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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.

TMZ Counters Jared Leto Copyright Claim to Taylor Swift Dis Vid

Have you ever said something rude about someone and wished it hadn’t been overheard? That is what happened to Jared Leto, actor and lead for the band Thirty Seconds to Mars.

The musician was caught on video listening to and critiquing Taylor Swift songs while in his home studio seeking inspiration last year. He liked some of what Swift did but ultimately dismissed her music with an expletive, a moment he later regretted when he learned it was recorded.

Are Hulk Hogan's Lawyers Playing Shady Games in Gawker Cases?

A Florida jury earlier this year awarded former pro-wrestler Hulk Hogan $140 million in compensatory and punitive damages in a case against Gawker. The media company had published a sex tape of Hogan sleeping with his ex-best friend's wife and the former wrestler successfully alleged an invasion of privacy.

For a moment it seemed like Hogan was almost a hero of sorts, at least to those who agreed with the Florida jury. Now, however, the former wrestler and his lawyers are starting to seem shady as they continue their legal wrangling. Law Newz writes, "Hogan's lawyers are pulling some pretty sketchy moves in the Gawker case."

50 Cent Enters $23 Million Bankruptcy Settlement

Many men may wish death on him, but fans of 50 Cent will be happy to hear that the hip-hop star has settled his bankruptcy case. It's good news for the rapper personally and those who appreciate his music, as we'll probably soon be hearing from him a whole lot.

Curtis Jackson, as the entertainer is known in court, has to come up with $390,000 a month to meet his obligations under the terms of the settlement, so expect to see him performing and promoting products to make the money. Jackson filed for bankruptcy in July of last year. Now, he is on a payment plan that would be too much pressure for a lesser man than 50 Cent.

Ex-Host Gretchen Carlson Sues Fox News CEO for Sexual Harassment

Gretchen Carlson seemed to have it all. She was crowned Miss America and went on to host television news shows, including "Fox and Friends" and her own program in recent years. But the former Fox News anchor this week revealed her years-long struggle in a lawsuit accusing Fox News CEO Roger Ailes of wrongful termination and sexual harassment.

Carlson was terminated late last month, although she announced on social media that she was on vacation. Politico reports that she now says, in a suit filed in the Superior Court of New Jersey, that Roger Ailes had been making sexually charged comments to her for years, both insinuated and explicit, indicating that she could use sex to improve her job standing.

Public Profanity Gets 50 Cent Arrested in St. Kitts

Swearing on stage is not allowed in St. Kitts. Although hip-hop is known for its profanity, it is nonetheless expected that rappers keep it clean on the Caribbean island. That is why last weekend, 50 Cent was arrested after an impromptu performance before 40,000 people.

In the immortal words of his representative, "The show was a great success and he will make sure for future trips to St. Kitts that he leaves the "motherf*****s" in the United States." The following is a cautionary tale about small charges and doing favors, as reported by the New York Daily News.

Agency Sues Kardashian-Jenner Sisters for Breach of Contract

It can sometimes seem like everyone loves the Kardashian-Jenners but it isn't so. The super sisters are being sued by their former agents who complain that the ladies have deprived them of their cut of profits from product endorsement deals -- in other words, that they've been stealing.

An attorney for the sisters fervently denied the claim, saying that the agency's failures will be revealed in the litigation. Agency for the Performing Arts, TMZ reports, sued the five famous sisters -- Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney Kardashian; and Kylie and Kendall Jenner -- leaving only Rob, the brother, out. The agency represents big brands such as Marriott Hotels, Lamborghini cars ... and until last year, the Kardashian-Jenner clan.

Amber Heard Sues Comedian for Defamation Over Depp Divorce Comments

Acting couple Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have not been married long but already they are divorcing and already their divorce case is spawning other lawsuits. The first is Heard’s filing, a defamation claim against comedian Doug Stanhope, who posted an article in defense of Depp on May 29 in TheWrap.com.

In this article, which has since been removed from the website, Stanhope accuses Heard of blackmailing Depp and lying about his alleged domestic abuse. Heard seeks punitive damages for defamation, emotional distress, and interference with economic relations. Let’s consider the claims, which were reported by Courthouse News Service.