Michael Avenatti Allegedly Embezzled $2.5 Million In A Hassan Whiteside Settlement

In new reports, Michael Avenatti has now been accused embezzling $2.5 million in a payment that was wired to him by the Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside, a payment meant for Whiteside’s ex in a settlement agreement.

Alexis Gardner, an actress and barista, hired Avenatti to seek a financial settlement prior to a potential lawsuit against Whiteside. The cause the dispute is unknown, however, Avenatti was able to reach a deal $3 million with Whiteside delivering on $2.75 million in the first payment in January 2017. 

Prosecutors say that Avenatti was to take $1 million in legal fees and deliver the remaining balance to Gardner. However, Avenatti pocketed $.5 million, putting the money toward a  private jet according to the Los Angeles Times.

Michael Avenatti Allegedly Embezzled $2.5 Million In A Hassan Whiteside Settlement

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The embezzlement was brought to the light through bank records and the indictment  the celebrity lawyer this month by a federal grand jury in Santa Ana. The indictment spans 36 counts, and identifies Whiteside and Gardner as “Individual 1” and “Individual 2,” respectively.

“We entered into a mutually agreed upon settlement more than two years ago following the end our relationship; a settlement that reflected Alexis’ investment time and supports over a number years as Hassan pursued a career in the NBA,” Whiteside and Gardner told the Los Angeles Times in a joint statement.

“It is unfortunate that something that was meant to be kept private between us is now being publicly reported. We have both moved on amicably and wish nothing but the best for each other.”

DMX Joins Murda Beatz On Stage At Coachella

In Weekend 2 his Coachella debut, Murda Beatz kept the surprises coming as he brought out DMX for delivery the legend’s “Ruff Ryder’s Anthem.”

Throughout the week, the Canadian producer teased that he had something up his sleeve but after such a stellar showing last weekend, there was no telling what direction he’d take things this time.

During Weekend 1, he brought out A$AP Ferg and Rich The kids to the crowd’s delight, a decision he says was made at the last minute.

“It’s kind a spur the moment thing. ASAP Ferg, he’s the fucking festival God, I was just like ‘Yo I’m at Coachella, I need to bring out ASAP Ferg!'” he told Variety. “Me and him have a relationship already, we’ve never made any music together but been in the studio a bunch times. I hit him up and he was down. Shout out Rich the Kid, that’s my dog. Been my brother for seven years. I met him with the Migos a long time ago.”

On Sunday (Apruil 21st), DMX is scheduled to hit the stage again alongside Kanye West in the Coachella edition his Sunday Service. Lauryn Hill is expected to make an appearance as well.

Beyonce Reportedly Has Two More Netflix Specials Following "Homecoming"

Beyonce‘s 2018 Coachella performance was legendary. A year after the event, Bey and Netlifx teamed up to release Homecoming, a documentary that takes fans behind the scenes for what will be considered one Beyonce’s most historic moments. Beyonce was the first Black women to ever headline Coachella, making it more than just a moment for her career. It was a moment for the culture. The documentary also touches on Beyonce’s pregnancy, and her insane regimen to get back in shape to take the stage. 

According to VarietyHomecoming was just the first three specials with Netlifx. The site reports that Bey agreed to a massive $60 million deal to stream the specials directly on Netflix. Variety claims ( Vulture) that HBO was interested in airing the specials since they have a relationship with the Carters. HBO aired Beyonce’s 2016 Lemonade film, her 2014 On the Run Tour concert special with Jay-Z, and the 2013 documentary Life Is But a Dream. Netflix approached camp Carter with a more lucrative fer though. Beyonce fans can expect the future specials to come with accompanying music as well. Homecoming came along with a surprise 40-track album that includes two bonus songs, “Before I Let Go” and “I Been On.”

