Will JAY-Z get dragged into lawsuit against Mariah Carey?
More information about the lawsuit Mariah Carey's former manager is threatening to file against her has surfaced. The Blast reports JAY-Z, whose talent management company now represents Mariah, could be forced to get involved. Stella Bulochnikov reportedly wants millions of dollars in commissions she believes Mariah owes her — and a lot of that money is tied to deals she thinks were brokered by Jay's management company before Mariah's contract with Stella was up. According to The Blast's sources, Stella says she was still repping Mimi when Roc Nation started canceling and, in some cases, rebooking many of the deals Stella had lined up for the singer for 2018. Among those is a nearly $15 million contract with The Venetian in Las Vegas, where Mariah was slated to do a residency. Stella claims Mariah's new manager Melissa Ruderman, and her team canceled those dates. Meanwhile, Stella's attorney has accused Mariah of being "addicted to alcohol, prescription pills, and marijuana" and called Mariah's bipolar disorder revelation a sham. "The reason that she is in the position she is in now is she refused to take her medication," he said earlier this month. Stella, who claims Mariah also sexually harassed her, has filed documents saying she plans to sue for violation of the U.S. Civil Rights Act and breach of contract.
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Prince Louis is already getting gifts from James Corden and DVF
Duchess Kate and Prince William's newborn son, Prince Louis Arthur Charles, already has a nice little stream of gifts coming his way from celebrities. According to TMZ, James Corden sent the little guy a limited edition, 23-book Beatrix Potter collection and plush characters toy set that retails for $750. Diane von Furstenberg, meanwhile, went the fashion route, gifting Louis $500 worth of organic cotton bodysuits, onesies and other clothing for his first year. She also reportedly sent a $500 set of wooden learning blocks aimed at teaching English, Hebrew, Chinese, Spanish, French, Italian, Arabic and Persian. Among the gifts coming from dignitaries, TMZ reports, was a $3,500 Petit Tresor Silver Treasures gift basket filled with luxury baby items like a silver sippy cup and cake-shaped candleholders (because duh, babies love a good open flame) from the First Family of Gabon. Of course, when Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West welcomed their daughter North a few years ago, the First Family of Music sent a little gift set that outdid even the First Family of Gabon. Beyonce and JAY-Z reportedly dropped more than $7,600 on Kim and Yeezy's infant, sending her a slew of gifts including a sterling silver dinnerware set from Tiffany & Co.
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Leonardo DiCaprio buys Moby's home for half a million above the asking price
Next time Leonardo DiCaprio, 43, and his rumored 20-year-old lady friend need a night in, they'll have the option of hanging out at Moby's former pad. The Daily Mail reports Leo recently bought the DJ and producer's old digs in the Loz Feliz section of Los Angeles for $4.91 million, nearly $500,000 above the price Moby had listed. The five-bedroom, English style house has been renovated since Moby bought it in 2016 for $3.4 million, according to the Mail. It boasts features including eight bathrooms, high ceilings, three fireplaces, wood features and a "calm and pale" color scheme intended to "maintain a relaxed feel." Moby still owns the property next door.
Cardi B's former manager sues her for $10M
It's a good thing Cardi B opted to take some time off from performing during her pregnancy. Turns out she has more to deal with than impending motherhood. Not unlike Mariah Carey, Cardi is facing a serious legal action from her ex-manager. According to a new report from Variety, Klenord "Shaft" Raphael, whom Cardi ditched last month in favor of a new rep, is suing the rapper for $10 million. "Since discovering Cardi B in 2015, Shaft has played an integral role in developing her music career and public image," a rep for the manager said in a statement. "While he is proud of their successful collaborations as she evolved from Instagram influencer to music megastar, Shaft is disappointed by her actions to freeze him out of her career, which are detailed in the complaint." The complaint reportedly accuses Cardi of "breach of contract, unjust enrichment, quantum meruit, declaratory judgment, and defamation." Other members of Cardi's team are also named as defendants in the suit.
Ciara accuses Future of canceling visits with their son in new court docs
Ciara and Future settled their custody battle last year, but the singer wants to go to mediation with her ex to resolve some of the problems she says the terms of their current custody arrangement is causing for their son and for her. The singer filed documents in which she accuses Future of bailing on his scheduled visits with their 3-year-old son 37 percent of the time, according to TMZ. She also says many of the instances involve a last-minute cancelation, which puts added strain on her schedule. Ciara goes on to say their son, also named Future, seems to spend most of his time with a grandparent rather than with his father, adding that she doesn't get to Facetime with him often enough when he's in Georgia visiting his dad. Finally, she says the back-and-forth to Georgia has made some of his health problems worse and left the child exhausted and it's affecting his behavior in school, which is now allegedly filled with "emotional breakdowns." Ciara's no stranger to filing papers with Future's name on them in court; prior to resolving their custody situation in 2017, Ciara sued Future for defamation and slander.
