Waka Flocka Flame's manager mother has addressed her former client Gucci Mane's decision to sue her for fraud, insisting she has no hard feelings towards the rapper for filing suit. The Icy hitmaker has filed a lawsuit targeting Debra Antney and her hip-hop star son over allegations they released his music without permission and collected the royalties.
Now Antney, who looked after Mane's career for four years from 2006, has spoken out for the first time since he filed papers, revealing she has nothing but respect for the star.
A statement from Antney reads, "This situation with Gucci is hard for me to accept. I have a history with him that only he and I can truly know the value of, and I have a love for him that money can't buy. Gucci and I have been through it all together.
"Our struggle gave us a relationship that is unbreakable. Even through this, I stand by him. Our history is a strong one, so this is very tough. That's all I think I'll say on Gucci, specifically, because I still hold him close to my heart, I'm still rooting for him, and I still value our bond. If he called me today and he needed me, I'd be there. I'd cuss him out, but I'd be there. Because that's family, and that's what family does."
Mane, real name Radric Davis, is suing the pair for fraud, racketeering and conspiracy, and has asked a judge to freeze their assets.
Sacha Baron Cohen has joined the ranks of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon, not as a leading man, but as a practical joker. Taking the stage this past Saturday to receive the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award, Cohen appeared alongside the “oldest surviving actor to have worked with Chaplin in a silent movie.” Cohen fell, pushing the actress and stuntwoman into the crowd in a wheelchair. After dedicating his award to her, he hilariously said a few words to her family. "Do not try to sue me. If you decide to get the lawyers involved, I will take you down just like I did your granny."
One of the best public pranks to date, Cohen's stunt helped him reclaim publicity for his upcoming film The Lesbian. The risky joke landed, because he is a skilled comedian who knows how to take a joke the farthest without going over the edge. With a tradition of practical jokes in Hollywood, history has shown a code of conduct among celebrity pranksters. The secret to success is breaking the rules while following them.
Pick On Someone Your Own Size
Everyone loves hearing about Clooney, Pitt and Damon pranking each other because when everyone is crazy famous, no one gets hurt. There is no malice, just really successful attractive people having fun at work. They never go after someone that won't fight back. It's like sophomoric chess, where there are no victims, only participants. These type of pranks have proven to be Clooney's specialty, next to avoiding marriage.
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Cohen's prank was ingenious because it was physical comedy in the perfect context. He was accepting the Charlie Chaplin award, history's favorite physical comedian with a Hitler mustache. Such a stunt would not have worked as well in any other location. But many celebrity pranks are facilitated by the internet. Without and original time and place these pranks seems more contrived. On April 1st, nearly every celebrity claims to be pregnant and two celebrities have "hacked" into the website Funny or Die, Justin Bieber in 2010 and Charlize Theron 2012. Considering their computer skills, this was likely less of a prank and more of corporate move.
Just because something is offensive doesn't make it a prank. Celebrities should refrain from using any Nazi memorabilia and/or blackface, as should everyone. The line is hard to draw, as the best pranks get close to it without crossing. Like when Sarah Silverman pranked then-boyfriend Jimmy Kimmel with the 2008 song "I'm F*cking Matt Damon." Cohen similarly pushed the envelope (and woman), while maintaining a level of safety and shocking everyone into laughter. This precise prank raises the bar for celebrities and will likely increase the popularity of Cohen and older stuntwomen alike.
The organisers of Lady Gaga's 2012 show in St. Petersburg, Russia have been fined following complaints the gig promoted homosexuality and alcohol consumption. Officials at a St. Petersburg court have ruled the show at the SSK Arena violated a local law against exposing children to 'harmful information' and has fined organisers Planeta Plus 20,000 roubles ($614/£409).
The ruling follows a complaint from a local resident who claimed her 13-year-old daughter was exposed to simulated lesbian sex and advocacy of alcohol consumption when she saw the Born This Way star live last December (12).
The promoters plan to appeal against the decision, claiming Russian music fans are suffering as a result of the country's controversial anti-homosexuality propaganda laws.
