Drinking & drama

Hayden Panettiere drunk, frantic as cops respond to assault and battery call: Report

It's been a rough few months for Hayden Panettiere.

Over the summer, she split from her fiancé of five years and partner of nine, boxing champ Wladimir Klitschko, with whom she shares daughter, Kaya, 3.

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The news emerged after Hayden, 29, was spotted in Los Angeles with a new man, aspiring actor Brian Hickerson. Days later, the "Nashville" actress' mother, Lesley Vogel, expressed concern about the new romance. "You just never know what people want. You don't know if you can trust anyone," Lesley told Radar Online. "I don't trust his intentions. People can use her."

Reports soon emerged alleging that Hayden had been partying too hard since getting together with Brian. "Her family and friends are worried about her. Hayden's been drinking too much and acting out," a source close to the actress told Life & Style magazine in October, noting that Hayden's daughter has been living with her ex in Ukraine. "Wladimir was a calming influence on her. Now that he's not in the picture, she seems to be losing control."

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On Nov. 4, TMZ reported that more drama went down in late October. According to a police report obtained by TMZ, Hayden appeared drunk and frantic when she opened the door to officers from Greenville City, South Carolina — where Brian is from — when they responded to an assault and battery call concerning Brian and his father, David Hickerson.

"According to the docs, the responding officer saw what appeared to be Brian chasing his father through the house with a Gatorade bottle in his hand. The officer says Hayden rushed to open the door for him in a panic, and he immediately put Brian in cuffs to figure out what was happening," TMZ wrote.

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"The officer says Brian was uncooperative, refusing to give any personal info because of the potential negative impact the incident could have on Hayden," the site continued.

TMZ reports that Hayden told cops she and her boyfriend's dad — whose face was bruised and bleeding (he told cops it was the result of a fall) — had been drinking before the alleged fight, though Hayden denied being drunk, according to TMZ's sources.

On Oct. 24, E! News published photos of Hayden and Brian in Florida, where they visited members of her family.

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In August, a source told E! of Brian, "He is from South Carolina and moved to Los Angeles to do real estate and acting. He just started getting into the acting business and is going on castings trying to break in the industry."

E!'s source added that Brian and Hayden met through mutual friends and "hit if off" quickly. "Brian has been her sounding board since Hayden split from Wladimir and has really been there for her."

scary situation

'Martin' star Tisha Campbell was almost 'snatched' by sex traffickers

"Martin" actress Tisha Campbell believes she was nearly a victim of human sex trafficking in Texas.

"Don't freak out, but I think I almost got snatched up," she said on Instagram on Jan. 28.

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Tisha detailed the strange incident on social media on Friday, indicating she's filming an independent movie in Brownsville, Texas. At one point, the "Little Shop of Horrors" star was looking for a ride, but Ubers and Lyfts aren't prevalent at her location near the border to Mexico. After being given a phone number to call a cab, Tisha said a dirty and "sketchy looking" van pulled up. 

Soon after, a man got out of the back seat and told her to get in. She initially thought the man was getting dropped off. The driver also forcefully told her to "get in the car," she said. Tisha refused and used some choice words for the men. Once away from the bizarre situation, she spoke to someone at the front desk (presumably of her hotel) to explain what happened.

The front desk worker, Tisha said, was confused about the phone number and indicated that wasn't the normal phone number for the taxi company.

Tisha acknowledged that she's shaken and convinced that "trafficking" was at play.

"I felt it important for ppl to be aware. I need for EVERYONE to be overly conscious of themselves and their loved ones," she wrote on Instagram. "I am thankful to the production for their concern and their understanding. What's crazy is I went back to the front desk, the guy that gave me the taxi number wasn't there. I asked the woman where he was. She looks at the number and says, 'why would he give you this number? This isn't the normal number.' It was a set up fo real."

New home

Jason Momoa living in luxury RV after Lisa Bonet split: Report

On the heels of his split from Lisa Bonet, Jason Momoa is moving on … literally! 

