Rising Australian actor Ryan Corr pleaded guilty to heroin possession at a court hearing in Sydney on Tuesday (02Sep14).
Corr, who stars in Russell Crowe's upcoming directorial debut The Water Diviner, admitted a charge of possessing a prohibited drug after police officers caught him with a bag of heroin. However, Corr walked away from Waverley Local Court on Tuesday without a conviction.
His lawyer Chris Murphy argued it would hinder his acting career as he could be banned from entering certain countries. Magistrate Julie Huber agreed and said, "It is quite clear that you are a young man with a long, successful acting career and there is nothing to suggest that career won't continue."
The court was also told that Corr had not taken the drug and no drug-taking equipment was found in his possession.
He was handed a 12-month good behaviour bond, which is similar to probation.
Gucci Mane's rap affiliate Peewee Longway had to skip a concert in Montgomery, Alabama on Sunday (31Aug14) after he was arrested on suspicion of drug possession. Longway, who is signed to Mane's 1017 Brick Squad Records, was taken into custody by police shortly before he was due onstage at Club Luxe and was subsequently charged with illegal possession of a controlled substance and first degree possession of marijuana.
His bail has been set at $30,000 (£1,767), reports XXLmag.com.
Gucci Mane, a convicted felon, is facing his own legal troubles - he was recently sentenced to 39 months in prison after pleading guilty to federal firearms charges relating to two separate incidents last year (13).
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Comedian Tracy Morgan will have to wait another four weeks before doctors can assess any longterm damage to his cognitive health following his horrific car crash in June (14).
The former 30 Rock star was hospitalised with a broken leg, nose and several ribs after the limousine he was travelling in was hit by a Wal-Mart truck, killing his good friend James 'Jimmy Mack' McNair and leaving Morgan and two other passengers in a critical condition.
He was released from a rehabilitation facility in July (14) and has continued to undergo physiotherapy sessions at his New Jersey home, but the actor's attorney, Benedict P. Morelli, reveals Morgan, who is relying on a wheelchair to get around, still faces a long road to recovery both physically and in terms of his mental abilities and processes.
Morelli tells New Jersey's The Star-Ledger, "He's really having a tough time. He's making incremental progress. But they'll have to wait another month before they assess him cognitively." Morelli's comments come three weeks after he publicly dismissed reports suggesting Morgan is "doing great", insisting the statement was far from accurate.
Morgan is currently suing Wal-Mart store executives for negligence amid allegations driver Kevin Roper's bosses should have known he had been awake for more than 24 hours at the time of the crash. Roper has pleaded not guilty to charges of vehicular homicide and assault by auto.
Rapper Young Jeezy has been released from jail after posting $1 million (£588,000) bail for a gun possession charge linked to a fatal shooting at a recent concert. The hip-hop star, real name Jay Jenkins, was taken into custody last Sunday (24Aug14) after police discovered an assault rifle on his tour bus.
Detectives believe the firearm is the same weapon used to kill 38-year-old record label boss Eric Johnson backstage at Jeezy's joint Under the Influence of Music concert with Wiz Khalifa in Mountain View, California on 22 August (14).
Jeezy and five members of his entourage were arrested and charged as no one came forward to claim ownership of the gun.
He pleaded not guilty to the count during a court hearing in Newport Beach, California on Tuesday (26Aug14) and he walked free from jail on Thursday night (28Aug14).
The rapper also posted bail for his five associates. He is due back in court next Friday (05Sep14).
Disgraced blockbuster filmmaker John Mctiernan is hoping to make a major comeback with a new film starring John Travolta. The Predator and Die Hard director, who was jailed for his part in the Anthony Pellicano wiretapping scandal, revealed his professional plans to a judge during a bankruptcy dispute with bosses at First Interstate Bank, who want to foreclose on his ranch in Wyoming.
McTiernan, who spent 10 months behind bars after pleading guilty to lying to law enforcement officers investigating him for hiring private eye Pellicano to wiretap a producer, is battling to save his home and declare bankruptcy, and, during a hearing on Wednesday (27Aug14), the director told U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Peter McNiff all about his comeback plans.
In a bid to prove he'll soon be cash rich again, McTiernan's lawyer revealed his client has "north of $2.5 million on the projects he has on the table," adding, "One of them is sealed and in the bank," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Testifying in court, the moviemaker said, "I want to re-establish my career and rebuild my life."
He revealed he has completed work on three screenplays and the "sealed" deal is a film called Warbirds, which will star Travolta and potentially feature Johnny Knoxville and Queen Latifah, who have been offered roles.
An executive at Hannibal Pictures, the company behind the film, has confirmed the project has been given the go ahead.
