Chimjunctions

Cheryl Cole has been getting her lawyers to fire off some pretty peculiar legal threats to stop journalists from talking about that time she punched a toilet attendant in a nightclub. So far, things haven’t quite gone to plan – but if she’s in the mood for some more suggestions…

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Wired For Soundbites

There’s not much that can prepare you for a Yewtree police raid so, when it happens, your best bet is to bring in the professionals. Cliff Richard hired crisis management experts to help prepare him for his first post-raid interviews in 2014 – but he appears to have forgotten some of their sensible advice in the years since. So maybe a little refresher is in order?

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Hushed Puppies

Stormy Daniels appeared on Jimmy Kimmel this week, shortly after President Trump’s State Of The Union address, to field questions about whether or not she shagged him during Shark Week. You’d have thought that the $130,000 non-disclosure agreement she supposedly signed would have made an interview like that a little tricky – but apparently not. How is she doing it? We have some theories.

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The Harder They Fall

It’s been a horrible couple of weeks for almost everyone in the world of entertainment, but it has not been without its glimmers of hope. One such glimmer: we might be witnessing the end of the predatory Hollywood producer. Another such glimmer: we might also be witnessing the decline of the all-powerful Hollywood superlawyer.

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Courting Danger

If we sound like know-it-alls for telling Katie Hopkins what she should have done, it’s only because we learned the lesson ourselves – and we learned it the hard way. What can you expect if you ever try to pick up a fight with someone over a threat of defamation? Something like this…

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In Complaint Sight

Because libel proceedings are so expensive, and because the law insists on proof of “serious harm” for the claim to be upheld, you’d think that celebrities would only choose to bring these suits when the circumstances were extremely dire – but a little look through our archive of legal threats shows that that’s not always the case…

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Contend It Like Beckham

Injunctions! What are they good for? Absolutely nothing – and this latest David Beckham fiasco has gone and proved the point once again. Highlighting yet more problems with the legal system as it stands, this is what happened…

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Words Apart

How do the two different versions of Melania Trump’s defamation suit compare side by side? We counted up the uses of any particularly telling phrases in the initial filing back on February 2nd, and stacked them next to the recently submitted reworking…

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R.I.Pete

We were very sad to hear of the death of Pete Burns. Popbitch has always championed the oddball, force-of-nature pop stars, but we didn’t always have the smoothest of relationship with Pete. A story we wrote on him nearly 14 years ago prompted the most explosive legal bust-up we’ve ever had…

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Between The Spreadsheets

Perhaps you heard the details of PJS’s trysts – in particular that extremely exotic-sounding olive oil/paddling pool ‘wrestling experience’ – and thought “Ooh, yeah. I could be up for that.” How much would a thing like that set you back exactly? What are the costs involved? We crunched the numbers for you…

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