Photographs by AP/WONG MAYE-E
Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman and Chris Volo (right) arrive at Singapore's airport on Tuesday.
Originally published June 13, 2018 at 03:24a.m., updated June 13, 2018 at 03:24a.m.
• Former NBA star Dennis Rodman openly wept on television in a live interview from Singapore on Tuesday as President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un met for the first time. The former reality television star is one of the few Westerners to have spent time with Kim, paying multiple visits to Pyongyang. The two struck up an unlikely friendship over their shared love of basketball. Rodman also goes back years with Trump and appeared on his Celebrity Apprentice show. In an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo, Rodman, wearing sunglasses and a "Make America Great Again" hat, said he had received a call from the White House ahead of Trump's historic meeting with Kim -- the first between a sitting president and a North Korean leader. In a later interview with The Associated Press, Rodman said the call had come from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. "She sent her best wishes and said that Donald Trump is really proud of you. He's happy you're having some type of part of this whole situation," Rodman recalled her saying. Rodman suggested he helped lay at least the groundwork for the summit, joking that he "should be pushing for the Nobel Peace Prize. At least give me a piece of it, something like that. An honorable mention." On CNN, Rodman grew emotional as he recalled former President Barack Obama failing to take him seriously when he returned from Pyongyang with a message from Kim after one of his trips. He told the AP that he thought he'd meet with Trump soon. "I'm pretty sure that I'll be going somewhere, like the White House to meet him," he said. White House officials have said that Rodman would play no official role in the diplomatic negotiations.
• A grand jury in Virginia has indicted actress and activist Rose McGowan on one felony count of cocaine possession. News outlets report the panel handed down the indictment Monday. Charging documents say cocaine was found in a wallet McGowan left behind on a plane last year. McGowan has maintained the cocaine isn't hers, and she suggested in court papers that the drugs were planted at the behest of movie producer Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein attorney Ben Brafman on Tuesday called the allegation a "ludicrous claim" that he said police had "categorically rejected." McGowan was among the first to accuse Weinstein of sexual assault, and she and others say he's aggressively sought to discredit his accusers. Weinstein has denied all the accusations. McGowan attorney Jim Hundley declined comment.
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