‘Girls Gone Wild’ Producer Sued Again

13 Mar

Girls Gone Wildvideo producer Mantra Films  is being sued after it allegedly stiffed its Oklahoma lawyer for over $300,000 in legal fees, according to a suit filed in Superior Court in Riverside County, Calif.


“Girls Gone Wild” founder and Mantra Films owner Joe Francis is not named as a party in the lawsuit.
Mantra allegedly refused to pay lawyer Brian Rayment of Kivell, Rayment and Francis because the law firm declined to take undisclosed actions with regard to a trust to which Francis was a beneficiary.
Mantra fraudulently induced the firm to represent it and never intended to pay for its services or out-of-pocket expenses, according to the complaint.
Rayment wants compensatory damages of $312,686.53 and punitive damages of not less than $625,000.

The video empire was also sued in 2010 by a video equipment rental company, CIT who alleged Mantra Films owed them $233,588 in over due bills….

Read More on EntLawDigest…

Jay-Z and Kanye West Settle ‘Watch the Throne’ Copyright Lawsuit

12 Mar

Kanye West and Jay-Z have settled a federal lawsuit brought against them last year by Syl Johnson, a singer and producer who had accused the rappers of lifting one of his songs.

Last October Johnson sued, arguing that the song ‘Watch the Throne’  was infringing on his copyrighted material as West and Jay-Z hadn’t cleared the portions of his 1967 R&B hit ‘Different Strokes’ sampled in their song ‘The Joy.’

According to AOL’s The Boombox, both sides agreed to a settlement, and the suit was officially dropped.

No word yet on the specific dollar amount.

Rapper Coolio arrested in unpaid Vegas ticket case

11 Mar

Rapper Coolio was arrested Friday in Las Vegas on a warrant charging him with failure to appear in court on a traffic ticket almost two years ago.

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Coolio, 48, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr., was a passenger in a vehicle officers stopped about 2:20 a.m. several blocks east of the Las Vegas Strip, Officer Laura Meltzer said.

Ivey was sought on a warrant charging him with failure to appear on an illegal stop and driving without a license summons issued in June 2010.

He was freed later in the day.

Whitney Will Leaves Everything to her Daughter Bobbi Kristina

9 Mar

Late R&B singer Whitney Houstons will has been validated by a judge, and now her daughter Bobbi Kristina stands to inherit her mom’s fortune.

Under the terms of the will, Bobbi Kristina is Whitney’s sole beneficiary.

But the will — which was amended in 2000 — provides that if the 19-year-old dies before probate is completed, ex-hubby Bobby Brown and various relatives would split up all of her assets — but she left it up to them to agree on how to split things up.

There is one thing that Whitney didn’t want to put up for grabs — her jewelry. In the event Bobbi Kristina died,  the family jewels would go to her mom Cissy Houston.

Whitney Houston’s net worth has been a topic of discussion and debate since her estate was reportedly in debt at the time of her debt. She apparently borrowed millions of dollars from her record company and from her friend, Clive Davis.

In addition to Brown, Whitney named her mom Cissy, her dad John and her brothers Michael and Gary as beneficiaries.   But her father, John Houston preceded her in death. And she had recently won a lawsuit against her dad’s widow over a piece of real estate.

Chef Mario Batali settles lawsuit for $5 million

8 Mar

Celebrity chef Mario Batali and his business partner have agreed to pay $5.25 million to settle a lawsuit that alleged they confiscated a portion of their restaurant workers’ tips.

According to court papers filed in Manhattan federal court, the settlement may compensate as many as 1,100 waiters, captains and other staffers.

The settlement must still be approved by a judge.

The lawsuit against Batali and Joseph Bastianich was filed in 2010. It claimed their restaurants had a policy of deducting 4 to 5 percent from the tip pool at the end of each night.

Lawyers for both sides said the matter was resolved to the satisfaction of all parties.

Batali’s Manhattan restaurants include Babbo, Bar Jamon and Del Posto.