Snoop Dogg Shares Big-Time Throwback With Dr. Dre In 1991

Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre have had quite the legendary working relationship. Whenever they team up, something iconic is bound to take place. They’ve worked together for decades and both have enjoyed larger-than-life success because their contributions to music. Having been with each other from the start, Snoop has seen Dre’s career play out in front his eyes. The same can be said with the roles reversed too. The duo has too many hits for us to even consider listing them f. Snoop Dogg went back into his picture books today to look back on a specific studio session he had with Dr. Dre, sharing the moment on social media so his fans could reminisce with him.

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Snoop and Dre can both be seen behind the decks as they listened to some music from the then-unreleased Chronic. As you know, the album went on to become an absolute masterpiece and a necessity for any hip-hop fan’s collection. Snoop appears on the majority songs from The Chronic, continuing his solid relationship with Dre for years afterwards. The album was released in late 1992 but as you can tell from this throwback shot, Dre was working on it for a while before then. The photo is dated from 1991.

Many are pointing out that Snoop looks a bit like Nipsey Hussle in the comments. What do you think?

T.I.’s Wife Tiny Shares Secrets To Steamy Marriage

This past Monday marked the premiere  T.I. & Tiny: Friends and Family Hustle, the couple’s return on at reality television since their reconciliation. As such, the celebrity couple opened up their homes to viewers as they undergo the daily challenges underlying  family and friendships. The couple met in back in 2001 and have been married since 2010, they share a total 3 children while also caring for kids from external relationships. Since their unison, the couple faced several challenges which regularly became topic chatter. From cheating scandals to pregnancy scares, the majority the family’s experiences remained closely followed by the public. Now with a new leaf turned forward, the couple may focus on bigger, better things. 

In a recent interview with Page Six, Tameka Tiny Harris, T.I.‘s wife  many years and former member the hit girl-group Xscape sat down with the magazine to fer tips on keeping things hot in a marriage. And Ms. Harris is not one to shy away from sex talk. Her infamous & live educational conversation on sexual encounters with her son King during a family dinner may attest to that.  According to the mother, the first celebri-tea tip is to keep things exciting and spontaneous within the relationship. She cites “sexy vacations” as a good example the latter: “it makes you feel sexy and makes you want to do sexy things.” Moreover, she cites the importance wearing things your partner likes. She cheekily adds in that in her case, her man Tip prefers when she wears nothing. These may be useful tips for anyone looking to keep things hot, thanks Tiny!

The Jackson Estate Hits Back at HBO and Leaving Neverland's Dan Reed

Will the Michael Jackson estate follow through on its threat to sue Leaving Neverland producer/director Dan Reed?

In late February, the Michael Jackson estate made good on its promise.

The late King of Pop’s family HBO for $100 million at Los Angeles Superior Court.

With the cable network’s decision to air the controversial Leaving Neverland documentary, HBO apparently violated a 1992 non-disparagement agreement.  The late pop singer’s family claims the documentary is based on false accusations.

In addition, Jackson’s accusers – two men who have previously claimed he never molested them – have a financial motive to lie about the abuse.

Now, the Jackson family has asked a judge for arbitration.

The war against HBO and Dan Reed heats up.

In the documentary Leaving Neverland, director/producer Dan Reed investigates how the late pop singer reportedly started a relationship with two young boys – aged 7 and 10 – along with their families.  At the peak of his fame, the two men – Wade Robson and James Safechuck – claim that the King of Pop sexually abused them multiple times.

Soon after, HBO and the UK’s Channel 4 picked up the rights to air the controversial four-hour documentary.

The lawsuit eventually shifted to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Aiming to push the case back to state court, Jackson’s estate asked a California federal judge on Monday to send the lawsuit to arbitration.

As stated earlier, in 1992, HBO had agreed to never disparage the singer in exchange for exclusive footage from Jackson’s Dangerous World Tour.

Citing the Federal Arbitration Act, the estate has strongly pushed for arbitration,

Apparently, HBO was happy to rely on the fact that deceased persons cannot sue for defamation, and thus saw no need to comply with any sort of journalistic ethics at all.

