Janet Jackson caused a stir in a Los Angeles court on Tuesday (28May13) when she joined her mother Katherine and sister Rebbie as the family's ongoing wrongful death trial began its fifth week. AEG Live attorneys protested to Judge Yvette Palazuelos, reminding her she had previously ruled that Katherine could only be joined by one family member, as many of the Jacksons are on the witness list. Palazuelos offered to revisit the issue later in the day.
Meanwhile, taking the stand on Tuesday, an executive at AEG Live has confessed he knew of Jackson's issues with painkillers when the King of Pop signed on for his ill-fated London comeback concerts.
Paul Gongaware testified that although he knew of the pop superstar's dependence on medication, he had no idea he was abusing prescription drugs until the Thriller hitmaker cancelled his Dangerous world tour in the early 1990s to enter rehab.
Gongaware, who was the manager of the Dangerous tour, revealed he knew a doctor was medicating Jackson at the time.
Katherine Jackson and her late son's three children have accused the concert promotion company of negligently hiring and controlling Dr. Conrad Murray, the medic who was jailed in 2011 for involuntary manslaughter after he was found guilty of administering a fatal dose of the surgical anaesthetic Propofol, which claimed the life of Michael Jackson in 2009.
The Jacksons also claim AEG Live bosses ignored the King of Pop's ongoing medical problems as his This Is It concert run loomed.
The case continues.
Actress Mayim Bialik is officially a single woman after her divorce was finalised in Los Angeles. The Big Bang Theory star filed papers to end her nine-year marriage to Michael Stone in November (12), citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split, and now a U.S. judge has formally dissolved the couple's union.
The former lovers married in 2003 and are parents to two sons, Miles, seven, and Fred, four.
According to TMZ.com, Bialik was granted ownership of the family's home in Studio City, California, while Stone was awarded their three-bedroom property in nearby Sherman Oaks.
Did you guys hear the latest about Amanda Bynes? Late Thursday night, Bynes was arrested for pot, so she threw a bong out of her 36th story window — but the fun doesn’t stop there! We at Hollywood.com have the newest updates on Bynes’ court appearance Friday morning, and a rare look at the girl beneath the wig.
As you can see above, we’ve nabbed Bynes’ official mug shot from this most recent arrest. This time, she opted to forgo the Easter egg purple hairdo. Instead, the All That actress was forced remove her signature platinum locks and unveil the shaved head that we've only heard rumors of in her Twitter rants. There were no duck faces or sour candy freakouts in this glimpse of Bynes... she just kind of looks like a sad crazy little panda.
Now let’s move along to the amazing picture of Bynes in court…
Bynes recently pleaded no contest to charges of driving on a suspended license and was sentenced to three years of probation. So when Bynes was sent to court Friday morning, many assumed that she would be in all kind of trouble. However, it looks like Bynes was about to fib her way out of handcuffs.
TMZ reports that the retired actress told the judge that she did not, in fact, throw a bong out of the 36th story window — instead Bynes claimed it was "just a vase." The judge, clearly mesmerized by her ridiculously huge Barbie wig, decided to let Bynes go without bail. He did, however, warn her that if she misses her court date in July, an arrest warrant will be issued.
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If Amanda Bynes is, in fact, just one big piece of performance art, then she's extremely devoted to the craft: the All That star turned social media vigilante has been reportedly arrested for an episode that involved marijuana use and, in a turn of events more uniquely Bynesian, the throwing of a bong out of her 36th story window in Midtown Manhattan.
NBC News reports that a doorman caught Bynes smoking pot in the lobby of her apartment building on Thursday night and proceeded to call the police — enforcements arrived to find Bynes in her apartment upstairs, noting the distinct odor of marijuana and catching her in the act of attempting to obscure evidence by throwing a bong out of her window. As a result, Bynes was apprehended and charged with criminal possession of marijuana, tampering with evidence, and reckless endangerment.
Officers brought Bynes to Roosevelt Hospital for psychiatric evaluation, and then to a New York police station for processing. Bynes is believed to have spent the night in Manhattan central booking and is expected to appear in court on Friday.
UPDATE: Click right here to check out Bynes' brand new mug shot and find out the crazy lies she told the judge in court Friday morning.
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The widow of late TV mogul Aaron Spelling has won a lawsuit against her landlord. Candy Spelling is currently renting out a $28,000 (GBP17,500)-a-month pad at the Carlyle in Westwood, while her neighbouring penthouse remains under construction, however the owner recently tried to evict the author from the building over claims she'd been living in the space illegally because her lease had already expired.
