"Fighter" might not be the first word that comes to mind when you think of the woman who played Aunt Becky on Full House.
But Lori Loughlin's family says that's exactly what she's always been -- and her tenacity has been on full display throughout the college admissions bribery scandal.
Unlike so many of the high-profile parents ensnared in the FBI's sting operation, Loughlin did not accept a plea deal and continues to insist on her innocence.
You might say she's not going down without a fight.
But by all accounts, the mother of two is also a realist.
Loughlin will almost certainly be sent to prison in 2020, and she's well aware that her refusal to accept a deal might result in a much longer sentence.
Fellow actress Felicity Huffman was sentenced to a mere 14 days behind bars for her role in the scandal, but there are two major differences between her situation and Loughlin's:
Huffman's charges were far less serious, and she accepted a plea deal at the first opportunity.
A new report from Us Weekly confirms that Loughlin is hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst.
A source tells the tabloid that Lori has “hired a prison consultant on the advice of one of her lawyers,”
The insider adds that Loughlin's husband, Mossimo Giannulli, "wasn’t happy" with the move but Loughlin thought it was necessary for multiple reasons:
“Lori wants to be prepared for the worst outcome,” adds the insider.
“But she also wants to demonstrate that she’s taking this very, very seriously.”
In the past, Lori has been accused of failing to comprehend the gravity of her situation.
Perhaps feeling that the sight of Loughlin signing autographs and smiling for photos with fans could hurt her standing wih the sentencing judge, her lawyers may be of the opinion that preparing for prison will send a message to the judge that the accused is not taking this situation lightly.
On top of that, all this preparation might help to give Lori a slight advantage when she's inevitably sent up the river.
Insiders say Loughlin has even been taking martial arts classes so that she'll be better able to defend herself in the event of a violent confrontation.
Fortunately, it's unlikely that a situation will arise in which she'll need to put her new skills to use.
Loughlin is still very well-off, and just like the rest of the world, prison is much less stressful for the affluent.
Harvey Weinstein to Pay Out $47 Million to Sexual Assault Victims (But He’ll Still Get Away Scot-Free)
The New York Times has confirmed that Harvey Weinstein’s legal team has now reached an agreement with lawyers representing his sexual assault victims.
The deal will require Weinstein to pay out $25 million to the victims directly, with another $22 million going toward their legal costs and a fund for future claimants and a separate class-action suit.
Even to someone as wealthy as Weinstein — who was one of the most successful film execs of the ’90s and early 2000s — $47 million is a staggering sum.
So why is Team Weinstein considering this a victory?
And why are the disgraced mogul’s critics decrying the fact that he might walk away from the allegations without suffering any real consequences?
Well, it all has to do with the details of the settlement — which have Weinstein escaping the situation with his bank account and what remains of his reputation intact.
To the chagrin of many, the deal does not require Weinstein to admit to any wrongdoing.
Additionally, that massive payout will be covered by insurance companies representing the producer’s former studio, in accordance with his contract with The Weinstein Group.
As you’ll likely recall more than 30 women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct.
Then allegations range from groping and harassment to rape.
According to TMZ, the payout will be split among the accusers, with 18 alleged victims splitting $6.2 million and no individual getting more than $500,000.
“I don’t think there’s a markedly better deal to be made,” a lawyer for one of the victims told the New York Times.
“We have really, truly done the best we can under the circumstances, and it’s important for other victims to know this, come forward and be able to get the best level of compensation we were able to get.”
On social media, the consensus seems to be that the settlement amounts to a miscarriage of justice.
“I’m not sure who is being punished here, but it’s not sexual predator Harvey Weinstein,” wrote journalist Dave Schilling, seemingly summing up the mood on Twitter.
Weinstein is still set to stand trial on criminal charges relating to the alleged sexual assault of two women.
That matter will be decided in January — if convicted, Weinstein could face jail time.
It has now been more than a week since Jim Edmonds moved out after Meghan King Edmonds accused him of cheating ... again.
When he was recently photographed with a beautiful young woman, some assumed that he was out with the nanny.
On Sunday, Jim Edmonds took to Instagram to explain that no, he was absolutely not out and about with his nanny.
"I took my first steps outside in a while last night with my beautiful daughter Hayley," his caption begins.
"Trying to repair a broken situation," Jim explains, "and heart that should not be broken."
He took Hayley to a Post Malone concert, presumably because they are both aural masochists.
He made the post because he was all too aware of the rumors flying about his weekend outing.
"For all you people out there that think that I would be with our nanny," Jim says.
He accuses these pot-stirrers: "You need to get a life!"
Once again, this seems to be a case of public figures who are suddenly outraged to find that the public has an interest in their activities.
"I have a family and kids to worry about," Jim expresses.
Notably, he has a whole bunch of children (seven!!), not just the three with Meghan but four from a previous marriage.
"And that's my only worry right now," he writes.
Jim initially concluded his rant: "Everyone else, BYE!"
Since then, he took to Instagram to delete the lines about the nanny.
He then went back once again to add a tag to his caption: "#repair"
Jim's new conclusion, following that tag, reads: "Thank you to all my friends for you continued support."
If you happen to be a famous person in the middle of both a divorce and a scandal, you may want to consider your words before you post.
Hayley Edmonds herself commented under her dad's emotional Instagram post.
"Thanks for flying out here to take me!" she wrote in the comments.
"You are the best," she added. "I love you #strongertogether."
Carly, the infamous nanny in question, liked the post.
Jim Edmonds may be feeling heartbroken over the end of his marriage, but one person is not.
Last month, Heyley told Us Weekly that she could barely contain her enthusiasm for the breakup.
"I've been waiting for [the split]," she expressed. "For probably...three years?"
Anyone else who has seen a welcome divorce happen while they're in their early twenties can probably relate.
"I think it's impossible to be happy with someone so...I don't know if I would say, 'narcissistic,'" Hayley explained.
She continued: "But, she, like, creates her own problems and loves conflict and things like that."
"The selfishness is miserable for anyone to be around," Hayley said. "Let alone to be married to her."
"My whole family has grown closer," she added. "Because we have all had to stay silent in hopes to protect my dad and no one can do it anymore."
Well, there's clearly no love lost there. But Hayley is indirecty reminding fans of why Meghan should return to Real Housewives.
Folks, it's time to face the facts:
In all likelihood, Lori Loughlin is going to jail.
Not only that, they might lock Aunt Becky up and throw away the key.
As a result of new charges filed last week, Loughlin is facing 50 years in prison.
That news came of the heels of reports that investigators have uncovered new emails in which Loughlin's husband, Mossimo Giannulli, essentially confessed to the couple's accountant.
Couple that bad news with the sight of Felicity Huffman in a prison jumpsuit, and we think it's safe to say these are very tense times in the Loughlin-Giannulli household.
Sure, Huffman got off with a slap on the wrist, but it's unlikely that Loughlin will be so lucky.
After all, Huffman accepted a plea deal, whereas Loughlin decided to take her chances in court.
Not only that, the charges faced by Loughlin are considerably more serious, as she stands accused of doling out $500,000 to get her daughters into college, compared to Huffman's relatively measly $15,000.
Yesterday, we reported that sources say Loughlin is suffering a breakdown, as she struggles to come to terms with the possibility of serving time.
And just when it looked like Lori's situation couldn't get much more dire, a former federal prosecutor is warning that her daughters might also be in legal danger.
“At a minimum the daughters will be witnesses in a trial against their parents, but they could also be charged as defendants,” attorney Neama Rahmani tells People magazine.
The former prosecutor says Lori and Mossimo could've spared their daughters some grief by accepting a plea deal, but now, there's a possibility -- however remote -- that the girls could be charged.
“The government has made it clear that they are going to keep increasing pressure on both Lori and Mossimo,” Rahmani adds.
“By not pleading, Lori and Mossimo are exposing their children to being charged.”
Olivia and Bella Giannulli dropped out of USC in response to the scandal, but it seems it won't easy for them to wash their hands of this situation entirely.
However, a source close to the situation tells People that Lori would happily sacrifice her freedom for her children's sake if she thought there was any chance they would be charged:
“If Lori had any indication that the girls were at risk, she’d want to plead guilty — even though she believes that she did nothing wrong," says the insider.
"She is not going to let them spend time in jail for something that they didn’t do. Lori is a fantastic mother who would take the fall for the girls even if it cost her everything.”
We'll continue to monitor this ongoing story and keep you updated as new information becomes available.
Gina Rodriguez is in major trouble for her use of the N-Word.
Which is not a sentence we expect to write today.
However, the beloved Jane the Virgin star went online this evening and issued an apology after followers reacted in an uproar to one of her videos on Instagram Stories.
The video in question featured Rodriguez rapping along to the song "Ready or Not" by The Fugees and Lauryn Hill.
To be clear, she was simply quoting the lyrics when she uttered the aforementioned epithet -- but this was still enough for many social media to voice their objections.
And also enough for Rodriguez to deliete the footage after about three hours.
