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Alec Baldwin recently filed a motion to dismiss the charges he’s facing in the 2021 shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, but here’s what we know. Behind closed doors Alec’s legal team is hoping to negotiate a plea deal involving no jail time, a clear record, community service and a HUGE donation. Alec is concerned that a jury found armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed guilty in the case, so he’s secretly done a 180 and instructed his high-priced lawyers to make a deal!

Last Sunday Billie Eilish named dropped her former choir teacher, Mandy Bringham, when she won her second Oscar for Best Original Song for What Was I Made For, from the Barbie movie. Other media outlets tracked down the teacher but only WE will tell you that Billie personally reached out to Mandy days after the historic win, and the two are getting together in the near future. Our source says Billie plans to offer Mandy a job on her team as, what else, a vocal coach.

For reality TV fans, the buzz this week was the final reunion episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and the current state of OG star, Kyle Richard’s marriage to estranged husband Maurico Umansky. We can tell you this tidbit: Despite Kyle not revealing many deets on the reunion, our well placed source says that marriage is kaput and a very friendly divorce is being negotiated. If there’s any divorce drama it will only be manufactured for next season of RHOBH, but the soon-to-be exes have already decided who gets what and may plan to live together as friends for a bit until their youngest daughter Portia turns 18 in two years.

Meghan Markle made headlines when she debuted a new website which she eventually will use to hawk merchandise. Way back in November, we told you that Meghan and Harry were looking at wineries to sell their own wine and this latest venture goes along with that. Meghan hopes to be the next Martha Stewart and build an empire based around her kitchen skills, including her own wine as well as olive oils, jams, cookbooks, etc. Our source adds this tidbit you will only read here – Meghan’s Montecito neighbor and good pal Oprah Winfrey is an angel investor in the project.

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AMBER HEARD IS BECOMING RESTLESS IN SPAIN

Sin Since her disastrous trial with ex Johnny Depp, Amber Heard has been hiding out quite happily in Spain with her toddler daughter Oonagh (?) Yes, that’s her name. Hopefully it sounds better spoken than it looks in print. Between her successful first trial in the UK and the painful second one in the USA, Amber managed to film a movie “In the Fire,” that just premiered at the Taormina Film Festival in Italy. Fortunately no loud Johnny Depp fans turned up to torment her. She happily greeted her own fans (above) and announced that she does NOT plan to retire from film-making. She intends to settle things with Depp and proceed with her career. Meanwhile, her other movie Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will be released later this year.

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E. JEAN CARROLL WON’T LET TRUMP GET AWAY WITH IT

 

This one is a bit tricky since it involves an alleged rape and the last thing we want to do is victim shame.  E. Jean Carroll, the woman accusing Donald Trump of raping her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in the mid-1990’s, recently took the stand in the tantalizing trial looking different.  Before the trial, she changed her hairstyle back to how she wore it when she alleges the rape occurred.  An associate pointed out that up until recently, Carroll sported a sensible short hairstyle (above left) with a sprinkling of gray, but she showed up at trial with a blonde bob cut, much like her look in the 1990’s – and she appears  younger .  The associate speculates that this is a direct response to Trump’s insulting claims that she was “NOT HIS TYPE.”  The insider says the short hair made E. Jean look a bit plain, but the longer bob has softened and feminized her appearance –  and perhaps beefed up her courage…

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ALEC BALDWIN WILL GET A LITTLE HELP FROM HIS FRIENDS

Alec Baldwin is counting on his celebrity friends to help him beat involuntary manslaughter charges! An insider says Alec is determined to prove he wasn’t responsible for the tragic death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of his movie, Rust, and he plans on the help of his famous friends to prove his innocence. According to an insider, a plea deal was floated around before the formal charges were filed on Jan 31, but Alec is determined to FIGHT the case and he’s relying on many of his fellow actors to testify if the case goes to trial. The insider predicts that Alec’s trial will have more movie stars than the Academy Awards. Alec hopes having many big name actors testify about gun use on movie sets will sway the jury in his favor. Many of his A-list pals have already agreed to testify on his behalf if needed.

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THANK YOU GLORIA STEINEM!

