Borat’s in the Clear

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Sacha Baron Cohen’s probably sighing in relief.  The defamation lawsuit brought against him by Jeffrey Lemerond was thrown out and dismissed.

U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Preska rejected arguments filed by an attorney for financial analyst Jeffrey Lemerond that his client’s reputation was trashed by a scene in the movie showing the phony reporter chasing Lemerond down Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. Lemerond’s lawyer claimed filmmakers used the man’s likeness without consent.

And another frivolous lawsuit bites the dust.

Chad Kroeger Convicted

Chad Kroeger of Nickelback has been found guilty of a DUI.

This stems from his 2006 charges.  Legal (Canada) limit is .08, and his came in at .14.

He didn’t appear, which seems a little bit wrong to me – we’re not talking about a speeding ticket here.

His lawyer has requested that sentencing not occur until the appeal process was done – but da’ judge said no.  He’s due for sentencing on May 1st.  Apparently Kroger is in Europe working.

When are people going to get it through their thick skulls that drinking + driving = bad?

Woody Allen Sues

woodyallen.jpgAmerican Apparel is getting sued by Woody Allen.

Does this seem odd to anyone else?

Anyway, Woody is after $10million bucks.  Yes, $10million – for using his image in their advertising.

In federal court Monday, Allen said he never endorses services or commercials products in the United States, making the ads “especially egregious and damaging.”

Basically, the image they used is taken from a scene in Annie Hall.  So, the way I see it is:  they don’t owe him a dime.

Unless he owns all the rights to the film.

Which he very well might.  But I think THAT’S where the suit should lay, not with his personal image.

Allen claims he was never contacted by American Apparel and never allowed the use of his image. He says the billboard falsely implies that he sponsors American Apparel.

I don’t see how that could be considered hip marketing anyway, so it sounds like this particular campaign’s going to end up costing big bucks.

Oh, and I’m sure there’s a marketing executive out there shopping his resume right about now.

Photo: Oscar… At a Glance

Richie Sambora DUI with Child Endangerment

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You may have heard the story about Richie Sambora – it’s been in a lot of outlets as of late… I thought I’d just give you a quick rundown.

First off, he got a DUI this week.  Second – his kid, Ava, was in the car.  So was another kid and a woman.  There’s a chance that he’ll be charged now with child endangerment.

As well he should.  Idiot.

Poison Rape

Rikki Rockett (aka Richard Ream) – drummer – Poison – Big hair – was arrested for rape – get this – as he arrived at LAX from New Zealand, going through customs.

The warrant was issued in Mississippi (does anyone else still spell it like they did in school?)   He’s already been released.

No comment from anybody…  What a surprise!

I gotta say though…  Whenever “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” comes on, I am instantly transported to a 7th grade dance, terrified to ask a boy to dance with me.

TI To Jail

Rapper TI  (aka Clifford Harris) is on his way to jail.  He plead out on FEDERAL weapons charges.  Federal usually means really really bad.  He wanted a lighter sentence.

U.S. District Judge Charles Pannell Jr. will withhold levying a prison term for a full year. In the interim, T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, must complete between 1,000 and 1,500 hours of community service, which includes talking to kids about the dangers of guns, gangbanging and drugs, and pay a $100,000 fine.

In other words, maybe if he’s a good boy they’ll reduce his sentence?

T.I. was collared by agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Oct. 13, when he attempted to purchase three machine guns and silencers in a shopping center parking lot using his bodyguard as an intermediary.

What does an ARTIST need with THAT CRAP?!?

The arrest took place just hours before and blocks away from his headliner performance at the BET Hip-Hop Awards in his hometown of Atlanta.


Really – it just astounds me sometimes what people get themselves into, seriously.  Do ANY of these yahoos ever step back and say, “Is this a good idea?”

Remy Ma Convicted

Remy Ma has been convicted for her 2007 shooting of a friend outside of a club.  In case you have no clue who she is (like me) she’s a rapper.

She accused a friend of hers for stealing cash – and then shot him!

She had nine charges , but was convicted on four.

I wonder what her sentence will be.  And perhaps this is a dumb question.  WHY ARE YOU CARRYING A GUN?!

Leonardo DiCaprio

leonardodicaprio2.jpgIn follow up to this story

A Los Angeles judge has tentatively given the green light for a negligence and trespass lawsuit filed against the actor by two Hollywood Hills neighbors to move forward in court. Judge Tricia Ann Bigelow announced in court Thursday that she was leaning toward denying a motion to strike the case filed by DiCaprio’s lawyers.

They’re looking for $25ok in damages… and also accuse Leo of trespass and more. Can you just imagine him sneaking onto the premises all Mission Impossible-like?

Leo’s lawyers stand – it wasn’t me, it was the people I hired – sue them.

I smell payday. And hushups. And finger pointing.

Can we say pass the buck?


Nicollette Sheridan Settles

nicollette-sheridan.jpgNicollette Sheridan has settled her dispute with her ex-manager.  Rob Lee was suing her for breach of contract.  They went through mediation.

He said she dropped him after she got the audition for Desperate Housewives to avoid paying him his 10%.

She said that all deals negotiated by him were invalid anyway!  He’s not a licensed agent.

Of course, the terms of the settlement were not disclosed.  Darn it.  There’s even a confidentiality clause.  The original trial date has been scrapped, since they talked it all out.

Photo: MSN TV

Wendy Williams a Pimp… for her Husband?

wendy-williams.jpgWendy Williams (radio jockey) and her husband have been charged with harassment by their talent hooker booker, Nicole Spence.

Wendy allegedly tried to pimp her out, have her dress sexy for her husband, and encouraged her husband to have at her.

Here’s the sickpart:

Spence also says Hunter got other employees, including Wendy’s co-host, to “get into that bitch’s head” in order to “break her down physically and mentally.” And she also alleges that Hunter once charged at her and that he even assaulted his own wife, “choking her” and “pinning her” against the wall of a studio.

Business is never just business anymore is it?

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