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Bryan Singer dismissed from sex abuse charges

On Friday, John Doe 117 dismissed his sex abuse suit against Bryan Singer.

In the lawsuit, John Doe 117 had originally claimed that Singer and Broadway production exec Gary Goddard had sexually abused him. Singer had filed a motion to dismiss the case in July, but this latest dismissal came about before that motion was even heard.

The case was dismissed with prejudice, so in the future, the plaintiff will not be able to file new cases against Singer with the same allegations.

As for Goddard, John Doe 117′s lawyers filed a brief opposing his motion to dismiss. His case remains active.

John Doe 117′s attorney, Jeff Herman, issued the following statement: “Upon further review of the facts and circumstances, my client does not want to pursue those claims.” Marty Singer, attorney for Bryan Singer, told EW, “We are pleased the case was dismissed.” Goddard’s attorney did not immediately reply to request for comment.

Buzzfeed has a copy of Singer’s dismissal and the memo in opposition to Goddard’s motion to dismiss.

Adele's son wins five-figure settlement from paparazzi

Even when Adele isn’t on stage, she’s still winning.

According to the Associated Press, Adele’s one-year-old son, Angelo, won a five-figure sum in damages from a settlement with photo agency Corbis Images UK after paparazzi photographed him in private family moments.

Adele’s lawyer Jenny Afia told the AP that the singer refused to let her son become “public property.” “It is a matter of profound sadness that many of his milestone moments, such as his first family outing and his first trip to playgroup, were photographed and published worldwide expressly against his family’s wishes,” Afia added.

As for the money, it will be held in a trust for Angelo, and Corbis Images UK has agreed to stop using the photos.

Judge says John Travolta can't stop alleged gay lover from spilling secrets

A California appeals court judge made a ruling on Tuesday that said actor John Travolta can no longer prevent former employee and alleged former gay lover Douglas Gotterba from telling his side of the story in court.

Gotterba worked for Travolta’s aircraft company Alto in the 1980s, until he reached a written termination agreement with the business in 1987. The pilot claims that his six-year working relationship with Travolta developed into something much more personal, and nearly 25 years later, he decided to “tell the story of his life and those involved in it.”

After Gotterba gave an interview to The National Enquirer and announced plans to release a book, Travolta’s attorney sent the pilot cease-and-desist letters claiming Gotterba was breaching a confidentiality provision in his original termination agreement. But Gotterba and his lawyer called the documents inauthentic, saying the paperwork in question was an early draft of the agreement. Gotterba sued Travolta and Alto, seeking a judge’s opinion about which agreement was valid and whether or not confidentiality was really enforceable.

However, a special California law created to protect First Amendment rights continued the legal back and forth—Alto responded with an anti-SLAPP motion asserting Travolta’s right to petition and further questioned whether or not Gotteba’s lawsuit was based upon the cease-and-desist letters alone, or the larger confidentiality disagreement. On Tuesday, California appeals court Presiding Justice Arthur Gilbert ruled in Gotteba’s favor, stating that the lawsuit was based on “the validity of the asserted termination agreements.” According to court documents, Gilbert added, “Although the prelitigation letters may have triggered Gotterba’s complaint and may be evidence in support of the complaint, they are not the basis of the complaint.”

Gilbert concluded that if Travolta had won, the decision “would lead to the absurd result that a person receiving a demand letter threatening legal action for breach of contract would be precluded from seeking declaratory relief to determine the validity of the contract. Declaratory relief would be limited to situations where the parties have not communicated their disagreement.”

Conor Oberst drops libel lawsuit against rape accuser

Conor Oberst, musician and Bright Eyes frontman, has dropped the libel lawsuit he filed against rape accuser Joanie Faircloth.

In 2013, Faircloth took to the xoJane comments section to claim that Oberst raped her when she was 16. Her claim quickly spread across the internet, and she later wrote a Tumblr further detailing the supposed encounter. Although both the comments and the Tumblr post were deleted, Oberst said that the claims damaged his reputation and career, leading him to file a libel lawsuit against Faircloth.

