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Jeff Nelson Nov-28-2017 68 0
Meek Mill‘s lawyers filed a motion to get him out of prison on bail, but the request was denied, per Philadelphia’s KYW radio station.

According to the AP, the rapper’s legal team asked that Pennsylvania Common Please Court Judge Genece Brinkley step down from the case, alleging she has made the case “inappropriately personal” because she had yet to rule on his post-sentence motions, therefore blocking Mill from appealing.

Mill’s lawyer could not immediately be reached for comment.

Earlier this month, the 30-year-old musician — born Robert Rihmeek Williams — was sentenced to two to four years in prison after violating the terms of his probation on a decade-old gun and drug charge by being arrested twice this year.

“I met with Meek this morning and he asked me to thank his family, friends and fans for their love and support,” Mill’s lawyer Brian McMonagle told PEOPLE exclusively following the Nov. 6 sentencing. “We fully intend to right this terrible wrong and bring him home.”

Mill entered the Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution on Nov. 8.

Since the rapper — who once dated Nicki Minaj — was incarcerated, a number of celebrities and activists have come to his defense, calling his sentence extreme.


“What’s happening to Meek Mill is just one example of how our criminal justice system entraps and harasses hundreds of thousands of black people every day,” JAY-Zwrote in an impassioned Nov. 17 New York Times op-ed. “Instead of a second chance, probation ends up being a land mine, with a random misstep bringing consequences greater than the crime. A person on probation can end up in jail over a technical violation like missing a curfew.”

jed dreben Oct-07-2017 110 0
It's being reported by TMZ that rapper Nelly has been arrested for allegedly raping a woman in Washington.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ that the women claims the incident occurred while on the hip hop star's tour bus in Washington, where he's been performing with Florida Georgia Line, as they were set to hit the stage on Saturday night in Ridgefield, Washington.

TMZ added that the alleged rape occurred early Saturday morning at about 3:45 AM, and that Nelly has been specifically said to be the one who committed the act.

And TMZ also posted a video of Nelly appearing in good spirits while taking hits and blowing out smoke, hours before the arrest, telling fans that the first one to come up to him and say "all work and no play," would be given four free tickets to "tomorrow's" Ridgefield show.

Professionally known as Nelly, 42, the rapper, singer and actor whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr, was booked on second degree rape charges Saturday morning at around 7 AM, TMZ reports, adding that he was in custody at the time their news story broke.

Nelly's lawyer commented to TMZ: "Nelly is the victim of a completely fabricated allegation. Our initial investigation, clearly establishes the allegation is devoid of credibility and is motivated by greed and vindictiveness. I am confident, once the scurrilous accusation is thoroughly investigated, there will be no charges. Nelly is prepared to pursue all all legal avenues to redress any damage caused by this clearly false allegation."


Nicole Bitette Oct-04-2017 199 0
Tyrese Gibson is reportedly being investigated by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) after his ex-wife claimed he abused their 10-year-old daughter.

Gibson's ex-wife Norma (Mitchell) Gibson accused the actor of spanking their 10-year-old daughter between 12 and 16 times and her attorney revealed in court Tuesday that DCFS has opened an investigation into the claims, TMZ reported.

However, it is not uncommon for DCFS to open an investigation after any accusation is made as a precautionary measure, according to the gossip site.

Norma was previously granted a temporary restraining order against Gibson for both her and their daughter after she said in court documents that he "pinned (the child) face down, put his knees on her back, grabbed her hands with one arm and beat her with the other," according to documents obtained by People.

She is now seeking a permanent restraining order out of fear Tyrese will take their daughter to Dubai, according to TMZ.

Norma also wants her ex to take domestic violence courses.

A lawyer for "The Fast and Furious" star vehemently denied the claims, telling TMZ: "She's a lying piece of s--t. Tyrese is devastated. He's a good guy and I will prove that."

Gibson and Mitchell were married between 2007 and 2009 and the rapper-turned-actor recently married Samantha Lee Gibson in March.
Chris Malone Sep-28-2017 105 0
Trump team offered him Rapper and TV producer 50 Cent stopped by Hot 97 yesterday (Sep. 26) to talk with Ebro about his new show, the state of New York hip-hop and, most notably, our current president.

