This has been one crazy weekend for Lindsay Lohan. She called the police early Saturday morning claiming a man she had just met and brought to her hotel room — Christian LaBella — had attacked her. The chain of events happened after the two got to know each other at the Chelsea club, 1Oak, but things got ugly when LiLo saw him taking photographs of her when they were in her hotel room later, with some other friends. According to TMZ, she told the cops that when she confronted him about the photos, he got violent and pushed her on her bed. She said she sustained scratches because of his assault. Apparently, she found approximately 50 pictures and videos of her on his phone that he had been emailing to his friends. It gets worse: she ran out of the room, supposedly, but upon her return, reports suggest that he assaulted her again, choked her and then threw her on the ground and then got on top of her. As mentioned earlier, her friends were present through this episode, and one of them succeeded pulling him off. Lindsay then claims she pulled the fire alarm to signal distress and police arrived on the scene to arrest LaBella on two misdemeanor counts of assault and two charges of harassment. Her spokesperson, Steve Honig had this to say, “Lindsay was assaulted early this morning in a New York hotel. While she did sustain some injuries, she was not hospitalized. The assailant was arrested and is currently in police custody. Lindsay has spoken with police and is fully cooperating with the investigation.”
But here’s a new wrinkle: Charges have been dropped against LaBella as there is insufficient evidence against him to build a case, and detectives can’t prosecute him on Lindsay’s story without proper cause. This sounds particularly worrying. While Lindsay isn’t exactly the straight arm of the law, would she really make something like this up? Where are the pictures and videos he took? Are there bruises and scratches on her body to prove what happened? What about eyewitness accounts, since her friends were present? Or was Lindsay exaggerating? We need to hear more of this story to put the pieces together.
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Obviously, we are biased, since some of us would get to see her walk past our cubicle every day, but truthfully we’re on board with Amanda Bynes potentially joining VH1′s Big Morning Buzz Live. If she wants to return to TV, that is. “We read that Amanda was in New York and that she may not have any projects on her plate so we thought inviting her to be a part of our team could be perfect timing,” show producer Shane Farley explained to VH1 Celebrity today, after news that BMBL wants Amanda surfaced on Thursday. “We report on all things Hollywood and she actually lives that life. We think it could be great partnership.”
So do we, and not just because we’d get to make awkward small talk with her in the elevators. (No official offer has been sent to her, just to be clear, since, you know, she no longer has a regular management team and all. The show runners are hoping that this idea gets to her somehow, though.)
First of all, anyone who grew up during the ’90s knows Amanda Bynes is a talented performer. If she wants to be on camera again, she’s got a wealth of experience/charisma/good teeth to draw on. Also, let’s be honest: If anyone knows how your celebrity gossip sausage is made, it’s definitely Amanda Bynes. It would be more than little meta to have to weigh in on pop culture news … seeing as how she herself has been pop culture news. Honestly … we’re into it. Finally, plenty of celebrities go through an extremely rough patch and rebound with another project: Charlie Sheen is starring on FX’s Anger Management, while Lindsay Lohan‘s wig game in Liz & Dick is, from all appearances, applause-worthy. We all want to see Amanda Bynes working on a project that makes her happy. If that also means she’ll be buying peanut M&Ms out the same vending machine as us, we are more than OKwith that.
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Remember Britney Spears‘ former manager Sam Lutfi? We know it’s been awhile. He was last spotted attempting to sue her mom Lynne Spears for defamation…oh, and allegedly stalking Lindsay Lohan. According to TMZ, Lutfi is currently bringing defamation claims against Brit, Lynne and father Jamie Spears after the family claimed he “drugged” Spears while working with her. As part of the suit, Sam apparently wants Britney to testify about a bizarre incident in 2007 in which he allegedly “brought drug-sniffing dogs into her home … and they found a cache of crystal methedrine, which was destroyed.” What does he mean, he “brought drug-sniffing dogs to her home”? Who, other than the police, has access to drug-sniffing dogs? You can’t just say something like that and have people accept it like it’s a thing that actually happens!
