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November 2012 Archives

Ex-'Price Is Right' Model Brandi Cochran Wins Maternity Suit

Producers of "The Price Is Right" will be paying a very nice price after losing a maternity lawsuit to former model Brandi Cochran.

A jury last week found the show's producers guilty of discriminating against Cochran during her pregnancy, Reuters reports. In her lawsuit, she claimed they'd made negative comments about her body and then dismissed her when she experienced complications after her pregnancy.

The jury awarded her $776,000 in compensatory damages. But the next day, they increased her award by a considerable amount.

Lindsay Lohan Arrested Over NYC Nightclub Assault

Lindsay Lohan has been arrested again. This time, LiLo was busted outside a Manhattan nightclub early Thursday after allegedly punching another woman.

The 26-year-old troubled actress was seen fleeing from the nightclub in a friend's car when police stopped her and slapped on handcuffs, reports the New York Daily News. The former "Mean Girl" was reportedly heard saying "Are you kidding me?" to police over and over again.

No, the police were not kidding as they hauled her off to the 10th Precinct stationhouse.

'That '70s Show's' Lisa Robin Kelly Arrested for Domestic Violence

Lisa Robin Kelly from "That '70s Show" has been arrested, again. The actress, who played Eric Foreman's brash older sister Laurie, was arrested in her North Carolina home after an alleged assault on Monday.

The other person reportedly involved in the fight was Kelly's husband, gossip website TMZ reports. This isn't the first time the couple's altercations have gotten the attention of police.

Kelly was charged with spousal abuse after a similar situation back in March. The charges were dropped, but this new issue could raise the same legal problems.

Halle Berry to Seek Restraining Order Against Gabriel Aubry

Halle Berry will reportedly seek a restraining order against her ex, Gabriel Aubry, following a Thanksgiving throwdown between Aubry and Berry's current fiance, actor Olivier Martinez.

Aubry, a male model, famously fathered a child with Berry four years ago. The two hit a rough patch and were all over the tabloids as they split and fought over custody of their child. Most recently, Berry was blocked from moving her child to France.

On Thanksgiving, Aubry, Berry, and Martinez were placed in an awkward position that many ex-couples find themselves in: an ex-partner meeting the other ex-partner's current flame. Aubry was returning his daughter to Berry's home when Aubry ran into Martinez in Berry's driveway, reports the New York Daily News.

NASCAR's Danica Patrick Discloses Divorce on Facebook

Danica Patrick announced her divorce on Tuesday by sending a message to her Facebook followers.

The 30-year-old NASCAR driver is ending her seven-year marriage to physical therapist Paul Hospenthal, 47. She said the split is amicable and the two will remain friends, but her method for delivering the message was a little unorthodox.

In less than 24 hours, Patrick's Facebook post got more than 7,000 "likes" on the social network. We're not sure what that says about Patrick's fans or her marriage.

Elmo Puppeteer Kevin Clash Resigns After 2nd Sex Allegation

The voice and puppeteer behind "Sesame Street's" Elmo has resigned from the popular children's show, a little more than a week after child-sex allegations against him first came to light.

Kevin Clash, who was the subject of the documentary film "Being Elmo," was accused last week of having sex with a Pennsylvania man when the man was 16. Clash denied the allegation, and his accuser recanted the claim one day later, though he has since reverted to his original story, gossip website TMZ reports.

But now a new allegation has come up from a second accuser.

The Situation Sues Over Vodka Endorsement Deal

The Situation is dealing with his own situation over the vodka deal he made with the now-famous Devotion spirits for the company's protein-infused vodka.

The "Jersey Shore" star made an arrangement with the company back in 2010 to endorse its product. As part of the deal, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino got an 8 percent ownership interest in the company, and he claims he's entitled to more than that.

Sorrentino says he held up his end of the bargain and helped build the company's reputation. Now he wants the company to pay up on its end of the deal.

No Charges for Bon Jovi's Daughter After Heroin Overdose

Stephanie Rose Bongiovi, the 19-year-old daughter of rocker Jon Bon Jovi, was arrested this week after she allegedly overdosed on heroin.

Bongiovi is a student at Hamilton College in upstate New York, where medics were called to her dorm room after reports of someone who'd overdosed on heroin, reports the Associated Press.

Medics found Bongiovi unresponsive, but she has since recovered. While police initially arrested Bongiovi and another student on suspicion of drug possession, those charges have now been dropped.

Porn Star Jenna Jameson Must Pay for 'Zombie Strippers!' No-Show

An Illinois judge has ordered porn star Jenna Jameson to pay for failing to appear as promised at screenings of her film "Zombie Strippers!"

Just as Jameson failed to show up for her movie-theater appearances in suburban Chicago, Jameson also failed to show up for her court appearances, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

The 38-year-old adult film actress was ordered to pay $92,000 in damages to theater owner Ted Bulthaup. The theater owner's attorney seemed happy with the result, though it remains unclear just how they plan to collect from Jameson, who lives out of state.

Voice of Elmo Accused of Sex with Underage Teen

Voice and puppeteer of Sesame Street's beloved Elmo, Kevin Clash, has been accused of having sex with an underage boy.

Clash has been placed on a leave of absence from the children's show. In the meantime, he has denied the underage sex claims and his accuser has reportedly lawyered up.

The 23-year-old accuser says that he and Clash began a sexual relationship seven years ago, reports The Baltimore Sun. At the time, the unidentified accuser said he was 16-years-old and that Clash was 45. Clash does not deny having a sexual relationship with the accuser, but maintains that the relationship did not begin until the accuser was an adult.

Copy Me Maybe: Carly Rae Jepsen Sued by Ukranian Singer

Pop star Carly Rae Jepsen is being sued by a Ukrainian singer/rapper named Aza who claims Jepsen stole her song to create "Call Me Maybe."

