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VIP EXCLUSIVE: TMZ Sued for Defamation By Country Music Star Sara Evan’s Ex Husband!

Craig Schelske

Oh oh! TMZ could find themselves in deep doo doo!

Craig Schelske, the former husband of country music star Sara Evans is suing TMZ for defamation. According to Mr. Schelske TMZ maliciously disseminated false and damaging statements in a nationally broadcast segment which claimed that he was unfaithful to his wife of 14 years.

The 12 page lawsuit alleges that during a June 2014 broadcast, TMZ stated as fact that Mr. Schelske “took a hundred photographs of himself having sex with other people. That’s how [Sara Evans] found out.” According to the lawsuit, while TMZ made this pronouncement, one of the individuals on the show appears to knowingly look at a smart phone, suggesting that they had these photographs in their possession. Then, it was declared: “Yeah. That’s pretty good proof.”

“The proclamation made by TMZ left its viewers with the unmistakable belief that Mr. Schelske was unfaithful to his wife of 14 years, and that Sara Evans had discovered his infidelity when she found a hundred photographs of him having sex with other people. These statements made by TMZ on the June 17, 2014 broadcast, were and are unequivocally false. And, if TMZ had done any investigation, they would have seen, in their own previous articles that the photo allegations were false,” said Jason P. Fowler with the R. Rex Parris law firm.

Check out the OFFICIAL complaint here!

Schelske Complaint FINAL

“TMZ clearly understood the difference between reporting facts and allegations, but instead chose to sensationalize the story at Mr. Schelske’s expense. It is unfortunate when a powerful media outlet places more value in quickly publishing a story than thoroughly investigating that story before destroying someone’s life” added Fowler.

Before filing the lawsuit, Mr. Schelske gave TMZ the opportunity to retract the false statements about him and TMZ refused. Mr. Schelske is seeking compensatory damages, general damages, special damages (for loss of reputation) in an amount to be proved at trial,” concluded Fowler.

So what do you think? Does Schelske have a chance up against TMZ’s Harvey Levin?

Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Joe and Teresa Giudice Sentenced to Jail for Fraud

It’s official…both Joe and Teresa Giudice are headed to prison. The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars have both been sentenced to jail for bankruptcy, bank, and mortgage fraud charges!

The couple did plead guilty to the charges, and were apologetic for their actions. However, Judge Esther Salas laid down the law, giving them both jail time. The U.S. District Court Judge ruled that Joe would serve 41 months (a little over three years) in prison, have two years of supervised probation, and have to pay $414,588 in restitution while Teresa was given 15 months behind bars. Because she has the lesser time, Teresa will serve her sentence first, and is required to surrender to authorities on January 5, 2015. That way, either Joe or Teresa will be around to take care of their four children. However, it is possible that Joe will be deported back to his home country Italy.

According to Deadline, Joe and Teresa will appear on a special Watch What Happens Live: One-on-One with Teresa and Joe with Andy Cohen on Bravo on October 6 at 9 PM to discuss their sentencing.

I can’t say I feel bad for them that much. You do the crime, you have to do the time. However, I feel bad for their kids having to see their parents go through all this, knowing that they will both be going to prison. Hopefully, Joe and Teresa have both learned from this, and will come out stronger and smarter people.

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Chris Brown Pleads Guilty to Assault

Chris Brown pleaded guilty today to misdemeanor assault, and was sentenced to time served. He only spent two days in a D.C. jail.

The assault occurred back in October, when Chris allegedly hit a man after he tried to get in a picture Chris was taking with two women. The singer was soon arrested, though he previously pleaded not guilty in the case.

Chris’ attorney, Danny Onorato, fought hard for Chris, saying that he had already been punished enough, reminding the court of the time the singer already spent in Jail and four months he spent receiving inpatient counseling. “To say that he’s been punished severely in this matter is an understatement,” Onorato said. Chris’ career has been on hold for almost a year, and he wanted to get back to work, putting this case behind him.

After his hearing, Chris only said: “I would like to say to the court that I’m sorry.”

I REALLY hope that Chris gets his act together. I’d rather hear about his music and career, versus dumb mistakes he makes off of anger.

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Former Destiny’s Child Member Farrah Franklin Arrested for Disorderly Conduct

Songbird turned jailbird! Farrah Franklin, best known for her very short stint alongside Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams in Destiny’s Child, was arrested for disorderly conduct on Sunday, July 20 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, according to TMZ.

