Ryan Phillippe sued by ex-girlfriend for assault

Actor Ryan Phillippe is denying allegations by his ex-girlfriend that he physically assaulted her and threw her down a flight of stairs at his home earlier this year.

Elsie Hewitt, a 21-year-old model, filed a lawsuit against the “Crash” actor, 43, in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, asking for no less than $ 1 million in damages for assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Los Angeles officials investigated the matter, but no charges were filed.

Today, Phillippe slammed the allegations on Twitter, suggesting they were a “ploy for monetary gain.”

“I am saddened and disgusted by the false allegations being circulated about me,” the actor wrote. “At the time these allegations were initially made, I fully cooperated with law enforcement and a thorough investigation was conducted.”

He went on to say that as a man “raised by women” he was “sickened” that his name was being mentioned in the same article as domestic violence.

“This is wrong,” he said. “This is not who I am. Every one of my accuser’s allegations are false.”

In the lawsuit, obtained by ABC News, the actor’s ex claimed that he got violent after they had an argument at a party on July 3 and he left early to return home.

When Hewitt later showed up at Phillippe’s house to collect some of her things in the early morning hours of July 4, she claimed in the lawsuit that he was high on drugs and alcohol and that he attacked her — grabbing her so tightly that he left bruises on her arm — before throwing her down a flight of stairs.

The documents then said that after she got up, he allegedly “struck her, cornered her, kicked her, and aggressively pushed her to the ground.”

A rep for Phillippe called the claims false.

“As a staunch advocate for the health, well-being and equality of women, Ryan is completely devastated that these false allegations have been made and circulated,” his rep said in a statement. “Domestic violence is an incredibly serious issue and fabricated and proven false claims should not be used to unjustly slander the falsely accused. The claims are false.”

In the documents, Hewitt said she went to the emergency room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center following the alleged altercation. The suit said she was diagnosed with “chest wall pain, abrasions at multiple sites, and severe bruising.” Hewitt also filed a police report, according to the lawsuit.

The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to ABC News earlier today that it took a report on July 4, listing Phillippe as a suspect. As is common practice, an emergency protective order was immediately issued to the victim. But there is no indication that the actor was arrested.

The case was then submitted by the LAPD to the Los Angeles City Attorney.

The city attorney’s office told ABC News that it held a hearing at the office, at which both parties were present and advised on the law and how to avoid similar incidents in the future. No charges were filed, and the office said it will take no further action.

Hewitt’s attorney did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

Meanwhile, the Guess model posted on Instagram Monday that she has been facing “some tribulations.”

Phillippe and Hewitt met in April at the Coachella music festival. Phillippe has two children with his ex-wife Reese Witherspoon and a daughter with his ex-girlfriend Alexis Knapp.

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'Dancing' star on her journey back from paralysis

For Victoria Arlen, “Dancing With the Stars” is more than just another reality competition show, it’s a reminder of what she’s overcome in her young life.

The 22-year-old Paralympian swimmer and ESPN personality blogged for People magazine right before the Season 25 premiere on Monday night. She said that after she was diagnosed with two rare autoimmune conditions at age 11, her parents used “Dancing” to inspire her through her serious health struggles.

Her diagnosis more than a decade ago, she said, included transverse myelitis and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis. The two conditions, according to the Mayo and Cleveland clinics, affect the spinal cord and brain and can cause “paralysis, sensory problems” and even trigger coma.

Arlen said the conditions left her in a vegetative state for almost four years.

“When I was 10 years old, ‘Dancing with the Stars’ premiered, and I told my mom, ‘I’m going to be on that show one day,'” she wrote for People. “We, of course, had no idea that just a year later, even surviving would seem almost impossible.”

While she was sick in the following years, Arlen said “DWTS” was “a motivating factor to start my recovery.” But she never could have imagined one day being on the show and dancing with past champion Val Chmerkovskiy.

After her dual diagnosis, Arlen’s body began to shut down and in a video aired during last night’s premiere, she explained what it felt like.

“The lights when out,” Arlen said. “I was trapped inside my body, unable to move, talk and function … I had to prepare for the possibility of dying.”

But four years later, Arlen began to regain control of her body. In 2012, she had built up her strength as she continued her comeback — enough to win gold medals at the London Paralympic games. Even with this turnaround, she said she knew there was more to accomplish, including learning to walk again and even dance.

“When the opportunity came about to do the show, I thought about little Victoria and all the things that I’ve overcome, and I just thought this would be a really cool opportunity to show people that anything is possible,” she continued in her blog post for People.

But it won’t come easy, she admitted.

