Scandal of the week 6-7-12
An airplane isn’t the only thing that crashed on “Lost” — so did the relationship between the show’s two stars, Dominic Monaghan and Matthew Fox. On Sunday, two years after the hit ABC series went off the air, Monaghan accused Fox of abusing women in a bizarre Twitter conversation with a fan to promote his new documentary, “Wild Things.” When the fan asked the actor to get the former “Party of Five” star to join the social network, Monaghan responded, “He beats women. No thanks.” In a follow-up tweet, he reiterated his previous statement, adding, “Not isolated incidents. Often.”
Indeed, Fox was accused of attacking a female party bus driver last August when she would not allow him to board her vehicle because he was so intoxicated. According to the woman, the married-with-children actor punched her in both the chest and crotch after he refused to get off her bus. “He just kept staring at me with his mouth wide open and not saying anything,” explained Heather Bormann at the time. “I told him, ‘You have to leave buddy. You are trespassing on my bus.’” The charges against Fox — who also got arrested for DUI on May 7 — ended up being dropped, but the victim still planned to sue him for $25,000.
Fox, 45, has yet to respond to Monaghan’s claims, but a source close to him did tell TMZ that they are “completely false” and that Fox has “never beaten a woman in his life.” Monaghan, who dated fellow “Lost” star Evangeline Lilly for five years until 2009, has yet to delete the tweets in question — and has even taunted fans of Fox who have criticized his accusations. “Oh haters, for you to feel SO strongly, you know you LOVE me really,” Monaghan, 35, wrote the next day. “I love you too.Lets dance.You can’t help yourself.Cmon,you’ll feel better.”
SCANDAL OF THE WEEK 5-24-12
Whitney Houston’s Daughter Bobbi Kristina and Ex Ray J Cause Drama in Las Vegas
Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown and the late singer’s ex-boyfriend Ray J put the “sin” in Sin City separately this past weekend while in town for the Billboard Music Awards. After accepting the Millennium Award on her mother’s behalf onstage Sunday night, 19-year-old Brown hit the MGM Grand’s slot machines — a big no-no since she’s underage. After video footage of Brown and her adopted brother-turned-boyfriend Nick Gordon, 22, showed up on TMZ on Monday, both the hotel and the Nevada Gaming Commission have launched investigations. If it’s proven that the teen broke the law, she faces up to six months in county jail or a $1,000 fine.
That same day, Houston’s former beau, Ray J, ended up in a Las Vegas-area hospital after he was found “out of it” and unable to get up from the bed in his hotel room following a night of partying after the awards show. According to TMZ, Ray J was extremely disoriented, so an ambulance was called. His rep told E! Online that the 31-year-old R&B singer, one of the last people to see Houston alive before her cocaine-induced death, was suffering from “exhaustion and jet lag” after a whirlwind 32-hour trip from Los Angeles to China and back just prior to the Billboard Awards. As of Tuesday, Ray J was still in the hospital.
At the awards ceremony on Sunday night, Houston’s sister-in-law Patricia alerted her personal security after she realized that Ray J, who made a sex tape with Kim Kardashian before he moved on to Houston, was seated next to Bobbi Kristina. According to reports, just before she and her niece took to the stage to accept her award, Patricia demanded that Ray J be kicked out of his spot — but he wouldn’t budge. Security staffers at the event were then called over, but eventually smoothed things out after suggesting there not be a scene considering it’s live television. Even though he was able to stay, Ray J reportedly told a friend, “Pat ruined what was a great opportunity to honor the woman who I loved.”
During her Billboard Awards speech, Bobbi Kristina thanked her mother’s many fans who showed her family support following her February 11 death at the Beverly Hills Hotel. “Thank you so much for showing that much love, because she deserved it,” said the emotional teen. “She did. I’m just blessed to have been in such an incredible woman’s life. There will never be another one, never, and I thank you, all of you, fans, everyone, thank you so much.”
SCANDAL OF THE WEEK 5-17-12
For someone who has been court-ordered to stay away from the man she thought she would marry, Alec Baldwin’s accused stalker looks like one happy lady. Genevieve Sabourin was all smiles as she left a New York City courthouse on Monday, after being told by a judge to keep her distance from the “30 Rock” star for the next 60 days, an extension of a restraining order that was already in place. “Je t’aime New York,” the 40-year-old French-Canadian actress told the New York Post after the hearing. “I love the United States. With my lawyers, we are going to solve this misunderstanding.”
