KESHA: DR. LUKE TORPEDOES BILLBOARD GIG
Kesha now denies she was going to take a shot at Dr. Luke at the BMAs … insisting she was merely going to perform a tribute to Bob Dylan by singing a cover of his, “It Ain’t Me, Babe.” She says she was never going to “allude to my legal situation in any way. I simply wanted to sing a song I love to honor an artist I have always looked up to.” Production sources on the award show tell us the Dylan classic includes several lines that could easily refer to Kesha’s situation with Luke … and that was not a coincidence.
JAMES GANDOLFINI: Paramedic Trial Begins … ALLEGEDLY STOLE ROLEX AS ACTOR DIED
One of the paramedics who rushed to James Gandolfini as he was dying in Rome, stole his $3,000 watch … according to prosecutors. Claudio Bevilacqua’s trial started Monday in Rome. It’s still unclear if he allegedly stole the Rolex Submariner right off the ‘Sopranos’ star’s body, or if it was lifted from his hotel room. TMZ broke the story … Gandolfini’s people reported the Rollie was missing to his insurance company back in 2013, a few months after he died of a heart attack. At the time, there was no suspect named in the theft.
PRINCE: COPS INTERESTED IN POSSIBLE FATAL DRUG MIX
Prince could have died from a fatal mix of drugs, and cops are particularly interested to see if the singer had a combination of Percocet and the synthetic opiate Buprenorphine in his system. Sources connected to the investigation tell us they do not know what killed Prince, because the medical examiner still does not have toxicology results. They are, however, very interested in why Prince’s doctor and the son of a rehab doctor were both at the house when he died.
‘WEIRD AL’ YANKOVIC: MY PRINCE PARODIES DIED WITH PRINCE
“Weird Al” Yankovic has some parodies of Prince hits stashed away in his vault, but they’ll never see the light of day. Prince had a storied history of refusing Weird Al’s requests to rework his music, so when we got Al at LAX, we asked him if there was a chance he’d now get approval from Prince’s family … or even the estate. Check out his reply — you won’t be hearing any knockoffs like “Little Red Fiat” or “Raspberry Toupée” … but the reason why is what’s really interesting.
Billy Bush officially joins NBC’s ‘Today’ show
NBC has made official the recent rumors that “Access Hollywood” anchor Billy Bush is joining “Today” for its 9 o’clock hour. Bush will begin appearing on the New York-based morning show during NBC’s coverage of the Rio Olympics in August, the network said Tuesday. Bush has hosted NBCUniversal’s “Access Hollywood” for 15 years and “Access Hollywood Live” for six years.
Sinéad O’Connor posts unhinged rant directed at family
Sinéad O’Connor may be safe, but that doesn’t mean she is well. A day after the “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer, 44, was located by authorities in Wilmette, Ill., she posted an unhinged Facebook rant directed at her ex-husband and family. “Every one of you had better pray I die,” she wrote in the post. “Because I’m suing the f—–g lot of you for what you’ve done to me if I manage to live through it.”
CHRIS BROWN: HOTBOXING YOUR PRIVATE JET GETS YOU GROUNDED
Chris Brown got thrown off a private jet for allegedly hotboxing the aircraft. TMZ obtained a Miami-Dade police report which says cops were called to the Signature Aviation at Miami International Airport Monday after Brown’s pilot complained he smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the cabin. We’re told the pilot had warned Brown and his entourage not to light up on the aircraft, but they ignored him even before the plane pushed back.
Kim Kardashian will post ‘naked selfies until I die’
The internet can breathe a sigh of relief: Kim Kardashian will remain naked. While accepting her Break the Internet Award at Monday night’s 2016 Webby Awards, the 35-year-old reality queen promised to deliver “Naked selfies until I die.” She was given the inaugural award “in recognition of her unprecedented success online and the bold creative ways she has used the Internet, social media, apps and video to connect with a truly global audience,” read a press release, per E! News.
Eyewitness Says The Wire‘s Wendell Pierce Charged Into Hotel Room in Fight Over Bernie Sanders
Wendell Pierce—whose face you may recognize from HBO’s The Wire,Treme, and Confirmation—was arrested over the weekend after allegedly assaulting a man and woman during a fight over the merits of Bernie Sanders. This weird story is now only getting weirder. So far, these are the facts as they currently appear: Pierce and his girlfriend got into an argument with three others in a hallway at the Loews Hotel in Atlanta. In the midst of the discussion, the three alleged victims (two of whom are still unnamed) began walking to their room and were followed by Pierce and his girlfriend.
Bill Cosby and Hugh Hefner hit with lawsuit over assault claims
Just over three months after Chloe Goins dropped her federal lawsuit against Bill Cosby, the model is now hitting the actor and new defendant Hugh Hefner for sexual battery, gender violence and other charges stemming from a 2008 incident that occurred at the Playboy Mansion. “Defendant HEFNER’s actions of inviting and hosting young and impressionable and possibly minor children lo his residence, and providing alcoholic beverages and or foreign substances was negligent at the very least,” the jury trial requesting and damages seeking complaint filed Monday in l.A. Superior Court adds of adding the Playboy founder to the case.
Tyler Perry unloads Atlanta’s most expensive house ever
Tyler Perry, the “Madea” series creator never known for understatement, sold his Atlanta mansion for a city record-setting $17.5 million in late April, reports say. According to the listing, the property is “perhaps the most compelling private residence to ever be offered to market in the history of Atlanta.” The 35,000-square-foot, hilltop home features 17 private and pristine acres with substantial Chattahoochee River frontage, infinity-edge swimming pool, hobby house, underground ballroom with catering kitchen and an entire-estate generator.
Céline Dion used Disney’s ‘Up’ to explain husband’s death to their kids
Céline Dion used the magic of Disney to help explain the loss of her husband, René Angélil, to their three children. “Before I told them that their dad was not there, I talked about when we, everybody, gets sick,” sheexplained to “Good Morning America” in an interview airing Wednesday. “Then I said, ‘Do you remember the movie ‘Up’? It’s one of our favorite,” Dion said of the 2009 animated feature. “‘Oh,’ they said, ‘yes, Ellie went up,’ you know, she with the balloons. And I said, ‘Well, yeah … You know, today Papa went up.’”
Leonardo DiCaprio drops $18,000 on Chanel bag for mom
Leo DiCaprio bought a Chanel bag for $18,100 at the Heart Fund’s Generous People Dinner Gala in Cannes, France. The Oscar-winner also placed a winning bid of $5,650 for a silk scarf by Russian model Inna Zobova’s fashion line Innangelo. Swizz Beatz paid over $11,000 for three of them. DiCaprio similarly bought a bag at the same gala last year for $11,300.
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