lawsuit

Chrisleys sue Georgia tax official with link to estranged daughter

Todd Chrisley and wife Julie Chrisley are suing a Georgia tax official, claiming the tax man began a relationship with Todd's estranged daughter, Lindsie Chrisley, to get dirt on the reality TV family.

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In the lawsuit obtained by TMZ, Todd and Julie claim Joshua Waites, the Director of the Georgia Department of Revenue's Office of Special Investigation, got Lindsie to share a slew of information through intimidation. In the end, Todd claims Joshua was simply seeking the spotlight for himself.

Todd says Josh was part of an effort to "aggressively pursue and prosecute bogus tax evasion claims against the Chrisleys." Todd and Julie say Josh abused his power to violate federal and state law.

In the lawsuit, the family patriarch shares several alleged texts between the tax official and Lindsie, one of which says, "So. Some stuff happened today. And we have a meeting the first of the year that is super big. And is all about Todd. Like serious. So. I want to know if you would be willing to talk about him or her."

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Lindsie's relationship with Todd has been strained at best — she's accused him and her stepbrother Chase of extorting her with a sex tape.

Earlier this month, Todd and Julie settled their tax evasion case in Georgia. They were accused of evading nearly $2 million in state taxes between 2008 and 2016.

Afterward, Todd said, "Julie and I knew all along that we had done nothing wrong and that when all the facts came out, we would be fine."

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The state case, though, doesn't mean the couple is in the clear, as they are still under federal indictment for tax evasion and fraud after a grand jury in Atlanta hit them with multiple counts of conspiracy, bank fraud, wire fraud and tax evasion in August. They have pleaded not guilty.

In that case, the couple has denied any wrongdoing, pinning the blame on a former employee of theirs whom they claim was carrying out financial crimes without their knowledge.

One year at a time...

'Mighty Ducks' star celebrates one-year of sobriety

"The Mighty Ducks" star Shaun Weiss just scored a big goal.

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The actor, who had a very troublesome mug shot last year, has just celebrated one-year of sobriety.

Shaun's friend, Drew Gallagher, posted about the accomplishment on Instagram on Jan. 27 alongside a picture of the man movie fans affectionally knew as "Goldie" from the 1992 film.

"Happy 1-year-sober for @shaunweiss What a journey and what a recovery!!! So. Damn. Proud," Drew captioned the photo.

Drew told TMZ that Shaun, 43, officially hit the milestone earlier this week and chose to delay his Christmas as part of the celebration, even waiting to open presents until Jan. 26, which was the day he crossed the one-year sobriety threshold.

Fans have been invested in Shaun's wellbeing since his arrest in January 2020. At the time, police said the former child star broke into a home while high on methamphetamine. Shaun, who'd had legal problems over the years, was unrecognizable in his mug shot, which showed him looking frail and disheveled.

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Soon, Drew stepped in and promised not to abandon his pal in his time of need.

"[Shaun] is sick, he's mentally ill. He's just sick and everybody gives up on him," Drew told People magazine after the arrest.

With Drew by his side, Shaun began gaining weight and he even got new teeth, thanks to Los Angeles dentist Dr. Gabe Rosenthal, who donated the dental work. TMZ says Shaun is wearing temporary dentures for now, but his new set of teeth — top and bottom — are almost done.

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For the time being, Shaun is still living in a sober living house near Los Angeles.

Reality future

Kelly Dodd threatens to leave 'Housewives' if nemesis returns

Kelly Dodd's days on "The Real Housewives of Orange County" may be numbered, and it all depends on one of her cast mates.

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Earlier this week, Kelly spoke on Instagram Live about her future on the reality TV show.

"I know I cannot film with Braunwyn [Windham-Burke]," she said. "I know for a fact that I cannot film with her. There's just no way and if she comes back then I'm out because I know for a fact that I cannot. She's dangerous and calling people racists and homophobic."

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Fans of the Bravo show know that Kelly and Braunwyn, who recently came out as gay, have been at odds for a long time. 

In December 2020, Braunwyn blasted Kelly after the latter claimed that the former was once placed on a 5150 psychiatric hold, something Braunwyn has denied. Kelly has also accused Braunwyn of using her past alcoholism and sobriety as a storyline.

"And … saying I'm a bad mom, I'm running around, like, traveling, well I was traveling, yes, but I was also selling two homes. And thank God I did because I'd be stuck with four mortgages, right?" Kelly said before criticizing Braunwyn for hanging out with the cast of "The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City" last fall.

"I wasn't going to party it up with the Salt Lake City chicks," Kelly said. "If I'm coming back next year, I just can't come back next year filming with somebody so reckless. I just can't. If she's on, I'm probably out. So, that's probably the way it goes. And by the way, she says she couldn't film with me, so there you go."

Scar reveal

Christie Brinkley, 66, reveals hip replacement surgery scar: Photo

A few weeks before her 67th birthday, Christie Brinkley revealed her recent hip surgery scar to her Instagram followers. 