Reportedly Lutfi also thinks “Britney should further testify that drug dogs found ‘hot spots’ of drug residue in the carpeting, where her young sons [ages 1 and 3] played during visits.” He also alleges that he covered for Britney by replacing said carpet. Okay, we’re to believe that not only did Britney Spears have what sounds like a suitcase of crystal meth in her home, she also just…put it directly on the carpet? Are we sure the dogs weren’t just smelling hot dogs particles? This is some Breaking Bad ish right here. Of course, as of right now Britney Spears is still under a conservatorship and allegedly “mental incapable” of testifying about anything, which now that we think about it…is almost as bizarre as Sam Lutfi’s claims. Almost.
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You know, there’s something about fame that makes people think celebrities can never truly be down on their luck. If everyone and their mother knows an actor or actress’s name, we just go ahead and assume that person must be enjoying some kind of carefree, financially secure high life. Sadly, as stories like Nick Stahl’s disappearance (or any number of heartrending celeb stories) demonstrates, fame is no safeguard against the everyday hardships of life. To wit, according to RadarOnline and the National Enquirer, former sitcom star Erin Moran and her husband Steve Fleischmann are currently struggling with homeless in Indiana. Best known as Joanie in Happy Days and its spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi, Moran and her husband were allegedly forced out of the trailer they shared with her husband’s mother and are now living out of hotels in the area; the couple had moved into the trailer after losing their house to foreclosure in 2010. Celebrities…unfortunately, they really are just like us. Even the tragic parts.
Those who watched Celebrity Fit Club in 2010 might remember Moran’s erratic behavior, which was compounded by drinking. According to a source, the actress had allegedly been “going out and coming home at all hours of the night, sometimes with her rowdy bar friends, and Steve’s mom just couldn’t take it anymore, so she told Erin to leave.” According to a statement made by her rep to ABC back in June, however, Moran and her spouse were in fact assisting his mother. “They are helping take care of her, as any loving family would do,” the rep explained. Either way, we hope Erin and her husband are able to get back on their feet soon. We’re not saying Scott Baio should get involved, but that would probably be the one thing that would make this story slightly less heart-breaking…
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We’re still getting shivers every time we think about what could make someone dismember a cat with his bare hands, as Johnny Lewis is said to have done before allegedly murdering his landlady and then jumping or falling to his death on Wednesday. But what’s even more confusing is reconciling that with the quotes coming from many fellow actors who remember the 28-year-old as an entirely different person.
“He was the nicest guy,” Nikki Reed told E! Online of Lewis, who appeared with her on The O.C. back in 2006. “I never thought anything but great things about him. I have nothing to say except that he was a really nice guy. It’s just crazy.”
Raising Hope star Shannon Woodward — who we think knew Lewis through his ex-girlfriend Katy Perry —tweeted yesterday, “Johnny Lewis, I love you deeply and madly and always. My heart is broken in a million little pieces. I will miss you every day.” She also said, “He was very, very ill. His actions were a despicable result of that. It was not who he was.”
And meanwhile a source told Us Weekly that Perry knew he had problems back when they dated from 2005-2006.
Who is out there making fun of Rebel Wilson and what is wrong with you? Do people honestly think they’re “adding to the conversation” by calling the Pitch Perfect star “morbidly obese” on the Internet? According to Rebel’s Jenny Craig Australia campaign, it’s comments like those that compelled her start losing weight. “Of course I go on the internet all the time and look up what people say about you,” Rebel says in one of her videos. “One person wrote, ‘What’s her problem? Besides her morbid obesity?’ I read that and I was like…ugh. Like, it is really hurtful. When you read comments like that you think, ‘This is something I can fix. So I should probably fix it.’” Coincidentally, they’re also comments that make us want to shut down the internet and start civilization all over again from scratch. Who’s with us?
In her video journal for the weight loss company, the Bridesmaids actress reveals how she’s lost over 33 pounds, but hopes to drop much more. “I guess with being this size you kind of put yourself into the friend zone. You never think anyone will be attracted to you at this weight,” she admits. “So you don’t really go out.” So…filled…with…empathy…and…rage…In all honesty, we’re kind of torn about Rebel’s weight loss campaign. On one hand, it’s her life and her body. On the other hand, we want to imagine Rebel hanging out in that bikini pube shirt from the MTV VMAS 24/7, just laughing and not giving an eff what anyone thinks. On the other other hand (which we realize is actually the first hand again), we hope Rebel gets everything she wants in life, including never having to need “elasticized pants.” Just don’t wear pants at all, girl! We will support you in this!
