Prince Harry and Elton John Sue UK Newspaper

A group of individuals including Prince Harry and Sir Elton John have launched legal action against the publisher of the Daily Mail newspaper over phone hacking allegations.

A law firm acting for some members of the group announced the action on Thursday against Associated Newspapers.

The action claims the individuals “have become aware of compelling and highly distressing evidence” they have been “victims of abhorrent criminal activity” and “gross breaches of privacy by Associated Newspapers”.

The statement released by law firm Hamlims claims breaches of privacy by the publisher, including placing listening devices inside people’s cars and homes as well as commissioning the bugging of live, private telephone calls.

Also in the group is Baroness Doreen Lawrence, David Furnish, Elizabeth Hurley and Sadie Frost, the statement added.

Prince Harry and Sadie Frost are being represented by Hamlins LLP while Sir Elton John and Baroness Doreen Lawrence – the mother of murder victim Stephen Lawrence – are represented by gunnercooke.

The allegations include the commissioning of individuals to “surreptitiously listen into and record people’s live, private telephone calls whilst they were taking place” and the impersonation of individuals to obtain medical information from private hospitals, clinics, and treatment centres by deception.

Additional claims include the accessing of bank accounts, credit histories and financial transactions through illicit means and manipulation.

“These individuals have been the subject of public interest during the course of their careers and personal lives. They are united in their desire to live in a world where the press operates freely, yet responsibly. A press that represents truth, is sourced in fact and can be trusted to operate ethically and in the interests of the British public,” the statement said.

Prince Harry successfully sued Associated Newspapers in the past, with a judge ruling in July that parts of an article in The Mail On Sunday were defamatory.

And in 2021 he accepted an apology and “substantial damages” over false claims he snubbed the Royal Marines after stepping down as a senior royal.

This summer the Duke of Sussex launched a legal challenge against the Home Office over a decision to withdraw his permanent security team amid “tensions” around his exit from the royal family,

His legal counsel argued the decision was unfair because Prince Harry did not know details of how it was made and was not given the opportunity to make representations to the board involved.

A representative previously said that he wants to bring his children to visit from the US, but he and his family are “unable to return to his home” because it is too dangerous. In February 2020, the Executive Committee for the Protection of Royalty and Public Figures (known as Ravec) announced that the duke, his wife and children would no longer be automatically granted police protection on visits to the UK.

The High Court was told that the duke did not know the committee existed, or that members of the royal household were involved, and believed that its decisions were “independent”.

Meghan Markle also won damages following a three-year legal battle against Associated Newspapers for printing parts of a letter to her father.

Alec Baldwin Reaches Settlement in ‘Rust’ Shooting – Movie to Resume Filming

Alec Baldwin has reached a settlement with Halyna Hutchins’ family about the movie Rust.

Hutchins was working as director of photography on the film when a prop gun the 64-year-old actor was holding accidentally fired at her on set, causing fatal injuries.

In February, the cinematographer’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Baldwin and others involved in the production of Joel Souza’s American Western film.

However, a settlement has been made and Hutchins’ husband Matthew will now serve as executive producer on Rust, which is set to go ahead.

Matthew Hutchins, who shares a son with his late wife, said in a statement: “We have reached a settlement, subject to court approval, for our wrongful death case against the producers of Rust, including Alec Baldwin and Rust Movie Productions, LLC. As part of that settlement, our case will be dismissed.

“The filming of Rust, which I will now executive produce, will resume with all the original principal players on board in January 2023.

“I have no interest in engaging in recriminations or attribution of blame (to the producers or Mr. Baldwin). All of us believe Halyna’s death was a terrible accident.

“I am grateful that the producers and the entertainment community have come together to pay tribute to Halyna’s final work.”

Baldwin’s attorney, Luke Nikas of Quinn Emanuel, added: “Throughout this difficult process, everyone has maintained the specific desire to do what is best for Halyna’s son.

“We are grateful to everyone who contributed to the resolution of this tragic and painful situation.”

