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'America's Next Top Model' contestant sues Tyra Banks, The CW

Angelea Preston, who competed in Cycle 14 of America’s Next Top Model before going on to win Cycle 17, has filed a lawsuit against Tyra Banks and The CW, among others.

In the suit, Preston claims that she never received her grand prize after winning the contest because she was disqualified for having been an escort. As a result, she’s suing for breach of oral agreement and breach of written contract. In addition to that, Preston is suing for intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligent infliction of emotional distress, claiming the show withheld medical treatment for at least 10 minutes during an anxiety attack in order to make for better television. READ FULL STORY

Google faces lawsuit over stolen celebrity nude photos

Nude photos of female celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead surfaced online in early September, and some of those photos are still showing up on various websites  but attorney Martin Singer is trying to change that.

In a letter addressed to Google’s co-founders, among others associated with Google and YouTube, Singer calls Google’s failure to remove these photos from its search engine results “unlawful” and “despicable, reprehensible” conduct. “This is unconscionable,” Singer writes, “especially for a company that boasts that its conduct should be ‘measured against the highest possible standards of ethical business conduct.'” READ FULL STORY

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.


Report: Justin Bieber accused of attempted robbery

Justin Bieber has been accused of attempted robbery, and now the Los Angeles Police Department is investigating.

According to reports, the incident happened around 10:30 p.m. on Monday. The LAPD is interviewing the alleged victim, but has not sought the Canadian pop singer for questioning.

The LAPD would not confirm any further details to EW. TMZ reports that a San Fernando Valley woman claims Bieber attempted to steal her phone, believing she took photos of him during an altercation with a group of men. According to the report, the 20-year-old confronted the woman at Sherman Oaks Castle Park, a miniature golf and batting cage complex, demanding to see her phone so he could erase any photos. She refused; Bieber went into her purse and grabbed it. When he couldn’t unlock the phone, the woman showed him no pictures had been taken. 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.


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.


Insane Clown Posse sues feds over gang label

The Insane Clown Posse is suing the U.S. Justice Department over a 2011 FBI report that depicts the rap-metal duo’s devoted fans, the Juggalos, as a dangerous gang.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Detroit federal court on behalf of the group’s two members, Joseph Bruce (Violent J) and Joseph Utsler (Shaggy 2 Dope). It also names four fans as plaintiffs.

The lawsuit contends that the description of the Juggalos as a “loosely organized hybrid gang” in a national report on gangs violated the plaintiffs’ rights. The group says its fans are a family, not a gang.

Scott Gandy, who is one of the four fans who are suing, says he was forced to remove Insane Clown Posse tattoos to apply for the Army.

Lady Gaga, ex-assistant settle NY lawsuit

Lady Gaga and a former personal assistant who sued her won’t face off in a New York trial next month after settling their differences.

The settlement in a lawsuit brought by Jennifer O’Neill was revealed Monday in a court order dismissing the case. O’Neill had claimed the singer cheated her out of overtime wages when she worked for her for a few weeks in early 2009 and for 13 months beginning in February 2010.

A trial was scheduled to begin next month. O’Neill had testified she was responsible for sometimes monitoring the singer’s communications and for handling about 20 bags of luggage.

Court papers revealed that Lady Gaga and O’Neill were roommates and friends on the Lower East Side of Manhattan before 2008. Lawyers did not immediately comment.

Paula Deen lawsuit: Race-based claims thrown out

A federal judge in Georgia has thrown out race discrimination claims by a former Savannah restaurant manager whose lawsuit against Paula Deen ended up causing the celebrity cook to lose a big slice of her culinary empire.

Lisa Jackson sued Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers, last year saying she was subjected to sexual harassment and racist attitudes during the five years she worked at their restaurant, Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House. But U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr. ruled Monday that Jackson, who is white, has no standing to sue them for race discrimination.

The ruling leaves intact Jackson’s sexual harassment claims.

The Food Network and other business partners dropped Deen after she acknowledged using racial slurs in the past during questioning by Jackson’s lawyers.

Beyonce, videogame company settle lawsuit

Beyoncé has settled a New York City lawsuit that said she didn’t play fair in a deal for a videogame structured around her.

Court records show the case was closed Friday after the Grammy Award-winning singer and Gate Five LLC agreed to drop it.

A lawyer for Gate Five says the terms are confidential. A lawyer for Beyoncé hasn’t returned a call seeking comment.

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