But the facts aren’t too confusing. Sabourin was arrested on April 8 after attempting to gain access into the Manhattan home Baldwin, 54, shares with his new fiancée, Hilaria Thomas, three times. She also sent him emails asking him to marry her and father her children. According to Baldwin, Sabourin’s emails said things like, “I am less than 10 minutes away from you tonight,” “Say I do to me,” and “I am excited … about creating Genevieve Baldwin.”
Sabourin claims that she and the actor had a physical relationship that dates back to 2002 when they met while she was working as a publicist for “The Adventures of Pluto Nash,” which starred Eddie Murphy (Baldwin had a very minor role). Court records do show that the pair had dinner in the fall of 2010 and that Baldwin gave the struggling actress advice as a favor to a friend. “My client is not guilty of stalking or harassment,” Sabourin’s attorney Maurice Sercarz said on Monday. “Once we are able to establish a context for these contacts, we will be able to convince the DA and all involved that the context was legitimate. There’s a time and place for everything. The facts will emerge … there was much more to this story than appeared in the media.”
Sabourin is due back in court on July 26.
SCANDAL OF THE WEEK 5-10-12
President Obama today announced that he now supports same-sex marriage, reversing his longstanding opposition amid growing pressure from the Democratic base and even his own vice president.
In an interview with ABCNews’ Robin Roberts, the president described his thought process as an “evolution” that led him to this decision, based on conversations with his staff members, openly gay and lesbian service members, and his wife and daughters.
“I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors, when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together; when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married,” Obama told Roberts in an interview to appear on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday.
Excerpts of the interview will air tonight on ABC’s “World News With Diane Sawyer” and “Nightline.”
The president stressed that this is a personal position, and that he still supports the concept of states’ deciding the issue on their own. But he said he’s confident that more Americans will grow comfortable with gays and lesbians getting married, citing his own daughters’ comfort with the concept.
“It’s interesting, some of this is also generational,” the president continued. “You know when I go to college campuses, sometimes I talk to college Republicans who think that I have terrible policies on the economy, on foreign policy, but are very clear that when it comes to same-sex equality or, you know, sexual orientation, that they believe in equality. They are much more comfortable with it. You know, Malia and Sasha, they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples. There have been times where Michelle and I have been sitting around the dinner table and we’re talking about their friends and their parents and Malia and Sasha, it wouldn’t dawn on them that somehow their friends’ parents would be treated differently. It doesn’t make sense to them and, frankly, that’s the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective.”
Roberts asked the president whether first lady Michelle Obama was involved in his decision. Obama said she was, and he talked specifically about his own faith.
“This is something that, you know, we’ve talked about over the years and she, you know, she feels the same way, she feels the same way that I do. And that is that, in the end the values that I care most deeply about and she cares most deeply about is how we treat other people and, you know, I, you know, we are both practicing Christians and obviously this position may be considered to put us at odds with the views of others but, you know, when we think about our faith, the thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it’s also the Golden Rule, you know, treat others the way you would want to be treated. And I think that’s what we try to impart to our kids and that’s what motivates me as president and I figure the most consistent I can be in being true to those precepts, the better I’ll be as a as a dad and a husband and, hopefully, the better I’ll be as president.”
Previously, Obama has moved in the direction of supporting same-sex marriage but has consistently stopped short of outright backing it.
Instead, he has voiced support for civil unions for gay and lesbian couples that provide the rights and benefits enjoyed by married couples, although not defined as “marriage.” At the same time, the president has opposed efforts to ban gay marriage at the state level, saying that he did not favor attempts to strip rights away from gay and lesbian couples.
The president’s position became a flashpoint this week, when Vice President Joe Biden pronounced himself “absolutely comfortable” with allowing same-sex couples to wed.
Obama aides insisted there was no daylight between the positions held by the president and his vice president when it comes to legal rights, but as other prominent Democrats also weighed in favor of gay marriage, the disconnect became difficult for the White House to explain away.
