Pop superstar Lady Gaga has called on fans and social media bosses to crack down on Internet abuse, just days after she started a nasty online feud with a gossip blogger. The singer hit headlines last week (ends18Aug13) when she began a war of words with Perez Hilton after he criticised her new music on his website, branding him "sick" and accusing him of "stalking" her.
Hilton subsequently claimed the Twitter.com rant prompted Gaga's legions of fans to send him a barrage of abusive messages and death threats through the website.
However, Gaga has now issued a statement urging her fans not to spread hatred online.
In a message posted on the website of her Born This Way Foundation, Gaga writes, "(I am) passionate about tolerance, acceptance, and kindness, and I've made it a point early in my career to make it known that this is what I stand for as an artist.
"While it may be difficult at times to hear the things that people say and write about me... Sending threats of any kind, using hateful or abusive language, and the provoking of others on the internet is not supported by me or anything that I stand for. What I've seen transpiring is wrong and upsetting to me...
"I ask you to take a pledge with me to continue the change toward positivity, and to recognise that this behaviour is wrong... The anonymous nature of social media has made it easy for many to vent their anger by bullying others with no recourse or accountability. But this is not a healthy way to handle your emotions."
Gaga also calls for an overhaul of social networking websites to help stamp out abuse, adding, "I also ask that Twitter and other social media platforms support this effort to monitor and control abusive and threatening language, as I don't know that I am powerful enough to stop it myself. Please represent me and our community with the values we cherish and live by."
"I know that I'm not working the programme to the best of my ability, and when I'm not doing that, then I think there's room for mistake, and I would be naive to think that I'm above that." Busy rapper Macklemore, a former drug and drink addict, hasn't got time to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
Stars of hit U.S. sitcom That '70S Show have paid tribute to Lisa Robin Kelly, who died on Wednesday (14Aug13) after a long battle with alcohol addiction. The 43-year-old actress is believed to have suffered a fatal cardiac arrest at a rehab facility in California, just two days after she admitted herself to the clinic in a bid to tackle her long-running alcoholism.
Kelly's former colleagues have now spoken out to pay their respects to the star, who played Laurie Foreman in the show.
Kurtwood Smith, who played her onscreen father Red in the popular comedy, released a statement, which reads, "I am so sorry to hear about Lisa's passing away. I know the last 10 years have been such a difficult struggle for her but I will always remember the lovely, funny and very talented young lady I worked with."
Danny Masterson, who portrayed Steven Hyde on the series, took to Twitter to write, "Terrible, awful news. Brilliant on 70s.... See u (sic) next time LRK, kisses. RIP Lisa Robin Kelly aka Laurie Foreman."
Former child star Mackenzie Phillips, who has battled her own addiction demons in the past, also paid tribute, insisting she saw comparisons between herself and Kelly.
She tweeted: "Rest in Peace Lisa Robin Kelly. So so sad I didn't know Lisa, but in a way, she is me. And I am her. There is a solution."
Motley Crue star Nikki Sixx has also offered his condolences online, tweeting about the evils of alcohol abuse: "RIP. Sadly actress Lisa Robin Kelly has passed away after a major battle w/ (with) alcoholism.This disease is a evil monster. AA (Alcoholics Anonymous). Sobriety."
Actor Cody Longo has been ordered to attend alcohol education classes after pleading no contest to a driving under the influence (DUI) charge. The Hollywood Heights star, 25, was arrested in Los Angeles in June (13) on suspicion of being drunk behind the wheel of his car, and he has now reached a plea agreement with prosecutors.
Longo agreed to plead no contest to one charge of DUI, and was sentenced to three years of summary probation and three months of alcohol education classes. He was also ordered to attend 10 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, according to TMZ.com.
Actor/singer Cheyenne Jackson has opened up about the breakdown of his marriage and confirmed rumours he is seeking help for an alcohol addiction. The Glee star stunned fans on Thursday (01Aug13) after releasing a statement to announce he and his husband, physicist Monte Lapka, are ending their relationship after 13 years together.
In a candid radio interview on The Frank DeCaro Show on Friday (02Aug13), Jackson expressed his sadness about his divorce, but heaped praise on Lapka by branding him "a wonderful man".
He said, "Yeah, it is a sad thing. It's a sad thing anytime a relationship ends. We had a good long run, almost 13 years. Like (the statement) we released yesterday, it was mutual and it was amicable. He is a wonderful man. It's a sad personal thing.
"Sometimes, I guess, I'm a little naive to think that people will even care, but they do. So, you have to understand the significance that your relationship had to other people. I know that our marriage meant a lot to other people. That's not lost on me, and I respect that."
When the Broadway performer was quizzed about speculation he is attending Alcoholics Anonymous, he insisted it was "pretty f**ked up" the story had leaked but confirmed, "That happens to be true."
He explained, "You know what, I own it. I'm proud of myself. My life is great... It's sad right now because we're both going through something that's really painful, but that's life...
"I started my recovery last summer and it became something I really wanted to focus on in my life and repairing relationships in my family and such. So, this is a really, strong, beautiful time for me, personally. It also is a very sad time because I am going through a divorce."
A U.S. judge has ordered Michael Madsen to undergo further treatment after the actor successfully completed a 30-day rehab stint to conquer his drink problems. The Reservoir Dogs star was arrested in Malibu, California last year (12) and charged with two counts of driving under the influence (DUI) after he was reportedly discovered to have a blood alcohol content level more than twice the legal limit.
He struck a deal with prosecutors and agreed to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings as part of his punishment, but failed to fulfil his side of the bargain so a judge revoked his probation and ordered to him to spend 30 days in a live-in alcohol treatment facility.
