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Trump denies using racial slur during 'Celebrity Apprentice'

President Donald Trump slammed former White House aide and “Apprentice” alum Omarosa Manigault Newman on Monday after she released audio clips that she claims were recorded during interactions with President Donald Trump and Chief of Staff John Kelly.

Here are the latest updates:

Update 9:55 p.m. EDT Aug. 13: According to the Associated Press, Trump said he received a phone call from Mark Burnett, the producer of “The Apprentice” assuring him that no tapes exist of him using the N-word, as former White House adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman claims.

Manigault Newman writes in her new memoir that she’d heard such tapes existed. She now says she listened to one after the book closed.

Update 10:25 a.m. EDT Aug. 13: Trump took to Twitter Monday morning to blame the media for his attacks on Manigault Newman, writing that “the Fake News Media will be working overtime to make even Wacky Omarosa look legitimate as possible.”

Manigault Newman served as the director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison until January, when reports surfaced that she was "physically dragged" from the White House. Secret Service officials later denied Manigault Newman was physically removed from the premises. 

>> Omarosa’s book promises 'jaw-dropping' account on White House from Trump insider

She was one of Trump's most prominent African-American supporters. The president thanked her in February during an event for African-American History Month, saying that she was "very special."

"I want to thank my television star over here," Trump said at the Feb. 1 event, referencing Manigault Newman's time on his reality show competition, "The Apprentice."

Update 10 a.m. EDT Aug. 13: Trump slammed “Wacky Omarosa” Monday morning after the former White House aide released audio clips of calls she said were made with Trump and Kelly.

>> Omarosa tell-all on Trump White House called 'Unhinged' to be released in August 

“Wacky Omarosa, who got fired 3 times on the Apprentice, now got fired for the last time,” the president said Monday in a tweet. “She never made it, never will. She begged me for a job, tears in her eyes, I said Ok. People in the White House hated her. She was vicious, but not smart. I would rarely see her but heard really bad things.”

Update 7:28 a.m. EDT Aug. 13: “Apprentice” alum Omarosa Manigault Newman has released an audio clip that she says was taken during a phone call with President Donald Trump the day after she was fired from her White House job in December.

According to NBC News, the recording seems to indicate that Trump did not know White House Chief of Staff John Kelly had fired Newman the day before.

>> Omarosa says she wouldn’t vote for Trump again ‘in a million years’

“Omarosa, what’s going on? I just saw on the news that you’re thinking about leaving. What happened?” a man, purportedly Trump, says in the clip.

He later adds: “Nobody even told me about it. You know they run a big operation, but I didn’t know it. I didn’t know that. [Expletive] it. I don’t love you leaving at all.”

>> Listen to the clip here (WARNING: Audio includes profanity.)

Original report: "Apprentice" alum Omarosa Manigault Newman claims that she taped the moment she was fired from her job as an adviser to President Donald Trump – and released the audio to NBC's "Meet the Press."

>> Listen to the audio here

On Sunday, the news show aired the clips, which Newman said were taken in the White House Situation Room as Chief of Staff John Kelly fired her in December.

"It's come to my attention over the last few months that there's been some pretty, in my opinion, significant integrity issues," a man, purportedly Kelly, can be heard saying in the recording.

>> Omarosa on Trump White House: ‘It’s gonna not be OK’

He later adds: "I think it's important to understand that if we make this a friendly departure ... you can look at your time here in the White House as a year of service to the nation, and then you can go on without any type of difficulty in the future relative to your reputation."

Newman told "Meet the Press" that she believed the latter was a threat.

"He goes on to say that 'things can get ugly for you,'" said Newman, whose book, "Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House," hits stores Tuesday. "The chief of staff of the United States, under the direction of the president of the United States, threatening me on damage to my reputation and things getting ugly for me – that's downright criminal."

>> Watch the clip here

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement Sunday night condemning Newman's actions.

"The very idea a staff member would sneak a recording device into the White House Situation Room shows a blatant disregard for our national security – and then to brag about it on national television further proves the lack of character and integrity of this disgruntled former White House employee," Sanders said.

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CNN reported that electronic devices such as cellphones are not allowed in the Situation Room.

White House officials are exploring "legal options" to prevent Newman from sharing more audio, ABC News reported Sunday evening.

The Associated Press contributed to these reports

Cause of death for Charlotte Rae, of ‘Diff’rent Strokes,’ ‘Facts Of Life,’ revealed

The cause of death for actress Charlotte Rae, who died last week at age 92, has been revealed.

