Mantenna – Billy Bob Thornton’s Daughter Guilty of Manslaughter

June 2, 2011
Billy Bob Thornton’s daughter is found guilty of manslaughter, Rihanna's new video gets condemned by the Parents Television Council, and the highly-anticipated Groupon IPO is a go…the Mantenna was born to be a ramblin’ man!

Billy Bob Thornton’s Daughter Guilty of Manslaughter

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The estranged daughter of Billy Bob Thornton has been found guilty of aggravated manslaughter. Amanda Brumfield, 32, was found guilty of killing the one-year-old child of her best friend. Brumfield was babysitting the infant at the time when she claimed the child climbed out of a playpen, fell, and hit her head. Prosecutors said it was impossible that such a fall would cause a three-and-half inch fracture and extensive bleeding and swelling. Brumfield waited some two hours before calling for help. She was acquitted of the more serious charges of first-degree murder and aggravated child-abuse. Billy Bob released a statement to CNN saying, “Anytime a baby's life is lost is an unimaginable tragedy and my heart goes out to the baby's family and loved ones.” Brumfield will be sentenced in July. [ABC News]

The Highly Anticipated Groupon IPO is a Go

Groupon has lodged the necessary paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission that paves the way for an IPO. Groupon hopes to raise $750 million which would value the company at a whopping $25 billion. The company’s stock market call sign will be GRPN. Groupon said its listing would be made up of both new shares and a yet-to-be-determined number of shares that belong to current investors in the company. The exact date of the IPO was not announced. Groupon has had a meteoric rise since starting in 2008. This time last year the Chicago-based company was worth around $1 billion. In December Google offered to purchase the coupon generator for a cool $6 billion. CEO Andrew Mason rejected the deal. Mason said that while Groupon was "looking forward to being a public company, we intend to continue operating according to the long-term focused principles that have gotten us to this point.” The company has yet to turn a profit and last year recorded loses of $450 million. [New York Times]

Rihanna's New Video Condemned by Parents Television Council

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According to reports, the Parents Television Council has jumped in on the recent bandwagon of hating on Rihanna’s new video for “Man Down” and looks to take it down for good. The group has supposedly joined forces with a number of similar organizations by condemning Rihanna and BET over the recent airing of the violent new video. The new vid premiered on BET on Tuesday and in it, Rihanna can be seen shooting an unarmed guy in the back of the head after he sexually assaulted her. “Rihanna’s personal story and status as a celebrity superstar provided a golden opportunity for the singer to send an important message to female victims of rape and domestic violence,” PTC director Melissa Henson said in an official statement. “Instead of telling victims they should seek help, Rihanna released a music video that gives retaliation in the form of premeditated murder the imprimatur of acceptability. The message of the disturbing video could not be more off base.” Wow. Some people just have too much time on their hands. [Billboard]

Amy Winehouse Once Again Checks Out of Rehab

In a shocking turn of events, pop drunkard Amy Winehouse has apparently checked out of rehab treatment facility in London after spending over a week going through the program. Earlier today, Winehouse spokesman Chris Goodman stated that the troubled singer is "raring to go" in the lead-up to her upcoming European tour. Hmmm…seems like we’ve written about this before. I’m getting déjà vu here, people. Winehouse is set to hit the stage at music festivals in Serbia, Turkey, Greece, and Spain. [ABC]