Unlike HBO, the estate is not interested in playing games and wants a real process to expose HBO’s lack of journalistic integrity.”

Maintaining Jackson’s innocence, his family called the documentary “lies.”  The petition further slammed Robson and Safechuck as “admitted perjurers.”

Michael Jackson can never be silenced.  His music and artistry live, as does his innocence.

They will long outlast false claims, gossip, and allegations spread by those who seek to make money off him.

Fighting back against the motion to return the case to Los Angeles Superior Court, an HBO spokesperson said a federal court remains the “appropriate place” for the case.

Separately, speaking about the fallout in a new interview, Michael Jackson estate co-executor John Branca said he has considered suing Dan Reed.

Those people made up a goddamn story because they wanted money and we will not allow that to go unchecked – it’s that simple.

[Reed’s] documentary is replete with inaccuracies, lies, and stuff they knew not to be true.  They should be ashamed of themselves”.

He added the laws surrounding defamation should change.

Because the laws of defamation are what they are, there is nothing we can do or say.  The man can be damaged, his kids can be hurt and theoretically, nothing can be done.

“I’m going to suggest the law should be changed to protect the deceased at least for a period of time.  Because it’s about the truth, it’s about fairness, and it’s about balance.

 


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Jadakiss & Joe Budden Discuss The Industry’s Games And Politics

Joe Budden‘s Pull Up series has released a new episode, featuring none other than the legendary Jadakiss. While the conversation is interesting throughout, it really kicks f when the pair get deep into the industry talk. Budden marvels that Def Jam, at least from an outsider’s perspective, looks to remain in a state disarray. “I got signed in 01, 02,” reflects Budden. “We’re talking seventeen years later.”

Jada acknowledges the craziness the situation before breaking down some his rationale in signing a Def Jam deal in the first place. “I think I think too much, I do a lot extra excessive thinking that makes me nervous,” admits Jada. “I came f Interscope, which probably was a big mistake. I went over there when Jay was in fice, I signed with Roc-a-Fella, Def Jam. It felt good, I did alright numbers. The budget was cool. But I had a feeling Jay] was going to leave.”

Jadakiss & Joe Budden Discuss The Industry's Games And Politics

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“I did good when Hov was there,” he reflects. “I did good when LA Reid was there. LA never told me no. LA opened the floodgates for Jay.” Budden, a noted LA Reid hater, chimes in. “I’m alone in my disdain for LA Reid, because all the artists have that story.” Jadakiss laughs. “He gave the bag away! He used to give that money up. I got love for LA.” He proceeds to lament the rise some the smaller players, which inadvertently led to an elaborate industry web, and a tangled one at that.

When he lost his friend and business partner Icepick Jay, Jada found himself facing label executives without a buffer. Budden proceeds to ask if he ever felt the meetings were a useless formality, prompting a notable frustration from Jada. “For the most part, we already know, when we hand them the music and play it, and get a little strategy for it, and go on tour and sell a little merch…All the meetings sometimes spoil the relationship.” 

“Me and the Lox, we’re cut and dry,” says Jada. “Say what it is, look each other in the eye, both handle our thing. I guess you gotta play the game…I don’t know what the game is.” Should you enjoy a little bit industry talk, from two men with vastly different experiences with said industry, this is a much watch. Check the full episode Pull Up below, and respect to Jadakiss and Joe for keeping it a buck throughout. 

Wiz Khalifa Rolls Up New 4/20 Project "The Good Fly Young"

At this point, marijuana smoke and Wiz Khalifa go hand-in-hand, a tried and true relationship stronger than any interpersonal connection. Now, with 4/20 set to arrive on this coming Saturday, the Khalifa Kush baron will make sure to provide a worthy soundtrack for anyone smoking up for the cause. The rapper took to Twitter to announce his intentions, revealing that he’ll be dropping a new project on the budsmoker’s holiday, marking his first release since the Curren$y-assisted 2009. 

