Justin Bieber is "relieved" after prosecutors in Canada dropped an assault charge against him on Monday (08Sep14).
The troubled pop star was accused of attacking a limousine driver in Toronto last year (13), but officials withdraw the charge against the 20-year-old star during a hearing at a court in the city. Officials insist they could not prove "beyond a reasonable doubt" Bieber was the offender because there were several other passengers in the car at the time of the incident.
Prosecutor David Mitchell told the court they had decided not to proceed with the case as there is "no reasonable prospect of conviction," adding, "There were a number of people in the vehicle seated behind the driver at the time of the incident, and the (prosecution) is not in a position to establish the identification of the person who came into contact with the complainant beyond a reasonable doubt based on the evidence available."
Bieber's lawyer Brian Greenspan told reporters outside the court, "(Bieber) was obviously relieved... (and feels ready to) get on with his busy career with one less diversion... This is an example of the system working as it should. Police laid the charge after a complaint was made and the (prosecution) did its job by reviewing all the evidence before reaching the correct decision."
The news comes as a boost to Bieber following a string of recent convictions for his bad boy behaviour. He was convicted of vandalism in July (14) for pelting a neighbour's house with eggs, and he also pleaded guilty to misdemeanour charges of careless driving and resisting arrest last month (Aug14) stemming from an arrest in Miami Beach, Florida earlier in the year (14).
Scottish actor David O'hara has been fined for hurling drunken insults at a police officer after a soccer match. The Departed star was accused of making nasty comments to a cop who had been called to investigate a recent disturbance in a taxi in Glasgow, Scotland. He was detained and taken back to a local police station.
During a hearing at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Friday (05Sep14), officials heard that O'Hara had later attempted to apologise to the police officer. He admitted a charge of acting in a racially aggravated manner intended to cause alarm and distress and was fined $340 (£200), according to Britain's The Sun newspaper.
The model/actress daughter of Baywatch star David Hasselhoff has blamed her use of diet pills for giving a false positive breathalyser test result during a DUI arrest in 2012. Hayley Hasselhoff was stopped by cops in Los Angeles in November, 2012 on suspicion of speeding and drink driving, but she initially denied the allegation, insisting she had been pulled over but was never arrested or charged with driving under the influence (DUI).
However, legal papers filed against the 22 year old by the Los Angeles City Attorney state otherwise, claiming she had been slapped with the count after she was caught allegedly driving 85 miles-an-hour (137 kilometres-an-hour) in a 55 mile-per-hour (88.5 kilometre-per-hour) zone.
The documents further reveal a bench warrant was issued for her arrest in January, 2013 after she and her lawyer failed to attend an arraignment hearing.
Her driver's licence was subsequently suspended, but now she is petitioning officials at the Department of Motor Vehicles to overturn the ruling.
She filed papers in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday (03Sep14) seeking a peremptory writ of mandamus, a formal written command, to have the licence suspension reversed, insisting her weightloss drug Phentermine had caused her body to produce a substance called ketones, which cannot be distinguished from alcohol by some breath test devices.
Her suit states, "The breath device readings were so low that they were consistent with readings obtained from ketones, and not alcohol."
Seventies pop star David Cassidy has had his felony drink driving charge reduced to a misdemeanour DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) after striking a plea deal with prosecutors. The former Partridge Family actor was in a Schodack, New York court on Wednesday (03Sep14), where he pleaded guilty to drink driving in the same town last summer (13).
Under the terms of the plea deal, Cassidy must complete 50 hours of community service and also install an ignition interlock on his vehicle's dashboard, a breathalyzer device which tests the driver's blood alcohol level before the car's motor can be started.
Cassidy will also face a judge in November (14) to check on his progress and determine if he needs to complete an alcohol treatment program, since the singer already voluntarily checked himself into a rehab centre and completed the course in Florida earlier this year (14).
Britney Spears has spent more than $30,000 (£17,647) on her two dogs over the last year, according to court documents.
