Antonella Barba was maybe the most controversial contestant in American Idol history.
And not much has changed for the former singer many years later.
According to TMZ and other outlets, the Season 6 near- finalist was arrested on Thursday morning and charged with a felony.
She is being held in jail without bond because she allegedly tried to sell over 100 grams of heroin.
Not many other details are available at the moment, but Barba is looking at significant jail time if this really is the crime she is accused of committing and if she is found guilty.
Here is her mug shot, courtesy of the Norfolk Sheriff's Department;
Despite finishing just outside the Top 12 on Season 6, Barba made numerous headlines in 2007 for a very different kind of scandal in which she found herself.
She gained notoriety for posing in a wet t-shirt in the fountain of the World War II Memorial in D.C. -- and also for allegedly having photos taken of her while she gave someone oral sex.
Barba continued to be voted on to subsequent rounds during her run on Idol, stirring up quite a debate over whether she was earning the favor of viewers for her singing talent...
... or for these more lewd and explicit exploits.
We've blurred out the most private part of this photo, but here's one of the pictures that got Barba in trouble back in the day:
She was also arrested for shoplifting in New York City in 2011.
She was charged with two misdemeanors at the time.
Still, the following year, Barba appeared on an episode of Fear Factor.
She has also acted in a number of short films since... had a small role in 2017's All About the Money... and, earlier this year, she appeared on a "Where Are They Now?" segment on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
No one from Barba's camp has commented on her arrest just yet.
In related news...
Fellow American Idol alum Haley Reinhart, - who also appeared on this same Jimmy Kimmel Live! segment- was arrested on one count of battery after getting into a bar fight in Chicago last year.
Reinhart was found guilty in February.
However, the judge agreed to strike the conviction from her record if she has no run-ins with the law in the next two years.
We'll update this story with more news as it breaks.
As far as we know, Barba remains behind bars right now, pending an upcoming hearing.
Let's hope she turns her life around.
It's been five months since Bill Cosby was found guilty of raping Andrea Constand in 2004.
Today, a sentencing hearing for the disgraced comedy legend began, and while it looks increasingly likely that Cosby will go to prison for his crimes, many feel that the 81-year-old will likely escape with a much lighter sentence than he deserves.
In a Pennsylvania courtroom today, prosecutor Kevin Steele implored a sentencing judge to throw the book at Cosby with 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine for the crime of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand.
“This is about a person who put himself in a situation of being a mentor,” Steele told the court.
“We know he had other intentions right from the beginning: What he saw in Andrea the first time he laid eyes on her, what his plan was," he continued.
"He used his fame. He doesn’t recognize that it’s wrong to drug somebody and sexually assault them."
Those present in the courtroom described Steele as "very emotional" noting that the prosecutor was “almost crying" during his closing statements.
Cosby's victim also addressed the court, providing a brief statement in what one observer described as a clear, unemotional voice:
"I have testified, I have given you my victim impact statement. You heard me, the jury heard me and Mr. Cosby heard me," Constand said.
"All I'm asking for is justice as the court sees fit."
Sentencing has been delayed until at least Tuesday due to the absence of a defense witness who was unable to testify today, but we already have a rough idea of what's in store for Cosby.
While the TV personality who was once dubbed "America's dad" could face up to 30 years in prison, the judge in his case informed the courtroom today that Cosby will not serve a sentence of longer than three years.
Sources connected to the case are said to be outraged by the judge's determination and believe it to be the result of the defense's assertion that Cosby is too old and infirm to represent a threat to the public.
We will have further details on this developing story as more information becomes available.
Michael Ketterer, a finalist just this week on Season 13 of America's Got Talent, was arrested on Thursday afternoon and charged with domestic violence.
The arrest took place just one day after Ketterer lost out to magician Shin Lim for the latest title on this long-running NBC competition.
The aspiring singer was taken into custody by the Los Angeles Police Department around 3:45 p.m. yesterday, multiple outlets have confirmed.
According to TMZ, Ketterer was arrested after he got into a fight with his wife, Ivey, who reportedly displayed a visible red mark when the authorities arrived at their hotel room.
Ketterer told the aforementioned website that the entire thing was a "misunderstanding," alleging that his wife told cops she didn't want to press charges.
Ketterer, who works as a pediatric mental health nurse and who resides in Knoxville, Tennessee, impressed the judges and the audience on Tuesday night when he belted out the emotional lyrics of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough."
He said during the finale that he was dedicating the track to "my God because he moved mountains.”
Prior to this performance, Ketterer had advanced all the way to the live rounds after Simon Cowell hit the Golden Buzzer during an earlier audition.
He had also received a promise from Garth Brooks (yes, Garth Brooks!) that the country legend would write a song for Ketterer if he made it all the way to the finals.
Brooks has since invited Ketterer to sing at his sold-out Notre Dame Stadium concert on October 20.
It's unclear at the moment whether or not this invitation still stands.
Said Brooks in a Facebook Live video, after being told about Ketterer by Cowell:
"We’re going to suit you up with a band. We’re going to put you out in front of 85,000 of the sweetest people you’ve ever played for before, and they’re going to be pulling for you like no other.
"This is going to be good."
Ketterer, however, was one of the few America's Got Talent finalists NOT scheduled to perform with winner Lim at America's Got Talent Live in Las Vegas in November.
Confirmed to perform are Courtney Hadwin, Brian King Joseph, Vicki Barbolak, Duo Transcend and Samuel J. Comroe.
On a personal note, The 41-year-old singer and Ivey were high school sweethearts who chose to pursue adoption when their daughter, Sophie, was six years old and asked for brothers.
The couple went on to adopt five boys from foster care, starting with brothers Jared, Chase and Jeriah.
Then came Sean, who at one point was acually homeless; and then Rodrigo, a nine-year-old who suffers from cerebral palsy.
Ketterer ended his strong America's Got Talent run by finishing in fifth place.
No word yet from anyone associated with the show or NBC.
As of this writing, Michael is free on $50,000 bail.
We'll update this story when or if more news breaks.
Amanda Stanton was arrested very early morning in Las Vegas on a battery domestic violence charge.
Her sort of sultry and likely quite intoxicated mug shot, along with details from the incident, are below...
According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the 28-year-old former Bachelor suitor and Bachelor in Paradise contestant was taken into custody around 3:15 a.m. due to an alleged altercation between her and her boyfriend, Bobby Jacobs.
Insiders tell TMZ that Stanton was drinking late into the night as part of a co-ed bachelorette party.
The gathering, which included Jacobs, ended up in a hotel room after the group had been out and about for hours beforehand.
Law enforcement tell the aforementioned celebrity gossip website that security arrived at the room at one point in response to a noise complaint.
Jacobs was reportedly talking to a guard when Stanton (who was far from sober) attempted to intervene and shoved her boyfriend in the process.
This is why the security guard called the police.
Stanton was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence and was released later on Monday.
Sources say, however, that she and Jacobs are still together and on perfectly fine terms.
They both think someone slipped something into Amanda's drink, which prompted her to act in this unusually violent manner.
Stanton has not yet commented on what transpired, but she did share photos on Instagram over the weekend from the Vegas adventure, writing at one point:
"All 3 of us have had Bachelorette parties but only one of us is actually getting married… #pregamingpavlis."
The veteran ABC personality - who appeared on season 20 of The Bachelor and seasons 3 and 4 of Bachelor in Paradise - was in Sin City for a bachelorette party with friends, including fellow Bachelor contestant Lauren Bushnell.
The mother of two actually agreed to marry Josh Murray at one point, only for that romance to end in December of 2016.
She also briefly dated Bachelor in Paradise Season 4 star Robby Hayes, and was mentioned on the program just last night after Hayes made a surprise appearance on Season 5.
Almost immediately, a male contestant warned the women on the island that Hayes had supposedly cheated in Stanton, an allegation he has denied.
As an actress, Stanton has appeared in The Cheetah Girls 2 and Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh.
As a love interest of Jacobs, she started dating her current beau after he slid into her direct messages, saying the following to Us Weekly two months ago:
"We don’t really have a great story.
"I wish we had a more exciting story. We were saying that we should just say we met at the dog park or something...
"I guess it’s pretty normal these days. It just is funny to say."
Gloria Govan, a woman mostly known to the public at large for having sizable breasts and for having slept with a handful of professional athletes, is in trouble with the law.
According to TMZ, Govan was arrested on Friday on a charge of felony child endangerment.
This is what sources say went down...
