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Only in America………
There’s a lot of bad blood between Chris Webber and the other members of the “Fab Five,” his super-recruit college teammates at Michigan. There are several complicated elements, but it reached the point where Webber didn’t even speak to Rose when he saw him during the NBA Finals, and Rose has publicly pushed for Webber to bury the hatchet after an NCAA-imposed ban on his association with the school ended last year.
But Rose is taking it a step further, saying Webber owes him and his former teammates an apology
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Bloggers Note: By turning himself in, Russell Neal Proves he is not playing hard to get….
Former Hi-Five R&B singer Russell Neal is in custody after turning himself in to police on July 2, saying his wife was dead in their Houston apartment. Continue reading
Kanye West was booed by festival-goers on Friday night after he launched into an extraordinary ’20-minute rant’ in the middle of his Wireless set.
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The words “Mayweather,” “fight” and “Vegas” are pretty commonly heard together. What isn’t common is hearing them with rapper T.I. in the mix. According to TMZ, Clifford “T.I.” Harris took a swing at boxing champion
Rihanna secretly visited her troubled ex-boyfriend Chris Brown during his recent stint in a Malibu rehab — causing his on-again, off-again girlfriend Karrueche Tran to blow her stack.
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Former NFL star Darren Sharper was charged in California on Friday in the alleged drugging and rape of two women, one in October and the other last month, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said.
The five-time Pro Bowl player who became an NFL Network analyst is charged with two counts of rape by use of drugs, four counts of furnishing a controlled substance and one count of possession of a controlled substance, all felonies, the prosecutor’s office said.
Sharper, 38, who played defensive back for the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints during his 14-year career, appeared Friday in a Los Angeles County court, but his arraignment was postponed until Thursday, said spokesman Ricardo Santiago of the district attorney’s office.
Sharper was arrested January 17 and released on $200,000 bail, but prosecutors will seek next Thursday to raise his bail to $10 million, Santiago said.
The alleged controlled substances were morphine and zolpidem, another name for the prescription sleep aid Ambien.
On October 30, Sharper met two women at a West Hollywood nightclub — Bootsy Bellows on the Sunset Strip — and invited them to a party, authorities allege.
Sharper, who lives in Miami Beach, Florida, allegedly told them he had to stop by his Los Angeles hotel room to pick up something, and he invited them to the room. While there, he allegedly gave each woman a drink in the form of shot, and the women then passed out, prosecutors said.
The first woman woke up naked hours later as Sharper allegedly was sexually assaulting her, prosecutors said. The other woman awakened and “interrupted his actions,” according to court papers cited by prosecutors.
The two women gathered their belongings and left the hotel, authorities said.
On January 14, Sharper met two women at the same West Hollywood nightclub and also invited them to a party, prosecutors said.
A similar series of events allegedly unfolded: Sharper made a stop by his hotel room, invited the women in and allegedly offer them a shot, which caused them to pass out, prosecutors said.
When they woke up hours later on January 15, one woman believed she was sexually assaulted, and both women left the hotel and sought medical treatment, prosecutors said.
If convicted of the Los Angeles County charges, Sharper would face more than 30 years in state prison, prosecutors said.
A Los Angeles attorney representing Sharper told CNN on Friday that she was looking forward to “the true facts in this matter being revealed.
“And we are very hopeful that at the end of day that Mr. Sharper will be fully exonerated,” added attorney Blair Berk.
Los Angeles County prosecutors allege in court papers that Sharper also is suspected of rape in Tempe, Arizona; Las Vegas, Nevada; and New Orleans, Louisiana.
“I believe that the defendant is involved in seven acts of rape and eleven acts of furnishing a controlled substance” in those three communities and the Los Angeles area between last September and January, Los Angeles police investigator John Macchiarella stated in papers requesting an increase in Sharper’s bail to $10 million.
In Nevada, Sharper is a suspect in an ongoing rape investigation, Las Vegas police Officer Jose Hernandez told CNN.
“We do have an active and ongoing investigation and at the conclusion of this investigation, it will be submitted to the DA’s office for consideration of charges,” Hernandez said. He didn’t elaborate.
Macchiarella said in court papers that Sharper allegedly invited to his Las Vegas hotel room two women and a man he met in a Las Vegas nightclub. The three guests “blacked out” after Sharper allegedly served them shots, Macchiarella wrote.
