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Joe Giudice Rejects Plea Deal in Fraud and Forgery Case

iStock/Thinkstock(PATERSON, N.J.) — Real Housewives of New Jersey star Joe Giudice has rejected a plea deal in a fraud and forgery case, in which he has been accused of using his brother’s marriage and birth certificates to obtain a driver’s license in 2010.

Giudice, 42, told a Paterson, New Jersey, judge that he refused a plea deal that would have included jail time because he is not guilty. However, a judge advised him to think things over and said the court would reconvene later Wednesday.

If Giudice does not accept the plea deal then his case will go to trial.

Earlier this month, the reality TV star was sentenced to more than three years in a federal prison and ordered to pay part of $414,000 in restitution for federal crimes including hiding assets, submitting fake loan applications and failing to pay taxes.

He and his wife, Teresa Giudice, who was ordered to spend 15 months in prison, will serve their time separately, which the court determined was in the best interest of their four children.

“I just want to apologize that I got you into this mess,” he told his wife in a televised interview after his federal sentencing. “If I could take it all back, I would.”

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Director Addresses Stephen Collins’ Role in Film

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The director of a short film starring Stephen Collins has released a statement saying he made the project well before the child molestation allegations against the actor came to light.

Collins plays a pedophile priest in Penance, which has recently played at various film festivals but which director Jeff Wolfe notes was made in 2013. In a statement to People magazine, Wolfe says, “When I cast Stephen Collins, I had no idea there might be a connection between his real life and the part I asked him to play.”

He adds, “I found the recent allegations particularly shocking, as my film is meant to speak to victims of abuse and the idea that the effects of abuse never really go away.”

Wolfe had also worked with Collins on the since-cancelled NBC show Revolution.

Police are investigating claims that Collins molested three girls years ago.

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Rene Russo Reveals Struggle with Bipolar Disorder

Mark Mainz/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — While taping an appearance on Queen Latifah’s daytime talk show on Monday, Rene Russo revealed that she has bipolar disorder.

As seen in a preview clip posted on People‘s website, the actress brought up the subject when Latifah asked her and her Nightcrawler co-star, Jake Gyllenhaal, to identify something in their lives that they’ve had to “push through.” Russo laughed, “Bipolar medication.”

Russo, 60, explained, “I pretty much hit a wall and then I realized, my mom said my whole childhood, that you’re stop-and-go. And then I stopped and I had to, like, whoa, that was it for me.”

Latifah asked Russo what motivated her to take medication. Russo answered, “I literally crashed, hit a wall and couldn’t get out of bed. I thought it was depression, but if you take antidepressants it speeds you up more, so I’m kind of stop-and-go.”

Russo added that it was an important topic to discuss: “I have friends who don’t want to go on the medication, and they are suffering.”

Latifah’s interview with Russo and Gyllenhaal will air on Oct. 30. The film Nightcrawler, directed by Russo’s husband Dan Gilroy, opens the next day.

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Chris Rock, Prince to Headline “SNL” Next Month

Photo by: David Giesbrecht/NBC / Photo by Michel Dufour/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Prince will return to Saturday Night Live for his third appearance as a musical guest next month in a show hosted by SNL alum Chris Rock.

The star comedian will host and the seven-time Grammy Award-winning musician will perform on the show’s Nov. 1 episode.

Rock was a cast member on three seasons of the show in the early 1990s and hosted one episode in 1996.

Prince released a pair of albums, Art Official Age and Plectrumelectrum, on Sept. 30, and the Nov. 1 appearance on SNL will be his first television appearance since then. Prince’s previous Saturday Night Live appearances came in 1981 and 2006.

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Kesha Sues Producer Dr. Luke, Accuses Him of Abuse

ABC/Bob D’Amico(NEW YORK) — Kesha’s mother has already gone on record blaming Dr. Luke, the super-producer behind many of her biggest hits, for bullying her into an eating disorder. Now, the singer herself has filed suit against Dr. Luke, accusing him of far more than that.

The lawsuit accuses the producer, born Lukasz Gottwald, of “sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally” abusing Kesha until “she nearly lost her life.”

Kesha’s attorney says in a statement, “This lawsuit is a wholehearted effort by Kesha to regain control of her music career and her personal freedom after suffering for ten years as a victim of mental manipulation, emotional abuse and an instance of sexual assault at the hands of Dr. Luke.”

