Radio watchdogs in Australia have accused the station that hosted the notorious Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge prank call last year (12) of acting illegally. Several staff at London's King Edward VII Hospital fell victim when 2Day FM presenters Mel Greig and Mike Christian tricked them into revealing the Duchess' condition while she was being treated for severe morning sickness in December.
One of the staff, nurse Jacintha Saldanha, was found dead from an apparent suicide days later, and officials at the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) launched a probe into the incident.
In a confidential report, which has emerged as part of a court case, ACMA bosses rule 2Day FM chiefs acted illegally by allowing the prank to go ahead, according to British newspaper The Daily Telegraph.
Lawyers for the station are reportedly attempting to block the report, insisting the ACMA has no authority to make a criminal finding.
A London inquest into Saldanha's death was delayed earlier this month (Sep13) while more information is gathered.
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The Law & order franchise is known for rooting through headlines to find fuel for its upcoming episodes. We've seen high profile cases from Mel Gibson's drunk driving incident/anti-Semitic rant to Gov. Eliot Spitzer's sex scandal take form in Dick Wolf's gritty little world. But the NBC mainstay seems to be getting a little ambitious in its old age. Maybe the recent years have provided too many public controversies for law & Order to cover one by one, or maybe Det. John Munch has stepped behind the scenes as showrunner, instituting creative progress with some of his famed conspiracy theories inspiring the choices. But whatever the reason, SVU is doubling up on crimes for a forthcoming episode: EW reports that Season 15, which premieres in September, will feature a single episode that combines Paula Deen's highly publicized scandal with the events surrounding Trayvon Martin's killing. Something tells us this one was a late night in the writers room.
law & order: sVU executive producer Warren Leight explains the conflation of the controversial topics: "[Jeffrey] Tambor is a defense attorney representing a very high-profile celebrity woman chef [played by Cybill Shepherd] who thought she was being pursued by a rapist and turned around it was a teenager. And she shot him ... There's a lot of stop and frisk elements to that as well." So, add that into the mix.
Perhaps it is by necessity that Law & Order is weaving together the cases of Deen and Martin. Although Deen's story might have chucked in the celebrity chef's previous allegations of sexual harrasshment, SVU might have had to forgo inclusion of the Trayvon Martin for lack of any sexual component to the young man's story. Still, you have to wonder why, exactly, producers didn't opt to fictionalize elements about each case independently, rather than gluing them together via a fabricated plot device. And then you have to wonder if they'll continue on this path.
After all, we've got plenty of controversies to draw on from the past year. Could Anthony Wiener send a picture of his junk to Amanda Bynes, prompting her to throw a bong out of her high rise apartment window? Could we find Bradley (now Chelsea) Manning on trial for trading classified information with Edward Snowden, who leaves the Moscow Airport in protest of Russia's persecution of homosexuals and hides out in a rehab facility with Lindsay Lohan? What about Robin Thicke — that video must count as at least a misdemeanor, right? Where does he fit into all of this?!
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Troubled actor Edward Furlong has escaped jail time after striking a plea deal over assault charges. The Terminator 2: Judgment Day star was accused of assaulting his girlfriend during a bust-up in May (13), as well as violating a restraining order, battery, dissuading a witness by force or threat and vandalism.
The 35 year old struck a deal with prosecutors in Los Angeles on Monday (01Jul13) when he pleaded no contest to an amended charge of willful infliction of corporal injury on a cohabitant or spouse so that six other charges against him would be dropped.
He was handed 61 days behind bars, but was credited for time served. L.A. Superior Court Commissioner Mark Zuckman handed him five years' probation and ordered him to spend 90 days in rehab, as well as 52 weeks of domestic violence counselling.
Zuckman also demanded that Furlong have no contact with his victim and extended a protective order against him to cover the enteriety of his probabtion.
