Celebrity Justice: March 2011 Archives
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March 2011 Archives

Judge Judy Heads Home from Hospital: Fell Ill During Taping

One minute Judge Judy was on the bench, lording over her fake judicial empire. The next she was in an ambulance being rushed to the hospital in serious condition.

Well fear not Judge Judy fans, she is expected to be released from the hospital today and is joking about her medical scare on Twitter, the LA Times reports.

Bret Michaels Sues Tony Awards, CBS for Head Injury

CBS just can't get a break. First Charlie Sheen, and now Bret Michaels.

The Rock of Love star and Poison front man is suing the network, along with the Broadway-centered Tony Awards for unspecified damages.

The reason? Well, the suit claims that Bret Michaels' Tony Awards performance caused the subarachnoid hemorrhage that almost killed him.

Willie Nelson In-Court Singing Part of a Creative Plea Deal

We're all for creative sentencing, but having Willie Nelson in your courtroom shouldn't be an excuse to make him sing your favorite song, should it?

Yet that's exactly what a star-struck Texas prosecutor has proposed with Willie Nelson's most recent pot bust.

The creative prosecutor has offered to let Willie get off if he hands over a C Note and sings for his freedom... literally.

DJ Megatron Killed While Buying Marijuana, Friend Says

New York hip hop personality DJ Megatron, 106 & Park's host, was shot to death in Staten Island while on an early-morning marijuana run, the New York Post reports.

DJ Megatron, real name Corey McGriff, was out buying marijuana and a cigar early Sunday, reports the Post.

The BET host was reportedly was speaking on his cell phone to a friend when he was shot in the chest. There were no eyewitnesses, and McGriff was pronounced dead on the scene shortly after 2 a.m.

'Teen Mom 2' Jenelle Evans' Catfight Video Leads to Arrest

Jenelle Evans is further proof that to star on MTV's "Teen Mom," you apparently have to be able to hand out some beat downs. Yep, a second "Teen Mom" has been busted for attacking someone on film.

Jenelle Evans, one of four mothers on MTV's "Teen Mom 2", was arrested Sunday in Oak Island, North Carolina for assault after celebrity gossip site TMZ posted her rabid attack on another girl last week.

It's yet another black eye for the "Teen Mom" reality series.

Lindsay Lohan Name Change: Just Lindsay, as in Cher or Madonna

There's only one Lindsay.

Okay, maybe not. But rumor has it that a Lindsay Lohan name change is in the works and the actress/singer thinks she's a big enough star to be known only by her first name.

Lindsay is no Madonna. And despite their similar, uh, mental issues, she's not even a Britney. So what's the deal?

Stevie Wonder's 'Superstition' Grammy Auction to be Stopped?

A Stevie Wonder Grammy Award is at the center of a legal battle as officials behind the music award try to keep the statuette off the auction block.

Wonder received the award in 1973 for his hit "Superstition," but the statuette has since found its way into the hands of Gotta Have It! Collectibles owner Pete Siegel, who is planning to sell it off, the New York Post reports.

Now the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has gone to court to try to prevent the sale.

'Pawn Stars' Corey 'Big Hoss' Harrison Arrested for Battery

Corey Harrison, co-star of the TV show "Pawn Stars," was arrested by California Sheriff's deputies after they said he shoved a deputy and a security guard.

Corey "Big Hoss" Harrison, 27, of Las Vegas, was booked into jail Sunday at the Big Bear Lake, Calif. station on suspicion of battery and resisting arrest, Examiner.com reports.

So what did the big guy do?

Chris Brown Probation: Could GMA Tantrum Affect Him in Court?

The Chris Brown tantrum is a legendary thing. We all remember Rihanna.

However, one would think that after six months of court-ordered domestic violence counseling, the singer would have learned to handle a bit of his anger.

But with newly bleached hair and armfuls of tattoos, the singer proved that this isn't the case. Nope, upset about Good Morning America anchors asking about Rihanna, he threw a new and approved Chris Brown tantrum.

Instead of a woman, he took his anger out on windows. And his shirt.

Another Lohan Arrested? For once, bad girl Lindsay Lohan isn't to blame this time.

Still, her estranged father Michael Lohan's arrest is making splashy headlines just the same.

Michael Lohan was arrested Monday night under suspicion of domestic violence, according to a Los Angeles police report and the Los Angeles Times

David Schubert, Paris Hilton's Prosecutor, Busted for Cocaine

Just because they enforce the law, doesn't mean they obey the law.

This is especially true of David Schubert, the Nevada prosecutor who handled the prosecutions of both Paris Hilton and Bruno Mars.

The revered member of a state and federal drug task force was busted this past weekend while purchasing crack.

Lil Wayne Recording Session: Noel 'Detail' Fisher Sexual Assault?