The Sun reports that the "Aquaman" star has been living in an RV parked at a friend's house in Los Angeles for the past few weeks. But he isn't living in just any RV — this one is more valuable than most homes. 

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The Ford RV is customized and said to be worth $750,000. Photos published by The Sun show the actor entering the RV.

"He stays in it quite often and has opted to sleep in there instead of getting a hotel on set so he can be by the beach," a source told the British tabloid. "He's really not a private jet, luxury resort kind of guy."

Jason has owned the motorhome for some time, even taking it to the "Aquaman" premiere in 2018. 

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The friend's home where the luxury vehicle is currently parked isn't far from the $3.5 million residence he shared with his ex-wife.

Jason and Lisa, who share two children, announced their split on Jan. 12 after nearly 17 years together. 

"We have all felt the squeeze and changes of these transformational times … A revolution is unfolding and our family is of no exception … feeling and growing from the seismic shifts occurring," they said in a statement. "And so… We share our Family news… That we are parting ways in marriage. We share this not because we think it's newsworthy… But so that… as we go about our lives we may do so with dignity and honesty."

Rallying cry

Marvel star acknowledges attending anti-vax rally in D.C.

Evangeline Lilly is speaking her mind about her body.

The Marvel actress unapologetically revealed on social media that she attended the recent rally in Washington, D.C., to protest vaccine mandates. 

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On social media, the "Ant-Man and the Wasp" actress said she wanted to be present at the protest to "support bodily sovereignty."

Evangeline, 42, added that "nobody should ever be forced to inject their body with anything, against their will." She also believes that those not getting the COVID-19 vaccine are being threatened.

"This is not the way. This is not safe. This is not healthy. This is not love," Evangeline captioned a series of photos from the anti-vax rally. "I understand the world is in fear, but I don't believe that answering fear with force will fix our problems. I was pro choice before COVID and I am still pro choice today."

Evangeline included several hashtags in her post, including "medical choice," "medical freedom" and "body autonomy."

The rally that Evangeline attended was the same one in which Robert F. Kennedy Jr. compared vaccine mandates to the Holocaust. He has since apologized amid a slew of backlash, including from his own wife, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star Cheryl Hines.

This isn't the first time the former "Lost" actress has caused COVID-related waves. In the early days of the pandemic, Evangeline caught flak after saying she had no plans to self-quarantine, despite living with her father, who is battling stage 4 leukemia and therefore had a compromised immune system. Around that same time she also compared COVID to the "respiratory flu" and told a fan, "Some people value their lives over freedom, some people value freedom over their lives. We all make our choices."

On March 26, 2020, she backed off her stance a bit and apologized.

"I want to offer my sincere and heartfelt apology for the insensitivity I showed in my previous post to the very real suffering and fear that has gripped the world through COVID19. Grandparents, parents, children, sisters and brothers are dying, the world is rallying to find a way to stop this very real threat, and my ensuing silence has sent a dismissive, arrogant and cryptic message," she said on Instagram. "My direct and special apologies to those most affected by this pandemic. I never meant to hurt you. When I wrote that post 10 days ago, I thought I was infusing calm into the hysteria. I can see now that I was projecting my own fears into an already fearful and traumatic situation."

Staying away

Decision made on future of 'The Wendy Williams Show'

Wendy Williams' departure from her eponymous talk show will continue.

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On Jan. 27, producers of "The Wendy Williams Show" announced that Wendy will maintain her absence through at least early March. As has been the case all season, rotating guests hosts — including Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Michael Rapaport, Bevy Smith, Terrence J and Sherri Shepherd — will fill in for her.

Despite Wendy's MIA status, producers are not willing to put her on ice for the entirety of the season. "Don't overreach," a rep for the show told Page Six when asked if Wendy would sit out the remainder of the season.

