Ac/Dc star Angus Young has joked about his bandmate Phil Rudd's legal problems and compared the troubled drummer to movie gangster Scarface. Rudd hit headlines across the globe earlier this month (Nov14) when he was arrested in New Zealand and accused of plotting to have two men killed.
The murder-for-hire accusation was dropped a day after his court appearance, but Rudd still faces charges of drug possession and threatening to kill.
His bandmate Angus Young has now made light of his colleague's situation, revealing he "fell out of bed" when he heard the news, and even compares Rudd to Al Pacino's murderous Tony Montana character in 1983 mob movie Scarface.
When asked about the alleged murder plot during an interview with shock jock Howard Stern on his Sirius XM radio show, Young replies, "That was Tony Montana, Scarface... Well with rock drummers they come with a safety belt and a straitjacket... I fell out of bed actually (when I heard the news) - my wife woke me up and said, 'Hey, hey... Phil's been up to no good'... When you're in a rock and roll band you move to the front, you never look what's going on behind you."
The conversation later turned serious when Stern asked Young whether Rudd is still in the band. The rocker replies, "We've got to resolve that," before lead singer Brian Johnson adds, "The thing is, I don't think we have to do any firing or anything like that. I think the situation is going to take care of itself. He's got himself into a pickle and there's nothing we can do about it. We're talking about criminal courts here and we're talking about judges... we're talking about juries... People are saying 'You're not getting your passport back'. We are going to go on tour and nothing is going to stop us."
The woman who discovered Lady Gaga has been awarded more than $7.3 million (GBP4.9 million) by a federal court. Wendy Starland sued Gaga's former producer and mentor Rob Fusari, claiming she brought the young talent to him in 2005 when he was looking for "a female equivalent to the lead singer of The Strokes" - and was never fully compensated for her efforts.
Following the ruling this week (beg17Nov14), she told Billboard, "It feels great to be acknowledged for my work in discovering and developing Lady Gaga. I knew that the truth was on my side and I felt fortunate that the jury was able to see that.
"Fusari asked me to find an artist under the age of 25 who could be the female equivalent to the lead singer of The Strokes. I had attended about 50 live performances and searched for countless hours online before finding an artist who fit the bill. Someone who was edgy and bold. Someone you couldn’t take you eyes off of. These were the specific characteristics of the Strokes girl Fusari identified that he would need to approve before signing her to a production deal.
"I only brought Rob Fusari one artist for us to work with... and that artist became Lady Gaga."
In her lawsuit against Fusari, Starland alleged he broke their oral agreement to share the profits from Gaga's early success.
She explains, "Rob had made several promises to honour our agreement before attempting to alter it in late 2008/early 2009. I was incredibly surprised when he did that."
Lady Gaga's testimony was used during the trial and helped the plaintiff win the case and the cash. The Poker Face singer claimed Starland and Fusari agreed on a 50/50 split of profits before the talent scout discovered her.
She said, "Rob told me himself. Wendy told me herself. They both spoke of the deal, agreement, in front of me, and one time, maybe two, at Wendy’s apartment. Paperwork came through her fax machine, and I know that it was from Rob."
Starland adds, "I’m glad that she had a clear recollection of my agreement with Rob."
Anjelica Huston has recalled the life-changing night Roman Polanski was allegedly caught with an underage lover at the home of her then-boyfriend Jack Nicholson. The Hollywood director fled the U.S. on the eve of his sentencing in 1978 after pleading guilty to having unlawful sex with a minor. The charged stemmed from allegations he had sex with 13-year-old Samantha Geimer at Nicholson's California home in 1977, and the director has been haunted by the case ever since while living as an exile in France.
Huston has now opened up about that fateful night at Nicholson's mansion, revealing she walked into the house and saw Polanski with the young girl.
In an extract from her new autobiography, Watch Me, she writes, "The house was quiet... I called out: 'Is anyone here?'... A short while later, Roman and a girl came around the corner, he introduced me to her and said they had been taking pictures. She was wearing platform heels and appeared to be quite tall. Roman collected his jacket and cameras, and they left together. I thought no more of it."
Huston was later arrested along with Polanski a day later when cops raided the house and allegedly found drugs in her purse: "Roman and I were bundled into the back of two separate police cars. We were under arrest... Roman's path and mine crossed as we were taken to be booked. He said: 'I'm sorry for this Anjelica.'"
The actress goes on to admit she is glad she did not have to testify against her friend in court because he agreed a plea deal with prosecutors to avoid going to trial.
She adds, "I'd witnessed nothing untoward and had never seen Roman with the girl in the bedroom. Roman later accepted a plea bargain and my testimony was never required."
A Los Angeles judge has granted a request from embattled actor Stephen Collins' estranged wife to delay the estranged couple's divorce trial. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon granted a motion filed by Faye Grant's attorney to resign from the case because of a conflict, according to the New York Post, and the trial, which was scheduled to begin on Wednesday (12Nov14), has now been put back.
Collins and Grant were due in court to determine spousal support payments and how to divide their assets.
On Friday (07Nov14), Collins asked a Los Angeles judge to deny Grant any future spousal support payments, because he has been left with no income following a child molestation scandal, which began last month (Oct14), when audio footage, in which he allegedly confesses to inappropriately touching young girls, surfaced online.
