Week Ending 4.28.2017
- Sony breaks ties with Dr. Luke. He is no longer CEO of Sony wholly owned Kemosabe Records. Dr. Luke’s lawsuits involving Kesha are still active, several of her claims against him are on appeal, his defamation suit against her is still alive as is one of her counterclaims against him. Free Kesha!
- Lupita Nyong’o was used as a ploy by Roland Scahill, a Broadway producer, to raise money for a nonexistent play. Scahill pleaded guilty to grand larceny and fraud for scamming people into investing more than $165,000 in this nonexistent play about opera star Kathleen Battle by telling telling them Nyong’o was starring in it.
- Khloe Kardashian sued for copyright violation for posting a picture of herself. Sounds ridiculous, right? Apparently Khloe posted a picture of herself at a Miami restaurant that a UK company owned and never authorized Khloe to use. The company is seeking an injunction, profits resulting from the violation, and damages of up to $25,000.
- Former Bachelor Chris Soules was charged in Iowa with leaving the scene of a fatal crash, a class D felony. He faces up to five years in prison if he is convicted. Oddly enough Soules checked on the driver and called 911 before leaving the scene.
- More masturbation trouble for Delta. First it was a male cargo employee and now it’s a passenger. A male passenger was masturbating on a flight from South Carolina to Detroit and allegedly flight attendants knew this yet they allowed him to walk freely from the bathroom to his seat where he allegedly continued to masturbate and touch the thigh of the female passenger next to him. Read More.
Week Ending 4.21.2017
- Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez committed suicide while in prison just days after a Massachusetts jury found him not guilty of the double murder of two immigrants. He was serving a life sentence without parole for a prior murder conviction.
- Fox FINALLY fired Bill O’Reilly after several women accused him of sexual harassment and an internal investigation revealed that there were other such claims. Good work by attorney Lisa Bloom who represents 3 of O’Reilly’s victims. Bloom’s tweet said it all: “When women speak our truth the old order shatters. We slayed the dragon.”
- La La and Carmelo Anthony have separated after almost 7 years of marriage. Neither party has filed for divorce yet. Allegedly the couple has a prenuptial agreement which addresses the division of assets so, at least that part of the case, should they ultimately file for divorce, will likely be resolved smoothly. They have one son, Kiyan, together.
- Chris Brown has been involved in an alleged altercation at a Tampa club. Bennie Vines, a photographer, said he tried to take crowd shots at an event where Brown was in the DJ booth and that when Brown noticed him taking pictures, which Vines was earlier asked not to do, Vines alleges that Brown attacked him causing lacerations and injuries to Vines’ mouth.
- A federal judge in Illinois has refused to dismiss a class action lawsuit brought my minors for the way the television show Empire took over the detention center where the minors were residing. Empire’s actions caused them to live in virtual lockdown for days without access to their normal activities including school, the recreation yard, and the infirmary. Allegedly during this time sick requests were ignored and the minors were unable to visit with their families.
Week Ending 4.14.2017
- Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are getting divorced after almost 12 years of marriage. We at Proof had so hoped these two would be able to work it out but kudos to them for the mature way in which they are handling the split. Affleck has already filed a response and, as the world knows, both are committed and involved parents, who are making it clear they want to stay that way–both both agree to joint physical and legal custody of their three young kids. We’re sad about this one.
- Louis Tomlinson will not face criminal charges stemming from a fight at LAX in March. In an interesting delivery of justice, both sides will appear before a hearing examiner to discuss what occurred, address their respective conduct but charges will not be filed.
- David Dao, the doctor who was forcibly dragged from a United airlines flight, and suffered injury, is likely to pursue a lawsuit against United as well as the City of Chicago. Dao’s lawyers have requested that all evidence relating to the event be preserved including but not limited to video surveillance, cockpit voice recordings, and passenger and crew manifests. Note that the Chicago Department of Aviation has placed employees on administrative leave as they continue to investigate the incident as it was employees from that Department that aggressively dragged Dao from the plane.
