They say life imitates art, but what happens when your mom starts imitating the darkest piece of art you’ve ever made? In a scene out of the The Roommate if The Roommate had actually been scary, Leighton Meester’s mother is accused of making death threats. An L.A. judge granted Laurel Wigg a temporary restraining order against Constance Meester after the elder Meester menaced Wigg and her son. According to the filing, Leighton’s mom threatened to “hunt down and kill” the pair on January 21. Wigg claims Constance “is an addict and has made a threat to kill” and “to f–k us up,” in addition to leaving an additional threatening voice mail on the victim’s phone. See, after we saw Leighton playing a creepy stalker, we just wanted our money back. We didn’t take it as life-coaching advice.
Mrs. Meester has run into trouble with the law before, include a drug smuggling conviction that earned her 10 years in federal prison during which Leighton was born in jail. According to the New York Daily News, Meester and Wigg are “friends” and their “children go to the same school,” which would seem to indicate either Leighton’s older brother Douglas or younger brother Lex. We bet Roommate screenwriter Sonny Mallhi is kicking himself now for missing out on these terrifying gems. Well, there’s always always the sequel. Hopefully not for Laurel Wigg, though…
A rep for Lovelock Correctional Center denied reports that inmate O.J. Simpson was brutally beaten by skinheads, dismissing the claim from Simpson’s former business partner Bruce Fromong (one of the people Simpson was imprisoned for holding hostage back in 2007) as “totally bogus.” Considering this rumor was passed around in late 2009, maybe Fromong and the Enquirer just got to it a little late.
As much as those who hate Simpson get off on this rumor (which will probably show up again in 2013), it seems O.J. may love it even more. A prison source told TMZ that guards told the former footballer and accused murderer all about the drama, and that O.J. “laughed his ass off” upon getting the scoop. With OJ not expected to get parole until 2017 at the earliest, it might be the last laugh he has for a while.
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Vince Neil just turned himself in for a two-week prison term in Vegas for his 2010 DUI, sporting a sharp pair of glasses as he let the Clark County police take his mugshot. The Motley Crue singer recently told People, “I made a mistake, and I have to finally learn my lesson and go do a little bit of time,” and who knows? Maybe the glasses are meant to suggest the repeat offender (who served 15 days in 1986 after an accident caused by his drunk driving left the drummer for Hanoi Rocks dead), really has turned a new leaf. He certainly looks more contrite than he did in 2007. See for yourself in the gallery below.
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With many child actors, it’s usually a matter of when, not if, news of their impending meltdown hits the web. For example, allegedly Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz hit girlfriend Elycia Turnbow and threatened suicide while the two were in Phoenix, AZ last Friday. According to the police report filled by Turnbow, the actor “grabbed a gun and held it to his head, possibly with intent of committing suicide.” Elycia called one of Frankie’s bandmates and Muniz was taken to the hospital. The actor was released later that same night, indicatingÃ‚Â that child actors should wear some sort of ear tag or radio collar so doctors know not to immediately release them back in the wild.
When Muniz returned home, Turnbow claimed he “punched her in the back of the head, and threw her into a wall while in the downstairs bedroom.” While Elycia said Frankie hit her after an argument about “prior relationships,” Muniz says it was she who instigated the fight “by Elycia yelling at him and hitting him in the face.” As for threatening to end his life, the actor told police, “I grabbed the case, but not the gun … it isn’t even loaded.” The fact that the police then went back to their house and found the gun loaded should be a surprise to absolutely no one.
Now, contrary to both Frankie and Elycia’s comments on the night of the incident, Muniz’s rep denies the fight took place. “The police were called to the residence,” Muniz’s rep said this afternoon. “A gun played no part in the argument and was voluntarily given to the police for safekeeping.Ã‚Â There were no bruises and neither left the residence. He was not suicidal.Ã‚Â She was not assaulted.” Despite what sounded like an unpleasant weekend, Muniz tweeted about Elycia yesterday, announcing, “The table all set for Valentine’s Day dinnerÃ¢â‚¬Â¦I love @elyciamarie.” Here’s hoping the couple immediately break-up or proceed to counseling; no amount of adorable Valentine’s Day surprises are going to replace good old fashion psychological therapy.
Remember Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi‘s home break-in yesterday? TMZ reports that the woman’s name is Karen Grace Sjoden and she was found hiding, in wait for the couple, behind cushions on their kitchen deck. RadarOnline adds that she is currently being arraigned in front of (Lindsay Lohan flashback) Judge Marsha Revel in Beverly Hills and apparently insisted that “This is a set up” in court, pleading not guilty to misdemeanor trespassing.
Apparently, the 49-year-old was first discovered snooping around Ellen and Portia’s home around 3am, but left on her own. She came back a second time, around 5 am, but told Judge Revel that she’s a private investigator hired to tail Ellen. She supposedly has a badge to prove her story. Revel in return stated, “You end up in someone’s backyard at 3 in the morning…then you are asked to leave…and you come back later with no legit purpose whatsoever and secrete yourself.. you are probably up to no good…” You tell her, Judge! About the badge Sjoden’s harping on about Revel responded with, “I don’t know if it’s fraudulent or not.”
