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America’s Got Talent has also got some big trouble on its hands ahead of its May 30 season premiere: An auditioning act is suing the show’s production company after claiming that new host Tyra Banks traumatized her child.

According to an 18-page suit obtained by Deadline, the plaintiff and her husband performed a song written in honor of their young daughter as part of a March 19 audition. The judges hammered the singing duo and sent them away, but the real trouble didn’t come until later, when reports that Banks had harassed the young girl came to light.

The plaintiff alleges Banks “physically manipulated and verbally abused Mary [the girl]. Banks shook Mary’s shoulder, pulled Mary’s hair back and physically manipulated Mary. … Mary did not stop Banks’ conduct because Mary was fearful. Banks also insinuated that Mary was accidentally conceived, made fun of the performance and ridiculed [the song] in front of Mary, all in front of active cameras that were filming Mary. After the performance, Banks asked Mary to describe, in front of active and filming cameras, her opinion about Jane [Mary’s mother] and her husband after they were publicly ridiculed by AGT…As a result of her negative experience from AGT and Defendants’ abusive treatment, Mary was traumatized and became deeply depressed.”

The suit officially claims “intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress along with civil battery and civil assault.”

Banks was first announced as the new AGT host in March after previous host Nick Cannon quit abruptly. Cannon had claimed NBC was on a mission to silence him.

“Since I was a little girl, I’ve been obsessed with grandiose acts and performers who make the seemingly impossible possible,” Banks said in March after her new position was announced. “I love how AGT brings that feeling into everyone’s home, capturing the best of people who come out and give it their all to make those big, fierce and outrageous dreams come true.


Tom Cruise has confirmed that the Top Gun sequel is "definitely happening".

The actor was asked by Australian morning TV show sunrise if there was any truth to the rumours about a sequel to the 1986 military action film.

"It's true, it's true," he replied. "I'm going to start filming it probably in the next year. It's happening."

The original film launched Cruise's career and took more than $350m (£270m) globally at the box office.

The actor played the cocky pilot Maverick in the movie, one of the top students at a US training camp for elite military fighter pilots.

The film also starred Val Kilmer, Tim Robbins, Meg Ryan, Tom Skerrit and Kelly McGillis.

Last week, Top Gun producer Jerry Bruckheimer tweeted a photo with Cruise, on the 31st anniversary of the opening day of the film.

In January 2016, Bruckheimer tweeted: "Just got back from a weekend in New Orleans to see my old friend @TomCruise and discuss a little Top Gun 2."


Actor Sir Roger Moore, best known for playing James Bond, has died aged 89, his family has announced.

He played the famous spy in seven Bond films including Live and Let Die and the Spy Who Loved Me.

Sir Roger's family confirmed the news on Twitter, saying he had died after "a short but brave battle with cancer".

The statement, from his children, read: "Thank you Pops for being you, and being so very special to so many people."

"With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated," they said in a Twitter post.

Sir Roger, who died in Switzerland, will have a private funeral in Monaco in accordance with his wishes, they added.

"The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone," read the statement from Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian.

"Our thoughts must now turn to supporting Kristina [his wife] at this difficult time."

It added: "We know our own love and admiration will be magnified many times over, across the world, by people who knew him for his films, his television shows and his passionate work for UNICEF which he considered to be his greatest achievement.

Along with his famous Bond role, Moore was also known for 1960s TV series The Persuaders and The Saint.

Sir Roger was also well known for his humanitarian work - he was introduced to Unicef by the late Audrey Hepburn and was appointed as a goodwill ambassador in 1991.


Guests including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have attended the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews.

Miss Middleton, 33, who is the younger sister of the duchess, married 41-year-old Mr Matthews at St Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire.

The bride was accompanied by her father, Michael, as they arrived shortly after 11:15 BST for the 45-minute ceremony.

The church is a few miles from the Middleton family home in Bucklebury.

There was strict security in place on the estate, with villagers being asked to carry ID on the day, and asked not to speak to the press.

But the bride received a rousing cheer from around 100 royal fans and residents as she arrived.

Prince Harry, Princess Eugenie, and Roger Federer and his wife Mirka were among the guests at the church.


The heavy downpour that started minutes after the beginning of the service ended a few moments before the church doors opened.

Wedding bells rang out just before 12.30 BST as the new husband and wife walked hand in hand along the church path.

Guests filed out and walked to nearby Englefield House, where it is believed a champagne reception will be held.



