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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin hosted a lavish wedding ceremony at a 20,000-acre waterfront resort in South Carolina this week. Their 154 guests included the bride’s father, actor Stephen Baldwin; her model friends Kendall and Kylie Jenner; plus Bieber’s musician buds Ed Sheeran, Usher, Travis Scott, and Jaden Smith. Bieber, 25, and Baldwin, 22—who quietly tied the knot at a court ceremony in Manhattan last fall—spared no expense. Guests arrived at the rehearsal dinner via speedboat, and refreshments included 20 gallons of organic juice at a reported $1,200. The reception at the Montage Palmetto Bluff resort featured a performance by Grammy winner Daniel Caesar. Baldwin was photographed wearing a Celine leather jacket over her wedding dress, with “Wife” bedazzled on the back.
The city of Columbus, Ohio, agreed last week to pay adult-film star Stormy Daniels $450,000 to settle a lawsuit over her 2018 arrest at a strip club. Daniels, 40, claimed the undercover officers who arrested her for improper touching were “avowed supporters” of President Trump and targeted her in retaliation for her alleged 2016 affair with Trump. The charges were dropped 12 hours after her arrest, since the state’s law bars only full-time strippers—not special guests like Daniels—from touching patrons. An internal police probe found no political motivation behind the arrest, although Columbus’ police chief recommended that two of the arresting officers be fired. Daniels’ civil suit originally sought $2 million.
As disgraced former Sen. Al Franken returns to the public eye with a SiriusXM radio show, a ninth woman emerged this week to accuse him of sexual misconduct. Speaking anonymously with New York magazine, the woman said she was working for another Democratic senator in 2006 when she met Franken, then a comedian who was mulling a run for office. While posing with Franken at an event, she says, “He puts his hand on my ass…I’m just frozen. It’s so violating. And then he gives me a little squeeze on my buttock.” She says she didn’t speak out before Franken resigned last year because she feared “raising my hand against a powerful man” would endanger future job prospects. ■