- Melania Trump has settled her libel case against The Daily Mail related to their allegation that she worked as an escort. The terms of the settlement include a public apology, which has been supplied, as well as the requirement that the newspaper pay her damages and litigation costs.
- Tyga’s company is not paying its legal debts and that’s not ok! A woman was awarded over $200,000 for injuries she suffered at a Tyga concert in Michigan. Despite repeated requests for payment for this legal, official judgment, no money has been paid. Interest continues to rack up and the victim has a lawyer seeking payment on her behalf.
- Blake Shelton has settled his defamation case against In Touch magazine. Shelton was not happy when without basis, In Touch, splashed across a front cover that Shelton was a drunk and going to rehab. No official word on what In Touch had to pay to make the case go away (case has been dismissed) but no doubt it was not a small sum given Shelton’s level of fame and his reputation.
- Aaron Hernandez has been found not guilty of murder in the shooting deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. He was found guilty of unlawful possession of a gun. Note however that Hernandez is currently serving a life sentence for a different murder. Read more.
Week Ending 4.7.2017
- As if Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi commercial hasn’t caused enough problems now there may be a legal issue. The police department at the “protest” is supposed to be the San Francisco Police Department–there’s an emblem on the sleeves of officers that says San Francisco Police with an image of an eagle. Though not an exact match, the patch looks much like the real SFPD. Problem is apparently Pepsi never asked for permission to use this likeness. The City Attorney is investigating.
- Poor Mel B. It has not been a good week–or a good ten years for that matter. Mel B filed for divorce from Stephen Belafonte about a month ago; she initially sought joint legal and physical custody of their daughter, Madison. She has now changed that and is seeking sole custody. Considering all the claims out there and stories about guns, sex, and violence regarding Belafonte this move is not surprising. Read more.
- More good legal news for Mischa Barton. The TROs (temporary restraining orders) she recently received against two ex boyfriends who are shopping a sex tape of her have been extended. Good for you, Mischa! Read more.
- Tinder-related lawsuit is an interesting one! Screenwriter Derek Connolly, who has been involved in some very big budget projects such as Jurassic World and Star Wars: Episode IX has alleged that his privacy has been invaded and he is being stalked by a woman he met on Tinder. The two dated for a while but apparently their break up was very ugly so ugly that the scorned Tinder gal posted their text messages on Instagram and has threatened his career and his safety.
- Model, Stephanie Seymour has completed a program for alcohol abuse and now her two DUI charges have been dismissed. This is precisely how Mel Gibson (and many others) was able to get his drunk driving charges dismissed. Read more.
- Bad ruling for Hunter and Kathleen Biden in their divorce. After initially exposing lots of dirty laundry in public documents the couple asked the court to seal the documents to protect their children and avoid embarrassment. Too late said the court. Should’ve thought about that before you put it all out there. Request denied.
Week Ending 3.31.2017
- Emmy Rossum is the latest celeb to have her jewelry stolen from her LA home. Apparently she made it super easy for the thieves. Right next to the two safes in which her jewelry was stored were the combinations–to both safes. For more information on the rash of burglaries sweeping through LA. Read more.
- California Court of Appeals says Floyd Mayweather did nothing wrong he outed his ex-fiance, Shantel Jackson and told the world he broke up with her because she had an abortion. Nice guy. Read More.
- Shia LaBeouf, a PROOF favorite, gets some legal good news. Charges have been dropped against him stemming from his January arrest in New York that resulted from an alleged fight with a protester at Shia’s anti-Trump live stream protest, HeWillNotDivide.Us. Read More.
- Jennifer Lopez is slapped with a lawsuit. Ms. Lopez wanted hoverboards for her Las Vegas show and not surprisingly, she got them. Part of the deal (she wasn’t charged for the boards) was that she was supposed to do promo work for Sidekick, the manufacturer of the hoverboards. Apparently that work wasn’t done. Sidekick is suing her for the almost 55k they say they spent on the custom board as well as other damages. We at PROOF prefer One Wheels to hoverboards–maybe she would have had better luck with them.
