Rapper Iggy Azalea has been granted a preliminary injunction to block her ex-boyfriend from selling her early recordings. The Fancy hitmaker sued producer Maurice Williams, aka rapper Hefe Wine, in September (14), accusing him of copying files and footage from her computer when they were dating.
In the lawsuit, Azalea alleges that Williams acquired unreleased master recordings and was planning to include the tracks on an EP, after claiming to have "secured the rights".
According to the lawsuit, the project constituted a violation of her copyright, trademark, name and likeness, and on Monday (12Jan15), Azalea inched closer to victory over Williams, when a federal judge in Los Angeles agreed to issue a preliminary injunction to prevent the early tracks from being released by music company bosses working with Williams, who is also prohibited from using Azalea's name to promote the songs.
Australian rapper Iggy Azalea appeared in court in Los Angeles on Tuesday (06Jan15) to kick off a legal fight over claims she is legally married to her ex-boyfriend.
The Fancy star came face-to-face with her former lover Maurice Williams in Federal Court in L.A. as part of a legal battle between the pair. Azalea has taken legal action against Williams in a bid to prevent him from distributing recordings from the early days of her career, and she is also fighting the divorce petition he filed last year (14).
He alleges they are in fact wed because they previously lived together in Texas, where local laws state a couple can be considered husband and wife if they reside together for a long period of time and agree to present themselves as married.
Azalea was photographed arriving at court looking sombre in a black pant suit as her attorney began legal proceedings, arguing the star should be granted an injunction banning Williams from releasing her demos.
Williams' lawyer Joseph Porter tells E! News, "They were in a husband and wife situation... I'd like to think I am going to win." The case continues on Wednesday (07Jan15).
A man alleging he is Iggy Azalea's common-law husband has threatened to reveal the rapper gave him a sexually transmitted disease if she doesn't agree to settle his divorce suit out of court, according to the Fancy hitmaker herself. Azalea updated fans on her legal battle with former boyfriend Jefe Wine via Twitter.com on Friday (17Oct14), insisting she's keen to take her ex's claims to court.
The chart-topper reveals her lawyer has agreed to "be served 'divorce' papers," but her Texas-based ex's legal team wants to serve her in person "probably so it can be another TMZ story".
Iggy adds, "I also was told yesterday via his lawyer if i do not settle out of court they will go to the press and say i gave him (Wine) an STD, whats next?
"Unfortunately to file common law 'divorce' all you need is three of your friends to sign a statement swearing the persons story is true. Actually proving it in court is another story im just waiting to get infront of a judge so it can be disproven & obtain a restraining order.
"The thing that i find awfully sad about this whole story is that the mother of this mans 3 year old child is in court right now... saying he stalked, headbutted and tried to strangle her in january after their 7 year relationship ended. Why is her truth being overlooked in favor of sensationalism? It makes me so sad & my heart goes out to Annette Buitrago."
She adds, "Ive avoided texas entirely for the last 5 years. when i do go now i have a police escort & two armed bodyguards, evidently for good reason."
Azalea concluded her Twitter rant by stating, "i have such a great collection of witnesses now and I'm really excited to get my day in court and see justice prevail."
Rapper and producer Jefe Wine, real name Maurice Williams, has asked a judge to recognise his five-year relationship with Azalea as a 'marriage' in a bid to stop her from selling off assets they accumulated as a couple.
She previously told TMZ.com, "That's like somebody I dated for about six months when I was 17, I haven't heard from this person in years."
The rapper filed a lawsuit against him last month (Sep14) in a bid to stop Williams from profiting from early songs he allegedly swiped from her computer.
Rapper Iggy Azalea has broken her silence to deny claims she is married to her ex-boyfriend. The Fancy hitmaker was named as the common law wife of Maurice Williams, aka rapper Jefe Wine, in divorce papers he filed. He has asked a judge to recognise his five-year relationship with Azalea as a 'marriage' in a bid to stop her from selling off assets they accumulated as a couple.
Azalea has now taken to Twitter.com to clarify the marriage claims, writing, "I think we already all know, but just to clarify. I'm not married. Feel free to check the public marriage records... Gotta laugh tho (though), now do you see the kinda craziness I deal with (sic)?!"
She also spoke to TMZ.com, adding, "That's like somebody I dated for about six months when I was 17, I haven't heard from this person in years," and when asked if it was a money grab, she replied, "Yeah, I think it's pretty obvious that's what it is."
Azalea's spokesperson previously denied Williams' claims and called him a "thief, felon and fugitive" for using the media to attack the star in retaliation for a lawsuit she filed against him last month (Sep14). Azalea filed legal papers to stop Williams from making money from early songs he allegedly swiped from her computer.
A representative for Iggy Azalea has blasted the rapper's ex-boyfriend as a "thief, felon, and fugitive" for continuing to "attack" the star after he filed bizarre divorce papers naming her as his common law wife.
Maurice Williams, aka rapper Jefe Wine, has asked a judge to recognize his relationship with Azalea as a 'marriage' after they lived together in Texas for five years, in a bid to prevent the Fancy hitmaker from selling off items accumulated during their time as a couple. Local laws state a couple can be considered married if they reside together for a long period of time and agree to present themselves as husband and wife.