 

Source: Associated Press

 

Teen Mom 2′s Jenelle Evans Arrested Again On Cyber Stalking Charges

6 Mar

Reality show, “Teen Mom 2” star Jenelle Evans found herself back in the Brunswick County courthouse yesterday on charges of misdemeanor stalking. According to E! News,  the 20-year-old mom’s recent arrest is due to accusations made by her former boss James Duffy, which resulted in an arrest warrant.

Jenelle’s agent, Leo Daniels claims that Jenelle turned herself into authorities in order to clear her name after returning home from the Teen Mom reunion in New York City.

He tells E!, “Duffy filed cyberstalking charges against the MTV celebrity. She has not posted anything about him in a long time. Duffy came up with these accusations…Jenelle was aware of the warrant because Duffy posted all about it on Facebook and Twitter on Friday. Jenelle was in New York over the weekend. When she returned home, she went up to see what was going on. She was read the charges and they let her go.”

Jenelle and her old boss have participated in a hateful merry-go-round of nasty Facebook and Twitter harassment after Duffy, allegedly, posted pictures online of Jenelle’s wild, party girl ways. As if anyone was shocked by that. Yesterday’s arrest marked the third time this year the young mom has been put behind bars…and it’s barely March! This time around, Jenelle was released a few hours after she was booked, having to post $1000 bond.

Jenelle is due back in court on March 23.

 

Source: RealityTea

Uh-oh…Chris Brown to be interviewed by Police for Theft

3 Mar

Chris Brown may be in big trouble with the State of Florida. He may be “formally interviewed” by Florida authorities following accusations that he stole a fan’s cellphone.

The 23-year-old singer is currently on probation for assaulting his former girlfriend and pop star Rihanna three years ago.

Christal Spann, a fan of Chris’, alleges that the Grammy Award-winning singer became aggravated after she took a picture of him in Miami, according to the Belfast Telegraph.

She claims that the singer grabbed her iPhone, yelled, “B***h, you ain’t going to put that on the Internet”, then drove off in his Bentley.

After Christal filed a police report, the Miami-Dade Police Department launched an investigation into the matter and authorities are now eager to question Chris.

“The Florida State’s Attorney’s Office has asked Chris’ attorney, Mark Geragos, for the opportunity to formally interview Chris,” a source told RadarOnline. “At this point it appears that won’t happen, which isn’t uncommon. The prosecutor handling the case is working with the cops in interviewing the alleged victim and the witnesses. Chris has an attorney for a reason, and Mark is in constant communications with the District Attorney in Miami, it’s not as if Brown has gone on radio silence.”

If Chris is arrested, his probation for his felony battery charge against Rihanna is likely to be instantly revoked. If that should occur, Chris could spend time in jail for violation of probation, despite whether or not he is actually found guilty of theft.

The singer understands the gravity of the allegations.

“Chris wouldn’t need to be convicted in the Miami case to cause problems with his probation, just charged,” the source continued. “The conditions of his felony probation are very, very strict. Chris must obey all laws and not be arrested for any other crimes. This could be a huge nightmare for his probation if he is arrested and charged.”

“Make no mistake, Chris is taking this very seriously. He knows that one arrest could unleash a wave of new legal problems for him because he is still on felony probation.”

Chris is deeply concerned, but remains optimistic about the outcome.

“Chris is letting his lawyer, Mark Geragos, deal with the Florida State’s Attorney’s Office. He will do whatever his attorney asks him to do,” the source explained. “He is no longer in Miami, but if he needs to return for any reason, he certainly will. Chris has nothing to hide.”

“Chris is telling friends that he has done nothing wrong. He is hopeful that the evidence and the true facts of the case will result in no charges being made against him.”

Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/entertainment/news/chris-brown-to-be-interviewed-for-theft-16125700.html#ixzz1o7M5CDwN

Kardahsians Sued for $5Million After Endorsing QuickTrim Diet Pills Plaintiffs Say Don’t Work

2 Mar

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The Kardashian sisters are being sued by a bunch of people in New York who claim there’s no POSSIBLE way QuickTrim could’ve helped Kim, Khloe and Kourtney lose weight … because the main ingredient is caffeine. According to the legal court documents, “The FDA has determined [caffeine] is not a safe or effective treatment for weight control.”

