(The VH1 Blog has solicited Mark Muro of the California law firm Muro & Lampe, Inc. to keep tabs on the R. Kelly child pornography trial.)
The defense fought back on Friday with a series of witnesses who were friends or family to the alleged victim, and who testified that the girl in the sex tape is not the alleged victim. Although the defense scored some points with this contradictory testimony, I think it’s likely that the identification issue still favors the prosecution. There is an obvious motive to protect the alleged victim by denying her involvement in the tape, but not so clearly a motive for identifying her as a victim against her wishes. Still, the defense may have created a reasonable doubt. (+1 for the defense.)
The defense also called famed celebrity private investigator Jack Palladino, who is perhaps best known for his role in attempting to discredit women with whom Bill Clinton was allegedly intimate. Other famous clients include Courtney Love and Mariah Carey. Palladino testified that he thwarted an extortion attempt by Lisa Van Allen, who last week gave testimony about her threesome with Kelly and the alleged victim. Read more…
So much Bobby Brown news, so little time! Let’s break this down nice and easy.
1. Bobby’s claiming Usher ripped him off.
In his new autobiography, the New Edition star accuses Usher of stealing his style. “I’ve always considered myself ‘The King of Stage.’ To this very day, I still don’t think anyone can get with me on the stage. I own the stage,” the ego-less Brown writes. “I watched one of Usher’s shows and he basically did my whole show. It was as if it was me on stage. The thing about it is, I love seeing that. It’s a compliment to me as a performer.”
2. Bobby’s son Landon says Whitney was a “nightmare” to grow up with, and that he replaced Kevin Coster as her bodyguard.
Not only did Whit alleged force Landon to sleep in a guest house and kept him away from his half-sister Bobbi Kristina, she treated him more like staff than family. He says, “She decided to turn me into one of her security personnel. I was a teenager but I was walking around dressed up in all black with a Security shirt and she’d have me work for her. I was just another one of her staff.”
3. When not protecting Whitney, Landon boned Lindsay Lohan in a bathroom stall.
We’re sure this was exciting for the younger Brown, but let’s be real – who hasn’t been with LiLo on a toilet? He claims: “Me and Lindsay got really, really close. She followed me to the bathroom during a private party, and, well, we basically got together. I think she knew who I was when she first saw me. We were just staring at each other and she walked by. I walked into the bathroom and she followed me in.”
We don’t quite buy the claim that Lindsay knew who Landon was when she saw him (he’s got the same ego as his Pops!), but we bet she does now!
A little while back, we asked you to come up with a question for Usher. We chose the best one, and Usher filmed an answer when he stopped by our offices. Watch the video to find out the significance of some of Usher’s body art.
Wanna enjoy pics of Amy Winehouse grasping a crack pipe with her bloodied hands? Craving an original tune made up of racist references? Well you’re in luck! Someone leaked a bunch of pictures and videos belonging to Amy’s hubby Blake Fielder-Civil to the press, and it basically confirms what we already knew about the singer: Amy hangs in drug dens, cuts herself, does a crapload of drugs, and has a shady husband. Fun! She also flashes her boobs for the camera, obvs, because what else does one do when cracked out on pills?
One video, shot by Blake, captures Amy sleeping after an alleged two-day drug binge, while another shows “a disinterested Amy pleasuring him with one hand while chatting matter-of-factly on a phone held in the other.”
Peep some of the pics and video here. NSFLife.
Jessica Alba has finally popped out her much-discussed baby girl this weekend, and men’s mags are already ready to offer the newborn the cover – in 2028. Honor Marie Warren is sure to be the most beautiful baby, child, teen, and lady in the world! Move over Shiloh, there’s a new hot baby in town. Little deets are known about Alba’s new daughter, who was born in Los Angeles on Saturday. Her hubby Cash Warren was spotted bringing food into the maternity ward on Sunday, and Alba has revealed in the past that she’s “paranoid” about breastfeeding. Sounds like they’re off to a great start! Oh and lest we forget our manners - congratulations.
Woohoo! Ashanti, who performed on Good Morning America this morning to promote her new album, is clearly psyched by how damn good she looks. She’s almost as pumped as former famous dude Ja Rule is about now singing in her shadow. Ouch.
Ashanti’s Tips for a Bangin’ Summer Body
Britney Spears is comin’ back ya’ll! The trashtastic starlet has a cameo in the new Pussycat Dolls video as – who else – herself. Her stint in the vid is allegedly very short, but super sweet. “In the scene shot [Wednesday], Britney is driving in a car,” an on-set source revealed. “They all wave at each other as they are passing in traffic — that is it. It is genius and you will love it!”
Clearly a celeb driving a car safely IS genius, seeing as it’s rarely done in LA these days. But what was a wee bit perplexing about the shoot is the report that “Of course, Britney looks hot and blonde.” Of course? OF COURSE? Britney may be blond, yes, but she hasn’t looked hot since 2003. Which leaves us to wonder – on a scale of 1-5 in Britney hotness, just how good will she look? Surely it’s better than her umbrella attack look, but she be “Britney with natural hair” hot? Peep our scale above and let us know. [Us]
Spice Girl Mel B. flaunted her breasts at a gig for the lingerie line Ultimo (she’s the spokesperson!), and she looked just a little uncomfortable in the boob-busting bra. But hey – her pain is our gain, because these are some of the hottest pics we’ve come across all day. Thanks Mel!
Between the Sex And the City movie and the recent love connection of Jennifer Aniston and 9-years-younger John Mayer, we got to thinking about our favorite famous Cougars. For all of you who don’t know, a coug is “a female, usually between 30 and 50 years-old, who enjoys the sexual company of younger men.” From Whitney‘s rendezvous with Ray J to Demi being old enough to have given birth to Ashton, we salute Hollywood’s Hottest Cougars.
Who said a prison sentence screws stuff up? T.I., who will begin serving a jail sentence next spring for weapons charges, is busy beefing up his career before heading behind bars. The rapper just signed a three-film deal, and will begin making a crime drama with Matt Dillon titled Bone Deep shortly. But that’s not enough! T.I.P. will also be promoting his new album Paper Trails as well as his MTV documentary style reality show. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. T.I.’s all about his future as the next Tom Cruise, telling MTV, “I’m just looking forward to continuing my success in the film industry. I want to do all kinds of movies. I want to do romantic comedies, action movies, dramas — tons of different things.”
We’re sure jail will provide the perfect inspiration for all those future roles!