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Stallone Half-Sister 'Abuse' Settlement, Secret Tapes Revealed

Details about a Sylvester Stallone settlement from nearly three decades ago are just now coming to light. It involves Stallone's half-sister and allegations of abuse.

Toni-Ann Filiti accused Stallone of abusing her in the 1980s, the New York Post reports. Stallone denied, and continues to deny, all of the allegations.

Admitting no fault, Stallone in 1987 agreed to a settlement with Filiti, in which the "Rocky" and "Rambo" star agreed to a massive payout. But the settlement documents also reveal there were secretly taped conversations which, according to the Post, "could reveal more about Stallone's bizarre family."

Taye Diggs Confronts, Tackles Burglar After SAG Awards

Actor Taye Diggs had an eventful Sunday night. First, he presented an award at the Screen Actor's Guild Awards. Then, he confronted a burglar at his home.

After returning to his Studio City home from the awards night, Diggs and wife Idina Menzel (who plays Alphaba in the Broadway show "Wicked") caught an intruder in their digs -- specifically, their garage.

When the burglar tried to make a run for it, Diggs chased him down the street and tackled him, CNN reports. He detained the man until the police showed up.

Rick Ross Hears Shooting, Crashes Rolls Royce

Rapper Rick Ross crashed his Rolls Royce into an apartment building on Monday. According to Ross, a drive-by shooting (or perhaps an assassination attempt) may have been the reason why.

If you are not into the world of gangsta rap, you may not be aware that Rick Ross adopted the symbol of the Gangster Disciples gang and featured the name of the gang's leader in one of his songs.

The gang was none too happy about Ross using their symbol and leader like that and demanded (or perhaps attempted to extort?) money from the rapper, reports CNN. Ross declined, and so the gang naturally took to YouTube, where its various followers responded with videotaped threats on Ross' life.

Frank Ocean: Chris Brown 'Jumped' Me Over Parking Space

Chris Brown just can't seem to keep himself out of the headlines. The singer is now under investigation for allegedly assaulting rapper-singer Frank Ocean.

Unlike Brown's brawl with Drake last year, it wasn't Rihanna but rather a parking spot at a West Hollywood recording studio that supposedly led to this fight, reports The Associated Press.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which patrols West Hollywood, is currently investigating the incident. So far, no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed.

3 Celebrity Weddings and the Legal Lessons Learned

Celebrity weddings can lead to some valuable legal lessons, even for those who aren't rich and famous. Examples from a few star-studded weddings in 2012 certainly take the cake.

Celebrities face many legal issues when getting married. The biggest challenge is that they need to plan their finances in case of divorce. In the case of a celebrity and non-celebrity, this is often to protect the celebrity's assets. In the case of two celebrities, one might make significantly more than the other.

Another challenge that celebrities face when getting married is the personal challenge of keeping their nuptials private. Paparazzi and gawkers want in, and many stars have gone through great lengths to keep their ceremonies private.

That said, here's a look at three celebrity weddings from 2012, and the legal lessons learned:

Readers of Lance Armstrong's Book Sue for Refund

Lance Armstrong apparently isn't pedaling back into America's good graces anytime soon. He's now being sued in a class action lawsuit by readers of his book. The suit accuses Armstrong and his publishers of muddling fact and fiction.

The bestselling book at the center of the lawsuit is entitled "It's Not About the Bike." But the suit also complains about another Armstrong book, "Every Second Counts."

The lawsuit was filed in California. According to CNN, the lawsuit states that the sale of the books was based on "the false belief that they were true and honest works of nonfiction when, in fact, Defendants knew or should have known that these books were works of fiction."

'Teen Mom 2's' Jenelle Evans Claims Assault, Battery by Husband

"Teen Mom 2's" Jenelle Evans has "filed five assault charges" against her husband Courtland Rogers, reports Us Weekly.

The reality-TV star also blasted her husband on Twitter, implying that he may have been behind a possible miscarriage. The charges apparently filed against Rogers further confirm this suspicion, as Evans accuses him of assault on a female with an unborn child.

In fact, on Jan. 22, Evans was reportedly hospitalized for a miscarriage scare, according to the website Radar Online.

Peter Robbins, Voice of 'Charlie Brown,' Arrested for Stalking

Good grief! Peter Robbins, the voice of Charlie Brown in those still-popular "Peanuts" TV specials, has been arrested for stalking.

The former child actor, now 56, faces five felony counts. Four of the counts are for making threats to cause death or bodily injury, and one count is for stalking, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Robbins is being held on $550,000 bail. So just who would Charlie Brown stalk?

Chris Brown, Kardashians Get 'Swatted': Reports

Chris Brown and the Kardashians got "swatted" over the holiday weekend, the latest additions to the growing list of celebrities who have been targeted by such pranks.

If the term "swatting" has not entered your vernacular, it's when someone prank-calls the police and tells them that some horrific crime is happening at someone's home. As a result, the police will send out its heavily armed SWAT team to respond to the reported crisis.

While swatting your next-door neighbor may not be all that fun, more and more pranksters have been swatting celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, and Tom Cruise.

Here's what happened in the two latest swatting incidents:

Before 'Pawn Stars' Wedding, Does Rick Harrison Need a Prenup?

For Rick Harrison of "Pawn Stars" fame, his third wedding will (hopefully) be the charm. But does he need a prenup?

