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Prince's Doctor Fined $30K for Illegal Drug Prescription

Many Prince fans are still reeling from the singer's death two years ago. Whether your favorite Prince song was "Purple Rain," "When Doves Cry," or a lesser known hit, the news of his death at age 57 was a shock. While investigators are still deciding whether or not to charge anyone with a crime in that tragedy, one of Prince's doctors has been fined $30K for writing what authorities call an illegal prescription.

Stan Lee Finally Brings a Lawsuit Against Ex-Business Manager

In what sounds like it could be a made-for-t.v. drama, comic book icon Stan Lee is suing his former business manager for fraud and elder abuse. The allegations range from theft of millions of dollars, to funding a fake non-profit, to setting up a scheme to steal Lee's blood and use it as a merchandising item. Oddly, before filing this lawsuit, Lee had threatened to sue anyone who reported that he was being taken advantage of.

It feels like a long way from 'That's So Raven' stardom to arrested by a bounty hunter named Lucky while hiding in your underwear in a Las Vegas closet, but it apparently only takes 11 years and a few arrests.

Orlando Brown, ex-costar of the hit Disney series and a slew of other television shows and movies as a child actor, was nabbed for skipping a court appearance on domestic battery charges. And video of the arrest is pretty extreme.

One of the limitations on free speech is defamation -- you can't simply make false and damaging statements about someone else. That said, just because information tends to damage a person's reputation doesn't make it defamation. The statement must also be false.

Additionally, the press are afforded some increased legal protections in the interest of reporting the news, and public figures are afforded fewer protections as they thrust themselves into the public eye and invite close scrutiny. Both factors could come into play in Steve Wynn's defamation against the Associated Press, with the casino mogul claiming the AP reported "false accusations of rape."

T.J. Miller's last 12 months have been far from great. In May of last year, HBO announced Miller would not be reprising his role as Erlich Bachman on the hit series "Silicon Valley" for its fifth season. In June, Miller gave a rambling interview to the Hollywood Reporter during which he trashed former colleagues. Six months after that, Miller was arrested for attacking an Uber driver, and less than a week later he was accused of punching a woman and sexual assault while in college.

And then this week Miller was arrested for calling in a fake bomb threat on a train, and is now facing federal charges.

DMX Sentenced to One Year for Tax Fraud

It looks like rapper DMX will have a new conviction to sing about. While it may not be as conventional as rapping about weapons or drug charges, his recent conviction for tax fraud has earned him some new prison time. Now, for the next year, he'll only be able to sing "X Gon' Give it to Ya" and "Where the Hood At" from behind bars.

Bill O'Reilly's Settlement Terms Revealed

It's been a rough year for Bill O'Reilly. Last April, he was forced out of Fox News after more than 20 years with the network. At the center of the firing were investigations into allegations of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior by the long-time conservative anchor. It was revealed that O'Reilly had entered into numerous settlements with women who had accused him of inappropriate behavior. Now, despite O'Reilly's best legal efforts, a federal judge has ruled that those settlement terms can be revealed to the public.

The best ideas have a ring of familiarity to them. That's why the best films and television shows are packed with either present-day authenticity or nostalgic elements from the past. Then again, there's a difference between, "Hey that looks familiar," and "Hey that was my idea."

Most fans of the hit Netflix series "Stranger Things" marvel at the array of period-specific elements, from costumes to set design and beyond. Filmmaker Charlie Kessler, on the other hand, looked at "Stranger Things" and said, "Hey that was my idea."

Court Rejects Lindsay Lohan's 'Grand Theft Auto' Appeal

It feels like anytime you read a headline with Lindsay Lohan's name in it, you should immediately picture that gif of Michael Jackson eating popcorn. "This should be good." Well, Ms. Lohan took another hit last week when a court rejected her case against Grand Theft Auto for featuring a blonde in a bikini making a peace sign. That probably makes sense, since that description would likely make a fair number of current spring breakers shout, "OMG, it's me!"

Farrah Abraham Drops $5 Million 'Sex Shaming' Suit

Farrah Abraham, one of the stars of the MTV show Teen Mom OG, has dropped her lawsuit against the makers of the show. The reason for dropping her $5 million dollar lawsuit? She reached a settlement.