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Herpes claims against Usher heading to trial in Los Angeles, judge rules

A California judge has ruled that all herpes claims against R&B singer Usher (real name Usher Raymond IV) will be tried in Los Angeles Superior Court, where it is illegal to knowingly or recklessly transmit a sexually transmitted disease.

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The artist is accused of not disclosing his herpes diagnosis to three sexual partners.

One of the women, identified as Jane Doe, listed multiple counts of negligence, fraud and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress in the lawsuit. She also accused Usher of forcing her to have unprotected oral sex without her consent and is seeking unspecified punitive damages. 

Jane Doe’s residence was blacked out in the court papers of both parties, according to NBC San Diego.

>> Related: Georgia woman files suit against Usher for giving her herpes

On Friday, Judge Michelle Williams Court denied a defense motion to force one of the plaintiffs to bring Jane Doe’s case to another state. 

Usher’s lawyers argued that the woman was accusing Usher of events that occurred outside of California. But Jane Doe’s lawyer, Jivaka Candappa, said it’s impractical to have two plaintiffs tried in California and a third in another state.

>> Related: Woman in Usher lawsuit over alleged herpes diagnosis comes forward: ‘He never warned me’

Candappa said all the witnesses were willing to come to California.

Two others, a man identified only as John Doe and a woman named Quantasia Sharpton sued 39-year-old Usher in August 2017 for failing to disclose that he has genital herpes before having sex with them.

>> Related: Usher allegedly paid woman $1 million after giving her herpes: reports

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every six people aged 14 to 49 has genital herpes.

Man shot at Georgia mansion of former NFL player

A 23-year-old man was shot in the stomach late Sunday at the suburban Atlanta home of a former NFL player.

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The man was found with a gunshot wound around 11:15 p.m. Sunday when officers responded to a call. The home belongs to Eddie Drummond, according to Fulton County tax records.

Drummond was a wide receiver who played several seasons for the Detroit Lions, ending his career after the 2007 season with the Kansas City Chiefs.

He is known for hosting lavish celebrity pool parties at an undisclosed location described in previous event listings as the NFL Mansion.

Drummond recently promoted his April 28 birthday party at the mansion, for which tickets were as high as $260.

The man who was shot was taken to an area hospital for treatment. His condition was unknown Monday morning. 

“No further information in reference to this incident will be released at this time,” South Fulton police Detective Partrena Smith said. 

Former 'Project Runway' contestant faces federal charges

A contestant from the first season of “Project Runway” was charged Friday with mortgage fraud by federal prosecutors in Charlotte.

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Prosecutors said Starr Ilzhoefer allegedly stole $1 million. Prosecutors also charged Aaron Guido in this case.

In 2004, Ilzhoefer was a contestant on “Project Runway,” a reality television show that featured 12 or more fashion designers competing against one another.

Ilzhoefer went on to practice law as a corporate lawyer for respected firms. After that she went into real estate. 

Prosecutors said Ilzhoefer helped trick the Federal Housing Administration and private financial institutions out of $1 million. They said she and other defendants charged targeted distressed homeowners, promised them foreclosure rescue and financial recovery, and convinced them to sell for less than they still owed lenders, which is known as a short sale. 

Prosecutors said Ilzhoefer and the others lied on paperwork to lenders and already had other buyers waiting in the wings so they could flip the properties quickly, sometimes even on the same day. 

They said the defendants also created shell companies to pave the way.

In a statement, Ilzhoefer's lawyer said "The government claims that way back in the great recession this young woman somehow tricked banks into selling their distressed real estate for less than what the banks now believe it was worth. We look forward to refuting these claims in court."

Michael Jordan's daughter engaged to former Syracuse star Rakeem Christmas

NBA fans will be experiencing their own royal wedding soon.

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Jasmine Jordan, the daughter of NBA legend Michael Jordan, is engaged to former Syracuse University basketball player Rakeem Christmas, Syracuse.com reported.Jasmine Jordan tweeted about the couple’s engagement Sunday on Twitter.

Both Jordan and Christmas attended Syracuse. Jasmine Jordan graduated with a degree in sports management. Christmas started for Syracuse in 2013 when the Orange advanced to the Final Four in 2013. Christmas was drafted in the second round of the NBA draft by the Indiana Pacers in 2015.

He also played for the NBA’s developmental league and professionally for teams in Turkey and New Zealand, Syracuse.com reported. He played the past season for the New Zealand Breakers.

Tony Awards 2018: Robert De Niro blasts Trump in bleeped comments

Actor Robert De Niro let viewers of the 2018 Tony Awards know exactly how he feels about President Donald Trump, lobbing profanity at the commander in chief after taking the stage during Sunday night's broadcast.

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"I'm just going to say one thing: [Expletive] Trump!" said De Niro, who was introducing Bruce Springsteen's performance of "My Hometown."

"It's no longer, 'Down with Trump.' It's, '[Expletive] Trump!'" De Niro added.

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CBS censored the language in its broadcast of the awards ceremony, but the audience at New York's Radio City Music Hall heard every word, The Associated Press reported. Many responded with a standing ovation.

