Julianne Hough Goes Blackface for HalloweenThe dancer turned actress hit a Hollywood Halloween party over the weekend dressed as "Crazy Eyes" from Orange is the New Black--essentially in blackface. Her costume's racial undertones angered many.
Hough apologized for the blackface controversy, saying, "I am a huge fan of the show Orange Is the New black, actress Uzo Aduba, and the character she has created. It certainly was never my intention to be disrespectful or demeaning to anyone in any way. I realize my costume hurt and offended people and I truly apologize."
Cee Lo Charged With Drugging a Woman With EIn October 2013, voice-of-gold soul man Cee-Lo Green, legally known as Thomas DeCarlo Calloway, was charged with furnishing a controlled substance after a 33-year old woman alleged that the singer slipped a tab of ecstasy into her drink. She claims to have woken up naked in bed with him. Green has plead not guilty to the charge.
The L.A. District attorney investigated whether a sexual assault took place, but ultimately chose not to file sexual assault charges, citing a lack of evidence. If Green, who waived his right to a speedy trial, is found guilty, he could face up to 4 years in prison for the charges.
Owen Wilson Knocks Up Married Personal TrainervOwen Wilson, 44, has reportedly knocked up Caroline Lindqvist, 41, a personal trainer/real estate agent hired by Wilson back in 2007 to get him in shape after his suicide attempt. Lindqvist is currently in the middle of filing for divorce from her plastic surgeon husband, Dr. Ritu Chopra, who was reportedly stunned by the news of his wife's pregnancy despite claims that Wilson and Lindqvist's sexual relationship didn't begin until after she and her husband had separated. Wilson is said to have no desire to be in a relationship with the woman carrying his second child.
Wilson's other baby mama, ex-girlfriend Jade Duell, is taking the news in stride, but making certain demands about the birth of another woman's child nonetheless.
Miley Cyrus vs. Sinead O'Connor: Twitter FeudWhat started as an open letter from one former pop star to a current one – in which a concerned O'Connor, 46, urged Cyrus, 20, not "to prostitute" herself – has quickly turned nasty.
In response to the letter, Miley took to Twitter and posted a series of old Tweets from the Irish singer, who according to BBC News, has bipolar disorder, and at the time of the Tweets was seeking recommendations from followers for a psychiatrist. Cyrus compared O'Connor to Amanda Bynes, who is undergoing psychiatric treatment. Ouch.
O'Conner did not take kindly to the dis and threatened legal action, calling it an "unacceptable form of bullying,"
Miley responded with, "I don't have time to write you an open letter cause I'm hosting & performing on SNL this week." She then posted a picture of O'Connor's infamous SNL appearance when she tore up a photo of the pope, followed by a request to "meet up and talk."
O'Conner, not surprisingly, said she did not want to meet up. She added, "O'Connor wrote: "When you end up in the psych ward or rehab I'll be happy to visit you … and would not lower myself to mock you. Be a proper woman and make the public apologies."
- 5The Internet lit up on July 31, 2013 with news that Simon Cowell, of American Idol and X-Factor fame, is expecting his first child. Simon Cowell, who is a notorious meany, or at least plays one on TV, has been quoted many times saying that the whole "fatherhood" thing does not suit him. So who's the lucky lady? The expecting mother is none other than his close friend (and NY real estate mogul) Andrew Silverman's wife, Lauren Silverman. The two are pictured here yachting with Andrew last year.
Andrew and Lauren's relationship had been falling apart for some time and Cowell stepped in to give Lauren a shoulder to cry on, a helping hand, and a little something extra...amirite? (Sorry) While Andrew and Lauren's divorce has been in the works for a while, they are technically still married. Andrew has since filed for divorce and is trying to use his wife's adultery in a court case against her.
Some sources say that Cowell, who is 53 years old, was blindsided by the news and did not, in fact, want to be a father. Others say that he is smitten with Lauren, who is now about 10 weeks pregnant, and will go above and beyond to care for the child. Either way, the mini American idol-to-be is coming soon!
Justin Bieber Pees in Mop Bucket, Curses Bill ClintonHow many times can Justin Bieber make this scandals 2013 list? Answer: Multiple times, and more could be coming, we've got a ways to go folks. The Biebs' latest scandal involved a video that surfaced on TMZ of him urinating in a mop bucket in a nightclub (with his posse around him of course). Before the crew ("Wild Boyz!") departed, Bieber sprayed a photo of former President Bill Clinton, saying "F*** Bill Clinton!"
Reports say that Justin Bieber later called President Clinton to apologize for his lewd and totally insulting behavior. Biebs later told his gazillion Twitter followers, "thanks for taking the time to talk Mr. President. Your words meant alot. #greatguy."
It's not just Bieber's apparent potty training incident that's made headlines. Wanna see more? You sure? Okay, check out this list of the douchiest things Justin Bieber has ever done.