When candidly discussing Trump's handling of the office with Ebro and co-hosts Laura Stylez and Peter Rosenberg, the Power star and executive producer revealed that the Trump team offered him $500,000 to make an appearance for him during his campaign.

"Before he got elected, they were having issues with the African American vote," 50 said. "They wanted to pay me $500,000 as part of the campaign just to make an appearance. I was like, 'Nah, that's not good money.'"

"I'm not going to do that," he continued. "That's not worth it!"
$500,000 to make an appearance for him during his campaign
Chancellor Agard Sep-18-2017 135 0
Sterling K. Brown’s Emmys speech was cut short on Sunday after the This Is Us star became the first black actor to win the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series since 1998.

“To my fellow nominees, I’m a fan. I love you all,” said Brown, who plays Randall Pearson on the NBC drama, when he took the stage to accept his award.

“This one right here?” he continued, referring to his trophy before giving a shout out to the fictional characters played by Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), and Andre Braugher (Homicide: Life on the Street), respectively. (Braugher was the last black actor to win the award before Brown.)

“When I think about it, Walter White held this joint. Dick Whitman held this joint. And 19 years ago, Detective Frank Pembleton held this joint. I just want to say, Mr. Braugher, whether it’s at Stanford University or on this Emmys stage, it is my supreme honor to follow in your footsteps,” Brown said.

“I wanna thank my cast. You are the best white TV family that a brother has ever had, better than the white folks who raised Webster,” Brown told his This is Us costars in the audience, not long before the music began to play and cut his time short. Though the actor remained on stage to continue the rest of his speech, the camera panned out and the sound was cut from the mic.

Created by Dan Fogelman, This Is Us follows the Pearson family across the decades. Via flashbacks, we learn about Jack and Rebecca’s (Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore) marriage and lives as young parents; and in the present day storyline, we see who their now 37-year-old kids Randall, Kate (Chrissy Metz), and Kevin (Justin Hartley) have grown up to be. In the first season, Brown brought audiences to tears multiple times as his character dealt with his anxiety problems and reconnected with his birth father, who was dying from cancer.

“When people who have gone through anxiety said, ‘I haven’t seen this on TV. Thank you for representing it as well as you did, and making me not feel as if something is wrong with me.’ You often have this feeling that it’s just me, and then you get a chance to see somebody else go through what it is that you go through, and then you feel like you’re not alone again. I am always really, really proud of an opportunity to tell people that they’re not alone,” Brown told EW.

Brown — who won the Emmy for best supporting actor in a limited series last year for his work on The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story – beat out fellow nominees Anthony Hopkins (Westworld), Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), Matthew Rhys (The Americans), Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan), Kevin Spacey (House of Cards), and his This Is Us costar Milo Ventimiglia.

This Is Us returns September 26 at 9 p.m. on NBC.
Variety Sep-04-2017 271 0
Rapper Lil Wayne has reportedly been hospitalized in Chicago after suffering an epileptic seizure. According to TMZ, Wayne (real name: Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.) was found unconscious in his Westin Hotel room on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 3). He was taken to Northwestern Hospital where he experienced another seizure.

The New Orleans rapper has long suffered from the neurological disorder and has been hospitalized several times in recent years, including a six-day stay in 2013, and following an incident on a cross-country flight in 2016.

Wayne, who is currently on tour with Rae Sremmurd, was scheduled to perform at Drai’s Nightclub in Las Vegas on Sept. 3. It is unclear as of yet whether Wayne will be discharged.

Variety has reached out to a Wayne rep for comment.
Caitlyn Hitt Aug-22-2017 162 0
Mystikal turned himself in to police on Monday.

The Louisiana rapper, born Michael Lawrence Tyler, was booked and charged by the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office in his native Louisiana. He's been accused of first-degree rape.

According to TMZ, the 46-year-old surrendered after the Shreveport Police Department put out a warrant for his arrest.

The charges stem from an incident that reportedly took place in 2016 at a casino where Tyler had performed. TMZ was unable to uncover further details about the incident.

The outlet reports that a man by the name of Averweone Holman was also arrested on August 18, where he lives in Killeen, Texas, and charged in connection with this case.

A later report from TMZ suggests that police in the area are searching for a woman named Tenichia Wafford, whom they believe is an accomplice to the rape.

Reporters with the site were able to get in touch with Wafford to get her side of the story, which is vastly different than the one being projected by authorities.

