A man who was set to testify against an associate accused of stealing computers from Nicolas Cage's ex-lover has been arrested in connection to the burglary himself. Darwin Vela had reportedly teamed up with main suspect Ricardo Orozco and approached representatives for Charlie Sheen with information about the whereabouts of a sex tape belonging to the Platoon star earlier this year (13).
Police managed to link Orozco to the theft of items from Cage's former girlfriend, actress Christine Fulton, after learning he had worked as her handyman. Detectives believe the swiped computers contained the Sheen footage.
Orozco was taken into custody and charged with burglary, and Vela had been recruited to give evidence against his alleged partner in crime during a preliminary court hearing in Los Angeles on Thursday (21Nov13).
However, Vela went missing two days before his scheduled testimony, only to resurface on Friday (22Nov13), claiming he had been kidnapped.
Cops launched an investigation into his disappearance and the drama took another turn on Monday night (25Nov13) when Vela and his girlfriend, Kelly McLaren, were both arrested and charged with breaking into Fulton's home and stealing four computers, among other possessions.
According to TMZ.com, authorities are convinced Vela's kidnap tale was made up so he didn't have to testify against Orozco and they now have reason to believe all three people committed the theft.
Nicolas Cage has denied reports suggesting intimate pictures of him and ex-girlfriend Christina Fulton were among the items allegedly stolen from her home by a former handyman. The Face/Off star's ex-employee Ricardo Orozco has been charged with felony burglary over claims he took four computers and a batch of photos from Fulton's home.
Reports suggested the haul of pictures included graphic images of the former couple, but Cage has now shot down the rumours.
A statement from the actor reads, "Explicit photos of myself and Ms. Fulton simply do not exist and never have."
Orozco has pleaded not guilty to the charge and will return to court on 22 November (13).
Nicolas Cage's former handyman has been arrested on suspicion of stealing personal photos from the home of the movie star's ex-girlfriend Christina Fulton. Ricardo Orozco was taken into custody on 22 October (13) over accusations he took four computers and a box of pictures, allegedly including intimate images of Cage and Fulton, the mother of the actor's son, Weston.
Orozco has pleaded not guilty to a charge of felony burglary and is currently being held on $1 million (£666,667) bail, according to TMZ.com.
He is set to appear in court in Los Angeles on 22 November (13).
Fans of late rap icon Notorious B.I.G. are flocking to sign an online petition to have a street in New York named in his honour. The petition has been launched on public campaign site Change.org, where fans of the star, real name Christopher Wallace, can sign to try and convince Big Apple officials to change the name of his childhood street in Brooklyn.
Petitioners want Christopher Wallace Way to be added to St James Place and Fulton Street in his native neighbourhood. It has received almost 400 of the 500 signatures required.
The mission statement reads, "Christopher Wallace 'Notorious B.I.G., Biggie Smalls, Big Poppa' is a native of Brooklyn, NY, and his success through his artistic and creative lyrical wordsmith in music has influenced people around the world. This is a petition to honor Christopher Wallace with the co-naming of the corner of this childhood home at St James Place and Fulton Street in Brooklyn, NY to Christopher Wallace Way."
Wallace was killed during a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles in 1997.
The last time we saw Katy Perry take an awards show stage with a new performance, she was draped in pajamas and surrounded by somewhat infantile fairy tale elements. But what a difference a year makes: maturing quite a bit in the construct of her music and in her character altogether, Perry takes to the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards stage with the first live performance of "Roar" — perhaps the most impressive showcase of her career.
Utilizing a boxing ring setting, Perry trades in the childlike "Wide Awake" persona for an empowered, energized fighter — someone who commands strength and vigilance. Bouncing around through the ring with her sweat-drenched backup dancers, Perry offers a truly emphatic, inspiring, and altogether fun number. Although it might take more than one enthusiastic hit to strip Perry of her googly-eyed connotations, we are encouraged by "Roar." More sophisticated in tune and in theme, and teamed with a performance that is at once inventive and accessible, the ordeal gives us a glimpse into a promising future for Perry. And we're very much looking forward to witnessing the lot of it.
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Gucci Mane's aggravated assault case is heading to trial after a judge refused to allow the rapper to complete community service in lieu of a possible custodial sentence. The hip-hop star, real name Radric Davis, entered a not guilty plea in May (13) over allegations he hit a soldier over the head with a bottle in an Atlanta, Georgia nightclub in March (13).
Davis' lawyer asked for the star to be handed a community service stint as punishment, but a Fulton County judge denied the request on Monday (19Aug13).
The musician's attorney tells Fox News the trial is expected to take place in November (13) or December (13).
