Kesha has suffered a blow in her bid to escape a contract with hitmaker Dr. Luke after a judge agreed to release a previous deposition, in which the singer swore under oath that she had never been intimate with her former mentor. The TiK ToK hitmaker hit headlines last week (ends17Oct14) when she sensationally accused Dr. Luke of submitting her to years of emotional and sexual abuse, which led to her 60-day stint in the Timberline Knolls rehab clinic in Illinois earlier this year (14).
Among her allegations, Kesha claimed he once forced himself on her after making her take drugs and drink alcohol on a plane flight. She also accused the producer, real name Lukasz Gottwald, of taking advantage of her in a hotel suite after plying her with unidentified drugs.
Dr. Luke hit back with a countersuit, accusing Kesha of defamation and extortion, insisting she and her mother had been threatening to go public with various stories about his alleged inappropriate behaviour unless he released the singer from the management contract she signed when she was 18.
Now paperwork from a 2011 deposition has been unsealed at the request of Dr. Luke's lawyer, and her comments under oath could prove damaging to her new suit - during the deposition, part of a lawsuit filed against Kesha and Luke by the singer's former manager, she was quizzed about the nature of the stars' relationship.
Asked if she had ever been intimate with Luke, she replied, "No", while in response to another question about drugs, she insisted, "Dr. Luke never gave me coke".
Kesha's attorney, Mark Geragos, attacked the judge's decision to release the deposition papers on Tuesday (21Oct14), insisting it is "a pathetic attempt to once again blame the victim".
Geragos maintains his client had no choice but to lie under oath, telling TMZ.com, "Luke walked Kesha down the beach and threatened to destroy Kesha's life and the lives of her family if she didn't cover up his sexual assaults."
Dr. Luke has yet to respond to the latest development in the case.
Singer Kesha has become embroiled in a nasty legal battle with top producer Dr. Luke after accusing him of sexual, physical, verbal and emotional abuse.
The "TiK ToK" star has filed suit against the hitmaker, real name Lukasz Gottwald, claiming the abuse she experienced while working with him led to her 60-day stint in the Timberline Knolls rehab clinic in Illinois earlier this year (14). In the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ.com, she alleges Gottwald has been abusive towards her since signing the singer when she was 18. Kesha claims he once forced himself on her after making her take drugs and drink alcohol on a plane ride, and she once woke up naked in his bed after taking unidentified drugs with no recollection of what happened. He also reportedly physically attacked her at his home in Malibu, California and now the 27 year old is asking a judge to release her from her contract with him. Kesha's lawyer Mark Geragos tells TMZ.com, "This lawsuit is a wholehearted effort by Kesha to regain control of her music career and her personal freedom after suffering for ten years as a victim of mental manipulation, emotional abuse and an instance of sexual assault at the hands of Dr. Luke. "The facts presented in our lawsuit paint a picture of a man who is controlling and willing to commit horrible acts of abuse in an attempt to intimidate an impressionable, talented, young female artist into submission for his personal gain. Kesha is focused on moving her life and her career beyond this terrible time." However, Dr. Luke has fired back at Kesha with his own legal papers, insisting the allegations are all lies. In his countersuit, Luke reveals Kesha has reportedly been attempting to extort him for months by threatening to file the case in court unless he agrees to free her from their contract. His lawyer, Christine Lepera, alleges both Kesha and her mother Patricia Rose 'Pebe' Sebert have privately confessed to making up the sensational statements and she tells TMZ, "(Kesha's abuse lawsuit is part of) a campaign of publishing outrageous and untrue statements (about Dr. Luke)."
Pop superstar Miley Cyrus will leave Australia with a permanent reminder of her tour Down Under after having a new tattoo. The Wrecking Ball singer had a monkey inked on her wrist in honour of her younger brother Braison, who she nicknames Woo Kong, and she thanked the crew at the Melbourne tattoo shop by inviting them all to her Bangerz gig in the city.
During an appearance on breakfast TV show Sunrise on Monday (13Oct14), Cyrus says, "I did (get a new tattoo). I call my brother Woo Kong, it's a monkey king so I got it for my little brother. We had the best day ever so I was trying to mark that... I love him enough to tattoo his name forever..."
She adds of the tattoo crew's outing to her gig, "They all came to the show. I was like, 'Give me a tattoo in exchange for tickets'. So we gave them an awesome seat, they had a great time. I did some different covers just for them 'cause I felt like I was sending tattoo artists to my show so I had to do some (Led) Zeppelin, I had to do a little bit of that sort of thing."
British actresses Natascha Mcelhone and Julie Walters mentored a group of school children in London on Friday (10Oct14) to celebrate the United Nation's (U.N.) International Day of the Girl, which takes place on Saturday (11Oct14). The celebrities spend the day at the Southbank Centre in the capital tutoring female pupils from Dunraven School in Streatham, south London about their futures to mark the third annual international day, which raises awareness of gender inequality.
After their mentoring was complete, the actresses took the girls for a ride on the London Eye ferris wheel and posed for 'selfies' with them.
Other mentors included authors Kathy Lette and Rachel Johnson, plus Olympic medal-winning athlete Christine Ohuruogu.
Hugh Grant still dreams of portraying The Hulk and James Bond on the big screen, but has never been asked to play either character. The Notting Hill star has often been linked to the role of superspy 007 but he admits he's never been officially asked to even audition for the part.