Souza was also injured in the prop gun misfire, although he recovered and was released from hospital shortly after.

In the latest news, it’s been revealed that he’ll return to Rust as director, saying in a statement: “Those of us who were lucky enough to have spent time with Halyna knew her to be exceedingly talented, kind, creative, and a source of incredible positive energy.

“I only wish the world had gotten to know her under different circumstances, as it surely would have through her amazing work.

“In my own attempts to heal, any decision to return to finish directing the film could only make sense for me if it was done with the involvement of Matt and the Hutchins family.

“Though certainly bittersweet, I am pleased that together, we will now complete what Halyna and I started.

“My every effort on this film will be devoted to honoring Halyna’s legacy and making her proud. It is a privilege to see this through on her behalf.”

Kanye West Calls BLM a ‘Scam’ Amid ‘White Lives Matter’ Shirt Uproar

Despite fierce backlash from black celebrities — including a walkout from Jaden Smith — Kanye “Ye” West is not apologizing for his controversial “White Lives Matter” attire during Paris fashion week in France.

In fact, the 45-year-old rapper recently doubled down on his criticism of Black Lives Matter in a Tuesday Instagram story.

“Everyone knows that Black Lives Matter was a scam,” he declared, seemingly referencing the group’s multiple multimillion-dollar scandals. “Now its over You’re welcome.”

The Chicago-born rapper was addressing the controversy that began after he donned a T-shirt emblazoned with “White Lives Matter” while staging a surprise Yeezy fashion show that showcased his Season 9 clothing line. Various models, including Lauryn Hill’s 23-year-old daughter Selah Marley, also hit the runway in shirts bearing the slogan, which was created by white supremacists in response to the Black Lives Matter movement. It has since been labeled a “hate slogan” by the Anti-Defamation League.

Needless to say, the inflammatory fashion statement sparked a firestorm of backlash from celebrities of color, including Temple University Professor Marc Lamont Hill and Jaden Smith, son of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith.

“I Had To Dip Lol,” tweeted Jaden after walking out of West’s fashion show in protest. He continued his criticism in a series of follow-up tweets: “True Leaders Lead. I Don’t Care Who’s It Is If I Don’t Feel The Message I’m Out. Black Lives Matter. We Demand A More Progressive Future.”

“Kanye West decision to wear a ‘White Lives Matter’ shirt is disgusting, dangerous and irresponsible,” Marc Lamont Hill fumed on Twitter. “Some of y’all will rush to defend him. You should ask yourselves why.”

In response to the outrage, West doubled down on his anti-BLM antics. Along with the aforementioned statement, the “Jesus Walks” singer also posed with conservative pundit Candace Owens for a photo that showed them wearing matching “WLM” shirts, which also feature the Pope’s face on the front.

Both celebs have been outspoken in their criticism of Black Lives Matter, which has come under fire after BLM leaders allegedly embezzled money from the organization to fund lavish lifestyles. Last month, BLM head Shalomyah Bowers was accused of “siphoning” more than $10 million in fees from donors to pay his consulting firm.

Black Lives Matter issued a statement after, denying wrongdoing. “Under Shalomyah Bowers’ leadership and the work of Bowers Consulting, BLMGNF has charted a path of responsibility,” the statement read. “The exact opposite of what Melina Abdullah and BLM Grassroots’ baseless lawsuit claims.”

Meanwhile, in March, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors allegedly used charity funds to pay her brother and child’s father eye-watering sums of cash for various services, according to tax documents filed with the IRS.

Cullors issued a statement after, admitting to throwing parties with funds but denying further wrongdoing.

“The idea that [the foundation] received millions of dollars and then I hid those dollars in my bank account is absolutely false,” she said. “That’s a false narrative. It’s impacted me personally and professionally, that people would accuse me of stealing from Black people.”

Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen Hire Divorce Attorneys

Megastar couple and Gisele Bündchen have reportedly retained divorce lawyers, signaling a possible end to their 13-year marriage.