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Wendy hasn't been on the air in months. According to reports, she was voluntarily admitted to a New York City hospital in September 2021 for a psychiatric evaluation. Around the same time, her team announced that the premiere date for her 13th season would be pushed back two weeks. Since then, a platoon of guest hosts has helmed the show. Wendy has yet to return for her 13th season.

In December, she was seen leaving a wellness center in Miami wearing a red Versace robe and walking barefoot. When a photographer asked how she was doing, the daytime host replied in third person. 

"Wendy is doing fabulous," she said before promising "lots more Wendy stuff."

There is growing chatter that "The Wendy Williams Show" could be on the chopping block as its namesake host continues to stay away. 

Scary incident

Car crashes into Taylor Swift's NYC home

A man was taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation after crashing his car into Taylor Swift's New York City home. 

TMZ said the man drove the wrong way down the road that Taylor's building is on. He then reversed and hit the building with his car. He also struck a fire hydrant.

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After the Thursday morning crash, the man got out of his car and began trying to rip the intercom system of the apartment building off the wall, which pictures show he succeeded in doing.

Police arrived after 911 was called and the man was taken into custody. Cops reportedly believe the man was drunk and he facing potential charges for DWI and criminal mischief.

It's not known if Taylor was in her apartment at the time of the Jan. 27 incident. 

The man seemed to know that the "Red" singer lived in the building, as he supposedly told law enforcement he wasn't going to leave the area until he met Taylor, which he didn't do.

Plane crash

John David Duggar reportedly crashed airplane one month before brother's trial

The Duggar family continues to deal with more turbulence.

According to a new report from People magazine, John David Duggar, 32, was piloting an airplane that crashed in Tennessee last October. The incident largely went under the radar, as the "19 Kids and Counting" family was prepping for Josh Duggar's child sexual abuse trial

A 911 dispatcher told People that the reality TV star suffered "double engine failure" and was forced to land in a field. The Humphreys County Sheriff's Department confirmed that the accident took place the evening of Oct. 29, 2021, in Waverly, Tenn. and involved "a family from Arkansas." 

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The National Transportation Safety Board's report said that in addition to John, two others were aboard the Piper PA-30 at the time of the incident. The report noted the damage to the airplane was "substantial." 

No one was injured in the crash, nor is it known who else was in the airplane at the time.

John got his flight instructor certification in May 2021, and his commercial pilot license in November 2021. His wife, Abbie, is also a pilot. 

Reports indicate the plane was registered to Medic Choppers and belongs to the non-profit Medic Corps, where John is the Director of Business. 

Medic Corps' website said John began serving in emergency service as a Fireman and Emergency Medical Responder with the Fire Department, and he is also the CEO of Natural State Environmental Services.

The October 2021 crash came about a month before John's brother Josh's trial began in Arkansas. Josh pleaded not guilty to possessing and receiving child sexual abuse material. However, on Dec. 9, a jury convicted him and he faces up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines. 

Josh has appealed the verdict.

B-Day tribute

Wolfgang Van Halen honors late father on what would have been 67th birthday

Wolfgang Van Halen is remembering his late father, Eddie Van Halen, on an important date.

On Jan. 26, the 30-year-old shared a throwback image with Eddie to mark what would have been his dad's 67th birthday.

"Happy Birthday, Pop. I love and miss you more than you could ever know," Wolf captioned the snap that shows him and his father sitting on a staircase together.

According to a date on the photo, the image was taken in 1995 when Wolf was 4 years old. 

The Van Halen guitarist died in October 2020 after a lengthy fight with cancer. Wolf tearfully announced the death on social media. 

"I can't believe I'm having to write this, but my father, Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, has lost his long and arduous battle with cancer this morning,'' he wrote at the time. "He was the best father I could ever ask for. I love you so much, Pop."

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Just two months after the death, Wolf spoke to Howard Stern about his grief.

"I'm awful. It's terrible. Every day, man. Some days are better than others. The pain is still there always, but you just kind of figure out how to carry it a little better as time goes on. But it's always gonna hurt," he said. 