NFL players Da’Quan Bowers and Ricky Sapp went out with Farrah on the beach on Saturday night, and apparently, when they got back to Ricky’s house, Farrah was reportedly wasted and got very crazy! The men eventually called police due to her antics, saying that they thought the former singer might be involved with drugs since she would go to the bathroom for long periods of time. Farrah was found lying down in the front yard of a neighbor, claiming she was going to sleep in the woods. It was reported that police described her as “highly intoxicated,” but said she denied using drugs.

Farrah appeared in Destiny’s Child for five months back in 2000. She, along with Michelle, replaced LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson, but was fired from the group shortly after. Of course, DC continued on as a trio before disbanding in 2006.

“We have to say that Farrah was not kicked out of Destiny’s Child,” Beyonce said on Total Request Live at the time. “She actually did not show up for three major promotional events, one of which was ‘MTV All Access.’ She walked out on [that], and the KUBE Summer Jam was another one in Seattle. You’ll all see that on the [‘All Access’] show. We also had a five-day promotional tour in Australia, which was our first visit there and very important, and she didn’t come. So we all agreed that Farrah and Destiny’s Child should part ways, and we wish her the best in the future. But it wasn’t a management decision, it was a group decision.”

Sad to see Farrah in such disarray! I’m not sure what she’s up to now, but hopefully she gets herself back on track soon.

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Shia LaBeouf Arrested After Disorderly Conduct at Broadway Show

More trouble for Shia LaBeouf! Turns out the actor was really rowdy at a Broadway show in New York City, eventually getting handcuffed, escorted out, and charged with disorderly conduct!

Shia was reportedly disruptive during a production of Cabaret in the city on June 26. A source at the show said he was “harassing audience members, harassing actors on the stage, and chain smoking inside the theater,” during the first act. “Shia seemed out of sorts,” another source said. “He was interacting with strangers during the show and slapping peoples’ backsides. He was trying to avoid the police and fell. Then he was cursing at the police while being taken into custody.” His misbehavior got him escorted out by NYPD during intermission. Sadly, I can see this whole scene so clearly in my head.

According to Broadway World, bystanders on the street where Shia left say the actor was “in tears when taken away by police.”

An NYPD spokesperson later told Us Weekly that Shia “has been charged with disorderly conduct. He was also charged with criminal trespass. While at Studio 54 he was upsetting patrons, being loud and yelling. He’ll be jailed. There will be a court appearance for this matter.”

Who does this?! I feel bad, but then again I don’t. It’s obvious that something is going on with him, and he needs to work it out. To me, Shia has always been talented (and cute when he’s cleaned up), and I hate that another actor’s talent is seeming to go down the drain. Hopefully, he gets himself together soon! I’m not sure what’s going to happen now that he’s officially been charged. He might just get off, but who knows? Maybe some jail time will straighten him out a little bit.

Image via Luca Teuchmann/WireImage

Ray J Arrested in Beverly Hills

Friday night police were called out to a fancy hotel in Beverly Hills to a disturbance involving Ray J that turned into a confrontation. But there are life lessons to be learned.

The police were called and told that Ray J was causing a scene at the bar in the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The whole thing apparently started because he allegedly grabbed someone’s butt. She called cops. Officers were dispatched and when they got there they asked Ray J to leave.

He refused to leave and was being questioned by police before ultimately being taken into custody. And, well, yeah. He didn’t go quietly.

After officers had him cuffed in the back of a patrol unit, he then allegedly kicked out one of the vehicles windows.

He was booked for trespassing, vandalism, resisting arrest and battery. The battery was for supposedly spitting on an officer during his arrest.

Life Lesson: Don’t spit on cops. It usually doesn’t end well. Also, don’t kick out windows of cop cars. It too rarely ends well.

Maybe Ray J thought he didn’t have much to lose at that point, so go big or go home?

The-Dream Arrested on Alleged Assault

Looks like The-Dream is facing some serious legal issues! The singer-producer apparently turned himself in to New York City police today, reportedly been charged with two felonies for an alleged assault on Lydia Nam, the mother of one of his children.

According to TMZthe attack reportedly took place in April 2013, but Nam didn’t report to the police about the incident until last November (A little mysterious…). Last week, it was reported that Dream was wanted by police for questioning.

The charges included assault and strangulation, as well as reckless endangerment and child endangerment. Nam claims that Dream punched, kicked and strangled her while she was still pregnant with their son. That brings the baby’s life into the forefront, and will definitely be taken into consideration if this goes to trial.

