Danity Kane star Dawn Richard has released her own account of the recent studio fight with former bandmate Aubrey O'Day, which subsequently led to the group's split. The all-girl band formed by Sean 'Diddy' Combs in 2005, reunited last year (13), but the three remaining members have fallen out yet again following a recent recording session spat, during which Richard allegedly lashed out at O'Day.
The incident was the tipping point for the group, as O'Day, along with Shannon Bex, confirmed the reunion is over in a statement to their fans on Friday (08Aug14)
The following day (09Aug14), Richard penned her own letter to the public to give her side of the story, and accused O'Day and Bex of completely cutting her out of the group and its social media accounts following the altercation.
Richard wrote, "I am sorry to everyone that this news has to come out. You're worth more. Certain choices were made that I am not proud of. However, I will not be disrespected. Once again, I am sorry to the fans as this should have been handled privately not publicly.
"I continued to work with both parties to try to release the album even when the original story was leaked without anyone being consulted. I have been unable to release my statement via Danity Kane social media because my access to all Danity Kane social media pages has been blocked by DK members.
"This forces me to make my statement on my personal page. This could have all been handled privately; however, certain parties chose to make this public before it could be rectified. I am not justifying my actions. I am saying this was all done before any changes or conversations could even be had."
In O'Day's lengthy letter, she recalled the studio clash for fans and suggested that Richard had yet to apologise for her bad behaviour, revealing that she "watched small lies turn into bigger lies. Those bigger lies turned into verbal abuse. Now the verbal abuse has deteriorated into a physical assault."
O'Day lodged an official battery complaint with police following her alleged fight with Richard.
Danity Kane, which was putting the finishing touches to a comeback album when the fight occurred last Monday (04Aug14), had been littered with trouble since the beginning of the reunion - original member D. Woods refused to be a part of the get together and Aundrea Fimbres quit the group on the opening night of a comeback tour in May (14), after revealing she was pregnant and engaged to wed.
Danity Kane, the all-girl band rap mogul Sean 'Diddy' Combs created for a reality TV show, has split, a year after announcing reunion plans. The members fell out following a recent recording session spat, during which singer Dawn Richard allegedly lashed out at Aubrey O'Day, and now the girls have confirmed the reunion is over.
O'Day released a lengthy statement with fellow bandmate Shannon Bex on Twitter.com on Friday (08Aug14), when she recalled the studio clash for fans - without naming names - and suggested that Richard had yet to apologise for her bad behaviour.
She writes, "It breaks my heart that this violence is followed by no sign of remorse. For the past year, I watched small lies turn into bigger lies. Those bigger lies turned into verbal abuse. Now the verbal abuse has deteriorated into a physical assault.
"I put what I knew was right second to what I knew I could handle for the sake of the big-picture success this incredibly talented group of women could have achieved together. It was my goal to prove that with enough understanding the issues behind the scenes could be resolved, and we could continue to create content for one of the most inspiring fan bases I have ever witnessed. I realize now that in order to achieve that reality all three girls would have to want that. And, unfortunately, only two of us put our solo ambitions and lives to a halt and consistently put the team first."
Bex adds, "My heart is heavy. It is all I can do to pull myself out of bed to face this task..."
Richard addressed the break-up in her own statement to TMZ.com, saying, "Sadness does not even remotely begin to describe what I feel right now."
The group reunited in May, 2013, and were putting the finishing touches to a comeback album when the fight occurred on Monday (04Aug14).
O'Day lodged an official battery complaint with police following her alleged fight with Richard.
The reunion was filled with drama from the outset - original member D. Woods refused to be a part of the get together and Aundrea Fimbres quit the group on the opening night of a comeback tour in May (14), after revealing she was pregnant and engaged to wed.
Danity Kane formed on Combs' 2005 reality show Making the Band 3. He fired them from his label in 2009.
Danity Kane's reunion has reportedly suffered another setback after singer Aubrey O'Day filed a police report against bandmate Dawn Richard over a violent studio clash. The Damaged hitmakers were in a Los Angeles recording studio on Monday (04Aug14), when the pair became embroiled in a heated dispute.
The altercation allegedly turned violent, with Richard accused of punching O'Day in the head as the girl band's third member, Shannon Bex, tried and failed to break up the fight, according to TMZ.com.