Planeta Plus general director Yevgeny Finkelshtein tells Russian TV network NTV-Petersburg, "We don't agree with this verdict because no one listened to us... Because of these laws against gay propaganda adopted here, because of these cheap publicity tricks, all viewers suffer. Just recently, l, who has never performed in Russia, refused to come because of this law and because he supported (jailed Russian rockers/activists) Pussy Riot."
Russia's divisive law which bans the promotion of homosexuality to minors was enacted earlier this year (13), but a similar law was already in place in St. Petersburg. There was an attempt to sue Madonna under this law following her show in St. Petersburg in August, 2012, but the case was thrown out.
The owners of a private plane carrying Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera when she died last year (12) have lost their bid to have a wrongful death lawsuit filed against them dismissed. Two pilots and five passengers, including the star, perished on 9 December, 2012 after the Learjet crashed in Mexico.
The families of Rivera's publicist, Arturo Rivera, make-up artist, Jacobo Yebale, hairstylist, Jorge Armando Sanchez Vasquez, and attorney, Mario Macias Pacheco, joined forces in January (13) to sue operators at Starwood Management Inc. for damages in a Los Angeles court.
The defendants argued they were not subject to jurisdiction in California as the crash occurred in Mexico, and they requested the case be thrown out.
But a judge ruled in the plaintiffs' favour on Thursday (14Nov13) and gave them the green light to go ahead with the legal battle, because the plane was registered in the U.S., where officials from the National Transportation Safety Board are having the wreckage examined as they aid an investigation by Mexican authorities.
Actress Jennifer Garner headed to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday (13Nov13) to address U.S. politicians about the importance of early education programmes. The Daredevil star, an ambassador for the Save the Children charity, joined Senator Tom Harkin and Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Capitol Hill as they championed The Strong Start for America's Children Act, a new bill aimed at expanding and improving access to pre-school activities.
The mother of three said, "My kids have everything they need, so what I give my heart to - besides parenting my own kids - is early childhood education for kids all across America, especially for those growing up with less."
Discussing the topic further with news channel CNN, Garner explained, "The playing field for kids in America is not equal. Without starting from the very beginning and getting an earlier start on their education, they have very little chance of catching up if they start as far behind as they're starting in kindergarten."
Garner is no stranger to political activism - she teamed up with fellow celebrity mum Halle Berry in August (13) as they successfully campaigned for a new anti-paparazzi law, which imposes tougher penalties on cameramen who constantly tail public figures and their kids, and also makes it easier for parents to sue for damages over harassment.
After only a week of newly-engaged bliss, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have found themselves in the middle of konflict and kontroversy once again. The couple are suing YouTube co-founder Chad Harley for violating a confidentiality agreement by posting a video of the biggest proposal of the year on his new website, MixBit.com, in a what they claim was a bid to gain attention and publicity for the business.
According to the lawsuit, Harley wasn't even invited to attend the event, but instead tagged along with a friend who was. However, he was allowed to stay on the condition that he sign a confidentiality agreement stating that he wouldn't post pictures or videos of the proposal online. And because Kardashian and West take their privacy incredibly seriously, Harley was even photographed with the signed contract, and the photo is included in the lawsuit documents. However, a few days after the couple announced their engagement, Harley's grainy, 3-minute video surfaced online showing West's proposal and the ensuing celebration at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
The suit also claims that Harley further violated the agreement by tweeting about the event to his more than 500,000 followers and that he even issued a press release alerting the media to his video. Kardashian and West are accusing Harley of "breach of written contract, fraud by way of false promise and unjust enrichment," and are asking for an unspecified amount in damages, and for any of the money that Harley has made off the video to be forfeited. The documents also mention that all of the rights to footage of the proposal and party belong to MC Cable Television — an arm of Bunim/Murray and E!, the companies that produce and air Keeping Up With the Kardashians. West apparently approved of the event being filmed for the show, and possibly aired in an upcoming episode.
Call us krazy, but we might actually be on Team Kimye in this showdown. Sure, it's a bit ridiculous to sue someone for filming something that you're only going to put on television anyway, and since neither Kardashian nor West have ever been particularly private about their lives before now, it's easy to make fun of them for suing over a broken confidentiality agreement. But if someone makes you take a photo with a contract you've signed, to prove that you've signed it, doesn't it seem like violating that contract immediately afterwards is a stupid decision? Surely Harley didn't think he was going to be able to sneak something past the one family in the world who have more cameras trained on them than the Obamas.