- Michael Jackson’s mother is back in court. In early February 2017, Katherine Jackson obtained a restraining order against her nephew and long time caretaker, Trent Jackson for elder abuse. She has been in London but this week was ordered to return to LA to testify in the matter or risk dismissal of the case. (I will be sending a longer article on this but not likely till Monday) Read More.
- Michael Irvin, former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys is under investigation by Fort Lauderdale police for sexual battery. A woman claimed he raped her at the W hotel. Irvin denies the claims. Oddly this is the third time Irvin has been accused of sexual assault. Note though, he has never been formally charged in connection with any of those accusations. Read More.
Week Ending 3.24.2017
- Rapper Wyclef Jean is calling for an investigation of racial profiling after being being stopped, handcuffed and detained by sheriff’s deputies in West Hollywood on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Read More
- Los Angeles County Jim McDonnell’s wants to send to prosecutors the names of deputies who have committed serious police misconduct on the job. Thursday, March 23, 2017, an LA County Sheriff’s civilian oversight commission expressed its support of McDonnell.
- Lawsuit involving LA Dodger’s sports channel has settled. On Thursday, March 23, 2017, the DOJ (U.S. Department of Justice) resolved the claims with AT&T that a high-level DirecTV executive illegally colluded with other pay for tv companies in Southern California to block the rollout of the Dodgers’ channel.
- Footage from former Dallas Cowboy lineman Greg Hardy’s cocaine arrest has been made public. He was cooperative and calm throughout though it was clear that officers were intimidated/concerned by his 6’5″, 280 pound frame.
- Melissa Eckstrom, 28 year old daughter of Deadliest Catch captain, Sig Hansen, has alleged that her father sexually abused her as a toddler. Hansen denies the claims. The case is now in the hands of the Court of Appeals in Washington state– it is deciding whether a lower court ruling allowing the case to go to trial is correct.
Week Ending 3.17.2017
- Another Kardashian crime victim. This time it’s Kendall Jenner. She reports that $200,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from her jewelry box in her Hollywood Hills home. Not likely a target of the recent knock-knock burglaries–most think it’s someone she knows who had valid access to her house, albeit not access to go into her jewelry box and take her stuff! Read More
- More Kardashian legal drama this week as their Melrose clothing store, Dash, was vandalized. Dash not having much luck recently as the famous sisters closed the Dash NY location this past December. The Las Vegas location has been shuttered for more than 2 years. Maybe retail just isn’t for them. Read More
- Victory for Mischa Barton who has received restraining orders against two ex boyfriends who are shopping a sex tape and other intimate photos they took of her without her consent or knowledge. Poor Mischa Barton–it has been a rough couple of weeks. Recall she was recently hospitalized for a mental evaluation. I am glad she won this round and hope those images will not see the light of day. Read More
- Amanda Seyfried is also fighting a battle related to nude photos. Apparently computers of celebs are being hacked– nude photos are the targets and such images of Seyfried have popped up on the internet. Seyfried is threatening to sue if the photos aren’t taken down immediately. Talk about an invasion of privacy! What is with all these predators this week?
- Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott have more financial bad news (he was recently in court for failing to pay child support to his ex wife). This time it is in connection with a loan they have failed to pay back. The bank, City National Bank (who we reported actor, Steven Dorff, is in financial hot water with as well) wants their money back and has asked the court to enter a default judgment against the couple.
Week Ending 3.10.2017
- Louis Tomlinson (of One Direction fame) was arrested at LAX after an altercation with a photographer, and a woman who was videotaping the incident with her cell phone. Tomlinson was released after posting bond of $20,000. So far he has not been formally charged but prosecutors a are reviewing the matter. Even if criminal charges are not filed, Tomlinson is likely to face a civil suit.