"Hey, what's up everybody? I just wanted to reach out and apologize. I am sorry," the actress explains on her Story.
"I am sorry if I offended anyone. My singing along to the Fugees, to a song I love that I grew up on, I love Lauryn Hill. And, um, I really am sorry if I offended you."
In the video -- which she shared earlier on Tuesday -- Rodriguez sang along was getting her hair and makeup done when she rapped the following verse:
“Voodoo; I can do what you do, easy / Believe me … n–gas give me heebie-jeebies.”
After saying the N-Word, the Jane the Virgin alum smiled and laughed.
This controversial footage and Rodriguez's subsequent mea culpa sparked a tweetstorm.
One person argued that she “wins the award for the most half assed apology," while a second sarcastically remarked that they “love to end latinx heritage month with gina rodriguez saying the n-word.”
To some critics, there actually is a backstory to this.
They detect a slight pattern in Rodriguez's attitude toward African-Americans.
In January of 2019, the star was accused of being "anti-black," largely due to her various comments about how Latinx women are more discriminated against than African-American wome... to which she issued a tearful apology live on a radio show.
Very emotional, the 35-year-old explained that she can't be anti-black because her father has dark skin.
"So to get anti-black is saying that I'm anti-family. My father is dark-skinned, he's Afro-Latino … If anything, the black community is my community. As Latinos, we have black Latinos," she said.
"That is what we are. I am not, so I think that when I speak about Latino advocacy people believe I only mean people of my skin color."
She concluded at the time:
"We don't need to fight each other and if I caused that notion, please forgive me because that is not my intent at all."
Just days after going viral for her comments, the former CW leading lady questioned whether she truly offended anyone -- or if it was social media that perpetuated this idea.
"I've never said anything controversial about anyone in particular -- period. I am not against anyone. I create opportunities for everyone. So I think we often -- like, we're living in a culture and in a climate where this is where we're getting our factual information," she said back then.
"But they're not facts. They're opinions. So I can't live my life based off of social media opinion."
When R. Kelly was arrested on sex trafficking charges last week, many -- likely including the singer himself -- assumed that he would be released within hours.
After all, Kelly has proven surprisingly adept at evading authorities over the years, and he's remained a free man despite dozens of allegations against him over the course of two decades.
But a full week after he was taken into custody, Kelly remains behind bars.
A judge denied him bail at a hearing on Tuesday, so it looks like he'll remain locked up at least until his trial.
And as is so often the case with rich and powerful men who lead lives of crime, the possibility of being locked up for a very long time didn't seem real to Kelly until he actually spent some time behind bars.
Now, it's all hitting home for the 52-year-old, and it seems he's very aware that prison isn't a very pleasant place for convicted sex offenders.
According to a new report from TMZ, Kelly is being kept in solitary confinement at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago.
And the surprising thing is, he prefers it that way.
Kelly's attorney, Nicole Blank Becker, tells TMZ that the R&B legend feels that his life would be in danger in the general prison population.
And he must really be afraid of getting snuffed out because life in the hole sounds like a nightmare experience.
Whereas the gen. pop. inmates have access to the phone whenever they want, Kelly has just 15 minutes a month to speak with family and friends on the outside.
On top of that, he receives no TV or internet access.
Kelly is almost entirely illiterate, which further complicates his situation, as even minor tasks like choosing items from the commissary list are nearly impossible for the singer.
And so, Kelly and his lawyers are at odds over his situation.
They feel it's unsafe for him to remain in solitary; he feels it would be unsafe for him to live among the general population.
It's possible that in this case, he knows something they don't.
TMZ reports that Kelly has little to no support among his fellow inmates, which is not surprising.
He's locked up in his native Chicago, and given the number of accusers he's amassed over the years, it seems almost impossible none of them have any association with one of the prisoners.
Meanwhile, the case against Kelly seems to get stronger by the day.
Prosecutors claim they're in possession of a tape that shows Kelly engaging in sex acts with multiple minors.
It that's the case, this may be an open-and-shut trial.
And Kelly might be right about how at risk he would be outside of protective custody.
Paige Drummond, the 19-year old daughter of one of the world's most famous chefs and homemakers, was arrested in mid-April.
The details of this arrest are only just coming to light now.
According to legal documents obtained by E! News and other outlets, the teenage child of Ree Drummond (also known as The Pioneer Woman) was taken into custody this spring for having and consuming alcohol.
(How dare she, right?!?)
Based on these papers, Paige was charged with possession of alcohol by a person under 21 years of age, as well as public intoxication.
The records show she was charged and taken to jail in mid-April in her home state of Oklahoma.
Paige is Reed's second oldest child.
According to a document filed by a district attorney, Paige “did appear in a drunken condition” in the city of Stillwater, Oklahoma.
The crime is punishable by up to one year in jail and a fee of up to $500, although, come on, let's face it: Clearly the 19-year old will not face punishments this harsh.
Nor should she probably, in our opinion.
There's a little bit more to report, however:
The teenager was found in possession of an open container of beer, to which the legal document claimed she "did unlawfully possess and consume a non-intoxicating beverage, containing more than one-half of one-percent of alcohol measured by weight, in a public place."
The daughter of this wildly popular food blogger and television host paid a total of $404.50 thus far in court fees for the alleged crimes.
Ree sky-rocketed to fame through her Food Network program, but she has also released a number of recipe books and has earned universal acclaim throughout the food world.
Ree also has a 21-year-old daughter Alex, who recently graduated from college, and two teenage sons, Bryce and Todd.
She has frequently jokeed to her followers about how strict she is as a parent, saying, for instance, that she refuses to say the word “boyfriend” for her daughters’ significant others.
We'd call that more odd than strict, but hey. To each her own, we suppose.
Ree has not yet commented on the charges against her daughter.
In addition to her widely successful television show, Ree's culinary career includes a line of cookbooks and cookware, all of which spawned from a simple blog.
She's a role model to many followers.
Columbia Pictures even acquired the film rights to her book From Black Heels to Tractor Wheels in March 2010, but hasn't made any forward progression since that time.
What do you think?
Should Paige Drummond spend any time in jail?
Jim Edmonds is one of the best defenders Major League Baseball history, having been responsible for two of the greatest catches you'll ever see.
But now the former centerfielder is getting defensive in a very different way.
He's denying a report that he carried on an affair while his famous wife was pregnant with twins.
According to All About the Tea, Edmonds got involved with a woman named Jenn (aka "the baseball madame") back when he was playing baseball for the Cincinnati Reds.
This same article alleges that Edmonds cheated on his second wife at that time.
This affair ended years ago -- but it was then rekindled in March of 2018, per a "rock solid source," who claims Jim got it on with Jenn once again last year...
... when Meghan was expecting twins Hart and Hayes.
Moreover, All About the Tea writes that Jim was the one to reach back out to Jenn in order to see if she was down for some more extramarital sex.
“Jim sent Jenn a DM on Instagram in March She had not heard from him in years. Their friendship sparked again and they started communicating on a regular basis," an insider says, adding:
"Their communications quickly turned from friendly to dirty texting.”
Just how dirty did these texts get?
The source alleges that Jim is a “freak” who would often send “d-ck pics and sexual videos exposing himself” to Jenn.
The two would reportedly meet in hotels rooms last year when Edmonds was on the road during his broadcasting job. And they would have intercourse.
Incredibly, this report claims that the affair continued right up to the day that Jim's two latest kids entered the world.
“Jim sent Jenn a video of himself masturbating in his basement while his wife was laid up in the hospital," the insider actually says. "She had just given birth that day.”
AllAboutTheTEA.com even says it's in possession of the video of the father of seven engaged in the act of pleasuring himself, which is just, like... what the actual f-ck, right?!?
In response to the very scathing allegation, Edmonds admits that he had some sort of relationship with a woman from the past that was inappropriate.
But he denies actually having sex with her.
“Regrettably, I had a lapse in judgment. I engaged in an inappropriate conversation with this person,” he now tells Us Weekly, adding:
“At no time was there any type of relationship or physical contact. Absolutely none. This is someone trying to profit from my name. I am aware she has done this to others in the past.”
Edmonds, who has appeared opposite his wife on The Real Housewives of Orange County does still say he's very sorry for his actions.
“Clearly, I made a very poor decision to expose myself and my family to this type of person.
"For this, I am truly sorry and sought forgiveness from my wife.
"I’m outraged over the intent to ruin my family and intend to take legal action. We were never having any problems in our marriage.
"My attorney is in possession of documents wherein this person has admitted fabricating large portions of her ‘story.’”
Jim and Meghan got married on October 24, 2014. The couple have three kids together: one-year-old twins, Hart and Hayes; and two year-old daughter, Aspen.
The pair joined The Real Housewives of Orange County in season 10, which aired in 2015.
They departed the series after season 12 in 2017.
Wendy Williams, a woman who has made a living by airing other people's dirty laundry each morning in her Hot Topics segment, is now living every talk show host's worst nightmare:
The star's very own personal life has become one of the hotter topics on the Internet.