Maybe it is all just an elaborate plan to get people talking about MixBit. After all, was anybody even aware of the website before Kardashian and West filed their lawsuit? Perhaps Harley is just a firm believer in the idea that "there's no such thing as bad press." He might even be hoping that he'll be talked about on the next season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. If he's really lucky, maybe he'll get to appear on the show.
Whatever happens, we're sure that there will be plenty of cameras present to keep the world informed.
Soul superstar Adele has promised to sue Tinie Tempah if he ever releases a foul-mouthed rap she recorded during a studio session. The Rolling in the Deep hitmaker joined the British hip-hop star as he worked on a track with Labrinth for his new album Demonstration.
During one session, Adele decided to get behind the mic and spit some explicit verses - before warning her pals against ever making the track public knowledge.
Speaking to U.K. chat show host Alan Carr, the rapper says, "Adele helped me pick some of the songs for the album. She has a rap. She was with me and Labrinth in the studio when he recorded Earthquake.
"Nobody really knows this. She recorded a rap and she told us that if we ever played it to anyone she would sue us. So when you talk to her next, ask her about the rap. It is really filthy as well."
The interview will air in Britain on Friday night (01Nov13).
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have hit YouTube.com co-founder Chad Hurley with a lawsuit for prematurely releasing footage from their recent engagement without their consent. The Stronger hitmaker popped the question to the reality TV star in an over-the-top proposal at baseball stadium AT&T Park in San Francisco, California last week (21Oct13).
Days later, Hurley uploaded the two-and-a-half minute video using his company's new video-sharing platform, MixBit, which contains 15 short clips documenting various highlights of the couple's big night.
Now the pair has launched legal action against Hurley for leaking the footage, claiming that he used the video as a way to promote MixBit. They also state that Hurley was not invited to attend the proposal.
According to documents obtained by TMZ.com, Kardashian agreed to let Hurley stay, but only if he signed a confidentiality agreement, which he reportedly broke by posting the video online. The suit also alleges that Hurley even sent out a press release to alert the media about his exclusive footage.
The lawsuit states, "Hurley proceeded to try to turn the event into one starring himself, broadcasting the images he knew were the exclusive property rights of someone else."
In Hurley's clip, video cameras are seen filming the proposal and celebration, which were contracted by West in the event they decide to use the footage for his fiancee's reality series, Keeping up with the Kardashians.
They are suing for unspecified damages.
Rapper Young Jeezy has been slapped with a lawsuit from the Hells Angels over claims his clothing line copies their famous logo. Bosses at the notorious motorcycle club have instructed lawyers to sue the hip-hop star, alleging his 8732 fashion range has a very similar emblem to their 'Death Head' image.
They want the rapper to pull all clothing featuring the design, and are demanding unspecified damages.
Last year (12) the Hells Angels sued skateboarder-turned-reality star Rob Dyrdek over similar claims he stole their logo and plastered it on T-shirts without their permission. Both parties settled out of court for an undisclosed amount in March (13).
Noel and Liam Gallagher's brother Paul is convinced the feuding siblings will reunite Oasis - because they have "unfinished business" with the band. The band split in 2009 after guitarist Noel quit following a backstage fight with his younger brother, the group's singer. The Gallaghers have been estranged ever since and Liam even threatened to sue his former bandmate for remarks he made about the frontman.
Both brothers have found success away from Oasis - Liam with Beady Eye and Noel has become an acclaimed solo artist - but their brother Paul insists fans haven't heard or seen the last of the Some Might Say hitmakers.
In a new interview as part of an Irish TV documentary, he says, "I think they've got unfinished business. I think Noel regrets walking out the way he did. Liam was always going to carry on and do his own thing. I've got a funny feeling something might happen in the future, in two years' time, maybe three.
"All it takes is two guys to say, 'You know what, I'm sorry, but I love you.' That's all it takes, it's not hard. It's easy."
Both Liam and Noel have shot down reports suggesting they are secretly planning Oasis concerts next year (14) to mark the 20th anniversary of the release of the band's first album Definitely Maybe.