The untold truth of Big Bang

If you’ve ever seen a Big Bang music video, then you’ll have some idea of how intense the concerts can be. The guys go at a high tempo, singing, rapping, and dancing, often in perfect synchronization. Some of the dance routines have been called into question by concerned members of the fan base, however, with one in particular causing outrage. In what became known as the “G-Dragon dry humping incident” (via AllKPop), the performer got a little too close to one of his backup dancers while on stage, sending Big Bang fans young and old into a rage. Before long, the dancer in question was giving interviews, trying her best to clear the whole thing up.

“He likes to let loose and push boundaries,” lead dancer Aimee Lee Lucas explained. “Everyone agreed so that’s what we worked on. There was no humping … If you watch the [footage], the whole bit lasts only a few seconds. He straddles me for a bit, we do some ‘acting’ and then we’re done. I had to lift myself [on the stand-up bed] and hang there and support all my body weight with my arms. I could only do that for a couple of seconds, so there wasn’t any time to do any humping.” Okay then.

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Strange things about Alec Baldwin’s marriage

Perhaps Alec Baldwin doesn’t have much game when it comes to flirting, but his creepy tactic worked on Hilaria Thomas Baldwin when he approached her at a New York City restaurant in 2011. Hilaria told Hello! magazine, “Alec kept looking over at me the whole time.” 

When he finally got up to leave the restaurant, he reportedly walked over to her, took her hand, and repeatedly asked her, “Who are you, who are you?'” If you’re feeling a bit skeeved out, you’re not alone, but to the one person who matters, the move was a good one. Hilaria said she “fell in love with him very quickly and very easily.” Growing up without a television meant she was only “vaguely familiar” with who he was. We’re guessing she’s not a fan of the internet, either. Otherwise, she may have run for the hills after catching up on his past legal issues and drug addiction. He told ABC News he stopped drinking in 1985, and Hilaria was obviously able to accept him, proverbial warts and all. 

Let’s recap: His past is marred with drama and his flirting skills are poop. Either way, he hooked Hilaria, so kudos to the happy couple.

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American Idol stars who tragically passed away

Leah LaBelle was just 16-years-old when she auditioned for Season 3 of American Idol. She sang Whitney Houston’s “I Believe In You and Me” and left us all with goosebumps, including Randy Jackson who was gobsmacked by the Hungarian-born songstress’ sultry vocals. Nonetheless, she landed in 12th place in the competition, according to E! News, falling to Fantasia Barrino who was crowned the winner.

LaBelle went on to become a successful singer in her own right, and she even signed a deal with Epic Records, according to E! News. With so many amazing things happening in her career, we never would’ve expected her life to be cut short in January 2018 when she and her boyfriend, former professional basketball player Rasual Butler (pictured, left), were killed in a car accident in Studio City, Calif.

After a lengthy, months-long investigation, TMZ reported Butler, who was behind the wheel, had “multiple substances in his system at the time of his fatal crash.” Toxicology results showed he tested positive for marijuana, methamphetamine, and oxycodone, and an “empty box of Don Julio tequila was recovered at the crash scene.”

An outpouring of love was sent to their families upon their death, including a message from Barrino, who tweeted, “This just doesn’t seem right even saying right now but Rest In Peace Baby Girl @leahlabelle I will never forget you. Idol Family Forever.”

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Twitter reacts to the college admissions scandal

This investigation is serious business for those directly involved, but the news brought out the silly side of Twitter in the best possible way. Numerous users couldn’t help but notice that the whole affair was like something from a made-for-TV movie. When NBC’s Tom Winter shared the story on Twitter, he received countless replies, some of them absolutely priceless. “This new Hallmark Channel film is confusing,” one user said, while another proposed a TV show: “We could call it Breaking Grad.”

As far as Canadian actress Jewel Staite is concerned, the scandal is more suited to the TV movie format — and she’s already thrown her hat in the ring for the lead role. “Dibs on playing Felicity Huffman in the Lifetime movie about this mess,” the Firefly star said in a tweet that’s been retweeted thousands of times. She’s clearly joking, but if the retweets keep coming, you never know.

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What’s come out about the college admissions scandal

A whopping 50 people have been charged in what the FBI code-named Operation Varsity Blues, a multi-million dollar college admissions scam that helped the children of wealthy parents cheat their way into gaining admission to some of the country’s most elite colleges. According to NBC News, the families of these prospective students — including celebrities Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman — reportedly paid a whopping $25 million to fake athletic profiles, bribe coaches and administrators, and cheat on college exams to help their children gain acceptance into universities like Stanford, Georgetown, Yale, UCLA, USC, Boston College, and Boston University.

The scam, which the New York Times calls the Justice Department’s “largest ever college admissions prosecution,” was reportedly orchestrated by William Rick Singer (above), the man behind California-based college preparation business The Edge College & Career Network (also known as “The Key”). The alleged fraudster reportedly used The Key and Key Worldwide Foundation, his business’ nonprofit arm, to funnel tax-free bribes to top athletic coaches and administrators. As of this writing, Singer has already pleaded guilty “to counts of racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and obstruction of justice,” and agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors. NBC News reports that out of the 50 people charged, “33 were parents,” “nine were college coaches” and the rest were “test administrators and the scheme’s main figures,” like Singer.

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Felicity Huffman arrested in college admissions scandal

Actress Felicity Huffman found herself behind bars this week.

TMZ reports that the former Desperate Housewives star was indicted for her alleged involvement in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

According to court documents cited by the gossip rag, Huffman and her husband, fellow actor and Shameless star William H. Macy, allegedly paid $15,000 “to participate in a college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of [their] eldest daughter.” Their 18-year-old daughter, Sofia Grace, reportedly scored 1420 on her SAT — roughly 400 points higher than her PSAT score — after being given twice the amount of time to complete the exam. A proctor was then allegedly bribed to correct her answers, according to the indictment docs.

For her part, Huffman was reportedly recorded while talking about this scam over the phone with a cooperating witness (via CNN). 

It should be noted that while the actress was arrested, Macy himself was not charged. According to sources cited by TMZ, Huffman is reportedly expected to be released via signature bond on the grounds that she appears before a judge in court, reportedly at 2 p.m. PST on March 12. However, at the time of this writing, Huffman, Macy, and their reps have yet to publicly comment on the matter.

Readers may be aware that Fuller House star Lori Loughlin and her husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, were among the other high-profile parents charged in this ongoing scandal. However, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts, they’re definitely not the only ones involved. “Dozens of individuals involved in a nationwide conspiracy that facilitated cheating on college entrance exams and the admission of students to elite universities as purported athletic recruits,” read the release (via People), “were arrested by federal agents in multiple states and charged in documents unsealed on March 12, 2019, in federal court in Boston.” 

These other individuals include multiple college prep execs and coaches. Additionally, the colleges in question reportedly include Ivy League schools like Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, the University of Southern California, and more. 

However, CNN reports that this elaborate cheating scheme centers around a fraudulent non-profit organization called the Key Worldwide Foundation, which was founded by California businessman William Rick Singer. While speaking with CNN, the US attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling broke down the scam, saying, “I’ll speak more broadly, there were essentially two kinds of fraud that Singer was selling. One was to cheat on the SAT or ACT, and the other was to use his connections with Division I coaches and use bribes to get these parents’ kids into school with fake athletic credentials.”

For his part, Singer has been charged with racketeering conspiracy, money laundering, tax conspiracy, and obstruction of justice, according to CNN. He has since pleaded guilty. “All of these things, and many more things, I did,” he said during his court appearance on Tuesday, March 12 (via CNN). “I created a side door that would guarantee families would get in.” As the news outlet noted, Singer is expected to be released on $500,000 bond, but faces up to 65 years in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for June 19 of this year.

As for the likes of Huffman and the other parents allegedly involved, prison time is, of course, a possibility. However, it sounds like it may be unlikely. “In this case I don’t see it as a probability with respect to the parents involved,” legal expert James J. Leonard Jr. recently told People. He added, “At the end of the day, we are talking about parents who tried to help their children, and crossed the line in doing so.”

While we wait for more updates on this ongoing scandal, a number of celebs have since taken to social media to comment on the matter. “TERI HATCHER GOT ME INTO BROWN,” Billy On The Street star Billy Eichner, for example, tweeted out in a since-deleted Desperate Housewives-inspired joke (via Too Fab). He continued this gag with, “JUDITH LIGHT GOT ME WAIT LISTED AT TUFTS,” and later added, “Look, it’s not the biggest problem in the world but I would not have gotten into Dartmouth without Mo’nique.”