NBC News reported Tuesday that the seven-time Super Bowl champion and supermodel had both hired divorce attorneys. The couple has been living separately in recent weeks, a source close to the couple told CNN.

Brady and Bündchen have been married since 2009 and have two children together, ages 9 and 12. Brady also has a 15-year-old son with his ex, actor Bridget Moynahan.

Brady and Bündchen have been married since 2009 and share two children, Benjamin Rein, 12, and Vivian Lake, 9. (Photo: Karwai Tang via Getty Images)

Brady, 45, retired from the NFL in February only to reverse his decision the following month to announce a return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for another season.

In an interview published last month, Bündchen told Elle that she had concerns about Brady’s return to the sport. 

“Obviously, I have my concerns ― this is a very violent sport and I have my children and I would like him to be more present,” she told the magazine. “I have definitely had those conversations with him over and over again. But ultimately, I feel that everybody has to make a decision that works for [them]. He needs to follow his joy, too.”

Brady took an 11-day leave of absence from training camp in August, which the coach said was to “deal with personal things.”

Both Brady and Bündchen, who has her own product lines and various beauty and fragrance deals, have repeatedly appeared on Forbes’ list of the world’s richest celebrities.

New Horrific Details Emerge on Brad Pitt’s Alleged Violence Towards Angelina Jolie & Their Children

It’s hard to believe that six years after Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s split, their divorce is still playing out in court. While they have been officially declared single, their child custody case and the battle over their French winery, Chateau Miraval, continue to plague them. The latest details emerging from their battle give fans an insider view of how horrific the 2016 plane ride that led to their split actually was.

Jolie filed a cross-complaint on Tuesday against her ex as a part of their winery case with her lawyers alleging that Pitt asked her to sign “a nondisclosure agreement that would have contractually prohibited her from speaking outside of court about Pitt’s physical and emotional abuse of her and their children” before he would agree to buy her shares of the vineyard, according to documents obtained by The New York Times. While that seems unfair, it’s the new information that she released with this filing that is absolutely jaw-dropping and horrific.

While the details about Pitt pouring beer on Jolie emerged as a part of her case against the FBI, it’s the additional parts that add more context to the scary altercation. The 47-year-old mother of six claims that “Pitt choked one of the children and struck another in the face” and also “grabbed Jolie by the head and shook her.”

This is the first time it has been publicly revealed that Pitt may have struck one or more of their children on that plane in 2016. While the FBI agent on the case recommended that charges be filed against Pitt for domestic violence, it was the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles who declined to pursue the case.

Jolie eventually sold her shares of Chateau Miraval to a Russian oligarch, which did not please Pitt very much. That’s why they are in this legal battle and both sides are using every tactic they have to win the case. The disagreement may be about business, but it’s the personal details that are showing the marriage was not as glamorous as their red-carpet status led fans to believe.

Wheel of Fortune’s Pat Sajak Shuts Down Celebrity Contestant

Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak has shut down a contestant for calling him by a strange name during Sunday’s new episode.

Season 3 of the game show spinoff has aired three episodes so far, and the latest showing featured guests Kristen Schaal, Kevin McKidd, and Ron Funches.

During the new Celebrity Wheel of Fortune episode, contestant Kristen surprised the host when she called him by a name he’s not used to hearing.

The moment came after the Mysterious Benedict Society star made it to the first bonus round.

Pat told her: “So, we’re going to show you three categories. 

“You pick one that seems attractive to you for the bonus round: Phrase, Around the House, or Things.”

She quickly replied: “Take me around that house, Patrick!”

Though Patrick is the host’s full name, fans and the TV personality alike found it strange for him to be called by the moniker, as he’s always gone by the shortened version throughout his career.

Even when he hosted his own talk show in the late-80s, early-90s, it was titled The Pat Sajak Show instead of The Patrick Sajak Show.

As such, the 75-year-old tried to shut that down real quick, telling the celebrity contest: “Only my mother calls me Patrick!”