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Former Destiny's Child member Farrah Franklin arrested

Farrah Franklin, a former member of Destiny’s Child, was arrested Sunday in South Carolina’s Horry County on a charge of disorderly conduct. She was booked at about 5 a.m. and was released at noon later that day, according to police reports.

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'The Patriot' actress dies at 21

Skye McCole Bartusiak, an actress best known for her role as Mel Gibson’s daughter in 2000′s The Patriot, died Saturday. She was 21.

The cause of death has not yet been determined, but Bartusiak’s mother told CNN that epileptic seizures her daughter had endured for most of her life had returned in the past week.

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Casey Kasem's body has gone missing

The remains of late DJ and voice actor Casey Kasem have gone missing.

According to the Associated Press, the body’s whereabouts were called into question when Scott Winship, lawyer for the deceased’s daughter Kerri Kasem, went to deliver a temporary restraining order to the Tacoma, Wash., funeral home where Kasem’s body was being held.

The order was granted by Judge Ronald Culpepper, and was meant to prevent the deceased’s wife, Jean Kasem, from cremating Kasem’s remains while Kerri Kasem sought authorization to seek an autopsy on the body. When Winship went to deliver the order to Gaffney Funeral Home & Cremation Services, he was informed that the remains were no longer in their care.

“I cannot discuss the actual arrangements themselves, but he’s no longer in our care,” funeral director Tim Grant told the Associated Press.

A hearing for the autopsy petition was scheduled for July 25.

U.K. court rules that 'Glee' must change its name

Britain’s high court ruled Friday that Glee can’t keep its name—at least not in the U.K.

The ruling comes after a legal battle between Twentieth Century Fox and and Comic Enterprises, which operates a string of comedy venues called The Glee Club, The Associated Press reports.

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'Walking Dead' extra sentenced to 18 years for mailing ricin to Obama

Shannon Guess Richardson, a Texas actress who appeared in The Walking Dead and the Sandra Bullock movie The Blind Side, was sentenced to the maximum of 18 years after she admitted to sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and then lying about it. In May 2013, she sent tainted letters addressed to Obama, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, and the leader of a national gun-control group. “What’s in this letter is nothing compared to what ive got in store for you mr president,” the letter warned Obama. “You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns. Anyone wants to come to my house will get shot in the face.”

Richardson had grown the biological toxin herself, and she went to police and blamed the act on her husband, who was in the process of filing for divorce.

In federal court on July 16, Richardson, 36, tearfully pleaded for mercy, referenced her six children, and claimed that she never intended to hurt anybody because she assumed that security measures were in place to protect those who receive official mail. “I don’t feel like I was in my right mind leading up to that point,” she said, according to the Associated Press. Eighteen years was the maximum sentence, and Richardson was also ordered to pay $367,000 in restitution.

Elaine Stritch dies at 89

Broadway legend Elaine Stritch—best known for her acerbic performances in plays and musicals including CompanyA Little Night Music, and her award-winning one-woman show Elaine Stritch at Liberty—has died, the New York Times reports. She was 89.

Stritch spent nearly 70 years performing on the stage and screen; contemporary audiences may know her best as Colleen Donaghy, the sharp-tongued mother of Alec Baldwin’s character on 30 Rock. She won an Emmy for playing that role in 2007—her third such award, following statuettes for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her work on Law & Order in 1993 and Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety Program for Elaine Stritch at Liberty in 2004. Stritch was also nominated for four Tony awards; in 2002, at Liberty won the Tony for Best Special Theatrical Event, as well as the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show.

A full obituary is in the works; in the meantime, celebrate Stritch by watching her perform her two signature songs, “The Ladies Who Lunch” and “I’m Still Here” (both by Stephen Sondheim): READ FULL STORY

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