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Alfonso Ribeiro Bails On Highly Promoted Club Appearance For DWTS



Alfonso Ribeiro is willing to burn a few bridges just to take home that shiny Mirror Ball Trophy.

TMZ first broke the story, the Dancing With the Stars contestant was supposed to host a very highly publicized, The Pool After Dark birthday bash in Atlantic City on Saturday, but backed out on Wednesday. Per the news outlet, Alfonso’s decision was based on money … Winning DWTS and making $345K outweighed traveling to New Jersey to pocket only $35K.

(We will say based on this week’s debut performance on the reality show, Alfonso definitely stands a chance to win.)

According to TMZ, the club was livid, mainly because the actor’s face is on the promotional flyer. Not to mention, the venue, who already paid $1,500 for a customized cake, has to go back and refund $10K worth of pre-sold tickets.



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  1. Molly Kamper

    September 19, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    According to the TMZ update, this is all bogus. The nightclub went ahead and advertised Alfonso’s appearance there, but Alfonso never had agreed or even signed a contract. According to them, the nightclub now has to pay Ribeiro for falsely advertising him making an appearance which he never agreed to. That nightclub has done some shady stuff like this in the past…

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Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice



Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.

On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.

It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.

So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.

“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”

Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”

And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.

For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”

Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.

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