O'Day has since lodged an official battery complaint with cops, who have launched an investigation into the bust-up.
News of the fall out emerges less than three months after Danity Kane star Aundrea Fimbres stepped down from the line-up on the opening night of the group's comeback tour in May (14), after revealing she is pregnant and engaged to wed.
The only other original member, D. Woods, was not part of the reunion.
Danity Kane was formed by Sean 'Diddy' Combs on 2005 reality show Making the Band 3, but in 2009, he fired the entire group with the exception of Richard.
The remaining trio is expected to release its first album in six years later this year (14).
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Do you remember where you were when Batman V Superman was announced? When the first glimpse of Avatar was bestowed upon the world? Probably not, but for the Comic-Con faithful, these moments are gospel. San Diego Comic-Con has become the destination for any geek worth his salt, and a select few moments throughout the convention's history have become legendary to fans across the world. Here are the most memorable moments from Comic-Cons past.
The Batman V Superman announcementRight at the tail end of the 2013 Warner Bros. panel, a Jittery Zack Snyder turned up to announce that he was working on a sequel to Man of Steel. Then, with help from the booming voice of Harry Lennix and a choice excerpt from Frank Miller's classic Batman tale The Dark Knight Returns, Warner Bros. dropped a bomb on Hall H with the announcement of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (which was then untitled). When the logo blazed on screen with all its glory, SDCC 2013 had hit its definitive peak.
Michael Keaton earns the cowlEveryone remembers the ballyhoo made about Heath Ledger being cast as the Joker in 2008's The Dark Knight, but comic book fans had been complaining about casting long before then. All the way back at Comic-Con 1988, the fervor about the new Batman movie was high; many fans didn't think Michael Keaton could pull off the Caped Crusader. But most of these detractors quieted down when the original creator of Batman, Bob Kane himself, stopped by the Con and gave the actor and Tim Burton's production his blessing via a set visit. He also showed up with a ton of set photos and production designs to ensure fans that his creation was in good hands.
Twilight comes to Comic-ConFor nearly 40 years, Comic-Con had been a place for more male-focused geekery. But in 2008, the playing field was leveled when the Twilight saga was given a panel in the hallowed nerd pantheon that is Hall H. This of course brought droves of Twilight fans to the convention center, who of course butted heads with seasoned veterans of the Con who though the new visitors didn't belong. But Twilight's domination of that year's festivities were undeniable. The vamps were here to stay.
The Avatar preview screeningIf there's one thing to learn from Comic-Con, it's that you shouldn't always buy into the hype. Hyperbole flows through San Diego like a river, and people will champion anything and everything as a gamechanger. But the hype around the preview screening of Avatar at 2009's convention was so massive, it was hard not to believe. The preview of James Cameron's spectacle-laden adventure left many Con-goers slack-jawed with awe.
The Avengers assemble in Hall HJoss Whedon has long been a popular face at comic-con, but he might as well have been coronated as king when he brought every member of The Avengers on stage for the first time in 2010. It was a moment that Marvel studios had been steadily building up to for years, but seeing all of those heroes (albiet in street clothes) in one place at the same time was magical.
The Iron Man trailer premiereUnsuspecting fans at the first ever Iron Man panel were greeted with a surprise visit from Jon Favreau, and an even bigger surprise: the first look at a new trailer for Iron Man. The trailer was only a few seconds long, showing Iron Man shooting through the sky, but it was enough to send the hype for the upcoming film skyrocketing. It was surefire proof that Marvel was doing right by all these heroes.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World wows the crowdIn a rare treat, fans at the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World panel were treated to a screening of the film. Edgar Wright's dazzling comic book adaptation won heaps of praise from attendees, and Hollywood's relationship with the convention was riding high. Unfortunately, the studios soon found out the convention hype doesn't always equal ticket sales, and the film fizzled out of the box-office without recouping it's budget.
Karen Gillan goes baldMaybe it was just a really convincing wig, maybe we just couldn't wrap our heads around those deep red locks being fake, or maybe we just don't usually expect to see people ripping hair off of their heads at Comic-Con. But at the panel for Guardians of the Galaxy, after being confronted by host Chris Hardwick with accusations that her character in the upcoming space opera is bald in the comics, the actor unleashed her buzzed head to the world, and everyone lost their minds.
