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5 celebrity lawsuits in the news

Indiana Jones vs. an archaeologist, Andrew Bynum spars with his neighbors and more

Concert Crush

Who knew that boy band concerts were so dangerous? First an Oregon mother allegedly lost her hearing during a particularly loud Justin Bieber concert. Now a disgruntled fan of the Jonas Brothers is suing the trio, claiming that she was nearly crushed by a crowd of frenetic fans at a free concert almost three years ago. Ashleigh Johnson says the band should have known that a large number of people would attend the event at The Grove mall in Los Angeles, and that it failed to take proper security precautions.

According to Johnson’s suit, she suffered “severe injury to her body and shock to her nervous system,” along with “great mental…and nervous pain,” after being pinned against a fence during the concert.

Skull Skirmish

After taking on Nazis and aliens, Indiana Jones is now going up against one of his own: an archaeologist. Dr. Jamie Awe, the director of the Institute of Archaeology in Belize, claims that 2008’s “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” the fourth installment of the famed adventure series, centers on a purloined Mayan artifact.

According to Awe, Anna Mitchell-Hedges, the adopted daughter of British adventurer F.A. Mitchell-Hedges, discovered an actual crystal skull in a ruined Maya city in Belize. Mitchell-Hedges brought the skull to the U.S. in the 1930s, where it remains in the possession of her husband. Awe contends that the explorer illegally removed the skull from Belize and that the studios behind the “Indiana Jones” franchise unjustly enriched themselves by using a replica of the skull in its film.

He is suing Lucasfilm Ltd. and the movie’s distributor, Paramount Pictures, for unspecified damages, and is seeking to return the skull to Belize.

Nettlesome Neighbors

Basketball player Andrew Bynum attracts his fair share of controversy, and it appears the drama may be spilling off the court. The former Laker is embroiled in a nasty lawsuit with his former neighbors, Raymond and Cindy Beckett, who he claims took issue with “his profession, his race, his friends, his cars and his taste in music.” According to Bynum’s suit, the Becketts expressed their disapproval by throwing coins at his Ferrari and banging on his house with “a long stick.”

The couple filed a countersuit containing a litany of allegations, including that Bynum blasted profane music and video games “at window-shaking volumes,” allowed marijuana smoke to drift into their backyard and “conspicuously brandish[ed] firearms” in an effort to frighten his neighbors.

Reward Reluctance

Ryan Leslie must shell out a hefty finder’s fee to a German man who reportedly recovered the rapper’s missing laptop. In 2010, a backpack containing the computer, an external hard drive, cash and jewelry was taken from a car shuttling the Grammy-nominated artist through Cologne, Germany. Leslie offered a $20,000 reward for anyone who returned the backpack, and later upped the amount to $1 million for any of the files or intellectual property—including several unreleased songs—stored on the laptop or hard drive.

Armin Augstein subsequently contacted police, claiming to have found the computer in a garbage bag in a forest. His hopes for a $1 million reward were dashed, however, when Leslie refused to pay out after discovering that the music files were corrupted. Augstein sued for the full reward, and a federal court in Manhattan agreed, ordering Leslie to pay the full $1 million reward plus $180,000 in interest.

Pink Predicament

Singer Pink would probably like to blow one last kiss to two former producers who are suing her for royalty payments. According to Specialists Entertainment, the singer owes it more than $36,000 for co-producing two of the songs on her 2000 debut album, which was released by two labels now under the control of Sony Music Entertainment.

According to a letter that Sony sent Thunderstone last fall, the label accidentally paid Specialists’ share of the royalties to its co-producer, Thunderstone Productions, E! News reports. Sony informed Thunderstone that it would withhold all further royalty checks until it returned the entire amount of the overpayment.

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Alanna Byrne

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