“The facts presented in our lawsuit paint a picture of a man who is controlling and willing to commit horrible acts of abuse in an attempt to intimidate an impressionable, talented, young female artist into submission for his personal gain,” the statement continues. “Kesha is focused on moving her life and her career beyond this terrible time.”

When Kesha entered rehab for an eating disorder at the very start of 2014, her mother gave several interviews in which she blamed Dr. Luke, in part, for bullying her daughter such that her resulting poor self-image drove her to her eating disorder. But in the lawsuit, she further claims he continually made sexual advances towards her, and plied her with drugs and alcohol so he could take advantage of her sexually.

For example, Kesha accuses Luke of forcing her to snort “an illegal drug” before boarding a plane, and says during the flight, he forced himself on her sexually. On another occasion, Kesha claims, Luke gave her the “date-rape” drug GHB, after which she says she woke up naked in his bed, “sore and sick,” with no memory of how she had gotten there.

Kesha also claims in her suit that Luke continually told her how worthless and inferior she was, and that she would be nothing without him. Soon, she says, she began to believe him. He also allegedly insulted her physical appearance and constantly harangued her about losing weight, leading to the eating disorder.

In addition, the singer claims that Luke told her that if she ever told anyone about his behavior, he would take away all her publishing and recording rights and destroy her career. He also, according to Kesha, threatened her family’s physical safety.

When Kesha finally sought help in early 2014 for bulimia nervosa, post-traumatic stress and depression, the complaint states, doctors “concluded that Luke has physically and psychologically damaged” her to such a point that continuing contact with him would be “life-threatening.”

However, Dr. Luke has now filed his own lawsuit against Kesha, claiming she’s attempting to extort him.

In a statement to ABC News, his lawyer says, “Kesha and her mother are engaged in a campaign of publishing outrageous and untrue statements about Dr. Luke to third parties, including scurrilous and false statements of purported physical and mental abuse of Kesha. These are allegations that Kesha and [her mother] Pebe have themselves admitted are false.”

The statement continues, “The complaint explains that Kesha and her mother Pebe have wielded these defamatory statements in an attempt to extort [Luke] into releasing Kesha from her exclusive recording agreement with [him].”

“We understand that Kesha has filed a lawsuit of her own against Dr. Luke, though we have not yet seen it,” concludes the statement. “Undoubtedly, Kesha’s lawsuit is nothing more than a continuation of her bad and offensive acts. We are confident that Dr. Luke will prevail in all matters, and that our client will be awarded substantial damages for this malicious conduct.”

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“The Voice” Season Eight: Welcome Back, Christina; Bye Bye, Gwen

Trae Patton/NBC(NEW YORK) — The Voice season seven has just gotten underway, but we already know who the coaches will be for season eight.

NBC has announced that the next season of the show will feature regulars Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, but will also welcome back Christina Aguilera, who hasn’t appeared on the show since season five. Current coach Gwen Stefani will depart, but fellow newbie Pharrell Williams is going to stick around.

In a statement, NBC Entertainment exec Paul Telegdy said, “We are excited to welcome Christina back to her red chair and can’t wait to see how she mixes things up among Adam, Blake and Pharrell, in what will be an incredibly competitive competition.”

The original coach lineup when The Voice began in 2011 was Levine, Shelton, Aguilera and Cee Lo Green. Since then, Levine and Shelton have been the only constants. Usher and Shakira have also served as coaches. And here’s some trivia: all the female coaches on The Voice have either been pregnant during their time on the show, or had recently given birth.

The Voice season eight will begin early next year.

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Teresa Giudice Has Paid $200,000 in Restitution

Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) — Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice has paid the federal government the $200,000 in restitution she was ordered to have at sentencing, the U.S. Attorney’s Office confirmed to ABC News.

The $200,000 will go toward the $414,588 in restitution that Giudice and her husband Joe have been ordered to pay. (They must pay restitution separately, and according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Joe Giudice has not yet paid his half.)

As far as Teresa Giudice’s recent payment, according to her attorney’s testimony, about $150,000 was secured through a contract advance while $50,000 was obtained as a loan from a friend.

