5 celebrity lawsuits in the news

Arianna Huffington trashes her apartment, Michael Keaton tanks a movie and more

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Demolished Digs

It’s a safe bet that Arianna Huffington won’t be getting her security deposit back, if a new suit accusing the media mogul of trashing her former New York City apartment is to be believed. Eric Steel, the owner of the $32,000-a-month Chelsea loft, claims that he told Huffington not to entertain in the apartment because of its “historical and aesthetic significance.” But Huffington allegedly disregarded those instructions, leaving behind “gouged, stained” walls, scratched hardwood floors, broken cabinets and even a bloody mattress.

Suit Scandal

Advanced Age

Age ain’t nothing but a number, except in Hollywood. At least, that’s what actress Huong Hoang claimed when she sued the online entertainment database IMDb in 2011 for publishing her real birthdate and “revealing to the public that [she] is many years older than she looks.”

Livid Law

Actor Jude Law is burning mad at a fireplace manufacturer that allegedly used his image in ad campaigns without his consent. Toronto-based Paloform reportedly posted pictures of Law on its website and Facebook and Pinterest pages. The star says the company was simply trying to capitalize on his status as “one of the most recognized, highly regarded, critically acclaimed, and commercially valuable motion picture actors in the world.” He is suing Paloform for unspecified damages and has asked a judge to order the company to stop using his likeness.

Diva Director

Former “Batman” actor Michael Keaton was anything but heroic on the set of his directorial debut, according to a lawsuit filed by the film’s producers. Keaton took over the shooting of “The Merry Gentleman” after its original director suffered health problems, but his flaky behavior subsequently contributed to the film’s low box office gross, according to Merry Gentlemen LLC.

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