Seventies pop idol David Cassidy will have to appear in court to face DUI charges related to an arrest last summer (13) after he was caught playing bowls instead of attending a plea deal hearing on Wednesday (30Jul14). The former Partridge Family star was initially allowed to forego an in-person appearance at Schodack Town Court in New York because he lives in Florida, where he is reportedly undergoing substance abuse treatment.
But an unfortunate tweet from the New York Horse Racing Association has landed him in trouble after officials revealed he was playing bocce with two trainers at nearby Saratoga Race Track while the plea deal was being discussed.
Carmelo Laquidara, the assistant district attorney overseeing the case, learned of the tweet and called the episode "odd and disturbing".
He says, "Once we were made aware of that, we no longer consented to any plea agreement being done through the mail, through his attorney."
Cassidy will now have to be present in court for the next hearing on 3 September (14).
British rockers James were quietly hoping English soccer officials would ask them to record the team's 2014 World Cup anthem after their songs Come Home and Sit Down hit the top of a new poll of unofficial terrace tunes. The band even included a soccer-themed song, name-checking singer Tim Booth's sports hero Lionel Messi, on its new album, La Petit Mort, but the Football Association executives opted not to record an official anthem this year (14).
Booth tells WENN, "We were hoping Curse Curse might get picked up, but it didn't. We thought we were in with a chance because Come Home was just voted the best soccer anthem to ever come out of Manchester (England), and Sit Down is sung at many clubs."
But Booth admits it's perhaps just as well James didn't get asked to create a soccer song - because he tried it once before with terrible results: "We tried very badly around (album) Laid, I changed the lyrics to a song and it was just appalling."
And the singer, who grew up an ardent Leeds United fan, reveals he's not a big fan of English soccer: "I tend to watch Barcelona now. I love Messi.
"I wanted Argentina to win the World Cup and I wanted Messi to score and be hailed the best player in the world. Once the Germans scored in extra time in the final, I turned off. I was out of that game."
Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris has applied for permission to appeal against his conviction for sex attacks on four young girls. Harris was found guilty in June (14) of molesting four females aged between seven and 19 in a catalogue of abuse dating from 1968 to 1986.
The Australian singer/artist was jailed for almost six years for 12 counts of indecent assault, but he is now launching a bid to appeal against his convictions, with Judicial Office staff confirming Harris' lawyers have lodged papers at London's Court of Appeal.
Harris was stripped of his British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) fellowship and his Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame honour following his conviction.
David Cassidy's driving while intoxicated (DWI) case has been adjourned until September (14) as the singer/actor's lawyer continues to negotiate a plea deal with prosecutors. The Partridge Family star was slapped with the felony charge last summer (Aug13), when he was pulled over at a police checkpoint in Schodack, New York.
Cassidy's lawyer, Lucas Mihuta, was allowed to appear on the 64 year old's behalf at a plea hearing in Schodack Town Court on Wednesday (30Jul14) as his client lives in Florida, and he successfully requested an adjournment to allow the two sides to work out technical legal issues for the deal.
Town Justice Bruce J. Wagner set the next court date for 3 September (14).
However, the star risked the wrath of prosecutors after it was later revealed he was actually in the area at a horse racing event at Saratoga Race Course.
Authorities were alerted to his location after a Twitter.com post by a representative for the New York Racing Association announced Cassidy's attendance and one prosecutor admitted they were "disturbed" by the news.
Officials are expected to agree to reduce the felony charge for Cassidy, who was convicted of DWI in Florida in 2011, to a misdemeanour.
Further details about the plea deal have yet to be released, but Mihuta reveals Cassidy is determined to move on from his legal troubles as he continues to seek help for his alcohol problems.
Mihuta says, "He's anxious to put this behind him and to focus more on his treatment and sobriety than legal matters."
Cassidy was sentenced to serve 90 days in rehab and ordered to complete an alcohol awareness programme in March (14) after pleading no contest in California to a charge for driving under the influence (DUI) following another arrest in January (14).
That incident marked the veteran's third DUI since 2010, and he recently came clean about the seriousness of his alcoholism, admitting, "If I take another drink, I'm going to die."
The U.K. Attorney General has declined to appeal disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris' five-year sentence for child sex offences after receiving a slew of complaints suggesting the punishment is not enough. The Australian singer/artist, 84, was ordered to serve five years and nine months behind bars in June (14), after he was convicted of 12 indecent assault charges regarding the molestation of four young girls between 1968 and 1986, when they were aged from seven to 19.
The punishment, handed down by judge Justice Sweeney, was considered by many to be too lenient and prompted 150 people to file official complaints about the sentence with U.K. authorities.
However, Attorney General Jeremy Wright has decided against challenging the sentence in the Court of Appeals.
A representative for the Attorney General's Office reveals, "He (Wright) did not think they (appeal judges) would find it to be unduly lenient and increase it...
"The sentencing judge was bound by the maximum sentence in force at the time of the offending.
"The judge made some of the sentences consecutive to reach the total sentence, but he could not simply add up sentences on individual counts; the overall sentence had to be just and proportionate to the overall offending."
Harris, who denied the counts, was stripped of his British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) fellowship and his Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame honour following his conviction.
