TRENTON, NJ – Tracy Morgan is suing Wal-Mart over the New Jersey Turnpike accident that killed comedian James McNair and injured a number of others including Morgan.
On June 7, Kevin Roper, a Wal-Mart truck driver, plowed into a limousine that was carrying Morgan and others on the New Jersey Turnpike. The lawsuit that was filed on Thursday in a U.S. District Court in New Jersey is alleging negligence on Wal-Mart’s part.
Morgan transferred from the hospital on June 20 and checked into a rehabilitation facility.
The complaint explained, “Wal-Mart was careless and negligent in the ownership and operation of its motor vehicle, which caused Mr. Morgan to suffer severe personal injuries. As a direct and proximate result of said collision, Mr. Morgan was caused to sustain severe painful bodily injuries, including but not limited to multiple fractures which required multiple surgeries, extensive medical treatment and will require significant physical rehabilitation.”
The plaintiffs include Krista Millea, the wife of McNair, as well as Morgan’s assistant, Jeffrey Millea, and comedian Ardie Fuqua. The plaintiffs are suing for negligence, and in addition, Millea is suing for loss of consortium.
They are seeking a jury trial for compensatory, statutory and punitive damages, including legal fees.
The complaint alleges that Roper was fatigued after being awake for more than 24 hours and commuted 700 miles from his home in Jonesboro, Ga. to a Wal-Mart facility in Smyrna, Del., before beginning his shift. The suit claims that “Wal-Mart knew, or should have known” that he had been “awake for more than 24 consecutive hours.”
According to the complaint, “Wal-Mart recklessly and intentionally engaged in a pattern and practice of having its drivers violating the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (F.M.S.C.A.) Regulations,” by having drivers routinely work shifts longer than permitted under the F.M.C.S.A. Regulations.
Roper was going 65 mph in a 45-mph zone just prior to and he has pleaded not guilty to death by auto and assault by auto charges.
It’s been almost a year since the death of Glee actor Cory Montieth, and the news is still upsetting to many. The 31 year old was battling a heroin addiction and had checked into rehab just months before his untimely death, this after his Glee castmates, including girlfriend Lea Michele, reportedly held an intervention.
Unfortunately, this wasn’t enough for the Final Destination 3 star and he was found dead from an overdose not long after checking out. Glee paid tribute to the young actor months later in an emotional episode which saw them express their feelings in true Glee style – through song.
To read more on other celebrity’s drug and alcohol related deaths,this infographic shows the multitude of celebrities who’ve hit headlines over the years.
Special thanks to Laura Chapman for sharing this invaluable research with CelebrityExaminer.
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – Actor/Comedian Tracy Morgan is in critical condition after the limo bus he was riding in was involved in a six-vehicle accident early Saturday.
The former “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live” star was riding in the limo bus along the New Jersey Turnpike in Robbinsville when a tractor trailer rear-ended the bus, causing the limo to roll over, this according to Sgt. Gregory Williams of the New Jersey State Police.
“The limo bus is the only vehicle that overturned,” Williams said. “Looks like one of the tractor-trailers may have rear-ended that limo bus, but that’s preliminary at this time.”
One of the passengers in the Mercedes Sprinter limo, comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair of Peekskill, was fatally injured and seven others were hospitalized with three in critical condition, including Morgan.
Morgan’s former “30 Rock” co-star, Judah Friedlander, tweeted that fellow comedians Ardie Fuqua and Harris Stanton were involved in the crash.
After Friday nights show with Morgan, Fuqua posted several photos to Facebook, including the inside of the Mercedes Sprinter. He posted, “This is what it looks like from the stage to see a standing ovation from 1500 people. Then we traveled back to NYC in style in a luxury Mercedes Sprinter. Road life is a good life!”
One other victim, Jeffrey Millea, was confirmed by police.
“Come on @RealTracyMurray @ARDIEFUQUA @harrisstanton you can survive this! Sending prayers.” Friedlander tweeted.
According to Williams, in addition to the limo, two tractor-trailers and an SUV were also involved in the accident.
Officials do not believe alcohol played a role in the accident, but the investigation is ongoing.
Morgan performed that night at the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino in Dover, Delaware with both Fugua and Stanton.
Earlier this year Tracy Morgan performed at Thunder Valley Casino Resort – Read the review
Superman’s achilles’ heel is Kryptonite, and last week we found out that Batman’s weakness is blackjack. Blackjack? Actually, it was future Batman star Ben Affleck who was kicked out of Hard Rock Las Vegas for counting cards during a game of blackjack.