One woman claimed she found injuries to her face when she woke up and alleged Sharper served her another unknown beverage and “the next thing she remembered was defendant Sharper sexually assaulting her,” Macchiarella stated in court papers.
The other woman awoke and believed she had been sexually assaulted, wrote Macchiarella, who reviewed the Nevada police reports.
The man awoke sitting alone at the bar inside of the hotel, without any memory of how he arrived there, Macchiarella said in the papers.
New Orleans police are also investigating Sharper after a 25-year-old woman accused him of sexual assault in September, New Orleans police spokeswoman Cherie Guggenheim confirmed to CNN.
The woman told police she consumed a large amount of alcohol last September 23 and met Sharper at one of the bars she visited, a police report said.
Sharper allegedly took the victim to his apartment and raped her, according to the police report and to Guggenheim. The woman told police she didn’t consent to any sexual encounter. Sharper hasn’t been charged and the investigation is ongoing, according to the report and to Guggenheim.
In Arizona, Sharper accompanied two women to a nightclub in Scottsdale and then joined them at the apartment of one of the women, according to the police report from the incident.
While in the apartment, Sharper allegedly served one woman a shot and she then blacked out, wrote Macchiarella, who reviewed police reports from Arizona.
During the time Sharper and the women were in the apartment, a female roommate who shared the apartment joined the group. Sharper also allegedly served the roommate a drink in the form of a shot, and as the roommate became disoriented and went to the bathroom, she allegedly saw Sharper on top of one of the other women with his buttocks exposed, Macchiarella said.
The two women who had accompanied Sharper to the apartment later underwent sexual assault exams, Macchiarella wrote. A crime lab test later found zolpidem in the cup that Sharper allegedly used as he served shots, Macchiarella said.
After Sharper was arrested in Los Angeles last month, the NFL Network suspended him without pay, a spokesman said.
Sharper’s pro football career began as a second-round draft choice by the Green Bay Packers in 1997. After eight seasons with the Packers, including a loss to Denver in Super Bowl XXXII, he moved to the Minnesota Vikings for four years.
He signed as a free agent with the New Orleans Saints in 2009, which led to a Super Bowl ring that first season. Injuries hampered his second year with the Saints, which led to his retirement in 2011. The Los Angeles arrest report states Sharper is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 210 pounds.
Police have identified the suspect who has surrendered in the shooting death of rapper Wiz Khalifa’s uncle in the parking lot of a Pittsburgh-area fast food restaurant.
Police say 17-year-old Jaron Young, of Penn Hills, is charged as an adult with criminal homicide in the Wednesday night shooting of 20-year-old Imani Porter.
Porter, of Pittsburgh, was parked in a Steak ‘n Shake parking lot in suburban Munhall when he was shot. He died at a hospital Thursday.
Allegheny County homicide detectives believe Porter planned to sell heroin to Young and another still-unidentified suspect when he was, instead, shot in the head.
Khalifa has tweeted that his uncle was “younger and more level-headed than all of us.”
Young denied involvement to reporters as he was taken into custody.
Chris Brown was back in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday for a hearing in his assault case from October. During the proceeding, prosecutors offered the singer a plea deal in which they would bump his misdemeanor assault charge down if he plead guilty to simple assault.
According to TMZ, though, Brown’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, refused the deal because Geragos believes his client did nothing wrong and is waiting to see surveillance footage obtained by police of the alleged incident.
Brown and bodyguard Christopher Hollosy were arrested early on the morning of October 27 outside the W Hotel in D.C. after allegedly getting into a fight with another man. They were both charged with felony assault, though the charges were later reduced to misdemeanors.
Following the arrest, Brown’s probation in his 2009 assault case on former girlfriend Rihanna was revoked, though he was not sent to jail because, according to the Los Angeles Times, the judge in the case was pleased with his progress in 90 days of court-ordered rehab for anger management. Brown spent 16 days in a facility to deal with anger issues before leaving to complete his treatment on an outpatient basis.
Brown is reportedly due back in court on February 20 to set a tentative trial date in the case.
Original Three 6 Mafia member Lord Infamous has reportedly died, according to reports and people close to the Memphis rapper. Information on the cause of the passing is sketchy at the moment, but group member Gangsta Boo took to Twitter earlier today to confirm the sad news. “Rest in Peace Lord Infamous. Please respect the family and dear friends during this tragedy,” she typed. Infamous, born, Ricky Dunigan, is the half brother of Three 6 front man DJ Paul. Along with Juicy J they formed the group The Backyard Posse in the early ’90s, which would later become Three 6 Mafia. Along with being a founding member of the platinum selling group, he has released 10 solo albums and was part of the Three 6 Mafia reboot, Da Mafia 6ix which recently released the mixtape 6ix Commandments. He reportedly suffered from a heart attack and stroke in June 2010.
Even after an extended hiatus from putting together albums Slim Shady still has selling power.
According to Billboard, “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” has already gone gold selling 792,000 units in its first week of release. The only 2 Hip Hop albums to move more units thus far this year are Drake’s “Nothing Was The same” (Certified 1x Platinum) & Jay-z‘s “Magna Carter Holy Grail” (Certified 2x Platinum)
In addition, Eminem’s previous solo releases sold a combined 38,000 units during the same week.
It seems like Mr Mather’s fans are as loyal as ever
The TLC biopic “CrazySexyCool” has brought more controversy to Chilli’s life than desired. Last week, L.A. Reid’s daughter Ashley Reid went on a tirade against TLC’s “sexy” member, claiming Chilli had a sexual affair with her father while he was married to Pebbles thus fueling Pebbles hatred for the “Creep” singer.
“I’m not gonna talk about Chilli sucking my father’s d**k or most of the d**ks in the industry in the 90′s, she said on her Ustream radio show “Reid All About It”
Chilli, who’s been very vocal about the way Pebbles particularly treated her, responded to Ashley’s ill words and threats, saying:
“You know what? I don’t know – to be honest with you – I’ve been so caught up in thanking God with the blessings; with the success of this film,” she told JasmineBrand. “All the other stuff or half of the stuff that I don’t see – I’ll hear about it like from you or someone’s going to say something to me. We just felt we put out our relationship with her because that’s who we had the relationships with, that’s who we had those experiences with was Pebbles; not her children. And we’ve always had love for them – I’ve known them since they were babies. They were little so they weren’t even able to comprehend what was going on between us and their mom because they were children. So I don’t know. I really don’t have anything to say about the kids or anything like that, besides the fact that I hope they’re doing well and understand them being upset because everybody loves their mom. You just love your mother. But at the same time, at the end of the day, this is what happened between TLC and her. We didn’t make up these things. We just did not. Why would we do that?”
If there is one things about biopics NOBODY is too crazy about how they are portrayed unless the have creative control. Name a biopic that was portrayed so accurately that nobody complained….Think about it
Did new agent Jay Z of Roc Nation recently commit his first misstep with star MLB client Robinson Cano? According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, the answer to that question is yes, as he’s being investigated by the Major League Baseball Players Association for a possible rules violation.
Per the report, Jay Z gave Cano a watch valued at $33,900 as a gift. To confirm, let’s look at Cano’s instagram picture, posted two weeks ago:
Um, yeah, that’s a gift from his agent. He even thanked the agency on his page, saying, “thanks to the ROC NATION my birthday gift.”
And now the MLBPA rule:
Section 5(B)(5)(a): “No Player Agent or Applicant shall provide, cause to be provided or promise to provide, any money or any other thing of value to any player, or any person related to or associated with such player, the purpose of which is to induce or encourage such player to use or continue to use any person’s or firm’s services as a Player Agent, Representative, or Draft Advisor.”
The rule is there to prevent agents from retaining players simply by showering them with gifts.
If Jay Z is found in violation of the rule — and, really, after that Cano photo posted to instagram by Cano himself and specifically said it’s a gift, it’s hard to see how he won’t — he faces “unspecified discipline,” according to Crasnick.
I guess they could technically argue it was a gift from a friend to a friend, and not with the purpose of encouraging Cano to stay with Jay Z, but that’s a slippery slope.
Cano, 31, is the rockstar of this free agent class, definitely due to grab a nine-figure, long-term deal. He was quite a grab for Jay Z’s first MLB client.
N.W.A. find themselves in a familiar spot as they were in last year, with the nominations announced for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. Last year N.W.A was up for nomination, but in the end didn’t make the cut, and this year they’ve returned as a nominee once more.
Along with N.W.A, LL Cool J has been nominated. Other notable rock bands among this year’s 16 nominations include Nirvana, The Zombies, Deep Purple and Peter Gabriel.
