Legal Hissy Articles
Yesterday I wrote about Leonardo DiCaprio and Don’s Plum, the film he shot almost 20 years ago with his boys Tobey Maguire and Kevin Connolly that he and Tobey had blocked from North America. Click here for a refresher. As mentioned, the filmmaker decided to make Don’s Plum available online for free. Full Story
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Actually, that’s an incomplete title. The complete title should be: Jared Leto vs TMZ over Taylor Swift How much do you think Taylor loves that Jared Leto is getting legal with TMZ because of her? Jared is insisting that it’s more about “morality” but, come on, isn’t this about her? Or, more specifically, what he said about her? A quick recap: TMZ posted a video earlier this week of Jared in a studio judgy-momming Taylor’s music. Full Story
The Golden Globe nominations are coming on Thursday, exactly one month before the show on January 10, 2016. Lee Daniels could be there to represent Empire. Can someone please invite Sean Penn too?
As you recall, Lee namechecked Sean in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter a few months ago when answering a question about Terrence Howard’s reputation. Click here for a refresher. And after all that’s been written about Sean Penn over the years, after all the times we’ve heard about his violent and fisty ways, he decides it’s Lee Daniels he wants to go after? Sean Penn is suing Lee for defamation.
On Thursday, Lee countered with a motion to dismiss the suit, with his lawyers writing that he refuses to be intimidated and that what he said is protected by free speech. Lee’s motion also cites a number of published articles referring to Sean’s “Horrifying History of Alleged Abuse”.
“With fame, money and high-priced legal counsel, Penn has the power to buy most things. Fortunately for Daniels, the First Amendment is not for sale. Penn’s complaint is merely a blunt force instrument wielded in an attempt to control the narrative of his life and to expunge the alleged misdeeds sensationalized in the press for decades. While Penn may have personally experienced the challenged statement as offensive, he must now demonstrate that the statement is reasonably susceptible to a defamatory meaning. He has not, and cannot. The challenged statement is constitutionally protected opinion, and New York courts have repeatedly emphasized the need to summarily reject defamation claims brought to bully those who dare exercise their constitutional right of free speech."
Did Sean Penn expect Lee Daniels to put his head down and apologise?
Is he prepared to go to trial and have a court analyse Lee’s comments, and offer proof that before Lee made those comments, his public image was pristine? Show me, is what Lee Daniels is telling him, chest out, arms wide open.
Yours in gossip,
About a month ago, it was reported that Calvin Harris allegedly hit up a low budget massage shoppe in LA and people wondered whether or not he was getting a rub’n’tug. Click here for a refresher. The other day, Radar Online, mostly full of sh-t, claimed that Taylor Swift broke up with him because of that visit. Full Story
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Justin Bieber’s dick took over the internet late Wednesday and through Thursday. And now he’s threatening to sue. The New York Daily News was the first to publish censored photos of JB free-cocking in Bora Bora on Wednesday afternoon. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a letter from JB’s legal team was sent to the newspaper on Wednesday. Full Story
Sean Penn is suing Lee Daniels for $10 million alleging that Daniels has defamed him. Here’s a quick background: To promote Empire, Daniels was interviewed recently in The Hollywood Reporter and when asked about Terrence Howard being, um, Terrence Howard, and his history of abusing women, Daniels’s made a point about how Terrence is being unfairly vilified for it when so many high profile white actors have the same sh-t on their resumés: “(Terrence) ain’t done nothing different than Marlon Brando or Sean Penn, and all of a sudden he’s some f*ckin’ demon. Full Story
IN TOUCH Magazine is reporting that Blake Shelton and Cady Groves hooked up and that’s why he and Miranda Lambert are over. Now Blake is threatening to sue IN TOUCH. According to TMZ, his lawyers have sent the magazine a letter warning that he’ll take them to court if they don’t retract their story. Full Story
Maria just emailed me wondering if Bradley Cooper and Leonardo DiCaprio share the same lawyer. The two are good friends, as you know. And they both date models, as you know. And now they’re both suing French magazine Oops! Leo is suing Oops! for making up a story about him knocking up Rihanna. Full Story
Leonardo DiCaprio is suing French magazine Oops! over a story they ran about him getting Rihanna pregnant but that he doesn’t want to have anything to do with the baby. According to TMZ, Leo’s people contacted Oops! to tell them they were full of sh-t, and the French gossips were like, yeah, we know, whatever. Full Story
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard left Australia yesterday – click here to see shots of them trying to avoid paps in their car on the way to their private jet. Earlier in the day, the Australian senate held a meeting to decide whether or not he would be charged for violating the quarantine when they snuck their dogs into the country a few weeks ago. Full Story
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Mischa Barton is in a strange spot career-wise. She’s not old enough to be “forgotten” but she’s not relevant enough to come up as a casting choice. Basically her trade is horror movies and traveling theatre productions. I wondered why she hadn’t tried a CW show but in fact she has, in 2012. Full Story