Kesha Swore Under Oath That She Was NOT Abused By Dr. Luke in 2011 Deposition

Last week, Kesha filed a lawsuit against Dr. Luke, claiming that her former producer had sexually assaulted her several times over the course of ten years.

Luke countersued and accused Kesha of blackmail and extortion.

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Earlier today, evidence that seemed the corroborate the singers claims surfaced in the form of tweets that were posted back in February in which Kesha attacks Luke and accuses him of abuse.

Now this strange case has taken another unexpected twist, as TMZ has obtained a transcript of a deposition from 2011 in which Kesha swears under oath that Luke never drugged or molested her, as she had previously claimed.

Asked by a lawyer if she’d ever had “an intimate relationship” with Luke, Kesha responded, “No.”

She later stated, “Dr. Luke never gave me coke,” and answered in the negative when asked if he’d ever given her a “roofie.”

This information directly contradicts Kesha’s previous claims that Luke had drugged and raped her on several occasions.

However, Kesha’s lawyers issued a statement earlier today saying that the singer had waited so long to file a lawsuit because she was afraid of repercussions from Luke.

Her attorneys will likely argue that she did not accuse him of abuse during the deposition for the same reason.

We’ll have more on this case as new information becomes available. 

Kesha: Hot at the Billboard Awards


Kesha at last night’s Billboard Music Awards. Is it just us, or is she looking mighty good these days?

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The Flash and Jane the Virgin: Granted Full-Season Orders by The CW!

Barry Allen isn’t the only thing that moves quickly on The CW.

After just two episodes of The Flash Season 1 and Jane the Virgin Season 1, the network has granted full-season orders for both new programs.

The Flash debuted two weeks ago as the most-watched series premiere ever on The CW, scoring 6.1 million viewers in Live + 3 Day Nielsen ratings

Jane the Virgin, meanwhile, actually built on its opening audience for Episode 2 last night, a rare and exciting feat. Both shows have been very well received by critics.

“We have had a fantastic start to our season this year, with The Flash launching as our most-watched series premiere ever, and Jane the Virgin recognized as the best new show this season by critics across the country,” network president Mark Pedowitz said in a statement, adding:

“Over the past three seasons, we have made it our mission to grow and to broaden out our audience, and to keep raising the bar with the quality and impact of our new shows, and The Flash and Jane have both exceeded our expectations on all counts. I’m thrilled to announce full season orders for both of these terrific new series.”

The Flash stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, a young man who gains super speed after a science lab explodes.

Jane the Virgin stars Gina Rodriguez as a young woman who gets accidentally artificially inseminated, throwing a rather unexpected wrench into her meticulous life plans.

You can watch The Flash online and you can watch Jane the Virgin online via our friends at TV Fanatic in order to catch up.

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Renee Zellweger in an LBD at the Elle Women event: lovely or unrecognizable?

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Here are some photos from last night’s 21st annual Elle Women In Hollywood Awards. There are a ton of photos, so CB, Bedhead and I have split them up, awards-season style. Enjoy! One lady in particular is getting a lot of attention this morning because OMG, what did she do to her face? Renee Zellweger wore a little black dress and a completely new face to the event. We’ve actually been pointing out Zellweger’s “work” for a year – she had something done (something with her eyes) last year. I believe the work has “settled” but she just looks so different. Barely recognizable. Sigh…

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Oh, and here’s Renee’s boyfriend (?) Doyle Bramhall. His afro is… something. Wow.

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More photos from the event… Liberty Ross in a black and camel-leather gown. I think the leather part looks awful. Sorry, Liberty!

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Kaley Cuoco in Paul Ka, with husband Ryan Sweeting. This is the best Kaley has looked since she got that unfortunate pixie cut. She’s finally figured out a way to style it. Cute dress too! I really like that LBD.

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Nikki Reed’s dress is too much. Too many ruffles, too blah.

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Doutzen Kroes in Calvin Klein – there were a lot of women wearing CK because CK was one of the sponsors of the event. Doutzen only recently welcomed her second child. She looks fantastic.

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Lizzy Caplan in Calvin Klein. Why is she going with such twee styling lately? Ugh!

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Kerry Washington in Calvin Klein. Minimalist, pretty, not really noteworthy but fine.

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Elizabeth Banks in Michael Kors. Feminine, girly but not twee, at least to me. Possibly because I love her so much.

