Lawsuit

'Botched' doc sued by ex-patient over alleged butt lift gone wrong

"Botched" star Terry Dubrow is being sued by a Texas woman who claims she nearly died as result of a buttock lift he gave her last year. The ex-patient is asking for $10 million.

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The woman, Sandy Scoggins, went under the knife in July 2019. Afterward, the said she suffered from infections, unbearable pain and permanent disability, according to her lawsuit, which was obtained by TMZ. Her legal team has claimed that Terry was negligent in his procedure, even alleged that he left "a mesh-like material" inside the woman because he was rushing to get back to the "Botched" set.

Sources close to the realty TV doctor said Terry never uses mesh during his procedures, so if that was found inside the woman, it wasn't from him. 

The woman claims in her legal paperwork that she initially sought Terry's expertise in California to help with loose skin and cellulite on her legs. Following the surgery, she insisted that things went south immediately.

In the lawsuit, she says she tried to sit up in the bed after the surgery and two of her incisions broke open. One of her incisions continued to get worse over the next week and a wound got infected, she alleged. She also she developed a serious fever and had swelling in her abdomen. Terry, she argues, was nowhere to be found during her post-operation process. 

The woman contends that her recovery at home in Texas as difficult, too.

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Just last week, Terry, the husband of former "Real Housewives of Orange County" star Heather Dubrow, said this same woman was trying to extort him out of $5 million, indicating she threatened him with a federal lawsuit, via a 901-page letter, and was adamant about reporting him to the medical board unless he paid up.

Terry has already said he's willing to fight the allegations in arbitration, reports state. The woman named Terry, E! and others involved in her surgery in the lawsuit.

DM situation

Brielle Biermann reveals that 'very well-known' married men DM her

Brielle Biermann isn't naming names, but she claims that several famous married men have tried contacting her on Instagram. Two of the men are even part of the Bravo family.

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"There are some very interesting direct messages, actually, from a lot of different people," she said on the Monday, Nov. 28, episode of the "Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef" podcast. "There are a few who are like, married, or have a girlfriend or something. I'm not going to respond… I don't reply. The fact that they're sending an emoji [or] saying, 'Hi,' it bothers me."

Despite her annoyance, the "Don't Be Tardy" alum won't expose the identities of these scoundrels. 

"There's like two people from Bravo… There's like some very well-known people who are married. I want to tell someone so bad, but I just can't. I don't trust anybody with that type of information," she said. 

Brielle, 25, quickly clarified that she's told her mom, Kim Zolciak-Biermann, about the DMs.

"There's one person, in particular, that will not just leave me alone. Like I don't want to ruin a marriage or relationship, but I'm not responding," she maintained. 

The reality TV star noted that the relentless wannabe suitor isn't from Bravo, nor is it Alex Rodriguez.

"Like, if you don't respond, that's almost stalking — if you just keep getting DMs," she said. "People are weird. I don't get it. Like, what do they think? That they're never going to get caught?"

To make things even more awkward, the men's girlfriends often follow her.

"I'll go to [the guy's] page, and I'll see, like, make sure their girlfriend is — is she gone? Like, how long ago were these pictures?" she said. "And I'll go to her page, and it says, 'Follow back.' And I'm like, here we go — it's probably how they found me."

Health situation

'Complications' from 'mundane surgery' left Iggy Azalea unable to walk

Iggy Azalea has been forced to bow out of an upcoming movie after post-surgery complications left her unable to walk for three weeks. 

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The rapper gave a shocking health update on Twitter on Monday, Nov. 28, claiming she blacked out for three days in the hospital due to pain. In the lengthy message, the "Black Widow" singer wrote that she was set to have "rather mundane surgery" on her back to fix lingering issues. She then planned to head to Australia to film a movie.

"It didn't end up being very mundane because I had complications with my recovery & ended up in bed hooked up to a million machines and in so much pain there are about 3 days I actually just can't remember at all," she said. "I didn't walk except to use the bathroom ( a whole other ordeal lol) for 3 weeks & you'd be shocked to know how weak you can get when you don't actually move. It happens really fast."

Iggy is now slowly beginning her recovery. 

"A week ago I was cleared to get up and start moving again," she said. "I've been seeing someone daily at the house and we do lil workouts (they are so sad y'all lol) I've been getting back strong."

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The Grammy nominee, 32, has set a goal to be completely recovered by Christmas. 

