The Dish for August 15th

TAYLOR SWIFT: Wins Groping Case   


Taylor Swift has won her groping case against a former Denver DJ.

After a week-long trial, the jury decided today (Monday) that David Mueller did indeed grab the singer's backside four years ago and awarded the star $1.

In a prepared statement, Taylor said, (quote) “I acknowledge the privilege that I benefit from in life, in society and in my ability to shoulder the enormous cost of defending myself in a trial like this. My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard. Therefore, I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves.” (People)

The six-woman, two-man jury also found that her mother and radio liaison weren't at fault for complaining to Mueller’s bosses, who then fired the host. He sued Taylor, her mother and their radio handler, Frank Bell, for ruining his career. On Friday, the judge dismissed the portion of Mueller’s lawsuit against Swift.

Earlier Monday, Taylor broke down in tears as Mueller’s lawyer showed the now-infamous photo of the groping.

Her lawyer Douglas Baldridge told the jury that her client was suing Muller for a symbolic $1 to send a message that "no means no."

Taylor testified last week that the DJ grabbed “a handful of my ass” backstage at Denver’s Pepsi Center. (Page Six)


DEADPOOL 2: Stunt Person Dies on Set


A stunt person died on the set of Deadpool 2 today (Monday).

Vancouver police say the female stunt driver was killed while doing a stunt on a motorcycle.

Star Ryan Reynolds tweeted, “Today, we tragically lost a member of our crew while filming Deadpool. We’re heartbroken, shocked and devastated … but recognize nothing can come close to the grief and inexplicable pain her family and loved ones must feel in this moment. My heart pours out to them — along with each and every person she touched in this world.”

The woman has been identified as Joi "SJ" Harris, the first African-American woman licensed to compete in motorcycle road racing. Deadline says this was her first film as a stunt performer and that she was not wearing a helmet during the scene.

Production on Deadpool 2 began in late June. It's set to open June 1st, 2018.


TIGER WOODS: Pharmacy on Wheels


Last week, Tiger Woods pleaded guilty to reckless driving. For good reason. He never stood a chance in court.

ESPN obtained the toxicology report from the night of his arrest. Tiger was wasted on a cocktail of powerful painkillers Vicodin and Dilaudid, plus the sleeping aid Ambien. To help calm his nerves, Tiger had taken Xanax and THC, which is the active ingredient in marijuana.

The night of his arrest, in late May, Tiger was basically a pharmacy on wheels. Police found him snoring inside his car that he'd parked in the bike lane. Apparently, the Ambien worked! (ESPN)


CARNIE WILSON: Time for Dessert


Carnie Wilson is launching a line of bite-size desserts. The Wilson Phillipssinger -- and daughter of Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson -- has had a long and public struggle with her weight. She tells TV's The Insider, "I didn't get to 300 pounds eating apples."

Now 49, the former talk-show host and frequent panelist on CBS's The Talk is trying to have her cake and eat it, too -- as long as it's portion-controlled and, in some cases, gluten-free and vegan. Love Bites by Carnie will go on sale later this year.


RIC FLAIR: WWE Legend Recovering After Surgery


Wrestling legend Ric Flair is recovering after "successful surgery" on Monday.

During the broadcast of Monday Night RAW, announcer Michael Cole said, "However, he is not out of the woods yet."

The 68-year-old "Nature Boy" was reportedly put in a medically induced coma before the procedure. There's still no word what he's suffering from. His camp will only say that Flair's dealing with "tough medical issues."

Despite reports, Flair’s rep tweeted that the surgery was not heart related. (USA Today)


BACHELOR IN PARADISE RECAP: An Abrupt Edit   


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Last night’s premiere of Bachelor in Paradise felt like one big tease.

ABC promised to show everything that led up to the sex scandal involving DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios. Their foreplay on the first day included a massage by DeMario and Corinne feeding him olives, followed by them in the pool fooling around.

Another contestant gave the play-by-play. (quote) “Corinne is fully dressed in the pool with DeMario. It is approximately 4:30 in the afternoon. Corinne and DeMario are already attached at the hip.”

Cutting to the next day seemed abrupt and confusing. Suddenly, DeMario flirts with Alexis Waters, while Corinne makes the moves on Vinny Ventiera. Not a hint of what went down the night before in a hot tub. The sexcapades forced ABC to halt production. Somebody needed to provide explanation or commentary on what happened. Maybe we’ll get that on the second night of the Bachelor in Paradise premiere. (Entertainment Tonight)


HOLLYWOOD BUZZ


Netflix has signed Shonda Rhimes to a multi-year production deal, Variety reports. That ends her 15-year relationship with ABC where she created such hits as Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. She'll continue to be involved in her current broadcast series as she develops new shows for the streaming service.

Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin will star in the Netflix series The Kominsky Method. In it, Douglas plays a once successful actor who is now an acting coach.

Michael Sheen and David Tennant have signed on to star in Good Omens, an adaptation of the Neil Gaiman - Terry Pratchett novel, at Amazon.


PHILLIP PHILLIPS: Back in Action


It's been a long wait, but Phillip Phillips finally has some new music out.

He released the single "Miles " this weekend. It seems to be inspired by what the singer has gone through over the past few years. He writes on Instagram that it is "about going through change, but not being alone while it’s happening. Just knowing that there is always light after dark."

The American Idol: Season 11 winner put his recording career on hold for nearly three years during a prolonged legal battle with the show's producers, 19 Entertainment. He claims the company, which continued to oversee his career after he won Idol, created an "oppressive" work environment.

With the lawsuits settled, Phillips is now working on his third album. You can check out "Miles" on YouTube. (Billboard)

 
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