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Actor Robert Downey, Jr.'s son pleaded guilty to cocaine possession at a California court hearing on Friday (12Sep14).
Indio Downey, 21, was arrested after police spotted him smoking from a pipe while sitting in a car in West Hollywood in June (14), and he was later charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanour possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Friday, Indio, who attended the hearing with his father, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to complete a drug education program. He has been seeking treatment for the past 70 days at a facility and will remain there for another three months. If he stays sober and out of legal trouble, the case will be dismissed.
During the hearing, Indio told the judge, "I appreciate this opportunity, and I hope to make the most of it." The judge responded, "You've learned a lot of good coping skills from the program, I hope. This is a 24/7 disease... it can pop up at any time. You have to be vigilant and on top of it at all times. "I know in life people always look up to superheroes. You have contact with one superhero, and that's Iron Man."
Downey, Jr. has previously offered to support his son through his legal and drug woes, insisting addiction problems are a family issue.
Shortly after Indio's arrest, the actor released a statement, which read: "Unfortunately there's a genetic component to addiction and Indio has likely inherited it. Also, there is a lot of family support and understanding, and we're all determined to rally behind him and help him become the man he's capable of being. "We're grateful to the Sheriff's department for their intervention, and believe Indio can be another recovery success story instead of a cautionary tale."
The movie star spent years battling drug problems after finding fame in Hollywood in the 1980s.
A representative for music mogul Clive Davis has blasted allegations suggesting he has been having an affair with a married woman after her estranged husband slapped him with legal papers. South Carolina businessman Tig H. Krekel filed the lawsuit in New York's Manhattan Supreme Court this week (begs08Sep14), asking a judge to hold Davis in contempt after he failed to respond to a subpoena requesting personal records.
Krekel is seeking access to the 82 year old's diary, travel itinerary, phone records, letters, texts and emails in a bid to prove his claim that the legendary producer has been involved in an "illicit relationship" with his fashion executive wife, Rosanna, who allegedly accompanied Davis to numerous black tie events and vacationed with him onboard his yacht in Europe earlier this year (14).
Rosanna Krekel filed for divorce in South Carolina, seeking spousal support from her ex - but he is determined to prove she was unfaithful. State law prohibits a spouse from receiving alimony if he or she has committed adultery.
Rosanna's lawyer, Robert Rosen, has denied her husband's accusations, stating, "There has been no adulterous relationship between Clive Davis and Rosanna Krekel. He's been a close family friend of Rosanna and her mother and her brother for many, many years."
And a spokesman for Davis, who gave Rosanna away at her 2008 wedding, tells the New York Post, "The allegations are beyond ridiculous. This frivolous lawsuit is clearly an attempt to embarrass his former spouse."
The record industry icon, who has guided the careers of Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin and Kelly Clarkson, among others, has been married and divorced twice.
He came out as bisexual last year (13) after detailing a long romance with a male doctor in his 2013 autobiography.
Robert Downey, Jr.'s son Indio's court date has been postponed so he can continue his rehab treatment. The Iron Man's 20-year-old son was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance after he was caught smoking from a pipe in his car in Los Angeles in June (14). He was also charged with misdemeanour possession of drug paraphernalia.
He headed to a live-in rehab facility to battle his drug demons, and the arraignment hearing, scheduled to take place on Thursday (28Aug14), has been pushed back so he can continue receiving treatment.
According to TMZ.com, Indio's attorney Blair Berk assured the judge that the defendant is doing well in the facility.
A new hearing has now been scheduled for September (14).
Downey, Jr. also battled drug problems when he found fame in Hollywood in the 1980s but he has since turned his life around.
A jazz musician arrested in connection to Philip Seymour Hoffman's death pleaded guilty to a drug possession charge in a New York court on Thursday (28Aug14). Robert Vineberg, also known by his stage name Robert Aaron, was one of four people taken into custody following a police raid in New York as part of an investigation into the Capote star's drug overdose death earlier this year (Feb14).
Cops allegedly found 300 bags of heroin in Vineberg's home, and on Thursday he took a plea deal offer of five years probation, 25 days of community service and agreed to take a drug treatment programme, according to the New York Daily News.
He also agreed to forfeit the $1,284 (GBP755) which was seized during the raid on his apartment. If he violates the agreement he faces up to eight years in prison.
Vineberg will be formally sentenced on 14 October (14).
Robert Redford is suing New York state officials over accusations he was unfairly handed a $1.6 million (£948,128) tax bill for revenues from his Sundance U.S. TV network. In 2005, the Hollywood veteran sold a portion of the interest in the network, which is based in Park City, Utah, where Redford resides and runs the rest of his Sundance business projects.
On Tuesday (05Aug14), he filed suit at the New York Supreme Court against the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and its commissioner, Thomas H. Mattox, stating he was handed an invoice for $845,000 (£500,730) in taxes and $723,000 (£428,448) in interest stemming from the sale.
Redford alleges officials at New York's tax department wrongly ruled the profits from the sale count as income on the state's tax return, and he insists the money has already been accounted for in a tax return filed in Utah.
