custody issues

Amber Portwood loses custody of son after alleged machete attack

"Teen Mom" star Amber Portwood has temporarily lost custody of her 1-year-old son, James, after allegedly attacking the boy's father — who is also her boyfriend — with a machete.

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The reality TV star was in court on Wednesday after her boyfriend, Andrew Glennon, filed for an emergency hearing for sole custody of James, a request that came following Amber's arrest for domestic battery. TMZ reported that a judge issued a restraining order, and she now can't go near Andrew or their son until her criminal case is resolved.

New legal documents, obtained by TMZ, said the Department of Child Services interviewed Andrew on Monday, and he believes that Amber is "currently unable to provide a safe, stable, and secure environment for James on an ongoing basis due to her frequent refusal and/or failure to take medicines prescribed to treat her mental-health conditions, among other concerns."

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Child Services recommended that Andrew take full custody of James pending its investigation.

Initial reports said Amber was arrested last week after striking Andrew on the neck with a shoe while he was holding their son. However, on Wednesday, reports indicated the fight was much more explosive.

TMZ said that Amber and Andrew got in a "heated argument" in the early morning hours of July 5 that escalated to her allegedly attacking him with a machete. She never hit him with it, but she reportedly struck a door with it, and Andrew was on the other side of that door with their son. It was after this that she allegedly struck Andrew with a shoe.

When Andrew called police that evening, he claimed he and James' lives were in danger.

Prosecutors have charged Amber with three felony charges, including domestic battery, criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and domestic battery in the presence of a child.

She remained mum while leaving court on Wednesday.

Home sweet home

Rachael Ray on living in her guest home after main home burned down

Over a month removed from a fire that ravaged their upstate New York home, Rachael Ray and her husband, John Cusimano, have been living in their guest house, a place she calls "strangely homey."


During a Zoom call with French chef Jacques Pepin, Rachael described how she built the guest house to a be a small replica of her main home (the one that burned down in August).

"We were allowed to make it a little higher, and it is literally a small version of what our home was," she said. 

While the current home isn't as big as the fire-stricken home, it is still quite large.

"Basically I designed the house so I can see everything that's going on in the house from the kitchen," she said. "So although we lost our home, this is strangely homey because it is literally a small version of our house."

The guest home has a refined rustic feel and even comes with a see-through fireplace in the middle of the great room.

The affable cook also praised Chef Pepin and his wife, Gloria, during the tour.

"I want everyone to know that after our fire, which was obviously catastrophic, many, many, many, so many friends wrote, I didn't know for days because I didn't have a phone for days, but Jacque and Gloria were the only friends that literally said we could go and live with them, we could go live in their guest house," Rachael said. "It is so beautiful of you."

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Rachael had been filming her eponymous talk show and cooking segments at the home amid the coronavirus pandemic. State fire officials later determined the blaze was started by accident in a chimney.

Racheal has said that she and John were alerted to the fire by a neighbor on an ATV.

"This man comes running through the backyard, he jumped off an ATV, and he's in our backyard screaming, 'Your roof is on fire! Your roof is on fire! Your roof is on fire!'" she said.


Tamron Hall sued by former guest for $16M over vaccination episode

Tamron Hall is being sued by a former guest on her talk show for $16 million for alleged religious discrimination. 

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Last year, a woman named Jeanine DiAngelo appeared on Tamron's eponymous talk show to discuss her decision to not vaccinate her son. During the episode, Jeanine said Tamron compared her son to a "leper" and wouldn't let her own young son near the unvaccinated boy.

In the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, Jeanine says Tamron violated state law by discriminating against her and her son for their religious beliefs. The woman is filing the lawsuit on behalf of herself and her son.

Jeanine further alleged that Tamron embarrassed her and her son on national television and claims the host wasn't prepared for the interview and didn't have knowledge on the topic. She stated that her son suffered "colossal emotional distress," TMZ said.