Former Terminator star Edward Furlong faces four years behind bars after allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend, actress Monica Keena. The former child star has been charged with felony dissuading a witness by force or threat and felony vandalism following claims he damaged his former lover's laptop and photo equipment during a dispute at her home last month (May13).
Furlong is also accused of threatening her if she called the police, according to TMZ.com.
The actor was arrested following the altercation on suspicion of violating a protective order she had obtained against him.
He has also been charged with disobeying a domestic restraining order - a misdemeanour - and has been ordered to return to court on 1 July (13).
At press time Furlong was still behind bars - he was initially released on 18 May (13), but returned to jail on 10 June (13) after a Los Angeles judge ruled his bail was too low.
It has been a tough week for stars who have played John Connor in the Terminator movies - Nick Stahl has been placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold after he was hospitalised in Los Angeles.
The Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines star, who has long struggled with drugs and alcohol abuse, was admitted to a medical centre in the early hours of Tuesday (18Jun13).
Troubled actor Edward Furlong has pleaded not guilty to a domestic battery charge stemming from his arrest in October (12) over an alleged bust-up with his girlfriend. The Terminator 2: Judgment Day star was at Los Angeles International Airport with an unidentified woman when he reportedly grabbed her during an argument.
Furlong entered a not guilty plea in court on Friday (26Apr13) and a trial date was set for June (13).
Last month (Mar13), the embattled former child star was sentenced to 180 days behind bars for violating the terms of his probation, but he has already been released, according to TMZ.com.
The 35 year old was placed on three years' probation back in 2010 for violating a civil protective order obtained by his estranged wife Rachael Kneeland.
The Terminator 2: Judgment Day star was taken into custody after allegedly shoving an unnamed woman at a residence in Los Angeles and was held on $50,000 (£31,250) bail.
He also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, stemming from a previous domestic violence incident.
Furlong appeared in court on Tuesday (15Jan13) and denied the domestic violence charge but was denied bail.
A new hearing date has been set for 25 January (13).
Edward Furlong, once best known as The Terminator 2: Judgement Day's young John Connor, was arrested Sunday according to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department's online records. E! reports that the Furlong was apprehended by law enforcements in the early morning hours after allegedly pushing his girlfriend.
These aren't first reports that have involved the couple in a domestic dispute. Furlong was arrested in October for an alleged incident with his girlfriend at the LAX airport. In November, she again accused him of another domestic incident. Furlong even had an outstanding $30,000 warrant out for his arrest stemming from one of the two described allegations.
On Sunday, Furlong was placed in jail with a $50,000 bond set. According to the online records, Furlong is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday morning for a hearing regarding his most recent arrest.
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A court has banned the Terminator 2: Judgment Day star from spending any time alone with the six year old after his ex-wife accused him of exposing the child to cocaine, a charge the actor vehemently denies.
Furlong went back to court in Los Angeles on Friday (14Dec12) in a bid to have the order overturned, but the judge overseeing the custody case refused to change the previous arrangements which were put in place last month (Nov12), according to TMZ.com.
Following in the wolf tracks of yesterday's big poster reveal, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 begins its full court press on our emotions with an army of stills worthy of Volturi. The focus is mainly on Kristen Stewart's Bella, who has now transformed from timid high schooler into bloodthirsty vampire/mother (with the superhuman strength to take down a cougar!). Don't worry Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner fans: you get a bit of a tease too.
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The actress endured a nightmare court battle after their 2008 split as they fought for custody over their then-two-year-old son Hermes while Rutherford was pregnant with their second child.
Professional spy Edward Banach claims he was hired in April, 2010 to keep an eye on Giersch amid allegations of child endangerment - but he was not fully compensated for the two months he spent on the case, costing just under $86,250 (£53,906), and he's now getting his lawyers involved.
Banach, who was handed the job by bosses at a now-defunct security firm, is suing both Rutherford and the owners of the business for the outstanding $58,000 (£36,250) he alleges he's owed, according to TMZ.com.
Rutherford wed second husband Giersch in 2006.