Under increasing fire from law enforcement groups, director Quentin Tarantino broke his silence and said his remarks condemning police brutality had been misrepresented to "demonize" him and deflect attention away from the issue.
"All cops are not murderers," Tarantino said in his first public response to the controversy. "I never said that. I never even implied that."
Police unions across the country, including ones representing officers in Los Angeles and Orange County, Calif., have called for a boycott of Tarantino's upcoming movie, "The Hateful Eight," following remarks the filmmaker made at an Oct. 24 rally in New York to call attention to those killed in police shootings.
"I'm a human being with a conscience," Tarantino said at the rally. "And when I see murder I cannot stand by. And I have to call the murdered the murdered and I have to call the murderers the murderers."
The threatened boycott could dim prospects for Tarantino's new film, which is set for a Christmas release.
Inquiry focuses on faux nurse
The investigation of a woman accused of posing as a nurse and giving hospice care to Bobbi Kristina Brown widened Wednesday as police sought more information about other patients she may have treated. The arrest of Taiwo Sobamowo, 32, was the latest offshoot following the death of the only daughter of singers Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston. The 22-year-old Brown died July 26, six months after she was found facedown and unresponsive in the bathtub of her townhouse. Duluth, Ga., police Capt. Mark Hunter said investigators want to hear from patients or friends and relatives of people treated by Sobamowo. Authorities say she impersonated a licensed nurse with a similar name.
Glad tidings: Good news, Harry Potter fans: J.K. Rowling says she is working on a new children's book. The boy wizard's creator told the BBC that she has not abandoned children's fiction, even though she is now busy writing detective novels under the pen name Robert Galbraith and working on a screenplay for the film adaptation of her book "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."
Funny mayor: Veteran stand-up comedian Drew Hastings won a second four-year term as mayor of Hillsboro, Ohio. Unofficial totals from Tuesday's election showed Hastings with 1,027 votes, or 59 percent. The 61-year-old Republican has appeared on Comedy Central and "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno.