Armie Hammer, ‘Rust’ shooting and more

Armie Hammer, ‘Rust’ shooting and more

Britney Spears, Alec Baldwin, Chris Harrison and Sharon Osbourne were involved in some of the biggest entertainment stories of 2021.

Britney Spears, Alec Baldwin, Chris Harrison and Sharon Osbourne had been concerned in a few of the greatest leisure tales of 2021. (Photo: Getty Images)

This yr, cancel tradition got here for stars like Chrissy Teigen, Chris Harrison and Dave Chappelle. Britney Spears lastly gained her freedom, however solely after she revealed surprising particulars about her 13-year conservatorship. Here are a few of the greatest scandals to rock Hollywood in 2021. — by Ethan Alter, David Artavia, Suzy Byrne, Kerry Justich, Taryn Ryder, Raechal Shewfelt and Megan Sims

Armie Hammer accused of rape

The actor was engulfed in controversy in January after alleged leaked social media messages described sexual fantasies that included violence, rape and cannibalism. Then, in March, a girl got here ahead and publicly accused The Social Network star of sexual assault. Hammer’s lawyer stated the star “maintained that all of his interactions with [his accuser] — and every other sexual partner of his for that matter — have been completely consensual, discussed and agreed upon in advance, and mutually participatory.” The Los Angeles Police Department investigated the rape allegation, but it surely’s unknown if prices will likely be filed. Hammer lately accomplished therapy for drug, alcohol and intercourse points.

Gina Carano’s Star Wars future flames out

Long, way back in a model of the Star Wars galaxy that now appears far, far-off, The Mandalorian‘s Gina Carano was poised to turn out to be the star of her personal Disney+ collection impressed by George Lucas’s immortal franchise. But then the actress and martial arts professional’s historical past of offensive social media posts about hot-button points like gender pronouns and pandemic-era insurance policies caught up along with her. After a since-deleted Instagram submit that in contrast being conservative in Hollywood to being Jewish throughout the Holocaust, Carano was lower unfastened by Lucasfilm, her expertise company and even toymakers. Vowing that she wasn’t “going down without a fight,” Carano shortly allied herself with conservative commentator Ben Shapiro for a brand new movie undertaking that has but to announce a manufacturing begin date.

Lady Gaga’s canine walker is shot, as her Frenchies are dognapped

While the star was away making House of Gucci in February, her three French bulldogs — Koji, Miss Asia and Gustav — had been within the care of her longtime canine walker, Ryan Fischer. He was strolling them on a February evening in Hollywood when a automobile pulled up with three males who demanded the canines. Fischer was shot, and Koji and Gustav had been stolen. The thieves, who police say had been hoping to illegally promote the canines, returned the canines two days later, after Gaga introduced a $500,000 reward. No reward was handed over. Instead, 5 arrests had been made — for the three males within the automobile, one man’s father and the daddy’s girlfriend, who turned the canines in to police. They are awaiting trial. Gaga has made no remark in regards to the scenario, however her canine walker has spoken out about his bodily and emotional path to therapeutic, which features a cross-country wellness road-trip for which he is sought crowdfunding.

Harry and Meghan inform all to Oprah

Oprah Winfrey interviews Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. (Photo: Instagram)

Oprah Winfrey interviews Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. (Photo: Instagram)

In a second that was in comparison with the late Princess Diana’s 1995 sit-down with BBC journalist Martin Bashir, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry talked with Oprah Winfrey for his or her first main joint interview since stepping away from the royal household in March 2020. The most surprising factor to come back out of it was that, when the Duchess of Sussex was pregnant for the primary time, a senior member of the royal household had, on a number of events, expressed concern to Harry about how darkish the kid’s pores and skin can be. (Meghan has a Black mom and a white father). She stated the household didn’t supply to make their son, Archie, a prince or to supply safety that got here together with the title. Early on within the marriage, the racist therapy from the media was so unhealthy, Meghan stated, that she’d had suicidal ideas. Response to the interview was uproarious, and it even not directly led to Sharon Osbourne leaving The Talk. (See under.) Queen Elizabeth II issued an announcement: “The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan. The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.”