The 29th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony takes place in April in New York, and will be broadcast on HBO.
These days, however, the hip-hop mogul is changing his tune.
“You started learning how to count right, I see,” Diddy told FORBES earlier this year, referring to more recent estimates. “Thank God!”
He likely won’t find fault with our latest rankings, either: Diddy tops this year’s list of hip-hop’s top earners, pulling in $50 million over the past 12 months. He’s one of rap’s most diversified moguls, thanks to his Bad Boy record label, Sean John clothing line and Blue Flame agency. But it’s his agreement with Diageo’s Ciroc vodka that brings in the bulk of his bucks. Next up: cable channel Revolt, which will debut this fall via Time Warner and Comcast.
Jay Z lost his hyphen this year but gained $43 million—good enough to earn the second spot on the list. He’s been padding his coffers with his lucrative live shows, Armand de Brignac champagne, D’Ussé cognac, Roc Nation label and management firm and a host of other ventures. His new album went platinum before its July launch when Samsung shelled out $5 million to buy 1 million copies.
Dr. Dre rounds out the top three with $40 million. After winning last year’s cash crown, he’s down two spots because he’s no longer boosted by a nine-figure payout for selling part of Beats by Dr. Dre in 2011. But he’s still cashing in on the ubiquitous headphones, expanding the company to include a long-awaited streaming music service. He’s also made time to mentor other artists on the list, including Kendrick Lamar, who makes his Cash Kings debut with $9 million.
“Definitely one thing [Dre] said is, you can’t accept everything for a dollar,” Lamar explained. “If it’s not right … if it’s not something that you see has longevity in it, you have to pass it up.”
When it comes to longevity, it’s hard to top Cash Money Records, which has been among hip-hop’s top labels for two decades. Its roster includes four names on the list—crossover star Drake ($10.5 million), rap legend Lil Wayne ($16 million), label co-founder Birdman ($21 million) and fourth-ranked Nicki Minaj, the only lady on the list ($29 million).
“I think we all have our own individual personalities,” Drake told FORBES earlier this year. “The powers that be within this company allow us to be ourselves, as opposed to trying to control what’s going on.”
The Cash Kings list tracks pretax earnings for all living artists whose work is primarily classified as hip-hop or rap. To form the list, we looked at income from touring, record sales, publishing, merchandise sales, endorsements and other ventures. Management, agent and attorney fees are not deducted. Earnings are tabulated from June 2012 to June 2013 and based on data from Pollstar, the Recording Industry Association of America and Nielsen SoundScan, and from interviews with numerous managers, lawyers, record executives and some of the artists themselves.
All in all, hip-hop’s top ten earners pulled in $256 million—that’s $15 million more than the ten highest-paid DJs of the ascendant electronic dance music genre. Some hip-hop stars are actually being boosted by the EDM boom: with estimated earnings of $6 million apiece, rapper/producer Lil Jon returns to the list and Roots frontman Questlove makes his debut, both boosted by lucrative DJ gigs.
“I’m in the room for, like, all the midlife crisis people that don’t want to move on,” said Questlove, who also works as a drummer, producer, professor and author. “The first time I tried to do an EDM set, they were like, ‘No, no!’ I’ve never been to Vegas before where I was allowed to play break beats and old hip-hop.”
There are more fresh faces among this year’s Cash Kings–and perhaps the most celebrated belong to the Seattle-based rapper-producer combo of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Their debut album The Heist has sold over 1 million copies in the U.S. and spawned hit singles including marriage equality ode “Same Love” and frugality anthem “Thrift Shop”; they may have to rethink the philosophy behind the latter after pulling in $9 million over the past year.
As for Diddy, if he keeps up this pace, it won’t be long before he joins an even more prestigious list: the Forbes 400.
“I don’t want my career to be defined on [whether or not] I was quote-unquote a billionaire,” he said. “But to be honest, I’d be blessed to be a billionaire … hopefully someday it’ll come true and I’ll be able to do some good with it.”
LORD GIVE ME A SIGN!!!!
In a real-life situation that sounds more like a tired old country song than the latest hip-hop single, rapper DMX has $50 in his pockets and nothing in the bank.
New court filings in the bankruptcy case of Earl Simmons, aka DMX, show the rapper has little to report in the way of assets as well as expenses that exceed his monthly income.