Based on Govan's custody arrangement with ex-husband and former NBA forward Matt Barnes, the latter was scheduled to pick up his and Gloria's kids from school on Friday.
Barnes was then the parent legally determined to be spending Labor Day Weekend with the childen.
HOWEVER, Govan apparently had other ideas.
She showed up about five minutes before the final school bell rang and put her two sons in her car.
Not long afterward, Barnes arrived and told his boys to get into his car because, again, it was his turn to spend a few days with him.
The kids reportedly acquiesced and got into the car with their dad.
It was at this point, TMZ writes, that Govan "flew into a rage," screaming and cursing and even blocking the path of Barnes' car.
A witness to the ugly scene promptly called 911.
Govan was subsequently arrested for child endangerment and also violating a court order.
After police her Gloria to jail, they allowed Barnes take the kids after he showed them paperwork that proved he had custody this weekend.
Govan was eventually released after posting $100,000 bail.
The Basketball Wives star split from Barnes in 2014 after nearly two years of marriage.
The divorce was finalized in 2016.
Before this legal break-up was complete, however, Govan started to date Derek Fisher (pictured below), an ex-teammate of Barnes and a multiple-time NBA champion.
In June of last year, Fisher and Govan got into a serious car accident, with rumors running rampant that the crash was caused because Govan was giving Fisher a blow job while he was driving.
We cannot verify this story, however.
The oral sex part, we mean. The crash definitely happened.
Prior to this incident, Barnes drove to Fisher's house and punched him in the face because he was angry over Derek's romance with his ex-wife.
In her latest Instagram post, final to her arrest, Govan wrote the following:
Let me tell y’all something… there isn’t a person on this earth that isn’t struggling with something! I don’t care how much money, success, or followers anyone has.
We all have problems. You’re not alone. Trust me. Don’t let peoples filtered pictures fool you. God has equipped you, HE has prepared you for everyday. Each day is ordered by him.
You’re going to be ok!!! You will get through this. Trust in your purpose and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
A prayer for all of us.
On Wednesday, while Cardi B fans were mesmerized by her borderline X-rated hot-and-heavy PDA video with Offset, she is also accused of having committed a crime.
Specifically, she is accused of having sent her minions to attack a pair of strip club bartenders.
Why? She allegedly got it into her head that her husband Offset slept with these women - months ago.
TMZ reports that Cardi B allegedly ordered an attack on a pair of strip club employees at Angels Strip Club.
Though initial reports said that it had been a pair of strippers who were attacked, it has since been clarified that Jade and Baddie G are not strippers themselves.
They are bartenders at a strip club.
They say that on Wednesday, August 29, they say that they were face-to-face with Cardi at the club at which they both work.
According to their allegations, Cardi had several members of her posse attack them, throwing bottles and chairs.
That's a serious allegation, but they say it was a serious attack, inflicting very real injuries upon both of them.
This is apparently not even the first time.
Jade says that on August 15, she got a heads up warning that the rapper had put a bullseye on her back.
She says that later that evening, she was attacked by five associates of Cardi's who apparently grabbed her hair, punched her, and hit her with an ashtray.
This apparently goes back months. Back in June, Cardi reportedly confronted Jade and her sister Baddie G at a hotel in Atlanta.
Cardi is said to have accused Jade of having slept with Offset.
When Jade denied it, she said that the 25-year-old (real name Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar) threatened her with physical harm.
If the accusations are true, Cardi made good on that promise.
TMZ wants it absolutely clear that no one has accused Cardi of personally attacking either woman. She is accused of having her goons attack them.
Allegedly, Cardi personally told the sisters:
"I'm blood I'll f--k you bitches up!"
Yeah. Jade and Baddie G have contacted attorney Joe Tacopina, who says that he is considering a lawsuit against Cardi over these alleged attacks.
The sisters are also planning to contact police to file a criminal complaint about the attack, and may have done so by the time that you read this.
That is an awful lot of trouble for Cardi to potentially get into just a matter of weeks after becoming a first-time mom to Kulture.
It's also not the only legal issue facing the new family. As you may recall, Offset was arrested for gun possession in July.
That was a violation of his parole, which could potentially mean that he could wind up behind bars if his attorneys are unable to get him out of it.
Now, Cardi could be looking at charges of her own for allegedly ordering at least one assault on another human being.
At the same time, the August 15 attack sounds very hard to prove unless someone confesses and gives over evidence.
The attack on August 29, on the other hand, sounds like it happened indoors. We have to wonder if it was caught on security cameras.
Obviously, no one should be ordering attacks on anyone because this is real life and not some sort of nightmarish mob movie.
But we have to say that it sounds especially strange that Cardi is allegedly targeting a pair of bartenders whom she does not seem to actually know.
If you think that someone may have had sex with your husband, you should be mad at your husband, right? Not at some random woman who might not even know that he's married.
There have been other accusations that Offset is a cheater. He's 26 and now has four kids, for whatever that's worth.
If Cardi is going to allegedly order attacks on every woman rumored to have hooked up with Offset, she's going to be very busy.
Maybe she should find a new husband instead of an axe to grind. More importantly, we hope that she won't commit any crimes.
We don't want to have to wonder about who will raise Kulture. We just don't.
Michael Cohen, who worked for two decades as Donald Trump's personal lawyer, reached a plea deal today with federal prosecutors.
In doing so, the man who has often been referred to as the President's "fixer" implicated the Commander-in-Chief in two major crimes.
Cohen is now on record as saying "in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office" he acted to keep information that would have been harmful to the candidate and the campaign from becoming public during the 2016 election cycle.
Cohen has flipped on his long-time client.
The "candidate" referenced above is very obviously Trump (no one is arguing against this) and the coordinated effort about which Cohen is talking has to do with payments made on Trump's behalf to a pair of women:
1. Karen McDougal.
2. Stormy Daniels (pictured below).
Trump allegedly carried on affairs with both of these women and, with Cohen's assistance, arranged for each to be paid off in order to keep them quiet about the sexual intercourse.
Under regular circumstances, this might not be illegal.
A woman is allowed to sign a contract in which she agrees not to disclose details about nearly anything in exchange for a sum of money.
HOWEVER, Cohen says he was instructed by Trump to make these payments specifically so that news of his affairs would not affect the Presidential election.
The deals were made with the explicit cause of influencing the minds of votes and THAT is what makes them potentially against the law.
“I participated in the conduct for the purposes of influencing the election,” Cohen said about his payments to porn star Daniels and ex-Playboy model McDougal.
Yes, he said this in court.
Yes, it's safe to assume he will testify to this same charge if he must do so again.
And, yes, it's possible Cohen has additional tapes of Trump making various admissions and issuing certain directives.
After all, one noteworthy exchange between the attorney and his former client has already been made public.
It depicts Cohen and Trump discussing the payment that will be made to McDougal (pictured above).
You can listen to it here:
Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts during his day in court on Tuesday.
The charges against Cohen include:
Tax fraud, false statements to a bank and campaign finance violations tied to his work for Trump... including payments Cohen made or helped orchestrate that were designed to silence women who claimed affairs with the then-candidate.
Regarding the charge linked to Daniels, Cohen said the money "was later repaid to me by the candidate."
Trump, of course, has denied having knowledge that Cohen paid anyone off on his behalf and has certainly denied ever paying him back.
Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, didn't shy away from directly calling out the president this afternoon.
"If those payments were a crime for Michael Cohen, then why wouldn't they be a crime for Donald Trump?” he asked in a statement.
That's a fair question.
Elsewhere this afternoon, Paul Manafort - President Trump’s former campaign chairman, pictured below - was found guilty on eight counts of financial crimes by a federal jury in Virginia.
This verdict came about as a result of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
He was found guilty on five tax fraud counts, two counts of bank fraud and one charge of hiding foreign bank accounts.
Manafort (pictured below) faces a maximum of 80 years in jail.
For the record now, Trump's former national security advisor, lawyer and deputy campaign manager have all pleaded guilty to various federal crimes.
His former campaign manager has been convicted of eight felonies.
Can you imagine all that Mueller and his team would uncover if this weren't a Rigged Witch Hunt?!?
The ACE Family is a successful YouTube channel with over 10,800,000 subscribers.
A few days ago, they reported that their home had been broken into while they were at Disneyland. They even uploaded a lengthy video about the aftermath, showing broken glass and a police presence.
But some believe that they may have staged the entire thing, right down to fake police. And the evidence is mounting. ...
The ACE Family isn't actually named ACE -- it's an acronym of their names.
