Beyonce's father Mathew Knowles' paternity battle has taken a blow after a DNA test showed he is almost certainly the father of a model's lovechild. Taqoya Branscomb filed a lawsuit in Harris County, Texas in July (14) alleging she had an affair with Knowles in 2010 during which she fell pregnant.
She demanded a paternity test ahead of a child support case, and editors at TMZ.com report the results of the procedure show there is a 99.998 per cent certainty that Knowles is the biological father of Branscomb's daughter.
Knowles' 31-year marriage to wife Tina collapsed in 2010 over his affair with another woman, Alexsandra Wright, the mother of his four-year-old son, Nixon.
The homeless man Miley Cyrus took to the MTV Video Music Awards narrowly avoided a big legal headache on Tuesday (16Sep14) after turning up for an arraignment hearing in Oregon 45 minutes late. Jesse Helt turned himself in to police in his native Oregon for a probation violation relating to a 2010 burglary last month (Aug14), days after accompanying the Wrecking Ball hitmaker to the MTV VMAs in Los Angeles, and he was released on $2,500 (£1,563) bail.
He was due back in court on Tuesday, but made prosecutors and Polk County Judge Monte Campbell wait as he ran behind schedule.
Upon arrival, Helt was rushed into the courtroom so the hearing could begin. He did not enter a plea and has been summoned to appear before the judge next month (Oct14).
Helt was convicted of criminal mischief and criminal trespass following the 2010 burglary, and in 2011 he broke his probation by failing to take a drug test, communicate with his probation officer or complete his community service.
Cyrus invited Helt to be her date to the MTV prizegiving and allowed him to accept her Video of the Year award on behalf of all homeless people in the U.S. in a bid to raise awareness about the plight of displaced youths.
Gucci Mane's jail time has been extended after the rapper pleaded guilty to aggravated assault following an attack on a fan at an Atlanta, Georgia nightclub. According to Fulton County District Attorney's spokeswoman Yvette Jones, the incarcerated hip-hop star, real name Radric Davis, pleaded guilty on Monday (15Sep14) to hitting a man in the head with a vodka bottle in March, 2013.
Reports suggest the victim, an Army staff sergeant, was merely asking the rapper to pose for a photo with him.
Davis has been sentenced to serve three years behind bars. This will be added to the 39-month federal firearms sentence he was handed in August (14).
Lindsay Lohan may have some explaining to do after revealing she "rolled" the body bag containing Whitney Houston's remains while serving time at the Los Angeles County Morgue.
The actress was performing her community service there in February, 2012, following a probation violation when she claims Houston's body was brought in and assigned to her. Talking about her chequered past in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, the Mean Girls star says, "It's different for me than it would be for other people. Like, no one would really have to work at the morgue in L.A. and roll a body bag for Whitney Houston."
But staff at the L.A. Coroner's office insist that, although the timeline may be correct, Lohan would not have come in contact with Houston.
A spokesman tells TMZ.com that Houston's remains were never in a body bag and insists that no one in the probation programme came in contact with the tragic singer's body. The official adds Whitney was wrapped in plastic with a sheet cover the entire time she was at the morgue.
British actress Samantha Morton has opened up about the sexual abuse she suffered as a child in foster care following the headline-grabbing Rotherham scandal which rocked the U.K. last month (Aug14). A report by local officials concluded that around 1,400 children were abused in the English town of Rotherham between 1997 and 2013, and the Minority Report star admits the news brought back painful memories of her own past and left her unable to sleep.
Morton, who spent most of her childhood living in institutions in Nottingham, England, tells Britain's The Guardian newspaper, "I was doing OK and then suddenly the Rotherham thing comes up."
The actress goes on to allege she was subjected to abuse by two different perpetrators during her time in care, but was too embarrassed to report her plight straight away.
She explains, "I was embarrassed and the people that did what they did to me... I thought they were really nice people, so I was actually really shocked when it happened. And, ultimately, nobody would have believed me, because they're the coolest, nicest people... It's a shock when someone does things to you... things you're not expecting. It isn't that people suddenly become the bogeymen. Abuse of children is gradual - this is why we now understand the term grooming.... I didn't go to anybody immediately because - how weird is this? - I didn't want to get them into trouble. I didn't want them to lose their jobs."
