Celebrity Justice: February 2011 Archives
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February 2011 Archives

Rapper Juvenile Arrested in Louisiana for Pot Possession

Rapper Juvenile, best known for his hit song, "Back That Thang Up," may have backed his own thang right into jail.

Rapper Juvenile was arrested in Louisiana for possession of marijuana and released after posting $750 cash bond according to Associated Press.

The rapper, whose real name is Terius Gray, was charged with possession of marijuana and driving on a suspended license after being clocked doing 75 mph in a 65 mph zone and passing in the right lane, which is illegal in New Orleans.

Hulk Hogan Sues Car Dealership, Cocoa Pebbles Cereal

Owner of the hottest 900 phone number in the early nineties.

Purveyor of the Thunder Mixer.

He who knows best.

When Hulk Hogan sues, he sues big. Nothing less should ever be expected from a man who proudly claims these three accomplishments. Or a man who proudly wears his Fu Manchu 'stache way past its expiration date.

In fact, that identifying mustache is such a big moneymaker, that it can be partially blamed for Hulk Hogan's recent campaign in the courts.

Lindsay Lohan Jail Time: Actress Doomed for Jail, Again?

Lindsay Lohan, jail resident? That would be a yes if Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz has anything to say about it.

Lohan was back in court this week to discuss the future trajectory of her necklace-related felony grand theft charge. Clad in a white pants and a dangerously low-cut top (Lindsay Lohan court attire is a favorite topic here on Celebrity Justice), Lohan was informed that jail time is most likely part of her future.

Tru Life, Former Jay-Z Protégé, Faces Prison Time for NY Stabbing

Rapper Tru Life, a former protege of Jay-Z, may have gained some street credibility but not in a good way. The rapper is facing eight years in prison for a New York stabbing that left one victim dead and another in critical condition.

Tru Life, real name Robert Rosado Jr., pled guilty to second-degree gang assault in the stabbing death of 20-year-old Christopher Guerrero, the New York Daily News reports.

Chris Brown Restraining Order: Just Don't Bother Rhianna

Ah yes. The Chris Brown restraining order. Clearly a relic of times past. He's completed his 52-week domestic violence course, so why would Rihanna need its protection? He's obviously recovered.

Everyone remembers when, two years ago, Chris Brown was arrested for punching Rihanna several times in the head, choking her, biting her ear and fingers, and then threatening to kill her. More shocking than the photographs was his sentence: five years of probation, 1,400 hours of laborious community service, and a domestic violence program. No jail time.

Amanda Knox Movie: Did Amanda Knox Lifetime Film Harm Her Case?

Hayden Panettiere is no Amanda Knox, but she does play her in the new Amanda Knox Lifetime movie--Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy.

Though the network isn't known for its titling, the Amanda Knox movie is sure to be another boring Sunday afternoon hit. That's if the lawyers representing Knox, her also-convicted ex-boyfriend, and the parents of victim Meredith Kercher don't get to it first.

Buju Banton Found Guilty of Cocaine Dealing, Faces 15 Years

In a few days, the Buju Banton news went from Grammy for Best Reggae Album to Buju Banton Found Guilty of cocaine possession. The reggae artist is facing up to 15 years in a federal prison.

Banton was in the news recently when he won his Grammy Award. It wasn't widely publicized that he was also set to stand trial in a federal court in Florida, which the New York Daily News reports stemmed from charges that he conspired to distribute cocaine.

Anna Nicole Opera: Will Ex-Playmate's Estate Sue?

Opera is often considered to be up-market--the arena of the wealthy elite. However, Anna Nicole Smith has always been associated with more low-rent forms of entertainment. Like stripping and pole dancing. So what do you get when you put the two together?

The Anna Nicole opera.

Known for marrying an oil tycoon sixty-years her senior, then spending years publicly fighting his children for his money, the actress/stripper/porn star/you-name-it-she-did-it, met a terrible fate at the hands of drugs. Her tumultuous life continued to remain in the news after her death, as her ex-boyfriends fought over custody of her daughter, Dannielynn. Larry Birkhead, the victor in that battle, is now speaking out against the Anna Nicole opera.

Halle Berry Custody Battle: Gabriel Aubry Loses Latest Round

The Gabriel Aubry, Halle Berry custody case continues with the latest round being called a victory for Halle Berry. A judge has ruled that Halle Berry can travel across country with her toddler to New York to film a movie called "New Year's Eve."

