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Trump blasts ‘clubhouse politician’ judge after being fined $350M, defends company

EXCLUSIVE: Former President Trump blasted “clubhouse politician” Judge Arthur Engoron Friday after he barred him from operating his business in New York for three years and fined him more than $350 million, defending the “great company” he built and telling Fox News Digital that the ruling is yet another example of Democrats “trying to stop” him, but that “they will not be successful.”

Engoron handed down his ruling Friday after a months-long civil fraud trial beginning in October and stemming from New York Attorney General Letitia James’ lawsuit alleging the former president inflated his assets and committed fraud. 

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Trump spoke exclusively to Fox News Digital shortly after Engoron’s ruling was made public Friday afternoon. 

“A crooked New York judge working with the very corrupt attorney general of New York State, who ran on the basis of ‘I will get trump’ before knowing me — before even knowing anything about me — just ruled that I have to pay a fine of $355 million based on absolutely nothing,” Trump told Fox News Digital. “No victims. No damages. Great financial statements, with full disclaimer clauses, only success.” 

Trump told Fox News Digital that the “banks and insurance companies were thrilled — they made nothing but money. No defaults, no nothing at a time when many banks are losing money.” 

“This is a witch hunt where the judge ruled against me before he even saw the case,” Trump said, noting that Engoron “strongly stated that said Mar-a-Lago was worth $18 million- when it is worth anywhere from 50 to 100 times more than that.” 

In September, Engoron ruled that Trump and the Trump Organization had committed fraud while building a real estate empire by deceiving banks, insurers and others by overvaluing his assets and exaggerating his net worth on paperwork used in making deals and securing financing.

Trump also said Engoron has “already been overturned on this case four times — a record.” 

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Trump was referring to the New York State Appellate Division ruling. 

“I built a great company and now this whacked out clubhouse politician judge bars me for three years,” Trump said, adding that the case “should have gone to the commercial division,” but said Engoron “wouldn’t allow it to happen.” 

Trump told Fox News Digital that Engoron “is a political hack working in conjunction with a crooked attorney general in the greatest case of election interference anyone has ever seen in this country.” 

In Engoron’s 92-page ruling, he criticized Trump and his testimony during trial, saying that he “rarely responded to the questions asked, and he frequently interjected long, irrelevant speeches on issues far beyond the scope of the trial.” 

“His refusal to answer the questions directly, or in some cases, at all, severely compromised his credibility,” Engoron wrote. 

When asked for reaction, Trump told Fox News Digital: “I answered the questions very directly and the financial statements speak for themselves — they are fantastic financial statements.” 

“He is just a clubhouse politician,” Trump said. “This country is becoming worse than Russia ever was.” 

“They are doing this because I am beating Biden in the polls by so much,” Trump told Fox News Digital. “They are trying to stop me, but they will not be successful.” 

He added: “I’m fighting for America. I’m fighting for the people.” 

Trump told Fox News Digital that he has “already won most of the appeal” at the New York State Appellate Division, saying Engoron has “refused to recognize after four losses there already,” but vowed to “appeal the rest of the decision also.” 

Engoron ruled that Trump and defendants were liable for “persistent and repeated fraud,” “falsifying business records,” “issuing false financial statements,” “conspiracy to falsify false financial statements,” “insurance fraud,” and “conspiracy to commit insurance fraud.” 

The judge also barred Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump from serving as an officer or director of any New York corporation or legal entity in New York for two years. 

Engoron also “permanently” barred defendants Allen Weisselberg, the former chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, and the ormer corporate controller Jeffrey McConney from “serving in the financial control function of any New York corporation or similar business entity registered and/or licensed in New York State,” and as a director of any New York corporation or other legal entity in New York for three years. 

New York Attorney General Letitia James brought the lawsuit accusing Trump and the Trump Organization of fraudulent business practices. The court proceedings were contentious, with Engoron repeatedly placing Trump under a partial gag order to prevent him from criticizing court staff.

