When Kevin Clash settled a lawsuit with the first man who said he had sex with him when he was just 16 years old and later recanted the accusation, we really wanted that to be the last we heard about Elmo’s rumored sex life. Unfortunately, no. Now a second man, now in his 30s, is suing the Sesame Street puppeteer for $5 million, according to TMZ, saying Clash had a sexual relationship with him in 1993, when he was 15. In the wake of this new lawsuit, Clash has turned his hiatus from Sesame Street into a full-on resignation.
“Unfortunately, the controversy surrounding Kevin’s personal life has become a distraction that none of us want, and he has concluded that he can no longer be effective in his job and has resigned from Sesame Street. This is a sad day for Sesame Street,” Sesame Workshop told TMZ.
The second man, Cecil Singleton, alleges that Clash met him on a phone sex line nearly 20 years ago and took him out to dinner and gave him money to earn his trust. Singleton says in the suit that he didn’t come forward until now because he was not “aware that he had suffered adverse psychological and emotional effects from Kevin Clash’s sexual acts and conduct until 2012.”
Sheldon Stephens, the first man to accuse Clash of having sex with him when he was 16, told lawers yesterday that he regretted the six-figure settlement because he did not want to recant his statement.
Clash has been the man behind Elmo since the ’80s. He also voiced Baby in the ’90s sitcom Dinosaurs and Splinter in the live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies.
Like the changing of the seasons, the slow creep of the tides, the tick of nature’s eternal clock, so to must Lindsay Lohan‘s probation be revoked as part of the universe’s unending dance through time. In case you were still pondering the question “Will Lindsay Lohan’s fender bender land her back in jail?,” the answer is allegedly a resounding yes. TMZ had originally claimed the Santa Monica City Attorney would file charges against Lilo for falsely claiming her assistant Gavin had been driving when her Porsche slammed into a truck this summer. Now the site reports that, uh, well, that is actually happening right now. Allegedly. TMZ claims that L.A. County Superior Court Judge Jane Godfrey will allegedly revoke Lohan’s probation and set a full hearing for a later date. This is all too depressing. We can’t even enjoy fantasizing about the couture pantsuit we know Lindsay will bust out for the occasion.
In case you lost tract of why Lindsay Lohan was even on probation to behind with and why this is still going on, the answers to those two questions are “That time Lindsay stole that jewelry for no perceivable reason” and “God only knows, our friend. God only knows.” As far as we can tell…it’s just the way of the world.
Oh Jennifer Lawrence. We hope you were just being insane in your new Daily Beast interview, and not preternaturally self-aware like you almost always are. In her new interview, the Silver Linings Playbookactress talked to the site about the onslaught of professional success she’s had over the past couple years. “It’s so weird for a 22-year-old to say it. I do feel like the reason I was put on this Earth is to be a mother, which is why it’s funny for me to end up with such an overwhelming career,” she muses. “Ever since I was a baby, I was always playing house.” Oh, but can’t you have both, girl? We suggest you just print money until you’re 30, then quit Hollywood when you’re a millionaire. Then you can chill out on your sprawling Montana compound with your kids, watching Reba DVDs and eating eggplant parm until your pajama jeans explode at the seams. That’s what’s on our vision board at least!
Jennifer’s desire to live a creatively fulfilling yet paparazzi-free existence was so strong, she actually considered turning down The Hunger Games. Until her mom pointed out how absurd she was being, of course. “I had chosen my path. I was going to be the indie actor. I was going to drive my kids in a minivan and have a normal life,” Jennifer explains. “I knew if I said yes to this, it would change my life. I wasn’t sure if I was ready.” Oh god…that sounds so self-aware. If Academy Award-nominated 22-year-olds are worried about having it all, what should the rest of us do? Panic? Well, too late, that’s what we’re going with.
Russell Brand has been out and about in Los Angles over the last couple months sporting an array of comfy sweaters and soft, droopy-crotched pants. We’d just assumed he was always, constantly walking to yoga class, but as of this weekend those times have ended. The age of Russell the Snuggle Angel has begun. Brand’s all-white shawl-centric wardrobe is a sharp departure from the greasy studded vests and leather crotch rot we normally associate with his wardrobe, so we had to wonder…what could have brought Russell to this new cozy, pristine look? Here’s what we came up with:
This falls in the realm of rumors we could just be hearing because the timing is right, not because anyone has any real intel: Radar is reporting that Kristen Stewart has signed on for the sequel of Snow White and the Huntsman. But director Rupert Sanders, her partner in that “indiscretion,” is out of the project, the site says, because he wants to save his marriage. That sounds wise of him. Read more…
It was a weekend of ups and downs for off-on couple Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber. After we reported the possible reunion of the pair on Thursday, the gossips came back with new stories of an argument the pop stars had on Friday night. According to E!, Selena left a dinner date 10 minutes after they arrived at the restaurant. The next day, it looked like Selena was getting some counseling from notorious breaker-upper and BFF Taylor Swift.
