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Boy George Sentence to Fifteen Months in Prison

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Boy George, the ex-singer of Culture Club whose real name is George O’Dowd, was sentenced to fifteen months in prison today by Snaresbrook Crown Court in London.

Last month, Boy George was found guilty unanimously by a jury after a seven day trial in which he was accused of chaining a male escort to the wall in his London apartment. The escort, Audun Carlsen, also claims that Boy George beat him with a metal chain while imprisoned.

Boy George has maintained his innocence throughout the trial and sentencing.

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January 16, 2009 Posted by | Musician, Trial, Under Arrest | , , , , , | 1 Comment

John Waters Sued For Song Use on Christmas Album

A John Waters Christmas

A John Waters Christmas

A federal lawsuit for copyright infringement has been issued against director and all-around awesome individual John Waters for the publication of the song “Santa Claus is a Black Man” on Waters’ CD A John Waters Christmas from 2004.

The plaintiff, Theodore Vann, claims he owns the song and that Waters had no right to release it on the CD. Vann goes on to say in his suit that he specifically denied Waters the rights to use the song because he is “odd and a fetishist”.

November 25, 2008 Posted by | Celebrity, Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Lawsuit, Musician | , , , , | Leave a comment

Michael Jackson Settles Lawsuit Filed by Bahraini Sheikh Out of Court

Michael Jackson Settles Lawsuit

Michael Jackson Settles Lawsuit

London’s Royal Courts of Justice has said that a lawsuit filed by Sheikh Abdulla bin Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa against Michael Jackson has been settled out of court.

The lawsuit claimed that Jackson had abandoned a business deal with 33-year old Sheikh Abdulla that would have included a new album and an autobiography.  Sheikh Abdulla had paid the $2.2 million in legal fees for Jackson’s 2005 child molestation trial, let Jackson move into one of his palaces in Bahrain after the acquittal, and had given Jackson a $7 million advancement on the planned record and book.

Jackson’s lawyers argue that the money given was to him as a gift, and that he was not bound by any contract.

The terms of this amicably settled dispute will remain undisclosed, with a representative for Sheikh Abdulla saying “the details of the settlement will remain confidential as this is part of the agreement.” The pair have wished each other well on their individual endeavors.

November 24, 2008 Posted by | Celebrity, Lawsuit, Musician | , , , , | 2 Comments

Suge Knight Charged in Las Vegas for Possession and Battery

Suge Knight Mugshot

Suge Knight Mugshot

Back in August, Suge Knight was arrested in Las Vegas for allegedly attacking his girlfriend, and during the arrest he was found to have two controlled substances, meth and hydrocodone, on his person.

This weekend, Knight was finally officially charged with two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor for battery.

More to come on this, as lawyers from Clark County and for the defense start to make their initial statements.

November 17, 2008 Posted by | Attack, Celebrity, Celebrity Wannabe, Musician, Under Arrest | , , , , | 1 Comment

Mos Def Sought for Attack on Photographer at MAGIC

Mos Def Hates Him Som Paparazzi

Mos Def Hates Him Some Paparazzi

Mos Def is currently being sought for questioning after he allegedly attacked a photographer during an event at the Men’s Apparel and Garment Industry Convention (MAGIC) in Las Vegas.

Def, whose real name is Dante Terrell Smith, faces charges of malicious destruction of private property and felony robbery after he reportedly took the camera from one of the official photographers at the event, smashed it on the ground, and then took the broken equipment.

The victim, Volker Corell, claims he also received a cut on his hand during the altercation.

A warrant is currently out for Mos Def’s arrest, though no prosecutors or criminal defense attorneys have stepped forward at this time with any comments.

November 6, 2008 Posted by | Attack, Celebrity, Musician, Robbery, Theft | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Temporary Restraining Order Requested Against Lyfe Jennings

Lyfe Jennings Mugshot

Lyfe Jennings Mugshot

Last week, Lyfe Jennings was arrested for charges including weapons possession and eluding the police.  As more details come out about this incident, another issue has come up, a request for a temporary restraining order.

The request is being made by Joy Bounds, the estranged girlfriend and mother of Jennings’ two children.  Bounds claims that during the events leading up to his arrest, Jennings threatened to kill her and a friend.

During a 911 call that has now been released, Jennings is reported described as kicking in a front door and shouting “Where are my kids? I want my kids!”

We’ll have more details on this ongoing report as they become available.

October 27, 2008 Posted by | Celebrity, Musician, Under Arrest | , , | Leave a comment

Bon Jovi Sued for $400 Billion (Yes Billion) for Allegedly Borrowing Lyrics

Jon Bon Jovi is being sued for allegedly borrowing lyrics from the song “(Man I Really) Love This Team”, the Boston Red Sox Anthem by a band called The Chelsea City Council.  Frontman Samuel Bartley Steele is seeking $400 Billion (thats $400,000,000,000 or over half of the Wall Street Bailout the Congress is working on) from Bon Jovi, who he says used his lyrics for the song “I Love This Town”.

Representatives for Bon Jovi and their and any other copyright protection lawyers that may need to get involved have stated they have yet to see the lawsuit.

October 13, 2008 Posted by | Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Lawsuit, Musician | , , , , | Leave a comment

George Michael Reportedly Arrested in Public Bathroom for Drug Possession

George Michael Arrest for Suspicion of Drug Possession

George Michael Arrest for Suspicion of Drug Possession

Over the weekend, a 45-year old man was arrested in a London public toilet on suspicion of drug possession after a tip-off from the bathroom attendant, and later released with a “caution” for possession of class A and class C drugs.

Although Michael was not named by police, other sources were later able to confirm his identity. Michael pleaded guilty last May for driving while unfit and was banned from driving for two years.  In an interview last year, Michael proudly proclaimed “…and I can afford my marijuana so that’s not a problem.”

September 22, 2008 Posted by | Musician, Under Arrest | , , , , | Leave a comment

Kanye West Out Of Jail and in Hawaii

Kanye Arrives in Hawaii

Kanye Arrives in Hawaii

After yesterday’s little scuffle at LAX, Kanye West is out on bail and at his final destination Hawaii.

West noted on his blog “We back in the lab!!! I’m cool with the paparazzi. This guy wasn’t cool. I gotta work now… I’ll rant later!”

That’s some good wording right there.

September 12, 2008 Posted by | Celebrity, Musician, Under Arrest | , , , | 1 Comment

Donnie Wahlberg Is Toughening Up For The Big “D”

Donnie and Kim are heading to Splitsville

Donnie and Kim are heading to Splitsville

Kim Fey, Donnie Wahlberg’s wife of nine years, has officially filed for divorce in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The couple separated back in January.

Fey is seeking sole custody of their two kids and and give Wahlberg visitation rights. Fey is also requesting spousal support.

More to come, as I’m sure we’ll be hearing from both of their Los Angeles or possibly San Jose Divorce Attorneys in the very near future.

August 18, 2008 Posted by | Celebrity, Divorce, Musician, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment