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Vanessa Bryant's mother doesn't regret filing a $5 million lawsuit to claim a percentage of the late Kobe Bryant's multi-million estate.

Sofia Laine, Kobe's mother-in-law, responded to her daughter Vanessa's criticism after she filed a $5 million lawsuit against Kobe's estate.

In a statement, Sofia said:

"For starters, I would like to state that I did not enjoy airing our family grievances in the public. Although I filed a lawsuit, I did not make any public comments and was hoping for the court process to run its Cours without the publicity, as hurtful as it is."

Sofia went on to say Vanessa severed all ties with her and "reneged on all obligations and agreements" to give her the lifestyle that she was entitled to.

In addition to $5 million cash, Sofia is demanding a Mercedes-Benz G Wagon and a new house.

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In her lawsuit, Sofia claims she is entitled to live the lifestyle she was accustomed to while Kobe was alive because she labored to babysit his children. She is pictured far right with Kobe and his family at a Lakers game in 2017.

Kobe lavished his mother-in-law with a mansion, cars, and luxury items such as designer clothing, bags and shoes -- while his own mother had to sell his memorabilia to buy a modest home for herself and her husband.

Sofia is also asking for $96.00 in hourly wages.

She wrote: "As for the $96.00 hourly wage that I am seeking, it was actually Vanessa that set this wage and not me."

Sofia subtly accused her daughter of making false statements on an apartment rental application.

"When Vanessa moved me out of my home and into an apartment, she completed a rental application in my name, without my knowledge, and wrote that I was being paid $200,000 annually, which equates to a $96.00 per hour wage."

She concluded:

"I hope that my daughter changes course and will do what is right and give me what was promised to me. I also hope that Vanessa will stop preventing me from seeing and spending time with my grandchildren. She is using my grandchildren to punish me for exercising my rights.

"Although I had no choice [but] to sue Vanessa, after this is all said and done, hopefully we can go back to having an amicable mother-daughter relationship."

In a previous statement, Vanessa said her mother had no rights to her late husband's estate. And her demands for $5 million, a G Wagon and a $96 hourly wage was more than the compensation Kobe gave her while he was alive.

"My mother keeps trying to find ways to get a financial windfall from our family. I have supported her for almost twenty years, and she was never my personal assistant or Kobe's or babysitter. I have always been a home mother and my husband and I took care of our children all the time. For almost two decades, we arranged for my mother to live in our nearby properties at no cost to her because she had claimed that she had no money to buy her own home after her divorce. my husband and I thought it was better for her not to live in our house. she took care of our girls from time to time, as most grandparents do. she did not deal with business matters or expenses. She was a grandmother who was supported by me and her son-in-law at my request to charge me $ 96 per hour for supposedly working 12 hours a day for 18 years to care for her grandchildren.

"Actually, she only occasionally babysat my older girls when they were little. Ten years ago, our children were full-time students and athletes and I did not have another child until 2016. Her claims are obviously false, but I still tried, repeatedly, to fix things with my mother. Contrary to what it says, I have not left my children's side since the accident, except to visit the cemetery and make arrangements. Earlier this year, she was looking for a new home for herself, and a week later she went on TV and gave an interview in which she despised our family and made false accusations while living rent-free in a gated apartment complex in Newport Coast. Even after that tradition, I was willing to give my mother monthly support for the rest of her life and that was not good enough.

"On the other hand, she contacted me through intermediaries (contrary to what she claims, my phone number has not changed) and demanded 5 million, a house and a Mercedes truck. Because I did not give in to her hurtful threats and monetary requests, she has gotten out of control making false and absurd claims. now she is trying to get more money than my husband and I spent to support her while she continues to collect her ex-husband's monthly alimony since 2004. My husband and I have never discouraged or prevented her from supporting herself. This demand is frivolous, embarrassing and promised nothing to my mother, and I would be very disappointed with her behavior and lack of empathy."

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has apologized to Anjanette Young, an innocent woman who was forced to stand cuffed and naked while a dozen officers served a search warrant on her apartment.

The officers were searching for a drug suspect -- who lived next door to Young's apartment.

A police informant gave the officers Young's address instead of the suspect's.

Police body cam videos show about a dozen officers take Young's door off the hinges with a battering ram. Young, who was changing after getting home from work, was completely naked and frightened as officers stormed her apartment on Feb. 21, 2019 at 7 p.m.

"It was so traumatic to hear the thing that was hitting the door," said Young, 50, who worked as a social worker for 20 years.

"And it happened so fast, I didn't have time to put on clothes," Young exclusively told CBS 2 in Chicago.

Young filed a freedom of information request for the body cam videos, but her request was denied, as the city of Chicago fought the release of the footage.

As part of her lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department, a federal judge forced the department to hand over the police footage, CBS 2 reports.

In the video, Young can be heard telling the officers they were at the wrong address more than 40 times.

"There's nobody else here, I live alone," she told the officers. "Oh my God, this can't be right. How is this legal?
 

