An upcoming Sean Kingston concert at a university in Canada has been axed after the R&B star settled a lawsuit over allegations of rape. The Beautiful Girls hitmaker and two members of his entourage were slapped with legal action from an unidentified female, who claimed the men attacked her at a party at the singer's hotel suite in Seattle, Washington in 2010.
Kingston previously admitting to having sex with the woman, but insisted it was consensual, and he was cleared of any wrongdoing following a police investigation at the time of the alleged incident three years ago, when cops ruled the victim was not a credible witness and declared there was doubt over her version of events.
Despite protesting his innocence, the star recently agreed to hand the plaintiff a financial settlement to avoid a court showdown in November (13), but the controversy has prompted officials at the University of Western Ontario to pull the plug on his show during the school's Orientation Week next Saturday (07Sep13).
A representative claims "having Mr. Kingston perform could cloud the values surrounding O-Week", adding that college bosses have "zero tolerance for sexual assault".
R&B star Sean Kingston has avoided a court showdown with a woman who accused him of raping her in a hotel room. The Beautiful Girls hitmaker, his bodyguard and another member of his team were hit with a lawsuit from the alleged victim, who claimed the men attacked her at a party in Kingston's suite at a hotel in Seattle, Washington, in July 2010.
The case was due to reach a court in November (13) but the 23-year-old singer has managed to swerve a civil trial after both sides agreed to settle.
According to TMZ.com, Kingston paid her "only a fraction" of the $5 million (£3.3 million) she was demanding in her lawsuit, but terms of the settlement have not been disclosed.
A source tells the website, "Her story wasn't consistent. She told various stories throughout her interviews with police... The medical report had no indications of force."
Kingston was previously cleared of any wrongdoing after cops ruled the woman was not a credible witness and there was doubt over her version of events.
Singer Sean Kingston is facing a $5 million (£3.3 million) lawsuit from a woman who alleges he raped her in a hotel room. Kingston was cleared of any wrongdoing following a complaint from the woman in 2010 after cops who investigated ruled she was not a credible witness and there was doubt over her version of events.
But the 22 year old has now launched legal proceedings against the star, a bodyguard, and another member of his team, alleging they were all involved in the incident, according to TMZ.com.
The woman and a female friend told cops in July, 2010 they were attacked by the Beautiful Girls hitmaker after going to a party in his suite at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Seattle, Washington.
Editors at TMZ.com report the woman alleges in the lawsuit that her life has been ruined by the incident, claiming she struggles to sleep and suffers panic attacks and mood swings.
Kingston denies her allegations. The case is due to reach a court in November (13).
Sean Kingston has set the record straight after he was caught on camera boasting about drinking alcohol as he was about the drive. The R&B star was spotted leaving a club in Los Angeles on Tuesday night (27Aug13), when he was interviewed by editors at TMZ.com about the new 2 Chainz track.
When asked what his favourite lyric on the record is, he replied, "I don't know - too many drinks."
The star then got into the driver's seat of his Lamborghini and pulled away.
He has now taken to Twitter.com to insist he was only joking when he made the comment, writing, "For the record TMZ I'm not 1 of these artist who u may think is living youngwild (sic) and free in Hollywood, I care about my reputation and brand.
"It was obviously a joke everyone that know me (sic) or been around knows that I don't even drink in clubs. So can we stop with this."
Jennifer Lopez and Justin Bieber were among the stars celebrating a big moment in basketball on Thursday night (20Jun13) as Miami Heat beat San Antonio Spurs in a crucial end-of-season game. The Heat won the crunch match 95-88 in a nail-biting final to retain the National Basketball Association (NBA) title for a second year, and a number of famous faces were among the crowd to see the game, including rocker Lenny Kravitz, who tweeted pictures from the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida.
Justin Bieber was spotted in the crowd, and he posted on Twitter.com, "Great game", while actress Gabrielle Union was there to cheer on her Miami Heat star boyfriend Dwyane Wade. She later posted pictures online showing her toasting the victory with a glass of Champagne.
Jennifer Lopez was also following the game and she was delighted with the result, writing on Twitter, "Congrats (sic) to the Miami Heat!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great game!" while stars including LeAnn Rimes, Eliza Dushku, Spike Lee, Sean Kingston and John Legend sent messages of congratulation.
Glee star Matthew Morrison was in London at the time of the big match, but he woke up in the early hours to watch the action on TV: "Wow! Up at 5AM in London watching game 7 Loving it!"
