R&B star Chris Brown is breathing a sigh of relief after a Los Angeles judge dismissed allegations of hit-and-run relating to a minor car accident in May (13). The Kiss Kiss hitmaker was accused of bumping into the back of Olga Gure-Kovalenko's car and reportedly driving off without providing the correct insurance details.
That charge, and one for driving without a valid California licence, was dropped during a hearing last month (Jul13), leaving prosecutors with only the hit-and-run count to pursue, despite Gure-Kovalenko's refusal to press charges or take any civil action against Brown.
The case returned to court on Thursday (15Aug13), but a judge rejected the Los Angeles City Attorney's arguments and dismissed the case altogether.
Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, tells TMZ.com, "The case never should have been filed in the first place. It's unfortunate he was being prosecuted for who he is rather than what he's done."
Authorities revoked Brown's probation relating to his 2009 assault of his then-girlfriend Rihanna on 15 July (13) as a result of the hit-and-run charge, but the status of his alleged violation will now be assessed during a separate hearing later this month (Aug13).
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has accepted a substantial donation to charity in lieu of damages from the British law firm which outed her as the secret writer of The Cuckoo's Calling. Rowling launched legal action against Chris Gossage, a partner at Russells law firm, for breach of confidentiality after he recently revealed she was the mastermind behind the crime novel, which was released under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
Gossage accidentally leaked the information to his friend Judith Callegari, also named in the lawsuit, who published the revelation on her Twitter.com account, which was subsequently picked up by editors at The Sunday Times.
On Wednesday (31Jul13), a judge at London's High Court ruled in Rowling's favour and executives at Russells were ordered to cover her legal fees and make amends by handing a donation to ABF The Soldiers' Charity, also known as the Army Benevolent Fund.
Rowling's solicitor Jenny Afia said the author, who was not in court, was "dismayed and distressed by such a fundamental betrayal of trust".
A statement from the charity issued after the ruling reads, "The Soldiers' Charity is honoured and thrilled to announce an extremely generous donation from world renowned author, J.K. Rowling. Damages from the litigation case surrounding her unveiling as Robert Galbraith and all global royalties from sales of her book, The Cuckoo's Calling, will be donated to the charity."
The multi-millionaire writer recently announced she would be handing the profits from The Cuckoo's Calling to the organisation for a period of three years, dating from the 14 July 2013 - the day her pseudonym was made public.
The Good Wife star Julianna Margulies has described the Anthony Weiner sex scandal as "the gift that just keeps on giving" as she is convinced the politician's story will influence the next series of her TV show. The former E.R. regular plays a lawyer whose politician husband is jailed amid a sex and corruption scandal, and the actress admits she is fascinated by the case of New York City mayoral candidate Weiner.
Weiner resigned from Congress in 2011 amid a row over saucy pictures, during which he was forced to admit he had "exchanged messages and photos of an explicit nature" with a number of women over the years, and his political comeback was dealt another blow last week (ends28Jul13) when more X-rated snaps leaked online.
Margulies admits she has been paying close attention to Weiner's headline-grabbing story, and insists she can see it influencing her TV series.
She tells E! Online, "I would never want to benefit from someone else's pain but I have been emailing (our producers) for two weeks now. It is the gift that just keeps on giving. It is shocking that in our fifth season, this show is more relevant than ever."
However, Margulies admits she feels for Weiner's wife Huma Abedin, adding, "I feel like everyone is jumping to conclusions with Weiner's wife Huma. We don't know what's happening behind closed doors. If I have learned one thing from this character it is, 'Judge not, lest ye be judged.' You're not in her shoes. Huma has a one-year-old baby (sic). We don't know what her daily life is like. And we don't know what he's saying to her.
"We see him how he wants us to see him as a politician... But I don't know if he goes home at night and gets down on his knees and says, 'Help me deal with this problem.' It benefits our show, the writers just happen to tap into that on this show and I get to play her."
Asked whether the story will be reflected in upcoming plot lines, she adds, "I can't imagine it not."
