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Trials & Lawsuits

Nigella Lawson Admits in Court She Used Cocaine and Cannabis

UpdatePosted 12/04/2013 01:00PM

Nigella Lawson Testifies About Cocaine Use

Originally posted 12/04/2013 12:40PM

Nigella Lawson admitted to occasional drug use while testifying in the fraud trial against two former personal assistants in a West London courtroom Wednesday.

The celebrity chef, 53, said she had used cocaine a handful of times in her life, including when her late husband John Diamond was nearing the end of his life, as well in July 2010, when she said she was "subjected to intimate terrorism" by her now ex-husband Charles Saatchi.

She also admitted to smoking cannabis – at times, in front of her children – but denied being an addict.

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Nigella Lawson on Witness Stand: Ex-Husband Out to Destroy Me

Nigella Lawson on Witness Stand: Ex-Husband Out to Destroy Me

Originally posted 12/04/2013 08:45AM

Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, testifying Wednesday in a fraud trial against two former personal assistants who once worked for her and ex-husband Charles Saatchi, said on the stand that he was bent on destroying her after a restaurant argument earlier this year went viral.

"He said that if I didn't go back to him and clear his name he would destroy me," Nigella told Isleworth Crown Court in West London.

Lawson, 53, struggled to maintain her composure on the witness stand, noting she was reluctant to testify in a case where two former assistants have been charged with spending more than a million dollars on luxury goods on her husband's credit card, which they'd had access to for household purchases.

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Casey Kasem Getting  'Good to Excellent Care,' Judge Says

Casey Kasem Getting 'Good to Excellent Care,' Judge Says

Originally posted 11/19/2013 07:00PM

Casey Kasem's three adult children from his first marriage hope to be able to visit the ailing radio host in time for the holidays, after an attorney for their stepmom expressed a desire to try to settle their differences.

The three kids – Kerri, 41, Julie, 38, and Mike, 40 – have been fighting their stepmom Jean, 59, alleging she's cut off all access to their father, 81, since this past summer. The longtime American Top 40 host has advanced Parkinson's disease.

In a Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday, a judge urged both sides to reach a visitation schedule to quell the long-simmering feud.

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Tom Cruise's Comparison of Stardom to War a 'Distortion,' Says Lawyer | Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise's Lawyer: Statements Comparing Stardom to War a 'Distortion'

Originally posted 11/09/2013 01:05AM

For the first time since court documents from Tom Cruise's legal battle with Bauer Media surfaced, his legal team is publicly firing back.

The star's high-powered attorney, Bert Fields, is taking issue with details from a deposition that was made public this week, in which a lawyer for the publisher says Cruise likened his career to being a combat soldier.

"The assertions that Tom Cruise likened making a movie to being at war in Afghanistan is a gross distortion of the record," Fields said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.

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Tom Cruise: Katie Never Said Scientology Was a Factor in Divorce | Katie Holmes, Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise: Katie Holmes Never Said Scientology Was a Factor in Divorce

Originally posted 11/08/2013 06:30PM

They offer an unprecedented window into the life of one of Hollywood's biggest stars: court documents filed in Tom Cruise's $50 million lawsuit against Bauer Publishing for cover stories claiming he "abandoned" his daughter Suri after splitting with Katie Holmes in June 2012.

But now one of the most sensational revelations in a deposition that surfaced earlier this week has been amended by the star himself.

In the original documents, Cruise was grilled about why he didn't see Suri for more than 100 days after his headlining-making breakup.

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Tom Cruise: Why I Didn't See Suri for 100 Days

Tom Cruise: Why I Didn't See Suri for 100 Days

Originally posted 11/07/2013 07:10PM

A court battle has put Tom Cruise in the hot seat, forcing him to answer questions about his time away from daughter Suri and his ex-wife Katie Holmes's departure from Scientology.

In a deposition taken in Los Angeles on Sept. 9 (a transcript of which was filed publicly), Cruise was questioned by Elizabeth McNamara, the lawyer for Bauer Publishing, which Cruise is suing for $50 million over an In Touch cover story claiming he "abandoned" Suri after his June 2012 divorce from Holmes.

Cruise acknowledged that he didn't see Suri, 7½, in person for more than 100 days, from Aug. 4, 2012, when they wrapped up a weeklong father-daughter vacation to Disney World, until that Thanksgiving.

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Lady Gaga Settles Overtime Lawsuit With Ex-Assistant | Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga Settles Overtime Lawsuit With Ex-Assistant

Originally posted 10/22/2013 12:50PM

Lady Gaga and a former personal assistant who sued her won't face off in a trial next month after settling their differences out of court.

The settlement in a lawsuit brought by Jennifer O'Neill was revealed Monday in a court order dismissing the case. O'Neill had claimed the singer cheated her out of overtime wages when she worked for her for a few weeks in early 2009 and for 13 months beginning in February 2010.

A trial was scheduled to start Nov. 4. O'Neill had testified she was responsible for sometimes monitoring the singer's communications and for handling about 20 bags of luggage.

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Casey Kasem's Wife Fires Back Against Abuse Allegations

Casey Kasem's Wife Fires Back Against Abuse Allegations

Originally posted 10/15/2013 05:40PM

The wife of longtime American Top 40 host Casey Kasem has broken her silence in response to accusations by her stepchildren that she's cut him off from the outside world.

"I care for him day in and day out and do my best to provide for his care and well-being," Jean Kasem, 59, said in court documents filed Tuesday. "For the most part, he is now bedridden."

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Michael Jackson's Family Loses Wrongful Death Lawsuit | Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson's Family Loses Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Originally posted 10/02/2013 07:00PM

Concert promoter AEG Live was not negligent in the death of Michael Jackson and the singer's mother and children shouldn't receive any money in damages, a jury found Wednesday.

After four days of deliberations, the Los Angeles Superior Court panel found that Dr. Conrad Murray, who gave the pop star a deadly dose of a powerful anesthetic, was not unfit or incompetent to perform the work for which he was hired.

"The jury's decision completely vindicates AEG Live, confirming what we have known from the start – that although Michael Jackson's death was a terrible tragedy, it was not a tragedy of AEG Live's making," says AEG attorney Marvin Putnam.

During the civil trial, which started in April, attorneys argued over whether Jackson's death on June 25, 2009, was his doctor's fault or his own, and whether Murray was Jackson's employee or the concert promoter's. The jury began deliberating on Sept. 26.

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Alanis Morissette's Former Nanny Is Suing

Alanis Morissette's Former Nanny Sues, Claims She Got No Breaks on Long Shifts

Originally posted 09/27/2013 02:25PM

Alanis Morissette and her husband are being asked to pay their former babysitter.

The "You Oughta Know" singer, 39, and Mario "Souleye" Treadway have been sued by former nanny Bianca Cambeiro, who alleges, according to court documents filed on Thursday, that the couple never paid her overtime or allowed her to take meal or rest breaks during her regular 12-hour shifts while caring for the couple's son Ever three to four days a week.

The documents state that Cambeiro, who started working for the couple in August 2011 at their Brentwood, Calif., home for $25 an hour, asked Morrissette's accountant in January 2012 why she wasn't being paid overtime, and he said, "We don't do that."

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