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February 2013 Archives

Rihanna Gets a Restraining Order Against Stalker

Singer Rihanna recently asked a court to grant her a restraining order.

Surprise! It's not against Chris Brown.

Rihanna has reportedly taken out a restraining order against an intruder. Funny thing about that -- it wasn't an intruder who ever broke into her home. It was an intruder who broke into a neighbor's home, thinking it was actually Rihanna's home.

The man, Steveland Barrow, allegedly went as far as to sleep in the neighbor's bed, thinking it was Rihanna's bed.

Bobby Brown Gets 55-Day Jail Sentence for DUI

It's Bobby Brown's prerogative to drive drunk. It's also a Los Angeles judge's prerogative to send Bobby Brown to jail for his DUI conviction last year.

The 44-year-old singer will head to a county jail next month to begin serving his 55-day sentence for his second DUI conviction in less than a year, reports CNN.

Brown's penalty may seem a bit harsh for drunk driving (especially for a celebrity); however, the singer was driving with a suspended license from a previous DUI arrest at the time. Brown entered a guilty plea of driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license, and violating probation from the earlier conviction.

MC Hammer Arrested for Obstructing an Officer

Rapper MC Hammer was arrested near Oakland, California for allegedly obstructing an officer.

The 50-year-old rapper, whose real name is Stanley Kirk Burrell, was arrested at a shopping center. Police say that Hammer was blasting his stereo from a vehicle very loudly causing the stop, reports the Contra Costa Times.

When asked about the ownership of the vehicle, police say that Hammer was uncooperative and refused to answer any questions. He was charged with obstructing an officer in the performance of their duties and resisting an officer.

Lindsay Lohan's Legal Woes Add Up: Unpaid State Taxes

It’s a two-in-one day for Lindsay Lohan! LiLo just can’t stay out of legal trouble, can she?

Today, Lohan’s in the news for tax evasion (again). Oh, and her lawyer is trying to find another creative argument to get her out of her lying-to-the-cops case from last year.

But first, since it’s the right time of year to talk about taxes, let’s talk about state versus federal taxes. Yes, there are two authorities that many citizens have to pay taxes to. At least in California, where Lohan lives.

'Twilight' Actor Gets Probation for Public Urination at LAX

Don't urinate in public, no matter how popular your movie was.

Actor Bronson Pelletier of "Twilight" fame apparently thought he could relieve himself at Los Angeles International Airport. There's nothing wrong with taking a leak there, if you do it in the designated areas -- those designated areas being the restrooms.

But don't celebrities get special urinating privileges in Los Angeles? Well, if Pelletier had any confusion about that, he was certainly set straight. He was charged with public intoxication after he was stopped while urinating on the terminal carpet while drunk last December. You can watch the video, courtesy of TMZ, right here.

Ja Rule Leaves State Prison, Taken Into Federal Custody

Ja Rule has been released from an upstate New York prison. However, the rapper may not be celebrating his release just yet, as he is heading straight into federal custody.

The platinum-selling rapper had served most of his two-year sentence at the Mid-State Correctional Facility for an illegal gun possession charge. However, he still has some time remaining on a 28-month prison sentence stemming from a federal tax evasion charge, reports CBS News.

His sentences reportedly ran concurrently, so Ja Rule will have to serve about another six months in federal lockup.

Taylor Swift Sued for $2.5M Over Concert Cancellation

Country singer Taylor Swift is being sued for allegedly not returning an advance fee she'd received for a cancelled concert.

The 23-year-old singer is accused of taking a $2.5 million advance fee to headline the Capital Hoedown in Ottawa, Canada, last August. Though the event was ultimately cancelled, Swift allegedly never returned the fee, reports E! News.

A Florida-based ticketing company brought the lawsuit against Swift, accusing her of accepting the payment and then refusing to perform or reschedule a new appearance. The company claims this was a breach of their contract.

Mindy McCready's Sons in Foster Care: What's Next?

Mindy McCready's sons may be too young to understand exactly what happened to their mother. But news of McCready's apparent suicide will certainly cause some turmoil in her sons' lives.

McCready was found dead at her home in Arkansas on Sunday after an apparent self-inflicted gun wound. Her children, ages 6 and 10 months, have been in foster care for almost a month since McCready entered a court-ordered rehab clinic.

The next question is, who will gain custody of the two boys?

Chubby Checker Sues Over Penis-Measuring App, Seeks $500M

In a legal twist, aging icon Chubby Checker is suing Hewlett-Packard over a penis-measuring app.

The app, cleverly called "The Chubby Checker," purportedly allows individuals to estimate the length of a man's penis based on shoe size.

But Chubby Checker, whose real name is Ernest Evans, is not happy that his name was associated with the manhood-measuring app, reports the New York Daily News. In his lawsuit, the 71-year-old singer-songwriter is seeking half a billion dollars from the tech company.

