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Katy Perry in a convent. Enough said.

Well, actually, if the nuns have anything to say about it, Katy Perry won't be able to live in the convent of her dreams. The I Kissed a Girl singer wanted to buy a former convent in the hills above Los Angeles from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, but it may already be sold to someone else.

The Internet exploded last weekend when it seemed that two of its darlings, Taylor Swift and Apple, were locked in a titanic battle over artists' rights and fair compensation for music online. Apple was rolling out its latest music innovation, only without the best-selling album of 2014. Who would blink first?

Apple, as it turns out. But now that their public spat seems to be over, what does that mean for tech's biggest company, "the most powerful person in the music industry," and all the little people trailing in the contestants' wake?

For the second time this month, Rick Ross has been arrested. This time, he won't be getting out -- at least not for a while.

Ross and his bodyguard were arrested today and charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, and kidnapping.

What happened?

Parents are often very protective of their children. It's natural.

However, Sean "Diddy" Combs took that protective instinct too far, and it landed him in jail. The media mogul was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon recently after an altercation with one of his son's football coaches at UCLA.

Want to congratulate Michael Jordan for his induction in the Basketball Hall of Fame? How about a shout out to Steph Curry for winning the NBA championship?

Be careful. You could get sued. Food company, Jewel Food Store, learned its lesson the hard way when a congratulatory ad to Michael Jordan landed the company in court for years over publicity rights.

Justin Bieber and Usher thought they were off the hook for a copyright lawsuit.

Well, they're back on the hook now. A copyright lawsuit against them for the song "Somebody to Love," dismissed last year, was recently revived by a three judge panel of the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond.

Country star Trace Adkins and his wife have come to a settlement agreement in their divorce case.

While celebrity divorces are a dime a dozen, this divorce is somewhat unique. Instead of a long drawn out court battle, the couple decided to work things out in private mediation.

Popstar Kesha just lost a minor battle in her legal war with music producer Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald.

Last October the two both filed lawsuits against each other. Kesha filed a lawsuit in California accusing the music producer of sexual assault. Dr. Luke filed a competing lawsuit in New York accusing the singer of extortion.

After 20 years of marriage, Chris Rock and his wife Malaak Compton Rock are divorcing.

Before the couple married in 1996, they signed a prenuptial agreement. Now that they're divorcing, that prenuptial agreement may not be worth the paper it's printed on.

Everyone wants a piece of Paul Walker, or rather his cars.

Last week, lawyers representing the Paul Walker's family and estate filed a lawsuit against Richard Taylor, who formerly worked for Walker, for theft by conversion of Walker's many cars.

Love is all mirrors and illusions in Hollywood. Even Marge and Homer Simpson can't make their marriage work.

The couple, divorced and remarried once before, are heading to splitsville next season. The show's executive producer Al Jean told Variety that Marge and Homer would legally separate in the 27th season's premier episode.

The horror!

The once high and mighty Real Housewife of New Jersey, Teresa Giudice, is now languishing away in jail while the government plunders her assets.

Two years ago, Teresa and her husband Joe were indicted for fraud, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, making false statements on loan applications, and bankruptcy fraud. Both plead guilty, and Teresa was sentenced to 15 months in prison. Joe was sentenced to 41 months in prison. The couple was also ordered to pay $415,588 to the government.

If she's sitting in jail, how can she afford to pay the judgment?

Back in February, Caitlyn Jenner, then known as Bruce Jenner, was involved in a deadly multi-car crash on Pacific Coast Highway.

One woman died, and several other cars were damaged. Not long after, the victim's stepchildren sued Jenner for wrongful death. Now, Caitlyn Jenner was recently served with a second lawsuit.

According to the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault, one in four college women will be victims of sexual assault during college. But, fewer than five percent of rapes of college women are reported.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, with the help of pop Goliath Lady Gaga, are on a crusade to change those statistics and stop sexual assaults on college campuses with the "2015 Opportunity Agenda," more commonly known as "Enough is Enough."

Justin Bieber pled guilty to assault and careless driving charges as part of a plea bargain that will see him pay $750 (Canadian) in fines. Charges of dangerous driving stemming from and ATV accident last year were dropped.

So did The Biebs get off light? While the fine won't put a dent in his $200 million pockets, was it normal for these charges? Let's take a look:

Mila Kunis can now rest easy.

A few years ago, Stuart Lynn Dunn was arrested after he broke into Mila Kunis' unoccupied condominium. He was hit with a restraining order to stay away from Kunis. But, only months later, Dunn was arrested again for waiting for Kunis outside her gym for three days in violation of the restraining order.

After that incident, Dunn was charged and pleaded no contest to stalking and violating a restraining order. The stalker was sentenced to six months in a mental health facility and five years probation.

Last Saturday, Dunn escaped.

Robin Williams may be resting in peace, but his family isn't co-existing peacefully.

Months after Robin Williams died, his children and widow are still in a bitter battle over his estate. While Williams had a will dividing up his property, the fight centers on interpretation of certain provisions in that will.

Did you think the Blurred Lines copyright infringement case was over? Guess again.

Back in March, a jury ruled that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were guilty of copyright infringement of Marvin Gaye's song Got to Give it Up. The jury awarded Gaye's family a $7.3 million verdict. However, the jury also found that rapper T.I., who appeared in the song, Universal Music, Interscope Records, and Star Trak Entertainment (Universal and friends) not guilty.

The Gaye family now wants a judge to declare that Universal and friends are guilty. Can the judge do that?

Custody battles are nasty. One judge ordered Kelly Rutherford's children to live in Monaco with their dad. Another judge ruled that Rutherford could bring the children back to the United States. Then, yet another judge halts the temporary custody order. What's going on?

Does Kelly Rutherford have custody of her kids or not?