Marion Barry Dies; Former D.C. Mayor Was 78

Marion Barry, one of the more controversial political figures of modern times, died this morning from causes not yet known.

He was 78 years old.

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Barry rose to national prominent after he was caught by the FBI while smoking crack in a hotel room with a young woman.

He screamed “she set me up!” upon being arrested by authorities, but, incredibly, this incident did NOT derail his career.

Barry served four rearms as Mayor – including a re-election after serving time in prison – and was often the butt of jokes from comedians, talk show hosts and, most often, on Saturday Night Live.

Barry was a council member for Washington’s 8th ward at the time of his passing.

“Marion was not just a colleague but also was a friend with whom I shared many fond moments about governing the city,” Mayor Vincent C. Gray said in a statement today. “He loved the District of Columbia and so many Washingtonians loved him.”

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R.I.P. Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014). He will forever be missed!

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Hank Baskett to FBI: Ava London Extorted Me After We "Hung Out"!

Kendra Wilkinson’s husband Hank Baskett has contacted the FBI to protest that his alleged mistress Ava London extorted him and tried to shake him down.

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Hank claims that the transsexual model, who revealed their sexual dealings, is guilty of illegally recording and extorting him, and he wants to make her pay.

Believe Hank’s legal attempt to play the victim?

Here’s why you should: She was clearly behind the release of those audio tapes of Hank pleading for her not to go public and promising to “help” her.

Here’s why you shouldn’t: If you watch Kendra on Top online, Hank’s guilty conscience is obvious and he can’t even find the words to deny anything.

The two aren’t mutually exclusive, of course. Her account could be entirely accurate and still tantamount to extortion if she tried to bilk him for cash.

He seems to be trying to dance around what really happened with Ava London, though, acknowledging only that he “hung out with her” that night.

What else was hanging out, though!?

Hank’s camp says London secretly recorded conversations in which he straight up begs her not to talk about their relationship because he’s married.

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Ava Sabrina London is the model who says she had a fling with Hank Baskett. Do you believe her?

Baskett’s lawyer Lee Hutton will go to court next week in an attempt to obtain her records, which he believes will fully document an extortion attempt.

She wanted $5,000, allegedly, in exchange for her silence, and Hank reportedly tried to produce at least part of that payment when he got busted.

It’s unclear why she went to Radar with the recordings and whether she fully initiated that, or merely didn’t deny it after the site broke the scandal.

In any case, Hank is still not copping to any hand jobs received or administered, or to browsing transsexual model videos on YouTube (her story).

According to TMZ, he says he met her and her friend in a grocery store, and they invited him to go to their apartment. He ended up there, in any case.

They began smoking weed, which led to Ava taking her clothes off, and … something went down that he really, really, really did not want to become public.

Based on the events we saw play out Friday night on WE TV’s Kendra on Top Season 3 Episode 6, we’re not sure she’s buying what he’s selling …

On the flip side, Wilkinson has called this a “straight setup” so she may be somewhat sympathetic to the extortion angle and the fact that Ava sold him out.

In any case, dude is still living at home, very likely making him the first married man to ever cheat on his pregnant wife with a model with a penis to pull that off.

He’s got the heart of a champion.

Will Hank cheat on Kendra again, as Ava is so certain of? Will he even get the chance if she kicks him to the curb? Share your commentary below …

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Mally Mall: Love & Hip Hop Hollywood Star Raided By FBI!

Mally Mall of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood hasn’t had a storyline worth writing home about thus far, but his home is currently being raided by the FBI.

Which is very much worth writing about. The irony.

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The reality star is the target of ongoing criminal investigation, although law enforcement sources would not be specific as to what charges this may entail.

FBI officials entered pursuant to a search warrant.

Mall (real name Jamal Rashid) is known in his neighborhood for his exotic animals, and animal control officers were reported to be at the house as well.

A rapper and also a producer, Mally Mall has worked with huge music stars like Justin Bieber, Chris Brown and Drake, among many famous others.

There’s no evidence any of his artists are involved.

Mall was not home when law enforcement officers arrived, because in L.A. shooting his reality show. He may want to stay there a little longer.

To catch up on the professional and romantic adventures of Mally and his colleagues, follow the link to watch Love and Hip Hop Hollywood online!

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Teairra Mari is a cast member on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood. She has been with Ray J off and on for years.

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Hayden Panettiere Nude Photos Leak; Actress Joins List of Hacked Celebrities

The Hollywood hacker has struck again.

Naked photos of Hayden Panettiere (Heroes, Nashville) have surfaced on platforms such as Reddit and 4chan, with the actress now joining the likes of Vanessa Hudgens and Kim Kardashian as female celebrities who have been victimized by some loser hacker.

