A second accuser has filed a sexual abuse lawsuit against director Bryan Singer and entertainment executive Gary Goddard, People reports.
In the lawsuit, filed Saturday in Los Angeles Federal Court, an anonymous British man accuses Goddard of contacting him on social media in 2003 when he was 14, engaging in nude webcam sessions when he was 15, and having sex with him when he was 16.
When he was 17, the man claims in the lawsuit, Singer fondled him and tried to force him to have sex — bringing in a “large, muscle-bound man” to “smack [him] around” to try to get him to comply — at an after-afterparty in the director’s hotel suite following the 2006 U.K. premiere of Superman Returns.
The next day, the court papers allege, Singer contacted the teen and apologized for “last night.”
Singer and Goddard both vehemently deny the new allegations. The anonymous accuser is represented by attorney Jeff Herman, the same lawyer who recently filed sex abuse suits against Singer, Goddard and two other entertainment executives on behalf of Michael Egan, 31, who claims the men drugged and assaulted him when he was a teenager in California and Hawaii.
Singer’s lawyer, Marty Singer (no relation to the director), maintains that the new allegations, like Egan’s, are false.
“After the substance of Mr. Herman’s previous defamatory and fabricated filing in Hawaii was disproved based on unassailable evidence, Mr. Herman’s desperation has led him to fabricate these new anonymous accusations against Mr. Singer, which we will also prove to be completely false,” Marty Singer said in a statement.
Goddard’s attorneys, Alan Grodin and Paul Gaspari, also slammed the new lawsuit.
Bryan Singer has dropped out of all press for his latest X-Men movie, out May 23. “I do not want these fictitious claims to divert ANY attention from ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ ” he said in a statement on April 24. “I promise when this situation is over, the facts will show this to be the sick twisted shakedown it is.”
“Modern Family” actress Ariel Winter will keep living with her adult sister after an agreement was reached Monday with Winter’s mother in a long-running guardianship dispute, The Associated Press reports.
The agreement was reached just before a trial was set to begin on who would care for the 16-year-old actress.
Winter’s mother, Chrisoula Workman, agreed to drop her objections to the guardianship if her daughter could watch a video montage of family photos before court adjourned.
Superior Court Judge Daniel Murphy agreed, and Winter and her sister Shanelle Gray sat in court and dabbed their eyes with a tissues as photos of their childhood played. Winter left court without speaking, but Murphy said it would be up to her to decide whether she would visit with her mother.
Winter has been living with Gray since 2012, when a temporary guardianship was established amid allegations that Workman was subjecting her daughter to physical and emotional abuse.
Another judge previously said an initial report by child protective services found evidence of emotional abuse, but claims of physical abuse were deemed inconclusive. Subsequent reports have not been described in court.
Winter’s father will have control of the actress’s finances and will have to make reports to the court. Murphy said he would retain jurisdiction over the actress and her care until she turns 18.
Winter, who has been acting since age 7, plays Alex Dunphy on the popular and critically acclaimed ABC series. She also has appeared in movies such as “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.”
Prince doesn’t have a potty mouth anymore.
The icon, 55, opened up to Essence in the June “Prince After Dark” issue about why he stopped using dirty words, People reports.
Prince, of course, was once known for his explicit lyrics. The 1984 song “Erotic City,” for example, uses the F-word several times.
That’s all changed.
“Did you ever hear Muhammad Ali curse?” he said. “Would you curse in front of your kids? To your mother? Marsha [Ambrosius], Lianne [La Havas], Janelle [Monae] … they’re all my sisters. We shouldn’t curse at them. We need to treat all of them, and all people, like royalty.”
Prince, who is empowering minds with #YesWeCode, performs July 4 at the Superdome in New Orleans at the 20th anniversary of the Essence Festival, July 3-6.
“Rumor Has It” that Adele is releasing a third album, People reports.
If Twitter buzz is to be believed, the soulful singer will follow up the success of 2008’s “19” and 2011’s “21” with the aptly titled “25,” continuing her tradition of naming albums by her age.
She celebrated her 26th birthday Monday, but Adele sparked fan fervor the day before with a selfie and a tweet.
“Bye bye 25 … See you again later in the year x,” she wrote, posting a photo of her lying in bed and giving a thumbs up sign.
Her return would be a welcome one: Adele nabbed six Grammys for “21” and dominated the radio with hits like “Rolling in the Deep.” Since then, she’s been busy raising son Angelo, 11⁄2 .
But in January, Phil Collins suggested she’d be back in the spotlight soon, telling Inside South Florida he was working on writing songs with Adele.
“I live in a cave, but she’s achieved an incredible amount,” the musician reportedly said. “I really love her voice.”
And don’t expect any sad songs like “Someone Like You” on “25.” In 2012, Adele told Vogue her next album (after a well-deserved recording break) would have a happier tone.
“I’m never writing a breakup record again, by the way,” she said. “I’m done with being a bitter witch.”
Police say country music singer Scotty McCreery was the victim of an early morning home invasion near the campus of North Carolina State University, where he is a student, the AP reports.
Raleigh Police spokesman Jim Sughrue says officers were called shortly before 2 a.m. Monday to an apartment about a mile from campus. Three suspects armed with guns are reported to have taken wallets, cash and electronic items.
Police say the 20-year-old McCreery was among the victims. No one was injured.
A native of nearby Garner, McCreery won TV’s “American Idol” in 2011. He was named best new artist at the Academy of Country Music Awards the next year. In addition to being a recording star and a pitchman for Bojangles’ Chicken ’n Biscuits, McCreery is wrapping up his sophomore year of college.
Nicki Minaj will head to the city of brotherly love for the Roots’ annual 4th of July Jam.
The rapper-singer will perform on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia on Independence Day for the free event.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announced Monday at a news conference that Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Hudson and rising stars Ariana Grande and Aloe Blacc will also perform.
The Roots will work as the house band at their annual jam concert, which has previously featured Earth, Wind & Fire, John Mayer and Jill Scott.
The 4th of July Jam will air live on VH1 and Palladia and stream on VH1.com.
The Roots will release a new album, “And Then You Shoot Your Cousin,” on May 19.