Austin McBroom is a former basketball player. Catharine Paiz is his very pregnant wife. Elle McBroom is their adorable toddler daughter.
On August 16, they shared a half-hour video on their YouTube channel featuring their home, broken glass, and police. The story is that their home was burglarized while they were at Disneyland.
Burglaries can happen anywhere and to anyone, but they are an all-too-common danger in affluent L.A. neighborhoods.
But an array of cyber sleuths says that, despite the video evidence, they don't think that this really happened.
They think that the family faked a break-in for views.
Now, vloggers are famous for drama and hyperbole. Nobody -- nobody -- does clickbait like a YouTuber whose clicks pay the bills.
A book fell over? I'M BEING HAUNTED. Someone bumped into you at the mall? I WAS ATTACKED.
But a lot of folks on social media think that this wasn't exaggerated -- that it was totally staged. Some even asked what kind of family would pose for a YouTube thumbnail photo after a burglary.
While a robbery on that street was reported to the LAPD, no one can confirm if it took place at their address.
People nioted that the super friendly police officer's interactions with the camera looked odd, and wondered if he was even really with the LAPD.
@YouTubeShadeRooms shared a literal receipt after a fan of the page dug up evidence that Top Cop Shop LA rented out fake police and fake police cars on August 16.
Catherine took to Twitter to decry these theories as a "smear campaign" that aim to deligitimize their family and also the LAPD. That last part seems like a stretch.
But Starcasm has a different theory -- that the ACE Family was burglarized, but then had to remake part or all of the video the next evening.
In this scenario, what may have happened was the family suffered a break-in, but what they recorded wasn't enough or wasn't good enough to be a nice dramatic YouTube video.
So it is possible that they then rented out reenactors, which is not uncommon on reality shows, to recreate everything the next day to make a video that they could market on YouTube.
That would be a lot of work ... but is it true? We don't know.
(Seriously, they posed for a YouTube thumbnail photo)
Some would ask why anyone would go to such elaborate lengths and possibly spend thousands of dollars to either fabricate a break-in or recreate the aftermath for the camera.
The answer may be simple: either the sympathy story or, if they're caught, the scandal, would be a welcome distraction from their last bit of press.
Because they had a very different scandal just a couple of weeks ago.
See, some of Austin McBroom's old tweets surfaced earlier this month -- not two weeks before the alleged break-in.
In these tweets, Austin, who is biracial, says a lot of disparaging things about black women, and seems to pick on black women in St. Louis in particular while claiming that he is attracted to blue-eyed white women.
After the controversy of those haunting, regrettable tweets, a burglary of their home must have seemed like an act of divine providence to give them a new narrative.
PewDiePie has issued a mea culpa for being a misguided, insensitive, offensive moron.
Three days after Demi Lovato was hospitalized for a drug overdose, the YouTube star thought it would be funny to make fun of the singer and her situation.
How could it not be, right?
This is a young woman who has batted self-esteem issues and mental health issues for years... who had admitted to having suicidal thoughts at the age of seven... and who nearly died after a night of hard and dangerous partying this week.
Talk about prime material for a joke, right?!?
Yes, according to PewDiePie.
Shortly after news broke about Lovato's overdose, PewDiePie (what kind of name is PewDiePie?!?) shared a meme online that depicted the trouble artist asking her mother for money in order to buy a burger.
After receiving the money, however, Lovato turns around and buys heroin instead.
Here is the since-deleted image:
A couple of quick thoughts come to mind:
FIRST, this simply isn't funny. Like, at all.
If you're going to go out on an offensive limb to crack a joke, you better make sure it's a funny joke.
This is just dumb and non-sensical. (Why would Lovato need to borrow cash from her mother? The whole thing makes no sense.)
SECOND, what the heck is wrong with you, PewDiePie?!?
We weren't the only ones asking this question, as the YouTuber was forced to take down his stupid meme and then issue a statement in the wake of severe backlash.
"Deleted meme," he wrote to start his apology, which concluded as follows:
"I didnt mean anything with it and I didnt fully know about the situation. I realize now it was insensitive, sorry!"
You knew that Lovato overdosed on heroin (it has since been reported that the substance actually was NOT heroin) and you went ahead and posted that meme.
What misinterpretation about the situation are you claiming here?
Lovato, tragically, was found unconscious by her assistant around 11 a.m. on Tuesday morning.
This assistant then dialed 911 (listen to the call HERE) and paramedics revived the star prior to taking her to the hospital.
It is believed that Demi will soon head to a treatment facility somewhere far away from Los Angeles, but this has not yet been confirmed by the singer or anyone close to her.
It is simply what various anonymous insiders have reported.
In the meantime, practically everyone in Hollywood has sent his or her best wishes, as an entire industry worries about a young woman who has been so open over the years about her substance abuse issues.
We are all just praying she gets better.
And hoping she knows how many folks out there love her.
Anthony Anderson is under criminal investigation.
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed that it received a report against the Black-ish star, with The Blast writing that Anderson is accused of assaulting a woman last year after an event she catered for him.
Inside tell the aforementioned website that the unnamed victum met with Anderson a second time after the event to discuss future opportunities.
This is supposedly when the assault took place, although no other details are really known about it at this time
“We have a crime report listing him as a suspect in a crime. It is an open investigation," the LAPD has simply said in response to this story.
A spokesperson for the star, meanwhile, has issued a statement on Anderson's behalf.
It reads as follows:
“It’s unfortunate that anyone can file a police report, whether it is true or false.
"The authorities have not contacted Anthony or any of his representatives about this matter. Anthony unequivocally disputes the claim.
Back in 2004, Anderson and assistant director Wayne Witherspoon were accused of raping an extra on the set of the 2004 film “Hustle & Flow."
However, the charges were later dropped when the judge ruled that there was no probable cause to try the case.
This has no practical bearing on the latest charges, we're just reporting a few facts.
Anderson was just nominated his fourth Emmy Award for his portrayal of Andre Johnson, the patriarch on the ABC sitcom Black-ish.
He is set to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame later this year, as well.
On the small screen, Anderson's resume includes appearance and/or starring roles on Guys with Kids, Treme, Psych, Shameless and The Shield.
On the big screen, he has had roles in The Departed (2006), Kangaroo Jack (2003) and Transformers (2007) and Scream 4 (2011).
Anderson is married with two kids.
We'll have more on this story if/when news breaks.
James Gunn has been fired as director of Guardians of the Galaxy 3.
The decision to remove Gunn from the project arrived on Friday after conservative uncovered old tweets by Gunn in which the filmmaker joked about controversial topics such as pedophilia and rape.
Gunn has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump over the past several months and, some believe, had been targeted by Republicans such as Jack Posobiec.
But that doesn't change the fact that Gunn did write the Tweets in question.
"The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him," Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said in a statement announcing Gunn's departure.
Gunn directed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and was hired awhile back to helm its follow-up.
The very old Tweets at the center of this scandal have since been deleted, but Internet users posted screenshots that appear to show the director had written jokes about assault and other subjects.
A sample: “Laughter is the best medicine. That’s why I laugh at people with AIDS.”
Another: "The best thing about being raped is when you’re done being raped and it’s like ‘whew this feels great, not being raped!'"
On Thursday, in response to this growing scandal, Gunn Tweeted:
"Many people who have followed my career know, when I started, I viewed myself as a provocateur, making movies and telling jokes that were outrageous and taboo.
"As I have discussed publicly many times, as I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor."
"It’s not to say I’m better, but I am very, very different than I was a few years ago; today I try to root my work in love and connection and less in anger.
"My days saying something just because it’s shocking and trying to get a reaction are over."
Most of the inappropriate messages were sent in 2008 and 2009.
They were dug up by conservative outlet The Daily Caller.
Gunn issued a statement on Friday afternoon, saying that he "regretted" the tweets in question and stressed that "they don't reflect the person I am today."
The director added in his lengthy response to the flap:
Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions taken today.
Even these many years later, I take full responsibility for the way I conducted myself then.
All I can do now, beyond offering my sincere and heartfelt regret, is to be the best human being I can be: accepting, understanding, committed to equality, and far more thoughtful about my public statements and my obligations to our public discourse.
To everyone inside my industry and beyond, I again offer my deepest apologies. Love to all.
Gunn has been penning the script for Guardians 3, and the film was expected to begin shooting in Atlanta in the fall for an expected 2020 release date.
He had been keeping fans apprised of his progress via social media messages such as the following:
Marvel has not yet announced a replacement for Gunn.
Do you think he deserved to be fired for these Tweets?
