8/13/21 Entertainment News

(Los Angeles, CA) — Britney Spears’ father is stepping down as her conservator. Jamie Spears filed paperwork saying while there are no legal grounds to remove him from the agreement, he wants to step down anyway. He noted he does not believe a public battle with his daughter over the ongoing conservatorship is in her best interest. Her father asked to work with the court and the singer’s new attorney for an orderly transition to a new conservator. Spears’ attorney Mathew Rosengart slammed Jamie for the move saying he should step down immediately. This comes after Spears testified in court that she wants to sue her family for the alleged abuse she endured over the last 13 years.

(Los Angeles, CA) — A Los Angeles County Superior judge is dismissing a count of sexual battery against Harvey Weinstein. The judge agreed with a defense motion that the statute of limitations had lapsed. Defense attorneys for Weinstein filed court papers last month claiming three of the charges alleging sexual battery and rape had gone beyond the statute of limitations. The disgraced movie producer was indicted in April on eleven counts of rape and sodomy. The L.A. County judge ignored their arguments about two assaults that allegedly took place between 2004 and 2005 but granted their motion to dismiss a 2010 allegation of sexual battery. Weinstein still faces 10 counts of rape and sex assault based on attacks of five women in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles.

— The largest live event promoters in the world are now requiring proof of a COVID-19 vaccination. It’s being implemented on October 1st. Until then, they will accept a negative COVID-19 test within the past 72 hours. Since a COVID-19 vaccination has not been approved for those under 12, they can provide a negative test after the implementation date. The new requirement will affect festivals like Coachella, Stagecoach and Just Like Heaven.

(Houston, TX) — A Texas restaurant is facing a lawsuit because its name is similar to the one that employs Spongebob Squarepants. TMZ reports that Viacom is suing the newly-opened Rusty Crab restaurant in downtown Houston, claiming it’s ripping off the popular cartoon’s Krusty Crab. Documents obtained by the outlet say the restaurant is accused of trademark infringement as Viacom claims they use names, images and characters from the show both in the restaurant and on the menu. The company wants the Rusty Crab to fork over any profit that have been made and shut down.

(Culver City, CA) — TikTok is adding more safety features for teens. The app is changing default message settings, implementing push notification curfews, and adding informative pop-up message about the app’s privacy settings for its younger users. Representatives from the company say their priority is to ensure teens on TikTok have a safe and age-appropriate experience while using the app. This comes as other social media platforms are adding safety features to protect their younger users.

(Undated) — Amazon’s “The Lord of the Rings” series is leaving New Zealand. Season two will now be filmed in the United Kingdom. The tech giant blamed money as one reason, given 465-million dollars was spent on the first season. The country’s strict pandemic lockdown policy was another reason. Fans can expect the next chapter of the fantasy show to premiere in September of next year.

— “Supernatural” actor Jared Padalecki is giving back to someone he once considered “family.” He took to his social media accounts to announce he launched a GoFundMe page for his Supernatural “family member” Holli DeWees. She died earlier this month after a battle with cancer. He said all the money raised will go directly to her husband and their two sons. The page has already surpassed its goal of ten-grand and raised over 23-grand.

— A “Saturday Night Live” alum is facing a lawsuit. Variety reports Horatio Sanz is being accused of grooming a 15-year-old fan and then groping her when she was 17. The unidentified plaintiff claims Sanz asked for inappropriate and revealing photos from her using AOL Instant Messenger about 20 years ago. The suit claims Sanz reached out to her in 2019 and apologized while calling himself a “wounded creep.” The suit is also going after NBCUniversal and SNL Studios claiming they enabled his misconduct. Sanz’s lawyer said the allegations are “categorically false” and noted the plaintiff previously requested over seven million dollars to keep quiet.

— Veteran actress Una Stubbs is dead. Her longtime assistant told BBC Stubbs died Thursday following an illness. She was 84. Stubbs starred opposite of Benedict Cumberbatch in 13 episodes of “Sherlock.” Her other credits include “Till Death Us o Part,” “West End,” and “Summer Holiday.” Her family is asking for privacy at this time.