The announcement completes a turnabout for the president, who has opposed gay marriage throughout his career in national politics. In 1996, as a state Senate candidate, he indicated support for gay marriage in a questionnaire, but Obama aides later disavowed it and said it did not reflect the candidate’s position.
In 2004, as a candidate for the U.S. Senate, he cited his own religion in framing his views: “I’m a Christian. I do believe that tradition and my religious beliefs say that marriage is something sanctified between a man and a woman.”
He maintained that position through his 2008 presidential campaign, and through his term as president, until today.
As president in 2010, Obama toldABCNews’ Jake Tapper that his feelings about gay marriage were “constantly evolving. I struggle with this.” A year later, the president toldABC’s George Stephanopoulos, “I’m still working on it.”
“I probably won’t make news right now, George,” Obama said in October 2011. “But I think that there’s no doubt that as I see friends, families, children of gay couples who are thriving, you know, that has an impact on how I think about these issues.”
Obama’s decision has political connotations for the fall. The issue divides elements of the Democratic base, with liberals and gay-rights groups eager to see the president go further, but with gay marriage far less popular among African-American voters.
Just yesterday, inNorth Carolina, voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional ban on gay marriage. Obama carriedNorth Carolinain 2008, and its status as a 2012 battleground state was guaranteed by Democrats’ decision to hold their convention inCharlottethis summer.
Obama’s likely Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, opposes gay marriage, and fought his state’s highest court, as governor, when Massachusetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage in 2004. Romney said on the campaign trail Monday that he continues to oppose gay marriage.
“My view is that marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman,” Romney said. “That’s the position I’ve had for some time, and I don’t intend to make any adjustments at this point. … Or ever, by the way.”
SCANDAL OF THE WEEK 5-3-12
Eric Church Apologizes For Slamming Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert & ‘The Voice’
Country singer Eric Church is in the midst of a war of words following remarks he made about Blake Shelton, “The Voice” and reality TV singing competitions.
“Honestly, if Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green turn around in a red chair, you got a deal? That’s crazy,” the singer said in a recent interview with Rolling Stone when asked about reality TV singing competitions.
“I don’t know what would make an artist do that. You’re not an artist,” he continued in the RS interview. “Once your career becomes about something other than the music, then that’s what it is. I’ll never make that mistake. I don’t care if I starve.” Blake responded on Twitter, writing, “I wish I misunderstood this ,” while wife Miranda Lambert, who previously toured with Eric – and has served as a mentor on “The Voice” — slammed back even harder.
“Thanks Eric Church for saying I’m not a real artist. Or Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban,” Miranda, who finished third on “Nashville Star” in 2003, Tweeted. “You’re welcome for the tour in 2010.”
On Tuesday, Eric released a statement to Access Hollywood clarifying his remarks and apologizing to his fellow artists.
“The comment I made to Rolling Stone was part of a larger commentary on these types of reality television shows and the perception they create, not the artists involved with the shows themselves. The shows make it appear that artists can shortcut their way to success. There are a lot of artists due to their own perseverance that have gone on to be successful after appearing on these shows, but the real obstacles come after the cameras stop rolling. Every artist has to follow up television appearances with dedication towards their craft, but these shows tend to gloss over that part and make it seem like you can be ordained into stardom. I have a problem with those perceived shortcuts, not just in the music industry,” Eric said in the statement.
“Many people have come to think they can just wake up and have things handed to them. I have a lot of respect for what artists like Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, and my friend Miranda Lambert have gone on to accomplish. This piece was never intended to tear down any individual and I apologize to anybody I offended in trying to shed light on this issue,” the statement continued. “I am grateful for all of the artists and fans that have supported me along my journey and certainly did not mean for my comments to undermine their talent and achievements.”
SCANDAL OF THE WEEK 4-19-12
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are rumored to be more than friends
Are Michael Kelso and Jackie Burkhart back together? Or, to put it
another way, are former “That ’70s Show” co-stars Ashton Kutcher and
Mila Kunis now a couple in real life?
