Sexual abuse allegations
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has been named the defendant in a child sexual abuse lawsuit filed by a woman alleging the star sexually assaulted her, gave her drugs and alcohol and coerced her into having an abortion in the ’70s when she was a teenager. According to ET, Julia Misley’s suit claims she met Steven at his concert in Portland in 1973, when she’d just turned 16 and he was 25. She alleges he took her to a hotel room after the show, where she told him her age and that she was struggling at home. The suit claims Steven “performed various acts of criminal sexual conduct upon” her that night and proceeded to “groom, manipulate, exploit [and] sexually assault” her over the course of the next three years. That allegedly included convincing Julia’s parents to let Steven become her legal guardian so she could travel with him without incident.
“As a result of the abuse, [Julia] kept her private shame in silence and secrecy” after she got married and started a family years later, the lawsuit alleges. Julia says she’s now pursuing legal action because his “memoirs and statements confirm and confess the crimes he perpetrated upon” her, according to documents viewed by ET. The lawsuit also references an excerpt from Steven’s memoir in which he writes about her as a 16-year-old he “fell madly in love with. “… Her parents’s [sic] fell in love with me, signed paper over for me to have custody, so I wouldn’t get arrested if I took her out of state,” he writes. “I took her on tour with me.”
The lawsuit was filed last month, but the court approved naming Steven in the case this week, according to Entertainment Weekly. As of Friday (Feb. 3), reps for Steven had yet to comment.
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Beyonce tour demand exceeds ticket supply by more than 800% ahead of Grammys
Ticketmaster’s rep may have taken a hit with the Taylor Swift ticketing fiasco, but that’s clearly not stopping the BeyHive from getting in line for tickets for Beyoncé’s Renaissance tour. Within 24 hours of Bey’s world tour announcement earlier this week, Ticketmaster — which is again employing the “Verified Fan” system it used for Taylor’s disastrous presale last year — said demand for tickets already exceeded supply by more than 800 percent.
In an attempt to mitigate the situation, the Live Nation-owned ticketing giant added secondary shows in Toronto, Chicago, Washington, D.C. Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles and East Rutherford, New Jersey. “These seven shows have been added to help as many concertgoers get tickets as possible, and are based on venue availabilities and scheduling for the tour,” Ticketmaster said in a blog post on Wednesday (Feb. 1). “Fan demand already exceeds the number of tickets available by more than 800% based on the registration numbers in the Group A cities. It is expected that many interested fans may not be able to get tickets because demand drastically exceeds supply.”
In the meantime, the BeyHive can most likely catch their queen at the Grammys on Sunday, where she has the chance to become the most awarded artist in Grammy history. Nominated in nine categories this year, Bey needs to add four wins to her collection of 28 Grammys in order to beat the current record for most overall wins. Adding to the drama, the singer’s also up against what one critic called the Grammys’ “Beyoncé paradox,” in which she’s almost always shut out of the top categories, record, album and song of the year. In 2023, Beyonce’s up for all three top awards — for the third time in her career. Guess we’ll find out Sunday if three is, indeed, the magic number.
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Khloe Kardashian shares cryptic posts as Tristan Thompson reconciliation rumors continue
Amid a new crop of rumors suggesting Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson are “on” again, Khloe shared a series of messages about finding peace and choosing “to love” on her Instagram Stories on Thursday (Feb. 2). “A woman that found peace instead of revenge can never be bothered,” Khloe shared in one of multiple cryptic posts (via The Sun). “Work on yourself & vibe alone for a while. Every season don’t need company,” she later wrote. The messages continued with a quote Khloe attributed to Dane Thomas: “The most beautiful would you will ever find is one who has experienced loss but chooses to love, one who has experienced tragedy but continues to have faith, and one who has experienced failure but continues to pursue their dreams.” Finally, she shared, “Before you go to bed tonight, call back your energy and power and declare that tomorrow will be a great day!”