One of the top-selling hip-hop artists ever, DMX now says he’s down to $50 cash on hand. Not only does he report, under penalty of perjury, that he has zero dollars in the bank, but he also denies having any personal property of value—no electronic equipment, no jewelry, no clothes and no cars.
Besides the $50 cash, DMX says the rest of the $1.4 million in assets to his name are tied to pending litigation and other claims.
The rapper’s debts include more than $1 million in unpaid domestic-support obligations that, as Bankruptcy Beat readers will recall, precipitated his Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in July, as well as more than $453,000 owed on a mortgage to a property in Mount Kisco, N.Y. His unsecured creditors are owed another $479,000.
As for his monthly budget, DMX is spending more than he’s earning. Court papers show the rapper’s estimated monthly income is $5,000, but monthly expenses are $5,221 (including $1,000 on clothing and $500 on laundry and dry cleaning).
DMX’s bankruptcy attorney couldn’t immediately be reached Thursday afternoon to comment.
The White Plains, N.Y., bankruptcy court has scheduled an Oct. 8 case conference for DMX’s bankruptcy, but the rest of us can catch him on an upcoming appearance on “Dr. Phil.”
(Wall Street Journal)
Terrence Howard‘s ex-wife obtained a restraining order against the Crash star last month claiming domestic violence, and now a former girlfriend of the 44-year-old actor has come forward providing RadarOnline.com with exclusive photos from last year when she alleges he hit her and gave her a black eye and bruises on her body.
May Seng Yang claims she dated the sometimes married A-lister on and off for nearly 12 years, and during a May 2012 altercation at his Pennsylvania home — with then-girlfriend Erica Taylor present — Yang claims Howard choked her, threw her to the ground and hit her left eye with his fist.
According to Yang, Howard reached out to let her know he would be home on the weekend of May 5-6 and wanted her to stop by, but after she didn’t hear back from him that entire weekend she stopped by his home and Erica answered the door.
“I was standing outside the gate, and Terrence came outside smoking a cigarette. Then said, ‘What are you doing here? This is my girlfriend and I told you not to come by,’” Yang explained.
“I said, ‘You just talked to me two weeks ago, I just saw you about a month ago.’ He got angry and started calling me a b*tch and said, ‘I told you to leave me alone.’ He walked in the house. I was still talking to Erica about me and Terrence.”
Yang says that after a few more minutes of chatting with Taylor, Howard came back outside and that’s when things got physical.
“Terrence came to the gate again. He opened the gate and then came towards me with a lot of anger. I took a few steps backwards toward the sidewalk. He then grabbed me with his hands and choked the right side of my neck,” Yang claims.
“Then he pushed me to the ground. As I was on the ground, he then smacked me across the face and hit my left eye with his fist.”
The photos provided to Radar corroborate Yang’s alleged injuries — photos that were also provided to the Whitemarsh Township Police Department in Pennsylvania:
“I tried to get up and had my iPhone in my hand. I threatened to call the cops. Before he came and attacked me, I was going to leave. I was trying to explain to him that I was not trying to start trouble, and I wasn’t being violent. I was just trying to explain my side to Erica,” Yang told Radar.
“He had said, ‘F**k this. I’m going to jail for this tonight.’ After I tried to call 911, he grabbed my phone and threw it to the ground. It did not break, and I saw him [pick up] the phone after I got up the second time he pushed me to the sidewalk and tried to hit me again.”
In a statement to the Whitemarch Township Police, Yang says she ran across the street to a neighbor’s house where she was finally able to call 911.
“Then the cops showed up. I talked to ambulance techs. I didn’t think I needed a stop to ER. But I told them that he hit my left eye, that it was throbbing, and he choked me. I wasn’t bleeding, so I said no, I did not need to go to the hospital,” she said in her statement.
“[Terrence] has not been threatening before. I didn’t expect him to be violent towards me. There were several occasions I stayed at his house and because we knew each other this long, and he would call me whenever he was home to let me know that he wanted to see me. He would call my phone numerous times till I would see him.”
Howard and his ex-wife Michelle Ghent have a history of abuse allegations, she was even granted a restraining order in 2011 following alleged violence at the actor’s hands during a South African excursion, and she has expressed concern over his mental state.
“He has said many times he has issues, and he is not a ‘right’ person. I became very sympathetic towards him over the years that I knew him,” Yang said, echoing Ghent’s concern for Howard’s stability.