According to the outlet, police are on the hunt for Wafford because they believe she pushed the victim to drop charges against Tyler and Holman.

She admitted to TMZ that she'd been in touch with the unidentified woman about the incident, but said she was simply checking up on her friend.

Additionally, she told the outlet she's certain "nobody did nothing to that girl."
"She said ain't nobody did nothing to her. This is some bulls--t though. If I would have known all that I wouldn't have called her," Wafford said.

"Now all of a sudden I got a charge."

Rapper Mystikal going back to jail for 90 days

Wafford alleged, during her conversation with TMZ, that the victim is trying to cover up for the fact that she "ditched" her boyfriend on the night in question.

According to the publication, she's still at large.

KTBS, an ABC News affiliate in Texas, reported that Wafford is facing one count of accessory after the fact to first degree rape.

Like Wafford, Tyler has alleged that the charges against him are false. Members of his team told TMZ he intends to plead not guilty to the rape charges against him.

Until they have their day in court, Tyler and Holman remain behind bars. Both are being held on $2 million bond.
reuters Aug-22-2017 142 0
Comedian Bill Cosby's retrial on sexual assault charges will be moved from November 2017 to March 2018, a Pennsylvania judge said on Tuesday.

Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven O'Neill said the additional time was necessary to give Cosby's new lawyers, who made their first appearance on Tuesday, time to prepare. The 80-year-old entertainer's first trial for allegedly assaulting a woman in 2004 ended in a mistrial in June when a jury could not reach a unanimous verdict.
PETER SBLENDORIO Aug-22-2017 146 0
Another woman has come forward with explosive allegations against R. Kelly in the wake of claims that the Grammy-winning singer manipulates every aspect of life for several women who live with him.

Jerhonda Pace, now 24, told Buzzfeed she was only 16 when she began a sexual relationship with the singer, whom she first met in Chicago when she attended his child pornography trial in 2008 when she was only 15. She says Kelly did not ask her how old she was when she was first invited over to his house in 2009, but told private investigators later on that she had claimed she was 19.

Pace accused the R&B star of mentally and physically abusing her during their 8-month relationship. She says she told Kelly she was 16 in July 2009, after they'd already started their sexual relationship, and he allegedly told her to lie about her age and tell people she was 19.

Pace — whose last name was Johnson at the time (she’s since married) — told Buzzfeed that she followed a set of "rules" when she spent weekends with Kelly at the singer's Olympia Fields, Ill. home that required her to wear baggy clothes and ask for permission to use the bathroom, shower, and even eat.

She claims Kelly turned violent toward her in January 2010 after the singer saw her texting one of her friends.

"I was slapped and I was choked and I was spit on," she told Buzzfeed.

Pace says she stopped seeing Kelly from there, and reached out to Chicago attorney Susan E. Loggans, who had worked with woman who claimed to be wronged by Kelly in the past. Pace told Buzzfeed that Loggans reached a big settlement with Kelly within weeks.

Years later, Pace tells the outlet that she's currently worried about a friend who she brought into Kelly's group, who sources tell Buzzfeed still lives with the singer.

Pace's allegations come a month after Buzzfeed originally reported that the parents of an aspiring singer — since identified as Joycelyn Savage — believed their daughter was one of several women being manipulated by Kelly in what they've described as a "cult."

Three other women who were allegedly once part of Kelly's circle went on the record in that article to accuse Kelly of regulating everything that the six women who live with him do, from what they eat, to what they wear and what they do sexually.

Kelly's team has vehemently denied all allegations against him, and Savage has said she's fine, despite her parent's concerns. An attorney for Kelly did not immediately return a request for comment on the latest Buzzfeed story.

Pace says she broke a nondisclosure agreement by speaking to Buzzfeed, but decided to tell her story to try and help the women who are allegedly living with Kelly.

"If I can speak out and I can help them get out of that situation, that's what I will do," Pace said. "I didn't have anybody to speak up on my behalf when I was going through what I was going through with him. He's brainwashed them really bad, and it kind of reminds me of Charles Manson."
"I just really hope I can help these women out," she continued. "Kelly needs to be stopped."
Dee Thompson Aug-17-2017 123 0
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals at Dallas ruled that Erykah Badu’s comments on social media about former manager Paul Levatino were protected free speech, however the case is going back to the trial court for further rulings.