While counting cards isn’t technically cheating, casino owners tend to look down on the strategy. The New York Post describes the method as “keeping a mental count of cards that have been dealt and cards that remain in the deck to determine when to increase or decrease a bet.”
If you’re unfamiliar with the technique, you may remember seeing it in the movie Rain Man, where Dustin Hoffman plays the autistic savant, Raymond Babbitt. During the road trip that he and his brother Charlie (Tom Cruise) take, Charlie discovers that Raymond has an impeccable memory and a rare talent of being able to count things quickly. This gives Charlie the idea to make a stop at a casino where Raymond does the impossible and counts a “six-deck shoe” before being distracted by a Big Six wheel.
Not even Batman can do that, but Ben Affleck sure tried during he and his actress wife’s (Jennifer Garner) recent visit to Las Vegas. It might be the last time the couple will get to spend extended, quality time with each other, as Affleck will soon begin shooting for the 2016’s Batman vs. Superman film. It’s just too bad that they had to make headlines in a bad way. But none of this is new for hubby Affleck. Although he’s had a considerable amount of success playing blackjack—racking up $140,000 in a 2000 blackjack game with close friend Matt Damon, then winning $800,000 a year later—his borderline reckless affection for poker has been less fortuitous.
He used to host high-stakes poker games at the Grand Havana Room, during which time he once lost $400,000 to film mogul Ron Meyer. Nothing, however, was worse than Affleck’s performance in the Brian Koppelman-directed film, Runner Runner, in which he plays online poker mogul Ivan Block. The only positive check in Affleck’s poker column was when he qualified for the 2004 World Poker Tour. Unfortunately, he didn’t place very high.
For counting cards, Hard Rock Las Vegas has banned Affleck for life from playing blackjack in its casino, but the forthcoming caped crusader is permitted to play other games. For his sake, let’s hope he doesn’t turn back to poker.
LOS ANGELES, CA – Investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have presented their case against Justin Bieber for felony vandalism to the District Attorney’s office.
Bieber is accused of throwing eggs at his neighbor’s mansion in the exclusive Oaks community neighborhood of Calabasas.
“No decision will be made this week,” Los Angeles County District Attorney spokesman Ricardo Santiago told CNN.
Detectives presented their findings to a prosecutor who must now determine if the 19-year-old pop-star will be charged with vandalism and if the charge will be considered a misdemeanor or felony.
On January 14 detectives from the Lost Hills/Malibu Sheriff’s Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department served a search warrant at Bieber’s Calabasas home. Detectives were looking for video surveillance or other possible evidence related to the egg throwing incident that took place on January 9.
Bieber was detained along with several other men who were at the home when deputies arrived. One of the men, 20-year old Xavier Smith, better known as Lil Za, was arrested on felony narcotics charges that were unrelated to the vandalism incident.
Ironically Lil Za, who was living in the home last year, was kicked out by the Biebs last September, after Za and his brother, Lil Twist, threw a number of parties at the mansion while Bieber was away. When the singer arrived home he discovered some jewelry had gone missing and kicked the pair out.
At the conclusion of the search warrant, deputies walked away with several pieces of evidence. Investigators believe multiple suspects may have been involved in the vandalism which caused an estimated $20,000.00 in damage to the front of the luxury home, raising the charges to a felony.
NEW YORK, NY – Oscar winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead today in his Manhattan apartment. He was 46.
According to authorities, it appears Hoffman died of an apparent drug overdose.
Law enforcement sources told CNN that Hoffman was discovered in dead in his bathroom with a needle in his left arm. They also found in his apartment eight empty glassine-type bags that usually contain heroin.
The bags were stamped with “Ace of Hearts” and “Ace of Spades,” street names for the heroin.
Hoffman was last seen Saturday night at around 8 and he was expected to pick up his kids on Sunday. Playwright David Katz and another person went to the apartment and discovered the body.
“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone. This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving,” Hoffman’s family said in a statement. “Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers.”
Hoffman won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 2005 biographical film Capote, and received three Academy Award nominations as Best Supporting Actor. He also received three Tony Award nominations for his work in theater.
In 2013, he played Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games.
Hoffman began his acting career in 1991, gradually gaining recognition for his supporting work in a number of films including Scent of a Woman (1992), Twister (1996), and Boogie Nights (1997).
He appeared in such films as The Big Lebowski , Patch Adams, Magnolia, The Talented Mr. Ripley and many more.
Hoffman played the title role in Capote and won multiple acting awards including an Academy Award for Best Actor. He received another three Academy Award nominations for his supporting work in Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), Doubt (2008) and The Master (2012).
In 2010, Hoffman made his feature film directorial debut with Jack Goes Boating.