"We had such a close connection and now, for the rest of my life, there's no way I'll never be able to think about him no matter what I do — which is good but also hurts a lot," he said.

Casting call

Cynthia Nixon meddled in 'And Just Like That…' casting because of lack of diversity in original series

Cynthia Nixon is one of the three pillars of the "Sex and the City" reboot, "And Just Like That…," but she didn't exactly jump at the chance to bring back her Miranda Hobbes character to the screen… At least not initially.

While on "The Drew Barrymore Show" on Jan. 26, the actress was asked, "Is it true that it was almost a difficult choice for you, something you battled with — grappled with — to do 'And Just Like That…'?"

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Cynthia, 55, confirmed the suspicion, saying she needed the reboot to be more progressive.

"Well, yes, if you revisit something that was such a big part of your life and so iconic. I mean, it's a big step but also it seemed to me we are very different people now, we are very different ages now," she said. "We were in our early 30s when we started. We are 55, 56 now. And the world is very different. I wanted to be sure — and I think we all wanted to be sure — that when we went back we could save a lot of what was great about the original and fix what was maybe not so great."

What was, in her words, "not so great"?

"Like the fact that it was such an overwhelmingly white show," she said. "That we would really open up the door and invite these new characters in and really do right by them so we could get great actors and actresses to play them."

The reboot certainly features much more diversity than its predecessor. New characters include Sara Ramirez's Che Diaz, Cynthia's non-binary love interest.

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Cynthia told Drew she "hand-picked" Sara for the part.

"I suggested them because I've been aware of them for so long and such a fan," Cynthia said. "I worked with Mike Nichols a bunch of times, especially when I was young, and he cast Sara in 'Spamalot,' for which they won a Tony. So I was always watching their career and stuff."

Photoshopping accusations

Kim Kardashian is again accused of Photoshopping bikini pic

Kim Kardashian deleted a social media picture this week after fans accused her of Photoshopping her leg to make it appear slimmer.

On Jan. 25, the reality TV star promoted a swimsuit from her new Skims collection in a slideshow of photos on Instagram. But one snap appeared to have been poorly edited: It showed Kim's leg somewhat warped, which led to the accusations. 

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"Kim what happened to your leg?" one fan asked, according to Page Six, while another tweeted, "Kim, Kim, Kim… Your right leg is, uh…"

Kim quickly took down the photo, but she left up the other snaps associated with the post.

The mother of four has long faced accusations that she Photoshops her photos — she was even recently ridiculed for apparently editing niece True Thompson's face onto niece Stormi Webster's body following a trip to Disneyland. A majority of the time, though, Kim is accused of slightly changing her own appearance online with a digital nip-and-tuck.

The Photoshopping accusations come as a new study claims that "slim-thick" imagery online causes more body dissatisfaction amongst young women. The study conducted by Toronto's York University even mentions Kim and sister Kylie Jenner by name, alleging they, among others, are contributing to the uneasiness regarding women's body confidence.

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Researchers describe the "slim-thick" physique as "a curvier or more full-body type, characterized by a small waist and flat stomach but large butt, breasts and thighs." The study insisted that a "slim-thick" physique is difficult to obtain naturally and claimed that alterations are often done to achieve this body image.

Body acceptance influencer Mik Zazon told the New York Post that the Kardashians, and others, are guilty of "manipulating authenticity," especially via social media.

Citing Kim's psoriasis outbreak from 2019, Mik said, "They're sharing photos that seem to be candid and effortless to show that they are human too, yet putting extreme filters on photos and videos to uphold their image. It's so easy to see something and believe that because [Kim's] showing her psoriasis, she can't be editing other parts of her body."

The "slim-thick" body ideal actually caused "more weight and appearance dissatisfaction" than the thinner imagery, the study found, adding, "The slim-thick ideal was most harmful to women's appearance, weight and overall body satisfaction. [It] may still represent an ideal of beauty that women find threatening and personally unattainable."