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On the episode, the conversation largely centered on Jeanine's decision to remove her son from public school after New York, where Jeanine lives and where the talk show is taped, repealed religious exceptions for vaccinations.

"There is no science that proves that vaccines are safe and effective," Jeanine claimed, promoting Tamron to quickly inject and tell her, "That is simply not true."

"I'm so sorry, Jeanine," Tamron continued, "but that is simply, absolutely false on its face."

Jeanine named Tamron, Disney and the production company in the lawsuit.

name game

Victoria Beckman: 'Posh' nickname 'wouldn't have been my first choice'

When Victoria Beckham burst into the spotlight in mid '90s, many knew her simply as "Posh Spice." It's a nickname that came to define her, but also one that she didn't particularly like early on.


The former Spice Girls singer fessed up to her initial hesitation toward the nickname while promoting her new Posh lipstick. 

"I was given the name Posh in 1996 over lunch with Peter Loraine of Top of The Pops Magazine and the rest of the Spice Girls. I can't say it would have been my first choice, but ultimately grew into it on my own terms," she said on her Instagram Story. "I was young and shy, and being Posh helped me find my style and confidence, and my voice."

Once the Spice Girls split, Victoria said she made a conscious decision to distance herself from the name, noting that it had "unwavering momentum of its own." 

"I wanted to find my own direction," she said. "Now, years later I look back on that formative time with appreciation. Posh forever changed the course of my life, opening the doors for me to go after my dreams."


All these years later, she's now fully embracing the stage name. 

"This week I celebrate Posh with the launch of Posh lipstick," she said. "It is deeply personal – lipstick has always given me confidence when I needed it and extra spice when I already had it. Each shade is inspired by a specific memory, and whilst the moments may have been my own, the energy and emotion is shared by us all. This is an ode to our lifelong journeys of self discovery as women."

In finishing her lengthy message, Victoria proudly declared, "Posh is back."

Housewives tea

Andy Cohen squashes those Caitlyn Jenner 'Housewives' rumors

Despite rumors to the contrary, Caitlyn Jenner and Sophia Hutchins will not be joining the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" cast, according to the main man in charge. 

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Andy Cohen shut down the speculation on his Sirius XM radio show "Radio Andy," indicating he really doesn't know who Sophia is.

"I know that she's Caitlyn's girlfriend, right?" he asked his co-host John Hill, who told him Sophia owns a sunscreen company and is Caitlyn's "roommate and manager."


Andy quickly implied that Caitlyn, 70, and Sophia, 24, started the rumor themselves.

"This is one of those where the call is coming from inside the house," he said. "I know that they have expressed their interest publicly on social media. They've tagged me in posts saying, 'This is a great idea,' but … we've never talked to them formally. That rumor is not true."

The Bravo scion may be correct on the origin of the rumors. On Sept. 29, Sophia posted two scenic photos from Malibu, Calif., a rock's throw from Beverly Hills. She captioned it, "Real Housewives….what?! 💎" Caitlyn chimed in, "I think they should have you do it!" Sophia quickly replied back, "Same! Sounds fun."   

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Caitlyn and Sophia's wishes aren't likely coming to fruition. 

Asked if he would be open to either Caitlyn or Sophia joining the show in any capacity, even as a "friend of the Housewives," Andy said, "No, I just don't see it."

Just weeks ago, there was speculation that Caitlyn's ex-wife Kris Jenner could be joining the cast in some capacity, especially given that "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" is ending. Although Kris has shot down those rumors, Andy saw Kris' involvement as far more realistic than Caitlyn's, especially based on her connection to the cast.

"Kris is good friends with Kyle [Richards]. They are legitimately really good friends," Andy said. 


Previously, Andy noted that he didn't think Kris would ever join the "Housewives" cast. 

"She is leaving a show for which she has total control over," he said on "Radio Andy." "Why would she leave and join a show that she has no control over? She wouldn't be an executive producer of the show. She wouldn't have control over the edits." 

