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.
Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

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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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