So, yeah. Things weren’t looking good for the couple, two weeks after their supposed breakup. As fans, we were kind of ready to enjoy all the weird flirting to which a single Justin would be subjected to. Like from Jenny McCarthy, who basically attacked him onstage at the American Music Awards last night, and then sent this creepy/funny tweet:
Err, unfortunate choice of words to go with a hilarious series of photos. And video!
It reminded us of the amusing exchanges that used to take place between Chelsea Handler and the Biebs back before he was legal. But Jenny soon followed that up with a gossip item of her own. Read more…
Watch the video above and you’ll see something fairly extraordinary: A person learning they have a long lost sibling, and then treating it like it’s NBD and getting right back on the promotional pitch! Yesterday it was revealed that Lindsay Lohan’s dad Michael fathered a lovechild back in the 90s, but we guess no one got around to telling her. She apparently first heard the news this morning during a television interview.
The controversial actress (polite euphemism for train-wreck) made an appearance on Good Morning America with Amy Robach today to discuss the airing of her upcoming TV-movie, Liz and Dick. But as so often happens, conversation turned towards her troubled history and family life, including the news of her newly discovered half-sister. Her reaction? “I didn’t even hear that, so thanks for the news!” Annnnnd then it was right back in the discussion of Elizabeth Taylor. Amazing! Either she’s really single minded, or maybe that was just her way of deflecting salacious family gossip and getting back to the task at hand: Resurrecting her career.
The Lifetime produced flick is certainly the most talked about made-for-TV-movie in recently memory, and people are eagerly waiting to see if it will be Lohan’s return to form. She admits channeling her own experiences while playing the role of screen legend, Elizabeth Taylor, who was also ruthlessly scrutinized by the media. “I think that everyone goes through things in life, and I like to learn from my mistakes, obviously,” she says. “But I wouldn’t be who I am today if I hadn’t gone through certain things, everything happens for a reason, good or bad. So you can just take what you’ve learned from it and move forward.” We’ll tune in on the 25th to see if Lilo moves forward, or just gets into another fender bender.
Honestly, we feel like we’re seeing this kind of thing among celebrities more often than not: Just days after shocking (or not) the world with news of their breakup, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have reportedly maybe possibly reunited. According to TMZ, Justin picked Selena up at LAX on Wednesday night (in a chauffeured car, not his ticketed Ferrari) and took her home, where he spent the night. The next day, they were driven to the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, where they entered separately, supposedly in the hopes of not being photographed together.
There are a few possible explanations for this scenario: 1) They really and truly have reunited. 2) They moved on to the “just friends” stage in record time. 3) They never broke up in the first place, just in a bit of lovers’ spat. 4) They broke up, but are considering a reunion, and understandably don’t want the world all up in their business while they make this difficult decision. In which case, sorry, guys!
But yeah, this reminds us of a whole lot of other couples that split and got back together recently: Katy Perry and John Mayer, Vanessa and Kobe Bryant, (maybe) Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. Great news for vicarious romantics everywhere!
He’s backkkk! Michael Lohan continues to be our all time favorite D-lister ever (sorry Octomom) by finding new and exciting ways to make us loath him. But get ready, because this time he truly out done himself. The slightly-less-terrible Lilo parent went on television to learn through DNA testing that he fathered a lovechild in the 90s while married to slightly-more-terrible Lilo parent Dina. The Maury-rific experience went down on Trisha Goddard’s NBC show, where Mike was joined by Kristi Horn, who has made numerous claims over the years that he is the real father of her 17-year-old daughter. Despite the accusations, Michael has repeatedly denied that the child is his, has never paid her a dime in child support, and apparently never even met the child.
So what do you do when you’re have no real talent of your own, and your cash-cow daughter’s comeback projects are looking increasingly crappy? Take your private matters to the most public venue possible! Michael learned the results of his DNA test in front of Kristi, his new-found daughter Ashley, and a studio audience. Let us level with you for a moment: We’ve been at this bloggin’ business for while by now, and we’ve seem some pretty cringe-worthy videos. This Beyonce fan fail springs immediately to mind. But when we watched the video of Michael learning that he was the real dad, our mouths were literally open in bewildered/disgusted wonderment. Bonus points for the girl rejecting Mike’s hug with a teary “No! No! No! This is the first time I’ve met you. I’m sorry, but…” After years of paternal rejection, Ol’ Mike probably had it coming. The full episode airs tonight, but we’re not sure we can take anymore.
If you felt the Earth shake over the weekend, that was probably just the epic rumble between two Jay-Z and Robert De Niro! Two of New York’s biggest ever stars got into a beef at Leonardo DiCaprio’s Manhattan birthday bash over the weekend, and sources say it wasn’t pretty. Amazingly, it was over something as mundane and not A-listy as un-returned phone calls. Celebs: they really are just like us!
Apparently De Niro asked the rapper to record a song for the Tribeca Film Festival a few months back, but Jay never answered the phone when he called with more details. So when Hova went over to Robert’s table to say hello, the acting legend went all Raging Bull on his ass and dressed him down in a room full of famous faces (including Martin Scorsese!). “Bob wasn’t in any mood to make polite conversation,” a witness told theNew York Post. “He told Jay that if somebody calls you six times, you call them back. It doesn’t matter who you are, that is just rude.”