Settlement Reached

Drake settles lawsuit against woman who accused him of rape

Drake has settled the lawsuit he filed against Laquana Morris, who goes by Layla Lace, for allegedly trying to extort money from him by claiming he raped her and got her pregnant during a one night stand.

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The rapper filed documents in the case on Friday, Nov. 30, in which he told the court he and Layla have come to a resolution regarding the terms of their dispute, according to TMZ.

Layla, a former stripper, initially claimed she was pregnant with Drake's child in an April 2017 Instagram post, which she captioned, "So I guess still in this era this is the new thing that after you tell a dude you pregnant they stop answering they phone!!!"

She delved further into the allegations during an appearance on SiriusXM radio last year before eventually going to the police to accuse Drake of raping her.

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According to Drake's version of the story, the two had consensual sex after meeting when he was on the Manchester leg of his Boy Meets World tour. In his filing against her, he said she developed a "fantasy relationship" with him and was furious that he wouldn't bring her on his tour with him.

Drake says Layla hired a lawyer who told the rapper he could avoid a public announcement about her rape allegations in return for a payout.

That's reportedly what prompted Drake to file suit against her, demanding damages in return for what he said was civil extortion, defamation and fraud.

The settlement between the two stipulates that Layla make no further "statements alleging or insinuating that [Drake] assaulted her" or impregnated her.

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"The filing made by Drake against Layla Lace has been resolved, with Layla avoiding going to trial by agreeing to a stipulated judgment which prohibits her from repeating past statements she made against Drake," the rapper's lawyer, Larry Stein, told TMZ in a statement. "Drake and his team are satisfied with this outcome and while Drake appreciates the support he has received, he asks that his fans and the media allow both parties to move on with their lives."

The dispute with Layla Lace isn't the only way Drake's making amends with people in his life this month. He also appears on "Going Bad," from Meek Mill's new album, "Championships." It's the first collaboration between the two since they engaged in a highly publicized beef following Meek's assertion that Drake used a ghostwriter for some of his work.

JAY-Z, Fabolous and Amber Rose's ex, 21 Savage, appear on the album, as well.

Still recovery, but happy

Jessie J's 'perspective has changed' after miscarriage

Jessie J is turning the page.

Just two months after revealing she suffered a miscarriage, which she called the "saddest and loneliest time" in her life, the singer is now happier than ever. 

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It's all about perspective.

"So I was pregnant but not any more. I am probably in the happiest place I have ever been, believe it or not. My perspective on life has changed completely," she told a London crowd during a recent performance, according to Daily Mail. "The day [the miscarriage] happened a man came up to me in the street. I was by myself and crying. He said, 'I don't know you and I don't know what is happening with you right now but I know you should share it with other people.'"

"That is why I do what I do," she continued before speaking to others who have experienced the same pain. "So to anyone who has been through that, or near someone who has, I am so sorry. There is no other way to explain it than just the saddest, loneliest thing."

Jessie surprisingly performed a concert just hours after getting her sad news last year. During that show she spoke about her pain.

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Since her miscarriage, Jessie, 33, is finding "the blessing in pain," a quality her parents instilled in her, and she's now had the "best January ever."

Back in early December, the singer explained why she decided to get on stage just hours after one of the worst days in her life. 

"I reacted in work mode. It's safe to say I sometimes pour more energy into creating an unhealthy process of my own pain in front of a camera, than I do acknowledging it behind one in real time. 'The show must go on' mentality reacted before the human in me did," she wrote on Instagram

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Jessie said she just needed to cry and "fall into someone's arms and sob" that evening. After the show was over she ached emotionally and physically. She also quickly understood why women long for a day when the topic of miscarriages isn't a taboo subject. 

"I have never experienced physical pain and trauma or felt loneliness like it. This has changed me forever. In the most, heartbreaking, but beautiful way," she said. "It's put life into perspective in a way nothing else ever has. I am so sorry if you have ever been through it alone or not, or are going through it right now at any stage of pregnancy. Losing your baby is one of the worst feelings in the world."

