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5 Child Actors Who Were Emancipated

The stories of kids becoming emancipated from their parents are rather rare. In Hollywood, though, it is not uncommon for the young actors and actresses to seek emancipation. The reason young actors seek emancipation usually revolves around two main reasons: financial mismanagement of their earnings, and getting around child labor laws.

While some of the stars below that were emancipated had the blessings of their parents, others sought their freedom over parental objections and ruined relationships.

Most of us are checking out an actor's age on IMDb or other movie sites because we can't believe how young they look or how old they really are. But members of the Screen Actors Guild claim employers are using that information against those in the entertainment industry, and they have the law to prove it.

California Assembly Bill No. 1687, which goes into effect January 1, 2017, requires any online entertainment employment service providers to remove a subscriber's age upon request. That means an actor can ask sites like IMDb to scrub her age from publication and the site must comply within five days. So will the law shield ageing actors from age discrimination? Or chill free speech online?

Before there was Kimye, there was Brangelina. (And, I'm told, there are a bunch of black and white photos of famous couples from back in the day.) And the greatest celebrity coupling of its time is now coming uncoupled. Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt.

I know, I know -- it's a dark time for all of us. But celebrity divorces can often teach us a few lessons about our own relationships, so let's all take a deep breath and dive into quite possibly the biggest celebrity divorce of all time.

In what should be considered a lesson to everyone who thinks that legal relief can be had quickly, the 2008 case between Sam Lufti and Britney Spears and family just settled last week. In the lawsuit, Lufti claimed Spears' father actually struck him. Lufti also alleged that Spears' mother lied about him in her memoir.

Details of the settlement were not released by the court, and it is unlikely either party is free to release the actual numbers. After this action was initially dismissed by the lower court in 2012, Lufti appealed the dismissal and won. Had this settlement not occurred, trial was scheduled to begin next month.

Based on what celebrity news outlets are reporting, popular hip-hop artist Rakim Mayers, better known as A$AP Rocky from the A$AP Mob crew, is being sued by his former landlord for destroying a luxury condo. Among the allegations are that Mr. Mayers scratched up the floors, got rid of a chandelier and a security camera, and turned his walk in closet into a recording studio.

While multiple sources are reporting this story, claiming that a federal lawsuit has been filed against Mr. Mayers, it is worth mentioning that the Federal database PACER does not currently turn up documents that support the claim that Mr. Mayers is being sued.

Madonna and her ex-husband, Guy Ritchie, settled their bitter, nine-month-long child custody battle over their 16-year-old son Rocco. According to TMZ, the former celebrity couple was due in court on Wednesday to argue over custody. Rather than battle it out in court, the former couple worked out a settlement agreement that will allow Rocco to stay in London with his father.

Rocco left Madonna's custody on his own during her world tour. While the tour was in Europe, Rocco traveled to London to stay with his father. When Madonna returned home to New York, Rocco refused to come home and Ritchie's attorney explained that Rocco expressed his preference to live with his father in London.

Kanye West has succeeded again in unintentionally creating controversy. His most recent casting call for the 4th season of his television program, Yeezy, was blatantly discriminatory, and according to legal experts, illegal, too. Not surprisingly, the internet reacted with righteous indignation and furious anger.

In the casting call, West explicitly states "MULTIRACIAL WOMEN ONLY." This isn't the mythical reverse racism some allege it to be; it is just plain old, regular, insidious racism, and it's very likely illegal.

Fox News's parent company has agreed to pay former anchor and Fox and Friends host Gretchen Carlson $20 million to settle her sexual harassment lawsuit against former CEO Roger Ailes. 21st Century Fox released a statement today acknowledging and apologizing "for the fact that Gretchen was not treated with the respect and dignity that she and all of our colleagues deserve."

One odd part about the settlement is that Carlson hadn't named Fox News or 21st Century Fox in her lawsuit. And another is that Ailes, the man who resigned in the face of numerous allegations of harassment, allegedly won't contribute a dime to the settlement.

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. Former president George W. Bush. Fool-pitier Mr. T. All have fulfilled their civic obligation and reported for jury duty when called. But perhaps none are as famous as Taylor Swift.

But that didn't stop the worldwide pop star from reporting to Nashville's criminal courthouse this week for jury duty. And as quick as Taylor Swift, criminal jurist, appeared, she was gone again, dismissed over an overlap with her own legal case.

Bill Cosby has decided to drop a lawsuit he filed against Andrea Constand, who accused the actor and comedian of drugging and sexually assaulted her in 2004. Cosby had claimed that Constand breached a 2006 confidential settlement agreement by cooperating with law enforcement in Pennsylvania who were investigating Cosby last year.

Cosby was ultimately charged by the Montgomery County district attorney's office with sexual assault last December and his attorney said Cosby is dismissing the suit to "focus his efforts on defending himself against the claims that have been lodged against him." Along with those criminal charges, Cosby is facing nine civil lawsuits regarding sexual assault allegations.