HIV ad

Imagine waking up to find out the world believes you have HIV/AIDS but you are perfectly healthy.

A Brooklyn model is suing the world's largest photo wire service for selling her photo to be used in a HIV+ advertisement.

The NY Post reports that Avril Nolan, 25, is suing Getty Images for $450,000 for emotional distress after seeing the ad in a NY newspaper.

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Blurred Lines

R&B singer Robin Thicke has filed a lawsuit to protect his single "Blurred Lines" from Marvin Gaye's family and Funkadelic's copyrights owners, reports the NY Post. Music producer Pharrell Williams and rapper T.I., real name Clifford Harris Jr., are also named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit. The Funkadelic's rights owners claim there are similarities between "Blurred Lines" and a song they own the rights to.

Gaye's family say "Blurred Lines" borrows heavily from Marvin's hit single "Got to Give it Up."

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B. Scott sues BET Network

Androgynous celebrity blogger B. Scott appeared on MSNBC where he explained why he is filing a lawsuit against BET for forcing him to dress like a man.

Scott, who is openly gay and prefers to wear ladies attire, was hired by BET as a red carpet correspondent for the 2013 BET pre-awards show in June.

B. Scott said:

It’s really sad that people have to go through something like this in 2013 when we’ve seen all different types of personalities. I’m not the first of my kind. There has been Michael Jackson, Prince, Grace Jones and the list goes on. So this is really shocking to me.”

Watch the interview after the break.

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Tawana Brawley

Tawana Brawley was a fast 15-year-old being raised by a single mother when she became the center of a civil rights firestorm in 1987. Brawley, of Wappingers Falls, New York, accused six white men -- including police officers -- of raping her.

Brawley, who had been staying with a boyfriend for four days, claimed the white men smeared her with feces and wrote racial slurs on her body before leaving her partially naked in a dumpster. In 1988, a NY grand jury released its report calling Brawley a liar.

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4 Tons of Quarters

A retired Illinois foot surgeon paid back a court ordered $500,000 in insurance money the unconventional way -- in quarters that weighed 4 tons.

Roger Herrin was awarded $1.6 million in personal insurance compensation when his teenage son, Michael Herrin, was killed in a Jeep crash in 2001. Michael, 15, was the only passenger killed in the crash. Three survivors who were also in the Jeep sued Roger Herrin who collected the bulk of an additional $800,000 insurance policy, since his son was the only one killed.

After a decades long court battle, Herrin was ordered to pay back $500,000 of the $800,000 to the survivors who complained that he received too large a cut of the insurance proceeds.

"I've had 10 years to think about this a little bit, and I'm very, very bitter at this ruling," he said. "It's wrong, and everybody knows it's wrong."

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King Louie

Chicago rapper King Louie is being accused of allegedly hiring a woman to assault another woman on video to promote his mixtape.

Jazmine Berry, an associate of Def Jam Recordings artist King Louie, has filed a lawsuit claiming the rapper hired a woman to assault her on video, which he then uploaded to YouTube.com.

King Louie

Berry says King Louie invited her to his home for breakfast last month. She said another woman, Josephine Conley, arrived at the home and accused her of stealing a pair of designer sunglasses.

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Kenya Moore at Fulton County Courthouse

I received an email from a friend who is in the legal field. He covers court cases for another media entity. It finally dawned on him yesterday that the whole Kenya Moore eviction debacle is just another stunt to boost TV ratings and to draw attention to "Real Housewives of Atlanta" tv series. This shouldn't surprise anyone. I've been saying this all along about reality TV shows using the court system to boost ratings. Read the email after the break.

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George Zimmerman

The judge in the Trayvon Martin 2nd degree murder trial will decide on Thursday whether to allow the jury to convict George Zimmerman of lesser crimes if he is acquitted, People.com reports.

Prosecutors asked the judge to let the all-female jury consider manslaughter and aggravated assault when they begin deliberations on Friday, USA Today reports. But Zimmerman's attorneys opposed the request.

