Sounding off

Kevin Spacey's brother: 'I've long suspected there was a dark side to him'

Kevin Spacey's brother said he's long known about the actor's sordid secrets and said he's been essentially waiting for the other shoe to drop for years.

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Randy Fowler, Kevin's older brother, said the Oscar-winning actor's childhood was plagued with abuse, but he still calls Kevin a "monster."

"Kevin turned to acting as a little kid. He ditched the name Fowler and created the character of Kevin Spacey to mask a monster. It helped him hide from his demons," Randy told The Sun. "He struggled with his sexuality, always denying he was gay. On stage he pretended to be somebody else. It gave him power, transformed him."

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Abuse, Randy says, was all too common in their home.

"We grew up with abuse and neglect in a house of horrors. Our violent dad whipped me with a riding crop… I've never had children in case that evil personality could be passed on," he said. "Now it sadly seems one of us may carry those twisted genes and that person might be Kevin. His fans love the sinister characters he plays, but he's not acting, that's really him. He hid behind his acting career to maintain a secret sordid life and in reality he was a monster.

"I've long suspected there was a dark side to him," Randy continued. "I just hope he gets the help he needs so nobody else is harmed by him."

Last week, Kevin's world was turned upside down after actor Anthony Rapp alleged he was at Kevin's house in 1986 when the Oscar winner placed him on a bed, climbed on top of him and made sexual advances toward him. Anthony was 14 years old at the time. Kevin was 26.

A few hours after the claim, Kevin responded by claiming he didn't remember it and called it "inappropriate drunken behavior." He said he had chosen to "now live as a gay man." Many were not pleased with Kevin's response or how he came out.

As fervor grew — and more allegations about Kevin's behavior emerged — Netflix announced it would end Kevin's hit show "House of Cards" once the current season is finished filming. It then changed its course and said production was suspended.

On Nov. 1, Kevin's publicist said the actor was seeking unspecified treatment (the publicist and Kevin's agent then parted ways with him). Then more people came forward. CNN reported on Nov. 3 that one former "House of Cards" production assistant accused Kevin of sexually assaulted him. Eight current or former employees of the show said Kevin made the environment "toxic" because of a pattern of sexual harassment.

Also on Nov. 3, came a report by The Sun said that Kevin was being investigated by UK police over an alleged sexual assault that was said to have occurred in 2008. On Nov. 5, the son of Richard Dreyfuss, Harry Dreyfuss, claimed Kevin groped him in 2008.

"He'd been trying to lie about who he was for years. In interviews he re-invented his entire childhood," Randy said. "He once claimed he'd broken an officer's leg at military school — but that was me. Another time he said he burnt down a building at the back of our house — but that was me too when I burned our chicken coop. He has taken pieces of my life and claimed them as his own, trying to portray a man who was a troubled child saved by the theatre."

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Kevin's brother says that none of what's happening with Kevin is surprising to him, saying that he's following in the footsteps of their father, Geoff, who Randy won't refer to by name, only calling him "the creature."

"Our father was a Nazi-loving monster who raped and beat me from the age of 14. Back then I tried to hide what was happening to me from Kevin," Randy said. "I prayed that if I let The Creature hurt me, he'd stay away from Kevin. Now I think I was naive. I once tried to talk to Kevin about it. He said he had no idea dad was like that and wouldn't discuss it. When I heard about these allegations, I prayed history wasn't repeating itself."

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In an interview with Mail Online, Randy said he always felt that Kevin was a "time bomb."

"He sold out to fame and fortune, but the truth was always going to catch up with him," Randy said. "This is just the tip of the iceberg. He has used his fame, power and money to prey on those more vulnerable than him. This behavior has been going on for decades."

party issue

Demi Lovato thinks gender reveal parties are 'transphobic'

Demi Lovato is feeling blue over an increasingly popular rite of passage. 

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On Feb. 25, the pop star shared an Instagram post stating that gender reveal parties are "transphobic." The social media message, titled "Why Gender Reveals are Transphobic," was initially posted by transgender rights activist Alok Vaid-Menon, and Demi clearly agreed with it. 

"This is not about being politically correct, it's about being correct. The refusal to acknowledge this stems from a misunderstanding of what transphobia is," the post said. "Transphobia is not just prejudice or violence against an individual trans person, it is a belief system that presumes non-trans people to be more 'natural' than trans people. Only individual people can self determine their gender."

"We condemn gender reveals not because of our identity, but because of reality," the lengthy post continued. "Gender reveals are based on the illusion that genitals = gender and that there are only two options 'boy or girl'… The idea that sex is based on genitalia is inconsistent with science."

Many of Demi's nearly 100 million Instagram followers commented, and it seemed that a large portion of them weren't feeling the message. 

