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'Ice Road Truckers' star charged with kidnapping prostitute

Tim Zickuhr, one of the stars of History Channel’s docu-series Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads, has been charged with three felonies after allegedly kidnapping a Las Vegas prostitute and forcing her to jump out a second-story window last December, according to TMZ.

Zickuhr is being charged with first-degree kidnapping, extortion, and coercion, the report says. The prostitute — Snow White — says Zickuhr punched her and threatened to kill her if she didn’t return the money he believed she stole from him. The story goes on to say he tied her up with backpack straps, beat her, poured cold water on her face, and locked her in his closet demanding the phone number of someone who could pay him the $1,000. READ FULL STORY

Officials: Reality TV star Benzino shot by nephew

Reality TV star Benzino was injured after being shot by his nephew on a Massachusetts highway Saturday while riding in a funeral procession for a family member, according authorities and Benzino’s hip-hop magazine.

Benzino, whose real name is Raymond Scott, is a cast member of the VH1 reality show Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta and CEO of Hip-Hop Weekly. The magazine confirmed on its website Saturday night that Benzino had been shot.

The 48-year-old Benzino was traveling on Route 3 south of Boston just before noon when 36-year-old Gai Scott pulled alongside and fired several shots into a red SUV driven by Benzino, the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement. Officials say there had been growing tension between the two. READ FULL STORY

Simon Cowell tweets photos of newborn son

Simon Cowell has tweeted photographs of his newborn son, Eric. One of the shots features the former American Idol judge holding the baby and is accompanied by the message “I never knew how much love and pride I would feel.”

Cowell’s girlfriend Lauren Silverman gave birth to Eric on Friday in New York City.

'The Bachelorette' stars Trista and Ryan Sutter renew their vows

In 2003, Trista and Ryan Sutter got married on TV, and 10 years later, they’ll renew their vows on TV. The Bachelorette couple held a vow-renewal ceremony in their hometown of Vail, Colorado, on Saturday, which will be broadcast next month on ABC, People reports.

“We met in a fantastical way, but we live a normal life,” Trista told the magazine. “It’s what we did with our relationship afterward that matters most and was able to get us to the 10-year mark.”

The Bachelor: Bachelor Love Stories, which will include the Sutters’ vow renewal, airs Saturday, Jan. 19, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

'America's Next Top Model' director killed in home invasion

Los Angeles police are investigating the fatal home invasion shooting of a director who worked on the reality TV show America’s Next Top Model.

The Los Angeles Times reports 42-year-old James Howe died and his wife was seriously wounded in the Nov. 27 attack at their rented home.

Police say Howe and his wife answered the door of the Glassell Park home for what they thought was a lone salesman, but instead, two men and a woman forced their way inside.

A fight ensued at the doorway, and one of the men pulled a gun and opened fire.

The couple’s 6-year-old son wasn’t harmed.

Los Angeles Deputy Police Chief Jose Perez says the shooting appeared random and there’s no obvious motive.

No arrests have been made.

'Bachelor' and 'Bachelor Pad' contestant Gia Allemand dies

Gia Allemand, who first appeared in season 14 of The Bachelor with Jake Pavelka, has died at the age of 29, EW has confirmed. Allemand was hospitalized in New Orleans on August 12 after a “serious medical event.” According to People, Allemand died of apparent suicide.

The former model and dancer with the sweet demeanor and endearing New York accent became a Bachelor Nation favorite after making it to the final three on The Bachelor. She later went on to compete in two seasons of Bachelor Pad, where she entered into a short-lived romance with fellow contestant Wes Hayden. In her post-Bachelor life, Allemand — who was dating NBA player Ryan Anderson at the time of her death — lived in New Orleans where she worked as a Pure Barre instructor. She remained a part of the Bachelor family, however, recently tweeting a photo of herself at a Bachelorette finale viewing party with her fellow Pad contestant Rachel Truehart.
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'MasterChef' finalist arrested after allegedly assaulting cop in Chicago

The University of Chicago has confirmed that 26-year-old Josh Marks was arrested early Monday morning by the University of Chicago Police Department after allegedly attacking and attempting to disarm a UCPD officer. Marks has been charged by the state’s attorney’s office with aggravated battery to a police officer.

TMZ — which first reported the news — tells a slightly more colorful version of the story. The site writes that Marks, the second-place winner on the third season of Fox’s reality competition MasterChef, lunged at a police officer and tried to grab his gun. Marks then ran into a residential backyard, where it took five policemen to subdue the 7’2″ reality star.

When being treated for his injuries at a hospital, Marks allegedly blamed his outburst on celebrity chef (and MasterChef co-host) Gordon Ramsay — calling the Brit “an ‘asshole’ who possessed his body and then transformed him into God,” according to TMZ. Reportedly, authorities found no evidence of drug use.

The University of Chicago couldn’t confirm these details to EW, but did add one correction to TMZ’s tale: Marks was arrested near campus, not on campus.

Nate Berkus gets engaged

Nate Berkus, the interior designer discovered by Oprah in 2002, is engaged to Jeremiah Brent, his boyfriend of nearly a year.

People reports that the star of The Nate Berkus Show, which aired from 2010 to 2012, proposed to Brent on Monday. The couple then celebrated with friends in Peru.

Berkus’ book, The Things That Matter, is out now.

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'Real Housewives of Atlanta' star Phaedra Parks is expecting

There’s a new addition coming to Bravo’s Housewives family: Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks and her husband, Apollo Nida, are expecting their second child, according to People. Parks, an entertainment lawyer, married personal trainer Nida in 2009; a year later, the couple welcomed son Ayden. The couple has also collaborated on a fitness DVD called Phine Body. Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s fifth season is currently airing on Bravo.

Melissa Rycroft taken to hospital for 'Dancing With the Stars' injury

One-time Bachelor contestant Melissa Rycroft was taken to a Los Angeles-area hospital on Sunday due to an injury sustained during rehearsals for ABC’s all-stars edition of Dancing With the Stars, reports People.

She reportedly hurt her head and neck while planning out camera blocking for Monday night’s performance show with dance partner Tony Dovolani.

There is no word yet on whether Rycroft will join the seven other remaining contestants for the shows on Monday and Tuesday.

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