British actress/model Kelly Brook has come under fire from anti-domestic violence campaigners after she described punching her ex-boyfriend Jason Statham. Brook made the revelation in her new book Up Close, revealing she smacked the actor in the face after she caught him flirting with Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow at Madonna's wedding to Guy Ritchie in 2000.
She wrote, "He started to swing his hips from side to side and do a little jive with his arms, saying: 'Gywnnie, Gwynnie, Gwynnie. Sexy, sexy, sexy!' He turned round, only to be met with my fist in his face."
Brook also described hitting another ex-boyfriend, rugby ace Danny Cipriani, after she discovered he had given his phone number to a stripper in Las Vegas, and her comments have sparked outrage among campaigners against domestic abuse.
Mark Brooks, chairman of ManKind, a charity which supports male victims of abuse, tells Britain's The Independent newspaper, "I am extremely disappointed that there is no public backlash against the actions of Ms Brook as if the genders were reversed then there rightly would be. It would then lead the news agenda, politicians would be speaking out and social media would be alive with comment.
"Sadly, because men are the victims there is a deathly silence which shows how far we need to go before all victims of domestic abuse are treated the same."
Sandra Horley, of U.K. domestic violence charity Refuge, adds, "Domestic violence is always unacceptable. Regardless of age, background, gender or sexuality, there is no excuse for using violence against a partner."
Veteran Survivor rocker Jimi Jamison has died after suffering a heart attack at the age of 63. The singer passed away on Sunday night (31Aug14), his booking manager, Sally Irwin, confirms to TMZ.com.
His bandmates also shared the sad news with a statement on their Facebook.com page, which reads: "Survivor is very shocked and saddened by the passing of our brother Jimi Jamison. Our thoughts, love and prayers go out to his friends and family."
Born Jimmy Wayne Jamison, the musician began his professional career in the late 1970s, when he played in a local band from Memphis, Tennessee, called Target.
He later fronted heavy metal group Cobra, which he performed with until its demise in 1983, and used his spare time to provide backing vocals for artists such as ZZ Top and Joe Walsh in the early 1980s.
However, it wasn't until 1984 that Jamison's career really took off, after he was invited to join the line up for Survivor.
They recorded the theme song for The Karate Kid film in 1984, titled The Moment of Truth, and Jamison's addition helped to give the Eye of the Tiger hitmakers a much-needed career boost with the success of albums Vital Signs and When Seconds Count, which included hits likes High on You, The Search Is Over, Is This Love and Burning Heart from the Rocky IV movie soundtrack.
Survivor went on an indefinite hiatus in 1989, prompting Jamison to pursue a solo career, touring under the name Jimi Jamison's Survivor - a move which sparked a trademark battle with founding member Frankie Sullivan.
The rocker, who was also famed as the co-writer and singer of Baywatch theme tune I'm Always Here, would go on to reunite with the veteran group in 2000, before walking away again in 2006, and rejoining once more in 2011.
They continued to tour up until the eve of Jamison's death, performing in Reno, Nevada on Friday (29Aug14) and Morgan Hill, California on Saturday (30Aug14).
Survivor were due to continue their trek in Colorado on 12 September (14), before heading to Europe for shows in Holland, Germany, Sweden and England. The status of those shows was unknown as WENN went to press.
Ariana Grande has defended her behaviour at a meet-and-greet event earlier this month (Aug14), insisting she walked away from a fan because she was upset.
The Problem hitmaker came under fire from the parent of a fan who wrote a lengthy blog post accusing the singer of being rude and cold towards the crowd during the event held by MTV over the weekend (23-24Aug14). Another attendee accused Grande of demanding that she delete all the pictures she had taken on her phone.
Grande has now defended herself against the allegations, insisting a fan upset her by bringing up memories of her grandfather, who passed away last month (Jul14).
She writes on Twitter.com, "A fan gave me a photo of me & my grandpa. I walked away because I didn't want them to see me start to cry. I am still in mourning and I wrote a letter to have sent to her afterward but MTV told me they had already left. My heart is still healing and it's moments like that that make it real again that he's gone... wasn't expecting it and (it) hit me like a ton of bricks."
Grande tried to redeem herself by holding a spontaneous meet-and-greet in New York on Wednesday (27Aug14) but that was halted by security in her apartment building. She adds, "Another impromptu meet n greet w (with) my ny (New York) loves until my apartment building threatened to kick me out... oooops (sic). Love u so much (sic)..."
Hellraising Motley Crue stars Nikki Sixx and Vince Neil have mocked Justin Bieber's "bad boy" antics, insisting his efforts to toughen up his image are lame. The Without You hitmakers earned a reputation as rock wildmen with their drink-and-drug fuelled antics in the 1980s, and they have given the young Baby hitmaker some tips if he truly wants to shake off his child star past.
Bieber has been caught up in various legal issues in recent months - he has agreed to undergo anger management therapy following a DUI arrest in Miami, Florida, pleaded no contest to vandalism for throwing eggs at a neighbour's home in California, and is still facing prosecution in Canada over claims he attacked a limousine driver in December (13).