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Monica Lewinsky Comes on Twitter, Gets Blown Away By Loads of Crude Jokes

Monica Lewinsky is back, and you know what that means: Lots of BJ jokes!

But when she’s not making fun of Bruce Jenner like the rest of us, Lewinksy is forced to endure endless gags (sorry) about the times she gave oral sex to a sitting US president.

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While she’s kept out of the spotlight in the years since the Bill Clinton sex scandal, the mere mention of Lewinksy’s name brings to mind images of stained blue dresses and improperly placed cigars.

Beyonce name-dropped Lewinsky in “Partition” back in May. Just days prior, a controversial New York Post headline claiming that Lewinsky “sucks” went viral online.

Needless to say, it’s been a rocky return to public life for the 41-year-old former intern, and her social media debut yesterday didn’t go much smoother.

Seemingly all too aware of what was coming (again, sorry) Lewinsky sent out her first tweet, “#HereWeGo” early Monday morning.

Within minutes, Lewninsky’s page looked like the minutes from a meeting of late 90s late night comedy writers. Some samples:

“Hey I’m just here to drop some loads…of knowledge.”

“Can you recommend a good dry cleaner please?”

“Insert answer about ML not answering b/c of being too polite to talk with her mouth full.”

You get the point. Of course, Lewinsky’s reemergence into public life is part of her campaign to combat cyber bullying, so the reception she’s received on Twitter has only helped to prover her point.

Of course, many have pointed out that she’s one of very few Americans to have a presidential scandal named after, and she would have been the butt of jokes in whatever media was available at the time.

But the fact remains that the Internet in general and social media in particular provide a sort of stranger-to-victim access that never existed in previous generations, leaving all of us more vulnerable than ever before.

And certainly no one is more aware of that frightening truth than Monica Lewinsky.

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Norman Reedus on the zombie apocalypse: ‘it’s like Ebola, it makes you value’ life

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The print edition of US Weekly has new interviews with Walking Dead hotties Norman Reedus, Andrew Lincoln and Steven Yeun. (I’m sorry for just getting to it now. Our digital subscription has not been coming on time.) As we’ve seen, Reedus gives the best interviews. He has some funny anecdotes and a colorful way of speaking. Despite his rugged appeal he’s somewhat sketchy to me as a person, as he’s a 45 year-old man with a 21 year-old girlfriend. US Weekly confirms that Reedus is dating model Cecilia Singley. They’ve been together nearly a year and she was just 20 when they met.

The majority of the interviews focus on the show of course, and I’ll refrain from geeking out and getting into the details. If you’re into WD like me, you can pick up US Weekly. (The one with Kim K and North on the cover.) I’ve read the comics, and I have a good idea where the show is going given the latest plotlines. I won’t give any spoilers today though.

Here are some excerpts from US’ interview with Reedus.

How has this huge success changed your life?
I don’t go to the grocery store so much anymore, you know what I mean? I spend most of the year in Georgia out in the woods, so I don’t see people, but then we do something like Comic Con and it’s insane. A lot of people go, “Isn’t it hard shooting because you don’t take a bath for weeks?” And I’m like, “I shower every day! That’s strategically placed makeup. It’s not real dirt, just to let you know.”

But you do get down and dirty on set. Do you do your own stunts?
As many as I can. I had to deck a huge guy recently, and they swapped out the actor with a stunt double who was, like, made of rock. I’m looking at him going, “This is going to hurt.” And it did. I woke up with whiplash the next morning. Last season I had stitches on my forehead. This season I had stitches on my forearm. I’ve had four black eyes, a dislocated shoulder. We all get beat up, but you go home and it seems like a good day’s work.

Who do you pal around with on set?
Andrew Lincoln is definitely my BFF. We’ll be doing serious scenes, and I’ll lean over and go, “Love you,” under my breath. And he’ll lean over and go, “F-k you.” During one scene last year when he crawled out of the window, I was at the bottom with my pants down, mooning him.

Do you guys ever trade ideas on what started the zombie apocalypse?
We all have theories: It’s man-made, or it’s Mother Nature. It’s like Ebola – it makes you value the time and people you have left.

