Haunted by the past

The real reason for Johnny Depp's gaunt look involves Amber Heard: Report

The same day Johnny Depp and former wife Amber Heard both took the Hall H stage at Comic-Con 2018 in San Diego barely an hour apart to promote their respective new movie projects, a story emerged claiming that the exes' contentious 2016 split is still haunting the actor.

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According to a July 21 report from Britain's The Mail on Sunday, the reason Johnny has been looking so thin and gaunt lately — his emaciated appearance made headlines last month as he toured Europe with his band, the Hollywood Vampires — has everything to do with the continued fallout of Amber's accusations that he physically and verbally abused her during their brief marriage.

Johnny, The Mail on Sunday reports, has told friends, "I'm not sick. I'm not battling anything, other than the smears that I'm determined to prove are false."

Though the "Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald" actor and the "Aquaman" actress settled their divorce nearly two years ago, Amber's claims that Johnny hurt her — and his claims that he didn't — are at the center of a new lawsuit he is pursuing.

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"Johnny is sick of being painted as a wife-beater. It has been the unravelling of him. It really hit him very hard and he almost had to find time to heal," a source told The Mail on Sunday. "He has been through hell and back with all the shocking things said about him. But it is the sense of betrayal that has hurt him the most. He has been let down by people he trusted. He wants people to know that he has been unfairly sullied."

In hopes of clearing his name, The Mail on Sunday reports, Johnny is pursuing a High Court case in London against the Sun newspaper. In June it was revealed he's suing for libel — the actor's legal team is seeking more than $275,000 in damages and legal fees — after the publication branded him a wife-beater in an April 2018 story and criticized "Harry Potter" book series author and "Fantastic Beasts" screenwriter J.K. Rowling for supporting his casting in her latest film.

The Mail on Sunday reports that it has seen court papers filed in the case in which Johnny's lawyers deny Amber's domestic violence claims, specifically that he struck her with a phone, pulled her hair and assaulted her in May 2016 shortly before their split.

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Included in the court papers are depositions from two Los Angeles Police Department officers as well as two security guards that Johnny brought with him to his and Amber's downtown L.A. apartment that fateful day, which his lawyers claim contradict Amber's story.

According to the documents, the LAPD officers said they "arrived at the couple's home 25 minutes after the alleged attack, yet saw no damage to the property, adding that a crying Ms. Heard told them she wasn't hurt and did not need medical attention. Nor did they see injuries or swellings on her face," The Mail on Sunday writes.

Johnny's security officers said the actor brought them along that day because he "was concerned" about what his wife might do. They claim the actor didn't physically hurt her.

One guard told lawyers he rushed inside when he heard Amber shouting, The Mail on Sunday reports, and "Immediately upon opening the door, the security guards observed [Depp] standing in the kitchen areas, far away from Ms. Heard. At that moment, Ms. Heard yelled, 'Stop hitting me, Johnny,' into the phone. The claimant was not hitting Ms. Heard. Ms Heard was standing in front of the sofa about 25 feet away."

Johnny's lawyers claim that Amber then used the past tense while speaking on the phone, saying, "He hit me with a phone" and "That's the last time you hit me, Johnny," and screamed for her friend to call the cops.

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Amber's version of events are very different: She has said that he threw a phone at her head, winding up his arm "like a baseball pitcher" before striking her cheek and eye. Photos of her bruised face later emerged in California court filings.

The Sun intends to defend itself against Johnny's lawsuit, The Mail on Sunday reports, insisting that it can back up its reporting with overwhelming evidence.

When Johnny and Amber settled their divorce, they issued a carefully worded statement. "Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm. Amber wishes the best for Johnny in the future."

Earlier in July, Johnny's Hollywood Vampires bandmate Tommy Henriksen revealed that the actor had changed an Amber-inspired tattoo for a second time. Johnny initially got the word "SLIM" — a nickname for his former love — tattooed across his knuckles. After the duo's toxic split, he changed the tattoo to read "SCUM." This summer, the actor again changed it, this time to read "SCAM." The "A" is in the form of the anarchy symbol.

It's unclear when the U.K. libel case will go to trial.

Police visit

Police called to Britney Spears' home after social media move

Law enforcement were called to Britney Spears' home after fans bombarded the Sheriff's office with pleas for a welfare check. The calls came after the pop star abruptly deleted her Instagram account.

