People: Donald Sterling, Brad Pitt and Brad Paisley
June 4, 2014 12:00 AM
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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive for the world premiere of Disney's "Maleficent" last week at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Calif.
From Web and wire reports
A lawsuit filed Monday against Donald Sterling accuses the embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner of repeatedly subjecting Maiko Maya King who worked for him to sexual demands and racist comments and says he ultimately fired her when she protested, Reuters reports.
An attorney representing Sterling, Bobby Samini, rejected the assertions, according to the Los Angeles Times. “Anyone objectively reviewing Ms. King's claims will have no doubt that they are without merit,” the newspaper quoted Samini as saying.
Sterling, 80, has been banned for life by the National Basketball Association over racist remarks in a private conversation that were recorded secretly and leaked to the media. Last week the NBA, seeking to terminate Sterling's team ownership, said it had reached an agreement to sell the Clippers. Sterling has mounted a legal challenge.
The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court said Sterling lobbed a “steady stream of racially and sexually offensive comments” at King, with whom he was in a "romantic relationship” from 2005 to 2011.
“He supported her financially, and she worked for him and his foundation,” the suit said, adding she returned to work for Sterling for a second stint until he dismissed her over her protests in early May.
King, who is seeking unspecified compensatory damages, alleged that Sterling “dangled money only if she would have sex with him” and made other sexual demands, and withheld wages when she refused.
King also accused Sterling of spewing racial epithets against her former husband, who is black, and their children, and more broadly, such as “black people do not take care of their children. All they do is sit at home and smoke dope," according to the lawsuit.
When Brad Pitt joined fiancee Angelina Jolie last Wednesday for the premiere of Maleficent, he thought it would be a celebratory night for the family.
But prior to walking the carpet with Jolie and five of their six kids -- Maddox, 12, Pax, 10, Zahara, 9, Shiloh, 8, and Knox, 5½ – Pitt clashed with notorious Ukrainian ex-journalist Vitalii Sediuk, who jumped a police barrier to get to the actor. Sediuk was promptly arrested, and Pitt continued to sign autographs for eager fans.
In an exclusive statement to People, Pitt is now giving his take on the run-in.
"I was at the end of the line signing autographs, when out the corner of my eye I saw someone stage-diving over the barrier at me. I took a step back; this guy had latched onto my lapels. I looked down, and the nutter was trying to bury his face in my crotch, so I cracked him twice in the back of the head – not too hard – but enough to get his attention, because he did let go. I think he was then just grabbing for a hand hold because the guys were on him, and he reached up and caught my glasses."
"I don't mind an exhibitionist," Pitt continues, "but if this guy keeps it up he's going to spoil it for the fans who have waited up all night for an autograph or a selfie, because it will make people more wary to approach a crowd. And he should know, if he tries to look up a woman's dress again, he's going to get stomped."
The Westboro Baptist Church protested Brad Paisley's concert in Kansas Sunday night, but the country star decided to fight hate with humor.
The "Alcohol" singer confronted members of the contentious organization (described by the Anti-Defamation League as a "homophobic, anti-Semitic hate group") and even took a taunting selfie with members of the group, whose members held signs saying things like "God hates drunks."
Paisley tweeted the picture, writing, "Westboro Baptist Selfie!! Or west-Burro(ass) selfie. Hopefully they can hear the show out here."
Westboro Baptist Church tweeted the link to a YouTube clip of the encounter with Paisley, admitting, "He mighta been mocking but he was certainly polite!"
The organization then seemingly changed its tune, tweeting the same link to several media accounts, asking, "Is @BradPaisley TRULY mocking Westboro Baptist Church? It's hard to say."
Hmm, well, doesn't the expression of Paisley's face kinda say it all? In any case, props to the Southern superstar for keeping it classy instead of losing his cool.
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