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Thursday
Jan032013

HBO Named in Lawsuit Claiming "Luck" Producers Ignored Horse Abuse

HBO/Time Warner(LOS ANGELES) -- HBO has been sued by a former employee of the American Humane Association, who claims she was fired by the group after she complained about the abuse of horses on the set of the cable network's short-lived 2012 series Luck.

According to TheWrap.com, Barbara Casey alleges in her lawsuit that producers of the horse racing drama ignored cases of abuse observed by the AHA on the set.  The complaint states that some horses were drugged, and underweight and sick horses were put to work.

The lawsuit alleges that Casey repeatedly complained to the AHA and Luck's producers about the horse abuse and that she urged the AHA to notify the authorities.  The suit claims, "AHA bowed to political and financial pressure and refused to report the Production Defendants' conduct to the authorities."

It also claims the AHA told its reps not to document the death of one horse because it was killed during a production hiatus.

Casey says she was fired by the AHA last January due to her complaints.

The wrongful termination lawsuit, which was filed Monday in Los Angeles and names the AHA as a defendant, seeks a maximum of $10,000 for each alleged labor code violation, plus unspecified damages.

HBO tells TheWrap.com in a statement, "We took every precaution to ensure that our horses were treated humanely and with the utmost care, exceeding every safeguard of all protocols and guidelines required of the production."

Luck, which starred Dustin Hoffman, was cancelled after a few episodes due to the deaths of multiple horses during production.

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Wednesday
Jan022013

Actress Julianne Hough Says She Was Physically Abused

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABC(NEW YORK) -- In the cover story of the February issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, actress, dancer and singer Julianne Hough says she was abused as a child in London while studying at a prestigious dance academy.

Hough, originally from Utah where her family was Mormon, said she was 10 when adults began taking advantage of her.

“I was abused, mentally, physically, everything,” she told Cosmo. “I was 10 years old looking like I was 28, being a very sensual dancer.”

Hough, 24, doesn’t go into specifics about how she was abused or by whom, but says the abuse got worse as she got older.

“When I started hitting puberty, when I started becoming a woman and stopped being a little girl,” she said.

The two-time winner of Dancing With the Stars has decided to talk about her abuse now because of a character she plays in the upcoming movie, Safe Haven.

Hough plays Katie, a young woman living in a small North Carolina town who falls in love with a man named Alex, played by Josh Duhamel. Hough’s character is reluctant to start the new romance because of a previous abusive relationship.

While on set filming a difficult scene, Hough says, “I went from bawling to containing to laughing to crying again. Josh was crying. I think it was the most therapeutic moment of my life.”

The actress, who dates entertainer Ryan Seacrest, says she was told by her abusers that if she spread the word back in the United States, she would “amount to nothing.”

Now a successful country-music singer with more films in the works, Hough is riding high as a Hollywood triple-threat.

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Friday
Nov092012

"Modern Family's" Ariel Winter Returns to Set Amid Family Drama

ABC/BOB D'AMICO(LOS ANGELES) -- Modern Family star Ariel Winter returned to work Thursday to the Los Angeles studio where the popular ABC comedy is produced, reports eonline.com. 

A female friend picked up the 14-year-old actress at her older sister's house and drove her to the set.

TMZ.com reported this week that the Winter's 34-year-old sister, Shanelle Workman, gained temporary guardianship of Winter on Oct. 3 in the wake of allegations she was physically and emotionally abused by her mother, Crystal Workman.

Crystal Workman has been ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from the actress, who plays Alex Dunphy on Modern Family.  A hearing in the case is scheduled for Nov. 20.

TMZ says Crystal Workman released a statement Thursday saying, "I love my daughter very much.  I would never abuse her in anyway and I have always tried my best to always protect her and do what is right for her."

Her statement continued, "My fourteeen-year-old daughter has been dating an eighteen-and-a-half-year-old man, and when I caught them engaging in behavior that I feel my daughter is too young mentally and physically to understand and fully grasp I put a stop to it immediately."

Crystal Workman says she filed a police report.  TMZ cites an incident report filed with the L.A. County Sheriff's Department that states Crystal Workman walked in on Winter and the boyfriend in bed in a guest bedroom of her home on the night of Sept. 24. 

TMZ also reports that Crystal Workman's police report wasn't filed until two weeks after the alleged bedroom incident, and five days after she lost custody of her daughter.  Sources tell the gossip website the Sheriff's Special Victims' Bureau is investigating Crystal Workman's claims.

Crystal Workman also denied the abuse allegations to People magazine, saying, "I have my doctor's letter that my daughter's never been abused....I have stylists' letters that she's never been abused." People identifies her as Chris Workman.

TMZ also reported that Shanelle Workman was removed from Crystal Workman's home nearly 20 years ago due to similar allegations.  Shanelle Workman is also an actress whose credits include One Life to Live and Grey's Anatomy.

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Thursday
Nov082012

"Modern Family" Teen Star Removed from Home Due to Abuse Allegations

ABC/BOB D'AMICO(LOS ANGELES) -- Fourteen-year-old Modern Family star Ariel Winter has been placed in the home of her older sister following allegations that she was physically and emotionally abused by her mother.

According to TMZ.com, the actress' 34-year-old sister, Shanelle Workman, gained temporary guardianship of Winter on Oct. 3 due to the allegations against her mother, Crystal Workman.

Winter's mother has been ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from the actress, who plays Alex Dunphy on Modern Family.  A hearing in the case is scheduled for Nov. 20.

Crystal Workman denied the allegations to People magazine, saying, "I have my doctor's letter that my daughter's never been abused....I have stylists' letters that she's never been abused."  People identifies her as Chris Workman.

TMZ further reports that Shanelle Workman was removed from Crystal Workman's home nearly 20 years ago due to similar allegations.

Shanelle Workman is also an actress whose credits include One Life to Live and Grey's Anatomy.

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Friday
Mar302012

Jaleel White Responds to Ex's Abuse Allegations

ABC/BOB D'AMICO(LOS ANGELES) -- Current Dancing with the Stars contestant Jaleel White says it is "particularly hurtful" that an ex-girlfriend, with whom he has a 2-year-old daughter, has gone public with abuse allegations she initially made two years ago.

Bridget Hardy tells Star magazine the former Family Matters star hit her "across the chest area" in May of 2010 after she confronted him for allegedly cheating on her. She also says, “He pushed me into the toilet, and it broke. Water went everywhere, through the walls and even to the kitchen downstairs."

White, who never faced charges in connection with Hardy's claims, has issued a statement to People magazine that reads in part, "The allegations made against me back in 2010 have suspiciously resurfaced in time to coincide with my new show on Syfy and Dancing With The Stars."

White denies the allegations, but he says he cannot discuss the case publicly, per court instructions.

White says he has been paying child support to Hardy and that "up until now we have had a workable joint custody arrangement."

Aside from his appearances on Dancing with the Stars, White will host a new Syfy competition, Total Blackout, beginning next month.

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Monday
May092011

Whitney Houston Checks Into Rehab

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Whitney Houston is in rehab, a rep for the star confirmed to ABC News Radio on Monday.

A spokesperson for Houston says she is in an outpatient program for drug and alcohol treatment, and that she entered the program voluntarily, as part of what the rep called Houston's "long-standing" recovery process.

Houston has admitted to substance abuse in the past.  Last year, after she received some poor reviews for a number of live performances there were rumors that she was once again battling addiction, but those reports were never confirmed.

Thursday night, Houston and Chaka Khan were special guests at Prince's concert at the L.A. Forum -- they sang Chaka's hit with Rufus, "Tell Me Something Good."

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