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Mariah Carey Blackmailed for $8M, Lawsuit Claims

Mariah Carey, a self proclaimed diva in the pop music world, has decided enough is enough, and has sued her former personal assistant for a host of bad deeds in Los Angeles Superior Court, including blackmail.

Lianna Shakhnazarian, also knows as Lianna Azarian, was Carey's assistant from 2015 until November 2017. During that time, according to Carey, Azarian stole money, furniture, and clothes from her, and created unauthorized videos of Carey. The pop star further claims Azarian said if she were every fired, she'd extort Carey with the videos for $8 million. Azarian clapped back, filing a lawsuit of her own that same day against Carey's management team for harassment, claiming a hostile work environment.

Did Beyonce's Production Company Discriminate Against the Visually Impaired?

Beyoncé's website production company, Parkwood, has been hit with a class action lawsuit claiming that Beyoncé.com's interface is inaccessible to visually impaired users, and thus in violation of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). 

According to the filing, visually impaired individuals have a strong affinity for music, maybe stronger than others due to their impaired sense, and therefore this inflicts a unique kind of harm.

What to Expect in Johnny Depp's Defamation Lawsuit Against Tabloid

In an interesting plot twist, Johnny Depp's defamation suit against The Sun, a British tabloid, could lead to the dissemination of some pretty dicey, and confidential, information about the former marriage between Depp and Amber Heard. A 471 page deposition transcript previously unreleased is now out in the open, shedding a lot of new information on the now defunct marriage. And if both sides end up testifying, things may definitely heat up this winter across the pond.

Actor Kevin Spacey appeared in Nantucket District Court this morning, and, while he didn't speak during the hearing, his lawyer entered a not guilty plea to one count of felony indecent assault and battery. Spacey has been accused of putting his hand down the pants of a then-18-year-old who was working at an upscale bar on the island in July 2016.

Along with the criminal charge, Spacey could be facing a civil lawsuit as well.

Kendrick Lamar Settles 'All the Stars' Lawsuit

After a judge said neither side in the lawsuit had a good case, Kendrick Lamar and SZA decided to settle the lawsuit brought by visual artist Lina Iris Viktor over the video for their Black Panther single, "All the Stars." Lamar and SZA had repeatedly tried to get Viktor to agree to license her distinctive artwork to them, which included Egyptian and African symbolism in gold and black paint. But Viktor never agreed, and she sued for actual damages under copyright law.

Proving there's nothing new under the runway lights, Marc Jacobs recently released his "Bootleg Redux Grunge" collection, recycling looks from his 1993 collection for Perry Ellis, and adding some tweaks to some early 90's favorites. One such piece is gaining some unwelcome legal notoriety.

Jacobs riffed off the famous Nirvana smiley face logo, exchanging the band's name with the word "Heaven," and replacing the face's x-ed out eyes with letters "M" and "J" -- or ripped off the logo, if you're surviving bandmates Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic. The band sued Jacobs over his use of the logo, claiming Kurt Cobain created the logo and the band continues to use it to market their music.

Scientology Defense Used in Smallville Cult Case

As if the Nxivm case couldn't get any stranger! Allison Mack, the Smallville actor who was charged with sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy, and forced labor conspiracy has come up with her defense, and it's based in Scientology.

Mack's attorney claims that blackmailing Nxivm members by threatening to expose nude photos and disparaging statements if they did not perform sexual services does not technically constitute "forced labor." The attorney's basis for this claim? A 2009 case involving the Church of Scientology, in which two members of the church unsuccessfully sued for forced labor.

Chris Brown Charged for Owning Pet Monkeys

Chris Brown is in some serious trouble. This ain't no monkey business! The rap star was charged with two counts of having a restricted species without a permit, and faces six months in jail. CB must not have been able to resist posting an adorable video of his daughter, Royalty, with alleged pet capuchin monkey, Fiji, back in December of 2017. Brown's defense? It's not his monkey!

Aretha Franklin Owes Nearly $8 Million to IRS

According to documents recently filed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Aretha Franklin owes the government nearly $8 million, based on $6.3 million in back taxes from 2012 to 2018, plus an additional $1.5 million in penalties. This is just one of a number of liens placed on the late singer's estate, and it's also not the first time she has been in trouble for not paying taxes.

Kevin Spacey Arraigned for Sexually Assaulting Male Teen

Kevin Spacey, the actor who lost his job as President Frank Underwood on the Netflix series, House of Cards, after allegedly sexually assaulting over a dozen young males, has now been arrested for felonious sexual assault. He has hence issued a cryptic video clip, via YouTube, and everyone is wondering if art is imitating life, or vice versa.