Hope Solo Says Her "Dancing With the Stars" Partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy Slapped Her in the Face
MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY has a reputation of being the hard-ass on "Dancing With the Stars". And when he teamed up with Olympic soccer minx HOPE SOLO for Season 13, he showed just how hard he could be.
--In her new book "Solo: A Memoir of Hope", Hope says Maksim actually SLAPPED HER ACROSS THE FACE during rehearsals.
--She says, quote, "He wanted my head in a specific position. To achieve that, he slapped me across the face. Hard."
--And that's not all he did. Hope says, quote, "He manhandled me in rehearsals from the start, pushing me, whacking my stomach, bending my arms roughly. I thought that was just how it went . . . how dancers worked with each other.
--"But it kept getting worse . . . One day, Maks was trying to put me in a certain position and hit my stomach so hard with his open palm that I had a red handprint there for the rest of the day."
--Hope claims she never said anything because she didn't want to "end his career."
--Maksim hit up Twitter the other day and posted some messages that don't mention Hope by name . . . but they definitely seem to be his response to this chaos.
--He said, quote, "Always hated hypocrites and liars . . . but when someone is both AND an opportunist, I just feel bad for them. Can't win at someone's expense . . ."
--He added, quote, "Life's best lessons are the ones that you smile through . . . while they hurt you the most! I'm bullet proof....FIRE AWAY!"
Did Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel Get Married Over the Weekend?
We have no idea if this is true, but an Internet gossip columnist named Janet Charlton claims that JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE and JESSICA BIEL got married this weekend in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
--That's literally all we've heard at this point. You may go about your business.
"Top Gun" Director Tony Scott Committed Suicide by Jumping Off a Bridge
"Top Gun" director TONY SCOTT committed suicide yesterday, by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in the Long Beach area of Los Angeles. He was 68.
--Witnesses say around 12:30 in the afternoon, he climbed a nine-foot fence and jumped, quote, "without hesitation." Police found a suicide note in his office, but there's no word what it said.
--It's not clear exactly where he jumped from, but the bridge is about 185 feet above the water. His body was retrieved by a diving team.
--Scott's other movies include "The Hunger", "Beverly Hills Cop 2", "Days of Thunder", "True Romance","Crimson Tide","Enemy of the State", and the recent DENZEL WASHINGTON movie "Unstoppable".
--There's also been talk of him directing TOM CRUISE in a "Top Gun" SEQUEL.
--Scott is the younger brother of director RIDLEY SCOTT. The two of them were co-producers of the TV shows "NUMB3RS" and"The Good Wife". They also produced the four-hour miniseries "Coma", which will air on A&E next month.
Is Kristen Stewart Living on Cigarettes, Red Bull and Potato Chips?
The "National Enquirer" claims that KRISTEN STEWART is living on a dangerous diet of ciigarettes, Red Bull and potato chips.
--A source says, quote, "Kristen is a nervous wreck and existing on a diet of cigarettes, sugar-free Red Bull and the occasional bag of potato chips. She's been hiding out at the L.A. home of a producer friend and is looking pale and worn-out.
--"Kristen is grief-stricken and has hit rock-bottom. In many ways, Kristen living off cigs and Red Bull is a way of punishing herself."
--She's also refusing any kind of help, including therapy, because, quote, "Part of her just doesn't want to feel better."
Russian Activists Have Sued Madonna for $10.5 Million for Promoting Gay Rights During a Recent Concert
Russian activists have sued MADONNA for supporting gay rights during a recent concert in St. Petersburg. They want nearly $10.5 MILLION in "moral damages."
--Russia is far from being gay-friendly. Earlier this year, a law was passed in St. Petersburg, which makes it illegal to "promote homosexuality to minors." There were minors at Madonna's show . . . including kids as young as 12.
--During the concert, Madonna "stomped on an Orthodox cross, and asked fans to raise their hands to show [off] pink armbands in support of gays and lesbians that were distributed among the audience."
--This happened during a long pro-gay speech . . . where Madonna said, quote, "It's in every holy book, 'Love thy neighbor, as thy self.' You cannot use religion to treat other people badly, you cannot use God's name to treat other people badly.
--"We all deserve love. So, let's all go out into the world, and spread this message of love, and live our life without fear. Amen."
Prince William Saved a Drowning Girl
PRINCE WILLIAM and his Royal Air Force Search and Rescue team saved a drowning girl off the coast of Wales this past Thursday.
--The 16-year-old girl and her 13-year-old friend were body-boarding when they got caught in a riptide and dragged out to sea. The younger girl was rescued by a surfer, but the older girl swallowed water and was slowly going under.
--Prince William's team had just landed its helicopter after completing routine exercises, so they were able to jump right back in and get there in just 38 seconds.
--One of William's crewmembers says, quote, "We really did arrive in the nick of time."
"The Tonight Show" Laid Off 20 People, and Jay Leno Took a Pay Cut
Is the ghost of CONAN O'BRIEN haunting NBC?
--"The Tonight Show" just went through a massive "downsizing." They fired 20 employees . . . and some sources say it might have been more.
--JAY LENO agreed to a, quote, "tremendous pay cut . . . to save as many people's jobs as he could."
--His rep says, quote, "Jay's foremost concern is for the wonderful people who work for 'The Tonight Show'. He did what was necessary to ensure their well-being."
--Jay definitely isn't hurting though. Supposedly, he made around $30 million a year before the cut . . . plus another $15-to-$20 million a year from "other gigs." A "source" tells the "Los Angeles Times" that his new salary is around $20 million.
--There's no official explanation for the downsizing, but it probably has to do with ratings. The "Tonight Show" is still a top-rated late-night show, but it's been on the decline ever since he reclaimed the show from Conan in 2010.
--Also, the show isn't big with younger viewers in the coveted 18-to-49-year-old demographic. "Jimmy Kimmel Live!", "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report" have beaten "The Tonight Show" in that category.