However, Morton claims her story was ignored when she eventually brought it to the attention of social workers, adding, "They had clipboards and were always moving on to the next question. There was no support, no offer of counselling, no wanting to delve deeper... Maybe they just assumed I had been abused already (before I was in the home)... I'd say 90 per cent of my friends in the home had been sexually abused."
Her mother later reported the alleged abuse to police and Morton was placed in a different care home, but no further action was taken against those she accused.
Morton goes on to insist she blames social services workers for failing her, adding, "They had a duty of care - not only a social duty of care, but a legal obligation to take care of me, and they didn't. They failed miserably. But I survived. I'm here to tell the tale. I don't want this to happen to anyone else."
Steve Edwards, Nottinghamshire county council's service director for children's social care, says of Morton's claims, "We take all allegations of child abuse, current or historic, extremely seriously. We will fully support any police investigation and would encourage the person in question to contact us directly to discuss her concerns."
Retired wrestler Sean O'haire's death on Tuesday (09Sep14) has been ruled a suicide.
The 43-year-old fighter's body was discovered at his home in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and police tell local news station WYFF News 4 that he killed himself. While Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger tells WYFF that the cause and manner of death are still under investigation, police tell Entertainment Tonight that the fighter was found dead in his bedroom with a rope tied around his neck.
Born Sean Haire, he rose to fame in the World Championship Wrestling (WCW) organisation following his debut in 2000. He went on to join the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) industry as a protege of Rowdy Roddy Piper, but turned his back on the ring in 2004, a year after his mentor quit.
WWE bosses shared their sorrow in a statement which read, "WWE extends its condolences to Sean Christopher Haire's family, friends and fans on his passing."
The Peter Pan TV special scheduled for America later this year (14) has landed a darling Broadway favourite - five-time Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara has been cast as Wendy, John and Michael Darling's mum. The Bridges of Madison County and South Pacific stars joins a cast that includes Allison Williams as Pan, Christopher Walken as Captain Hook and Christian Borle who will double up as pirate Smee and George Darling.
Lady Antebellum star Dave Haywood has become a father for the first time. The guitarist's wife, Kelli, went into labour on Sunday (07Sep14), forcing the band to scrap a show at Michigan's Allegan County Fair, and the couple's new bundle of joy was born hours later.
Announcing the new arrival via Twitter.com on Monday (08Sep14), Haywood writes, "So happy to have a healthy baby boy here with us! Cash Van Haywood was born last night. Mom & Dad are doing great and couldn't be happier!"
The couple wed in 2012.
Country trio Lady Antebellum cancelled their concert in Michigan on Sunday (07Sep14) when guitarist Dave Haywood's wife went into labour. The Need You Now hitmakers were due to play at the Allegan County Fair, but the event's director announced the show was axed because Haywood's pregnant wife had been admitted to hospital earlier than expected.
A message posted on the event's Facebook.com page, reads, "Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum is having a baby! Unfortunately, this means their set is cancelled. All ticket purchases for the show will be refunded."
The baby will be the first child for Haywood and his wife Kelli.
Spanish radio personality Eddie 'piolin' Sotelo's SiriusXM radio show has been cancelled after less than a year on air. The popular host launched El Show de Piolin last October (13) on the American satellite station but bosses at SiriusXM have announced they have "mutually agreed to end their relationship".
Sotelo's four-hour daily morning show came just three months after his long-running syndicated programme on Univision Radio was cancelled amid allegations he sexually harassed a regular guest over a three-year period.
Earlier this year (14), Sotelo hit back with a lawsuit against six former staff members, insisting he was the victim of an extortion plot, but a Los Angeles County judge ruled the radio personality had failed to prove he would prevail in a trial and was ordered to pay $100,000 in legal fees for the employees listed in the lawsuit.
The story, set in Colorado, follows the work of Paul Larson, a doctor at County General Hospital. In the pilot episode, Larson attempts to help a frightened young boy who won't talk, and who is apparently lost.