Hundreds of One Direction fans have turned on the group following Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson's 'dope' smoking video by destroying tickets for the boyband's shows. The two heartthrobs hit headlines on Tuesday (27May14) over a five-minute film showing them apparently puffing on a marijuana cigarette during a tour stop in Lima, Peru last month (Apr14).
As the growing row threatened to engulf the hit boyband on Wednesday (28May14), dozens of fans of the group blasted Malik and Tomlinson online for their behaviour.
Several young fans admitted to ripping up their tickets for the band's upcoming gigs, and one teenager even posted a photograph online showing her setting fire to a One Direction ticket.
The band members are under increasing pressure to comment directly on the scandal. So far, the only response has been from a spokesman for the group, who issued a statement on Tuesday, saying, "The matter is now in the hands of our lawyers."
Rapper Young Jeezy has settled a lawsuit with the Hells Angels over claims his clothing line copies their famous logo. Last year (13), lawyers working for the motorcycle club sued the hip-hop star, alleging his 8732 fashion range's emblem was almost identical to their 'Death Head' logo.
They demanded that the rapper pull all clothing featuring the design and hand over an unspecified sum in damages.
It has now emerged the two parties have settled the matter, according to TMZ.com.
A spokesperson for the Hells Angeles tells the website, "We always get what we want."
Celebrity publicist Max Clifford is facing a possible jail sentence after he was convicted of eight sex assaults on Monday (28Apr14). The public relations guru, whose clients have included Frank Sinatra, Muhammad Ali, Simon Cowell, and Marlon Brando, used his star status as a cover to abuse young women in a series of attacks dating back to the 1960s.
Clifford had denied the allegations, telling Southwark Crown Court in south London that his accusers were all lying and had invented the incidents.
However, on Monday, the 10-strong jury found Clifford guilty of eight charges of indecent assault. He was cleared of two other indecent assault charges, and the jury failed to reach a verdict on an 11th count.
Speaking outside court after the verdict, Clifford said, "I have been told by my lawyers to say nothing at all."
Clifford is due to be sentenced on Friday (02May14).
Ronnie Wood's ex-wife Jo has accused the rocker's legal team of forcing her to close down her skincare business. The former model, who divorced the Rolling Stones guitarist in 2009 following his affair with a young waitress, claims lawyers acting for Wood pushed him into demanding she dissolve Organic Beauty Products Ltd, a company she set up in 2003 while the couple was still married.
Wood insists she now has to sell her skincare range to pals or give products away for free as she is no longer allowed to sell them online through her own website.
She tells Britain's Mail on Sunday, "All of my products are just sitting around in a warehouse. I'm not allowed to sell anything under that name, so I sell all my stock privately or to friends for cash or I give things away in goody bags at parties.
"He's a weak man, Ronnie - he listened to his lawyers. Ronnie's lawyers forced me to shut it down because I originally set it up when I was still with him."
Lady Gaga has spoken out in defence of her Born This Way Foundation after it emerged the charity's running costs far outweigh the money handed to good causes. Tax records which emerged this week (beg10Mar14) reveal most of the non-profit charity's $2.7 million (£1.7 million) revenue from 2012 was spent on lawyers, consultants, travel expenses and publicity.
Reports suggest the organisation, set up to stamp out bullying and empower youngsters, only dished out one $5,000 (£3,125) grant in the same period.
Gaga has now spoken out to defend her organisation, insisting very few grants are allocated because most of the charity's good work is done in-house.
In a post on her Littlemonsters.com website, she writes, "My mom and I are so deeply passionate about the Born This Way Foundation. Its work, its message... Suicide prevention, compassion, inspiring bravery. This is our mission. We do not raise money and allocate the funds to other charities for them to do the work. We do the work... My mom is on the ground with the kids, so am I, the whole Born Brave Team is."
Gaga's mother Cynthia Germanotta, who runs the charity, adds in a blog written for Huffingtonpost.com, "We are an organisation that conducts our charitable activity directly, and we fund our own work. We are not a grant-maker that funds the work of other charities, and were never intended to be... Lady Gaga founded Born This Way Foundation to foster a more accepting society for our young people. She covered all of the start-up costs for the organisation with her own money and uses her celebrity to constantly advocate on behalf of tolerance, individualism and kindness."
Bosses of Lady Gaga's charitable foundation have defended its $1.9 million (£1.2 million) running costs after tax records showed a huge chunk of the organisation's revenue went to lawyers and consultants. The pop superstar launched her Born This Way Foundation in 2012 with an aim to stamp out bullying and empower her young fans.
