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    • BETHENNY FRANKEL'S EX SAYS HE JUST WANT TO FOCUS ON THEIR DAUGHTER

      During their child custody trial in NYC on Friday (June 21st), Bethenny Frankel's ex husband Jason Hoppy denied that he was being cruel to their daughter Bryn when he put a drawing of her dog Cookie in her backpack two years ago. Bryn had just watched her dog suffer a seizure an die days before.

      According to Page Six, Hoppy testified that he was trying to help his daughter grieve. He said the day after the dog died, "We went to church. We lit candles. We both drew pictures." He added, "I loved Cookie."

      Hoppy admitted that he didn't tell the RHONY star that he would be talking to Bryn about Cookie's death and he regrets not telling her.

      Meanwhile, Frankel also accused Hoppy of locking cookie in a storage closet for hours.

      Hoppy was also grilled at the custody hearing about enrolling Bryn in Catholic classes without telling Frankel, who has converted to Judaism.

      He concluded his testimony with positivity, saying, "I’m a good parent, Bethenny is a good parent. I don’t approve of certain things that she does in her life." But "I have no interest in sparring with her. My focus is on parenting Bryn and loving Bryn."

      Post trial briefs are due on August 21st for both parties. A judge is expected to decide on custody within the next two months. Frankel is demanding full custody while Hoppy is hoping for joint custody.

      BETHENNY FRANKEL SAYS SHE DOESN'T KNOW SUNNY HOSTIN

      In other news, during her appearance on Watch What Happens Live last week, Frankel had some words for The View co-host Sunny Hostin, who claimed that she once yelled at her child on the beach. During the June 13th episode of The View, Hostin said, "It was in the middle of the day, and my child was about 7, playing with other children at about 2 o’clock in the afternoon, and she said that her child was napping inside with the window open and that our children were being too loud on the beach." Hostin added, "She yelled at my child, and I went out there and stood in front of my child, and I yelled at her and told her that adults speak to adults. And she knows I’m telling the truth."

      When asked about Hostin's claims, Frankel said, "I don’t know . . . I think she’s been drinking or taking some drugs. I don’t know her! . . . No I don't."

      Hostin responded via Twitter, saying, "Not surprising that a Reality TV personality who yells and bullies little kids on a beach lies. But I have witnesses @Bethenny. @rmjansen feel free to weigh in. #receipts Oh and @Bethenny – defamation ain’t cute……."

      AUDIO: BETHENNY FRANKEL DENIES KNOWING SUNNY HOSTIN
    • JUSSIE SMOLLETT MAY BE PROSECUTED FOR ALLEGEDLY FAKING ATTACK

      Jussie Smollett may actually be prosecuted for allegedly faking that infamous homophobic and racist attack in Chicago back in January. According to TMZ, a Chicago judge has ordered a special prosecutor to be appointed to review the way prosecutors handled the case and dismissed it.

      The judge said in his order, "If reasonable grounds exist to further prosecute Smollett, in the interest of justice the special prosecutor may take such action."

      The judge added "unprecedented irregularities identified in this case" warrants the appointment of a special prosecutor.

      As we know, back in March, the office of State's Attorney Kim Foxx dropped all charges against the Empire star, including 16 felony counts of lying to cops. Jussie claimed that he was attacked by two men who beat him, put a rope around his neck while yelling racial and homophobic slurs.

      The judge said that the State's Attorney messed the case up after Foxx recused herself, because of comments she made about the case, there was no one in her office properly overseeing the case.

      KIM FOXX RESPONDS

      Kim Foxx responded to the order, saying, "I respectfully disagree with the court's conclusion that, in the absence of any conflict, the appointment of a special prosecutor is required."

      She continued, "As always, I remain committed to transparency, justice, and the public safety of the communities we serve."

    • MAN TRIES TO STEAL HALLE BERRY'S HOME

      A man literally tried to steal Halle Berry's Los Angeles home from her. Back in March, the Oscar winning actress returned to her home to find that her locks were changed and 59-year-old Ronald Eugene Griffin was living insider her home.

      Law enforcement sources said that he first showed up to the actress' home in January and messed with the locks but ran off when he was approached by Halle's gardener.

