Embattled rap mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight has been hospitalised for the third time in four weeks as he continues to battle ill health following a multiple shooting last summer (14). The Death Row Records co-founder appeared briefly in a Los Angeles court on Monday (02Mar15), when he told Superior Court Judge James Brandlin he had fired the lawyers handling his current murder case relating to a fatal incident on a movie set in Compton, California on 29 January (15).
Representing himself, Knight told the court he had cut ties with David Kenner and his law firm.
He also revealed he was gradually going blind and had been receiving below par medical treatment in custody, where he is being held without bail.
Judge Brandlin transferred the case to another judge, Ronald S. Coen, who was due to listen to the arguments during a new hearing later on Monday, but Knight had to be taken to hospital before his case could be called.
His health status was unknown as WENN went to press.
The troubled star previously collapsed outside court on 3 February (15) and had to be treated for blood clots, while he suffered another health emergency on 19 February (15) as he arrived in court for a separate robbery case, prompting the judge to postpone the case until a later date.
Knight has pleaded not guilty to counts of murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run after running over and killing his pal Terry Carter and leaving another man, actor Cle 'Bone' Sloan, injured as he attempted to drive away from an altercation.
Joan Rivers' daughter Melissa was on hand to accept her mother's first Grammy Award at the prizegiving on Sunday (08Feb15), calling the posthumous win "bittersweet". The late comedienne landed the Best Spoken Word Album trophy for her memoir Diary of a Mad Diva, beating out the likes of James Franco, singer Gloria Gaynor and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
Melissa, along with her 14-year-old son Cooper, attended the Los Angeles ceremony to accept the prize, and she tells E! News, "It's a difficult moment. It's a little bittersweet. She was nominated once for her comedy album - was never nominated once for any other books. And it's like, now she goes and wins? But it's wonderful how loved she was and how she's getting so much attention now, and people really understanding what she was about."
Rivers was previously nominated for Best Comedy Album in 1984 for What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most?
The veteran comedienne passed away aged 81 in September (14), a week after she suffered a cardiac arrest during a routine throat procedure.
Rag mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight's lawyer insists his client had no idea he had run over and killed a friend as he attempted to make a quick get away from a movie set in Compton, Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon (29Jan15) Knight reportedly rammed pal Terry Carter, who was trying to break up a fight between the former rap boss and others, and left him for dead as he drove away in his truck.
The fallen hip-hop mogul has since turned himself in to police and he has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
But Knight's lawyer James Blatt has told the Los Angeles Times his client had no idea he had left his friend for dead as he drove away.
He says, "He had no knowledge whatsoever he ran over anyone. There’s no damage to Mr. Knight’s car."
Meanwhile, Blatt tells the publication Knight was attempting to flee for his life after a fight broke out shortly after his arrival on the set.
The lawyer says, "Mr. Knight was attacked by a group of men while he was in his vehicle. They were beating him, threatening to kill him and attempting to drag him outside of the vehicle. He made an effort to escape, he was in fear for his life. And that’s exactly what he did... He was the victim, he was not the aggressor."
Blatt has asked detectives to locate security camera footage which he hopes will exonerate his client.
Knight is being held in Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles on $2 million (GBP1.3 million) bail.
Rap mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight has surrendered himself to cops investigating a fatal car crash that left his pal dead. The Death Row Records founder arrived at a police station in California on Thursday night (29Jan15) hours after a truck he had allegedly been driving collided with his friend Terry Carter, killing him.
A second man, actor Cle Sloan, was also struck by the vehicle but was not seriously hurt in the accident in Compton, California.
Knight's lawyer James Blatt had earlier claimed the hip-hop heavyweight had been attacked by two people prior to the incident and was trying to escape when the accident happened.
According to ABC7 Eyewitness News, Knight was seen arriving at the West Hollywood Sheriff's Station late on Thursday night.
Blatt says, "We are confident that once the investigation is completed, he will be totally exonerated. He was in the process of being physically assaulted by two men and in an effort to escape he unfortunately hit two individuals. He was in his car trying to escape."
Lieutenant John Corina, of the L.A. County Sheriff's department, has revealed the driver of the truck allegedly struck the victims twice, saying, "Looks like he drove backwards and struck the victims and drove forwards and struck them again. The people we talked to say it looked like it was an intentional act."
Police officials in Los Angeles are investigating a fatal hit and run incident involving rap mogul Suge Knight on Thursday (29Jan15). The embattled hip-hop star's lawyer James Blatt confirmed to local news station KABC that Knight was driving the car that killed his friend Terry Carter, and hit a second pedestrian, actor Cle Sloan, who was not seriously hurt.