And all for very negative and quite unfortunate reasons.
As previously reported, Wendy's estranged husband and 18-year old son (Kevin Sr. and Kevin Jr., respectively) got into some kind of altercation just around 10 p.m. on Wednesday.
According to TMZ, which broke this story, Kevin Sr. placed his son in a headlock and the son responded by hitting his dad in the face.
Shortly after this news broke, Kevin Sr. released a statement that read as follows:
"I love my son very much and I will not be pursuing this matter legally. Things are not always how they appear."
Despite his father taking this stance, a spokeswoman for the Ethics County Prosecutor’s Office in New Jersey now reports that Kevin Jr. has been arrested.
Per this unnamed indivudla, Kevin Hunter Jr. was charged with simple assault last night.
He was processed and released by West Orange Police Department the same evening and was not taken to county jail.
Based on the original article about this subject, Kevin Jr. was dropped off at the family home yesterday, unaware his dad was in the house.
But the two got along well enough at the time to head out to a nearby store -- and this is where things took an ugly turn.
Kevin Sr. allegedly urged his son to forge his own path and get out from underneath his mother's famous shadow, while Kevin Jr. may have responded by calling out his dad as a hypocrite because Kevin Sr. is seeking alimony from Wendy.
Insiders say that Kevin Sr. put his son in the aforementioned headlock to try and calm him down, only for Kevin Jr. to respond with the fateful punch that led to his arrest.
Williams has not yet spoken on this incident.
But she filed for divorce from Kevin Sr. in April after news that he fathered a child with his mistress spread like some sort of wildfire around the Internet.
Rumors of Kevin Sr.'s infidelity has been a not-very-well-kept-secret for years, but Williams had been able to ignore it (in public, at least) until this baby news made that impossible.
She allegedly relapsed and got so drunk the day the child was born that she had to be taken to the hospital.
Hunter eventually broke his silence on the split in a statement, addressing the cheating scandal and admitting he was “not proud of my recent actions.”
Williams has also fired Kevin Sr. as a producer on her successful talk show.
And she actually talked about both the divorce and her teenage son on a recent episode.
Sharing a story about how she recently went out with Blac Chyna and Kevin Jr. to a nightclub, Williams broke down in tears at the mention of her only child.
See what we mean here:
Last week, controversial beauty vlogger James Charles was canceled by Tati Westbrook.
Though he has apologized, his brand has taken a nosedive.
His follower count continues to fall -- and you can livestream the collapse of his business in real time.
James Charles built his brand as a beauty vlogger and accumulated a YouTube following of 16.6 million.
His current follower count is 13.8 million ... and plummeting.
Now, 13 million is still a lot of subscribers, but that signifies a major loss in revenue for him.
If schadenfreude is your thing, there's a livestream of his subscriber count that you can enjoy.
We have included the video in this post, and the video will remain embedded as long as the livestream endures.
All of this started with a massive callout from Tati Westbrook.
She was a friend of his and a fellow beauty vlogger.
In a 40-minute video, most of which I spent thinking of what an amazing Michelle Bachmann impersonator she would make, she blasted James.
Why? Because of a history of his behavior, but it was all set into motion by something that he did in April.
Namely, James endorsed a brand of hair vitamins that were not Tati's own brand, and she was mad.
During her video, she accused James of manipulating and exploiting men who might be straight.
She accused him of predatory behavior, directed at two unnamed young men.
One of them is a young, hot model named Gage Gomez.
As we explained last week, it appears that James invited and disinvited him from Coachella in order to pressure him to spend time with him.
The other was a waiter from Tati's birthday party, which was held at a restaurant.
Now, that waiter has come forward to explain exactly what James did and where he crossed the line.
Like James and like Gage, Sam the waiter is also 19. Nice to cover a story with zero creepy age gaps, at least.
Sam says that he was unsure of his sexuality and, after being blatantly hit on by James while at work, slid into James' DMs.
This led to James inviting him to his hotel room, and offer which he accepted. The two of them watched a movie.
"And after that movie," Sam reveals. "He asked to kiss me."
"I said yes," he shares. "And we ended up making out for about an hour."
"And, if I'm being honest, he is the worst kisser I have ever kissed," Sam admits. "Way too much tongue."
Sam later declined James' subsequent invitations to be flown down to L.A.
He very gently broke it to James that he didn't want to lead him on or take advantage of his fame.
When Sam told James that he feels confident that he is straight, James apparently outright told him that he was wrong. About himself.
Folks, even if you're 100% convinced of someone else's sexual orientation, don't try to tell someone who they are.
This obviously applies even more strongly when it's clear that you, in this case James Charles, would benefit from them believing you.
On the one hand, we totally understand that James Charles is a teenager.
Of course he has said dumb things in DMs, especially when he's horny.
Some even feel sorry for him, because Tati compiled that thorough takedown of him for, let's face it, personal pettiness rather than moral indignation.
And yes, some of the backlash against him has stemmed from homophobia, which is never fun to see.
But it's hard to look at James as the good guy in this, or any scenario.
Over the last few years, James Charles has been accused of making racist and transphobic statements.
We're not dredging up his past -- just earlier this year, he got called out for saying something transphobic and, frankly, a little biphobic.
No one should be pressured into having sex, particularly by a celebrity who may be applying additional pressure through their fame.
Frankly, many feel that James should have been canceled a long time ago.
These days, all that we can do is watch his follower count continue to get lower and lower.
By mid-afternoon on Friday, James Charles and Tati Westbrook were dominating social media conversation and trending hard.
It's sometimes difficult to tell what exactly is happening with all of that chatter, and nobody has time to string it all together.
But we made time, and here's why the internet is cheering after beauty vlogger Tati effectively canceled James.
Even if you don't follow many YouTubers or keep up with many beauty vloggers, you've probably heard of James Charles.
Why? Well, at only 17, he became the first ever spokesmodel for CoverGirl.
Now, he's 19 (he turns 20 later this month) and continues to be a successful influencer.
But on Friday, just two weeks before he exits his teens, he began hemorrhaging followers across all platforms.
Why? A callout video from friend and fellow beauty vlogger Tati Westbrook, titled: "BYE, SISTER."
We have a clip -- the most serious excerpt -- from the 40-minute video that Tati released on Friday afternoon.
But you should know that this all started when James Charles endorsed a company that sells hair vitamins.
See, his until-now good friend Tati has her own brand of Halo Beauty gummies.
James was apparently assisted by another brand's security while at Coachella this year, and repayed them by endorsing the brand.
Tati was livid -- especially when, after nine days, he still hadn't reached out to her.
"To not even get a phone call, to not even get a text a few days prior... that's pretty typical of James Charles' behavior," Tati says.
"From the time that I met him when he was 17," she notes. "I know that he has a way of just getting what he wants."
"And," Tati explains. "I always blamed it on his age."
But she says that James has changed more since they first met than she had ever imagined.
He is no longer a person with whom she wants to be associated.
"Fame, power, and a fat bank account will change almost anyone," Tati expresses.
Since his meteoric rise to fame, James has rubbed elbows with top-tier celebrities and also Katy Perry.
"And if you don't have people that tell you to your face that you're doing the wrong things," she notes. "You will change."
"I tried to be that person to you James, I really tried," Tati laments.
"I don't think there is any getting through to you and I don't want to be friends with you," she declares.
"I don't want to be associated with you," Tati repeats. "And I need to say that very publicly so that this chapter can just be closed."
Tati says that she was instrumental in encouraging him early in his career.
She also accuses him of spreading malicious rumors that treat her like a villain.
But things get more serious when she begins to accuse James of being almost a predator.
"You tried to trick a straight man into thinking he's gay yet again," Tati alleges in her video.
"Using your pain, your power, your money to play with people's emotions," she accuses. "You're threatening to ruin them."
What she's talking about here is an Instagram model, pictured here, named Gage Gomez.
Gage was linked with James Charles earlier this year, and even spotted alongside him at Coachella.
(A great reminder that nothing good comes from Coachella)
James accused Gage of "using him" for social media clout, and Gage was harassed by James' (young, impressionable) fans.
But Gage tells a very different story.
Gage says that he admitted to James that he was unsure of his sexuality, but says that James then began pressuring him.
This wasn't just sexual pressure -- he says that James would insist that he make time for him, and then viciously subtweet him if he was busy.
He says that James would block and unblock him on Instagram and also invite and uninvite him to Coachella.
That sounds like toxic and even manipulative behavior.
James Charles has also been accused of being racist and transphobic, both in the past and very recently.
We can't say that we're sorry to see him canceled -- and especially not in such a thorough way.
Remind us to never get on Tati's bad side.
Brian Hickerson has been arrested for allegedly abusing his famous girlfriend.
According to multiple outlets, the 30-year old was booked in the very early hours on Thursday, May 2 in Hollywood -- and is currently free on $50,000 bond.
