Odds & Ends: Ciara, Lostprophets’ Ian Watkins and Justin Bieber

Ciara was served with legal docs during her performance at L.A. Gay Pride … Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins denies he’s a baby molester … and a plaintiff in a lawsuit against Justin Bieber claims the Bieb’s bodyguards are packing heat.

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VH1 Divas, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, Calif.

Ciara’s Saturday performance on the main stage at the Los Angeles Gay Pride Parade during the weekend came with something extra.   The singer was served with legal documents.

North Hollywood nightclub The Factory is suing Ciara, claiming she inked a $10,000 contract to appear at the venue June 7, the evening before the singer was scheduled to perform at the Los Angeles Gay Pride Parade.  The Factory sez Ciara had told them that restrictions in the contract with Gay Pride organizers prevented her from performing at the club but an appearance would be OK, according to celebrity gossip monger TMZ.  Ciara reportedly nixed her Factory appearance June 3.

Ciara’s representatives performed some damage control, telling TMZ that The Factory continued to promote her appearance even after being told she wasn’t going to make it.  While that’s for the court to figure out, the main thing you need to know is that she was served while performing at L.A. Gay Pride and that there’s a video of the moment, including a person turning to the camera and saying, “She got served.”

Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins electronically appeared in a Cardiff, Wales, courtroom last week and denied charges that he sexually assaulted a baby.

The singer wasn’t physically in the courtroom.  Instead, he appeared via video-link from his current digs at Wales’ HM Prison Parc.

Watkins’ latest “appearance” in court involved a change of venue attempt to relocate the trial outside of Wales.  However, Judge Eleri Rees denied the request, according to London’s Guardian newspaper.

Watkins appeared in the same courtroom earlier in the week and denied two dozen different accusations, including two accounts of raping a baby as well as charges that he helped a woman sexually assault an infant. 

The judge ruled that Watkins’ trial will begin Nov. 25.

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V Music Festival, Hylands Park, Chelmsford,  UK 

You probably shouldn’t ever get into a dustup with Justin Bieber.  At least, not when his bodyguards are around.  That is, his armed bodyguards.

In a lawsuit filed against the Canadian teen, photographer Jeffrey Binion claimed Bieber’s security team attacked him while he was shooting photos of the singer outside the Hit Factory recording studio in Miami, according to TMZ (someday all news will come from TMZ).

According to the suit, while bodyguard Hugo Hesny was allegedly throwing the photog up against a wall and grabbing him by the neck,” Binion glimpsed a holstered gun under Hesny’s shirt.  The photographer sez all this was going down as members of the Bieber Protection Squad were taking the memory card from his camera.

Binion is claiming he suffered from “bodily injury, pain and suffering, mental anguish and incurred medical expenses.”

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Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany