Olympian Shaun White sued for sexual harassment

Shaun White is best known for winning two Olympic gold medals for snowboarding, but he also plays in a rock band called Bad Things. The group’s former drummer, Lena Zawaideh, is suing White for nonpayment of her contract and sexual assault, according to a TMZ report. She claims White was inappropriate to her while she played in the band from the time it formed in 2008 until she was fired in 2014. The suit alleges that Zawaideh hasn’t been paid for some of her work, that White sent her sexually explicit and graphic texts, and that he forced her to watch sexually disturbing videos involving sex and fecal matter. She also said White once stuck his hand down his pants and then stuck his hand in her face, and on another occasion that he tried to kiss her, and also that White tried to assert control over her hair and clothing. “I am pursuing this case because women should not have to tolerate harassment at work,” Zawaideh said in a statement. “Shaun White should not be allowed to do whatever he wants just because he is famous. Although I am embarrassed to have been treated this way, I cannot sit by and watch him do this to other women.” White’s camp retorted via his lawyer admitting that he sent the texts, but that the lawsuit is “bogus.” “Many years ago, I exchanged texts with a friend who is now using them to craft a bogus lawsuit,” the statement read. “There is absolutely no coincidence to the timing of her claims, and we will defend them vigorously in court.”

Eminem surprises crowd at Drake concert

Any supposed squabble between Eminem and Drake was buried Tuesday night at a sold-out Joe Louis Arena when the Canadian rapper brought the Detroit superstar on stage for a show of solidarity and celebration. After Drake ran through his verse on “Forever,” the only song on which the two artists have ever appeared, Drake primed the crowd with a promise he had been making all night. “You work with me, I work with you,” he told the crowd. Eminem then shocked the Joe by rising from beneath the stage and charging through his breathless verse on the 2009 track. Fans, already amped up from Drake’s energetic set as it hit the two-hour mark, collectively lost it as seemingly everyone whipped out their phones to capture the moment on their preferred means of social networking. As Em cleanly spat his words, Drake excitedly bounced around the stage, at one point mimicking shooting basketball. He was every bit as hyped as the crowd. As Em wrapped his verse — all told, it lasted about a minute — he and Drake exchanged bows. “Make some noise for the greatest rapper to ever get on a microphone, the legendary Eminem!” Drake said as the crowd went bonkers.

Brandy sings at brother Ray J’s wedding

Singer and actress Brandy treated her brother Ray J, his bride, Princess Love, and all their wedding guests to a live performance last Friday. During the wedding dance, Brandy sang the Etta James classic “At Last.” TMZ posted a video of the special moment, showing the bride and groom, both in white, swaying together on a white dance floor. It was a family affair, as Ray J’s father, Willie Norwood, officiated the ceremony. Ray J and Princess’s relationship has been documented on the VH1 show “Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood.”

Compiled by Melody Baetens and Adam Graham

Thursday’s birthdays

Robert Redford, 80

Edward Norton, 47

Christian Slater, 47

Malcolm-Jamal Warner, 46

Kaitlin Olson, 41

Andy Samberg, 38

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