TMZ reports that Hickerson and Hayden Panettiere were out and about on Wednesday evening, drinking and seemingly having a good time.
But they eventually returned to their home and got into a heated argument of some kind.
At some point, someone called 911 (it's unclear who made the call) and police showed up around 2 a.m.
After noting redness and marks on the actress' body, and after talking with both parties at the scene, authorities determined that Hickerson instigated the physical altercation and took him into custody.
This isn't the first time Hickerson has been involved in a domestic dispute, per this same celebrity gossip website.
This past October, Brian and his dad got into a fight at a home in South Carolina.
According to the official police report, officers responded at that time to a call for assault and battery -- and when they showed up, Panettiere actually answered the door in an apparent drunk and frantic state.
Approximately a month later, Hayden and Hickerson were spotted at a Hollywood hot spot ... and he caused a scene with a fake proposal.
“Brian has been a bad influence from the beginning,” a source tells People Magazine. “Hayden’s friends and family are not happy with the relationship.
The romance got underway last summer.
The couple has mostly stayed out of the spotlight, but every time something is written about them, the news does seem negative/dire.
In December, Hickerson, an aspiring actor, defended his romance with Panettiere after the release of report that alleged her friends were concerned about the pair spending time together.
“Just to be clear, Hayden’s friends and family are not worried about her at all,” he said in a simple statement to Access.
“Hayden is happy and healthy and so is our relationship,” the South Carolina native continued. “That is all I will comment on so please respect my privacy. Have a great day.”
Panettiere, best known for her starring roles in Heroes and Nashville, has a three-year old daughter with boxer Wladimir Klitschko; the little girl lives with her dad in the Ukraine.
She also dated co-star Milo Ventimiglia back when the two appeared on the aforementioned NBC drama.
“[We] love being low key, being mellow, having experiences, having conversations, really in-depth conversations,” Panettiere previously told Us Weekly, adding this past February that she does "hope" to marry Hickerson.
Panettiere has not yet commented on her boyfriend's arrest.
Things were already looking pretty bad for Lori Loughlin in the wake of the college admissions bribery scandal.
After having allegedly shelled out $500,000 in bribes to get her daughters into USC, Loughlin was offered some pretty unattractive plea deals from prosecutors, all of which involved jail time.
Now, believe it or not, it looks as though things have gotten a whole lot worse for the former Full House star still referred to as Aunt Becky.
Last week, Loughlin appeared in a Boston courtroom, and though she was facing prison time after being ensnared in the FBI investigation known as Operation Varsity Blues, witnesses say she appeared to be in good spirits as she posed for photos and signed autographs for fans.
Today, Loughlin is probably not in such a great mood, as she and husband Mossimo Giannulli have been indicted on an additional charge that could bring them some serious jail time.
Loughlin and Giannulli are among 16 parents facing a new charge for money laundering.
The additional indictment was announced Tuesday afternoon by U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts.
"The charge of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud provides for a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater," reads a press release from the office.
"The charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering provides for a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $500,000 or twice the value of the property involved in the money laundering.
"Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors."
Well, we may not have graduated from a fancy institute of higher learning like USC, but our math indicates that 20 years plus 20 years equals one hell of a lengthy prison sentence.
And of course, the great irony in all of this is that Loughlin's daughter, Olivia Jade Giannulli, had no interest in going to college and merely wanted to continue building her career as a Kylie-esque makeup mogul and Instagram influencer.
There's a lesson to be learned in all of this about the weight of parental expectations and the importance of letting your kids be themselves.
But the bigger lesson is, don't bribe college admissions boards to let your kids in because apparently, the federal government takes that sh-t very seriously.
In a stunning move, prosecutors dropped charges against Jussie Smollett following his arrest for allegedly staging his own hate crime attack.
This move has left many wondering why, and others remain fiercely divided over his innocence or guilt.
But this isn't a case of "no hard feelings." The city of Chicago aims to make Jussie pay a massive sum in police costs.
Bill McCaffrey has the exhausting-sounding job of being spokesperson for the Chicago government's legal department.
He tells Entertainment Tonight that the city is seeking a whopping $130,000 from Jussie Smollett.
That figure is ostensibly meant to compensate for wasted resources.
"The city feels this is a reasonable and legally justifiable amount to collect," McCaffrey explains.
His statement notes that the money is intended "to help offset the cost of the investigation."
The Department of Law, City of Chicago sent a letter to Jussie.
"In order to resolve the matter without further legal action," the letter states.
The message continues: "The City requires immediate payment of the $130,106.15 expended on overtime hours in the investigation of this matter."
That same letter contains a threat.
If Jussie does not pay the sum within a period of just seven days, the Department of Law may prosecute him for making false statements to police.
Jussie has maintained his innocence throughout this story, which began in late January.
Controversial Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel as well as Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson feel otherwise.
The two came forward to disparage the decision by prosecutors to drop charges against Jussie.
Earlier in March, Jussie was indicted on 16 different felony accounts over his false statements.
At one point, Jussie's charges could have led to a lengthy prison sentence -- though the city now says that prison time was unlikely anyway.
Mayor Emanuel has spoken at length about how he believes that the dropped charges are a miscarriage of justice.
"I'd like to remind everybody that a grand jury indicted this individual on only a piece of the evidence that police had collected," Emanuel noted.
"... This is a whitewash of justice," he accused. "A grand jury could not have been clearer."
"Where is the accountability in the system?" Emanuel demanded to know.
For the record, grand juries are notoriously willing to indict. That's just how grand juries operate.
"You cannot have," he said. "Because of a person's position, one set of rules apply to them and another set of rules apply to everybody else."
"Our officers did hard work day in and day out," he claimed.
Emanuel continued, saying that police were "working to unwind what actually happened that day."
He concluded: "The city saw its reputation dragged through the mud."
The outrage and the threatening letter demanding a six-figure payout are not all that Jussie is facing.
In addition to hefty social fallout, both among his possibly-former castmates and the general public, Jussie has become a target.
An Illinois legislator has expressed a desire to withhold state film tax credits from any production that employs Jussie.
Regardless of whether you are confused, disappointed, or furious with Jussie, that is deeply abnormal.
The idea of passing legislation in order to inconvenience one -- one -- actor isn't just absurd.
It's kind of embarrassing.
So, did Jussie stage his own alleged hate crime?
The Chicago Police Department certainly said that he did, The FBI has yet to chime in with their own conclusions.
Many have been hesitant to accept the police version of events because the Chicago Police Department is, specifically, very infamous.
The amount that Jussie's alleged lies may have cost them are a drop in the bucket beside the amount that the city coughs up each year in exessive force payouts.
Chicago has paid hundreds of millions in just six years, but notably, Rahm Emanuel has never spoken this much about police misconduct.
So people find it odd that he has the audacity to claim that Jussie is benefitting from a double standard.
If Jussie really did fake his hate crime, he did more than waste resources -- he cast unfair doubt upon future hate crimes, which happen with horrifying frequency.
Many have trouble buying the prosecution's claim that Jussie simply wasn't worth the effort.
It is believed that some degree of police misconduct may have been discovered, prompting the prosecution to drop the case rather than proceed.
It is entirely possible that this entire story -- from Jussie to the police to the prosecutors to the mayor -- features zero good people.
That is such a shame.
By now, you've almost certainly heard about the college admissions bribery scandal that resulted in a few dozen rich people experiencing consequences for the first time in their lives.
In case you somehow missed it, actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman were both arrested in connection with allegations that they'd paid bribes and participated in fraud schemes with the goal of helping their daughters gain admission to the colleges of their choice.
It's unclear if either mom will serve jail time, but it also seems unlikely that there are many acting gigs in their future.
Already, Loughlin has been fired from the Hallmark Channel and removed from the cast of Fuller House for the show's final season.
And she's not the only one in her family who's losing cash and gigs.
Loughlin's daughter is an Instagram influencer named Olivia Jade Giannulli.
Giannulli dropped out of USC after it was revealed that she and her sister were admitted to the school as a result of half a million dollars in bribes and a con job designed to convince the admissions board they were elite athletes.
But Olivia may have been stripped of something even more important than her place in the student body -- especially since she admittedly had zero interest in academics.
Olivia lost her partnership with Sephora in the immediate wake of the scandal, and in the weeks since, several other lucrative deals have gone by the wayside.
Worse than the loss of cash, however, is the longterm damage to Olivia's career and reputation.
And not surprisingly, Giannulli reportedly blames her parents for forcing her to go to college -- and then engaging in all sorts of shady practices to help ensure her admission.
One insider tells Us Weekly that Olivia is “not talking to her parents right now.”
And it doesn't look as though she's planning to bury the hatchet anytime soon.
“She is still very upset at her parents,” the insider says.
The source claims that “a lot of Olivia’s friends” are telling her “not to be mad at her parents since they were just trying to do the best they could for her,” but Giannulli “doesn’t listen” and “feels she is the victim.”
“Olivia blames her mom and dad for this scandal and for the downfall of her career,” a different insider previously told the tabloid.