“It’s been a reality check that my muscles are still really affected by my spinal cord injury, but it’s also been super empowering to see how much I’m capable of,” Arlen wrote. “This is literally the hardest thing I’ve ever embarked on —- and I’ve embarked on really challenging things! But it’s like climbing a mountain, you don’t stop halfway through and say, ‘Man, this is hard.’ You just keep climbing.”

During last night’s premiere, Arlen and her partner scored a 19, putting them near the top of the leaderboard.

“Today my life has limitless possibilities,” she added in the video for the premiere. “Today, I can say I’ve realized another dream; being a contestant on ‘Dancing With the Stars.'”

Season 25 of “Dancing With the Stars” continues next Monday and Tuesday on ABC.

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Man charged in Baton Rouge killings that 'could possibly be racially motivated'

A 23-year-old white man has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon and two counts of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated criminal damage to property and illegal use of a weapon by Baton Rouge, Louisiana, police today in connection with three shootings that took place this month.

Kenneth Gleason, 23, was arrested this morning by detectives from the Baton Rouge Police Department after a crime lab processed DNA evidence that allegedly linked Gleason to shell casings found at the scene of two of the shootings that left two black men dead, police said in a press conference.

Bruce Cofield, 59, and Donald Smart, 49, were both shot and killed within five miles of each other last week. In the shootings, the suspect first fired from his car and then exited the vehicle to shoot the victims while they were on the ground, according to police.

“Witness accounts in certain circumstances and ballistic analyzation of the homicides helped link the two,” Sgt. Don Coppola, a public information officer with the Baton Rouge Police Department, told ABC News Monday.

Gleason allegedly also fired shots at a Sandy Ridge residence on Sept. 11. Police did not provide additional information.

Gleason was initially named as a “person of interest” in the investigation into the killings of Smart and Cofield.

“Gleason was occupying a vehicle that matched the description” of the one seen in the area of the killings, Coppola alleged.

On Sunday, Gleason was released from jail after being booked on two drug charges. He was arrested again on Monday for allegedly stealing “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” from a local bookstore last week, police said Tuesday.

After the crime lab processed the DNA evidence this morning, Gleason was charged with the killings, police said.

While Baton Rouge Police spokesman Sgt. L’Jean McNeely told ABC News Sunday that the killings “could possibly be racially motivated,” police said in a press release Tuesday that the “motive is still unclear and this is an ongoing investigation.”

Police had initially questioned Gleason for hours and searched his home and his vehicle, but didn’t have enough evidence to charge him in the murders when he was arrested on drug charges on Saturday, McNeely said.

Law enforcement allegedly found schedule 1 narcotics – marijuana – and schedule 3 narcotics, which were “some kind of human growth hormone” at Gleason’s house on Saturday, Coppola said, and Gleason was arrested.

Gleason was released Sunday on bond, which had been set at $ 3,500.

Neither Gleason nor his family responded to ABC News’ request for comment.

Coppola said he was not aware if Gleason had any previous criminal record, and a background check showed only a traffic violation that had been dismissed by the court from earlier this year.

Police said Cofield, who was homeless, was killed on Tuesday. Smart was shot on Thursday while he was on his way to work at a cafe.

The Smart family has not responded to ABC News’ request for comment, but his aunt told the AP he was a father of three children.

“My nephew, I love him, and he was on his way to work and that makes it so sad,” Mary Smart told the AP on Sunday. “He was always smiling and hugging everybody. A lot of people knew him.”

The Smart family has not commented on Gleason’s arrest.

The district attorney’s office said it was too early to know if Gleason has legal representation.

It is not clear when he is due to appear in court on the various charges he is facing.

ABC News’ Lisa Sivertsen, Hilary Brueck and Alexandra Faul contributed to this report.

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Woman thwarts attempted mugging by 'faking a medical problem': Police

A California woman responded to an attempted mugging on a train by “faking a medical problem to attract attention from her fellow riders,” according to the Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Department.

Julie Dragland told local ABC News affiliate KGO-TV of the San Francisco Bay Area that someone dropped a note in her lap while she was on the train on Saturday, which demanded that she hand over her wallet and phone.

“Somebody dropped a note into my lap, I didn’t see them, or like a hand or anything,” Dragland told KGO-TV. “The note said that there were two guns pointed at my head, which logistically, doesn’t really make sense, cause they dropped the note.”

Dragland said she initially tried to make eye contact with someone standing in front of her, and mouthed “help,” but the stranger ended up getting off at the next stop.

“I wasn’t sure that they … actually had guns,” Dragland added of the suspect, but said she still worried for her safety. “So, I was like, ‘If I fake a seizure, or fake that I’m passing out … they could just think that I’m scared and reacting.'”

