Pop superstar Lady Gaga broke immigration laws in Russia by performing for money while in the country on a tourist visa, according to a leading politician. The American singer performed in Saint Petersburg last year (12) as part of her world tour, and she was later accused of illegally promoting gay rights while on stage.
A senior local politician previously demanded a probe into alleged immigration breaches by another U.S. superstar, Madonna, and now he is asking Russian authorities to also look into Gaga's paperwork.
Vitaly Milonov, a member of the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg and a key supporter of the city's gay propaganda ban, has filed a request with the Prosecutor General's office to investigate suspicions the two pop stars had only been issued standard visas which did not allow them to earn money while in the country.
A spokesman for the Prosecutor General's office has appeared to confirm the immigration breach, saying, "The visas issued were of the basic cultural exchange sort, which does not grant their bearers the right to engage in any commercial activity."
The cases could now be forwarded to the Foreign Ministry and the Federal Migration Service for further investigation.
Hollywood actor Mel Gibson is working closely with government officials in Fiji to help boost the island nation's beef trade. The Lethal Weapon star purchased a private island in the archipelago in 2005 and now runs a cattle farm there, and he has been in talks with officials from the Fisheries, Forests and Agriculture Department about using his beef to supply the hotel industry.
Gibson met with Fiji's Agriculture Minister Inia Seruiratu in the capital city of Suva in June (13), and invited government officials to make a trip to his island to inspect his facilities, according to the Sydney Daily Telegraph.
Seruiratu says, "The ministry appreciates the fact that private sector players like him (Gibson) are involved and can be drivers in the industry."
Gibson has also been looking into the possibility of expanding his projects on the island.
Seruiratu adds, "He does visit the offices of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forests whenever he comes into Fiji for discussions on the activities and projects undertaken at his farm on Mago Island. The Fisheries, Forests and Agriculture Department is involved in their respective areas, assisting in the coconut replanting program, sheep and goats and pig controls."
Like any native New Yorker, Leah Remini is speaking out...but not about where to find the best bagel or slice. Instead, this Brooklynite is voicing her opinion on her recent departure from Scientology.
"We stand united, my family and I, and I think that says a lot about who we are, and what we're about," the star of The Family Tools told People. "I believe that people should be able to question things. I believe that people should value family, and value friendships, and hold those things sacrosanct. That for me, that's what I'm about. It wouldn't matter what it was, simply because no one is going to tell me how I need to think, no one is going to tell me who I can, and cannot, talk to."
According to The New York Post, Remini left the church after an episode following Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' wedding, when she was interrogated for asking about the whereabouts of the Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige's wife, Shelly, who has not been seen in public since August 2007. The former star of Saved By The Bell was also very unhappy with the religion's treatment of its members of Sea Org (the church's highest ministry) and the push for followers to "disconnect" from certain family members. "We stand united, my family and I, and I think that says a lot about who we are, and what we're about," the 43-year-old actress says.
Remini, who was a devout supporter of the controversial religion for more than 30 years, adds, "It doesn't matter, it could be anything. I thought about the family being broken up for some other cause, and I'm not about to shut up." The former King of Queens star has gained support from Jenna Miscavige Hill, the niece of David Miscavige, who says, "From what I understand, she was just fed up with the way she was being treated when she was following church policy." The niece of one of Scientology's most prominent leaders left the church in 2005 and recently penned a fiery memoir, Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape.
The former cohost of The Talk is not the first celeb to decide scientology isn't her thing... and, to be frank, she probably won't be the last.
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U2 frontman Bono is to be feted with France's highest honour in recognition of his lengthy career. The With or Without You hitmaker will be made a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) in a ceremony due to be held in Paris, France on Tuesday (16Jul13), according to a spokesperson from the Ministry of Culture and Communication.
The Irish singer follows in the footsteps of screen stars including Clint Eastwood, Sir Sean Connery and Sir Michael Caine, and singer David Bowie, who have all received the same accolade.
