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|Britney Spears was charged with two misdemeanor counts of hit and run causing property damage and driving without a valid California license for dinging another car in a Studio City parking lot last month and then leaving the scene. The accident was captured on tape by the paparazzi. Arraignment has been set for Oct. 10.
Each charge carries a maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine and six months in jail.
The Phil Spector jury went home for the weekend Friday without reaching a verdict, a day after deliberations resumed and three days after the panel informed Judge Larry Paul Fidler that it was deadlocked 7-5 after about 28 hours of discussion. On
Thursday Fidler eliminated one of the instructions previously given to the jury and revised the directive in his quest to avoid a mistrial.
Former Ramones drummer Richard "Richie Ramone" Reinhardt has filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores, Apple Inc., the late Johnny Ramone's estate, the band's management, and RealNetworks, claiming he never fully turned over the rights to six songs he penned for the group and is now owed more than $900,000 in royalties from Internet
sales. Richie's creations include "Smash You," "Human Kind," and "I'm Not Jesus."
|Snoop Dogg pled guilty Thursday to felony weapon possession for trying to board at plane at Orange County's John Wayne Airport last September with a collapsible baton in his carry-on luggage. The rapper, who previously said that the weapon was a prop for a music video and that he didn't know it was contraband, was given three years' informal probation and 160 hours of community
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban have put their Nashville home on the market for $2.45 million, but they're staying put in the Music City area. The couple has found land on which to build a farm, per the Tennessean. Kidman recently told Vanity Fair they wanted to buy property so they'd have plenty of space for horses.
A judge gave The Game a conditional discharge Thursday on a charge that he impersonated a police officer. The rapper was arrested in November 2006 after he told a cab driver he was an undercover cop and instructed him to run several red lights. If he avoids getting arrested for the next six months, the misdemeanor charge will be dropped from his record all together.
A judge has ruled there is sufficient evidence to make Sean Stewart stand trial in an assault case in which he is accused of hurling bricks and other items at a couple seated inside a truck. The "Sons of Hollywood" star was ordered to return to court for arraignment on Oct. 3.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform two benefit rehearsal concerts Monday and Tuesday at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park, New Jersey, with the proceeds going to as-yet unannounced recipients. Tickets can be had for $100. The Boss kicks off his upcoming tour in Hartford Oct. 2, the same day his new album Magic is due for release.
Kanye West edged out 50 Cent...again...at Wednesday's Mobo Awards in London, where he took home Best Hip Hop Act. Amy Winehouse was named Best U.K. Female, while Ne-Yo won Best R&B Act and Best Song for "Because of You." Rihanna was named Best International Act.
|The judge in Phil Spector's murder trial said Wednesday that he would not allow the deadlocked jury to consider a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter, saying that he felt it would be inappropriate. "I do accept that it would be inappropriate at this time to instruct the jury with a new offense, that being the lesser offense of manslaughter, because I believe it's basically
directing them, if at all possible, that's what they should find," Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler said. The jury foreman said Tuesday that the jurors were at a 7-5 impasse, without indicating which way they were leaning.
Timbaland will appear on the Oct. 9 episode of "One Life to Live," performing his hit single "The Way I Are," ABC said Wednesday.
On the heels of his girlfriend Sarah Silverman's VMA hosting gig comes word that Jimmy Kimmel will be hosting the 2007 American Music Awards on Nov. 18. "I am thrilled to return as host of the 2007 American Music Awards," Kimmel said in a statement. "This is my fourth time hosting. My intent is to break Glen Campbell's all-time record of five. And his hip."
It's official: Kanye West has beaten out 50 Cent in first-week album sales, moving 957,000 copies of Graduation in comparison to Fiddy's 691,000 copies of Curtis, per Billboard. While it's doubtful that 50 will actually retire, as he once claimed, the rapper did cancel a string of European dates scheduled for Sept. 18-25 "due to a last minute, unforeseen and unanticipated change in his
schedule," Interscope Records said in a statement.
|A family court judge has ordered Britney Spears to submit to random drug testing twice a week, undergo counseling and meet with a parenting coach in order to maintain her joint custody arrangement with ex Kevin Federline, who has been trying to get primary physical custody of their two sons, Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden
James, 1. Both parents have been instructed to attend joint-parenting counseling, refrain from badmouthing each other, and abstain from alcohol or nonprescription meds at least 12 hours before getting the kids.
The jury in the Phil Spector murder trial is hopelessly deadlocked, with the panel split 7-5, the jury foreman said Tuesday. "At this time I don't believe that anything else will change the position of the jurors based on the facts that are in evidence," the foreman said. At least two jurors said, however, that further clarification of jury instructions could help break the impasse,
prompting the judge to deny the defense's immediate call for a mistrial. L.A. Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidlerwill hear arguments Wednesday on whether to allow the jury to consider a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter.
The Sex Pistols are reuniting for a onetime concert to mark the 30th anniversary of their lone studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, the band announced Tuesday on nme.com. The concert will take place Nov. 8 at London's Brixton Academy with all four original members...John Lydon, Steve Jones, Paul Cook, and Glen Matlock...slated to participate.
After calling off their fall tour of the U.S., citing Meg White's "acute anxiety," the White Stripes have gone on to cancel the U.K. leg of their trek, which was due to launch their European tour Oct. 24 in Glasgow and wrap up Nov. 2 in London. "They thank you for your understanding and well wishes," said a posting on the band's official Website.
After barely a month of mutually unbeneficial representation, Britney Spears has been dropped by L.A.-based manager Jeff Kwatinetz of the Firm. "It saddens us to confirm media reports that we have terminated our professional relationship with Britney Spears," Kwatinetz wrote in an email statement to staffers obtained by "E! News." "We have represented Britney
for the past month. We believe Britney is enormously talented, and has made a terrific record. But current circumstances have prevented us from properly doing our job. We wish Britney the best." Also, Gloria Allred's long-threatened secret witness in Spears and Kevin Federline's ongoing child custody battle showed himself in court today, revealing himself to be her former bodyguard, Tony Barretto. In a declaration to court, Barretto claims he witnessed Spears engage in "drug use, nudity and safety issues" in front of her two sons during his four-month
tenure in her employ. Finally, Spears' long-suffering custody attorney Laura Wasser has formally withdrawn as the singer's lawyer, confirming that a new lawyer will take her place in the proceedings from here on out.
Another day, another lack of verdict in the Phil Spector murder trial. The jury concluded its sixth day of deliberations Monday without a decision and is expected to reconvene Tuesday morning.
Barry Manilow pulled out of a planned appearance on "The View" rather than come face to face with Elisabeth Hasselbeck. In a statement released through his publicist, Manilow said: "I had made a request that I be interviewed by Joy, Barbara or
Whoopi, but not Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Unfortunately, the show was not willing to accommodate this simple request, so I bowed out. It's really too bad because I've always been a big supporter of the show, but I cannot compromise my beliefs."
50 Cent has announced plans to temporarily postpone his European tour, scrapping several talk and awards show appearances along with it, due to "unforeseen circumstances."
Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, George Strait, and Keith Urban have all signed on to perform at the 41st Annual CMA Awards, airing live from Nashville Nov. 7.
All news gathered from E! Online and other sources