In October 2006, cocktail waitress Chrissy Mazzeo accused then-Nevada gubernatorial nominee Jim Gibbons of pushing her against a wall in a parking garage and threatening to rape her. Mazzeo refused to press charges at the time, and Gibbons won the election that November. Now, two years later—as Gibbons deals with a divorce, rumors of infidelity (Gibbons sent a woman 860 texts in a month) and countless political scandals—Mazzeo is suing Gibbons for battery, false imprisonment and second-degree kidnapping.
At the time of the allegations, Gibbons claimed he merely caught Mazzeo, who had been drinking heavily with him at a restaurant in Las Vegas, when she tripped in the garage. Said Gibbons to the police, “Gosh, I learned an important lesson, never to offer a helping hand to anybody ever again.”
Since becoming governor, Gibbons has endured accusations of bribery, tax fraud, hiring undocumented workers, plagiarism, shady donations, and only coming to his office a few days a month. Despite the dogpile, increasing unpopularity and his ongoing divorce, Gibbons still found time to go to a rodeo with ex-Playboy Playmate Leslie Durant. Gibbons’ spokesperson did not immediately comment on the lawsuit.
Ok, she’s really not being allowed to record anything—but for all intents and purposes, we probably won’t be hearing Lil’ Kim bust any bars until she wiggles her way out of this mess. The popular production duo Trackmasters is suing Kim after she refused to live up to their contract, allegedly due to their refusal to let her work with Akon (“Blame It On Me” is right, dude).
Trackmasters—also known as Poke & Tone—claim they paid off $200,000 of Lil’ Kim’s debts and spent over $2 million moving their company to Jersey for her. The pair are looking for complete restitution and a court order restricting any Brookland employees from working with Kim on any music. Ever! If Kim fails to beat (or settle) the suit, she better hope the Pussycat Dolls come up with a new reality show to judge fast.
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Earlier this month, Valentina, Inc., a clothing store in Brookfield, Wisconsin, sued Vernita Lee—Oprah Winfrey‘s mom—for not paying the $155k she racked up on her credit line. Now Lee is countersuing that Valentina never should have given her that “VIP” credit line in the first place, because she’s old and stupid.
Lee had a similar issue with the store over a $175k bill in 2002, and a resolution was supposedly created to keep the company from extending her credit further. So it’s the company’s fault for letting her continue to put expensive clothes on her account even though she suffers a “lack of knowledge, ability, and-or capacity” to handle such things.
Oprah, step in already. Your mom is running around town, taking fancy clothes and saying she’s too incompetent to understand that you have to pay for them. Put this crazy bat in a home or give her enough money that she can pay up front. We know you have it!
Dane Cook has abandoned an attempt to keep his apartment of ten years, despite moaning that the pad, once rented by John Belushi and Steve Martin, is his creative muse as well as the place he keeps a dog that no one cleans up after. According to TMZ, Cook will still pay a couple tens of Gs in shit-related damages despite losing his claim. Softening the blow is the fact that Dane Cook still owns a home worth $7 million. “The new place is perfect,” said Dane’s dog, “perfect…for me to poop on!”
You’ve just been given an eviction notice for not picking up your dog’s shit: how do you argue for a second chance? If you’re Dane Cook, you claim that your success depends on living in—and being inspired by—the space once rented by John Belushi and Steven Martin. You see, if you remove Dane Cook and his shit-spraying pooch from his apartment of the last ten years, his career will crumble.
From his petition (via TMZ):
The extreme hardship I will suffer [if evicted] is not directly financial; it is instead emotional and mental…John Belushi and Steve Martin are former tenants of the premises in which I have lived for the last 10 years; I especially wanted to live in this unit for exactly that reason…after moving into that unit, I felt a creative drive that I have never felt before…I know that the presence of those that have lived there before me affects me deeply and provides me with inspiration.
Comedians can really easily run out of ideas and ‘stories'; I am extremely frightened that this will happen to me if I am forced to move out of my apartment.
Terri Hughes, a former producer on Playboy’s radio program Night Calls, is suing the company and accusing them of creating a “racially and sexually hostile work environment” on the program. Here are some of the juicier claims, which include Hughes being told that Playboy doesn’t do “negro shows.”
- During a three-hour live show, host Christy Canyon repeatedly demanded Hughes come into the studio and “wax her ass” on air.
- Vanessa Blue, Canyon’s African-American co-host complained that Canyon was creating “a racially and sexually hostile environment.” After Playboy instituted a “no penetration” policy due to Canyon’s behavior, Canyon continued to harass co-workers by masturbating in public and demanding that they (as well as guests on the show) touch her breast and genitals.
In January, “sources” claimed that Paul McCartney‘s excessive alcohol intake was causing heart problems, as well as the rift between him and ex-wife Heather Mills. At the time, Mills’ publicist had no comment. Earlier this month, Michele Elyzabeth, the publicist in question, said Mills was behind the falsehood and that “That witch tricked me into spreading lies about Paul. She’s a bitch.” Now Mills is suing Elyzabeth for 250,000 pounds, claiming that Elyzabeth—who’s sold her story to News Of The World—-is a liar, not her. Between this and the more than 24 million pounds Mills got out of McCartney, Scandalist hopes that Mills has successfully made the world realize that it is not worth having anything to do with her.
The battle between Rob Lowe and two former nannies is heating up. Rob and wife Sheryl have made claims that former nanny Laura Boyce terrified their children by describing gang activity in graphic detail and telling stories about people having their eyes and limbs cut off. In Boyce’s sexual harassment lawsuit against the Lowes, filed in April following former nanny Jessica Gibson’s suit, Boyce claimed she was offended by Sheryl allegedly walking around the house naked. A former friend of Boyce’s stated that Boyce smoked pot, used sedatives to help her sleep, and referred to her basketball player boyfriend as the “N” word.
Vernita Lee, mother of Oprah Winfrey, has been sued for refusing to pay the $155,000 on her charge account with Valentina, Inc., a fashion store in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Lee’s allegedly been racking up the charges on her “preferred customer” account (a.ka. “The Big Spend”) since 2004, and has not been making the monthly minimum payment of $2,000. Oprah could pull a twig off her money tree and settle the beef, but instead Lee is hiring three lawyers to prove she doesn’t owe a cent. Oh, mother. [Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via ONTD]
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Paris Hilton has been sued by the makers of National Lampoon’s Pledge This, her 2006 non-hit comedy. The aggrieved claim that Hilton, despite being paid $1 million to appear in the film, did not sufficiently promote it. So why are they only suing for $70,000? You’d probably spend that much on the lawyers!