Paula Deen Racism AllegationsCelebrity chef Paula Deen made headlines in June of 2013, after a former employee filed a lawsuit alleging racial and sexual discrimination. A transcript from Deen's deposition, in which she admits having used the N-word, also included the revelation that Deen at one time wanted black, male employees to dress up in uniforms traditionally worn by slaves during the Civil War era.
The revelations touched off a firestorm of controversy. Within days, Paula Deen was fired from the Food Network, and she lost several other high-profile endorsements, including one for Smithfield Foods.
For her part, Paula Deen has maintained that she is not a racist, apologizing for her remarks via two videos published on June 21, 2013. Deen's sons also went on televison, saying their mother isn't racist and calling the charges against her "character assassination."
On June 26, 2013, a tearful Paula Deen appeared on the 'Today' show, strongly denying that she's racist. During the 13-minute, highly emotional interview with Matt Lauer, Deen said, "I have never ... with any intention, hurt anybody on purpose, and I never would."
On August 12, 2013 a federal judge dismissed the racial discrimination claims.
Lil Wayne Tramples American FlagvDuring a video shoot in June of 2013, Lil Wayne trampled on an American flag. Still photos of the incident, which happened while Wayne was filming his "God Bless Amerika" video in New Orleans, surfaced online and stirred major controversy. A video later surfaced (seen here) that clearly shows Weezy rapping away as he steps all over the stars and stripes.
For his part, Lil Wayne tweeted that the entire incident was misconstrued, saying: "I didn't step on the flag on purpose! It's a scene in a video where the flag drops behind me and after it drop it's just there as I perform."
Paris Jackson Suicide AttemptParis Jackson, the 15-year-old daughter of late music icon Michael Jackson, was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital after a possible suicide attempt in the early morning hours of June 5, 2013. According to a report from TMZ, Jackson was rushed to a hospital from her home in Calabasas around 2am, after a 911 call came in about "a possible overdose," though TMZ quotes one source as saying that Jackson had "multiple cuts on one of her wrists."
The night before the alleged suicide attempt, Paris Jackson took to her Twitter account, tweeting (among other things) the lyrics to The Beatles' song "Yesterday": "yesterday , all my troubles seemed so far away ... now it looks as though they're here to stay."
In a statement to Entertainment Tonight, Paris Jackson's mother, Debbie Rowe, confirmed her daughter's suicide attempt, saying that the teen has had "a lot going on" in her life recently.
Justin Bieber and His Ferrari Vs. EveryoneJustin Bieber is making everyone in his California neighborhood angry - because of his reckless driving habits. It seems the Biebs has a habit of lead-footing it in his fancy sports cars, especially his Ferrari, and everyone's had just about enough, including police. Authorities were reportedly investigating yet another incident of Bieber's alleged reckless driving through the Calabasas gated community over Memorial Day weekend 2013.
On May 27, 2013, former NFL player Keyshawn Johnson confronted Justin Bieber about his dangerous driving habits, "chasing" the singer down in his Prius. It seems Beibs zipped by Johnson as he was pulling out of the neighborhood (with his child), and he decided to take action. Reports say Johnson "blocked" Bieber's Ferrari outside the singers house and "got out of his car to confront" Bieber. What did Justin Bieber do? He supposedly ran in the house "and refused to come out."
Wade Robson Michael Jackson Molestation ClaimIn May of 2013, Australian-born choreographer/dancer Wade Robson came forth with a claim that the late Michael Jackson had sexually abused him as a child. The now 30-year-old Robson went on national television, calling Jackson a "pedophile and a child sexual abuser" during a 'Today' show interview with Matt Lauer.
In the past, Robson had praised Michael Jackson as a "kind human being," so why did he decide to come forth with the accusations years later? Was this a case of repressed memory? He says no, that he's just now able to grasp what Jackson allegedly did to him. During Jackson's 2005 child molestation trial, Robson defended the late pop icon.
It should be noted that Wade Robson is seeking money from Michael Jackson's estate, and attorneys for the estate have called Robson's claims "outrageous and sad."
Patrick Schwarzenegger Nightclub MeltdownPatrick Schwarzenegger, the son of actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, found himself in the headlines in early-May of 2013 after having some sort of entitled celebrity fit at a Hollywood nightclub. According to a report, the 19-year-old used a "fake ID" to enter L.A.'s Sayers Club, where he proceeded to be "a total pain in the a**."
The young Schwarzenegger was eventually thrown out of the hot spot after throwing ice at the club's DJ. Once he was tossed, he then went on a pretty epic rant, threatening to beat that DJ up.
Justin Bieber Anne Frank CommentJustin Bieber raised eyebrows in April of 2013 when, during a visit to Amsterdam's Anne Frank House, he decided to leave a personal note behind in the museum's guestbook. Proving without question that the 19-year-old Bieber desperately needs a manager to take charge of his every movement, Bieber wrote:
"Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber."