"It's been very mentally challenging to suddenly not be able to do anything for yourself and have no answers about when you will recover. That was the hardest part but all the Drs have been so happy with how quickly I'm getting better now that I'm back moving & walking," she penned.

In lamenting that she won't be in the film, the Aussie said she's "thankful to be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel now."

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The health situation has changed her mentality and focus.

"I think I'm gonna seriously get into my fitness after this," she vowed. "I value my body in a whole new way after this experience."

She added, "Stay healthy everyone and pay attention to what your body is telling you!"

In ending her message, she promised to update fans on her progress in the weeks ahead. 

Missing the Mark(et)

Hawaiians livid after Jason Momoa's new series shuts down farmers market

Jason Momoa is getting blasted by locals on Hawaii's big island after it was announced that a local farmers market will be shut down for a few weekends due to his Apple TV+ production called "Chief of War."

To make matters worse, it seems that vendors of the local market will not get reimbursed for revenue lost during the filming. 

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The Kaimu Farmer's Market is only open on Saturdays, but TMZ said vendors were informed that the area will be occupied by film crews on consecutive Saturdays in December. 

The manager of the market claims that the production crew and property managers have kept vendors in the dark.

"We have not been in conversation with them at all as they are leasing the property from the property managers just as we lease the property for the Saturday market. We were told about 6 weeks ago that the property manager was not allowing us to hold the market on the 3rd of December and about 3 weeks ago informed us that we would not be using the property for the 3rd or the 10th. We were not given a choice," the manager said. "It hits us farmer's the worst because we now have no venue to sell eggs, for instance. The chickens keep laying whether we have a market or not."

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The filming is angering locals who say much of their income comes from the market. Plus, December is a boon for vendors, as it's close to the holidays. 

Since the announcement, the market's Facebook page is getting filled with comments critical of the series and Jason, who is being dubbed "out of touch." One person wrote, "Thanks Jason for taking away our lively hood [sic] during the busiest time of the year."

Going dark

Jennifer Lopez scrubs Instagram, fans think 'major announcement' is coming

Jennifer Lopez is having a black out. The "Jenny From The Block" singer scrubbed her Instagram on Wednesday, Nov. 23, and left nothing but a black circle as her profile picture.

Her Twitter and TikTok accounts also feature a black circle as her profile picture. 

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Although she gave no explanation for the move, it's likely that J.Lo is preparing to make a major announcement, as many celebrities delete their social media pasts to reveal something grandiose, such as a tour, movie, music video or new product. Everything on her website was removed, as well.

Amidst at this, fans got in on the fun, as "J Lo is Coming" was trending on Twitter. Many Twitter users referred to a "major announcement" being in the works.

J. Lo is an avid social media user. The superstar even thrilled her followers on social media recently in posting a video with new husband, Ben Affleck

A narrator in the video said, "Guys I did it. I found the person that makes me the happiest I have ever been."

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Ben and Jen tied the knot at a Las Vegas wedding chapel in July 2022. They later had a more formal ceremony at his Georgia estate.

"Obviously we weren't trying to go out in public. But I never shied away from the fact that for me, I always felt like there was a real love there, a true love there," Jennifer told Vogue in a November 2022 cover story. "People in my life know that he was a very, very special person in my life. When we reconnected, those feelings for me were still very real."

Closet cost

Christina Ricci sold personal handbag collection to pay for divorce

Christina Ricci paid for her divorce with her closet. 

The "Yellowjackets" star opened up about her split from James Heerdegen in 2020 and detailed how she put her fashion sense to "good use."

"There are certain things that I have collected, certain bags. I had quite a Chanel-handbag collection for a while, but I sold a lot of things," Christina, 42, told the Sunday Times Style magazine.

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When asked why she sold her bags, she said, "Well, certain traumas in life go along with financial traumas, extended court situations, custody situations, fighting restraining orders. Having said that, I'm absolutely doing fine, there's no issue. But I learnt to use these investment pieces in different ways. I also had a Chanel Fine Jewelry collection that I put to good use."

The actress and James, who share an 8-year-old son, were married for seven years before a nasty split. She has since remarried, tying the knot with hairstylist Mark Hampton. The two share 11-month-old daughter, Cleo. 

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During the Sunday Times chat, the "Adams Family" alum admitted that a "chaotic" childhood has led her to make poor choices in her personal life. 