Aza is filing her lawsuit in Los Angeles, and claims that Jepsen's song is a direct ripoff of her song "Hunky Santa," reports TMZ.

The Ukranian singer says that producers simply tweaked her song to create Jepsen's surprise summer hit. Aza reportedly told TMZ that she was so "shocked and surprised" when she first heard Carly Rae Jepsen's song on the radio that she almost got into a car accident. She apparently could not believe that Jepsen sampled her song without even requesting permission.

Jamie Foxx Sued Over Alleged Sidewalk Safety Hazard

Jamie Foxx is being sued by a woman who claims the actor's sidewalk is a safety hazard.

Catherine Jones claims she attended a party at Foxx's house last year and as she was leaving, she tripped on a sidewalk and fell "head over heels," allegedly causing serious injuries, reports TMZ.

Jones claims Foxx was negligent in maintaining the sidewalk, though further details of the sidewalk lawsuit were not disclosed. The suit was brought in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Jermaine Jackson Seeks Name Change to 'Jacksun'

Jermaine Jackson was one of the original "Jackson 5," and one of the lead singers with his brother Michael. But if he gets his way in court, he'll soon be Jermaine "Jacksun" instead.

Jackson (as we'll call him, since his last name hasn't legally changed yet), filed a petition in a Los Angeles court on Tuesday to change his name to "Jermaine Jacksun." When asked to elaborate on his choice, the musician only said it was for "artistic reasons," according to TMZ.

He may have to change that answer at the hearing about his name change, set for Feb. 22. His reasons, and a few other things, will be important to the court.

'Modern Family's' Ariel Winter Placed in Sister's Custody

"Modern Family" star Ariel Winter, who plays the precocious Alex Dunphy on the ABC comedy, is now living with her real-life sister Shanelle Gray, after a judge granted her temporary guardianship last month.

The Oct. 3 decision was based on allegations of physical and emotional abuse against Winter's mother, Crystal Workman. According to court filings obtained by gossip website TMZ, Workman was accused of hitting and slapping her daughter as well as spewing insults and calling her names.

Similar allegations led to Gray being removed from the family home almost 20 years ago. But Workman denies that any abuse took place.

Anti-Muslim Filmmaker Gets Prison Time for Probation Violation

Controversial anti-Muslim filmmaker Mark Bassely Youssef has agreed to a plea deal to spend one year in prison.

Youssef, who also goes by several aliases, earlier made headlines when a clip of his Internet film "Innocence of Muslims" was blamed for sparking violence across the Middle East. Youssef and many of the actors in the film received death threats and other blowback from the film, reports The Associated Press.

Youssef was accused of not being truthful with the actors over the message of the movie, and for changing the actors' dialogue without their consent. However, Youssef will not be going to prison because of the movie. Instead, he'll spend the next year behind bars for unrelated probation violations.

Evan Rachel Wood, Jamie Bell Robbed on Their Honeymoon

Evan Rachel Wood and Jamie Bell got an unpleasant surprise on their honeymoon when the couple returned to their hotel room to find they'd been robbed.

Wood, most famous for her roles in "Thirteen" and "Once and Again," and Bell, who is known for his work in "Billy Elliot" and more recently in "The Adventures of Tintin," tied the knot Oct. 30. The couple then left for their honeymoon at a secret location, but on Sunday they discovered their hotel room had been ransacked.

The couple tweeted the news, and while they reported that they're safe, the thief probably won't be for long.

Lil Wayne Loses Lawsuit, Must Pay $2.2M to Quincy Jones III

Lil Wayne has lost his lawsuit, and now must pay $2.2 million to Quincy Jones III.

The lawsuit was over the release of a biopic called "The Carter," MTV News reports. The rapper, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., apparently hated the movie and wanted to block its release. Jones, the film's producer, sought to release the film and wanted to be reimbursed for lost profits.

However, it is not the film or its portrayal of Lil Wayne that pushed the rapper and Quincy Jones III into the headlines. Instead, it was Lil Wayne's now-infamous deposition video, which was leaked to the media.

Lindsay Lohan to Face Jail Time for Lying to Cops: Report

Lindsay Lohan could be headed to jail, as it appears the actress will be charged with lying to police following a car accident earlier this year, reports gossip website TMZ.

Lohan was accused of driving her Porsche into the back of an 18-wheel truck in Santa Monica, Calif., in June. However, the 26-year-old actress allegedly lied to police and told them that her assistant was behind the wheel at the time, and not her. Her assistant contradicted the story and identified Lohan as the driver.

Lying to police is considered a misdemeanor offense, for which a person typically does not face prison time. However, because the "Mean Girls" star was already currently on probation for a necklace theft, she could be sent away if convicted of her most recent alleged crime.

Bristol Palin Defamation Lawsuit Dismissed by Federal Judge

A federal judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought against Bristol Palin.

If you watch Palin's reality show "Life's a Tripp" on Lifetime, you may know Stephen Hawks as the man who heckled Palin on camera with crude remarks about her relationship with Levi Johnston and for calling Bristol's mother Sarah Palin a "whore," reports E! News.

Palin fired back at Hawks with suggestions that he was gay -- definitely not the most mature back-and-forth. With Palin seemingly getting the last word on camera, Hawks decided to strike back by suing the 21-year-old reality television star.

Sarah Jones, the former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader who admitted to sleeping with a student, will reportedly star in her own reality show.

The show will be brought by the producers responsible for MTV's Jersey Shore, reports the New York Daily News. Were you expecting someone else?

The 27-year-old former teacher recently pleaded guilty to sleeping with her then 17-year-old student. If the reports are true that Jones will star in her own television show, Jones could stand to gain quite a financial windfall as a result of her crime.