"I ache for you," she said at the time. "If I could I would bring you food, hold you through the physical pain, I know that's needed more than a "stay strong" text right now."

Thanks Ye

Kanye West's antics have brought Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson closer

If you think Pete Davidson is troubled by Kanye West's antics of late, think again. 

"Pete thinks it's totally hilarious," an insider told Page Six. "Not just that — he thinks the whole [tabloid drama with him, West and Kim Kardashian] is hilarious. He loves it."

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The "SNL" funnyman, of course, is dating Kim, who Kanye publicly pined over just five weeks ago. After it became clear that Kim wasn't about to run back to Ye, he began dating little known actress Julia Fox, and he threatened to beat up Pete in a new rap song released last week. 

Over the weekend, Kanye also claimed that Kim was preventing him from attending daughter Chicago's fourth birthday (even though pictures showed Ye in attendance next to Kim's mom, Kris Jenner).

The shenanigans are actually making Kim and Pete lean harder into each other.

"The whole craziness with Kanye last week has brought Kim and Pete closer," a separate source said, later adding, "Kim and Pete can talk to each other about what is going on. It's nice to have someone to share concerns with."

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Kanye, the source noted, has had issues with Pete for several years, ever since the comedian mocked the rapper after he hosted "Saturday Night Live" in 2018. At the time, Kanye said he was bullied backstage and throughout the week of rehearsals for supporting former President Donald Trump by wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat.

"I wish I had bullied you," Pete countered those claims the following week. "I wish I would have suggested that it might offend some people like your wife, or every black person ever." 

He also quipped, "Kanye, I know you are like, 'This is the real me, I'm off the meds.' Take 'em. There is no shame in the medicine game. I'm on 'em, it's great. There's nothing wrong with taking them."

She's back!

Ivanka Trump returns to Instagram after eight month hiatus: See the post

It's time to be social again!

For the first time in eight months, Ivanka Trump has posted to Instagram, sharing photos of her taking part in a food drive in upstate New York.

"Thank you to our many incredible partners and volunteers who helped feed tens of thousands American families across Idaho and NY, with fresh, nutritious, locally-sourced produce and dairy this holiday season," she captioned a series of images posted on Jan. 18, but snapped last week.

The initiative is part of the Farmers-to-Families Food Box Program, which begin in May 2020 and was designed to deliver fresh produce to families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photos, several of them photo ops, show Donald Trump's daughter holding boxes, talking to other volunteers or carrying apples. In one snap she stood next to a youth holding a sign that read "free food boxes."

Ivanka added the images to her Instagram Stories, as well.

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Reports said the former POTUS' daughter teamed up with billionaire Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya to deliver produce to families in need last week in the area of Rochester, New York.

Naturally, Ivanka dressed warm and cute for the occasion, as she donned a gray coat over a cream-colored turtleneck and jeans. She perfected the outfit with mustard-colored gloves and brown lace-up boots. One picture of Ivanka in a black coat was said to be taken in Idaho during a recent food drive there.

In her post, Ivanka 40, claimed that 1.1 million pounds of locally sourced dairy and produce were delivered, 1.3 million meals were served and 52,000 food boxes were distributed. She was quick to note that the venture is "100% privately funded."

According to the United States Department of Agriculture's website, "USDA contractors have delivered 173,699,775 boxes of fresh produce, milk, dairy and cooked meats to disadvantaged Americans across the country."

Prior to her Tuesday, Jan. 18, posting, Ivanka last connected with her 7.4 million followers in May 2021. In that image, she implored her fans to get vaccinated against COVID-19. In fact, her last two images prior to Tuesday showed her getting the jab.

Wanted woman

Networks reportedly gearing up for 'bidding war' over Gayle King

The country's biggest TV networks are apparently getting ready to pay a King's ransom for a certain newswoman's services. 

Page Six reported that Gayle King's contract with CBS ends in May, and rival networks are ready to move mountains to ink the "CBS Mornings" anchor to a contract. CBS, though, "will do everything we can to keep King," a source said.

