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Bryan Singer files motion to dismiss sex abuse charges

X-Men director Bryan Singer has denied allegations of teen sexual abuse and filed a motion to dismiss recent charges, based on the plaintiff’s own sworn statements.

In a civil lawsuit last month, Michael Egan III accused Singer and three other men of sexually abusing him at lurid parties in California and Hawaii when he was only 17 years old. But in his deposition from a similar 2000 case against three different defendants, Egan claimed to never have taken “any trips outside the continental U.S.” — and when asked then if he had been abused by anyone other than the three initial defendants, he answered negatively. Singer has repeatedly denied the charges and claims to have phone records and receipts that prove he was not in Hawaii when Egan claims the assaults took place. In Singer’s filing, which can be read at the Hollywood Reporter, he asks for dismissal based on the Hawaii court’s lack of jurisdiction.

Last month, Egan had filed charges in Hawaii against Singer, David Neuman, Garth Ancier, and Gary Goddard. Last week, Neuman filed a similar motion to dismiss, based on the same evidence and including Egan’s decade-old testimony that Neuman had “never acted improperly.” Egan’s attorney has not yet responded to his client’s inconsistencies, other than to reiterate his current claim that he was in Hawaii with the defendants. Neuman’s motion already has a court date set for July 28.

Taylor Swift sued by Lucky 13 clothing company for trademark infringement

Taylor Swift didn’t know that her lucky number was going to be such trouble. The Grammy winner is being sued by Orange County clothing company Lucky 13 for trademark infringement, according to E!. The company alleges the singer used its federally registered trademarks (a.k.a, the phrase “Lucky 13″) without authorization.

According to the court documents in the report, Lucky 13 owner Robert Kloetzly said his company, which was founded in 1991, has tried to contact Swift and her camp on multiple occasions in advance of the lawsuit and cited that Swift is confusing the marketplace because they have similar target demographics. Not sure if Kloetzly actually knows who Swift’s main audience is, though, as he describes the “Red” artist as a tatted up singer who likes “fast cars and dangerous men who drive them inappropriately”. He claims Swift’s music video for “I Knew You Were Trouble” could easily be mistaken as an ad for Lucky 13 because it “depicts stylish, attractive, tattooed individuals in provocative situations.”

Kloetzly is seeking all the profits that Swift has made or the damages to his company, whichever is more, and for Swift’s online store to be shut down.

Supreme Court revives 'Raging Bull' lawsuit

Five years ago in 2009, Paula Petrella sued MGM over continuing commercial use of 1980’s Raging Bull, a film that her father Frank Petrella wrote the screenplay for. A federal judge and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Petrella could have filed the lawsuit long before 2009 and therefore had waited too long, but the Supreme Court has now reversed that ruling.

Now, Petrella can revive the lawsuit and potentially receive royalties from MGM. Head over to the Associated Press for the full story.

Ex-'Scandal' star Columbus Short pleads not guilty to felony battery

Actor Columbus Short has pleaded not guilty to felony battery charges stemming from a fight that left a man unconscious and with a broken nose.

The former Scandal star appeared for the arraignment in a Los Angeles courtroom on Thursday, according to The Associated Press. The incident occurred at a West Los Angeles restaurant on March 15, where Short allegedly sucker-punched the victim after a disagreement.

Short also faces a misdemeanor spousal battery case for allegedly threatening to kill his wife, who has a temporary restraining order against him. READ FULL STORY

Russell Brand wins libel damages from 'Sun' newspaper

Russell Brand has won substantial libel damages from the Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun newspaper over an article that claimed he cheated on girlfriend Jemima Khan.

In a front page story published Nov. 17, 2013, Sun on Sunday reported that the comedian was having an affair with model Sophie Coady. Upon seeing the story, Brand immediately wrote to the newspaper, informing editors that their information was incorrect.

“The claimant’s distress was increased as a result of the defendant’s initial refusal to remove the article from the newspaper’s website, or to withdraw the allegations and publish an apology”, Brand’s lawyer told the court.

In his defense, Brand also wrote a scathing post for the Guardian about the incident, calling Murdoch “an animatronic al-Qaida recruitment poster.” He wrote: “The pain, disruption and distress, that the Sun inflicted by falsely claiming that I cheated on my girlfriend, in the context of such awesome corruption, is a pale liver-spot on the back of Murdoch’s glabrous claw.” READ FULL STORY

'Daily Mail' to pay damages to J.K. Rowling over libel

The Daily Mail has printed an apology to J.K. Rowling and paid Rowling substantial damages over an article that claimed she told a misleading “sob story,” per The Guardian.

The original article, published last fall, said that Rowling had falsely accused churchgoers of stigmatizing her for being a single mother. Rowling sued, and the Daily Mail apologized Wednesday: READ FULL STORY

Justin Bieber released following detainment at LAX

Justin Bieber’s latest run-in with the law: detainment by U.S. Customs officers.

The Canadian pop star was held at a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol area of Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday after he landed in California from Tokyo. He was stopped for routine secondary questioning as a foreign national, his publicist confirmed to EW. Despite a petition to deport the 20 year-old from the U.S., he was not barred from entering the country. Reports say Bieber was held in the Tom Bradley International Terminal for nearly four hours before being released. He left with his entourage, which had been waiting for him. READ FULL STORY

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

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