Legal battles are nothing new for most celebrities. In the age of #MeToo, instances of alleged sexual assault are finally getting the attention they deserve, while sex-related scandals, messy divorces, and lawsuits over alleged fights continue to be par for the course for many A-listers.
Aside from the usual Hollywood drama, however, there are a number of legal cases from recent years that are almost too strange to be real. Having to pay thousands of dollars for falsely claiming that pure jade eggs can improve a woman’s vaginal health? Getting accused of stealing a pet chicken as a child living in Ukraine? Allegedly being involved in a supposed murder plot that was conceived just to regain ownership of a legendary guitar?
Legal issues in the lives of celebrities can get downright weird at times. Here are five times when the headlines sounded stranger than fiction, but were taken seriously in a court of law.
Magical Vaginal Eggs Land Gwyneth Paltrow’s Company In Trouble
Gwyneth Paltrow and her company, Goop, got into legal trouble earlier this year for allegedly misleading customers.
The California Food, Drug, and Medical Device Task Force filed a complaint in September against the company for its jade and rose quartz eggs, as well as a product called the “inner essence flower blend." Product descriptions promised that the vaginal eggs could improve a woman’s health and the essential oil blend was touted as a depression aid, all claims that were not backed up by “reliable scientific evidence,” the Orange County District Attorney’s office said in a statement.
Paltrow’s company ultimately reached a consumer protection settlement wherein it agreed to pay $145,000 in penalties and issue refunds to select customers.
The Ongoing Fight Over Kurt Cobain’s Guitar
Frances Bean Cobain, the daughter of '90s music icons Courtney Love and the late Kurt Cobain, endured a lengthy legal battle over her deceased father’s guitar after she and her husband of two years, Isaiah Silva, split up last year. Silva claimed that his former wife gave him the iconic 1959 Martin D-18E acoustic guitar that her father played during Nirvana’s 1993 “MTV Unplugged” performance as a present, although Frances Bean denied it. She ultimately agreed that Silva be allowed to keep the guitar in exchange for not having to pay him the spousal support he requested.
Then things took a turn. Silva filed a lawsuit in June naming his ex’s famous mother, “Riverdale” actor Ross Butler, and others of being part of a conspiracy to kidnap and sexually assault him to get the prized instrument back. Silva claimed that Butler, Love's manager Sam Lutfi, and another man hacked his iMessage account to send texts suggesting he was suicidal, and later got into his home by pretending to be police before kidnapping him, holding him hostage, and threatening him to get him to sign paperwork to surrender the guitar, according to court records obtained by TMZ. Butler, for his part, has denied any involvement in the supposed scheme.
A Lawsuit Involving Justin Bieber’s Testicle
Justin Bieber, a Long Island hospital, and an ex-employee of that hospital all got entangled in a legal battle last August after the hospital fired the employee, a woman by the name of Kelly Lombardo, for allegedly taking a look at Bieber’s medical records after hearing that the pop star had come to the facility seeking treatment over STD concerns, TMZ reports. Lombardo then filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Northwell Health. The hospital claimed that she was an “an immoral employee,” according to the suit, but Lombardo contended that, not only did she never look at Bieber’s private information, she was targeted because of her gender, according to TMZ.
And for the record? A swollen testicle from a soccer game was reportedly the true cause of Bieber’s ER trip.
Beyonce Accused Of Witchcraft
Beyonce and Illuminati conspiracy theories are nothing new — she’s made light of the rumors in her lyrics before — but witchcraft? That’s a new one.
Kimberly Thompson, a musician who formerly played the drums in Beyonce’s band, requested a restraining order against her former boss in September, accusing the “Formation” singer of harassing her using “extreme witchcraft,” “dark magic,” and “magic spells of sexual molestation,” according to court documents obtained by The Blast. Thompson also accused Beyonce of killing her kitten, The Blast reports.
Beyonce did not comment publicly and a judge rejected Thompson's restraining order request and dismissed the case, according to Page Six.
Mila Kunis Sued Over Pet Chicken
How’s this for strange? Mila Kunis was sued in 2015 for allegedly stealing a chicken from a neighbor when she was growing up in Ukraine. Singer Kristina Karo claimed in her $5,000 suit that when she and Kunis were best friends in first grade, they both adored Karo’s pet chicken “Doggie" — so much so that Kunis stole it, she alleged, according to TMZ. Karo’s lawsuit claimed that she had to get therapy to help her deal with the loss, and her emotional state got even worse after she moved to Los Angeles as an adult and saw how successful Kunis had become, the outlet reports.
Kunis responded in a video where she implied that Karo's suit was a ploy to get attention for her new music video and jokingly remarked that she wanted to file a countersuit against Karo “for making me sit there and watch your music video, shamelessly,” TMZ reports. Karo later dropped her suit.
“There is only one judge and that is God,” Karo said of her decision, according to TMZ. “I pray for her soul and the soul of Doggie, that he has found peace finally in chicken heaven.”
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