Sizemore in trouble with law again
Actor Tom Sizemore, who was convicted in 2003 of beating and threatening ex-girlfriend Heidi Fleiss, was arrested on Wednesday on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, Reuters reports. Syndicated entertainment TV show Access Hollywood reported that parole officers were conducting random visits and discovered drug paraphernalia in Sizemore's Los Angeles home. It was not immediately clear what the drugs were. The actor was booked and bail was set at $10,000; he was released from custody Wednesday afternoon. Earlier this year, prosecutors accused Sizemore of a parole violation after a positive test for methamphetamine. His attorneys argued the positive test was due to a prescription drug.
George Clinton fesses up to drug charges
Meanwhile, in other celebrity drug-related news, funk musician George Clinton pleaded no contest Wednesday to two misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charges, The Associated Press reports. The musician was arrested in December sitting in a car near his Tallahassee, Fla., recording studio; police said when they approached, he volunteered that he had cocaine in his pocket. He was found with a bag of crack cocaine and a glass pipe, police said. Clinton, 63, was sentenced to 200 hours of community service and two years of probation. He was also fined $372 in court costs.
Aguilera sued by photographer
Christina Aguilera and one of her bodyguards are being sued by a photographer who says the guard punched and spat on him after he took the singer's picture outside a Hollywood nightclub last year, AP reports. According to a lawsuit filed Tuesday, David Keeler was attacked after he photographed Aguilera leaving the club on May 21, 2003. After Aguilera and the bodyguard got into a car, Keeler said the guard told him he "needed to learn respect" and punched and spat on him. Aguilera's representative, Meghan Prophet, denied the incident. "Christina has no reason to believe that such an incident did occur, nor did she witness such an incident," Prophet said.
Fire wrecks Black Eyed Peas equipment
A fire broke out early Wednesday in a Los Angeles studio where the Black Eyed Peas were recording a new album, destroying about $500,000 in gear and instruments, authorities and band members told AP. The band members apparently lit candles during the recording session and forgot to blow them out, causing the 3 a.m. fire. The band said it was devastated by the loss. "Guitars, drums, drum kits, keyboards, microphones, classic instruments that we've collected with our worldly travels are now destroyed," band member Will I. Am told KABC-TV.
Beyonce, Usher put on fashion show
Beyonce, Rod Stewart and Usher are among the artists set to perform at Fashion Rocks, an event intended to celebrate the relationship between fashion and music, AP reports. The super-sized concert, which will also include Andre 3000 (just named Esquire magazine's best-dressed man), Avril Lavigne, Mary J. Blige and Alicia Keys, will take place at New York's Radio City Music Hall Sept. 8, the start of New York Fashion Week, AP reports. The concert will air Sept. 26 as a two-hour primetime special on Fox.
Kinks founder recovering from stroke
Dave Davies, one of the founding members and lead guitarist of British rock group The Kinks, has been partially paralyzed by a stroke he suffered in June, his spokesman told AP. Spokesman Alan Robinson said Davies, 57, would have to spend at least another month in hospital, but that doctors were confident that with physiotherapy he would recover. "He is paralyzed on the right hand side of his body but he retains some feeling and he can still hold a guitar plectrum," Robinson said Monday. "These small things mean a hell of a lot. They're small but very important."
Simpson sister's debut album takes top spot
Buoyed by her hit MTV show, Ashlee Simpson's debut album, Autobiography, reclaimed the top spot on the U.S. pop albums chart Wednesday after a week at No. 2, Reuters reports. The 16th installment of the NOW That's What I Call Music! dropped to No. 2, while Jimmy Buffett's former chart-topper License To Chill climbed one place to No. 3. Usher's Confessions also rose one, to No. 4 with Gretchen Wilson's Here for the Party rounding out the top five.
Two weeks after his succumbing to cancer, the secrecy surrounding George Harrison's last rites and the actual place of his death suggests a deliberate attempt to protect his dignity and prevent his final resting place from becoming a stop on tour attraction. According to Reuters, a death certificate listing a nonexistent address contradicts reports that Harrison died at the home of friend and security consultant Gavin de Becker. A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department said Wednesday that celebrities often use this ruse to throw off reporters and that giving a different address as the place of death is not a crime. Harrison's ashes were reportedly scattered in the Ganges River following his death on Nov. 29.
Julia Roberts will host the A&E documentary Old Friends, which focuses on three women from a small town outside Chicago who have remained good friends since 1906. The show is scheduled for broadcast next year, The Associated Press reports.
Alanis Morissette will release an album of all new material on February 26, followed by a world tour. According to Rolling Stone, Under Rug Swept will feature 11 songs written and produced entirely by Morissette and include guest spots from Me'shell Ndegéocello, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Stone Temple Pilots guitarist Dean Deleo and former Jane's Addiction bassist Eric Avery. Songs written and recorded during the Under Rug Swept sessions that were not featured on the final album will be released as a separate album at a later date.
The NFL announced Tuesday that pop star Mariah Carey will sing "The Star Spangled Banner" before Super Bowl XXXVI at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans on Feb. 3. U2 will perform during the halftime show and pre-show performers will be announced next week, SonicNet reports.
Fox announced it will release X-Men 2, the sequel to last year's X-Men, on May 2, 2003. While the original cast will reprise their roles, including Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Halle Berry, the sequel will feature several new mutants from the X-Men comics universe, Variety reports. Shooting will begin next May in Canada.
The two surviving members of the influential rock group Nirvana have filed a counterclaim to Courtney Love's lawsuit seeking control of the Nirvana catalogue, Launch.com reports. In conjunction with the suit, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic released a letter to Nirvana fans stating they had no choice but to respond to her misguided campaign and lawsuits to appropriate the music of Nirvana. "Our music is just a pawn in her endless legal battles and her obsessive need for publicity and attention," the letter states.
Barbra Streisand received the Liberty and Justice Award from the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition civil rights organization on Tuesday night at the Beverly Hilton hotel, AP reports. Jesse Jackson founded the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition 30 years ago. Sugar Ray Leonard, Chris Tucker and Smokey Robinson attended the gala, which was also a celebration of Jackson's 60th birthday on Oct. 8.
Billy Joel will be honored in February as the 2002 MusicCares Person of the Year for his accomplishments as a musician and as a humanitarian, Reuters reports. MusicCares was established in 1989 by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to provide assistance to musicians. Joel will receive the honor at a special tribute dinner, concert and silent auction held on Feb. 25 in Los Angeles.
Joni Mitchell, Al Green, Perry Como, Rosemary Clooney and Count Basie will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 2002 Grammy Awards on Feb. 27 in Los Angeles, Rolling Stone reports. The Lifetime Achievement Awards recognize artists for lifelong contributions to the recording medium.
French actor Jean Richard died Wednesday at the age of 80 after a battle with cancer, AP reports. Richard appeared in some 80 movies but was most famous for his pipe-smoking detective on the long-running TV show The Investigations of Inspector Maigret. He also created the Jean Richard Circus in 1957 and the La Mer de Sable theme park in 1963, which are still owned by his family.