Kid Rock has moved to distance himself from a messy legal battle involving hip-hop stars Insane Clown Posse by publishing the expletive-laden letters he sent to the attorneys involved. The rocker has been dragged into a lawsuit which has been filed against Insane Clown Posse and their record label employees by a former publicist named Andrea Pellegrini who claims she was sexually harassed.
He was subpoenaed to give evidence after Dan Diamond, a worker at the Psychopathic Records offices in Michigan, testified he gave a glass sex toy to the star after the gift was rebuffed by Pellegrini. Kid Rock was also ordered to produce the item for the court.
The All Summer Long hitmaker has now insisted he knows nothing about the gift, and has published letters he sent to the lawyers involved in the case on his website under the heading "All Parties Involved in This ICP Glass Dildo Case Can Shove One Up Their A**".
In one of the letters, Rock writes, "I'm told that you have issued a subpoena for a 'glass dildo' that was supposedly given to me. No idea what you're talking about, and I definitely don't have it. I've never heard of, seen, or met any people involved in this case. But I'm pretty sure you already know that."
He adds in the other note, "I'd certainly remember if he tried to give me a glass f**king dildo... It is obvious that all you a**holes are using my name and notoriety to garner publicity for yourselves, which makes you the worst kind of scum. You're the types of lawyers that make America a worse place for everyone."
Pellegrini is suing for harassment and wrongful termination after she was reportedly fired for relaying the disrespectful acts to label bosses in November, 2012, after three years with the firm.
Two Insane Clown Posse fans were married onstage at the band's 2014 Gathering of the Juggalos event in Ohio over the weekend (23-26Jul14). Tiffany and Dip Set exchanged vows on the Gathering's Carousel Stage on Friday (25Jul14). The 15th annual gathering also featured performances by Cypress Hill, Cannibal Corpse, Tech N9ne, Kottonmouth Kings and Insane Clown Posse.
Country rocker Kid Rock has been subpoenaed to testify against hip-hop stars Insane Clown Posse and their label employees in an ongoing lawsuit filed against the duo by a former publicist. Andrea Pellegrini, who also served as the rappers' lawyer, launched legal action against her former clients last September (13) amid allegations of harassment, claiming she had been "mocked" and "belittled", and turned into "the subject of sexual advances" by a number of employees at the band's Psychopathic Records offices in Michigan, including co-worker Dan Diamond, aka Dirty Dan.
She listed a number of harassment incidents in her suit, including one in which Diamond tried to give her a glass sex toy after learning she was single.
He confessed to the cheeky act during his deposition in Las Vegas on Friday (18Jul14), revealing he ended up handing the phallus-shaped product to Kid Rock after Pellegrini rebuffed his saucy gift.
Kid Rock has now been ordered to produce the sex toy in court within 14 days.
Pellegrini is suing for harassment and wrongful termination after she was reportedly fired for reporting the disrespectful acts to label bosses in November, 2012, after three years with the firm.
Rappers Insane Clown Posse have had their lawsuit against top U.S. authorities dismissed after objecting to a report which labelled their fans gang members. In January (14), Violent J, real name Joseph Bruce, and Shaggy 2 Dope, real name Joey Utsler, joined forces with four fans to sue officials at the U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the U.S. Federal District Court in Michigan, claiming their constitutional rights of free expression and association and due process were violated by the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment.
The fans, who call themselves Juggalos, also alleged they had been subject to police harassment because of the designation, but last week (ends06Jul14) a federal judge ruled officials in the U.S. government were not responsible for the report from the state police agencies and dismissed the case.
The plaintiffs have since decided to challenge the decision and on Tuesday (08Jul14), they filed an appeal to have the judge's ruling reviewed.
Initially, we were excited to see a live-action Gotham show that plunged into the backstory of a young Jim Gordon the way so many classic Batman storylines have done in the comics. One that profiled the once great city before it descended into a horrific cavalcade of carnival freaks and madmen, where regular police work wasn't enough to keep the new breed of super-criminals at bay. Really, a Gotham series works on paper as an intriguing police procedural with just a smidgen of comic book camp... but actually seeing the show in action gives us pause. While there's a lot to love in the first trailer for Gotham — the city itself looks great, like a mix of modern buildings and rusted-out architecture that's seen better days — there's also a lot that has us skeptical. Namely, the focus on all of the kid villains.
It makes sense for Gotham to tell a long-form origin story of Jim Gordon, a career policeman at the very start of his duties at the detective desk, but do we need to see child versions of all of Batman's foes. It seems like the show just couldn't resist crowbarring in Batman and his rogue's gallery where they really don't belong, as if the audience wouldn't be interested in the show otherwise. Here, we're getting, ridiculous looking versions of The Riddler, Penguin, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy, not to mention Bruce Wayne himself. Frankly, it just looks silly.
