Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis has become a wanted man after skipping a court date relating to a recent altercation at his former office in Los Angeles. The adult filmmaker and reality TV star was taken into custody in May (14) after fighting with a security guard and a member of staff at the Girls Gone Wild headquarters, which he is banned from entering due to a restraining order against him.
He was due to attend a hearing in a California court on Thursday (28Aug14), but he was a no-show, prompting the judge to issue a warrant for his arrest.
Francis is facing a slew of misdemeanour charges, including battery, making criminal threats, trespassing and disobeying a court order, reports TMZ.com.
Bosses at Francis' company filed for bankruptcy last year (13) and the soft porn business was reportedly taken over by a new owner.
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.
Robert Downey, Jr.'s son Indio's court date has been postponed so he can continue his rehab treatment. The Iron Man's 20-year-old son was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance after he was caught smoking from a pipe in his car in Los Angeles in June (14). He was also charged with misdemeanour possession of drug paraphernalia.
He headed to a live-in rehab facility to battle his drug demons, and the arraignment hearing, scheduled to take place on Thursday (28Aug14), has been pushed back so he can continue receiving treatment.
According to TMZ.com, Indio's attorney Blair Berk assured the judge that the defendant is doing well in the facility.
A new hearing has now been scheduled for September (14).
Downey, Jr. also battled drug problems when he found fame in Hollywood in the 1980s but he has since turned his life around.
Miley Cyrus has offered to pay the legal fees for a homeless youth she took to the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (24Aug14) as he turns himself in to police for violating his probation.
Jesse Helt hit headlines on Sunday when he accepted Cyrus' Video of the Year award on behalf of all homeless people in the U.S. It later emerged that a warrant was out for Helt's arrest in his native Oregon because he violated his probation stemming from a burglary in 2010.
Helt turned himself in to the police on Thursday (28Aug14) and was released after posting a $2,500 (£1,470) bail, and his mother Linda has now confirmed Cyrus has offered to cover all the legal costs.
The singer's pal Trevor Neilson tells the Associated Press, "Jesse Helt turned himself in.. to Polk County authorities to address his outstanding legal issues... Miley Cyrus will be assisting him with this process, and they both are committed to working to help the other 1.6 million youth who experience homelessness in America each year."
Following the burglary in 2010, Helt was convicted of criminal mischief and criminal trespass, and in 2011 he broke his probation by failing to take a drug test, communicate with his probation officer or complete his community service. Helt is due back before a judge in September (14).
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have been given a very special wedding present - a pair of rescued chinchillas.
The couple wed in secret in France at the weekend (23Aug14) and now activists at PETA have honoured the animal-loving pair by naming two newly-free pets after them. Brad and Angelina are up for adoption at PETA's Virginia headquarters after the organisation's leaders closed down one of the largest chinchilla ranches in California.
Announcing the furry wedding gift, PETA senior vice president Lisa Lange tells WENN, "Among Brad's and Angelina's kind acts are their animal rescues, as well as making their wardrobes fur-free, so naming two of PETA's rescued chinchillas in their honour seems an apt wedding present. "We can all follow this couple's great example, and help chinchillas like Brad and Angelina, by refusing to wear any real animal fur."
The pets are two of more than 400 chinchillas rescued from Valley View Chinchilla Ranch, where animals deemed not suitable as pets were electrocuted and skinned so their pelts could be made into bedspreads, coats and scarves. PETA bosses have sent the newlyweds a letter alerting them to their wedding present.
Former Van Halen star Sammy Hagar is set for a court showdown with a one-time Playboy bunny for accusing her of extortion in his autobiography. Officials at a federal appeals court have revived the unidentified woman's defamation lawsuit against the rocker ruling a judge had mistakenly dismissed her claims that he libelled her in his 2011 book Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock for naming him as the father of her son.
The woman claimed her son was the result of a five-year romance with Hagar, adding he was conceived in 1988 in Detroit, Michigan after a Van Halen concert.
This week (beg25Aug14), Circuit Judge Myron Bright ruled the Iowa-based plaintiff could pursue claims of libel, invasion of privacy and breach of a confidentiality agreement.
She said, "Under Iowa law, an accusation that a person is a liar is defamatory as a matter of law. Indeed, Mr. Hagar's statements regarding Doe's (unidentified woman) criminality, dishonesty, and sexual exploits have a natural tendency to provoke Doe to wrath or expose her to public hatred, contempt, or ridicule within the community of individuals that recognise her as the subject."
Hagar's lawyer Wesley Kinnear says, "We are disappointed that the Court of Appeals didn't affirm the lower court decision in its entirety. We look forward to the next step."
In his memoir, Hagar denied he was the father of the former model's son but revealed he agreed to pay her money during her pregnancy in exchange for her silence about his alleged paternity. No tests were conducted.
The woman reportedly received $7,000 (GBP4,100) from Hagar. Her son was born in February, 1989, and died five after just days.
The libel case will now return to an Iowa court.
Angelina Jolie's actor father Jon Voight is "happy" for his daughter and her new husband Brad Pitt after learning of the couple's top secret nuptials in France. The Tomb Raider star wed the Hollywood actor in Correns, France on Saturday (23Aug14), and their wedding was a very private affair, attended by close friends, family members and couple's six children.
However, Jolie's father Voight was not among the small group of guests, and it appears he knew nothing of the ceremony as he prepared for Monday's Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, where he was nominated for his role in Ray Donovan.
After news of the nuptials broke on Thursday (28Aug14), Voight released a statement wishing his daughter and her new husband all the best.
He says, "It sounds like it was a wonderful wedding. It must have been very beautiful with the kids participating... They were able to do it very quietly. I'm very happy for them."
The nondenominational civil ceremony was officiated by a Californian judge, who gave Jolie and Pitt their marriage licence in the U.S. before flying out to France to oversee the nuptials.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have stunned Hollywood by announcing they tied the knot in a secret ceremony on Saturday (23Aug14).
The Tomb Raider star wed the Hollywood actor at a small chapel at Chateau Miraval in Correns, France, a spokesman for the couple confirms.
The private, nondenominational civil ceremony was attended by family and friends of the superstar couple, and was conducted by a Californian judge, who gave Jolie and Pitt their marriage licence in the U.S.
The couple's six children were all involved in the wedding - Maddox and Pax walked Jolie down the aisle, Shiloh and Knox were ring bearers, while Zahara and Vivienne threw flower petals. Shiloh, eight, and twins Knox and Vivienne, six, are the couple's biological children while Maddox, 13, Pax, 11, and Zahara, nine, are adopted.
Jolie and Pitt began dating in 2005 after meeting on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and they have been dogged by marriage speculation for years. They got engaged in 2012. It is Pitt's second marriage following his divorce from actress Jennifer Aniston in 2005. Jolie was previously wed to actors Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton.
A sex abuse lawsuit against Hollywood director Bryan Singer, dating back 15 years, has been dropped. Michael Egan III claimed the X-Men filmmaker molested him at a party in 1999, when he was 17, and filed the legal complaint in April (14).
Singer filed a motion for dismissal earlier this summer (14), and the plaintiff filed a request to dismiss the case last week (ends22Aug14) - because he was unable to find an attorney to represent him.
On Wednesday (27Aug14), U.S. district judge Susan Oki Mollway granted Egan's motion for voluntary dismissal in U.S. District Court in Hawaii, according to legal documents obtained by Billboard.com.
Egan's suit was dismissed without prejudice, allowing him to refile a claim against the filmmaker at a later date if he wishes.
Judge Mollway also denied Singer's request to have Egan pay for his lawyers' fees and costs, citing that the director failed to identify what those exact costs are.