"I think with those things . . . Well, I can't speak for everyone, but it took me a long time to admit to myself what was going on, what it should be called," Christina said, noting she hasn't seen her father in more than 20 years. "Denial is very strong. Of course you don't want to accept that the worst possible thing is happening and that you put yourself in that situation. So it took me a really long time to realize that."

Car crash

'Chrisley Knows Best' son, 16, hospitalized after severe car accident

"Chrisley Knows Best" star Grayson Chrisley was rushed to the hospital after being badly injured in a car accident in Nashville, Tennessee.

Grayson, the 16-year-old son of Todd and Julie Chrisley, was driving on the freeway when he accidentally plowed into the back of a Dodge truck stuck in standstill traffic. 

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TMZ said the teen suffered a "potential head injury" and told officers he didn't recall what happened. Photos of the aftermath appear to show Grayson's truck completely totaled, as the hood is cracked, windshield smashed and front end mangled. The back of the truck that Grayson allegedly rear-ended also showed significant damage. 

Grayson was rushed to the hospital via ambulance. The driver of the other truck refused medial attention, but TMZ said he also suffered injuries. 

No arrests or citations were handed out. 

Fans of the family's reality show know that Todd was worried about Grayson's driving, particularly due to a crash Savannah Chrisley got into as a young driver. 

The crash is just another setback for the family. On June 7, 2022, Todd and Julie were found guilty of criminal bank fraud and tax evasion charges in federal court. They're awaiting sentencing.

Then, on Sept. 23, 2022, another legal situation came to the forefront after a former Georgia Department of Revenue investigator sued Todd for defamation. 

Amy Doherty-Heinze, who investigated the Chrisley parents for tax evasion, alleged that Todd was lying about her on his "Chrisley Knows Best" podcast and falsely accusing her of criminal conduct. In the lawsuit, which was obtained by TMZ, Amy said Todd named her twice and "maliciously" accused her of breaking laws during the investigation, even calling for her to be prosecuted. 

This is actually the second time she's filed a defamation lawsuit against the Chrisley family patriarch, having first done so in 2021. She filed the second lawsuit after he refused to retract his initial statements. Todd has actually been doubling down on his critiques of Amy, naming her in another podcast and claiming she "illegally" accessed the Georgia Crime Information Center. The first lawsuit is still pending. 

Twitter tweaks

Elon Musk changed Twitter rules, reinstates Kathy Griffin

Elon Musk is changing the bird.

On Friday, Nov. 18, the Twitter owner announced that "negative/hate tweets" would no longer be welcome on the site, but they won't be deleted either. 

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"New Twitter policy is freedom of speech, but not freedom of reach. Negative/hate tweets will be max deboosted & demonetized, so no ads or other revenue to Twitter," he tweeted. "You won't find the tweet unless you specifically seek it out, which is no different from rest of Internet."

In continuing, he added, "Note, this applies just to the individual tweet, not the whole account."

Elon then decided it was time to let a few people out of Twitter jail, including Kathy Griffin, who banned from the social media site in early November for making fun of the Tesla founder. Author Jordan Peterson and conservative parody outlet The Babylon Bee were also reinstated.

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Naturally, many people wondered what constituted a negative tweet, but few questions were answered. While letting Kathy and other free, the SpaceX CEO said a decision as to whether to let former President Donald Trump back on Twitter "has not yet been made."

Trump was permanently banned on the site following the deadly January 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol, as then-Twitter executives cited "the risk of further incitement of violence." At the time, Elon, who didn't own the company yet, stated that Trump should not have been banned, calling it a "mistake." 

"Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated," he said upon purchasing the platform earlier this year. "I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots, and authenticating all humans."

However, while Elon decides on Trump's Twitter future, he has made up his mind on another prominent republican figurehead. After a user implored the Chief Twit to reinstate conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, Elon simply wrote, "No."

Linked

Pete Davidson linked to another famous beauty who's newly single — and friendly with his ex Kim Kardashian

Pete Davidson, Hollywood's modern-day Lothario, might have snagged another stunning A-lister. 

An anonymous sighting sent to social media gossip site Deux Moi on Nov. 13 claimed that the "Saturday Night Live" alum was spotted on a date in New York City over the weekend with actress and model Emily Ratajkowski, and the two appeared to be getting physical. 

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"His hands were allll over her and they're clearly clearly hooking up," the anonymous tipster told Deux Moi. 

While the report isn't confirmed, it's not hard to imagine. Pete has long been linked to a bevy of Hollywood beauties including Kate Beckinsale, Kaia Gerber, Phoebe Dynevor, Cazzie David, Margaret Qualley, Ariana Grande — to whom he was engaged — and, most recently, Kim Kardashian. 

