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Chicago’s Civil Lawsuit Against Jussie Smollett Could Be Dismissed

7 Sep

Jussie Smollett‘s lawyers have filed a motion to dismiss a civil lawsuit against him seeking $130K.

Its no secret that actor Jussie Smollett best known for his leading role on the television series Empire, has been accused of making up an elaborate story of being the victim of an attack outside his apartment in Chicago by two men who allegedly had on MAGA caps. Two hunky Nigerian aspiring actors later admitted that they were the MAGA guys but claimed they were put up to the whole thing by Smollett himself.

Criminal charges stemming from the incident were dropped back in March after Cook County’s top prosecutor, Kim Foxx declined to prosecute the actor after Jussie forfeited his $10,000 bond and agreed to perform community service. However, the City of Chicago continued its public campaign to derail the actor, with everyone from the mayor to police chief holding press conferences shaming the actor for allegedly filing a false police report. (Even if true, he wouldn’t have been the first person of privilege to file a false police report, and he certainly won’t be the last.)

Then Mayor Rahm Emanuel called it a “whitewash of justice” and suggested Smollett received special treatment: “You cannot have, because of a person’s position, one set of rules apply to them and another set of rules apply to everybody else.”

Donald Trump Tweets About Jussie Smollett

Even US President Donald Trump threw in his 3 cents, tweeting: “FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation!” ABC7 Chicago reported that the “FBI is reviewing the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of criminal charges.” According to TMZ, the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police filed a complaint with the Department of Justice.

The actor was later fired from Empire. To make matters worse, the city of Chicago sued the Jussie Smollett seeking reimbursement for the $130K they spent vigorously investigating the alleged hoax attack.  The Chicago Police Department claims to have logged 1,836 hours in overtime trying to resolve the case.

Lawyers for the actor are now asserting that while Smollett is not admitting he staged the incident,  the decision to spend so much time and resources investigating is squarely on law enforcement.

“My client from the beginning has maintained his innocence and disputed the city’s allegations,” said William J. Quinlan, of The Quinlan Law Firm, who filed the motion. He noted that “it’s going to be very difficult for the city to prevail in making a case my client should pay for overtime for a case ultimately dismissed by the state’s attorney.

“It’s ridiculous and a stretch to require him to do so.” “This lawsuit was only filed by the former mayor … out of frustration for the state’s attorney dismissing the charges,” said Quinlan.

U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall, who is hearing the case, said she will rule in October on whether the city could move forward with its lawsuit to redeem the costs.

 

Fetty Wap ARRESTED and CHARGED with ASSAULT of hotel employees!!!

4 Sep

The one eyed rapper, Fetty Wap, whose legal name is Willie Maxwell  was arrested on 3 counts of battery this past Sunday.

Las Vegas local news outlets reported that he hit a parking attendant after getting into an argument. Police originally said Fetty wapped an employee but later said he “committed a battery” on three people.

Fetty Wap Arrested

PHOTO CREDIT: Instagram / @fettywap1738

This isn’t Fetty’s first brush with the law. Back in late 2017, he was arrested and charged with DUI after police say he was caught drag racing another car on a New York City highway.  No word on whether his “trap queen” was accompanying him in either of the ALLEGED incidents.

 

Whitney Houston Heirs May not See a Dime; Estate Racked by Millions in Debt

2 Mar

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If Whitney Houston’s heirs are counting on royalties from her record company Sony, they may soon feel like paupers.

On Wednesday, music-industry blogger Wayne Rosso quoted a label executive “familiar with Sony’s accounting” who said the late singer’s estate probably won’t see any royalty checks from her record label “in our lifetime” — and maybe longer — thanks in part to the number of advances and loans she took from the $100 million deal she cut with Sony Music in 2001.

On Wednesday, Rosso, an outspoken veteran of the music business who has consulted for CBS, Island, MCA, Arista and RCA Records, to name just a few labels, posted a report in his Wayne’s World blog titled, “Whitney to Sony: I Will Always Owe You.”

In it, Rosso estimated that Houston would have to posthumously sell more than 5 million albums “to repay her advances and start to get royalty checks. ”

Although sales of Houston’s music has seen a significant sales bump since her untimely death on Feb. 11, the eve of the Grammys, Rosso estimates that her greatest-hits album would have to occupy the No. 1 slot on the Billboard charts for the next six months to hit the goal.

In today’s fickle culture, Rosso’s source notes, “That ain’t going to happen.”

Rosso also writes that on top of the advances Houston took from her 2002 deal, the “How Will I Know” singer “consistently took out loans from the label” with her guardian angel “ Clive Davis ’ assistance.”

