Rapper Gucci Mane's prison term has been shortened by 12 months. The Icy hitmaker, real name Radric Davis, was sentenced to 39 months in jail after pleading guilty to a gun charge in August (14).
The charge stemmed from incidents last year (13), when he was caught in illegal possession of a weapon by police officers.
His lawyers asked a judge to consider giving him credit for time served and the request was granted this month (Sep14).
According to TMZ.com, his 39-month sentence will now end in December 2016. Upon his release, the star will be supervised for a further three years and limitations will be placed on his travel.
British rapper Dappy is facing a possible jail sentence after he was convicted of punching a fellow party-goer in a row over a woman at a nightclub in England last year (13). The former N-Dubz star, real name Costadinos Contostavlos, denied attacking Devonn Reid at the Evissa in Reading, England on 6 October (13), but he was found guilty of assault by beating at Reading Magistrates' Court on Friday (05Sep14).
The court heard the 27 year old punched Reid during a spat on the dance floor, with prosecutor Zainab Mohamed calling it a "completely unprovoked attack."
Reid testified the drama took place after he saw Dappy talking to his girlfriend and a female pal.
He told the court, "Dappy said to me 'What, don't you want me talking to them?'... I turned to look at him and that is when he hit me straight on the nose... He had just turned and hit me straight with his right hand. After that we just gone (sic). Bouncers came and grabbed him, I have gone to the toilet to clean myself up. He had popped my nose."
The rapper is now facing the possibility of a jail sentence for his third assault conviction in two years. He was found guilty last year (13) of involvement in a brawl at a gas station in Surrey, England in 2012, for which he was given a six-month suspended prison sentence, and in June (14), he was convicted of slapping a party-goer at a nightclub and was fined $1,280 (£800).
Veteran rocker Paul Weller has pleaded guilty to a driving offence after he was caught using his cell phone while behind the wheel in London in February (14). The Jam star admitted the offence by post and was fined $340 (£200) during a hearing at Lavender Hill Magistrates' Court in south London on Thursday (04Sep14).
Weller, 56, was also ordered to pay $145 (£85) in costs and handed three penalty points on his driving licence.
Seventies pop star David Cassidy has had his felony drink driving charge reduced to a misdemeanour DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) after striking a plea deal with prosecutors. The former Partridge Family actor was in a Schodack, New York court on Wednesday (03Sep14), where he pleaded guilty to drink driving in the same town last summer (13).
Under the terms of the plea deal, Cassidy must complete 50 hours of community service and also install an ignition interlock on his vehicle's dashboard, a breathalyzer device which tests the driver's blood alcohol level before the car's motor can be started.
Cassidy will also face a judge in November (14) to check on his progress and determine if he needs to complete an alcohol treatment program, since the singer already voluntarily checked himself into a rehab centre and completed the course in Florida earlier this year (14).
The son of jailed conman-to-the-stars Bernie Madoff has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 48. Andrew Madoff, who was Bernie's last surviving son, passed away on Wednesday (03Aug14) at a hospital in New York. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2003 and suffered a relapse in 2013, according to the Washington Post.
Andrew's brother Mark hanged himself in December, 2010, on the second anniversary of his dad's arrest.
Bernie Madoff was jailed for 150 years in June, 2009, after pleading guilty to siphoning billions of dollars from his wealthy clients, including Kevin Bacon, John Malkovich and Zsa Zsa Gabor.
Jennifer Lopez is refusing to give up on love and marriage after three failed unions and a string of romantic splits, insisting she'll eventually find her Mr. Right. The pop superstar has been single since splitting from dancer boyfriend Casper Smart earlier this summer (14), but she has no plans to give up on men.
She tells Elle U.K. magazine, "I still believe in love. The nirvana man, he's out there somewhere. But you just have to work at it. You have to work at everything.
"Everybody has seen that I make mistakes... but I am not going to give up. I have to look at what I do wrong.
"I rush in, I get swept up, I ignore the signs. But so many of us are guilty of these things. Each time it goes wrong, it's hard. I get really hurt but I have to let myself go: 'What did I do? What can I learn?'
"As hard and as hurtful as things get, I want to believe I will be able to go one step higher. I've got to hope that if I keep going I will eventually get it right."
As well as Smart, Lopez has also dated rap mogul Sean 'Diddy' Combs and actor Ben Affleck, while her ex-husbands include Marc Anthony and dancer Cris Judd.
Justin Bieber has been charged with dangerous driving and assault following an altercation in his native Ontario, Canada on Friday (29Aug14).
Reports suggest the pop star was riding an all-terrain vehicle when it was involved in a collision with a minivan and that led to a fight. A spokesperson for Ontario Provincial Police tells the Associated Press Bieber was released on a promise to appear in court on 29 September (14).
Bieber's latest legal woe could land him back behind bars - Los Angeles County Probation Department officials have since launched an investigation into the weekend arrest to determine if it violates his probation from his misdemeanour vandalism case, relating to an egging attack on a California neighbour's home. That case was settled in July (14), when he was sentenced to five days of community service, 12 weeks of anger management counselling, and two years of probation. Probation bosses have 30 days to lodge any alleged violation in court, reports TMZ.com.
The singer also pleaded guilty to misdemeanour charges of careless driving and resisting arrest last month (Aug14), seven months after he was booked in Miami Beach, Florida.
He is also facing legal action after allegedly assaulting a limousine driver in Toronto, Canada in December (13).
Troubled singer Chris Brown has escaped further jail time after pleading guilty to an assault charge.
The Kiss Kiss hitmaker appeared at a court in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday morning (02Sep14) and admitted beating up a man outside a hotel in the city last year (13).
Brown, who spent two months in prison earlier this year (14) for a probation violation, was sentenced to time already served for the misdemeanour assault charge and was fined $150 (). During the hearing he apologised for his actions, telling the judge, "I'm sorry, I am very sorry."
He walked free from court with his on/off girlfriend Karrueche Tran by his side.
The singer's bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, was previously convicted on an assault charge stemming from the attack. Brown's court appearance on Tuesday marked the third time officials had attempted to resolve the case with the star. He missed a previous plea hearing scheduled for Friday (29Aug14) due to travel difficulties.
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).