[From US Magazine, print edition, October 27, 2014]

Andrew Lincoln talked about his character, Rick, and about how good the special effects team is and how they can still creep out the actors. He said that “if the effects team sees us look revolted and grimace, they’ve done their job properly.” Steven Yeun claimed that he enjoys scaring his on-screen wife, Lauren Cohan (Maggie) on set. “Just last night, I hopped out of the dark, scared the crap out of her and ran away. Then, 20 feet later, I hid behind a car and scared her again. I get so much joy watching people squirm!” I’m sorry, but I hate when people do that. It’s so mean.

As for Reedus’ quotes on Ebola, I don’t think he’s comparing Ebola to the zombie apocalypse like, clinically. I think he’s saying that public health epidemics can make you realize how precious life is and how quickly you can lose friends and family. I also like how Reedus described his friendship with Lincoln. They remind me a little of Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard on True Blood. Hot bros.

Here are the guys at Paleyfest on October 11. Of course I would still hit Andrew Lincoln until we were raw, but I prefer him with scruff. Also, this story needs more Chad Coleman.

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The Blacklist Season 2 Episode 5 Recap: It’s the Plague!

The Blacklist got its Da Vinci Code on for The Blacklist Season 2 Episode 5.

The latest installment of this NBC hit was all about secret organizations and hidden maps in priceless works of art. And let’s not forget about those plague-ridden bones.

The concept of terrorists using biological warfare is certainly a very real and a very scary one, but a group digging up ancient bones in order release the plague seems a little ridiculous.

Not that The Blacklist is really aiming for realism on a weekly basis, of course.

Once Samir and Liz were exposed, it was obvious a cure for this disease would be found So there was scarcely any drama to be wrought from their temporary quarantine.

Still, we’re assuming most viewers were okay with this because there main focus was on Red and Liz. Did the episode reveal any more about their relationship?

Red was anxious to track down a woman implied to be his daughter, though never confirmed, and he relied used both on his criminal and his legal resources to do so.

Liz was jealous. But not jealous enough to reveal that Tom is hidden behind her basement door.

In the end, Red tracked down the girl in question, Zoe Dantonio, and she does look a lot like Liz.

But it remains unclear what this means and we’re left to wonder for another week whether Red is actually Liz’s dad. Sigh.

Is everyone else as frustrated as we are by the series dragging out this key plot point? Would you like to see it resolved sooner than later?

Go watch The Blacklist online via TV Fanatic if you need to catch up and sound off now!

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Nicki Minaj dozed off 4 times during her GQ interview: rude?

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Nicki Minaj has a new interview with GQ to promote her upcoming album, The Pinkprint. All of the photos are about Nicki’s rack, and they show everything but the nip. She posed with poodles that have been dip-dyed in pastel shades. Maybe the colored poodles are a bit of photoshop trickery? One can only hope, but Nicki isn’t afraid of any sort of controversy. She knows that dyeing a dog’s fur will grab some attention.

This interview is bizarre. Not a lot happens because Nicki keeps falling asleep. The journo says she snoozes not once but four times. Four! The interview took place during NYFW, so maybe Nicki was partying all night. The journo clarifies that Nicki probably “never fell into actual REM sleep,” but she repeatedly nodded off during their talk. For real. This seems so rude. Nicki keeps saying that she’s super stressed and suffered a mysterious medical emergency last year. Maybe she’s simply exhausted. Nicki chose to play dumb about her “Anaconda” song and video. She says the video is not about tushes. At all:

She was fired from her first jobs: “I like dealing with people, but I don’t really like a lot of bullsh-t, so maybe customer service wasn’t the best job for me.” She was fired from a waitressing job at a Red Lobster after she followed a couple who had taken her pen into the parking lot and then flipped them the bird. I asked her if it was a special pen. “No. It was the principle.”

Her new “natural” look: “I always thought that by the time I put out a third album, I would want to come back to natural hair and natural makeup. I thought, I will shock the world again and just be more toned down. I thought that would be more shocking than to keep on doing exactly what they had already seen.”

The meaning of “Anaconda”: “The female form?” No, she says, it’s just a song, there’s no hidden meaning. “She”–Nicki’s character in the video–”is just talking about two guys that she dated in the past and what they’re good at and what they bought her and what they said to her. It’s just cheeky, like a funny story.” But “Anaconda” samples a song that’s literally called “Baby Got Back.” Choreography points to it. Nicki shakes her head: “All it says is, ‘My anaconda don’t.’” Why are we talking about a**es? she seems to be saying. “I knew that I wanted a gym theme.” Shrug. “And that’s that.”