Meanwhile, the Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Twitter account quipped, “BREAKING NEWS: ENTRANCE INTO COLLEGE UNJUST, TILTED IN FAVOR OF WHITE KIDS WITH RICH PARENTS.” Similarly, ESPN’s Jemele Hill sarcastically tweeted, “I, for one, STUNNED that rich people would pay millions in bribes to get their children into elite colleges. You mean they didn’t earn it based off merit alone, as we’re constantly told? ::clutches imaginary pearls::”

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Who paid R. Kelly’s owed child support?

Singer R. Kelly was released from jail on Saturday, March 9, 2019, after someone paid the child support he owed his ex-wife. But just who gave Kelly’s former flame the money?

Page Six reports that a “mystery donor” coughed up the funds needed to free Kelly from behind bars in Cook County, Ill. And, according to the Associated Press, the spokesperson for the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, Sophia Ansari, did not know the identity of the person who paid on Cook’s behalf. “Anonymous payments do happen but they are rare,” Ansari told People.

While the details about the person who paid the owed child support may remain shrouded in mystery, it’s clear that Kelly didn’t pay the money himself, as his reps had previously revealed that the disgraced artist could only afford to pay $50,000 to $60,000 of the $161,000 he owed his ex, Andrea “Drea” Kelly.

R. Kelly reportedly was only able to pay his ex-wife the money with the help of a “benefactor,” as reported by TMZ. “We’re gonna straighten all this out,” Kelly reportedly said as he left jail.

Logic would suggest that the person who paid Kelly’s back child support payments could potentially be the same person who paid $100,000 to bail him out of jail following his arrest for ten counts of aggravated sexual abuse. That person was Valencia Patrice Love, a woman who claims to be a friend and fan of Kelly’s. Love, who reportedly owns multiple restaurants and a daycare center, told reporters at the time, “I’m not going to say it was my money or his money and he’s not broke. He was going to post bond by Thursday anyway,” notes from Fox News reporter Tia Ewing suggested Love stated. “He’s my friend and I knew he needed help.”

Love reportedly went on, “He told me he was innocent, if he did it he is wrong. If he did it that’s wrong. He’s telling me he’s innocent. I wasn’t there, you wasn’t there, give him the chance and allow him to prove his innocence.”

However, despite Love previously coming to Kelly’s aid, it has not been reported that she was also the same person who paid his child support.

Kelly and his ex-wife, Drea, share three children — 20-year-old daughter Joann and two teenage sons, Jay and Robert Jr., as noted by Heavy. Drea reportedly filed for divorce from Kelly in 2006, after requesting a restraining order against him following a “physical confrontation” with him in 2005, and their divorce was finalized in 2009. According to TMZ, Kelly was ordered to pay Drea $20,833 in child support every month. However, he reportedly stopped making timely payments in 2018.

In Kelly’s now-infamous interview with CBS This Morning‘s Gayle King, he claimed that he didn’t have the money to pay Drea the child support because “so many people have been stealing [his] money,” as reported by Page Six. Noting that he only has about $350,000 in his bank account, Kelly reportedly told King that he only just went to Bank of America for the first time less than a month ago because, he said, “I was so tired of not knowing where my money was, where my publishing was.” He also said that he didn’t have access to his account when he was behind bars, after he’d moved his money into a new account.

Furthermore, Kelly asked King how he could be expected to continue paying child support to his ex-wife when she’d publicly bashed him and tarnished his name. “How can I pay child support? How? If my ex-wife is destroying my name and I can’t work,” he expressed. “How can I work? How can I get paid? How can I take care of my kids? How?”

As Page Six noted, Drea has accused Kelly of physical and emotional abuse over the course of their marriage and has alleged that Kelly once hogtied her and left her on a bed. Kelly has denied this claim, stating that he doesn’t “know how to hogtie people” and questioning why he’d ever even do such a thing.

Regarding the issue of Kelly’s child support payments to Drea, he is scheduled to appear in court on March 13 (via People). As for the sexual abuse charges against him, he’s expected back in court on March 13.

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