Viewers were just as confused by Kristen’s decision to call the host by his full first name, after hearing just the clipped version over the course of his 41-year run with the Wheel of Fortune franchise.

One shocked fan tweeted: “Kristen is going to the bonus round! Did she call Pat ‘Patrick’? #CelebrityWheelofFortune”

Another pointed out that the contestant referred to him by his full name multiple times and insisted: “She won’t stop calling pat sajak ‘Patrick’ and it is killing me!”

Celebrity Wheel of Fortune contestants have been surprising fans with their wild comments and puzzle solves a lot lately.

Aside from Kristen’s moment, Snoop Dogg also shocked viewers during the season 3 premiere episode.

The rapper had quite a few incorrect answers, but it was just how far off he was with those responses that sent everyone over the edge.

For one puzzle, he guessed, “Baking onions,” instead of the right answer of “Baking brownies.”

He looked pained by his failure to get this one, in particular, correct, with fellow contestant Amanda Seales even telling the rapper: “You should know that! That’s your whole bag!’

While another contestant, Mark Duplass, joked: “Martha [Stewart] is gonna be disappointed. Martha’s gonna be upset!”

Some of Snoop’s other incorrect solves included “Toilet atlas,” “Swallowing the not,” and “Airport teacher.”

Each one had Celeb Wheel of Fortune viewers and the stars, alike, cracking up over their absurdities.

One fan joked: “@celebritywof BAKING ONIONS will be on both the highlight and blooper reel for a long time.”

Another wrote: “Snoop’s guesses on #CelebrityWheelofFortune were truly next-level hilarious.”

A third guessed: “Pretty sure the record is being broken for the most incorrect solve attempts in a single episode of Wheel. #CelebrityWheelOfFortune”

The host and viewers at home were both shocked as they weren't used to hearing his full name, as he's gone by the shortened version throughout his career
The host and viewers at home were both shocked as they weren’t used to hearing his full name, as he’s gone by the shortened version throughout his careerCredit: Hulu

Loretta Lynn, Feisty First Lady of Country Music, Dies at 90

Loretta Lynn, the acclaimed singer and songwriter whose ascent from a small Kentucky coal-mining community to national country music stardom became the stuff of Hollywood legend, has died. She was 90. 

In a statement provided to The Associated Press, Lynn’s family said she died Tuesday at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. In May 2017, she suffered a stroke that ended her touring career.

Lynn’s life story was memorably told in the Michael Apted-directed Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980) based on her 1976 memoir. Sissy Spacek won the best actress Oscar and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of the singer, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame since 1988.

Survivors include younger sister (and fellow country star) Crystal Gayle.

Beyond the dramatic particulars of her life, Lynn, who recorded 16 No. 1 country singles and won three Grammy Awards, was among music’s groundbreaking female singing stars.

She became one of the industry’s brightest luminaries in an era when men dominated country. She wrote much of her hit material, and it was sharply penned stuff, crafted from the point of view of a woman (usually a married one) who would take no guff from her man. And she did not shrink from controversial subject matter.

She was born Loretta Webb on April 14, 1932, in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky. “I’m always making Butcher Hollow sound like it’s the most backward part of the United States — and I think maybe it is,” she wrote in her autobiography.

The second eldest of coal miner Melvin Webb’s eight children, she grew up in sometimes dire poverty in the heart of the Great Depression. One of the few distractions she had was the radio; 11-year-old Loretta became enamored of the Grand Ole Opry and its early female star, Molly O’Day.

At age 15, she married Oliver Lynn, known by his nicknames “Doolittle” and “Mooney.” A year later, the couple moved from Kentucky to Custer, Washington, a town of a few hundred near Bellingham. By 18, Lynn had four children. (Two more would follow.)

Encouraged by her husband, Lynn began singing in Washington clubs. In 1950, Don Grashey of tiny Zero Records arranged a session for her in Los Angeles. Backed by top-flight guitarists Speedy West and Roy Lanham, she cut her composition “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl,” inspired in part by Kitty Wells’ 1952 hit “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonky Angels.”

