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Published: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 12:08 PM
LOS ANGELES — Actor Johnny Depp’s bitter legal feud with his former business team at The Management Group is intensifying after TMG filed foreclosure actions Monday on five Depp properties in the Los Angeles area to collect on an unpaid loan, according to court documents.
The agency said “The Pirates of the Caribbean” star owes them nearly $5 million from a 2012 loan, which Depp stopped making payments on after parting ways with TMG and on advice from his legal team, People Magazine reported.
“Depp paid interest and some principal payments under the TMG/Depp Note until he terminated TMG as his business manager on March 14, 2016,” the Los Angeles state court filing said, according to Deadline Hollywood.
“Today’s improper foreclosure action is the latest ... efforts to intimidate Mr. Depp into dropping his lawsuit,” Depp’s attorney Adam Waldman told People.
“Today’s improper foreclosure action is the latest of the Mandels’ efforts to intimidate #johnnydepp into dropping his lawsuit,” Depp’s attorney, Adam Waldman, tells People. “We will move for sanctions for this latest publicity stunt.” https://t.co/pk3eBxd8Cg— Laura B (@LauraBockov) November 8, 2017
Waldman told the magazine TMG will not get Depp’s properties, “and they know it.”
“We will move for sanctions for this latest publicity stunt,” Walsdman said.
Depp sued TMG for fraud last February in a $25 million lawsuit claiming the the agency was attempting to foreclose on his main home.
Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 10:39 PM
— Tennis champion Serena Williams revealed she “almost died after giving birth” to her first child, daughter Olympia, last fall, according to a column by Williams on CNN.com.
Williams had a relatively easy birth Sept. 1, 2017, delivering her daughter by C-section, but two hours later, she was in a fight for her life that lasted six days, she wrote.
“It began with a pulmonary embolism, which is a condition in which one or more arteries in the lungs becomes blocked by a blood clot. Because of my medical history with this problem, I live in fear of this situation. So, when I fell short of breath, I didn't wait a second to alert the nurses,” Williams said.
Serena Williams almost died after giving birth to her daughter. She writes for @CNNopinion about the mothers who don't get the treatment they need for pregnancy complications - and how we can help them https://t.co/0GlM2UFKhU— CNN International (@cnni) February 20, 2018
She underwent three surgeries to deal with the health crisis and credited her medical team for her survival.
“When I finally made it home to my family, I had to spend the first six weeks of motherhood in bed,” she wrote on CNN.com.
“I am so grateful I had access to such an incredible medical team of doctors and nurses at a hospital with state-of-the-art equipment. They knew exactly how to handle this complicated turn of events. If it weren't for their professional care, I wouldn't be here today.”
Williams knew about her health condition and was able to alert medical staffers that something was wrong.
Unfortunately, many women don’t know their health risks. According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, African-American women are three times more likely than others to die from complications in pregnancy or childbirth.
Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 7:04 PM
She made the announcement on air Wednesday, revealing that her doctor is requiring her to take a break from work to “get her levels and medication in sync,” a show representative told People.
“Wendy is a true champion and has never missed a day of work. But her health and well-being must be put before all else,” the spokesperson said in the statement. “Wendy has been openly dealing with her Graves’ disease for many years, in addition to hyperthyroidism...A live show was produced today so that Wendy could speak directly to her fans and explain her condition.”
Learning about the illness for the first time? Here’s what you should know.
What is Graves’ disease?
It’s an immune system disorder that is caused by the overproduction of the thyroid hormones, according to the Mayo Clinic. In healthy adults, the thyroid function is regulated by a hormone released by the pituitary gland, which is located at the base of the brain. For those with Graves’ disease, a thyrotropin receptor antibody takes on this role, overriding the work of the pituitary gland and causing overproduction of the thyroid hormones.
What are the symptoms?
Common signs include anxiety, irritability, tremor of the hands, weight loss, heat sensitivity, thyroid gland enlargement and rapid heartbeat.
Patients also experience Graves’ ophthalmopathy, where inflammation affects the muscles and tissues around eyes. The condition can cause bulging eyes, light sensitivity, double vision or even vision loss.
Some also have Graves’ dermopathy, which is the reddening and thickening of the skin, particularly on the shins and tops of the feet.
How is it diagnosed?
Doctors generally conduct a physical exam to check the size of the thyroid. They also order blood samples to determine the levels of the thyroid-stimulating hormone, which is usually lower for those with Graves’.
Physicians also administer ultrasounds and imaging tests to view images of the thryroid, eyes, and iodine uptake patterns. Iodine is needed to produce thyroid hormones.
How is it treated?
Some have radioactive iodine therapy, where patients take radioactive iodine by mouth. The iodine seeps into the thyroid cells and the radioactivity gradually destoys the overactive ones.
Patients often are prescribed anti-thyroid medications, which can limit the thyroid’s ability to produce hormones. Beta blockers are also available. While they don’t stop the production of thyroid hormones, they do block some of the Graves’ disease symptoms.
Who is affected?
Rappers Missy Elliott and Rapsody as well as former president George H. W. Bush also have Graves’ disease.
Published: Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 6:53 PM
LOS ANGELES — Jennifer Aniston and her husband, director Justin Theroux, are separating after two years of marriage.
The couple announced the separation in a statement to The Associated Press Thursday.
“Normally we would do this privately, but given that the gossip industry cannot resist an opportunity to speculate and invent, we wanted to convey the truth directly,” the statement released by Aniston’s publicist Stephen Huvane said. “Whatever else is printed about us that is not directly from us, is someone else’s fictional narrative. Above all, we are determined to maintain the deep respect and love that we have for one another.”
The announcement was made “in an effort to reduce any further speculation,” according to the statement.
People reported that Aniston and Theroux met in 2008 but started dating in 2011. Theroux proposed to Aniston on his 41st birthday in August 2012.
The pair had a surprise wedding in 2015, weeks before Theroux turned 44.
According to People, the couple had been spending time apart. Aniston celebrated her 49th birthday without Theroux, but was with Courteney Cox and other friends in Los Angeles. Theroux was seen in New York.
Huvane told The AP the decision to separate “was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year.” The couple has no children.
This was the first marriage for Theroux. He dated hair stylist Heidi Bivens for 14 years before they spit in 2011. Aniston was married to Brad Pitt from 2000 to 2005.
Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 4:28 PM
NEW YORK — JAY-Z reportedly spent big at a New York bar over the weekend.
According to the New York Post’s Page Six, the rapper and father of three spent a combined $110,000 at three locations in the city while celebrating Roc Nation Sports president Juan “OG” Perez, who is also a close friend of Hov.
Although his wife, Beyonce, daughter, Blue and in-laws, Tina Knowles Lawson and Richard Lawson, were at the NBA All-Star Game, Jay was reportedly at Zuma, a high-end Japanese restaurant, for dinner. He and his friends, other Roc Nation executives, spent about $13,000, according to Page Six.
The tabloid also reported that the group later went to Manhattan’s Made in Mexico Mexican restaurant and spent $9,000 on drinks.
The last stop was Playroom nightclub, where Page Six reported Jay was seen handing out bottles of his own Ace of Spades Champagne to tables. His group paid full price for 40 bottles of the drink.
People reported that a server posted a photo of the tab at Playroom, showing the bottles totaled more than $80,000. The group left an $11,100 tip.
Jay Z tab at Playroom last night. I’m just gonna cry in poor for the rest of the day. 😭 pic.twitter.com/q2OhOoi3YS— Vic (@MisterClasico) February 19, 2018
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