'Home Improvement' actor with 'double life' arrested for felony abuse, more news ICYMI

Trouble with the law

Zachery Ty Bryan found himself in familiar territory over the weekend: behind bars for alleged domestic abuse. The “Home Improvement” actor was arrested for felony assault on July 28. TMZ reported that the arrest violated the Abuse Prevention Act, which occurs when someone is accused of attacking somebody else who’d previously been granted a restraining order in relation to domestic violence. The webloid reported that cops received a call about the alleged abuse but that Zach had fled the home by the time they arrived. They soon tracked him down and took him to jail.

Zach’s problems continue to mount — he was arrested in 2020 for felony strangulation after a fight with his girlfriend. He ended up pleading guilty to lesser charges. Earlier this year, he told The Hollywood Reporter the whole thing was “blown out of proportion.” At the time of that incident, Zach was married but having an affair with Johnnie Faye Cartwright, with whom he now shares three children. The troubled former child star told THR Johnnie was upset over his “double life.”

Police didn’t identify the victim in the most recent situation, but it appears that it was Johnnie. On Aug. 2, she released a statement to Us Weekly: “I’ll always want what’s best for the father of my children. Trauma can bring struggles in many shapes and forms. It’s a horrible situation that’s going to be spun in so many ways. I’ve learned firsthand the truth will never align with what’s been put out there. I ask everyone to please be respectful of our privacy for the sake of the children and our families so the healing process can begin.”

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Sexuality reveal

On Aug. 2, former “The Bachelorette” star Gabby Windey revealed that she’s in a relationship with a woman. “I always just want to live my truth and my story. I have been seeing someone for a couple months, and I’ve been keeping it a little more private because it is a bigger story and a bigger conversation because I’m dating a girl,” she said on “The View.” Added the reality star of her sexuality, “I think it was always a whisper in me that just got louder and louder, and I didn’t really know to pay attention to it. I think, you know, when this happens, there’s some shame, obviously, surrounding it. So I think I had to, a little bit, navigate through the shame, like, what is it? Where is it coming from? But ultimately, like I said, I always just want to kind of like, do me, do what I want, figure it out later.”

On social media, the former reality TV star revealed that her girlfriend is comedian and TV writer Robby Hoffman. “Told you I’m a girls girl!!” she captioned a slideshow of photos with her love. Gabby first competed for Clayton Echard’s heart on season 26 of “The Bachelor” before getting engaged to Erich Schwer on season 19 of “The Bachelorette.” They split a few months later. 

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Legend lost

Paul Reubens, the actor who famously played the iconic Pee-wee Herman character on TV and in movies, passed away on July 30 after a secret battle with cancer. He was 70. “Last night we said farewell to Paul Reubens, an iconic American actor, comedian, writer and producer whose beloved character Pee-wee Herman delighted generations of children and adults with his positivity, whimsy and belief in the importance of kindness,” his rep said in a July 31 statement. “Paul bravely and privately fought cancer for years with his trademark tenacity and wit. A gifted and prolific talent, he will forever live in the comedy pantheon and in our hearts as a treasured friend and man of remarkable character and generosity of spirit.”

Before his death, Paul wrote a message to his fans that was released along with news of his passing. “Please accept my apology for not going public with what I’ve been facing the last six years,” he wrote. “I have always felt a huge amount of love and respect from my friends, fans and supporters. I have loved you all so much and enjoyed making art for you.” 

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Show her the support

In the money! Braunwyn Windham-Burke will receive $11,000 per month from her estranged husband, Sean Burke, in child and spousal support, according to legal documents obtained by Page Six on Aug. 1. Court papers reveal that $6,000 will go to toward child support and $5,000 will go toward spousal support. Sean and Braunwyn share seven children, four of whom are minors. The former “The Real Housewives of Orange County” star came out as a lesbian in December 2020 and filed for divorce in the fall of 2022. In mid-July, the reality TV alum got engaged to girlfriend Jennifer Spinner.

Braunwyn has previously argued that the support from Sean is necessary because she doesn’t really know much about finances. In a previous court filing, she told a judge, “I have relied on [Sean] to make all financial decisions for 23 years. And I have effectively been kept in the dark regarding the true extent of our business interests and assets.” Sean, who works for Economic Transformation Strategies, was ordered to begin the payments within a week of the July 26 decision.


