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Bill O'Reilly and Greta Van Susteren sued for defamation

Fox News hosts Bill O’Reilly and Greta Van Susteren are being sued for defamation by Aviva Nash, who claims that her company, Drum Cafe LLC, was slandered “willfully, intentionally recklessly, and maliciously” by both cable talking heads. According to its website, Drum Cafe is “one the world’s leading Team Building and Corporate Events Companies.”

As the lawsuit, published by E! Online, explains, On the Record with Greta Van Susteren featured a segment about Drum Cafe in its July 19 episode. Without mentioning it by name, Van Susteren called the group’s appearance at a Washington conference held by the General Services Administration “insane,” noting that the event included “$21,000 worth of drumsticks.” Five days later, The O’Reilly Factor played a clip of Nash and Drum Cafe at a GSA event in Vegas before the host decried the group’s work as a “con.”

Nash says that Drum Cafe has lost business as a result of O’Reilly and Van Susteren’s remarks.

A Fox rep says that since the network has not yet been served with a lawsuit, there is nothing on which to comment.

UPDATE: Van Susteren has posted a response to Nash’s suit on her website, calling it “frivolous” and “absurd.” Van Susteren also reiterates that neither she nor Fox has been served by the lawsuit.

Dr. Drew recommended antidepressant after receiving $275,000 from its maker

During a radio program in 1999, Dr. Drew Pinsky spoke on-air about the wonders of GlaxoSmithKline PLC’s antidepressant Wellbutrin, recommending it to viewers. What he didn’t disclosed to audiences was that two months before the program aired, Dr. Pinsky was paid the second of two payments from Glaxo totaling $275,000 for “services for Wellbutrin,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

Dr. Pinsky hosted the long-running radio call-in show Loveline. More recently, he was the host of Vh1’s Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, and he currently hosts the HLN program Dr. Drew. Pinsky’s deal is being disclosed now after the U.S. Justice Department announced a $3 billion criminal and civil settlement with Glaxo over illegal drug marketing and other matters.

EW received the following email statement from Pinsky’s rep:

“In the late 90s I was hired to participate in a 2 year initiative discussing intimacy and depression which was funded by an educational grant by Glaxo Wellcome. Services for the non branded campaign included town hall meetings, writings and multi media activities in conjunction with the patient advocacy group the National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association (NDMDA).  My comments were consistent with my clinical experience.”

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Rihanna sues, claims accountants cost her tens of millions

Rihanna sued her former accountants Thursday, blaming them for tens of millions of dollars in losses, shoddy bookkeeping, a failure to recommend she trim expenses when a 2009 tour was losing money and an ongoing audit by the Internal Revenue Service. The lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan sought unspecified damages against New York-based Berdon LLP and two accountants. A Berdon spokeswoman said the company had no immediate comment.

The singer, suing under her real name, Robyn Fenty, alleged through her attorneys that the defendants drained tens of millions of dollars from revenues while she launched four national and international tours over a five-year period. READ FULL STORY

John Travolta sued for assault and battery

Fabian Zanzi, who worked on a Royal Caribbean cruise line, is suing John Travolta for assault and battery, claiming Travolta exposed himself during a neck massage and then embraced him, according to court papers obtained by EW.

The court papers also say Travolta then offered Zanzi $12,000 to be quiet about the encounter.  Zanzi reported the incident to his supervisor and was later fired. Zanzi is seeking unspecified general, consequential and punitive damages as well as court costs.


John Travolta, lawyer Marty Singer sued for libel

John Travolta and his lawyer, Marty Singer, were sued today for trade libel by Robert Randolph, the author of a recent book about the actor, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The lawsuit follows earlier accusations against the actor of sexual battery. Randolph’s book, You’ll Never Spa in This Town Again, details Travolta’s alleged sexual encounters with other men in bath houses. Randolph also participated in a article about the actor titled “The Secret Sex Life of John Travolta” in 2010.

