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Phaedra Divorcing Apollo Ahead of Prison Bid to Avoid His Restitution Fee?


*Phaedra Parks is reportedly planning to divorce her husband Apollo Nida, and at least one tabloid reports it could be a strategic move to keep her from having to help pay back his $2 million restitution penalty to the government.

Nida, 35, was sentenced in July to eight years in federal prison for his involvement in a fraud case. Prosecutors said Nida and a group of co-conspirators had been stealing checks and using stolen identities in filing fake tax returns as well as making fraudulent claims against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for almost five years.

Additionally, Nida was hit with a $2 million restitution penalty that he must pay back within the next 20 years.

According to Britain’s Daily Mail, if Phaedra chooses to remain at her husband’s side, she would be forced to help pay that hefty penalty, which could cost her around $100,000 a year for the next 20 years.

Prior to that, there have been rumors circulating that the couple wasn’t really on good terms. The issue was given light by Nida himself when in an interview he disclosed the bitterness he felt towards Parks for not being there during his trial.

Apollo must surrender by noon on Sept. 10 at the FMC Lexington (a federal prison in Kentucky) to start his eight-year prison sentence.

Nida and Parks have two children, a three-year-old son named Ayden and a 15-month-old son named Dylan.


Angela Bassett Has 3 Breasts in New ‘AHS: Freak Show’ Pic


*FX sent us its first art from the upcoming “American Horror Story: Freak Show” on Thursday and yes, that is Angela Bassett with three breasts.

Kathy Bates is the bearded lady on her left and Sarah Paulson is behind them on the swing with two heads. Jessica Lange is front and center with the boa.

This fourth season centers around one of the few remaining freak shows at the time, as its members do anything to keep the business alive. Drama will come from the conflict between the freaks and the “evil forces” who don’t understand them.


Bassett plays Desiree Dupree, a performer in the freak show and the wife of its strongman performer Wendell Del Toredo (Michael Chiklis). Del Toredo is also the ex-husband of Bates’ character Effil Darling…which means the Bassett and Bates characters could be at odds for a second consecutive season.

Bates beat out Bassett and fellow co-star Francis Conroy at the Emmys on Monday. All three received Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie nominations for their roles in last season’s “American Horror Story: Coven.” Backstage, Bates talked about competing against her co-stars.

“Coven” star Gabourey Sidibe also returns for “Freak Show.” This time, she’s playing a well-off, impeccably tailored Barbizon School grad who comes back to town to deal with a family matter. Patti Labelle was added last week to play her mother.

The season premiere is Oct. 8. In the meantime, here are all the teasers released so far:


Nick Gordon Arrested for DUI in Georgia after Flipping Car


*Nick Gordon survived a horrible car crash in Georgia on Thursday, walking away with no major injuries. But he was arrested for DUI.

According to TMZ, Bobbi Kristina’s husband lost control of his BMW, hit a curb, took out a fire hydrant and flipped his car upside down. It finally came to a rest after sliding around 200 feet, according to law enforcement sources.

When police arrived on scene, they discovered Nick was driving on a suspended license. According to TMZ, cops felt Gordon’s behavior gave them probable cause to arrest him for DUI.

Police did not conduct a breathalyzer test, but they are seeking a warrant for a blood test, TMZ reports.

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USC RB Anthony Brown ‘Couldn’t Play For a Racist’, Quits Team

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*When it rains, it pours with the USC football team.

Already dealing with the suspension of a cornerback for lying about saving his nephew from drowning, redshirt senior running back Anthony Brown abruptly quit the team Thursday, then, used Twitter to call his former coach Steve Sarkisian a racist.

Brown, who started six games as a defensive back but recently moved to running back, posted a photo on Instagram that read, “COULDN’T PLAY FOR A RACIST MAN!!!!”

In the caption, Brown added that “Sark treated me like a slave in his office.”


When informed of the post, Sarkisian said he was “shocked” and called the allegations “ridiculous.”


Sark said he was “shocked” at these allegations, called them “ridiculous” and welcomed us to talk to anyone in or around the program and they would tell us that it simply wasn’t true.

Sark said they tried to accommodate Brown, moving him to running back. He was unfortunately hurt but Sark said they still tried to get him to stay on the team. Sark felt he could help the team. Brown refused, quit the team then posted the following on Facebook:

“Couldn’t play for a racist man!!!!!!!!!!!

Meanwhile, several USC players are coming to Sarkisian’s defense … including linebacker Scott Felix who tweeted, “Coach Sark is a great coach and even better person. Accusations like that couldn’t be more untrue.”