A judge ruled Friday that Prince's six siblings are the heirs to his estate, a key step in the more than year-old battle over the pop legend's fortune and vast trove of unreleased songs.Kevin Eide, the judge in Carver County, Minnesota, where Prince died suddenly in April 2016 at his Paisley Park estate, said that the "Purple Rain" star's heirs were his sister Tyka Nelson and five half-siblings.


"The heirs of the estate are determined to be Omarr Baker, Alfred Jackson, Sharon Nelson, Norrine Nelson, John R Nelson and Tyka Nelson," the order read.


In practical terms, the ruling will not immediately hand over Prince's fortune -- which is estimated to be worth up to $300 million -- to his siblings.


Instead, it starts a one-year process in which people who claim to be related to Prince can still make their appeals, but be definitively excluded if the judge does not accept their case.


"I'm finally my brother's legal sister again," Tyka Nelson, herself a singer but with much less success than Prince, wrote on Facebook. "It's a happy day!"


The ruling comes nine days after a hearing in which the siblings pressed for a resolution, and following months of sometimes colorful claims by people who say they are Prince's descendants.


Among the claims received by the court were one from a woman who said she had a secret wedding to Prince in Las Vegas, and a little-known musician who alleged that Prince agreed on a tour bus to hand him his whole estate.

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The judge's ruling could also provide more clarity on control of Prince's storied vault of unreleased songs, with question marks already rising over deals reached since Prince's death.


The judge separately scheduled a hearing for May 31 to hear a proposal to cancel a contract between Prince's estate and Universal, the world's largest music label conglomerate.


Universal in February announced with fanfare that it had secured the rights to Prince's catalog after the mid-1990s, when the artist exited rival label Warner, as well as unspecified recordings from Prince's earlier heyday.


But Comerica Bank and Trust, which has been assigned to handle the estate's interests, conceded that the recordings under Universal's $30 million contract may overlap with Warner's assets.


"Universal has been misled and defrauded in connection with the license agreement and insists upon rescission of the agreement and the return of its money, full stop," a label executive was quoted as saying in a partially redacted filing.


Comerica asked the court to be let out of the contract, saying the estate otherwise faced the likelihood of litigation.


Complicating matters, only three of the heirs have been working with L Londell McMillan, Prince's longtime lawyer who has advised the estate on deals.


Other siblings including Tyka have accused McMillan of mismanaging a tribute concert last year to Prince, charges that the lawyer denies.


Prince was a sworn foe of music industry conventions and in the mid-1990s wrote "slave" on his cheek and changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol after Warner tried to put the brakes on his prodigious output.


Prince reconciled with Warner late in his life and the label will put out a new edition of his iconic 1984 album-soundtrack "Purple Rain," complete with previously unreleased tracks, to mark birthday next month.


The pop legend died from an accidental overdose of powerful painkillers.


The 57-year-old -- outwardly a model of health who did not drink, advocated a vegetarian diet and fired musicians who abused drugs -- left no will and had no living children who were recognised.

Jamaican Reggae artiste Frankie Paul died at the University Hospital of West Indies (UHWI) last night.Paul was born in 1965. He was 52 years old.


According to his sister, Trish Clarke, he died shortly after 10:00 pm. He had been suffering from kidney problems and was on dialysis two days per week.


Friends, including dancehall artiste/producer Wayne Lonesome were assisting him in meeting a huge hospital bill of some $1.5 million when he died. He had been admitted to the hospital since April. Paul, who had moved to the African nation, The Gambia in 1994, was a major dancehall/reggae star of the 1980s and 1190s with hits like "Worries In the Dance", "Pass the Ku Shung Peng", "Tidal Wave", "Cassanova" and "Sarah".


Born in Jamaica in 1965, Paul, whose real name was Paul Blake, was blind from birth and spent his early life at the Salvation Army School for the Blind. While there he met American RnB singer Stevie Wonder, who was in Kingston for a show at the National Stadium in the 1970s. Wonder urged him to become a professional singer. Like Wonder, Paul also played a number of instruments including the keyboard.


"He will be sadly missed by us, his friends, his colleagues in the music business, his faimily and thousands of fans around the world who loved his music," Lonesome told the OBSERVER ONLINE this morning.



Has Halle Berry found herself a new man after divorcing Olivier Martinez late last year? The 50-year-old Oscar-winning actress was photographed stepping out for a lunch date with a mystery man in Los Angeles on Tuesday, May 16. 

Halle opted for a low-key look as she donned a giant fedora when she joined the handsome man at Gracias Madre. The Storm of the "X-Men" film series flaunted a bit of cleavage in a black V-neck chiffon top which she paired with form-fitting jeans and grey suede ankle boots. 