“So I slumped over to the left and started shaking, and people started to notice, and they were like, ‘Are you OK?” Dragland said, adding that a few people came over to her, and that her actions “caused a commotion, and then the person got off at the next stop.”

BART police said in a statement today that surveillance video taken on her train corroborates her report. “There is no indication from the video the suspect was armed with any weapons,” the police added. Authorities released still images of the suspect, who is believed to be a white female.

Dragland said she got off the train and she reported the incident to police but said she did not want to press charges. “At the time, I wasn’t robbed, so I feel like there wasn’t damages,” she said.

When asked where she got the idea to fake having a seizure, Dragland said, “It might have been ‘Law and Order,’ I don’t know why I did it.”

She adds that she was surprised by the fact that even as she made a scene, “the majority of the people on the train had no reaction.”

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3 arrested during protest at Georgia Tech after vigil

Three people were arrested Monday night during a protest after a vigil for a Georgia Tech student who was fatally shot by campus police, a university spokesman said.

Police shot and killed Scout Schultz late Saturday night after the 21-year-old student called 911 to report an armed and possibly intoxicated suspicious person, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has said.

Georgia Tech sent out alerts urging students to shelter indoors Monday night and lock doors and windows because of violent protests. Video posted on social media showed a police vehicle burning in the street and officers pinning people to the ground as onlookers shouted at them.

After a peaceful vigil, about 50 protesters marched to the campus police department, university spokesman Lance Wallace said. A police vehicle was damaged and two officers suffered minor injuries, with one taken to a hospital for treatment.

Police restored order relatively quickly, and three people were arrested and charged with inciting a riot and battery of an officer, Wallace said.

In a statement released through attorney Chris Stewart, Schultz’s family urged protesters to remain peaceful.

“(W)e ask that those who wish to protest Scout’s death do so peacefully. Answering violence with violence is not the answer,” the statement said. “Our goal is to work diligently to make positive change at Georgia Tech in an effort to ensure a safer campus for all students.”

The GBI has said an officer responding to a 911 call about 11:17 p.m. Saturday shot Schultz as the student advanced on officers with a knife and refused commands to put down the knife. Stewart said Monday that the GBI confirmed to him that Schultz was holding a multipurpose tool and that the knife blade was not out.

Schultz was the one who called 911, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said in an emailed statement Monday.

“In the call, Shultz describes the person as a white male, with long blonde hair, white T-shirt and blue jeans who is possibly intoxicated, holding a knife and possibly armed with a gun on his hip,” Miles said, adding that three suicide notes were found in Schultz’s dorm room.

Investigators recovered a multi-purpose tool at the scene but didn’t find any guns, Miles said.

Flanked by Schultz’s parents Monday morning, Stewart said the officer who shot Schultz overreacted. Schultz was having a breakdown and was suicidal but if the officer had used non-lethal force rather than shooting, Schultz could have received treatment and gotten better, Stewart said.

“The mentally ill are looking for a way out when they’re having a full breakdown, and there’s no way you should be able to use a police officer to take your life when that person isn’t threatened,” Stewart said.

Georgia Tech police don’t carry stun guns, but are equipped with pepper spray, a spokesman told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Stewart says he plans to sue over the shooting.

Authorities have not identified the officer who shot Schultz. Georgia Tech on Monday refused to release personnel or disciplinary reports involving the officers, saying such information is exempt from Georgia’s open records law.

Schultz was president of Pride Alliance at Georgia Tech. The fourth-year computer engineering student used the name Scout, rather than the given name Scott, and preferred the pronouns “they” and “them” rather than “he” or “him.”

“I’m bisexual, nonbinary and intersex,” Schultz wrote in a Pride Alliance profile.

William Schultz told reporters Monday that his child had a 3.9 GPA and was on track to graduate early in December.

Lynne Schultz told the Journal-Constitution over the weekend that her oldest child had struggled with depression and attempted suicide two years ago using a belt as a noose.

After that, Scout Schultz went through counseling, William Schultz said. Scout Schultz spent this past summer at home and there were no obvious problems when school resumed last month, the elder Schultz said.

The GBI, through its Crisis Intervention Team, has trained about 10,000 local, state and federal law enforcement officers since it began in 2004, the Atlanta newspaper reported. Some agencies require that training while others don’t.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the officers who responded Saturday had undergone such training.

Stewart, the family’s lawyer, said the university has failed in not providing its officers with stun guns. He also said university police officers “should have the highest training in dealing with people having mental or emotional breakdowns and issues.”