He proceeds to reveal the project’s name, Fly Times Vol 1: The Good Fly Young, listing f some the producers he’s secured. Look for contributions from ID Labs, CardoGotWings, DJ Fresh, Harry Fraud, Statik Selektah, and possibly more. As for guests, Khalifa has brought Problem, Curren$y, Chevy Woods, Sosamann, The Mxxnlight, and Ty Dolla $ign into his smoker’s circle. While some might have expected a few smoke-friendly loosies from Khalifa, it’s clear that he’s looking to make a lasting impression on this coming 4/20. Come Saturda, it might behoove you to set a reminder. Or possibly several.  

Amber Heard Details Abuse By Johnny Depp A.K.A. "The Monster"

Amber Heard has ficially responded to Johnny Depp’s $50 million dollar defamation lawsuit after the actress accused him physical abuse after their year marriage. According toPage Six, Amber has gone on record to detail many horrible moments getting abused by Johnny where his addiction to certain substances brought out “The Monster.”

“About a year into our relationship, I began to witness Johnny abusing drugs and alcohol … On some occasions, when Johnny simultaneously used both illegal narcotics and prescription medications I have had to get him medical attention. Whenever he was using, I worried for both us. He would become a totally different person, ten delusional and violent. We called that version Johnny, ‘the Monster,’” she explained.

Amber detailed a time she was on a plane with Johnny and he got so annihilated that he began taunting her about a love scene she did with James Franco in a film. 

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“On the flight, Johnny ordered the flight attendants to give him an oxygen tank, and drank heavily. Johnny’s handlers told me that he was upset that I was filming a movie with a romantic scene with James Franco the day before. Soon, Johnny began to throw objects at me. Instead reacting to his behavior, I simply moved seats. That didn’t stop him. He provocatively pushed a chair at me as I walked by, yelled at me, and taunted me by yelling out the name ‘James Franco.’”

Johnny eventually passed out in the plane’s bathroom after he kicked Amber in the back and threw his shoes at her. Amber still has text messages sent to her by Johnny, that read his lengthy apologies after being told by security what he did to his wife once he sobered up. “My illness somehow crept up and grabbed me … I must get better . . . Again, I am so sorry, so sorry. … I love you and I feel so bad for letting you down,” one text wrote. 

Read Amber’s full account here.

Michael Avenatti Indicted On 36 Federal Counts Including Fraud & Embezzlement

Michael Avenatti’s worst fears have been confirmed, as the hotshot attorney has been indicted on 36 separate Federal counts. To make matters worse, the overlapping charges might interfere with his client-based relationships, both past, and present. Avenatti stands accused embezzlement, wire fraud, tax evasion, bankruptcy fraud, and bank fraud, and several other lesser white collar crimes.

Michael Avenatti Indicted On 36 Federal Counts Including Fraud & Embezzlement

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Worst all, Avenatti may very have taken advantage a disabled person, with whom he stands accused pilfering millions dollars. As CNN went about describing him, Avenatti is one the highest prile attorneys in the United States, based on his work in the past year or so.

Wednesday’s indictment follows informal arraignments in both Los Angeles and New York City, none which pertain to the allegations waged against him by Nike’s executive branch. The company is believed to be readying a class action suit over $20 million they say he extorted through a tertiary party.

For that, a separate trial will be held at the Federal Government’s discretion. In a statement posted on his Twitter this afternoon, Avenatti addressed the “bogus nonsense” he felt was coming from his critics. Within the same address, Avenatti reiterated his desire to remain a pressional through and through. Before taking on the R. Kelly trial, Avenatti made a name for himself by representing Stormy Daniels in her solicitation suit against the nation’s current president Donald Trump.

"Game Of Thrones" Badass To Play Bruce Wayne On "Titans"

With Game Of Thrones having wrapped filming, it won’t be surprising to see the talented ensemble cast members start picking up their next projects. Now, it would appear that eight-season alumni Iain Glen, known for his portrayal as the grizzled, fightin’ pit winning, Dothraki slaying, Grayscale surviving, bestie to Daenerys, Ser Jorah Mormont. While his fate in the upcoming season remains unknown (a friend mine and I have a gentleman’s wager going), it would appear that Glen is already lining up to secure the DC bag.