Madsen completed his rehab stint and appeared in court in Los Angeles on Monday (29Jul13) to prove he had been treated successfully, but the judge ordered him to enroll in an outpatient facility to continue the recovery process, according to TMZ.com.
Last week's episode of Graceland ended with Briggs' shocking revelation: "Hi, My name is Paul, and I'm a heroin addict. Thursday's new installment seems to elucidate the enigma of Paul Briggs, but then the senior agent character takes a turn for the uber-mysterious.
Case Closed?After Mike shows up at Briggs' Narcotics Anonymous meeting, the rookie agent obviously demands answers. Thus, the tale of Briggs' addiction begins. A few years ago, he was investigating the Kaza cartel and made the mistake of going down to Mexico against orders. His cover was blown, and he was promptly captured and tortured by an infamous killer named Jangles. But instead of mutilating his body, he decided to routinely inject him with heroin and then let him go, sending a junkie back to the FBI. We're not sure we're totally sold — it's a pretty convenient story. Briggs also mentions that he was "in love" at the time but says that's a story for another occasion. Oh and the contents of Briggs' mysterious duffel bag? A coffeemaker to brew better refreshments for future meetings.
D.J. is Back!Mike and Abby have been getting pretty close, so she asks Paige to take a picture of them with her cell phone. Paige obliges but then steals and destroys the phone, telling Mike that it's too risky to have photos of his face floating around the Internet. She and Johnny advise him to break up with Abby, as they can't have a future together given his line of work. But Mike doesn't end up going through with it after D.J. tells him to stay with her. In this episode, we also learn that D.J. has a seven-year-old son, but he can't have a relationship with him because of hsi undercover agent job.
We Don't Keep SecretsCharlie decides to tell the house about her two-time run with heroin. Mike wants to make sure that she doesn't have any more of it to tempt her, and everyone is generally supportive, though Paige will be checking her fingernails every day for signs of usage. "An addict can never be trusted," she tells Mike. Briggs is not happy that Charlie decided to tell the group what happened, but Charlie is adamant that she won't keep secrets from the Graceland housemates. And speaking of not keeping secrets, Mike tells Juan (who makes for a seriously creepy sight in the rookie's rearview mirror) about Briggs' addiction, insisting that he's a great agent who deserves help from the Bureau, not punishment. Juan makes a sort of promise that they'll help Briggs out and send Mike back to the East Coast, but we can't help but question this arrangement. Like Briggs' heroin story, it seems way too convenient.
Chasing A GhostHoping to gain more traction in the Bello case and get closer to locating the mysterious Odin, Briggs suggests that Charlie and Mike merge their cases. Odin may not show his face to junkies on the street, but he would probably meet with a big shot like Bello. Everything is all set: Briggs will act as liaison, and the group will monitor their meeting on a pier in broad daylight. But then Briggs' communicator watch cuts out. And Odin doesn't show up. Or does he? It turns out that Briggs has intentionally disabled his watch so that the others can't hear him when he informs Bello that he is in fact Odin Rossi. WHAT?
Graceland, you've done it again. Is it next Thursday yet?
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British rocker Liam Gallagher is refusing to allow allegations he fathered a love child to overshadow his summer after heading to Ibiza for a carefree vacation. The former Oasis frontman was seen sipping cocktails and partying with pals around a pool at a hotel on the Spanish island as his private life is engulfed in controversy.
A spokesman for the star has confirmed Gallagher's lawyers are preparing to launch legal action against the New York Post after editors reported he is being sued by a woman who claims he fathered her daughter.
The article alleged Gallagher is the unnamed respondent in a case listed only as 'Anonymous Vs Anonymous' which came before a judge at Manhattan Family Court on 12 July (13).
The woman at the centre of the case is said to be New York music reporter Liza Ghorbani, who interviewed the star back in 2010. She gave birth to a baby girl in January (13).
Despite the swirling speculation, Gallagher has been enjoying the sun in Ibiza, and was snapped relaxing around a pool at the Pikes hotel in San Antonio on Thursday (18Jul13) after his band Beady Eye performed at the Ibiza Rocks event the previous night (17Jul13).
A defiant Gallagher made light of the claims when quizzed in Spain by a reporter from Britain's The Sun newspaper, saying, "I'm not suing anyone. I'm working here."
Chris Evans' actor brother has escaped further action in his drugs case after attending 60 Narcotics Anonymous meetings. Scott Evans, who starred in U.S. soap opera One Life to Live, was taken into custody and charged with attempted cocaine possession after trying to buy drugs from an undercover cop in Los Angeles last December (12).
He changed his plea to guilty in a bid to escape jail time, and was ordered to attend a block of meetings to deal with his issues.
The 29 year old has now completed the 60 sessions required within the six-month period set out by the judge, and the case has now been closed.
Lawyers for British rocker Liam Gallagher are drawing up plans to launch legal action against the New York Post over a report alleging he fathered a love child last year (12). The U.S. publication ran an article on Wednesday (17Jul13) which suggested the former Oasis star is being sued in a Manhattan court for $3 million (£1.9 million) by an unidentified woman who claims he fathered her daughter.
The report alleged Gallagher is the unnamed respondent in a case listed only as 'Anonymous Vs Anonymous' which came before a judge at Manhattan Family Court on Friday (12Jul13).
Within hours of the New York Post hitting newsstands on Wednesday, the married father-of-three had instructed his legal team to take action against the publication's editors.
A spokesman for Gallagher tells WENN, "Basically the lawyers are dealing with it. They are taking legal action against the New York Post. From our point of view we aren't going to comment on gossip while they are taking action against the paper."