Supreme Court deals loss to Scientology, Danny Masterson, plus more ICYMI news

The court has spoken

Chalk it up as a loss for Scientology. On Oct. 3, the United States Supreme Court shut down the Church of Scientology’s request to keep a Danny Masterson lawsuit out of the public eye. Back in 2019, four women and one of their husbands filed a civil lawsuit against the controversial church, claiming they were being harassed, stalked and surveilled after accusing the “That ’70s Show” star  — a prominent Scientologist — of sexual assault. Scientology argued that the lawsuit should be handled by the church’s private arbitration, citing the fact that the accusers — all former members — signed contracts barring them from suing the church. The church won its initial case but a California appeals court overturned the ruling earlier this year, claiming the accusers no longer live under Scientology rule because they aren’t practicing members anymore. On Oct. 3, the SCOTUS said it would not take up the case, which let the appellate court’s decision stand. 

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Tragic story

The daughter of late TV star Michael Landon is still trying to find answers regarding the August death of her 24-year-old son, Dylan Lupia, who was struck by a Los Angeles city bus and was “left to die on the side of the road,” she told in a story published Oct. 4. Shawna Landon, one of the “Little House on the Prairie” star’s nine children, alleged that the bus driver didn’t stop after hitting her son. “I just want answers. It’s all I think about. How can you not know you just hit a human being? This man didn’t even stop to see what happened, nor did he call 911. My son was left to die on the side of the road,” Shawna said. “There are still so many unanswered questions, and as a mother I will do everything in my power to get answers.” It’s believed that Dylan, Michael’s grandson, was walking on a bike trail in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, when the bus hit him. Shawna added, “Dylan’s wallet was found on him and it still contained his ID, money and his credit card. However, his car keys and cell phone were missing.”

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Legend lost

Loretta Lynn, the groundbreaking singer commonly referred to as the First Lady of Country Music, passed away at 90 this week. Over the course of Loretta’s six-decade career, the “Coal Miner’s Daughter” singer notched 24 No. 1 songs and and 11 No. 1 albums. “Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, Oct. 4, in her sleep at home in her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills [Tennessee],” her family said in a statement. Dolly Parton called Loretta a “wonderful human being, wonderful talent.” Kid Rock called Loretta a “beautiful soul.” Carrie Underwood tweeted, “She was a cantankerous little pistol…friendly and sweet…never afraid to be herself and speak her mind.” 

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“The Bachelor” ball

The record is better than the rose. Cory Youmans — the husband of a former “The Bachelor” contestant — is the lucky fan who caught Aaron Judge’s record-breaking 62nd home run ball in Texas on Oct. 4, and he’s already turning down seven-figure offers for the historic memorabilia. The millionaire vice president of Fisher Investments’ wife, Bachelor Nation alum Bri Amaranthus — who appeared on Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s “The Bachelor” season in 2018 — posted a photo of the record-breaking baseball on Instagram. “That’s my man @thejudge44 #62,” she captioned the photo. On Twitter, she shared a video of Cory holding the ball while being escorted by stadium security. “THIS IS MY HUSBAND,” she wrote alongside the clip. Front Row Sports reported that Cory has already turned down a $2 million offer for the ball. With the homer, Aaron set the single-season American League home run record, having passed Roger Maris’s previous home run total of 61, which stood for 61 years.

“Miracle” pregnancy

Two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank, 48, is pregnant. The actress announced the news on “Good Morning America” on Oct. 5. “This is something that I’ve been wanting for a long time,” she said, adding that she and her husband of four years, social venture entrepreneur Philip Schneider, are expecting twins: “I can’t believe it.” Later the same morning, she appeared on “Live with Kelly and Ryan” where she said she was “feeling good” in her second trimester and called her pregnancy “such a blessing. It’s a total miracle. It’s unbelievable.”

“Rust” settlement

The husband of Halyna Hutchins — the cinematographer who was fatally shot on the set of “Rust” in October 2021 while star Alec Baldwin was rehearsing a scene — has settled a wrongful death lawsuit with Alec Baldwin and producers of the indie Western. As part of the settlement, Matthew Hutchins signed on to be an executive producer on the project, which will complete filming in 2023. “All of us believe Halyna’s death was a terrible accident,” an Oct. 4 statement said. Terms of the settlement aren’t known. While the lawsuit pertaining to Halyna’s death is over, the same can’t be said of the criminal investigation. TMZ reported that the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office in New Mexico is still investigating the shooting and will forward its findings to the District Attorney, who will then decide if anyone will be prosecuted.

Feud week

Khloe Kardashian. Gigi Hadid. Hailey and Justin Bieber. Jared Kushner. Those are just a few of the celebrities Kanye West feuded with this week. On Oct. 4, Ye brought up the January birthday party of his daughter Chicago, which still rankles him. In a new Instagram post, Ye said he wasn’t invited (but he was in attendance) and accused ex-wife Kim Kardashian of “kidnapping” the tot. Her sister Khloe Kardashian publicly fired back at Ye for bringing up the “birthday narrative … again,” adding, “Enough already. We all know the truth and in my opinion, everyone’s tired of it.” In an unrelated story, Vogue editor Gabriella Karefa-Johnson called Ye “irresponsible” for wearing a T-shirt at his Paris fashion show on Oct. 3 that said “White Lives Matter.” Ye then shot back at the journalist, prompting the Biebers and Gigi to defend Gabriella. “You wish u had a percentage of her intellect,” Gigi commented to Ye. “You have no idea haha…. If there’s actually a point to any of your s***. She might be the only person that could save u. As if the ‘honor’ of being invited to your show should keep someone from giving their opinion? Lol. You’re a bully and a joke.”

Triple-bypass surgery

Teller — one-half of the legendary magic-comedy duo Penn & Teller — just underwent open-heart surgery, his team confirmed this week. It’s unknown what led Teller, 74, to undergo the triple-bypass. However, the duo has since postponed a series of shows while the star recovers. “Teller underwent bypass surgery on [Sept. 29] here in Las Vegas and is resting and recovering well,” the duo’s manager told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Oct. 3. “Under doctor’s orders, he will be off stage over the next several weeks with an eye towards returning to performances in late November or early December.”

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