According to a death certificate for Rae obtained by TMZ, the woman who is best known for playing Mrs. Garrett on sitcoms “Diff’rent Strokes” and “The Facts of Life” died of cardiac arrest.

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Other contributing factors are listed as metabolic acidosis -- a condition in which too much acid collects in the body -- and carcinoma of the right parotid gland, or salivary gland.

Related: Charlotte Rae, ‘Diff’rent Strokes,’ ‘Facts of Life’ house mother, dead at 92

Rae was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2017. She died in her home in Los Angeles, and former co-stars mourned her loss on social media.

21 Savage provides free school supplies to over 2,500 students

More than 2,500 people lined up in the Georgia heat last week to share in the generosity of 21 Savage.

>> Man shot at back-to-school event attended by rapper 21 Savage

The Atlanta rapper hosted his third annual “Issa Back 2 School Drive” on Aug. 5 to benefit students from DeKalb County Schools. The event, which last year attracted about 700 people, outfitted students in grades K-12 with backpacks, shoes, uniforms and school supplies.

Kids and their families snaked along the sidewalk of the 285 Flea Mart off Glenwood Road in a shopping center the lanky “Whole Lot” rapper, 25, said he used to hang around as a teen. Many of the beneficiaries also received free haircuts and food from tents stationed in the parking lot.

It was a scene that made 21 Savage quietly proud.

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“I might rap about a lot of stuff, but that’s just a reflection of what I’ve been through,” he said while seated in his manager’s truck a few feet away from the throng of fans. “In real life, everything I do, I want to bring everybody together. I want to give back to the community, help the kids, get them uniforms, books, book bags, everything they need ... just do better. That’s where it starts, the kids.”

U.S. Rep. Henry "Hank" Johnson, D-Georgia, and his wife, DeKalb County Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson, also attended to check out the scene.

>> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news 

The event and supplies were funded by 21 Savage and his Leading By Example Foundation. Other sponsors included City National Bank, Spotify, Epic Records and 10:22 p.m. Records.

During a recent appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” 21 Savage launched a “Bank Account” campaign to help young adults learn financial responsibility and donated $1,000 to 21 kids in partnership with the nonprofit organization Get Schooled.

Read more here.

Actress Jennifer Garner, daughter rescued from shipping channel while kayaking in Sweden

Actress Jennifer Garner took to Instagram this week to poke fun at herself after she got lost while kayaking in Sweden.

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Garner and her 12-year-old daughter, Violet, took to the waters while vacationing in Stockholm when something went wrong. Garner admitted they ended up in a shipping lane and had to be rescued.

“On a pre-middle-school sneak away with my eldest… Did I get us lost in a kayak? Yes. Did we paddle as hard as we could for 100 hours and end up in a shipping lane? I’m afraid so,” Garner wrote in a post on Instagram on Monday that showed the pair kayaking in silhouette as the sun set behind them.

>> Related: Single mother, actress Jennifer Garner says she "would not have chosen this life"“Did we have to be rescued? Yup,” she said. Garner also praised her daughter, saying Violet never complained about the unusual adventure.

>> Related: Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Garner, Kate Winslet all stayed in this Atlanta estate

The 46-year-old actress has starred in hit film such as “Pearl Harbor” and “Miracles from Heaven.” She has three children with ex-husband, actor Ben Affleck, whom she divorced in 2015.

Lindsay Lohan says women speaking out about sexual misconduct ‘makes them look weak’

Lindsay Lohan is being criticized for comments she made about women who speak out against sexual misconduct.

Lohan, who is filming a reality TV show in Greece tentatively titled “Lohan Beach Club,” did an interview with British paper The Times, which was published Saturday. 

People reported that the 32-year-old actor spoke about tabloids, pressures she faced as a young successful actress and her own on-set experiences in the industry. 

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But it’s Lohan’s comments about the #MeToo movement that are getting the most attention, according to CNN.

“I don’t really have anything to say,” Lohan told The Times. “I can’t speak on something I didn't live, right? Look, I am very supportive of women. Everyone goes through their own experiences in their own ways.”

Related: Lindsay Lohan defends Harvey Weinstein, says she feels ‘very bad’ for him

Lohan still spoke about it, however, saying that women who do speak out look weak, and that they should take action when sexual misconduct happens, and not wait to make allegations.

