Chris Brown will spend his 25th birthday behind bars after the Los Angeles judge who sentenced him to jail time almost two months ago ruled he must remain incarcerated for at least another week. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Brandlin jailed the R&B singer on 14 March (14), after Brown was dismissed from a rehab facility, violating the terms of his court-ordered anger-management treatment, related to his 2009 assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna.
The Kiss Kiss singer was back in court on Thursday (01May14) hoping to get the gift of freedom for his upcoming birthday on 5 May (14), but Judge Brandlin told him he would have to remain in jail for at least another week as he deals with ongoing legal woes. The lawmaker ruled Brown would remain incarcerated unless a resolution on the terms of his probation in the Rihanna case could be agreed between prosecutors and the star's attorney Mark Geragos before a scheduled hearing on 9 May (14).
The singer also faces a misdemeanour assault trial in Washington, D.C., relating to a fight outside a hotel last year (13). Brown's bodyguard Christopher Hollosy, has already been found guilty of assaulting 20-year-old Parker Adams, but the star's trial has been postponed until June (14).
Bluegrass star Rhonda Vincent helped put a thief behind bars after catching a cleaner stealing money from her tour bus. The singer/songwriter recently turned private investigator after discovering cash was going missing from her home-away-from-home last year (13), while the vehicle was stored at a tour bus parking lot in Nashville, Tennessee.
She set up a hidden camera inside an alarm clock in a bid to find the perpetrator and put dusting powder on $6,000 (£3,750) in cash before placing the bundle in her safe, and then waited and watched the live video feed for the thief to make his or her move.
The trap worked and Adam Parker, an employee for the Hemphill Brothers Coach Company, was caught red-handed.
Vincent passed on her evidence to police and Parker has since pleaded guilty to the theft.
The If Heartaches Had Wings hitmaker has since admitted the thefts left her feeling vulnerable, because she spends so much time on her tour bus.
She said, "I'm shaking, just the thought that someone had violated... This is like our home."
Model/actress Jenny Mccarthy was quietly happy to learn Italian fashion guru Stefano Gabbana had been sentenced to jail for tax evasion, insisting the punishment is "karma" for treating her badly 16 years ago. The busty blonde had a rude run-in with the Dolce & Gabbana label co-founder backstage at the MTV Europe Music Awards in 1998, when she served as the ceremony's host, after she failed to recognise the designer while wearing one of his luxury dresses.
Recalling the incident on her U.S. talk show The View on Thursday (01May14) - a day after the designers were sentenced to 18 months behind bars, she said, "I call that karma... I hosted the MTV awards in Milan back in the '90s and I had all the Italian designers, Versace, Gabbana... fighting for me to wear their outfit. I chose Dolce & Gabbana.
"In the commercials, I go to the bathroom and backstage was Gabbana approaching me. I didn't know what he looked like - I'm from Chicago! All of a sudden... he literally pushes me in my dressing room, gets the police, makes me take off that dress that I'm wearing. I start crying, like, 'You can't make me take off this dress, I have to go back out there...!'
"He'd loaned it to me but because of his ego, I didn't recognise him and say, 'Oh, hello Mr. Gabbana, thank you for the dress'. I walked past him and he had the police come and make me strip down... He not only took the dress, he took the bra and the shoes! I put on a Versace dress and (went back out onstage)."
Domenico Dolce and his business partner Gabbana were found guilty of with tax evasion last June (13) and they were handed suspended 20-month jail terms. An Italian appeals court judge upheld the conviction during a hearing on Wednesday (30Apr14) and ordered them to serve 18 months behind bars.
Former ultimate fighting champion Tito Ortiz has been placed on 36 months probation and ordered to enrol in an alcohol education programme after pleading no contest to a DUI charge. The mixed martial arts star was slapped with the count in January (14) after he crashed his Porsche sports car on a Los Angeles freeway hours after he had been partying at the Playboy Mansion.
He initially insisted he was not guilty, but subsequently struck a no-jail plea deal with prosecutors and ended up pleading no contest to the charge.
In addition to his probation and alcohol awareness course, he must also pay a series of fines, according to TMZ.com.