Musicians Alex Turner and Miles Kane have halted work on their act The Last Shadow Puppets to concentrate on writing a superhero film.
The Arctic Monkeys frontman teamed up with The Rascals rocker for the side project in 2008 and they went on to score a U.K. number one with their debut album The Age of the Understatement.
The pair has focused on other projects ever since, and Kane reveals fans will have to wait even longer for a follow-up album - especially as they are now working on a screenplay together.
Asked when the duo will release new material, Kane tells Digitalspy.co.uk, "It's something we always talk about y'know? But I think we're gonna write this film first anyway before we hit back into that. "It's gonna have a sort of X-Men kind of vibe and sort of set in the '60s, but I can't give anymore away than that."
However, Kane is adamant he and Turner will not be taking lead roles in the project: "We're not planning to be (in the film) but we may have a little cameo."
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The Godfather has been named Hollywood's top movie of all-time following an extensive survey of Tinseltown's top studio bosses, Oscar winners and players.
The 1972 crime drama has beaten out The Wizard of Oz and Citizen Kane to top the new Hollywood Reporter list, while The Shawshank Redemption and Pulp Fiction round out the top five.
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Casablanca, The Godfather: Part II, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Schindler's List make the top 10.
Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, directors Gary Ross, John Singleton and Michael Bay, Disney boss Alan Horn, producer Frank Marshall and top agent Robert Newman were among those who took part in the survey.
Movie veteran Debbie Reynolds' final memorabilia auction netted the actress and collector over $2 million (£1.25 million). The Singin' in the Rain star teamed up with bosses at Hollywood auction house Profiles in History to sell off the bulk of her memorabilia treasure trove in 2010 and the third and final sale took place earlier this month (17-18May14).
In total, the auction of iconic props, costumes and cameras raked in $2.38 million (£1.5 million).
Highlights included Elvis Presley's grand piano from his Holmby Hills, California estate, a Rat Pack tuxedo ensemble, Vivien Leigh's Scarlett O'Hara pale peach bonnet from Gone With the Wind and Orson Welles' signature mink coat from Citizen Kane.
However, the biggest seller was a Vistavision Motion Picture Camera, which was used in Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch A Thief, Disney's Mary Poppins and George Lucas' Star Wars, which went under the hammer for $159,900 (£100,000).
Rockers Alex Turner and Miles Kane staged an unannounced The Last Shadow Puppets reunion during Arctic Monkeys' concert in London on Saturday night (24May14). Turner and his band were playing the second of two sold-out gigs at Finsbury Park when Kane walked out onstage to perform Standing Next To Me with his one-off bandmate, a night after Turner played a solo acoustic version of the band's A Certain Romance.
Turner and Kane formed The Last Shadow Puppets in 2007 - the group's debut album, The Age Of The Understatement, was released in 2008.
Danity Kane's pop comeback has been dealt a blow after singer Aundrea Fimbres announced she is leaving the group as she is pregnant and engaged to wed. Fimbres reunited with Dawn Richard, Shannon Bex and Aubrey O'Day last summer (13) to plan a new assault on the charts, four years after they split, and they kicked off their No Filter tour in San Francisco, California on Friday night (16May14), hours after unveiling their new single, Lemonade.
However, fans of the Damaged hitmakers were in for a surprise during the show when Fimbres revealed she was stepping down from the line-up.
Growing emotional, the 30 year old told the crowd, "I do have to say one thing if you guys don't know. I just recently got engaged.
"Two dreams of mine have been to be a singer and be on stage like this and to have a family. In a couple of months, that's all about to come true. I'm going to get married...
"I've gotten to do some amazing things with Danity Kane, but it's time for me to start the next chapter in my life. So I thank you guys from the bottom of my heart... I love you so much. And I just wanted you guys to know from me."
Rumours of Fimbres' departure began swirling following the release of Lemonade on Friday, after fans noticed the cover art for the track only featured three young girls, appearing to depict O'Day, Richard and Bex, running a lemonade stand.
Danity Kane, which was formed by Sean 'Diddy' Combs on 2005 reality show Making the Band 3, will continue as a trio and is expected to release its first album in six years later this year (14).
Original member D. Woods is not part of the reunion.