He added, "I think for someone who is used to having so much power of a show, I can't see her surrendering that power."

Legal matter

Kris Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian hit with lawsuit, deny claims

Kris Jenner is denying a former security member's claims that she made unwanted sexual advances toward him.

On Sept. 30, TMZ reported that a man named Marc McWilliams filed a lawsuit against Kris Jenner and Kourtney Kardashian, claiming he was subject to "a pattern of unwanted and unwelcome sexual advances and other harassing misconduct" from Kris during the brief time he worked for the famous family. 

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The Kardashian-Jenner momager, he claims, made unprofessional comments of "an overt sexual nature."

The man, who he was hired in 2017 to provide security, further alleged that Kris touched him in a sexual way, exposed part of her body to him and made "lewd suggestive, sexual, sexist, racist, homophobic and otherwise discriminatory comments at him and his co-workers."

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Marc didn't indicate how long the alleged behavior occurred, but said he complained to the human resources department of his security company about "non-consensual physical contact."

Kourtney, he claims, retaliated against him, hence her inclusion in the lawsuit.


The "Keeping Up With The Kardashian" star's lawyer called the claims "fabricated and false fiction."

"Kris categorically denies ever behaving inappropriately toward Marc McWilliams. The security guard worked outside the house and he never even went into Kris' house," attorney Marty Singer said. "Kris had very little interaction with him. After the guard was repeatedly caught sleeping in his car while on the job, the security company was asked not to assign him to work there in the future."

He continued, "The guard never made any complaints to his employer about Kris until contriving this ludicrous claim. Although Kourtney is named in the suit, she is not accused of doing anything improper with the guard, nor did she do so… It is outrageous that anyone can sue anyone in America and believe there is no recourse when pursuing fictional and meritless claims. When Kris and Kourtney defeat this ridiculous, frivolous lawsuit they intend to immediately sue McWilliams and his attorneys for malicious prosecution."

Birth admission

Jill Duggar Dillard breaks from family again, confirms she uses birth control

Jill (Duggar) Dillard once again has an opposite belief from her extremely conservative parents.

The 29-year-old, one of 19 Duggar children, revealed in a YouTube video on Sept. 30 that she currently uses birth control, something her parents have essentially dubbed a sin.

"Yes, we use birth control," she said during a Q&A, "but we prefer to use non-hormonal birth control methods."

Jill's parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, swore off birth control after welcoming their first child, Josh, in 1988, and have famously said they want God to decide how many children they should have. They have passed their stringent beliefs onto their children. 

"There are probably uses for hormonal methods of birth control for, like, regulating things, and stuff like that. But for us, we just want to be careful about that, and we're just, like, more natural-minded," Jill said. "Eventually, we want to have more kids and stuff."

Jill and her husband, Derick Dillard, share two children, Israel, 5, and Samuel, 3.

Considering Jill's family, her admission to using birth control can be viewed as a bombshell. However, Jill has broken from her family multiple times in recent weeks. 

Earlier this month, social media was dumbfounded when she acknowledged that she was drinking an alcoholic pina colada

Jim Bob and Michelle are devout independent Baptists who don't drink alcohol and have raised their kids not to either.

A few days after imbibing, the "Counting On" star admitted that she would consider a tattoo, which was also shocking to fans.

Fans were also recently baffled when Jill drank regular caffeinated coffee.

In Jill and Derick's last Q&A video, she admitted that her family is "not always" supportive of her decisions but refuses to be "led by fear" and "controlled by what somebody else is gonna think."

"Are they supportive? Not always," she said. "Everyone's gonna have their opinion about different things. Some of my siblings are probably more likely to have something to say about it than others. Some are more like, 'Hey, I'm happy for whatever y'all are deciding.' Not all of them are cool with it but some of them are more cool with it than others."

Taking no sides

Chris Harrison discusses Colton Underwood restraining order

Chris Harrison is opening up about the drama surrounding the breakup of "Bachelor" couple Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph.

