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Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst files libel suit over rape claim

Musician Conor Oberst filed a $1 million libel lawsuit yesterday against a woman who accused him of raping her in the comments section of a blog, the AP reports.

The suit, filed in Manhattan, stems from an XOJane story in December called It Happened to Me: I Dated a Famous Rock Star & All I Got Was Punched in the Face; the woman Oberst is suing posted an anonymous comment on the story claiming that she had been raped by a musician ten years prior in North Carolina, when she was 16. She later claimed that it was Oberst, best known for his work as Bright Eyes, as well as Desaparecidos and the indie supergroup Monsters of Folk.

Oberst is reportedly seeking $1 million in damages over the accusation, which his publicist said was “absolutely, unequivocally false” in a statement. (Oberst says he intends to give the money to charity.) Read the full statement below: 

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Robin Thicke sues for pre-emptive copyright protection of 'Blurred Lines'

With apologies to Miley Cyrus, Daft Punk, and Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” is undoubtedly the song that will define the summer of 2013. So naturally, with the sort of exposure and success it has scored, it has come under fire from people trying to get a piece of the action.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Thicke (along with track cohorts Pharrell Williams and T.I.) filed a suit in federal court in California against both the family of Marvin Gaye and a publishing company that holds the rights to some of Funkadelic’s compositions. The reason? Both of those parties have claimed that “Blurred Lines” borrows from their own work, and thus they should be entitled to royalties.

The Gaye family’s claim is especially absurd, as they claim that “Blurred Lines” feels and sounds the same as Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up,” and that, according to the suit, “the Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre, as opposed to a specific work.”

Meanwhile, Bridgeport Music says that “Blurred Lines” sounds too much like Funkadelic’s “Sexy Ways.” Both parties have threatened litigation if they aren’t paid, which is why Thicke, Williams, and T.I. have filed suit in order to get the matter settled immediately.

Give a listen to “Blurred Lines,” Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up,” and Funkadelic’s “Sexy Ways” below.  READ FULL STORY

Liam Gallagher taking legal action against newspaper over baby-daddy story

Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher announced today that he would be taking legal action against the New York Post after they printed a story that accused the Beady Eye singer of fathering a child with an entertainment journalist. The piece says that Gallagher is the father of writer Liza Ghorbani’s baby, and the tryst began a few years ago when Ghorbani interviewed Gallagher for the New York Times.

Gallagher has been married to former All Saints singer Nicole Appleton since 2008. Liam is already the father of three children: One with Appleton, one with first wife Patsy Kensit, and one with British musician Lisa Moorish (who has a child fathered by Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty as well).

He’s also no stranger to conflict—he spent the better part of his professional career openly feuding with brother and band mate Noel, and has even taken legal action against him. (Previously, he was happy just to taunt him from the balcony.)

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2 Chainz arrested for drug possession at Los Angeles airport

Poor 2 Chainz. First he gets robbed in San Francisco (except maybe possibly not, depending on how reliable you believe his tweets are), and now he’s in trouble with the law in Los Angeles.

The rapper born Tauheed Epps and formerly known as Tity Boi was arrested for possession of marijuana and Promethazine (a key ingredient in sizzurp, or lean). The drugs were found in his checked luggage and Los Angeles International Airport, and Chainz was escorted off the plane to get booked.

This is Chainz’ second drug-related arrest this year. Back in February, Maryland State Police detained him for marijuana possession after pulling over his van. (He was ultimately found not guilty.) He should probably commit those TSA guidelines to memory, because he’s going to be spending a lot of time on the road this summer as part of the America’s Most Wanted tour, which features Lil Wayne, T.I., French Montana, Hit-Boy, and G-Eazy.

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Scott Weiland countersues Stone Temple Pilots over music and name rights

Years ago when Guns N’ Roses (the original, Appetite For Destruction version) parted ways, there was a protracted legal argument that ended with frontman Axl Rose as the owner of the band’s name.

Several non-Axl members of GNR went on to form Velvet Revolver, and tapped Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland to provide vocal duties — and now Weiland himself is in a very similar battle with his old bandmates.

Just days after the other three members of STP—brothers Dean and Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz—sued Weiland in an attempt to get him to stop playing STP songs and using the STP name on tour, Weiland has filed a $7 million countersuit. He’s seeking that amount in damages and wants a judge to dissolve the band partnership.  READ FULL STORY

Justin Bieber being investigated for reckless driving, apparently also had altercation with former NFL star Keyshawn Johnson

Justin Bieber’s year continues to get weirder—and potentially more unpleasant.

