Thursday, October 20, 2016

Derrick Rose Acquitted In Civil Lawsuit for Rape

(Photo from NewsLine.com) Derrick Rose and his attorney leaving court.
On Wednesday, New York Knickerbockers point guard Derrick Rose was found not liable in a civil lawsuit for sexual assault filed by an unidentified female plaintiff.
The plaintiff, referred to as “Jane Doe” in court documents, sued Rose for sexual battery, battery, trespassing, conspiracy, gender violence and emotional distress. She also stated in her complaint that she did not pursue a criminal complaint for fear of retaliation by Rose.  She sought $21.5 million in damages.
Doe accused Rose and two friends of drugging, breaking into her apartment and gang-raping her in August 2013 while she was unconscious.  She claimed she woke up that August morning to find her bedroom in disarray with used condoms on the room.  
But Rose’s lawyer, Mark Baute, argued that the woman was the “sexual aggressor” on night in question and had consented to sex.  He said, in fact, Doe even brought a “sex belt” called a monkey bar with her.
In court filings Doe admitted she brought the sex belt with her at Rose’s request.  However, the woman’s roommate testified Doe was more upset that Rose didn’t reimburse her for the belt.
During trial, there was explicit testimony from various witnesses stating that the accuser had engaged in poolside group sex at a Beverly Hills mansion rented by Rose and that there were multiple consensual sexual encounters throughout the night and into the next morning.
On Wednesday, an eight-person Los Angeles jury unanimously acquitted Rose on accounts contained in Doe's complaint. The jurors found the woman’s story to be incredible.
No criminal charges have been filed against Rose. 
Sidebar: Pearls clutch to SandraRose.com for this update.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Gospel Singer Israel Houghton Is Being Sued For Child Support


Grammy Award Singer Israel Houghton has found himself in court again.  This time for a child support action involving two sons fathered with a mistress during his marriage to his first wife, Meleasa Houghton.
De Vawn Moreno, 31, is seeking back and current child support, as well as medical expenses and health insurance, for two sons, Kingston, 4 and Khristian, 2.
According to Bossip.com:
The Texas State Attorney General’s Child Support Division has sued the gospel singer to force him to pay for the upkeep of the two love children he allegedly fathered while still married to his wife of two decades, BOSSIP has learned. 
The state wants Houghton come up with his tax returns, checking and savings accounts statements, 401K info, proof of health insurance coverage and income history so that the court can figure out how much he owes. And if Houghton doesn’t play ball, the attorney general’s office said it’s not above garnishing the man’s wages to pay for the children’s needs. (Source)
Earlier this year, Houghton took to his Facebook page to confess to cheating on his wife and confirmed that the couple had quietly divorced, but never mentioned fathering in love children.  He was subsequently placed on indefinite leave from his position as worship leader at Joel Olsteen's Lakewood Church.
Houghton is currently engaged to The Real Talk show host  Adrienne Bailon.  The couple has not yet announced a wedding date.  
This is another celebrity court case that I will be watching very closely.
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Gabrielle Union Sues BET for Breach of Contract

Actress and Being Mary Jane star Gabrielle Union has filed a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against the cable TV network BET and BMJ series producer Breakdown Productions for breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
According to HollywoodReporter.com:
The actress claims the network agreed it would never produce more than 13 episodes per season, but now is trying to tape two 10-episode seasons back-to-back to "cram all of the episodes into a single season in order to fraudulently extend the term of Ms. Union's contract."
Union's attorney Martin Singer claims the network is combining seasons four and five to avoid paying his client's contractual raise and to extend its option to engage her services for another year. Under her contract, Union is set to receive $150,000 per episode for season four and $165,000 per episode for season five. 
BET only produced eight episodes in the first season and 12 in the second. This prompted Union's representatives to renegotiate her contract so she would be paid for 13 episodes, even if BET didn't order that many. In 2015, her contract was amended again to include an executive producer credit and to require that at Union's request a BET executive be physically on set during taping, according to the complaint. The suit also claims that Walker has been appointed the executive on set despite no longer being a BET employee and having no authority to act in response to production issues. 
After season three wrapped in June 2015, the series lost its showrunner. So season four didn't start filming until last month. Union wasn't notified until a week before principal photography began that BET intended to slate all 20 episodes as season four. 
Union never would have agreed to star in Being Mary Jane if BET executives hadn't assured her they'd shoot no more than 13 episodes, according to the complaint. She's seeking damages of at least $1 million and an order that her contract be amended to reflect that there be a maximum of 13 episodes per season. (Source)
Being Mary Jane is one of my favorite cable show series so I will be watching this case very closely. 

Kim Kardashian Files Lawsuit Against MediaTakeOut.com for Libel


According to SandraRose.com, reality star and celebrity socialite Kim Kardashian has filed a libel lawsuit against MediaTakeOut.com for three blog posts claiming that she basically staged a robbery to a file fraudlent insurance claim.

MediaTakeout.com LLC is owned by attorney Fred Mwangaguhunga, who is also named in the lawsuit.

Kim’s legal team uncessfully tried to get the site to remove the slanderous posts, which resulted in the filing of the lawsuit.

According to the Associated Press
[On Monday, October 3rd,] armed robbers forced their way into a private Paris residence where Kim Kardashian West was staying, tied her up and locked her in a bathroom before making off with more than $10 million worth of jewelry, police officials said. 
A spokeswoman for Kardashian West said the reality TV star, who was in Paris attending fashion week shows, was badly shaken but physically unharmed. (Source)
Kardashian has not been seen in public or on social media since the robbery.

Earlier this year,  former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, won a $140M judgment against the online site Gawker Media in an invasion of privacy lawsuit.  
At issue was a one minute and 41 second video which Gawker posted that showed the famed wrestler having sex with Heather Clem, the wife of his best friend. Bollea sued Nick Denton’s Gawker Media and the former editor of Gawker.com. (Source)
Bollea was awarded $60 million for emotional stress, $55 million in economic damages.  He was also awarded  $25M in punitive damages - Gawker Media was ordered to pay $15M, owner Nick Denton was ordered to pay $10M, and former editor Albert J. Daulerio was ordered to pay $100K.

Florida Circuit Judge Pamela Campbell subsequently upheld $140M verdict.  

Consequently, the large verdict forced the notorious website to go dark in August of this year after being in operations for approximately 13 years.

We shall see if MediaTakeout will met the same fate as Gawker.

I will be watching this case very closely.