In a Reddit.com chat with fans on Friday (10Oct14), the actor said, "I never was offered James Bond, sadly. Which is a shame, because I think I would look nice in a white tuxedo. And I do love to kill."
And he jokes about battling Mark Ruffalo for the role of The Hulk in The Avengers movies, adding, "I've always cherished the role of the Hulk, and am furious no one has offered it to me."
Grant also has a soft spot for Batman, quipping, "When I was seven, I had a utility belt, a Bat-cape, Bat handkerchiefs, and I still to this day sometimes like to wear my underpants outside my tights."
Latin superstar Paulina Rubio is set to make her English-language TV series debut on new U.S. show Jane The Virgin. The Mexican singer will guest star as herself of the show, playing the pop idol of one of the main characters.
Show creator Jennie Snyder Urman admits she had hoped to score Rubio as a guest on the show since its inception.
She tells Entertainment Weekly, "When I wrote the pilot, I had in the back of my mind, the hope that one day we’d have Paulina Rubio on. It's a great moment for our character, and for our show. I couldn't be more thrilled. I'm a huge fan!"
While former telenovela star Rubio previously made her American debut as a judge on talent show The X Factor last year (13), this will mark her first time acting in the English language.
Show producers previously announced that Colombian rocker Juanes will also guest star on the programme, as a smooth-talking music producer.
Veteran actress Marian Seldes has died, aged 86. Seldes passed away at her home on Monday (06Oct14) following a long, undisclosed illness.
Her brother Timothy Seldes announced her death in a statement which reads: "It is with deep sadness that I share the news that my dear sister Marian Seldes has died. She was an extraordinary woman whose great love of the theatre, teaching and acting was surpassed only by her deep love for her family."
Her impressive career spanned 60 years and she was considered an American theatre legend. She made her Broadway debut in 1947 in the Robinson Jeffers adaptation of Medea.
She was one of acclaimed playwright Edward Albee's go-to actresses, appearing in such plays as Tiny Alice, The Play About the Baby and Three Tall Women.
In 1967, she won her first Tony Award for her supporting role in Albee's A Delicate Balance.
Seldes was nominated for four more Tony Awards, including nods for her roles in Father's Day, Ring Round the Moon, Dinner at Eight, and Deathtrap, for which she also holds a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for her four-year run without having missed a single performance.
She last appeared on the Great White Way in 2007 for Terrence McNally's Deuce. In 2010, she received the prestigious Tony Lifetime Achievement Award.
Seldes also made her mark in many films including Truman, Mona Lisa Smile, August Rush and Leatherheads, as well as TV shows such as Murphy Brown and Sex and the City.
Seldes also served as a professor at Julliard performing arts school, having a roster of drama students including Viola Davis, Kevin Spacey, Kevin Kline, Christopher Reeve, and Robin Williams.
She is survived by daughter Katharine Claman Andres, her only child with first husband Julian Claman. Her second husband, writer/director Garson Kanin, died in 1999.
Cult TV show Twin Peaks will officially return to the small screen in 2016 to mark the 25th anniversary of the series' demise.
The 1990s show, starring Kyle MacLachlan as quirky FBI Agent Dale Cooper, was cancelled after just two seasons, but creators David Lynch and Mark Frost sent fans into a spin on Friday (03Oct14) when they dropped a big hint on Twitter about Agent Cooper's return. In the cryptic tweet, Lynch wrote, "Dear Twitter friends: That gum you like is going to come back in style! #damngoodcoffee (sic)." The quote comes from a repeated dream sequence in the show, while the hashtag refers to the line MacLachlan's caffeine-loving character uttered over and over again.
Now bosses at America's Showtime network have delivered the news fans have been waiting for - Twin Peaks will be making a comeback in 2016. Lynch and Frost will start production on a new season next year (15), with the Blue Velvet filmmaker planning to direct all nine episodes.
The forthcoming episodes will be set in present day, with storylines related to those already established in the second season. Frost tells Variety.com, "For those followers of the show who felt bereft when the show ended where it did all those years ago are going to like where it goes from here. And we hope that a lot of people who haven't been to Twin Peaks yet are going to be equally interested in where the story goes from where we left off." It is not yet clear if any of the original castmembers will appear in the revived drama series, which revolved around the mysterious death of small town high school sweetheart Laura Palmer.
A huge artwork depicting Kiefer Sutherland as his 24 character Jack Bauer has gone on display in London. The piece, by British artist Quentin Devine, is made of 1,485 London-themed postcards and was created in 24 hours. Bosses at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment commissioned the piece to mark the DVD release of 24:Live Another Day.
Oscar-winner Matthew Mcconaughey revisited his chest-thumping character from The Wolf Of Wall Street while giving a pep talk to his beloved college football team. The Dallas Buyers Club star surprised the Longhorns team of his alma mater the University of Texas at Austin ahead of their upcoming big game against the University of Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday (04Oct14) when he showed up at a practice session to give them an inspiring talk.
He told the team, "Last night I was thinking about what I do and what you do, and I ask myself this question all the time - 'Why do I do what I do? Why I am an actor?' And I was gonna ask you all - 'Why do you play football?'... Ask yourself tonight when you look in the mirror, 'Why do I play this game?'... At the end of the day every single one of you gotta be playing for just one person (yourself)..."
After his speech, McConaughey led the whole team in his Wolf of Wall Street chest-pump meditation - similar to the one he created for his stockbroker character Mark Hanna in the Martin Scorsese film.