Edgar Hansen, one of the stars on the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch, pleaded guilty in court late last week to the sexual abuse of a 16-year old.
According to The Seattle Times, Hansen confessed to a charge of fourth-degree assault with sexual motivation on Friday.
In exchange for his plea, he received a 364-day suspended prison sentence and was ordered to undergo a sexual deviance evaluation.
He also received two years’ probation and various fees and fines totaling $1,653, with an additional $4,800 fine suspended, court records show.
Hansen will not serve any time behind bars.
The 47-year old fisherman is the deck boss and key crew member of a Seattle-based crabbing boat helmed by his older brother, Sig Hansen.
The siblings have risen to fame and fortune due to their popular Discovery Channel reality series.
As for the details of this ugly case?
A 16-year-old girl told her therapist in October of last year that Hansen sexually assaulted her at a suburban Seattle home on September 30, 2017.
The aforementioned newspaper cited a probable-cause affidavit filed in Snohomish County District Court to back up this allegation.
This teenager also relayed to the police these same allegations.
In a brief handwritten statement accompanying his guilty plea, Hansen acknowledged “touching [the victim’s] private areas … for the purpose of my own sexual gratification.”
“I committed this assault… I am very sorry for that conduct and I have commenced treatment to ensure that nothing like this assault ever happens again.”
The victim (unnamed because she is a minor) said Hansen “kissed her on the lips, touched her vagina and had her touch his penis,” prosecutors said in their probable cause affidavit.
Investigators also spoke with Hansen’s wife, who said she “confronted him” after learning of the abuse.
He “initially denied” it, but “eventually admitted that he kissed [the victim] and touched her inappropriately.”
Edgar Hansen’s guilty plea comes just weeks after his famous brother, Sig, was sentenced to probation for spitting on an Uber driver last year.
This Deadliest Catch caption was given a deferred sentence, ordered to undergo alcohol treatment and placed on a year of probation.
Sig told People Magazine at the time that he was “terribly sorry” and “very embarrassed” for his role in this incident.
Sig Hansen is also currently awaiting a decision from the state Court of Appeals over a King County judge’s ruling that would allow a sexual-abuse lawsuit brought by his estranged daughter, Melissa Eckstrom, to proceed to trial.
He has denied her claims referring to Eckstrom’s law suit “an old-fashioned shakedown.”
Also of note, in regard to Deadliest Catch, Blake Painter, a former captain on the show, died in May of a suspected drug overdose.
Neither Hansen sibling nor any Discovery Channel representative has spoken yet on Edgar Hansen’s crime.
Corey Sligh, an actor who formerly worked as an extra on soap operas such as The Young and the Restless, All My Children and Days of Our Lives, has been found guilty of molesting a young girl in Georgia.
According to local news outlet The Cherokee Tribune, the 30-year old was found guilty on June 28 of inappropriately and illegally touching a child younger than 10 years old.
The actor and model is also awaiting trial on similar case in Florida.
Bill Bishop, chief assistant state attorney for Okaloosa County in Florida, says Singh faces one count of lewd and lascivious molestation, which carries a sentence of 25 years to life in prison if convicted.
For the current conviction, however, Sligh faces five to 20 years behind bars.
No sentencing date has been set for him just yet.
Sligh was arrested in his hometown of Canton, Georgia in November of 2016.
At the time, he was charged with the two counts after the parents of a young girl reported to authorities that the actor allegedly touched their daughter and forced her to touch him inappropriately.
The alleged incident took place in March of that same year and was reported to the police in September.
It is unclear just how many times Sligh allegedly molested his victim in Georgia.
"Corey Sligh maintains his innocence," his lawyer told E! News, adding:
"The jury found him not guilty on Count 1. The jury compromised to guilty on Count 2 after deliberating for days and requesting to be hung and released from service."
The part-time actor recurred on the aforementioned dramas as a waiter and a bartender.
However, Sligh is also known for an unusual, violent incident that made him a victim back in November of 2014.
In this instance, Sligh claimed that he and his girlfriend were randomly attacked while delivering Thanksgiving meals, resulting in serious injuries and a hospital trip for the star.
This is a photo he shared of himself afterward:
Weeks after his Georgia arrest, meanwhile, Sligh was arrested and charged with one count of lewd and lascivious molestation stemming from another incident involving another girl under the age of 10.
It's confusing to follow, but...
Florida Police said her mother told authorities that her child said Sligh touched her inappropriately and forced her to touch him while they were vacationing in Rosemary Beach.
It was basically the same actions he was accused of in Georgia.
"There is an allegation in Florida by the same person alleging the same conduct," his attorney explains.
"The Florida evidence was presented in the Georgia trial to further bolster the State's case. Corey had 30-50 family and friend supporters in court every day during the trial.
We, including his wife, stand behind him still. We hope that Corey's exemplary reputation and character prior to this allegation will be considered in sentencing.
"The conviction will be appealed regardless of sentence."
We'll update this gross story with more details as they come in.
A new and very disturbing allegation has been leveled against music producer Dr. Luke.
To be more accurate, the allegation itself is not new.
But it has only just now been made public, and it has the music industry reeling in many different directions.
Allow us to explain...
The Blast has obtained legal documents that allege Kesha told Lady Gaga via text message in 2016 that Dr. Luke had raped both herself... and Katy Perry.
The first accusation listed above has been documented several times in the past.
Kesha claimed back in 2014 that Dr. Luke assaulted her and harassed her throughout their professional relationship and she has since filed a lawsuit against the infamous producer.
On May 31, however, Luke's attorney filed papers that include the following sections:
On Feb. 26, 2016, [Kesha] sent a text message to Stefani Germanotta p/k/a Lady Gaga which repeated [Kesha’s] false claim that Gottwald had raped her.
In this text message, [Kesha] also falsely asserted that Gottwald had also raped Kathryn Hudson p/k/a Katy Perry.
Following this text message conversation, and with [Kesha’s] encouragement, Ms. Germanotta spread negative messages about Gottwald in the press and on social media.
For example, in February 2016, Ms. Germanotta posted multiple articles discussing defendant defamatory statements on her Twitter page.
To be clear, as mentioned above, it is Dr. Luke's own attorney who included these text message excerpts in his court filing.
He is claiming that Kesha has defamed his client and is denying her accusations about both her rape and the rape of Perry by Dr. Luke.
We reported last August that Lady Gaga had agreed to submit unedited text exchanges she had with Kesha to the court in an attempt to assist Kesha with her lawsuit against Dr. Luke.
In addition to co-producing Kesha’s breakout hits “TiK ToK” and “We R Who We R,” the producer also worked on a number of Perry singles, including “I Kissed a Girl,” “Teenage Dream” and “Roar.”
There's no debate here that he knows Perry well.
But there's obviously a very big difference between knowing her well and assaulting her in the manner Kesha has reportedly described to her friends.
No one from Kesha, Lady Gaga or Katy Perry's camps have commented on this story.
In a New York Times feature published a year ago, Perry simply said “I had to leave the nest" when asked why she stopped working with Dr. Luke.
Dr. Luke alleges he lost out on over $10 million that he would have made for working on various Perry’s albums... and thinks Kesha’s allegations damaged his reputation and led to his split from the American Idol judge.
The documents published by The Blast also reveal that Perry has been deposed as part of Kesha's lawsuit, but they do not give details to what was said.
Luke, meanwhile, has strongly denied all allegations of assault and abuse by Kesha.
He has countersued the singer for breach of contract and defamation.
In February of 2016, Dr. Luke tweeted:
“I didn’t rape Kesha and I have never had sex with her. Kesha and I were friends for many years and she was like my little sister."
Two years after he made this statement, Kesha stole the show at the 2018 Grammy Awards when she performed her empowerment anthem “Praying” in support of the Time’s Up movement with a choir comprised of Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, Andra Day and Bebe Rexha.
Watch it here:
Vince Vaughn has not made us laugh via a film role for many years.
Similarly, the actor was involved in a rather unfunny situation late Saturday night/early Sunday morning in Manhattan Beach, California.
TMZ is the celebrity gossip website that broke this news and which has provided us with most of the following details.
According to local law enforcement officials, Vaughn and an unnamed passenger were stopped at a checkpoint around 12:30 a.m. local time and asked to step out of their vehicle.
Police tell the aforementioned outlet that both men were uncooperative, even refusing to actually leave the car after being asked to do so at first.
Once they finally abided by this request, Vaughn was arrested around 1 a.m. and booked and cited for misdemeanor DUI, as well as obstructing a police officer.
