This week in celebrity news there was another tragic death, a pot bust, and a couple of celebs received good news in court. Also, find out who's engaged and who got remarried...
Oprah racism controversy.
Following a racist encounter in a Swiss shop, Oprah ("The Butler," "The Oprah Winfrey Show") spoke out about the incident, in which a salesperson refused to show her a handbag she deemed 'too expensive'. The story blew-up, with Swiss tourism officials coming forward to apologize to Oprah. That led to Oprah also issuing an apology, making it clear that she viewed the incident as the fault of that one person, not the shop (which she didn't name), or the country of Switzerland.
Gia Allemand dead at 29.
Reality TV personality, Gia Allemand (The Bachelor, "Bachelor Pad") died Wednesday August 14 in a New Orleans hospital after being admitted the night of Monday August 12 following a 'serious emergency medical event'. She was in critical condition on life support, with her mother and boyfriend, the NBA's Ryan Anderson, by her side. Following her death on Wednesday, it was revealed that she had died as a result of an apparent suicide, and that it was Anderson who found Allemand in her New Orleans home. A family statement to People explained, "Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn."
Allemand was on Jake Pavelka's season of "The Bachelor." He took to Twitter as soon as news of her death broke:
I had to pull over, I can't stop crying. We have lost an angel.— Jake Pavelka (@jakepavelka1) August 14, 2013
Chris Harrison also tweeted about the tragedy:
It's with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our good friend Gia Allemand. She will be loved and missed by all who knew her.— Chris Harrison (@chrisbharrison) August 14, 2013
Vince Vaughan's new son.
Vince Vaughn ("Wedding Crashers") and his wife, Kyla Weber, welcomed a baby boy into the world on Wednesday August 7, according to US Weekly. The newborn, Vernon Lindsay Vaughn, joins big sister, Locklyn Kyla, who is already two years old.
Usher wins custody hearing.
Following Usher’s son’s pool accident early last week, Usher's ex-wife, Tameka Foster Raymond, forced an emergency custody hearing. The judge ruled that primary custody would remain with Usher. Foster Raymond spoke out after the ruling in an interview with "Good Morning America," saying that while she didn't blame Usher for the incident, she was angry that it happened under his watch. Usher Raymond V has been released from the hospital and according to a People source, will be 'just fine'. Another court hearing is set for later this month as Foster Raymond continues her efforts to get more time with her children.
Amanda Bynes' mother granted conservatorship.
Lynn Bynes, mother of troubled actress, Amanda Bynes, was granted a temporary conservatorship over her daughter's affairs on Friday August 9. The order will extend until September 30, at which time there will be another hearing. The involuntary psychiatric hold on Amanda Bynes was also extended to thirty days. Various sources report that she is being treated and making progress.
Ashley Tisdale engaged.
Actress, Ashley Tisdale ("High School Musical," "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody"), became engaged to rocker beau, Christopher French, at the top of the Empire State Building in New York on Thursday August 8. Tisdale took to Twitter to express thanks for the outpouring of well-wishes:
Thank you guys for all your well wishes. Means so much to me. We're so grateful and excited. #imthehappiestgirlintheworld— Ashley Tisdale (@ashleytisdale) August 13, 2013
Paula Deen racial discrimination thrown out.
Claims of racial discrimination which led to Paula Deen being dumped by numerous companies, have been thrown out by a judge in Georgia. The claims, filed by Lisa Jackson, who was formerly employed at a restaurant Deen co-owned with her brother, Bubba Hiers, led to Deen's admission that she had used racial slurs in the past, and resulted in high-profile business partners cutting ties with the famous chef. Sexual harassment charges that were also filed are still on the table.
Britney Spears' ex-hubby, and father of her two sons, Kevin Federline ("Celebrity Fit Club"), married his partner, Victoria Prince, on Saturday August 10. People reported that the nuptials took place at the Hard Rock Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas, and that the couple's daughter, Jordan Kay, was the flower girl. KFed sported a slimmed down, polished look in wedding photos.
Kourtney Kardashian facing paternity suit.
Male model, Michael Girgenti, isn't going away with his claims that Kourtney Kardashian's three year-old son, Mason, could be his, and not Scott Disick's, child. Girgenti says he and Kardashian had unprotected sex in March 2009 after meeting at a photo shoot the previous year. The model took his allegations to Los Angeles Superior Court last week in an effort to pursue DNA testing and joint custody. Kardashian maintains that there is no chance Girgenti could be Mason's father. The hearing is set to go next month. Watch the video clip:
The Sandlot's Tom Guiry arrested.
Tom Guiry, who played Scotty Smalls in the popular kids' movie, "The Sandlot," was arrested last week after allegedly assaulting an officer at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. Authorities were called by United Airlines employees when Guiry appeared to be too drunk to fly. TMZ reported that Guiry allegedly attempted to kick the officer in the face and then head-butted him after being offered a choice between being arrested for intoxication or being taken to a designated place to sober up.
Justin Bieber's nude serenade.
Thanks to TMZ, pictures surfaced of Justin Bieber serenading someone buck naked with just an acoustic guitar covering his private bits. But he wasn't serenading his on/off girlfriend, Selena Gomez, he was singing to his granny! Bieber apparently played the prank on his grandmother in Canada on Thanksgiving, and reports indicate that she got the joke. In other news, the Biebs is taking a break from touring, and recently performed his last concert in Atlanta. He tweeted:
Happy to have a break but already miss the stage, the crew, the team, the band, the dancers, the fans. I love all of u. Thank u. #grateful— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) August 11, 2013
Heidi Fleiss charged with pot possession.
Hollywood madam, Heidi Fleiss, has been charged in Nevada with possession of pot with the intent to sell. The charges allegedly stem from the discovery of about 400 marijuana plants on her property in Pahrump. Fleiss was not placed under arrest, and claimed to be growing the plants, albeit without a license, to sell to a cooperative. KVVU FOX 5 reported that authorities visited the home looking for a woman wanted for arrest.
Paul McCartney's daughter's cookbook.
The Beatles' Paul McCartney's daughter, Mary, is releasing a cookbook about eating vegetarian, entitled, "Food." The idea for the cookbook came about following an appearance for the McCartney family's 'Meat Free Monday' campaign, which urges people to try eating vegetarian one day each week. The 43 year-old photographer is Paul's daughter with the late Linda McCartney, who passed away from cancer in 1988.
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