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Lindsay Lohan Sues Grand Theft Auto Producers – Does She Have a Case?

07/03/2014 at 07:15 PM EDT

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Lindsay Lohan (left) and Lacey Jonas

Startraks Photo; Grand Theft Auto

Lindsay Lohan rang in her 28th birthday Wednesday with a lawsuit.

The controversial actress filed a civil suit against Rockstar Games, the makers of Grand Theft Auto V, with the state Supreme Court in New York Wednesday, claiming her likeness was used for a character in the video game without her permission, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The lawsuit claims that character Lacey Jonas is an “unequivocal” reference to the Mean Girls star, 28.

“The portraits of the Plaintiff [Lohan] incorporated her image, likeness, clothing, outfits, Plaintiff’s clothing line products, ensemble in the form of hats, hair style, sunglasses, jean shorts worn by the Plaintiff that were for sale to the public at least two years,” the suit claims, according to Forbes.

In the game, Jonas hides from paparazzi and asks a main character for a lift. “Please, I’m hardly wearing any makeup,” she says.

When the main character fails to recognize her, she says, “I’m really famous! I didn’t do anything – this is my average commute.”

While Lohan may be convinced the character points to her, buzz around the Web links the blond character to Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Upton.

But, according to a report from NowGamer, the Grand Theft Auto blond beauty is actually model Shelby Welinder.

“It’s nice to see all these people referring to me as a porn star and a slut,” Welinder said in 2012. “Quite entertaining to say the least. I worked for [Rockstar] and signed a release that said I’d be listed in the game credits.”

Rockstar Games did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Cops: Justin Ross Harris ‘Sexted’ Six Women While His Son, 22 Months, Died in Hot Car

07/03/2014 at 05:00 PM EDT

On the surface, the case of Justin Ross Harris seems like every parent’s nightmare: A forgetful dad doesn’t remember to drop off his toddler at day care, accidentally leaving him strapped in a sweltering car during 90-degree weather. When he returns to the car seven hours later, he finds his son dead.

But now police are alleging that the death of 22-month-old Cooper Harris was not an oversight at all, but an act of murder.

In a probable-cause hearing on Thursday in Marietta, Georgia, prosecutors laid out their case against Harris – and the revelations were jaw-dropping.

Racy Messages

Prosecutors called lead investigator Phil Stoddard, who testified that Harris exchanged nude photos with several women, including a then-16-year-old girl, on the day his son died.

According to prosecutors, Harris used the messaging app Kik to communicate with at least six different women that day. The conversations were decidedly sexual, including the exchange of explicit pictures. Stoddard testified that Harris sent photos of his genitals to at least one woman.

According to Stoddard, one of the women asked Harris, “Do you have a conscience? He answered, ‘Nope.’ “

Incriminating Computer Searches

Technicians continue to examine Harris’s phone, as well as his home and work computers. “We’ve barely scratched the surface,” testified Stoddard. “We expect to find much more.”

Stoddard testified that Harris visited the website Reddit frequently. In the weeks before Cooper’s death, Harris visited a forum about “people who die,” which showed videos of deaths, Stoddard said. He also visited a forum called Childfree. “They advocate not having any more children and adding to the biomass,” Stoddard said.

Just five days before Cooper’s death, Harris also accessed a video in which a veterinarian demonstrated the deadly temperatures inside a hot car. According to Stoddard, Harris viewed the video twice.

Stoddard also alleged that Harris used Google to search numerous phrases, including “how to survive in prison” and “age of consent for Georgia.”

‘It Was an Accident’

Stoddard testified that authorities had obtained surveillance video from the parking lot of Harris’s workplace. During lunchtime, Harris approached his vehicle with a bag of light bulbs he had purchased.

“He opened the driver’s side door and tossed them inside,” Stoddard testified, noting that Harris didn’t appear to glance into the back seat, where Cooper was strapped in.

When Detective Stoddard charged Harris with murder, Harris seemed to have studied the law.

“He looked at me and said, ‘But there was no malicious intent,’ ” testified Stoddard. “He said, ‘It was an accident.’ “

Defense attorney Maddox Kilgore called Leonard Madden to the stand. Madden testified that he had witnessed Harris at the scene where he found his son’s body. According to Madden, Harris began to scream, “Oh my God. My son is dead. My son is dead.” Kilgore also introduced evidence that Harris is deaf in his right ear, and that the child’s car seat was located on that side of the vehicle.

After nearly three hours of testimony, Superior Court Judge Frank Cox denied bond to Harris, who could face the death penalty if convicted.

With reporting by POLLY POWERS STRAMM

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Travel Channel Postpones Adam Richman’s Man Finds Food After Instagram Controversy

07/02/2014 at 03:45 PM EDT

The Travel Channel has postponed Man Finds Food – slated to premiere Wednesday – after the show’s star exploded at Instagram followers over a controversial hashtag.

Adam Richman, 40, hosts many of the network’s successful programs, including Man vs. Food and Best Thing I Ever Ate. But the TV personality caused a social media stir last week when he captioned an Instagram selfie “#thinspiration,” a term used on websites promoting anorexia and bulimia.

When activists pointed out the word’s dangerous meaning, Richman lashed out, according to screenshots captured by blogger Amber Sarah.

“Seriously grab a razor blade & draw a bath. I doubt anyone will miss you,” he reportedly wrote in the exchange.

His Instagram account is now private.

Richman released an apology to ABC News on Tuesday.

“I’ve long struggled with my body image and have worked very hard to achieve a healthy weight,” he said in the statement. “I’m incredibly sorry to everyone I’ve hurt.”

The foodie recently celebrated his 70-lb. weight loss by posing naked for Cosmopolitan U.K.‘s July issue. And in December, he penned a piece for Men’s Health about his weight loss, writing: “I went in for a checkup, and when my doctor had me stand on a scale, even he was surprised. Seeing that number (which I’ll take to the grave) was a turning point. I knew I needed to make a change.”

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Jewel & Husband Ty Murray Divorcing After 16 Years Together

07/02/2014 at 12:55 PM EDT

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Jewel and Ty Murray

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Jewel and husband Ty Murray are splitting after six years of marriage.

“My husband, friend and partner of 16 years and I have decided to get a divorce,” the singer wrote in a blog post Wednesday. “Ty and I have always tried to live the most authentic life possible, and we wanted our separation as husband and wife to be nothing less loving than the way we came together.”

“For some time we have been engaged in private and difficult, but thoughtful and tender undoing of ourselves. Allowing ourselves the time and space to redefine what we are to each other with love rather than with malice.”

Jewel, 40, and Murray, 44, married quietly in the Bahamas in 2008 after dating for a decade. They have one child, son Kase Townes, who turns 3 next week.

In a joint statement on the country star’s website, the couple affirmed their commitment to raising Kase together.

“Our dedication to our son is unwavering and we are both committed to being the best partners in raising our son,” the statement reads. “Due to the spirit in which we have gone about this separation, we trust we can remain dear friends who hold each other in high esteem, which is so important to us as parents – we wish only what is best for our son.”

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