Fans felt the social media move was a call for help. 

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TMZ reports that deputies paid a visit to Britney's Thousand Oaks, Calif., home and determined everything was fine and she was not in danger. Whether authorities spoke directly to Britney or someone else isn't known. 

The "Toxic" singer has lived in the home for years. 

The welfare check comes just weeks after Britney was videoed acting bizarre in a restaurant. Some reports claim her husband, Sam Asghari, left the restaurant due to her manic behavior, but he told TMZ otherwise (he blamed the abrupt exit on overzealous fans). 

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Interestingly, prior to Britney's Instagram deletion she changed her social media name to "River Red." "Don't underestimate the power of purity," she wrote alongside a video of her dancing. 

Britney, of course, has deleted her Instagram several time in the past. Why fans felt the move indicated danger this time is unknown. 

No harm, no foul

Pamela Anderson defends Tim Allen after alleging he flashed her on 'Home Improvement' set

Pamela Anderson holds no ill will toward Tim Allen after accusing him of flashing her while on the set of "Home Improvement" on her very first day.

"Tim is a comedian, it's his job to cross the line. I'm sure he had no bad intentions," the "Baywatch" star wrote in a text message to Variety, per her cover story published Thursday. She added, "Times have changed, though. I doubt anyone would try that post #MeToo. It's a new world."

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In her upcoming memoir, "Love, Pamela," the actress wrote, "On the first day of filming, I walked out of my dressing room, and Tim was in the hallway in his robe. He opened his robe and flashed me quickly — completely naked underneath."

Tim allegedly told Pam that he had seen her naked in the pages of Playboy, so it was "only fair"  she saw him in his birthday suit.

"[He said,] 'Now we're even.' I laughed uncomfortably," she said.

Tim, for the record, denied the incident ever happened. 

"No, it never happened," the "Last Man Standing" alum told Variety. "I would never do such a thing."

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After Pamela's claim, a video surfaced of Tim flashing co-star Patricia Richardson on the set. However, Patricia, who played Tim's wife on the sitcom, said he was dressed underneath a kilt. 

"I was just shocked that he lifted the kilt, not by a man in boxer shorts," she told TMZ.

Comments fallout

Kanye West could be denied access to Australia for antisemitic comments

Kanye West might have some trouble meeting his new Australian "in-laws" due to his history of antisemitic comments.

Australia's Minister for Education Jason Clare said the government down under is being pressured to deny the rapper entry. 

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"People like that who've applied for visas to get into Australia in the past have been rejected," the official — who called the comments "awful" — told CNN affiliate Nine News. "I expect that if he does apply he would have to go through the same process and answer the same questions that they did."

According to TMZ, Kanye and his new "wife" Bianca Censori, who's Australian, are supposed to head to Melbourne next week to meet her family.

In the past, Australia has refused to give visas to people for failing the "good character" test, and many of those same people have far-right views, as Ye does.

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Last fall, the rapper shocked the world when he tweeted, "I'm a bit sleepy tonight but when I wake up I'm going death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE." He then defended himself by adding, "The funny thing is I actually can't be Anti Semitic because black people are actually Jew also. You guys have toyed with me and tried to black ball anyone whoever opposes your agenda." Twitter responded by suspending Ye's account for violating its policies. 

He then said he was "happy" to have "crossed the line." In a chat with Piers Morgan, Ye admitted that his words were racist but wasn't sorry. Kanye then befriended white nationalist Nick Fuentes and appeared on Alex Jones' "Infowars." While on the show he praised the Nazis and said, "I like Hitler."

'Uncalled for' intro

Luke Bryan goes on rant about fellow country singer Dustin Lynch, STD tests

Luke Bryan is being skewered on social media after the "uncalled for" way he introduced fellow country singer Dustin Lynch at a music festival in Mexico.

During his Crash My Playa 2023 festival, the "American Idol" judge attempted to joke while hyping up his pal, who was set to play a set. However, fans felt something was lost in communication after Luke's unfriendly and bizarre introduction of Dustin, which referenced STD tests, drugs and drinking. 

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"No one has drank more liquor, no one has vomited more, no one has taken more drugs, no one has taken more IVs, no one has passed more STD tests than this next gentleman," Luke said. 

While Dustin tuned his guitar, Luke asked the "Ridin' Roads" singer if he had "a clean bill" of health and wanted to make sure he "does not have diseases."

