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Trump Campaign Takes Omarosa to Arbitration Over Breach of Confidentiality

Omarosa Manigault Newman and Donald Trump are at it again, this time over breach of confidentiality stemming from non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) Omarosa purportedly signed during both the 2003 taping of The Apprentice and his 2016 Presidential Campaign. The Trump Administration filed for arbitration in New York City to silence Omarosa after she released her tell-all book, Unhinged, earlier this week.

Less than five years after they were Brangelina, they were again Brad and Angelina. And the split has been, let's just say, less than amicable. Divorce can always be messy, but few divorces have been so publicly messy.

In the last 48 hours alone: Angelina Jolie's attorneys have alleged that Brad Pitt hasn't paid any "meaningful" child support for a year and a half; Pitt's attorney claimed he gave Jolie $8 million to purchase her current residence and another $1.3 million in "bills" for the benefit of her and their six children since their 2016 split; and Jolie's attorney sniped back that "A loan is not, however, child support and to represent it as such is misleading and inaccurate."

So ... what's next?

Reality TV star Chad Johnson -- the bad boy from season 12 of "The Bachelorette" and booted from "Bachelor in Paradise" for boozing too much -- has filed a sexual misconduct lawsuit against producer Cristina Cimino and Sunset Studios Entertainment.

The suit claims Cimino made "persistent and rigorous" advances towards Johnson of a "sexual and provocative" nature, and offered him two movie roles. Johnson also claims he rebuffed those advances, and the movie roles were nixed after he made it clear he didn't want a sexual relationship with Cimino.

Few celebrities were at such a pinnacle of popularity in 2016 as Kevin Hart. Which is no doubt why mobile app developer Stand Up Digital wanted to team up with Hart to release "Gold Ambush," a multiplayer game featuring both Hart and his wife and children as playable characters.

And few celebrity images took such a precipitous fall as Hart's when he tearfully revealed an affair on his Instagram account in September 2017, just days before Gold Ambush's planned release. That admission, according to a lawsuit filed by Stand Up, "crippled the efficacy of Gold Ambush, completely destroyed all of Stand Up's pre-launch monetary commitments, shuttered the credibility of the game as a family-oriented entertainment ... and nullified the future profitability of the game." The company is looking for over $7 million in damages.

It sounds like the crazy plot to a television show, and it even includes TV actresses: a professional development, self-help, multi-level marketing scheme morphs into a cult/sex trafficking/racketeering operation for the benefit of people with codenames "Vanguard" and "Prefect," all largely funded by a liquor heiress.

Clare Bronfman, heiress to the Seagram's liquor fortune was arrested, arraigned, and released on $100 million bond for her involvement in the sex slave pyramid scheme, which allegedly involved human trafficking, identity theft, sextortion, and an actress from "Smallville."

Sasha Baron Cohen can trick even the trickiest politicians. But former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore says Cohen has gone too far, and is threatening a defamation suit if he doesn't like the way he is portrayed in an upcoming episode of "Who Is America?" a Showtime series which debuted last week to modest reviews. Moore is already involved in a defamation lawsuit against four women who raised +30-year-old allegations of sexual misconduct during his recent unsuccessful U.S. Senate race.

Taylor Swift Sued for 'Swift Life' Gaming App Moniker

Taylor Swift has created some Bad Blood with Patrick Benot, and he's not about to Shake It Off. Benot created a computer consulting business that he trademarked "SwiftLife" back in 2007, creating goods and services that help make life's errands more efficient. But nine years later in 2016, Taylor Swift and Glu Games launched an App entitled "The Swift Life," which is a one-stop shop for Swiftie fans.

Note: Taylor Swift has trademarked multiple iterations of the term "Swiftie." There's evidence of consumer confusion, causing Benot "endless grief" and hurting his business, claiming Everything Has Changed. Swift never asked for permission from Benot to use the trademark, and he is left wondering why she has to be so Mean.

Harvey Weinstein Files Motion to Dismiss Ashley Judd Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Ashley Judd filed a defamation lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein, claiming that Weinstein sabotaged her career after she rejected his sexual advances. Weinstein recently filed a motion to dismiss, claiming he did everything possible to advance her career, and he can prove it! But can he?

Cosby Asks Supreme Court to Review Defamation Case

Bill Cosby and his former attorney, Marty Singer, are looking to go to court for the umpteenth time in recent years, petitioning SCOTUS to hear an appeal of a state court lawsuit brought by Janice Dickinson for defamation. Cosby has already lost this suit twice in state court, but he is hoping the third time's a charm.

Johnny Depp Sued for Allegedly Punching 'City of Lies' Location Manager

As if Johnny Depp's legal problems couldn't get any crazier. The Mad Hatter has been at it again. This time, a former set location manager, Gregg "Rocky" Brooks, has filed a suit against him and others in his production company for an incident that happened outside of the Barclay Hotel in Los Angeles. They were on location filming "City of Lies," a story about the investigation into the death of rap stars Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls. The suit alleges assault and battery, negligence, wrongful termination, and other counts.