The lawsuit filed against Johnny Depp, his security detail and the Hollywood Palladium in connection with an incident at an Iggy and the Stooges concert last December (and made available on E! Online) is making us cringe, a lot. Not that we know how much of it is true, but the allegations made by “Jane Doe,” a disabled physician and med school professor, are pretty horrifying: Early in the night, she says some guards tried to block her from getting back to her seat in the VIP section, telling her to go to around to a different entrance, which she didn’t want to do since she didn’t have her cane with her. Later, she alleges that the bodyguards tried to forcefully pry her iPhone out of her hand, dragged her up to a balcony area and then proceeded to handcuff and drag her out in a manner that caused her pants to fall down “exposing her buttocks to the other Hollywood Palladium patrons.” She says she suffered “severe trauma and extensive injuries” as a result. The suit also says that Depp was looking on and talking to his bodyguards throughout the night, and thus directing their actions.
While we wait to see how this drama unfolds, we thought we’d look back (not so fondly) at the wide variety of celebrities who’ve been caught up in similar situations, due to their overzealous security team, overly aggressive fans and photographers, or, more likely, an unfortunate combination of the two.
- In 2004, Prince and his bodyguards were sued by college student Anthony Fitzgerald who said they confiscated his camera after he snapped a photo of the artist in Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport. Prince countersued for invasion of privacy and violation of copyright and trademark law. The fact that we can’t find anything on the conclusion of this conflict leads us to believe both parties settled this quietly.
We see what you’re doing here, Rihanna, and we don’t like it. First you go and make us write about you ALL the time, what with your ever-changing hairstyles and topless pics and nasty racist rice-cake tweets and Ashton Kutcher booty calls and wearing fancy pajamas to a Battleship premiere and, yes, you’re ill-advised collaboration/renewed friendship with the man who beat you to a bloody pulp. Then you tell Elle magazine that we, the bloggers, are “wasting” our time by “ranting” about you and Brown. And that really makes us want to rant even more! You trapped us! Not fair!
Here’s her exact quotes, from the May cover story: “[Breaking up with Chris Brown] gave me guns. I was like, well, f—. They know more about me than I want them to know. It’s embarrassing. But that was my opening. That was my liberation, my moment of bring it. […] Now you know that, so you can say what you want about it. I don’t have anything to hide.”
And on reaction to her reconciliation with Chris: “The bottom line is that everyone thinks differently. It’s very hard for me to accept, but I get it. People end up wasting their time on the blogs or whatever, ranting away, and that’s all right. Because tomorrow I’m still going to be the same person. I’m still going to do what I want to do.”
OK, keep doing that. But also, maybe think about the fact that your audience is not just bloggers, but actual young women who might find themselves in abusive relationships. /Rant off. Now look at the pretty pictures of blond Rihanna in her undies.
Forget the dating rumors. Forgot that gross Twitter feud with Karrueche Tran. For better or for worse, it seems like the Rihanna and Chris Brown collabos released last month were a purely business decision. “I reached out to him about doing “Birthday Cake” because that’s the only person that really — it made sense to do the record,” RiRi explained on Ryan Seacrest‘s KIIS FM show this morning. “Just as a musician — despite everything else — that was going to be the person.” Okay, but why couldn’t Drake have been the person, RiRi? Or Nicki Minaj? What about J. Cole? What about Rick Ross even? You know that man loves cake more than any of us do! And we mean every single kind of cake there is!
That being said, it sounds like Rihanna wanted her track to blow up, and there was only one man who could provide the necessary heat. “I thought about rappers, and I’ve done that so many times, and the hottest R&B artist out right now is Chris Brown. So I wanted him on the track,” the singer explained. Said RiRi, “We did two records — one for my fans, one for his fans — and that way our fans can come together. There shouldn’t be a divide, you know? It’s music and it’s innocent.” Innocent…and extremely profitable! So why do we feel even grosser about the whole thing now?
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Rihanna threw herself a pity party on The Jonathan Ross Show this week over her unbearable singleness, but how can this woman be unattached when she looks this dirty fabulous on her new Italian Battleship poster? Even with those tattoos? It defies all logic! “Single life is so overrated,” RiRi sighed on the British talk show. “It sucks. I have such incredible experiences in my life. You don’t want to live your life and then meet someone. You want to share your life with someone. That’s what I’m missing right now.” Look, we love sexy Rihanna and hipster Rihanna as much as anyone else. But tatted-up, alien-fighting Rihanna? The idea that this image can exist in the world and RiRi not have engagement rings stacked on every finger is baffling to us.
Rihanna‘s complaints also suggest to us that rumors about a Rihanna/Chris Brown reunion have been greatly exaggerated. As does her level of Adele obsession, which based on our experience, suggests she is days away from creating an OkCupid profile. “Her last album, 21, spoke to me so much,” Rihanna said of the British songstress. “It was so personal to her, but I feel like everyone in the world identified with it, to the point that I had to stop listening because it was depressing me so much. If you identify with it, sometimes you don’t want to hear about it.” Do you want to hear about how fierce you looking holding a machine gun instead, RiRi? Because that’s what we want to talk about. And we have got all day.
Chris Brown has been all over the news and inside your ear holes and lodged in your brain cavity this week due to his two new collabos with Rihanna (as well as the alleged Chris Brown Rihanna reunion that’s supposedly been going on). But has Chris Brown also been outside of America’s clubs stealing people’s phones, too? A woman named Christal Spann says yes. According to Spann, she was at Miami club Cameo on Sunday when she attempted to snap a photo of Brown and rapper Tyga as they got into their car. Chris allegedly “reached though his car window and snatched her phone from her hands.” Brown then supposedly hissed, “B—-, you ain’t going to put that on no website.” Unfortunately for Chris, he did not stop to think that saying something like that…is exactly what would get him put on a website.
