Rocker Morrissey insists he can prove he was dropped by executives at his label, Capitol-Harvest Records, days after the company's top man assured fans the singer/songwriter was still on the roster. Steve Barnett dismissed Morrissey's claims last week (ends15Aug14), but the former The Smiths frontman has returned to fansite True to You to post another statement about the alleged split.
He writes, "Both Morrissey and Morrissey's lawyer are in possession of email correspondence from Steve Barnett (head of Capitol-Harvest Records), and also from Steve Barnett's personal assistant, both of whom confirm that Capitol-Harvest have ended their relationship with Morrissey. No recording Agreement with Capitol-Harvest was ever signed by Morrissey, and Morrissey retains full ownership of (new album) World Peace is None Of Your Business.
"Contrary to the assured Billboard report, Capitol-Harvest have very clearly stated that they would have no interest in licensing a second album by Morrissey. (Law firm) Russells (London), who represent Morrissey, are presently concluding Morrissey's relationship with Harvest Records. Once again, Morrissey is in search of a new label."
The spat between artist and label began earlier this month (Aug14) when Morrissey took aim at company bosses for refusing to finance a new video.
The deputy chief coroner who presided over Robin Williams' autopsy has defended his decision to go public with details about the star's death following a backlash from critics.
The 63-year-old Oscar winner was found dead after he hanged himself in his home in Marin County, California on Monday (11Aug14).
Sheriff's Office Deputy Chief Coroner Keith Boyd gave a press conference on Tuesday (12Aug14) to give details about the circumstances surrounding the actor's death, revealing Williams' personal assistant discovered the body. Boyd also confirmed the Mrs. Doubtfire star had hanged himself with a belt, and that a number of cuts had been found on his left wrist.
Following the press conference, which was shown on TV and streamed online, many fans criticised Boyd for releasing such specific details about the tragedy. However, Boyd has now defended his decision in a statement which reads: "The Sheriff's Office understands how the release of the kind of information you heard... may be viewed as disturbing by some, and as unnecessary by others, but under California law, all that information is considered 'public information' and we are precluded from denying access to it.
These kinds of cases, whether they garner national attention or not, are very difficult for everyone involved. "Frankly, it would have been our personal preference to withhold a lot of what we disclosed to the press... but the California Public Records Act does not give us that kind of latitude. For the same reasons, we will likely be required to release to the media the 911 phone call we received from Mr. Williams' residence and the fire dispatch tapes that resulted as well..."
A private memorial is currently being planned for Williams by his wife Susan Schneider, according to E! News.
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Early autopsy results have concluded tragic actor Robin Williams died from "asphyxia due to hanging".
The Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting star's body was discovered in a room at his home in Tiburon, California on Monday morning (11Aug14). His publicist Mara Buxbaum confirmed the comedian, who had spent years dealing with drug and alcohol issues, had been battling "severe depression of late" and had been receiving treatment weeks after checking into the Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center in Minnesota to focus on maintaining his sobriety.
A forensic examination was performed on Williams' remains on Tuesday morning (12Aug14) and at a press conference held shortly afterwards, Lieutenant Keith Boyd, Assistant Chief Deputy Coroner for Marin County, revealed the 63-year-old had hanged himself with a belt.
He explained, "Mr. Williams' personal assistant became concerned at approximately 11.45am (on Monday) when he failed to respond to knocks on his bedroom door. "At that time, the personal assistant was able to gain access to Mr. Williams' bedroom, and entered the bedroom to find Mr. Williams clothed, in a seated position, unresponsive, with a belt secured around his neck with the other end of the belt wedged between the clothes closet door and the door frame..."
Police investigating his death noted "several acute, superficial, transverse cuts" on his left wrist, while a pocket knife "with a closed blade" was also found nearby.
The case is being treated as a suicide. Toxicology results are pending and are expected to be revealed within two to six weeks. Lieutenant Boyd declined to discuss whether a suicide note was found at the scene.
