Celebrity Scoop – 07/14/2020


UPDATE: A body found Monday in southern California’s Lake Piru is Glee actor Naya Rivera, Ventura County Sheriff’s officials confirmed.

A new clue turned up in the search for Glee star Naya Rivera over the weekend that may have helped the investigation. The 33-year-old disappeared after taking her 4-year-old son Josey on a boating trip in Lake Piru in California. On Monday, searchers reportedly recovered her body. 

Robert Inglis of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team told Us Weekly that Rivera sent a photo of them to a relative shortly before she vanished. Josey was found on the lake 90 minutes to two hours after the photo was taken near a cove. He was alone on the boat and told authorities that he and his mom had gone swimming together, but that she never made it back to the boat. (She shares Josey with her ex Ryan Dorsey).

Search crews combed the area around the cove. “We did send our dive members to those two locations and searched those extensively,” he told the outlet.

He added that in many cases, there are witnesses “who see someone jumping off a boat so we know which area to search and we can find the body more quickly.”

There were no witnesses in this case. He added: “In this case, it really could be the whole lake. There are a lot of coves that have to be searched.”

Meanwhile, Inglis, also a diving expert, told Us Weekly what he believes happened: “The best thing that we can say that contributes to a lot of the drownings is when people go swimming and they are not wearing their life vests. And they jumped off the boat. It doesn’t take much to get exhausted if you’re not in shape. Winds do kick up at that lake, and the boats start to get away and you are trying to go after that boat … you could get a leg cramp. If you are wearing a life vest, you could rest and someone can go back and pick you up, or call for help or something like that.”

He added that “people are muscular” have a harder time floating.  “They struggle because they are sinking. They can’t float. So depending on the body tone of a person, you could get that feeling that you are being sucked down because you really just can’t float.“

“If you’re not familiar with the boat and getting on and off the boat, you can get tired just climbing onto the boat. You can fall back in, people hit their heads, things like that,” he told Us. “There are some cases in lakes where one person is in the water, starts to drown, then someone else jumps in to try to save the other person. The person drowning is saved and gets back on the boat, but the other person who jumped in to save them didn’t make it back into the boat.”

At least eight people have drowned in the lake, the most recent being 2008. 

In Rivera’s 2016 Sorry Not Sorry, she called Josey her “greatest” success. 


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GRANT IMAHARA DIES AT 49: Grant Imahara, host of popular science show MythBusters and Netflix‘s White Rabbit Project died unexpectedly of a brain aneurysm at 49. “We are heartbroken to hear this sad news about Grant. He was an important part of our Discovery family and a really wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family,” a statement from the network read. (THR)


Post Malone, Halsey and Khalid were big winners at this year’s BMI Pop Awards.

Honors for Songwriter of the Year were shared by Khalid and Post Malone, who each penned four of BMI’s top-performing songs of 2019. Khalid’s “Beautiful People,” “Better,” “Eastside” and “Talk” dominated the airways and the charts, alongside Post Malone’s “Goodbyes,” “Jackie Chan,” “Sunflower” and “Wow.”

Khalid and Malone enjoyed a successful year, accruing numerous accolades and media praise between them. The catchy hit single “Talk” earned over 186 million streams on Spotify, making Khalid the most listened to artist on the platform, and garnered a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year, his sixth nod to date.

Post Malone teamed up with fellow BMI songwriter Swae Lee for “Sunflower,” which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and charted in the Top 10 for a total of 33 weeks. The smash single received two Grammy nominations for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Post Malone was also named BMI’s R&B/Hip-Hop Songwriter of the Year in 2019.

The poignant break-up anthem “Without Me,” co-written by Halsey and singer/songwriter Delacey, was awarded Song of the Year, nabbing Halsey her sixth BMI Pop Award and the first for Delacey. The single marked the first time Halsey ditched her moniker and wrote under her given name, Ashley Frangipane. The mega-hit reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming Halsey’s first No. 1 single as a lead artist.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing received the coveted Publisher of the Year designation for the eighth time. The publishing giant represented 25 of the previous year’s top 50 songs, including “Dancing with a Stranger,” “High Hopes,” “Old Town Road (Remix),” “Señorita,” “Truth Hurts” and “You Need To Calm Down,” among others.

BMI created a page on its website where fans can watch video messages from this year’s winners. The BMI Pop Awards also honored the songwriters and publishers of the 50 most-performed pop songs of the previous year, including Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings,” the Jonas Brothers’ “Cool,” Sam Smith and Normani’s “Dancing with a Stranger,” Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes’ “Senorita,” and more.


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Demi Moore’s unusual approach to bathroom décor went viral, and when she found it, she joined in on the fun. Last week, the 57-year-old shared a shot of her in-home office. 

“Excited to finally share what I’ve been working on!” she shared via Instagram, promoting her new six-episode podcast series, Dirty Diana. The photo shows Moore sitting on a Victorian-style patterned fainting couch in her bathroom, which was also covered in brown carpeting.

The reaction was immediate. Wrote one critic: “Starting a Slack channel for the sole purpose us discussing why Demi Moore has both carpet and a couch in her bathroom. Trying to put together the pieces before I pivot to Demi Moore interior design stan account full time.”

While many were less enthusiastic, another wrote: “Honestly??? Genius in the way that now it’s a shorter distance to lay on that couch in your towel for hours instead of walking all the way to your bed to do the same thing.”

When Demi discovered the thread, she wrote:  “This thread has our whole family howling!” Her daughters Rumer, 31, and Tallulah, 26, also got in on the “hilarious observations” about their mom’s decorating skills, with the former tweeting, “Thank you Alexis for this magic.”


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