Fans began speculating about Khloe and Tristan’s possible reconciliation when the Hulu star made a point of supporting her athlete-ex after his mother’s death. The on-off couple, who share two children, have been photographed together a handful times since the holidays. Tristan also appears to be back in the good graces of Khloe’s family — Kris Jenner and Kim Kardashian joined Khloe for Tristan’s mom’s funeral, according to Page Six, and Tristan was recently photographed attending Kim’s son Saint’s basketball game.
Khloe and Tristan reportedly called it quits most recently in 2021, a few months before Tristan’s paternity scandal with Maralee Nichols.
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Jane Fonda details decades-long bulimia battle
At 85, Jane Fonda seems more vibrant than ever, but early on in her career, the “80 For Brady” star didn’t think she’d survive her 20s because of her eating disorder. Jane spoke candidly about her decades-long battle with bulimia on this week’s “Call Her Daddy” podcast, telling host Alex Cooper, “I led a secret life. I was very, very unhappy. I assumed I wouldn’t live past 30,” according to People. “And then I was also making movies that I didn’t very much like … It seems so innocent in the beginning. What you don’t realize is, it becomes a terrible addiction that takes over your life,” she recalled.
“Your day becomes organized around getting food and then eating it, which requires that you’re by yourself and that no one knows what you’re doing. It’s a very lonely thing. And you’re addicted. If you put any food in you, you want to get rid of it.” According to Jane, addictions like bulimia can set in “when your life is inauthentic — when what you should be doing and who you should be, or who you really are, those things are being betrayed.”
The actress was in her forties when she finally decided to go “cold turkey” and stop. “I didn’t realize that there were groups that you could join — I didn’t know anything about that yet,” she said. “And nobody talked about it. I didn’t even know there was a word for it. And so I just went cold turkey, and it was really hard.”
Austin Butler says he’s finally ‘getting rid of’ his Elvis voice
Nearly two years after filming wrapped on “Elvis,” Austin Butler says he’s finally losing the deep, Elvis Presley drawl he adopted to play The King in Baz Luhrmann’s bipic. “I am getting rid of the accent, but I have probably damaged my vocal cords with all that singing,” the star said on the Friday (Feb. 3) edition of “The Graham Norton Show,” recalling how “one song took 40 takes,” according to Entertainment Weekly.
Austin first surprised press and fans with his off-camera Elvis voice when the film premiered at the Cannes in May 2022. As the year progressed and the Annaheim, California-born actor’s accent refused to budge, fans discussed it on social media and critics called it out in headlines. As Variety recently noted, the Elvis voice was still kicking in January, when Austin — who’s said he used Method acting to prepare for the role — accepted the best actor award at the 2023 Golden Globes. Asked about the seemingly permanent voice change at the Globes, the star told E! News, “It’s hard for me to talk about. I can’t really reflect on it too much. I don’t know the difference.” Later that night, he compared the shift to “when somebody lives in another country for a long time,” telling press, “I had three years where [he] was my only focus in life, so I’m sure there’s just pieces of my DNA that will always be linked in that way.”
Tommy Lee’s wife Brittany Furlan posts TikTok about Pamela Anderson
Tommy Lee’s wife, Brittany Furlan, is catching some heat on social media after she posted a video about Tommy’s ex, Pamela Anderson. According to reposts of the original TikTok, the clip showed Brittany joking that Pamela wouldn’t mind if Brittany were out of the picture. Using a “90s Pam Makeup” filter, the post featured Brittany seated next to a disinterested-looking Tommy as Brittany says, “oh,” with zero emotion. “Pam if I died,” she wrote on the clip, which surfaced in the wake of the “Baywatch” star’s new memoir and Netflix doc, both of which are jam-packed with details about her marriage to Tommy.
“Pls guys I gotta make jokes it’s how I cope,” Brittany captioned her Pam post. Despite her attempt to head off any criticism, she was quickly branded “disrespectful.”
“Pam even said on Howard Stern that she respects their marriage and she’s happy that he’s happy,” one user wrote in the comments, per Page Six. “She had nothing but nice things to say.” Another said the post was “uncalled for,” while a third griped, “Even if she’s ‘joking’ that doesn’t give her the right to say horrible things like that.” Brittany has since taken down the post.
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