His passenger was booked for obstruction and public intoxication.
Vaughn remained in custody for at least three hours, a source confirms.
He has subsequently been released on an unspecific amount of bail.
If Vaughn is formally chargedm this will be his first drunk driving arrest.
Announced authorities on Facebook of the checkpoint, which was in place from Saturday at 8 p.m. to Sunday at 3 a.m.
"The intent of the checkpoint is to encourage sober designated drivers.
By publicizing these educational and enforcement efforts, the Manhattan Beach Police Department believes that drinking and driving and driving while unlicensed will be reduced.
The department continued via this online explanation:
Our ‘Zero Tolerance’ approach to enforcement sends a clear message to those who still don’t heed the warning to designate a sober driver before celebrations begin.
Simply put, ‘If you are over the legal limit, you will be arrested.
No matter your celebrity status, apparently.
The 48-year-old actor is best known for his roles in comedies such as Swings, Dodgeball and Wedding Crashers.
However, of late, he has landed more dramatic roles on the big screen and the small screen, such as starring as drill sergeant in the Oscar-winning Hacksaw Ridge and as a villain in True Detective Season 2.
Vaughn also had a run-in with the cops in 2001 when he was arrested after a bar brawl in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Actor Steve Buscemi was also stabbed in that incident.
An assault charge against Vaughn at the time was eventually dropped.
Kanye West should just go ahead and pose naked at this point.
Are we dying to see the rapper’s most private of parts? No.
But if the artist is looking to make headlines and garner attention, he’d be far better served at this point to just follow the lead of wife Kim Kardashian…
… as opposed to doing all the nauseating nonsense he’s been doing for the last several weeks.
It all started shortly after West confirmed he had a pair of albums coming out this summer.
From there, he returned to Twitter and rambled on and on about making America great again, while making his affectionfor President Donald Trump well known to all.
Then, he said black people chose to be slaves.
We figured this was the lowest point to which Kanye could sink, and some may understandably argue that is remains the case.
However, such an asinine comment was not personal in the way his latest actions are personal.
To what are we referring?
West actually went ahead recently and paid $85,000 for a photo that depicted Whitney Houston’s bathroom on the day she died of a drug overdose.
(The iconic singer’s body was found in the bathtub of her hotel room on February 11, 2012.)
The disturbing snapshot features a sink and vanity area covered in drug-covered spoons and drug paraphernalia.
Why would Kanye want this haunting image?
Because he used it as the cover photo for for Pusha T’s album “DAYTONA.”
Houston’s cousin, Damon Elliott, certainly thinks so.
“To do something for a publicity stunt to sell records, it’s absolutely disgusting,” Elliott tells People Magazine of the photo, adding:
“It hurt my family and my daughter. It’s petty. It’s tacky.”
Yeah. We can easily see why.
Elliott actually worked with Kanye on a Keyshia Cole track and said he was stunned to learn the musician made this decision.
“I’ve watched the train wreck happening, but I didn’t think he’d go this far in invading someone’s family privacy,” says Elliott, referencing West’s recent rants and raves on social media.
Elliott wants West to apologize and to replace the inappropriate album cover.
And if Kanye ever calls and the two can chat? What would Whitney’s cousin say?
What were you thinking? Did you think this through? And if you did, why did you do this?
Because you’re hurting people. It knocked the wind out of me last night. When someone passes, you try to mourn and move on and remember the good times.
Amen. And… obvious, right?
To everyone except Kanye West.
Harvey Weinstein stands accused of victimizing countless women during his decades of egregious misconduct.
His attacks were so severe and so frequent that Weinstein's name has become synonymous with a culture in which women are regarded as disposable sex objects to be violently mistreated by powerful men.
And now the disgraced film mogul might finally be brought to justice.
Several media outlets have confirmed today that Weinstein is expected to turn himself in to the NYPD Friday morning.
Weinstein will be taken into custody and will eventually face prosecution on sexual misconduct charges that are as yet unspecified.
The news comes on the heels of a Wall Street Journal report detailing New York authorities' comprehensive investigation into assault and harassment claims against Weinstein.
Weinstein's attorney, Benjamin Brafman, has refused to comment on reports that his client will surrender to police Friday morning.
Among the allegations investigated by police were claims made by actresses Paz de la Huerta and Lucia Evans.
De la Huerta alleges that she was raped by Weinstein on two separate occasions in 2010.
Evans says she was forced to perform oral sex on Weinstein in his office in 2004, while she was still an acting student.
Once considered one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, Weinstein's fall from grace began back in October of 2017 with the publication of a scathing New York Times report detailing decades of sexual misconduct.
In the wake of the report, dozens of women came forward to reveal that they too were victimized by Weinstein.
Their courage gave rise to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, both of which are devoted to ensuring that victims of predators like Harvey Weinstein are no longer forced to suffer in silence.
High-profile Hollywood figures such as Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino, Asia Argento, Rose McGowan and Salma Hayek came forward to call attention not only to Weinstein's crimes but to the sins of an industry that tolerates and even encourages such behavior.
Even if Weinstein isn't imprisoned as a result of the charges against him in New York, it seems increasingly unlikely that he'll be able to avoid jail time.
Earlier this year, the LAPD submitted three cases of sexual assault to prosecutors.
Meanwhile, the Department of Justice has launched an investigation to determine whether Weinstein crossed state lines with an intent to commit sexual assault, which would make the attack a federal crime.
Weinstein has declined to speak with the press but has reiterated through his attorney's office that he denies having non-consensual sex with any of his alleged victims.
Weinstein has kept a low profile these last seven months, spending some of that time in a rehab center for sex addicts in Arizona.
We'll have further updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.
Thomas Ravenel, the lead cast member on Bravo's Southern Charm, is under investigation for sexual assault.
According to People Magazine, which broke this disturbing story, real estate Ashley Perkins alleges that the reality star took advantage of her mother back when she went on a date with Ravenel in 2015.
Parker says her mother and Ravenel met on the dating app Tinder in October of the aforementioned year and then went out on Christmas Day, about two months later.
"We lived in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. He was going to pick her up and they were going to go out for drinks. She agreed to that." Parker tells People, adding that she did not witness the alleged incident.
She continues as follows:
"I helped her get ready – she wore a diamond tennis bracelet on her wrist. Her wrist was fine when she left the house.
"He left her voicemail saying he got lost on the way to pick her up. I thought he sounded a little inebriated."
Parker, pictured below with her mother, says Ravenel "changed plans" from the original date agreement as soon as her mom got into his car.
He suggested they go see a home he had just had renovated and she agreed.
(We should note at this point that Southern Charm airs on Bravo and follows a bunch of rich and spoiled people around. It premiered in March of 2014.)
Once inside the home, Ravenel reportedly poured his date a small glass of wine.
Upon entering the nanny's room in the residence, Ravenel "he turned on" my mom, Parker says,detailing her allegations this way:
"He pushes my mom onto the nanny’s bed, grabs her wrist with one hand, then he starts trying to pull her pants off. And she’s like ‘No, no, no, stop.’
"He stuck his fingers inside of her vagina as well as her anus.
"She told me that he held her hands back with one arm and then pulled his penis out and shoved it in her face."
After her mother screamed "YOU'RE A RAPIST," Ravenel leaped out, "out of his trance," Parker says, and left the room.
After the alleged attack, Ashley claims Ravenel told Debbie "to get yourself an Uber."
However, Debbie convinced Ravenel to drive her home because she had never taken an Uber before, and he proceeded to berate her on the way there.
Parker explains that her mom was acting very "withdrawn" until finally confessing to her daughter what had transpired.
According to Ashley, Debbie contacted a friend who was an attorney and described the alleged situation. He advised her to get legal help, she says.
Parker says they hired Gloria Allred (who has declined comment) and agreed with Ravenal in "mediation" for a settlement of $200,000.
Parker and her mom now live in Florida.
She says she has come forward to serve as an inspiration for other victims of sexual assault.
“This is bigger than my mom. This is bigger than me. I would like to let… other women know that Thomas is not invincible," Ashley concludes to People.
"Or even just women who are against powerful men and think they can’t do anything. I want them to know, you can. I would like to see him off of Bravo.
"I would like for my mom not to have to worry about flipping on the television and seeing his smug mug, flaunting his lifestyle around. It’s bigger than us now.
"I’d like to see some good come out of the ugly.”
In response to these charges, a lawyer for Ravenel says:
My client enjoys a certain degree of fame and unfortunately has become – unfairly – a target for an individual who has, in my opinion, dubious motivations.
