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.
After Larissa exposed Colt's rampant cheating, it looked like things were over for the 90 Day Fiance couple.
But Colt and Larissa stayed together, vowing to work on their issues, saying that every marriage has its ups and downs.
Now, Larissa has revealed that Colt is hiding money from her and continues to message his Instagram mistresses. Yikes.
Larissa has deleted all of her Instagram posts and stories, but not before they were saved by various folks on the internet.
"I am just destroyed," Larissa says through tears. "I have no words."
"I’ve been helping him…night and day, helping him make Cameos…he’s just using me."
"He's texting other girls yesterday," Larissa accuses.
In other words, Colt's talk about trying to repair his relationship was just empty words.
We'll admit that the bulldog filter is wildly out of place in this very serious video.
If you've forgotten that Larissa is a real person, her heartfelt plea in this video will remind you.
"I am destroyed, he should’ve stopped, you know?" she says, her voice breaking with emotion.
"Why you wanna message him?" she asks these women.
Many 90 Day Fiance fans have the exact same question.
"Why you wanna make me sad? Why you wanna hurt me?" Larissa asks. "Why you wanna do it?"
"You know, his woman suffer…Why you wanna send him all types of pictures, his woman suffer?" she wants to know.
"These other girls," Larissa begs. "Stop it."
"I know that he's wrong," Larissa says, referring to Colt's cheating and lies.
"But you," she says. "Need to stop too."
"They do it back," she says, pointing out that Colt's dick pics get reciprocated. "With my face and her buttcheeks!"
She refers to a truly jarring photo that a woman took of her own butt while 90 Day Fiance plays on the screen.
She repeatedly asks fans to stop paying for cameos from the couple.
Cameos, in this context, are short little videos that minor celebrities can record for their fans in exchange for money.
Larissa claims that Colt has been keeping all of their cameo money for himself even though she is also part of them.
If fans continue to buy cameos, she worries that Colt will continue to hoard the money for himself.
Who knows -- he may even spend it trying to impress one of his new women.
From the amount that they've already made, he should at least have enough to get a working air conditioner in his car.
Larissa also reveals that she has been in contact with some of the women who are messaging with Colt.
He has allegedly been telling these women that he and Larissa are secretly divorced.
This is, frankly, alarming, and has made a number of fans wonder if Colt is some kind of sex monster.
Larissa even openly wonders if Colt planned to use her all along to get a little money and a little fame that he could use to find new women.
In the end, she explains that she's apologized for her wrongdoings towards Colt and is trying to be better.
She laments that he won't do the same.
Now, as we mentioned, her Instagram has been wiped clean.
Was this her doing ... or Colt's?
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.