Alec Baldwin; Justin Bieber; Tom Brady
Alec Baldwin was suspended from his MSNBC talk show last week, after he once again exploded with rage at a tabloid photographer and used a gay slur. On a video of the incident, Baldwin can be heard calling the paparazzo a “c-------ing fag,” though he later claimed he used the word “fat-head.” Earlier this year, an irate Baldwin called a male reporter a “toxic little queen.” Gay-rights groups called for MSNBC to take action, and in an online column, Baldwin said his show might be permanently canceled. He admitted confrontational paparazzi and tabloid reporters were getting to him, and suggested he might leave show business. “If quitting the television business, the movie business, the theater, any component of entertainment, is necessary in order to bring safety and peace to my family, then that is an easy choice,” he said. Baldwin did have one piece of good news last week: He won a court case against a female stalker, who was sentenced to seven months in jail.
Justin Bieber celebrated his return to the U.S. this week with a raucous post-tour party at his Los Angeles home that grew so out of control that police had to be called three times. Bieber and about 100 guests made so much noise that neighbors called the cops at 1 a.m., 3 a.m., and 5:30 a.m. TMZ.com reported that Bieber made his guests sign a confidentiality agreement stating it would cost them $3 million if they took photos at the party or leaked details of what they saw through social media.
Two former bodyguards for Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen were convicted in Costa Rica this week of firing guns at paparazzi during the celebrity couple’s 2009 wedding. Miguel Solis and Alexander Rivas were found guilty of attempted murder, four years after opening fire on photographers outside the ceremony. The bodyguards had attempted to confiscate the photographers’ memory cards, then fired shots at their car as they drove away. Brady, the New England Patriots’ quarterback, had called reports of gunshots “absolute BS,” but a jury disagreed. Solis and Rivas were sentenced to five years in jail.