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News, Aug. 12: Sizemore Arrested Again, George Clinton Takes Drug Rap, Paparazzo Sues Christina Aguilera, More…

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Aug 12, 2004 | 10:16am EDT

Sizemore in trouble with law again

Actor Tom Sizemore, who was convicted in 2003 of beating and threatening ex-girlfriend Heidi Fleiss, was arrested on Wednesday on felony charges of possession of a controlled substance, Reuters reports. Syndicated entertainment TV show Access Hollywood reported that parole officers were conducting random visits and discovered drug paraphernalia in Sizemore's Los Angeles home. It was not immediately clear what the drugs were. The actor was booked and bail was set at $10,000; he was released from custody Wednesday afternoon. Earlier this year, prosecutors accused Sizemore of a parole violation after a positive test for methamphetamine. His attorneys argued the positive test was due to a prescription drug.

George Clinton fesses up to drug charges

Meanwhile, in other celebrity drug-related news, funk musician George Clinton pleaded no contest Wednesday to two misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charges, The Associated Press reports. The musician was arrested in December sitting in a car near his Tallahassee, Fla., recording studio; police said when they approached, he volunteered that he had cocaine in his pocket. He was found with a bag of crack cocaine and a glass pipe, police said. Clinton, 63, was sentenced to 200 hours of community service and two years of probation. He was also fined $372 in court costs.

Aguilera sued by photographer

Christina Aguilera and one of her bodyguards are being sued by a photographer who says the guard punched and spat on him after he took the singer's picture outside a Hollywood nightclub last year, AP reports. According to a lawsuit filed Tuesday, David Keeler was attacked after he photographed Aguilera leaving the club on May 21, 2003. After Aguilera and the bodyguard got into a car, Keeler said the guard told him he "needed to learn respect" and punched and spat on him. Aguilera's representative, Meghan Prophet, denied the incident. "Christina has no reason to believe that such an incident did occur, nor did she witness such an incident," Prophet said.

Fire wrecks Black Eyed Peas equipment

A fire broke out early Wednesday in a Los Angeles studio where the Black Eyed Peas were recording a new album, destroying about $500,000 in gear and instruments, authorities and band members told AP. The band members apparently lit candles during the recording session and forgot to blow them out, causing the 3 a.m. fire. The band said it was devastated by the loss. "Guitars, drums, drum kits, keyboards, microphones, classic instruments that we've collected with our worldly travels are now destroyed," band member Will I. Am told KABC-TV.

Beyonce, Usher put on fashion show

Beyonce, Rod Stewart and Usher are among the artists set to perform at Fashion Rocks, an event intended to celebrate the relationship between fashion and music, AP reports. The super-sized concert, which will also include Andre 3000 (just named Esquire magazine's best-dressed man), Avril Lavigne, Mary J. Blige and Alicia Keys, will take place at New York's Radio City Music Hall Sept. 8, the start of New York Fashion Week, AP reports. The concert will air Sept. 26 as a two-hour primetime special on Fox.

Kinks founder recovering from stroke

Dave Davies, one of the founding members and lead guitarist of British rock group The Kinks, has been partially paralyzed by a stroke he suffered in June, his spokesman told AP. Spokesman Alan Robinson said Davies, 57, would have to spend at least another month in hospital, but that doctors were confident that with physiotherapy he would recover. "He is paralyzed on the right hand side of his body but he retains some feeling and he can still hold a guitar plectrum," Robinson said Monday. "These small things mean a hell of a lot. They're small but very important."

Simpson sister's debut album takes top spot

Buoyed by her hit MTV show, Ashlee Simpson's debut album, Autobiography, reclaimed the top spot on the U.S. pop albums chart Wednesday after a week at No. 2, Reuters reports. The 16th installment of the NOW That's What I Call Music! dropped to No. 2, while Jimmy Buffett's former chart-topper License To Chill climbed one place to No. 3. Usher's Confessions also rose one, to No. 4 with Gretchen Wilson's Here for the Party rounding out the top five.

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