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Kesha sues Dr. Luke for sexual assault, producer fires back with defamation suit

Kesha and Dr. Luke, who the singer’s worked with since 2005, filed complaints against each other Tuesday. Hers accuses Dr. Luke of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse; his accuses Kesha of defamation and repudiation of their recording agreement.

In Kesha’s complaint, she claims Dr. Luke “sexually, physically, verbally, and emotionally abused [her] to the point where [she] nearly lost her life.” The complaint lists examples of the abuse, including a time when Dr. Luke gave Kesha what he called “sober pills” that turned out to be a date rape drug. After taking the pills, Kesha claims she woke up the next morning naked in his bed. READ FULL STORY

Former Fugee slams 'New York Post' with $30 million lawsuit

Pras Michel, formerly of The Fugees, filed a $30 million lawsuit against the New York Post after the publication ran a story claiming Pras didn’t show up for a performance benefiting his own foundation, Hope for Them.

The article appeared on the New York Post website Sunday with the headline, “Ex-Fugee rapper bailed on his own 9/11 benefit concert.” The story goes on to say Pras is a member on the Hope for Them foundation’s board and that the foundation bounced a check to the venue. READ FULL STORY

Miley Cyrus' VMA date gets 6-month jail sentence

Miley Cyrus’ date to this year’s MTV Video Music Awards has been sentenced to six months in jail for violating probation.

Cyrus brought Jesse Helt, a homeless man she met at a shelter for homeless youth, to the VMAs and gave him the chance to accept the award for Video of the Year on her behalf. Helt used the opportunity to discuss homeless youth in an emotional speech that made headlines the next dayand brought to light the warrant that was out for his arrest in Oregon.

Helt pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal mischief and criminal trespass in 2010 and was subsequently sentenced to probation. After the warrant for his arrest was made public, Helt turned himself in.

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'7th Heaven' star Stephen Collins being investigated for child molestation

Stephen Collins, best known for his role as Eric Camden, father and pastor, on 7th Heaven, is under investigation for child molestation.

EW has confirmed that the Manhattan Special Victims Squad received a formal complaint against the actor and that the incident is currently being investigated.

Word first broke when TMZ posted the audio from a 2012 therapy session between Collins and then-wife Faye Grant, who filed for divorce that same year. In the audio, Collins admits to molesting one girl and exposing himself to others, all of whom were reportedly between the ages of 10 and 13.

Iggy Azalea sues ex-boyfriend for stealing, releasing her music

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Rapper Iggy Azalea is suing her ex-boyfriend, Maurice Williams (also known by Jefe Wine in the rap world), for copying files containing unreleased songs off her computer and then releasing them this past August.

In a complaint obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Iggy Azalea, born Amethyst Kelly, claims that Williams “downloaded the entire contents of Azalea’s personal computer, including the [songs], onto a jump drive without her consent” when the two were romantically involved between 2008 and 2009.

“Defendants have defied Azalea’s demands,” the complaint says, “that they refrain from wrongfully exploiting her name, likeness and copyrighted music by distributing her music without her consent and by using her trademarked name and her likeness to promote themselves and the music they misappropriated.” READ FULL STORY

Toronto court withdraws Justin Bieber assault charge

Justin Bieber was charged with assault in January after allegedly attacking a limo driver in Toronto, but the Ontario Court of Justice withdrew the charge Monday when Bieber appeared in court with lawyer Brian H. Greenspan.

“We welcome the decision of the office of the Crown Attorney to withdraw the charge, having reached the conclusion that there was no reasonable prospect of conviction,” Greenspan said in a statement. “We have always maintained Bieber’s innocence.”
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Deadmau5 'will not be bullied' by Disney over mouse ears trademark

Deadmau5 has become known known for wearing what he calls a mau5head (pronounced “mousehead”) to each show, but now, Disney is claiming it bears too much resemblance to Mickey Mouse.

Last year, the DJ applied to get the headgear trademarked with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and Disney is now opposing the application.

The mau5head, which the DJ has used in merchandise and on stage for years, is a registered trademark in nearly 30 countries, including the United Kingdom and Japan. Given his long history with the image, Deadmau5’s attorney Dina LaPolt questioned Disney’s motives in a statement. “Given that the mau5head and other identifying deadmau5 trademarks have been used in the U.S. and around the world for almost a decade, we wonder why Disney is only now coming after deadmau5,” LaPolt said. “Our client will not be bullied by Disney and is prepared to fight to protect his rights to his property.”

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Justin Bieber arrested, charged with assault in Ontario

On Aug. 29, Justin Bieber was allegedly involved in an altercation in Ontario that ended in the pop star’s arrest.

According to Ontario Provincial Police, officers responded to a collision between a minivan and an ATV and later found the two drivers got in a physical altercation. The police’s statement does not make clear whether Bieber was driving the minivan or the ATV, but it specifies that he was charged with dangerous driving and assault.
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Jesse Helt, Miley Cyrus' VMA date, turns himself in to Oregon police

Jesse Helt, Miley Cyrus’ date to Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, gained attention after the awards show when it became known that there was a warrant for his arrest in Oregon. Helt was wanted for a probation violation. But according to the Associated Press, Helt recently turned himself in at the Polk County Jail in Dallas, Oregon, and then posted $2,500 bail.

Helt’s probation carried over from an old case, where he had pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal mischief and criminal trespass. The arrest warrant for his probation violation was issued in November 2011.

Helt is reportedly expected to appear in court in about two weeks.

'Sister Wives' family wins case as polygamy ban ruled unconstitutional

Kody Brown and his four wives are best known for starring on TLC’s Sister Wives, but the family has also been battling a long-standing legal case. Yesterday, the Browns’ attorney, Jonathan Turley, announced that the final decision of United States District Court Judge Clarke Waddoups came down in favor of the Brown family.

As Turley wrote on his blog, “Previously, Judge Waddoups handed down an historic ruling striking down key portions of the Utah polygamy law as unconstitutional. Only one count remained: the Section 1983 claim that state officials (notably prosecutor Jeffrey R. Buhman) violated the constitutional rights of the Brown family in years of criminal investigation and public accusations. He has now ruled for the Browns in what is now a clear sweep on all counts.” READ FULL STORY

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