Shortly after that story was published, Singer wrote a letter to Gawker, calling Randolph’s claims “blatant defamatory lies.” Randolph’s suit states that since the letter has been widely circulated around the Internet, Singer has led the public to believe he is an unreliable source and has, as a result, discouraged people from buying his book.

When reached for comment, Singer released this statement: “This is a ridiculous lawsuit. It is based on our letter which was completely privileged under the law. We intend to sue the attorneys for malicious prosecution after the court promptly dismisses this baseless lawsuit.”

Travolta’s reps also released a statement: READ FULL STORY

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange seeks asylum in Ecuador

British police stood poised Wednesday to arrest WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should he step out of Ecuador’s London embassy — but authorities conceded he is beyond their grasp as long as he stays inside. Assange says he is seeking political asylum at the South American nation’s diplomatic mission.

Police said that he had violated the terms of his bail, which include an overnight curfew, and “is now subject to arrest.” Police officers were stationed outside the Edwardian apartment block in the tony Knightsbridge district that houses the embassy, along with small group of pro-Assange protesters waving “Free Assange” placards. READ FULL STORY

Bravo sued for 'Top Chef' online recipe database

Bravo is being sued for posting Top Chef recipes on their website. But it’s not the recipes, per se, that is at the heart of a lawsuit filed in an East Texas federal court against the cable network. Instead, DietGoal Innovations believes that the way the recipes are presented online violates their technology patent, a “Method and System for Computerized Visual Behavior Analysis, Training, and Planning.” The company claims that Bravo’s use of picture menus and online user interface on their Recipe Finder website infringes on their copyright and has cost them damages.

Bravo declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Report: 'Crouching Tiger' actress Zhang Ziyi files defamation lawsuit

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star Zhang Ziyi has filed lawsuits in Hong Kong and the U.S. after two media outlets reported that the actress received 700 million yuan ($110 million) to have sex with high-ranking Chinese government leaders, according to a Bloomberg report.

Zhang is suing Apple Daily Ltd. and Next Magazine Publishing Ltd. for defamation after the outlets ran stories in May that alleged that she was paid to have sex with suspended Politburo member Bo Xilai and “unnamed high government officials” over a 10 year period. The actress reportedly suffered “immense grievance and distress” over the publications’ allegations and is currently seeking unspecified libel damages and an injunction to prevent re-publication of the articles.

The suit also denies than Zhang was barred from leaving China and questioned as part of the government’s investigation into Bo, who was suspended from the Politburo following his alleged involvement in a murder case.

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Sherri Shepherd threatens legal action against Twitter bully

The View co-host Sherri Shepherd took action yesterday after Twitter user @Daclonekiller sent a tweet directed at the actress saying “somebody should drag u in a back alley and rape you,” among other derogatory messages.

Shepherd responded on Twitter, writing, ” I’m not a little 19 year olds… I’m a grown @%$ woman… seriously you want to threaten me? I’m on my way to the police @DaCloneKiller” and “Just returned from filing a police report for this online harrassment [sic] nonsense. I will be pursuing this legally.”

Shepherd’s publicist released the following statement to EW: “Local law enforcement is  involved as well as corporate legal and security departments. This matter is being taken very seriously.”

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Kevin Costner and Stephen Baldwin to face off in court over oil cleanup technology

Two Hollywood stars could spend the next two weeks in a New Orleans courtroom rather than on camera, on opposing sides in a real-life legal drama. Jury selection was scheduled Monday for Stephen Baldwin’s federal lawsuit against fellow actor Kevin Costner over their investments in a device BP PLC used in trying to clean up the huge Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Both are expected to testify. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman ruled last month that every litigant must be in court every day “because of the seriousness of the claims and issues raised by the parties” and in case of mid-trial settlement talks.

The federal lawsuit claims Costner and a business partner duped Baldwin and a friend out of their shares of an $18 million deal for BP to buy oil-separating centrifuges after the April 2010 spill. Baldwin and his friend, Spyridon Contogouris, said they didn’t know about the deal when they agreed to sell their shares of Ocean Therapy Solutions, a company that marketed the centrifuges to BP, for $1.4 million and $500,000, respectively. READ FULL STORY

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