Azalea's spokesperson insists the hip-hop star, who was 17 when she first met Williams, never agreed to be his 'wife', accusing him of acting out of desperation after the Australian rapper sued him last month (Sep14) to stop her ex from profiting from early songs he allegedly stole from her personal computer. The statement issued to UsMagazine.com reads: "It's disappointing that this thief, felon, and fugitive is continuing to use the media to attack Iggy as part of his desperate and despicable attempt to keep himself in the press. "Iggy's federal court complaint froze Mr. Williams' ability to trade on her fame by profiting from music he stole from her, so he has resorted to elevating his predatory relationship with a 17-year-old girl into a sham 'marriage' claim unsupported by any certificate or evidence."
Australian rapper Iggy Azalea has become embroiled in a bizarre legal fight after her ex-boyfriend filed divorce papers naming her as his common law wife.
According to TMZ.com, Maurice Williams has filed paperwork to end his 'marriage' to the Fancy star.
Editors of the website report Williams claims he began living with the star in Texas in late 2008, and local laws state a couple can be considered married if they reside together for a long period of time and agree to present themselves as husband and wife.
Williams states they have been living apart since last year (13), but he is asking a judge to recognise the marriage and prevent Azalea from selling assets they accumulated during their time together.
A representative for Azalea tells the site the hip-hop star never agreed to be married to Williams. The former couple is currently embroiled in a legal battle over recordings made during their time together. Azalea has sued over allegations he downloaded the contents of her personal computer including master recordings which he planned to release as an EP, while he also claimed to be the subject of a purported sex tape featuring the star.
Australian rapper Iggy Azalea paid tribute to her loyal fans at a gig in London on Wednesday (17Sep14) and thanked them for supporting her following "an awful, terrible week".
The Fancy hitmaker took to the stage at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire amid a raging scandal over reports porn bosses have obtained a sex tape featuring her and an ex-boyfriend. Azalea, who denied the existence of the tape, has now spoken out to thank her fans for standing by her, telling the crowd in the U.K. capital, "I've had a hell of a week," and later adding, "London, seeing all your beautiful faces, it's an amazing end to an awful, terrible week."
During the show, Azalea was joined on stage by pop star Rita Ora for a surprise performance of their hit collaboration Black Widow.
The hip-hop star is currently embroiled in a legal battle with her former lover Maurice Williams, aka rapper Jefe Wine, amid the sex tape scandal. She is suing him for allegedly copying files and footage from her computer while they were dating.
Rapper Iggy Azalea is suing an ex-boyfriend for allegedly copying files and footage from her computer when they were dating. The Australian hitmaker claims she met Maurice Williams, aka rapper Jefe Wine, in 2008 when she was just 17, and he helped her find accommodation.
In her new lawsuit, Azalea reveals her older lover followed her to Atlanta, Georgia and moved in with her in 2009.
She alleges he "downloaded the entire contents" of her personal computer, including unreleased master recordings, which he announced plans to put out as part of an EP in July (14), claiming to have "secured the rights".
According to the lawsuit, the project constitutes a violation of her copyright, trademark, name and likeness.
She alerted her lawyers to the availability of one song, titled Inizio, online and they sent a series of cease-and-desist letters to the officials behind sites like iTunes and Spotify, who were offering the track to fans.
Williams hit headlines recently by claiming he was the subject of a purported sex tape featuring Azalea, adding he had an agreement that gave him exclusive rights to "manufacture, sell, distribute and advertise any recording embodying visual images" of his ex.
The Fancy star's new complaint, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, claims the agreement Williams has is a forgery.
The lawsuit reads: "The Forged Agreement contains tell-tale signs that it is not genuine. For example, it includes mismatched fonts on the signature page, paragraph numbers out of sequence... and provides, as an address for legal notices, the contact information of an attorney who had no prior knowledge of the Forged Agreement."
There is no direct mention in the lawsuit of the sex tape, which has reportedly been offered to Steve Hirsch, the boss of porn company Vivid Entertainment.
Williams insists he didn't offer up the sex tape but reveals his own computer was stolen recently and the footage was on that.
Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams were among the stars who helped raise $2.4 Million (£1.5 million) at the Museum of Contemporary Art's 35th anniversary gala in Los Angeles. The glamorous event at the L.A. gallery on Saturday (29Mar14) attracted the cream of the art and entertainment world, with guests paying from $2,500 to $100,000 (£1,562 - £62,000) for tickets.
Stars including Perry and Williams attended, along with Glee's Dianna Agron, Owen Wilson, Ellen Pompeo, Jane Fonda, Ryan Seacrest and Chloe Sevigny, who all enjoyed a lavish dinner at the bash, organised by luxury fashion brand Louis Vuitton.
The evening also featured a special performance by superstar singer Diana Ross.
Ticket sales and donations pulled in $1.2 million, which was matched by art collector Maurice Marciano.
After walking the red carpet sporting a glow-in-the-dark purse, Perry revealed she had set aside the whole day to learn more about art, saying, "Today we did an art crawl. We went to see some private collations and went to galleries. I got to meet with a whole punch of contemporary artists. I have a list."
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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