Bad real-estate deal turns great for Rihanna

Posted: February 19, 2014

WHO NEEDS to sell CDs and downloads when you can strike gold in a real-estate deal gone bad?

The New York Post's Page Six reports that popstress Rihanna has won a multimillion-dollar settlement after some lousy advice from her former accountant left her with a mere $2 million in cash on hand.

Filing suit under her real name, Robyn Fenty, in 2012, the singer claimed that bean counter Peter Gounis and the firm Berdon LLP okeydokey'd her purchase of a $7 million Southern California house despite the fact that she was "bleeding cash" in 2009, the year the deal was closed.

According to Rihanna's mouthpiece, Edward Estrada, the defendants told her that the house would be a "good investment" even though they knew she was already having financial problems - and, insisted Estrada, the house was besieged with rot due to mold and water damage.

Buying the house resulted in her going from $9 million in cash to a measly $2 million - and how much bling can a girl buy with that bag of shells?

The undisclosed settlement comes after Rihanna sued for $35 million.

Who did "Her?"

In more celeb legal news, did hipper-than-hip auteur Spike Jonze really conjure the idea for his Oscar-nominated flick, "Her"? No, insist two guys who have sued the celebrated music-video-maker-turned-writer-director.

Sachin Gadh and Jonathan Sender have filed a lawsuit contending that it was they, and not Jonze, who came up with the idea (and screenplay) about a man who falls in love with his computer's operating system. Jonze's movie, "Her," starring Joaquin Phoenix as said man looking for love in all the electronic places, opened in December to rave reviews and plenty of Oscar buzz.

According to the sentinels at TMZ, Gadh and Sender wrote a script called "Belv," which they subsequently took to Creative Artists Agency (CAA), the show-biz giant that represents Jonze and a People magazine's issue worth of other A-listers. The folks at CAA told TMZ that any culpability assigned to the firm is impossible, because the agency doesn't accept "unsolicited scripts."

Jonze, whose ouvre includes the wacky "Being John Malkovich" and the film adaptation of Maurice Sendak's beloved children's book "Where the Wild Things Are," hasn't yet commented publicly, although we're thinking of asking Siri her take on the whole episode.

Thanks to the wonders of the Wide World Interweb, the masses can decide for themselves just how closely "Her" apes "Belv," by going to

House hunter

Atlanta survived Sherman's march to the sea, so we're pretty confident it can handle the latest news from Bieber World.

It seems that everyone's favorite scamp, Justin Bieber, has had enough hassles with his no-fun neighbors in Calabassas, Calif., and is planning to invade - we mean move to - the capital of the New South.

Word is, the Beebster has been scoping out cribs in the city's oh-so-pricey Buckhead neighborhood, home to such fellow recording stars as Usher and Young Jeezy. Seems The Kid has his sights (and wallet) set on one in particular, an $11 million, 16,000-square-foot showplace that offers everything the world's most notorious 19-year-old could want, including five-plus acres, total privacy from the street and seven bedrooms.

Not that Bieber is forsaking SoCal altogether: He's also reportedly contemplating selling his Calabassas manse and moving somewhere else in the El Lay area.


We're not sure what the well-dressed movie star wears to a White House state dinner, but thanks to Ellen DeGeneres, we now know what Philly guy (and former People Paper intern) Bradley Cooper didn't wear when he attended a recent President Obama-hosted soiree.

On yesterday's episode of "Ellen," Cooper told DeGeneres that, thanks to his prep for his next role in director Cameron Crowe's untitled flick set for release next Christmas, he's put on some weight. "So, I'm prepping for a new movie . . . and nothing fits anymore," said the Coop. "I wore the tuxedo I wore to the Golden Globes. I just sort of threw it in the bag and brought it and went to Washington, D.C., and then I'm getting dressed like 10 minutes before I was supposed to go and literally the pants go up to like here," he said, gesturing with his hands. "So I had to go commando . . . because there was no room at all."


* Because, we assume, "Harry Potter" creator J.K Rowling needs the cash, she is bringing back private investigator Cormoran Strike for another go-round in the just-announced novel, The Silkworm. As in the first Strike tome, the author will be identified as "Robert Galbraith."

* Season 6 hasn't even started yet (it twerks off next week), but Logo TV has already decided that " RuPaul's Drag Race" needs to be back for a seventh season and has signed the deal to ensure that its highest-rated series continues its fierce-and-fabulous run.

* Academy Awards titan Daniel Day-Lewis is the latest Big Name to be signed as a presenter at this year's Oscarcast. Perhaps he should get the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for allowing someone else to win the Best Actor prize this year.

* We can finally get a good night's sleep now that we know that the reason Selena Gomez had a fling with One Direction's Niall Horan was to make former flame Justin You-Know-Who jealous. At least that's what the ever- popular Anonymous Source tells

- Daily News wire services

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