A group of former American Idol contestants is suing show producers for discrimination. The 10 African-American singers - including Corey Clark, who alleged he briefly romanced then-judge Paula Abdul - claim they were forced out of the TV talent contest because of their race.
The plaintiffs have accused Idol bosses of conducting a "cruel and inhumane" scheme to exploit them for ratings by illegally digging up their arrest histories and using the records to humiliate them on national TV, according to TMZ.com.
Clark's fellow Idol Season Two wannabes Jaered Andrews and Jacob John Smalley and hopefuls Donnie Williams, Terrell and Derrell Brittenum and Chris Golightly have joined forces for the battle.
The group's legal team claims the show producers portrayed the singers as "violent criminals, liars and sexual deviants" when, in fact, none of them had ever even been convicted of the charges stemming from their arrests.
The singers are demanding upwards of $25 million (£16.6 million) each.
A lawsuit filed against Chris Brown and his rap rival Drake after their notorious nightclub brawl last year (12) has been thrown out of court. The pair's entourages came to blows in New York City's W.i.P venue in June last year (12) after an argument allegedly erupted over Rihanna, who has dated both of the stars.
Following the altercation, bosses at Entertainment Enterprises, Ltd., who own a large stake in Greenhouse, a club located in the same building, filed a $16 million (£10 million) lawsuit against the pair, alleging their reputation was ruined by the media fallout.
However a judge has disagreed with their claims and ruled the stars have no duty to behave in the club, especially as they were not even in the nightspot when the fight broke out. The judge also insisted altercations in nightclubs are common, and bosses can't sue everytime one occurs.
Last year (12), Drake filed legal papers urging the case's presiding judge to toss out the suit, claiming the Greenhouse already had a bad reputation and its liquor licence was once suspended due to a "string of violent incidents".
Chris Evans' actor brother has escaped further action in his drugs case after attending 60 Narcotics Anonymous meetings. Scott Evans, who starred in U.S. soap opera One Life to Live, was taken into custody and charged with attempted cocaine possession after trying to buy drugs from an undercover cop in Los Angeles last December (12).
He changed his plea to guilty in a bid to escape jail time, and was ordered to attend a block of meetings to deal with his issues.
The 29 year old has now completed the 60 sessions required within the six-month period set out by the judge, and the case has now been closed.
Chris Brown's upcoming show in Toronto has been thrown into jeopardy following a public outcry over his inclusion in another concert in Canada. The singer's place on the bill at the Energy Rush event in Halifax on 31 August (13) has sparked anger among locals, who have started a petition calling for the controversial star to be pulled from the line-up, while a number of sponsors have dropped out and the city's mayor has also criticised organisers for hiring Brown.
The petition garnered almost 13,000 signatures in just four days and the number continues to rise.
The Kiss Kiss star has now been dealt a further blow as promoters behind his upcoming concert in Toronto on 26 July (13) have confirmed they are considering calling off the show.
Sky High Productions founder Baljot Saral, who is organising the gig at the city's Kool Haus venue, insists the concert may be postponed until after the Halifax controversy dies down.
He tells the Toronto Star, "(We may try to pick) a time when there's more quietness in the industry and where it's not a lot of bashing on him (Brown)... It's a lot of bad press. They (sponsors) don't want to tarnish their own name. I guess that's also maybe the reason why we're looking to reschedule. Just let things cool off."
However, Saral insists the company still wants to work with Brown despite his issues, adding, "We're still up for doing business with him... Regardless of what the news says about him, he's still legitimate for business."
A final decision over Brown's Toronto gig will be made "within the next day or so."
Brown's problems were stepped up this week (beg15Jul13) when a Los Angeles judge revoked the star's probation over accusations he fled the scene of a car accident in May (13).
The singer's probation stems from his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna and he faces up to four years in jail if found guilty of violating the terms of his agreement with prosecutors.