Gotham's version of Selina Kyle looks to be about 13, and she's already traipsing between buildings, a budding master thief. Did she just come back from a heist called "The Great Juice-Box Caper?" Of course the one shot of Poison Ivy in the trailer shows a disheveled girl watering plants... and obviously we have to show the future Penguin touting an umbrella. It all seems so contrived, so painfully on the nose, like the show just can't stop winking at us to see if you got all the hints. What's next? Is the Joker going to show up as a unhinged 10-year-old who devotedly follows the Insane Clown Posse?
Obviously, a two-minute trailer is a very poor indication of how Gotham will eventually take form this fall, but it looks like the show might be trying too hard to inter-connect all of these child versions of the villains in a way that might seriously strain our ability to suspend disbelief. We're not saying Gotham shouldn't feature popular characters from the comics, to weave its own history out of our favorite characters, but ridiculous, grade school versions of the characters isn't the way to do it.
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Fans of rap duo Insane Clown Posse have launched their own virtual currency. Devotees, known as Juggalos, can now purchase JuggaloCoin - which is similar to the online payment system Bitcoin - online and use it to purchase goods from others in the band's substantial fan community.
A statement posted on the JuggaloCoin.org website reads: "The most important thing to understand about Juggalo culture, is that it is all about Family and helping each other out. By spending juggalo coins, Juggalos can be certain that their money is going to someone who is 'down with the clown'."
The Insane Clown Posse aren't the first artists to inspire their own digital currency - an unauthorised Kanye West version, called Coinye West, was launched in January (14), but the rapper was not happy with the use of his name and is currently attempting to sue the anonymous creators.
Insane Clown Posse have found a new home for their Gathering Of The Juggalos festival after they were forced to abandon two planned venues. The event was held in Illinois for seven years but in 2014 the rap act announced they had moved the festival to Kaiser, Missouri after being banned from their usual venue.
The move sparked outrage among many residents living close to the Missouri site, who started a petition which forced the group to rethink their plans once again, and the event will now be held at the Legend Valley venue in Thornville, Ohio.
The Gathering Of The Juggalos' reputation has been marred in recent years after several events were blighted by violence.
The 2014 festival is due to take place in July.
Insane Clown Posse's Gathering Of The Juggalos music festival has been moved for a second time following protests from local residents in Missouri. The event was held in Illinois last year (13), and earlier this month (Feb14), the band announced the 2014 festival would be moved to a campground in Kaiser, Missouri.
However, the news sparked a backlash among residents living close to the site, and the controversial hip-hop stars have now revealed they have been forced to rethink the location again.
A statement posted on the band's website reads, "The 15th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos is moving... But NOT cancelled!... The owners of the campground... have decided to not allow the Gathering to take place on their property. This was a hard decision... they did not make it lightly... After we signed the contract and announced the location of the Gathering, some of the people that lived in the surrounding community began to raise hell. Not all of them, mind you, but enough to bring a lot of heat to the owners of the campground... The owners... were getting non-stop calls from angry neighbours and some even... started a petition against them. It was just too much of an onslaught of negative energy coming at them for them to handle."
Fans who had already bought tickets to the event will receive refunds.
The annual festival has developed a negative reputation in recent years after previous events were marred by violence and arrests. The band also claims an ongoing legal battle with the U.S. Justice Department, over their fans being labelled gang members, contributed to the dispute over the festival's location.
Insane Clown Posse's annual Gathering Of The Juggalos music festival has been relocated from Illinois to Missouri. Promoters for the show, which features the rap duo as headliners, have not gone into detail about the move, but the festival has developed a negative reputation over the past six years following on-site drug overdoses, fights, arrests and deaths.
In 2010, attendees threw stones, bottles and faeces at U.S. reality star Tila Tequila and in 2013, a fan was found dead on the festival grounds.
This year's four-day event is scheduled to take place in August (14) at the CryBaby Campground in Kaiser.
In addition to the rappers' festival troubles, they are also currently embroiled in a battle with the U.S. Justice Department after their fans were labelled gang members.
Violent J, real name Joseph Bruce, and Shaggy 2 Dope, real name Joey Utsler, claim their fan's constitutional rights are being violated by the distinction.
Rappers Insane Clown Posse have filed a lawsuit against officials at the U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation over a report which labelled their fans gang members. Violent J, real name Joseph Bruce, and Shaggy 2 Dope, real name Joey Utsler, and four fans filed the legal paperwork on Wednesday (08Jan14) in the U.S. Federal District Court in Michigan, claiming their constitutional rights of free expression and association and due process were violated by the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment.
The fans, who call themselves Juggalos, also allege they have been subject to police harassment because of the designation.
Violent J says, "When the label first come out, I laughed at it. I had no idea how much it would effect us. Now it's like a growing disease. It's affecting everything ICP does. We're going to fight this to the death, 'cause (sic) it's not true. It's stupid. It's ridiculous."
Shaggy 2 Dope adds, "We're not a gang. We're a family - a diverse group of men and women united by our love of music, and nothing more. We're not a threat, a public menace or a danger to society... and it's time the FBI recognises that. We will prevail in this fight to clear the Juggalo family name, because not to would be bulls**t."
The case is the latest legal woe for the rappers - they are facing a wrongful termination lawsuit from a former publicist, who is also accusing them of harassment.