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James had sought $370 million, plus 9% interest in penalties from Trump. Any awarded funds would go to the New York State Treasury, unless directed elsewhere by the state comptroller.

Trump’s legal team also repeatedly blasted the lack of a jury in the trial.

“There was never an option to choose a jury trial,” a Trump spokesperson told Fox News Digital last month. “It is unfortunate that a jury won’t be able to hear how absurd the merits of this case are and conclude no wrongdoing ever happened.”

Trump and his family denied any wrongdoing, with the former president saying his assets had been undervalued. Trump’s legal team insisted that his financial statements had disclaimers, and made it clear to banks that they should conduct their own assessments.

Trump has said his financial statements were “perfect,” and stressed that the bank loans were repaid and are “as happy as can be.”  

Throughout the trial, Trump attorneys brought witnesses, including former Deutsche Bank top executives, who testified the banks sought additional business from Trump, whom they viewed as a “whale of a client.”

Trump’s defense also brought in expert witnesses, including New York University accounting professor Eli Bartov, who reviewed the Trump financial statements at issue in the case and said he found no evidence of accounting fraud.

Bartov testified last month that Trump’s financial statements did not violate accounting principles, and he suggested that anything problematic — like a huge year-to-year leap in the estimated value of his Trump Tower penthouse — was simply an error.

“My main finding is that there is no evidence whatsoever of any accounting fraud,” Bartov testified. Trump’s financial statements, he said, “were not materially misstated.”

James’ office had requested that Engoron ban Trump, his sons and the other defendants from applying for loans in New York for five years, in addition to blocking the Trump Organization from handling any real estate business for the same period.

Trump and his team have pointed to James’ comments to supporters as she ran for her position.

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“We’re definitely gonna sue him, we’re gonna be a real pain in the a–,” James once told a supporter on video.

James also once said Trump was an “existential threat,” and said “the No. 1 issue in this country is defeating Donald Trump.”

“Nothing else matters,” James said.

Sinema burned through taxpayer cash on private jets — but didn’t hold single town hall

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema spent over $200,000 on taxpayer-funded private flights since 2020 despite previously backing legislation to “hold Congress accountable” for luxury air travel. During this time, however, the independent Arizona senator did not hold a single public town hall with constituents.

Sinema has faced scrutiny over the use of the money from her Senate office budget on private air travel for her and her team members, including $116,000 in 2023 alone, according to past reports and figures verified by Fox News Digital. 

The senator’s spokesperson defended the taxpayer-backed trips by saying that the funds had been used to maximize her time with constituents in her state.

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“Arizonans know it can take hours to get from Prescott to Yuma,” the spokesperson told the Arizona Republic in a written statement. “Senator Sinema maximizes her time in Arizona to connect with as many constituents in every corner of the state as possible.”

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Although the spokesperson said the private flights had been used to “connect with as many constituents” as possible, Sinema did not hold a single town hall open to the public as she burned through taxpayer cash on air travel.

Sinema has participated in some tele-town halls over the years, but according to her website, the only in-person visit was to Honeywell in 2022, a group that has donated $75,000 to the senator’s Get Stuff Done PAC. 

That town hall, however, was only open to employees of the company and closed to the public. 

Rep. Ruben Gallego, an Arizona Democrat running for Sinema’s seat in 2024, has hit the senator several times for her lack of town halls. On April 1st, commonly known as April Fools’ Day, Gallego posted a pretend flyer for what appeared to be a Sinema town hall.

“Glad to see Kyrsten Sinema finally holding a town hall in Arizona,” the Democrat posted on X. “Arizonans deserve a senator who will meet with them.”

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Sinema used the taxpayer cash on private flights despite previously supporting legislation to hold Congress accountable for luxury travel.

In 2017, she openly supported the No Ongoing Perks Enrichment (NOPE) Act, which sought “to prohibit the use of funds provided for the official travel expenses of Members of Congress and other officers and employees of the legislative branch for first-class airline accommodations.”

Sinema has not said if she will seek re-election in 2024, as candidates on both sides of the aisle line up to battle for her seat this fall.

Sinema did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment. 

Social media erupts after Biden’s ‘bizarre’ comment about House taking 2-week ‘vacation’

President Biden excoriated the House of Representatives on Friday for taking a two-week recess, which he referred to as a “vacation,” despite facing criticism himself for the number of vacations he has taken during his presidency.

“No, but it’s about time they step up, don’t you think?” Biden told a reporter on Friday when asked whether there is anything he can do to get more ammunition to Ukraine without Congress.

“Instead of going on a two-week vacation. Two weeks, walking away. Two weeks? What are they thinking? My God, this is bizarre, and its just reinforcing, and it’s just reinforcing all the concern and, and almost I won’t say panic, but real concern about the United States being a reliable ally. This is outrageous.”

Biden, who has been heavily criticized by conservatives for the amount of time he has spent on vacation at his Delaware beach house over the years, faced backlash online from conservatives over his Friday comment. 

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“Wait — Biden, the man who has spent more of his term on vacation than working and has been MIA on vacay during nearly every major event of the past years — is mad that the House is out for two weeks?” Conservative author and commentator Dana Loesch posted on X.

“In a related story, Biden will be taking another long weekend at the beach and has spent 40% of his presidency on vacation,” Fox News contributor Joe Concha posted on X. 

“REALITY CHECK: Joe Biden has spent 40% of his presidency on vacation,” GOP strategist Steve Guest posted on X. 

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According to a New York Post report last fall, Biden is on pace to spend about 40% of his presidency on vacation, compared to former President Trump who spent 26% of his time outside Washington, D.C., and Obama’s 11%.

Biden was home in Delaware during several tumultuous moments, including the early days of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and during the first discovery of Chinese spy balloons over the United States.

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The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.

Biden has been chiding GOP leadership in the House over the last few days to pass a $95 billion national security supplemental package to assist Ukraine, Israel and the Indo-Pacific that recently passed in the Senate by a vote of 70-29.

“The Republican-led House will not be jammed or forced into passing a foreign aid bill,” Johnson said at a press conference afterward.

Johnson, who rejected a border-security compromise that was eventually stripped from the final product, said the Senate’s package “does nothing” to secure the U.S.-Mexico border, which has been the GOP’s priority.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

Tiger Woods abruptly withdraws from tournament, ambulance spotted at course

Tiger Woods’ return to the PGA Tour was short-lived and scary.

The 48-year-old was back on the course Thursday for an official event for the first time since the Masters in April.

On Friday, though, he called it quits.

Woods was playing at the Genesis Invitational, a tournament he hosts, at Rivieria, but withdrew during the second round due to illness.

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Rob McNamara, Woods’ longtime business partner, confirmed that Woods was “feeling some flu-like symptoms,” via Barstool Sports.

“Woke up this morning, they were worse than the night previous. He had a little bit of a fever and that, and was better during the warm-up, but then when he got out there and was walking and playing, he started feeling dizzy.”

Doctors said he has “potentially some flu stuff,” and he was given an IV, “reversing” his symptoms.

McNamara added that the withdraw was “not physical at all.”

“His back’s fine. It was all medical,” he said.

An ambulance and at least one fire truck were spotted outside the Riviera clubhouse, and it was speculated that it was for Woods. However, the ambulance left the golf course with no one loaded into it, according to several people at the course.

Woods turned the clock back a bit with his outfit, repping his new “Sun Day Red” brand. He was wearing a shirt design that closely resembled the one he wore in his PGA Tour debut at Riviera in 1992. 

But it’s now 2024, and it’s becoming increasingly more difficult for Woods to compete.

Since his car accident in 2021, he has appeared in six PGA Tour events, and he has withdrawn three times and missed one cut. But, this is a good sign that it does not appear to be a physical ailment holding Woods back.

Ahead of the tournament, Woods said he was at the course to win, but he was visibly uncomfortable throughout the day.

Woods was outside the projected cut line of even par with a 2-over when he withdrew. He started his day with a birdie on the par-5 first but bogeyed two of his final three holes before hanging up the bag after the sixth hole. He even teed off on seven but couldn’t go anymore.

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Woods was then taken to the clubhouse in a golf cart. Sky Sports says Woods’ stomach was bothering him.

The 15-time major champion grinded through his first round, shooting even par through 17 holes before a dreaded shank ended his day with a bogey on 18.

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Woods said that his back was “spazzing” on the final holes of his first round, which led to the shank.

At the time of publication, Patrick Cantlay’s 11-under led the tournament by three strokes.

Paul McCartney’s guitar returned to him after it was stolen more than 50 years ago

Paul McCartney’s original bass guitar, which the legendary musician used in The Beatles’ early years, has been found and returned after it was stolen more than five decades ago.

The 81-year-old singer-songwriter was reunited with the left-handed Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass after its manufacturer and a husband-and-wife team of journalists embarked on a search for the missing instrument in 2018 that later became a crowdsourcing campaign called The Lost Bass Project. 

A statement shared Wednesday on McCartney’s website confirmed that the guitar had been discovered and returned to its original owner.

“Following the launch of last year’s Lost Bass project, Paul’s 1961 Höfner 500/1 bass guitar, which was stolen in 1972, has been returned. The guitar has been authenticated by Höfner and Paul is incredibly grateful to all those involved,” the statement read.

Originally purchased by McCartney in 1961 for $37, the guitar is now estimated to be worth $12.6 million, according to The Associated Press. 

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The guitar was McCartney’s primary instrument when The Beatles were first getting their start with a series of residencies in Hamburg, Germany. McCartney played the instrument on The Beatles’ first two albums, and it was featured on hits such as “Love Me Do,” “Twist and Shout” and “She Loves You.”

“Because I was left-handed, it looked less daft because it was symmetrical,” McCartney once said, per the AP. “I got into that. And once I bought it, I fell in love with it.”

The guitar was originally believed to have been stolen during the iconic band’s recording sessions for their final album, “Let It Be,” in 1969. 

McCartney had asked Höfner to help find the missing instrument that helped launch Beatlemania across the universe, Scott Jones, a journalist who teamed up with Höfner executive Nick Wass to track it down, said Friday.

“Paul said to me, ‘Hey, because you’re from Höfner, couldn’t you help find my bass?’” Wass said, per the AP. “And that’s what sparked this great hunt. Sitting there, seeing what the lost bass means to Paul, I was determined to solve the mystery.”

The Lost Bass Project was originally launched in 2018, but the investigation eventually stalled. However, in 2022, Jones and his wife Naomi teamed with Wass to help the search gain more media attention and enlist the public’s assistance.

After The Lost Bass Project was relaunched last fall, the group received 600 emails within 48 hours that contained the “little gems that led us to where we are today,” Jones told the AP.

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Sound engineer Ian Horne, who had worked with McCartney’s band Wings, contacted The Lost Bass Project and revealed that the bass had been stolen from the back of his van in London’s Notting Hill neighborhood in 1972.

“I knew it was Paul’s original Höfner bass that had been stolen, and I knew what it meant to him,” Horne wrote in an email, according to The Lost Bass Project via CBS. 

“Trevor [Jones, McCartney’s other sound engineer at the time] and I did all we could to find it, but it was gone. Eventually, we had to go to Paul’s house in Cavendish Avenue and tell him that the gear had been stolen from the back of the truck. We went into the room and told Paul. He told us not to worry, and we kept our jobs. He’s a good man, Paul. I worked for him for six years after the bass went missing. But I’ve carried the guilt all my life.”

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The Lost Bass Project published the update in the search on their website and received an email from an individual who revealed that their father had stolen the bass. The man didn’t set out to steal McCartney’s instrument and panicked when he realized what he had, Jones said.

The thief, who was not named, later sold it to Ron Guest, landlord of the Admiral Blake pub, in exchange for a few pounds and some beers. Guest’s family learned of the search and his daughter-in-law Cathy Guest contacted McCartney’s studio.

Cathy said that the instrument that had been stored in her attic for years looked like McCarthy’s missing bass.

The guitar had been passed from Ron Guest to his oldest son, who died in a car accident, and then to a younger son, Haydn Guest, who was married to Cathy and died in 2020.

The bass was returned to McCartney in December, and it was authenticated about two months later.

The estimated value of the instrument is based on the fact that a Gibson acoustic guitar Kurt Cobain played on “MTV Unplugged” sold for $6 million, Jones said. But it held almost no value during the past half century.

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“The thief couldn’t sell it,” Jones said. “Clearly, the Guest family never tried to sell it. It’s a red alert because the minute you come forward someone’s going to go, ‘That’s Paul McCartney’s guitar.’”

“It is perhaps the most iconic lost musical instrument of all time. Now it is back with the man who bought it all those years ago. Finally the bass is back where it belongs,” The Lost Bass Project wrote.

“We thought we would never see it again. But we have!,” they added.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Professor says ‘all hell broke loose’ after he published results of study about racial bias

A Harvard professor said that “all hell broke loose” and he was forced to go out in public with armed security after he published a study that found no evidence of racial bias in police shootings.  

During a sit-down conversation with Bari Weiss of The Free Press, Harvard Economics Professor Roland Fryer discussed the fallout from a 2016 study he published on racial bias in Houston policing.

The study found that police were more than twice as likely to manhandle, beat or use some other kind of nonfatal force against blacks and Hispanics than against people of other races. However, the data also determined that officers were 23.8 percent less likely to shoot at blacks and 8.5 percent less likely to shoot at Hispanics than they were to shoot at whites.

When Fryer claimed the data showed “no racial differences in officer-involved shootings,” he said, “all hell broke loose,” and his life was upended.

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Fryer received the first of many complaints and threats four minutes after publication.

“You’re full of s—t,” the sender said.

Fryer said people quickly “lost their minds” and some of his colleagues refused to believe the results after months of asking him not to print the data.

“I had colleagues take me to the side and say, ‘Don’t publish this. You’ll ruin your career,'” Fryer revealed.

The world-renowned economist knew from comments by faculty that he was likely to garner backlash. Fryer admitted that he anticipated the results of the study would be different and would confirm suspicions of racial bias against minorities. When the results found no racial bias, Fryer hired eight new assistants and redid the study. The data came back the same.

After the report was published, Fryer lived under police protection for over a month. He had a seven-day-old daughter at the time and went shopping for diapers.

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“I was going to the grocery store to get diapers with the armed guard. It was crazy. It was really, truly crazy,” he said.

Fryer, who became the youngest tenured Black professor at Harvard at age 30, was suspended for two years from the university in 2019 after he allegedly engaged in “unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. He continues to deny the allegations.

At the time, then-Harvard dean Claudine Gay claimed Fryer’s research and conduct with other employees “exhibited a pattern of behavior” that failed to meet expectations within the community.

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“The totality of these behaviors is a clear violation of institutional norms and a betrayal of the trust,” she said.

Gay resigned from her position as Harvard president in early January after widespread plagiarism allegations and criticism of her testimony to Congress, where she failed to fully clarify whether calling for the genocide of Jews violates Harvard’s policies against bullying and harassment.

Weiss, referencing Gay in her conversation with Fryer, asked him if he believes in karma.

“I hear it’s a motherf—er,” he replied.

Harvard did not return Fox News Digital’s request for comment, 

Florida woman vanishes overseas as troubling signs begin to emerge

A Florida woman, who took haven in Madrid, Spain amid her tumultuous divorce, has disappeared under mysterious circumstance, authorities said.

In December, 40-year-old Ana Maria Knezevic moved into a Madrid, Spain apartment for a brief escape during her contentious divorce with her Serbian husband.

At the beginning of February, authorities said that Knezevic mysteriously disappeared from her apartment rental in Spain.

