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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.

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.

Duggar Sisters Sue Police for Violating Privacy Rights

The Duggar family from "19 Kids and Counting" had their family's dirty laundry aired concerning one brother molesting four sisters, much to the family's disappointment and dismay. In the months following the release of the news, their show was canceled, and their brother, Josh, entered rehab. 

Now the Duggar sisters want payback. Four Duggar sisters are suing three Arkansas sheriff's deputies for leaking private information about their sex abuse claims related to their brother, Josh Duggar. The deputies are petitioning the federal court to allow them liability protection under the shield of qualified immunity. This petition was denied in the lower court, and now the deputies are appealing this decision to the Eighth Circuit.

Celebrity Photo Hacker Sentenced to 8 Months

George Garofano was sentenced to eight months in a federal prison in Bridgeport, CT for his role in hacking the personal iCloud of over 200 users, many of whom were celebrities. Dubbed "The Fappening," the 2014 iCloud hack led to the online publication of nude photos of such actresses as Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Gabrielle Union, and Kate Upton.

Garofano was the last of the four hackers in this crime spree to be sentenced, and did receive the most jail time. None of them were charged with distributing the pictures, only with hacking the iCloud. Therefore, all of the sentences were merely a matter of months, and all fines were less than $10,000, combined.

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.

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!"

David Copperfield, the world famous magician, illusionist, and performer, is being sued, along with the Las Vegas venue where he performed his act, after one his popular tricks didn't go exactly as planned. While the illusion was successful, one of the audience participants tripped, fell, and hit his head, while the behind the scenes "magic" was happening.

The injury causing illusion took place back in 2013, and the case was originally set for trial this past January, but it has since been pushed back to October of this year. The plaintiff's attorneys are claiming that Copperfield's secret behind his trick will be revealed during trial, though Copperfield has managed to keep it out of the public eye thus far by keeping the record sealed due to it being proprietary information.

Molly Brazy, the 18-year-old rapper from Detroit, has the police investigating her after a Facebook-live video went viral. While the video itself doesn't seem to be anything more than a short exchange between her and a toddler while playing, what they were playing with caused the viral attraction.

In the short video, the toddler is shown asking for candy, then throwing a toy gun towards Brazy. Brazy, then, clearly in a playful, joking manner, picks up the toy and points it at the child. After the internet world went abuzz with controversy over whether the toy gun was real, police got involved.

The focus of the investigation is on whether the toy gun was real or not. Brazy could be facing child endangerment charges if it is determined that the gun was real. Despite the fact that Brazy is insisting it was not, police are committing resources to have the video analyzed.

The individual that hacked into Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and other celebrity iCloud accounts was sentenced to 9 months in prison and $5,700 in restitution for his crimes. The hacker used a targeted phishing scheme that tricked the celebrities into revealing their login credentials. Once he had their credentials, he was able to login to their accounts and access the private information as well as intimate photos of Lawrence, Upton, and other celebrities.

Surprisingly, the hacker is not being charged with selling, posting, or distributing any of the information he downloaded or accessed illegally. His plea agreement was only to one count of unauthorized access of a protected computer. While the maximum sentence for that crime is 5 years, the prosecution was agreeable to the short 9 month sentence.

Most of us are checking out an actor's age on IMDb or other movie sites because we can't believe how young they look or how old they really are. But members of the Screen Actors Guild claim employers are using that information against those in the entertainment industry, and they have the law to prove it.

California Assembly Bill No. 1687, which goes into effect January 1, 2017, requires any online entertainment employment service providers to remove a subscriber's age upon request. That means an actor can ask sites like IMDb to scrub her age from publication and the site must comply within five days. So will the law shield ageing actors from age discrimination? Or chill free speech online?