"Most of parents just wanna celebrate that they're having a baby. Not the gender of the baby," one person said. Another said, "This has gone too far." A swath of people said the message was "unfair" or "ridiculous." 

"Demi i love you, but this is too much," one person said. "Today a gender reveal is 'transphobic' and then whats gonna be tomorrow?…a birthday celebration is gonna be ageist?!?! People need to stop living in la la land and join reality."

Dog drama

Lady Gaga's stolen dogs were found tied to alleyway pole: Report

Lady Gaga's two French Bulldogs that were stolen during a brazen attack on her dog walker were allegedly found tied to a pole in an alleyway. 

TMZ noted that the alley was just a few miles from where the pooches, named Koji and Gustav, were dognapped earlier in the week.

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Authorities confirmed on Feb. 26 that a woman turned the dogs over to police and Gaga's team. Law enforcement believes the woman is a Good Samaritan who recognized the dogs from the media attention throughout the week.

After the Feb. 24 incident, an email address had been set up for those with information about the dogs, and Gaga put up a $500,000 reward for the safe return of the dogs with "no questions asked." TMZ said the woman, who has not been identified, sent a message to the email address and was advised to take the dogs to a nearby police station, which she did.

The Grammy winning singer, the webloid said, will "gladly" pay the $500,000 reward to the woman who found Koji and Gustav.

Gaga has yet to be reunited with the dogs, as she's in Italy filming a movie, but "tears of joy are still flowing in Rome," the new report said.

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The dognapping case gripped the entertainment world for several days, due to the nearly fatal nature of it. 

On Feb. 24, Gaga's dog walker, Ryan Fischer, was shot in the chest while taking her pop star's three dogs out for an evening stroll in Hollywood. Video of the incident shows a white car — believed to be a Nissan Sentra or Nissan Altima — pull up to Ryan during the walk. Two men quickly got out and demanded that Ryan "give it up," presumably talking about the dogs. During a brief skirmish in which he sought to protect the pooches, Ryan was shot by one of the men. As Ryan begged for help while bleeding profusely on the sidewalk, the thieves got away with two of the dogs. A third dog ran away but was later recovered. 

On Feb, 26, just a few hours before the dogs were found, Gaga publicly broke her silence about the horrific incident.

"My beloved dogs Koji and Gustav were taken in Hollywood two nights ago. My heart is sick and I am praying my family will be whole again with an act of kindness. I will pay $500,000 for their safe return," she wrote on social media. "Or, if you bought or found them unknowingly, the reward is the same. I continue to love you Ryan Fischer, you risked your life to fight for our family. You're forever a hero."

Comedy queens

Kaley Cuoco had the best reaction to meeting Catherine O'Hara

Kaley Cuoco just lost her "Schitt" over meeting a comedy queen.

On Feb. 26, the former "Big Bang Theory" star posted a picture with "Schitt's Creek" star Catherine O'Hara, and Kaley could barely contain her excitement.

"Anyone who knows me knows what this moment meant to me," Kaley wrote. "I finally met my comedy queen #catherineohara and she's everything I hoped and dreamed."

In the image, Kaley, 35, latched onto Catherine's arm and evoked legitimate giddiness.

Like Kaley, fans went nuts for the pairing, as many gushed about the 66-year-old actress. Celebrity stylist Brad Goreski said he was "obsessed" with Catherine. Other's called her a "legend" and "amazing."

Kaley, of course, has built a rather impressive comedy resume, as well, as she's starred in "The Big Bang Theory," "8 Simple Rules" and "The Wedding Ringer," to name a few. 

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Where Kaley and Catherine met isn't known, but it may have been at a Golden Globes-related event. On Feb. 28, the women are both up for the same award: Best actress in a musical or comedy series. Catherine is the odds-on favorite to win the award. Kaley, it seems, would happily take runner-up to Catherine.

Opera incident

Keith Urban details incident when man 'wacked' Nicole Kidman at opera

Keith Urban will never forget his first visit to the opera. His wife, Nicole Kidman, won't soon forget that night either.

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In early February, a bizarre (and somewhat unbelievable) report claimed that the country singer got into a brief skirmish with another audience member at the legendary Sydney Opera House after that man smacked Nicole with a show program. 

On Feb. 26, Keith actually confirmed some of the details of the report, claiming they were enjoying a "bloody great performance" at the famed opera house when he and Nicole made the grave mistake of (gulp!) standing up.

"We didn't know we weren't supposed to stand in the opera. Having not been to the opera before, ever, in my life, I am sensitive to the etiquette," he told The Kyle and Jackie O Show.

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At one point Keith noticed some of the audience members giving standing ovations, so he and Nicole did the same. 

"I stood up and this guy behind me just whacked not me, Nic, just really hit her … with the program," he said. 

Since it was an older man, Keith didn't know how he should react. 