- Scarlett Johansson and her husband of two years, Romain Dauriac are getting divorced. The major issue in this dispute isn’t money as the couple had a prenup but rather of their young daughter, Rose Dorothy. Read More
- Oscar De La Hoya has been formally charged with 2 counts of DUI stemming from his stop and arrest in January. As PROOF previously reported, De La Hoya has been fighting addiction for years. Read More
- Actor Stephen Dorff is in legal and financial trouble. He is being sued by City National Bank for breaching a personal line of credit agreement. Dorff allegedly owes over $800K. Though not a household name, Dorff has worked on some big name projects with big name directors.
- Hunter Biden and Kathleen Biden seek to resolve their divorce privately–this after a week of ugly accusations involving hookers, affairs and drugs and alcohol. Good choice by this couple. Private mediation may be able to resolve the matters in dispute in a less public way, which would be a good thing given that Hunter is dating his deceased brother’s wife, Hallie. Mediation has worked for many other high profile couples, let’s hope it works for these two. Read More
Week Ending 3.3.2017
- Christopher Darden, one of the LA County prosecutors of OJ Simpson fame has some troubles with the law himself. Looks like a baby mama of his is seeking a restraining order saying that he is harassing her and she is afraid of him. Darden denies all allegations. Note, he obtained a restraining order against her last year! Read More
- Chris Brown has more legal problems. Two TROs (temporary restraining order) were issued against him in February 2017. His ex girlfriend, model, Karrueche Tran got one and now, one of Tran’s closest friends, Joseph Ryan LaCor, has one against him too. Read More
- Casey Anthony, who was acquitted of murdering her daughter, Caylee, may have accidentally killed her daughter with chloroform, so says the judge who presided in the matter. The judge is no longer on the bench and works in the private sector. Authorities were never able to determine an exact cause of death for Caylee. Read More
- President Trump faces yet another lawsuit. This time for campaign fundraising violations. The complaint was filed with the FEC (Federal Elections Commission) and alleges that the campaign fundraising activities that occurred after election day violated federal election law.
- Caitlyn Jenner and LaVerne Cox both supporting Gavin Grimm, the transgender student whose case is about to be heard by the US Supreme Gavin, who was born a female but identifies as a male wants to be able to use the boy’s bathroom at school but has been denied such access.
Week Ending 2.24.2017
- Dean McDermott, husband of Tori Spelling, and father of their four (soon to be five) children has not been making child support payments to MaryJo Eustace, his ex-wife and mother of his son, Jack. Eustace filed court documents in LA seeking to force McDermott to make the payments. Read More.
- Nick Cannon, who just quit America’s Got Talent, because he felt he was mistreated by the show (He said he felt silenced, controlled, and treated like a piece of property), is now facing a lawsuit on an unrelated matter. Enrico Taylor is suing Cannon for stealing Taylor’s idea for a talent discovery app. Taylor is seeking $1.75 million in damages. Read More.
- Chris Brown is in trouble again for violence against women. Karrueche Tran, Brown’s ex-girlfriend, obtained a restraining order against Brown after she claimed in legal documents that Brown said he would kill her. Tran also said Brown has been violent with her in the past.
- Darius McCrary, former star of Family Matters, and his estranged wife, Tammy Brawner, are embroiled in a bitter domestic violence dispute–with both sides claiming abuse against the other. Brawner also claimed that McCrary held their one-year-old daughter over a pot of boiling water. Both Brawner and McCrary now have restraining orders against the other. Read More.
- President Trump revoked protection for transgender students put in place by Obama in May 2016. Obama ordered that public schools must allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matched their chosen gender identity. If the school failed to comply with this, their funding would be affected. It was lauded as a civil rights victory.
Week Ending 2.17.2017
- Harrison Ford is being investigated by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) because he landed his plane on the wrong runway at John Wayne Airport in Orange County. In doing so, he flew over an American airlines jet carrying 110 passengers and six crew members.
- Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family services have placed Lisa Marie Presley’s (daughter of Elvis) twin daughters in protective custody. Apparently, authorities found “pictures and disturbing videos” on the computer of her estranged husband, Michael Lockwood. Presley, who filed for divorce from Lockwood in June 2016, said she was “shocked and horrified and sick to my stomach” when she discovered the photos.
- Justin Bieber is making legal headlines again this week. Once for claiming he was sick (photos and videos show him partying hours earlier) and blowing off a deposition in a copyright case in which he is being sued. Second, for an alleged assault in a Hollywood hot spot, Serafina. So far no arrest for the assault but he’s likely to be sanctioned in some way for faking sick and skipping out on the depo. Watch Video
- Ashton Kutcher is on the Hill (Capitol Hill in Washington, DC that is) and making friends! Kutcher was testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about human trafficking. Kutcher, who identifies as a democrat blew a kiss to Senator John McCain, a republican, after McCain made a comment about Kutcher’s looks. What did McCain say that prompted the kiss? “Ashton you’re better looking in the movies.” Sounds like there was a need to lighten the mood.
- Defamation suit against Bill Cosby dismissed. A judge in Massachusetts found that Katherine McKee, a woman who claimed to have been sexually assaulted by Cosby, had not shown he defamed her when his representatives called a 2014 New York Daily News story on her allegations defamatory and demanded a retraction. This decision in no way affects the criminal case pending against Cosby in Pennsylvania.
Week Ending 2.10.2017
- The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the lower court ruling in State of Washington v. Trump (aka travel ban). The three-judge voted unanimously. They denied the Justice Department’s request to reverse the Washington state judge’s restraining order that directed the authorities not to carry out Trump’s travel ban that prohibited citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries and from refugees worldwide to enter the United States.
- Beyonce has been sued by the estate of Anthony Barré, a deceased YouTube personality known Messy Mya. According to the suit, Beyonce stole a line from one of Messy Mya’s popular videos in which he says “a 27 piece, huh?” and used it in her very popular tune, Formation. Beyonce never sought nor received permission to use Mya’s phrase. His estate is seeking monetary damages.
- Shia LaBeouf’s HeWillNotDivide.Us performance has been shut down in New York. The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, where the protest was live streamed from as performance art, and which LeBoeuf hoped would remain there for the next 4 years, found that the “artwork created an unexpectedly volatile situation and serious public safety hazards.”
- Nicolas Cage’s son, Weston, who has struggled with addiction, was arrested for drunk driving in California. Weston who is 26 years old and a father himself was involved in a minor accident for which he initially stopped but then fled the scene. Police gave chase and it all ended with Weston plowing his car into a tree. This is not Weston’s first run-in with the law–he has allegedly been arrested for domestic violence in the past.
- Wikipedia has banned the Daily Mail as a credible source on its pages. Apparently Wikipedia has debated this issue for over a year and finally concluded that the Daily Mail is not a reliable source and has a “reputation for poor fact checking, sensationalism, and flat-out fabrication.” The editors have gone even further and are encouraging users to review Daily Mail citations that are already on Wikipedia and remove or replace them.
Week Ending 2.3.2017
- Jason Hoppy, the ex husband of real housewife, Bethenny Frankel, was arrested in New York for allegedly screaming “I will destroy you,” to Bethenny while she was outside their daughter’s school. Good dad, right?
- Kim Kardashian was in New York providing testimony and evidence against her Paris attackers. Lucky for Kim, the French system is vastly different from ours and allows discretion to judges in criminal matters as to whether a victim must travel back to the jurisdiction of the alleged crime in order to be interviewed and/or offer evidence.
- Nicki Minaj’s LA home was burglarized and the suspects made off with more t $200,000 worth of jewelry and other items, as well as damaging her home. Thankfully, Nicki was out of town at the time of the crime. Surveillance video should turn up something so perps aren’t going to get too far.
- Johnny Depp’s legal battle with his managers is getting dirtier. They have now countersued him. In their cross-complaint they say Depp lived an ultra-extravagant lifestyle that he could not afford and that he alone is fully responsible for any financial turmoil he finds himself in today.