Defensive tackle Antwaun Woods also chimed in … saying, “Coach Sark is a great person/Coach! Please disregard comments that have been made by someone.”

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Between this and the ongoing Josh Shaw saga, Sarkisian’s first game week has been filled with unexpected distractions.

As previously reported, Shaw admitted that he fabricated a story about injuring his ankles while saving his nephew from drowning.

Shaw admitted his story was a lie Wednesday in a meeting with USC officials, but offered no explanation. Shaw was accompanied by attorney Donald Etra, who says Shaw’s injury involved no criminal activity.

TMZ reported Thursday that Shaw “was aggressively confronted by a teammate in the USC locker room Monday morning — with the player screaming at Shaw to ‘come clean’ about the false hero story.”

Per TMZ:

The player who confronted Shaw — a respected member of the defense — was pissed off because he knew the story was bogus and got right in Shaw’s face about it. During the confrontation — which occurred right after the initial story about Shaw saving his 7-year-old nephew from drowning was posted on a USC media outlet — the player yelled at Shaw, ‘Why you lying?’

The situation got very intense very quickly — and several teammates rushed in to separate the two before things got violent.

Sarkisian did say Thursday that he could potentially see Shaw returning to the team, but that issue will be delayed until Shaw’s ankles heal, at least.

USC hosts Fresno State on Saturday to kick off the 2014 season.

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Kandi Burruss Hoping to Get Pregnant By Year’s End

Kandi Burruss attends the 2014 Ford Neighborhood Awards Hosted By Steve Harvey at Georgia World Congress Center on August 9, 2014 in Atlanta

Kandi Burruss attends the 2014 Ford Neighborhood Awards Hosted By Steve Harvey at Georgia World Congress Center on August 9, 2014 in Atlanta

*Kandi Burruss is looking to be in a family way before her 39th birthday.

The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star revealed she’s ready to make a baby with her new husband Todd Tucker.

“I want to get pregnant this year! Knock it out by 39!” she says in the newest issue of In Touch Weekly.

Kandi is already a mom to 12-year-old daughter Riley from a previous relationship. Tucker also has a daughter, 18-year-old Kaela, from a former relationship. Still, Burruss and Tucker are looking at all of her options in hopes of conceiving, including fertility treatment.

“Todd would be down with [fertility treatments]. We’re even open to in vitro fertilization. The cool part about that is we could guarantee a boy! [I have] always wanted to have a son,” she said. “With girls, you’re scared somebody’s going to take advantage of them or something. I just feel like boys are easier. You don’t worry as much.”


While she’s planning for a baby by 39, the couple might not stop there. She added that her husband wants to continue having children as long as their financial situation isn’t strained.

Burruss also opened up about the current status of Tucker’s relationship with her mother, Mama Joyce. After they nearly came to blows during an episode last season, Burruss said not much has changed since then.

“I feel like in her mind it’s like, ‘Well, we’re stuck with him.’ She will actually speak when she sees him,” Burruss said.

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Lawyer: Video Shows Cops Shooting John Crawford ‘On Sight’ at Walmart

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*An attorney for the family of John Crawford III, the man fatally shot by police in an Ohio Walmart store, says surveillance video contradicts the police department’s version of events, reports Gawker.

Officers say Crawford refused to drop the pellet gun he was holding, but the video allegedly shows them gunning him down “on sight.”

Crawford, 22, was shopping at the Beavercreek, Ohio store on Aug. 5 when police responded to another customer’s report that Crawford was carrying an AR-15 rifle. He was actually holding a pellet air rifle he had just picked up from a shelf in the store’s toy department.

Attorney Michael Wright says he viewed surveillance video that shows Crawford was facing away from the cops and talking to his girlfriend on the phone when police spotted him, and didn’t have the toy gun raised. He told WDTN Crawford probably didn’t see or hear the officers before he was shot.

“John was doing nothing wrong in Walmart, nothing more, nothing less than shopping,” Wright said, according to Reuters.

Police audio and dashcam video, which show how the police responded, but don’t provide a visual of the actual shooting, have been released. Police also made available audio of a 911 call from a witness, ex-Marine Ronald Ritchie, who said he saw a man “walking around with a gun in the store” and pointing it at two children.

Ritchie claimed the gun was a black rifle, and said “he’s loading it right now.” Later in the call, he wasn’t so sure, saying, “He looked like he was trying to load it, I don’t know.”

Ohio attorney general Mike DeWine says the video of Crawford’s death, viewed by attorneys and his family, won’t be made public.

Hamilton County prosecutors will take Crawford’s case to a grand jury Sept. 22. One of the Beavercreek police officers who shot him is on administrative leave; the other has been allowed to return to duty.

Watch a report below: