Today's Evil Beet Gossip

Walmart blames Tracy Morgan for his accident

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Earlier this year, Tracy Morgan was seriously injured in a crash with a Walmart truck, as the driver of said truck had been working too much overtime and was too exhausted behind the wheel. Tracy was in critical condition for a while and has since mostly recovered, but he wants to sue Walmart for the accident and they’re not having it. You see, they say it’s Tracy’s own fault because he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. Uh… what?

From People:

Morgan – along with his assistant Jeffrey Millea, his wife Krista Millea, and comedian Ardie Fuqua – filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court in New Jersey against the retail giant in July. The lawsuit states that Walmart had its driver working under “unreasonable” conditions – it claims the driver had been awake for over 24 hours and that he fell asleep at the wheel, which caused the collision.

“As a result of Walmart’s gross, reckless, willful, wanton, and intentional conduct, it should be appropriately punished with the imposition of punitive damages,” stated the complaint.

Walmart filed a response to Morgan’s lawsuit on Monday, denying culpability for the accident.

According to legal documents obtained by PEOPLE, the company states that Morgan’s complaint “fails to set forth any facts which are sufficient to support a direct and/or vicarious claim of negligence as to Walmart.” It also states that “the damages about which plaintiffs complain were not proximately caused by any authorized actions by Walmart and/or its employees, agents, servants or representatives.”

Furthermore, it alleges that any injuries that were sustained during the crash “were caused, in whole or in part, by plaintiffs’ failure to properly wear an appropriate available seatbelt restraint device.”

Uh, look – no doubt his injuries were worse because he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, and EVERYONE should wear a seatbelt when they get in a car. Seriously, fastening my seatbelt is the first thing I do, because seatbelts can and do save lives. However, to say that most of it was Tracy’s fault because he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt? Fuck Walmart, man. Maybe if they weren’t shitty employers who force their workers to nearly kill themselves for minimum wage and barely any benefits, there would be fewer accidents, and, you know, less miserable people in the world.

Also, uh, are they seriously trying to say that Tracy would have had NO injuries (and that the passenger who died wouldn’t have) if they’d all been wearing seatbelts? That they miraculously would have walked away completely unharm despite being slammed into by one of YOUR drivers who fell asleep at the wheel? What kinda world do we live in?

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Chris Brown shoves a woman (again)

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I’m begrudgingly going to give Chris Brown a tiny, miniscule bit of slack on this story. Very, very begrudgingly. You see, Chris shoved a woman pretty hard to move her out of the way after she tried to kiss him. The woman was an overzealous fan who was totally in the wrong and violated his personal space, sure – I get that. However, given Chris’s history with violence and, you know, beating women, you’d have thought he could have let his security handle it – because he did indeed have security around.

From TMZ:

Chris performed at Limelight Houston over the weekend, and while he and Karreuche Tran were walking through the crowd … a woman stepped in front of him and reached out … apparently trying to kiss him. CB gave her a pretty hard shove with his right forearm to move her out of the way.

 

It doesn’t look like the fan was hurt. Obviously, not a smart move for someone with Chris’ track record to mix it up with fans — especially women — even when they start it.

Yep.

I mean, again, this woman was out of line and you should never violate someone else’s space, man or woman… but really, Chris? You take heavies with you EXACTLY for this reason – to remove any issues so that YOU DO NOT GET INVOLVED. Of course, he’ll say this was just an automatic reaction, which kinda proves everyone’s point about him…

P.S. what do you think of the pic of Chris as Guy Fieri? Like, what the hell?

