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

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, 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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