Hollywood socialites Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian quashed long-running rumours of a feud as they partied together in Ibiza, Spain on Saturday (02Aug14). Both Kardashian and Hilton were guests at Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci's star-studded birthday bash and the old friends had a friendly reunion in the island hotspot.
Kardashian took to her Instagram.com account, posting a picture of herself smiling and chatting alongside Hilton, along with the caption, "Reminiscing about the 1st time we went to Ibiza in 2006! @parishilton it was so good to see you & catch up!! Loves it lol (laugh out loud)."
Hilton, who has spent the summer as a resident DJ at local club Amnesia, also posted the same shot and added, "So much fun with @kimkardashian this weekend. The first time we ever came to this magical island was together. Such an amazing trip! Great catching up with you too beautiful!"
Kardashian and Hilton grew up together in Los Angeles, and before hitting it big as a reality TV star, Kardashian served as Hilton's personal assistant. However their friendship reportedly came to an end in 2008 and they hadn't been spotted together since.
Robert Pattinson has no hard feelings about his ex-girlfriend Kristen Stewart after she torpedoed their romance by locking lips with a married moviemaker in 2012, insisting infidelity is "normal" among young lovers. The British actor's relationship with his Twilight co-star was rocked two years ago, when Stewart was photographed kissing her Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders in a Los Angeles car park.
The illicit romance prompted Pattinson and Stewart to briefly split, before parting ways for good last year (13), while it also destroyed Sanders' marriage to model/actress Liberty Ross. Their divorce was finalised last week (ends25Jul14).
Pattinson has now opened up about the infamous fling in a candid new interview with Britain's Esquire magazine, admitting the worst part of the scandal was having to discuss it in public.
Brushing off the cheating controversy, he says, "S**t happens, you know? It's just young people... it's normal! And honestly, who gives a s**t?
"The hardest part was talking about it afterwards. Because when you talk about other people, it affects them in ways you can't predict."
The actor's dramatic personal life has also turned him into a paparazzi target, but Pattinson insists he "doesn't understand" the media's obsession with him.
Earlier this year (14), the actor sold off the Los Angeles property he once shared with Stewart, and he admits he won't miss having snappers camped outside his home.
He explains, "(The paparazzi) photographed anyone who came up to the gate, anyone who rang the bell, and they followed any car that came in and out. I used to dress up my assistant as me, and get him to drive off with like five cars following him around for hours..."
And he jokes, "Whenever I see a bunch of paparazzi hanging out, I always think, 'Oh God, what have they found out!' Oh, THAT love child! I totally forgot!'"
Fallen pop star Tulisa Contostavlos has been convicted of punching a blogger during a hate-fuelled attack at a music festival. The former N-Dubz singer, who was cleared on Monday (21Jul14) of brokering a cocaine deal after inconsistencies were found in witness testimony, was found guilty of assault at a court hearing in London on Friday (25Jul14).
She was fined $340 (£200) and ordered to pay $4,590 (£2,700) in court costs. She must also hand the victim $170 (£100) in compensation and a $34 (£20) victim surcharge, making a total payment of $5,134 (£3,020).
The star, who enjoyed two seasons as a judge on Britain's The X Factor, punched showbiz writer Vas Morgan in the face at V Festival in Chelmsford, England in August, 2013, leaving him with a swollen left eye.
Contostavlos had denied hitting Morgan, claiming they had a verbal disagreement after a long-running spat, but a district judge dismissed her account and convicted her of assault.
The disgraced pop star's personal assistant Gareth Varey was cleared of using threatening behaviour during the incident.
Simon Cowell has received an apology from Tulisa Contostavlos' personal assistant who sensationally alleged the music mogul is secretly gay. The former N-Dubz singer's associate Gareth Varey was caught on tape telling an undercover journalist that he knew several men who have slept with The X Factor boss.
The footage was played to a jury in London last week (ends20Jul14) during Contostavlos' trial for brokering a cocaine deal, prompting Cowell to issue a statement denying the claim and insisting he has no reason to hide his sexuality.
Now Varey has confessed the statement was untrue and claims he was drunk and trying to impress the reporter, Mazher Mahmood.
