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Charles Manson Follower I’m a Legit Artist … Lady Gaga Film Used My Music!!!

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Bobby Beausoleil — one of Charles Manson‘s followers who’s been in prison for murder for almost 49 years — is on the verge of getting out, and he might have a Lady Gaga documentary to thank for helping his case.

If you don’t know, Beausoleil’s not considered part of the Manson “family,” but he was an associate and was convicted of first-degree murder in 1970. Despite an initial life sentence, he was recommended for parole by a California parole panel earlier this month … after being rejected 18 times before.

According to transcripts from his parole hearing, Beausoleil was asked several questions about his music and art in relation to his connection to Manson, and he made it clear … his art stands alone.

To prove his point … Beausoleil pointed out the soundtrack he provided for the 1972 short film “Lucifer Rising” was sampled in the 2017 documentary about Lady Gaga, “Gaga: Five Foot Two.”

Beausoleil told the parole board … “The Lady Gaga documentary used a portion of it … and it has been used in other films.” He added … “It is respected on its own merits as art … I think it is important to try to see it as something that is not representative of something that is related to Manson.”

We looked into it, and his story checks out … 2 tracks from “Lucifer Rising” were used in the Gaga doc, and Bobby is credited as the writer.

It’s unclear if Lady Gaga had any input about the musical selections for the doc — which was directed by Chris Moukarbel — but we reached out to her rep … no word back so far.

Either way, Beausoleil’s overall pitch to the panel worked on the 19th try, because they found him suitable for parole. Next up … the Board of Parole Hearings will review the case and if it approves, the case will go to recently elected Gov. Gavin Newsom, who can decide to approve or block his release.

Solange Bey’s Sis Ready to Film in Houston … Another Director Credit?

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Solange Knowles looks like she’s getting just as comfortable behind a camera as she already is behind a microphone — ’cause she was all set to film something in her hometown.

Beyonce‘s younger sister popped up in Houston Saturday with a whole film crew behind her … and a camera in hand. Eyewitnesses tell us she made an appearance at the SHAPE Community Center off of Almeda Rd. and Alabama St., where we’re told she was chatting up folks inside and discussing different shots she wanted to get. 

One eyewitness told us it appeared she was at the helm of either a movie or documentary of some sort … and was trying to keep it low key.

Solange hasn’t announced any new film projects as of late, and nothing official seems to be in production under her IMDb page either. That doesn’t mean something isn’t in the works though. And besides, she’s already got a couple visual projects under her belt.

She put out a behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of her 2016 album, “A Seat at the Table,” and also directed SZA‘s 2017 music video for “The Weekend.”

While she hasn’t put out much new music since her Grammy-winning record, she has been busy heading up art pieces in L.A. … and teasing us with a follow-up album that has yet to be released.

We’ll be on the lookout for a new Solange movie in the meantime … if this is any indication. 

Sundance Film Festival Sexual Assault Hotline Returning Deemed Success Amid Weinstein Scandal

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Cops in Park City — site of the annual Sundance Film Festival — will be utilizing a hotline to combat sexual assault again this year … after it was established in 2018 in the wake of allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … Park City PD and the Utah Attorney General’s Office are reopening the “code of conduct” hotline, and spreading the word for festival attendees to utilize it and report any signs of sexual misconduct.

We’re told the AG’s Office is staffing the phone lines while cops will handle any investigations. Park City officers also held a meeting with hotel managers and event security staff last week to go over proper protocols and reinforce their motto — “if you see something, say something.”

Our sources say flyers will also be put up around busy Sundance spots to promote the hotline and the importance of reporting sexual assault and other crimes during the film fest.

The hotline was launched during last year’s festival in wake of the Weinstein scandal, which included Rose McGowan accusing the film producer of raping her at Sundance in 1997. Weinstein was also sued in December by a woman claiming he sexually assaulted her at the Waldorf Astoria in Park City in 2013 after meeting her at Sundance.

We’re told the hotline was deemed a successful and effective tool in curbing incidents of sexual misconduct last year. It also reportedly led to an investigation of an alleged incident from the ’90s.

Sundance 2019 kicks off Thursday, January 24. The hotline number is 801-834-1944.