A report from Deadline indicates that he’ll be joining the cast DC’s Titans, donning the iconic cape and cowl as Bruce Wayne. The series is getting set to return for its second season, and the ficial character description from the producers provides a hint toward the direction his arc: “After decades fighting crime as Batman, billionaire Bruce Wayne is just as driven to protect Gotham from evil as he was in his prime. Needing to reconcile his relationship with Dick Grayson, the duo hope to forge a new dynamic as Bruce tries to help his former sidekick and the Titans achieve success.”

Game Of Thrones fans already know that Ser Jorah Mormont is not to be trifled with, and given Glen’s notable gravitas, he’ll likely make an incredible Batman. And one with immense bat honor, at that. Anyone watch Titans out there? 

"Game Of Thrones" Badass To Play Bruce Wayne On "Titans"

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PPL Reaches Record Q1 International Revenue Distribution

British collecting society PPL has reported its largest Q1 international revenue distribution.

For the first quarter of 2019, the company for performers and labels collected £16.1 million ($21 million) from over 50 global collective management organizations (CMOs).

Marking a record distribution of international revenue, PPL distributed the money to 40,000 performers and recording rightsholders.  This figure exceeds the previous record Q1 distribution, which took place in 2017.  The British collecting society had allocated £15.7 million ($22 million at the historic conversion rate) to 33,000 performers and recording rightsholders.

As the name suggests, PPL’s international collections service collects money from overseas CMOs for members’ music broadcasted and played publicly.  This includes recorded music played on TV, radio, several streaming services, and private copying.  The British collecting society stated this money remains “an increasingly important revenue stream” for performers and rightsholders.

Attributing its continued success to the “breadth” of its international relationships, PPL confirmed ten payments were over half a million pounds (more than $653,000) each.  Following a bilateral agreement between PPL and AKIE, an Albanian performers society, the company’s Q1 2019 distribution included a first-ever payment from Albania.

PPL now has 92 international collection agreements in place across Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America.

Speaking about the record distribution figure, Peter Leathem, PPL’s CEO, said,

Today’s record Q1 distribution comes off the back of our announcement in January that our international collections grew by 40%in 2018 to £70.9 million ($92.7 million).

These achievements are made possible by the expertise and hard work of the staff throughout the company and we will be working hard throughout 2019 to maximize revenue for those are entitled to receive payments from PPL.

Praising the company’s “position and specialist knowledge” in the global music industry, Lauren Oxenbury, Director of International, added,

We continue to invest, along with our fellow CMOs, in raising the quality of data and the efficiency with which it’s exchanged around the world.

This means we can be faster and more accurate in our identification of music use on a global scale, and therefore distribute more royalties to PPL performers and recording rightsholders.

 


 

Jennifer Hudson Doesn’t Want To Pay Housing, Spousal Support To Ex David Otunga: Report

After being engaged for nearly eight years, Jennifer Hudson and fiancé David Otunga called it quits on their relationship back in 2017. Since that time, the two have gone toe-to-toe in the courts, facing f over custody or finances. The legal battles continue as Hudson is doing her best to not have to pay Otunga spousal support or provide money to pay for his housing.

According to court documents obtained by The BlastOtunga says that during their relationship, he was the primary caregiver to their son. Hudson says that this claim is false because he spent much his time on tour wrestling with the WWE. The document also accuses Otunga pursuing “a career path identical to Jennifer’s evidenced by his promoting himself for his role in ‘Madea’s Family Funeral.'” She hopes that because this, a court will see that she’s not an unfit parent because her entertainment career.

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“To accept David’s proposition that because he is present, he is a better parent would be to do a disservice to working parents in general and to Jennifer in particular,” says the document. There is also an issue with having to be responsible for paying for Otunga’s housing, saying that if he had a consistent job he would be able to afford it himself. “Nothing entitles David to live in a home identical to Jennifer’s.”