Nude images of latter two also hit the Internet today.

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Panettiere, Hudgens and Kardashian now join a list of violated actresses, singers athletes and models that include Hope Solo, Kirsten Dunst, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting and many others.

The hacking scandal blew up a couple weeks ago when Kate Upton nude pictures and Jennifer Lawrence nude pictures flooded the World Wide Web.

The FBI is in the middle of an investigation, but the agency clearly has not yet found the hacker at the center of this controversy.

Many other celebrities and bloggers have been calling upon individuals to NOT look at these lewd photographs in order to grant the subjects their deserved privacy.

The Hollywood Gossip fully agrees with this policy and will not be posting the Hayden Panettiere naked pictures.

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Photos of Demi Lovato in bed with Wilmer Valderrama went viral in the spring of 2014. Some were pretty darn racy.

Controversially, Clay Aiken has told The Washington Post that “anybody who takes inappropriate pictures of themselves deserves exactly what they get.”

He did add, however:

“Of course whoever [stole and released the photos] should be hogtied. And it’s unfortunate that we don’t have Internet security right now or the laws in place to protect people from pirating that stuff.”

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Paula Deen Extortion Plot Leads to Man’s Arrest By FBI

Officials from the FBI arrested a man in NYC Friday morning after he allegedly tried to extort $250,000 from embattled celebrity chef Paula Deen.

He threatened to release “true and damning” statements made by Deen unless she paid up, according to a federal criminal complaint filed in Georgia.

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Deen’s attorney went immediately to the FBI after she received both an email and follow up phone call from a man named Thomas Paculis.

The complaint claims Paculis threatened to go public with information he claimed with bring hardship and financial ruin to Paula Deen.

According to the FBI, Paculis’ email to Paula‘s attorney read:

“I am about to go public with statements refuting your clients statements about using the ‘N’ word in her business practices at Lady and Son’s.”

“The statements are true and damning enough that the case for [Lisa Jackson, the plaintiff suing Deen for discrimination] will be won on it’s merit alone.”

The email went on to say there is a price for such information.

The revelation that Deen had used the n-word, which came from a leaked deposition she gave as part of Jackson’s lawsuit, came to light just days before.

Paculis was taken into custody and will appear in court July 16.

As for the lawsuit, Deen wants it dismissed on grounds that Jackson’s claims are bogus – along with her stated reasons for being discriminated against.

It is not clear how Deen’s racial slur admission ever went public.

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Man Slaps Crying Baby, Calls It The N-Word

A 60-year old man named Joe Rickey Hundley has been charged with simple assault after flipping out this month on a two-year old boy aboard an Atlanta-found flight.

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FBI special agent Daron Cheney says the incident took place on February 8.

In an affidavit, he quotes the child’s mother as telling authorities the child was crying as the Delta flight was landing.

Hundley, sitting alongside the boy, slapped him in the face (causing a scratch under his right eye) and told the mother to “shut that [N-Word] baby up.

Cheney adds that the mother received “assistance from several people” in order to calm Hundley down. He has not been taken into custody, but the case is expected to go to court at some point in the near future.

“We think that it is important to let the case develop, and we’ll see how it all comes out,” Hundley’s attorney Marcia Shein said yesterday.

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Jimmy Lee Dykes Dead; Alabama Hostage Standoff Ends

The Alabama hostage situation, in which a man held a boy in a bunker for seven days, ended with the suspect dead and the 5-year-old safely rescued.

Reports of an explosion at Jimmy Lee Dykes’ Midland City property came first on Monday afternoon, followed shortly by media reports of his death.

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At a hastily organized roadside press conference near the crime scene, FBI agent Steve Richardson said negotiations had deteriorated over the last 24 hours.

He said they entered the bunker shortly after 3 p.m. fearing the child was “in imminent danger,” because they’d seen Dykes, 65, carrying a firearm.

The boy, identified only as Ethan, was transported to a hospital, state Rep. Steve Clouse told CNN. He appeared physically unharmed, remarkably.

Witnesses said they heard a boom and gunfire. Ambulances arrived soon afterward.

The crisis began last Tuesday, January 29, when authorities say Dykes boarded a school bus and demanded that he take two boys between six and eight.

The bus driver, Charles Albert Poland, Jr., is hailed as a hero for putting himself between Dykes and the children. His valor cost him his life.

Dykes shot Poland several times before taking the 5-year-old from the bus.

“You didn’t deserve to die but you died knowing you kept everyone safe,” said a letter from a student that was read aloud at the bus driver’s funeral.

