Today's Evil Beet Gossip

The Rihanna/Chris Brown Fight Re-enactment

I suppose this was just a matter of time. The kids over at DoSomething.org have released a video re-enactment of the violence that took place between Chris Brown and Rihanna on that fateful Grammy eve, based on the detective’s notes. To be fair, it’s nowhere near as cheesy as it could have been.

To help raise awareness about teen dating abuse, DoSomething is giving away a free set of three bracelets — one blue, two black, to demonstrate that one in three teens is the victim of dating violence. You can order yours here.

And while I certainly commend anyone for doing anything to speak out against domestic violence, the most powerful action you can take here is to end a relationship the very first time your significant other shows signs of violence or emotional abuse. Don’t put up with that shit, not ever. You’re worth more than that.

Yes Of Course There’s an American Idol Lawsuit

Oh, Lord, how I love American Idol season. The drama behind the scenes is always better than the on-camera dramz!

Up now: A group of former employees of Fremantle Media, which produces the show, have filed a class action suit against Fremantle, alleging that the company systematically overworked employees without paying the required overtime, falsified time cards and denied staffers meals and rest periods.

“There’s no Hollywood glamour for the below-the-line people who work on ‘American Idol’ and other reality shows who are grossly underpaid, worked 24/7 and receive no rest or meal breaks and no health coverage — contrary to California labor laws,” said the plaintiffs’ attorney Jonathan Biddle.

The complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court strongly resembles a class-action suit against reality companies and broadcasters that recently was settled for $4 million. The earlier suit was launched in conjunction with the Writers Guild of America, which has been going after reality production companies and networks in an attempt to organize the writers who shape the story lines of reality shows.

“For each reality television series subject to this suit, defendants hired plaintiffs based on a flat weekly or daily pay rate,” the suit reads. “Plaintiffs were required to falsify their time cards … worked in excess of 40 hours per week during virtually every week of their employment, but they never received any premium overtime play … plaintiffs were routinely denied appropriate meal and rest periods as required.”

You go get ‘em, kids! If anyone has cash in this economy, it’s the Idol producers!

Autopsy Reveals Natasha Richardson Died from Bleeding in the Brain Resulting from Ski Accident

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There had been some rumors circulating that perhaps Natasha Richardson died of a brain aneurysm that just happened to coincide with her ski tumble, but the autopsy report indicates otherwise. They say she died from bleeding in the skull caused by the fall.

The medical examiner ruled her death an accident, and doctors said she might have survived had she received immediate treatment. However, nearly four hours elapsed between her lethal fall at her admission to a hospital.

The Tony-winning actress suffered from an epidural hematoma, which causes bleeding between the skull and the brain’s covering, said Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the New York City medical examiner’s office.

Such bleeding is often caused by a skull fracture, and it can quickly produce a blood clot that puts pressure on the brain. That pressure can force the brain downward, pressing on the brain stem that controls breathing and other vital functions.

Patients with such an injury often feel fine immediately after being hurt because symptoms from the bleeding may take time to emerge.

“This is a very treatable condition if you’re aware of what the problem is and the patient is quickly transferred to a hospital,” said Dr. Keith Siller of New York University Langone Medical Center. “But there is very little time to correct this.”

To prevent coma or death, surgeons frequently cut off part of the skull to give the brain room to swell.

“Once you have more swelling, it causes more trauma which causes more swelling,” said Dr. Edward Aulisi, neurosurgery chief at Washington Hospital Center in the nation’s capital. “It’s a vicious cycle because everything’s inside a closed space.” …

A CT scan can detect bleeding, bruising or the beginning of swelling in the brain. The challenge is for patients to know whether to seek one.

“If there’s any question in your mind whatsoever, you get a head CT,” Aulisi advised. “It’s the best 20 seconds you ever spent in your life.”

So obviously this is a horrible and tragic and heart-breaking situation, but if something good can come from this, maybe it’s a lesson. I don’t know exactly what kind of fall Natasha took, but I know I’ve had many a tumble on a ski slope, had a headache, and would never have thought to go to the hospital. But based on the fact that the paramedics were dispatched to the scene, this was maybe a little more serious than one of my falls. However, I can completely understand feeling okay and being like, “No, no, I don’t want to make this some big drama, I’ll be fine.” I don’t think I would have done anything differently in her position.

Not anymore! If the professionals on the scene recommend I go to a hospital to get checked out, I’m always saying yes in the future, drama or not. If anything good can possibly come of such a horrendous tragedy, maybe it’s that the dissemination of this information will save a few lives.

RIP, Natasha.

Jewel Reaches A Whole New Level Of Self-Acceptance

Someone sent me one of those Facebook surveys titled “Firsts.”  One question is, “What do you notice first about people?”  For me, it’s teeth.  If you have bad teeth, I can be your friend but I can never kiss you.

Jewel was on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night and shared all the ways a snaggletooth can be a girl’s best friend…all in the form of a PSA.

My stance hasn’t changed.

Tom Sizemore: From Crack To Crackberries

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According to Wikipedia, and I find this so hard to believe, Tom Sizemore has six movies being released in 2009.  I can only imagine how quality they are.  But work is money and I predict that Sizemore is going to need a lot of it to pay for his defense for the newest in a long string of Tom Sizemore trials.

Tom Sizemore’s parole obligation stemming from previous crack charges ended in January 2009.  Looks like he’ll be back at it, and by “it” I mean “jail”,  now that he is under investigation for being the (alleged!) ringleader in a cell-phone heist.  An L.A. Verizon Wireless store claims to have security video of Tom and another man stealing a stash of phones including a Verizon employee phone.

Tom’s exhausted and overworked lawyer released a statement that obviously took careful consideration to craft:  “He’s innocent until proven guilty.”

Leann Rimes’ Married Boyfriend Speaks Out


I know I shouldn’t be so hung up on Leann Rimes’ cheatin’ ways but I can’t help it!  I always hear about celebrity affairs but it’s so rare that we get video footage.  The good news is that this should give Rimes excellent fodder for her next new album.

Now the married dude she’s been fucking has spoken out.  Eddie Cibrian is denying their involvement.  According to Cibrian, “Other than being friends and two actors who were romantically intertwined in a movie-for-television we filmed last fall, there is no truth to the reporting initiated by Us Magazine.  It is a fabricated story that is using random snapshots as connective tissue to create a scandalous relationship.”  You know, I tend to agree with him.  Other than the hand holding at :36, kissing at 1:47 and finger sucking at 2:10, I don’t know how people can conclude that these two are anything other than friends.  People are so quick to judge.

Marilyn Manson Finally Discovers That The Grass Was Not Greener

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I guess the main story here is that Marilyn Manson has been contacting his ex-wife, Dita Von Teese, since he split with Evan Rachel Wood.  To refresh your memory, Marilyn and Evan’s relationship began while he was still married to Dita.  Now that he’s single again, Dita claims that Marilyn has been in touch.  “He’s been in touch a little. The apologies come, and he was like, ‘I made a big mistake’. And I’m like, ‘Yeah, yeah, I know. Go ahead and say what you need to say to feel better and to sleep at night.’  Right now I’ve got three (men). They’re all in different parts of the world… That’s my biggest sin – juggling men.”

Yeah, whatever, Marilyn shouldn’t have cheated.  Now he regrets it.  You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone, blah, blah, blah.  All I can focus on is Dita Von Teese’s fingernails-is that some sort of reverse French manicure?  It has distracted me the entire time that I was trying to care about their love gone wrong.