Sharon Osbourne fired from The Talk amid racism allegations

The final authentic co-host was ousted in March after an investigation into feedback she made on the present. It stemmed from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s high-profile interview with Oprah Winfrey wherein Markle alleged racism throughout the royal household. British opinionator Piers Morgan did not imagine Markle and publicly stated so — and Osbourne backed him up, first on Twitter and then on The Talk. It turned a heated, on-air debate about racism with co-host Sheryl Underwood wherein Osbourne defended Morgan. While Osbourne later apologized, co-host Elaine Welteroth filed a racial insensitivity criticism after the episode and an investigation was launched because the present went darkish. Former co-star Leah Remini and others got here ahead making allegations about Osbourne’s habits over time. They claimed she made derogatory feedback about former co-hosts Remini, Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert and Holly Robinson Peete. Osbourne denied all of it and, in her first interview after being fired, stated: “I’ve been called so many things in my life — I am so used to being called names — but a racist is one I will not take.”

Lil Nas X and Nike battle over ‘Satan Shoes’

In March, rapper Lil Nas X shocked the Christian world when he launched a controversial pair of what was known as “Satan Shoes.” The 666 pairs of footwear, created in collaboration with the NYC-based artwork collective MSCHF, had been modified Nike Air Max 97s and featured a bronze pentagram, an inverted cross and a drop of actual human blood. (Because no such product can be full and not using a little blood, proper?) Nike ended up suing MSCHP shortly after and the 2 events finally settled the authorized battle when the artwork collective agreed to a voluntary recall of the limited-edition sneakers, which had bought out in lower than a minute. The press, nonetheless, ended up working to Nas’s benefit. The rapper used it to construct hype across the launch of “Industry Baby,” the third single launched from his first studio album, Montero.

Chris Harrison leaves The Bachelor amid prices of racism

Rachel Lindsay and Chris Harrison appear on

Rachel Lindsay and Chris Harrison seem on The Bachelorette in 2015. (Photo: Randy Holmes through Getty Images)

After turning into as intently tied to the courting franchise as roses over 20 years, Harrison hung up his go well with jacket. The June information adopted his February look on Extra, wherein he defended a white contestant, Rachael Kirkconnell, who was receiving criticism for images that surfaced on-line displaying her at an antebellum-themed fraternity social gathering in 2018, to Rachel Lindsay. The latter, who had been the present’s first Black bachelorette, pressed Harrison when he stated everybody wanted to have “a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion” with Kirkconnell. He did not see the issue along with her having attended the social gathering. Lindsay later gave examples of the franchise’s long-standing points with race, and others spoke out, too. Harrison apologized — as did Kirkconnell — and he finally took a break from the present earlier than leaving completely.

Chrissy Teigen accused of cyberbullying

Courtney Stodden publicly known as out the mannequin for tweeting extraordinarily hateful messages years in the past — and had the screenshots to again it up. Teigen apologized for these “awful, awful” tweets and condemned her earlier unhealthy on-line habits, acknowledging that she was a troll. The cookbook writer took a social media hiatus and targeted on her sobriety. “I feel like I’ve done the work and I just hope these people can forgive and be able to welcome the fact that hopefully they’ve seen me be better,” she stated in October.

Drake Bell convicted of crimes in opposition to a toddler

On June 23, the Drake & Josh alum pleaded responsible to 1 rely of felony tried baby endangerment and one rely of disseminating matter dangerous to juveniles. The sufferer claimed Bell “ruined my life” when he started a sexual relationship along with her when she was 15, calling him a “pedophile” in courtroom. Bell maintained that her claims had been “false” and denied any bodily contact between them. He stated he took the plea deal as a result of he “felt that it was the best way to get this over quickly and for everybody involved to get to move on.”

Bill Cosby free of jail

Bill Cosby appears outside his Pennsylvania home, with attorney Jennifer Bonjean and spokesperson Andrew Wyatt, on June 30. (Photo: Michael Abbott/Getty Images)

Bill Cosby seems exterior his Pennsylvania house, with lawyer Jennifer Bonjean and spokesperson Andrew Wyatt, on June 30. (Photo: Michael Abbott/Getty Images)

In a shocking reversal, the comic’s intercourse conviction was overturned by Pennsylvania’s highest courtroom. The judges dominated in a cut up choice {that a} non-prosecution settlement Cosby had made with a earlier district lawyer more than a decade earlier ought to be upheld. The Cosby Show star had served simply three years of a three- to 10-year sentence for drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004 when he was launched on June 30. Though the disgraced actor has maintained his innocence, his authorized woes continued in October, when actress Lili Bernard sued him for sexual assault.