No direct word from The-Dream or anyone on his team as of yet, but he is reportedly still in custody. Sources close to him claim that the charges are “bogus.”

If this indeed is true, Dream could be facing some serious time. It’s possible though, unfortunately, as a celebrity, he could get off with something like this. Regardless, at the end of the day,  domestic abuse isn’t acceptable on either side, and, again if it’s true, he should face some type of real punishment, not just a slap on the wrist with probation and community service.

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Chris Pine Pleads Guilty to DUI in New Zealand

Uh oh, looks like international trouble for Chris Pine! The actor has pleaded guilty to a DUI over in New Zealand.

Chris was pulled over by police early March 1, telling them that he had four vodka drinks. He had been celebrating the end of filming Z for Zachariah with the cast and crew of the film, as well as his girlfriend, Iriz Bjork Johannesdottir. When he was pulled over, his blood-alcohol content was at 0.11 percent, above the 0.08 legal limit. He had a hearing on Monday, as his lawyer entered a guilty plea in Ashburton District Court.

As punishment, the actor had his driver’s license in the country suspended for six months and got a small fine of $93, which equals to be $79 is U.S. dollars.

Drinking and driving doesn’t mix people! Lucky for Chris, it wasn’t too bad of a legal issue. He’ll be back in Los Angeles soon. He’s not a celebrity whose name is always in the headlines for trouble, so hopefully nothing like this happens again!

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Da Brat Ordered to Pay $6.4 Million To Assault Victim

These celebrities need to think twice before they act out! Looks like rapper Da Brat is going to have to shell out a pretty hefty sum for an assault charge from 2007.

The rapper was charged with attacking former Atlanta Falcons cheerleader Shayla Stevens with a bottle inside an ATL nightclub back in 2007.  She served over 3 years in prison for the crime, but Shayla sued her in 2009.

The case was finally settled this week as a jury awarded Shayla $6.4 MILLION to cover her injuries and past and future loss of earnings!

Now I KNOW Da Brat doesn’t have that type of money! She’s a decent rapper, but her last full album was back in 2003! She’s been seen trying to make comebacks, but nothing substantial. Definitely not $6.4 million worth! So the real question is how in the world is this woman going to pay this money?!

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Avatar’s Sam Worthington Arrested for Allegedly Punching Photographer

Don’t mess with a man’s girlfriend! Sam Worthington was arrested Sunday in NYC’s Greenwich Village after getting into a scuffle with photographer Sheng Li.

The actor, known for his lead role in Avatar, was reportedly defending his girlfriend, Lara Bingle, after Li supposedly kicked her in the shins!  The photographer was also arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, assault, and harassment.

This isn’t Sam’s first problem with the law as of late. Last November, he was arrested after a fight with a doorman at restaurant Vortex. After being refused entry, he reportedly pushed the guy. Charges were eventually dropped, though.

Here’s hoping after this that he can stay out of trouble!

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Rapper Eve’s $327K Tax Debt

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Eve is a Grammy Award-winning rapper and, apparently also behind on income tax payments to the IRS totaling more than $327K in tax debt. Ouch!

According to RadarOnline, recently filed documents show two separate liens against her in NY state. Eve, whose legal name is Eve Jeffers, had the first lien filed against her last summer for three years of unpaid taxes (2007: $12,971.08. 2010: $181,875.53. 2011: $30,141.34)- all in all totaling $224,987.95.

Due to the past due sums being so large, the feds audited Eve in 2012 and hit her with another lien this past November- charging that the rapper hadn’t paid $102,084.30 in taxes owed in 2012. If you add it all up, Eve is looking at more than $327.

Eve is engaged to Maximillion Cooper as of Christmas Day after a trip to Scotland. Together, they have an estimated total net worth around $50 million. So, paying the total amount shouldn’t be too hard, but not exactly the best start to the New Year or a potential marriage.

Of course, falling behind on taxes isn’t exactly out of the norm in celebrity-land. Eve joins the ranks of Wesley Snipes, Nicolas Cage, Ric Flair and Lauryn Hill- so she’s in good company. But seriously, hire an accountant people. The taxman is going to come eventually, try to avoid the headache- especially if you have the means to do so.

REPORT: Kanye West Pays $250K Settlement To Alleged Beating Victim

Reportedly, Kanye West has agreed to pay a settlement to the teenager he allegedly beat up in a Beverly Hills chiropractor office earlier this month–a nice sum of $250,000.