      Then in March, cops received a trespassing call from workers at Halle's home, who said Griffin was there with a locksmith trying to get in, claiming that he was the new owner of the home and even had the deed to prove it.

      He then managed to have one of the locks changed and actually called the cops when he was approached by employees at the home. When the cops arrived, Griffin maintained that he ownder the house, but LAPD realized that he was a fraud.

      Halle told cops that he had no idea who Griffin was and she never gave him permission to be at the home.

      Griffin was arrested and hit with a felony count of procuring and offering a false warranty deed and an additional count of petty theft. His bond's set at $36k.

      Meanwhile, sources say that Griffin didn't even know the home was Halle's.

    • WENDY WILLIAMS IS IN CONTROL OF CAREER AFTER SPLITTING WITH HUSBAND

      Wendy Williams says that she has regained control of her career since filing for divorce from her estranged husband and former manager Kevin Hunter. Wendy filed for divorce from Hunter earlier this year after reports hit that Hunter fathered a child with longtime mistress Sharina Hudson.

      During a panel at Black Enterprise's FWD Conference last week, the talk show host said, "Now, the difference in my business is that it used to be Kev and the team show up and then Kev wouldn’t bring me in until he knew, ‘OK, the deal’s done. Now it’s time for you to meet the people.' Not now. I want to be in the first conversation of the deal and I want to be in every meeting until the deal is done. Now that’s the way I roll."

      During the conference, she also discussed the importance of not rushing to become a parent in your 20s. She explained, "Shout out to all the parents, I’m a parent, too. But you’ve got to slow down on having these kids when you’re 22, 23, 24. You use your 20s to be selfish for yourself, grow up, grow your business. … kids are an obligation and that obligation will slow you down."

      Wendy and Kevin were married for over two decades.

    • PORSHA WILLIAMS' FRIENDS ARE NOT SURPRISED ABOUT SPLIT FROM DENNIS MCKINLEY

      Friends of Real Housewives of Atlanta star Porsha Williams are NOT surprised about her split from fiance Dennis McKinley -- saying that they saw it coming. According to RadarOnline, one friend said "no one is suprised by her split from Dennis" adding, "That's what happens when you rush into things."

      The source also revealed that Porsha has been "playing up the rift" for the RHOA cameras -- who has been filming throughout the couple's drama.

      Porsha and Dennis were engaged for eight months. The couple split after rumors hit that Dennis was cheating with WAGS Atlanta star Sincerely Ward.

      In related news, Dennis wished Porsha a Happy Birthday on Instagram on Saturday (June 22nd), with a picture of her from last year, along with the caption, "Happy 38! ❤️🙏🏾 tbt 6/22/2018."

      Meanwhile, Porsha posted on her bday, "Happy 38th Birthday to me! Blessed to see another year! Blessed to have my angel Pilar who is now 3months today! 🙏🏾👶🏽❤️ #MyHeartIsFull Thank you for all the birthday wishes💋 @pilarjhena @Weelovephotography"

    • CELEBRITY GOSSIP

      RHONY LUANN DE LESSEPS SLAMS BETHENNY FRANKEL: 'I DON'T OWE HER MY LIFE!': Real Housewives of New York star Luann De Lessep's has responded to Bethenny Frankel's comments about her on her recent appearance on Watch What Happens Live. On the June 12th episode of the reality show, Frankel called out de Lesseps for not caring about her friends after they’d assisted her amid her court case and rehab stint. She then elaborated on her comments on WWHL, saying, "I went all in. I got her rehab paid for. So I just felt like, ‘What the hell are you doing? Like, who are you? How are you so not self-aware?" de Lesseps responded via Twitter, saying, "I don’t owe Bethenny Frankel my life, friends are there help each other out #WWHL. Friends don’t keep tabs #WWHL. You don’t help someone and throw it in their face #RHONY."

      DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER'S WIFE BETH CHAPMAN IS IN A MEDICALLY INDUCED COMA: Dog The Bounty Hunter's wife Beth Chapman is in a medically induced coma after having being hospitalized in Hawaii on Saturday (June 22nd). According to TMZ, Chapman was having anothing breathing issue and sources say a 911 call was placed from Beth and Dog's home, which reported a "choking" emergency. Chapman has been struggling wth throat cancer for years. She was in remission for years but last November the cancer returned and she underwent aggressive chemotherapy. Dog has asked the public to "humbly ask everyone to please pray for Beth."

