Lady Gaga falls off stage while dancing with fan
NEW YORK | Lady Gaga is recovering after falling off the stage while dancing with a fan at a concert.
During her Las Vegas show Thursday night, the pop star invited a fan onstage who picked her up and lost balance. Both plunged to the floor as a result.
Moments after the fall, Gaga was back onstage with the fan and told him: “You promise me you’re not gonna be sad about that, right?”
He responded: “I promise.”
Several fans posted video of the fall and Gaga’s return to the stage on social media.
After the show Gaga posted Instagram photos of herself in a bath, writing: “Post show routine: ice bath for 5-10 min, hot bath for 20, then compression suit packed with ice packs for 20.”
A representative for Gaga didn’t reply to an email seeking comment. The singer has suffered from fibromyalgia, a condition marked by chronic and widespread musculoskeletal pain, and she has canceled several concerts as a result.
Naomi Wolf and publisher part ways amid delay of new book
NEW YORK | Naomi Wolf and her U.S. publisher have split up amid a dispute over her latest book, “Outrages.”
Wolf and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced separately Friday that they had “mutually and amicably agreed to part company” and that Houghton would not be releasing “Outrages.” Neither Wolf nor Houghton immediately provided additional comment beyond the publisher confirming that rights for “Outrages” had reverted to Wolf, who can now pursue a deal with a new publisher.
Houghton had delayed a planned June release of “Outrages” after questions emerged over the scholarship of the book, which centers on the treatment of gays in Victorian England. Houghton initially planned to publish “Outrages” as scheduled, but soon changed its mind, announcing that “new questions have arisen.”
“Outrages” had already come out in the United Kingdom when Wolf was challenged in May by a BBC interviewer over whether she had wrongly interpreted that some gays had received the death penalty. Wolf has acknowledged some errors, but contended they were fixable and openly objected to the postponement. She even promoted “Outrages” on her own in the U.S., with attendees offered the chance to buy the UK edition.
Publishers rarely fact-check books, citing time and expense. Wolf, known for such best-sellers as “The Beauty Myth” and “Misconceptions,” has had her scholarship challenged before. In “The Beauty Myth,” she wrote that anorexia caused the deaths of 150,000 women a year, a number widely regarded as inflated.
Southern California man pleads guilty to $14M movie scam
LOS ANGELES | A Southern California man who scammed $14 million from investors by falsely telling them their money would be used to produce a feature film has pleaded guilty to fraud.
Adam Joiner of Manhattan Beach entered the plea in federal court Friday. He could be looking at up to 20 years in prison.
Prosecutors say Joiner used fake documents and forged signatures to raise millions from investment firms in South Korea and China for a project called “Legends.”
The fake film was to be an anachronistic mash-up of legendary and historical figures from nineteenth century America — including Davy Crockett, Calamity Jane and Paul Bunyan.
Joiner allegedly told investors that Netflix had agreed to distribute the picture.
Dennis Rodman denies slapping guest at Florida party
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. | Dennis Rodman is pleading not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of slapping a man who was celebrating the former NBA star’s birthday at a Florida bar last May.
Rodman’s attorney Lorne Berkeley denies the accusation and says an investigation will exonerate the retired player.
Delray Beach Police said Jeff Soulouque attended the May 17 birthday event at the Buddha Sky Bar. They say Soulouque told an officer he was talking to someone behind the former player. An affidavit said Rodman turned around and smacked him and immediately apologized.
Soulouque said he was a little swollen the next morning and decided to press charges. The officer said he did not observe any swelling.
Berkeley pleaded not guilty Thursday in a Florida court on behalf of Rodman.