The Toxic star paid $8,212 (£4,831) for a Yorkshire Terrier and $5,568 (£3,275) for a white Maltese last year (13), and she went on to splash out $1,585 (£932) on clothes for her pampered pooches.
Court documents filed as part of Spears' conservatorship case, and obtained by TMZ.com, also show she spent another $5,205 (£3,062) on care for the dogs, as well as other expenses such as food, bringing the total expenditure on the animals to more than $30,000.
Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am and DJ/producer David Guetta have each won over $1 million (£588,235) in compensation after a Texas songwriter accused the hitmakers of copyright infringement over their song I Gotta Feeling. Bryan Pringle filed suit in a Santa Ana, California court in 2010, claiming the pair lifted elements of the catchy tune from a dance version of his 1999 track Take a Dive.
Pringle demanded damages, including all net profits from the Black Eyed Peas' 2009 release, as well as future credits and royalty payments.
However, it later emerged that Pringle had not registered the copyright for Take a Dive until after he filed suit against the stars.
The judge overseeing the case also ruled the songs were not similar enough for the plaintiff to prevail and will.i.am, I Gotta Feeling producer Guetta and representatives at their record labels Interscope and Universal Music Group subsequently requested compensation for legal fees.
Their motion was granted on 23 July (14).
A security guard suing rocker Morrissey over allegations of a plot to "batter" a controversial website owner is demanding almost $265,000 (£156,000) in damages amid claims he was fired for refusing to carry out the request. Bradley Steyn has filed a lawsuit in California detailing extraordinary allegations that the former The Smiths singer and his tour manager Donald Knutson were targeting David Tseng over his fan website.
Morrissey has had a long-running feud with Tseng over the forum, and Steyn alleges that prior to a concert in Santa Ana, California in May (14), the rocker branded the fan "the bane of my existence" and asked if Steyn could track down Tseng's home address.
In legal documents filed at Orange County Superior Court, Steyn accuses Morrissey and Knutson of asking him to commit "a criminal act" and then firing him when he refused.
The lawsuit states, "In this discussion, Morrissey expressed that Tseng was the 'bane of my existence' and then asked those present 'how do we find his home address?' Knutson replied that Tseng 'could be gotten rid of' and then quizzically looked toward Steyn. Knutson then stated: 'I am sure that Bradley (Steyn) could get his home address'.
"Later that night, Morrissey directly asked Steyn if Tseng 'could get hurt.' Steyn did not answer and refused further participation in the conversation. The next day, at a poolside conversation at Morrissey's hotel, Knutson fired Steyn."
The lawsuit adds, "Defendants... interfered with the Plaintiff's right to receive the benefits of the contract by asking him to commit a criminal act. When Steyn refused to batter Tseng, his services were terminated."
Steyn is suing Morrissey and Knutson for breach of contract, breach of good faith, fraud, and intentional misrepresentation. He wants a minimum of $264,450 (£155,558) in compensation and punitive damages, plus his legal costs, claiming the incident caused him "to incur serious financial harm, as well as mental and physical injury. The aforementioned conduct was malicious and despicable conduct that subjected Plaintiff to cruel and unjust hardships."
Morrissey issued a statement last week (ends03Aug14) branding the claim "false" and a "vexatious lie".
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).
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 son of late painter Lucian Freud has lost his legal bid for a share in his father's fortune. Freud, most famous for the painting nicknamed Big Sue, left $4 million (£2.5 million) and his London house to his assistant David Dawson when he died in 2011.
His remaining $67.2 million (£42 million) fortune was put in a trust fund, managed by Freud's daughter Rose Pearce and lawyer Diana Rawstron. The trustees would not disclose the instructions that were left with the will and one of the artist's sons, Paul, challenged the trust's legality at the High Court in London in May (14).
Paul's hopes of receiving a share of the fortune were dashed on Wednesday (30Jul14), when it was revealed he is not a beneficiary. The judge also ruled the contents of the will shall remain a secret.
Paul and Rose are two of the painter's fourteen children.