It's been about a year since Harrison proposed to girlfriend DeAnne Burditt, but their wedding date and venue have finally been nailed down. Originally, the couple had planned a wedding in Las Vegas. But plans have changed, and now they'll tie the knot in California on July 21, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Harrison has been married twice before, and has three children from his previous marriages. So does he need a prenuptial agreement this time around?

Victoria's Secret Model Sued for $3M by Modeling Agency

A Victoria's Secret model has been hit with a $3.3 million lawsuit from her former modeling agency in New York City, reports The Huffington Post.

Marilyn Model Management is claiming that Victoria's Secret model Constance Jablonski violated a contract she had with the agency.

Jablonski, who is the face of Calvin Klein and Christian Dior, changed modeling agencies before her three-year contract with Marilyn was over, the lawsuit claims.

Did Lindsay Lohan Really Fire Her Lawyer, Shawn Holley?

Lindsay Lohan reportedly fired her longtime lawyer, Shawn Holley, on Monday, in a series of unfortunate events.

But the very next day, Lohan had apparently reneged on the firing, telling friends that she wanted Holley back, reports the Los Angeles Times.

What's going on?

Chicago Rapper Chief Keef Jailed on Probation Violation

It seems that rapper Chief Keef just can't stay out of trouble, because he was back in jail Tuesday for violating the terms of his probation.

Last January, the Chicago-based rapper whose real name is Keith Cozart was sentenced to 18 months' probation after he was convicted of pointing a gun at a police officer. As part of his probation, Keef was ordered to stay away from drugs, gangs, and guns.

But it appears that Keef just couldn't stay away from firearms. The prosecution had video proof to show the judge.

Hulk Hogan Sues Spine Clinic for Alleged Malpractice

Hulk Hogan is suing a medical facility, claiming that the care they rendered him severely damaged his wrestling career.

The wrestler, whose real name is Terry Bollea, filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Laser Spine Institute in Tampa, claiming the clinic performed unnecessary surgeries. He is seeking damages of $50 million, reports the Associated Press.

But wait -- there's more. The Laser Spine Institute also allegedly used Hogan's endorsement without his permission.

'Whale Wars' Captain Quits After Court Injunction

"Whale Wars" captain Paul Watson has quit his position at his conservation society after a federal court issued an injunction against his group's anti-whaling activities.

Watson became famous for his televised attempts to disrupt Japanese whalers on his show "Whale Wars," airing on Animal Planet.

However, last month, a Japanese firm secured an injunction against Watson and his Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in a U.S. court, reports CNN. The injunction prohibits Watson from coming within 500 yards of the plaintiffs, which would effectively ruin Watson's attempts to disrupt the Japanese whaling industry.

Will Pic of Justin Bieber Smoking Pot Lead to Charges?

Looks like Justin Bieber's squeaky-clean image is falling apart, especially given the pictures that indicate the teen pop sensation was (gasp!) smoking pot.

Photographs of Bieber at a hotel-room party last week shows the Biebs sitting around with some friends and a few empty beer bottles. Keep in mind that Bieber is only 18, and the pictures were reportedly taken in Newport Beach, California, where the legal drinking age is 21.

But the question on everyone's mind is: What's in the cigarette that Justin Bieber is clearly holding between his fingers? Could its contents lead to an arrest?

Sean Paul Lawsuit Alleges 'Lies, Murders, Erection Problems'

Maybe Sean Paul should have been nicer to his ex, because now he's being sued to the tune of $80 million.

The famous Jamaican dancehall and reggae artist allegedly had a love affair with Susanne Persson in 2010, but their relationship ended poorly. Persson is making all kinds of claims against Paul in a lawsuit filed just after the New Year.

A breakup generally isn't grounds for a lawsuit, but Persson is claiming Paul abused her physically and emotionally and had her illegally deported. Her proof? Well, that's where this gets interesting.

'Criminal Minds' Star Thomas Gibson Arrested for DUI

Actor Thomas Gibson, best known for his roles on TV's "Criminal Minds" and "Dharma & Greg," was arrested in Los Angeles over the weekend on suspicion of DUI.

The 50-year-old actor was driving in downtown LA about 1 a.m. Sunday when he tried to drive through a part of town that had been blocked off for a half-marathon, reports The Huffington Post.

In fact, some witnesses say that the actor tried to drive his Audi SUV through the marathon barricade while the nighttime race was still going on, interrupting several runners.

Frank Ocean's Pot Bust May Lead to Sea of Legal Trouble

Frank Ocean's smooth tunes and sweet lyrics have earned him fame and fortune, but they couldn't get him out of trouble when he was busted for pot.

On New Year's Eve, Ocean was pulled over by police in Mono County, California. They found a small bag of pot on him and also realized he was driving with a suspended license. He was cited by police and then let go.

Ocean will likely have to appear in court at a later date. But police would never have known Ocean had pot on him, if he hadn't made a crucial mistake.

So Kim Kardashian is pregnant with Kanye West's baby. As her divorce from Kris Humphries is still not finalized, however, there may potentially be a few legal hoops to jump through to establish paternity.

During an Atlantic City concert, Kanye literally stopped in mid-song and announced his girlfriend Kim Kardashian is pregnant, Reuters reports. The crowd erupted, as did fans on Twitter.

But lost amid the joy (?) of Kim and Kanye's baby news is a potential legal problem: Kardashian is technically still married to Humphries, a pro basketball player, The Huffington Post points out. While the two have filed for divorce, and have been going through the divorce process far longer than the 72 days they were actually married, they are technically still husband and wife.