It’s ABOUT TIME. Gloria Steinem and many other domestic abuse experts have come together in public support of Amber Heard. After Amber wrote an essay in the Washington Post about her domestic abuse (without naming her ex Johnny Depp)- he sued her for defamation and he WON. Steinem and 130 other experts and organizations published an open letter in which they agree that defamation suits are being MISUSED to SILENCE survivors. They also blasted social media for mocking Amber’s allegations of violence and abuse. (victim shaming) Anybody who read Depp’s revolting emails knows he was abusive. It has been five months since this appalling Virginia trial and we are delighted that Steinem and other experts have taken a stand. Amber moved to Spain with her daughter after the trial – now she can return with more confidence.

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DANNY MASTERSON AND SCIENTOLOGY ON TRIAL

Surely, you have seen the extravagant ad promoting Scientology on TV lately. It opens with “Church” Leader David Miscavige (above) standing in a large light-filled modern building with good looking young people milling around, while discussing the virtues of the organization. It so happens Scientology is in bad shape right now. The Bass VS Caruso mayoral ads cast a bad light on Scientology- but the Danny (That 70’s Show) Masterson rape trial promises to be even worse for Scientology’s reputation. The three women accusing Scientologist Masterson of rape (happened back in the early 2000’s) are former Scientologists who were warned by their “church” not to go to police but “let the church handle it.” Scientology always PROTECTS its celebrity members. The women say they were harassed and threatened by the “church” until they LEFT, and finally DID go to police. The women claim they are STILL being stalked and tormented by the “church” as the trial continues. Hopefully, Masterson will get what he deserves- and Scientology will too.

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LEAH REMINI WANTS JUSTICE AND SHE WANTS IT NOW!

Former Scientologist Leah Remini is our hero this week. She has been reportedly doing everything she can to see that Danny “That 70’s Show” Masterson goes on trial for three counts of rape – at least that’s what Masterson is claiming. Today Masterson was in court for a pre-trial hearing before a judge to decide if the case will go to court. Scientologist Masterson has hired one of the world’s most expensive lawyers, Tom Mesereau (OJ Simpson and Michael Jackson’s lawyer.) It’s estimated that Michael Jackson paid Mesereau 100 million dollars in his child sex case! Do you suppose the church of Scientology is helping pay for this? If Masterson is found guilty it will be a huge blow to the church – you can read a detailed account of the hearing on Tony Ortega’s blog.

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IS AMBER HEARD A HUSBAND-BEATER?

Of all the unpleasant things that have been said about Johnny Depp, it seems the only insult he resents is being called a “wife beater.” His ex-wife Amber Heard called him that and The Sun wrote about it so he’s suing the paper for defamation. (Depp claims Heard is a sociopath who actually hit HIM) The sensational libel trial started today in London, and Johnny and Amber arrived by separate entrances, armed with accusations. Johnny started off by admitting he had “taken every drug under the sun by age 14”, but never hit a woman. We remember when Johnny was seeing Kate Moss back in the 90’s, he drunkenly trashed their NY hotel room. Will she be called to testify? He does have an anger problem and has been abusive to co-workers on movie sets. Ellen Barkin said she saw Johnny hurl a bottle of wine across a hotel room, and he called her a liar. This trial should prove to be VERY revealing…

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LIKE OJ SIMPSON, OSCAR PISTORIUS IS NOT THE HERO HE THINKS HE IS

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It seems like the Oscar Pistorius murder trial has been going on forever, but hopefully the end is now in sight. The prosecution and defense will present their final arguments beginning August 7 and the verdict will follow not long after. Another athlete with a powerful feeling of heroic entitlement, a massive ego, and a raging macho temper- just like our own OJ Simpson! Wealth and the most expensive lawyers tried to cover up their client’s history of violence. We were particularly horrified by incidents involving Oscar that reporters dug up during the trial. Not only was he caught driving at 150 MPH while texting, but he ran over a dog once and watched while the distraught owner approached the scene. Pistorius took out a gun, shot the dog in the head, and drove away. That’s the kind of man he is.

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OSCAR PISTORIUS USED EXPLODING BULLETS THAT RIPPED HIS VICTIM APART

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How sickening the Pistorius trial has become. Monday’s testimony revealed that Oscar Pistorius used expanding bullets that cause maximum tissue damage and blood loss on his girlfriend. The bullets break up in the body and cause catastrophic damage. Reeva Steenkamp took three bullets, but it’s unlikely she could have survived even one, due to the extreme wounds. What kind of man buys bullets that rip a victim to shreds? Isn’t an ordinary bullet ENOUGH? Oscar Pistorius is turning out to be a bigger monster than we even imagined…

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