“If it happens at that moment, you discuss it at that moment. You make it a real thing by making it a police report. I’m going to really hate myself for saying this, but I think by women speaking against all these things, it makes them look weak when they are very strong women. You have these girls who come out, who don’t even know who they are, who do it for the attention. That is taking away from the fact that it happened.”

The comments did not sit well with many.

Although she said she never lived the experience other women had in reporting abuse, Lohan cited her own experience reporting a fight between herself and an ex-fiance, saying “the best revenge is success.” according to Vox.

In a since-deleted video posted on Instagram Stories, Lohan has previously defended movie executive Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual abuse and misconduct by multiple women. 

“I feel very bad for Harvey Weinstein right now. I don’t think it’s right what’s going on,” she said in a video.

“I think Georgina (Chapman) needs to take a stand and be there for her husband,” Lohan said of Weinstein’s ex wife, who had filed for divorce. “He’s never harmed me or did anything to me. We’ve done several movies together. I think everyone needs to stop. I think it’s wrong. So, stand up.”

Brad Pitt fires back at Angelina Jolie’s child support claims in new court filing

UPDATE, 4:30 p.m. EDT Aug 8: 

Brad Pitt said in court documents Wednesday that he has given over $8 million to estranged wife, Angelina Jolie, after their separation over two years ago, according to The Associated Press.

The two-page document filed in Los Angeles Superior Court states that Pitt “adamantly disputes the contention that he has not paid significant child support.”

The document also stated he loaned Jolie $8 million to buy her current home, and has paid over $1.3 million in bills for the benefit of Jolie and their six children.

ORIGINAL STORY, 4:00 p.m. EDT Aug. 7:

Documents filed in in Los Angeles Superior Court Tuesday claim that actor Brad Pitt has not paid “meaningful” child support to estranged wife Angelina Jolie in over a year.

NBC News reported that the documents, the latest development in the year-and-a-half-long divorce, indicate that Jolie is seeking a court order on this issue.

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“(Pitt) has a duty to pay child support. As of present, (Pitt) has paid no meaningful child support since separation," Jolie's attorney, Samantha Bley DeJean, wrote in a two-page brief obtained by NBC News.

“Given the informal arrangements around the payment of the children’s expenses have not been regularly sustained by (Pitt) for over a year and a half, (Jolie) intends to file an RFO (request for a court order) for the establishment of a retroactive child support order.”

Related: Angelina Jolie files for divorce from Brad Pitt

According to NBC News, “meaningful child support” was not defined in the documents.

Jolie filed from divorce from Pitt in September 2016, citing irreconcilable differences. The two have six children together. They first met in 2003 and married in 2014 after years of dating.

Around the time of the divorce filing, reports claimed Pitt got into an altercation with one of the couple’s children. After an investigation from the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, Pitt was cleared of the allegations.

Related: Angelina Jolie talks about ‘difficult’ divorce from Brad Pitt

It’s not clear if Jolie and Pitt have an agreement for providing for their children.

An unnamed source told People that the filing “was just to move the process forward.”

“The filing today was only intended for the marriage to be dissolved, and before everything else can be dissolved, things have to be done by both parties, including financial disclosure and child support,” the source said. “The dissolution of the marriage will help everyone move forward and work together — as coparents, something they’re committed to. It’s up to the court to come up with a solution good for the kids.”

Related: Judge to Angelina Jolie: Give Brad Pitt more access to kids or risk losing custody

In June reports said a judge warned Jolie that she may lose custody of her kids if she did not give Pitt more access to them. The judge set up a schedule for Pitt to spend time with his children, except for the oldest, Maddox, who is of age to decide on his own how much time he would like to spend with his father.

People reported that the children are currently with Jolie in London as she films “Maleficent 2,” but reside in Los Angeles, where Pitt lives.

‘Catfish’ co-host announces he is leaving MTV reality show after 7 seasons

Max Joseph, co-host of MTV’s “Catfish,” announced Wednesday he is leaving the reality show after seven seasons.

In a Twitter statement, Joseph said he is going to focus on pursing his filmmaking career and the show will continue “going strong” without him.

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“The time has come, sadly, for me to move on from ‘Catfish.’ Working on this show for the last seven years has been one of the most meaningful experiences of my life,” Joseph tweeted. “For a while now I have been straddling two careers as TV host and filmmaker and, while this level of busy-ness is a dream come true, my life can no longer sustain it.”

Joseph directed and co-wrote the 2015 movie “We Are Your Friends” starring Zac Efron. He has also written and directed several short films.

Co-host Nev Schulman confirmed the news through his Twitter account.