With tireless promotion by the country neophyte, the song became a surprise hit, and Lynn was soon touring with the Wilburn Brothers and appearing on the Grand Ole Opry. She was signed by the major label Decca Records in 1961, and the title of her first top 10 hit for the company harbingered the rest of her career: “Success.”

A run of chart-topping country singles followed, sung in a warm voice but taking a tough-minded stance. Just the names of many of these hits telegraph Lynn’s point of view: “You Ain’t Woman Enough” (No. 2, 1966), “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)” (No. 1, 1966), “What Kind of a Girl (Do You Think I Am?)” (No. 5, 1967), “Fist City” (No. 1, 1968) and “Your Squaw Is on the Warpath” (No. 3, 1968).

Other signature tunes by Lynn took an autobiographical tack; these included 1965’s “Blue Kentucky Girl” (memorably covered by Emmylou Harris) and 1970’s No. 1 single “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

In 1971 — the year she charted her biggest solo hit, “One’s On the Way” — Lynn began a productive collaboration with labelmate Conway Twitty. The pair’s No. 1 duet “After the Fire Is Gone” was followed by a dozen more top 10 country singles.

In 1975, as the national debate over women’s liberation continued to roil, Lynn incited comment with her song “The Pill.” The tune, which reached No. 5 on the country chart, was, in her words, “about how the man keeps the woman barefoot and pregnant over the years.” It was one of the best examples of the no-nonsense spunk of her songwriting.

Lynn continued to chart records through the ’80s, but her recording career slowed and then stopped.

She re-entered the scene at age 70 in 2004 through the agency of an unlikely fan and collaborator: Jack White, then of the popular Detroit garage-punk act The White Stripes. They teamed on the Interscope album Van Lear Rose, which was designed to reignite her career just as Johnny Cash’s series of American Records albums had returned him to prominence.

The album became the biggest of her career, and the Lynn-White duet “Portland Oregon” received serious radio play.

Terry Bradshaw Reveals Cancer Diagnoses on ‘Fox NFL Sunday’

Terry Bradshaw, a Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback and one of the co-hosts on Fox NFL Sunday, revealed Sunday on air that he has battled cancer twice in the last year.

Bradshaw had an incident during the pregame show last week and addressed them on Sunday’s episode before the rest of the schedule kicked off.

“Last week on this show, I ran out of breath, and Howie [Long] helped me up. And a lot of people are asking what’s wrong with me, what’s happened to me physically. I just want to address it and let you know what has happened in my life,” Bradshaw said.

“In November, I was diagnosed with bladder cancer. I went to the Yale University Medical Center – surgery, treatment. As of today, I am bladder-cancer free. That’s the good news.

“Then in March, feeling good. I had a bad neck. I get an MRI. Now we find a tumor in my left neck. And it’s a Merkel cell tumor, which is a rare form of skin cancer. So I had that surgery done at M.D. Anderson in Houston.

“Folks, I may not look like my old self, but I feel like my old self. I’m cancer free, I’m feeling great. And over time, I’m going to be back to where I normally am.”

Bradshaw has appeared in numerous TV commercials over his long career. He also has an extensive resume of cameos in film and television, and had his own reality show with his daughters, The Bradshaw Bunch.

Meghan Markle’s Staff Too Scared to ‘Confront Her’ Over Controversial Earrings

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s staff were left shocked after they discovered the earrings Meghan wore during the prestigious dinner were possibly linked with Saudi Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, a new book has claimed.

Shortly after joining the Royal Family, Meghan wore the pair of glam sparkly earrings to the dinner, just three weeks after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

A US justice report found that the Saudi Prince had authorized the murder.

Harry and Meghan’s staff believed that the opulent earrings were “borrowed” from a jeweler, but royal expert Valentine Low’s new book, Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown, claims that “It was not true” that they were being lent out.

He adds that Meghan’s staff were then left “bemused” by the idea Meghan would “knowingly wear earrings given to her by a man accused of having blood on his hands”.

