Hip-hop superproducer Pharrell Williams has asked a New York judge for permission to continue doing business under his creative firm's I Am Other name following a trademark dispute with rapper will.i.am. The Black Eyed Peas frontman's lawyer fired off a cease and desist notice to Williams last week (ends28Jun13), demanding he stop using the name for his YouTube.com channel because it is too "confusingly similar" to will.i.am's copyrighted "I AM" phrase.
However, Williams is refusing to back down and has taken preventative action in a federal court, arguing that they are using the words "I am" in different ways, reports TMZ.com.
The Get Lucky hitmaker claims will.i.am is playing off his own name in a way similar to that of children's writer Dr. Seuss, aka Theodor Seuss Geisel, while he adds: "In contrast, the I Am Other mark means 'I am something else,' leaving what that 'else' is to the imagination of the consumer. It certainly does not mean 'I am Will.'"
Monday's (01Jul13) filing emerges days after Williams expressed his disappointment at will.i.am for threatening to sue, saying, "I am disappointed that Will, a fellow artist, would file a case against me. I am someone who likes to talk things out and, in fact, I attempted to do just that on many occasions. I am surprised in how this is being handled and I am confident that Will's trademark claims will ultimately be found to be as meritless and ridiculous as I do (sic)."
will.i.am has yet to comment on Williams' lawsuit.
Beyonce's father Mathew Knowles is taking legal action against a British newspaper over an article he alleges is "personally damaging" and full of "repeated falsehoods". The pop superstar's dad gave an interview to a journalist for The Sun and supposedly opened up about the difficulties he faced stepping down as his daughter's manager in 2011.
The article also suggested Knowles had yet to meet his granddaughter Blue Ivy, but just days after it was published in March (13), Knowles threatened to sue tabloid editors if they did not print a retraction. He claimed they made "fictitious statements" and "blatant lies" about his relationship with the Crazy in Love hitmaker.
Knowles has now filed legal papers against the newspaper, demanding unspecified damages over allegations of defamation and breach of contract.
In a statement to E! News, he writes, "My daughters and my family mean the world to me. The barrage of repeated falsehoods spawned by the British Sun's defamatory article has been exhausting and personally damaging to me.
"No matter how many papers it sells or web hits it generates, The Sun, like any newspaper, needs to maintain a basic level of journalistic integrity. The Sun crossed the line when it went after my family. The Sun needs to be held responsible for its lies in a court of law. This happens too often to too many people, and it is simply unfair."
The members of former ska band Save Ferris are suing singer Monique Powell over allegations she falsely promoted a reunion gig without their permission. Powell made an announcement in April (13) suggesting the group would be reforming for the first time in 10 years at the OC Fair in California on 27 July (13).
However, her former bandmates, Brian Mashburn, Eric Zamora, Bill Uechi, Brian Williams and Evan Kilbourne, insist they never approved the show and had no intention of performing with her. They have now filed suit in a bid to legally ban her from using the Save Ferris name to land gigs.
The bandmates are seeking damages for falsely promoting the show. Powell joined the band in 1995 after original singer Adrienne Knolff quit. Save Ferris released two albums before splitting in 2003.
The sick fan who threatened to shoot his little sister if rapper J. Cole ignored his Twitter.com message has issued an apology to the star after police launched an investigation into the online prank. The Work Out hitmaker was left stunned on Monday night (17Jun13) when he saw the photo of the man holding a BB gun to his sibling's head alongside the note, "@JColeNC retweet me and I'll buy (his new album) Born Sinner. Don't retweet me and I'll kill my lil (sic) sister."
Cole promptly obeyed and expressed his shock over the bold move with his fans, writing, "Wildest s**t I ever seen on twitter (sic)."
The offending tweet, posted from an account reportedly registered in Saudi Arabia, has since been deleted from the hip-hop star's page, but it had already been picked up by gossip bloggers and U.S. authorities have since discovered the message came from a 19 year old in Texas.
Local officials at the New Braunfels Police Department are currently investigating the incident and a representative tells TMZ.com, "(The suspect) is cooperating and it seems this was just a bad lapse in judgment. For now this is still an open investigation, and for the time being no charges are being filed."
The man, who has not been identified, has also spoken out to express his regret over his silly behaviour: "I'd like to apologize to America for the photo and to put J. Cole in that position. It was all a joke."
"It was an unloaded BB gun and my sister was in on it. I only tweeted it because I didn't expect a response. Mr. Cole please don't sue me. I want to formally apologise more to J. Cole... My mum made me delete my twitter (sic) until I fixed it."
Reggae icon Frederick 'toots' Hibbert is suing a fan who allegedly hurled a bottle at him during a concert in Virginia last month (May13). The Toots and the Maytals frontman has filed a $21 million (£13.5 million) civil action suit against William Connor Lewis, who the singer claims threw a vodka bottle at him during the Dominion Riverrock festival in Richmond.
Hibbert called off the remainder of his U.S. acoustic concert tour after the incident, and claims he has suffered "continuing medical issues" ever since.
In a statement, Hibbert's lawyer Michael R. Shapiro argues Lewis is "unquestionably" responsible for his client's injuries, insisting, "This tragic incident that caused serious injury to Toots is the subject of an going investigation in terms of responsibility. Toots and his management team share with me the view that we should only sue those who we know to have responsibility for this vicious attack. At this moment in time, the bottle thrower, Mr Lewis unquestionably falls in that category and thus the $21 million (£13.5 million) civil action against him. As we investigate the matter fuller and that investigation indicates other responsible parties, I can assure you that we will respond in an appropriate manner."