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According to Nicki Minaj‘s interview with Perez Hilton this week, she’s “still considering” her reality TV options, but all signs point to some Nicki-based reality programming coming our way soon. Explained Minaj,“I will say that I find the more people see, is the more they understand, and then it’s the more they like you. When you pull them in your world, they see you as a real person. I’m not running away from it anymore.” Good to hear, because according to Deadline, Nicki is already shooting for E! “The plan is to do specials with her, not a whole series,” a source claims, reporting that the “Pound The Alarm” star will be making three specials to air this fall. Honestly, we’re torn about the whole idea. On one hand…of course. These specials will obviously be a delight. On the other hand, we’re sort of reluctant to let our bubblegum hip-hop realness get in our reality TV, and vice versa. At least without a lot of contemplation first.
President Obama, we’re almost certain you didn’t step in and fire Amanda Bynes‘ arresting officer like she beseeched you back in June; we imagine we all would have heard about it. Luckily for you, now there’s a brand-new opportunity to help a girl out. All you have to do is fire the judge, lawyers, bailiffs and police officers involved with Amanda Bynes’ upcoming trial, if she ever ends up having to go to court. Easy peasy! The All That star must be pretty confident you’re going to pull through for her, seeing as how she just filed a not guilty plea for her two counts of hit-and-run. Think about it: what’s the point of getting another term if you aren’t going to do personal favors for former child stars? That would be our one and only reason to ever run for office!
The Los Angeles City Attorney filed charges against Bynes back on Septemer 5, and the actress is due back in court October 19. Uh, does everyone remember the fact that one of Amanda’s hit-and-run charges stems from an incident where she sideswiped a police car? Obama, maybe could you loan Amanda one of those secret government time machines to journey back and call a cab instead? Then travel further back and prevent ancient man from inventing alcohol? Girl still has a DUI charge to deal with, and it would be a big help if the space-time continuum could take care of that one for her.
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Brain exploding! Right now, the interwebz is going bananas over this alleged Chris Brown and Nicole Scherzinger alleged hook-up. X17Online broke the story with photographs of the two at the Supperclub in L.A. with a source adding, “They were dancing close for a while and being all touchy-feely and finally Chris leaned into her. She put her head on his shoulder and they started kissing! I couldn’t believe Chris was being so obvious about it!” The problem is that the photographs are slightly grainy and while they do look like there’s some intimate action, we’re not sure if they were kissing or just talking really closely to each other. Yes, we know what you’re thinking. What about the supposed Rihanna reunion right? The singer just tweeted support for her ex’s court hearing, and supposedly offered to defend Brown at a hearing in November that will determine whether or not her violated his parole. Plus, there was that maybe kiss at the VMAs. Hell, we’ve been expecting Ri-Ri and Brown to go public at any moment. So how did this apparent Nicole and Chris thing happen? For the most part, Nicole’s spokesperson is denying the hookup, saying, “There is absolutely no truth to the ridiculous story regarding Nicole and Chris Brown. The photos that have surfaced are old friends who were trying to talk at a very loud club. I guarantee there will be no photos of them kissing. This is a non-story. ” Brown’s people have also stated, “No story here. They were not kissing. They are friends, have been for years and they were talking at a club with loud music playing.” But then, that’s what they would say. And there are these pictures. So — what do you think? Makeout or fake out?
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When we think about whether NeNe Leakes should leave Real Housewives of Atlanta now that she’s on The New Normal, we feel like a parent whose kid wants to go to college 3,000 miles away. On one hand, NeNe has already made “The Leap” that most reality stars dream of making. She’s costarring on Ryan Murphy’s new show, guests on Glee from time to time and, even more importantly, is generally perceived to be vivacious and fun rather than…you know…completely deranged like some other Housewives that come to mind. At this point, NeNe’s career is in no need another glass of white wine to the face. On the other hand…what about us? The woman was made for reality TV! What about our unscripted NeNe needs?
Luckily for us, we won’t have to give up a NeNe-packed RHOA just yet. “I haven’t decided, but I will tell you this: I’m very loyal to Bravo, and I will continue to do both shows for as long as my schedule allows it,” Leakes revealed on Big Morning Buzz Live this morning, when discussing whether this season of Housewives is her last. “When you are a good person, good things happen for you,” she laughed. Well, we’re good people…so good things will happen to us….ERGO NeNe Leakes will stay on RHOA until the sun burns out! Hurray! Oh, or she could get her own daytime talk show. We’d be more than okay with that too.