"He is one of the most intelligent, humblest, great guys out there in this industry... There are a lot of fake people, there's a lot of shady people, but to be honest with you, Chris Brown is a great person." Singer Sean Kingston heaps praise on pal Chris Brown, insisting the embattled star is nothing like his bad reputation suggests.
R&B singer Ne-Yo, rapper Nas, pop star Cody Simpson and actor Jamie Foxx were among the celebrities who helped to celebrate the arrival of new online music game Gig-It on Tuesday (30Apr13) by attending its big launch party in New York. A host of hip-hop heavyweights, including Rick Ross, Flo Rida, T-Pain, Sean Kingston and Talib Kweli, descended upon Manhattan's Capitale venue to support the Facebook.com game, which allows players to create 3D concerts featuring virtual versions of their favourite artists, and guests were treated to performances by soul newcomer Elle Varner, singers Miguel and Allison Park, and rappers Fabolous, 2 Chainz and Nas.
Explaining his involvement in the game, 2 Chainz says, "GIG-IT's Facebook launch is the perfect blend of social interaction and connecting with fans in a completely new way beyond just listening to our music."
And Gig-It CEO John Acunto insists his creation goes beyond just gaming because it encourages music discovery through a completely different path: "We're the first artist-supported music game, but it's more than a game. Everything that an artist is is represented in this game. We worked hard to create a product that artists could get behind."
"I took inspiration from some teachers at my kids' school. You see what (teachers) wear. It has to be fairly practical, it has to be fairly warm in a cold school, it has to be comfortable. (But) my kids don't see my movies." Actress Julianne Moore visited her own children's classrooms to pick up tips for her role in The English Teacher.
"Of course you realize," a great man (well, anthropomorphic cross-dressing rabbit) once said, "this means war."
Whether you deem warfare a contemptible crime puppeteered by ivory tower politicians or a necessary evil through which the common patriot can uphold the bounties of his beliefs, it has proven — at least so far — to be inevitable. Fury can break out between any two parties, be they countries with conflicting ideologies or survivalist tribes vying for the meatiest beefalo hide. Or, most frequently, between professional music artists who just don't really seem to like each other.
The latest industrial blitzkrieg to overwhelm the headlines faces Justin Bieber against The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney. Following Carney's reported suggestion that Bieber doesn't need or deserve a Grammy Award — the musician told TMZ, "Grammys are for like, music, not for money ... and he's making a lot of money. He should be happy." — the "Believe" singer took to Twitter with a retaliatory message: "the black keys drummer should be slapped around haha"
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Now, you might be inclined to shrug off this sort of exchange, thinking it no more than a round of inconsequential venting. But while rational human beings might be able to step away from a contentious back-and-forth, dedicated to nipping the issue in the bud then and there, we're dealing with musicians here.
And so we say... Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.
As one last peaceful moon rises over the music industry, we sigh with calm and contemplate this flickering inferno. If you think the madness will stay contained to Bieber and Carney, you carry with you the sort of naïveté most of us pray nightly to procure. No, sir — war is a team sport.
Obviously, Carney has his bandmate on his side: Black Keys guitarist Dan Auerbach. But what might not be so readily obvious is the remainder of troupes who'll line up to support the "Lonely Boy" duo. The Keys (do people call them that? am I out of touch?) have collaborated with the likes of a handful of respected artists with passionate followings:
Team Keys: Mos Def — I'm sorry, he goes by Yasiin Bey now, RZA, Jim Jones, Pharoahe Monch, Q-Tip, director Harmony Korine
What the underdog squad has in its corner is moxy. Heart. Raw talent. Lasting reverence. And as far as any sports movie made between the years of 1983 and 1999 is concerned, that's all you need to take the gold.
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But in this unfortunately real-life circumstance, can the BKs (how about that? is that better?) compete with the superpower status of Bieber's militia?
Team Bieber: Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Usher, Sean Kingston, Carly Rae Jepson, Boyz II Men
Here's where the might comes in. Bieber has a practical Justice League of music superstars at his disposal. While the bunch may not enjoy the same critical favor that the Blackeys (nope, worst one yet) do, their record sales speak for themselves. And if not, they have tons of hired reps on hand to speak for them. "No comment."
Officiating: Ludacris, as he's collaborated with both parties.
And now, we wait. We wait with brows sweating and mouths drying as an apocalyptic cataclysm readies to engulf the headlines in whole. Who will come out the victor? Who will be lost to the ravenous flames of buzzworthy animosity? And when — pray tell, when — will the atrocities end?
Why can't we all just be more like Adele?
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