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The promotional campaign for the upcoming Sin City sequel has suffered another setback after U.S. TV bosses rejected a trailer for the film over actress Eva Green's sexy wardrobe.
The Casino Royale star initially hit headlines in May (14) when officials at the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) banned an advertising poster for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, because it featured Green brandishing a gun while wearing a sheer white robe over her bare breasts.
Movie bosses had to re-edit the billboard picture to make the outfit appear less raunchy in order to meet the MPAA's censorship guidelines, but now they are facing the prospect of also having to alter Green's appearance in the trailer for the upcoming film amid concerns from ABC network executives, who have refused to air the preview footage due to Green's attire.
Marketing chiefs at the movie's distributor Dimension Films are appealing the decision. A source tells the New York Daily News, "ABC rejected a trailer, saying Green appears to be naked in the same sheer, white nightgown. Dimension was told to remove the offending footage if they want the trailer to air."
Green previously admitted she was baffled by the furore caused by the sexy film poster, telling Vanity Fair magazine, "I find it a bit odd. It seems like it's all just publicity - a lot of noise for nothing. You have so many more violent things in the movie business and this is kind of soft. I'm not naked. It's suggested. I find it really sexy, actually. It's kind of beautiful. But if it shocks people, I don't know what to do about it. I don't want to upset anybody."
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, which co-stars Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis, is due to open in cinemas in late August (14).
Rockers Coldplay have donated $17,000 (£10,000) to a charity campaign organised by a terminally-ill fan. Brit Jody Duff, who is battling motor neurone disease, has been raising money for a foundation which helps others suffering from the condition, and his efforts have been boosted by a big donation from his favourite band.
Coldplay handed over $17,000 (£10,000) to Duff's campaign in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Duff, 37, was previously given a chance to meet the Yellow hitmakers at a recent gig in London, and frontman Chris Martin dedicated a song to him on stage.
Rapper Nas was shocked to discover his ancestors were sold as slaves in 1859 during his appearance on a genealogy TV show. The I Can hitmaker is the first rapper to trace his family history on U.S. series Finding Your Roots, and he was overwhelmed with emotion when he was presented with documents showing his relatives' tragic past.
Now he is considering tracking down descendents of those who 'owned' his ancestors to demand they hand over some of the fortune they made from slavery.
Speaking during the Television Critics Association press tour, he explains, "First I was enraged when I looked at the bill of sale. I was like, that guy that owned property owes me some cash. My people made him really wealthy, so maybe I should find his family and talk."
The rapper adds, "Now I'm on a mission to find out more."
The 10-part TV series will also feature stars including Ben Affleck, Jessica Alba, Tina Fey and Stephen King.
Beloved British actress Dora Bryan has died, aged 91. The A Taste of Honey star, who also enjoyed TV success on shows like Last of the Summer Wine and Absolutely Fabulous, passed away at a nursing home in Hove, England.
A statement released by her son Daniel, who was with his mum when she died, reads: "It was heartbreaking but it was peaceful."
He added, "She was a tiny woman but her constitution was incredible. She loved being on stage, that's what she wanted. Not only did she do it, but she was good at it... She was a star and a mum."
Bryan's credits also include a handful of Carry On films and 1988's Apartment Zero, and she starred in her own BBC show in the mid-1960s.
She was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1995 for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in The Birthday Party and picked up an O.B.E. for her services to drama the following year (96).
Born Dora May Broadbent in Southport, Lancashire in 1924, she started acting in pantomime as a child and worked in repertory theatre and with the Entertainments National Service Association during World War Two.
She became a West End regular after moving to London in 1945.
After a string of stage successes, Bryan made her big screen debut in 1948's The Fallen Idol and went on to appear in over 40 films.
She is perhaps best known for her role as an alcoholic mother in classic 1961 film A Taste of Honey, for which she won a Best Actress BAFTA.
On TV she played Dolly in Absolutely Fabulous and Roz in Last of the Summer Wine.
Her personal life was tinged with tragedy when her adopted daughter Georgina died from alcoholism, a disease the actress also battled. She was forced to give up acting when short-term memory loss robbed her of her ability to learn lines.
Bryan was married to English cricket star Bill Lawton until his death in 2008.
Ncis star Pauley Perrette is recovering after suffering a severe allergic reaction to hair dye. The naturally blonde actress has been dying her locks black for her role on the hit police series for the past 11 seasons, but as she was gearing up to return to work after a summer hiatus, the dye she had been using for the past year prompted an unwanted trip to the hospital.
Perrette took to Twitter.com on Friday (18Jul14) to share a photo of herself in a medical gown with a badly swollen face and a nearly fully shut eye.
She wrote, "This was me at hospital today and it got worse #Allergy #AllergicReaction.
"Did my head look a bit puffy on the red carpet last night? Turns out I was having a dangerous allergic reaction to hair dye. Been battling this for a year now but it gets worse every time. It's an acquired allergy for people that dye their hair for years.
"Was in ER. Just got home from hospital. Awful. My head swelled up huge like a melon... Know the symptoms. It can be fatal. People have died. For real."
Hours after the ordeal, the swelling had gone down and Perrette even walked the red carpet with her co-stars at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Los Angeles.