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Parton will be honored at 2019 MusiCares

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Entertainer, actress, singer and songwriter Dolly Parton will be honored at the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute event next year.

The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that Parton will be the first artist from the Nashville music community honored at the annual MusiCares charity gala, which raises money for those in the musical community in times of financial, medical and personal need.

The tribute will be held in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, two days before the Grammy Awards. The eight-time Grammy-winner is being recognized for her music and her support of numerous causes through the Dollywood Foundation, including the Imagination Library, which has provided more than 100 million books to children.

Parton in a statement said she was excited and humbled by the honor.

Bill Cosby sued over unpaid legal fees

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former member of Bill Cosby’s defense team is suing the 81-year-old comedian for more than $50,000 in unpaid legal fees.

The civil claim for failure to pay for legal services rendered was filed Tuesday by Philadelphia-based law firm Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis. It did not include an exact amount the firm is seeking.

Firm attorney Samuel Silver had worked through February as part of Cosby’s defense team. Silver declined to comment Wednesday.

Cosby’s current attorney, Joe P. Green, says the claim arose from a disagreement over the amount of legal fees charged. He says Cosby offered to submit the dispute to mediation and hopes to resolve the issue fairly.

Cosby was convicted in April of three counts of aggravated indecent assault. His sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 24.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press.