The attractive and single pair might just be platonic pals — but
recent sightings would seem to suggest otherwise. According to X17,
they’ve been spotted together on more than one occasion — and have had
sleepovers at each other’s pads. And at a recent restaurant outing, an
X17 photographer claims they were looking awfully lovey-dovey.
“Ashton was touching Mila’s hand and Mila was all dressed up,” says
the pap. “She looked hot; this was definitely more than a dinner
Cue “Friends with Benefits” jokes!
SCANDAL OF THE WEEK 4-12-12
That ’70s Show’s’ Lisa Robin Kelly Arrested: Why the Web Is Buzzing
News that the actress Lisa Robin Kelly — who played Laurie, the mean
older sister to the main character Eric Forman (Topher Grace) in “That
’70s Show” — was arrested on a felony spousal abuse charge over the last
weekend sent the Web buzzing.
Lookups on “that 70s show arrest” topped Yahoo! today. And Twitter
comments buzzed over the downfall of the once-glamorous blonde’s
shocking look. “Oh. My.” Posted one fan. “Terrifying mug shot.”
Another added, “Remember Eric’s sister on ‘That 70’s Show’? Want to
see how weird-looking she got?”
The actress was mysteriously replaced in Season 6 of the show, and
hasn’t done much acting since 2005. Kelly was taken to the Los Angeles
County Sheriff’s Department at 12:50 AM Saturday and is being held on
$50,000 bail. The details of the incident are unclear, as is the
identity of Kelly’s spouse.
Fans of the show who remember the blond actress will be shocked by her
mug shot, which shows a bruised and wild-eyed woman.
This is not the first time the 42-year-old has had a run-in with the
law. In 2010, Kelly was arrested and charged with a DUI; she paid a
fine and was sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation.
SCANDAL OF THE WEEK 3-29-12
Justin Bieber may be all about practical jokes these days but at least two people in Texas don’t fight the singer very funny. Last month, Bieber sent out nine-tenths of a phone number, along with the message “Call me right now.” Naturally – despite the Tweet being taken down soon after it went live – many teenage girls followed this advice, simply guessing the identity of the final digit. Unfortunately for Bieber (and even more unfortunately for the countless fans hoping to hear his sweet, sexy voice), two residents in Texas – identified by TMZ as Dilcie and Kent – are now threatening legal action against the star because their phones won’t stop ringing. A lawyer for these plaintiffs says his clients demand compensation for the fact that they are receiving up to 1,000 phone calls per day. What does the attorney suggest? Concert ticks, an apology from Bieber or, of course, straight up cash. No word yet from Justin’s camp, excerpt perhaps a bit of laughter over just how absurd these charges would sound if ever brought to court.
SCANDAL FOR WEEK OF 3-22-12
Gene Simmons And Tommy Lee Slam Rihanna For Lip-Syncing
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A press conference to announce KISS and Motley Crue’s 40-date co-headlining North American summer tour turned into a Rihanna diss session Tuesday.
Outspoken KISS bassist Gene Simmons stressed that the bands’s sets would be live, unlike Rihanna’s stage show.
“We’re sick and tired of girls getting up there with dancers and karaoke tapes in back of them,” Simmons said, according to Billboard. “No karaoke singers allowed. No fake bullsh-t. Leave that to Rihanna-Schimianna and everybody else whose name ends with an ‘A.'”
After the press conference, Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee supported Simmons’s statements. “No disrespect to Rihanna, she’s a great singer, but we’re in a slump for some sh-t that has some personality and appeal beyond a bunch of pop stuff that’s floating around out there,” he said. “I’m glad he said that actually because I don’t think I can bear watching another f—king award show that is just a little better than ‘American Idol.’ It’s f—king pathetic to watch people go out and f—king karaoke with a bunch of lights and video. It’s all completely watered down.”
Simmons has been outspoken about lip-syncing. When it was announced that Madonna would perform during halftime at Super Bowl XLVI, he expressed his disappointment.
“I love all karaoke singers,” he told TMZ. “I like all the girl singers who get up and sing with tapes. Shame on you.”
Simmons described lip-syncing as dishonest. “I don’t care what your music is, have some integrity, be real, or full disclosure before the fact,” he said. “Hold up a sign that says, ’70 percent of what you hear is fake. It’s a tape. I’m a karaoke singer.'”