Dustin didn't respond to Luke's line up questioning and began his set when the rant was over. He made no reference to it during the set. 

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Soon after, though, social media began ripping the "Roller Coaster" singer, saying the introduction was "uncalled for."

"I love luke but he sounded like an idiot making that introduction good grief," one person wrote on TikTok, according to Page Six. Another added, "I am beyond disappointed in what Luke said about Dustin that was not cool at all."

One person urged others to share Luke's comments in an attempt to shame him. 

Some on social media pointed out that the two men are close friends, so Luke was just razzing his pal. 

Dustin, for what it's worth, didn't seem too fazed, as he shared a video from the weekend to Twitter.

"Well, that was a time," he captioned the snippet from the festival.

Photo finish

Lisa Marie Presley's daughter Riley Keough shares photo from their last moments together

Riley Keough's final moments with her late mother, Lisa Marie Presley, were picture perfect. 

The "Mad Max: Fury Road" star took to Instagram on Tuesday, Jan. 24, to honor her mother and share a photo from the last time she saw her mother. 

"I feel blessed to have a photo of the last time I saw my beautiful mama," she captioned the post, adding she was "grateful" that pal Georgie Flores took the snap. 

The photo shows the mother and daughter dining at a restaurant, but the location wasn't shared, nor was the date.

Georgie, the woman who took the photo, replied, "I love you both with my entire heart."

Lisa Marie, the only child of Elvis Presley, died on January 12, following a cardiac episode. Lisa's mother, Priscilla Presley, announced the sad news. 

"It is with a heavy heart that I must share the devastating news that my beautiful daughter Lisa Marie has left us," Priscilla said of her 54-year-old daughter. "She was the most passionate strong and loving woman I have ever known."

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Lisa was laid to rest at Graceland on Sunday, Jan. 22. During the memorial service, Riley, 33, revealed in an open letter that she and husband Ben Smith-Petersen had secretly welcomed a daughter

"Thank you for showing me love is the only thing that matters in this life," Riley's husband said while reading the letter. "I hope I can love my daughter the way you loved me, the way you loved my brother and my sisters."

"Thank you for giving me strength, my heart, my empathy, my courage, my sense of humor, my manners, my temper, my wildness, my tenacity," the speech continued. "I'm a product of your heart, my sisters are a product of your heart, my brother is a product of your heart."

Dating app issue

Catfishing drama got Sam Smith kicked off dating apps

Sam Smith's love life is not being app-assisted. 

The "Stay With Me" crooner, who uses they/them pronouns, was given the boot from multiple dating apps after the companies didn't believe the singer's accounts were authentic. 

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"I never did Grindr," the Grammy winner told "ET Canada." "I did Tinder once; I think I got chucked off of Tinder. I got chucked off of Hinge because they thought that I wasn't me."

To be fair, the apps had reason to be suspicious, as Sam admits to not "verifying" the profiles. 

"I should have done that," they said.

Sam did note that if they are allowed to join the dating app world again, their bio picture would likely be of their dog Velma.

"She taught me how to love," they said of the four-legged friend. "I really feel like I don't think I loved anyone other than my family and friends and stuff. … She's really taught me that. I miss her loads, by the way; I haven't seen her in ages."

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The "Unholy" singer — who says they've "always been able to date" — is tightlipped about their current romantic life, but recent report have linked Sam to designer Christian Cowan.

"I've only had three boyfriends. All of them, equally, were just incredible teachers," Sam told British GQ last year, but added that they don't necessarily need another teacher.  "I direct them to me myself. Because I know who I am. And it's beautiful. Every single relationship is different. Every two people are different. And I think it's just learning your own language together."

15-year feud?

Australian actor Guy Pearce explains his torrent of anti-Cate Blanchett tweets

An Australian soap opera star who also found success in American after back-to-back box office hits is raising eyebrows after a string of passive-aggressive tweets about two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett

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Guy Pearce, who starred in "Memento" and "LA Confidential" in the late '90s, penned his first anti-Cate message when he tweeted his support for Ana De Armas for a Critics Choice Award earlier this month. After Cate won that evening, Guy called it a "fascinating choice." He then retweeted a post from a Cate fan account that included images of the "Tár" star. He replied, "Ah no thanks."

Most of the Cate tweets have been deleted. 

