Buzzmakers: Bieber Death Plot & Golden Globe Noms
December 15, 2012
What had ET readers buzzing this week?
Police confirm to ET that two New Mexico men have been suspected of plotting to murder pop sensation Justin Bieber.
As first reported by Albuquerque news station KRQE, the plot was allegedly hatched by two prison inmates and one of their nephews to murder Bieber at a sold-out show at NYC's Madison Square Garden.
According to a police report obtained by ET, a New Mexico prisoner named Dana Martin, serving out two life sentences for the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl, enlisted the help of former fellow inmate Mark Staake and his nephew Tanner Ruane to carry out four murders. Two of the reported targets were Justin Bieber and his bodyguard.
The report continues to claim that Martin actually has a tattoo of Bieber on his leg.
The report also delves into the details of the planned murders, which involved strangling the victims with a paisley tie before ultimately castrating them.
The papers then state that what ultimately foiled the plot was Martin himself inexplicably turning in his co-conspirators. Staake was reportedly arrested in Vermont on outstanding warrants, while his nephew made it to New York, where police reports allege he was arrested with "murder tools and pruning shears." Additionally, recorded calls between Ruane and Martin reportedly indicated Ruane's dismay that he was unable to carry out the murders.
Both men are awaiting extradition to New Mexico on charges of conspiracy to commit murder on two counts each.
In response to the news, a rep for Bieber assured ET that the singer's well-being is their utmost concern.
"We take every precaution to protect and insure the safety of Justin and his fans," read the statement.
Jessica Alba, Megan Fox and Ed Helms announced the nominees for the 70th Annual Golden Globes from The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Hollywood this morning, and after weeks of other awards, there were few surprises. But the shocks that did come down this a.m. were delightful ones!
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There was breaking news this morning out of Newtown, Connecticut when at least one gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School. CBS News is reporting that a minimum of 27 people were killed in this massacre, including an estimated 18 young children.
Lt. J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police held a press conference to assure concerned citizens that "the scene is secure" and "the shooter is deceased inside the building." There are conflicting reports as to whether the gunman has been identified as 24-year-old Ryan Lanza or his brother Adam. Their mother was a teacher at the school and is presumed to be one of the fatalities. An additional investigation is ongoing at another location, where one more victim was allegedly killed. The two crime scenes are thought to be linked. President Obama has been briefed on the horrific situation and offered his condolences to the victims and community. Three additional victims are being treated at Danbury Hospital. The hospital released a statement reading, "Our hearts and prayers are extended to everyone involved in this terrible tragedy."
As word spread about the tragedy, Twitter exploded with reactions from celebrities, many of them parents themselves.
Alyssa Milano: What the f*** is wrong with people?
Hilary Duff: Oh my.I am shocked.Heartbroken.Devastating news about this elementary school shooting. What is wrong w/ people?Praying hard 4 these family's
Mandy Moore: Absolutely devastating news this morning. There are no words.Thoughts, prayers and love to all in #Newtown.
Lisa Ling: Why are we still not seriously talking about gun control? Bless the families of those lost in Conn. My God.
Mia Farrow: #PrayForNewtown. Gun control is no longer debatable- it's not a 'conversation'- It's a moral mandate. '
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Former President George W. Bush is going to be a grandfather! His daughter Jenna Bush Hager broke the news Wednesday morning that she's expecting.
The TODAY show correspondent broke the big news to morning show co-hosts Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie, saying tearfully, "I'm pregnant! We're so excited and obviously nervous about it. I'm a first-time mom. But it's something that I've always wanted. I'm a teacher and I love kids."
This is the first child for both Jenna, 31, and husband Henry Hager, 34, who wed back in 2008 on her parent's Texas ranch.
This is sure to come as good news for George W. and his wife Laura Bush. Prior to the baby news, the former president, 66, commented to AARP The Magazine on not being a grandparent yet, saying, "I'm a little disappointed it hasn't happened yet. But the more disappointment I show, the less likely it is things are going to happen on the time table I want."
Australian DJs Michael Christian, 25, and Mel Greig, 30, the two DJs who made a hoax call during the Duchess of Cambridge's pregnancy, are speaking out for the first time after the tragic death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who initially accepted their prank call.
"Shattered, gutted, heartbroken and obviously, you know, our deepest sympathies are with the family and the friends of all those affected and you know, obviously, Mel and myself are incredibly sorry for this situation, and what's happened and we hope that they're doing OK and they've getting the love and support that they deserve and they need right now. But I mean personally, I'm gutted," Christian told Tracy Grimshaw in an interview on Australia's A Current Affair.
Both reiterated that they never expected their prank phone call to actually get through at King Edward VII Hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was staying.
"I still expected them to put us through to some kind of complaints area that she would've realized from that point and that we would be going to be transferred and be told off and hung up on. Didn't expect to get through to anyone at any stage," Christian explained. "The joke 100 percent was on us. The idea was never, 'Let's call up and get through to Kate,' or 'Let's speak to a nurse.' The joke was our accents are horrible, they don't sound anything like who they're intended to be."
Saldanha answered the phone last week when Greig and Christian, impersonating Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, called the hospital where the former Kate Middleton was being treated for acute morning sickness. They were then put through to Kate's ward, where another nurse gave personal details about the Duchess' severe morning sickens. Saldanha, a mother of two, was found unconscious Friday morning and could not be revived by emergency personnel.
In their interview with Australia's Today Tonight, Greig apologized to Saldanha's family. "The first thing I asked was: 'Was she a mother?'" an emotional Greig said. "If we played any involvement in her death then we're very sorry for that. We couldn't foresee what was going to happen in the future."
Greig and Christian's show, Hot 30, has been terminated, the station's parent company, Southern Cross Austereo, said in a statement Monday. SCA also announced a company-wide suspension of prank calls.