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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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Judge opens the door for Michael Jackson lawsuit to go to trial

A jury should decide whether the promoter of Michael Jackson’s final concerts negligently hired and supervised the physician convicted of causing the singer’s death, a judge tentatively ruled Monday.

If the ruling stands, it will allow the case by Jackson’s mother, Katherine, to go forward and present the theory that concert giant AEG Live controlled the physician who gave the superstar a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol.

Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos’ tentative ruling however eliminates some of Katherine Jackson’s claims and an attorney for AEG predicted the company would win at trial. READ FULL STORY

Lindsay Lohan loses Pitbull 'Give Me Everything' lawsuit

Looks like she didn’t have this one locked up: Yesterday, a U.S. District Court judge in New York dismissed a lawsuit that troubled actress Lindsay Lohan had brought against musicians Pitbull, Ne-Yo, and Afrojack over their 2011 song “Give Me Everything.”

Lohan claimed that the song’s lyrics were “destined to do irreparable harm” to her. Specifically, she took issue with this line, which references the time she spent in jail: “Hustlers move aside, so I’m tiptoein’, to keep flowin’ / I got it locked up like Lindsay Lohan.” READ FULL STORY

Mike Tyson sues Live Nation firm

Mike Tyson sued a financial services firm owned by Live Nation Entertainment on Wednesday, claiming one of its advisers embezzled more than $300,000 from the former heavyweight champ and cost him millions more in lost earnings.

The lawsuit claims that Live Nation and its company SFX Financial Advisory Management Enterprises haven’t given the boxer and his wife, Lakiha, a full accounting of their losses. The company returned some of the embezzled money but wanted the Tysons to sign a nondisclosure agreement, which they refused, the suit states.

The lawsuit seeks more than $5 million in damages for breach of fiduciary duty, negligent hiring, unjust enrichment and other claims.

A spokeswoman for Live Nation Entertainment Inc. said the company had not been served with the lawsuit and could not comment on it. READ FULL STORY

Judge supports Ken Burns in 'Central Park Five' lawsuit

A New York City judge has rejected the city’s attempt to subpoena outtakes from Ken Burns’s 2012 documentary The Central Park Five.

The movie follows the case of five men who were convicted for the 1989 rape of a Central Park jogger and exonerated for the crime in 2002 thanks to DNA evidence; the wrongfully accused brought a federal lawsuit against the city soon after they were vindicated. Last year, the city’s lawyers subpoenaed unreleased footage and other materials from Burns’s documentary to bolster their defense, arguing that the film had “crossed from documentary to pure advocacy.” Burns and his co-directors refused to comply, saying that the city’s request was “neither appropriate nor enforceable under the governing law for subpoenas served on professional journalists exercising their right of independent free speech.”

Magistrate Judge Ronald L. Ellis of the United States District Court in Manhattan agreed with Burns in court yesterday, ruling that Burns is still entitled to journalistic privilege under the law — even though his film was sympathetic to the Central Park Five. “Indeed, it seems likely that a filmmaker would have a point of view going into a project,” the judge wrote.

Burns, who is currently vacationing with his family, released a statement about the decision, saying that he and his collaborators think Judge Ellis made “exactly the right ruling.” “We are also mindful that this ruling goes far beyond our current situation; this adds a layer of important protection to journalists and filmmakers everywhere,” he continued. “We recognize too that this attempt to subpoena our outtakes and notes only further delayed the nearly decade long efforts by the plaintiffs to seek redress. We hope this serves as a positive impetus to move that original suit to a resolution.”

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Hank Azaria sues over a character voice

The Simpsons voice actor Hank Azaria is suing actor Craig Bierko over the rights to a character voice — in this case, fictional sports announcer Jim Brockmire. In a lawsuit filed Wednesday and obtained by EW, Azaria filed a complaint for declaratory relief. He claims that he shared the voice character with many other performers over the years, including Bierko. Bierko says he helped to develop the character.

In 2010, the “Jim Brockmire character” gained prominence in a “Funny or Die” video, which allowed Azaria to entertain feature film offers. Then, Bierko claimed “it was he who either:  A.) independently created the Azaria voice, or B.) created it in collaboration with Azaria. Bierko has not been clear as to which of these alternatives he is asserting,” according to the lawsuit.

Azaria wants a “judicial determination of their rights and obligations with respect to the Jim Broadmire Character.”

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Judge ends case against Britney Spears' parents

Britney Spears’ former confidante and self-professed manager failed to prove his libel and breach-of-contract claims against the singer’s parents and her caretakers, a judge who dismissed the case mid-trial ruled Thursday.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bruguera said an attorney for Sam Lutfi hadn’t proven any of his allegations in the case that centered on events before the singer’s public meltdown more than four years ago.

Lutfi’s side rested its case Tuesday, but Bruguera agreed with arguments by attorneys for Spears’ father and her conservators that there wasn’t sufficient evidence to send the claims to a jury.

Lutfi had sued Lynne Spears for libel and the singer’s father, Jamie, for allegedly hitting him at the singer’s mansion in an incident shortly before Jamie Spears and others were granted control over the singer’s life. Lutfi also had claimed he was owed a 15 percent share of the singer’s earnings, but Bruguera disagreed. READ FULL STORY

Sony sued over William Faulkner quote in 'Midnight in Paris'

Sony Picture Classics has been sued by Faulkner Literary Rights, LLC, the group that owns the rights to William Faulkner’s work, EW has confirmed.

The suit, for copyright infringement, points to the 2011 film Midnight in Paris, where Owen Wilson’s character said, The past is not dead! Actually, it’s not even past. You know who said that? Faulkner. And he was right. And I met him too. I ran into him at a dinner party.”

The lawsuit says that the quote is from Faulkner’s book Requiem for a Nun, where a passage read, “The past is never dead! It’s not even past.” The suit claims that Sony did not ask or receive permission to use the quote.

The lawsuit asks for “damages, disgorgement of profits, costs and attorney fees.”

UPDATE: A spokesperson for Sony gave EW the following statement: “This is a frivolous lawsuit and we are confident we will prevail in defending it. There is no question this brief reference (10 words) to a quote from a public speech Faulkner gave constitutes fair use and any claim to the contrary is without merit.”

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Tom Cruise sues tabloid for $50 million over Suri claim

Tom Cruise is suing Bauer Publishing, which publishes magazines such as Life & Style and In Touch, EW has confirmed.

The actor filed the suit over recent stories that claim he has “abandoned” his six-year-old daughter, Suri. The lawsuit calls out a July story in Life & Style with coverlines such as “Suri in Tears, Abandoned by her Dad,” and also an October issue of In Touch that had a cover photo of Suri with the line, “Abandoned by Daddy.”

The 50 million dollar lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles today, states that Cruise is suing Bauer Publishing for defamation and false light invasion of privacy. Cruise’s lawyer said that he told the magazines these claims were untrue, but they refused to print a correction.

“Tom doesn’t go around suing people. He’s not a litigious guy,” Cruise’s lawyer Bert Fields said in the statement to The Wrap. “But when these sleaze peddlers try to make money with disgusting lies about his relationship with his child, you bet he’s going to sue.”

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