Troubled singer Chris Brown has escaped further jail time after pleading guilty to an assault charge.
The Kiss Kiss hitmaker appeared at a court in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday morning (02Sep14) and admitted beating up a man outside a hotel in the city last year (13).
Brown, who spent two months in prison earlier this year (14) for a probation violation, was sentenced to time already served for the misdemeanour assault charge and was fined $150 (). During the hearing he apologised for his actions, telling the judge, "I'm sorry, I am very sorry."
He walked free from court with his on/off girlfriend Karrueche Tran by his side.
The singer's bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, was previously convicted on an assault charge stemming from the attack. Brown's court appearance on Tuesday marked the third time officials had attempted to resolve the case with the star. He missed a previous plea hearing scheduled for Friday (29Aug14) due to travel difficulties.
A boss of leading cyber security company Malwarebytes has advised stars to check if copies of photographs are kept online after deletion to avoid a repeat of the nude pictures scandal gripping Hollywood. Celebrities including actresses Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and model Kate Upton were left mortified when explicit snaps of them leaked on the Internet on Sunday (31Aug14).
They are among a group of 100 stars targeted by hackers, with many of the images thought to have been stolen from 'cloud' storage sites, and now an industry expert has warned those in the public eye to tighten their online security.
Chris Boyd, malware intelligence analyst at Malwarebytes, a leading anti-virus software company, says, "It is a stark reminder of the potential consequences of having sensitive material lying around in the cloud. With today's devices being very keen to push data to their own respective cloud services, people should be careful that sensitive media isn't automatically uploaded to the web, or other paired devices.
"People should also investigate the deletion procedures for online storage. Many services allow you to 'undo' deletions, which could cause problems in certain situations... You could also argue that smartphones, which are continually connected to the Internet, are not the best place for nude pictures."
Graphic pictures showing Marion 'Suge' Knight's gunshot wounds have surfaced online. The hip-hop mogul was shot at a party in Los Angeles hosted by singer Chris Brown on 24 August (14) and underwent surgery for his injuries before being released from hospital last week (ends31Aug14).
Now pictures which appear to show Knight's body riddled with bullet holes have appeared online.
The gory snaps, published by TMZ.com, show long rows of stitches across his abdomen and marks from the bullet holes in his arms and chest.
Knight was released from hospital on Wednesday (27Aug14) and will continue his recuperation at home.
Outkast star Andre 3000 is planning to retire from rap next year (15) after he turns 40. The Ms. Jackson hitmaker, who will mark the age milestone in May (15), is convinced hip-hop is a young man's game and he confesses he can no longer keep up with his new peers.
He tells the New York Times, "I remember, at like 25, saying, 'I don't want to be a 40-year-old rapper.' I'm 39 now, and I'm still standing by that. I'm such a fan that I don't want to infiltrate it with old blood."
Andre 3000 reveals he recruits his teenage son Seven, with R&B singer Erykah Badu, to critique his verses on tracks by artists like Beyonce, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown and Frank Ocean, because he is no longer sure what will be a hit with young fans.
He explains, "I struggle with the verses. I don't sit around and write raps, I just don't. Now the only time I'm really inspired to write raps is if an artist that I enjoy invites me to their party. So if Future calls and says, 'Hey man, I want you to do this,' I don't want to let Future down. I don't want to let Lil Wayne or Drake down, because I love them...
"My son, he's 16. Him and his buddies, they'll be in the car, and I'll say, 'Hey, what do you think about this verse?' That's my gauge at this point. I don't have the pulse. Part of art is knowing when not to put paint on. And when to change your medium."
R&B star Chris Brown's day in court to answer assault charges has been delayed again after travel issues prevented the singer from making it to Washington, D.C.
The Kiss Kiss hitmaker was due to appear in court on Friday (29Aug14) for what would have been the third attempt to resolve an assault case dating back to October, 2013. But, according to court filings, Brown was unable to make it to the hearing and it was rescheduled for Tuesday (02Sep14).
The singer and his bodyguard were charged with beating up a young man outside a Washington, D.C. hotel. The minder, Christopher Hollosy, was convicted earlier this year (14), while Brown has rejected plea deals in relation to the case.
At the time of the incident, Brown was on probation in California for the 2009 assault of his then-girlfriend Rihanna.
A police force tasked with monitoring personal appearances by controversial hip-hop stars to prevent violence is stepping up its surveillance in the wake of Marion 'Suge' Knight's shooting. The elite squad, known as the 'Hip-Hop Police', reportedly works off a watchlist of potentially troublesome stars which includes Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Fabolous, Wiz Khalifa, Fat Joe, Drake and Chris Brown.
They are charged with monitoring rap concerts and nightclub appearances by any artist suspected of attracting trouble, and editors at New York Post gossip column Page Six report the team is now ramping up its efforts following the shooting involving music mogul Knight in Los Angeles at the weekend (23-24Aug14).
