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Kate Gosselin Accuses Jon of Computer Theft, Phone Hacking

Kate Gosselin Accuses Jon of Computer Theft, Phone Hacking

Originally posted 08/26/2013 04:00PM

Reality TV star Kate Gosselin has filed a lawsuit accusing her ex-husband Jon of stealing her hard drive and hacking into her phone and computer to get material for a tell-all book.

The federal lawsuit says he took the material for a book called Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled the World.

The suit, filed Monday in Philadelphia, says the book was written by her ex-husband's friend, writer Robert Hoffman, but has since been pulled from Amazon because the material was obtained illegally.

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Paula Deen Lawsuit that Caused Her Downfall Is Dismissed | Paula Deen

Paula Deen Lawsuit that Caused Her Downfall Is Dismissed

Originally posted 08/23/2013 05:30PM

Paula Deen and a former employee have reached a settlement to dismiss the remaining claims in a lawsuit that cost the celebrity chef a chunk of her empire.

The U.S. District Court in Savannah, Ga., on Friday formally dismissed the sexual harassment case with prejudice, meaning it can't be filed again, just days after the judge threw out the racial discrimination portion of the lawsuit.

A court document said both sides reached the settlement "without any award of costs or fees to any party."

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Judges Dismisses Racial Discrimination Claims Against Paula Deen | Paula Deen

Paula Deen Racial Discrimination Claims Are Dismissed

Originally posted 08/12/2013 04:45PM

A federal judge in Georgia has thrown out race discrimination claims by a former Savannah restaurant manager whose lawsuit against Paula Deen ended up causing the celebrity cook to lose a big slice of her culinary empire.

Lisa Jackson sued Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers, last year saying she was subjected to sexual harassment and racist attitudes during the five years she worked at their restaurant, Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House.

But U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr. ruled Monday that Jackson, who is white, has no standing to sue them for race discrimination.

The ruling leaves intact Jackson's sexual harassment claims.

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Prince Jackson Paints Michael Jackson as Loving Dad in New Testimony

Prince Jackson Testifies in Negligence Case Against AEG

Originally posted 06/26/2013 02:55PM

Prince Jackson arrived at a Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday to testify in a case filed over his superstar father's death four years ago.

The eldest son of Michael Jackson wore a dark suit and black tie as he walked into the courtroom where a judge is hearing the negligence case against AEG Live LLC.

The 16-year-old is the first member of his family to testify in the case, which is now in its ninth week.

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UpdatePosted 06/21/2013 04:50PM

Paula Deen Dropped by Food Network After Racial Slur Controversy

Originally posted 06/21/2013 04:50PM

Put a fork in it.

Paula Deen issued a public video apology on Friday for using a racial slur – but her plea for forgiveness wasn't enough to save her job.

"Food Network will not renew Paula Deen's contract when it expires at the end of this month," a network rep says.

Deen earlier canceled a Today interview, then issued two video apologies amid the controversy over her discrimination lawsuit.

"I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong that I've done," the host said in her video. "I want to learn and grow from this."

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Paula Deen: I Used the N-Word, but Don't Condone Racism

Paula Deen: I Used the N-Word, but Don't Condone Racism

Originally posted 06/19/2013 06:00PM

Celebrity cook Paula Deen said while being questioned in a discrimination lawsuit that she has used racial slurs in the past but insisted she and her family do not tolerate prejudice.

The 66-year-old Food Network star and Savannah restaurant owner was peppered with questions about her racial attitudes in a May 17 deposition by a lawyer for Lisa Jackson, a former manager of Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House.

Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers, own the restaurant. Jackson sued them last year, saying she was sexually harassed and worked in a hostile environment rife with innuendo and racial slurs.

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Why Paris Jackson Is Being Forced to Relive Her Father's Death | Paris Jackson

Paris Jackson: Why She's Reliving Her Father's Death

Originally posted 06/11/2013 04:00PM

Paris Jackson's attempted suicide came in the middle of another family drama: the Los Angeles trial centering on the Jackson family's wrongful death lawsuit against concert promoter AEG.

Like other relatives, Paris has been personally drawn into case. She gave a pre-trial deposition in March, and was on the list of trial witnesses for Katherine Jackson's lawyers, along with Katherine herself and Paris's brother Prince Michael.

Also lingering was the very real possibility she'd have to take the stand – a question that takes on new sensitivity in light of her recent hospitalization. In a 911 call released Tuesday, a dispatcher said Paris cut her arm with a kitchen knife and took 20 Motrin on June 5.

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Amanda Bynes Plans to Sue Police – and Become a Rapper

Amanda Bynes Plans to Sue Police – and Become a Rapper

Originally posted 05/27/2013 02:10PM

Amanda Bynes is vowing to take her bong beef against the police to the courts.

On Monday, the actress, 27 – who was arrested on Thursday night for reckless endangerment and underwent a psychiatric evaluation in the hospital – lashed out at the NYPD, Tweeting that she plans to sue them for "illegally entering my apartment, lying about drugs on me and lying about me tampering with non existent drug paraphernalia."

Bynes, who allegedly threw a bong out the window of her 36th-floor apartment in front of police, continued, "Then I'm suing for being put into a mental hospital against my will, then locked up overnight for coming home after a facial and working out with my trainer like the good girl that I am."

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Kobe Bryant to Mom: Don't Sell My Old Trophies!

Kobe Bryant to Mom: Don't Sell My Old Trophies!

Originally posted 05/04/2013 10:15AM

When your son grows up and moves away, what to do with all his stuff? Old basketball jerseys, tarnished high school trophies, um, a few L.A. Lakers' championship rings?

If you're Pamela Bryant, the mother of Lakers star Kobe Bryant, you might consider selling them for a tidy sum.

But better check with Kobe first.

In a cease-and-desist letter to Goldin Auctions of West Berlin, N.J., Bryant is seeking to block his mom's June sale of 42 pieces of early Kobe memorabilia worth an estimated $1.5 million. He alleges the items are not hers to sell.

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The Gaga Deposition: F-Bombs for Her Former Assistant

Lady Gaga Goes Off on Former Assistant

Originally posted 02/01/2013 01:05PM

There's apparently no gagging Lady Gaga when it comes to raging against former assistant Jennifer O'Neill, who is suing her onetime employer for alleged unpaid overtime.

While being deposed in the case, Gaga, 26, dropped a series of F-bombs, according to a videotape of the Aug. 6 session that's been obtained through court records.

"If you're going to ask me questions for the next five hours, I am going to tell you exactly what f––king happened, so that the judge can read on this transcript exactly what's going on," Gaga told one of O'Neill's lawyers.

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