Controversial singer Chris Brown is facing further resistance over his upcoming concert in Canada as another sponsor has pulled its support for the gig. The Kiss Kiss hitmaker is scheduled to headline the Energy Rush event in Halifax, Nova Scotia on 31 August (13) but the decision to include Brown on the bill has been met with negative reactions from the local community.
Bosses at telecommunications firm Rogers Communications axed their support of the gig after Brown was announced as a headliner and now representatives from the Centre for Arts and Technology-Halifax have also announced their decision to withdraw funding.
A statement on the educational facility's official Facebook.com page reads, "Due to the recent announcement of Chris Brown as Energy Rush’s featured artist, we have officially withdrawn our sponsorship from this event. When we became a sponsor of Energy Rush, we were not aware of who the featured artist was going to be at that time... We feel that pulling our sponsorship is the best option given the feature artist’s reputation. As an educational institution, we can’t ignore the sentiments expressed on campus that participating in this year’s event goes against our collective values."
The decision was made public on Monday (15Jul13), the same day the singer's probation was revoked by a Los Angeles judge as he fights hit-and-run charges following a minor car accident in May (13).
Brown's probation relates to his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna. If found guilty of violating his probation, he faces up to four years in jail.
A Los Angeles judge has revoked Chris Brown's probation as he fights hit-and-run charges following a minor car accident in May (13). The Kiss Kiss hitmaker stands accused of bumping into Olga Gure-Kovalenko's vehicle in Los Angeles and leaving the scene of the accident without providing the woman with his correct insurance details. He was also charged with driving without a valid California licence.
Gure-Kovalenko has decided against pursuing legal action against the singer, as she did not suffer any injuries and there was minimal damage to her car, and on Monday (15Jul13) Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, was given until next week (23Jul13) to work out an official settlement to have the criminal case dropped.
However, Brown and Geragos were back in court hours later for a hearing regarding the star's probation, relating to his 2009 assault on his then-girlfriend Rihanna.
The judge overseeing that case chose to revoke the embattled singer's probation, but then released Brown on his own recognisance, rather than jail him.
He has now been ordered to return to court in August (13), when the judge will rule on whether the hit-and-run charges are in violation of the terms of his freedom.
Shortly before the probation hearing, Brown, 24, took to his Twitter.com blog to plead his innocence, revealing he was praying the truth will literally set him free.
He tweeted, "Pray! I did everything I was suppose to do during the so called hit n (sic) run, I provided the correct info. There were no injuries or damages. C'mon!! ...I hope people can actually see the truth."
If Brown is found guilty of violating his probation, he faces up to four years in jail.
Embattled R&B star Chris Brown has been given until next week (begs22Jul13) to reach an official settlement with the victim in his hit-and-run case following a minor collision in May (13). The Kiss Kiss hitmaker stands accused of bumping into Olga Gure-Kovalenko's car during a run-in in Los Angeles and leaving the scene of the crime without providing the woman with his correct insurance details. He was also charged with driving without a valid California licence.
Brown went on the defence during a Twitter.com rant last month (Jun13) after he was slapped with the charges, and insisted he did everything to ensure he would not be prosecuted.
He wrote, "It's not a hit and run if u (sic) get out the car, exchange information (who has NO DAMAGE to either cars).This is really ridiculous... I have a valid drivers license and I gave the woman the right info."
Gure-Kovalenko's legal representative, Freddy Sayegh, reveals his client has decided not to press charges as she did not suffer any injuries and there was minimal damage to her car, prompting Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, to file legal documents to have the criminal case dropped.
The case went before a Los Angeles judge on Monday (15Jul13), but prosecutors from the L.A. City Attorney's office objected to the motion to dismiss the charges as Gure-Kovalenko had not directly agreed to the settlement with Brown and Geragos, reports TMZ.com.
The hearing has been continued to 23 July (13).
Geragos has also filed papers to dispute the invalid licence count, insisting his client holds a permit from his native Virginia, where he is a resident, and therefore has not broken any laws.
However, Brown could still face legal trouble if the judge overseeing his parole from his 2009 assault case decides to revoke his probation as a result of the hit-and-run allegations.