In addition to paying restitution, both reality TV stars were sentenced to prison earlier this month. Teresa Giudice will begin her 15-month sentence early next year and her husband’s 3.5 years behind bars will begin when she gets out.

“I was shocked,” she said of her sentence last week. “It was very unexpected. I don’t even know what to say.”

Meanwhile, Joe Giudice’s legal troubles are far from over.

The father of four daughters, who also faces deportation as he is not a U.S. citizen, is expected to appear in state court in Paterson, New Jersey Wednesday, where he is charged with presenting his brother’s marriage and birth certificates to the Motor Vehicle Commission in 2010 to obtain a driver’s license.

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Blake Lively’s Pregnancy Announcement Shirt Sells Out

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Blake Lively announced she was expecting her first child with husband, Ryan Reynolds by posting a photo of herself looking down and holding her bump on her website, Preserve. And apparently fans of the former Gossip Girl star loved her look so much that the Sam & Lavi outfit she was wearing has sold out, according to E! News.

Lively’s flower print shirt, created by Lyna, is already sold out, while the black-and-white Seren maxi skirt is still available in a few sizes.

Lively met Reynolds on the set of Green Lantern in 2010 and the couple tied the knot in 2012. It will be the first child for both.

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Taylor Swift Ponders a Future in…Politics?

Trae Patton/NBC(NEW YORK) — Taylor Swift has conquered the music industry and is just getting started on an acting career. But in the future, she says she might just move into a completely new career: politics.

In the new issue of InStyle magazine, cover girl Taylor says she has considered the possibility of actively supporting causes that she believes in.

“I’ve thought about if I were to be passionate about something political, stepping forward and speaking about it,” she tells the magazine. “At this point I have my hands full, but as with everything in my life, when I come upon something I’m passionate about, I’m very vocal about it, so we’ll see.”

In her cover story, Taylor also discusses her personal life, including the fact that she feels she’s not ready for marriage at this point in her life, and having kids is something she hasn’t yet decided she’ll do.

“I’m too young to get married,” she says. “Not agewise, but I know myself, so why try to meet someone right now when I know I’m too young to do something serious?”

“I don’t know if I’ll have kids,” she notes. “It’s impossible not to picture certain scenarios and how you would try to convince them that they have a normal life when, inevitably, there will be strange men pointing giant cameras at them from the time they are babies.”

Marriage and babies might be something that are a ways away for Taylor anyway, since she’s basically put her love life on the back burner, and the romances she’s had haven’t been long-lasting.

“I’ve only had three real relationships, and none of them lasted more than four months,” she claims. “I haven’t gone near a guy in a year and a half.”

You can read the full interview with Taylor when the November issue of InStyle arrives on Oct. 17.

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“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Picking Up Steam in Season Two, Says Star, Producer

ABC/Bob D’Amico(NEW YORK) — Tuesday night’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has Clark Gregg’s Director Phil Coulson and Ming Na’s Agent Melinda May going undercover — in formal wear, no less — to infiltrate a secure facility.

“We learn a lot about their past and, and what could be their future,” executive producer Jeph Loeb tells ABC News Radio at this weekend’s New York Comic Con.

“I’m all in,” he enthuses about the episode, crediting the show’s cast and crew with hitting their stride in the show’s new season two. “…[F]or me, to be as integral a part of what’s going on, to be that excited about what’s going on…then, yeah…they must be doing something right.”

Ratings for the ABC show climbed last season after the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier revealed S.H.I.E.L.D. had been infiltrated by the Nazi offshoot Hydra. The events of the movie flipped the script for the series, but Gregg tells us the major change was a welcome one.

“All that’s left of S.H.I.E.L.D. right now is Coulson, and what is a ragtag bunch of people who still know that if there isn’t something like S.H.I.E.L.D. that the world is in very serious jeopardy — that’s really exciting. To be underdogs, now, to be on the run,” he explains.

Gregg, who played then-Agent Phil Coulson in Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, and The Avengers, was a fan of Marvel comics before becoming part of the “family,” and so he was no stranger to comic conventions. However, thanks to his involvement with the character, he’s something of a rock star at events like New York Comic Con.

“What I love about it is I go to San Diego [Comic Con] or I’ll come here, and just have the time of my life, and feel like, ‘I am a superhero!’ And then go home just to have my daughter go, ‘Is that what you wore? Ew.'”

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs at 9 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.

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