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December 2017 Archives

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.

According to the Palm Beach Post, Serena Williams was clocked last weekend on South Florida's I-95 driving somewhere in the neighborhood of 86 miles per hour. The only problem for Williams is that the posted speed limit for that section of highway is 65 mph. (Well, there is another problem of her speeding ticket, for $281, being posted online; thanks, Sunshine laws!)

But the tennis star is just one of many celebrities and athletes caught flying down our nation's highways and byways. Here are five of our favorite recent celebrity speeding tickets.

The newest lawsuit and allegations against Harvey Weinstein related to the gross sexual misconduct that has recently come to light seeks to hold more than just the one Weinstein liable. The class action lawsuit claims that Harvey Weinstein, his brother, several associates, and The Weinstein Company, all had a hand in enabling Weinstein's misconduct.

The claims filed against the group allege racketeering, otherwise known as conspiratorial conduct. Essentially, the gist of the claim is that everyone around Weinstein knew what he was doing, and even helped him cover his tracks when victims were not compliant. The lawsuit asks the court to award over $5 million in damages.