Ravenel, who was sentenced to 10 months in jail on federal cocaine distribution charges in 2007, has starred on Southern Charm since its premiere in 2014.
He shares four-year-old daughter Kensie and two-year-old son Saint with ex-girlfriend Kathryn Dennis.
Cheaters never win and winners never cheat.
But cheaters do make good celebrity gossip fodder, which is the reason we've covered so many of them in depth on our website.
Below, we rundown a number of known bad boyfriends and husbands (from golfers to Presidents; actors to reporters) and we send one simple message to them all, courtesy of their significant others:
1. Tristan Thompson
2. Donald Trump
3. Josh Duggar
4. Tiger Woods
5. Scott Disick
6. Jesse James
Monday marked the 10-year anniversary of Heath Ledger's death.
The beloved actor died of a drug overdose on January 22, 2008, leaving a daughter named Matilda that he shared with ex-wife Michelle Williams.
It was one of the saddest developments in recent Hollywood history.
To help her close friend cope with the sad occasion yesterday, Busy Philipps hopped on a plane and spent time with Williams, documenting the bonding session for all to see on social media.
And this is where the controversy now arises.
The former Cougar Town star shared a selfie on Instagram last night, one that features both her and Williams with forlorn looks on their faces.
“It’s ok,” the actress wrote over the top of the snapshot, which depicts Williams burying her head on her good pal's shoulder.
Check out the image here:
While some people on the Internet have found it sweet and sentimental, a bunch of others find it inappropriate and offensive.
These trolls basically think Philipps is exploiting her friend's misery in order to make herself look good.
"I don't want to be the cynical one here as I'm sure this was done with the best of intentions but... couldn't this private moment have remained... private?" wrote one online critic, adding:
"I just don't see why this was necessary.
"You might as well have just gone 'LOOK AT ME. LOOK AT WHAT A GREAT FRIEND I AM'. Sending love anyway as I don't doubt the emotions are genuine."
As you can see below, this same opinion was shared by quite a few Facebook users:
On one hand, we understand these points of view.
It's certainly a bit strange to publicize what appears to be a private and very emotional moment.
On the other hand... come on, cynics of the World Wide Web.
Williams and Phillipps met on the set of Dawson's Creek many years ago and are well known as the best of friends.
It seems nearly impossible to believe that Williams didn't give Phillipps permission to share this snapshot.
Or, even if she somehow did not, it seems nearly impossible to believe that Phillipps meant any harm by posting the picture.
Ledger and Williams got close while filming Brokeback Mountain in 2005; they welcomed welcomed their daughter in October of 2005 and separated in September of 2007.
About a year later, Ledger was found dead from a cardiac arrest, which was the result of an, accidental overdose in his New York apartment.
He was 28 years old.
In tearful videos posted to her Instagram story on Monday, Philipps expressed extreme grief while driving in her car as the song “Time to Pretend” by MGMT plays in the background.
“I was just driving and I was thinking about my friend Heath who died 10 years ago and this song came on, ‘Time to Pretend,’” she said in the footage.
“It came out after he passed away and I remember when it came out, because [I thought] it made me think of him. I just thought he would have liked this song.
"And for some reason, every time I hear this song… it’s weird.”
May Ledger continue to rest in peace.
Aziz Ansari is the latest big name to be accused of sexual misconduct.
In the case of the former Parks and Recreation star, and current creator of Netflix’s Master of None, an unnamed photographer has come out and accused Ansari of going way too far on a date last year.
According to a series of text messages between Ansari and this alleged victim, the incident occurred in September.
The woman, who is referred to a “Grace” in her account to Babe.net, says she and Ansari bonded at an after-Emmy Awards party due to their shared passion for photography.
They later went out and ended up back at his apartment.
Grace says she felt “uncomfortable” with how quickly Ansari undressed himself and then her.
Within moments of their first kiss, Grace says Ansari went to get a condom.
“I said something like, ‘Whoa, let’s relax for a sec, let’s chill,'” recounts Grace, adding that the actor then briefly performed oral sex on her before asking her to do the same to him.
“It was really quick. Everything was pretty much touched and done within ten minutes of hooking up, except for actual sex,” Grace now details.
Ansari would frequently place his fingers in Grace’s mouth and then try to “finger” her vagina, she says, emphasizing that he also forced her hand onto his penis.
“He probably moved my hand to his dick five to seven times,” she says. “He really kept doing it after I moved it away.”
Grace describes the troubling encounter as seeming like a “game” to Ansari, who she alleges kept following her around his apartment.
She says she gave him repeated “verbal and non-verbal” clues that she was NOT interested in going any further.
She eventually excused herself to go into the bathroom and collect herself.
After relaying her discomfort to Ansari, she thought the possibility of sex was finally no longer an issue in his mind and she stuck around for a little while longer.
But after the star again motioned for her to give him a blow job and made out with her once more, she left the residence in tears.
“I cried the whole ride home. At that point I felt violated,” says Grace.
The following day, Grace texted Ansari.
“Last night might have been fun for you it wasn’t for me,” she said in a message that she saved and has now made public.
“When we got back to your place, you ignored clear, non-verbal cues; you kept going with advances. You had to have noticed I was uncomfortable,” she continued.
Ansari then replied and did apologize for his actions.
The woman says she decided to come forward after she saw Ansari wearing a Time’s Up pin at the Golden Globes, supporting the foundation that has been set up to support victims of sexual assault.
Ansari won Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy TV Series for his lead role on Master of None at the event.
Grace says her friends helped her grapple with the aftermath of her evening with Ansari.
“It took a really long time for me to validate this as sexual assault,” she told Babe.
“I was debating if this was an awkward sexual experience or sexual assault. And that’s why I confronted so many of my friends and listened to what they had to say, because I wanted validation that it was actually bad.”
“I believe that I was taken advantage of by Aziz.”
“I was not listened to and ignored. It was by far the worst experience with a man I’ve ever had.”
There are certain words in the English language that should never go together:
Donald Trump and genius. Justin Bieber and humble. Ryan Gosling and ugly.
Stassi Schroeder has managed to come up with a pair that we never would have thought of, let alone used as a description on social media to describe an outfit we were wearing...
... Nazi chic.
The Vanderpump Rules star stepped into some scalding hot water on Saturday when she shared a photo on Snapchat of herself and friends Rachel O'Brien and Kristen Doute, presumably prior to hitting the town.
Describing the ensemble O'Brien is wearing, Schroeder wrote that it was "criminal chic."
Sort of an odd phrasing, but broad and vague enough to not be offensive.
Doute, Schroeder added, was going with a "Tupac chic" look.
This was likely a reference to the bandana atop her head and it was only mildly offensive because Tupac was murdered, yes, but there nothing really insulting about what Stassi wrote.
As for herself?
As you can see below, Schroeder joked that her fashion choice was "Nazi chic."
For starters, we have no idea what this even means.
Is the Bravo personality quipping that Hitler and his underlings rocked similar style hats back in the 1930s and 1940s when they were working to wipe out Jewish people from the planet?
Is this a reference to the initials "SS" on her purse, which stand for her name - but which were also the shorthand for "Schutzstaffel," the foremost agency of security, surveillance and terror within Germany and German-occupied Europe?
It's not entirely clear.
But was is clear, based on the negative reaction Schroeder has received online, is that perhaps one should not joke about Nazis, especially not in relation to them being "chic."
Wrote one disgusted Internet user, addressing Bravo executive Andy Cohen:
"@Andy nothing but class from Stassi. I hope someone at your network is smart enough to fire her before you lose viewers."
Added another critic of the description:
“@LisaVanderpump you may want to rethink employment opportunities for Stassi. Guess joking ab[o]ut the SS is hilarious in LA?”
Clearly aware of the backlash, Schroeder eventually deleted the picture and reposted it with a new caption that detailed her as “#Elsa-Indiana Jones Chic,” referring to the Austrian archaeologist portrayed by Alison Doody in 1989’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
She called the new caption an “appropriate redo.”
But was she really sorry?
Does she really understand why so many people were offended by the initial photo?
It doesn't appear that way, based on the following meme that she shared last night on Twitter:
Schroeder is basically saying here that people are way too sensitive these days.
Late last year, meanwhile, she also came under fire for making fun of the #MeToo movement.
In response to Matt Lauer, Kevin Spacey and MANY others being called out for their heinous actions, the Vanderpump Rules cast member wondered if there was a "witch hunt" against men going on in Hollywood.
