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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

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

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