The lawsuit also states, "Plaintiff did not use his ownership interest in Sundance T.V. Inc., nor did he use his indirect ownership interest in Limited or Channel, in any trade or business carried on by him in New York.
"Further, Plaintiff did not have any property, payroll or receipts located in or deemed attributable to the conduct of a trade or business in New York."
Redford is asking for a judgment in which he will not have to pay the outstanding bill on the New York taxes, as well as reimbursement of all his legal fees.
Star Trek: Voyager actor Robert Picardo is seeking a court order to silence his estranged wife amid allegations she is spreading false rumours about his sexuality. The 60-year-old star claims his wife of 30 years, Linda Pawlik, who he is in the process of divorcing, has been telling friends that he has been having a secret gay affair with his longtime pal, U.S. TV legend Bill Nye.
However, Picardo is outraged by the accusations because he insists his close friendship with the host of children's show Bill Nye The Science Guy is purely platonic, reports TMZ.com.
He pours doubt on the affair allegations in court papers by writing, "I'd made it to 60 without having sex with a man and a 'walk on the wild side' at this age seemed unlikely to anyone who knows me."
Picardo and Pawlik hit headlines last month (Jul14), when police paid them a visit at their California home after an emergency call was placed from the house, only for the caller to hang up.
No arrests were made, but Pawlik subsequently obtained a restraining order against the actor, banning him from approaching or contacting her until the end of July (14).
The couple filed for divorce in 2012.
A man was arrested at Beyonce and Jay Z's concert in California on Saturday (02Aug14) after he allegedly bit off the tip of another man's finger.
Robert Alcaraz-Garnica, 25, was arrested at Pasadena's Rose Bowl after he reportedly groped the victim's girlfriend, and as a fight ensued, Alcaraz-Garnica chomped on the man's finger.
Lieutenant John Luna of the Pasadena Police Department confirms to TheWrap.com that Alcaraz-Garnica "sexually assaulted" a female and the man sustained a "serious injury" to his finger.
Alcaraz-Garnica was arrested on suspicion of sexual battery and mayhem following the incident and is being held on $100,000 (£59,426) bail pending his initial court appearance.
In addition, local police also arrested eight revellers for public intoxication and two for ticket scalping. Saturday's gig was part of the hip-hop supercouple's On The Run tour, and the pair played another show at the same venue on Sunday (03Aug14).
Prog-rock pioneers King Crimson will not be playing their signature album In The Court Of The Crimson King on their upcoming U.S. tour - and guitarist Robert Fripp is urging fans expecting to hear it to sell their seats for a profit.
The legendary supergroup is making a live comeback in September (14) with a 17-date trek around the States, the band's first U.S. gigs since 2008. However, band leader Fripp is warning fans not to attend the shows if they have a set idea of what tracks they want to hear the band play, as they will be in for a disappointing evening.
He tells Uncut magazine, "A guiding King Crimson principle is the music is new whenever it was written. So it's all new music. What I will say is, if you are coming with the explicit or implicit demand that you need to hear this music or that then don't come. And if you've already bought tickets, sell them to someone and you might make a profit. The point is with Crimson, if you come with an open mind, generally something worthwhile happens. If you don't, it's less likely. If you go there thinking, 'If I don't hear In the Court of the Crimson King I will have a lousy show', then you will have a lousy show. It's not on the setlist."
A judge has given Shia Labeouf six weeks to agree a deal with prosecutors over his disorderly conduct case. The Transformers star appeared in court in New York City on Thursday morning (24Jul14) for a hearing connected to his arrest at a Broadway theatre last month (Jun14).
LaBeouf, 28, who was detained by police for disrupting a production of Cabaret, has denied charges of disorderly conduct and criminal trespass, but his lawyer G. Robert Gage is attempting to work out a plea deal.
During the hearing on Thursday, the judge overseeing the case at the Manhattan court gave both sides six weeks to agree a resolution and ordered the star back for another hearing on 10 September (14).
After the Broadway outburst, LaBeouf enrolled in an outpatient rehab program to tackle his drinking.
Music legend Lou Reed left an estate worth in excess of $30 million (£18.8 million) to his family, according to a U.S. report. The veteran rocker died in October (13) at the age of 71 after a battle with liver disease, and court documents seen by editors of the New York Post show Reed's longtime manager, Robert Gotterer, has documented around $20 million (£12.5 million) in "money and other property" in his role as estate executor.
The sum reportedly does not include another $10 million (£6.3 million) which has been earmarked for Reed's heirs, as well as insurance policies and pension funds.
The Perfect Day star left his wife Laurie Anderson two homes, a $7 million (£4.4 million) penthouse in New York City, and a $1.5 million (£937,500) house in the Hamptons, as well as jewellery, art, cars and boats.
Reed also asked for $500,000 (£312,500) to be allocated for his elderly mother's care, while his sister Margaret Reed Weiner is set to receive $5 million (£3.1 million).