She also “denies that the child support should extend to housing subsidies for David when the parties were never married” and “having a child with a celebrity should not be the basis to treat David like someone who has given birth to a child and who has no means supporting the child. Jennifer is the one who gave birth to the minor child, who had the minor child with her as she traveled prior to the difficulties the parties experienced in their relationship.”

The former couple were reportedly supposed to go to court this month but delayed the hearing in an effort to reach a settlement instead. The new hearing is set for next month. When the two split back in 2017, Hudson received an order protection against David, accusing him pushing her while she was holding their son. Otunga denied that he ever put his hands on the singer.

Jennifer Lopez & Diddy Credited For Their 2000s Matchmaking Skills

Back when Jennifer Lopez and Diddy were a couple (in the year 2000) they did more than just woe their adoring fans. According to publicist Beth Katz Meiselas and legal representative Kenny Meiselas, Jennifer and Diddy also played a major part in bringing them together for their lasting relationship.

“We kind celebrate the Grammys as our anniversary,” Beth told Variety. “Our love story is forever immortalized in the ‘E! True Hollywood Story’ about J.Lo. If you look at footage her walking the red carpet Grammy night in that famous dress, you can see me and Kenny, who was with Puff, in the background.” Since both Beth and Kenny’s clients were staying at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Diddy had a plan to get Kenny looking fresh and clean to woe Beth at a pre-Grammy party. 

Jennifer Lopez & Diddy Credited For Their 2000s Matchmaking Skills
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“He said to me, ‘Before your first date, if you want to go out with Beth Katz, you need to step up your game,’ ” Kenny recalled. “So he took me over to Rodeo Drive, and we went into Versace and he picked up two suits. Then we went across the street to Cartier and he made me try on 50 pairs sunglasses. Puff said to me, ‘If you want to step it up, you need to buy 20 pairs.’ I said, ‘I’m going to buy two pairs.’”

Beth, unfortunately, missed the party and Puff advised Kenny to forget about his crush, but he did just the opposite. “I felt really bad about missing the party]thing. So I asked him to join me the following night for MusiCares. I had Pharrell Williams] and Joni Mitchell and Diana Krall there,” Beth explained. “I remember coming to this party and there were thousands people trying to get in. And Kenny came with me. And at one point, J. Lo turns to me and says, ‘See? He’s so cute! I knew you’d like him.’”

The couple has now been married since 2004 and shares a blended family four. “I think the fact that we share a common interest and that we both love music is a factor,” Kenny explained. “We have the same clients, we overlap. We’ve been through crises together, we’ve been through amazing moments together. And we talk.”

Pete Davidson Is Back On Instagram After Monthly Hiatus

A few months back Pete Davidson was posting some troubling messages on social media that left fans and friends very worried. “I really don’t want to be on this earth anymore. i’m doing my best to stay here for you but i actually don’t know how much longer i can last. All i’ve ever tried to do was help people. just remember i told you so,” he wrote in one post

A few weeks after, Pete removed himself from Instagram completely and now close to five months later the SNL star is back on the ‘Gram. His resurgence on the app was made to announce an upcoming comedy tour he’s taking part in alongside John Mulaney for just three dates. The video to accompany the announcement looks to be a little throwback to when Pete was a kid.

As we know, Pete’s latest love interest is Kate Beckinsale who is 20-years his senior. The Set It Up actor previously discussed his relationship since “people have a crazy fascination” with it. 

“It doesn’t really bother us, but then again I’m new to this,” he said. “So if you have questions about a relationship with a big age difference, just ask Leonardo DiCaprio, Jason Statham, Michael Douglas, Richard Gere, Jeff Goldblum, Scott Disick, Dane Cook, Derek Jeter, Bruce Willis, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee, Alec Baldwin, Sean Penn and whoever the president France is.”