Addiction battle

Passenger details Jonathan Rhys Meyers' sad in-flight meltdown, fight with wife

Troubled actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers made headlines in recent days after he was detained by police at Los Angeles International Airport on July 8 following in-flight drama with his wife and flight attendants.

Now new details about his behavior on the Miami-to-L.A. flight have emerged.

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Britain's Sun Online spoke to a first-class passenger who claims to have been sitting in front of the Irish actor, his wife, Mara Lane, and their 1-year-old son, Wolf, during the journey.

The female passenger alleges that Jonathan, who has a long history of alcohol abuse — TMZ previously reported that he was drinking on the plane and had to be asked by a flight attendant to stop vaping in the restroom — was "behaving erratically" and "intimidating other passengers" during the entire journey.

Before the American Airlines flight took off, the "Vikings" and "The Tudors" star's behavior unnerved fellow fliers.

"Even in the waiting area he was being mean to his wife. He was sat on his own while she was feeding their child and playing with him on the floor. He kept going over to her and telling her off, but he had no interaction with his child whatsoever," the passenger told Sun Online.

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"Then they asked for those people who need extra assistance to get on the plane and Jonathan got up. The lady at the gate said, 'Excuse me, sir, we're taking the people that need more assistance.' And he shouted, 'I'm first class, how dare you.' And he started getting very loud and they had a really bad altercation. He got very angry that she asked him to get out of the line and he was cursing at her and yelling. And then she said to him, 'If you continue to behave this way you will not be getting on the plane.'"

He calmed down enough to board, but once on the plane, his actions left staff and passengers concerned.

"He was requesting drink after drink — I heard one time he asked for a spritzer but I don't know what else he was drinking," the passenger told Sun Online. "He was up and down up to the restroom the whole way — I counted over 15 times. And you could hear him banging in there, it was weird. Throughout the journey he was getting more and more agitated, mumbling, cursing under his breath and kicking the ground. He could not sit still. At one point my husband had to switch seats with me because it was awful, I couldn't relax."

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The passenger had, early on in the journey, asked to have her seat moved, but was told there were no other suitable options. "He was a real angry, erratic, dark individual. I was so intimidated that when I saw he was sat directly behind me on board I asked if I could be moved to another seat," she said. "Unfortunately the only other seat was broken but they told the captain about my concerns."

Flight attendants tried to calm Jonathan, the passenger claims, "but that made him worse and at one point he started crying really loudly." At one point, his jeans had fallen down to his knees, the passenger added. "I don't even think he'd noticed." Flight attendants also had to pick up cigarette butts that fell from his clothing onto the floor, she alleges.

Mara tried to separate herself from her husband by putting up a privacy screen. At one point, a flight attendant asked her if she could intervene, the passenger said. "They told her that if he didn't stop using the e-cigarette, we'd have to land the plane early and get him off so she tried to tell him that."

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But Jonathan did not react well when his wife spoke to him. "That's when he really lost it — he was yelling at her, 'f— you, shut the f— up, I'm divorcing you when I get back, you're annoying leave me the f— alone,'" the passenger claimed, adding that Mara stayed calm "and told him it would be okay and tried to give him a water bottle, but he shoved it back at her and said, 'Just f—ing stay away from me."

The passenger told Sun Online that she is worried about Mara and Wolf. "[Jonathan] was pushing at her little divider and telling her to get [it] down — it was horrible, a total outburst. I real[ly] fear for his wife and their child," the passenger said.

Jonathan was later separated from his wife and son and put in the broken seat and, claims the passenger, watched over by an off-duty pilot. When the plane landed, police were waiting and spoke to the actor, who was released after briefly being detained. The passenger, who gave a statement to cops, told Sun Online that she reached out to Mara to urge her to seek help for herself and her son. "No one should be treated like that," the passenger explained.

Mara took to Instagram after Jonathan's behavior made headlines on July 9 to apologize for her husband's behavior and explain that they are struggling with his addiction issues and trying to work through them as a family.

