Nelly Lawsuit

FILE- In this March 13, 2015 file photo, rapper Nelly approaches the stage for a concert in Irbil, northern Iraq. A woman who alleges the rapper Nelly raped her on his tour bus after a performance in Seattle says he sexually assaulted two other women in England. Attorney Scott Rosenblum said Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 in an email that the allegations are “completely fabricated” and the lawsuit is a “money grab.” The amended complaint filed Jan. 22 in a Seattle court does not list the women by name. (AP Photo/Seivan M. Salim, File)

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Broadway star and five-time Tony Award nominee Jan Maxwell has died. She was 61.

Her husband, actor and playwright Robert Emmet Lunney, said she died Sunday at her Manhattan home following a long battle with cancer.

Maxwell received five Tony Award nominations over the course of her career, the first in 2005 for the musical “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.” She also was nominated for her work in “Coram Boy” in 2007, “Lend Me a Tenor” and “The Royal Family,” both in 2010, and “Follies” in 2012.

Nelly under criminal investigation in the UK for alleged sexual assault: Nelly is reportedly under criminal investigation in the UK for an alleged sexual assault on a woman who claims the rapper masturbated in front of her and tried to force oral sex after a concert in December.

Police in Essex, England, said they have opened an investigation into the Grammy-winning singer in the wake of claims first put forth last month in an amended lawsuit filed by a previous accuser, TMZ reports.

The woman, identified only as Jane Doe 2, alleged in the suit that she met Nelly at a meet-and-greet after a concert in Essex.

A prize for thrillers without female victims divides opinion: It’s a chilling cliche of thrillers that women often end up abducted, abused or dead.

London-based writer Bridget Lawless is so sick of the violence she has set up a book prize to reward crime novels “in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered.”

The Staunch Book Prize offers a $2,800 purse and is open to published and unpublished books alike.

The contest has some writers and readers cheering, but others say it could deter authors from tackling tough issues. Scottish crime writer Val McDermid says “not to write about it is to pretend it’s not happening.”

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle visit Scotland ahead of wedding: Prince Harry and fiancee Meghan Markle are continuing their pre-wedding tour of Britain with a trip to Scotland.

Hundreds of well-wishers greeted the couple Tuesday in a cold and windy Edinburgh, including one besotted man who implored Markle to choose him instead of the prince.

It was the couple’s fourth official engagement together as Harry introduces Markle to various parts of Britain.

What’s next for Uno? It’s Dos: Mattel is launching the new card game Dos next month in hopes of giving its nearly 50-year-old Uno brand a second life.

Dos has similar rules as Uno, except players make two piles of cards and can throw down two cards at a time instead of one.

It comes as Mattel tries to turn its business around, mainly by updating classic brands, such as Barbie dolls and Hot Wheels cars.

Dos will first be sold at Target in March and then roll out to other stores in August.

— From our wire services