The Word: Today in celebrity lawsuits
Celebrities. If they aren’t getting divorced, they’re getting sued. Here’s a breakdown of the latest legal woes of your favorite stars.
While Halle Berry is hoping to make her temporary restraining order against ex Gabriel Aubry permanent following his bloody Thanksgiving row with her fiance, Olivier Martinez, Aubry himself is reportedly seeking legal protection, according to TMZ. In his legal declaration following the incident, Aubry claims that Martinez threatened his life and used intimidating language the day before the fight, during a school play featuring Nahla, the daughter Berry and Aubry share. Aubry has been granted a restraining order of his own against Martinez.
The lawsuits just keep coming for Kevin Clash, the beleaguered ex-voice of Elmo. He’s been slammed with a third accusation of having sex with an underage boy a week after a similar allegation prompted him to resign from “Sesame Street.” A man identified only as John Doe alleges Clash engaged in oral sex and other sex acts with him when he was 16 years old. The suit, which was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, seeks at least $75,000 in damages, per Reuters.
A Katt Williams fan isn’t just brushing off a terrible performance by the comedian — he’s suing the star on behalf of everyone who had to witness it. This week, Brian Herline of Modesto, Calif., filed a class action lawsuit against Williams and Live Nation on behalf of the audience members who attended a Williams show at Oakland’s Oracle Arena earlier this month. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Williams went bonkers 10 minutes into his set, taking off all of his clothes and then challenging people to fight (sounds watchable to me). The gracious Herline is seeking class-action certification in an effort to get ticket money back for all audience members.
Speaking of offended audience members, it’s been a bad week for Justin Bieber. First, he was booed by a bunch of football fans for his halftime performance at Canada’s Grey Cup on Sunday, and now he has been hit with a $9.2 million lawsuit brought against him by Stacey Wilson Betts. Betts claims she lost her hearing “by a sound blast that exceeded safe decibel levels” at a Bieber concert two years ago thanks to all the teenage screaming. Bieber and his lawyers asked for the case to be dismissed, stating that Betts has a “failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted,” which is legalese for “girlfriend is crazy.”
And, finally, we’re going to save the most beautiful and touching for last: Hulk Hogan and Bubba the Love Sponge have settled out of court regarding Hulk’s lawsuit against Bubba over a sex tape scandal. Hogan sued his former friend and Bubba’s ex-wife Heather Clem for taping him in sexual acts with Heather without his knowledge and consent. The terms of the settlement are confidential.