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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 1:00 am


Wax 'Diddy' decapitated at museum

Associated Press

Police say someone attacked a statue of Sean “Diddy” Combs at Madame Tussauds wax museum in New York, shoving the rap impresario's likeness so forcefully it lost its head.

Investigators were continuing Monday to look for a suspect in the strange episode Saturday night in which police say a man entered the museum near Times Square around 8:45 p.m., went to the statue and knocked it to the ground. The head fell off as the figure toppled.

Madame Tussauds New York says artists will fix the damage as quickly as possible. General Manager Tom Middleton notes that Madame Tussauds doesn't rope off its statues so “guests can interact respectfully” with them.

The Grammy-winning rapper and hip-hop mogul attended the statue's unveiling in 2009.

Eastman Award

Actress Julia Roberts will be this year's recipient of the George Eastman Award, given to honor contributions to the art of cinema.

The George Eastman Museum in Rochester will honor the “Pretty Woman” and “Steel Magnolias” actress on May 2.

Past recipients include Lauren Bacall, Charlie Chaplin, Gary Cooper and Meryl Streep.

Museum director Bruce Barnes cites the breadth of Roberts' career and roles over the past 30 years. She has earned a best actress Academy Award and three Golden Globes, along with more than a dozen other nominations.

The museum says it established the George Eastman Award in 1955 as the first retrospective award to honor film work of enduring artistic value.

Aiding Venezuela

Billionaire Richard Branson says that he hopes that the concert he's throwing to rally humanitarian aid for Venezuela will help draw global attention and saves lives by raising funds for “much-needed medical help.”

Branson told The Associated Press Monday that up to 300,000 people are expected to attend the Friday concert in Caracas.

It's being held in the Colombian border city, the staging point for foreign humanitarian aid that is being blocked by socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

Branson said he's spoken to Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido and hopes the concert will help break Maduro's blockade so the aid can reach Venezuelans suffering from shortages of food and medicine.

Venezuela's Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez on Monday announced a rival concert for Friday and Saturday.

Happy birthday

Today's celebrity birthdays: Singer Smokey Robinson is 79. Actor Michael Nader is 74. Guitarist Tony Iommi is 71. Actor Stephen Nichols is 68. Actor Jeff Daniels is 64. Talk-show host Lorianne Crook is 62. Actor Leslie David Baker is 61. Singer Seal is 56. Actress Jessica Tuck is 56. Actress Justine Bateman is 53. Actor Benicio Del Toro is 52. Actress Bellamy Young is 49. Singer-actress Haylie Duff is 34. Actress Victoria Justice is 26. Actor David Mazouz is 18. Actress Millie Bobby Brown is 15.