"8 months of sobriety and an unfortunate day of airline travel. We were in South America specifically working holistically through anger issues that result in these kinds of episodes. When in it… he is not in a frame of mind where he can really even comprehend the repercussions and necessary response to his own actions," she explained. "J IS extremely sorry for any inconveniences caused to anyone traveling yesterday. There was no argument, just me asking him to not use his e cig per stewardess' request to me and him not being himself, speaking very very unkindly. It was out of his character."

"It was unbeknownst to me anything that happened on flight, as I was with my son with a privacy wall up. We are home safe and he is feeling deeply sorry for any remote disrespect afforded to me, attendants, onlookers or officers. Thank you for your compassion on this ongoing battle with addiction we are in," Mara concluded.

Lawsuit unveiling

Is Angelina Jolie trying to sully Brad Pitt's name with FBI lawsuit? Read the shocking new details

Brad Pitt's camp is accusing his ex-wife Angelina Jolie of intentionally trying to damage his reputation based on the actress's actions with regard to an FBI lawsuit, according to a new report from TMZ.

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On Tuesday, Aug. 16, Puck published a story about an anonymous lawsuit that was filed against the FBI in April. In that Freedom of Information Act suit, the then-unknown plaintiff wanted to get to bottom of why her "then-husband" wasn't prosecuted for an alleged incident aboard an airplane. At the time, based on the timing and information noted in the lawsuit, it was believed that Angelina was the anonymous plaintiff. Now, multiple media outlets confirm that the "Girl, Interrupted" star was indeed behind the legal maneuver. 

Brad and Angie's marriage ended in September 2016 after a mysterious private plane incident in which an argument erupted between Brad and one of his children, believed to be eldest son Maddox, and reportedly turned physical. The FBI looked into a complaint about what happened and "conducted a review of the circumstances," a bureau spokesperson said at the time, concluding it would "not pursue further investigation" after submitting its findings to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles, which declined to bring charges.

In the lawsuit, which Puck has seen — though it's now sealed — Angelina said she learned from the FBI's FOIA response last year that before the bureau announced that Brad wouldn't be charged with a crime, the agent investigating the incident had "prepared a statement of probable cause and presented it to the chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles," Puck writes, explaining that Angelina wants to know the reasoning behind the subsequent decision not to pursue charges as well as what's in the unredacted records that are still in authorities' possession. 

The lawsuit also contains new details not previously known publicly: Puck reports that Angelina alleged in her filing that she told a special agent that Brad — who's denied any wrongdoing — was drinking on the plane and at one point grabbed her shoulders, shook her and yelled, "You're f****** up this family." The actress also alleged that Brad at another point poured beer on her and that she was injured during the flight and gave the special agent a photo of her elbow to confirm it.

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TMZ reports that Brad's camp believes Angelina may very well be attempting to drag her ex's "name through the mud," surmising that her Freedom of Information Act lawsuit was only meant to regurgitate old allegations since she was already privy to the information she was trying to obtain. Sources close to the "Bullet Train" star told the webloid that Brad wasn't charged because there was no evidence to support Angelina's claims. 

Alive and jailed

Actress who'd gone 'missing' after Tinder date found alive in jail, held on felony

Australian actress Laura McCulloch's family worried intensely for days on end when she went radio silent after a Tinder date. On Tuesday, Aug. 16, she was found alive and well… in a jail cell in Los Angeles. 

The actress, who has starred in several well-known musicals, went on a date in L.A. with someone she met on a dating app on Aug. 12. The following day, Laura didn't show up to any of her commitments and didn't check in with her family, sparking concern and a manhunt. 

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On Tuesday, her family confirmed that Laura was no longer "missing." The admission came following MailOnline's report that Laura had been locked up for four days after allegedly becoming unruly at a restaurant, something police later confirmed. 

According to the Santa Monica Police Department, officers responded to a restaurant on Aug. 12 after Laura got too rowdy. In the following moments, she made her situation much worse.

