Las Vegas artist sues

Grande over image

A Las Vegas artist is suing pop music star Ariana Grande, alleging federal copyright infringement over an image of a woman in a candle flame in the pop star's widely viewed "God is a Woman" music video.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday by attorneys for Vladimir Kush and his company Kush Fine Arts Las Vegas.

It calls the image in Grande's 2018 video nearly identical to paintings by Kush that he copyrighted in 1999 and 2000.

Kush seeks unspecified monetary damages and a court order to remove the video, which has been viewed almost 200 million times on YouTube.

 

Liam Neeson wanted to

kill after friend's rape

Liam Neeson has said he is ashamed to admit he had violent thoughts about killing a black person after learning that someone close to him had been raped.

In an interview published Monday, Neeson said that after being told the attacker was black, he "went up and down areas with a cosh [stick or truncheon]" hoping a black person "would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could kill him."

Many social media users expressed shock at his admission, accusing Neeson of racism.

The actor recounted the story to The Independent while promoting "Cold Pursuit," about a father who seeks violent revenge for his son's death. He said it happened some time ago.

Neeson, 66, called his reaction "horrible," saying it taught him a lesson about the "primal need" for revenge.

Neeson, who grew up in Northern Ireland during the decades of violence known as the Troubles, said: "I understand that need for revenge, but it just leads to more revenge, to more killing and more killing, and Northern Ireland's proof of that."