Sjoden, when arrested, was found with a list of celebrity names and a rambling letter to Hilary Clinton on her person. Police also say that she had pages of “delusional language” including rants about alien crystalline, the CIA, the FBI and telepathic imaging machines. We said it yesterday, thank god Ellen and Portia have a good security team because this woman sounds like an absolute kook. They’re lucky they weren’t home when this happened. They’re also very lucky that Sjoden didn’t get to them. What’s up with the stalker celebrity list she’s carrying? Was she she really planning to target other stars too?
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Celebrities, take note. If you’re going to hire a security detail, get the guys who protect Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres. A female intruder was just nabbed for trespassing on their property. Luckily the woman didn’t even make it into their Beverly Hills mansion because the couple’s security team is so on it. Unlike Paris Hilton’s, who’s home has been broken into twice.
Ellen and Portia’s rep revealed, “The property is protected by a 24-hour security team that detected and detained the intruder until she was turned over to the custody of Beverly Hills police officers, who arrested here. The intruder never entered the actual residence, and did not make contact with either Ellen or Portia…” We don’t have more details on who this women us just yet. Wonder what she would’ve said if she actually managed. “Hi, I’m a big fan” does not cut it.
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Lindsay Lohan‘s walking a very thin line thanks to that Kamofie & Co necklace she supposedly stole.Ã‚Â LiLo’s arraignment day before yesterday had the judge dishing out some tough love, but chances are that Lohan could possibly plea her way out of jail time, due to her supposed ‘forgetfulness” as opposed to kleptomania. Which means she might get saved by the skin of her teeth.
Lindsay doesn’t think she has a problem though, because as far as she’s concerned she’s as innocent as a lamb. Cue the $575 Kimberly Ovitz white dress she wore to court, which has now sold out of stores. Because nothing sells more than a celebrity criminal, right? Sorry, we didn’t mean criminal, because as we said, Lindsay insists she’s not to blame. She even tweeted her entirely blameless point of view. LiLo ranted, “…fyi- i would never steal, in case people are wondering. I was not raised to lie, cheat, or steal… also, what i wear to court shouldnt be front page news. it’s just absurd. god bless xox LÃ‚Â .”
Lindsay, stay silent. Seriously. You do not have any moral high ground to stand on.
Considering the Grammy’s are coming up, this news is to be expected, but the outcome is a bit surprising. Chris Brown has a restraining order on him because of Rihanna, thanks to that awful beating episode two years ago that shocked the world. Two weeks ago, Chris appeared in an L.A court to have the restraining order removed. His lawyer Mark Geragos told the presiding Judge Patricia Schnegg, “It makes it difficult at awards shows and such.” Well, excuse us for saying boo-hoo.
This is the bit that’s surprised us because Rihanna’s now asked for the restraining order against Chris to be lifted, in accordance with his plea. It’s been two years since the attacks so the wounds must have healed. But smart girl that she is, she’s asked the order to go down to level one—protecting her from “harassment”—and not dropped completely. That way, Chris can do his thing at the Grammy’s but not get in her way. It hasn’t been officially granted by Judge Schnegg, but she met with Rihanna’s attorney David Etra to discuss the changes.
This isn’t the first time Rihanna’s asked to lift the ban against Chris. She tried two years ago,Ã‚Â but that was when rumors that they were planning to get back together were floating about. Can’t blame the girl for being confused! Same charges, same dropping to level one, and the assault happened right after the Grammy’s… talk about deja vu!
Anyone wondering what D’Arcy Wretzky from the Smashing Pumpkins was up to will probably be bummed to find out the truth. According to TMZ, the “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” bassist is in jail due to a horse-related legal infraction—and we’re not talking about “horse.”
Seems a couple horses escaped her ranch back in 2009, and no they didn’t stomp on her face. The reclusive former rock star was charged with “Animals Running At Large” (great band name!), but—for reasons we’re tempted to extrapolate from her mug shot—Wretzky (arrested for cocaine possession in 2000) didn’t make any of her multiple court dates, and was brought in on a bench warrant earlier this week. Meanwhile, Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan, who has called D’Arcy a “mean-spirited drug addict,” tweeted yesterday that he’d like everyone to call him William now. Could be worse, dude! Could be worse.
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Lindsay Lohan‘s arraignment yesterday may have been highlighted by the judge warning her that her next legal infraction would get her tossed in the slammer, but that doesn’t mean she’ll be locked up for the one that got her in court. Despite the aggressive efforts of the DA’s office to prove Lindsay has repeatedly violated her probation, it looks like she could successfully strike a deal with the judge directly, keeping her from serving time for stealing that necklace from Kamofie & Co.
According to TMZ, the plan would be for Lindsay to plead guilty to felony grand theft, and then have the judge reduce the charge to a misdemeanor if she keeps her nose clean for 12 months. While it’s hard to imagine a crap magnet like LiLo pulling off such a feat, there’s reason to believe she might get a shot. The DA declined Lohan’s offer to take a polygraph, which might have proven she was more absent than criminally minded in forgetting to return the jewelry, something Kamofie & Co has admitted she’s done before. Do you think it makes a difference whether Lindsay “knew” she was stealing?
Check out the gallery below for photos of Lindsay in court—good thing she wasn’t straight to jail in that get-up.
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