The 67 year old fired back, stating the two had previously struck a deal to extend her living agreement by six months if building work fell behind schedule, and now a U.S. judge has ruled in Spelling's favour, allowing her to stay in the home.
The star's lawyer, Michael Saltz, is seeking a judgement to order the landlord to pay his client's legal fees, according to TMZ.com.
Jermaine Jackson was left stunned when his nephew revealed he had been molested by a family member as a child, because he had never heard the claims before. Tito Jackson's son Taj made the startling revelation on Thursday (16May13), claiming he was abused by an uncle on his mother's side in light of the latest controversy surrounding his late superstar uncle Michael Jackson.
Choreographer Wade Robson recently asked a California judge for permission to make a late creditor's claim against Jackson's estate, alleging he was abused by the King Of pop between the ages of seven and 14.
Using his admission to slam Robson's accusations, Taj wrote on Twitter.com, "I was sexually abuse (sic). By an uncle on my mom's side of the family when I was a kid. My uncle was a support system for me and my mom... That is how I KNOW Wade is lying."
Jermaine was asked about the admission by editors at TMZ.com, and was left visibly shocked by the revelation.
He replied, "I've never heard that s**t... I've never, ever heard that. Where is this coming from?"
Tito Jackson's son is convinced choreographer Wade Robson is lying about allegations he was molested by the King of Pop - because he was sexually assaulted as a child and received nothing but sympathy and support from the Thriller hitmaker. Robson recently asked a California judge to allow him to make a late creditor's claim against the Grammy winner's estate after alleging he was abused by Michael Jackson between the ages of seven and 14 at the superstar's Las Vegas home and Neverland Ranch.
His claims have been dismissed by Jackson estate lawyer Howard Weitzman, who pointed out Robson denied he was ever abused by the pop star during his 2005 child molestation case, as well as attorney Tom Mesereau, who represented the tragic 50 year old during the case and believes the dancer is just out to make money and gain publicity.
Now Taj Jackson has waded into the controversy by dropping a bombshell about his past on Twitter.com on Thursday (16May13), just hours after Robson appeared on U.S. morning show Today to tell his story, stating his uncle's reaction to his own traumatic experience is proof enough he would have never preyed on a youngster.
In a series of posts, he wrote, "What people will $ay and do for money and to $tay relevant is $ickening. De$perate times call for De$perate mea$ures. I will not sit back and let someone flat out lie about my uncle. PERIOD. I am writing these words knowing that the minute I press send, my life will never be the same afterwards…
"I was sexually abuse (sic). By an uncle on my mom's side of the family when I was a kid. My uncle was a support system for me and my mom... That is how I KNOW Wade is lying. Because I AM a survivor. My hands are still trembling. Don't forget I was living at Neverland when Wade testified during my uncle's case. I sat there and ate dinner with him and his family. I will not let them smear my Uncle's legacy.
"I don't want to go on TV. I don't want publicity, I just want the truth. I always told my uncle Michael that I would take a bullet for him. I mean it today just as much as I meant it back then. I hate that Wade made me do this, this way. But since my uncle Michael is no longer here to defend himself, I will. Make no mistake. Since my uncle Michael is no longer here to defend himself, I WILL. Thank you everyone for the support."
Choreographer Wade Robson has opened up about why he has decided to accuse Michael Jackson of molesting him as a child four years after the superstar's death. Robson has asked a California judge to allow him to make a late creditor's claim against Jackson's estate after alleging he was abused by the singer between the ages of seven and 14 at the superstar's California and Las Vegas homes.
His claims have been dismissed by the Jackson estate lawyer Howard Weitzman, who pointed out Robson took to the stand at the singer's 2005 child molestation trial to deny he had ever been abused by the pop star.
Robson has now given a candid interview to America's Today show explaining his reasons for filing the suit, and alleges he was manipulated by Jackson throughout his life.
He says, "I feel strong, like this is the right thing to do, because this is my truth. One thing I want to clear up is that this is not a case of repressed memory. I never forgot one moment of what Michael did to me, but I was psychologically and emotionally unable and unwilling to understand that it was sexual abuse... He sexually abused me from seven years old until 14. He performed sexual acts on me and forced me to perform sexual acts on him."