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"I found swimming to be great rehab for my hip! Def the most fun too!" she captioned a photo slideshow of herself resting on a rock on the beach on Jan. 23. In the snapshot, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue legend is wearing a black one-piece bathing suit that reveals the scar that's healing on her right hip.

"I kept the scar covered from the sun for better healing, but one of the band -aids fell off. I wish I could start everyday with a snorkel! Hope you are all diving into a beautiful day! 🌝🤿🌊🐟🐠🐡🐬," she added.

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Back on Jan. 5, the supermodel shared the news of her surgery with fans in a different Instagram post, though in that one, her scar was completely covered by flesh-colored bandages.

"New Year, New Hip! Yes that's a band aid on my hip. I injured my hip in a back country skiing helicopter crash on a mountaintop in Telluride many years ago," she explained in a lengthy caption next to a photo slideshow of an early morning snorkeling adventure. "The pain in my hip got a little bit worse each year. 12 years ago I was told it needed to be replaced but the surgery was daunting ! And I had things to do!

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"But quarantine put a damper on any plans so I decided to finally take time for myself and do something about the pain that had progressively influenced my decisions," Christie continued. "I wanted to be ready to be able to say yes to opportunity. I had my surgery at Thanksgiving and I was dancing in my kitchen by New Years Eve and today I put on my long fins and explored the coral reefs propelled by my new hip!"

She then urged her followers to take care of themselves too. "I'm writing all this to say If you've been putting something off that could improve your well-being but hesitate out of some sort of fear, I suggest learning as much as you can about the process and the results and expectations," Christie wrote. "I found the best Doctor for my circumstances and voila!
I can't tell you how happy I am to have done this. Now I can focus on getting back in shape and rebuilding my strength. Never to[o] old to get hip! 😜."

Family time

Paris Hilton reveals she's undergoing IVF to start family

Paris Hilton is getting ready to be a mother. 

In a chat with "The Trend Reporter with Mara" podcast, the heiress revealed that she is undergoing IVF and is ready to start a family with her boyfriend Carter Reum.

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"He just my dream guy… [Carter's] 100 percent [the one]. We talk about [planning a wedding] all the time and planning our babies' names and all of that," she said. "So, I'm really excited to just move on for the next step of my life, and finally just have like a real life."

Paris, who turns 40 next month, added, "We have been doing the IVF, so I can pick twins if I like. Kim [Kardashian] is actually the one who told me about that. I didn't even know anything about it."

The entrepreneur has been open about her desire to have kids. Last summer she said she wanted a "mini me" and spoke about freezing her eggs.

"I think every woman should do it because you can really control it and not have that 'Oh my God, I need to get married,'" she told the British Sunday Times last August. "I want … twins, because then you get [a girl and a boy] at once."

Paris and Carter have been attached at the hip since they began dating. Last summer she called him her "fairytale." In August, she gushed about him on Instagram. 

"When we first met, I had no idea of the amazing journey I was about to embark on. My life was always empty, like I was missing something. But when I met you, I knew you were the one," she wrote. "You've filled my heart with so much love. I believe that everything happens for a reason because everything in my life, all the good and the bad, has led me right to you. You are my reason for me being so happy and feeling like the luckiest girl in the world! I love making you happy and promise to make you smile forever. Love so much handsome! Happy anniversary."

scary situation

Pamela Anderson's son chases alleged home intruder with golf club

"The Hills" star Brandon Lee posted an Instagram video that he claims shows him chasing away a home intruder. 

"This guy full on BROKE INTO MY HOUSE and then sneaks up on me in my kitchen, starts screaming at me, and after tries to tell me that he thought I was a lawyer he knew," he captioned the video. "So I had to show him my good ol 7 iron."

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The video shows Pamela Anderson's son screaming at the man while wielding a golf club. In an expletive-laden video, he tells the man that he'll severely beat him if he comes to the house again. 

"What's wrong with you?" he yells.

The man in the video, who is standing outside his white van, said he thought it was the home of "the lawyer that I know." The mysterious lawyer, the man argued, "was there a year ago."

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After posting the video, Brandon's dad, Motley Crue rocker Tommy Lee, commented that the incident was "minutes away from [being] on the news!!!" Later, in speaking to a friend, Brandon joked, "[Taylor Made] keeps me safe on and off the course."

No word if Brandon showed the man the, uh, "birdie" as he drove away.

Prison denial

Lori Loughlin's husband denied early prison release

Mossimo Giannulli will remain behind bars, despite his pleas with a judge to let him serve the rest of his prison sentence at home. 

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Earlier this month, Lori Loughlin's husband claimed he was terrified of the coronavirus spreading in the prison system and asked the court to step in and allow him to serve the remainder of his five-month sentence in home confinement. According to TMZ, a judge said Mossimo's arguments weren't compelling enough and felt that he doesn't have a heightened risk of contracting the virus at USP Lompoc in Santa Barbara, California.

As part of Mossimo's plea, he said he'd been stuck in solitary confinement and argued that, due partially to the pandemic, the conditions in prison are "far more extreme than what the court recommended." 