Paul Levatino worked for Erykah Badu (real name Erica Wright) for 8 years as the general manager of her business interests. His duties included merchandising, concert and event management, and marketing. He was paid through her company Apple Tree Cafe Touring.

On May 27, 2014, Badu terminated the employment of Levatino. She said on May 29, 2014, on social media that Levatino was never her manager and she had never had a manager, according to the court's opinion. She also alleged he had shut down her Facebook fan page.

In October 2014, Badu received a letter from Levatino’s lawyer Joseph H. Gillespie of Gillespie Sanford LLP stating she had defamed Levatino, and asking for a public retraction and compensation. 

On Oct. 31, 2014, Badu filed a petition seeking a declaratory judgment, saying that Levatino had never been her talent manager and was not owed any compensation. Badu next filed an amendment to the petition alleging fraud, conversion and theft by deception.

In response to the petition, Levatino filed a counterclaim “...asserting Badu’s Facebook and Twitter posts were defamatory and have caused Levatino to suffer actual damages in the form of lost compensation and earning capacity, and non-pecuniary damages.” Additionally, “Levatino asserts Apple Tree is liable for the statements and omissions made by Badu,” according to the court of appeals' Aug. 3 order.

Levatino moved for dismissal of Badu’s claims under the Texas Citizens Participation Act (TCPA) and asserted that his pre-suit demand letters were protected activity under the TCPA. 
To be considered an exercise of the right of association under the TCPA, communication must happen “between individuals who join together to collectively express, promote, pursue or defend common interests,” according to the court's opinion.

In his petition, Levantino claimed “Attorney-client communications that culminate in a demand letter to opposing counsel expressing the common interests of the attorney and client are protected under the right of association and it was error to hold otherwise.” 

His petition also stated, “The court of appeals decision also contravenes the broadly written and liberally construed purpose of the act because instead of limiting frivolous anti-SLAPP suits, it instead incentivizes such suits by protecting parties that rush to the courthouse to file strategic retaliatory suits in response to pre-suit demand letters.”

The trial court, appellate court and Texas Supreme Court all denied his petition for review.
In its Aug. 3, ruling, the Court of Appeals Fifth District of Texas ruled that the issue of attorney’s fees was remanded back to the trial court to decide. It also ruled that Badu’s comments on social media were exercises of her right of association. 

Additionally, the Court of Appeals 5th District of Texas ruled that because Badu’s comments on social media were damaging to his reputation, and it was commonly known in the music industry that he was her manager, that Levatino presented a prima facie case of defamation. According to the Wex Legal Dictionary, a "prima facie case is a cause of action or defense that is sufficiently established by a party's evidence to justify a verdict in his or her favor, provided such evidence is not rebutted by the other party."

The Court of Appeals Fifth District of Texas concluded that “We reverse, in part, that portion of the trial court’s order awarding Levatino attorney’s fees and cost, and remand the attorney’s fees and cost issue to the trial court to determine whether appellants’ motion was frivolous or solely intended to delay. We otherwise affirm the trial court’s order.”
NICOLE BITETTE Aug-13-2017 148 0
A woman is suing rappers Drake and Future after she was raped at one of their concerts.

The unnamed woman claims a man associated with the Nashville venue, Bridgestone Arena, told her he would take her backstage to meet with the stars, but instead violently attacked her and raped her, according to The Tennessean.

The 28-year-old woman is now suing the stars for $25 million, alleging they should have known better when employing the man, Leavy Johnson, who had outstanding warrants for previous assaults at the time of the attack, TMZ reported.

She claims the music artists and venue employees put people in danger by having Johnson work during the show, according to the gossip site. He was working as an employee for Delaware North, a concession stand company contracted out by the venue.

Johnson, 38, was arrested and charged with rape in April for the Aug. 14, 2016 incident, The Tennessean reported.

He had previously fled Tennessee after the incident and was arrested in Florida. Johnson was flown back to Nashville to face the rape charges in May, with the assistance of U.S. Marshals' fugitive task force and a Nashville police supervisor from the fugitive unit.
Peter Sblendorio Aug-08-2017 104 0
An Atlanta rapper who called himself "bulletproof" after he was shot 10 times and survived was killed by an unidentified gunman Sunday evening in DeKalb County, Ga., according to officials.