- Dr. Luke, Kesha’s former producer with whom she is embroiled in a bitter lawsuit is seeking to add a defamation claim against Kesha. This claim is based on the allegation that Kesha texted Lady Gaga claiming he raped another artist. It is Dr. Luke’s position that Kesha is on a malicious campaign to destroy his reputation and career. Kesha claims Dr. Luke is simply seeking revenge and is ruining her career further by not allowing her to release new music.
- Melania Trump’s libel suit against Daily Mail dismissed. But not because it lacked merit, rather it was dismissed because the State of Maryland has no ties with the litigation and therefore, the jurisdiction was improper.
Week Ending 1.27.2017
- LA judge found evidence of domestic violence and has issued an order prohibiting Robin Thicke from having contact with his ex-wife, Paula Patton, his six year old son Julian, and Paula’s mother. Robin must stay 100 yards clear of three of them or will be violating the Order and arrested.
- Shia LeBoeuf arrested, but released within hours, after getting into a fight with a protester at Shia’s NYC Trump live stream protest, He Will Not Divide Us.
- Frances Bean Cobain, daughter of the late Kurt Cobain, wants her estranged husband, Isaiah Silva to return Kurt’s 1959 Martin D-18E acoustic guitar. Frances says it’s a family heirloom and has filed legal papers asking the court to demand Isaiah to return it to her. Apparently, he has refused to do so since she filed for divorce last March.
- A judge has denied Jennifer Lopez’ request for a permanent restraining order against an alleged stalker who has followed her to Las Vegas and then to her Los Angeles home. She was granted a temporary order against him. The request for the permanent order was not denied because it lacked merit but rather because the stalker could not be located.
- Oscar de la Hoya was arrested for driving under the influence. California Highway Patrol observed him speeding in Pasadena, CA, pulled him over and performed field sobriety tests. De La Hoya failed those tests and was arrested. For full story about Oscar De La Hoya’s battle with addiction, click here.
Week Ending 1.20.2017
- A Dog’s Purpose premiere and press junkets cancelled amidst allegations of animal abuse on set.
- Apprentice contestant, Summer Zervos, filed a defamation lawsuit against President Trump, accusing him of lying about touching her in a sexually inappropriate way. Allegations include that Trump kissed and groped her in a hotel room in 2007. She is seeking an apology as well as compensatory and punitive damages.
- Cuba Gooding Jr responds to wife’s 2014 petition for separation with a more permanent move– he filed for divorce. He is seeking joint custody of their 10 year old daughter and has offered to pay spousal support.
- Singer Ciara has resolved her child custody case with her ex, Future, a rapper. They have agreed to joint custody of their two-year-old son, Future Zahir Wilburn.
- Paul McCartney is suing Sony/ATV, the leading music publisher with a catalogue of over 3 millions copyrights. McCartney is seeking copyright ownership of several songs he co-wrote with John Lennon when they were part of The Beatles.
Week Ending 1.13.2017
- Brad and Angelina have hired a private judge to make all legal decisions and to facilitate the expeditious resolution of any remaining issues as it relates to their divorce and to custody of their children.
- French police arrest 17 suspects in the KIm Kardashian robbery case.
- Robin Thicke and Paula embroiled in bitter custody dispute over 6 year old son, Julian.
- Blac Chyna’s former managers threaten to sue saying she owes the $3 million dollars.
- Uma Thurman in the middle of trial for custody of her daughter and it’s beyond nasty. Ex-fiancé (and father of her daughter) claiming Uma is mentally ill and treats her illness with a cocktail of prescription drugs and alcohol.
- Pharrell sued for copyright infringement AGAIN. This time Gwen Stefani is also along for the ride. Suit is over her 2014 song “Spark the Fire.” Allegedly a musician gave Stefani a copy of his song, Who’s Got My Lightah, in the late ’90s and she copied it. Suit is against Stefani’s company Harajuku Lovers, Interscope Records and names both Stefani and Williams personally.