Kathy Griffin: 'Of course' I think Trump called for Secret Service investigation
One year after Kathy Griffin sparked outrage for her severed Donald Trump head photo stunt, she's slowly making her way back onto the public's radar, appearing as a presenter at the 2018 Writer's Guild Awards in February and resuming her tour. Her fans seemed happy to have her back, too — last month, she sold out Carnegie Hall in one day. So how does she feel about the backlash from the president, his supporters and the Secret Service, which she said launched an investigation on her after the head debacle? Kathy recently sat down with Brad Miekle for ABC's "Start Here" podcast to talk about it. Asked if she thought the president called for the investigation, the comic said, "Of course. You know how he works," according to JustJared. "You know, he has a vendetta against certain people. What I didn't realize is I was just being thrown into, like, the Trump wood chipper," she continued. "I didn't realize that day that they already had this apparatus in place. You know, how to coordinate with [Sean] Hannity and Fox News and how to coordinate with TMZ." Kathy had some thoughts on the president's refusal to participate in the White House Correspondents Dinner, too, and sending Sarah Huckabee Sanders in his place. "I'll tell you something, there's something funny to me about [her] sitting in," she said. "Trump is so twisted I have not ruled out the idea that it's going to be Trump just wearing a Sarah Huckabee Sanders skin suit like 'Silence Of The Lambs,' just 'cause you know he likes to act like he doesn't care what people say about him . … But he obviously does."
How Serena Williams knew she was having a girl
When she was pregnant with her daughter, Alexis, Serena Williams was sure the baby was a girl — and not because of an ultrasound. Speaking to Page Six at a Tribeca Film Fest premiere of her new HBO sports documentary, Serena explained that only one of the sexes can handle the kind of intensity it takes to win a tournament like the Australian Open, which Serena won while pregnant. "I just felt like beast mode. I put the baby through so much and I felt like only a woman can undergo this stress, so that is how I felt it had to be a girl," Serena said. "I felt some guilt … but I saw my doctors before and they said I was fine. Women have won marathons and stuff while pregnant. So once my doctor gave me the OK, I felt confident. But before I was nervous like, 'Should I?'" The doc, "Being Serena: Her Story, Her Words" airs May 2.
Amy Schumer reveals she lost her virginity via non-consensual sex
In a new episode of Oprah Winfrey's "SuperSoul Conversations" podcast, Amy Schumer, who's now married to Chris Fischer, reveals why she still has some dark feelings about losing her virginity. "So in my stand up I used to talk about … I called it 'grape,' gray-area rape. Which is … you know, it was a way of bringing it up in my stand up and trying to make people laugh while they learned," Amy says in the podcast, according to the Daily Mail. She goes on to say the first time she had sex, it was with her boyfriend and it was not consensual. Explaining her "grape" term, she continues: "It was really me saying, we hear about rape when we're children, and we're warned about it. But it's about a guy popping out from a bush, some villain, they don't say it's probably gonna be a guy you know really well. It could be your husband, it could be your friend. So when that happens to you, you say, 'OK, this isn't someone I want to see rotting in a jail cell, but what he did to me was wrong, and I didn't consent.'" Bringing the point back to her own experience, Amy says, "For me, I lost my virginity while I was asleep. And that's not OK. So in my stand up I would say, 'If she's asleep, that's a no.' Just hoping that a couple of guys would see that and be in that moment and go, 'This is a 'no,' I heard this somewhere.'" When it happened to her, Amy says she was confused about how to react. "The first thing he said was, 'I thought you knew.' I didn't say anything yet … He was my boyfriend. I loved him. I had to comfort him. I also felt really angry. It was just a feeling I had. I felt really angry at him, and it's a rage that has stayed with me," she admits. "I don't think you lose that. As women, we're really trained not to get angry because that makes people dismiss you right away … but I felt I wanted to comfort him because he felt so bad and he was so worried, just tried to push my anger down." Though they eventually worked through it and even had consensual sex, the experience impressed upon Amy how seldom a woman in a situation like that gets believed. "I think nine times out of 10, people's first reaction is to doubt the woman," she says. "It's just something men and women do."
Susan Sarandon talks money, reveals she still cuts her own hair
Having grown up with eight siblings, Susan Sarandon didn't come to Hollywood with a silver spoon in her mouth — or with the expectation that someone would eventually put one there. As the "Thelma & Louise" star recently told InStyle, she's always been thrifty, sometimes out of necessity. (Susan recalled that when she learned her male costars Paul Newman and Gene Hackman were earning much more than her for 1998's "Twilight," a producer told her agent, "she's not worth it," during a negotiation for more equal pay. Paul eventually ponied up part of his own salary to keep her on the film, she said.) As the Oscar-winner became more successful, she still couldn't afford designer gowns and designers weren't offering to help her out, so she shopped at thrift stores for her red carpet looks. She even used her thrift store finds on set occasionally. "I would pair '40s dresses with socks and high heels," she said. "[The 1988 film] Bill Durham — that wardrobe was a lot of stuff that I pulled." Today, while Susan has what she admits is a lavish apartment in New York City, she still keeps costs as low as possible — perhaps a throwback to the days she spent working as a laundress, in a hospital, cleaning apartments and cutting hair. "I cut hair with the scissors that are like teeth so that you can't see the lines. I didn't have to know that much of what I was doing," she joked. "I still cut my own hair, badly," she added. "I just hold it up and trim it. It's a mess."
The Situation is engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Lauren Pesce
Guess who's engaged?! Seems Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino finally realized his reality-TV-dream of popping the question to his longtime girlfriend, Lauren Pesce, on camera. Apparently, she was all for the public display of commitment and said "yes," according to Us Weekly. "I have always dreamed of proposing on Jersey Shore, the show that introduced me to the world," The Situation, who's reportedly been sober for two years, tells Us Weekly. "I'm currently living the dream and proposed to my college sweetheart, Lauren Pesce, amongst my best friends on the biggest reality show in the country. We are so proud and excited to share this chapter of our story with the world." The Situation and Lauren met in college and dated for four years. After he signed onto "Jersey Shore" in 2009, they called it quits. In 2012, as the show came to a close, they decided to give their relationship another chance. Apparently, it was worth the wait. Congrats!