In a statement, Varey says, "On 10 May 2013 in the course of seeking to entrap Tulisa, Mazher Mahmood supplied Tulisa, me and others with a lot of alcohol... I can no longer recall all of the details of that evening but I have listened to the recording made by Mahmood. I was clearly very drunk.
"At some point and utterly out of the blue Mahmood asked me if Simon Cowell was gay. I said he was. This is not true. I do not know why I said it, but assume it is because I was so drunk and felt that I was giving Mahmood the type of information he was seeking. I am very sorry for this."
Contostavlos was cleared of being concerned in the supply of cocaine over inconsistencies in Mahmood's evidence.
Simon Cowell has spoken out to insist rumours he is gay are untrue following extraordinary allegations in a London court that he has slept with several men.
A jury at Southwark Crown Court heard the sensational claim last week (ends20Jul4) during the trial of former N-Dubz singer Tulisa Contostavlos for brokering a cocaine deal for an undercover journalist.
That case collapsed on Monday (21Jul13) and the pop star was cleared of the charge, and Cowell has subsequently issued a statement addressing allegations heard by the jury.
Secretly-filmed footage contained a clip of Contostavlos' personal assistant Gareth Varey telling the reporter that Cowell is homosexual and has slept with several of Varey's friends.
In a statement, a representative for The X Factor boss says, "Simon was referred to during the trial without forewarning, resulting in widespread media coverage of untrue claims regarding his private life."
"In 2014 the question of whether someone is or is not gay is antiquated. (As it happens he isn't, though if he were, he would simply have said so). "However, the issue was the false suggestion made by Mr. Varey that Simon - who is renowned for his honesty and candidness - had thus not been truthful in the public arena and this is what we have been obliged to clarify."
Lady Gaga's former personal assistant is set to lift the lid on life with the superstar in a new tell-all book.
The Poker Face hitmaker endured a lengthy legal battle with Jennifer O'Neill after she sued the singer for allegedly failing to pay her overtime money.
The lawsuit, which was settled out of court last year (13), hit headlines when O'Neill testified that she was forced to sleep in the same bed as the singer, and was expected to be available to work every hour of the day.
Gaga hit back in a foul-mouthed deposition, branding her former assistant a "f**king hood rat" and accusing her of being bad at her job because she left the singer to carry her own luggage and unpack her own bags.
O'Neill has now landed a book deal with publishers at Atria Books and is writing a tell-all tome titled Fame Monster, a reference to Gaga's album of the same name.
Editors of New York Post gossip column Page Six report the book focuses on her time working for the singer between 2009 and 2011, and the deal is worth up to $1 million (£588,235).
TV funnyman Tracy Morgan is suing U.S. retail giant Walmart following the car crash last month (Jun14) that left him in intensive care. Walmart truck driver Kevin Roper is accused of falling asleep at the wheel and causing a multi-vehicle accident when he slammed into the back of Morgan's limousine in New Jersey, killing Morgan's colleague James 'Jimmy Mack' McNair and hospitalising several others.
The lawsuit, filed in New Jersey on Thursday (10Jul14), alleges the company should have known Roper had been awake for more than 24 hours and that his drive from Georgia, where he lives, to work in Delaware was "unreasonable".
The suit reads, "Wal-Mart was careless and negligent in the ownership and operation of its motor vehicle, which caused Mr. Morgan to suffer severe personal injuries. As a direct and proximate result of said collision, Mr. Morgan was caused to sustain severe painful bodily injuries, including but not limited to multiple fractures which required multiple surgeries, extensive medical treatment and will require significant physical rehabilitation."
The plaintiffs, which also include Morgan's assistant Jeffrey Millea and comedian Ardie Fuqua, who were also injured in the crash, are seeking damages, legal fees, and pre- and post-judgment interest.
The 30 Rock star was moved to a rehabilitation facility last month (Jun14) after his condition was upgraded from critical to fair.
Roper has pleaded not guilty to charges of vehicular homicide and assault by auto.