Kim Kardashian, Kanye West in JFK Airport Security Snafu

Big celebrities have many perks. But is skipping the dreaded airport security checkpoint one of those perks?

It's not supposed to be. But for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, they apparently (almost) lucked out at New York's JFK airport earlier this week. While they were trying to make a connecting flight on their way home from Brazil, the couple somehow cleared customs and skipped security, Access Hollywood reports.

From what the Transportation Security Administration is saying, Kim and Kanye were escorted through a non-public area at JFK and sped through the airport to that they could get to their connecting flight on time.

Rapper DMX Arrested for Driving Without License

The rapper DMX was arrested in South Carolina this morning. He was charged with driving without a license.

A sheriff's deputy apparently recognized the rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, at a gas station about 1 a.m., reports South Carolina's WHNS-TV.

The deputy followed the rapper for a short distance before pulling him over. What was the reason for the traffic stop?

Grammy Awards Crasher Arrested, May Have to Pay for Prank

Did you notice how a random man walked on stage at the Grammys as Adele was set to receive her award?

Don't worry if you didn't. Most people didn't notice, either.

But Vitalii Sediuk, the Ukranian prankster, was arrested and spent the night behind bars for allegedly crashing the Grammys, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

'Buckwild's' Salwa Amin Arrested on Drug Charge

A "star" on MTV's reality show "Buckwild" is facing a drug charge in West Virginia.

Authorities say Salwa Amin, 24, is in jail and being held on a felony charge of possession with intent to deliver, reports The Associated Press.

Details of the arrest are still not clear, and Amin -- who's typically not camera-shy -- does not want to talk to the news media. Amin's arrest, however, may only fuel interest in the MTV show.

Grammy Awards Dress Code Bars Bare Breasts, Buttocks

Producers of the 2013 Grammy Awards are laying down the law when it comes to dress codes. Revealing clothes will not be allowed at the Grammy ceremony this Sunday.

CBS, which will air the Grammy Awards, has issued an advisory to all presenters, asking that they be adequately covered.

Specifically, the dress policy states that anyone appearing on camera should take care to cover their buttocks and breasts, E! Online reports.

Identity Theft: Movie Stars, Other Celebrities Are Victims Too

The much-anticipated movie "Identity Thief" is set to hit the big screen. The comedy starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy follows the antics of an identity thief (played by McCarthy), Time reports.

But this won't mark the first time that identity theft has hit Hollywood. In fact, identity theft -- the crime, not the movie -- has been a phenomenon among the star set for some time. Over the years, many celebrities have been hit by identity thieves.

Here are five notorious cases of identity theft among the stars:

Top 5 FCC Viewer Complaints About 'Saturday Night Live'

Do you still watch "Saturday Night Live"? Millions tune in to NBC's popular sketch-comedy show every weekend, but some don't like what they see. Many have even submitted complaints to the FCC.

A website called GovernmentAttic.org filed a Freedom of Information Act request to get copies of FCC viewer complaints about "SNL." They're worth a read, because some are pretty funny, as Gothamist recently pointed out.

But when the giggles died down, we found ourselves wondering, could these complaints actually get "SNL's" actors or producers in trouble? Think about that as we take you through the Top 5 categories of "SNL" viewer complaints:

John Travolta Sex-Assault Suit Dropped After Arbitration Ruling

A John Travolta lawsuit alleging sexual assault by the actor has been dropped, shortly after a judge cleared the way for it to proceed in federal court.

The now-defunct lawsuit was brought by a cruise ship steward named Fabian Zanzi. The Chilean man claimed that Travolta exposed himself and forcibly embraced Zanzi while naked in a stateroom on a cruise ship last summer.

The most recent legal issue revolved around a mandatory arbitration clause found on the cruiseline's tickets. The clause required all disputes between passengers (like Travolta) and the cruise liner (which employed Zanzi) go through arbitration instead of court, TMZ reports.

Did 'Glee' Steal Song From Indie Singer Jonathan Coulton?

Is Fox's "Glee" stealing songs from performers without permission? That's what indie singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton is saying. He claims that "Glee" producers stole his 2005 arrangement of "Baby Got Back," On The Media reports.

What's worse, the "Glee" version of the 1992 Sir Mix-A-Lot song, which Coulton claims is based on his arrangement, is being sold on iTunes for $1.29. That's 30 cents more than Coulton's rendition, which is also available for download.

Does "Glee" have the legal right to take Coulton's work, even if it's a derivative of someone else's work?

Randy Travis Gets Probation for Naked DWI Incident

Randy Travis has received probation for crashing his Pontiac Trans Am while driving naked and drunk.

The country singer pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and received two years of probation, a $2,000 fine, and a 180-day suspended jail sentence, reports The Associated Press.

What this means is that for the next two years, Travis will have a 180-day jail sentence hanging over him should he violate the terms of his probation.