"According the reporting party, a female, later identified as Laura McCulloch, threw a drink at a restaurant patron and their 2-year-old child," a police report said. "Upon arrival, officers contacted Ms. McCulloch who showed obvious signs of intoxication. While conducting the investigation, McCulloch charged the at the officers while yelling expletives."

"Despite efforts to calm her, McCulloch continued to display aggressive behaviors. During efforts to detain her, she became physically combative, kicked at officers and bit one officer on the shoulder," the report continued, "Laura McCulloch, 37 years old from Australia, was arrested, transported to the Santa Monica Jail and booked for public intoxication and resisting arrest."

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department's inmate booking logs show Laura is currently being held in jail on a felony charge with a $25,000 bond. 

After Laura was located, her sister Clare McCulloch said on Instagram, "She has been found safe and well. The family want to thank everyone for your help and support in what has been a traumatic time."

Laura had recently moved to Los Angeles after being based in New York in 2021 where she worked as an actor, singer, voice-over artist, writer and producer. She worked in several musicals and starred in an indie short film called "Covid Support Group" in 2022.

Standing by daughter

Kim Zolciak defends underage daughter after DUI arrest: 'She was cooperative and honest'

Kim Zolciak-Biermann is claiming her 20-year-old daughter, Ariana Biermann, was stone cold sober at the time of her recent fender bender accident and DUI arrest.

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On Tuesday, Aug. 16, the "Don't Be Tardy" star insisted that the investigating officer of the accident "immediately initiated an investigation for DUI of alcohol." She added, "Despite Ariana's constant invocation that she was upset and anxious from the minor accident, the office incorrectly concluded that she was impaired. That was not the case."

Last weekend, Ariana, 20, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, improper/erratic lane change, and underage possession/purchase of alcohol, all of which are misdemeanors. The reality TV's star's boyfriend, Hudson McLeroy, was with her and arrested for an alleged DUI, along with allegedly furnishing alcohol to a minor and violating the conditions of his limited driving permit.

Ariana was released from jail on a $5,120 bond.

In a police report, an arresting officer said Ariana admitted to smoking marijuana prior to the crash and refused to take a Breathalyzer at the time of the accident. 

"I advised [Ariana] that I could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath. She stated the odor was possibly from her clothing," an officer detailed in a police report, according to Us Weekly. "Ariana stated she had smoked a THC vape pen the night before but did not drink."

On Tuesday, Kim, who was not with her daughter at the time of the 1 a.m. incident, doubled down on her claims that Ariana was sober, saying she "was not impaired by any substance, including alcohol or marijuana."

"Since [Ariana] was being cooperative and honest, she admitted to consuming marijuana the day before, meaning over 24 hours prior to her contact with law enforcement," Kim continued on her Instagram Story. "In addition, the arresting officer, as evidenced by his own police report, charged Ariana with impairment by alcohol. She wholly denies these allegations and intends to fight these charges because she is not guilty of them." 

Christmas chaos

Mariah Carey gets major blowback for attempt to trademark 'Queen of Christmas'

Mariah Carey is getting a frosty response from a few women after trying to trademark the title "Queen of Christmas."

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It appears that Mimi wants the title as an extension of her massive hit "All I want For Christmas Is You." However, according to Variety, full-time holiday singer Elizabeth Chan has raised an objection, claiming nobody should hold the legal rights to the title. 

"Christmas has come way before any of us on earth, and hopefully will be around way after any of us on earth," Elizabeth, who released an album titled "Queen of Christmas" in 2021, told Variety. "And I feel very strongly that no one person should hold onto anything around Christmas or monopolize it in the way that Mariah seeks to in perpetuity. That's just not the right thing to do. Christmas is for everyone. It's meant to be shared; it's not meant to be owned."

"And it's not just about the music business. She's trying to trademark this in every imaginable way — clothing, liquor products, masks, dog collars — it's all over the map," she continued. "If you knit a 'queen of Christmas' sweater, you should be able to sell it on Etsy to somebody else so they can buy it for their grandma. It's crazy — it would have that breadth of registration."

