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Westboro church calls for protest of Sage Stallone funeral

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Actors Sage Stallone (L) and Frank Stallone (R) at the premiere of MGM's 'Rocky Balboa' at the Grauman?s Chinese Theater on December 13, 2006 in Hollywood, California.

Westboro Baptist Church members began a vicious #picketfuneral campaign immediately following the death announcement of action star Sylvester Stallone's oldest son, Sage, who was found dead last Friday at his home in Los Angeles at age 36.

Margie Phelps, daughter of Westboro leader Fred Phelps, led the charge via Twitter. In between the hostile commentary on bikers, homosexuals, rabbis, missing children, deceased soldiers and the media, Phelphs found time to call for a funeral protest on account of Sage Stallone's so-called "adulterous" father.

  • "Whoring dad @TheSlyStallone selfishly drove him to mock God&to his death. #shame #picketfuneral MT @NewYorkPost: Stallone's son found dead." - 6:45 PM - 13 Jul 12
  • "Adulterous dad brought wrath of God on son. #BloodOnDadsHands#picketfuneral #woe MT @GlobalGrind: Sylvester Stallone son, Sage, dead at 36." - 6:41 PM - 13 Jul 12
  • "Thrice-married rebel taught his son to mock God. #picketfuneral MT@digitalspy: Sylvester Stallone's son Sage Stallone found dead, aged 36." - 6:40 PM - 13 Jul 12

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The proof is in the... Stallone pudding lawsuit

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At the center of a years-long pudding mix up is Pasadena inventor William Brescia and Sylvester Stallone.

The convoluted story goes something like this: In the salad days, Brescia hired a marketing executive and food scientist to help develop a bodybuilding pudding. 

Then the actor of Rocky fame and a business partner started the nutritional supplement company Instone, and became somehow involved. Trade secret accusations came next. Followed by assertions that the secrets were just common knowledge.

Somewhere in middle of all this a "Sylvester Stallone Pudding" happened.

Then it was "breach of contract" this, and "misappropriation" that, and then there was suing and trials and appealing and settling and reversed decisions and this has been going on since 2004.

Today, less than two weeks after a state appeals court panel reversed the $4.9 million award given to Brescia (when his scientist and marketing cohorts were found jointly liable during a 2008 jury trial), the plaintiff's attorney told a judge on Friday that the case may soon settle to avoid another trial.

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