Nicki Minaj has faced many confrontations in her life, from Cardi B’s footwear to the laws of physics to those pesky laws that keep her husband from liking her Instagram posts, but for two years she’s been deep in a battle against singer, songwriter, and vehicular speed specialist Tracy Chapman. Nicki tried to sample music and lyrics from Tracy’s 1988 song, “Baby Can I Hold You,” for a song called “Sorry.” Tracy refused to sign off on the sample, and accused Nicki of stealing, which created a legal mess for both of them. But, a judge recently decided that Nicki wasn’t breaking any kind of copyright infringement laws when she sampled Tracy’s song.
It’s starting to become pretty clear that Lady Antebellum probably should have had a plan B when they made the sudden decision to change their name to the less-problematic “Lady A.” Because there was already an established Seattle blues singer named Anita White, who goes by Lady A, and they’ve all been fighting over the rights to that letter for three months now. Lady A (Anita) was hurt that country band Lady A never reached out before announcing the name change. After an online meeting about sharing the name, the band decided to sue Lady A for the legal rights to the name. Now Lady A has decided to countersue, claiming the band’s messy fight over the name has cost her money and damaged her reputation.
The coronavirus pandemic has fucked over plenty of people, and we recently learned that the rich and/or famous are not immune to the far-reaching effects. No, I’m absolutely not talking about how hard it is to be isolated in a mansion. It was revealed last month that SAG-AFTRA, the labor union representing Hollywood actors and media professionals, decided to overhaul its SAG-AFTRA Health Plan in the middle of a pandemic, which would involve cutting health care coverage to certain members that didn’t meet certain earning requirements. An asshole move, considering it’s hard to meet earning requirements when your industry has shut down your ability to earn. So naturally, lots of actors were pissed, like Rosanna Arquette, who lost her coverage. And now here comes Hilary Swank to let us all know the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan was a mess long before COVID-19 hit.
Nearly three years ago, Kevin Spacey’s house of cards metaphorically came crashing down when BuzzFeed published an interview with actor Anthony Rapp, in which he accused Kevin of trying to molest him at a New York City house party in 1986. Kevin was 26, while Anthony was (deep, uncomfortable inhale through nostrils) 14. At the time, Anthony said he decided to publicly come forward with his story because, thanks to the #MeToo movement, people were finally feeling empowered enough to speak up after years or decades of silence. And also, because he went to a lawyer who told him he didn’t have a legal case. So going public with it was maybe as much empowerment as Anthony was going to get, even if his accusations came with a ton of online hate from Kevin’s fans.
As it turns out, there is a lawyer who believes Anthony has a solid case. Anthony and an anonymous accuser are suing Kevin Spacey for sexually assaulting them when they were underage boys.
Just yesterday, we learned that Johnny Depp asked to further delay his messy ongoing legal situation with his ex-wife Amber Heard, because he wanted to film Fantastic Beasts 3. As it turns out, Johnny’s legal situation will continue to be dragged out further, because Amber is now counter-suing him for allegedly launching a “smear campaign” against her. Johnny always appears to be covered in a thin layer of grease at all times, so in the most literal sense, Johnny could be guilty of a smear campaign every time he leaned against a wall or wiped his face with a hanky. But that’s not the kind of smears we’re talking about here.
Nick Cannon has apologized not once, not twice, but as many times as Mariah Carey has reachable octaves, and still, ViacomCBS is standing firm to their decision to fire him last month after he promoted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on his podcast, Cannon’s Class. Nick has been the host of Wild’N Out, the show he created in 2005, for 15 seasons. Nick fired back at ViacomCBS, saying he deserved an apology from them, for firing him without discussing where he was coming from, and he demanded they hand over the rights to his show. Well, ViacomCBS didn’t give Nick his show. And recently, rumors started popping up on the internet that Nick was planning to sue ViacomCBS for $1.5 billion for the rights to Wild’N Out. But Nick’s rep has come forward to kill that billion-dollar lawsuit rumor.