Chris Hansen‘s larceny arrest is no shocker to the people who funded his “To Catch a Predator” reboot — they say Hansen came up short with them long before Johnny Law caught him.
The former host launched a Kickstarter campaign in 2015 to start a new show about himself catching predators. His goal was $ 75k and he offered tiered prizes to anyone who donated.
Some of those prizes included the custom mugs and shirts Hansen got from the vendor in Connecticut — and allegedly tried to pay for with 2 bounced checks… leading to his arrest this week.
As it turns, out … he apparently failed to deliver on the goods to a handful of his donors too, many of whom are furious. Chris’ Kickstarter page is flooded with comments — dating back years — complaining about getting partial prizes, delayed prizes, or just bupkis.
As of Thursday, $ 89k has been raised.
A rep for Kickstarter told us their policy is clear — anyone who’s got issues with a fundraising campaign has to take it up with the creator, and it’s ALL on the creator to make things right.
Translation: Got beef? Talk to Hansen.
We’ve reached out to Chris, but so far … radio silence.
Officials in Israel believe Bar Refaeli tried to hide more than $ 6 MILLION from tax authorities … and now she’s been informed prosecutors will hit her with tax evasion and money laundering charges.
Refaeli has been under investigation for years — authorities believe she tried to get out of paying taxes in Israel by claiming her primary residence was in the U.S. … and telling U.S. authorities she lived in Israel.
Authorities claim the supermodel was shady with tax officials from 2006 to 2012 — part of that time was when she was dating Leonardo DiCaprio.
Officials say Bar claimed to be living in the U.S. with Leo at the time when she was really living in Tel Aviv under a family member’s name, this according to JPost.com.
Bar’s parents, Tzipi and Rafi Refaeli, are also expected to be hit with money laundering and tax evasion charges stemming from the same investigation.
As for Bar, her attorney Moshe Mizrahi told Ynet … Israeli tax authorities are backing out of a deal she negotiated with them in 2009. He also claims Bar “hasn’t hidden anything.”
33-year-old Refaeli is one of the most famous models in the world — gracing the covers of magazines like the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and GQ.
Mac Miller‘s still making a difference — his charity foundation’s quickly approaching a million bucks in money raised to help kids in his hometown … TMZ has learned.
Folks at The Mac Miller Circles Fund tell us … donations have been pouring in from the late rapper’s fans and the total is up to around $ 350,000. The cash will be used to provide programs and opportunities to underserved youth in the Pittsburgh area, “helping them recognize their full potential through exploration in the arts and community building.”
Add that money to proceeds from the October 31 tribute concert for Mac — which we’re told is expected to be another $ 350k — and the Circles Fund’s hauled in $ 700k since his death.
We broke the story … Mac died from an overdose in September. According to the toxicology report, it was the result of “mixed drug toxicity” — specifically fentanyl and cocaine. The Coroner ruled his death accidental.
When Aretha Franklin died in August she left behind a legacy as the undisputed “Queen of Soul” … and also a huge debt to Uncle Sam.
According to legal docs obtained by TMZ … the IRS claims Franklin owes more than $ 6.3 MILLION in back taxes from 2012 to 2018, and an additional $ 1.5 mil in penalties.
Aretha’s reps tell us the massive tax lien is the result of several audits over the last 6 years. The weird thing … one of the years in question is listed as 2018, and that tax year is not over.
We broke the story … the “Respect” singer’s being dogged in death by more than just the tax man — her lawyer also filed docs in October demanding the estate pony up nearly $ 54k to cover bills dating back 6 years.
There’s also a new lien filed by a publishing company that wants $ 136,000 for royalties in connection with the 1973 song “Angel.”
Say a little prayer for the person managing her finances.
LeBron James not getting fined for his “Jewish Money” post was the right call … so says NBA agent Daniel Hazan who is also Jewish.
We got the super agent out Monday night in NYC and had to ask him about LeBron’s XMAS Eve Instagram post that sparked backlash. ICYMI … LeBron posted a pic on IG with the caption “getting that Jewish money” which he THOUGHT was a compliment to Jews. It’s not, so LeBron apologized.
Hazan — the CEO and founder of Hazan Sports Management — dropped a little knowledge on us about the term and why it’s seeded with anti-Semitism. Hazan also explains what he thinks LeBron was trying to convey with the message. Bottom line … LeBron shot and missed with his post but Hazan does give LeBron credit for one thing.
LeBron James busted out a big “Sleecha” to Jewish people on Sunday — after posting a photo on Instagram with the caption, “Getting that Jewish money.”
Long story short, LeBron says he thought it was a “compliment” to Jews.
James was actually quoting a lyric from the 21 Savage rap song “ASMR” — but there was a backlash online from people who felt someone as famous and powerful as LeBron shouldn’t be pushing old Anti-Semitic stereotypes.
“Apologies, for sure, if I offended anyone,” James told ESPN … “That’s not why I chose to share that lyric. I always [post lyrics]. That’s what I do. I ride in my car, I listen to great music, and that was the byproduct of it.”
“So, I actually thought it was a compliment, and obviously it wasn’t through the lens of a lot of people. My apologies. It definitely was not the intent, obviously, to hurt anybody.”
Despite LeBron’s intent, there have been hundreds of books and articles written over the years about why the “Jews and Money” stereotype is a dangerous one.
Quite simply, it’s been used a rallying cry to fuel anti-Semitism for hundreds of years.
As far as the NBA is involved, ESPN reports he will not be fined for the posting the lyrics.
Danny Trejo‘s got a big problem with Donald Trump‘s master plan to build a big beautiful wall along America’s southern border … he doesn’t think it will work.
We got the “Machete” star at Los Angeles Mission Friday helping serve food to the homeless, and asked for his take on the President’s demand for border wall funding and the government shutdown.
Danny tells us Trump’s wall plan is futile, because no matter how high it is … he’s not accounting for how far below ground it needs to go. The actor also suggests POTUS has delusions of grandeur … and just wants his name on something rivaling China’s famous landmark.
Trejo’s not against more border security, though … he just believes there are much smarter ways to use funding for it.