His complaints about isolation, the court said, aren't grounds for a home release. In fact, the court expressed that Mossimo should have essentially expected a quarantine upon entering prison. Now that his quarantine is over, Mossimo is in general population, the webloid says. 

While the fashion designer bristles at his current housing arrangement, the judge said that prison systems are getting better at handling the virus and noted that vaccines are being rolled out, which should further help stop the spread.

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Back in March 2019, Mossimo and his "Fuller House" star wife were accused of paying a $500,000 bribe to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as crew team recruits despite neither girl participating in the sport. In May 2020, as part of a deal with prosecutors, they pleaded guilty for their roles in the case and were given prison sentences. 

Lori was released from prison on Dec. 28 after serving two months. Mossimo is expected to be released on April 17, 2021.

Divorce

Elliot Page files for divorce from wife of three years

Elliot Page, who starred in "Juno" and recently came out as transgender, has filed for divorce from his wife of three years, Emma Portner. 

TMZ reported that Elliot formally filed legal documents in New York City on Jan. 26. 

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The split comes less than two months after Elliot came out as transgender on Instagram. At the time, Emma tweeted that she was proud of Elliot. "Trans, queer and non-binary people are a gift to this world. I also ask for patience & privacy but that you join me in the fervent support of trans life every single day," Emma wrote. "Elliot's existence is a gift in and of itself. Shine on sweet E. Love you so much."

Elliot and Emma, a New York-based dancer and choreographer, married in January 2018. 

"Can't believe I get to call this extraordinary woman my wife," the "Umbrella Academy" star said of Emma on Instagram three years ago. 

Prior to coming out as trans in December 2020, Elliot came out as gay in 2014.

Nasty split

'Fantastic Four' actor's wife tweets that he's 'leaving his family'

"The Mentalist" star Alice Evans has announced via Twitter that her husband, "Fantastic Four" actor Ioan Gruffudd, no longer loves her and has decided to "leave his family." However, that's only some of the drama. 

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On Jan. 25, screen grabs published by Page Six show that Alice wrote, "Sad news. My believed husband/soulmate of 20 years, Ioan Gruffudd, has announced he is to leave his family, starting next week. Me and our young daughters girls are very confused and sad. We haven't been given a reason except that he 'no longer loves me.'"

The tweet has since been deleted. Afterward, Alice quickly claimed that she didn't take down the tweet, alleged that Ioan, who many know from his bit role in "Titanic," deleted it. 

"I didn't delete the tweet from a few hours ago about him leaving. He did. From my account," she said on Jan. 26. "And hell yes when I am being gaslit and mentally tortured then hell yes I will wash my linen in public."

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Some fans questioned why Alice aired out her diary laundry that way, but one fan understood.  "I did the same when this happened to me. I think it's how one acknowledges there's no returning to what existed before," the fan wrote. "Accepting it by stating it publicly helps you to recognize the impossibility if reconciliation."

Alice agreed, "This is exactly why. And thank you. Six months of harassment: yes/no/maybe. I cannot live anymore like this."

Still Ailing

Hannah Brown is still nursing 'DWTS' injuries

Hannah Brown won "Dancing With The Stars" back in fall 2019, but more than a year later, she's still dealing with injuries sustained during her time on the show.

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"I think this political climate and with COVID has been hard for all of us and me too," she said on her Instagram Stories during a light walk. "Usually when I'm struggling, dealing with my mental health, I can go to working out. Well, for the past five months, maybe almost six, I haven't been able to work out like I used to."

The "Bachelorette" star did note that her physical and mental health are slowly getting better. 

"I am still going to the doctor and trying to figure it out but I think a lot of my body hurting comes from some issues that started on 'Dancing With the Stars' and I just kept going from zero to 100 — I'm either all or nothing — and pushed it too much to where I now have, like, some issues that I am having to deal with physical therapy," she said. "So I've been doing that mostly and then going on some walks and bike rides, but honestly, that's it."

Hannah quickly added, "To clarify, have always had issues and pains but I think 'DWTS' put additional stress on those prior injuries."

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In addition to her injuries, the reality TV star acknowledged that public criticism of her body hasn't been easy to hear or see.

"I'm starting to realize that more people can relate to this girl, the one who is struggling," she shared. "I'm just trying to be more honest about where I'm at. I know we all start in different places so some people stress me, they like to point out that I've gained weight, some people say I look great but I just want to feel good and I haven't felt good because I haven't been able to work out the way that I feel like my body needs."

She continued, "So instead of being zero or 100, I'm going to learn to show up where I can be right now, whether that's 50 percent, 60 percent, 35 percent my best; you've got to start somewhere."

Hannah, 26, also wrote, "My overall health is my #1 priority right now. So I'm going to continue to do all that I can right now — be more about trying new workout methods (I've always been a HIT workout, high cardio balls-to-the-wall athlete), learn to adjust and listen to my body, and continue to see medical advice to hopefully get some clarity soon!"