Bono was previously presented with France's Legion d'Honneur in 2003 by then-president Jacques Chirac.
South Korean pop star Rain has been released from soldier duties in his homeland after 21 months of compulsory military service. The singer, real name Jung Ji-Hoon, took a career break in October, 2011 to serve his mandatory two-year stint in the armed forces, during which he also appeared in TV and radio advertisements to boost morale among soldiers.
The singer has now been released from duty and he was greeted by hundreds of fans as he left the Defence Ministry building in Seoul on Wednesday (10Jul13).
The Yonhap news agency quotes Rain as saying, "Thank you all for coming to welcome me. I'll do my best. I love you all."
Rain's time in service was mired in controversy when he was accused of breaking military rules in January (13) following the publication of photos which appeared to show him meeting his rumoured girlfriend while on active duty.
"It's a book called Mind F**k, which is about the power of persuasion and how a person goes around to dive bars and talks downtrodden people into killing themselves, by the power of persuasion. But they can't convict him, because he hasn't committed a crime." Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen is writing his debut novel.
Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen played a practical joke on Limp Bizkit star Fred Durst during a studio session by ordering him to strip off and sing wearing nothing but a cowboy hat. Jourgensen has lifted the lid on his work with Durst in his new memoirs, Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen, revealing he tricked the star into shedding his clothes in a bid to emulate the Ministry singer's sound.
In an excerpt obtained by Rollingstone.com, Jourgensen explains, "The Limp-d**kster (sic) motherf**ker, whatever his name is. I got him naked and in a cowboy hat (in a recording studio)! I'm showing him, 'Look, you want my sound? This is my sound. This is what I use.' And he wouldn't believe it because just by hitting the magic button on the harmoniser that it wouldn't make him sound exactly like me. He was that naïve. I'm like, 'Well, try the cowboy hat.' So I gave him my cowboy hat... and it still sounded like s**t. So I go, 'Why don't you try and get naked? That's how I sing.' I was just bulls**tting him. So he goes out and does that, and is thoroughly embarrassed, again. And then he just left. I got paid to just humiliate him for three songs. It was awesome."
Stars behind the Israeli version of popular TV show Sesame Street are protesting the closure of the Palestinian national theatre in Jerusalem, where a local children's festival was scheduled to take place. Last week (begs24Jun13), officials at Israel's Ministry of Public Security announced the temporary closure of the Hakawati Theater over allegations owners illegally received funding from the Palestinian National Authority government in the West Bank, which is strictly prohibited as the countries continue to battle for control of the area.
A children's event featuring puppet shows and plays set to take place at the venue has since been axed, and now Ariel Doron, who voices the Middle Eastern version of Elmo, has called on local officials to allow the festival to go ahead as it does not pose a threat to national security.
On Monday (01Jul13), he told the Associated Press, "I think every boy and girl deserves to see puppet theatre. There is no sense to this."
The festival is the latest victim of the ongoing unrest - a number of top stars have refused to perform in the area because of the Israel/Palestine conflict, including Roger Waters and Stevie Wonder.
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan is under investigation by Indian officials amid reports the father-to-be has broken the law by discovering the sex of his unborn child. The actor and his wife, Gauri, are reportedly expecting their third child via a surrogate, and recent rumours suggested the couple was set to welcome a baby boy to the family - a brother for their 15-year-old son Aryan and 13-year-old daughter Suhana.
The Khans, who live in Mumbai, have yet to confirm claims they are to become parents again, but a formal complaint has been filed against the star and his wife by a member of the Indian Radiological and Imaging Association (IRIA).
Tests to determine the sex of a child during pregnancy are banned to prevent the abortion of female fetuses in favour of male heirs.
Dr. Jignesh Thakkar tells the AFP, "We want to know the truth, and if it is true how (the gender) came out and who told it (sic). Whoever is responsible must be punished."
A representative for the state's health ministry has since ordered city officials to look into the matter, but Khan, 47, was not home on Monday (17Jun13) when authorities tried to question him about the allegations, according to the Press Trust of India.