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Scott has message a for Brett Kavanaugh

NEW YORK (AP) — Designer Jeremy Scott was a man with a message on Thursday night at his star-studded runway show — and that message was directed at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Scott made his traditional post-show lap of the runway wearing a handmade shirt that said: “Tell Your Senator No on Kavanaugh,” along with a Washington phone number to call and express displeasure with President Donald Trump’s high court nominee.

As for the actual clothes on Scott’s runway, there was no political message there. His new collection, Scott said, came about when he started looking at old photos of himself from the ’90s, when he was experimenting with ideas of gender fluidity.

Crews settles with agent who groped him

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Terry Crews and agent Adam Venit have agreed to settle a lawsuit in which Crews alleged Venit groped him at a Hollywood party.

Venit’s agency William Morris Endeavor, also named as a defendant, confirmed the deal Thursday in a statement saying the lawsuit would be dismissed.

Crews filed the civil lawsuit Jan. 30, saying that Venit grabbed and squeezed his crotch at a 2016 party. Crews was among the most prominent men to come forward as a victim in the MeToo movement.

Venit denied the allegations in court documents, saying his actions toward Crews were not sexual and caused no harm.

Prosecutors declined to file criminal charges in the case.

New faces fill Toronto audiences

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto International Film Festival prides itself on offering a diverse array of stories. This year, North America’s largest film festival is also making sure that the media that covers its films is diverse, too.

Some 180 journalists and critics from underrepresented groups were granted credentials to the film festival, and many had their travel and accommodations paid for. When the Toronto Film Festival got underway Thursday with the opening night premiere of David Mackenzie’s Robert the Bruce epic “Outlaw King,” some of its most excited attendees were the journalists making their first foray to one of the fall festival circuit’s premiere destinations.

Chile debt blocks tests on poet remains

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A nephew of Pablo Neruda said Thursday that money owed by Chile to laboratories abroad is blocking final tests to determine the cause of death of the Nobel Prize-winning poet.

Rodolfo Reyes said the government owes about $16,000. The money includes tests carried out by laboratories in Canada and Denmark.

The leftist writer died in the chaos following Chile’s 1973 right-wing military coup. The official version was that he died of cancer. Some people have speculated that he was poisoned.

Neruda’s body was exhumed in 2013. Tests showed no toxic agents in his bones.

But Chile’s government said in 2015 that it was “highly probable that a third party” was responsible for his death. Last year, international scientists said he did not die of cancer.