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December 17, 2020 GMT

FORMER MODEL SAYS SHE WEPT “TEARS OF JOY” AFTER AGENT ARRESTED ON SEX CRIME CHARGES

LE PECQ, France (AP) — A top modeling agent in France has been arrested and charged with a series of sex crimes. And a former model who says the suspect drugged and raped her when she was a teenager says she is crying “tears of joy.” The agent, Jean-Luc Brunel, was detained at Charles de Gaulle airport and is being held for questioning. Authorities didn’t specify whether he was arriving or leaving when he was picked up, though French media reports say he was preparing to fly to Senegal. Brunel was an associate of late financier Jeffrey Epstein, who killed himself in a New York lockup last year as he was being held on sex trafficking crimes.

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REPUTED MOBSTER ENTERS PLEA IN “RHONY” CASE

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — There’s been a plea deal in a case linked to the reality TV show “Real Housewives of New Jersey.” John Perna of Cedar Grove, New Jersey, has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of committing a violent crime in aid of racketeering activity. Perna copped to assaulting the husband of former cast member Dina Manzo — a beatdown that occurred before the two were married. Perna allegedly roughed up Thomas Manzo to get a deep discount for a lavish wedding reception. Perna faces up to 20 years in prison and a quarter-million-dollar fine when he’s sentenced April 28.

BARACK OBAMA BOOK CONTINUES TO SET SALES MARKS

NEW YORK (AP) — Barack Obama’s memoir is logging another sales milestone. “A Promised Land” has been on sale just a month — but it has already crept to the point of eclipsing the sales marks set by his two immediate predecessors, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. So far, Obama’s book has sold 3.3 million copies — making it a lock to become the best-selling presidential memoir in recent memory.

INTERSCOPE NAMED BILLBOARD LABEL OF THE YEAR

NEW YORK (AP) — A label that’s home to Billie Eilish, Kendrick Lamar and Lady Gaga has been named record company of the year by Billboard. The magazine says Interscope Geffen A&M — also known as IGA — tops its year-end chart for the first time since 2013. The label is also home to DaBaby, Selena Gomez, Eminem, Summer Walker, Maroon 5, BLACKPINK and the late rapper Juice WLRD — most of which had major success on the charts this year.