Mariah is also getting blowback from Darlene Love, the original singer of "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," which was released in 1963.

"Is it true that Mariah Carey trade marked 'Queen of Christmas'? What does that mean that I can't use that title?" she wrote on FaceBook. "David Letterman officially declared me the Queen of Christmas 29 years ago, a year before she released 'All I want For Christmas Is You' and at 81 years of age I'm NOT changing anything."

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Darlene was a staple on Letterman's show during the holidays, performing her hit song almost annually from 1986-2014.

"I've been in the business for 52 years, have earned it and can still hit those notes!," she said. "If Mariah has a problem call David or my lawyer!"

Beach body

Demi Moore, 59, shows off her incredible beach body in a hot pink bikini while vacationing in Greece

Demi Moore is defying the age gods. 

The actress took to Instagram on Monday, Aug. 15, to show off her amazing bikini body in a very flattering hot pink bikini. 

"Soaking up summer," Demi captioned the sun-kissed snap in which she can be seen relaxing on a boat in the Andie's Swim two-piece. 

Demi, 59, didn't indicate where the scenic snap was taken, but reports reveal she's vacationing in Greece.

After posting the pic, the "Striptease" actress was showered with praise from followers — and she even got a shoutout from Emma Willis, who's the wife of Demi's ex-husband Bruce Willis

"And it looks good on you!" Emma wrote in the comments. 

Rumer Willis, one of Bruce and Demi's three daughters, wrote, "You're such a hottie mama, my god."

It's hardly a rarity for Demi to show off her enviable bikini body. In late July, the Brat Pack actress stunned in one-piece white swimsuit in her pool. A few days earlier, she modeled several pieces from the Andie's Swim collection. 

The hot shots come just a few months after Demi was linked to famed chef and restaurateur Daniel Humm

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Demi and Daniel, the chef and owner of New York City's Eleven Madison Park, which was once rated the best restaurant in the world, were recently photographed at Paris Fashion Week together. The couple sat on the front row of the Chloe Womenswear Fall/Winter 2022/2023 show with Maria Sharapova and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

"They are really hot and heavy at the moment. Daniel works long, hard hours at his restaurant Eleven Madison Park, but they still often take time to have Demi join him for romantic dinners there," a source told Page Six in April. 

Arrested

More details emerge after Kim Zolciak's 20-year-old daughter's DUI arrest

Ariana Biermann, the 20-year-old daughter of Kim Zolciak-Biermann, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, a new report states. 

According to documents obtained by People magazine, the influencer was driving with her boyfriend, Hudson McLeroy, when she was involved in a minor accident at 1 a.m. on Aug. 13 in Georgia. 

Records show that Ariana was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, improper/erratic lane change, and underage possession/purchase of alcohol, all of which are misdemeanors. Hudson was arrested for an alleged DUI, along with allegedly furnishing alcohol to a minor and violating the conditions of his limited driving permit.

Ariana, who was released from Forsyth County Jail on $5120 bond, has denied any wrongdoing, according to her lawyer. 

"Ariana was involved in a minor fender bender. When police arrived on scene, the investigating officer immediately initiated an investigation for DUI," her attorney, Justin Spizman, told the magazine. "Despite Ariana's constant invocation that she was upset and anxious from the minor accident, the officer incorrectly concluded she was impaired by alcohol. That was not the case. She wholly denies these allegations and intends to fight these charges because she is not guilty of them."

Citing the police report, Us Weekly said Ariana allegedly refused to take a Breathalizer test.

"I advised [Ariana] that I could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath. She stated the odor was possibly from her clothing," the officer detailed in the document. "Ariana stated she had smoked a THC vape pen the night before but did not drink."

"I conducted field sobriety evaluations with Ariana and observed signs of impairment. I observed that she had a noticeable sway during the evaluations," the officer continued in the report, indicating Ariana was asked to "provide a breath sample to the preliminary breath test. … she refused."