Yung Mazi — who had collaborated with big-name artists such as Rich Homie Quan and Yung Thug — was gunned down in the Kirkwood neighborhood of Atlanta, the DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s office said.

The shooting occurred at around 8:55 p.m. when the rapper, 31, appeared to be leaving the Urban Pie pizza restaurant.

Atlanta Police did not disclose his identity in their police report, but confirmed a 31-year-old male died in the area after sustaining multiple gun wounds. Authorities responded to the scene after hearing gunshots outside the the department's Zone 6 precinct, which is located nearby.

Officials said no suspects are in custody, and the investigation for the rapper's shooter is ongoing.

Yung Mazi, whose real name was Jabril Abdur-Rahman, claimed in a video last year that he had survived 10 gunshots during his lifetime. He tweeted last December that "God made me bulletproof" following a shooting at a Waffle House in Buckhead, Ga.

The rapper's brother, Luqman Abdur-Rahman, asked for privacy in a short phone conversation with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"We're praying for him and all involved," he told the newspaper.

Yung Mazi's colleague Rich Homie Quan, meanwhile, paid tribute to the artist by sharing an Instagram photo of his late collaborator counting money.

"Rest easy Mazi," he captioned the picture.
JD Knapp Jul-09-2017 212 0
Nelsan Ellis — famous for his role as Lafayette Reynolds on HBO’s “True Blood” — has passed away at age 39, Variety can confirm.

The actor died after complications from heart failure.

“We were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Nelsan Ellis,” HBO said in a statement. “Nelsan was a long-time member of the HBO family whose groundbreaking portrayal of Lafayette will be remembered fondly within the overall legacy of ‘True Blood.’ Nelsan will be dearly missed by his fans and all of us at HBO.”

“True Blood” creator and executive producer Alan Ball echoed HBO’s epitaph in a statement of his own. “Nelsan was a singular talent whose creativity never ceased to amaze me,” said Ball. “Working with him was a privilege.”

Ellis’ “The Help” costar Octavia Spencer broke the news on Instagram Saturday morning, saying, “Just got word that we lost (Nelsan). My heart breaks for his kids and family.”
Eric Renner Brown Jul-05-2017 370 0
JAY-Z released his 13th studio album, 4:44, less that a week ago, but it has already achieved a coveted industry distinction. The Brooklyn rapper’s latest project notched platinum status in mere days, making it his 13th solo studio effort to earn the designation. Jay has more platinum albums than any other hip-hop artist — in fact, no others have more than 10 — and that’s not even counting the platinum honors he has received for collaborative LPs with Kanye West, Linkin Park, and R. Kelly.

“Props to Jay, he’s done it again!” RIAA chairman and CEO Cary Sherman said in a statement. “Another platinum album adds to an already iconic career.”

Jay’s accomplishment means 4:44 tallied downright gaudy numbers. In early 2016, the RIAA changed its metric for gold and platinum honors to acknowledge streaming. Under the new system, the RIAA counts 1,500 song streams off an album as one album sale. The awards are then calculated based on a combination of streaming and old-fashioned physical album sales.

Because Jay released 4:44 as a streaming exclusive, that means he reached platinum status — in less than a week — without physical album sales. To propel the record to the equivalent of 1 million album sales, listeners would have had to stream 4:44‘s 10 tracks a total of at least 1.5 billion times. Even more impressive? Jay essentially handicapped himself within the streaming sector, limiting 4:44 to his own TIDAL service and keeping it off competitors like Spotify and Apple Music. Plus, he included a stipulation that, initially, those who subscribed to TIDAL after midnight on Friday morning couldn’t access 4:44 if they weren’t Sprint subscribers. (The album is now available to all TIDAL subscribers.)

JAY-Z and TIDAL have made headlines for their relationship with the RIAA in the past. In February 2016, TIDAL and co-sponsor Samsung gave away 1 million copies of Rihanna’s brand-new ANTI, helping the album secure platinum status in less than 24 hours. The RIAA recognized the giveaway in its calculation, but Billboard disqualified those numbers, on the grounds that it doesn’t recognize gratis promotions.

