These "destructive forces" aimed at the world's richest man, who celebrated his 50th birthday last year in the company of the Prince of Wales and Michael Jackson, are emanating from the US District Court in Los Angeles.
Shannon Marketic, a former Miss USA, is suing the Sultan, his brother and the "talent agency" that allegedly recruited her for a Brunei sex tour for a total of m (pounds 57m).
At school, Melinda was earnest, driven and goal-orientated.
Her introduction to the cyber-world came at 14, when her father brought home an Apple II, one of the first consumer computers available.
Clever, raven-haired, strong-featured and tough as nails, she brings equal amounts of compassion, common sense and business nous to the small matter of alleviating world sickness and poverty.
Born in 1964, she grew up in Dallas, Texas, the daughter of Ray French, an engineer and house-rentals agent.
Six-and-a-half years later, Melinda Ann had advanced through the company, from software marketing tyro to general manager of information products such as Expedia and Encarta; more significantly, she had advanced to a senior role in the heart of the chief executive, Bill Gates, soon to become the world's richest man.
The allegations made against the sultanate, he said, were "worse than murder".Instead, this devout Christian girl from Malibu is suing for "mental anguish, nightmares, difficulty sleeping, other trauma".Though she never claims to have met the Sultan or his brother, she was allegedly forced to be a private dancer in his palace grounds, and did not like it one bit.The news that Christina Grimmie -- the 22-year-old singer who, as a New Jersey teen, made a name for herself on You Tube before broadening her fame in 2014 on Season 6 of “The Voice” – was shot and killed Friday while signing autographs for fans after a concert in Orlando, Fla., is tragic.But for fans of “The Voice” who watched Grimmie show off, during her time on the show, not only her impressive vocal chops and stage presence, but also her musical creativity, willingness to experiment and upbeat resilience, the loss must be heartbreaking.Those who watched Grimmie turn four chairs during her blind audition and then stick around to finish third on the show, behind only sweet, shy, country-singing runner-up Jake Worthington (of Team Blake Shelton) and silky-soulful winner Josh Kaufman (of Team Usher), knew she was an unusual talent. Courageous.” As details about the circumstances of Grimmie’s death continue to emerge, it’s worth remembering some of the triumphs of the promising young singer’s all too short life.