The “Catfish” series follows Schulman and Joseph as they help people find the true identities of people they are dating online.

Some of the love interests turn out to be who they say they are, while others are called out for lying about who they are.

Joseph's last episode of “Catfish” will air Aug. 22.

Carrie Underwood announces she’s pregnant with baby No. 2

Carrie Underwood and her husband, Mike Fisher, have a good reason her “Cry Pretty” 360 tour will not begin until next year. The superstar couple announced on Instagram in a series of videos Wednesday morning that Underwood is pregnant with baby number 2. 

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The couple has one son, Isaiah, who was born in Feb. 2015, The Boot reported.

Fisher and Underwood married in July 2010. 

“Mike and Isaiah and I are absolutely over the moon and excited to be adding another little fish to our pond,” Underwood said in the video.

Related: Photos: Carrie Underwood through the years

Recently, the singer came under fire after she made comments in Redbook that she was worried about having more children naturally since she is 35 years old. 

In the interview, she said, “I’m 35, so we may have missed our chance to have a big family. We always talk about adoption and about doing it when our child or children are a little older.” 

Parents took to Facebook to speak out about her comment about her age. One said, “I’m 38 and just had a baby...She’s being ridiculous,” Us Weekly reported

Underwood’s “Cry Pretty” album drops next month. But the tour won’t start until May 2019, Underwood announced in the video. Tickets go on sale Aug. 17, and you get a copy of the album.

The tour will stop in cities all over North America, like Pittsburgh, Boston, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Memphis, Tulsa and New York City. For more information on the “Cry Pretty” tour, click here.

Singer Tamar Braxton said she was ‘targeted’ after confrontation with Delta pilot

Singer Tamar Braxton is speaking out for the first time about an “unfortunate” exchange she said she had with a Delta Air Lines employee earlier this year.

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During an interview with TMZ, the singer discussed her interaction with a pilot, who reprimanded her on a flight last month. She said she was “targeted.”

The star’s sister Towanda Braxton, who captured the moment on video, said she was ridiculed due to her race. However, Tamar Braxton believes her television persona may have been a factor. 

“Because of what people perceived on television is why I was targeted in the first place, and that wasn’t really fair because I did nothing but sit in my seat and put my seat belt on and try to get home to my son,” Tamar Braxton said. “I was targeted because of how someone felt I acted on television.”

>> Related: Singer Tamar Braxton on shaving her head

Although the songstress said she filed a police report, she is not blaming the entire corporation.

“It’s not even the company,” she continued. “Sometimes you just got to get rid of the bad people. It doesn’t mean the company is bad.”

Towanda Braxton uploaded a clip of the pilot speaking to Tamar Braxton to her Instagram July 26.

“Here’s how this works, my flight attendants work for me. They give orders that come from me, OK? And so if you get an instruction from a flight attendant, I need to know that you are willing and able to do what you are told to do,” the pilot said. “Are you willing and able to do what you’re told to do by a flight attendant? Don’t ask me any questions. Answer yes or no.”

When the “Love and War” artist replied, “yes,” the pilot walked away abruptly.

Delta later issued a statement to People

>> Realted: TMZ: 'Braxton Family Values' on hiatus

“It’s crucial for the safety of every flight for customers to be willing and able to follow crew instructions,” the airline said. “When these customers exhibited some unusual behavior and refused to acknowledge our flight attendant’s instructions, the captain addressed them directly to ensure the safety and security of the entire flight.”

CNN’s Don Lemon pushes back against Trump calling him ‘dumbest man on television’

CNN anchor Don Lemon lashed out Monday night at Donald Trump after the president called him “the dumbest man on television” in a tweet Friday night.

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Lemon aired an interview with basketball great LeBron James on the opening of a new school for 240 at-risk third and fourth graders. 

When asked about the president, James said he’d never sit down with Trump, but wouldn’t mind doing so with Barack Obama. Trump, James said, is “trying to divide us.” 

Lemon noted that, while Trump has insulted the intelligence of white people, especially women, he said the president seems to target black men and women more often. Trump has also targeted California Congresswoman Maxine Waters, describing her as a “low-IQ individual.” 

“Referring to African-Americans as dumb is one of the oldest canards of America’s racist past and present, that black people are of inferior intelligence,” Lemon said. 

>> Trending: Child actor Shaun Weiss arrested for public intoxication; stunning mug shot concerns fans

“Let me not mince words here,” he said. “This president traffics in racism. And is fueled by bullying.” 

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