On her podcast, she said no one could "make me suck a dick," implying the victims in these cases were weak and not really victims, prior to walking back her stance as best she could.
"My podcast is an outlet for me to share my unfiltered opinion with my listeners," she Tweeted in the wake of this scandal, adding at the time:
"But on my latest episode I crossed a line. It was irresponsible for me to make generalized statements about a very serious topic, such as sexual harassment, as it is not my place to speak about anyone else's experiences.
"I apologize. I will continue to speak my mind on my podcast, but will put more thought behind my dialogue moving forward."
Ho, Ho, Ho?
For Luann de Lesseps this holiday season, it's more like the following:
No, No, No.
The long-time Real Housewives of New York City cast member was arrested early Sunday morning in Palm Beach, Florida and charged with a number of crimes.
According to TMZ, E! News and other reliable sources, de Lesseps was taken into custody for being drunk and disorderly...
... and also for allegedly assaulting an officer of the law!
Insiders tell TMZ that Luann has been charged with five crimes, four of which are FELONIES:
- Battery on a law enforcement officer.
- Resisting arrest with violence.
- Two counts of corruption by threat.
The incident between the reality star and the police took place around 1:25 a.m. local time.
An assistant state’s attorney tells The Palm Beach Post that de Lesseps reportedly slammed a door and kicked at least one police officer, telling people around her:
“I’m going to kill you all."
She was then placed under arrest.
After being taken to Palm Beach County Jail, the Bravo personality was released without bond.
It remains unclear what prompted the altercation; aside from an abundance of alcohol, that is.
The aforementioned publication also writes that during her court appearance today, Judge Ted Booras suggested she hire a defense attorney due to the serious nature of these charges.
“Don’t say anything,” he told the former countess, according to the newspaper.
The arrest took place nearly a year after the Bravo star married Tom D’Agostino Jr. in Palm Beach on New Year’s Eve.
They announced their divorce a mere seven months later amid rumors of D’Agostino’s infidelity.
For those unaware, Luann has a "Countess" title because she was married to Count Alexandre de Lesseps until their divorce in 2009.
She is due back in court on January 25.
Known as a singer, actress, model and author, Luann de Lesseps debuted on The Real Housewives of New York City in 2008.
She has been a regular ever since.
No word from anyone in her camp or anyone else associated with the series in the wake of this arrest. Not yet anyway.
We'll update this story with more details as news breaks.
UPDATE: Luann has Tweeted the following:
I want to offer my most sincere apologies to anyone that I might have offended with my behavior. This was my first time in Palm Beach since my wedding and being here brought up buried emotions.
I am committed to a transformative and hopeful 2018.
Addie Zinone, a former Today Show production assistant, has given a detailed account to Variety of her affair with Matt Lauer.
In a lengthy interview with the publication, Zinone says she was 24 when she started sleeping with Lauer in 2000.
The host was recently married at the time to his current wife, Annette Roque.
After serving as an intern at the morning program, Zinone tells Variety she was offered an anchor position back in her home state of West Virginia.
Upon learning she was leaving, Lauer began to come on to Zinone.
In June of 2000, Lauer allegedly wrote the staffer a text that read:
“Hey, I hope you won’t drag me to personnel for saying this, but you look fantastic...
"I don’t know what you have done, or what is going on in your life … but it’s agreeing with you.”
Zinone says she thanked him and asked if the two could meet in order for her to gather "a little advice" from the veteran journalist.
Lauer agreed and met Zinone for lunch.
This is how she described the situation to Variety:
"My intentions were purely professional. I thought this was a way to get real-world constructive advice. What that turned into was an opportunity for him to come on to me.
"It was flattering, confusing, overwhelming. I was nervous. I didn’t know what to do with it. He was clearly trying to guide the conversation.
"He was there to hit on me and manipulate the situation, and I fell for it.
"Here’s how I should have known what I was getting myself into. When we left, he told me: ‘You leave first, and I’ll leave after.’
"In no lunch I’d ever had at Today had anyone suggested we leave separately, as if something was up.”
Confused over what was going on and feeling uneasy about how Lauer acted toward her, Zinone says she asked the host to get together for a discussion.
He requested the pair meet in his dressing room above studio 1A.
According to her account, she reminded him he was married, but...
“He opens the door. There you go. It crossed the line. It was a consensual encounter. It happened in his dressing room above studio 1A, which was empty in the afternoons.
"He got in his car and I had to go back to work, and now my life had completely changed."
Lauer, of course, was fired late last month due to accusations of sexual misconduct and harassment.
Follow-up stories claimed he sent co-workers sex toys, demanded sexual favors of underlings and even raped an employee in his office.
In this case, Zinone acknowledges the relationship was consensual and that the two "met several [more] times" after this initial sexual encounter.
There was even one time, she claims, that Lauer used a button under his desk to lock his office door because he wanted them to have sex right then and there.
“It was embarrassing, because his secretary was sitting outside," she says, adding:
"He wanted to do stuff. I was like, ‘No. I’m so in over my head. I’m not a performance artist.'"
The last time that Zinone says she saw Lauer was at the 2000 Democratic National Convention in California, when he supposedly told her to meet him in a nearby bathroom, where they proceeded to have “an encounter."
Of the sexual variety, we assume.
She eventually quit her anchor job and joined the Army.
The former PA concludes that her situation was consensual, yes, but she still felt like a victim because she felt he had abused his power.
“He went after the most vulnerable and the least powerful - and those were the production assistants and the interns," she told Variety.
“I’m putting my name and face out there to squash any doubts about the allegations from other women against Matt Lauer.
"I’m validating their stories because some of our experiences are similar. I want these women to know that I believe them, I want to help empower them and collectively we have a voice to change things.
"I have a 7-year-old daughter. I want to do everything I can to assure this doesn’t happen to her.”
Last we heard, the status of Lauer's marriage was up in the air.
Bryan Singer is once again under investigation for sexual assault.
In troubling news broken by TMZ, the director (The Usual Suspects, many X-Men movies) is accused of forcing a 17-year old boy to perform oral sex...
... prior to raping this same teenager.
The plaintiff is named Cesar Sanchez-Guzman.
According to the lawsuit, obtained by the aforementioned website, Singer was a guest at a party on a yacht owned by tech investor Lester Waters back in 2003.
The party was largely populated by young gay males.
The legal documents allege that Singer offered to take Guzman on a tour of the gigantic boat.
When the two arrived at one of the rooms, Singer is accused of throwing his body on top of Guzman... forced him to the floor... and shoving Guzman's face against his crotch.
The director then, allegedly, demanded Guzman give him a blow job.
It gets worse, per the lawsuit:
Singer reportedly pulled his penis out of Guzman's mouth, smacked him in the face with it, ignored pleas to stop and made Guzman choke when he reinserted his penis into the young man's mouth.
Singer is then accused of forcing oral sex on Guzman before anally penetrating his victim, despite constant protestations for Singer to stop.
The lawsuit was filed by Jeff Herman.
He claims Singer later approached Guzman and used his status in Hollywood to tell Guzman he could get him a job in exchange for his silence.
Guzman also says Singer warned him no one would believe him; and that Singer could hire people to ruin his reputation if he told anyone about what transpired.
Guzman says he suffered emotional distress, mental anguish, and physical and mental pain.
This isn't the first time Singer has been accused of acting horribly inappropriately around young men.
In May of 2014, he was accused of assaulting a British teenager named Michael Egan.
In August of that same year, a similar allegation was leveled against the director and producer.
A rep for Singer tells TMZ the following in defense of his client:
"The lawsuit was filed by the same lawyer who represented Michael Egan. Those claims were dismissed by Egan himself, and he later went to Federal prison for lying in a fraud case."
The rep adds that Herman was sued by other defendants related to the Egan case for malicious prosecution and that he settled those suits, acknowledging in the process that Egan's claims were false.
Fans questioned earlier this month whether Uma Thurman was keeping tight-lipped about having story of her own to tell about Harvey Weinstein, and it looks like she does.
The Kill Bill actress took to Instagram to wish her fans a happy Thanksgiving and threw a whole lot of shade towards the disgraced movie mogul.
She shared a picture of her character, Beatrix Kiddo, from Kill Bill: Volume II.
It was not just any picture she shared.
In fact, it was a still from the scene in which her character decided it was time to go on a mission of revenge against those who had wronged her.
The caption that accompanied the picture was just as scary.
Thurman wrote: "H A P P Y T H A N K S G I V I N G. I am grateful today, to be alive, for all those I love, and for all those who have the courage to stand up for others.