A source tells the publication, "All New York club owners are required to inform the Hip-Hop Police in advance if anyone on the watch list is coming in. They want to be there to monitor the crowd and in case any trouble starts. They don't want any situations like the Suge Knight shooting. If something does go down, they want to already be on the scene."
Another source adds, "Their job is to investigate crimes and curtail violence in the hip-hop industry. So when they find out there is a beef between rappers, they monitor it. They are plainclothes cops, they go to clubs and shows."
Death Row Records boss Knight was reportedly shot six times, in the stomach, chest and arm, at a party hosted by Brown at an L.A. nightclub in the early hours of Sunday (24Aug14). He was taken to hospital for treatment but has since been released.
Rap mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight has been released from hospital following a club shooting incident over the weekend (23-24Aug14). The former Death Row Records boss reportedly sustained six gunshot wounds in the stomach, chest and arm while attending a party hosted by singer Chris Brown at Los Angeles' 1OAK nightclub in the early hours of Sunday (24Aug14), and was admitted to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
His representative tells TMZ.com that Knight was released from the hospital on Wednesday morning (27Aug14), and will continue his recuperation at home.
He will return to the hospital to meet with medical professionals for follow ups.
The family of hospitalised rap mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight has asked fans to pray for his wellbeing as he recovers from a club shooting over the weekend (23-24Aug14). The former Death Row Records boss, 49, reportedly sustained six gunshot wounds in the stomach, chest and arm while attending a party hosted by singer Chris Brown at Los Angeles' 1OAK nightclub in the early hours of Sunday (24Aug14).
He was admitted to the local Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he underwent surgery, and his relatives have now asked the press and the public to respect their privacy during the trying time and stop spreading "negativity".
A statement released on Knight's Facebook.com page on Monday (25Aug14) reads: "The family of Suge Knight asks that you keep Suge in your prayers and to stray (sic) away from the negativity portrayed by the media.
"Suge is currently resting and has lost a lot of blood, he's human. He's done a lot of things for the community and the culture as a whole so we ask that you respect that."
Two other party-goers were also injured during the incident, with one said to be in a critical condition.
Knight, who is expected to make a full recovery from his injuries, is no stranger to gun violence - he was shot in the leg at a Miami, Florida party hosted by Kanye West before the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards, while he also hit by bullet fragmentation during the infamous 1996 drive-by shooting which claimed the life of rap icon Tupac Shakur.
R&B star Monica has called for an end to "senseless acts of violence" after a close family friend was shot dead over the weekend (23-24Aug14). The So Gone hitmaker took to her Instagram.com account on Saturday (23Aug14) to share her heartbreak after a pal identified only as Chris, who was friends with her brother-in-law David Brown, was killed.
Monica, who is married to basketball player Shannon Brown, stopped short of revealing specific details about his death, but used the opportunity to urge U.S. lawmakers to do more to curb the increasing numbers of gun-related murders across the country.
She shared a photo of Chris with his child on her Instagram page, and in the accompanying caption, she wrote, "With a heavy heart & tear filled eyes I send all my love and condolences to my brother @dcaffe & his family. RIP Chris your friendship & loyalty to my brother made you MY FAMILY...
"I've stopped asking why to ask WHEN.. When will these senseless acts of violence stop.. You were gunned down, taken from your children & in this cold cruel world that cares more now about reporting fashion & who's dating who there was barely a mention on the news.. #WakeUpWorld the old burying the young is NOT the way it's supposed to be. People only care for us as much as we care for ourselves... Change has GOT to come!!! #GoneToSoon (sic)".
Monica's plea is particularly timely following the ongoing uproar and protests over the controversial police shooting of unarmed Missouri teenager Michael Brown, who was killed as he attempted to surrender to a cop on 9 August (14). Brown, who is of no relation to the singer's family, was laid to rest on Monday (25Aug14).
Rap mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight is reportedly in recovery after undergoing surgery in the aftermath of a shooting at Chris Brown's party in Los Angeles over the weekend (23-24Aug14). The hip-hop boss was gunned down at the 1OAK nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning (24Aug14) during Brown's star-studded bash ahead of the MTV Video Music Awards that night.
Knight was reportedly shot six times, in the stomach, chest and arm, and was taken to the city's Cedars-Sinai hospital by ambulance. He later underwent surgery and is now recovering in an intensive care unit, according to TMZ.com.
Two other party-goers were reportedly injured, and one was said to be in a critical condition.
Stars including Justin Bieber, Tyson Beckford and Black Eyed Peas musician apl.de.ap were also at the party.
Brown appeared to address the drama in a post on his Twitter.com page on Sunday (24Aug14), writing, "It's disappointing that we as a society can't have fun or enjoy ourselves without any altercations sometimes. Miss me with the bulls**t!!!"