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Salt-N-Pepa star Sandra Denton is suing her cosmetic surgeon for negligence after accusing him of botching a series of butt implant operations.

The rap veteran wanted natural-looking butt implants, so she turned to Dr. David Sayah for help in September, 2019 after she was injured in a July, 2018 car accident. The accident dislodged her previous butt implants and left her in extreme discomfort.

In the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Denton, 51, claims she wanted to have the implants completely removed, but Sayah allegedly convinced her to replace her old implants with smaller silicone inserts.

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When the silicon implants failed, the old skool rapper accused Sayah of pressuring her to undergo another procedure. This time her implants hardened and affected her ability to move and perform without pain.

Denton claims Dr. Sayah also failed to perform a liposuction procedure to remove excess fat, which left her requiring more corrective surgery.

Denton went under the knife again in February to have Dr. Sayah remove all of the silicone, but that surgery was also a failure and Denton continued to suffer extreme pain.

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She went to see another doctor who ordered a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, which found a "large amount of biopolymer silicone and dead scar tissue" in her backside.

Now facing even more surgery, Denton is suing the original surgeon for damages, accusing him of leaving her disfigured and dealing with ongoing injuries for the rest of her life.

Hopefully, RHOA veteran NeNe Leakes is paying attention to Denton's sad story. NeNe, 52, allegedly underwent butt implants surgery recently.

Undergoing butt implants surgery in your 50s is considered risky because, as we age, our muscle begins to deteriorate, which slows down the healing process.

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There's an old Biblical phrase that goes, "Hell has no fury like a woman scorned."

Singer FKA Twigs is suing ex-boyfriend Shia LaBeouf to court over allegations of assault, sexual battery, and infliction of emotional distress.

The allegations come months after the couple split up and he reunited with actress wife Mia Goth earlier this year.

The British musician, real name Tahliah Barnett, filed suit in Los Angeles on Friday, Dec. 11, accusing LaBeouf of physically abusing her during their romance, which began in late 2018 and ended in 2019.

In the lawsuit, obtained by the New York Times, Twigs describes one attack occurring on Valentine's Day in 2019, when the Transformers star was driving recklessly, and reportedly threatened to purposefully crash the car with her in it.

Twigs said she escaped the vehicle when LaBeouf pulled over at a gas station. She said he pursued her, slammed her against the car, and screamed in her face before forcing her to get back in.

In a separate incident, the actor allegedly woke up in the middle of the night and choked the singer. She also accused him of paranoia and sleeping with guns.

Twigs is citing sexual battery in her legal action amid allegations suggesting LaBeouf knowingly gave her a sexually-transmitted disease, which Twigs believes he spread to at least one other women he had been intimate with.

She insists the lawsuit isn't about money: "I'd like to be able to raise awareness on the tactics that abusers use to control you and take away your agency," she told the New York Times.

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A former female-to-male transgender who "detransitioned" back to a woman won a groundbreaking lawsuit against a transgender clinic that failed to carry out a proper mental assessment before prescribing puberty blockers for her as a teen.

Keira Bell, 23, brought legal action against Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, the only clinic in the UK that provides gender identity development services for transgender children.

Judges presiding over Keira's case said doctors at the Trust must now get a court order before prescribing puberty blockers for children under age 16.

The judges said children are unable to mentally understand the complex consequences of puberty blockers and cross-sex drugs.

"Children under 16 who wish to undergo under reassignment can only consent to having puberty blockers if they are able to understand the nature of the treatment," the high Court ruled in its landmark decision.

Keira, who was prescribed puberty blockers at age 16, was injected with testosterone at 17 and had her breasts removed at age 20. She is now living as a woman.

She said she felt like a "guinea pig" and she claimed the doctors at the Trust failed to perform a proper psychiatric assessment on her before she transitioned.

Trans children's charity group Mermaids called the ruling a "devastating blow" for trans children waiting for sex change treatment.
 

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A disgraced former NYPD police officer who forced his way into a Black woman's apartment was ordered to pay her $1 million.

Michael Reynolds, who is white, was in a drunken stupor the night he forced his way into Conese Haliburton's apartment.

Haliburton filed a civil suit against Reynolds who quit the police force in shame earlier this year.

The incident happened on July 9, 2018. Reynolds, 27, had attended a bachelor party for a fellow NYPD officer when he was caught on surveillance video breaking into Haliburton's apartment at 2:30 a.m.

The footage captured him calling Haliburton and her family "f***ing ni__ers," according to MSNBC.

"I'll break every bone in your neck!" he yelled, before running back to his Airbnb rental.

Reynolds later confessed that he confused Haliburton's address with the Airbnb rental that he and his friends were staying at next door.

Haliburton said Reynolds and his friends were laughing and claiming they had "immunity" because of their jobs, according to reports.

Reynolds was sentenced to just 15 days in jail after pleading guilty to assault and trespassing charges in January.

He quit his job in disgrace earlier this year. "I'm absolutely sorry I said that word. I'm very remorseful. It's cost me my job, my life, everything," he said in court at the time.