However, tax records for the same year (12) show almost half of the non-profit charity's $2.7 million (£1.7 million) revenue was spent on attorneys and services from experts in "strategic development" and "philanthropic consulting".
The company spent $406,552 (£253,750) on legal fees, $300,000 (£187,000) on strategy, and $150,000 (£93,750) for charity consultation.
Meanwhile, it is claimed only one $5,000 grant (£3,125) was awarded in the same period.
The foundation, run by Gaga's mother Cynthia Germanotta, also dished out $77,923 (£48,700) on travel costs and $58,678 (£36,250) for publicity.
However, a spokesperson for the organisation insists all costs were necessary, telling the New York Post, "Every dollar spent across these categories, including the legal fees towards the safe and effective implementation of each initiative, directly serves the Born This Way Foundation's core mission of empowering youth."
Screenwriter and playwright David Bar Katz has threatened to sue editors at a U.S. tabloid for publishing fake quotes suggesting he was romantically involved with his late friend Philip Seymour Hoffman. Katz, the man who discovered The Master star's body in his New York home on Sunday (02Feb14), had reportedly sold his story to the National Enquirer, alleging the longtime pals had been involved in a secret affair.
He was quoted as saying, "We were homosexual lovers. We had a relationship."
Hoffman's representative has since slammed the article, telling GossipCop.com, "The story is completely 100 per cent false", while Katz has also spoken out to shut down the claims, insisting, "I never said that."
A source close to Katz tells the New York Daily News, "This is a categorical, 100 per cent vulgar and disgusting lie. Even the National Enquirer should be ashamed. It's just disgusting. There will be legal action.
"He never spoke to them. This is so far off from reality. We're calling lawyers now to threaten them appropriately."
Hoffman was found dead from a suspected drug overdose at the age of 46.
The tragic actor was reportedly living alone after moving out of the home he shared with his longtime girlfriend Mimi O'Donnell and their three young children last year (13) after suffering a drug relapse after more than two decades of sobriety.
Singer Morrissey is considering taking legal action against a British newspaper after editors alleged he had been molested by a school teacher. The former The Smiths frontman penned a harrowing account of his school days in Manchester, England as part of his best-selling memoir, released in October (13).
Editors at several British newspapers alleged he had recounted an incident when he was "touched inappropriately" by a teacher when he was a young teenager, but the pop star is now consulting lawyers over one of the reports.
He is adamant the allegation is untrue and is consulting lawyers over one of the articles, published in the Manchester Evening News.
A statement posted on the star's official fan website Truetoyou.net reads, "The Manchester Evening News have stated on 17 October 2013 that Morrissey 'claims he was "touched inappropriately by a teacher at school"'. Morrissey has never made such a claim... Morrissey is seeking legal advice on this matter."
This week the ladies of Atlanta prove that Self Respect is just a river in Egypt ... or however the saying goes, right, Porsha Stewart? Do these women (and men) not realize that they’re on television? It seems like everyone on the series has lost all self-respect and forgotten that their choices will live on forever in YouTube clips.
Kenya Moore begins the episode by showing up to lunch with her friend Lawrence Washington in a pair of high heels with graduation tassels. Then she proceeds to say with no sense of irony, “I’d like something light,” then orders a po’ boy. What comes next is the saddest of revelations. She gives the recap of the last episode ... like some sad extra. She's this season's Least Valuable Player. She can’t rely on an impromptu divorce to save her either. If Fashion Queens didn’t directly proceed the show Kenya might not have appeared at all. Keep Lawrence close, Kenya ... real close.
Speaking of brand synergy, fellow fashion queen Derek J is doing Momma Joyce’s hair. Kandi Burruss shows up and they discuss her misguided musical idea and ignore the fact her mother has wigtastic bangs. Joyce brings up their fight yet again ... then honestly, the rest is a blur because it's so boring you just fall asleep.
Chuck Smith invites NeNe Leakes and Phaedra Parks to lunch. They start to reminisce about high school in Athens, Georgia. You’re expecting Chuck to go off on Phaedra about the revelation that Chuck dated Phaedra and Kandi multiple times. However, he politely asks them both to speak at the Boys and Girls Club. Then NeNe makes a huge revelation: she was in 4H club. She knows how to milk a cow, y’all. They have a fun road trip. The ladies share their early jobs. NeNe worked at Sizzler and, like now, Phaedra had 15 jobs. The group arrives at the club and has a wonderful afternoon. NeNe twerks and plays foosball with children. Phaedra channels Animal from The Muppets and bangs on the drums. Plus, both Phaedra and NeNe score baskets on the court. If this whole reality TV thing doesn’t work, they have a future with the WNBA.