What the video is really about: “I don’t know what there is to really talk about. I’m being serious. I just see the video as being a normal video. I think the video is about what girls do. Girls love being with other girls, and when you go back to us being younger, we would have slumber parties and we’d be dancing with our friends.”

She rethinks the vid after a nap: “I’m chopping up the banana. Did you realize that? At first I’m being sexual with the banana, and then it’s like, ‘Ha-ha, no.’” I ask if she’s referring to how the Drake scene immediately follows the kitchen scene. “Yeah, that was important for us to show in the kitchen scene, because it’s always about the female taking back the power, and if you want to be flirty and funny that’s fine, but always keeping the power and the control in everything.”

[From GQ]

Nicki’s full of it. “Anaconda” is totally about booties. The whole video? Butts. The lyrics? Butts. She makes fun of “skinny bitches” without butts. Nicki’s fooling no one with this slumber party/gym theme nonsense.

I still can’t believe Nicki fell asleep so many times during this interview. Nicki isn’t the first person to do this though. Cara Delevingne slept through a Vogue discussion a few months ago. Peaches Geldof took a power nap next to Fearne Cotton in 2009. But Nicki takes the prize here.

Related: Singer Macy Gray resurfaced for an Oprah talk. Gray was big for a brief moment in time around 2000. Gray says she always wore sunglasses during interviews because she was on drugs. Journos thought she was simply being “intense” when she didn’t answer every question. The truth? She often fell asleep during interviews. That’s terrifying. I hope this isn’t what’s going on with Nicki.

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Taylor Swift: It’s ‘sexist’ to make fun of me for writing blind-item songs

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Taylor Swift is sort of a genius about how she promotes her albums. She’s able to change it up over the years, and she still manages to keep it fresh. I also applaud her for consistently hustling – she believes in doing the interviews, she believes in making the TV appearances and shilling and asking people to care about her music. I like that about her. Taylor just previewed the third song off of her new 1989 album. This song is called “Welcome to New York” and obvious song is obvious. I mean, it’s not bad or anything (it’s no “Hot Child in the City” but whatever), but it’s so obviously about Taylor moving to New York and setting herself up as a nouveau Carrie Bradshaw, only with more music and less sex. Here you go:

Taylor also did a surprisingly good interview with Australia’s 2DayFM. She talks about songwriting and writing about ex-boyfriends and whether it’s “sexist” that she gets made fun of while Ed Sheeran is also writing about his ex-girlfriends. Taylor is very… I don’t know. She’s grown up a lot in the past few years. She’s more confident, but it’s more than that – she’s actively participating in making her image more mature. Like, she’s not doing the innocent-little-girl routine anymore. Thank God. Here’s Taylor talking about sexism in how the media treats her blind-item:

“My first album came out when I was 16, so I would write about my life as I saw it, as I felt it, and then what happens is as you get more successful, which you’re lucky if that happens, you have more and more people paying attention to what you’re doing and you’ve been doing it the same way your entire career as a songwriter, but all of a sudden the perspective has changed. They use kind of you writing songs about your life as a way to play detective and for me I have a really strict personal policy that I never name names, so anybody saying that a song is about a specific person is purely speculating…You’re going to have people who are gonna say, ‘Oh you know, like she just writes songs about her ex-boyfriends,’ and I think, frankly, that’s just a very sexist angle to take. No one says that about Ed Sheeran. No one says it about Bruno Mars. They’re all writing about their exes, their current girlfriends, their love life and no one raises a red flag there.”

[From Gossip Cop]

To be fair, when Ed Sheeran followed Swifty’s lead and wrote a blind-item song called “Don’t,” it was as big a deal as Swifty’s blind-item songs. And from what I’ve heard of Bruno Mars’ songs, he doesn’t really frame them like blind items. Same with Sam Smith, who goes so far as to make his songs gender neutral so all people can relate to them, gay or straight. Plus, Swifty not only writes songs about specific exes, she also writes songs about girls she hates. So, is it sexist to talk about Swifty’s songs? Eh. Here’s the video of the interview… despite the fact that I’m rolling my eyes at Swifty’s “sexist” argument, I like her whole vibe here. Our Swifty is growing up, you guys.