"You're a husband you want to protect your wife. Took a lot of restraint — I was pretty upset," he said. "I think I just looked at him. I said, 'It's a standing ovation!' I didn't know I'm not allowed to."

The 4-time Grammy winner went on to say he respects opera traditions, but added, "I was also going by a lot of other people who were standing and having not been there, I didn't know."

After the hosts steadfastly said that you don't ever hit a woman, Keith chimed in, "That's what I was most [upset] at, don't hit her."

Ah, memories

Charlie Sheen reflects on infamous public meltdown 10 years later…

Ten years after his infamous meltdown, Charlie Sheen wishes he would have done things differently.

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"People have [said to] me, 'Hey, man, that was so cool, that was so fun to watch. That was so cool to be a part of and support and all that energy and, you know, we stuck it to the man,'" he told Yahoo! Entertainment."My thought behind that is, 'Oh, yeah, great. I'm so glad that I traded early retirement for a… hashtag.'"

Back in 2011, Charlie was the highest paid actor on TV for his role in "Two and a Half Men." But, things soon got out of control and Charlie said he was "winning" and that he had "tiger's blood" in a series of odd interviews. 

"There's a moment when [former CBS CEO] Les Moonves and his top lawyer, Bruce, were at my house and they said, 'OK, the Warner jet is fueled up on the runway. Wheels up in an hour and going to rehab, right?' My first thought was sort of like really … there's some comedy value to what my first thought was," he said. "In that moment, when I said, 'Oh, damn, I finally get the Warner jet.' That's all I heard. But if I could go back in time to that moment, I would've gotten on the jet. And it was that giant left turn in that moment that led to, you know, a very unfortunate sequence of public and insane events."

He continued, "There was 55 different ways for me to handle that situation, and I chose number 56."

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With the benefit of time, Charlie said he grew from the meltdown, but only after he took "absolute ownership of my role in all of it." His behavior, he adds, "was desperately juvenile."

"I think it was drugs or the residual effects of drugs," he continued. "And it was also an ocean of stress and a volcano of disdain. It was all self-generated, you know. All I had to do was take a step back and say, 'OK, let's make a list. Let's list, like, everything that's cool in my life that's going on right now. Let's make a list of what's not cool.' You know what I'm saying? And the cool list was really full. The not cool list was, like, two things that could've been easily dismissed."

Still, Charlie wishes more people would have seen his behavior at the time as a cry for help.

"They showed up in droves with banners and songs, all types of fanfare and celebration of, you know, what I think was a very public display of a mental health moment," he said. "I had four children and went through two divorces in and around trying to navigate the landscape of being on the most popular show in the known universe, so it was a lot. And sometimes you pick a target, you need a scapegoat, you need someone to put it all on. You know? It can't be me, it's gotta be him or them or those folks. And that's just not the road best traveled."

Recovery details

Lady Gaga's 'heart is sick' over dognapping, calls dog walker a 'hero'

Ryan Fischer, the man who was shot in the chest while walking Lady Gaga's three dogs this week, is expected to make a full recovery. The pop star, meanwhile, has publicly dubbed him a "hero."

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Ryan was shot on Feb. 24 while walking Gaga's three French Bulldogs in Hollywood, Calif. Video of the incident shows a white car — believed to be a Nissan Sentra or Nissan Altima — pull up to Ryan during an evening dog walk. Two men quickly get out and demand that Ryan "give it up," presumably talking about the dogs. Following a brief skirmish, Ryan was shot by one of the men. As Ryan begged for help while bleeding profusely on the sidewalk, the thieves got away with two of the dogs, named Koji and Gustav. A third dog ran away but was later recovered. 

On Feb, 26 Gaga publicly broke her silence about the horrific incident.

"My beloved dogs Koji and Gustav were taken in Hollywood two nights ago. My heart is sick and I am praying my family will be whole again with an act of kindness. I will pay $500,000 for their safe return," she tweeted alongside an email address for those with information.

She added, "If you bought or found them unknowingly, the reward is the same. I continue to love you Ryan Fischer, you risked your life to fight for our family. You're forever a hero."

Ryan family told TMZ that he is "receiving extraordinary care in the hospital right now and his doctors expect him to make a full recovery."

"We cannot possibly say enough to thank all of the first responders, nurses and doctors who have worked so tirelessly to care for Ryan," the statement continued. "Of course, we also want to thank Lady Gaga who has shown nothing but non-stop love and concern for Ryan and our family right from the outset. Ryan loves Gustavo and Koji as much as Lady Gaga does; so we join in her plea for their safe return."

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Gaga was filming a movie in Rome at the time of the dognapping and shooting. Still, TMZ reports that police believe the crooks knew who the dogs belonged to and took them for ransom. But, no one has reportedly been in touch with the singer or her reps demanding payment so far.