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Despite CBS' hopes, there is speculation that Gayle might be ready to move on from her early shift or move to the West Coast, where her family lives. Her best friend, Oprah Winfrey, also lives in Southern California. 

"Gayle's contract is up at CBS in a few months and the networks are gearing up for a bidding war for the ages," a TV source told the New York Post's gossip page, noting that MSNBC "could possibly put in a huge bid to have Gayle take over Rachel Maddow's vacant nightly slot."

NBC might come at Gayle in a different way, potentially asking her to team up with Hoda Kotb on "Today." A Hoda-Gayle pairing would make them "the most formidable duo on TV," the source insisted. 

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A different TV insider said Gayle's exit from CBS would spell doom for "The Eye."

"If ABC or NBC gets Gayle, it's game over at CBS for talent. The question is, does Gayle want to carry on the morning show in New York when her whole family and best friend are on the West Coast?," the source surmised. "ABC could give her the third hour of 'GMA' to host from Los Angeles, or a different daytime show. Gayle has proven herself as one of the most talented broadcasters on TV, so the bottom line here is money, and what Gayle wants to do."

Gayle recently celebrated her 10th anniversary at CBS.

"After all this time, I still love this job…I think it's an awesome, awesome job," she told her co-hosts last week in marking the occasion. "It's a privilege, and I don't take it lightly. I love being here with you guys."

Happy news!

Criss Angel's 7-year-old son's cancer is in remission

On Jan. 17, Criss Angel took to social media for "the most important post" he's ever made: his 7-year-old son, Johnny Crisstopher, is cancer free, he happily declared. 

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"Today our son Johnny Crisstopher will finally ring the bell symbolizing his remission and the end of his treatment!," the famed illusionist captioned a 14-minute video dedicated to his son.

The tot, who Criss shares with wife Shaunyl Benson, was first diagnosed with leukemia in 2015. 

Criss' video, titled "1095," features footage of Johnny's long journey, including hard-to-watch moments of the child hooked up machines in the hospital.

"Ten percent of kids that go through the treatment they don't even make it, not because of the cancer, but because of the types of medicines they have to put in their bodies. Ten percent lose their lives," Criss says in the video. 

The title of the film comes from the 1,095 chemotherapy sessions that Johnny endured during his fight with B-Cell A.L.L. Leukemia.

Criss and Shaunyl, who are also parents to son Yanni, 2,  and daughter Illusia Angelina, 10 weeks, are hoping to raise money to help fight pediatric cancer with the video.

"Let them know that they are not alone, you know what I mean. There is magic in the world and that magic is love," the "Mindfreak" star said. "While you watched this short film, seven children were diagnosed with cancer."

Criss' footage was posted around the same time Shaunyl shared her own video of Johnny ending his treatment. 

"These last cycles were tough, especially after giving birth early to Johnny's little sister Illusia. These videos were taken over the last 4 months, as we finally finish Johnny's treatment for relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukemia. We have an amazing support system and I'm so so grateful for my parents and their selflessness. Family is everything, especially during the hard times," she wrote. "We are so proud of you my Johnny boy. This is ALL YOU ♥️ This chapter of your life will finally be behind you and I'm so excited for your future. I can't wait to finally see you ring that bell my love. Ring it hard because the whole world is proud of you!"

Plane vengence

Olivia Culpo wears nearly identical travel outfit (on Delta) after American Airlines issue

Olivia Culpo is finally changing… airlines, that is. She's not changing her clothes, though!

The influencer made headlines on Jan. 13 after an American Airlines staffer asked her to "put a blouse on" before being allowed to board a flight to Mexico. 

Olivia's sister, Aurora Culpo, documented the drama on social media, posting a video of Olivia in black biker shorts, a black bralette and a long black sweater. "She looks cute. She looks appropriate. No. They call her up to the desk and tell her that she needs to put a blouse on otherwise she can't get on the plane," Aurora said.

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On Jan. 17, the former Miss Universe headed back to the United States and wore a very, very similar outfit to the one that caused the "uproar," only this one was green.

