Gaye clan presents evidence
Marvin Gaye’s adult children Nona Gaye, Frankie Gaye and Marvin Gaye III filed summary judgment papers in a federal lawsuit in Los Angeles against singer Robin Thicke and producer Pharrell Williams over the song “Blurred Lines,” the Hollywood Reporter reports. The Thicke hit, the Gayes assert, is a barely-disguised re-do of Gaye’s Motown smash hit “Got to Give it Up,” therefore the estate is owed money. Along with interview segments with Thicke in which he admits he pictured himself as Gaye when he sang, the Gayes also submitted an audio mash-up of both songs. Williams and Thicke filed a preemptive lawsuit in August 2013 seeking a declaration of noninfringement, which prompted the Gaye family to file counterclaims in October 2013. “They filed papers insulting the family of the great Marvin Gaye,” Gaye lawyer Richard Busch told the industry trade. “We responded with the facts and the law.” A jury trial has been scheduled for Feb. 10, 2015.
Wife Janay defends Ray Rice
Janay Palmer, the wife of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, blamed the media and “the public” Tuesday for the fallout surrounding that infamous video showing Rice knocking her out in an Atlantic City hotel elevator. In a post on Instagram that was verified by the Baltimore Sun, Palmer wrote: “No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted options (sic) from the public has caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret every day is a horrible thing. To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his (expletive) off for all his life just to gain ratings is horrific ... Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is! Ravensnation we love you!” Rice was fired from the Ravens and suspended by the NFL Monday after the video showing him punching Palmer came to light.
Kid Rock tees off for Jalen Rose
Kid Rock was one of many celebrities to show up in support of Monday’s Jalen Rose Leadership Academy Celebrity Golf Outing at the Detroit Golf Club — the rocker insisted he wanted to actually play in the outing for the public charter high school founded by Rose, a Detroit native, University of Michigan basketball star and 13-year NBA veteran. Dressed like any other duffer in navy and white golf clothes, Rock teed off with a group from Platinum Equity, one of the golf outing’s top sponsors. Two former Detroit mayors — Dennis Archer and Dave Bing — were also on the links to support the hoops star’s charter school.
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