JANET JACKSON: “A Prisoner in Her Own Home”
Since April, Janet Jackson has endured a bitter divorce battle in London.
She’s demanded sole custody of their son, Eissa. According the Janet’s family, her husband Wissam Al Mana is unfit to be a parent.
Her older brother Randy Jackson told People magazinehow badly Janet’s marriage deteriorated. (quote) “It was quite an abusive situation -- verbal abuse -- being made to feel like a prisoner in her own home. No pregnant woman needs to go through being called a bitch everyday.”
Al Mana's attorney refused to respond to Randy Jackson's "deeply hurtful allegations.”
REBEL WILSON: Wins $3.6 Million in Defamation Case
A jury awarded Rebel Wilson 4.5 million Australian dollars in a defamation case against an Australian tabloid.
Outside the courthouse Wednesday morning, her attorney declared, (quote) “As Rebel would say, we ‘crushed it.’ Today's verdict is about four-times the highest previous verdict in a defamation case in Australia.”
Two years ago, Woman’s Day magazine reported how Rebel shaded the truth about her age, blue collar background and changed her name all to improve her odds of making it in Hollywood.
Rebel’s legal team successfully argued that the tabloid attempted a “malicious and deliberate take-down” over eight stories in the magazine. The stain on her reputation persuaded two movie studios to not cast her in roles. (ABC News, Australia)
JAMES WOODS: Amber Tamblyn Joins the Critics
James Woods is really catching heat for his "NAMBLA" critique of the gay romance Call Me by Your Name.
Over the weekend, Woods tweeted about the film, which depicts an affair between a 24-year-old and a 17-year-old, "As they quietly chip away the last barriers of decency. #NAMBLA" Star Armie Hammer fired back first, noting that he once dated a 19-year-old when he was in his 60s. When that relationship ended, he started one with a 20-year-old.
And now actress Amber Tamblyn has chimed in. She replied to Hammer's tweet, "James Woods tried to pick me and my friend up at a restaurant once. He wanted to take us to Vegas. 'I'm 16,' I said. 'Even better,' he said."
Woods has apparently blocked Hammer on Twitter. (Entertainment Tonight)
AARON CARTER: I'm Not Suicidal
Aaron Carter says he's not suicidal -- and blames his family for spreading the rumors.
As we've reported, police were summoned to Aaron's house three times in a day last week -- and one of those times was over a purported concern that he was going to harm himself. But Aaron says that call came from a family member with an agenda and insists he doesn't even talk to anyone in his family except his mother.
TMZ also reports that Aaron has found a new girlfriend -- a young woman named Chloe, who he met at a meet-and-greet.
Star Wars: Episode 9 has its savior. No, it's not a Jedi -- it's J.J. Abrams, who'll write and direct the final installment in the series. The flick has been in turmoil -- most recently, former director Colin Tevorrow severed ties with Lucasfilm.
John Oliver has reupped with HBO to bring us Last Week Tonight through 2020.
TMZ reports that Bobbi Kristina's estate has joined her father Bobby Brown in trying to block a TV One bio-pic about her life. Brown says the movie wrongly depicts him as abusive. It's set to air next month.
Glee's Jane Lynch will guest star in an episode of NBC's re-booted Will and Grace. The new season kicks off on September 28th, but there's no word on when Lynch will appear.
Fergie doubled the sexiness for the latest clip from her Double Dutchess visual album -- by bringing Nicki Minaj on board to add the hook to "You Already Know." Fans with a knack for musical history will recognize the main riff, sampled from Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock's massive '90s hit "It Takes Two."