“Euphoria” actor Angus Cloud was found dead in his family’s home in Oakland, California, on July 31. He was 25. Angus’s mother called 911 to report a “possible overdose” and indicated that her son did not have a pulse. He was eventually pronounced dead on the scene. “As an artist, a friend, a brother and a son, Angus was special to all of us in so many ways,” his family said in a statement. “Last week he buried his father and intensely struggled with this loss. The only comfort we have is knowing Angus is now reunited with his dad, who was his best friend. Angus was open about his battle with mental health and we hope that his passing can be a reminder to others that they are not alone and should not fight this on their own in silence. We hope the world remembers him for his humor, laughter and love for everyone. We ask for privacy at this time as we are still processing this devastating loss.”

Indicted in D.C.

Another one. On Aug. 1, former President Donald Trump was indicted by a federal grand jury for efforts to overturn the 2020 election — all which led up to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol as Congress was meeting to validate President Joe Biden’s victory. The four charges are conspiracy to defraud the United States; conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding; obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding; and conspiracy against rights. This marked Trump’s third indictment since March 2023. At a hearing in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 3, he pleaded not guilty. While several celebrities — such as Roseanne Barr, Kevin Sorbo and Caitlyn Jenner — publicly vowed to support the Republican presidential candidate, others claimed he’s a danger to the United States and democracy.

Scientology lawsuit

Leah Remini has filed a lawsuit against her former faith, the Church of Scientology, and its leader, David Miscavige. “For 17 years, Scientology and David Miscavige have subjected me to what I believe to be psychological torture, defamation, surveillance, harassment and intimidation, significantly impacting my life and career” she said in a press release. “I believe I am not the first person targeted by Scientology and its operations, but I intend to be the last.”

The actress, who was essentially raised in the church, left in 2013 and has opened the lid on its practices via a memoir and award-winning TV docu-series. “While advocating for victims of Scientology has significantly impacted my life and career, Scientology’s final objective of silencing me has not been achieved,” she said Instagram. “While this lawsuit is about what Scientology has done to me, I am one of thousands of targets of Scientology over the past seven decades. People who share what they’ve experienced in Scientology, and those who tell their stories and advocate for them, should be free to do so without fearing retaliation from a cult with tax exemption and billions in assets.”

Bombshell accusations

Lizzo is at the center of a lawsuit filed by three of her former backups dancers, and the details are salacious. The women claim they were weight shamed and demeaned in illegal ways. They also alleged they have faced sexual, religious and racial harassment and were subject to false imprisonment.

In one instance listed in the lawsuit, the dancers claimed they reluctantly visited Amsterdam’s infamous Red Light District at Lizzo’s insistence out of fear of losing their jobs. “The main event of the night was a club called Bananenbar, where patrons are allowed to interact with completely nude performers. While at Bananenbar, things quickly got out of hand,” the lawsuit claims. “Lizzo began inviting cast members to take turns touching the nude performers, catching [sex toys] launched from the performers’ vaginas, and eating bananas protruding from the performers’ vaginas.” The women claim they were tricked into going to a nude bar in Paris a week later. Several women not affiliated with the lawsuit have also come forward to detail negative experiences with the Grammy winner.

On Aug. 3, Lizzo put out a lengthy statement denying the allegations. “These sensationalized stories are coming from former employees who have already publicly admitted that they were told their behavior on tour was inappropriate and unprofessional,” she wrote in part. 

Mic’d up!

After Cardi B got a drink thrown on her during a performance, she turned the tide. On July 29, the rapper was showered with a drink while singing “Bodak Yellow” at a Las Vegas pool party. Cardi quickly identified the culprit and responded by throwing her microphone at that person from the stage. Video of the incident quickly caught fire. The microphone struck the alleged drink thrower but also may have hit a woman standing next to that person. According to TMZ, one of the two pool party attendees went to local police on July 30 to report the incident, and Vegas cops investigated it as an assault. Although Cardi was listed as the suspect, her attorneys said on Aug. 3 that no charges would be filed as police determined she did not commit a criminal offense. 

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