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Just last year, Emily praised Pete after they worked together on a modeling shoot for a Canadian clothing brand. 

"Pete — he's got the height. Obviously women find him very attractive," she said during an appearance on "Late Night With Seth Meyers." "Guys are like, 'Wow. What's that guy got?' And I'm like, I mean, he seems super charming. He's vulnerable. He's lovely. His fingernail polish is awesome. He looks good!"

Pete became single in August following a nine-month romance with Kim. Emily, who is friends with Kim, filed to divorce film producer Sebastian Bear-McClard in September after four years of marriage. 

In July, whispers emerged that Emily's marriage to Sebastian was in trouble amid allegations he cheated

"He's a serial cheater. It's gross. He's a dog," a source told Page Six of Sebastian, who shares a toddler son with Emily. 

Following her divorce, Emily was linked to Brad Pitt and DJ Orazio Rispo.

Final days

Tired, flirtatious and resisting rehab: Inside Aaron Carter's final days

Aaron Carter was looking frail and "extremely tired" just two days before his untimely death, his manager said.

"He looked thin," Taylor Helgeson told Page Six. "He just looked like he needed to be doing anything but working. He looked like he needed to be taking care of him."

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Although nothing has been confirmed, it seems that the "I Want Candy" singer's addictions caught up with him, as a report claims he was surrounded by pill bottles and compressed air cans. Prior to the death, there had been suspicions that Aaron was huffing compressed air to get high. 

Despite his "tired" guise, Aaron was in good spirits and working on new music in the studio the week of his passing. Still, Aaron's manager — who'd been woking with him for eight months — was perplexed by the difference in the singer's attitude and appearance.  

"He didn't seem okay," Taylor said before explaining, "Now, when I say that, I think it's really important to kind of context that. He didn't seem okay physically … [but] mentally, he was the most excited I've seen him in months. He was very intelligent and he was very conscious of what people wanted to see from him."

The "House of Carter" alum was also flirtatious in his dwindling hours, as he was apparently begging model Sonya Cruz to come to his house. "You should see me soon… ASAP… like tomorrow… my place," he wrote in a series of messages according to screengrabs published by the Daily Mail. He even offered to pay for an Uber to get Sonya to his Lancaster, Calif., home that evening. Sonya relented, writing, "talk tomorrow after you get up." Aaron, who had an on-and-off relationship with fiancé Melanie Martin, would not wake up again. 

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Since Aaron's body was found in the bathtub by a housekeeper, rumors pertaining to the cause of death have swirled, but Taylor is convinced that it accidental. 

"He was a guy with a lot of plans," the manager said. "We had so much stuff going on and, you know, Aaron was a really prideful guy in his own right, too."

Of course, that's not to say Aaron didn't have issues. Far from it. In fact, Taylor told Page Six that he and Aaron were at odds over the singer's resistance to go to an inpatient rehab program in Utah. 

"We were proposing [what] would have been … three months in Utah just on detoxing and kind of formulating new physical habits within your body," the manager said. "Aaron was saying, 'I'm going to get my kid back and then I'm going to do this,' and I was saying, 'If you do this, I'm definitely going to get you your kid back,' and that was the disagreement."

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In September, Aaron and Melanie lost custody of their son, due to domestic violence and drug-use concerns, the Los Angeles Times reported. However, in trying to regain custody, Aaron did opt for treatment, but it was an out-patient program near his home, which is less-stringent than the Utah program. Further, his attendance record wasn't admirable, as he reportedly skipped several dates. Aaron, TMZ said, stopped going to treatment sessions briefly, but was reinstated just before his last breath.

Ironically, in September, Aaron had told a paparazzo that he'd been sober for five years, something that few people believed, particularly due to his appearance. Before the 34-year-old's death, Aaron's longtime friend Gary Madatyan told ET, "He looked terrible. He lost so much weight. He was not acting normal. His mind was not there. I heard he's taking a lot of medication, not specifically illegal drugs, but he was on a lot of medication."

In his final days, Aaron was often thinking about his son, Prince, and was determined to make a good life for him, Taylor said. 

"I was like, 'You need a will,' so I reached out to my publicist at that time, and I had asked her to help with getting the paperwork," the manager says. "And so we started getting that together and we got the paperwork out and it never got signed. It never got filled out."