But a decision was made not to raise the issue with the couple, the Daily Mail claims.

Low quoted a source saying: “We made a decision not to confront Meghan and Harry on it.”

But just a few weeks later, the Duchess wore the earrings again to then-Prince Charles’ 70th birthday party.

Low claimed on that occasion, one royal aide brought up the matter with Prince Harry, who was reportedly “shocked” that people knew the origins of the extravagant jewels.

But the Sussexes lawyers have since claimed the Duke was never questioned.

Speaking on behalf of the couple, law firm Schillings said: “It is possible she said the earrings were borrowed, which is correct, as presents from heads of state to the Royal Family are gifts to Her Majesty the Queen, who can then choose to lend them out to members of the family.”

The lawyers also maintained Meghan didn’t know about the Saudi Prince’s suspected involvement in Khashoggi’s murder.

The Duchess of Sussex has previously shown her support for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia, appearing alongside activist Loujain al-Hathloul in 2016.

Speaking on behalf of the couple, law firm Schillings said: “At no stage did the Duchess tell staff that the earrings were ‘borrowed from a jeweller’, as this would have been untrue and therefore any suggestion that she encouraged them to lie to the media is baseless.”

Two days later, they added: “It is possible she said the earrings were borrowed, which is correct, as presents from heads of state to the Royal Family are gifts to Her Majesty the Queen, who can then choose to lend them out to members of the family.”

The lawyers also maintained Meghan didn’t know about the Saudi Prince’s suspected involvement in Khashoggi’s murder.

The Duchess of Sussex has previously shown her support for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia, appearing alongside activist Loujain al-Hathloul in 2016.

Prince Andrew’s Scandal is About to Make Headlines Once Again

Poor King Charles… Just when the headlines about Prince Andrew were dying down, there’s another reminder of all the scandals involving his brother.

Andrew, Duke of York, has been a one-person PR disaster for the royal family for years. When the prince was younger, the press nicknamed him “Randy Andy” (via The Guardian), and Queen Elizabeth’s second son brought one of the royal family’s scandalous romances into the headlines by dating actress Koo Stark (via The U.S. Sun). The Duke of York was also named “Air Miles Andy” for his shady travel habits, and the press reported on Andrew’s lavish spending for years.

Even during the queen’s funeral and mourning events, Andrew managed to behave badly. A clip of Andrew and his daughter had Twitter seeing red as the prince appeared to touch his daughter’s bottom in a not-so-fatherly way while looking at the tributes to Queen Elizabeth. One royal fan commented on the video of Andrew and his daughter by tweeting:

“Prince Andrew is an absolute predator and the fact the queen supported him is unforgivable. That’s his daughter by the way.” Another royal watcher tweeted: “He needs to be disowned by the family and removed from the line of succession.” And it seems Andrew’s scandal is about to take over headlines yet again.

A new documentary explores Prince Andrew’s relationship with Ghislaine Maxwell, his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, and the allegations against the prince. Variety reported that “Prince Andrew: Banished,” will drop on Peacock starting October 5. The 90-minute documentary features interviews from many sources inside and outside the disgraced prince’s circle.

Royal expert Tina Brown is also featured in the “Banished” trailer, saying, “When you are the queen’s son, no one ever tells you the truth.” Brown didn’t pull any punches about Prince Andrew in an April interview with The Washington Post, saying the prince “tarnished the crown I think enormously by his behavior.” The royal expert and author said that years ago, the royal family could have “banished him to some castle on the borders of, you know, Wales or something … But they can’t do that in the modern era.”

The Peacock documentary dives into the Duke of York’s actions that worsened his situation. In 2019 E! News reported Andrew attempted to defend his friendship with Epstein. The outlet noted Andrew’s statement, “During the time I knew him [Epstein], I saw him infrequently and probably no more than only once or twice a year. I have stayed in a number of his residences. At no stage during the limited time I spent with him did I see, witness, or suspect any behavior of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction.” 

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