Acting Deputy Commissioner for Public Information Devora Kaye told News 4 Reynolds will not "receive pension or health benefits, nor will he be allowed to carry a firearm."

"His actions are wholly inconsistent with the values and standards the New York City Police Department expects and demands of its officers."
 

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Terrence Howard has accused 20th Century Fox officials of using his likeness from Hustle & Flow to promote their hit show Empire for six seasons while he was employed as a cast member.

In the lawsuit, the actor, who played Lucious Lyon on all six seasons of Empire, says bosses at Fox TV failed to offer a satisfactory answer when he asked how they came up with the Empire logo - since he never sat for a photoshoot.

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He says he ultimately determined the image was taken from the Hustle & Flow scene where "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" was being recorded in a studio, explaining: "The still frame was selected, reversed (face looking left, not right), and subjected to CGI that simply distilled the cinematographer’s skilled capture of the head with vibrant light and shadow."

Howard insists he should be compensated for use of the image as he would have been paid by officials at Paramount - the studio behind Hustle & Flow - if 20th Century Fox got a proper license to use his image from the movie.

He's suing for damages and wants an accounting of all the Empire merchandise using the logo, according to TMZ.

He didn't explain why he waited until the TV series was canceled to file his lawsuit.

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A judge threw out a revived sex abuse lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson accuser James "Jimmy" Safechuck (pictured right and inset).

The "Leaving Neverland" accuser originally filed a lawsuit in 2014 against MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures Inc. It was revived by the State of California earlier this year after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law extending the statute of limitations for alleged sex abuse victims.

Via TMZ -- The upshot of the judge's opinion is that Safechuck and his legal team presented no facts to support their key argument -- namely, that honchos at MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures Inc. had a legal obligation to supervise MJ's behavior in the '90s ... when he allegedly abused James as a child back then.

The judge wasn't buying it, concluding MJ was the owner and sole shareholder of both of these companies, so how could his employees rein in their own boss?

The court found that since Mike was essentially the top dog, there was no evidence his subordinates had the power to supervise him. Safechuck had also argued ... while he was hanging out with MJ, the companies served a quasi-parental role -- meaning they would have had a duty to protect him.

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A judge has ruled that a Miami strip club can keep its doors open past Miami-Dade County's "illegal" Covid-19 curfew.

Tootsie's strip club in Miami Gardens won a civil case that was closely watched by other local business owners who were forced to close amid the fading Covid-19 pandemic.

Tootsie's will be allowed to stay open past the county's Covid-19 curfew nearly three months after the curfew was put in place.

Miami-Dade County ordered all non-essential businesses to close at 11 p.m. to stop the spread of the weakening coronavirus.

Tootsie's filed a lawsuit, and last week, Judge Beatrice Butchko ruled that Tootsie's can remain open all night because of Gov. Ron DeSantis' statewide executive order that slaps down local mandates such as face masks and lockdowns.

"The Miami-Dade curfew orders conflict with [DeSantis' executive order] because they prohibit Tootsie's from operating; they prohibit employees and contractors from working; and they reduce capacity to zero for the entire time subject to the curfew," Butchko wrote in her ruling.

Broward County Mayor Dale Holness also imposed a similar order to close all businesses at 11 p.m.

Nightclub owners in Broward County demanded answers from Mayor Holness, who said businesses would still have to shut down at 11 p.m.

Strip clubs are considered essential businesses because they provide a much-needed outlet to release pent-up sexual tension in the male species.

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Ousted Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is being sued for sex assault and harassment by the same female cop he was seen kissing the night he was found slumped at the wheel of his car in a drunken stupor.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired Johnson for "lying" about falling asleep behind the wheel of his car last year.

Johnson, who was promoted to superintendent in 2016, had been on the police force for 31 years. He was just weeks away from retirement when he was canned.

Before officers found Johnson slumped at the wheel, he was spotted at a bar kissing Officer Cynthia Donald.

On Thursday, Donald filed a lawsuit claiming Johnson sexually harassed her after having her reassigned to his unit.

She said he sent her nude photos, forced her to engage in sex acts and sexually harassed her at work.

Donald said Johnson told her he was attracted to her. Three months later, he pushed her onto a couch, pulled down her pants and "forcibly" performed oral sex on her. Afterward, he ejaculated on her, and said: "Now you belong to me."

Ofc. Donald claimed Mayor Lightfoot "retaliated" against her after she found out about her affair with Johnson in 2016.

During a press conference to announce Johnson's termination on Dec. 2, Lightfoot refused to release details of his relationship with Ofc. Donald, saying she wanted to protect his wife and three children.

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Johnson and his wife, Junior Officer Lt. Nakia Fenner, 43, (pictured above, 2nd from right) were married in 2017. A scowling Mayor Lightfoot is pictured at left.

Johnson is also a defendant in a lawsuit filed by disgraced actor Jussie Smollett against the city of Chicago in 2019. Smollett was sued by the City for over $390,000 for wasting the police department's time and resources investigating his lies about a hate crime.