U.S. reality TV star Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino has been ordered to attend 12 weeks of anger management for assaulting his brother. Sorrentino was arrested last month (Jun14) following an altercation at the Boca Tanning Club in New Jersey. He was charged with simple assault and released on $500 (£294) bail after the fight.
On Monday (28Jul14), the former Jersey Shore star accepted a plea deal involving anger management and the judge also ruled that if he completed the programme successfully, the assault charge would be dropped to disorderly conduct, according to TMZ.com.
Kanye West has scored a legal victory against the creators of an online currency named after him after a judge issued a default ruling in the rapper's favour. The Stronger hitmaker filed suit in New York in January (14) in a bid to stop the exchange of the Coinye West cryptocurrency amid allegations the product's creators were trying to trade off his name.
In March (14), West filed an amended suit naming the defendants and last week (begs21Jul14), he requested a default judgement to end the case after nine of the 12 persons named failed to respond to the accusations.
A judge has since ruled in his favour and the three who did reply to the lawsuit, Richard McCord, David McEnery and Harry Willis, have settled with West, according to Billboard.com. However, McCord also denied his involvement with the creation of the online currency.
Singer Tulisa Contostavlos has pinpointed the infamous leaking of her sex tape as the moment when her career and life spiralled out of control. The former N-Dubz star was a chart-topper in her native U.K. and a popular judge on The X Factor, but she was horrified and humiliated in 2012 when footage of her performing a sex act on a former boyfriend hit the Internet.
She managed to overcome the scandal but became mired in controversy again last year (13) after British newspaper The Sun on Sunday alleged she had brokered a cocaine deal for an undercover reporter.
The singer was charged over the incident but was cleared when the case collapsed last week (beg21Jul14), but her bad luck continued on Friday (25Jul14) when she was convicted of assault for punching a blogger at Britain's V Festival last year.
Contostavlos has now spoken out to detail her two years of hell, and she blames the sex tape incident for catapulting her into controversy.
In a new BBC documentary, she says, "The tape is where it all went wrong for me mentally. When it was leaked I felt like I had lost control again... I found it so hard to face people again."
Asked during an interview with U.K. TV show This Morning when she was last "truly happy", she replies, "Truly, truly happy? I would say, like, two years ago, before the tape came out."
Terrence Howard is urging a judge to overturn his alimony payments because he cannot afford the bill. The Iron Man star split from his third wife Michelle Ghent in 2011 and their bitter divorce was finalised last year (13), when he was ordered to pay $5,800 (£3,625)-a-month in spousal support until 2016.
Ghent claims he owes her $325,000 (£191,200) in payments but Howard has alleged in new court documents obtained by TMZ.com that he could never pay her back because he only receives $5,878 (£3,500)-a-month once he has paid spousal and child support to his second ex-wife, Lori McCommas.
Howard has asked a judge to throw out their divorce settlement, claiming he was pressured into signing it.
The actor married his fourth wife, Miranda, last year (13).
A musician who conned investors into giving him hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund non-existent music projects with the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam has been sentenced to almost four years behind bars. A federal judge in Washington has convicted Kasey Anderson after he was found guilty of launching various bogus schemes that tricked investors into giving him $600,000 (GBP353,000).
The projects included a benefit album for the incarcerated members of the West Memphis Three.
In his sentencing on Tuesday (22Jul14), judge Ronald B. Leighton said, "You let down a lot of people."
Anderson was also ordered to pay almost $600,000 in restitution.
He previously told the court that he suffers from a mental illness and wrote a letter to the judge, telling him, "I convinced myself that it (behaviour) was normal."
Disgraced singer Tulisa Contostavlos has blasted a British judge for convicting her of punching a blogger, insisting she is "outraged" by the verdict. The former N-Dubz star was found guilty of assault on Friday (25Jul14) after a court in England heard she punched blogger Vas Morgan in the face when they clashed at Britain's V Festival last year (13).
She was ordered to hand over $5,134 (£3,020) in compensation, court costs, and a fine for the offence.
The guilty verdict came just days after Contostavlos was sensationally cleared of brokering a cocaine deal when inconsistencies were discovered in a prosecution witness' evidence, and the singer has now vowed to challenge her assault conviction.
Speaking outside Stratford Magistrates' Court in London following the verdict on Friday, Contostavlos said, "This has been a rollercoaster week for me. I never wanted any of this. I did not assault Vas Morgan and I am outraged at this decision and I will be appealing."
She also begged for any witnesses to the V Festival clash, which took place at the site in Chelmsford, England, to come forward and help in her bid to overturn the verdict.
Fallen pop star Tulisa Contostavlos has been convicted of punching a blogger during a hate-fuelled attack at a music festival. The former N-Dubz singer, who was cleared on Monday (21Jul14) of brokering a cocaine deal after inconsistencies were found in witness testimony, was found guilty of assault at a court hearing in London on Friday (25Jul14).
She was fined $340 (£200) and ordered to pay $4,590 (£2,700) in court costs. She must also hand the victim $170 (£100) in compensation and a $34 (£20) victim surcharge, making a total payment of $5,134 (£3,020).
The star, who enjoyed two seasons as a judge on Britain's The X Factor, punched showbiz writer Vas Morgan in the face at V Festival in Chelmsford, England in August, 2013, leaving him with a swollen left eye.
Contostavlos had denied hitting Morgan, claiming they had a verbal disagreement after a long-running spat, but a district judge dismissed her account and convicted her of assault.
The disgraced pop star's personal assistant Gareth Varey was cleared of using threatening behaviour during the incident.
John Mellencamp's eldest son is to seek treatment for boozing following his arrest for underage drinking. Hud Mellencamp, 20, was arrested in Indiana earlier this month (Jul14) after cops allegedly caught him consuming alcohol, and the incident sparked fears he could go to jail as he is currently out on bail fighting a felony battery charge.
The drinking case went to court in Bloomington, Indiana on Thursday (24Jul14) and a judge decided not to revoke Hud's bail after hearing he will be receiving alcohol treatment.
Defence lawyer Jennifer Lukemeyer also insisted Mellencamp's parents, the veteran rocker and his ex-wife Elaine Irwin, will be keeping Hud on a "tight leash" and are "taking this matter extremely seriously".
Mellencamp's other son Speck is also facing a felony battery charge along with his brother over allegations the pair beat up a teenager in Bloomington last July (14).