It seems Giannulli “was initially trying to shrug off the scandal as something that would pass after a week and she could go back to her life,” but has now come to terms with the fact that this mess might define the rest of her career.
“Now that her endorsement deals have fallen through, she is very upset with her parents," the source says.
"Olivia didn’t even show interest in going to college, she wanted to take time and work on her beauty career, but her parents were the ones who wanted her to get an education.”
Bet you didn't think you'd be spending part of today feeling bad for a wealthy Beverly Hills teen Instagram influencer, eh?
Okay, you probably still don't, but at least we can all agree that Olivia's parents are the real jackasses here.
On Tuesday, the New York Times reported that legendary UFC fighter Conor McGregor had been arrested for sexual assault.
The news came shortly after McGregor announced that he would be retiring from the sport that made him famous.
Many fans and media outlets concluded that the 30-year-old's decision was a result of the ensuing scandal.
Now, however, a representative for McGregor claims that the two developments are unrelated.
And while she stopped just short of denying that McGregor had been arrested, she did refer to the report of his arrest as a "rumor" in her statement to ESPN.
"This story has been circulating for some time and it is unclear why it is being reported now," Karen Kessler told the network.
"The assumption that the Conor retirement announcement today is related to this rumor is absolutely false."
Kessler declined to go into further detail regarding the allegations against McGregor.
She did, however, state that he has not closed the door on further competition.
"Should Conor fight in the future it must be in an environment where fighters are respected for their value, their skill, their hard work and their dedication to the sport," she stated.
The Times reports that McGregor was arrested in his native Ireland back in January.
Dublin police have been tight-lipped with regard to details, but a statement from the department confirms that the alleged assault took place several weeks before McGregor's rumored arrest:
"[Police] are investigating an alleged sexual assault on a female which occurred in Dublin 2 in the early hours of this morning, Monday December 10th 2018," a spokesperson said.
"No arrests have been made and investigations are continuing."
McGregor announced his retirement with a characteristically irreverent tweet on Tuesday:
"Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as 'Mixed Martial Art' today," he wrote.
"I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition. I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement. Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!"
McGregor has a history of brushes with the law, including an assault arrest stemming from an April 2018 incident in which he smashed the windows of a bus containing several rival fighters.
We'll have further updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.
In September of 2018, months after her initial arrest, Scottie Deem was indicted on 13 charges of child molestation.
Scottie, the adult daughter of Angela Deem, had appeared alongside her mother on 90 Day Fiance: Before The 90 Days and also multiple times on Maury.
Now, she has been convicted and sentenced -- to 20 years in prison.
Last year, Scottie entered a plea of not guilty, professing her innocence.
According to court records obtained by RadarOnline, Scottie was found guilty of three separate counts of child molestation.
Each charge carries a sentence of 20 years.
However, the court clarifies that Scotty will be allowed to serve all three sentences concurrently.
Her sentencing date was February 1 of this year.
But anyone happy to see a convicted sexual predator kept off of the streets for decades is in for a disappointment.
According to the same report, Scottie could be free sooner than anyone would care to believe.
After only two years and one day, she may be allowed to leave prison -- just 10% of the way into her sentence.
From that point on, she would be on probation.
Considering the crimes with which Scottie was charged and for which she has been convicted, this is ... appalling.
The damage that sex abuse can inflict upon a child lasts for longer than two years -- or twenty.
Scottie could be out as early as 2021.
34-year-old Scottie was arrested in September of 2017 after her victim's grandmother contacted the police.
It has not been officially confirmed if this arrest came before or after Scottie appeared alongside her mother on 90 Day Fiance: Before The 90 Days.
The court accused Scottie of having sex with a young minor two or three times between July 1 and August 31 of 2017.
In addition to being accused of various sex acts upon the victim, she was also accused of performing "indecent sex acts" in front of five other minors.
There have been a lot of scandals on 90 Day Fiance, but those charges are particularly heinous.
As we mentioned earlier, Scottie and her mother, Angela, have appeared on television before 90 Day Fiance.
Two separate times, the pair appeared on Maury.
Both times, Angela accused Scottie of lying, saying that her boyfriend Terry could not possibly be her baby daddy.
Angela was accusing her own grandchildren of being the products of cheating.
DNA tests in both instances confirmed that Angela was full of s--t and that Scottie's boyfriend was the father.
Of course, that was the boyfriend with whom she cheated with a minor when he was out of town, so ... Angela's doubts seem well-founded.
Angela appeared on 90 Day Fiance: Before The 90 Days as a larger-than-life personality whose relationship didn't seem to make sense.
An African man named Michael doesn't seem like a logical match for a 53-year-old Trump supporter.
Some have suggested that their story is one of love reaching across a divide, or giving love a chance despite differences.
Others have said that Angela's history on Maury proves that she's thirsty for fame, and that Michael just wanted a Green Card.
These days, William H. Macy is best known for his portrayal of reprobate father Frank Gallagher on the long-running Showtime series Shameless.
But in real life, it's Macy's wife who's been breaking the law and dropping the ball as a parent.
As you've no doubt heard by now, Felicity Huffman was one of several public figures ensnared in the FBI sting known as Operation Varsity Blues.
In fact, along with Lori "Aunt Becky" Loughlin, Huffman has become the face of the college admissions bribery scandal.
Huffman shelled out far less money than Loughlin to ensure her daughter's place in the school of her choice ($15,000 to Loughlin's $500,000), but it looks as though the impact on her personal life has been just as disastrous.
Macy and Huffman have been married for 22 years and are commonly regarded as one one of Hollywood's most stable couples.
But it seems the fallout from the bribery scandal has shaken their marriage to its very foundations.
"This situation has been very trying on Felicity and William's marriage," a source close to the situation tells Entertainment Tonight.
"They love each other but they've been arguing a lot."
Huffman stands accused working with a corrupt college test prep organization to enable her 18-year-old daughter to cheat on the SATs.
The actress was arrested without incident last week and later released on $250,000 bond,
Macy was not charged.
"Felicity and William have an incredibly strong marriage but this situation has put a tremendous amount of pressure on them," the source adds.
"Their close friends were stunned by the news because they've always a seemed like honest, good people, people who would never lie and cheat to get what they wanted.
"They almost seemed to pride themselves on their honesty."
It seems unlikely that Huffman will serve any jail time, but nevertheless, she faces devastating consequences.
Along with Loughlin, Huffman is being sued for $500 billion by people who claim to have been victimized by the actresses' actions.
Obviously, the plaintiffs will not be awarded such an outlandish sum, but the suit serves as a reminder of the public's profound disdain for Loughlin and Huffman.
And as their careers depend on their likability factor, it seems very likely that neither woman will ever find another job in Hollywood.
We have an update on the Lori Loughlin college cheating scandal that continues to rock the nation.
As previously reported, the actress forever known as Aunt Becky was arrested on Wednesday afternoon.
She was taken into custody by FBI agents in California after returning to the United States from Vancouver, where she had been filming a television show.
We can now also report that Loughlin subsequently appeared before a judge in Los Angeles, where her bail was set at $1 million, the same amount also set for her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli.
Giannulli was not in court on Wednesday, but both individuals were set free after securing this amount against their home, as well as other assets.
Judge Steve Kim originally said at the hearing that he wasn't "comfortable" providing Loughlin with her passport -- but then relented and set conditions for her work.
For example, Loughlin may head to Vancouver to film two more projects in April and May and then to this same city in July for a series.
But she must surrender her passport in December.
Loughlin will also face charges in Boston Federal Court on March 29.
As you've likely read about by now... the actress is in a boatload of trouble.
Along with Felicity Huffman and 48 other, less famous men and women, Loughlin is accused of illegally funneling money to a middle man in California.
This man then worked with an employee at the University of Southern California to break the law and submit Loughlin's daughter's as applicants for entry under false pretenses.
And Loughlin's case is especially galling.
The mother of two and allegedly gave $500,000 to say her daughter Olivia Jade was part of her high school rowing team.
She even had Olivia pose for photos on a rowing machine to make this fradulent argument.
Using this bribery money, along with the fake picture and other phony/doctored pieces of information, Olivia was submitted to USC as a prospective athlete, which lowered her admission standards.
According to the official indictment, Loughlin and her husband “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team - despite the fact that they did not participate in crew - thereby facilitating their admission to USC.”
On Tuesday morning, news went viral of an FBI investigation (amazingly code-named “Operation Varsity Blues") into a group of wealthy parents who are accused of paying between $200,000 and $6.5 million to admit their children into elite universities.
Their reported schemes include everything from faking SAT and ACT scores to paying college coaches to have their children designated as athletic recruits, as is the case here.
Making matters a million times worse for Loughlin?
Olivia Jade is some sort of huge social media star who said on video last year that she's only at school to party.
Moreover, per TMZ, she spent Tuesday night on the yacht of the Chairman of USC's Board of Trustees! This was after news of the scandal broke!
