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Lawsuit Claims Harvey Weinstein Issued Death Threats to Employees

Another day, another lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein was one of the powerful figures in Hollywood up until being accused of sexual harassment and assault by several women. The latest lawsuit filed by the New York Attorney General is a result of a four month investigation.

This lawsuit has been filed against Weinstein, his brother, and the The Weinstein Company and alleges, among other things, that Weinstein issued death threats against employees and their families. This lawsuit adds to the list of lawsuits that have been filed against Weinstein, including a federal RICO lawsuit.

Jared Fogle Claims Judge Was Biased Because She Has Teenage Daughters

Jared Fogle, who became famous as the face of Subway's healthy sandwiches, is back in the news. And it's not for sandwiches. Back in 2015, it came to light that Fogle possessed child pornography and had a thing for minors.

Instead of going to trial, Fogle plead guilty to child porn and sex charges in return for a plea agreement where he was subject to anything between 5 years and 12.5 years in prison. The judge, however, sentenced Fogle to more than 15 years in prison for the crimes. Now, Fogle is claiming that the judge was biased because she has teenage daughters.

Chuck Norris Sues for 'Walker, Texas Ranger' Profits

It seems that when it comes to celebrities, one of the most common reasons for contract disputes is unpaid profits or royalties. And Chuck Norris is the latest celebrity to sue for unpaid profits. Norris, through his production company -- Top Kick Productions -- has sued CBS for profits from Walker, Texas Ranger.

As per the lawsuit, CBS was supposed to pay Norris 23 percent "of profits earned from any, and all, exploitation of Walker" when it agreed to become the primary distributor of Walker, and by failing to do so, breached their contract.

Gordon Ramsay Avoids Speeding Tickets in LA With Cling Film on License Plate

Ferraris are fun, especially if you can drive them fast. But, usually speeding in a Ferrari will get you a ticket. Well, it seems that Gordon Ramsay has found a way to speed around LA in his Ferrari while also avoiding a speeding ticket. He recently admitted to covering his license plate in cling film to avoid getting a speeding ticket via speeding and red light cameras.

He explains that the cling film reflects camera flashes preventing his car from being identified. He detailed his excursions to The Mirror by stating: "I'll take it out at 2:30 in the morning on the freeway and I'll blast on the motorway and no police catch me and no cameras because I wrap my number plates with cling film." While this may sound like a good idea, it's not exactly in compliance with California traffic laws.

Ex-Personal Assistant to Harvey Weinstein Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

From Matt Lauer to Kevin Spacey, it seems that there has long been an environment of pervasive sexual misconduct that was largely unnoticed (or ignored) by the majority of people in the entertainment industry. One name that seems to stand above others when it comes to sexual misconduct is Harvey Weinstein.

It seems that the allegations of Weinstein's sexual misconduct served as the catalyst that empowered other victims to speak up. Weinstein has been accused of several acts of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment and sexual assault, and is currently facing several lawsuits including a federal class action RICO lawsuit. Now, Deadline reports that his ex-personal assistant, Sandeep Rehal, has filed her own sexual harassment lawsuit against him.

Can Artists Who Are Minors Sign Contracts?

Considering the fact that a person can't do several things before turning 18, you may be wondering if it's legal to sign a contract with an artist who is a minor. Lil Pump is one artist that is relying on the fact that contracts are generally not valid when signed by a minor. He recently voided his contract with Warner Brothers with the argument that the company can't do anything about it. So, is he right? Can a minor artist really get out of a contract whenever he or she wants? Well, not exactly.

It's hard out here for a Juggalo. Just ask Sarah Hastings, devoted Insane Clown Posse fan who took to the stage at a concert in St. Petersburg, then took a dive after slipping in the band's boisson de guerre, Faygo soda. While Faygo showers are a normal element of ICP's live shows, Hastings claims the venue's staff should have done better to ensure the floor "was not left in a slippery and dangerous condition."

Hastings slipped and fell off the stage, according to her lawsuit against concert hall Jannus Live and Signature Security Services who were hired to provide security for the show. Notably absent from the list of defendants? Insane Clown Posse.

Between internet streaming, rights to deceased artists' work, politicians stealing songs for rallies, and remixes and sampling, music licensing has become a hot legal topic over the past decade. And in a time when so many artists are co-writing, co-performing, featuring, and guest appearing on other artists' work, figuring out who owns how much of a song can get pretty heated, especially when someone wants to use the song.

But a federal appeals court recently ended a standoff between the Department of Justice and songwriters and music publishers, ruling that a consent decree between the government and the publishers permits "fractional licensing," meaning that instead of one license for a song with multiple writers, users must obtain a license to use a song from each of the songwriters in order to use it. So how does that work?

Needless to say, it wasn't a great year for Hollywood in the press, as headlines were dominated by the biggest names in acting and producing being facing numerous allegations of sexual harassment and assault. From Harvey Weinstein to Kevin Spacey and even KISS front man Gene Simmons, the entertainment industry was rocked with civil lawsuits, and quite a few celebrities faced criminal charges this year as well.

Here are the major legal stories involving celebrities from 2017:

A California radio personality has sued KISS bassist and lead singer Gene Simmons, alleging he made "several aggressive, unwanted sexual advances" and even groped her during an interview last month. The interview took place in a green room at one of Simmons' Rock & Brews restaurant locations in California, where the woman, identified only as "Jane Doe" in the lawsuit, claims Simmons placed her hand on his knee despite repeated protests and touched her inappropriately during a photo shoot after the interview.

Simmons has issued a response to the suit, denying the allegations and announcing his intent to prove his innocence.