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Musical artist Ludacris has been battling over custody of his three-year-old daughter with baby mama Tamika Fuller since early 2015. The battle has been anything but cordial. This week, however, the battle went from nasty to interesting with the judge's most recent ruling in favor of Ludacris.

The judge presiding over the custody battle ruled that Ludacris, who was awarded full custody last year, has final say over what pictures of their daughter that Fuller can post on social media. Basically, if Ludacris sees a picture of their daughter on social media that was posted by Fuller, he can force her to take it down if he doesn't approve. This ruling is rather unique, especially considering it was issued in favor of a man named Ludacris!

In June of 2014, Harrison Ford, playing the role of Han Solo while filming 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens,' had his leg crushed by the hydraulic door of the Millennium Falcon on set. Last week, the UK's Health and Safety Executive's charges for workplace safety violations against Disney's production company concluded with the production company receiving a $2 million fine. The fine comes after the production company had pleaded guilty to two of the four charges brought against them for workplace safety violations.

The crushed leg only set the filming schedule back a few weeks. For Ford though, at age 71, the experience left him pretty rattled (warning: link contains some NSFW language).

Both the mother and estranged husband of Jim Carrey's late ex-girlfriend, Cathriona White, have filed wrongful death lawsuits against the actor stemming from Ms. White's death. The mother's case was filed one month after the estranged husband filed suit.

Both cases against Mr. Carrey allege that the actor provided the drugs that Ms. White used to overdose in September 2015. Additionally, the cases allege that Mr. Carrey knowingly passed STDs to Ms. White, and engaged in a campaign of intimidation and threats to silence Ms. White so as to protect his career.

Renita Hill, one of the many women who came forward to allege that world famous comedian Bill Cosby drugged and raped her, appealed the dismissal of her defamation case against Cosby. Arguments were heard in the appeals court last week. Due to the statute of limitations for the alleged crime, Ms. Hill, like many others, was unable to have criminal charges pressed against Cosby. However, when Cosby, his wife and lawyers, made public statements about Ms. Hill's allegations, Ms. Hill struck back with a defamation lawsuit.

Ms. Hill's defamation lawsuit basically alleges that Cosby and his attorney made public statements falsely claiming that Ms. Hill lied about her allegations. While the statements in issue never explicitly state that Ms. Hill lied about her allegations against Cosby, the Cosby team's statements certainly imply such.

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.

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.

Dr. Phil and Wife Demand $250M From National Enquirer for Defamation

Television psychologist Phil McGraw, better known as Dr. Phil, and his wife Robin McGraw, sued the National Enquirer for defamation this month. The couple claim, in a case filed in Palm Beach County, Florida, that the gossip rag has hurt them professionally, emotionally, and otherwise and are demanding $250 million in damages.

The National Enquirer, which is accustomed to getting sued, responded to the filing with yet another article insulting the television counseling couple, calling Dr. Phil a quack and defending all previously published articles as true. According to the Washington Post, the McGraws seem to be following in the footsteps of Hulk Hogan, who successfully sued Gawker in Florida over a sex tape publication, pushing the publisher to bankruptcy.

Is Rupert Murdoch About to Oust Fox News CEO Roger Ailes?

Earlier this month, former Fox News figure Gretchen Carlson sued the company and its CEO, Roger Ailes, for sexual harassment and wrongful termination. Now, reportedly, media mogul Rupert Murdoch is planning to oust Ailes from Fox after the Carlson lawsuit prompted similar harassment complaints from other women.

According to The Daily Beast, the harassment claims were the impetus for an investigation into Ailes' management style generally, which has apparently been found wanting. New York magazine reported today that Ailes will be offered a chance to resign or be fired.