These people are the worst!
Huffman, for her part, allegedly gave $15,000 “to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her oldest daughter,” the indictment states.
She was arrested on Tuesday and released on a $250,000 bond.
More than four dozen people have been charged in the nationwide scam, which is alleged to have placed students in top-tier schools such as Yale, Georgetown, Stanford, the University of Southern California, UCLA and the University of Texas.
Ths investigation into these sordid affairs took place over the course of about a year.
Loughlin has since deleted all her social media accounts and has not yet said anything about the scandal.
On Tuesday, a number of wealthy individuals including CEOs and actors were arrested by the FBI over a massive college fraud scheme.
Felicity Huffman was one of those arrested, and is accused of paying a hefty bribe to get her eldest into college.
It turns out that, just days ago, her husband William H. Macy opened up about his daughter's college search.
Varsity Blues was an FBI operation that resulted in arrests and a scandal that no one expected.
Clearly, William H. Macy didn't expect to see his wife slapped in handcuffs ... or he wouldn't have spoken to Us Weekly just six days earlier.
"We talk showbiz," he said. "My daughter, Sofia, the oldest, she’s in the tribe. She’s going to be an actor."
"She goes to LACHSA," he noted. "The arts high school here."
"And we’re doing the college tour," he continued. "And she’s looking at theater schools."
"So yeah, we talk about it a lot," he said about college.
In terms of how he and wife Felicity parent, William said: "We’re complimentary, really complimentary."
"She’s a great mom," he praised. "She’s kind of astounding.”
Sounds like the mother who would do anything -- absolutely anything -- for her children.
"I’m the luckiest guy on the planet," he beamed.
Macy also noted that his daughters were "crazy for their mom."
Back in January, William H. Macy talked to Parade about his 18-year-old daughter's college search.
Macy announced: "[Sofia’s] going to go to college."
"I’m the outlier in this thing," he admitted.
"We’re right now in the thick of college application time," he said. "Which is so stressful."
That is a very stressful process!
Possibly a little less stressful if someone has paid $15,000 for a Florida Man to take a college entrance exam in your daughter's stead.
"I am voting that once she gets accepted," Macy confessed. "She maybe takes a year off."
Most people cannot afford to do that -- college costs enough on its own.
But when your parents are worth a combined $45 million according to some online estimates, you can afford to spend a year figuring things out.
"God doesn’t let you be 18 twice," Macy stated. "I think this is an opportunity for her."
"But it’s just my opinion," he admitted. "And we’ll see what she wants to do, what Felicity thinks, and how the chips fall."
It may be that mom's opinion doesn't count so much as it would have in January. We'll see.
"My daughter Georgia," Macy noted. "She’s interested in politics, political science, and pursuing that."
He then praised: "She’s in a very academic school and killing it."
Reports said that Felicity Huffman (allegedly!) began to make arrangements for someone to take Georgia's exam, too, but backed out of those.
Maybe she just decided that Georgia was better off taking her own test?
I know that a lot of young, driven people would be absolutely mortified at the thought of someone else taking their test.
Of course, we're sure that the entire family is reeling from this scandal, especially as they try to figure out the same thing as the rest of us:
Who knew about this?
It's been over a week since Leaving Neverland debuted and Michael Jackson's most ardent defenders continue to lash out in appalling and inappropriate ways.
First, Paris Jackson revealed that she doesn't believe her father's accusers and essentially laughed off the very serious allegations against him, much to the chagrin of many of her fans.
Now, the disgraced pop star is being defended by another person who had a close relationship with him as a child.
And Aaron Carter's handling of the situation makes Paris' look perfectly reasonable by comparison.
Carter not only refuses to believe the accusers featured in the documentary, he says he'd like punch one of them -- Wade Robson -- in the face.
Carter made the threat in an interview with TMZ that started on a confusing note and got more bizarre from there.
"My reaction to Leaving Neverland was incredible," says Carter (who doesn't appear to have understood the opening question).
In the rambling segment that appeared online Monday afternoon, Carter goes on to argue that his experience in Jackson's home was positive, therefore, it's impossible that anyone could have been molested by the pop star.
"What you're doing is stomping on an icon and a legend's grave," he says, addressing Robson.
Aaron then played the always-unfortunate "why not come forward sooner?" card.
"Why not do it when he was alive, man?" he demands at one point.
Asked if it was even possible that Robson, Safechuck, and other accusers could be telling the truth, Carter offers this reply:
"Not based on my experience. I hung out with Michael Jackson. I stayed at his house. I stayed in his bedroom."
Carter then concedes that he was 15 at the time, which is considerably older than the age at which Jackson's accusers claim they were molested.
From there, the situation really gets ugly, as Carter openly fantasizes about assaulting Robson:
"I might be a pop singer, but I'm also from the f--kin' South. You're lucky I got something to lose now. Because I would punch you in your face," Carter added in what appears to be a direct threat to Robson.
No word yet on what it is that Aaron has to lose.
You would think both Aaron and Paris have never before encountered the notion that two individuals can have radically different experiences with the same person.
No one is doubting that Michael was a mentor to a number of young entertainers, or that he was a competent and devoted father (although that infamous baby-dangling incident certainly raises a lot of questions).
But there's no ignoring the growing mountain of evidence that suggests Jackson engaged in sexual activity with young boys.
There might be a way for someone to offer a reasonable and informed counter-argument.
But neither Paris nor Aaron is doing that.
As you’ve no doubt heard by now, the documentary Leaving Neverland premiered to tremendous controversy this week.
While the surviving members of Michael Jackson’s family have derided the film as a “public lynching,” many viewers have reported that Neverland left them with little doubt that the pop star molested numerous children throughout his life.
The documentary focuses on two of Jackson’s many accusers, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, both of whom are now grown men, and both of whom were granted the opportunity to tell their stories as never before.
But while Neverland focuses primarily on the appalling accounts offered by Robson and Safechuck, for many, it also raises unsettling questions about the other children who crossed paths with Jackson at the height of his fame.
There are Jackson’s own children, of course.
Two of them have kept quiet in the wake of Neverland, while the singer’s 20-year-old daughter Paris has vocally defended her father and continues to maintain that Michael is 100 percent innocent of all charges.
Then there are the Culkin brothers — Macaulay and Kieran — both of whom, by Jackson’s own admission. shared a bed with the singer while they were still young children.
And, of course, there’s Corey Feldman, the 1980s child star who befriended Jackson in his youth and has vocally defended him ever since.
On Thursday, Feldman spoke out for the first time about the revelations contained in Leaving Neverland.
And to the surprise of many, the 47-year-old stated that he feels he can “no longer defend” Jackson.
“I don’t want to be perceived as I’m here to defend Michael Jackson, because I can no longer do that,” Feldman said in an interview with HLN.
“I can not in good consciousness defend anyone who’s being accused of such horrendous crimes.”
Feldman went on to reiterate that he was never abused by Jackson, stating:
“I’m also not here to judge him, because again, he did not do those things to me and that was not my experience.”
Despite his repeated claim that his own experience with Jackson was purely wholesome, Feldman’s refusal to continue defending the singer speaks volumes about the impact of Leaving Neverland.
Jackson’s music has already been pulled from Canadian radio stations, and many expect US stations to follow suit.
Some say it’s unfair to condemn a man who’s no longer alive to defend himself.
But it is justice for Jackson’s alleged victims, not Jackson himself, that must take precedence.
Tristan Thompson's latest cheatng scandal appears to have hurt everyone ... except for him.
Jordyn Woods' life is in tatters, even though the world never really knew what went down -- until Friday, March 1.
Jordyn sat down with Jada Pinkett Smith on her show, Red Table Talk.
There, she broke her silence, explaining at length what had happened and why she is not a homewrecker.
Khloe took to Twitter and totally flipped out, accusing Jordyn of outright lying.
All Friday afternoon, this conversation dominated the Twitterverse.
And the opinions of tweeters have been decidedly one-sided. Take a look:
1. Jordyn Woods and Jada Pinkett Smith
2. Khloe flipped her s--t
3. Twitter isn't exactly divided
4. Khloe isn't making sense
5. All of this fuss when it was only a kiss?
6. Jada saved the day
Kraft fap-aroni and sleaze!
As you've likely heard by now, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was busted participating in a prostitution ring in -- where else? -- Jupiter, Florida last week.
News of the scandal comes just weeks after the Patriots celebrated their sixth Super Bowl victory.
And it seems that for Kraft, at least, future victories just won't be the same without the ladies of the Asian Orchid massage parlor.
According to a police report obtained by TMZ, Kraft enjoyed the services of numerous masseuses on the weekend of January 19, 2019.
On Saturday, Kraft was chauffeured to Asian Orchid in his blue Bentley.
While there, he paid and generously tipped two women, both of whom "took turns manipulating his genitals."
After the women "cleaned [Kraft] up" (ed. note: yeesh), he tipped them each with a crisp $100 bill.
The next day, Kraft returned, once again chauffeured in his Bentley.
