The family members of late actor Mickey Rooney have settled their dispute over a burial site and have decided to make Hollywood Forever Cemetery his final resting place. The Hollywood legend died on Sunday (06Apr14) aged 93, and his body had remained unclaimed in Los Angeles' Forest Lawn Cemetery mortuary while his conservator and attorney Michael Augustine, and Rooney's estranged wife, Janice Rooney, debated on where to take his remains.
Augustine filed court papers in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday (08Apr14) banning Janice and her son Chris Aber from removing Mickey from Forest Lawn, stating that the removal would have been against the late actor's wishes.
Janice insisted her husband wanted to be interred in a plot next to hers at a cemetery in Westlake Village, California, while Augustine maintained his client wished to be buried at a veterans' cemetery or next to other actors at a Hollywood location.
The two parties were due to go to court over the matter on Friday (11Apr14), but the agreement reached on Thursday (10Apr14) allows his body to be moved from Forest Lawn "to Hollywood Forever Cemetery for the disposition of his remains," according documents obtained by TheWrap.com.
It also states that Aber and his wife Christina, whom Mickey had claimed abused him while they served as his caretakers, will not be allowed at the private family ceremony.
In addition, Janice can only attend any public ceremony for Mickey, but cannot attend any such events with the Abers.
In 2011, the former child star was granted a temporary restraining order against his stepson Chris, amid claims he was being financially abused by unnamed family members.
Frank Ocean's cousin has defended his actions in a parking lot brawl with Chris Brown and his entourage, insisting he only used force to protect the Thinkin Bout You singer from a beating. The Kiss Kiss hitmaker and his bodyguards allegedly clashed with Ocean's crew over a parking space outside the Westlake Studio in West Hollywood in January (13).
Ocean declined to press charges after initially filing a police complaint for battery, but his relative Sha'Keir Duarte decided to launch his own $3 million (£2 million) civil action in August (13), holding Brown responsible for a a vicious beating he allegedly took from a member of the singer's security team.
Brown hit back with a countersuit last month (Nov13), accusing Duarte of provoking the fight - and now Ocean's cousin has admitted to the accusation, but claims he was only trying to defend his cousin.
In legal documents obtained by TMZ.com, Duarte confesses to using "reasonable and necessary" force to protect himself and Ocean against one of Brown's minders, called Hood.
Brown has since sought professional treatment for anger management after becoming involved in another brawl outside a Washington, D.C. hotel in October (13). He was ordered to submit to another 90 days in treatment as part of his probation after he was kicked out of a Malibu, California medical facility for hurling a rock through his mother's car window during an argument in November (13).
Embattled Chris Brown has filed a countersuit against rival singer Frank Ocean's cousin, accusing him of provoking a parking lot brawl between the stars' entourages earlier this year (13). The Kiss Kiss hitmaker hit headlines in January (13) when he and his bodyguards allegedly clashed with Ocean's crew over a parking space outside the Westlake Studio in West Hollywood.
Ocean declined to press charges after initially filing a police complaint for battery, but his relative Sha'Keir Duarte decided to launch his own $2 million (£1.3 million) civil action in August (13), holding Brown responsible for the actions of Hood, a member of his security team, who is accused of viciously beating the plaintiff during the altercation.
Duarte alleged Hood punched him in the face and kicked him around 12 times as the singer encouraged him, while he also claimed that Brown used the N-word against him during the brawl.
Now Brown, who is currently seeking anger management treatment in rehab, is firing back in his own lawsuit, claiming he tried to avoid confrontation "with the aggressive and hostile Mr. Duarte", who he insists started the fight. The star goes on to accuse Duarte of kicking and punching him and even threatening his life, and he is adamant Ocean's cousin is simply suing him for money, reports TMZ.com.
Brown checked into a Malibu, California treatment centre on 29 October (13), a day after pleading not guilty to a misdemeanour assault charge following a fight outside a Washington, D.C. hotel.
Embattled singer Chris Brown has been hit with a lawsuit by Frank Ocean's cousin, accusing the R&B star's bodyguard of viciously beating him during an altercation between the two singers earlier this year (13). The two stars and their entourages reportedly clashed over a parking space outside the Westlake Studio in West Hollywood, and police were called to the scene. Ocean filed a battery report against Brown but later decided against pressing charges.
However, his relative Sha' Keir Duarte has now decided to sue the Kiss Kiss hitmaker for assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and conspiracy to commit battery, claiming Brown encouraged his minder to attack him.
He filed legal papers at Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging that Brown's bodyguard, named only as Hood, punched him in the face and kicked him around 12 times at the singer's encouragement. He also claims that Brown used the N-word against him during the brawl.
This is the latest incident in a string of legal woes for the 24-year-old star, who is facing up to four years behind bars after he was booked on a hit-and-run charge relating to a car accident in May (13). His probation stemming from his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna was revoked, and he could be jailed if found guilty of the hit-and-run.
He is due back in court on 15 August (13).