Ben Affleck blames drinking on ex-wife, Garner … felt trapped in marriage

Ben Affleck blames drinking on ex-wife, Garner … felt trapped in marriage

Ben Affleck blames drinking on ex-wife, Garner ... felt trapped in marriage

Ben Affleck says his marriage to ex-wife Jennifer Garner helped kickstart his alcoholism — claiming he turned to booze to cope with feeling “trapped.”

The actor — who’s now with Jennifer Lopez — didn’t hold back while talking to Howard Stern about his drinking problem and his time with JG, which he made sound pretty damn miserable.

He says if they would’ve stayed together, they would’ve been “at each other’s throats,” and not just that — but he even speculated if he was still married to her, he’d still be boozing.

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Britney Spears’s Conservatorship Nightmare

Britney Spears’s Conservatorship Nightmare

Britney Spears's conservatorship nightmare

On June 22nd, Britney Spears’s management team started getting nervous. Spears, who is thirty-nine, has spent the past thirteen years living under a conservatorship, a legal structure in which a person’s personal, economic, and legal decision-making power is ceded to others. Called a guardianship in most states, the arrangement is intended for people who cannot take care of themselves. Since the establishment of Spears’s conservatorship, she has released four albums, headlined a global tour that grossed a hundred and thirty-one million dollars, and performed for four years in a hit Las Vegas residency. Yet her conservators, who include her father, Jamie Spears, have controlled her spending, communications, and personal decisions.

In April, Spears had requested a hearing, in open court, to discuss the terms of the arrangement. It was scheduled for June 23rd. Members of Spears’s team, most of whom have had little or no direct contact with her for years, didn’t expect drastic changes to result. Two years earlier, in the midst of health struggles and pressure from Spears, Jamie had stepped down from his duties overseeing her personal life, and now the team thought that perhaps she wanted to remove him as the conservator of her financial affairs. Some of the team told reporters that they believed Spears liked the conservatorship arrangement, as long as her father wasn’t involved.

The New Yorker

Britney Spears: Financial firm asks to withdraw from conservatorship

Britney Spears: Financial firm asks to withdraw from conservatorship

Britney Spears: Financial firm asks to withdraw from conservatorship

The Bessemer Trust are named as joint guardians of her estate, along with her father Jamie Spears.

The star previously asked through a lawyer to end her father’s involvement but last week gave explosive testimony against the entire arrangement.

She described the conservatorship as “abusive” and asked for her life back.

Bessemer Trust filed a motion to withdraw from the arrangement on Thursday, just one day after the latest order in the long-running legal saga upheld their role as co-conservators.

The financial firm cited the singer’s 23 June court testimony as the reason it wants to quit.

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Britney Spears FULL Conservatorship Hearing (Leaked HQ Audio) Opening Testimony

Britney Spears’ full opening testimony during her conservatorship hearing. She speaks directly to Judge Brenda Penny and asks her to end the conservatorship.

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Fans React to Britney Spears Speaking Out Against Conservatorship

Elizabeth Wagmeister reports from the LA courthouse where Britney Spears speaks out publicly for the first time regarding ‘abusive’ conservatorship.

Britney Spears’ conservatorship is ‘criminal behavior,’ Casey Kasem’s daughter says: ‘Enough is enough’

Britney Spears’ conservatorship is ‘criminal behavior,’ Casey Kasem’s daughter says: ‘Enough is enough’

The world was stunned when Britney Spears passionately told a judge after 13 years of near-silence that she wanted her life back – but Kerri Kasem said it’s a troubling case many families can identify with.

“People were shocked and horrified at what Britney had to say, but this is what’s going on with the elderly and vulnerable who are under abusive guardianship,” the 48-year-old told Fox News. “It’s happening across the United States of America. People now need to stand up for not only Britney Spears but for everyone who doesn’t have a famous last name or who has money. Enough is enough.”

The daughter of radio legend Casey Kasem made headlines over the years after she was denied access to her father until winning a legal battle to become his conservator shortly before his death in 2014 at age 82. She is now the founder of Kasem Cares, a group that fights against “unscrupulous guardians and family members that attempt to exploit ailing seniors and separate them from their loved ones.”

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Britney Spears’ Conservatorship Testimony: Paris Hilton’s Family REACTS to Mention of Heiress

‘School of Rock’ Drummer Kevin Clark Killed

‘School of Rock’ Drummer Kevin Clark Killed

‘School of Rock’ Drummer Kevin Clark Killed

Kevin Clark, 32, who played kid drummer Freddy Jones in School of Rock, died on Wednesday after he was struck by a car.

Clark was riding a bicycle when he was hit by a Hyundai Sonata in North Western Avenue, Chicago police said. Paramedic found him and took him to Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Clark suffered “trauma throughout the body” and was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. He was pronounced dead at 2:04 a.m.

Rivkah Reyes, who played the bassist Katie in the movie, wrote on Twitter that she’d “never forget your hugs and your laugh and the sheer joy on your face when we’d run into each other in Chicago. Thank you for always showing up for me with that ‘big brother I never had’ energy.”