The bunker in which Jimmy Lee Dykes holed up was four feet underground. He equipped it with electricity and was said to have weeks of supplies stored.

Negotiators communicated to him through a ventilation pipe. Because of the risk of tornadoes in Alabama, bunkers are a relative fixture on the landscape.

Authorities sent Ethan’s prescription medicine into the property as well as items the boy requested like Cheez-Its snacks and a red Hot Wheels toy car.

There was open communication with Dykes, according to authorities, but he’d made few demands, making it unclear what he hoped to accomplish.

Some neighbors believed that Dykes may have timed the abduction to nearly coincide with a court appearance scheduled for the day after he shot Poland.

In December, Dykes was arrested for shooting a gun to frighten a neighbor.

For that incident and others, people who lived near Jimmy Lee Dykes were leery of him long before he became a hostage-taker who made national news.

They said he once beat a dog to death with a pipe, warned children they’d be shot for crossing onto his land and guarded his property with a flashlight and gun.

He was reportedly an anti-government loner who allegedly lost contact with an adult daughter years ago, according to people who lived near him.

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Chad Johnson Sex Tape: Offline!

Chad Johnson can no longer be seen doing the deed online, thanks to an angry cease and desist letter sent to the two websites who initially shared that imagery.

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Two blogs posted images of a three-year-old video showing the longtime NFL star all kinds of up in some heavily-tattooed female on Christmas Day.

Nice stocking stuffer. They caved quickly to legal pressure, TMZ reports.

After receiving a pissed off letter from his lawyer claiming the Chad Johnson sex tape was stolen property they did not have the right to publish, the video was yanked.

Score one for the former Mr. Evelyn Lozada.

The former Ochocinco contacted the FBI because he believes the tape was hacked from his phone and was absolutely 100 percent not behind the leaked tape.

Just the girl bent over in front of the mirror.

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David Viens, Chef Who Cooked His Wife, Found Guilty of Murder



One of the more gruesome trials in recent memory has come to an end.

Earlier this afternoon, David Viens – a Los Angeles chef who admitted to police that he cooked his wife’s remains for four days – was found guilty of second-degree murder.

He faces 15 years in prison.

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The crime took place in 2009.

Once in custody, Viens said he and his wife Dawn had gotten into an argument the night prior to her passing. He admitted to tying her up and placing duct tape over her mouth before the couple went to bed.

When he awoke in the morning, Dawn was dead and Viens panicked, insisting he never intended to kill her.

As a result, he boiled his wife’s 105-pound body in a 55-gallon drum and even dumped some of the evidence in a grease pit at his restaurant.

In a recorded interview with authorities that was played for the jury, Viens says: “I just slowly cooked [the body] and I ended up cooking her for four days.”

The body of Dawn Viens was never found.

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THG Presents: The Top 10 Celebrity Offspring Singers!



Did you hear? Jane Carrey, daughter of beloved actor Jim Carrey, received a golden ticket to Hollywood on American Idol this week.

But the 24-year old still has a long way to go until she’s considered one of the premiere celebrity offspring singers. That’s right, there are a number of famous artists with similarly famous parents. We count them down below…

10. Hank Williams Jr. – Son of Hank Williams Sr. Loses points for being a narrow-minded moron.

9. Lisa Marie Presley – Daughter of Elvis Presley. Never responsible for any major hits. But her kiss of Michael Jackson at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards was sort of a musical moment that will last forever.

8. Natalie Cole – Daughter of Nat King Cole. Who will ever forget the digitally-recorded, aptly-titled duet between father and child, “Unforgettable?”

7. Robin Thicke – Son of Alan Thicke. Has written songs for Jennifer Hudson, Usher and Mary J. Blige. Impressive!

6. Willow Smith – Daughter of Will and Jada Smith. Hasn’t accomplished a great deal since whipping her hair all around, but is only 11. Still has time.

5. Jane Carrey – Daughter of Jim Carrey. Will move up a lot higher if she wins American Idol.

4. Jordin Sparks – Daughter of former NFL star Phillipi Sparks. Idol champion. Super Bowl national anthem singer. Broadway actress.

3. Chynna Phillips – Daughter of John Phillips. Would not even had made this list a year ago. But did you see Bridesmaids?!? A surprise top three entrant.

2. Liza Minnelli – Daughter of Judy Garland. Veteran of the song and stage industry, has won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award. Also, recurred on Arrested Development.

1. Miley Cyrus. Daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus. No Oscar, Emmy, Grammy or Tony Award. But advanced to the finals of our first-ever tournament of THG.

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE FAMOUS OFFSPRING SINGER?

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