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Monday, August 13, 2018

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS by McVay Media

Erika Christensen Gives Birth to a Baby Girl Named Polly. Erika Christensen has given birth to a baby girl. The Parenthood star welcomed her second child with husband Cole Maness on Friday. She shared the news on Instagram, revealing that baby Polly was born at home. "It happened!" she wrote. "It happened this morning. And it will go down in family history because baby girl's own, incredible Dad delivered her all by himself. My fault entirely as I didn't know she would come so quickly and didn't call the doc until far too late. He came straight over and arrived about one minute after she joined us in the world. Haha! My Mom too. You should've seen their faces when they walked in to hear her little wail. Mom immediately took this picture. So epic. 9:21a (we think) at 7lbs 8oz (we think). Doc didn't have time to grab the baby scale in his rush. Meet Ms. Polly. She's chubby-cheeked and rosy and so beautiful." Fans had a feeling the actress' due date was near after she posted images of her family enjoying a beach day on Instagram. "Naps on naps!" she wrote next to a picture of her lounging on a beach towel with her baby bump. "Made one last beach day before baby. I do assume it's any day now." The celeb then later confirmed her due date was Thursday. She also wrote that she was "pregnant AF" on Instagram after attending the premiere of The Spy Who Dumped Me at the end of July. While Christensen initially planned to keep the sex of the child a secret, she accidentally spilled the beans while attending a dinner for the 2018 Women in Film Face of the Future event in June. The star told reporters her "little one will learn a lot from her sister." "Oh, well, there you go," she said upon realizing the slip-up. She also confirmed the sex of the child the next day on Instagram by writing "It's a" with a series of pink emojis. Christensen first shared her pregnancy news back in May. "ALL ABOUT THE ANGLE. #swipe #secrets," she wrote on Instagram alongside a picture of her baby bump. She later joked she "didn't just eat a burrito." Even her daughter Shane got in on the excitement by wearing a "big sister" T-shirt. After making the announcement, Christensen revealed she was "a little further along" than she initially let on. She also continued to update fans on her pregnancy journey by posting pictures of her growing bump. In addition, she told reporters at the aforementioned event that she had been craving salty foods. Christensen and her husband welcomed their first child in June 2016. Congratulations to the happy family! (Eonline)

Candiace Dillard Is Married! Real Housewives of Potomac Star Weds Restaurateur Chris Bassett. Candiace Dillard is a married lady! The 31-year-old Real Housewives of Potomac star said "I do" on Saturday, marrying longtime boyfriend Chris Bassett at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. Both were dressed to the nines for the event, Dillard in a custom-made gown by Karen Sabag. Their big day -- and its theme of "cosmopolitan sophistication with a touch of southern class" -- had 260 guests in attendance, including a few of Dillard's RHOP costars. "Candiace's wedding reminded me of a Parisian fairy tale overflowing in gold and white. When she walked down the aisle you forgot about the beauty of the room because she was absolutely radiant," a source at the affair tells PEOPLE. This is the first marriage for Dillard, a former Miss United States, and the second for Bassett, who has three children from two previous relationships. The pair met while working at a restaurant together in D.C., where he was the manager and she a server. Bassett proposed in May 2017, surprising Dillard with all their friends and family. "It was crazy," she said on the show. "To have everyone that I loved there was amazing. It was really special to me that he cared enough to execute my dream." Wedding planning was a big part of the third season of RHOP, Dillard's first on the reality show. There were a few bumps in the road, including dealing with her mother Dorothy's often strong opinions about her wedding dress and her father's refusal to give her more money for the festivities. But ultimately, those hurdles made her stronger. "It's helped me find my voice within my family unit and within myself," Dillard told PEOPLE before the big day. "I've have to take ownership over what I believe and what I feel is mine. It's my right to want what I want and have what I have on my wedding day. And to not have to explain that to anyone." "I just feel so much more comfortable in my skin and unapologetic about everything," she added. "You don't have to like her. She's here, she's sick. Enjoy her. Or don't, but that's my prerogative. I can't apologize for being myself." Born in Biloxi, Mississippi, and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Dillard said that she always dreamed of having a big wedding. "Getting married is almost too much of a big deal for southern women," she joked. "We're planning our weddings when we come out of the womb. I had thoughts in my head of what I wanted my wedding to look like when I was like, 12. Being able to plan it now, it's just a culmination of all of the ideas I had as a little girl." She wanted to have the wedding in D.C. to pay homage to the beginning of her relationship with Bassett, who owns Myron Mixon's Pitmaster BBQ. "It'll be a wonderful, full-circle moment." Putting couple's relationship on display for the world wasn't an easy decision at first, especially considering the critiques Dillard knew would come their way because of their races. Still, she wanted to be a positive example. "I'm big on living your truth and liberating others through that truth," she said. "I would get crazy Facebook messages from black women asking, 'I'm considering dating outside my race. What is it like dating a white guy?' So, I was hoping I'd be able to normalize interracial dating and interracial love. And to and show, that even though Chris is not black, it still can be seen as a form of black love. Because as a black woman, who will have black children, I will be imposing my black girl magic on my family." And as for a family of her own, Dillard isn't sure just yet if she wants to explore having kids of her own. "I literally don't know," the Prima Hair Collection owner said, teasing. "I always thought I wanted kids, but that was before I realized I had to grow it and keep it forever. You can't give them back! You have to keep them for the rest of your life. And they're always there and calling and they're hungry. You got to feed them and make sure they're not a -- -- - when they grow up. That's a lot of responsibility!" The Real Housewives of Potomac airs Sundays (8 p.m. ET) on Bravo. (People)