“I did not personally know Terrence to be this violent. I only heard the accounts he had in past relationships and did not see an angry and or violent side. I read about his reports of domestic issues from his ex Michelle, and she would try to explain that she had proof of his violent behavior, and I did not really think he could be like that.”
But Yang changed her tune after the physical run-in with Howard last year, telling Radar, “Yes he is psychopathic, yes he has violent tendencies.
Bloggers note: Here is why I dropped this article a little while back
Adult film sets throughout the Los Angeles area have shut down indefinitely after a porn actress tested positive for HIV, the trade association for the industry said on Thursday.
The actress, who works under the name Cameron Bay, has contracted the virus that causes AIDS, the Free Speech Coalition said in a press release.
The trade group said film producers called a moratorium on production late on Wednesday and that filming would not resume until all of Bay’s partners are notified and tested.
The incident comes amid continued opposition on the part of many companies that produce adult films to a recently enacted law in Los Angeles County that requires porn actors to use condoms on the set.
The multibillion-dollar adult film industry is centered in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles.
Michael Weinstein, head of the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation and a backer of the condom law, said he suspects that Bay contracted the virus on a set.
Last month, he said, the actress tested negative for HIV, and this month, she tested positive. In one film that she worked on between the tests, it appears that condoms were not used, Weinstein said.
“It’s a tragedy for her,” he said. “Obviously she was infected by someone.”
The industry group said there was “no evidence whatsoever” that Bay was infected on a set, or that others were exposed to the virus while performing sex scenes with her.
Bay said she planned to cooperate with public health officials as they try to track down her sex partners to find out who might have infected her, and whether she infected anyone.
“As difficult as this news is for me today, I am hopeful that no other performers have been affected,” Bay said in a statement. “I plan on doing everything possible to assist the medical professionals and my fellow performers.”
Rapper 2 Chainz was one of 11 people arrested after refusing to get off a tour bus for almost nine hours following a traffic stop in Oklahoma City early Thursday morning, police said.
2 Chainz, whose real name is Tauheed Epps, was arrested Thursday morning along with 10 other people on a charge of obstructing a police officer, Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said. The 35-year-old rapper performed with Lil Wayne and T.I. in Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.
Police stopped the tour bus around midnight near Interstate 40 because of an illegal taillight and noticed drug use, though Wardlow would not go into specifics.
The driver was arrested, “but as he got off the bus, the interior door shut and locked and obviously our officers could not get in there,” she said.
The remaining people on the bus refused to leave the vehicle, so officers towed it to a nearby police training facility about four miles away, Wardlow said.
Investigators obtained a warrant and all 11 people came off the bus around 9 a.m., Wardlow said. They were arrested on the obstruction charge and booked into Oklahoma County Jail on Thursday afternoon.
Wardlow also said investigators found narcotics on the bus, but don’t know to whom those belonged. She said more charges could be filed later.
The Atlanta-based rapper was a member of the rap duo Playaz Circle before going solo. His 2012 debut album, Based on a T.R.U. Story, topped the Billboard charts. His new album, B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, is set to be released next month.
Earlier this year, 2 Chainz was acquitted of marijuana charges he faced after a traffic stop on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Dwyane Wade will pay his ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches-Wade a divorce settlement of $5 million a judge decided Monday.
The settlement also includes a “non-disparage” agreement in which each party must refrain from making disparaging remarks about the other.
Funches-Wade also will receive the couples’ former mansion in South Holland and four cars.
Brian Hurst, an attorney for Funches-Wade, argued that his client never fully agreed to all the provisions in the settlement, including the “non-disparage” provision. But Cook County Circuit Court Judge John Thomas Carr decided both parties did agree on the deal and he found the settlement valid, effectively ending a six-year divorce proceeding that has drawn national attention.
Exactly what will constitute a disparaging remark still needs to be hammered out, but Wade’s attorney, James Pritikin, expects violation of the terms would result in a fine. Pritikin said protection from disparaging remarks also would extend to Wade’s family members, as well as his girlfriend, actress Gabrielle Union.
Outside the courtroom Monday, Funches-Wade expressed her displeasure with the decision. “My voice isn’t for sale, my story isn’t for sale, no thank you.”
Dwyane Wade did not attend the hearing, according to the report.
