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Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash cleared of sex abuse charges

Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who voiced Sesame Street‘s Elmo for 28 years, has been cleared of three sexual abuse charges. An appeals court has dismissed the lawsuits.

In 2012, Clash was accused of abusing multiple men when they were minors, more than 10 years earlier. Clash, 53, resigned from Sesame Street amid the allegations filed against him in several lawsuits. He denied any wrongdoing.

Now the U.S. Court of Appeals has thrown out three cases against Clash, agreeing with a New York judge’s 2013 decision that the claims were made too late. READ FULL STORY

Writer sues BBC America, claims producers stole 'Orphan Black'

Is Orphan Black a clone?

Writer Stephen Hendricks claims the celebrated BBC America drama is a ripoff of a screenplay he sent series producer Temple Street Productions in the late 1990s, and he’s suing for $5 million.

In a lawsuit filed Thursday in California federal court, Hendricks accuses the network, Temple Street, series producer David Fortier, and series creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett of copyright infringement. Hendricks claims he sent his screenplay “Double Double” — registered with the WGA and the Copyright Office — to Temple Street in 2004. The screenplay was sent to co-president Fortier; a couple weeks later he was told they were passing on the project.

According to court documents, Hendricks learned about Orphan Black on March 4, 2013, a series that contained “the same, unusual core copyrightable expression as the Screenplay; i.e. the clandestine development of clones and the resulting journey of the protagonist to discover her origins.” READ FULL STORY

James Franco's ex-managers sued for embezzlement; countersuit filed

James Franco’s recently-fired talent and financial managers have been sued for allegedly bilking the actor and James/Levy Management out of a large sum of money for nearly a decade.

Randy James and Ken Jacobson filed a lawsuit in California Superior Court on Friday, claiming Franco’s ex-managers Miles Levy and Steve Blatt “conspired to, and did by fraudulent means, embezzle significant sums in commissions” beginning in 2006. James and Levy, listed in the court papers as childhood friends, founded James/Levy Management in 1986.

According to the suit, Levy told James that Franco was dropping the amount he paid in commission from 15 percent to 10 percent, and that Levy and Blatt diverted that five percent into a corporation named Down Goes Frazier, Inc., “formed by Miles and Blatt for the sole purpose of facilitating this theft.” Franco isn’t a direct party to the lawsuit. READ FULL STORY

Lawyer: 'X-Men' director not in Hawaii at time of sex-abuse claims

A lawyer for X-Men franchise director Bryan Singer says the director has credit card receipts, telephone records, and production schedules from the first movie in the comic book series that show he wasn’t in Hawaii when a lawsuit claims he sexually abused a 17-year-old on the islands.

Singer’s lawyer, Marty Singer, told The Associated Press on Friday that the director was in Toronto working on his first major studio film from August through October 1999. A lawsuit filed by a former child model says Singer abused him several times during that span.

A lawyer for Michael Egan III, who filed the lawsuit, did not immediately respond to phone calls seeking comment.

The lawsuit was filed under a Hawaii law that temporarily suspends the statute of limitations in sex-abuse cases.

Fox responds to Bryan Singer sex abuse allegations

Fox, the studio behind Bryan Singer’s upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, has responded to claims that the director drugged and sexually abused a 17-year-old boy over a decade ago.

“These are serious allegations, and they will be resolved in the appropriate forum,” Fox said in a statement. “This is a personal matter, which Bryan Singer and his representatives are addressing separately.”

Michael Egan, now 31, has accused Singer of forcing him to perform sexual acts while promising the then-aspiring actor-model film roles. The abuses allegedly took place at California and Hawaii house parties beginning in the late 1990s. Egan claims Singer was part of an underage sex ring.

“I was raped numerous times in that house by numerous individuals,” Egan said at a press conference on Thursday. “You were like a piece of meat to these people. They’d pass you around between them.” READ FULL STORY

Man suing 'X-Men' director says he reported abuse

A man who says he was sexually abused by X-Men franchise director Bryan Singer says he reported the molestation to authorities but nothing was done about it.

Michael Egan III sued Singer in a federal court in Hawaii on Wednesday claiming he was abused by the director in the late 1990s when he was 17 years old.

Singer’s attorney, Marty Singer, has said that Egan’s claims are absurd and defamatory. READ FULL STORY

Record labels sue Pandora over older songs

Major record labels are suing Internet radio giant Pandora for copyright infringement for using songs recorded before 1972 without paying license fees.

The labels, including divisions of Sony, Warner and Universal, argue that songs such as Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” and the Beatles’ “Hey Jude” are not covered by federal copyright law, but they have been protected in common law by states including New York. READ FULL STORY

'X-Men' director accused of sex abuse in lawsuit

A former child model and aspiring actor is accusing X-Men franchise director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him as a teenager in a federal lawsuit filed in Hawaii.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday says the prominent director of the forthcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past forced Michael Egan III into sex during parties in California and Hawaii when he was 17 in the late 1990s.

Singer’s attorney, Marty Singer, said in a statement that the claims are absurd and defamatory.

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Randy Quaid sues Indiana bail bond company

Actor Randy Quaid has sued an Indianapolis bond company that bailed him and his wife out of jail after they were arrested on squatting charges in California in 2010.

The Indianapolis Star reports the 63-year-old Independence Day star sued American Surety in Hamilton County Court, saying the company posted two $50,000 bonds for the couple without being asked, obligating them to repay bonds that they hadn’t requested. READ FULL STORY

Katherine Heigl sues pharmacy company over Twitter photo

Emmy-award winning actress Katherine Heigl has sued Duane Reade Inc., saying the company is using a picture of her leaving one of its pharmacies in its promotional materials.

The 35-year-old who acted in the television series Grey’s Anatomy and in movies including Knocked Up and 27 Dresses is seeking at least $6 million in damages. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan. READ FULL STORY

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