The former members of Welsh rockers Lostprophets are working on new music under a different name following the child abuse conviction of frontman Ian Watkins. The Streets of Nowhere hitmakers split in October (13), shortly before Watkins pleaded guilty to a string of sickening sex offences, including the attempted rape of a baby, telling fans they could "no longer continue making or performing music as Lostprophets".
The singer was jailed for 35 years in December (13), and now the remaining members of the band - Lee Gaze, Mike Lewis, Stuart Richardson, Jamie Oliver and Luke Johnson - have reunited to start anew.
They have teamed up with ex-Thursday frontman Geoff Rickly to record new music for his Collect Records company, although he is only working with them as their label boss.
Discussing the new project, he says, "I think if ever there was a group of people that needed a second chance, it's those guys - and they're going to take full advantage of it. People don't really think of what happens to the other members. That took away their life. What happened is just devastating for them.
"It's been my honour to work with them on their new band from a label perspective. People are not going to know what hit them when the new band comes out. It's like everything I grew up on: a little bit of New Order, a little bit of Joy Division, little bit of The Cure. It's just so forward-thinking."
The name of the new group has yet to be announced.
Actress Ellen Page has confessed she expected "much more hate" after 'coming out' as gay in February (14). The Juno star revealed she is a lesbian during the Human Rights Campaign's Time To THRIVE conference in Las Vegas, and following her admission, Page was ready for a barrage of nasty comments to come her way.
But in the upcoming June issue of Canada's Flare magazine, the 26 year old reveals she was happily proven wrong about her assumption, explaining, "I expected so much more hate. It was just remarkably positive, which is beautiful, because it's indicative of the change that's happening."
Prior to her speech at the Las Vegas event, Page also admits she was "very, very nervous" to speak so openly about her sexuality, knowing she would make headlines moments after the announcement. She says, "You think you're in a place where you're all, 'I'm thrilled to be gay, I have no issues about being gay anymore, I don't feel shame about being gay,' but you actually do. "You're just not fully aware of it. I think I still felt scared about people knowing. I felt awkward around gay people; I felt guilty for not being myself."
After the life-changing reveal, Page is now more open than ever about discussing her sexuality, especially since her heterosexual peers don't have to hide theirs from the public eye. Page adds, "You hear things like, 'People shouldn't know about your life because you're creating an illusion on-screen.' But I don't see other actresses going to great lengths to hide their heterosexuality. That's an unfair double standard."
"Woke up this morning to the great news that Max Clifford was found guilty on 8 counts of indecent assault. Lock him up & throw away the key." Sharon Osbourne reacts to the news that celebrity publicist has been found guilty of eight charges of indecent assault.
Celebrity publicist Max Clifford is facing a possible jail sentence after he was convicted of eight sex assaults on Monday (28Apr14). The public relations guru, whose clients have included Frank Sinatra, Muhammad Ali, Simon Cowell, and Marlon Brando, used his star status as a cover to abuse young women in a series of attacks dating back to the 1960s.
Clifford had denied the allegations, telling Southwark Crown Court in south London that his accusers were all lying and had invented the incidents.
However, on Monday, the 10-strong jury found Clifford guilty of eight charges of indecent assault. He was cleared of two other indecent assault charges, and the jury failed to reach a verdict on an 11th count.
Speaking outside court after the verdict, Clifford said, "I have been told by my lawyers to say nothing at all."
Clifford is due to be sentenced on Friday (02May14).
The Hall of Justice is sure getting crowded. Joining Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder's upcoming Batman Vs. Superman film is Cyborg (per The Hollywood Reporter), a half man/half machine superhero who is fitted with cybernetic limbs after an accident destroys most of his body. Theater actor Ray Fisher has been cast in the role as the Justice Leaguer. A virtual unknown in Hollywood, Fisher is best known for portraying Muhammad Ali in a Broadway production of Fetch Clay, Make Man. Warner Bros. and DC have been accused of adding too much too fast to their cinematic mythos, and not taking the slow and steady route a la Marvel, but the studio's brazen pace shows no signs of slowing down with this latest announcement.