The Daily Links

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Jessica Alba gets your heart racing in her skin-tight jeans [Popoholic]

Matt Bomer is looking good on the set of ‘Magic Mike XXL’ [Socialite Life]

It seems Ariana Grande is giving off the underage stripper vibe [Moe Jackson]

What the hell has Avril Lavigne done to herself? [Celebslam]

Rihanna opted not to wear a bra again – no one complains [Taxi Driver Movie - NSFW]

Adam Levine is gross and covered in blood [Lainey Gossip]

Don’t ask Britney Spears whether she needs a man [I'm Not Obsessed]

Josie Cunningham‘s story just got even weirder [The Blemish]

Emily Ratajkowski is getting sexy for ‘Cosmo’ [Drunken Stepfather - NSFW]

This is what old people think of the ’50 Shades of Grey’ trailer [Romance Beat]

Victoria Beckham gets hands on at her boutique [ICYDK]

Celebrities really love pizza more than you do [theBERRY]

Beyonce crashed the Global Citizen Festival and it was perfection [The Frisky]

Kendall Jenner is doing really well at Paris Fashion Week [TooFab]

Nicki Minaj put her nipple on Instagram just for you [

What's going on with Benedict Cumberbatch's hair? [Celebitchy]

Britney Spears has extended her Vegas residency [PopBytes]

This dog ate all the cheese and he knows it [Celebuzz]

Let’s all watch Charlie Hunnam ride his motorcycle around [Socialite Life]

Kaley Cuoco‘s new haircut is pretty damn awful [Moe Jackson]

Selena Gomez is bringing her cleavage to Instagram [Popoholic]

Bryanna Holly looks really hot in a bikini [Drunken Stepfather - NSFW]

The police are raining on Gwyneth Paltrow‘s parade [Celebslam]

I’m not sure what’s going on with Tom Cruise here [Lainey Gossip]

Maitland Ward wore see-through panties [Taxi Driver Movie - NSFW]

Reese Witherspoon has more to her than meets the eye [I'm Not Obsessed]

Does Kim Kardashian think it’s Halloween or something? [The Blemish]

Kendra Wilkinson is determined to save her marriage [ICYDK]

Jennifer Lopez has a bit more than a nice ass [theBERRY]

Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig trolled a clueless reporter [The Frisky]

Bella Thorne doesn’t care if she’s seen as weird [TooFab]

Stevie Nicks was once pregnant with Don Henley’s baby [Celebitchy]

Taylor Swift has been sued by a chauffer service [Celebuzz]

Taylor Swift talks feminism and Emma Watson haters

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Taylor Swift is feeling feminism lately and is being vocal about her support of her fellow ladies. In fact, while being interviewed on France’s Tout Le Monde En Parle, Taylor discussed Emma Watson‘s recent UN speech and the hate (and threats) she received as a result:

In case you can’t watch the video (or just don’t have the patience to do so), here’s a bit of what Taylor had to say:

“I wish when I was 12 years old, I had been able to watch a video of my favorite actress explaining in such an intellectual, beautiful poignant way the definition of feminism,” Swift said. “Because I would have understood it and then earlier on in my life I would have proudly claimed that I was a feminist.”

The singer explained that “so many girls out there say ‘I’m not a feminist’ cause they think it means something angry or disgruntled or complaining. They picture like rioting and picketing, it is not that at all, it just simply means that you believe that women and men should have equal rights and opportunities and to say that you’re not a feminist means that you think men should have more rights and opportunities than women.”

“I just think that a lot of girls don’t know the definition and the fact that Emma got up and explained it, I think it’s an incredible thing and I am happy to live in a world where that happened,” Swift noted of the HeforShe campaign.

I mean, that’s all a bit simplified, but I get what she’s going for and I think her young fans will, as well. The whole video is worth watching, since she talks a bit about Miley Cyrus, as well.

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George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin sold their wedding pics to People

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George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin tied the knot in Italy last weekend, and it was a super-secret ceremony where guests both celebrity and layman were made to leave their phones behind and not share a single detail. It made sense, considering that Clooney is not exactly paparazzi-friendly and seems to keep his private life private, but here’s the alternate explanation: the couple didn’t want details leaking since they sold them exclusively to People (and Hello magazine, internationally). Uh…

“George and Amal radiated love all night,” Alamuddin’s mother Baria tells PEOPLE. “The wedding was so unbelievably special, it was legendary. These three days – the friends, the families, the atmosphere, everything – will stay with me all the rest of my life.”

