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News 03/04/2007

James Brown's companion, Tomi Rae Hynie, and several of his children viewed his body for one last time Thursday when his casket was opened to allow for DNA samples to be taken from his body. Lawyers requested the samples in order to sort out several paternity claims made against the soul singer since his death on Christmas Day. Plans for Brown's burial remain unclear, but it is expected to take place within the next few days.

Kelis was arrested in Miami and charged early Friday with misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest without violence after she allegedly rushed towards two female undercover police officers posing as prostitutes and screamed racial profanities at them, police said.

A judge ruled that Corey Miller, the rapper formerly known as C-Murder, can promote his new album and novel while under house arrest in Louisiana but can not discuss the second degree murder charge against him. Miller has been ordered to remain at his grandmother's home until his new trial in the 2002 death of a 16-year-old. No date has been set at this time.

Bobby Brown reportedly backed out of a deal to work as an employee of Washington radio station Hot 99.5 for one week in exchange for the station putting up $19,000 to settle his back child support payments and court fees and get him out of jail. In an on-air phone conversation with the "Kane Show" Friday, Brown said he had "changed his mind," before hanging up.

Charlotte Church announced she is pregnant on her official Website, adding that she and her rugby player boyfriend, Gavin Henson, are "delighted" about the impending arrival. Speculation about the singer's pregnancy began after she was seen avoiding alcohol at her 21st birthday.

The White Stripes are hoping to release their sixth full-length album, Icky Thump, later this year, the Detroit rock duo said in a message on the band's official Website. The album will be the first since 2005's Get Behind Me Satan. No word on an official release date.

News 03/01/2007

Foxy Brown pled guilty to violating the terms of her probation Thursday by leaving New York without permission from her parole officer and traveling to Florida last month, where she was arrested and charged with simple battery and resisting a police officer. A judge allowed Brown to continue serving her six months' probation for assaulting a nail salon worker, but reserved the right to sentence her to jail for a year if she screws up again.

Paul McCartney and Heather Mills appeared in London's High Court Thursday for a preliminary hearing in their divorce proceedings. No details of the two-hour closed hearing were released. The couple announced they were amicably separating last May, but their parting turned bitter soon after.

Bobby Brown was released from jail in Massachusetts Wednesday night after a Washington D.C. radio station shelled out $19,150 in late child support and court fees to Kim Ward, the mother of two of his teenaged children. Hot 99.5 FM host Kane says Brown has agreed to work at the station for a week in return. The R&B singer was arrested Sunday at his daughter's cheerleading competition and spent three nights in jail.

News 02/28/2007

Beyoncé was among the attendees of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue party on Feb. 14 who may have been exposed to hepatitis by a Wolfgang Puck employee catering the event, according to the L.A. County Department of Public Health. The health department warned that anyone who ate raw food at the event should be vaccinated against the disease immediately as a precaution. No word on whether Beyoncé was seeking treatment.

Sean "Diddy" Combs was accused of battery at a Hollywood hotel early Sunday, police said, declining to provide further details. TMZ claimed the complaint against the rap mogul was filed by 27-year-old real estate agent Gerard Rechnitzer, who alleged he was punched in the face by someone who had been talking to his girlfriend. Meanwhile, a British court ruled Wednesday that Combs had breached an agreement with London-based record producer Richard "Diddy" Dearlove not to use their shared nickname in Britain by making a reference to "mainlin[ing] this Diddy heroin" in his song, "The Future," from Press Play. Combs agreed to change the offending lyric when performing the song in Britain in the future. However, the court stopped short of granting Dearlove's request that Combs be forced to shut down his Diddy MySpace and YouTube profiles, finding that record companies, not the rapper, maintain the content on the pages.

Sara Evans filed a motion in a Tennessee court Friday accusing her estranged husband, Craig Schelske, of holding up their divorce by refusing to set a date to mediate their differences unless she fires her attorney and makes a television appearance to deny claims she made about his pornography addiction and alleged infidelity. Evans alleges in her court documents that Schelske threatened to "start World War III" unless she agreed to his demands.

ABC is denying reports that Katherine Heigl, who plays Dr. Isobel "Izzie" Stevens on "Grey's Anatomy," dropped out of contract talks with producers of the medical drama while trying to negotiate a salary increase. The network stated it has a long-term contract with Heigl, guaranteeing her future on the show for several years, and that it recently offered to "raise her compensation significantly above the terms of her current contract."

