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FBI issues statement on leaked nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, others

Multiple nude photos of female celebrities, including Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, surfaced Sunday on website 4chan, and the FBI released a statement Monday claiming they’re looking into the situation.

“The FBI is aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter,” the statement said. “Any further comment would be inappropriate at this time.” READ FULL STORY

Man arrested after Philip Seymour Hoffman death no longer faces drug sale charge

Robert Aaron Vineberg, who was arrested in the wake of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death in February, no longer faces charges of intention to sell heroin, The New York Times reported. Vineberg, a 58-year-old musician, pleaded guilty to the lesser felony of simply possessing the drug. According to the Times, police found 296 glassine bags of heroin at Vineberg’s building, which police zeroed in on after a tipster connected it to Hoffman. Per the Associated Press, one arrested in the raid on the building did not face charges, and two others faced the misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession.

After Vineberg’s arrest, his lawyer told the AP that “this case and the charges against Mr. Vineberg have absolutely nothing to do with the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman … We’re hoping the [district attorney] will not use Mr. Vineberg as a scapegoat.” The case against Vineberg was dropped on “evidentiary issues that have come to light,” according to assistant district attorney John Veiga, the Times reported. The two police officers who initially questioned Vineberg after his arrest did not read him his Miranda rights, and therefore the court could not use Vineberg’s statements.

An autopsy revealed that Hoffman, who was found with a needle in his arm, died of a mix of drugs, which included heroin and cocaine.

Jesse Helt, Miley Cyrus' VMA date, turns himself in to Oregon police

Jesse Helt, Miley Cyrus’ date to Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, gained attention after the awards show when it became known that there was a warrant for his arrest in Oregon. Helt was wanted for a probation violation. But according to the Associated Press, Helt recently turned himself in at the Polk County Jail in Dallas, Oregon, and then posted $2,500 bail.

Helt’s probation carried over from an old case, where he had pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal mischief and criminal trespass. The arrest warrant for his probation violation was issued in November 2011.

Helt is reportedly expected to appear in court in about two weeks.

Apple finally sets a date for the iPhone 6 reveal

Ever since the iPhone 5S was released last September, the Internet has been abuzz about what the iPhone 6 might look like. Although a small army of Apple-obsessed Internet sleuths and tech journalists have found out enough to steal a bit of thunder from any official reveal: that the iPhone 6 will come in two sizes, 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, look similar to the 5/5S, and will include the TouchID sensor that was introduced on the 5S. But no matter how well-sourced and consistent information is, the only way to know for sure is to wait for Apple to finally reveal the thing. Which, fortunately, is only a mere two weeks from now.

According to Business Insider, Apple sent out invitations to an event at the Flint Center in Cupertino, California, at 10 a.m. September 9. That is when we will know the truth.

And then the cycle will begin anew…

'Sister Wives' family wins case as polygamy ban ruled unconstitutional

Kody Brown and his four wives are best known for starring on TLC’s Sister Wives, but the family has also been battling a long-standing legal case. Yesterday, the Browns’ attorney, Jonathan Turley, announced that the final decision of United States District Court Judge Clarke Waddoups came down in favor of the Brown family.

As Turley wrote on his blog, “Previously, Judge Waddoups handed down an historic ruling striking down key portions of the Utah polygamy law as unconstitutional. Only one count remained: the Section 1983 claim that state officials (notably prosecutor Jeffrey R. Buhman) violated the constitutional rights of the Brown family in years of criminal investigation and public accusations. He has now ruled for the Browns in what is now a clear sweep on all counts.” READ FULL STORY

Joan Rivers is 'resting comfortably' after hospitalization (Updated)

UPDATE (10 p.m. ET): Joan Rivers’ daughter, Melissa, released the following statement to EW: “I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support for my mother. She is resting comfortably and is with our family. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers.”

UPDATE: Mount Sinai Hospital, where Rivers is receiving treatment, has released a statement: “This morning, Joan Rivers was taken to The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where she is being attended to. Her family wants to thank everybody for their outpouring of love and support. We will provide an update on her condition as it becomes available.”

ORIGINAL STORY: According to the Associated Press, Joan Rivers was rushed to the hospital after she stopped breathing while receiving throat surgery at a clinic in New York Thursday morning. Chief News Correspondent for E!, the network Rivers’ Fashion Police appears on, posted a tweet Thursday afternoon saying, “Joan Rivers is in stable condition.”

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Judge rules that Bryan Singer's original accuser can drop lawsuit

A federal judged in Hawaii ruled on Wednesday, Aug. 28 that Michael Egan III can drop his lawsuit against director Bryan Singer. In the ruling, the judge also stated that Egan’s case would be dismissed without prejudice, allowing Egan to refile in the future.

As the AP originally reported, Egan requested to dismiss the lawsuit due to his inability to find a new lawyer to represent him. An attorney advising Egan reportedly told the AP that Egan approved of the ruling and “got everything he wanted.” READ FULL STORY

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are married

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were married this past Saturday in France, EW has confirmed.

A spokesman confirmed the news today to the Associated Press. People writes that the wedding took place at Château Miraval in the village of Correns, a property (complete with a 35-room house and working vineyard) Pitt and Jolie have owned since 2008. The two began their relationship during the filming of 2005’s Mr. and Mrs. Smith and were engaged in 2012.

Pitt and Jolie are next set to star together in By the Sea, an independent film written and directed by Jolie, which will film in Malta.

Character actor Stephen Lee dead at 58

 

Stephen Lee, a character actor who has appeared in several TV series including Seinfeld, Malcom in the Middle, and The West Wing died on August 14 after a heart attack. He was 58.

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'Cops' crew member Bryce Dion dies during filming (Updated)

UPDATED: Omaha Police Department’s Chief Todd Schmaderer led a news conference Wednesday where he said that 38-year-old Cops crew member Bryce Dion was killed by gunfire while he was documenting the Omaha Police Department’s response to an armed robbery at Wendy’s. Robbery suspect Cortez Washington, 32, was also killed by gunfire.

According to Schmaderer, witnesses said Washington shot at officers first, and the officers then returned fire. Schmaderer said Washington was able to flee to the parking lot, where he collapsed, and that Dion was injured by one gunshot and collapsed inside the Wendy’s doorway. Both Washington and Dion were transported to a hospital, where they were pronounced dead shortly after arriving. READ FULL STORY

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