NBA Championship

The Golden State Warriors are once again NBA champions.  On Thursday night, the Warriors closed out their series against the Boston Celtics 103-90 in game 6 of the NBA finals.

Ripley’s says Kim Kardashian did not damage Marilyn Monroe dress

Kim Kardashian did not return Marilyn Monroe’s iconic dress damaged after wearing it to the Met Gala. The Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! museum issued a statement Thursday definitively stating that the reality star “did not, in any way, damage the garment in the short amount of time it was worn at the Met Gala.” “From the bottom of the Met steps, where Kim got into the dress, to the top where it was returned, the dress was in the same condition it started in,” noted Ripley’s VP of Publishing & Licensing, Amanda Joiner, who remained with the dress the day of the Met Gala during transport from Orlando to New York. The museum also noted that Kardashian did not pay Ripley’s to wear it and instead donated to two charities in the greater Orlando area on behalf of the company. “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! will continue to exhibit the dress — in as-is condition — at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Hollywood through Fall 2022,” they concluded. Ripley’s included a recent photo of Kardashian visiting the dress once more after returning it.

No Cincinnati, World Cup 2026 host cities revealed, with 11 venues in U.S., 3 in Mexico and 2 in Canada

FIFA announced on Wednesday the 16 North American cities that will host matches for the 2026 World Cup, with 11 venues chosen in the United States, three in Mexico and two in Canada.

The 2026 World Cup will be the first tournament hosted by three nations and also the first that will expand to 48 teams in the competition.

The cities officially selected to host World Cup matches in the U.S. are: New York/New Jersey (MetLife Stadium); Los Angeles (SoFi Stadium); Dallas (AT&T Stadium); San Francisco Bay Area (Levi’s Stadium); Miami (Hard Rock Stadium); Atlanta (Mercedes-Benz Stadium); Seattle (Lumen Field); Houston (NRG Stadium); Philadelphia (Lincoln Financial Field); Kansas City, Missouri (Arrowhead Stadium); and Boston (Gillette Stadium).

Tom Hanks defends Rita Wilson from crazed fans

Tom Hanks harshly scolded a group of crazed fans who got too close to his wife, Rita Wilson. The Oscar-winning actor got angry when the overzealous group nearly knocked over Wilson, who ended up losing her footing and wobbling while out in New York City on Wednesday night. “Stop it!” Wilson, 65, shouted. “My wife? Back the f–k off! Knocking over my wife?!” Hanks, also 65, then screamed before the couple hustled into a waiting car. One fan could then be heard apologizing, saying, “Sorry about that, Tom.” The star has been on a press tour to promote his upcoming Baz Luhrmann-directed film, Elvis, for a few weeks. Wilson and Hanks have been married for 34 years. They met in 1981 on the set of Bosom Buddies in the early 80s. The couple have navigated a lot of hard times together. After Wilson was diagnosed with breast cancer and received a double mastectomy in 2015, she said she was “blessed” to have Hanks by her side. The duo also dealt with a bout of COVID-19 together early in the pandemic.

‘Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow Sequel Series in Development

Kit Harington is attached to reprise the role Jon Snow, if the series moves forward. The actor was twice nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of an action-hero who struggles to uphold his family’s noble values in a brutal world. In Thrones’ eighth-and-final season, Jon Snow discovered his true name was Aegon Targaryen, a potential heir to the Iron Throne. In the series finale, he was exiled from Westeros and journeyed North of the Wall with the Wildlings to leave his old life behind. They could see where is character goes after the series ended. Not much is known about the project.

Amazon Announces 2022 Prime Day Dates

Amazon’s Prime Day sales event will be held on July 12 and 13, the company said Thursday.

The event begins at 3 am ET on July 12 and continues for 48 hours spanning several countries, including for the first time Poland and Sweden. Discounts are offered on electronics, toys, home goods and clothing among other items.  Sales during the Prime Day event expand beyond Amazon as well. Rivals including Walmart, Target , Best Buy and Macy’s also hold sales of their own to capitalize on the surge in online traffic driven by Prime Day shoppers.

Beyoncé to Feature Country Songs on ‘Renaissance’ Multi-Part Album

Just hours after Beyoncé announced that her forthcoming sixth solo album, “Renaissance,” will be arriving on July 29, Variety received more information on the release from a source familiar with the project.

The album will feature both dance and country-leaning tracks, the source says, with contributions from hit songwriter Ryan Tedder, who co-wrote her 2008 hit “Halo” as well as hits for Adele, Taylor Swift, the Jonas Bros. and his own group, OneRepublic. Also said to be involved is Raphael Saadiq, who has crafted hits for Mary J. Blige, D’Angelo, Stevie Wonder, John Legend and Andra Day as well as his own excellent solo albums, and executive-produced “A Seat at the Table,” Beyoncé’s sister Solange’s widely praised 2016 album.

It was unclear whether the country songs will appear as a separate album, or as part of the first edition of “Renaissance.” Country is not new terrain for the singer: “Daddy Lessons,” from 2016’s “Lemonade,” is heavy on twang and was even covered by the Chicks (then known as the Dixie Chicks).

Fans have already sleuthed information suggesting that the album will contain 16 tracks, and the fact that it is a multi-part release is clear from the face that it is billed as “Act 1.” Beyoncé’s website also featured pre-orders on four different boxed sets for the album, billed “Pose” 1-4 and including a CD, T-shirt and a box. However, since they all ship on the day of the album’s release, it seems likely that they’re just different packages for “Act 1.”

Coney Island Attempting Water Slide World Record

The water park is hoping to set the world record for the most people down a water slide in 24 hours, from June 17-18.

Any visitor to Coney Island between noon today, June 17, and noon Saturday, June 18, who slides down the Twister slide will count toward the world record attempt.

Here is the timeline for the event:

10:00 a.m. All attractions open at Sunlite Water Adventure

12:00 p.m. The World Record attempt begins on the green Twister slide. Please note the blue Twister body slide will be closed in conjunction with the 24 hour World Record attempt

8:00 p.m. A special midnite swim party will begin and run until midnight. DJ Jay Kruz will be the guest host for the event with music, fun, and prizes

Saturday, June 18

12:01 a.m. (just after midnight) The world record (green) slide will remain open overnight for world record sliding. Plus, the two Twister tube slides will be open for unlimited free sliding but Sunlite Pool and all other water park attractions will be closed until the park reopens at 10 a.m.

12:15 a.m. Rocket League video game free play in conjunction with Cincy Fear e-sports league

10:00 a.m. All water attractions reopen

11:59 a.m. World Record attempt concludes

8:00 p.m. Coney Island closes for the day