Lewis is facing a charge of felony assault, and a grand jury indictment has been scheduled for 1 July (13).
Meanwhile, Hibbert has thanked fans for their concern and messages of support.
The remaining members of hip-hop group The Pharcyde are taking legal action against their two former bandmates amid allegations they are illegally touring under the group name. Rapper Fatlip, real name Derrick Stewart, left the Runnin' hitmakers after the release of their second album in 1995, while Slimkid3, aka Tre Hardson, walked away from the band to go solo in 2000, leaving Romye 'Bootie Brown' Robinson and Imani Wilcox to continue under the group moniker.
Fatlip and Slimkid3 subsequently reunited and staged a series of performances together, and all four original members joined forces in 2008 to hit the stage at the Rock the Bells Festival Series across the U.S.
Fatlip and Slimkid3 have since announced plans to tour Europe as The Pharcyde to celebrate the band's 1992 debut album, Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde, with backing from bosses at their original label, Delicious Vinyl Records - but Robinson and Wilcox have taken issue with the billing for the live gigs and have filed suit in a federal court in Los Angeles.
The veteran stars are citing the terms of a recording contract, signed in 1992 and amended in 1997, in which they were granted sole rights to the band's "names, likenesses and other identifying material".
The plaintiffs claim a number of cease and desist letters have been ignored by Fatlip and Slimkid3, leaving them no choice but to sue for breach of contract, trademark infringement and unfair competition. Delicious Vinyl Records executives have also been named as defendants in the court papers.
Cyndi Lauper's new Broadway musical Kinky Boots has scooped seven prizes at the 2013 BroadwayWorld.com Awards, which are voted for by the public. The pop star's stage show dominated the online event, landing Lauper a Best Score honour and castmates Billy Porter and Annaleigh Ashforf Best Leading Actor and Actress in a Musical awards.
The play, which is up for 13 Tony Awards at Sunday's (09Jun13) prestigious ceremony, also earned top accolades for Best Choreography, Best Costume Design, Best Orchestrations and Best Sound Design of a Musical.
Matilda was another big winner, scoring five awards, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Direction of a Musical for Matthew Warchus.
Scottish actor Alan Cumming also had reason to celebrate - his one-man take on Shakespeare classic Macbeth was named Best Revival of a Play, while he was honoured for Best Leading Actor in a Play and John Tiffany and Andrew Goldberg landed Best Direction of a Play.
Thanking fans for their support, he took to Twitter.com to write, "Thanks so much to everyone who voted for me and @MacbethBroadway in the @broadwayworld awards! The people have spoken!"
Meanwhile, Bette Midler was voted Best Leading Actress in a Play for I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers, and Pippin's Terrence Man and Patina Miller were awarded the Best Featured Actor/Actress in a Musical titles, respectively.
Jane Fonda has taken issue with a line in Bette Midler's hit Broadway play I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers because it continues the myth she was offered the lead in cult 1974 movie Chinatown. As late super agent Mengers, Midler suggests Fonda turned the role down, but the movie veteran insists Roman Polanski never officially offered her it before opting to cast Faye Dunaway.
In an online chat with GoldDerby.com editor Tom O'Neill on Friday (31May13), the actress said, "In Bette Midler's play... it says that I turned down Chinatown... I'm mad about it with Roman Polanski but he never really offered me the part."
During the chat, Fonda also exploded the myth that she turned down the role of Elaine Robinson in The Graduate.
Bette Midler's stage turn as Hollywood talent agent Sue Mengers is officially a Broadway hit - I'll Eat You Last has recouped its $2.4 million (£1.55 million) investment in less than two months. The one-woman play, written by Skyfall screenwriter John Logan, began previews on 5 April (13) and opened to rave reviews following its launch on 24 April (13), with the veteran actress earning high praise for her "delicious" and "devine" performance - her first on Broadway in more than 30 years.
The show has also proved popular with fans, who have been flocking to the Booth Theatre in their droves, helping producers turn a profit.
I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers will continue its run to 30 June (13).
Midler isn't the only big star drawing the crowds on Broadway - Tom Hanks' performance in Nora Ephron play Lucky Guy also moved into profit earlier this month (May13) after recouping its $3.6 million (£2.25 million) investment.
The music fan injured by a leaping Miguel at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards is reviewing her legal options, according to a new report. The singer was belting out his track Adorn at the MGM Grand Garden Arena prizegiving in Las Vegas on 19 May (13) when he attempted to jump across a group of audience members dancing in front of the stage.
But he misjudged his leap and appeared to kick Khyati Shah in the head.
The R&B star attempted to make amends with the woman by inviting her backstage after the show to apologise in person, but, despite her smiles for the cameras, Shah looks set to sue after allegedly experiencing health problems following the incident.
Her attorney Vip Bhola tells Eonline.com that Shah has been having "difficulties" ever since the accident, adding, "We will determine that (whether they will file a lawsuit) after we have feedback from medical providers."
Miguel has yet to comment on the potential lawsuit, but told Billboard.com after the prizegiving that he and Shah became friends backstage, adding, "We just met. Unfortunately we did not meet under the best circumstances, but I think we're OK... (I) got caught up in the moment. Thank goodness Khyati is OK."