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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 FlagDuring 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.