When Jay released his previous album, Magna Carta… Holy Grail, in 2013, he similarly tested the basis by which the RIAA designates albums platinum. The record predated TIDAL by almost two years, but the rapper teamed with Samsung, which distributed copies for free to its customers while giving Jay and his entertainment company Roc Nation $5 per copy. The arrangement led to near-instantaneous qualification for platinum status.
Jun-21-2017 185 0
The investigation into alleged sexual assault on "Bachelor in Paradise" is over ... and the conclusion -- no sexual assault, and the show will go on.

The show was put on ice after a producer claimed Corinne Olympios was so drunk she was not capable of consenting to oral sex in a swimming pool with DeMario Jackson. Warner Bros. put the show on hold during the investigation. As we reported, multiple people who saw the video claim Corinne was "fully engaged" and lucid throughout the sexual encounter. We're told the investigation is now complete and the finding was there was no sexual assault. We're told DeMario's lawyer met with Warner Bros. lawyers Monday, reviewed the tapes and assured him he was in the clear. Our sources say filming will resume in the same location in Mexico. The show will air this summer. As for the swimming pool incident, Warner Bros. says it will not be released. As for Corinne and DeMario ... we're told no decisions have been made on whether they'll be on the show.
Rachel Desantis Jun-12-2017 231 0
Diddy raked in $130 million pretax this year, making him No. 1 on Forbes' annual ranking of the highest-earning entertainers.

The artist formerly known as Sean Combs, 47, has been a fixture on Forbes' highest-earning lists for years, but snagged the top spot this year thanks to the boost he got from selling one-third of his Sean John clothing line in November for $70 million. The line, of which he now owns a reported 20%, earns nearly half a billion dollars in sales each year.

The "Last Night" singer also has a lucrative partnership with Ciroc vodka worth eight figures, as well as stakes in Revolt TV, DeLeon tequila and Aquahydrate alkaline water.

And because that's not enough, he earned even more this year thanks to his Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour, which featured performances by the likes of Jay Z and Usher in 25 massive arenas.

Diddy, Jay Z, Dr. Dre top Forbes' list of richest hip hop stars
Back in May, he also ranked No. 1 on Forbes' list of wealthiest hip-hop stars, with an $820 million fortune.

Just behind Diddy at No. 2 is Beyoncé, who earned $105 million thanks to her Formation World Tour and "Lemonade" album sales.

Meanwhile, “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling cast a spell over the literary world last year with “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” a stage play that sold 4.5 million copies domestically to become the bestselling book of 2016. The book, as well as the release of the film “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” secured Rowling’s spot in third place with $95 million.

Hip-hop star Drake and Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo landed in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Drake, who supplemented his album “Views” with Apple, Sprite and Nike endorsement deals, earned $94 million, while Ronaldo, the highest-ranking athlete on the list, pocketed $93 million thanks to a contract extension with Real Madrid worth more than $50 million over the next four years.

Canadian singer The Weeknd came in sixth with $92 million thanks to a hit album and subsequent tour, while radio personality Howard Stern scored seventh with $90 million.

Not far behind, with $88 million was the British band Coldplay, who grossed more than $5 million at each stop on their Head Full of Dreams Tour.

Rounding out the top ten was author James Patterson, with $87 million, and NBA superstar LeBron James, with $86 million.

"Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star and makeup mogul Kylie Jenner also nabbed a noteworthy spot on the list as the youngest entry. The 19-year-old came in at No. 59 with $41 million.
Mark Gray May-08-2017 241 0
Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Phaedra Parks has been fired from the Bravo show after she confessed to being the source of a date rape rumor involving other cast members.

It all came to a head on May 7 during a "Housewives" reunion show.

Phaedra had spread a rumor that indicated that co-stars Kandi Burruss and her husband Todd Tucker wanted to drug Porsha Williams and and take advantage of her sexually. TMZ reports that Phaedra was told in early April that she had been fired for her out-of-line comments.

Phaedra, for what it's worth, maintained that she was only repeating what she heard.

"I'm sorry, I shouldn't have repeated it. I didn't know," Phaedra told an emotional Porsha backstage at the reunion show. "If something would have happened to you, I would have been a bad friend."

Porsha shot back at Phaedra and said she now felt silly because she had been sticking up for her.

"You gotta give me some answers, because what I feel is you used me as a pawn against Kandi and that's why my heart is sunken right now," Porsha said. "They ain't ever said nothing to deserve no s--- like that and you know it."