The 7th Heaven star insists the tapes, which were secretly recorded by Grant at a therapy session in 2012, were leaked by her.
Collins also placed two of his California homes he shared with Grant up for sale in October (14).
Reclusive pop star Gary Glitter pleaded not guilty to 10 sex abuse charges in court on Tuesday (11Nov14). The glam rock icon, real name Paul Gadd, was charged in June (14) with historical sex offences relating to alleged attacks on three girls as young as 12 dating between 1975 and 1980.
During a hearing at London's Southwark Crown Court on Tuesday, he plead not guilty to seven counts of indecent assault, one count of attempted rape, one count of "administering a drug or other thing in order to facilitate sexual intercourse" and one final charge of sexual intercourse with a girl under 13.
The 70 year old, who listened to proceedings using a hearing device, was released on bail.
His trial has been set for 12 January (15).
Modern Family star Julie Bowen has heaped praise on her TV daughter for the way she's handling the drama surrounding an allegedly abusive ex. Sarah Hyland was granted a temporary restraining order against Matthew Prokop after claiming he threatened her life and terrorised her verbally and physically during the last four years of their relationship.
In court documents, Hyland reveals her TV mum Julie Bowen helped her end the relationship in May (14) after Prokop, who briefly appeared on the show, pinned the actress against a car during an argument about her outfit, grabbed her throat and spat four-letter expletives at her.
Bowen reportedly agreed to pay a visit to her TV daughter's home to help her "peacefully end the relationship" and urged Hyland to leave as Prokop allegedly lost his cool.
Now Bowen has opened up about the drama, revealing she was more than happy to come to her co-star's aid, stating, "The reality is I’m just nosey. I stick my nose in anything and everything. I love my kids, my fake kids and my real kids, so if anyone needs help I’m a soft touch."
And the actress admits Hyland is in a much better place now the drama is behind her and Prokop has been ordered to stay away.
Bowen tells Us Weekly, "Oh my God, Sarah is so great. She’s an angel. Just love her. I love her.
"I personally made a million dating mistakes when I was young... but I made them when I was young, didn't get married, didn't have babies, and moved on. I think that’s the time to make them.
"Your twenties are for really just effing (screwing) up... and Sarah is not even 25; she’s already way ahead of where I ever was, so she’s in great shape... You can rebound and do great and I did, and she's awesome and I'm awesome."
Rapper Iggy Azalea and her boyfriend Nick Young have reportedly bought Selena Gomez's former home in Tarzana, California. The 24-year-old Australian and Los Angeles Lakers star Young paid $3.5 million (£2.1 million) for the house, according to Variety.
Gomez bought the property in July, 2011 and moved out after a huge renovation in May, 2014.
She has since moved into a gated community in Calabasas, California, where her on/off boyfriend Justin Bieber used to live.
The six bedroom mansion features a swimming pool and spa, a sports court and a guesthouse.
Disgraced celebrity publicist Max Clifford has lost a court fight to overturn his eight-year prison sentence for sex attacks on a string of young women. The former public relations guru was jailed in April (14) after he was found guilty of eight charges of indecent assault concerning incidents dating back to the 1970s.
He lodged an appeal against the length of the prison term in August (14), but a judge threw out the case in a brief hearing at London's Court of Appeal on Friday (07Nov14).
Announcing the ruling, the judge Lord Justice Treacy said, "In the judgement of this court, the sentence passed was justified and correct."
Clifford, whose former clients include Simon Cowell, Marlon Brando, and Frank Sinatra, was not in court for the hearing but appeared from jail via videolink.
Ac/Dc drummer Phil Rudd has been arrested and charged in connection to an alleged murder plot in New Zealand. The Australian rocker, 60, was taken into custody on Thursday morning (06Nov14) after local police raided his house in Taraunga.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, police have accused Rudd of allegedly attempting to have two as-yet-unidentified men killed, and the rocker was subsequently charged with attempting to procure a murder.
The musician was also charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of cannabis as a result of the raid.
Rudd appeared in Tauranga District Court on Thursday afternoon and was ordered to have no contact with the man he allegedly tried to hire. He was later released on bail.
Rudd first joined AC/DC in 1975 but he was kicked out of the group in 1983. He returned in 1994 and has been with the band ever since. However, he did not feature in a recent promotional picture.
The snap featured singer Brian Johnson, bassist Cliff Williams, guitarist Angus Young, and Stevie Young, who has stepped in to replace his ailing uncle Malcolm Young. Young is battling dementia.
Model Amber Rose has reportedly embarked on a new romance with the brother of rapper French Montana following her split from husband Wiz Khalifa.
The busty blonde dumped the Black and Yellow hitmaker in September (14) after just a year of marriage amid allegations of Khalifa's infidelity. He has since been spotted leaving Hollywood clubs with a string of different women, and now it appears Rose has moved on too.
According to TMZ.com, Rose has been spending time with Montana's crew and has struck up a relationship with his younger brother Zack Kharbouch, who she was photographed with at California theme park Knott's Berry Farm late last month (Oct14). The rumored couple has since taken its budding romance to New York, where Rose reportedly joined Kharbouch at a strip club and a nightclub over the weekend (01-02Nov14).
The model has yet to comment on the reports.
Rose, who previously dated Kanye West, filed for divorce in September and is currently gearing up for a court battle with Khalifa over custody of their young son Sebastian.