Anne Frank, of course, died in a Nazi concentration camp in 1945. The comments drew heavy criticism and made headlines in the days that followed, though Bieber himself had not officially commented on the situation.
Teen Mom Farrah Abraham's PornoOn April 10th, 2013 it came to light that Teen Mom star sexy Farrah Abraham had filmed a porno with adult film star James Deen (who is said to have appeared in over 1000 adult films). The reality star and her camp were trying to sell a story of a personal tape of Abraham and "boyfriend" Deen being stolen and leaked to the public, but Deen shot that story down quickly in an exclusive interview with HollywoodLife.com saying he had never dated the former MTV reality star. He believes the revelation that the sex tape was in fact a porn was destined to come out when celebrity news outlets checked into their supposed relationship status. Said Deen:"I think it was just a matter of when, because someone took a picture of us holding hands and leaked that. Then TMZ calls and says hey man are you dating? Absolutely not! Then they are like what are you doing? And I am like, shooting a porno!"On this revelation, the 21-year-old Abraham tried to spin the situation claiming she made the porno for her own personal use. Said Abraham, "I wanted my own personal video made and photos taken for myself, when I am older I will have my best year to look back on". As if prepared for the "accident" to happen, she has said with regards to a price tag for distribution that she "will not be settling for anything less then a couple million".Check out more about the Farrah Abraham sex tape here
Cory Monteith Enters RehabActor Cory Monteith shocked the entertainment world when, in late-March of 2013, he entered rehab for substance addiction. The 30-year-old Monteith, who stars on the FOX show 'Glee' (and dates co-star Lea Michele), apparently chose to enter rehab voluntarily.
A statement released by Monteith's rep said that his client "...graciously asks for your respect and privacy as he takes the necessary steps towards recovery."
In the past, Monteith has admitted having issues with drugs. He first entered rehab when he was 19 years old. 'Glee' was in the middle of shooting for the fourth season when Monteith checked in for treatment.
Celebrity HackersThis celebrity scandal doesn't involve any celebrity getting arrested, but it will likely result in several arrests of hackers who've stolen key financial information about some very, very big celebrities. Among them? Jay-Z and wife Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, Donald Trump, Ashton Kutcher, and Britney Spears.
And in mid-March, reports indicated that the hackers also disclosed personal financial information about Michelle Obama on a website. The FBI is said to be investigating the hacking incidents, which also hit Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton and FBI Director Robert Mueller. Yikes!
Dan Marino Love ChildCBS analyst and legendary former NFL quarterback Dan Marino has six children with his wife of 28 years, Claire. In late-January of 2013, news broke that Marino was, in fact, the father of seven children, including a "love child" with a CBS Sports production assistant. Reports said Donna Savattere gave birth to Marino's daughter, Chloe, in 2005.
After news about the secret child surfaced in a New York Post story, Marino released a brief statement, saying: "I take full responsibility both personally and financially for my actions now as I did then. We mutually agreed to keep our arrangement private to protect all parties involved. My wife and I have been married for almost 30 years and have six children together. And we continue to be a strong and loving family."
Chris Brown and Frank Ocean FightSinger Chris Brown's legal woes continued into 2013, after an alleged fight believed to have involved fellow artist Frank Ocean. According to multiple reports, Brown was under investigation for assault after he and Ocean got into an altercation over a parking spot in Hollywood on January 27, 2013.
In a brief statement, the Los Angeles County Sherrif's department said "the altercation allegedly led to Chris Brown punching the victim." Brown is still on probation for assaulting Rihanna during a fight in 2009. Last year, Brown was also involved in a fight at a NYC club involving rapper Drake. Authorities were still trying to determine who started this latest altercation: Brown or Ocean.
Rick Ross Flees GunfireRick Ross was involved in a car crash that police say happened after someone fired shots at the rapper's vehicle in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, early on the morning of January 28, 2013. Authorities were still investigating the incident, and there was no immediate word on any arrests. Ross and a companion, identified as Shateria L. Moragne-el, weren't hurt when Ross crashed his Rolls-Royce into an apartment building after the gunfire began.
Was this drive-by shooting a random act of violence or a deliberate attempt to injure or kill Rick Ross? That's what police were trying to determine.
Beyonce National Anthem Lip SyncvBeyonce sang an incredible version of the national anthem during President Obama's inauguration ceremony on January 21, 2013. The rendition garnered a ton of praise, but guess what? Bey's awesome anthem was lip-synced to a pre-recorded track! Reports about the Beyonce lip sync began to surface 24 hours after her performance, with one spokesperson saying it's "standard procedure to record a backing track" in such circumstances.
For whatever reason, Beyonce decided "at the last minute" to go ahead and use the backing track. American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson, however, opted to sing her version of "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" live. Does that mean Clarkson's a better singer, or at least a more confident one?