R. Kelly discovered responsible in intercourse trafficking trial

Grammy-winning R&B singer R. Kelly arrives for a child support hearing at a Cook County courthouse in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. March 6, 2019. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Grammy-winning R&B singer R. Kelly arrives for a kid help listening to at a Cook County courthouse in Chicago, Ill. March 6, 2019. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

After a long time of rumors about Kelly’s predatory habits, the R&B singer was lastly held legally accountable. Kelly stood trial for sexual exploitation of a kid, bribery, kidnapping and different crimes. In September, he was discovered responsible on one rely of racketeering and eight counts of violating the Mann Act, an interstate anti-sex trafficking legislation. He faces a long time behind bars.

Dave Chappelle’s The Closer sparks backlash

As quickly because it was launched Oct. 5, the comic’s newest Netflix particular upset the transgender neighborhood. While the corporate’s CEO Ted Sarandos defended him and declined to take away the stand-up efficiency from the platform, GLAAD, the National Black Justice Coalition and different queer activists and allies known as Chappelle out for his feedback, together with his declaration that gender is a reality. On Oct. 20, a whole lot of Netflix staff walked out in protest amid the scandal. Chappelle stated he was keen to satisfy with them beneath a number of situations — that he selected the time and place, everybody needed to have watched his particular in its entirety and agree that fellow comic Hannah Gadsby, who had slammed Sarandos, is “not funny.” While Chappelle lamented after The Closer that the controversy lessened curiosity in his movie in regards to the homicide of George Floyd, he continued to carry out.

Ruby Rose stirs up main Batwoman drama

When Ruby Rose first introduced her departure from The CW’s Batwoman after a single season, she cryptically remarked: “Those who know, know.” Fast-forward a yr later and now everybody is aware of what led the Australian actress to flee the Batcave, opening the door for Javicia Leslie to take over the mantle of the Bat. In a collection of scorched-earth Instagram Story posts that instantly went viral, Rose dropped allegations of unsafe working situations and “nightmare” co-stars, together with Dougray Scott and Camrus Johnson. Warner Bros. forcefully pushed again in opposition to her claims, accusing Rose of participating in “revisionist history.” For now, all appears quiet in Gotham City, however as Bat-fans know all too effectively, these streets by no means keep silent for lengthy.

Fatal shooting happens on Rust

Mourners attend a candlelight vigil for Halyna Hutchins on Oct. 24 in Burbank, Calif. (Photo: Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)

Mourners attend a candlelight vigil for Halyna Hutchins on Oct. 24 in Burbank, Calif. (Photo: Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)

Tragedy struck the set of Alec Baldwin’s Western movie when a prop gun he was holding discharged with a reside spherical. Rising cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza wounded. Conflicting narratives emerged about working situations previous to the Oct. 21 shooting, with some crew members claiming the set was chaotic and unsafe. Baldwin, who additionally served as a producer, hit again at these allegations. In an interview with ABC News in December, the actor stated he “didn’t pull the trigger,” inflicting even more confusion about how such an incident might happen. Baldwin is known as in two lawsuits (thus far), however doesn’t imagine he is responsible. “I feel that someone is responsible for what happened, and I can’t say who that is, but I know it’s not me,” he declared. The investigation, which is ongoing, has centered on younger armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who oversaw all weapons, and assistant director Dave Halls, who declared the weapon a “cold gun,” or secure to make use of, as he gave it to Baldwin.

Zayn Malik vs. Yolanda and Gigi Hadid

After six years of an on-and-off relationship and one baby collectively, Malik and Hadid known as it quits following accusations that the previous One Direction singer hit the mannequin’s mother, Yolanda. The incident was first reported on Oct. 28 by TMZ who wrote that Yolanda was contemplating submitting a police report. Shortly thereafter, Malik delivered a response on Twitter the place he labeled it a “private family matter” and requested for privateness. He additionally wrote that he “agreed to not contest claims” in an effort to guard the couple’s daughter, Khai, earlier than offering an announcement to TMZ in the place he “adamantly” denied hanging Yolanda. Zayn and Gigi’s breakup was confirmed that very same day, earlier than additional particulars of the incident emerged on Oct. 29 detailing the argument that came about on the couple’s Pennsylvania house one month prior. Malik was charged with 4 prison offenses of harassment, fined and placed on probation for one yr.