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Paula Deen Apology

Celebrity chef Paula Deen is reeling from the backlash to her admission that she routinely calls black people "niggers." In a video released by her camp today, Deen says: "I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong that I've done." Looking somewhat befuddled, she continues: "I want to learn and grow from this. Inappropriate, hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable. I've made plenty of mistakes along the way, but I beg you, my children, my team, my fans, my partners, I beg for your forgiveness. Please forgive me for the mistakes that I've made."

Update: According to published reports, Food Network has fired Paula Deen.

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Wendy Williams Says Paula Deen Has No Class

Talk show Diva Wendy Williams reacted to TV chef Paula Deen admitting she regularly uses the N-word.

"This is something that has been swirling around about Paula Deen for longer than this story," Williams said in an interview with Entertainment Television.

Deen, 66, admitted using racial slurs in a videotaped deposition for a $1.2 million lawsuit brought by the former general manager of her popular Savannah, GA restaurant. Lisa Jackson claimed sexual harassment and infliction of emotional distress by Deen's brother Bubba Hiers.

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Chris Brown

Troubled singer Chris Brown was on his best behavior as he listened intently to the judge during his court appearance on Monday, June 10, in Los Angeles, where a preliminary probation violation hearing was scheduled for July 15. Monday's hearing was related to the 2009 domestic violence case in which he pleaded guilty to assaulting his then-girlfriend, singer Rihanna. The July 15th hearing will determine whether Brown violated his probation by turning in doctored paperwork claiming he had completed his community service in Virginia.
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Chad Johnson Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail

Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson will be tweeting from jail for the next 30 days. The out-of-work football player was in court today to seek a plea deal with no jail time for head butting his ex-wife Evelyn Lozada last year.

The judge was all set to agree to the plea deal when she asked Johnson if he was satisfied with the work of his attorney. Johnson responded by slapping his lawyer on his butt.

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Cop Arrests Sober Man Because He Looked Drunk Jesse Thornton was previously arrested 10 times for driving while black in surprise, AZ. Now he is taking action after his latest arrest.

WXYZ.com reports that Thornton, a 64-year-old retired firefighter hadn't been drinking when he was pulled over by police one recent night.

"I can tell you're driving DUI by looking in your eyes," Thornton said the cop told him.

"I take my glasses off and he says, 'You've got bloodshot eyes. I think you're DUI,'" said Thornton.

Thornton said he told the cop his eyes were red because he was swimming earlier in the evening. Thornton was ordered to take a sobriety test and sit on the curb, despite having a bad hip and knee.

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Jessica Simpson lawsuit

A Louisiana couple say actress and singer Jessica Simpson went too far when she tried to pass off their baby as her own for a magazine cover.

The couple is suing Simpson, 32, OK! magazine and Getty Images (which sold the photo). Simpson is accused of double-dipping -- trying to make money from OK! magazine after she had signed away the exclusive rights to her newborn's photos to another magazine for six-figures.

According to the lawsuit, Christopher Hurst and Tracy Gregory took their 2 children to a Dillard's Department store in Metairie to meet Simpson, who was signing autographs in October 2011.

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Ciara Served With Lawsuit Onstage

Celebrities "double dip" all the time to make easy cash under the table. It's a shady practice that is frowned upon by the music industry. Double dipping may have gotten R&B singer Ciara into hot water with a Los Angeles nightclub promoter.

It all unfolded when Ciara agreed to accept $10,000 to make an appearance at West Hollywood nightclub Hit Factory for a gay pride event Friday night. But Ciara was also contracted to perform at another LA area gay club on Saturday night, which would've been a conflict of exclusivity.

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NJ Socialite Jumped by 10 Prostitutes A South Jersey socialite on vacation in South Beach was jumped by 10 prostitutes who thought she was selling her goodies on their turf.

The attack on Anna Burgese took place Jan. 19 at the plush, five-star W Hotel -- and now Burgese is suing the hotel for millions.

According to a report in the Miami Herald, Burgese was minding her own business when as many as 10 prostitutes ganged up on her in the W Hotel lobby.

The petite mom, who is 5-foot-1 and 105 lbs., was tackled to the ground and suffered a scrape on her knee and a bloody lip, according to the police report obtained by The Miami Herald.

Instead of helping her to catch the hookers, Burgese claims that the “prostitute-friendly" hotel hailed cabs for the women to aid in their escape.