Ellie Goulding thanks fans with the sweetest Instagram post after announcing her engagement. Anything Could Happen, after all... Ellie Goulding's boyfriend, Caspar Jopling, this week put a ring on it and the singer is engaged after an eighteen-month courtship! The pair announced the engagement in the most traditional of ways, via an announcement in The Times. The statement read, "Mr. C.W.F Jopling and Miss E.J. Goulding. The engagement is announced between Caspar, son of The Hon Nicholas Jopling of Yorkshire and Mrs. Jayne Warde-Aldam of Yorkshire, and Elena, daughter of Mr. Arthur Goulding of Hertfordshire and Mrs. Tracey Sumner of West Midlands." EMOSH! And now Ellie has taken to social media to share the sweetest post about her husband-to-be. The singer shared a black and white snap with her beau and captioned it: "I tend to keep my life very private these days and I have enjoyed the time I've had away from all the madness. But we've had so many beautiful messages of support and love the past few days, as have our families, that we wanted to say thank you so much! We appreciate it more than you could ever know. You're the most wonderful person I've ever known, and I can't wait to be your very giggly, in awe and loved up wife x" Anyone else welling up? The happy couple are thought to have kickstarted their romance in April last year when they hit a karaoke bar in London's Mayfair such is the beginning of the best modern romances! If it was us, we would have been dumped after one chorus of Spice Up Your Life, but luckily Ellie is a Brit Award-winning platinum selling singer. Let's hope they at least sung a classic duet? The couple have kept a relatively low profile ever since, with the pair only being spotted a handful of times in public. Last October, the couple were spotted taking in a Brooklyn Nets Vs. New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden and they were last seen this July at a Formula E race. After it was rumored that the singer dated Prince Harry, it's unsurprising that her husband-to-be is Eton College alumni and loves a spot of rowing. Ellie previously dated a who's who of British hotties including Greg James, Jeremy Irvine, Dougie Poynter and Skrillex whilst rumors swirled she was romantically linked to Ed Sheeran and Niall Horan as well. Congrats to Ellie - we are now officially taking bets for the first dance song. How Long Will I Love You and Love Me Like You Do would be cracking shouts, guys! (British Glamour)

The baby daddy of Heidi's Klum's oldest child, Leni, has not been a part of her life for years ... but it looks like that's changed after a reunion in Italy. The biological father of Heidi's 14-year-old daughter is Italian businessman Flavio Briatore ... but the couple split before Leni was born in 2004, so she was adopted and raised by Klum's ex-husband, Seal. Heidi and Flavio have long stated he has no involvement in Leni's life, but something apparently changed recently ... as the father/daughter met and embraced at the Cala di Volpe hotel in Porto Cervo late last month. We're told Heidi was there with her entire family, including her parents and her 3 kids with Seal ... and everyone was happy and having fun. Flavio joined them all for a meal and was seen chatting with Klum as well. It's unclear at this point if this was a one-time special occasion, or if Leni's father plans to see her more regularly. (TMZ)

