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Los Angeles newswoman Wendy Burch, who had a stint on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, has been caught up in the schemes of a notorious con man, who is also her ex-fiancee. 

A woman is suing the duo for $1 million in damages as she claims they finessed her out of $150,000.

Burch, an Emmy award-winning journalist, has known Bruce Taylor for a long while. Despite being her ex, he is also the father of her only child. 

The woman behind the lawsuit, Christine Weber, alleges some of the money was used for a lavish first birthday party for the couple’s son. 

Burch denies these claims, saying she had no involvement with their deal. 

“Bruce Taylor is a person of questionable character,” Burch said. “I am not.”

However, Burch was brought under question after money from her Foundation was given to Taylor in 2012. She did admit to giving Taylor the cash for investment purposes only with the expectation that Taylor would pay her back in two years. 

In 1999, Taylor was convicted of bank fraud, consequently leading to a stint in federal prison. In 2016, he found himself in federal custody again after making an “interstate threat to kidnap, kill or injure,” court documents show. 

Another accuser, Beth Morris, claims in court documents that Taylor stole $306,558 from her.

According to The New York Post, Taylor asked Morris for $80,000 “to go to the firm of famed LA criminal defense lawyer Mark Geragos. But the cash was really to pay back $70,000 taken from Burch’s charity.” 

Burch states she “did not know the source of the funds which were paid through a “client-attorney account.”

Morris did win a $342,774 judgment against Taylor but has not seen a cent of it. She had to drain her retirement funds to pay off her debt. 

Weber also told the court that when she posted about her experience with Taylor on scambook.com, more than 20 women contacted her with similar stories about him. 

After being released from prison in 2018, it is believed Taylor, 56, is living with Burch, 52, near UCLA. But, Burch has denied these claims, although he is often there to care for their son. 

As for Burch’s’ innocence, Taylor wants all to know she is not in the wrong. He told The Post that he “convinced Wendy I could provide steady returns for the Foundation. That was, unfortunately, not the case, and Wendy demanded the money be returned. I borrowed it from a friend and paid it back.”

“The only thing Wendy has ever done wrong was believe in me. I have sworn statements and depositions that she has never been complicit in anything I’ve ever done or profited in any way.”




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Mariah Carey’s Brother Suing Over False Claims In Memoir

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Mariah Carey is being sued by another one of her siblings, Morgan Carey, for falsely accusing him of being a violent person in her memoir, “The Meaning of Mariah Carey.”

Morgan is the second Carey family member to sue her over the book, following Mariah’s sister Alison, who described it as containing “cruel and outrageous allegations.”

In legal documents obtained by TMZ, Morgan alleges that Mariah damaged his reputation when she wrote about an alleged violent struggle he had with their father and an alleged attack against their mother.

The lawsuit includes a passage from the memoir that reads: “It took twelve cops to pull my brother and father apart. The big bodies of men, all entangled like a swirling hurricane, crashed loudly into the living room. I was a little girl with very few memories of a big brother who protected me. More often, I felt I had to protect myself from him, and sometimes I would find myself protecting my mother from him too.”

Morgan believes Mariah’s account of the fight portrays him as a violent man and claims actual fights with his father never occurred when Mariah was a child. In either case, he claims that 12 cops would never respond to a domestic violence complaint.

According to the documents, Mariah’s memoir also alleges, “Suddenly there was a loud, sharp noise, like an actual gunshot. My brother had pushed my mother with such force that her body slammed into the wall, making a loud cracking sound.”

Morgan insists it’s all a lie, claiming that many people experienced his “deep affection” for his mother and claims that Mariah contradicted herself later in the book when she recalled her mother saying, “Morgan is the only one I love.”

He’s suing his younger sister for slander and deliberate infliction of emotional distress, and it appears that he’s seeking a large sum of money in damages.

 

 




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Rapper charged with hunting, killing man on LGBT+ dating app

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An Indianapolis rapper is being charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 39-year-old man he met via a dating app.

Diabolique Paris Johnson, 34, was arrested in the shooting death of Joshua J. Smelser in the victim’s home in Detroit last September.

After shooting Smelser multiple times, witnesses saw Johnson leave the man’s home with his backpack, which contained his wallet, credit cards and cellphone.

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Johnson, a down low aspiring rapper (pictured), is also accused of robbing a 26-year-old man four days earlier at a hotel in Dearborn.

Both victims were Caucasian men who were “hunted” by Johnson on same-sex dating apps, police say.

Johnson was arrested in Indianapolis on December 4 and extradited to Michigan this week, WDIV reported.

He was charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of felony firearm possession.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy joined forces with the Fair Michigan Justice Project, an organization that helps law enforcement investigate crimes against the LGBT+ community.

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Netflix Announces New Feature for iOS Devices Called Fast Laughs

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Netflix has joined Snapchat and Instagram in an attempt to cash in on the TikTok-fueled short-form video craze with Fast Laughs.

Today the company unveiled a new smartphone update that will include a full-screen feed of short clips from the streaming giant’s library. The feed can be accessed via the Fast Laughs tab at the bottom of the navigation menu, which will start playing automatically. Users can then swipe through the clips and add featured episodes, films, or stand-up specials to their watch list or schedule to watch. Clips can also be exchanged through social media and text messages.

Fast Laughs is only available in select territories and is only available on iOS devices for the time being, but the company promises that Android testing will begin soon.

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