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This Week in Entertainment: Kevin Spacey, Mad, and More

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Civil Charges Against Kevin Spacey Dropped

The man who accused actor Kevin Spacey of sexual assault dropped his charges against him. He originally filed the lawsuit three years ago but dropped it last week. Mitchell Garabedian, the alleged victim’s lawyer, said his client dropped his charges voluntarily. In addition, he dismissed the case with prejudice, which means he cannot refile later.

Kevin Spacey has been under much fire recently due to similar lawsuits. After actor Anthony Rapp came forward and accused Spacey of assaulting him when he was 14, Spacey lost his role in both House of Cards and the film “All the Money in the World”. However, Spacey has denied these recent accusations. In June, a judge told the prosecutor that he had until Monday to find a phone with incriminating evidence.

Mad Magazine To End Supply To Newsstands

After nearly 70 years of Mad Magazine, the satirical magazine will no longer be available at newsstands. Instead, Mad will only be sold online or at comic book stores. DC Comics, which owns Mad, announced this in an email Wednesday. This move comes almost a year after Mad moved their headquarters to the West Coast after being in New York for nearly 6 decades.

Harvey Kurtzman and William Gaines founded Mad in 1952. Originally, the magazine poked fun at pop culture and politics. It features satirical versions of celebrities and politicians. It also featured famous comics like Spy Vs Spy. In addition to the move away from newsstands, Mad Magazine will also largely stop publishing new content. Instead, aside from annual issues, old content and covers will be republished.

Rapper A$AP Rocky Detained For 2 More Weeks

A Swedish court extended American rapper A$AP Rocky’s detainment for two weeks as they investigate his part in a brawl. This decision gives Swedish prosecutors until July 19th to press charges. “There is a risk that if he is released he will abscond or otherwise evade prosecution or conviction,” a court spokeswoman said.

Rocky’s attorney said the rapper denied assault. He also plans to appeal the extension. Because of the detainment, he canceled shows in Dublin, Poland, and Norway. The court is still holding hearings for other people involved in the fight but released the rapper’s bodyguard.

Disney Casts Halle Bailey As Ariel

Disney has finally found an actress to play the lead character in the Little Mermaid. Halle Berry, half of sister R&B duo Chloe x Halle, will portray the iconic character on the silver screen. She joins star Melissa McCarthy, who is playing Ursula. Currently, Disney plans to start production in 2020. It features original composer Alan Menken and Hamilton author and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, who is composing new songs for the adaptation.

Jerry Seinfeld Apologizes For Copycat Claims

Actor Jerry Seinfeld apologized on Twitter for poking fun at shows similar to his “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” series. Originally, the pokes were all just promotion for his newest season. However, Robert Llewellyn said that his online series, which premiered in ’09, was the original. “Apology to Robert Llewelyn [sic] Car Pool,” Seinfeld tweeted Wednesday. “Had not heard of it.”