Olivia and her crew flew back on Delta, and it doesn't appear that the Atlanta-based airliner had a problem with her attire.

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Olivia and her sister seemed to troll American Airlines throughout the weekend. Olivia posted a photo while wearing a risqué open-side dress. "Please use caution while using the overheard bins as items may have shifted during flight," she captioned the photo.

Her sister, meanwhile, posted a photo of a departures screen at the Los Cabos airport. It showed an American Airlines flight from Mexico to Los Angeles.

"Someone's Capri pants must have given the flight attendant [an erection],"  Aurora wrote. "I hope they're stoning her in the lounge. #Satanstems."

Arrested

Tiffany Haddish arrested for DUI in Georgia

Tiffany Haddish was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence in Georgia after she allegedly fell asleep in the driver's seat of her car. 

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According to TMZ, Peachtree City police received a report about a driver asleep at the wheel, and they were given a description of the vehicle. Officers soon spotted the car around 4 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 14, as the comedian was pulling into a neighborhood.

After stopping her, Tiffany was arrested for DUI and improper stopping on a roadway. Authorities believed she was under the influence of marijuana. 

The "Girls Trip" star posted $1,666 to bond out of jail around 6:30 a.m. She even managed to smile for her mug shot.

Tiffany has yet to publicly comment on the arrest. 

The actress has been mourning the recent losses of her grandmother, her producer Carl Craig and dear friend Bob Saget.

love lines

'Housewives' alum hires matchmaker to help her find love

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match…

Former "The Real Housewives of Orange County" star Vicki Gunvalson is back on the dating scene after hiring a matchmaker. And so far, so good!

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The reality TV alum joined the "Two T's in a Pod with Teddi Mellencamp and Tamra Judge" podcast this week and revealed that she's dating a new man. 

"I'm on my fourth date with a guy from Chicago with the matchmaker," she said. "He's picking me up from the airport when I get to Chicago."

She added, "[He] and I are gonna see each other next week when I'm in town."

Although Vicki, 59, didn't reveal the mystery man's name, she did share that he's 55 years old. Fans got a small glimpse of this potential suitor in late December after Vicki's son-in-law, Ryan Culberson, posted a video to his Instagram Story showing her in a conversation with the man. Ryan joked that he was a "date chaperone."

"He's in Chicago, because I will only date a Midwestern man. … We'll be on date four next week," Vicki said on the podcast.

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She also listed off a few qualities she needs in a mate, including "good teeth," "non-smoker," "family man," "self-sufficient," "entrepreneur," "must love Jesus" and "confident."

In a swipe about her ex, Steve Lodge, she shaded, "I want a relationship. … I want a non-lying, perfect relationship, which is what I thought I had with my fiance."

Animal attack

Neve Campbell was once attacked by a bear, dragged through woods

Neve Campbell was nearly mauled by a bear while filming a movie in Canada as a teenager. 

The "Scream" actress, 48, shared the frightening incident with Kelly Clarkson this week, saying she was 17 years old at the time. 

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"I was playing this role where she's 'one with the animals' and there was a scene where I was getting chased by a bear," Neve explained. "They brought this bear on set and they first gave me this big bottle of Coke to feed it, so this is now a bear on a sugar rush. I'm 17, so I'm really dumb."

The crew then told her to "Dip [her] hand in honey and just run." She was further instructed to stick her hand out and feed the bear when she reached a certain point, which she attempted to do.

Things didn't go according to plan. Not at all.

"The bear is not slowing down and he's not coming for my hand," Neva recalled. "He grabs me by the leg and he pulls me through the forest. My mother was visiting set and she's screaming. The whole crew is frozen because nobody can believe what's happening. All I can think to say is, 'He's biting me,' like it's not obvious."

Eventually a production wrangler threw rocks at the bear so that it would release its grip on Neve. She then ran up a rock to escape the danger.

Surprisingly, Neve said she was willing to shoot the scene again, as she was a "people pleaser." Now, though, the thought of reshooting that scene wouldn't cross her mind. 

"It's silly," she said, "but we get asked to do really silly things, as well."