"I'm sorry. I shouldn't have repeated it," Phaedra said again. "I mean I'm sorry. Hell, I didn't know if it was true or not."

Later, Porsha apologized to Kandi. "I'm here to be direct and I'm here to say that I am very, very upset for being used as a pawn," she said. "I feel horrible. From me, I am apologizing to you."

Host Andy Cohen told Phaedra she had been caught in a a "megawatt lie."

"What more can I do? I apologized already and the person I'm most concerned about is Porsha," she said. "I'm sorry that it hurt Kandi as well."

Related video: Andy Cohen sounds off on Phaedra Parks 'RHOA' return (Provided by E! News)
Harold Gater Apr-26-2017 302 0
A Hinds County Sheriff's Department deputy has filed a lawsuit against singer R. Kelly for allegedly having an affair with his wife.

According to reports by WAPT and WLBT, Deputy Kenny Bryant filed the lawsuit against Kelly on April 21 in Hinds County Circuit Court. The lawsuit claims that Bryant's wife, Asia Childress, had a romantic relationship with Kelly prior to their July 15, 2012 wedding. Bryant says he was told that the relationship was at an end. Bryant said the relationship with Kelly rekindled when his wife attended a Kelly concert in October 2012.

Bryant said his wife convinced him to move to Atlanta for her career. Bryant said he quit his job and moved, but believes her underlying motive was to continue the affair with Kelly, according to the lawsuit.

Bryant was unable to find adequate employment in Atlanta, which hurt him financially, the lawsuit states.

Bryant said in the lawsuit that he tried to keep his marriage together, but “could not prevail against R. Kelly’s continued sexual overtures to Childress.”
Childress has filed for divorce.
Ryan Parker Apr-12-2017 260 0
Charlie Murphy, Chappelle Show star and older brother of Eddie Murphy, has died, publicist Domenick Nati told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 57. 

Murphy died from leukemia on Wednesday, Nati said.

Murphy became a household name through Dave Chappelle's Comedy Central skit show thanks to his amazing stories of interactions with other celebrities during the height of his brother's fame in the 1980s. The most popular short turned into a skit about Rick James. 

Murphy's final tweet on Tuesday: "One to Sleep On: Release the past to rest as deeply as possible." 

Murphy also appeared in numerous movies, TV shows and even lent his voice to some video games.

Murphy was on record as saying he was a hothead when he worked as a bodyguard for his brother. He said he loved Eddie so much, and thought he was so funny, that he would pick fights with people who did not laugh at his brother's jokes when he performed.

"It was to the point that, if I went to a show and you were the hater in the audience that was like, 'That s--- wasn't funny' POW! I'm jamming you, man," Murphy once said. "Because the s--- was funny. There was 10,000 people laughing, and you that one joker that wanna try and squeeze a lemon. F--- you. I don't even want you to be there. And I took it as a personal crusade, and they were like, 'You know what, you're a little overzealous with your job.' So, that is how I ended up not doing that anymore."

Murphy is also remembered for his amazing tale about the legendary musician, Prince. Made into a skit for Chappelle Show, Murphy said he and friends played basketball against Prince and his entourage one night in the 1980s. Murphy said he was shocked how good Prince was at the game. Afterward, Prince made everyone pancakes. Prince was on record saying the story was true, even the breakfast.

"We just lost one of the funniest most real brothers of all time . Charlie Murphy RIP," Chris Rock wrote on Twitter.

Mogul Russell Simmons tweeted: "Just came out of meditation and learned that one of my friends and my biggest comedy idol passed. Damn I loved Charlie Murphy."
"Terribly saddened ... Charlie," comedian Paul Mooney wrote. 
people Mar-18-2017 383 0
Legendary musician Chuck Berry has died, police confirm. He was 90.

The St. Charles County Police Department in Missouri confirmed on Facebook that they responded to a medical emergency on Saturday afternoon where they found an unresponsive man.

“St. Charles County police responded to a medical emergency on Buckner Road at approximately 12:40 p.m. today (Saturday, March 18),” the police department said in a statement. “Inside the home, first responders observed an unresponsive man and immediately administered lifesaving techniques. Unfortunately, the 90-year-old man could not be revived and was pronounced deceased at 1:26 p.m.

“The St. Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry.”

“The family requests privacy during this time of bereavement.”

This is a developing story.
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