Chuck introduces the ladies and does not mind exaggerating. He introduces Phaedra as one of the “top lawyers in America.” Isn’t she the woman who accepted a cash payment for getting a ticket for tinted windows dismissed? Did she not allow said client to drive out of the parking lot with said tinted windows? However, Phaedra did have a very sweet and inspirational message to the give to the children. Chuck continued exaggerating by introducing NeNe as “one of the top actresses in America” ignoring the entire A and B-list. Nene did not deliver an inspirational message. Instead, she gave what sounded like an infomercial for dreams.
Cynthia Bailey takes her sister Malorie Bailey-Massie to a bead store as revenge for Mal almost ruining her wedding and starting a fight at her anniversary party. Mal reveals that she’s staying with Cynthia and Peter Thomas for two months. Despite rudely inviting herself over, Mal seems to be on her best behavior. Cynthia confesses things are tense and she and Peter are having carnal issues (that means sexy time problems). Mal recommends that Cynthia deal with her emotional issues with Peter first.
Porsha Stewart is living in a fool’s paradise. For those of you wondering, Fool’s Paradise is 10 miles away from Gangsta’s Paradise and down the road from Paradise City where the grass is green and the girls are pretty. She is living with her mother and lets her mother buy her overpriced and superfluous dog clothes. Meanwhile, she has just moved into a huge house she can't afford! Her divorce settlement is still in discussion, her income is questionable, and her judgment is impaired. Rather than based in logic, her choice is based in her believing in herself. She doesn’t want a man to control her. If she’s going to get thrown out on her ass she wants it to be by a creditor.
After a great afternoon together, Chuck brings up Phaedra's discussion with Mynique. He alleges (that’s legal talk) that the he and Phaedra never dated that instead they were friends with benefits. When Phaedra argues she wasn't a hoochie-mama, Chuck tells her she was “part of the team.” He tells Phaedra, NeNe, and all of America that he’s a douche and is full of himself. He confesses to lying to Kandi about their relationship and “taking advantage of a young girl.” She was also part of this "team." He declares himself the “big homie.” If memory serves, is “homie” Hopi Indian for rectum?
Back in the Lifetime movie of the week, Mal and Cynthia check out the ratchet new Bailey modeling agency. Cynthia shows Mal Peter’s new car. Mal throws shade compliments the car and confesses she's staying over. Peter gets into a huff and storms out. Back at home, Cynthia approaches Peter to discuss their recent fighting. He voices his dissatisfaction with their lack of lovemaking and her sister staying over. He doesn’t like houseguests because if they have an argument it can't be a “full on blow out.” That sounds violent! Cynthia makes a valid point if she didn’t have to work to support the family and if Peter didn’t spend money without asking she’s be in a more lovey dovey place. He counters that he’d like to have a mancave and then proceeds to get precariously close to physically abusive without ever crossing the line. Looks like Divorcewatch has officially begun. Meanwhile, Cynthia may we recommend Sleeping with the Enemy, Enough, and What's Love Got To Do With It.
Veteran musicians Def Leppard have dismissed reports suggesting they are seeking to sue One Direction over similarities between their new single Midnight Memories and the rockers' classic Pour Some Sugar On Me. An article printed in Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper earlier this month (Dec13) alleged the members of Def Leppard had instructed their lawyers to investigate the claims and compare Midnight Memories' three-chord hook to their own composition on their 1987 hit.
However, guitarists Vivian Campbell and Phil Collen have spoken out to deny they are planning to pursue legal action.
Campbell tells Billboard.com, "The One Direction one is very similar in structure, but it's all good...
"The chords are one-four-five. Those are the blues. You don't get more basic than that. I think what's more reminiscent of the Leppard thing is the production, the sound, the vocals, the reverb and the way it's assembled.
"That is very flattering that all of a sudden these kids think it's a cool sound. I think a lot of people of their generation aren't going to connect their music to ours."
The One Direction boys are no strangers to allegations of copyright - another single, Best Song Ever, was said to have been strikingly similar to The Who's Baba O'Riley tune upon its release this summer (13), but songwriter and guitarist Pete Townshend refused to launch a lawsuit against the young stars, insisting, "The chords I used and the chords they used are the same three chords we've all been using in basic pop music since Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran and Chuck Berry made it clear that fancy chords don't mean great music - not always."
The cases and courtroom defenses of David Barrett, the senior lawyer of the Neighborhood Law Office (N.L.O.), a legal-aid service in Boston, and his two proteges, Aaron Silverman and Pat Walters, Bercol University law students.