McTiernan added, "They (producers) offered (me) a million so far (to make the film), my agent is still hoping to get one million and a quarter."
The director also revealed he is trying to convince producers on another potential project not to hire Arnold Schwarzenegger, explaining, "It's a bad idea. I have to convince them not to."
And it seems his movie talk impressed the judge, who stated, "It is very interesting to hear you", as he stepped down from the witness stand.
Singer/rapper Cee Lo Green has been handed three years of probation and a community service sentence after striking a plea deal relating to an ecstasy charge.
The Forget You hitmaker, real name Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, hit headlines last year (13) after an ex-girlfriend accused him of slipping her ecstasy before having sex with her following a dinner date in Los Angeles in 2012. He pleaded not guilty to the claim at the time of his booking, but subsequently agreed to plead no contest to a felony count of sharing ecstasy in a deal which allows him to maintain his innocence.
He entered the plea during a brief court hearing on Friday (29Aug14), when Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark Young ordered the star to serve probation.
The 39 year old must also complete 360 hours of community work at the MusiCares Foundation of the Recording Academy, which provides financial aid and medical care to musicians who have fallen on hard times. He must also attend 52 private alcohol counselling sessions, reports TMZ.com.
Prosecutors had previously dropped a charge of sexual assault against Green on the grounds of insufficient evidence. The plaintiff, whose identity has not been revealed, alleged Green spiked her drink during a date in November, 2012, and she later woke up naked in a bed with him in the room.
Rocker Nikki Sixx's ex-wife Brandi Brandt has been sentenced to six years behind bars in Australia for her role in an international drug trafficking ring. The former Playboy model pleaded guilty in April (14) to an allegation of conspiring to import drugs as part of a syndicate that smuggled $130,000 (£76,471) worth of cocaine shipments onto Qantas and United Airlines passenger planes flying between California and Sydney in 2007.
They reportedly had airline catering employees collect the packages upon landing Down Under.
Brandt, 45, faced life in prison if convicted, but on Friday (29Aug14), Sydney District Court Judge Peter Zahra ruled that her role in the trafficking ring was "substantially lower" than others involved and ordered her to serve a minimum of three-and-a-half years of her six-year term.
However, she will become eligible for parole in November, 2016.
Sixx and Brandt, who have three children together, were married from 1989 to 1996.
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Singer Ray J has pleaded no contest to a charge of misdemeanour trespassing in relation to his arrest at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles in May (14).
The star, who famously dated Kim Kardashian and appeared in her sex tape, was also charged with sexual battery, assault on a police officer and resisting arrest but those counts have been dismissed under the terms of a plea deal.
The R&B singer previously pleaded not guilty to the groping and resisting arrest charges. Reports suggest Ray J kicked out the window of a police car and spat on a police officer.
The singer told TMZ.com he smashed the window because he felt claustrophobic.
A Los Angeles District Attorney subsequently filed sexual battery, resisting arrest, assault and vandalism charges against the singer.
The 33 year old, real name Willie Ray Norwood Jr., has been sentenced to three years' probation and 50 hours of community service. He was also ordered to attend alcohol therapy and anger management classes.
Model and actress Sophie Monk called police to her New South Wales home in Australia early on Thursday morning (28Aug14) after she spotted an intruder.
Reports suggest her call for help was made at 4am local time and Monk later took to Twitter.com to tell fans she was "freaked" by the incident.
Ironically, the drama took place two days after Monk’s alleged cyber stalker, James McCabe, made his third appearance in a Tasmanian court. The 30 year old allegedly sent Monk a series of offensive, sexually explicit messages that included threats of harm aimed at her family and friends.
McCabe has pleaded not guilty and was bailed on condition he doesn't contact or harass Monk.
The man who killed John Lennon apologized for acting like "an idiot" at his latest parole hearing earlier this month (Aug14).
Mark David Chapman was denied his freedom for the eighth time last week (ends22Aug14) and now the comments he made to the parole board have been released.
He told the panel he was “sorry for being such an idiot and choosing the wrong way for glory” when he shot and killed Lennon in New York on 8 December, 1980. According to ABC News Radio, Chapman said, "My life had sunk into a depressed state. I was drinking... That bright light of fame, of infamy, notoriety was there. I couldn’t resist it. My self-esteem was shot, and I was looking for an easy way out.”
Chapman even acknowledged that his life outside prison would be difficult, adding, "Many, many people loved him (Lennon). He was a great and talented man, and they are still hurting. "There is (sic) some people out there that might want to harm me, but I leave it in God’s hands. I trust him. If that (parole) could happen sometime in the future, I will still trust him."
The 59 year old will now have to wait until 2016 before he can re-apply for parole.