Halle and her male companion could be seen laughing and joking while they got close during the lunch date. The handsome hunk kept it low key, too, by wearing a black polo shirt, short trousers and a pair of flip flops. 

It's unclear who the handsome man was. Halle has been married and divorced three times. She has a son named Maceo from her marriage to Olivier. The "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" actress also has a daughter called Nahla, whom she shares with ex-beau Gabriel Aubry. 


Comedian/actor Kevin Hart is expecting his first child with wife Eniko Parrish. The baby is said to be a boy, according to ABC News.

Hart and Parrish wed last August (2016). The Ride Along and Central Intelligence star has a 9-year-old son, Hendrix, and a 12-year-old daughter, Heaven, with his ex-wife, Torrei Hart.

On Mother’s Day (May 14) Hart posted an Instagram photo with a caption that reads, “Celebrating Mother’s Day with my beautiful wife. We are laughing at the fact that this time next year we will be celebrating her 1st actual Mother’s Day.”


A 101-year-old man from southwest England has become the world's oldest tandem skydiver.

Bryson William 'Verdun' Hayes, known as Verdun, completed the record-breaking jump Sunday. He skydived for the very first time a year ago to celebrate his 100th birthday.

"Last year's skydive was an amazing experience," he said in a press statement. "I must have got a bit of a taste for it, because it just made me want to do it again."

And he seemed to enjoy this year's dive just as much. Asked how he felt on landing, he said, "oh, absolutely over the moon."

The previous record was held by Canadian Armand Gendreau, who skydived from 10,000 feet in June 2013 aged 101 and three days.

Hayes, who jumped from 15,000 feet, added 34 days to that record.

Eight members of his family jumped with him, including his son Bryan, grandson Roger and great-grandsons Joe and Stanley.

"He'd wanted to do it for many years and his wife wouldn't let him," Ian Honnor, Hayes' grandson-in-law who also took part in the skydive, told CNN.

"He would class himself as a bit of a daredevil," he said. "He did a gliding session when he was 90, but he's never done anything of this nature."

Hayes was raising money for The Royal British Legion, a UK charity that supports members of the armed forces, veterans and their families. He has raised over £2,400 ($3,100) so far.

It's a cause that has great personal significance for Hayes, who is named after a famous World War I battle. His father, fighting with the British troops in France, wrote home to his pregnant wife asking her to name their child after the Battle of Verdun, if it was a boy.

Hayes later served in World War II as a Lance Corporal and was part of the D-Day campaign, which saw the Allied forces successfully begin the liberation of Nazi-occupied Europe.

Honnor is fairly sure that this won't be the last of Hayes' aerial feats.

"It wouldn't surprise me if he does it again in a year's time," he said. "And he's also talking about wing walking. So I'll now be looking into that to see if it's medically possible."


She's best known for playing Sandy in the 1978 movie musical Grease.

But a recent serious health issue has forced Olivia Newton John's management to postpone her American concerts for the rest of May.

Alleged details of her battle with sciatica - a spinal and nerve condition that can render some sufferers unable to move - have surfaced in a report by New Idea.

An insider reportedly told the publication that Olivia's condition has been debilitating.

'So to see her unable to walk or get out of bed because the pain is so severe is incredibly rattling. We are very worried,' the source claimed.

Olivia's management previously announced on her Facebook page that her scheduled performances were cancelled due to health problems.

The post read: 'We are so sorry to announce that the Olivia concerts scheduled for May will be postponed due to a bad issue with Olivia's sciatica.'

'Once the dates are rescheduled we will post the new dates ASAP. Apologies for any inconvenience.'

The source reportedly said the tour cancellation was a big deal for the veteran entertainer, who is known for her professional attitude.

Meanwhile, Olivia is also reportedly concerned for her 31-year-old daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, who has suffered from anorexia and drug addiction in the past.

The insider alleged that Chloe's recent bizarre Instagram posts - which saw her describe herself as a 'Red Bull drinking witch' - have upset her famous mother.

'Just when Olivia thinks she's on the straight and narrow, she starts up with this bizarre business,' they said. 'It's just adding to Olivia's stress and her health troubles.'

In a statement, Olivia said: 'I have had a long running issue with sciatica and I need to take this time to rest and deal with this very painful condition.

'My husband John is taking great care of me and I want to thank all my family, friends and fans for their concern, love, support and good wishes.

'I look forward to returning to performing soon!' she concluded. 

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