"It's hard for me," the longtime "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" host told E! News. "These are people. These are real people. They are really going through something traumatic. It's surprising. It's upsetting. It's difficult to hear."

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On Sept. 14, a judge granted Cassie a temporary restraining order against Colton after she alleged that Colton, who headed season 23 of the "The Bachelor," was harassing her and her family and even covertly put a tracking device on her car. 


In her complaint, Cassie attached several text messages from Colton which she claimed showed disturbing behavior. 

"Ms. Randolph's friend, Caelan, visited her at her apartment. Mr. Underwood somehow immediately knew, and obsessively called and sent text messages to Ms. Randolph about the visit. Ms. Randolph was startled that he knew who was coming in and out of her apartment, and felt like she was being watched," the court records stated.

The restraining order expires Oct. 6. 

"It's tough to read as a friend and a companion to both of these people and I know them both intimately," Chris said. "It was very difficult to hear and I feel terrible about it and I wish them both well."


A week after the restraining order, Cassie returned to social media. Colton hasn't posted on Instagram since August.

"I think they've done a good job of taking it out of the press and dealing with this personally, which is the right thing to do," Chris said. "But I welcome them both back eventually when all this is all said and done. I wish them all the best."

Character flaw

Jason Alexander was punched, spit on after 'Pretty Woman' role

Jason Alexander played his villainous role on "Pretty Woman" so well that people initially had trouble separating the man from the character.

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While speaking to Robin Bronk on the "At Home with the Creative Coalition" podcast, Jason said playing attorney Philip Stuckey in the film certainly helped propel his career, but added, "It was an odd way to meet a national audience because I was known around the world as the a–hole that tried to rape Julia Roberts."

"Women hated me. I would walk down the street and women would say mean things to me," Jason said on podcast, according to Page Six. "I got punched many times, I got spit on by one woman. It was a rough year."

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There's no argument that Jason played the role perfectly. However, he was hardly a shoo-in to be cast in the film, which turned 30 this year. In fact, he recalled director Garry Marshall not wanting him for the part, believing he was "too young" and "too baby-faced." Jason claims to have only gotten the part because producers "couldn't make a deal with the actor they wanted and they were desperate. The movie already started shooting and they didn't have this character."

Jason, of course, would go on to be more known for his role as George Costanza on "Seinfeld." To this day, people have trouble separating Jason from that character, too. Sound familiar?

Song drop

Demi Lovato 'blindsided' own team after dropping breakup song: Report

Demi Lovato didn't consult her team when she suddenly dropped her new breakup song on Twitter, a new report states.

The abrupt release of "Still Have Me" sent her team into a frenzy.

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On Sept. 30, TMZ said "her team is scrambling to get the single on streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify so that fans can purchase it and streaming numbers can be collected."

"Music is always there for me…" Demi wrote alongside her Twitter post.

The new report states that Demi and several friends wrote the song a while ago. After her split from fiancé Max Ehrich, she changed some of the lyrics to reflect heartbreak. 

"I'm a mess and I'm still broken … I don't have much but at least I still have me … and that's all I need," the lyrics state in the song. She continues, "All the highs and now just lows. But it doesn't even matter, cause I'd rather be alone. All my life disappeared and I'm laying right here while the silence is piercing … and it hurts to breathe."

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The leak of the song comes a week after Demi and Max split and called off their engagement. However, things took a bizarre turn when Max claimed that he learned of the split via the media, something Demi's inner circle disputed. Then, Max claimed they hadn't "officially" broken up because they hadn't spoken to each other. Demi's team again claimed otherwise. He then pleaded for Demi to take him back. Somewhere in there Max also claimed Demi's manager, Scooter Braun, was trying to muzzle him.

TMZ adds that Demi didn't want to wait to release the song because she was so embarrassed and frustrated with the soap actor's antics.