Shortly after her sudden vanishing act, authorities said that a man, his identity obscured by a motorcycle helmet, was captured on grainy footage disabling the security cameras at Knezevic’s apartment.

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The motorcyclist allegedly used spray-painted over the lenses.

The very next day, a series of suspicious text messages were sent from Knezevic’s cell phone to two of her closest friends.

The messages were sent in both English and Spanish, her friend Sanna Rameau told the Associated Press.

The messages claimed that Kenzevic was pulled into a whirlwind romance and had decided to run away with her new boyfriend.

“I met someone wonderful!! He has a summer house 2H (hours) from Madrid,” the messages read. “We are going there now and I will spend a few days there. Signal is spotty. I’ll call you when I get back.”

That was followed a minute later by a second text: “Yesterday after therapy I needed a walk, and he approached me on the street! Amazing connection. Like I never had.”

Rameau claimed that her 40-year-old friend would never run away with a man she had just met.

“She wouldn’t do this … it is very unsafe and crazy behavior. She wouldn’t do that. She wouldn’t do that,” Rameau said.

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Rameau said that the texts were not written unemotional and flat – not like their friend’s typical texting style.

“It just didn’t make sense,” Rameau said.

Knezevic and her husband, David, had been married for 13 years before the unhappy couple decided to split.

The couple owns a Fort Lauderdale, Florida business named EOX Technology Solutions Inc.

Records showed that they also owned a home and two other Fort Lauderdale properties, one which is currently under foreclosure.

Ana’s brother, Juan Henao, called the divorce “nasty” in an interview with a Fort Lauderdale detective.

“There is a substantial amount of money on the line to be split up between the two and David is not happy about it,” Henao said.

David Knezevic’s current whereabouts are unknown.

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Rameau said Knezevich never mentioned fearing her husband or that he was abusive.

“She never said to me that she felt in danger,” said Rameau.

Police in Madrid and Fort Lauderdale were notified of Kenzevic’s disappearance and have launched investigations.

Spain’s Missing Persons Association has posted Knezevic’s photograph around the nation’s capital, but has not received any responses, spokesperson Joaquin Amills said.

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The U.S. State Department and Madrid police did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Jennifer Lopez sends blunt warning to anyone who dares to flirt with Ben Affleck

Jennifer Lopez wants Ben Affleck all to herself.

During a recent appearance on “Today with Hoda & Jenna,” the singer played a game called “This Is Me… Now or Then,” in which Lopez would be given a prompt and decide whether it applied to who she is today or who she was in the past.

One of the prompts host Hoda Kotb brought up was “gets jealous if someone hits on your significant other.” Lopez immediately held up the paddle saying “now,” while giving the camera a look, implying it was the obvious answer. 

“Don’t play with me. Do not play with me,” she added before saying, “First of all, I’m a lover, not a fighter, but I will let them know in a very elegant and lady-like way to step all the way off.”

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The “Dance Again” singer was on the show to promote her new movie, “This Is Me… Now.” The movie musical tells the fictional version of real-life events which led Lopez to write her new album, also called “This Is Me… Now,” which is a response to her 2002 album, “This Is Me… Then.”

Her character in the movie is a hopeless romantic who thinks she has found love with each new boyfriend, only to have her heart broken each time. Lopez shared that Affleck inspired her to pursue both the film and the album.

“I was like, ‘I don’t write, I don’t do this.’ He was like, ‘You do, you write, you direct, you produce, you choreograph, you do all the things. Start stepping into that, start owning a little bit of who you are,’” she told People in February.

While Lopez has appeared in a number of films in recent years, including “Marry Me,” “Shotgun Wedding” and “The Mother,” she hadn’t released an album in 10 years. 

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In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Lopez admitted she “hadn’t been inspired to really go into the studio and write a whole album” in a number of years.