Knight claims he was attacked by two people and tried to escape in the vehicle, which lead to the hit and run. Blatt adds that Knight is expected to turn himself in to authorities.
Officials at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department are investigating the incident, telling the Los Angeles Times they are treating the case as a homicide.
Meanwhile, TMZ.com reports that Knight was in Compton visiting the film set of a hip-hop documentary. Rappers Ice Cube, The Game, and Dr. Dre were also on the set, with Cube even posting a photo on Instagram.com from the film shoot prior to the incident.
U.S. actress Linda Gray has signed up to make Cinderella's dreams come true in a traditional British pantomime this Christmas (14). The Dallas star will play the Fairy Godmother in the family-orientated production of Cinderella in London for five weeks from next month (Dec14).
She arrived in the U.K. on Monday (17Nov14) for a costume fitting and told fans on Twitter.com she is excited about taking part in her first pantomime, which launches on 5 December (14).
The show will not be Gray's first performance on the London stage - in 2001, she played seductress Mrs. Robinson in a West End production of The Graduate.
Gray was able to sign up for the panto after her TV drama Dallas was cancelled earlier this year (14).
The actress isn't the only star preparing to make magic as Cinderella's Fairy Godmother - Helena Bonham Carter will play the character in Sir Kenneth Branagh's movie version of the fairytale, starring Cate Blanchett and Lily James.
Country singer Deana Carter vied for actress Connie Britton's role on U.S. drama Nashville. The Strawberry Wine hitmaker has a few acting credits to her name, but she was hoping to score a part which wouldn't be too far from her real life - beloved singer Rayna James on the hit programme about country music stars in Tennessee.
In an interview with Nashville newspaper The Tennessean, Carter reveals, "I auditioned for Rayna. I know quite a few people did. I think Connie does a great job. And I love the show, I'm a huge fan."
Despite losing the role to the more seasoned actress, the Nashville native was able to contribute her musical skills to the show - she co-wrote the song I Know How to Love You Now with actor Chip Esten, which he recently performed in the season three premiere.
Mamma Mia! star Dominic Cooper is reprising his role as Iron Man's father for a new TV series. Cooper portrayed Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger, and now reports suggest he'll be part of the cast for Marvel's Agent Carter, in which he'll reteam with fellow Brit Hayley Atwell, who played Peggy Carter in the Captain America blockbuster, set in the 1940s.
Chad Michael Murray, Enver Gjokaj, James D'Arcy and Shea Whigham have also signed on for the TV series.
Actor James Caan and Barbra Streisand led tributes to their late pal Lauren Bacall following the actress' death on Tuesday (12Aug14). The 89-year-old movie legend died after suffering a stroke at her home in Manhattan, New York.
Caan, who worked with Bacall in 1990's Misery, shared his sorrow in a statement to Entertainment Weekly which reads, "She was a great, uplifting lady who was full of talent and fun. I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with her. I will miss her dearly."
Barbra Streisand, who directed Bacall in The Mirror Has Two Faces, says to Billboard.com, "What a terrible loss for us all... It was my privilege to have known her, to have acted with her, and to have directed her... And, most of all, to have had her as a wise and loving friend. She was an original. Even with all those great films we can visit again and again, she will be missed."
Alec Baldwin writes on Twitter.com, "The great Betty Bacall (her birth name) is gone. Read her first autobiography, BY MYSELF. I love that book," while KISS rocker Gene Simmons adds, "Lauren Bacall - sad. R.I.P. She was a class act. She will be missed."
Alan Cumming uploaded a picture of himself with the late actress and writes, "You are a sensation and a killer! (First thing BB ever said to me) RIP Betty you sensational killer," and Richard E. Grant adds, "Worked with Lauren 'Betty' Bacall who called herself a 'Broad'.Took no prisoners, but if she liked you, you were friends for life. Unique."
Other stars have sent their condolences via social media, including John Cusack, Stephen Merchant, Belinda Carlisle, Boy George, Dita Von Teese and Lynda Carter.
R&B star R. Kelly is expanding his resume by releasing a house music album inspired by his hometown of Chicago, Illinois.
The I Believe I Can Fly hitmaker is working on a new record influenced by the music created in the Windy City in the late 1970s.
Kelly revealed his new project during a concert in Chicago last week (06Jul14), when he was caught on camera saying, "I want y'all to know a secret. I'm working on a house album right now, and I want y'all to know, it's coming."
"And y'all know, I love music and I feel like I can do anything when it comes to music because I am music - just like y'all."
The house music record is just one of many projects the singer is working on - in March (13), he announced he is planning a follow-up to his 2013 LP Black Panties, titled White Panties, and is reportedly also putting together a holiday album called The 12 Nights of Christmas.