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According to Deadline, a spokeswoman for CBS addressed the controversy in a statement, calling De Niro's insult "unscripted and unexpected." 

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"The offensive language was deleted from the broadcast," the spokeswoman said.

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Eminem criticized for using gunshot sounds during Bonnaroo performance

Rapper Eminem has come under fire after he used realistic gunshot sound effects during his performance at the Bonnaroo music festival Saturday night in Manchester, Tennessee, Billboard reported.

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Fans, remembering the deadly mass shooting outside a Las Vegas casino last October, screamed and ducked for cover when the gunshot-like sounds were heard during Eminem’s performance of “Kill You,” from his 2000 album “The Marshall Mathers LP.”

Social media star Andrea Russett attended the annual festival in middle Tennessee and tweeted that using those kind of effects at the end of the song was “extremely irresponsible and distasteful.”

“I have grown up loving eminem and his music but i was extremely triggered to the point of tears,” Russett tweeted. “To hear a gunshot sound effect and see the entire crowd drop to the floor out of instinct is not funny, cute, or amusing. this is the sad reality that we are living. this is not funny or even something to be joked about.”

Several fans defended Eminem’s actions, noting that the performer has used the gunshot sound effects for a long time.

"Eminem has ended ‘Kill You’ with the gun shot effects for (at least) 6 years now and this is the first time someone ever complains," one Twitter user wrote.

Eminem has not commented, Billboard reported.

‘Goldbergs’ actor Jackson Odell dead at 20

Actor and singer-songwriter Jackson Odell was found dead in California on Friday, E! News reported Sunday. He was 20.

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Odell, who played Ari Caldwell on the ABC comedy series “The Goldbergs” from 2013 to 2015, was found unresponsive at his Tarzana residence in San Fernando Valley, a Los Angeles County Coroner’s spokesman confirmed to Variety. The cause of death has not been released, pending an autopsy, E! News reported.

Odell also starred in the 2011 movie “Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer,” Variety reported. He also appeared on “The Fosters,” “Modern Family,” “Private Practice,” “Arrested Development,” and “iCarly.” He had acted in films since he was 12, Variety reported.

Related: Who was Jackson Odell, ‘The Goldbergs’ actor?

As a songwriter, Odell wrote songs for the soundtrack of the 2018 romantic drama film “Forever My Girl,” Variety reported. One song was “Wings of an Angel,” which “American Idol” contestant Lauren Alaina sang for the film. 

Rafael Nadal wins 11th French Open men's title

Rafael Nadal continued his dominance at the French Open, winning the men’s singles title for the 11th time Sunday, ESPN reported.

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Nadal defeated Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 to capture his 17th Grand Slam title, second only among men to the 20 won by Roger Federer.

Nadal overcame a problem with his left middle finger during the third set to defeat the No. 7 seed from Austria. The Spaniard was leading 2-1 when he stopped serving because he could not straighten his finger, ESPN reported. After receiving a salt pill and an arm massage by his trainer, Nadal resumed play and closed out the match.

Nadal’s 11 French Open men’s titles are a record at Roland Garros. He won his first title in 2005, and all of his championships have occurred during the Open era. He owns an 86-2 record at the French Open.

Max Decugis won eight French titles between 1903 and 1914; in the Open era, Bjorn Borg won six men’s crowns between 1974 and 1981.

Nadal matched the all-time record of most singles titles won at the same Grand Slam event, set by Margaret Court at the Australian Open in the 1960s and ’70s, Reuters reported.

Kenny Chesney brings Super Bowl champion Eagles onstage during Philadelphia concert

Country music star Kenny Chesney surprised Philadelphia fans by bringing several members of the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles onstage during his concert at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday night, WPHT reported.

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Chesney introduced team owner Jeffrey Lurie, coach Doug Pederson and players Carson Wentz, Zach Ertz and other team members. The team members also brought the Vince Lombardi Trophy onstage, which signified their Super Bowl LII victory against the New England Patriots in February.

Pederson led the crowd in an E-A-G-L-E-S chant, WPHT reported.

With the Eagles onstage, Chesney played “Boys of Fall” to honor the Super Bowl champions.

“We have not done this song on tour until tonight,” Chesney told the audience. “Because we did it on purpose. Because, the first time I played ‘Boys of Fall’ I wanted it to be in the stadium where they won the Super Bowl.”

Actor Vince Vaughn arrested on suspicion of DUI in California

Actor Vince Vaughn was arrested in California early Sunday morning, the Manhattan Beach Police Department confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

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The police department confirmed that Vaughn, 48, who starred in last year’s “Brawl in Cell Block 99,” was in their custody. According to KABC, authorities, Vaughn was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Earlier, TMZ reported that Vaughn was arrested on a DUI charge. He was stopped around 4 a.m. in Manhattan Beach, TMZ reported.

Related: Photos: Vince Vaughn through the years

The actor, best known for comedic films such as “Wedding Crashers,” “Swingers,” and “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” was arrested in 2001 after a bar brawl in Wilmington, North Carolina, E!Online reported.

Vaughn’s passenger was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication and resisting arrest, KABC reported.

Both were booked into jail and later posted bail, the television station reported.

A request for comment from Vaughn was not immediately returned, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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