Funches-Wade sat outside of the Daley Center with a cardboard sign that said “NBA Miami Heat star, mother of his children on the streets.” The reason for that being her claim that Wade had not been paying his $25,000 a month in spousal support, which his attorney denied in a statement.
“Dwyane Wade has made several requests over the years to settle this matter, despite Ms. Funches having 16 different attorneys and 2 arrests throughout this process,” Prtikin, the attorney, said. “Mr. Wade has provided a very generous settlement to Ms. Funches to continue to live a wonderful lifestyle for the rest of her life. Despite false allegations by Ms. Funches claiming to be ‘homeless’ and ‘destitute,’ Dwyane Wade has maintained over the years financial support to his ex-wife by providing her with income over $25,000 on a monthly basis, timely paid for her home mortgage, maintenance and security at the house, 4 cars, insurance, taxes and all of her attorney fees throughout this process.”
The couple married in 2002 and has two sons, Zion and Zaire. Wade filed for divorce in 2007, with it being finalized in 2010. In 2011, Wade was awarded sole custody of their kids.
CHICAGO (AP) — A legal battle that NBA star Dwyane Wade and his ex-wife have been fighting for years has a new chapter.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Siohvaughn Funches-Wade filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that Wade is violating the terms of a 2008 agreement that requires his endorsement deals be fully deposited into a joint account they both control.
According to the paper, the lawsuit claims a total of $2 million in damages from Wade, four companies involved in endorsement deals, a financial adviser and an attorney.
James Pritikin, Wade’s attorney, said the lawsuit was without merit and that he expected it to be thrown out of court. He also said that the lawsuit “mischaracterizes” the terms of the agreement involving the joint account but declined to comment further.
The lawsuit comes just weeks after Wade’s Miami Heat won the NBA championship series against the San Antonio Spurs — the kind of event that often results in more endorsement opportunities for professional athletes.
It also follows a messy divorce and custody battle that played out in Chicago courtrooms between Wade, a Chicago-area native, and his ex-wife for about five years. In 2010, Wade was granted a divorce and the next year he was awarded sole custody of the couple’s two sons.
Last year, Funches-Wade was arrested on misdemeanor charges of attempted child abduction, unlawful visitation interference and obstruction of a peace officer after an incident related to visitation. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said Wednesday that all the charges except obstruction of a peace officer have been dismissed. The office said Funches-Wade is scheduled to appear in court on that charge in September.
As Jay-Z continues to receive critical acclaim for “MCHG” his former friend and business partner has more than 99 problems. Dame Dash is the latest hip-hop celebrity to draw the direct attention of the IRS, collecting a $2.8 million tax lien, according to a report by TMZ.
As previously reported, Dame detailed his financial woes in a five-page court document back in May saying he was in debt and close to losing his suburban Carmel, New York home. It looks like things will get worse before they get better for the Roc-A-Fella co-founder. The IRS has filed documents claiming Dame also owes $2.8 million for unpaid taxes from 2005 and 2011. The Harlem entrepreneur reportedly owes $2,614,918.10 from 2005 and $187,544.20 from two years ago. Not covering a debt to the Government can lead to more than just an IOU. Both Fat Joe and Lauryn Hill have both recently been sentenced to jail time for failing to pay Uncle Sam.
Grandma lets it be known what she wants and needs for her 100 years on the 3rd rock from the sun
Whatever is in these mushrooms just can’t be healthy……
Remember when Chris Rock said “Not Again Michael!!!!!!!!!” in regards to the allegations of child molestation. I’m sure Mr. Cee does
Some people have fetishes that are different from the norm. The key is conducting yourself appropriately and staying within the bounds of the law.
Legendary radio DJ and producer, Mr. Cee was arrested last night in a prostitute bust. The 46-year-old Hot 97 employee, born Calvin Lebrun, was taken into custody in Brooklyn after trying to solicit an undercover police officer who was posing as a male prostitute, according to the New York Daily News.
This is the DJ’s third time being arrested on prostitution related charges in the last three years. He was arrested in March 2011 after police observed him getting fellatio from a male prostitute in a parked car. Despite his colleague Funkmaster Flex decreeing his innocence, Cee pled guilty to a charge of loitering for the purpose of engaging in a prostitution offense in June the same year. He was ordered complete three months, or 12 sessions, of counseling with a doctor. According to the New York Daily News, Cee was busted on the same charge on October 8, 2010 in Lower Manhattan. He pled guilty to those charges a month later.