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Discovery sued over reality TV death

Discovery and the production company Anthropic Productions are being sued by the family of a woman killed in June 2012, when a pyrotechnic device malfunctioned during the filming of a reality TV pilot for the network.

According to a complaint obtained by The Hollywood Reporter‘s Hollywood, Esq., the opening sequence for the Brothers in Arms pilot was to feature five people — including plaintiff Mel Bernstein and his late spouse, Terry Flanell, who were the owners of the Colorado filming location — walking through a cloud of smoke carrying weapons. “To produce the smoke for the opening sequence,” the document says, “Discovery and Anthropic utilized two pyrotechnic devices that Discovery and Anthropic knew had not been manufactured by a licensed and experienced manufacturer of pyrotechnic devices.”

The suit also claims neither the network nor production company obtained the proper government permit authorizing use of pyrotechnic devices or had a licensed pyrotechnics operator on set. Mel Bernstein is suing for wrongful death and negligent infliction of emotional distress, while the couple’s daughter, Melanie Flanell-Bernstein, also filed suit for the latter.

Discovery had no comment.

Amanda Bynes threatens to sue NYPD, says Rihanna-bashing tweets were fake

Embattled ex-child star Amanda Bynes was arrested May 23 for criminal possession of marijuana and allegedly throwing a bong out of a window — and since being released from custody, she’s spent every moment fighting back against the charges.

Two days after claiming via Twitter that that reports about her arrest were “all lies” and that she was sexually harassed by one of the officers who arrested her, Bynes has released another long message — supposedly the “last thing” she’ll say about her “mistaken arrest.” READ FULL STORY

'Scrubs' star Donald Faison settles money dispute with former talent agency

Scrubs star Donald Faison has settled his dispute with United Talent Agency, according to a report from Deadline. Last week, the entertainment talent agency — which previously represented Faison — filed a suit in LA Superior Court claiming that the actor owed them $73,000 in commissions, from his time with Scrubs on NBC and ABC, as well as a 2010 pilot. Deadline‘s sources claim that Faison was unaware of the outstanding bill and paid the full amount when he found out about the suit, which will presumably be dropped next week in court.

Director Zhang Yimou under investigation for violating China's one-child policy

Authorities are investigating whether one of China’s top film directors fathered seven children in violation of the country’s strict family planning laws, state media and a local official said Thursday.

Reports circulated online this week that Zhang Yimou, director of The Flowers of War starring Christian Bale and also known as the architect of the opening ceremony for the Beijing Olympics, has seven children from his two marriages and from relationships with two other women.

“We are trying to confirm the online rumors,” said a woman at the general office of Wuxi city’s family planning committee, a department under the municipal government. The woman, who declined to identify herself as is customary among Chinese officials, said she couldn’t reveal any other information until authorities had finished investigating.

Zhang, 61, reportedly could face a fine of up to 160 million yuan ($26 million), said the People’s Daily newspaper, the Communist Party mouthpiece. People caught breaking China’s family planning policy must pay a “social compensation fee” based on their annual income. READ FULL STORY

Former defender of Michael Jackson reverses his story, now claims sexual abuse

A choreographer and television personality who was a key witness in Michael Jackson’s successful defense against child molestation charges is seeking permission to file a claim against the singer’s estate alleging the pop superstar sexually abused him as a child, court records and an attorney said.

Wade Robson was abused by Jackson during a seven-year period, the choreographer’s attorney, Henry Gradstein, wrote in a statement Wednesday. The attorney said Robson, 30, suffered a breakdown last year but has not stated how much his client is seeking to recoup from Jackson’s estate if a judge permits him to pursue his abuse allegations.

Details on Robson’s accusations were filed under seal. READ FULL STORY

'Girls Gone Wild' founder convicted, could get five-year prison sentence

Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis was found guilty Monday of misdemeanor counts of assault and false imprisonment stemming from a dispute with three women after a night out at a Hollywood club in 2011.

Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich said in a statement that after a two-week trial, a jury convicted the 40-year-old Francis of three counts of false imprisonment, one count of assault causing great bodily injury and one count of dissuading a witness. He faces a maximum of five years in prison. A hearing to schedule his sentencing was set for Wednesday. READ FULL STORY

Defense makes opening statement in Michael Jackson wrongful-death lawsuit

An attorney for concert giant AEG Live says the company could not have known while promoting comeback concerts that Michael Jackson was using an anesthetic that killed him.

Lawyer Marvin S. Putnam addressed jurors on Monday in opening statements of the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Jackson’s mother against AEG.

He says the company didn’t have access to information shared between Jackson and his doctors.

Putnam’s remarks came after Katherine Jackson’s attorney played a song Jackson recorded for his children and detailed the singer’s struggles with addiction throughout his life.

Her lawsuit accuses AEG of failing to properly investigate the doctor who cared for Jackson and was later convicted of causing Jackson’s death with a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol.

Putnam called Jackson an addict and said the company shouldn’t be held responsible for his death.

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Wash. jury rejects claim of actress who sued IMDb

A federal jury in Seattle on Thursday rejected a claim brought by a little-known actress who first lied about how old she was on the popular Internet Movie Database, then sued the company when it published her true age.

Huong Hoang goes by the stage name Junie Hoang and has appeared in such films as “Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver” and “Hoodrats 2: Hoodrat Warriors.”
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Elmo puppeteer sued again for sexual abuse

A puppeteer who was the voice of Elmo on Sesame Street is being sued for the fifth time, accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy.

In a federal lawsuit filed in New York on Tuesday, 25-year-old Kevin Kiadii says he was 16 when he met Kevin Clash during an online chat.

Kiadii attorney Jeff Herman says Clash sent a limousine to pick up the teen in Brooklyn and take him to his Manhattan apartment for sex.

Herman represents four other people who filed similar lawsuits. He acknowledges his clients were compliant but says the 52-year-old puppeteer took advantage of them by playing father to them.

Clash resigned from Sesame Street in November. He has denied any wrongdoing. His lawyer hasn’t responded to a call for comment on the latest lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages.

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Celeb photographer Dave LaChapelle sued for choking gallery director

Celebrity photographer David LaChapelle has been sued for $1 million by a Montana gallery director who claims he beat and choked him.

According to the lawsuit, the Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone photographer attacked James Parmenter at a Manhattan apartment in March 2012.

The suit was filed Wednesday in Manhattan Supreme Court.

It says Parmenter was choked “to the point of unconsciousness.”

The New York Post reports that LaChapelle’s representative denied the allegations.

Paramenter has exhibited LaChapelle’s works at his Bigfork Collaborations gallery where his prints go for more than $100,000 each.

LaChapelle has taken portraits of Elizabeth Taylor, Madonna and other celebrities.

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