One of four loved ones to deliver heartfelt speeches during the short ceremony, Baria, an editor at the Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat, addressed Clooney at one point. “I said, ‘George, we love you truly, deeply and sincerely. We enjoy your charm, your wit, intelligent conversation and generosity. You are simply perfect.’ “

All the details are there in the magazine, along with 25 photos from the ceremony and surrounding celebrations. This whole thing is weird – and totally doesn’t seem like something George Clooney would do. The only thing I can think is that this is his version of ~controlling what the media sees~ or something? Who knows, but they both look great.

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Amanda Bynes arrested for DUI

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Aw man, this post is a bummer. I was really hoping I was never going to have to report anything like this again, but here we are… Amanda Bynes has been arrested for driving under the influence, and as you’ll recall, it’s not the first time. Of course, she seemed to have come a long way since then, having been to rehab and receiving some serious psychological help. We all thought she was getting her life together, but it looks like things aren’t going as well as they seem.

From TMZ:

Amanda Bynes was under the influence of Adderall when she was arrested for DUI … sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ … but her problems go much deeper than a criminal case.

We’ve learned the Adderall was prescribed by a doctor and she had taken the drug before getting stopped in Van Nuys Sunday and failing multiple field sobriety tests.  She was arrested for DUI.

Adderall is a stimulant and we’re told Amanda was “out of it” when she was stopped.

Fact is … it’s no defense to DUI that the drug in question was prescribed — it’s still operating a vehicle while impaired.  But Amanda now faces a probation violation — she’s on probation for reckless driving — and the fact that the drug was prescribed may help her there.

The deeper problem is this … As TMZ first reported, Amanda has moved out of her parents house and is now living in Orange County.   We’re told she’s smoking a lot of weed and is off her anti-psychotic meds for Schizophrenia and bipolarity.

Amanda’s conservatorship ended earlier this month and we’re told her parents saw no need to extend it because they believe she’s better now, but everyone else in her life feels it was a horrible mistake to let the conservatorship lapse and they fear for Amanda.

Yeah, well regardless of whether or not the Adderall was prescribed, she should never be on a dosage that makes her “out of it” – it should help even her out, if it’s actually the right medication for her. So either she’s abusing the drug, which is likely given her history, or she’s mixed it with something else, which is also likely. And look, no one’s saying there’s an issue with smoking a little weed. But when you have serious psychiatric issues AND addiction issues, it’s a terrible idea. I was really rooting for her! Hopefully somehow she can be pulled together yet again – only this time she’ll stay this way. She only got her license back earlier this year, remember.

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Nicole Scherzinger will star in ‘Cats’ on the West End

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For those of you who are unfamiliar with the theatre world, the West End is London’s answer to Broadway and features all the big productions on the stage for the UK, really. It’s a massive deal for an actor to get a spot in a West End show, and I suppose an even bigger deal since Nicole Scherzinger is going to star in Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s Cats there starting this December. Awesome!

Nicole Scherzinger will be making her West End stage debut as Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical Cats. Returning to the West End for a strictly limited run at the London Palladium from 6 December 2014, press night will be on 11 December at 7pm. Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the original creative team – Director Trevor Nunn, Associate Director and Choreographer Gillian Lynne, Designer John Napier and Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber – are reunited to bring Cats back to the West End this Christmas. Final casting will be announced shortly.

On joining the West End production of Cats, Nicole Scherzinger said:  “I am really thrilled to be making my West End debut in such an iconic show and I couldn’t be more excited. To have the opportunity to work with Andrew, Trevor and Gillian is a dream come true. I grew up listening to Andrew’s extraordinary music and was lucky enough, a couple of years ago, to record Cats’ beautiful song Memory. Andrew’s score is breathtaking and I am truly honoured to have been asked to take part in what I know will be a very special time in my career. I can’t wait to begin rehearsals.”

Nicole Scherzinger is a killer singer so I’m sure this will be amazing, even though Cats is probably my least favourite musical ever in the history of musicals. They should’ve put her in Evita! You know she could do it!

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