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Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison for culpable homicide

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Last month, Oscar Pistorius was found not guilty of premeditated murder of Reeva Steenkamp. A day later, he was found guilty of “culpable homicide,” which in America we would call manslaughter. Now, more than a month later, the sentencing phase of Pistorius’ trial is finally over. I sort of thought the sentencing phase was more offensive than the trial, and that’s saying something because the trial included Oscar’s melodramatic theatrics as he tried to cover up his crime. Pistorius’ defense has claimed throughout the sentencing that Oscar is the big victim here, that he’s already been “punished” and that the sentence should just be house arrest and community service. Well, the judge didn’t go as hard on Oscar as she could have, but still… she gave him jail time.

Oscar Pistorius was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by a South African judge who cited the “gross negligence” he showed when he shot her multiple times through a toilet cubicle door in his home.

Judge Thokozile Masipa also sentenced the double-amputee Olympian to three years in prison for unlawfully firing a gun in a restaurant in a separate incident weeks before Steenkamp’s 2013 shooting death. She ordered that sentence to be wholly suspended.

Masipa delivered her ruling after reviewing prosecution arguments for a tough sentence as well as the defense case for a more lenient punishment for Pistorius.

Pistorius killed Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day last year, shooting her through a toilet door in his home. Pistorius testified that the shooting was an accident because he mistook his girlfriend for a nighttime intruder. Masipa convicted him of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, but acquitted him of murder.

Pistorius stood as the judge announced his sentence, and then left the courtroom and walked down a flight of stairs that lead to holding cells. His sentence starts immediately.

Legal experts said the section Judge Masipa quoted when she handed down Pistorius’ sentence provides that his prison term be a maximum of five years and the runner could be eligible for house arrest after serving eight months in jail.

[From People]

Oh, a MAXIMUM of five years. But if he behaves, it could be as short as eight months in prison? For the love of God. I guess it’s good to be a celebrity athlete in ANY country, right? I do have to wonder – would the trial and the sentencing have been any different if Oscar Pistorius hadn’t been A) a famous athlete or B) white? This whole thing has been so shady and gross. I feel so sorry for Reeva’s poor parents.

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Bruce Jenner’s new girlfriend is Kris’s former friend, Kris is ‘devastated’

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Earlier this month, Bruce Jenner stepped out in LA, looking easy, breeezy, beautiful. His blowout looked flawless, the lip injections were plumped, his nose job and laryngeal shave had healed and maybe there was some makeup involved. Just some lip gloss, maybe a little blush. Why did Bruce want to look so gorgeous? He had a date! He attended the Elton John concert with his son, his son’s wife and a mystery brunette woman. As it turns out, the brunette (you can see her photo at the bottom of the post) is Bruce’s new girlfriend and Kris Jenner’s former friend.

Well, that was quick! While Bruce and Kris Jenner announced their separation almost a year ago and both filed for divorce just last month, officially ending their 22-year marriage, Kris, 58, admitted the thought of dating again was “daunting” to her.

However, a source reveals to PEOPLE exclusively that Bruce, 64, has already begun a new romance – and it’s with Kris’s longtime friend and former assistant, Ronda Kamihira.

“Kris is devastated,” says the source. “This was her former assistant and best friend of 20 years.”

The source adds that the Jenners’ daughters, “Kendall and Kylie grew up with her two kids and have been their best friends.”

After such an amicable split with the former Olympian, Kris “is just shocked” by the news. “She’s so sad and completely heartbroken,” the source adds.

Bruce first publicly stepped out with Kamihira in L.A. at an Elton John concert on Oct. 4, where he also sported longer locks. Just months earlier, Kamihira joined her girlfriend Kris for a getaway to Kardashian family friend Joe Francis’s Punta Mita compound. Bruce, Kris and Kamihira were not immediately able to be reached for comment.

[From People]

Some people think this is just another stupid plotline on Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Those people are probably right. But I do think Bruce is “over” all of this, especially the reality shows and Kris specifically. But if he’s so “over” Kris, why is he dating one of her close friends? That’s more of a move designed to get at your ex than some kind of “I’m moving on” new relationship.

FYI: Kris did appear on the Today Show yesterday and she was asked about Bruce’s girlfriend. Kris said “I just want him to be happy, I don’t care who he goes out with. And I don’t know who he is dating, he doesn’t check in with me and give me a play by play, but it’s his life and you just want the guy to be happy.” Sounds like someone is saving the good stuff for the reality show.

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