"I said I was angry recently, and I have a few reasons, #metoo, in case you couldn't tell by the look on my face.
"I feel it's important to take your time, be fair, be exact, so... Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! (Except you Harvey, and all your wicked conspirators - I'm glad it's going slowly - you don't deserve a bullet) -stay tuned."
Harvey should probably be scared because it sure sounds like Thurman is ready to dole out some truths about him.
Uma previously spoke to Access Hollywood about a Broadway show she is starring in earlier this month and opened up about her thoughts on the scandal.
"I think it's commendable," Uma began her statement on the matter.
"I have learned ... I am not a child, and I have learned that when I've spoken in anger, I usually regret the way I express myself," she said.
"So I've been waiting to feel less angry. And when I'm ready, I'll say what I have to say."
While the statement sounds a little subdued, the video went viral across the internet because of the way Uma acted during the interview.
You could tell she was outraged, and it made viewers think she had some stories of her own to tell about Weinstein.
At the time, fans made it clear they would be with Thurman every step of the way if she decided to open up about what really happened.
"God once spoke through the burning bush," one person wrote.
"This time it's through Uma Thurman." Another speculated that "If you haven't seen this yet it seems Uma Thurman not only knows where the bodies are buried but has neatly organized all the shovels."
"Ok let's be real that Uma Thurman video -- she's getting a Hanzo sword made and is going to cut up the perverts isn't she," one person said.
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Kendra Wilkinson is the outspoken star of We TV's Kendra on Top.
We say outspoken because, well, she has no filter. Whether she's posting a sultry selfie on social media, or just appearing on her reality TV show, she's always stirring up some sort of controversy.
We're not even sure she knows she's doing it, and that's likely why she's such a draw with viewers.
The 32-year-old was on a road trip with her husband, Hank Bassett, and thought it would be fun to stop by a cotton field in Texas because "she always wanted to pick cotton."
Have a look at the picture in question below. It shows Wilkinson posing with some cotton and a whole field of cotton behind her.
People took offense to the post and immediately started slamming the star in the comments section of the snap.
“Racist piece of s–t,” one user wrote. Added another: “People are upset because you are joking about history that you are just simply ignorant about. Some things just keep to yourself.”
While some chose to go on the offensive, the star's legion of fans also came to her defense.
“Been watching Kendra from day one, she’s a free spirit,” one fan commented. “You are just combing through social media praying for anything to pound on and rip it to shreds… Hello her husband and children are part black.”
“Don’t give the haters the benefit of explaining what ur doing like picking cotton,” said another.
One final fan wanted the haters to disappear: “Keep your head up. Ignore the ignorance. I have always liked you and your real fans know you are not a racist and you love everyone equally. Live! Laugh! Love!”
The hatred did not go unnoticed by Kendra who returned to social media to clap back at the people assassinating her character.
“Lol. I just wanted to pick cotton from a plant cuz I’ve always wondered how it really felt. Never in my life thought of color or race at the time,” she wrote on Wednesday.
“I was trespassing n ran up to grab some cotton. I am not racist. Was just having fun n wanted to feel n wondered how it felt. Hahahahah. I can’t believe I’m getting accused of being racist when I’m sitting here with my black father in law rt now baffled at the accusations.
"F–k off to anyone who don’t know me n know what I’m about. Just cuz I picked some f–king cotton. It’s a f–king plant. Omg I can’t.”
Like we said, Kendra is not afraid to hit back at people throwing shade her way. The star was very likely on the trip while she recovered from a mysterious hospital visit. And, no, it had nothing to do with handjobs this time around ... we hope.
The star has been acting in Sex Tips for Straight Women From a Gay Man, and disaster struck when some of the shows had to be canceled after she found herself in hospital.
"Super sick. Going to have to cancel the late show tonight. My heart couldn’t cancel both. Sorry late show," she said at the time.
"Sooooo sorry guys gotta cancel both shows tonight. Going to ER. Hurtin bad. I’ll make it up to you."
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This just in:
Not all famous people are loyal.
Some cheat. Many cheat, in fact.
And, in turn, the people with whom they cheat become famous themselves.
Below, for example, is a rundown of well-known men and women who allegedly slept with celebrities while those celebrities were in relationships...
1. Sara Leal
2. Rachel Roy
3. Rachel Uchitel
4. Ava London
5. Cady Groves
6. Chloe Bartoli
The long and heretofore illustrious career of Charlie Rose may be over.
The veteran journalist has been suspended by PBS and CBS amidst accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct.
The accusations have been made by eight different women.
In a bombshell report published on Monday by The Washington Post, these alleged victims shared eerily similar stories about how the reporter would act in horribly inappropriate ways toward them.
There are accusations that Rose would place sexually explicit phone calls... expose his genitalia... and grope the women without their permission.
Three of the women spoke on the record, while five spoke on the condition of anonymity.
But all expressed stories that detailed how Rose would either walk out of a shower, naked, in their presence; and/or would grope their buttocks at company parties; and/or place his hand on their upper thigh, awaiting a reaction.
Said Reah Bravo, who worked as an intern and then associate producer for Rose’s PBS show beginning in 2007:
“It has taken 10 years and a fierce moment of cultural reckoning for me to understand these moments for what they were.
"He was a sexual predator, and I was his victim.”
The women were employees or aspired to work for Rose at The Charlie Rose Show from the late 1990s to as recently as 2011.
They ranged in age from 21 to 37 at the time of the reported encounters.
Rose is 75 years old and his one-on-one interview program airs on PBS and Bloomberg TV.
He also co-hosts CBS This Morning and is a contributing correspondent for 60 Minutes.
“In my 45 years in journalism, I have prided myself on being an advocate for the careers of the women with whom I have worked,” Rose said in a statement to the Washington Post, adding:
“Nevertheless, in the past few days, claims have been made about my behavior toward some former female colleagues.”
He continued as follows:
It is essential that these women know I hear them and that I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior.
I am greatly embarrassed. I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate.
I always felt that I was pursuing shared feelings, even though I now realize I was mistaken.
I have learned a great deal as a result of these events, and I hope others will too.
All of us, including me, are coming to a newer and deeper recognition of the pain caused by conduct in the past, and have come to a profound new respect for women and their lives.
Shortly after news of Rose’s allegations broke, PBS announced it is stopping production on the anchor’s self-titled program.
Meanwhile, CBS News has also suspended him from his regular duties.
Rose is the latest major name to be accused of sexual harassment or misconduct.
Several weeks ago, allegations of assault were leveled by countless women against movie producer Harvey Weinstein.
Since then, women around the country have been empowered to speak up, with stories popping up nearly everyday about allegedly heinous acts committed by such stars as Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K. and Jeffrey Tambor.
We salute these victims for coming forward.
It's only been one week since actor Anthony Rapp went public with accusations that he was sexually assaulted by Kevin Spacey at the age of 14.
But in that short time, the former House of Cards star has watched his career and public reputation come tumbling down in dramatic fashion.
Earlier this week, Spacey was fired by Netflix over allegations of misconduct, and as with Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby before him, Spacey's list of accusers just keeps getting longer.
The latest to level charges against the 58-year-old actor is a former Boston news anchor named Heather Unruh.
Baco on October 13, Unruh tweeted that "a loved one" had once been assaulted by Spacey.
“The #weinsteinscandal has emboldened me,” she wrote.
“I was a Kevin Spacey fan until he assaulted a loved one. Time the dominoes fell.”
Today, Unruh went into shocking specifics.
At a press conference held this afternoon, Unruh revealed that her then-18-year-old son was groped by Spacey last year:
"[Spacey] stuck his hand inside my son’s pants and grabbed his genitals,” Unruh told reporters.
"Nothing could have prepared my son for how that sexual assault would make him feel as a man,” she added.
“It harmed him and it cannot be undone.”
Forced to answer the usual questions about why her son didn't immediately file a police report, Unruh responded:
"He knew the kind of attention that would result from making an accusation about such a public person. I can assure you that this is not the kind of attention anyone wants.”
Unruh says Spacey plied her son with “drink after drink" prior to assaulting him.
She says her son falsely told the actor that he was of legal age to consume, but adds, “whether he was over 21 or not, Kevin Spacey had no right to sexually assault him. There was no consent.”
According to Unruh, the molestation continued for over an hour and ended only when Spacey went to the restroom and a stranger advised her son to flee.
Unruh says she would like to see Spacey put behind bars for his crimes, and notes that she and her son have filed a police report in Nantucket, where the alleged incident took place.
We will have further updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.