Archive for August, 2007

Owen Wilson’s Attempted Suicide: Courtney Love Risks Slander Suit With Steve Coogan

August 29th, 2007 | Posted in Celebrity Justice by Seth Bloom | 1 Comment »

owen-wilson_030.jpgOwen Wilson attempted suicide on Sunday; his camp isn’t denying it, and the confirming 911 police log is already floating through the media.  Lots of folk love Owen Wilson — including Courtney Love, who has gone public with US Weekly, telling the magazine that it’s all Steve Coogan’s fault.  [Interesting sidenote: this morning, Wilson announced he was dropping out of Ben Stiller's Tropic Thunder, where he and Coogan both had supporting roles.]

The New York Post is reporting that Courtney Love blames British actor Steve Coogan for supplying Owen Wilson with drugs – specifically heroin and cocaine – and fueling a severe addiction.  Fox News is quoting Courtney Love.  Steve Coogan is fighting back in the media, making denials and warning that he’s talking with his lawyers.

What did she say? What all has Courtney Love risked by defending her friend Owen Wilson?  Continue Reading »

Hulk Hogan’s Son in Car Crash — Hulk At the Scene: 10 Things to Do When You Witness a Car Crash

August 27th, 2007 | Posted in Celebrity Justice, Personal Injury, Traffic by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

hulk_hogan.jpgHulk Hogan’s son was seriously injured last night, when the Toyota Supra he was driving went out of control, jumped a median, and crashed into a tree.  Nick Hogan was driving.  Both he and his buddy, John Graziano, were airlifted to a nearby hospital and reported to be in serious condition.   This morning, Hogan’s pal John remains in critical condition, but Hogan’s injuries are no longer listed as life-threatening.  (TMZ is reporting that Hulk Hogan’s son has been released.)

Hulk Hogan was filmed at the scene of the accident, moments after it occurred.  News reports are unclear, but apparently paramedics arrived quickly, and The Hulk was seen talking with them, as they awaited the MediVac helicopter. 

What should you do if you are ever in the position that Hulk Hogan was in, at the scene of a car crash, where there are victims who are seriously injured?

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Eddie Griffin RIP

August 22nd, 2007 | Posted in Celebrity Justice by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

eddie_griffin.jpgIt was confirmed yesterday that Eddie Griffin died last Friday night in Houston, when he sped his SUV around a railroad crossing barrier and past the flashing red warning lights, and into an oncoming train.  The vehicle burst into flames upon impact, and it took these past five days to confirm the driver’s identity through his dental records.  Eddie Griffin was 25 years old. 

Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo! Sports has written a very nice piece about the former NBA star, who at one time was the number one high school player in the country, as well as a player for the Nets, the Rockets, and the Timberwolves.  There are lots of quotes here, not so much about the loss of talent (which is true) but about a nice man with a tortured soul, and a losing fight with alcoholism. 

It’s a sad day, and our condolences go out to Eddie Griffin’s family and friends.   ��

Blockbuster Videos & The Alternative Lawsuit: Digg It?

August 20th, 2007 | Posted in Internet/Technology, Legislation, National Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

bridefrankenstein.jpgOn Friday, disgruntled Blockbuster customer enyaWeCurB posted a story of dissatisfaction with Blockbuster Videos, complete with giving the phone number of BB’s local Sherman Oaks branch store, for those who wish to let them know they shared enyaWecurB’s pain.   By Monday morning, the post had 1692 Diggs over at Digg.Com and was heralded as one of the Top 10 Posts for Entertainment by mid-morning.  Bet that the Sherman Oaks store doesn’t share this enthusiasm….

By posting this story of consumer dissatisfaction on the web, enyaWecurB has found an alternative to the usual path to justice that our society has established:  the judicial system.  What does this mean for enyaWecurB, and what does this mean for you?  Should you follow enyaWecurB’s example with your next consumer complaint?

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Michael Vick Accused of Executing Dogs: Should He Take the Plea Deal?

August 17th, 2007 | Posted in Celebrity Justice, Sports by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

Atlanta Falcons Quarterback Michael Vick’s pals ratted him out this mornvickpb_crop.jpging.  (Read their 12-page written statement here.) His two dogfighting business partners accepted a plea bargain, and as part of their deal, offered up evidence that Vick executed dogs who failed to pass preliminary test fight standards by electrocuting, hanging, or drowning them.  With this deal, Vick is left standing as the sole defendant in the federal criminal case.

Vick’s got a deadline today to take a deal, too – with a recommendation of one year in jail – or go forward, alone, to stand trial on all these charges.  Specifically, Michael Vick has been already charged with conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities and conspiring to sponsor a dog in an animal fighting venture.  These charges have mandatory punishments under the sentencing guidelines established under federal law, and carry a maximum prison term of five years and a $250,000 fine.   Executing the dogs?  More charges can be added. 

Should he take the deal?

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Britney Spears Nasty Custody Fight Begins: K-Fed Serves Alli … And What About Britney’s Lollipops?

August 12th, 2007 | Posted in Celebrity Justice by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

britney-spears-hollywood-clubs-sucking-lollipop1.jpgBritney Spears’ cousin/assistant Alli Simms was served with a subpoena in the early hours of Sunday morning. So was Brit-Brit’s music producer, JR Rotem.  What’s this all about? 

K-Fed’s attorneys are working hard:  the custody fight was just filed August 8th, and already the discovery process has begun – looks like Alli’s going to have to give deposition testimony about her personal knowledge of Britney’s parenting skills (or lack thereof), as is Britney’s producer, JR Rotem.  

What’s all this?  And, what’s all this about these lollipops that Britney is seen with all the time?  Is there a connection in the filing of the suit and the lollipop rumors?

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Does Britney Spears WANT to Lose Her Kids to K-Fed or CPS?

August 8th, 2007 | Posted in Celebrity Justice by Seth Bloom | 1 Comment »

baby.jpgLast night, Britney Spears left work at 9 pm (she’s making a music video) and instead of going home to the kids, she went to party.  Yesterday, a college student named Matt Encinas (an extra in the video) claimed that Britney Spears invited him to a late-night pool party at a Hollywood hotel over the weekend, where Britney tossed her clothes and played topless spin the bottle.  Also this week, Britney hit a parked car while out shopping, left the scene without leaving a note with her contact info for the other guy, and managed to get herself photographed once again without underwear. 

These are just the events reported in the past three days.  

All these antics beg the question: does Britney Spears want to lose her kids?  Because if that’s the goal, she’s doing a fine job of it.   Why? Continue Reading »

Ving Rhames’ Pet Dogs – What Happens Now?

August 5th, 2007 | Posted in Celebrity Justice, National Issues by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

mastiff.jpgThe latest news reports are that Ving Rhames’ dogs are not responsible for the death of their caretaker, although more than one dog did bite the man, more than once.   The autopsy is scheduled for Monday morning; the four dogs that were found loose on the property (three Mastiffs and one Bulldog) have been taken, and are being held, by the authorities.

What happens now?

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Britney Spears Vs. Her Mom

August 1st, 2007 | Posted in Celebrity Justice by Seth Bloom | No Comments »

britney_spears.jpgTMZ.COM is reporting a story from Life & Style that Britney Spears is telling her two sons things about Grandma Spears like, “She’s a bad lady,” according to an unnamed “insider.”  Brit doesn’t want her mom around her boys.  Britney’s mom, Lynne Spears, does have legal rights, though – and TMZ.COM covered those, as well:  under California law, grandparents do have legally protected visitation rights. 

Britney’s got another legal fight on her hands here.  

What if you’re like Britney, and don’t want your mom around your kids? Continue Reading »

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