Detailing his time on the stand at the 2005 trial, he adds, "I said what I understood and said what I was able to say. From seven years old, from day one of the abuse, Michael told me that we loved each other and that this was love and it was an expression of our love. And then you follow that up with, 'If you ever tell anyone what we're doing, both of our lives and our careers will be over.'"
Robson, who has worked with Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, reveals a series of breakdowns following the birth of his son led him to go public with his claims.
He adds, "I'm a father, I became a father two and a half years ago to this beautiful baby boy, and during the first 18 months of his life, I collapsed into two nervous breakdowns, terrifying nervous breakdowns. At that point I had no idea what was going on and for the first time in my life I began to realise that my completely numb, unexplored feelings to what Michael did to me might be a problem and maybe I needed to speak to someone about it."
However, lawyer Tom Mesereau, who represented the late Thriller hitmaker at his 2005 trial, has rubbished Robson's claims, telling TMZ.com, "This is a pathetic and an obvious grab for publicity and an attempt to put pressure on the estate to pay him money... Why call yourself a creditor if it's not about money?"
While performing on stage at the Nokia Theatre in front of a crowd of 7,000 people (and millions more on TV) was exhilarating for American Idol finalists Candice Glover and Kree Harrison, it was also a deeply emotional experience — especially singing the lyrics for their potential coronation singles. Both songs seemed tailor-written to address each woman's struggles, Candice's battle for self-confidence and Kree losing both parents at a young age.
"I got emotional in the middle of the song, but I couldn't stop because I didn't want to go off key," Glover confesses to reporters after her performance of "I Am Beautiful." "Then at the end I got emotional again because of the lyrics — I connected with them. Even when I first heard the song I got emotionally connected to it. So it was definitely easy to put myself into the lyrics."
Harrison echoes that sentiment. "It was really easy to get emotionally connected to the song. Lyrically, melodically — I couldn’t have wrote it better myself," she says of "All Cried Out." "I’m so thankful that I’m given this. The best part of tonight for me was being able to sing my single, hopefully, to all of these people. The energy in the room was insane…unbelievable."
Although Harrison has a deep well of tragedy to dig from, she has actually found it more difficult to connect with emotional songs. "The truth is, I felt like coming into this competition, I wasn’t so good with emotional songs," she says. "I had always had a wall up because I didn’t want to get to that point where I couldn’t handle the lyrics and I couldn’t really get it out, but I found that there’s a happy medium with connecting with all of you and really showing your heart through the lyrics. I think that it’s just been this journey that’s helped me figure that out."
Watch both performances below. Which one's your favorite?
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A Los Angeles prosecutor has urged a judge not to overturn Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter conviction for the death of Michael Jackson following the imprisoned medic's appeal bid. The doctor was found guilty of administering the fatal dose of Propofol which claimed the King of Pop's life in 2009 and he was sentenced to serve four years behind bars.
He is in the process of challenging the decision, with his attorney, Valerie Wass, claiming Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor, who oversaw his 2011 trial and sentencing, made a series of serious legal errors in the case by failing to sequester the jury and ban TV coverage of the court proceedings. Wass also alleges jurors should have been allowed to hear details about Jackson's poor finances and his contract with concert promoters AEG Live during the trial.
However, Supervising Deputy Attorney General Victoria B. Wilson has now fired back at the claims and called for the guilty verdict to be upheld.
In her legal response to the appeal, Wilson blames the embattled medic's own lawyers for forfeiting a number of opportunities to object to Pastor's rulings during the trial.
She writes, "The record shows that (Murray) was playing Russian roulette with Mr. Jackson's life over the course of several months... The argument (in the appeal) is nothing more than the reflection of a criminal defendant who harbors no sense of responsibility or remorse for taking the life of a human being."
Wilson also defended the judge against the mistakes he is accused of making, insisting that presenting evidence of Jackson's money struggles "would result in a salacious sideshow of Mr. Jackson's finances and lawsuits and run the risk of distracting the jury from its task of deciding (Murray's) guilt".
Murray has previously been denied bail pending his appeal. If he serves his full sentence, he will be eligible for release on 28 October (13).
The personal physician is also at the centre of another legal battle as the tragic hitmaker's mother, Katherine Jackson, sues AEG Live bosses for the wrongful death of the superstar. The family matriarch is demanding billions in compensation, claiming they were negligent in ignoring her son's life-threatening health issues and blaming them for hiring Murray as the King of Pop prepared for his doomed This Is It shows in London.