This was an early morning session and he didn't linger quite as long.
After all, Kraft had places to be.
After being rubbed and tugged to completion, the Pats owner boarded his private jet for Kansas City, where the Patriots took on the Chiefs in the AFC Championship game,
The Pats pulled out a thrilling overtime victory, thus giving Kraft his second happy ending of the day.
All of this is extensively detailed in a police report released on Monday:
"[Employee] escorted Kraft to a room identified as JPPD Cam 2. There, the two hugged each other and Kraft took off all his clothing, laid face up on the massage table and [employee] hugged him again," reads one portion of the report.
"At approximately 1102hrs. [Employee] began manipulating Kraft’s penis and testicles and then put her head down by his penis. This went on several minutes," the report continues
"After a few minutes, [employee] wiped Kraft in the area of his genitals with a white towel, helped him get dressed and hugged him again.
"Kraft gave [employee] one $100 bill plus at least one other unidentifiable bill."
We joke about Kraft's indecency, but the crimes he's accused of are actually quite serious.
Police allege that Kraft was an active participant in a sex trafficking ring in which women were essentially sold into slavery.
Since Kraft could easily afford high-end prostitutes who are in business for themselves, his preference for enslaved foreigners might carry some distressing implications about his character.
On paper, NFL owners are bound by the same conduct policy as players -- so we'll see if the NFL is willing to hold a 77-year-old billionaire to the same standards as a 22-year-old recent college grad.
Shocking news out of the music world today, as celebrated singer/songwriter Ryan Adams has been accused of sexual misconduct by several female artists, including his ex-wife, Mandy Moore.
In a scathing report published today by the New York Times, Moore and six other women detailed sexual and psychological abuse they allegedly endured at Adams' hands.
Moore -- who was married to Adams for six years before filing for divorce in 2015 -- says that Adams took advantage of her career aspirations and her youth (she was 23 when they met; Adams was 10 years her senior) in order to manipulate her and engage in years of "psychologically abusive" behavior.
“His controlling behavior essentially did block my ability to make new connections in the industry during a very pivotal and potentially lucrative time — my entire mid-to-late 20s,” Moore told the Times.
“What you experience with him — the treatment, the destructive, manic sort of back and forth behavior — feels so exclusive," she added.
"You feel like there’s no way other people have been treated like this.”
“Music was a point of control for him,” Moore said.
Singer Phoebe Bridgers recounted a similar situation, in which -- as with Moore -- Adams plied her with the promise of career opportunities before making his sexual intentions clear.
Bridgers says that despite some concerns about his behavior, she accepted an opportunity to open for Adams on tour, but quickly regretted it.
“The first day, he asked me to bring him something in his hotel room,” she told the Times.
“I came upstairs and he was completely nude.”
But perhaps the most shocking account comes from an aspiring musician identified only as Ava, who says Adams began sending her nude photos and other sexually explicit material when she was just 14 years old.
“If people knew they would say I was like R Kelley [sic] lol,” Adams messaged her at one point.
Through a statement from his attorney, Adams denies any wrongdoing:
“Mr. Adams unequivocally denies that he ever engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage,” Adams’ lawyer told the Times, adding, “if, in fact, this woman was underage, Mr. Adams was unaware.”
On Twitter, Adams' tone quickly shifted from combative to apologetic.
Before the story broke, he posted a photo of the Times logo with a caption reading:
“Fuck you. You are kitty litter. Happy Valentine’s Day.” He also replied to one tweet before the story’s publication:
“Run your smear piece. But the leagel [sic] eagles see you. Rats. I’m fucking taking you down.”
After the story broke, Adams expressed remorse, while at the same time, denying most of the allegations against him.
“I am not a perfect man and I have made many mistakes,” he tweeted.
“To anyone I have ever hurt, however unintentionally, I apologize deeply and unreservedly.
"But the picture that this article paints is upsettingly inaccurate. Some of its details are misrepresented; some are exaggerated; some are outright false," he added.
"I would never have inappropriate interactions with someone I thought was underage. Period.
“As someone who has always tried to spread joy through my music and my life, hearing that some people believe I caused them pain saddens me greatly,” he added.
“I am resolved to work to be the best man I can be. And I wish everyone compassion, understanding and healing," Adams concluded.
We'll have further updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.
Her major bad, folks.
We don't mean to be flippant about something very serious, of course, as Gina Kirschenheiter has messed up big time.
The Real Housewives of Orange County was booked in Rancho Santa Margarita, California yesterday after getting arrested on a chage of drunk driving.
Local authorities have confirmed the incident to various news and gossip outlets.
“Gina Kirschenheiter was stopped for a traffic violation in Rancho Santa Margarita at Santa Margarita Parkway,” public affairs officer Jaimee Blashaw said via statement, adding:
“She was arrested for DUI at 12:20 a.m. on January 31 and was released at noon that same day.”
The Bravo star is due in court on February 28 -- and has already come out with a statement in light of the arrest.
It reads as follows:
I made a very bad choice the other night after a mom’s night out. I am extremely disappointed in myself and regret my actions wholeheartedly.
I have learned a valuable lesson and hope to show you all that this one incident does not define me.
Kirschenheiter is 34 years old.
She is in the middle of a divorce from her estranged husband, Matt, with whom she shares three children: Nicholas, 6, Sienna, 4, and Luca, 3.
Kirschenheiter and the rest of the long-running show's cast - including Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Shannon Beador, Kelly Dodd and Emily Simpson - are expected to reunite soon for the start of production on Season 14.
(Season 14?!? That's incredible.)
Gina's main storyline last year centered on her split from Matt, to whom she was married for seven years and who did not appear on any Season 13 episodes.
As for what led to the divorce?
“He’s just not that person who compliments you and builds you up and makes you feel great. I’ve never walked out of a room and had him say, ‘Oh my God, you look so beautiful,'" she explained during the last reunion special.
Gina continued at the time:
"You know, I’ve never even really had Matt look me in the eye and tell me in a genuine way, ‘I love you.’ And I do think those things are important.
"But you know what, I see him tell my daughter [Sienna] that, and it makes me love him for that, and I’m OK with that.”
Prior to her arrest this week, the reality star reportedly attended a cocktail party at a plastic surgeon’s office.
She was seen trying Emsculpting, a fat-reduction technique, on her Instagram Story
Larissa Dos Santos Lima is facing a domestic violence charge for allegedly attacking husband Colt Johnson last week.
The criminal complaint - which comes on the heels of an ugly and well-publicized fight between the 90 Day Fiance stars - states that Larissa "did willfully and unlawfully use force or violence against or upon the person of her spouse."
TMZ has obtained the complaint and was the first website to publish this excerpt from it.
The charge is a misdemeanor and was filed Wednesday in Vegas.
As we've documented in detail, Larissa was taken into custody very early last Friday morning after some sort of confrontation with Johnson that resulted in his bloody lip.
Larissa also shared a number of photos online that allegedly depicted what Johnson had done to her face -- but police on the scene determined these wounds (such as the one below) were self-inflicted.
Just hours after his wife was arrested, Johnson filed for divorce.
We've seen reported on how Colt is trying to expediate this process, telling a judge he doesn't want spousal support and that the couple owned no joint property...
... and that he basically wants to be done with Larissa as quickly as legally possible.
The TLC personalities had made plenty of headlines together long before this unfortunate incident.
Late last year, Johnson admitted to having cheated on his wife; while Larissa was also arrested on a domestic battery charge in November, although it was eventually dropped.
In this latest instance, Johnson told cops Larissa became enraged after learning he subscribed to an adult entertainment website.
She accused him of cheating again.
According to the police report, Colt said Larissa had downed half a bottle of antidepressants and was suicidal.
For her part, Larissa alleged that Colt was the aggressor, scratching her in the face and on her torso.
However, cops investigated both sides and believed that Johnson was telling the truth; hence the arrest last Friday around 5 a.m.
In the days since this violent back-and-forth, both Colt and Larissa have posted messages on Instagram.
The former explained to followers how he simply doesn't understand Dos Santos Lima and said he has paid for absolutely everything on her behalf since she moved to America.
Here is a snippet of what he wrote online after filing for divorce:
Larissa, meanwhile, tried to start a GoFundMe account so that fans could help pay for her split and her "new life."
But those behind this fundraising service took down her page for some reason.
"Thank you all who donated on my go fund me campaign. I raised the money I need! When I feel better I will make a video to thank you and I will mention every single donor," she wrote on Instagram on Saturday, sharing that she had a court date for Febriary 12.
This is what she had previously written about the situation on her social media account:
Johnson and Dos Santos Lima married last June after meeting on an online dating website.
He proposed after a mere 11 days together, after which she moved (from Brazil) to Las Vegas to be with him.
Their relationship was documented on season six of 90 Day Fiance, the reality program that follows couples who have applied for or received a K-1 visa available to foreign fiances of US citizens.
They then have 90 days to decide to marry before the visa expires and the foreign half must leave the nation.
Larissa Dos Santos could really use your help right about now.
Your financial help, just to be clear.
On Thursday night, Larissa and the husband with whom she very often argues got into what appears to be an actual fight.
By which we mean... a physical altercation.
The ugly details were shared by both halves of this 90 Day Fiance couple, as Larissa, for example, posted photos and videos overnight of her lacerated face.
"Unfortunately, Colt called the cops," wrote Larissa along with one of the more troubling images, as you can see here:
Larissa later alleged that the back-and-forth started because she caught Colt with a subscription to an adult entertainment account, and she told Instagram followers to "help" her and that Colt will "lie" about what transpired.'
Dos Santos Lima went on to share a video, repeating that Colt had called the police on her.
"I'll be deported," she says in the video, which has since been deleted. "I just scratch him because he was hurt me...I'm really hurt, but he called the police first."
To add to the ugliness and mystery of what actually happened, an Instagram user shared the following image and message:'
This was sent to me by a close friend of Colt’s and in the spirit of fairness I’m posting it.
Colt was obviously trying to tell folks via this image that he was actually the victim of the assault.
And the authorities agreed.
According to TMZ, police only noticed one cut on Larissa's face, but a lot of blood spatter and what they determined to be self-inflicted scratches on her stomach.
They even checked Colt's fingernails and ruled at the scene that he was not responsible for her facial wound.
Based on her history and on this evidence, Las Vegas police arrested Larissa around 5 a.m. and charged her with battery, domestic violence, which is a misdemeanor.
There is a mandatory 12-hour hold and she is now in custody at the Clark County Detention Center.
Bail has been set for Larissa at $3,000... and it doesn't sound like she can afford it.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to assist the reality star with her legal fees; she did not start it, but Larsissa did share it on Instagram.
Reads the plea/message on the account:
LARISSA - 90 day fiance star - WAS ARRESTED After Bloody Fight with Colt, her husband.
Larissa stated that Colt scratched her face, and she scratched him back when she was trying to get away.
She says that he also hidden her phone , so she could not call the cops and he called first.
She denies the allegations of self harm, she says Colt ate his own nails after the episode to avoid jail time.
Cops checked Larissa's criminal history and saw she had two previous arrests for domestic battery ( both cases dismissed) however they arrested her again.
She's being held on $3,000 bond. ( We found out we can pay only $800 today )
She will need an attorney.
Larissa was previously arrested for domestic battery in November.
Based on court records, this was her second arrest for domestic violence.
She had been arrested earlier in 2018 but the charges have since been dismissed.
As of this writing, $1,807 of the GoFundMe's $3,000 goal had been donated.
And some fans out there had shared their stories in support of Larissa. To wit:
"I am a victim of domestic violence and my ex always tried to make me the abuser until he too it too far and almost killed me," remarked one user. "I hope she doesn't run back to him. I will never help again if she does! No one deserves to be treated like Colt treats her!"
Colt has not spoken publicly about the events from Thursday night/Friday morning.
We'll continue to update readers as more information comes in.
But we've compiled all we've learned about the incident below and we invite interested indivduals to click now and scroll all around to get up to date...
In December of 2017, the adult film world was shocked by the suicide of August Ames, an up-and-coming 23-year-old performer who had recently taken the industry by storm.
Ames' death came on the heels of an ugly social media confrontation prompted by some controversial comments she made about a fellow performer.
“Whichever (lady) performer is replacing me tomorrow for @EroticaXNews, you’re shooting with a guy who has shot gay porn, just to let cha know," Ames tweeted just two days before her passing.
"BS is all I can say… Do agents really not care about who they’re representing?… I do my homework for my body.”
The tweet prompted immediate backlash from both fans and fellow performers, many of whom accused Ames of homophobia.
Ames -- who was herself bisexual -- quickly clarified her position, tweeting:
“NOT homophobic. Most girls don’t shoot with guys who have shot gay porn, for safety. That’s just how it is with me. I’m not putting my body at risk, i don’t know what they do in their private lives.”
The charge to denigrate Ames was led by fellow adult performers Jaxton Wheeler and Jessica Drake, who recently claimed she was harassed by Donald Trump.
“Performers, by all means, f–k who you want to f–k…but if you’re eliminating folks based on the fact they they (sic) may have done gay or crossover work, your logic is seriously flawed," Drake tweeted.
"Reality is, WE DON’T KNOW who does what with whom when there are no cameras.”
Within hours of Drake's tweet, Ames was found dead in a public park roughly 20 minutes from her home.
Her death was ruled a suicide by hanging.
At the Adult Video News Awards six weeks later, Ames' widower, Kevin Moore, was greeted with thunderous applause when he took the stage to defend the right of all performers to work with whomever they choose.
Drake was in the audience as fans wearing t-shirts honoring Ames gave Moore a standing ovation.
The narrative that formed around Ames' death was quick and convenient -- PC hysteria had led to rampant cyberbullying, which resulted in Ames' decision to take her own life.
Now, however, in a new podcast entitled the Last Days of August, author Jon Ronson argues that the situation is far more complex than originally thought.
Throughout her life, Ames was open about her traumatic childhood and her struggles with mental illness.
Ronson says her short time in the adult film industry shattered Ames' psyche, a theory he formed after viewing the final scene that she filmed, which has never been released to the public.
“When you think about it, what we were watching in that moment was the moment that she decided to die. That’s what we were watching and it’s awful,” Ronson recently told the New York Post.
“That was the truth of it, that was the moment when she reached the point of no return. The Twitter bullying may have been the icing on the cake, as some people described it.”
Ronson says the scene very clearly took Ames outside of her comfort zone as she was brutalized by a domineering Russian porn star named Markus Dupree.
“On more than one occasion in the footage, Markus forcefully repositions August, which visibly startles her,” Ronson's co-host, Jessica Misitzis, says in the podcast.
“She says ‘Whoa s–t!’ and at one point Markus picks up her pink thong, stretches it around her head, jerks her around by it, and then shoves it in her mouth.
“At the end of her scene, August is interviewed by a crew member to establish consent for legal purposes. She’s staring straight into the camera, holding up her check for the day’s work, her makeup’s gone and her hair is pulled back, she looks resigned and emotional and hollow all at once," Mitzis adds.
"‘Were you treated OK?’ she’s asked. And flatly, and quietly she says, ‘Yes.’ For the first time in this footage, all the camera is focused on is August’s face and she seems like she’s verging on tears.”
In text messages viewed by Ronson and Mitzis, Ames complains to a friend that Dupree went "full on War Machine," a reference to the adult perfomer who assaulted Christy Mack in 2014.
Six weeks after filming that scene, Ames took her own life.
The Last Days of August is currently available on Audible.
David Eason is in trouble with the law.
You'll forgive us if we don't exactly feel much sympathy for the close-minded bigot.
Earlier this month, the former Teen Mom star had his awful wife, Jenelle Evans, record him towing a white truck with his own truck because he believed the vehicle was blocking his boat.
Yes, this incident really happened.
Yes, it's as ridiculous as it sounds.
No, it's probably not among the top 17 most ridiculous things Eason did or said over the past year or so.
You can relive the madness here:
You can relive the allegedly illegal madness there, we ought to now say, because Eason has been charged with a crime.
According to Radar Online, which obtained the summons, Eason is facing charges for tampering with a vehicle and causing injury to personal property.
These charges were filed on December 27 by the Wilmington, North Carolina, Police Department.
"There is probable cause to believe that on our about the date of offense shown [December 19] and in the county named above, you unlawfully and willfully did by placing a winch cable on a victim's vehicle and pulling same causing damage to the transmission," reads this summons.
"There is probable cause to believe that on or about the date of offense shown and in the county named, you unlawfully and willfully did wantonly injure personal property, GMC Truck transmission, the property of Terry Hill."
It appears to be true, folks:
You can't just go around towing other people's cars or trucks.
Let this be a lesson.
In the video's comments section, which hilariously now serves as the evidence that may convict Eason, the notorious gun-lover and Confederate Flag-lover says the following:
Learn the right way to deal will [sic] a$$holes who think it’s cool to block you in a parking space.
Good thing my trailer has a folded tongue that allowed me to get my truck out so I can tow him out of the way, in order to move my boat.
Yes, this really is a good thing.
Because by using said folded tongue, Eason may have set himself up to be busted by the police.
Evans can be heard laughing and encouraging her husband to move the automobile in this footage, egging Eason on in this manner:
“If you’re going to park this close and there’s no money in the meter... Pulled that motherf-cker out of the way.”
Eason must now appear in court for a hearing on January 28, 2019.
He will be held in contempt if he fails to show up.
For those unaware:
Eason was fired from Teen Mom 2 in February after he tweeted a fresh set of homophobic remarks.
She later told E! News that the incident was just a “drunk and dramatic misunderstanding" -- and later told fans that she “would not put up with” being in an abusive relationship, insisting that “everything’s fine” between them.
We don't believe her.