After an intervention led by estranged wife Jennifer Garner on Aug. 22, Ben Affleck checked himself into a rehab facility in Malibu. Multiple outlets reported that Ben fell off the wagon a few months ago and has been struggling to stay sober. In 2017, he announced he'd completed a second rehab stint (his first was in 2001) for alcohol issues. Jen herself drove the father of her three children to The Canyon at Peace Park, a luxe world-class treatment facility nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains.
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Old romance, new romance
Ben Affleck and his girlfriend of more than a year, "Saturday Night Live" producer Lindsay Shookus, are no longer. The pair broke up around the beginning of August, E! News reported on Aug. 20. The split news came after Ben, 46, was seen spending time with 22-year-old Playboy model Shauna Sexton, first on a dinner date in Malibu on Aug. 16, then on a Jack in the Box burger run on Aug. 19 after which she appeared to sleep over at his home. But that's not the only major news about Ben that emerged this week…
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Hilary Swank got married
Hilary Swank is a married woman! The actress secretly wed social venture entrepreneur Philip Schneider at the Saint Lucia Preserve in Carmel, California, it was announced on Aug. 21. E! News reported that the star's chantilly lace, silk chiffon and organza silk wedding gown designed by Elie Saab Haute Couture Atelier took 150 hours to put together. Longtime friend Mariska Hargitay served as matron of honor for the Oscar winner, who ended her decade-long first marriage to actor Chad Lowe in 2007.
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"The Big Bang Theory" will end in May 2019
Say it isn't so! After a 12 year run, "The Big Bang Theory" will end at after the upcoming 12th season in May 2019. When all is said and done, it will rank as the longest running multi-camera series in television history with a record-breaking 279 episodes. Will you tune in for this final season?
Sex assault claim
Asia Argento — one of the first stars to accuse disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of rape — paid a $380,000 settlement to a former child actor related to an alleged sexual assault incident from 2013, The New York Times reported this week. Actor Jimmy Bennett was 17 when, according to legal documents obtained by the Times, he met up with former co-star Asia, then 37, at a Los Angeles-area hotel in May 2013. He claimed she gave him alcohol, kissed him then performed oral sex and had intercourse with him (the age of consent in California is 18). Initially, reports indicated that Asia would not be investigated for statutory rape, but reports have since indicated that is no longer the case. On Aug. 21, Asia denied having "a sexual relationship" with Jimmy and said her late boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain, funded the settlement after Jimmy initially demanded far more (the NYT says he initially wanted $3.5 million in damages) so that they "would no longer suffer any further intrusions in our life." Jimmy issued a statement explaining that he didn't make his sexual assault claims until just a few months ago because "My trauma resurfaced as she came out as a victim herself."
Country singer Gretchen Wilson was arrested on Aug. 21 after an incident aboard a commercial airliner during a flight from New York to Connecticut. According to law enforcement sources, the Grammy winner got into a shoving match with another passenger over the airplane's restroom, all while cruising at about 30,000 feet. She was arrested when the plane landed. TMZ said the "Redneck Woman" singer "threw her hands in the air and demanded to be arrested" after seeing law enforcement. A police report indicates that while she was being interviewed by cops, she "became belligerent towards the troopers, and caused a disturbance." Gretchen was booked into jail on second-degree breach of peace charges.
Plane makes emergency landing
Talk about terrifying! On Aug. 21, Post Malone was aboard an airplane that had to make an emergency landing because two tires blew out shortly after takeoff. The drama of the in-air emergency played out in real time on social media because the rapper's Europe-bound plane was loaded with fuel, forcing it to circle for hours over the East Coast in order to burn off fuel to minimize damage during a possible crash landing. There were 16 people onboard the private aircraft, which eventually successfully landed at a New York airport. Thousands watched the landing via multiple livestream videos from the airport. No one was injured in the incident. After landing, Post told TMZ, "I hate flying, in general. I don't even know what to say. I'm shook." He went on to praise the flight crew. "They're one hell of a team on that aircraft, and we're here," he said. "We're here on earth, and I need a beer, and I need some wine at the same time." He also took to Twitter and thanked everyone for their prayers.
Lily Aldridge and her husband, Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill, are expecting another baby. The Victoria's Secret model announced the news on Instagram on Aug. 19, sharing a photo of her small baby bump. "SURPRISE," the bikini-clad model captioned the snapshot. This will be the couple's second child, as they're also parents to 6-year-old daughter Dixie.
Former MTV star Bam Margera appeared to break his sobriety after getting robbed by gun-wielding thieves in Colombia. Bam detailed the robbery in an Instagram video, saying, "I just arrived in Cartagena alone and I took a taxi, a random one, from the airport to here, and I couldn't speak Spanish, they couldn't speak English, and they translated on their phone for me to read 'empty your wallet' as they put a gun on their lap to show it to me. So I did and I had 500 bucks. They let me go. That was weird. Welcome to Colombia." He followed up his robbery post with a since-deleted video of himself opening a beer. "Sober since January 10th, this is how you open a beer being alone, bored and robbed," he captioned the clip, which he took down on Aug. 20.
Baby No. 2
Just six months after welcoming daughter Mia, Robin Thicke and April Love Geary announced this week that they are expecting another child. April shared a video of their daughter holding an ultrasound print-out. "Well someone is going to be a big sister next year! We're so excited to share with y'all that I'm expecting again!" the model, 23, captioned the Instagram post. "We find out Saturday if it's a boy or a girl! What do you guys think it's going to be? Forgot to mention the due date is Robins birthday [March 10, 2019]!" Robin, 41, shared his excitement on social media too. "They said we couldn't make another anthem, so we went and made another anthem!" he captioned a video of the ultrasound. "Thank you April ❤️!"
On Aug. 20, video emerged of Marilyn Manson collapsing on stage during a concert in Houston. The shock rocker had just finished singing his hit "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" when he fell down, eventually coming to rest on one of the stage monitors. The singer told the crowd that he was suffering from "heat poisoning." The concert was cut short. "Thanks Houston for being understanding," he tweeted on Aug. 20. "I ended up in doctor's care, but I gave it my best and you guys were amazing."