The incident went down after the teen called Kim Kardashian a “n—-r lover,” while they were both in the waiting room, and threw out some other ugly comments about her. Kanye later popped up in the waiting room, and reportedly punched the guy in the face. TMZ reported that the teen agreed to the $250K settlement, though at first trying to get paid in the upper six figures. He won’t go forward with any prosecution against Kanye.

Now I’m sure to Kanye, $250K is chump change, but any money coming out of my pocket for foolishness like this would piss me off. If this situation happened exactly how it’s being reported, I really don’t blame Kanye for going after the guy. It’s just sad that people adamantly try to get him agitated and violent for a payout, but that’s celebrity life. Here’s hoping Kanye has a cooler head in the future…but then again it’s Kanye, so that’s a HUGE hope.

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Chantel Jeffries: Justin Bieber’s Girlfriend And Partner In Crime

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Ladies and gents, meet Chantel Jeffries, Justin Bieber’s girlfriend and other person who got arrested in Justin Bieber’s arrest that went down last night in Miami (while drag racing and acting like a fool).

Rumors have been circulating that the Biebs was not alone in his drag racing, DUI adventure last night and we finally know that it was a female friend who was sitting passenger during the stupidity that came out of last night’s escapades.

And after doing a little bit of checking, Miss Jeffries is no stranger to getting into trouble with the law. So as the saying goes, “you are who you hang with” definitely holds true in this case.

Chantel is a 21 year old model (although I’ve never heard of her?) who hails from Jacksonville, North Carolina. While she looks like the sweet, innocent seductress, it is apparent (according to her rap sheet) that she is a troublemaker…with her biggest offense including a misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon. Records reveal that she stabbed another woman in the left forearm “during a physical altercation”. Yeah, classy!

In addition, Jeffries also enjoys the need for speed. She also got arrested for doing 92 mph in a 70 mph zone, reports The Daily Mail.

On her Twitter biography blurb, she describes herself as a “student, eyebrow connoisseur, animal lover, and deep thinker.” She’s a deep thinker alright!

For the record, she has dated Diddy’s son Justin Combs, Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson, and yes even Bieber’s rapper troublemaker friend Lil Twist.

So is Chantel Jeffries and Justin Bieber an item or is this just a fun little fling going on to make Selena jealous? At any rate, this is yet another troublemaker from THAT crowd.

Justin Bieber Arrested on Drag Racing and DUI Charges

Surprise, surprise. Justin Bieber has had another run in with the law.

The singer was arrested early Thursday morning for drag racing and a DUI in Miami Beach. Justin was riding in a rented yellow Lamborghini at the time.

He was officially booked on charges of driving under the influence, driving with an expired license and resisting arrest “without violence”, according to police records. After his arrest, Justin apparently cursed out an officer, and admitted to having beer, pot and prescription drugs in his system, Miami Beach Police Chief Raymond Martinez told the Miami Herald.

After a short stint in the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, Justin appeared before a judge for a bond hearing and bail was set at $2,500.

Justin….let’s have a little heart to heart. I seriously feel like Tyra Banks when she went off on that girl on America’s Next Top Model. I am, unashamedly, a little bit of a Belieber. So, as someone who has gotten weird stares for blasting “One Less Lonely Girl” in my car, I can say all this. GET. YOUR. LIFE. TOGETHER. If you keep going at the rate you’re going, you’re going to end up in a place that you sure as hell can’t handle. You were secluded in that jail cell, but let somebody actually get their hands on you!  This isn’t about your fans or your career. This is about you. You might need some serious rehab time, or, at least, some time alone, away from the cameras and the fame, to focus on getting yourself in a better place. Stop acting like a fool just because you’re legal and have money! Get some people on your team that aren’t afraid to sit you down and tell you off when you’re wrong! All of this was never cute. It was never funny. I can just see the comments now, but I actually believe you have talent, and you’re blowing it! Get it together. 

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Meredith Baxter Is Married!

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The former Meredith Baxter-Birney and star of the 80s hit show ‘Family Ties’ has married her long-time girlfriend Nancy Locke in a ceremony in Los Angeles this past weekend. The actress, who came out in 2009 after years of speculation, married after being together with Locke for nearly a decade. Guests included Baxter’s 5 grown children in a small ceremony that included vows the two wrote for one another and their first dance together.

With marriage equality in California, Baxter exclaimed that she was ecstatic about finally making it legal with her wife:

“Now I understand why marriage caught on!”

Congratulations to the couple and let’s hope the rest of America catches on and gets with the program!

additional reporting: A. Neff King