Usher's eldest son is out of hospital and recovering well just days after he nearly drowned in the R&B singer's swimming pool. The Yeah! hitmaker's five-year-old son Usher Raymond V ended up in an intensive care unit after getting his arm stuck in a pool drain while trying to retrieve a toy at his father's Atlanta, Georgia home last Monday (05Aug13).
Both Usher and his ex-wife, Tameka Raymond, attended to their son at the hospital during his recovery, but the youngster appeared fit and well when he visited an indoor play center with his grandmother on Monday (12Aug13). A bandage on his right arm was the only sign of the accident.
After the incident, Tameka unsuccessfully tried to regain custody of the former couple's two boys, claiming the singer failed to care for the children effectively.
A U.S. judge at Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta ruled against her on Friday (09Aug13) and Usher still holds full custody of the kids, while Tameka has limited custodial rights.
Usher's ex-wife Tameka Foster has lost her bid for primary custody of their two children after their eldest son almost drowned in the R&B superstar's swimming pool on Monday (05Aug13). The Yeah! hitmaker faced off with Foster in Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday (09Aug13), days after five-year-old Usher Raymond V ended up in a hospital intensive care unit after getting his arm stuck in a pool drain while trying to retrieve a toy.
Foster, who has limited custodial rights, appealed to a judge to review their current custody arrangements amid accusations the singer had abdicated his parental responsibilities by letting his aunt, Rena Oden, and a maid look after their kids at the time of the incident.
During Friday's emergency hearing, Foster claimed the pool accident was an example of Usher's inattentiveness as a father and insisted he failed to employ a competent caretaker for their boys in leaving them with Oden.
Taking the witness stand, Foster told Judge John J. Goger, "I'm just thankful that my son is alive... I think she (Rena) is a nice person but a nanny? No."
She then broke down in tears as she admitted she was unsure if little Usher, who remains in hospital, had suffered any permanent brain or heart damage as a result of the near-fatal incident.
The singer challenged the allegations when it was his turn to give evidence, revealing he had urged doctors to keep the youngster under observation until they were completely sure he would be OK.
He also claimed the children had been thriving under his care and argued that the accident could have happened to anyone.
Judge Goger agreed with Usher and allowed the musician to maintain primary custody, although he warned the star to "keep your former spouse informed about your whereabouts and who is taking care of the kids".
After the emotional hearing, Usher attempted to smooth over relations with Foster, aka Tameka Raymond, by giving her a tender hug and repeatedly whispering, "I'm sorry" into her ear.
Usher's ex-wife Tameka Foster has been granted an emergency court hearing on Friday (09Aug13) to re-evaluate the couple's custody arrangement after their eldest son almost drowned in the singer's pool. The Yeah! hitmaker's five-year-old son, Usher Raymond V, was admitted to the intensive care unit of an Atlanta, Georgia hospital on Monday (05Aug13) after getting his arm stuck in a swimming pool drain while trying to retrieve a toy.
The boy and his younger brother were being cared for by his aunt and a maid at the time of the incident, and now Foster, who has limited custodial rights to the boys, is demanding a review of the custody ruling after accusing the superstar of abdicating his parental responsibilities by letting others look after their kids.
In court documents obtained by TMZ.com, Foster also alleges that Usher is creating a dangerous environment for their children, adding that their aunt is too physical when disciplining her sons.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge John J. Goger approved the hearing request hours after it was filed on Tuesday (06Aug13) and scheduled the court case for Friday.
Usher was awarded primary custody of their two sons last year (12) after a bitter and lengthy court battle following the breakdown of his two-year marriage to Foster in 2009.
Usher's ex-wife has demanded an emergency court hearing in a bid to regain custody of the former couple's two children a day after their eldest son almost drowned in the singer's pool. The Yeah! hitmaker's five-year-old son Usher Raymond V was rushed to an Atlanta, Georgia hospital on Monday (05Aug13) after becoming stuck in a drain while trying to retrieve a toy.
The boy's father returned home and accompanied his son to a nearby hospital in the back of an ambulance; he was later joined there by his former wife, Tameka Raymond, who has now filed legal documents in Fulton County, Georgia claiming that the singer is abdicating his parental responsibilities by letting other people look after their kids.
Usher's sons were being watched by their aunt and a maid at the time of the pool incident.
Tameka, who has limited custodial rights to the former couple's two kids, is seeking a hearing later this week (begs05Aug13) in a bid to regain full physical custody of the boys.
In court documents obtained by editors at TMZ.com, Tameka alleges that Usher is creating a dangerous environment for their children, adding that their aunt is too physical when disciplining her sons.