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Less than a year after the FBI surprisingly included their fans on the annual National Gang Threat Assessment, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope of Insane Clown Posse have announced they’re preparing to fight back. The twosome are reportedly looking into a potential lawsuit and will begin providing free legal council to all Juggalos who think their rights have been violated thanks to the gang designation.
Well, this was inevitable. Deep down, we all knew someone present during the tragic Dark Knight Rises showing would hire a lawyer to look into making money off the traumatic situation. Let the record show the first to the table is Torrence Brown.
In the twenty-two years since Madonna first released “Vogue”, the track has made a ton of money. Both in sales and increases in popularity, the song has lined the Material Girl’s wallet with a lot of twenties, and now, executives at VMG would like a few of those bills to come their way.
The loud beats, the screams of “Baby, Baby, Baby” and the energetic fans were too much for Stacey Wilson Betts two years ago when she took her daughter to see Justin Bieber perform live. She thought it would be a fun evening, but if you take it from the Oregon mom, it was a complete nightmare.
While some stars consider any press to be good press, Tom Cruise has long zealously guarded his reputation by filing lawsuits over false tabloid reports. In the past, he’s taken outlets to court over fabricated tales of homosexuality and accusations his marriage to Nicole Kidman was a sham. Now, he’s reportedly in the early stages of another potential lawsuit, this one against The National Enquirer, and unless the tabloid posts a retraction, it seems likely it’ll wind up in court.
More than a month ago, a cruise ship worker accused John Travolta of offering him twelve thousand dollars for gay sex. The incident allegedly occurred in 2009, involved an exposed penis and ended with the man, Fabian Zanzi, thwarting the alleged advances. His claim was made in the days following the masseur lawsuits, but unlike the other two accusers, Zanzi didn’t hire an attorney. He promptly disappeared and wasn’t heard from again, at least until today when he changed course and hired a lawyer.
The Spurs’ point guard suffered a scratched cornea during the melee, and he wants twenty million dollars as payment. Following the incident, Parker announced he would be fine in time to play during the Olympics. He hasn’t spoken publicly on the matter since the lawsuit was announced, but I can’t imagine a jury would be excited about awarding him twenty million dollars if he doesn’t wind up missing any basketball at all.
There are few places in the world where more frustrated people congregate than the DMV. With long lines, rigid rules and no alternative, the house of misery is always filled with all sorts of people, arguing, bitching and rolling their eyes about the people around them, the workers and the time they’ll never get back. As such, it seems like the perfect venue for a reality show, and for a few weeks back in 2010, it was going to have one.
Elizabeth fired a lawsuit against Randy claiming he breached their contract by terminating her without payment. That prompted the legend to file his own suit arguing she actually owes him money since she single-handedly ruined his career by going public with numerous personal details about his life. He also claims she lied about how much travel expenses actually cost in order to pocket the difference.
Last summer, the Mary J Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation found itself in some financial trouble. To try and right the ship, organizers reportedly got a two hundred and fifty thousand dollar short-term loan from TD Bank. Payment was due in full by this past December, but unfortunately, less than four hundred bucks was paid back in time. Not surprisingly, the bank is beyond pissed and wants its money immediately.
Wilmer Valderrama was only a junior in high school when he shot the pilot for That 70s Show. By the middle of the show’s eight season run, he was embracing the life of a star, hanging out with beautiful women, attending various events and generally being a man about town. Unfortunately for one of his neighbors, it seems he might no longer be about town quite enough.
Lauren Odes learned this recently when she began working for underwear company Native Intimates in April. After appearing at work in a tight black dress and boots, she was told her clothing was too sexy. For the entire month the 29 year-old worked at the lingerie company, she was asked repeatedly to change up her costumes, and at one point, it was even noted she might do better at her data entry position if she taped her chest down.
You can tell, deep down, he knows everything about this story is like a Real Housewives episode, but he gamely maintains his composure and works his way through the incident. There’s really no point in editorializing on the witness stand. Besides, if this actually happened, Tameka’s actions would seem to speak for themselves.
It’s hard to gauge who might end up winning the case in the long run, but with Allred on board, it’s safe to assume the matter will turn into a slugfest at some point. Neither she nor Singer is used to losing cases, and with plenty of resources at their disposals, I would expect a very long trial. It seems absurd to think Travolta will cave, and barring a change of heart from her clients, Allred certainly won’t back down.
You would have to think she knows something all of us don’t. After all, John Doe #1 was already dropped by his first attorney, and given Travolta has already proved he wasn’t in Los Angeles on the day in question, any future legal battles will probably be fought from behind. Maybe she’s uncovered some new evidence, or maybe she’s just excited about the attention. We should know shortly.