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After his string of Cate-centric messages, a fan wondered, "Why does Guy Pearce have beef with Cate Blanchett?" The actor said no such thing exists. 

"Fear not. No beef at all. I was merely being sarcastic. I adore Miss CB. She's incredible…..One of our best!," he replied.

Still, Guy might have some underlying bitterness to Cate. In fact, DailyMail.com surmises that Guy — who had a role in "Iron Man 3" and "Mare of Easttown" — has had a 15-year gripe with the celebrated actress, which stems from an apparent pay dispute in 2009. The report says Cate was serving as co-artistic director of the Sydney Theatre Company in Australia when she booked a run of shows for "Pretty Boy," which was set to star Guy in the lead role. However, Guy ruled himself out citing financial compensation. 

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"I'd certainly do it if I didn't have any other projects coming forward, but it's way too early to tell. If I'm not at home I might as well be doing something like a movie that pays a decent amount. I mean it would be hard to say: 'Sorry, I don't want to do your movie because I want to work for nothing in Sydney for another three months,'" he told The Age at the time. "Ms. Blanchett's fantastic, absolutely, but I've got to make a living. Unless she wants to pay me what she earns. If she does it'll be the most the STC ever paid an actor, I guarantee."

Prison pal

Julie Chrisley sharing prison walls with another reality TV star

Newly-imprisoned Julie Chrisley isn't the only known name within the walls of the Federal Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky. 

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"Cheer" star Jerry Harris, who is serving a 12-year sentence for sex crimes involving a minor, is also an inmate at the minimum security satellite camp, Bureau of Prisons records show.

TMZ notes that Julie and Jerry's paths may not ever cross, as male and female inmates are housed in separate sections of the facility. There are times in which male and female inmates can socialize in the yard.

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While the "Chrisley Knows Best" matriarch is new to the digs, having reported for prison on Jan. 17, Jerry has become accustomed to it. 

The disgraced "Cheer" star's attorney told TMZ that Jerry is "doing well for someone who is in prison." He adds, the ex Netflix star has "acclimated himself to custodial life and is participating in every type of self-betterment program available."

Julie, who was found guilty of fraud and tax evasion, was initially set to serve her seven-year sentence in Florida, but the location was changed for an unknown reason. Multiple reports insist that despite the facility's name, Julie is not in need of medical attention. Further, the BOP notes that the Kentucky facility houses inmates for medical and non-medical reasons. 

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Todd Chrisley, Julie's husband, is serving out his 12-year sentence for fraud and tax evasion in a Florida prison.

Prosecutors said the Chrisley's were "career swindlers who have made a living by jumping from one fraud scheme to another, lying to banks, stiffing vendors and evading taxes at every corner."

Past chat

HIV-positive 'Who's The Boss' actor rips Candace Cameron Bure over 'horrifying' 2015 interview

Danny Pintauro is the latest notable name to take shots at Candace Cameron Bure, revealed that an interview she did with him in 2015 was "one of the lowest moments" of his life. 

The "Who's The Boss?" star appeared on "The View" eight years ago to discuss his HIV-positive diagnosis. During that chat, Candace accused him of a lifestyle of "heightened sex" and asked if he took any "responsibility" for "being promiscuous." He reflected on that chat on David Yontef's "Behind The Velvet Rope" podcast.

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"I mean it was horrifying. It was one of the lowest moments of the journey I had after coming out to Oprah. And so it's not surprising to me that she's taking this stance with Christmas movies that she's gonna be involved in," Danny said, referring to Candace's WSJ comments that her new TV network — Great American Family — would not feature gay couples.

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"She must have tons of people in her life that are LGBTQ+, at least from her past. And how she got to this place is just a little concerning to me. It's almost like she went backward in a way," Danny said. "But I do not see that happening anytime soon. I don't know enough about her backstory to know but her brother has become ultra-extreme. Has he worn off on her? So, I don't know, it's just disappointing either way, that's for sure."

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Danny has never spoken to Candace about the interview. 

"I'm happy to talk about it now because years have passed and I've moved on from being that HIV spokesperson sort of position," he said. "I wanted to be able to just maintain this positive … love and light tour is what I was kind of going for. So the last thing I really wanted to do was just start talking crap about her. But maybe in hindsight … well no, she's not gonna care, is she? I mean, I don't think so. It's really disappointing."