Gabriel Aubry had tried to stop Halle from taking their daughter Nahla with her to New York, TMZ reports. "We are pleased the judge took the time to deal with this very imminent and important issue. The judge read a great deal of paperwork and gave us time to argue ... Halle is very pleased with the judge's order," said Neal Hersh, Halle Berry's attorney.

Could Charlie Sheen Sue to Return to Work?

Charlie Sheen has had the fastest drug recovery known to mankind. What was it? Nine days?

In an interview, Sheen explained that he "heal[s] really quickly," reports The Montreal Gazette. Indeed, he also "unravel[s] pretty quickly"--so quickly, that he's itching to get back to work and fast, before boredom sends his "recovery" off track.

So, Charlie Sheen wants to return to work. He's doing fine. No more drugs or porn stars. The baby isn't his. But what if Warner Bros. and CBS don't want him to return to work? Can Charlie Sheen sue to force the show back to shooting?

Mel Gibson: Oksana Grigorieva Extortion Case Delivered to DA

For Mel Gibson, Oksana Grigorieva must have been the biggest mistake of his life--even surpassing the anti-semitic remarks that first wreaked havoc on his Hollywood career. Backed by recordings, Oksana publically alleged that she was assaulted by Mel Gibson; extortion allegations were his main response.

After the Mel Gibson/Oksana Grigorieva relationship blew up in the press, Mel's lawyers alleged that she had tried to extort millions of dollars from the washed up actor.

Over the past six months, the Los Angeles Police Department has investigated the allegations against Oksana Grigorieva. Extortion evidence was sought via lawyer notes, text messages, e-mails and computer logs. On Wednesday, the police department handed their findings over to the prosecutor, who must now decide whether to charge her and try the Mel Gibson extortion case.

Rihanna Sued by Photographer David LaChapelle Over Music Video

Rihanna may want to grab an Umbrella to protect herself from the storm of a litigation being brought on by photographer David LaChapelle.

The famous photographer alleges that Rihanna's music video S&M was "directly derived" from pictures that he took, Reuters reports. LaChapelle filed the copyright lawsuit in New York. He is suing over the Rihanna S&M video for unspecified damages.

'Jersey Shore' Ronnie Magro-Ortiz Pleads Not Guilty to Assault

This blogger is going to admit that, while she has never seen an actual episode of Jersey Shore, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro's recent stint in a New Jersey courtroom proves that the show has a purpose beyond instructionals on how to gym, tan, laundry. Its cast is constantly providing a barrage of legal lessons.

Ronnie spent part of Valentine's Day in court, where he pled not guilty to a charge of aggravated assault stemming from a fight that occurred outside a nightclub during the show's first season. The fight involved Stephen Izzo, who was allegedly punched in the face and knocked unconscious. For those who are big Jersey Shore/Ronnie fans, this was also the fight that put the DVD of the show's first season in jeopardy. It was apparently a big deal.

Celebrity Divorce Week: Kelsey Grammer Divorce Leads Pack

It was a helluva divorce week here on Celebrity Justice, with no less than three celebrity couples making headlines with news about their failed marriages.

The Camille and Kelsey Grammer divorce was finalized on Thursday, as an L.A. County Superior Court judge signed the final divorce decree. For those who don't follow the washed up actor and his Real Ex-Housewife of Beverly Hills, here's the deal: he convinced her to sign onto the Real Housewives franchise while he dabbled on Broadway, where Us Magazine reports he met his now-fiancé, 29.

Lindsay Lohan White Dress: How Not to Dress for Court

One would think that, after Lindsay Lohan was skewered by the media for the delightful message she painted on her fingernail during a July court appearance, she would have a little bit more sense when choosing her court attire this time around. But no, the proper way to dress for court seems to have escaped her yet again. Perhaps the memo got lost on the way to rehab?

To Lindsay Lohan, court is just another fashion show. She's repeatedly shown up in inappropriate clothing--black lacy shirts, low cut button-ups, short skirts, hooker heels, and her own clothing line. Back in court to plead not guilty to charges of felony grand theft that stem from recent allegations that she stole an overpriced necklace, she demonstrated a whole new understanding of how not to dress for court.

Dr. Dre Lawsuit: Case Against Rapper Before Michigan Supreme Court

Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Eminem -- welcome to the Michigan Supreme Court.

An incident in Michigan from 2000 involving the Up In Smoke Tour, which featured the rappers, has now reached the state's highest court. The issue in the Dr. Dre lawsuit is a video which was to be played on the big screen during the show at Joe Louis Arena. The video had to be cleared by city officials, including Detroit Police Commander Gary Brown. However, Brown and the officials denied the rappers from playing the video, due to excessive nudity and violence, WDIV reports.

Mark Sanchez Girlfriend: Eliza Kruger, 17, Linked to Jets QB

Always good to start the New Year off right. And by right, I mean have an affair with a 17-year-old high school student.

At least that's what Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez must have been thinking on December 31st when he reportedly traded numbers with Eliza Kruger at a Manhattan club.

Deadspin has been taunting readers for days, revealing that they had asked the Jets for comment on an impending story about Mark Sanchez. A 17 year old girl was involved, which of course, put the gossip hounds at the ready. Today, Deadspin finally revealed the story. And it's more hilarious than scandalous.

Steve Harvey Divorce Judge: Wife Must Stop Bad Mouthing

It looks like Steve Harvey has won a round in his nasty divorce battle.

A judge has ruled that his ex wife Mary Lee Harvey must stop talking about him in the media. The judge issued an injunction which includes a gag order preventing her from discussing Harvey in interviews, as well as on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and YouTube until at least March 10. Naturally TMZ already has the documents posted online.

Lindsay Lohan Felony Grand Theft Over Stolen Necklace

Poor Lindsay Lohan. Grand theft, and a felony grand theft at that, may land her back in the big house.

Last week Lindsay Lohan was reported to be wearing a stolen, one-of-a-kind necklace worth $2,500 from a Venice, California boutique. Despite adamantly denying the accusations and claiming that her stylist forgot to return the necklace, which apparently was on loan, local prosecutors have filed charges.

Bruno Mars Drug Deal: Probation of Vegas Cocaine Bust

A skilled criminal defense attorney can make a huge difference in the outcome of a case. Take the case of Bruno Mars, real name Peter Hernandez, who was arrested for cocaine possession at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. Mars, a singer/songwriter, has been nominated for seven Grammy awards.

Mars claimed that the incident, where he was arrested with 2.3 grams of cocaine, was "a foolish thing and [he] never used drugs before," the Associated Press reports. Mars was facing the possibility of prison time, so he is no doubt pleased that his attorney was able to work out a deal for him.

Celebrity Foreclosures: Their Houses in Foreclosure Just Like Us

We, the little people, are not alone. Or so say the gossip rags.

The country is riddled with houses in foreclosure--people from all walks of life have been hit hard, regardless of whether they are paid millions to throw a ball around. Or, you know, prance around on TV while spending money and acting catty. Celebrity foreclosures are out there.

The number of celebrity foreclosures is astonishing. You'd think that people who have enough money to pay someone to manage that money wouldn't lose their homes. Brings them down a peg, no?

Diddy Sued for $1 Trillion for Causing 9/11 Attacks

There are plenty of valid reasons for suing P Diddy, or Sean Combs. Constantly changing his name. Appearing in a hundred videos and just saying, "uh huh, yeah." His VH1 series I Want to Work for Diddy.

But conspiring with Rodney King to bring down the World Trade Center on September 11th? Questionable. But that's just what happened according to Valerie Joyce Wilson Turks, RadarOnline reports. She also alleges that P Diddy date raped her 24 years ago. In addition, she claims that she dated P Diddy, and they have a son named Cornelius Wilson who is 23.

Lindsay Lohan Necklace Case: Is She a Jewelry Thief?

Lindsay, Lindsay, Lindsay. Back in the news again? Back in jail again? Well, maybe. Just out of rehab, Lindsay Lohan is again in trouble with the police--this time for allegedly stealing a $2,500 necklace from a high-end boutique in Venice, California.

Spotting paparazzi photos and surveillance video of the Lindsay Lohan necklace around the actress' neck, the store's owner reported the theft to the police.

Before detectives could execute a search warrant, a Lohan associate returned the necklace to the LAPD, reports the Daily News.

Charlie Sheen Rehab Trip May cost Warner Brothers $250 Million

It seems like just yesterday we were writing about how CBS would never do anything to Charlie Sheen because he makes them too much money. Despite his notorious bad behavior, we noted that the Two and a Half Men star showed up for work on time and delivered his lines, making CBS millions of dollars.

However, now that Sheen is in rehab, putting the whole show on hiatus, the equation quickly changes.