After about five minutes of reading Lil Wayne lyrics, this blogger couldn't decide if the Grammy-winning rapper is offensive to the ladies, or just likes to please.

Putting that consideration aside for a moment, news is out that a woman was allegedly sexually assaulted during a Lil Wayne recording session.

Luckily for Weezy (seriously, does he not know of the original?), he's not to blame. The alleged attacker is none other than Noel "Detail" Fisher--producer of Ray J and Akon fame.

Tudors Star Jonathan Rhys Meyers Sued for Drunken Rampage

If you think Henry VIII was a tyrant, then you might not be surprised to hear that the actor who plays him on Showtime's The Tudors is a bit of a tyrant too. Jonathan Rhys Meyers had to get it from somewhere, right?

However, there is one difference between Meyers and the King he portrays. Henry VIII quite enjoyed the act of beheading, while Meyers simply fancies the combination of airplanes and being drunk.

But, unfortunately for him, royal immunity does not extend to those who merely play kings. He's currently being sued for drunkenly attacking an airline employee.

Mel Gibson's Mugshot, Fingerprint Taken: What is a Book and Release?

The Mel Gibson mugshot is out and it looks like the battle with ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva has taken a toll on the actor's appearance.

Moping away and in need of some serious botox, the actor popped into the El Segundo police station Wednesday night after pleading no contest to domestic battery at the end of last week.

There won't be any jail time for the actor, so why the Mel Gibson mugshot? And the fingerprints? Has someone finally decided to make a buck off the guy?

No--it's called book and release.

Chuck Lorre: Charlie Sheen's Lawsuit 'Recklessly False Fantasy'

Those of you who are sick of Charlie Sheen should click on one of the posts below.

And those of you who are deriving pleasure from Hollywood's latest and greatest public meltdown? Well, you should just pick up a book.

Just kidding. Put the book back and read on--Chuck Lorre has responded to the Charlie Sheen lawsuit, and bless his heart, he's just concerned about Sheen's health.

AFLAC Duck No More: Gilbert Gottfried Fired Over Japan Jokes

Comedy is largely a matter of timing. Comedian Gilbert Gottfried missed that memo, and wound up losing a cushy voiceover job because of a lack of sensitivities.

Gottfriend, who was the voice of the Aflac duck, posted some off color jokes about the 8.9 magnitude Japan earthquake and tsunami on his Twitter account, Reuters reports.

Gottfried's jokes included:

Quentin Tarantino Sues Neighbor Over 'Blood-Curdling Screams'

Hollywood has a lot of interesting lawsuits. Take Quentin Tarantino, he's suing a neighbor for the "pterodactyl-like" screams coming from his "exotic bird menagerie." (Does Tarantino really know what kind of sound a pterodactyl makes?)

"On a daily basis Defendant's macaws, large tropical birds known for their loud squawks and screams, are placed in an outdoor aviary where they emit blood-curdling screams at random intervals for 7 to 8 hours each day ... which are not only startling, but have also seriously disrupted Mr. Tarantino's ability to work as a writer in his home," NYmag.com reports.

'Survivor's' Richard Hatch Surrenders to Prison Officials

Reality bites for former Survivor winner Richard Hatch. Hatch on Monday surrendered to U.S. marshals in Rhode Island to serve a nine-month prison sentence. 

Hatch, 49, failed to pay the taxes due on his $1 million winnings from the first season of the CBS show "Survivor." U.S. District Court Judge William Smith ordered Hatch to serve time in prison. Hatch, currently staring on Celebrity Apprentice, maintains his innocence and plans to appeal the decision.

Do Hollywood Stars Get Better Plea Deals Than Regular Folk?

Celebrity criminal cases seem to be more in the public consciousness than ever. One question that frequently arises in the context of celebrity cases: do celebrities get a better deal that everyone else when they plead guilty? 

Mel Gibson was recently heard on tape threatening to beat up his ex, Oksana Grigorieva, followed by her claiming that she was beat up, along with physical evidence of injuries. But he didn't wind up getting any jail time in the incident. Instead his attorney struck a plea deal where he has to seek counseling.

There are countless other celebrity cases that cause the public to raise their collective eyebrows. Charlie Sheen. Paris Hilton. Lindsay Lohan.

Rachel Oberlin's (aka Bree Olson, Sheen 'Goddess') DUI Trial Set

Last week was a big one for Rachel Oberlin, one of Charlie Sheen's girlfriends and a porn star who goes by the stage name Bree Olson.

First Sheen announce that he was making plans to marry the "international sensation" known as the Goddesses. Then a Fort Wayne, Indiana judge scheduled Oberlin's drunk driving trial for June 2011.