Fresh off getting called out by the guy who sings “You Give Love a Bad Name,” Bieber was involved in yet another incident involving a motor vehicle on Sunday. According to The Hollywood Reporter, police were called to Bieber’s home in Calabasas, California, after several people complained that he was driving his Ferrari at reckless speeds through the gated community in which he resides.

Incidentally, one of those residents perturbed by Bieber’s alleged heavy foot was former NFL wide receiver and current TV personality Keyshawn Johnson, who reportedly followed Bieber home and confronted him.

Police attempted to speak to Bieber, but he declined. According to the LA County Sheriff’s office, the investigation is ongoing and Bieber could be charged with reckless driving. However, according to multiple reports, the person behind the wheel of the Ferrari was not in fact Bieber—it was actually his pal Tyler, the Creator.

This wouldn’t be the first time a hip-hop star got Justin into car-related trouble. Back in March, rapper Lil Twist borrowed Bieber’s Fisker Karma and smashed it into a handful of poles in a parking lot.

Bieber is currently on a break between tour legs—he wrapped up his international dates two weeks ago and will head back out on the road for his North American run on June 22. He remains one monkey down.

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Lauryn Hill asks for leniency in sentencing for tax evasion -- citing 'Threats to herself and family'

After pleading guilty to tax evasion last June, multiple Grammy winner and former Fugee Lauryn Hill is making one last ditch effort to avoid jail time.

In advance of her scheduled sentencing this Monday, April 22, Hill filed legal documents requesting that her sentence be limited to probation, as it would make it easier for her to pay back the bill she owes for the three years—2005, 2006, and 2007—she did not file taxes.

Over those three years, Hill earned a reported $1.8 million, but the documents explain she did not pay the IRS because she “withdrew from society at large due to what she perceived as manipulation and very real threats to herself and her family.”

Hill made similar statements in a blog post when the charges were first brought against her, adding that she had largely disappeared from public view because of the “climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism” in popular culture.  READ FULL STORY

Reebok dumps Rick Ross over rape lyrics UPDATE: Ross releases official statement

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Looks like the Boss has been fired.

In the wake of the controversy surrounding his date-rape-endorsing lyrics on the track “U.O.E.N.O.,” Reebok has acquiesced to the multiple women’s groups who called for Ross’ ouster as an endorser of its shoes.

In a statement made to TMZ, the shoe company said, “Reebok holds our partners to a high standard, and we expect them to live up to the values of our brand. Unfortunately, Rick Ross has failed to do so. While we do not believe that Rick Ross condones sexual assault, we are very disappointed he has yet to display an understanding of the seriousness of this issue or an appropriate level of remorse.” READ FULL STORY

Kanye West sued for 'Gold Digger' sample

Everybody knows that “Gold Digger,” one of Kanye West’s biggest hits, is built around a sample of Ray Charles’ “I Got a Woman.” But according to a new lawsuit, there’s another sample in there not getting the credit it deserves.

Trena Steward and Lorenzo Pryor, two children of the late musician David Pryor, are suing West for damages because they claim “Gold Digger” borrows a sample of their father saying “get down,” which comes from his recording of the song “Bumpin’ Bus Stop,” which he recorded with his band Thunder & Lightning back in 1974.

The plaintiffs are asking for a judge to block future sales of “Gold Digger” and for “millions of dollars” in damages.

These things always feel spurious, especially when they arrive nearly a decade after the song in question went to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Still, let’s go ahead and listen to both tracks before making any decisions. Spin “Gold Digger” and “Bumpin’ Bus Stop” below.  READ FULL STORY

Gucci Mane jailed on assault charge

Rapper Gucci Mane was being held in jail on an assault charge after a fan told police the artist smashed a champagne bottle on his head in a downtown Atlanta nightclub.

Fulton County Jail records show that Gucci Mane, whose real name is Radric Davis, was in custody early Wednesday on a charge of aggravated assault with a weapon.

An arrest warrant was issued for the rapper after James Lettley of Fort Hood, Texas, who is a member of the military, told police Davis struck him at Harlem Nights Club on March 16. Lettley said he was hoping to get a picture with the rapper when he was attacked.

It was unclear if Davis has an attorney.

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