Spann has since filed a police report in the hopes of retrieving her phone. The Miami Beach Police Department told Access Hollywood that Chris Brown has not been charged, but that an arrest warrant was being prepared. Most importantly, Brown is reportedly still under probation for his 2009 assault on Rihanna. Hopefully the details aren’t quit as clear as they seem, or else Chris is really going to wish he has just smiled and said cheese.
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As Chris Brown continues his Twitter battles with the likes of Miranda Lambert and WWE heavyweight champ CM Punk, and Rihanna’s dating status is being debated — is she with Rob Kardashian, as Media Takeout purports, or is she considering reuniting with Chris, as TMZ says? — a lot of conversations we had back in 2009, after his brutal assault on her, are also resurfacing. After they dropped two collaborations on Rihanna’s birthday Monday, we decided to ask a couple of experts on domestic violence to answer the question burning in our minds: Is it possible that Chris has reformed, as he claims, and that a renewed relationship (friends or more) is not the crazy bad idea some think it is?
“We have to believe that there is opportunity for people to change, but it does not happen on its own. It requires a lot of work and the person has to want to change that behavior,” said Marjorie Gilberg, executive director of Break the Cycle, an organization that tries to teach both young victims and abusers how to change the patterns of violence in their lives. And while she believes change is possible, particularly in someone so young, Brown’s “outbursts” on Twitter and elsewhere aren’t great evidence that he’s done so. “I also think it’s not that probable that he would be able to have a healthy relationship with Rihanna, because they already have a pattern of communication and behavior. It’s difficult to change once you get in to that routine of it.
“I hope that they both can heal from it, and I hope that they can have healthier and happier relationships for the rest of their lives because they’re both very young,” Gilberg added. “I wouldn’t suggest that it was the greatest idea to have that relationship with one another.”
Today is Rihanna’s birthday, but unfortunately, guys, you can’t lick the icing off her cake. The “Talk That Talk” singer recently wowed us with her simple yet sexy Giorgio Armani gown at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. But that’s not all! Ri Ri also gave an unforgettable performance alongside Coldplay and walked away with two wins for her vocal additions to Kanye West’s “All of the Lights.” She may have a killer wardrobe (and body), but the pop princess is showing a different side on the big screen this spring, making her feature film debut in Battleship, scheduled to hit theaters May 18.
If you don’t want to wait that long for more Rihanna, the Barbadian beauty is rumored to drop the new video for “Birthday Cake (Remix)” pretty soon featuring, yep you guessed it, her ex-beau Chris Brown. Some how in the midst of all this, Rihanna still manages to take to Twitter to chat with her “Rihanna Navy” and post some pretty great Twitpics. Since the good girl gone bad turns 24 today, here are Rihanna’s 24 hottest Twitpics!
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Did you see photos of Chris Brown at Rihanna‘s birthday party at the Hearst Mansion on Monday? No? That might have a little something to do with all the confidentiality agreements Brown made everyone sign. Yup, according to TMZ, the singer allegedly required both employees of facility and “anyone who was caught videotaping/snapping” a photo of him to put their John Hancock on the form. Seeing as how he and Rihanna were allegedly “holding hands” during the party, we can see why Chris would want to avoid the insane fan freakout that would come with photos of canoodling. Though rumors that Chris is set to cameo on Rihanna’s “Birthday Cake” remix isn’t exactly going to help stop the gossip…
Meanwhile, Chris Brown has denied allegations that he used the worst pick-up line of all time on a woman this past weekend. According to Us Weekly, “Can I get your number? I promise I won’t beat you!” was the awful, awful line a woman claimed Chris used at the Lasio Professional Hair Care Grammy gift lounge. “That is absurd and absolutely not true,” the singer told TMZ. “I did not say that nor would I joke about that.” Not if he didn’t want to be doused with high-end hair care products, he wouldn’t!
Rihanna really switched it up when she went out clubbing last night. The often-pantsless singer actually remembered to wear her jeans *gasp*, but showed up at L.A.’s Greystone Manor wearing next to nothing on top! Obviously Riri looked sizzling as ever, and capped off the daring ensemble with a badass leather hat over her newly blond tresses. Maybe the military topper is a leftover from her Battleship wardrobe?
Apparently her former boyfriend Chris Brown was also out partying at Greystone Manor last night, marking it the second time in weeks that the two were spotted in the same venue. But despite the rumors that the two are reconnecting, sources say that the exes didn’t interact. Check out the gallery below for more of Rihanna’s red-hot club-wear in the gallery below!
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Miley Cyrus is a singer, actress, and clearly a baller (and we’re not just talking about which end of the anatomically correct cake she likes to eat). The Disney star dropped a stack or two, specifically $127k on a new ride last week at the Mercedes Benz dealership in Encino, California, according to TMZ. Miley is now whipping a 2012 white SL550 convertible, which she apparently paid for in full. But Liam Hemsworth’s girlfriend isn’t the first Hollywood PYT to splurge on a car. All of the young and famous want to ride in style these days — whether it’s a pink Bentley for the Barbie of hip-hop, Nicki Minaj, or a Batmobile for Mr. Bieber. Here are the 10 most expensive sets of wheels owned by our favorite celebs: