Crime never pays in a moral way. You might evade the cops for a short time, but that lasts until they handcuff you. According to the Los Angeles Police Department’s online Compstat crime statistics, there were 203 robberies this year in the Hollywood area. There were 33 robberies in the four weeks before July 18 alone! Just imagine how many of those were of celebrities. Hollywood is a prime spot for our favorite celebs to work, play, and live in what they think is a fairly safe place. It’s just another reminder to walk home in groups and wait until the morning to go to the ATM. These are the most terrifying celeb robberies that will have you thinking more about pepper spray.
Chris Brown may have to invest in more security wherever he lives. Three armed men forced their way into his San Fernando Valley home last month, according to Hollywood Life. They also allegedly held Brown’s aunt hostage in a locked closet. They had black handkerchiefs over their faces, waved a gun in the aunt’s face and stole money and property before the police were called. Brown was at a club when it all went down and it’s not the first time this year a break-in happened to him. A naked woman broke into his other house in May!
Paula Deen went through a dangerous situation on the night of July 17, 1987. A man held her at gunpoint while working as a bank teller in Georgia. “The man was very nervous but also abrupt and demanding, he never took the gun out of my face,” Deen told the police in a report obtained by E! News. Deen said the man demanded her coworker fill a wax paper sack with hundred dollar bills. This is the same incident that Deen referred to when she got in trouble for a racial slur.
Diddy was not home but he did have an uninvited stranger break into his East Hampton house in 2012. The NY Post alleged that Quamine Taylor found an unlocked basement door and was in the house for nearly 24 hours. What was he doing? He was eating Diddy’s food, drinking Diddy’s liquor,and wearing Diddy’s clothes around the house! “I’ve actually been going to the house from time to time since 2001. I stay there a lot, but Sean gets funny sometimes about me staying there,” Taylor told the Post. Eleven years of trespassing, really?
Eliza Dushku has experienced the terror of not being able to do anything. It must be terrible to experience that feeling of despair especially right after you have been robbed. US Magazine reported that Dushku was allegedly robbed at the Omni Hotel in November of 2014. Apparently, she was then forced to stay in the same hotel as her robbers. Police did find the suspects later and she got her stuff back. The men spent the weekend in jail.
If you’re an American Idol like Scotty McCreery, then that is even more exposure for criminals to keep tabs on you. According to the Associated Press, McCreery was held at gunpoint during a robbery last year. It happened at an apartment complex near North Carolina State University. “Yes, it was definitely a very scary night. Luckily, my friends and I are safe and the Raleigh PD is on the case,” said McCreery.
How could a criminal rob from children? We don’t know what Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick were planning to do with thousands of dollars in a Southampton briefcase, but they do have kids that needs food and clothes. Last year, US Magazine said that $4,000 in cash was taken from a briefcase that belonged to the couple. The charge is grand larceny in the third degree and they didn’t have any leads as to who stole the money.
In 2009, Lindsay Lohan’s house got broken into according to the Daily Beast. That’s not all that happened. Thieves got away with two watches, an Hermes bag, paintings, a fur coat, and a “Chrome Hearts” necklace. “That night that I went back to the house, I just felt, to be honest, so violated and uncomfortable that I literally packed as much stuff as I could, because it wasn’t about the things that were taken, it was just the face that someone came into the only private space that I have,” said Lohan.
MTV reported that Audrina Patridge also got robbed in 2009. Surveillance footage was released that showed two people breaking into her house and walking out with two bags full of stuff. “I spent most of the morning filling out police reports and going through the house room by room, making lists of everything that had been taken. Definitely not a good way to start the week,” said Patridge. The sense of security can never be replaced.
Just imagine trying to go to sleep after being robbed not once, not twice, but seven times. That’s what happened to Paris Hilton, according to US Magazine. It happened during a going-away party at her Malibu home. A group of girls snuck into her bedroom and stole bikinis, purses and pictures. Then somebody else at the party saw what they were doing and made them drop their loot in the street. A valet driver found the stuff and turned them into the cops. “I have bad luck when it comes to thieves,” said Hilton.
Teenagers do the darndest things. This time it was a bit more serious. Path Megazine reported that a teen broke into Tyler Perry’s home in 2010. Chloe Ware was 18 years old when she allegedly got caught in Perry’s Atlanta mansion. She was caught by none other than the bodyguard. I bet he got a raise after that successful catch. Two other people allegedly escaped. A life is crime is way worse than staying in school.
LL Cool J is not somebody you want to mess with and he’s definitely not somebody you want to steal from. The NY Daily News said that he gave a broken nose and jaw to a robber after a fight at his house in 2012! LL woke up around 2 a.m. when he heard a noise downstairs and went to investigate. The suspect was left in the hospital and LL came out of the incident safely. LL will get his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year.
This is a daily double of shocking crime news for Alex Trebek. Huffington Post reported that a 56-year-old woman named Lucinda Moyers broke into Trebek’s hotel room and stole cash and a bracelet his mom had given him. Really, Lucinda? His mother gave that to him. This is just tragic that somebody would be in that position. Trebek even got hurt. He chased Moyers on foot and snapped his Achilles tendon.
Miley Cyrus didn’t just get her expensive jewelry stolen. She also got her car stolen, according to Billboard. Last year, thieves broke into her San Fernandy Valley home and took clothes, purses, and a 2014 Maserati. They allegedly abandoned it later. These were some thieves that were too good for a Maserati, it seems. Apparently, it was an Arizona couple that committed that crime and they went to prison later.
Rachel Bilson was a victim of a group of rich kids called “The Bling Ring,” according to the Daily Beast. In 2009, she found out her home was broken into. “Immediately my reaction was, I was crying and, you know, a little horrified. It’s really a feeling of violation and invasiveness. Everything was out on the floor, drawers were pulled out. Everything was in disarray,” said Bilson. She also said the alarm wasn’t set at the time because she was trusting.
Madonna has been through a lot. According to TV Guide, she was held at gunpoint and worse. “New York wasn’t everything I thought it would be. It did not welcome me with open arms. The first year, I was held up at gunpoint. Raped on the roof of a building I was dragged up to with a knife in my back,” she said. She also had her apartment broken into three times and they took her radio. She never thought about leaving though. She said she was hell-bent on surviving and making it.
Dr. Oz: “I’m Very Concerned About the Corona Virus, Here’s Why”
While coronaviruses have been known to medical science since the 1960s, few have been anywhere near as dangerous as this new one from the market in Wuhan China.
A coronavirus is typified by its protective shell which resembles a crown or a halo under a microscope. That is where it gets its name. The average coronavirus does little more than cause the symptoms of the common cold, sniffles, cough, flu-like symptoms and so on. Part of the reason that these viruses are so hard to prevent from causing millions of colds each year is their protective shell. They can remain on a surface for hours, sometimes days, before they begin to lose structural integrity. But few trigger symptoms as severe as this one known as 2019-nCoV.
Dr. Oz had this to say about what has become known as the Wuhan Coronavirus, “It’s alarming, this is the big news today, the Chinese leadership is starting to say ‘this incubation period is a lot longer than we thought.’”
If this report is true, it means that many, many more people may be infected than have been reported- or even anticipated. It means that people could be walking around, infected, and not even know it- not taking precautions and spreading the virus everywhere they go. That means anyone who has recently returned from the area around the Wuhan market, where the outbreak started, could be carrying the disease.
At the time of this writing, the total enumerated infection count is over 1,800. The total deaths are approaching 200. Other researchers are suggesting that this virus has a rapid mutation rate. That is particularly terrifying because it is what made the HIV-AIDS virus so difficult to treat.
At present, the World Health Organization had laid down a series of suggestions to help people avoid infection.
They advise that anyone who may come into contact with the virus should:
- Wash their hands frequently
- Maintain good sanitation on and around all frequently used objects and surfaces
- Avoid centers of mass travel such as airports
- Sneeze and cough into the elbow or a tissue
- Take immunity-boosting supplements like vitamin C
The source of the infection is believed to have come from a specific market in Wuhan, where live animals were kept in stalls for sale and trade. Researchers believe the virus came from either a snake or a bat. The initial cases of illness were reported in December 2019 by employees of the Wuhan market. That market is now shut down for the foreseeable future.
As health officials struggle to understand the virus and contain its progress, other researchers are asking even more startling questions. The shell of this virus is similar to the shell of a virus created in a university research lab in 2015 at the University of North Carolina. What’s more, there is a known military biological weapons lab in Wuhan China.
If these reports are true, it could have serious implications, not only for global health- but for relations between the US and China.
Big Brother Contestants Make How Much on the Show?!?