Referring to a video of the incident, Stewart says the main officer was doing a “phenomenal job” handling the situation — retreating, trying to deescalate and putting a barrier between himself and Schultz — and that other officers also appeared to be providing appropriate backup. But one officer behaved inappropriately by firing on Schultz when there was no immediate danger to any of the officers, Stewart said.

William Schultz said the encounter shouldn’t have ended in his child’s death.

If given a chance to talk to the officer, he told reporters, he just has one question: “Why did you have to shoot? That’s the question. I mean, that’s the only question that matters right now. Why did you kill my son?”

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Associated Press writer Jeff Martin contributed to this report.

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Lady Gaga's tour-busting fibromyalgia disorder: What you need to know

“‘Til it happens to you, you don’t know how it feels, how it feels.”Lady Gaga

The lyrics from her 2015 song may now have new meaning for superstar singer Lady Gaga, who has postponed a portion of her world tour because of a worsening case of fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition she says she has experienced for a while.

Lady Gaga, 31, opened up about her battle with the illness to fans on Twitter last week, which has raised interest in what the disease is and how it is treated.

What is fibromyalgia?

The word “fibromyalgia” comes from Latin and Greek origins: The Latin prefix “fibro” refers to fibrous tissue, while the Greek word “myo” means muscle and “algos” means pain. Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep problems and memory and mood issues.

The condition affects 2 to 8 percent of the general population, according to a 2014 review published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, with similar rates across countries and cultures. Women, particularly young ones, are more likely to develop the condition than men.

There is also some association noted with other diseases like tension headaches, anxiety and depression.

The true cause of fibromyalgia is still a mystery but doctors believe it has to do with a combination of three factors. The first of these is your genes. What we do know is that the condition tends to run in families, and researchers now believe that many genes are involved.

The second group of factors that potentially contributes to the condition are things like psychological stress or trauma.

Third, doctors also believe that in many cases, infections can trigger illnesses that, in turn, activate or aggravate fibromyalgia.

As far as where the pain originates, it appears to result from processes in the brain. Because of this, medical professionals also often refer to the condition as a “central sensitization syndrome.”

Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress, or they gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event.

There are no specific tests to diagnose the illness. Doctors often arrive at this diagnosis by first excluding other potential causes, and then verifying whether a set number of symptoms are present.

Some of the common symptoms of fibromyalgia include:

• Widespread pain: The pain associated with fibromyalgia often is described as a constant, dull ache lasting for at least three months. To be considered widespread, the pain must occur on both sides of your body and above and below your waist.

• Fatigue: People with fibromyalgia often wake up tired, even though they report sleeping for long periods of time. Sleep is often disrupted by pain, and many patients with fibromyalgia have other sleep disorders, such as restless legs syndrome and sleep apnea.

• Cognitive difficulties. A symptom commonly referred to as “fibro fog” impairs the ability to focus, pay attention and concentrate on mental tasks.

The treatment of fibromyalgia can be difficult. The main focus of treatment is symptom relief. Some of the treatment modalities used are:

Medications: Medications can help reduce the pain of fibromyalgia and improve sleep. Common choices include:

• Pain relievers. Over-the-counter pain relievers may be helpful. Your doctor might suggest a prescription pain relievers. Narcotics are not advised, as they can lead to dependence and may even worsen the pain over time.

• Antidepressants: Some antidepressants like duloxetinemay help ease the pain and fatigue associated with fibromyalgia. Your doctor may also prescribe amitriptyline or the muscle relaxant cyclobenzaprine to help promote sleep.

• Anti-seizure drugs. Medications designed to treat epilepsy like gabapentin and pregabalin are often useful in reducing certain types of pain

Therapy: A variety of different therapies can help reduce the effect that fibromyalgia has on your body and your life. Examples include:

• Physical therapy: A physical therapist can teach you exercises that will improve your strength, flexibility and stamina. Water-based exercises might be particularly helpful.

• Occupational therapy: An occupational therapist can help you make adjustments to your work area or the way you perform certain tasks that will cause less stress on your body.

• Counseling: While this is not a therapy intended to directly affect the source of pain, it can help strengthen your belief in your abilities and teach you strategies for dealing with stressful situations.

Also, some complementary and alternative therapies for pain and stress management do appear to safely relieve stress and reduce pain. But make sure to exercise caution while attempting these newer practices since many still remain unproven because of inadequate studies.

Acupuncture: Some studies indicate that acupuncture helps relieve fibromyalgia symptoms, while others show no benefit.

• Massage therapy: It often helps relieve stress and anxiety.

• Yoga and tai chi: Both have been found to be helpful in controlling fibromyalgia symptoms.

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