However, Sixx and Neil have advised Bieber to step up his hellraising if he really wants a bad boy image.
Sixx tells Q magazine, "Let's give him a little bit of credit. He started with the eggs, which was a little weak - a poor start. Then he got arrested in Miami for drag-racing and that was kinda cool - he was under the influence. Then he got arrested in Toronto and turned himself in. So he's getting better, but he has work to do."
Neil adds, "He has to beat someone with a chain, or something. Or get into a fight with a cop... The next thing he'll get arrested for is toilet-papering a house."
A campaign to drive Sir Cliff Richard to the top of the U.K. charts has flopped after the song failed to crack the top 40. The music veteran's devotees launched the scheme last week (ends24Aug14) in a bid to support the star as police investigate an allegation of sexual abuse dating back to the 1980s.
However, the plan to get 1992 track I Still Believe In You to number one ended in failure on Sunday (24Aug14) when the track entered the chart at a disappointing number 57.
The single's return to the chart came just a day after Richard was questioned by police over claims a boy under the age of 16 was sexually assaulted in 1985. The star vehemently denies the allegation, calling it "completely false".
British filmmaker Ken Loach has called for a boycott of cultural projects backed by the Israeli government over the ongoing conflict in the Middle East. The country's military is currently embroiled in a bloody battle with Palestine's Hamas organisation and The Angels' Share director is urging film and music fans to take hard stance against the Israelis.
In a speech at the Katrin Cartlidge Foundation Award Ceremony on Thursday (21Aug14), when Palestinian directors Abdel Salam Shehadeh and Ashraf Mashharawi were honoured, he said, "I know the people here will know the struggle and bravery you need when you are under siege, and you feel the pain of people of Gaza like no one else. These two people are not only surviving, but are making extraordinary films...
"My country, to its shame, follows the bully that is the United States. But we are not powerless. We can act together."
He continued, "(We need an) absolute boycott of all the cultural happenings supported by the Israeli state.
"This is film, music, academic contacts. Israel must become a pariah state..."
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow has been slapped with a copyright infringement lawsuit over her lifestyle website. Health expert Charles Platkin alleges editors at Goop.com used his Diet Detective copyright without his permission in an article last month (Jul14).
Platkin, who has owned the trademark since 2004, claims he asked bosses at the company to remove the phrase from their website and they did, but responded the use of Diet Detective was protected under their First Amendment rights of free speech.
He is seeking monetary damages and a jury trial and is asking a judge to bar bosses at the company from using his trademark again.
Lady Gaga fought to bring her full stage show to Australia after local promoters warned the star it would be too expensive to ship her whole set Down Under. The Poker Face hitmaker kicked off the Aussie leg of her artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball world tour in Perth on Wednesday night (20Aug14), and she told the audience about her fight to save her extravagant production.
Gaga revealed her Australian promoters ordered her to change the show and bring just "30 per cent" of the original design in a bid to cut down the spiralling costs, but the singer stood her ground and demanded the entire set be shipped over.
She added to the crowd, "I think my Australian fans deserve the whole show."
The star received a slew of lukewarm reviews for her production, with many critics accusing Gaga of filling the gig with songs from her latest album ARTPOP and reducing her biggest hits to just a mid-show medley.
Gaga appeared to address the lacklustre reaction from the crowd and the empty seats at the Perth Arena by making a reference to her flop record, urging any fans who didn't like the album to get up and leave, saying, "For those who didn't come for ARTPOP or didn't like the album, grab a drink or a glow stick or get the f**k out."
Singer Justin Timberlake has come under fire for using a perceived racial slur while wishing Madonna a happy birthday. The Suit & Tie hitmaker posted a message to the 56 year old over the weekend (16-17Aug14) reading, "A happiest of Bdays to my mother chucking ninja, @Madonna!! Hope you have a great one, M!"
After spotting the post, fans took to the social media site to blast Timberlake for using the phrase, which reportedly substitutes, "motherf**king n**ga."
One fan wrote, "I knew Justin Timberlake was getting too close for comfort with black culture but now he is saying ninja. #nosir."
Another added, "Get Justin Timberlake the f**k out of here."
Timberlake has since deleted the message.
Britney Spears is under fire yet again for using backing vocals by Sia during her Las Vegas residency.
The Womanizer hitmaker is currently in the middle of her two-year Britney: Piece of Me stint at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, and during a recent performance, a fan recorded her singing a new version of her song Perfume, and posted a clip on Instagram.com.
However, Billboard.com points out that it was songwriter Sia's vocals the crowd mostly heard, and not Spears'. While Sia is one of the co-writers on the track, a few non-official demo versions of the Chandelier hitmaker singing Perfume can be found online, and her vocals are the ones used by Spears to lip sync over in her Sin City show.
Editors of the music site suggest Spears uses Sia's track as an in-monitor guide when she sings, however the backing vocals were accidentally used as the house mix which the audience heard. The gaffe comes weeks after Spears came under scrutiny when a raw clip of her 2013 song Alien surfaced online, prompting critics to mock the singer's out-of-tune vocals.