Ramifications from the incident are already being felt in Hollywood, with many dog walking companies overhauling their typical routines and focusing on security measures to ensure the safety of the walkers and the animals.

Addressing it

'Bachelor' frontrunner begs fans to stop defending her for past actions

Controversial "Bachelor" hopeful Rachael Kirkconnell is telling her supporters to back off. 

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The 24-year-old has been under fire ever since old photos emerged that show her at a plantation-themed college party in 2018. She also allegedly "liked" racially insensitive social media posts.

Rachael has already apologized and said that her "ignorance was racist." Now, in a lengthy social media video, she is against apologizing and owning up to her past. 

"If you are in my comments or defending me anywhere telling people that I did nothing wrong, that there's nothing to be hurt about, there's nothing to be angry about or offended about, please stop," she said. "That's not our place to tell people what they can and can't be offended about. That's wrong. And that's part of the problem. So please stop saying that I did nothing wrong. That's not true."

Rachael's scandal reached a fever pitch in early February after longtime "Bachelor" host Chris Harrison somewhat downplayed her behavior, telling fans to give the contestant "a little grace, a little understanding." Following the interview, Chris apologized and stepped away from the ABC franchise amid backlash.

In her new video, Rachael indicated she's trying to educate herself on racial issues.

"I think that the first big step in all of this is white people stepping up and taking accountability," she said. "I've just come to realize that sitting aside and hiding in the corner and avoid being called performative, that doesn't help anything."

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The controversy has played out after the current season of the "Bachelor" was filmed. Matt James, who's down to his final three women, Rachael among them, issued a statement about the "troubling information that has come to light since we wrapped filming."

"The reality is that I'm learning about these situations in real-time," he said, "and it has been devastating and heartbreaking, to put it bluntly."

Outpatient treatment

John Mulaney completes 60-day rehab stint: Report

John Mulaney is out of rehab after completing a two-month stint for substance abuse issues.

"John has completed 60 days in rehab and now he's in outpatient sober care," a source told Page Six on Feb. 25. "He is doing well, although he is still not ready to return to work."

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The former "Saturday Night Live" comedian surprised fans when he entered a rehab facility in Pennsylvania just before Christmas in 2020.  

"John's friends and family are happy that he's finally getting some help and focusing on his health," a source told the New York Post's gossip section at the time. "His fans know he's struggled in the past with sobriety, he has talked about it openly. Unfortunately he has struggled again during the pandemic."

"He's on board with his recovery," the source added, "he's not fighting against rehab."

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John has spoken of his vices in the past, telling Esquire in 2019 that he began drinking at 13 years old "for attention."

"I was really outgoing, and then at 12, I wasn't. I didn't know how to act. And then I was drinking, and I was hilarious again," he said.

John admitted that he eventually moved into hard drugs, including cocaine.

"I never liked smoking pot. Then I tried cocaine, and I loved it," he said. "I wasn't a good athlete, so maybe it was some young male thing of This is the physical feat I can do. Three Vicodin and a tequila and I'm still standing. Who's the athlete now?"

At one point, he said he drank perfume. In 2005, though, he realized he had a problem.

"I went on a bender that weekend that was just, like, fading in and out of a movie … It was just crazy," he told Esquire. "And I thought to myself, 'I don't like this guy anymore. I'm not rooting for him.'"

Without professional help, he stopped drinking and using cocaine, he said. 

John also spoke about his addiction in his 2012 Comedy Central special "New In Town."

Splitsville

Holly Madison and 'Ghost Adventures' star split after 2 years together

Holly Madison's relationship with "Ghost Adventures" star Zak Bagans is now a thing of the past. The two have reportedly broken up after nearly two years together.

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TMZ said the Playboy model and Zac remain friends and added that they are still on speaking terms. It's unclear what led to the breakup.

Holly and Zak first connected in May 2019 when she visited his Haunted Museum in Las Vegas. Soon, things became romantic and the two started dating. The duo had met before, but they were both in relationships during that initial meeting. For a while, they managed to keep their romance under the radar, but fans began to notice the similarities of Holly and Zac's social media pages. They were also often liking each other's photos and commenting. 

Neither has publicly commented on the breakup, but both may have hinted at sadness. On Feb. 24, Holly posted a photo of a salad on her Instagram Story and said she was trying to "make [herself] eat." On Feb. 22, Zac cryptically tweeted, "Loud music is therapy."

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Holly famously dated Playboy founder Hugh Hefner for years before they split. She later said she was suicidal while dating the magazine magnate. In 2013, she married music festival producer Pasquale Rotella at Disneyland, and the two share two children, Rainbow Aurora, who turns 8 in March, and Forest, 4. However, she and Pasquale split in fall 2018 and eventually finalized their divorce in February 2019.