“So, to actually get inspiration was the kind of gift, the exciting thing, and wanting to go in there. And yes, I was nervous at first, but I went in there on the first day and I said, ‘This is the mission,’” she told the outlet. “We made ‘This Is Me… Then’ 20 years ago, and we’re going to make ‘This Is Me… Now.’ This miracle has happened, a second chance. And I’d love to capture this moment in time the way that album captured that moment in time.”

Most recently, Lopez starred in a Super Bowl commercial for Dunkin’ Donuts, along with Affleck, Matt Damon, former NFL great Tom Brady and rapper Fat Joe.

In an earlier moment of the interview, Kotb asked Lopez if she expected the overwhelmingly positive response the commercial received from fans.

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“No… I know that everything [Ben] does is great … because he’s a brilliant director and writer … when he came up with the whole thing it was … hilarious,” she responded. “Matt [Damon] was amazing, and Tom [Brady] being in it, the fact they were all forming a boy band was so hilarious.”

The couple first met and began dating in 2002 when they were filming the romantic comedy “Gigli,” quickly getting engaged, before breaking up in 2004. Affleck went on to marry actress Jennifer Garner, while Lopez would marry singer Marc Anthony and was later engaged to former MLB star Alex Rodriguez.

Once they were both single again, Affleck and Lopez sparked romance rumors in April 2021. They confirmed their relationship in June 2021, when they were photographed kissing at a restaurant in Malibu, California. Affleck popped the question in April 2022, and the two were finally married later that year. 

Judge sets bail for one illegal migrant accused in NYPD attack at $1 despite DA pledge

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office sought high bail for a group of illegal immigrants accused of attacking two NYPD officers near Times Square last month after their initial no-bail release caused a national uproar.

The suspects each pleaded not guilty at their arraignment on a superseding indictment Friday morning. Despite the prosecution’s change in stance, one suspected Venezuelan gang member who was ordered to leave the country last year had his bail set at $1.

However – it is not expected to be paid. The move allows him to avoid deportation while in custody.

First up, the judge set $100,000 bail or $250,000 bond for Yorman Reveron, 24, one of four no-bailed suspects believed to have skipped town after his release. 

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Prosecutors asked for further investigation into the release of Yohenry Brito, another 24-year-old whose $15,000 bail was posted earlier this week by an unknown source. His defense attorney claimed that the cash had come from a bail-fund group of “well-meaning people.” The judge noted he has four criminal cases after being in the U.S. for just eight months and sent him back to jail.

Kelvin Servita-Arocha, 19, is one of two suspects captured by Immigration and Customs Enforcement with ties to the Venezuelan criminal organization, Tren de Aragua, or TdA.

He is accused of kicking a radio away from police during the assault and had initially been released without bail. The defense asked for $1 bail. Prosecutors requested that he be remanded without bail. The judge is considering setting bail at $15,000 or $50,000 bond pending a motions hearing on April 2. He will remain in ICE custody until at least that date.

ICE CAPTURES 2 SUSPECTED VENEZUELAN GANG MEMBERS IN CONNECTION WITH NYPD ASSAULT

Wilson Omar Juarez-Aguilarte, 21, the other illegal immigrant and suspected TdA member now in ICE custody, was supposed to be deported a year ago.

Defense attorney Adrienne Edward, who is also representing the 15-year-old illegal immigrant charged in a midtown shooting, told the court that her client has a two-year-old child and has been sending money back to the mother in Venezuela.

The judge set his bail at $1 because the charges against him involved evidence tampering for allegedly swapping clothes after the fact with Brito and Reveron and not participating in the attack. He is not expected to pay it, and will instead avoid deportation while in custody on Rikers Island.

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The final suspect to appear Friday was Darwin Andres Gomez-Izquiel, a 19-year-old who has been in the U.S. for just five months.

Just two weeks after his release in the police-assault case, he was accused of stealing $600 worth of merchandise from a Macy’s store. 

The judge granted prosecutors’ request for $100,000 bail or $250,000 bond.

Bragg did not appear at the hearings.

Fox News’ David Hammelburg contributed to this report.