Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Inflated figures in a MultiCultClassics Monologue…
• Janet Jackson is facing a $120 million lawsuit from a fan who claims he was beaten by the singer’s bodyguards. The man charges he tried to pass a note to Jackson at a club in 2004, and two burly bodyguards wound up assaulting him. Jackson counters that she only had one bodyguard at the time, and the bodyguard does not fit the description given by the accuser. According to Jackson, her bodyguard at the time was 5-foot-8 and weighed 180 pounds. Somebody needs to school Jackson on how to pick a bodyguard — hell, throughout her career, Janet has often been larger than that.
• Citigroup is poised to whack up to 17,000 employees. The cuts were deemed necessary after a review of expenses that started last December. Not a good sign when a financial and credit card company has budgetary problems.
• Snoop Dogg was charged with two felonies — gun possession and a drug charge — stemming from an arrest last October (see Essay 1379). Aren’t handguns and marijuana standard gear for rappers?
• Don Imus was dumped by a few advertisers, including Staples. That was easy.