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.
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.