The blogger adds that the “last big loan was reportedly from Clive for $1.2 million, though everyone knows it came from Sony and not from Clive.”

A spokeswoman for Sony-owned RCA Records, which was Houston’s label, declined to comment.

Houston’s spokeswoman Jill Fritzo did not respond to a request for comment by deadline.

Rosso also quotes an insider who points out that Houston’s estate may face an even bigger problem in the long term: “They don’t have a smart guy like” the co-executor of Michael Jackson’s estate, John Branca , “who would have marched into Sony the day after Whitney died and renegotiated the deal,” said the source.

Rosso also quotes another Houston “loyalist” who notes that there’s been no real industry professional to look after Houston’s career and business opportunities since she broke with her manager, father John Houston, who died in 2003. (His company had negotiated her $100 million deal.)

In January, Radaronline quoted a source as saying Houston was essentially broke. “Whitney’s fortune is gone,” said a source close to the singer. “Music-industry heavy hitters are supporting her and her label is fronting her cash against her next album.” The source added: “She might be homeless if not for people saving her.”

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/whitney-houston-estate-yield-heirs-money-a-long-time-huge-debt-article-1.1030954#ixzz1nxberoGz

Prosecutors seek to delay sentencing of rapper B.G.

21 Feb

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Federal prosecutors are seeking to delay the sentencing date of a New Orleans hip-hop star convicted on weapon and witness tampering charges. Christopher Dorsey, 31, who raps under the moniker B.G. or Baby Gangsta and was a member of the rap supergroup the Hot Boyspleaded guilty in December and was scheduled to be sentenced March 14.

B.G.‘s attorney explained that his client, whom he calls Christopher Dorsey, makes use of artistic license. He said Dorsey has a certain appearance and style he must maintain as a rapper.

Prosecutors with U.S. Attorney Jim Letten’s office are now requesting to push that date back.

A pre-sentencing report written by probation officers recommends that Dorsey receive a sentence of 100 to 125 months, roughly eight to 10 years in prison, according to court filings.

Prosecutors, in the filing requesting a delay, signal they are objecting to the sentencing guidelines.

Prosecutors noted that Letten’s office has received information about Dorsey from fellow federal prosecutors in Illinois. The filing does detail what the information is.

U.S. District Court Judge Ginger Berrigan has not yet ruled on the prosecutors’ motion, according to court records.

Dorsey was arrested with two other men in November 2009 for allegedly possessing three weapons, along with loaded magazines and two extended clips, while driving in eastern New Orleans. New Orleans police said two of the three guns had been reported stolen and the car itself had been stolen from an Alamo rental car parking lot.

The case was later moved from state court to the federal system and resulted in federal indictments last year of Dorsey’s associates: Demounde Pollard, 19, and Jerod Fedison, 29.

Both pleaded guilty, paving the way for the charges against Dorsey.

In December, Dorsey pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and witness tampering. But prosecutors made clear there is no plea agreement or deal in place. The rapper’s songs and videos have underscored the “no snitch” mantra. He even highlighted aspects of the case against him in some of his songs.

Source: Nola.com

Playmate of the Year seeks restraining order against Hefner’s son

14 Feb

The 2011 Playmate of the Year has sought a temporary restraining order against Hugh Hefner’s son, who was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence.

2011 Playmate of the Year, Claire Sinclair sits with Playboy chief, Hugh Hefner. Picture: L.A. Times

Claire Sinclair, last year’s Playmate, asked Pasadena police Monday for a restraining order against Marston Hefner, the 21-year-old son of the Playboy founder, the Pasadena Star-News reported.

Marston Hefner was arrested Sunday by Pasadena police after officers responded to a domestic assault call. Police said Sinclair, 20, Marston Hefner’s girlfriend, suffered minor injuries consistent with an assault.

He was taken into custody on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic violence and was released early Monday morning on $20,000 bond.

Floyd Mayweather’s 90 day Jail Sentence Postponed so he can Fight in Las Vegas Boxing Match!!!!

7 Jan

There is good and bad news for boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. won’t have to turn himself in to a Las Vegas jail until June 1, 2012 … so he can fight in Las Vegas on May 5th … the judge just ruled.

Floyd was supposed to turn himself in today to begin his 90-day sentence for beating up his baby mama, Josie Harrisafter pleading guilty to two counts of harrassment and one count of domestic violence — but his attorney had asked the judge to postpone the boxer’s turn-in date to June 1 … to give Floyd time to train for a massive fight on May 5th against an undetermined opponent at the MGM Grand.

