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Anton Yelchin's parents to sue over his death

The parents of US actor Anton Yelchin are planning to sue automobile company Fiat Chrysler, manufacturer ZF North America and car retailer chain Autonation.

According to news outlet TMZ, Viktor and Irina Yelchin blame them for the "wrongful death of their son due to significant defects".

The 27-year-old star of the Star Trek film franchise was killed on June 19 when his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled backwards, pinning him against the security gate of his home in Studio City, California.

He died of blunt traumatic asphyxia.

Yelchin, who was unmarried and had no children, did not leave a will.

He left behind at least US$641,000 (S$860,000) in personal property and had US$731,000 in equity on his home.


New rehab centre in Winehouse's honour

The Amy Winehouse Foundation, launched by the late English singer's family in her honour in 2011, opened a facility for women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction on Monday.

Amy's Place is named after Grammy-winning Amy Winehouse, who died in 2011 at 27 of alcohol poisoning.

Based in East London, it can accommodate up to 16 women in 12 self-contained apartments.

According to E! News, it offers a three-month programme aimed to help abusers reintegrate into society.


Kesha to drop sexual assault suit

US singer Keshais dropping the sexual assault lawsuit against her long-time producer Dr Luke.

She had previously claimed she could no longer work with a man who had drugged and sexually assaulted her.

For four years, she was contracted to Dr Luke's Kemosabe label, which is under Sony Music, and was unable to release any new music.

The 29-year-old's attorney, Mr Daniel M. Petrocelli, revealed her decision on Monday and said that she would be focusing on her music.

In a statement to Rolling Stone, he said: "Kesha is focused on getting back to work and has delivered 28 new songs to the record label. We have conveyed to Sony Music and the label Kesha's strong desire to release her next album and single as soon as possible."

In response, Dr Luke's legal team continues to slam Kesha for her "false and meritless" claims.

A statement to E! News read: "If Kesha is voluntarily dismissing her claims, it is because she has no chance of winning them."


China deals blow to Hallyu wave

Tighter restrictions will reportedly be imposed on Korean celebrities' promotional activities in China following worsening diplomatic relations, although there is no official notice yet, according to Chinese entertainment news site Sina.

Previously, rumours circulating on Chinese social media platform Weibo alleged that the General Office of Broadcasting and Television in China is looking at a complete ban, and having K-pop stars' concerts restricted to 10,000 attendees.

Chinese director Liu Meng posted a message on Weibo saying that Korean drama broadcasts and filming projects involving Korean celebrities have been affected.

One TV station has already started restricting appearances by Korean celebrities, while other stations are slowly planning their next move.


I joke that I sometimes have PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) after leaving the (Disney) channel, because if my schedule starts to get too busy, I rebel and I get bitchy.

- US actress-singer Demi Lovato jokes about how her time as a Disney star still haunts her to this day

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