Astroworld ends in tragedy

Travis Scott performs during the 2021 Astroworld festival on Nov. 5 in Houston. (Photo by Erika Goldring/WireImage)

Travis Scott performs throughout the 2021 Astroworld competition on Nov. 5 in Houston, Tex. (Photo: Erika Goldring/WireImage)

On Nov. 5, rapper Travis Scott held his insanely common live performance Astroworld in Houston after asserting a star-studded lineup that includes the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire, 21 Savage, Bad Bunny and more. The live performance was slated to final two days, however tragedy struck the very first evening. After a day stricken by a number of issues, similar to followers leaping the safety line, calls started to come back in throughout Scott’s set, as dozens of the estimated 50,000 attendees turned packed close to the principle stage. Apple Livestream footage and fan cellphone movies confirmed components of the melee that led to many individuals being trampled, dropping consciousness and even dying. Two concertgoers had been proven on movie climbing as much as the stage and begging a producer to cease the present, however he refused. Some followers even chanted “stop the show” to Scott, who appeared oblivious to the carnage as he continued his efficiency, solely stopping a number of occasions to deliver consideration to passed-out followers. Paramedics had a tough time reaching the injured by the packed venue, and video confirmed a person dancing on high of the ambulance seemingly marooned within the crowd. Scott’s girlfriend, Kylie Jenner, and their daughter, Stormi, together with Jenner’s sister Kendall, had safely been ushered out as issues started to take a flip. In all, 10 individuals misplaced their lives, together with a 9-year-old boy, who suffered traumatic mind accidents throughout the incident. Following the occasion, many concertgoers shared their horrifying tales of survival, with some saying they didn’t assume they had been going to make it out alive. Scott has since made an announcement relating to the incident on Twitter writing partly, “I’m absolutely devastated by what took place last night. My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival. Houston PD has my total support as they continue to look into the tragic loss of life.” He supplied to pay the funeral bills of the victims, though some grieving households have rebuffed him. So far, there are more than 30 lawsuits pending in opposition to Scott and a number of different events. During his first interview because the live performance, which he gave earlier this month, he continued to disclaim legal responsibility.

Britney Spears is lastly free of her 13-year conservatorship

Supporters of the #FreeBritney movement celebrate, after a Los Angeles judge formally ends the conservatorship that had controlled Britney Spears's life for nearly
14 years, on Nov. 12 outside a Los Angeles courthouse. (Photo: Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times)

Supporters of the #FreeBritney motion rejoice, after a Los Angeles decide formally ends the conservatorship that had managed Britney Spears’s life for practically 14 years, on Nov. 12 exterior a Los Angeles courthouse. (Photo: Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times)

Calls to #FreeBritney had been lastly heard this yr because the pop star, who had been deemed an incapacitated particular person within the eyes of the legislation and handled like an ATM by these concerned within the conservatorship, received again her rights. The Framing Britney Spears documentary launched in February gave a lift to the fan-driven motion and outlined the injustices she was dealing with. However, Spears’s courageous assertion to the courtroom in June, the primary time we heard her facet, blew it up. Spears alleged conservatorship abuse, saying these in cost — led by her father, Jamie Spears — pressured her to work, be positioned in a psychological well being facility and take contraception in opposition to her will, amongst many different allegations. She additionally stated she wished to sue her household. That led to the “Toxic” singer having the ability to rent her personal lawyer for the primary time in 13 years, and the previous federal prosecutor chosen, Mathew S. Rosengart, ousted the star’s dad. (He’s at all times denied any abuse or wrongdoing). That paved the way in which to finish the conservatorship fully by November. While Rosengart seems into the alleged abuse, the newly engaged Spears is celebrating her freedom. For the primary time since her nightmare started, she has entry to an ATM card (beforehand solely getting an allowance), she will drive her boyfriend in her automobile and she’s not pressured to take numerous medicines. She even purchased her first iPad, beforehand having had her web and telephone use monitored. (It’s additionally been alleged that her house had been bugged with out her data.) Spears hasn’t but, however she’s hinted that she’s going to finally inform all — and stated her household ought to be nervous.

Josh Duggar discovered responsible in baby pornography trial

More than six years after it was revealed the 19 Kids and Counting star molested his sisters, Duggar, now the daddy of seven younger youngsters, was convicted in December of receiving and possessing materials depicting the sexual abuse of kids. In May 2019, the previous actuality star had used his then-work pc to obtain more than 200 photographs of kid pornography. The horrific materials depicted the abuse of children beneath the age of 12, some even toddlers. He now faces as much as 20 years in jail and fines of as a lot as $250,000 for every rely. Duggar will likely be sentenced subsequent yr.

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