If the name "Cyborg" doesn't ring any bells, we wouldn't blame you. The character was a solidly B or C list DC superhero for years, but has enjoyed a recent upswing in popularity thanks to an upgraded role in the comic book universe. For those who are a little fuzzy on the details, we've provided a guide to tell you everything you need to know about the hero.
— Cyborg first appeared in DC Comics Presents #26 in 1980
— In the original comics continuity, Cyborg was originally a member of the Teen Titans, but in the recently rebooted DC comic book universe, The New 52, the character has been retconned into one of the seven founding member of the Justice League.
— In his original comic book origins, Victor is the son of Silas and Elinore Stone, married scientists who decide to use their child as a test subject for various scientific experiments. They boost his intelligence through various procedures, and Victor's IQ explodes to genius-levels. With a growing intellect, Victor becomes resentful of his parents. He loses interest in school and begins to get into trouble at school and with the law. While visiting his parents at S.T.A.R. Labs, an experiment in cross-dimensional portals goes awry. A monster crosses through a portal and kills Victor's mother. The monster then destroys much of Victor's body before Silas can send the creature back through the portal. Desperate to help his son, Silas outfits Victor's damaged body with experimental technology that saves his life, but permanently alters his physical appearance.
— Victor is initially horrified by his new appearance. After being ostracized by his former friends and kicked off the football team, Victor joins the Teen Titans, a group of teenage heroes that are similarly outcast due to their gifts. On the team, he joins the likes of Wonder Girl, Robin, Speedy, Kid Flash, Raven, and Beast Boy. Victor's father, feeling guilty over the way he treated his son over the years, constructs the Titans Tower, a home base for the team of young heroes. Victor finds acceptance in this new group of friends, who appreciate Victor's abilities, and see past his disfigurements.
— In The New 52, DC's updated comic book canon, Victor "Vic" Stone is a promising high school football player with an strained relationship with his father, Silas, a gifted scientist at S.T.A.R. labs. Victor gets into a heated argument with Silas that ends with a laboratory explosion that kills several people and mutilates Victor's body. Distraught over his son's injuries, Silas uses various alien technologies to repair Victor's body, turning him into Cyborg. Soon after, Victor helps Superman, Batman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and the Flash defeat Darkseid. After battling alongside his fellow heroes, Cyborg becomes a founding member of the Justice League. Victor eventually comes to terms with his new body and is able to forgive his father.
— Thanks to his advance cybernetics, Cyborg possesses a genius intellect, superhuman strength, super speed, advanced weaponry, near-invulnerability, teleportation technology through boom tubes, flight, and can interface with nearly all forms of technology.
— Unfortunately, Cyborg's cybernetics also leave him vulnerable to hacking.
— Throughout his comic book history, Cyborg has gone through several different cybernetic transformations and aliases. Over the years, he has been referred to Cyberion, Technis, Omegadrome, Sparky, and Cyborg 2.0. As Cyberion, Cyborg slowly became less human in outlook before reverting back to his normal self.
— The character's first on-screen appearance was in The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians, the last incarnation of the Super Friends. His character was voiced by Ernie Hudson.
— Cyborg has appeared in several films and television shows throughout the years, but is probably most well-known from the Cartoon Network series Teen Titans, an anime-inspired take on the Teenage superhero team.
— The character has also appeared in the DC animated films Justice League: Doom, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Justice League: War, JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time, and Lego Batman: The Movie as well as the television series Smallville, and Teen Titans Go!. The Smallville version of the character is notable for having all of the cybernetics enhancements under the skin.
A man accused of harassing CNN newsman Anderson Cooper has been released from custody after striking a plea deal with prosecutors. Alex Hausner had been behind bars since his arrest last July (13), when he tried to kick down the door of the broadcaster's New York home and threatened Cooper and his boyfriend, Benjamin Maisani.
He recently agreed to confess to counts of aggravated harassment and menacing, and was due to officially enter his plea during a hearing on Tuesday (22Apr14), but that had to be postponed after he broke down in tears in Manhattan Supreme Court.
The 38 year old returned to court on Friday (25Apr14) and pleaded guilty to the charges. He was sentenced to time served, handed five years probation and ordered to stay away from Cooper and Maisani.
A status update has been set for 20 May (14).