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Fan Planning to Sue Miguel for Head Injury Remember when R&B singer Miguel did a WWE 'flying squirrel' take down of a young fan during his performance at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards?

Well, he may have to pay a pretty penny to the injured fan now that the lawyers are involved.

Khyati Shah was standing at the front of the stage when Miguel leaped into the air and crash landed on her head, slamming her face forcefully into the stage.

Though she appeared unfazed afterwards -- and even got the chance to meet Miguel -- her lawyer, Vip Bhola, tells E! News that his client was "in shock" and "star struck," and now she feels the pain from her worsening condition.

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Rihanna Drops $5 Million Topshop Lawsuit

Troubled singer Rihanna may have had a change of heart and decided not to sue British clothier Topshop over their unauthorized use of her likeness on a tank top.

According to The Sun Daily, Rihanna filed a $5 million lawsuit against Topshop after months of negotiations failed last year. Rihanna was upset that Topshop sold oversized tank tops bearing her image without her consent.

In reality, Rihanna was probably more unhappy about the unflattering image that Topshop used.

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McDonald's lawsuit

A Chicago woman is suing the McDonald's corporation claiming her 2-year-old ate an item that wasn't on the menu.

According to court documents, 2-year-old Jacquel "picked up a used condom that was on the floor” in the children's play area of a Chicago McDonald's. Then, the complaint alleges, the toddler coughed up a piece of the used condom.

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Michael Jordan and Pamela Smith

The woman who accused NBA legend Michael Jordan of fathering her son had her day in court today.

Pamela Smith was due to go before Judge Bensonetta Tipton Lane at 2 p.m. today. Smith's attorney, Randy Kessler, is confident that Judge Tipton Lane won't dismiss the case, per Jordan's request.

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Mayor Kasim Reed sues Lipstick Alley

I would love to see Lipstick Alley's attorney bills. The gossip forum owners are constantly being sued for slander. It seems that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is the latest victim of LSA's resident gossipmongers, who are spilling his most personal intimate bedroom secrets.

Mr. Reed is not a married man -- which means he can sleep around with whomever he wants to. But there is a line that even he will not allow others to cross.

Mr. Reed sent his legal goons after the website, which was initially shut down. But LSA found another host to quickly reinstate their Internet presence. Now Reed's lawyers are going after that new host. The only problem is the law is on LSA's side in regards to the forum users' Constitutional rights to free speech -- even if that speech is hateful gossip.

Mr. Reed should be applauded for being a black man with a healthy sexual appetite for women, rather than for other men. I mean, this is Atlanta.

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A Manhattan judge is tired of Beyonce thinking she is above the law. The judge is allowing a video game company to proceed with a $100 million dollar lawsuit against the struggling singer, according to Page Six.

In court documents, the Gat Five company contends they were forced to lay off 70 employees when Beyonce walked away from a $20 million video game deal in 2010.

According to Page Six, Gate Five said it was scheduled to sign a deal with its financier on Dec. 6, 2010 -- and they claim Beyoncé knew that the financing was set when she sashayed away from the agreement without warning on Dec. 3.

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According to online reports, rapper Jay Z faces more damaging claims from current employees of his 40/40 nightclub. Employees say Jay Z's manager, Desiree Gonzalez, is forcing them to sign a waiver releasing the club from damages in the ongoing class action lawsuit against Jay Z and the club.

Any employee who refuses to sign is threatened, according to documents filed in a Manhattan court today. Federal Judge Loretta Preska agreed that Jay Z violated his employees rights by denying them overtime wages, among other violations.

Meanwhile, Jay Z reportedly treated his entire entourage to a lavish $20,000 meal after he performed at a concert in Paris, France, last week. We wonder if Jigga ever took his employees out for a fancy meal - or does he consider their minimum wage salaries and meager tips to be all the compensation they need?

If that wasn't wasteful enough, Jay paid a grip to have a watermelon (a watermelon!) carved in the likeness of Beyonce (or Rihanna's) breasts this past weekend. The watermelon breasts were delivered to Jay's $5,000-a-night hotel room after his concert at the 3rd Annual Thisday Africa Rising Music Festival.

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