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TLC expresses concern over reports of Mama June dating sex offender

The future of TLC’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo hangs in the balance after TMZ reported that the show’s matriarch, June “Mama June” Shannon, is allegedly dating Mark McDaniel, a convicted child molester who molested Shannon’s relative.

TMZ reports that Shannon has been dating McDaniel for the last few months; Shannon and the show’s patriarch, Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson, separated in Sept. 2014. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Sex Offender Registry, McDaniel was charged with aggravated child molestation in 2004 and served a 10-year sentence.

A representative from TLC released the following statement to EW: “TLC is not currently in production on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. We are very concerned about this new information and are reassessing the future of the series.”

Abby Lee Miller of 'Dance Moms' sued by student from show

Paige Hyland, a 13-year old cast member and dancer on Lifetime’s Dance Moms has filed a lawsuit against Dance Moms’ Abby Lee Miller. Hyland is suing Miller for emotional distress caused by the alleged mental and physical abuse by Miller for the sake of drama on the show.

Hyland, along with her sister Brooke Hyland and mother Kelly Hyland, were cast members on Dance Moms. The suit claims that “Miller even tossed a chair during a confrontation with Paige” and that “she had observed Miller physcially batter other people on the show including physically pushing Kelly Hyland’s face, pinching another student until she bled and violently grabbing another student by the arm.” According to the suit,  “Miller is paid to be abusive and bullying to her students and provoke arguments with the mothers in front of the children.”

Miller’s physical altercation with Kelly Hyland was documented in season four, which resulted in a separate $5 million lawsuit in February.

 

Actor Meshach Taylor dies at age 67

Emmy-nominated actor Meshach Taylor died Saturday in his Los Angeles-area home following a battle with a terminal illness, EW has confirmed. He was 67.

Taylor was best known for his role as Anthony Bouvier, the assistant-turned-partner at the Sugarbaker interior design firm on the CBS series Designing Women. He spent seven seasons on the sitcom and earned an Emmy nomination for his performance in 1989. READ FULL STORY

'Real Housewives of Atlanta' husband pleads guilty to fraud

Federal prosecutors say the husband of a Real Housewives of Atlanta star has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail, wire and bank fraud.

Department of Justice officials said in a news release Tuesday that 35-year-old Apollo Nida pleaded guilty to his involvement in the $2.3 million scheme. Nida is the husband of Phaedra Parks, one of the reality show’s stars. READ FULL STORY

Ariel Winter guardianship dispute ends in a settlement

Modern Family actress Ariel Winter will keep living with her adult sister after an agreement was reached Monday with Winter’s mother in a long-running guardianship dispute.

The agreement was reached just before a trial was set to begin on who would care for the 16-year-old actress.

Winter’s mother, Chrisoula Workman, agreed to drop her objections to the guardianship if her daughter could watch a video montage of family photos before court adjourned. READ FULL STORY

WWE star The Ultimate Warrior dead at 54

Days after his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame, pro wrestler The Ultimate Warrior has died at the age of 54.

“WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior,” the company confirmed in a statement. A cause of death has not been released.

Warrior’s legend within the wrestling community was cemented on Saturday, when the WWE honored him with a place in its Hall of Fame. After an 18-year break from the organization, Warrior returned to the fold at the ceremony in New Orleans, where fans and colleagues celebrated his long career.

He began wrestling with WWE in 1987, and became one of its most popular stars thanks to his seemingly endless energy, which included wildly shaking the ropes to psych himself up. Warrior was named WWE Champion at WrestleMania VI, after defeating Hulk Hogan. READ FULL STORY

Judge allows lawsuit over Kardashian-West proposal

A lawsuit by Kim Kardashian and Kanye West over leaked footage of their marriage proposal can proceed because it does not violate the free speech rights of the co-founder of YouTube, a judge ruled Tuesday.

The ruling came as Superior Court Judge Ruth Ann Kwan rejected a motion by tech entrepreneur Chad Hurley seeking dismissal of the case against him on constitutional grounds.

Hurley was sued days after posting a 2 1/2 minute video of West’s lavish proposal to Kardashian in October on his new video-sharing website MixBit.

Their court filings have stated the video pre-empted the official release of footage by E! Entertainment Television.

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Viacom and Google settle YouTube lawsuit

Viacom says it’s settled its $1 billion copyright lawsuit against YouTube.

Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

New York-based Viacom Inc. filed the suit in 2007, claiming that YouTube was aware that thousands of videos on its site were stolen from its TV networks such as Comedy Central, MTV, and Nickelodeon.

Litigation dragged on for years, but a federal judge ruled last year that the online video site didn’t have to police itself as long as it removed infringing videos when copyright owners gave it notice.

Viacom and Google Inc., which bought YouTube in 2006, say the settlement reflects increasing talks between the two companies related to important opportunities.

Judge Judy files suit against Connecticut lawyer

Television’s Judge Judy filed a lawsuit Wednesday against a Connecticut personal-injury lawyer, alleging that he used her image without authorization in advertisements that falsely suggested she had endorsed his firm.

The lawsuit filed in federal court seeks more than $75,000 in damages from Hartford attorney John Haymond and his firm.

Judith Sheindlin, a retired Family Court judge who has starred in Judge Judy for 18 years, said this is the first time she has filed a lawsuit against anyone. She said the unauthorized use of her name and image is “outrageous” and requires action.

“Mr. Haymond is a lawyer and should know better,” Sheindlin said in a written statement.

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Report: Diddy offers $200 million to buy Fuse

Sean “Diddy” Combs has offered $200 million to buy the Fuse network, Bloomberg reports.

Combs — who launched his Revolt TV channel in October — would convert Fuse into his cable-music network, if the bid is successful. Buying the more established channel would give Revolt wider distribution and higher subscription fees, according to Bloomberg.

“As we have stated, we are exploring strategic alternatives for Fuse, and will have no further comment during what is still an ongoing process,” Kimberly Kerns — a spokeswoman for Fuse’s owner, the Madison Square Garden Co. — told Bloomberg.

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