Big Brother has been a wildly popular, dramatic reality TV game show since 2000. Audiences are captivated by the twists, the turns, the strange alliances, and the betrayals. The show is based on a Dutch program with the same premise which also became wildly popular in Spain and Germany before the reboot came to America.
As the US version grew in popularity, the producers eventually made it possible for fans to watch the contestants on a non-live streaming video feed available 24 hours a day seven days a week. Yes, the contestants on Big Brother are now on display to be viewed by anyone in the world at every waking moment. How they avoid getting caught in their all-togethers or during toilet breaks, we don’t know. Maybe they have certain camera-safe areas to which they can retreat.
Later on, the house the Big Brother contestants live in was stripped of all communication devices- depriving them of contact with the outside world. That is- except for the live feeds the public has unfettered access to. So, if one of them was being held hostage, we suppose they could let us know.
So the question came up of, how much do the contestants really earn? By playing the game they have the chance to make friends, or enemies, become Internet sensations, and to win half a million dollars. But, given everything they have to put up with; being ripped out of their lives, possibly losing jobs, experiencing the anguish of betrayal- all while being on public display- do they get anything else?
According to a report by Reality Blurred, a site that follows the happenings of reality TV stars, programs, and related matters- the contestants “[…] receive $750 per week that they’re in the house.”
Any pay they receive while in the jury house is harder to account for since nothing about it appears on the contract. However, it is believed that contestants receive consolation prizes during their time out of the main house. It also seems reasonable that the consolation prizes received in the jury house should be worth at least $500 since keeping them away from other gainful employment for less than that would be near to slavery. (We’re looking at you, jury duty.)
However, while the big prize on Big Brother is a cool half-million on top of what the contestants earn as their weekly salary, in reality- they have much more to gain in Internet stardom.
Many former Big Brother players have gone on to lucrative careers as influencers on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media sites. While any gains from that are unlikely to be as exhilarating as half a million in fast cash- the best of them certainly earn more than that over the long term.
So, it would appear that our curiosity MacGuffins on Big Brother are at least doing as well as someone earning minimum wage- while essentially fooling around Truman Show style.
Single Mom Irina Shayk, Happy Single
Those in the public spotlight seem to be an open book. Their every move seems to is covered by gossip sites. Their whereabouts are nearly always and it seems as if we are updated on who’s dating who and what luxurious vacation they are on.
That’s why it is surprising that Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper kept their relationship under wraps for so long, dating all the way back to 2015. The couple was first spotted together after the actor and model were first seen in 2015. Cooper split from Suki Waterhouse and Shayk ended her five-year relationship with soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.
The couple was first seen together at a Broadway show, then shortly thereafter, the White House Correspondents’ dinner. Things seemed to move quickly from there. Within months the couple moved in together, soon they announced they were expecting.
Work Gets in the Way:
Irina, who has been quiet about her relationship and breakup with Bradley Cooper, recently spoke up about their relationship.
The couple ended their relationship in 2019, on the heels of the release of the stars’ remake of a Star is Born. The on-screen chemistry between Bradley Cooper and his co-star, Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, sent tongues wagging. Rumors were raging that the two co-stars were in a relationship based on their pationate adaption of the film.
Irina set the record straight in some recent interviews about the end of their relationship. According to Shayk, the couple hadn’t been getting along for quite some time. After the baby was born, Shayk was hoping that Cooper would put their family first and slow down his busy working schedule. She was secretly hoping that after A Star is Born was released and the promotional tour was over, he would spend more time at home. That was not the case.
Irina, 33, was ready to settle into family life. This included getting married and more children. But the marriage never happened, and Cooper’s work schedule was as busy as ever.
Irina felt that her expectations weren’t met and she didn’t have the commitment level she wanted from Cooper. Shortly after the Award season in June 2019, the news broke that the couple had split. Irina had taken baby Lea and moved out of the couples Los Angeles home.At first, the separation was thought to be temporary. Both partners have decided that they are better apart than together.
The couple continues to co-parent their daughter, but it seems like the couple are happty being apart. They both seem to be quite content focusing on their child and carreers.
Irina recently said that “life without Cooper” and being a single mom is “new ground.” She also said that just because two people are great on their own, they are not always good together.
Irina is a strong woman, and while she often feels overwhelmed being a single-mom, she’s ready for the challenge. Both parents are dedicated to doing what is best for their child and are curently working on a visitation schedule.