Hoffman was an accomplished theater actor and director as well, joining the LAByrinth Theater Company in 1995. He went on to direct and perform in numerous stage productions. His performances in three Broadway plays led to three Tony Award nominations: two for Best Leading Actor in True West (2000) and Death of a Salesman (2012); one for Best Featured Actor in Long Day’s Journey into Night (2003).
MIAMI BEACH, FL – Justin Bieber found himself behind bars early Thursday morning after drag racing and resisting arrest.
According to a police report, the Biebs was busted for a DUI after failing a sobriety test, drag racing, resisting arrest without violence and driving with an expired license.
The incident happened Thursday just after 4 a.m. on Pine Tree Drive and 26th Street. He was driving a yellow Lamborghini.
According to the police report, officers saw two cars racing at 4:09 a.m. Thursday, with two vehicles apparently being used to block the area off. The second car was a red Ferrari, and that driver was also arrested with both cars being towed.
The Miami Beach Police Department later tweeted that R&B singer Khalil Sharief was arrested along with Bieber.
The pop-singer was under the influence of drugs and alcohol and according to the report Bieber reeked of alcohol, had a “stupor” look on his face and had bloodshot eyes.
The report goes on to say Bieber was argumentative and started yelling at the officers, “Why the f##k are you doing this? What the f++k did I do. Why did you stop me?”
Bieber was charged with resisting arrest after refusing to take his hands out of his pockets when officers ordered him to do so.
LOS ANGELES, CA – Justin Bieber has been served a felony search warrant at his Los Angeles home early this morning.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the warrant was served at 8 a.m. Tuesday. A number of patrol cars were seen entering Bieber’s gated community in a high-end Calabasas neighborhood.
UPDATE (11:15 a.m.) – Lil Za friends of Lil Twist and Bieber has been arrested at Bieber’s home on felony drug charges.
UPDATE (10:50 a.m.): According to sheriff’s they were not specifically looking for eggs, but anything that could link him to the crime. There are reports that deputies confiscated Bieber’s security system.
According to TMZ, the 19-year-old pop-star was being held in his garage while deputies executed the warrant, searching for evidence that may link Bieber to an egg-throwing incident with a neighbor. There are reports that deputies brought along a battering ram.
Investigators will be looking for evidence of eggs that may link to eggs discovered at the neighbor’s home. They are also looking for any video that Bieber and his crew may have recorded of the incident.
What may be more concerning for Bieber is anything deputies find that is illegal is now fair game, so the singer may be facing other charges when all is said and done.
The Sheriff’s Department will be holding a press conference at 11 a.m. PST.
The Biebs is accused of pelting a neighbor’s home with eggs during an argument. The neighbor videotaped the incident and in the clip the neighbor can be heard yelling at the egg-thrower.
Bieber has had a difficult time getting along with his neighbors after throwing all night parties and racing down streets in the quiet neighborhood.
Recently Bieber announced to the world that he would be retiring so he can spend some time “figuring out myself as a man.”
LOS ANGELES, CA – David Cassidy was been arrested for his third DUI near the Los Angeles International Airport on Friday.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the aging heartthrob was pulled over at around 9 p.m. Friday after making an illegal right turn. The officer smelled alcohol coming from the rental car as the officer was talking to Cassidy.
The former star of the 1970’s hit show ‘The Partridge Family,’ was arrested and some reports say he blew a .19, which is more than twice the legal limit in California.
The 63-year-old Cassidy was release at approximately 10 a.m. on Saturday after posting $15,000 bail. He’s scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 5.
This is the third DUI for Cassidy in as many years and his DUI’s have been in three separate states.
Cassidy is a resident of Fort Lauderdale, where he lives with his third wife Sue Shifrin.
Cassidy was busted for a DUI in Florida back in November of 2010. He told troopers that he had popped a pain killer and drank a glass of wine a few hours before the traffic stop. He went on to plead no contest and received a suspended license for six months.
In August of last year the singer was pulled over in New York and was charged for a felony DUI. The case is still pending.
LONDON – The legendary film and stage actor Peter O’Toole has died after a long illness. He was 81.
The Irish born O’Toole’s was best known for his role in the movie ‘Lawrence of Arabia.’ He shot to stardom in the ‘60s when he got his big break after Sir David cast him as British adventured T E Lawrence.
According to his agent O’Toole died on Saturday at London’s Wellington hospital in London after a long illness. In a statement he said O’Toole was “one of a kind in the very best sense and a giant in his field.”
He received an honorary Oscar in 2003, but initially refused to accept the award. In a letter addressed to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences he told the Academy to wait until he was 80 since he was still in the game and might just win the “bugger.”
O’Toole was nominated a total of eight times in the past.