Demi Lovato Temporarily Leaves Rehab for Treatment in Chicago. Just under a week after Demi Lovato entered rehab, the singer has temporarily left in order to get treatment in Chicago. Last Saturday, the 25-year-old "Skyscraper" singer was discharged from the hospital in Los Angeles and flew to a rehab facility. Now, Lovato has flown to Chicago in order to meet with a therapist who specializes in sobriety, mental health and wellness. Lovato left rehab on Thursday and arrived in Chicago early Friday morning, where she'll remain for the next several days to get treatment before heading back to rehab. The trip was all set up by doctors in order to help Lovato continue her path to sobriety. It's been just over two weeks since Lovato was taken by ambulance to Cedars Sinai Medical Center in L.A. after an apparent overdose. The singer broke her silence with a message to her fans on Instagram following her release from the hospital last weekend. "I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction," she began her message on Sunday. "What I've learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet." She later wrote, "I now need time to heal and focus on my sobriety and road to recovery. The love you have all shown me will never be forgotten and I look forward to the day where I can say I came out on the other side. I will keep fighting." Following her overdose, a source told E! News that Lovato had made the decision to go to rehab because "she wants to make a statement to her fans, family and friends that she is strong and can recover." "Demi knows she needs help," the insider added. "Her family has told her that this is the time to be a good example to her fans." While another source shared with E! News, "She is scared and grateful to be alive. Her family hasn't left her side and have consulted with several people to figure out what the best plan of action is. Everyone wants her to take it very seriously and she seems to be." On Thursday, a rep confirmed that Lovato's remaining Tell Me You Love Me tour dates have been canceled, including her upcoming shows next month in Mexico as well as November concerts in Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Live Nation and Lotus Productions "wish Demi Lovato the best now and in the future and we hope to see her soon in South America." Refunds will be available. TMZ was first to report Lovato's temporary leave from rehab. (Eonline)

Casey Affleck apologizes for tolerating 'unprofessional' on-set behavior. With a new movie out this fall, Casey Affleck is ready to address his absence from the Oscars and the sexual harassment allegations that reemerged during his Best Actor campaign for "Manchester By the Sea." "First of all, that I was ever involved in a conflict that resulted in a lawsuit is something that I really regret," Affleck, 42, told the Associated Press. "I wish I had found a way to resolve things in a different way. I hate that. I had never had any complaints like that made about me before in my life and it was really embarrassing and I didn't know how to handle it and I didn't agree with everything, the way I was being described, and the things that were said about me, but I wanted to try to make it right, so we made it right in the way that was asked at the time. And we all agreed to just try to put it behind us and move on with our lives, which I think we deserve to do, and I want to respect them as they've respected me and my privacy. And that's that." Affleck settled two civil lawsuits from the set of his 2010 movie "I'm Still Here." One producer accused Affleck of making "unwanted sexual advances," while another accused him of going into her bed and touching her without consent while she was sleeping. "Over the past couple of years, I've been listening a lot to this conversation, this public conversation, and learned a lot. I kind of moved from a place of being defensive to one of a more mature point of view, trying to find my own culpability. And once I did that I discovered there was a lot to learn," he said. "The cast was the crew and the crew was kind of the cast and it was an unprofessional environment and, you know, the buck had to stop with me being one of the producers and I have to accept responsibility for that and that was a mistake. And I contributed to that unprofessional environment and I tolerated that kind of behavior from other people and I wish that I hadn't. And I regret a lot of that. I really did not know what I was responsible for as the boss. I don't even know if I thought of myself as the boss. But I behaved in a way and allowed others to behave in a way that was really unprofessional. And I'm sorry." Earlier this year, Affleck, who took home the Oscar for Best Actor in 2016, decided not to attend the 2017 show and break the tradition of the most recent male winner presenting the new Best Actress award. "I think it was the right thing to do just given everything that was going on in our culture at the moment," he said. "And having two incredible women go present the best actress award felt like the right thing." Jennifer Lawrence and Jodie Foster presented the Best Actress award to Frances McDormand. Going forward, Affleck says that he and his female production company partner are making sure that their working environments are safe. (Eonline)

HGTV -- the house remodeling network with wholesome hosts -- is PISSING OFF neighbors with their 'Brady Bunch' house expansion plans ... 'cause they fear lasting chaos. Various neighbors on the San Fernando Valley street where the iconic house sits are fuming at the prospect of HGTV's production turning their sleepy enclave into a massive construction zone. TMZ broke the story, after snagging the house in a $3-plus million sale, the network plans to blow out the back of the house ... and expand it from 2,400 square feet to more than 6,000 square feet. Neighbors are dreading the construction noise, street congestion, traffic, lookie-loos and HGTV production trucks as cameras chronicle the remodel. We're told the last time a production crew showed up, an entire street was shut down making it a nightmare for residents to access their houses. Neighbors just wanna know from HGTV ... how long y'all gonna take on this project? Stay tuned ... (TMZ)

Rapper Nate Dogg continues to earn money 7 years after his death and those funds are now being passed on to his close family. It appears funds keep coming in from Nate Dogg's music and other ventures and, as it accumulates, it gets distributed. According to new docs, obtained by TMZ, the money totals $225,000 in cash and here's how it's being divided. His widow, LaToya Calvin, is getting $30,000. His son, Naijiel Dwoyne Hale, is getting $11,666. Nate Dogg has 7 other family members who are getting $8,333 each. When he died, he left no will and had around $200k in real estate. It appears the $225k is from his music catalog. The rapper was 41 when he died in Long Beach, CA. (TMZ)

Liev Schreiber charged with harassing photographer. Movie star Liev Schreiber must appear Tuesday in a Rockland County court to answer charges of harassing a photographer. The 50-year-old, who plays the title role on the Showtime crime drama "Ray Donovan,'' did not make physical contact with the photographer, according to his lawyer, Jonathan Ripps. Schreiber only pushed his camera away after a flash went off in his face in June, Ripps told the Journal News. "The allegation does not rise to the level of any law being broken,'' said Ripps, adding he'll seek to get the charge dismissed. If he can't, his client will plead not guilty to second degree harassment, a violation. (PageSix)

John Mayer is the latest celeb to be hit by burglars ... TMZ has learned. Law enforcement sources tell us, someone broke into the singer's Beverly Hills-area home mid-morning Friday. The intruder got in by smashing a bedroom window. We're told the house was "ransacked." The burglar/burglars made off with music equipment and personal property. Our sources say among the items taken ... some of John's watches. He has an enormous and enormously valuable timepiece collection. Our sources say the value of the property taken is between $100,000 and $200,000. No one was home at the time of the break-in. We don't know if John's burglar alarm was on. Somewhere around noon, a security guard noticed the broken window and called police. So far, no suspects. (TMZ)

Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee, famous for his 2017 hit "Despacito," reportedly was robbed of $2.3-million worth of jewels after a man posing as the performer had hotel staff in Spain open the room's safe. The robbery was confirmed by the artist's press office in a tweet Thursday. "The press office @daddy_yankee confirms that the artist has been a victim of robbery while he was outside his hotel in Valencia, Spain. A law firm has already been hired and no further declarations will be given so as not to hinder the investigation in any way," the translated tweet read. Local media said that a man posing as Daddy Yankee asked staff at the Meli Valencia Hotel, where the real Ramn Luis Ayala Rodriguez -- Daddy Yankee's real name -- was staying, to open the room's safe, the BCC reported. The rapper reportedly discovered the missing jewels Tuesday night and contacted authorities. The BBC reported that two rooms were robbed -- one with the safe containing the jewels and the other with thousands of dollars in cash. Daddy Yankee currently is on the road in Europe and will continue his tour, despite the theft. (Page Six)

Action Bronson was arrested Saturday in Kosovo after lighting up a joint on stage and hurling it into the crowd. The Queens New York rapper was performing at the Sunny Hill festival when he crossed the line with weed. It didn't amuse cops -- at all -- and he was arrested right at the venue. The video is probably all prosecutors will need, because you see the rapper spark as plain as day. Police took Bronson into custody and it appears he either posted bail or signed something, because he has already been released. A police spokesman said, "Following the interview with the competent prosecutor's order the same was released." Sorry, that's the best translation we could find. Police took Bronson into custody and it appears he either posted bail or signed something, because he has already been released. A police spokesman said, "Following the interview with the competent prosecutor's order the same was released." Sorry, that's the best translation we could find. (TMZ)

Casanova is a wanted man in NYC for an alleged brutal assault that left a woman with a busted jaw and stitches in her face ... TMZ has learned. Law enforcement sources tell us ... a warrant was issued for the arrest of the "Set Trippin" rapper late Friday night. The alleged victim, Niya Rucker, claims she was attacked by Casanova and his crew at Good Stuff Diner around 4:40 AM last week. We're told Casanova thought Rucker was filming him with her phone and became enraged, and an attempt to stop her and take her phone turned violent. Law enforcement says Casanova and an accomplice assaulted Rucker -- leaving her with a possible fracture in her jaw and a facial laceration requiring 4 stitches -- and one of them put her in a sleeper hold. We're told they then fled the scene. Rucker told PIX11 News she wasn't filming the rapper at all but was simply shooting her meal for Instagram Live. She also says she's certain she was attacked by Casanova and could identify him by the chains he wears. Her attorney, Abe George, tells TMZ ... Niya's still in serious pain almost a week from the violent assault, and is on a liquid diet due to her fractured jaw. He says their main concern is bringing Casanova and his accomplices to justice. We reached out to Casanova ... so far, no word back. (Eonline)

Russell Simmons Files $35,000 Lawsuit Against Rape Accuser. Russell Simmons is taking legal action against a woman who accused him of rape. In legal documents obtained by E! News, the music producer demands that the woman listed as Jane Doe pay him $35,000 after accusing him of rape, "for purposes of publicity, which this case has garnered." The case in which the woman sought $10 million was eventually thrown out since the statute of limitations has passed, but Simmons claims her actions were "baseless and was filled for an improper purpose." Aside from the money, the music mogul requests that the judge impose sanctions against the attorney representing Jane Doe, Mr. Mastroianni, since the lawyer and plaintiff "falsely suggests in her opposition... that Mr. Simmons is somehow more culpable here because the law firm that represents him in this action also has represented Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein." The alleged victim accused Simmons of rape in March, nearly 30 years after she alleged the assault took place following a concert they both attended in Sacramento, Calif. She claimed she met the artist at a hotel bar after leaving her elementary school-aged son with a babysitter. She claimed he then asked the mother to go with him to his room to retrieve something he had forgotten. "After entering the room, Russell shut the door and said, 'I am going to f--k you," she alleged in court documents. "Russell threw her on the bed and raped her," those documents also claim. The artist addressed the allegations in a lengthy statement, saying, "I vehemently deny all the allegations made against me. They have shocked me to my core as I have never been abusive or violent in any way in my relations with women. I have submitted myself to multiple lie detector tests. I denied forced sex and sexual harassment allegations brought against me in each test; I also answered no to the question, 'Have you ever physically forced any woman to have sexual intercourse?' I passed all of the lie detector tests." In the wake of the #MeToo movement, at least 14 women have come forward to accuse the producer of sexual misconduct, all of which the Def Jam founder has denied. E! News has reached out to an attorney for Russell Simmons for comment. (Eonline)

The Anthony Anderson and Steven Seagal assault investigations have been turned over to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office ... TMZ has learned. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the cases were sent over Thursday by the LAPD for review. As for Anderson, a woman went to police earlier this year claiming the "Black-ish" actor assaulted her. We do not know specifics, although he strongly denied her claim. Seagal's been hit with multiple sexual misconduct allegations over the last few months. You'll recall, two women came forward back in March with accusations against Seagal. One claimed he raped her at his home in 1993 and the other says in 2002, when she was just 17, Seagal pinched her nipples, slid his hand under her bikini and touched her vagina during an audition. Seagal was also accused of sexual misconduct by Portia de Rossi, who claims he put her on a casting couch and unzipped his leather pants. Julianna Margulies claims in a hotel meeting with Seagal in the '80s, the actor brandished a gun but never touched her before she fled. And the D.A. also received another Harvey Weinstein sexual assault case. In all, the D.A. is reviewing 6 of his cases. (TMZ)

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