According to the lawsuit, filed in NY by Bursor & Fisher, the Kardashians fed lies to the public through commercials, magazines and social media since 2009 by being paid spokespersons for QuickTrim … like when Kim went on Twitter and said, “Our QuickTrim cleanse will be massive! Khloe has already lost so much weight.”

The plaintiffs claim they would NEVER have purchased the QuickTrim products if they would have known the truth … and claim the Kardashian testimonials were completely unsubstantiated.

Now, the Kardashians, QuickTrim and various companies that sold the products are being sued for more than $5 million in damages.

Read More on the lawsuit on TMZ….

Whitney Houston Heirs May not See a Dime; Estate Racked by Millions in Debt

2 Mar

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If Whitney Houston’s heirs are counting on royalties from her record company Sony, they may soon feel like paupers.

On Wednesday, music-industry blogger Wayne Rosso quoted a label executive “familiar with Sony’s accounting” who said the late singer’s estate probably won’t see any royalty checks from her record label “in our lifetime” — and maybe longer — thanks in part to the number of advances and loans she took from the $100 million deal she cut with Sony Music in 2001.

On Wednesday, Rosso, an outspoken veteran of the music business who has consulted for CBS, Island, MCA, Arista and RCA Records, to name just a few labels, posted a report in his Wayne’s World blog titled, “Whitney to Sony: I Will Always Owe You.”

In it, Rosso estimated that Houston would have to posthumously sell more than 5 million albums “to repay her advances and start to get royalty checks. ”

Although sales of Houston’s music has seen a significant sales bump since her untimely death on Feb. 11, the eve of the Grammys, Rosso estimates that her greatest-hits album would have to occupy the No. 1 slot on the Billboard charts for the next six months to hit the goal.

In today’s fickle culture, Rosso’s source notes, “That ain’t going to happen.”

Rosso also writes that on top of the advances Houston took from her 2002 deal, the “How Will I Know” singer “consistently took out loans from the label” with her guardian angel “ Clive Davis ’ assistance.”

The blogger adds that the “last big loan was reportedly from Clive for $1.2 million, though everyone knows it came from Sony and not from Clive.”

A spokeswoman for Sony-owned RCA Records, which was Houston’s label, declined to comment.

Houston’s spokeswoman Jill Fritzo did not respond to a request for comment by deadline.

Rosso also quotes an insider who points out that Houston’s estate may face an even bigger problem in the long term: “They don’t have a smart guy like” the co-executor of Michael Jackson’s estate, John Branca , “who would have marched into Sony the day after Whitney died and renegotiated the deal,” said the source.

Rosso also quotes another Houston “loyalist” who notes that there’s been no real industry professional to look after Houston’s career and business opportunities since she broke with her manager, father John Houston, who died in 2003. (His company had negotiated her $100 million deal.)

In January, Radaronline quoted a source as saying Houston was essentially broke. “Whitney’s fortune is gone,” said a source close to the singer. “Music-industry heavy hitters are supporting her and her label is fronting her cash against her next album.” The source added: “She might be homeless if not for people saving her.”

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/whitney-houston-estate-yield-heirs-money-a-long-time-huge-debt-article-1.1030954#ixzz1nxberoGz

Ex-Tarzan Actor Arrested, Tigers Taken

1 Mar


The actor who played Tarzan in several films has been arrested in Florida after state wildlife officers seized two tigers and a leopard from his home.

Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers said actor Steve Sipek did not have the necessary permits to keep the exotic animals, according to a Florida  television station WPBF.

Sipek said he feels he’s being targeted by wildlife officials.

He said he’s being treated “like I’m a criminal,” even though he said he’s paid his insurance so as not to break the law.

“I have an animal that needs help right now,” Sipek told WPBF. “She needs medication twice a day and they took her away from me now. Who’s going to take care of her now? Who? Who’s going to do it?”

Authorities said there had been repeated failure to correct violations, including multiple bites and escapes, fencing and caging deficiencies, and feeding animals an improper diet.  The animals were taken to a sanctuary in central Florida.

Sipek starred as the title character in several Tarzan movies through 1972. He made headlines in 2004 after one of his tigers escaped from his property and was shot to death.

This is what he used to look like….

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