Charlie Sheen Lawsuit: Producer Chuck Lorre, Studio Owe Him $100M

Tiger Blood and Adonis DNA can't protect you from everything. After waging a media war against Warner Bros. and Two and a Half Men producer Chuck Lorre, Charlie Sheen was canned by the studio. And now the Vatican assassin warlock has sued.

Yesterday Charlie Sheen kicked off a $100-million lawsuit against Warner Bros. and Chuck Lorre by filing a complaint riddled with personal jabs and seemingly bizarre accusations. Though it sounds a bit delusional, there may be some truth to Sheen's allegations that Lorre conspired with Warner Bros. to blame the sitcom's demise on the actor.

Mel Gibson to Plead Guilty to Battery of Ex Oksana Grigorieva

Just because you get caught on tape threatening to beat up a woman, followed by the same woman claiming she was beat up by you, doesn't mean that you should be prosecuted or put to jail.

At least, that seems to be what the district attorney is saying in the Mel Gibson, Oksana Grigorieva case, Reuters reports.

The Vatican assassin is winning again. While most of the celebrity-obsessed world was clamoring around the "Charlie Sheen Fired!" headlines yesterday, another nugget of our favorite up-to-the-minute train wreck came to light. 

Good ol' Charlie Sheen (does he ever do anything that isn't publicized instantly?) is taking things up a notch: He's  planning to marry both of his current girlfriends, an "international sensation," dubbed the Goddesses.

It's true that the Charlie Sheen girlfriends are suddenly on the radar, and marrying both Rachel Oberlin and Natalie Kenly as part of a Charlie Sheen commitment marriage would be gnarly radical stuff, but is it illegal? Polygamy is illegal right?

Demi Lovato: Rebab Was 'Darkest Time' for Disney Star

Disney starlet Demi Lovato's rehab stint was the "darkest time" of her young life, the 18-year-old said in a video to her fans over the weekend.

Demi Lovato's rehab treatment, a two-month treatment which ended in late January, was for "emotional and physical issues," including eating disorders and self mutilation, Fox News reports.

Courtney Love has settled her Twitter defamation case. She was sued over allegations of defamation after she railed on Twitter about a businesswoman named Dawn Simorangkir and her small business.

The dispute began over a $4,000 payment for clothing. The Courtney Love Twitter defamation case was going to be the first-ever high-profile defamation trial involving Twitter.

But it appears as though Love's attorneys convinced the rocker to avoid trial and pay up.

Prince Sued by Hs Former Lawyers

This is what it sounds like... to be sued by your lawyer. -- "When Doves Cry," the Litigation Remix.

Music fans may be surprise to see headlines like "Prince Sued by Former Lawyers." On the other hand, so many superstars are being sued these days, maybe not.

Pop star Prince, real name Prince Roger Nelson, is being sued by the New York law firm of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler (PBWT) for $700,000 in legal fees according to CBS News.

MTV Star Abram Boise Spreads Feces on Jail Cell Wall

We could easily rename Celebrity Justice "Bad Ideas." Speaking of stupidity, check out MTV Star Abram Boise, 28, who was arrested for urinating on a Toyota in public this weekend, then allegedly proceeded to urinate on the floor and defecate in his hands and smear it on his cell, Sgt. Gammel said, TMZ reports. "He wrote his name in feces on the wall."

Now if he had written "I take the fifth," or "I want an attorney," that would have really been something.

Boise was arrested in Massachusetts on two counts of defacing property and one count of indecent exposure. Maybe he was just preparing for an audition as an orangutan. MTV Star Abram Boise is a reality show veteran, including "Road Rules," "The Gauntlet," "The Inferno," "The Inferno 3"Battle of the Sexes," and "The Island."

Perhaps all that talk about winning jinxed him. The Charlie Sheen show continued last night, after Sheen's twin sons were removed by the court from his home Tuesday night. Soon to be ex-wife Brooke Mueller filed a temporary restraining order, making a number of colorful allegations against in the Charlie Sheen restraining order, among them:

  • Sheen spit on her feet
  • Requested $20,000 a month in "untraceable cash to knock off a few people because the people I hate violently are going to get severely punished."
  • Threatened to stick her in the eye with a penknife and told her, "I will cut your head off, put it in a box and send it to your mom,"
  • Said, "I should have killed you when I had the chance!"

Matthew Rutler, Christina Aguilera Arrested for Public Intoxication

Christina Aguilera had a bad 2010. Her Bionic album was a commercial flop, causing her to cancel her tour. Burlesque was no better — neither was her subsequent clothing. And at the end of the year she divorced her baby-daddy and husband of five years, Jordon Bratman.

Well, 2011 isn’t looking any better for the singer. Aguilera, arrested with boyfriend Matthew Rutler, was hauled in by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department early this morning, reports MTV.