Seal lost an appeal against an earlier court judgment ordering him to pay his former manager $980,000 in commission from his first two albums. In a written ruling issued Wednesday, a London High Court judge also ordered the singer to cover the ex-manager's legal expenses, with about $340,000 due up front.

Trey Anastasio pled not guilty Tuesday to drug charges stemming from a Dec. 15 traffic stop in upstate New York. The former Phish frontman is facing felony counts of illegally possessing prescription painkillers and driving while impaired and misdemeanor counts of possessing heroin and anti-anxiety meds prescribed to someone else. If convicted on all counts, he could face up to 14 years behind bars.

News 02/27/2007

The Police has sold out 16 of 16 tour dates that have gone on sale to date, it was announced Monday, making an estimated 415,000 tickets sold so far. Tickets for additional dates in Cleveland, Detroit, Philadelphia, Hershey, Edmonton, Dallas, Miami, Hartford, and St. Paul will be going on sale soon.

Bobby Brown was ordered Monday to remain in jail in Massachusetts until he pays $19,000 in late child support payments and court fees. The R&B singer was arrested Sunday while watching his daughter's cheerleading competition at an area high school.

Foxy Brown surfaced in a Brooklyn church Monday to tell her side of the story in her recent arrest at a Florida beauty supply shop, claiming she was dragged half-naked out of a restroom, then picked on by police because she was a "young, black woman." Store owner Hayssam Ghoneim is claiming the rapper spat on him when he asked her to leave because he was closing. Brown is facing charges of resisting a police officer and simple battery.

James Brown's companion, Tomi Rae Hynie, has reached an agreement with the trustees of the late singer's estate over obtaining DNA samples from Brown's body to help sort out several paternity claims made since his death on Christmas Day, leading to the cancellation of a Tuesday hearing on the matter, Hynie's lawyer said.

James Blunt's rep told People that a man whose foot was run over Saturday as the singer drove away from a pre-Oscar party with girlfriend Petra Nemcova was not a fan and that Blunt was steering through swarms of paparazzi at the time the accident occurred. However, the rep added that Blunt does not concede having hit the man, while police have said only that the "Beautiful" singer was involved in an accident.

Michael Jackson's rep has issued a flurry of clarifications in response to reports about the reticent entertainer, including that he has no plans to tour with members of his family, does not intend to appear on "American Idol," did not move to Las Vegas in order to star in a casino show, did not try and fail to get tickets to the recent NBA All-Star Game, did not lease Michael Flatley's property in Ireland and therefore was not evicted from said property, and did not record or release a single with Pras.

News 02/26/2007

Wayne Bridges, father of rapper Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, died Sunday after a long illness. He was 52. Earlier this month, Ludacris, 29, dedicated his Grammy win for Best Rap Album to his dad, who was seriously ill at the time. "We are overwhelmed by the generous outpouring of love, condolences and support from family members, friends, fans and the many well wishers," the Bridges family said in a statement. "We thank you for your prayers and hope you will understand our need for privacy during this sorrowful time."

Bobby Brown was arrested in Massachusetts Sunday for the second time in a year while in the state to watch his daughter compete in a cheerleading competition. The R&B singer was picked up on a warrant for failing to attend a child support hearing back in October. He was due to appear in court Monday to prove that everything was update to date with regard to his support agreement with Kim Ward, the mother of two of his children.

Kevin Federline brought his two sons with Britney Spears to visit their mother in rehab on Saturday, People reports. The would-be rapper also dropped by Promises in Malibu on Friday, bringing Spears cigarettes and pictures of their kids, a source told "E! News."

James Blunt was reportedly involved in a car accident outside a pre-Oscar party in West Hollywood early Saturday in which a man's foot was run over, police said. It was unclear what role the "Beautiful" singer played in the accident.

Elton John raised $4.2 million for the fight against HIV/AIDS through his 15th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar party on Sunday, where he performed live with James Blunt.

An Illinois bar owner is claiming Justin Timberlake will be making an autograph-signing appearance at Sharky's Billiards following a Mar. 13 concert in the Chicago area, but one of Timberlake's Los Angeles-based attorneys issued a statement saying it's not going to happen. Bar owner Joe Piagentini told a local newspaper that a promoter assured him Timberlake had been paid $25,000 to make the appearance and that he is selling tickets to the event at $100 a pop. But lawyer Gary Stiffelman stating he has not discussed the appearance with Timberlake and has never heard of Piagentini.

Prosecutors have dropped a misdemeanor assault case against Hank Williams Jr. almost a year after a cocktail waitress accused the country singer of yelling obscenities and choking her at a Memphis hotel, stating they felt they had no case.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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