      VENUS WILLIAMS SPLITS WITH BOYFRIEND NICKY HAMMOND: According to Page Six, Venus Williams and her boyfriend Nicky Hammond split. A source told the tabloid, "They dated for two years and have broken up. It’s not because they don’t love each other, they do. They are still friends." According to one source, Venus and Nicky weren’t on the same page regarding marriage and children. Another source said the relationship simply "ran its course." Venus is 39 and Hammond is 27.

      EX-PLAYBOY PLAYMATE ARRESTED FOR METH: Former Playboy Playmate Valerie Mason, who was featured on The Girls Next Door, was arrested for drug possesion in Louisiana -- speficially for meth. According to TMZ, she was booked for possession of a controlled dangerous substance on Friday night (June 21st). She weas released the next day on a $3,000 bond. On the arrest record, it says that no drugs were actually found on Mason -- it was actually found in the pocked of the man who was actually driving the car.

    • INDUSTRY NEWS

      'TOY STORY 4' TOPS THE BOX OFFICE WITH $118 MILLION OPENING WEEKEND: Toy Story 4 topped the box office this weekend with an $118 million opening. According to studio estimates, the film ranks as the fourth highest animated film opening ever. Above it are 2018′s Incredibles 2 ($182 million), 2016′s Finding Dory ($135 million), and 2007′s Shrek the Third ($121 million). It’s the year’s third largest debut, trailing only a pair of other Disney releases: Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel.

      TOM HOLLAND DROPS ANOTHER 'AVENGERS: ENDGAME' SPOILER: During Friday night's (June 21st) episode of The Graham Norton Show, Tom Holland revealed one of the major deaths from Avengers: Endgame. While promoting his upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home film, he said, "The film is a direct continuation of "Avengers: Endgame" so we deal with the ramifications of the blip, of the death of Tony Stark." He added, "Sorry if anyone hasn’t seen the film! If you haven’t, then you’re living under a rock, to be honest." Spider-Man: Far From Home, which also stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Zendaya, is set to hit theaters July 2nd.

      LENA WAITHE WANTS BLACK ACTORS TO FUND INDIE FILMS: Lena Waithe has spoke out about Indie films, saying that she wants black movie stars to fund them. In a recent interview with The New York Times, Waithe said, "I think black people in this industry are making art that is so specific and unique and good that the studio heads have no choice but to throw money at us. They’re saying, ‘How can we support you and stand next to you?’ The tricky part is that they want to be allies and they want to be inclusive, but they also want to make money." She went on to say, "And don’t get me started on black financiers! How many of those do we have? I’m not going to name names because I know better, but there are some very big black movie stars out there, and they could pay for two or three or even five small independent movies to get made by black directors and black writers." Waithe then decided to name drop, mentioning that 12 Years A Slave and Moonlight were both financed by Brad Pitt's production company. She continued, "Wasn’t Denzel Washington. Wasn’t Will Smith...You won’t catch me making $20 million a movie and not paying for at least four or five independent movies a year. I really do feel like there’s a way for us to change the movie business from the inside out, but we’re all in our own silos doing our own thing."

      ANDREW DICE CLAY AND ROSEANNE BARR ANNOUNCE STANDUP TOUR: Andrew Dice Clay is going on tour with Roseanne Barr. The tour is entitled the Mr. And Mrs. America tour. Clay told Fox News that he doesn't think Roseanne Barr has a mean bone in her body, saying, "She’s a comic because she’s wacky. I’ve known her since we were kids. When people ask about what she said, I say, ‘She’s a comic!’ We gotta stop policing comedians. This is America!" He added, "America really needs to lighten up and not worry about the words comedians use because it’s all we have. There’s clean stuff and there’s street stuff. I’m a street guy because I tell it like it is. I’m living it more now than I have for a really long time. My shows have been longer, my material is fresher. With these shows, I can do as long as I want because it’s one show a night." The tour will kick off at the Paramount Theater in Long Island, N.Y., on Sept. 19th.