The "Don't Be Tardy" star and Hudson began dating in high school. They've been together for four years.

TV push

'Today' correspondent explains why he 'pushed' Jenna Bush Hager on live TV

Push it, push it good.

"Today" show contributor Justin Sylvester is explaining the truth behind a recent interaction with Jenna Bush Hager in which he appeared to push her away on live TV, something some fans think was warranted. 

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A video from "Today" shows Justin and Jenna standing next to each other while watching chef Andy Baraghani cook a meal. At one point, you can see the former First Daughter patting Justin on the back and putting her arm around him. He then lightly pushes her away, making her look at the camera and smile.

Viewers lined up on both sides of the spectrum, with some claiming Justin was out of line. More people, though, seemed to blame Jenna, claiming she was violating his personal space. Some "Today" fans even went so far as to insist she was sexually harassing Justin.

As the social media drew their lines in the sand, Justin responded to the fervor.

"People thought that she was invading my space, and that's actually not the truth," he said.  

Justin then said he was attempting to flirt with the chef because "he was cute." He continued, "I was pushing her away so I could have a one-on-one moment with the chef, and people took it the wrong way… People just jumped to conclusions."

In an Instagram video obtained by The Shaderoom, Justin praised Jenna, claiming she's is "one of the nicest, most welcoming people I've ever met."

The Emmy-nominated host said Jenna has always been a "big champion" of his, and he hates that viewers are "taking it out of context."

While Justin seemed to nip this one in the bud, there might be more "Today" show drama brewing between Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie

hot momma

'Saved by the Bell' and 'Beverly Hills, 90210' actress, 48, stuns while showing off summer body in one-piece swimsuit

9021-oh wow!

Tiffani Thiessen showed off her enviable body on Instagram this week, proving that she has hardly aged from her "Saved By The Bell" days. 

The 48-year-old actress took to Instagram to share a photo of herself in a black one-piece swimsuit while posing on a rocky beach in Mendocino, California.

"When you get caught trying to find a place to pee," she joked in her caption.

Tiffani's legs looked toned and tan as she posed in aviator sunglasses, hat in hand. 

The "Beverly Hills, 90210" star's 1.7 million Instagram followers marveled at her look.

"The Office" star Angela Kinsey wrote, "You look [fire]." Tiffani's "Saved by the Bell" co-star Elizabeth Berkley commented with fire emojis.

One fan commented, "HELLO. I didn't realize they were making a new 'Baywatch' series!!!!"

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Tiffani has previously spoken about her body and her fitness routine.

"I've always been someone who doesn't like doing the same thing every day, so I like to change my workouts up. I do strength training and HIIT classes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and then I do mat Pilates on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On the weekends I usually go hiking. In California we have such great hikes," she once told Self.

She added, "I also have a Peloton, and I used that very much at the beginning of the pandemic. But I missed having that connection with real people, so since things are starting to open up, I went back to a private gym."

Last post

Anne Heche was having 'good times' in her final Instagram post

Anne Heche was happily living it up with friends in her final Instagram. 

The "Volcano" actress was all smiles back on July 14 in a selfie with Matthew Lawrence, Joey Lawrence and his wife Samantha Cope. 

"Good times on set with Lawrence Bros!," she captioned the two snaps in which she donned a vibrant pink outfit. 

The photo will likely serve as the last time Anne posted to Instagram.

Late Thursday night, Anne's rep said the actress suffered a severe brain injury in a fiery car accident last week, and the Emmy-winning actress is not expected to survive.

"Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition," the rep says in a statement on behalf of Heche's family.

The statement continued, "It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she's being kept on life support to determine if any are viable."

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Anne has been in a coma ever since crashing her Mini Cooper into a Los Angeles-area house on Aug. 5. That crash sparked a blaze that fully engulfed the home. 

"She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention," a rep for the actress  said on Aug. 8. "She is in a coma and has not regained consciousness since shortly after the accident."