His attorney’s justification … Floyd’s a pro who brings in hundreds of millions in profits for the city of Las Vegas — and hey, thing’s get rescheduled all the time … no bigs.

Several of Floyd’s famous friends came to court to support the boxer — including Ray J and Lil Kim who told media on their way out of court, they showed up for Floyd as an act of solidarity.

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Floyd Mayweather is not properly licensed to fight in Nevada on May 5 … despite having the judge’s blessing … officials are demanding to speak with Floyd in person before they will allow him to fight.

Keith Kizer, Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, told TMZ that all fighters must apply for a license annually … but fighters with a conviction are sometimes required to plead their case to the commission in person.

Former NBA player pleads guilty to stealing from old lady with Alzheimers

6 Jan

Former Atlanta Hawks power forward Ron Behagen was sentenced Thursday to three years probation and ordered to pay restitution after he pleaded guilty to stealing money from a seriously ill 68-year-old woman.

Behagen, 60, received the ATM card from the Sandy Springs woman’s caretaker, Valla Rider, according to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. He made 40 withdrawals totaling $7,140 from the victim’s bank account from April to June 2011, prosecutors said. The transactions were captured on bank surveillance cameras.

Rider pleaded guilty to financial transaction card fraud in August 2011. His victim has Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease as well as dementia, according to the district attorney.

Behagen, a first-round draft pick out of the University of Minnesota, played for eight teams over a seven-year NBA career. He was a reserve forward for the Hawks during the 1977-78 season.

Source: ajc.com

Yung Joc Denies Connection to Studio Robbery and Fraud

29 Dec

Yung Joc, admidst allegations of insurance fraud, is denying any involvment in the robbery that took place in his  Atlanta recording studio.

Last weekend, Atlanta rapper Yung Joc’s studio  was raided, costing him $70,000 in equipment, he claims. During an interview with WSB TV, he said that he lost unreleased music with Lil WaynePitbull and Jazmine Sullivan and is offering a $2,500 reward for the return of his hard drives.

But some believe the rapper is not telling the truth. They believe he staged the robbery to benefit from the insurance proceeds… I mean, honestly, when was the last time you went to a Yung Joc concert?

The rapper says rumors that he was involved in the robbery are false.

“I’ve been seeing stories where people say this is about insurance fraud.  The truth is, I did not have insurance.  I was in the process of deciding who I wanted an insurance policy with,” said Joc.

He said he’s now essentially starting from scratch.

“It’s a lot of work,” he said.

Atlanta police continue to investigate, but so far, no arrests have been made.

 

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Another Broke R&B Singer? R Kelly’s Chicago-area house listed as short sale

14 Dec

The suburban Chicago mansion of Grammy-winning singer R. Kelly is on the market.

A real estate listing shows the 22,000-square-foot mansion in Olympia Fields with a $1.595 million price tag. It’s a short sale, meaning Kelly owes more on the house than it’s worth.

A guard shack sits inside the gates of R. Kelly's mansion in Olympia Fields. (John Smierciak/Chicago Tribune)

Kelly custom-built the 16-room gated mansion in 1997. The house includes eight full bathrooms, four fireplaces, an indoor pool, sauna and theater room. There’s also a private lake.

Over the summer the house was the subject of a $2.9 million foreclosure lawsuit because Kelly reportedly failed to make monthly mortgage payments for more than a year.

Kelly’s spokesman, Allan Mayer, says the singer hasn’t lived in the home for more than a year.

Records also show that the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer has been renting a high-floor unit in the Trump Tower in downtown Chicago.

Another former property of the singer’s also has made news in recent months, with the 11-room, 8,000-square-foot Lakeview mansion that Kelly once owned selling in August for $2.64 million. Kelly had owned that residence from 1994 until selling it in 2002 for $2.25 million.

It was in that house where Kelly had been accused of having made a sex tape with an underage girl.  Kelly denied that he was the man in the tape, and he was acquitted of child pornography charges stemming from that tape in 2008.

Source: Associated Press; Chicago Tribune

Breaking Legal News: Michael Jackson’s doctor sentenced to 4 years

29 Nov

At last.. a sentence!

The doctor who was convicted in the overdose death of Michael Jackson was sentenced to the maximum four years in prison Tuesday in a finale to the tormented saga of the King of Pop.

Dr. Conrad Murray sat stoically with his hands crossed as Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor repeatedly chastised him for what he called a “horrific violation of trust” while caring for Jackson.

“Dr. Murray created a set of circumstances and became involved in a cycle of horrible medicine,” the judge said. “The practice of propofol for medicine madness, which violated his sworn obligation, for money, fame prestige and whatever else may have occurred.”

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