Two members of feminist punk group Pussy Riot are taking Russian government officials to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to demand compensation over their imprisonment.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina spent a total of 21 months behind bars on hooliganism charges following a protest at a church in Moscow in 2012.
They were freed in December (13) as part of a political amnesty, but now the singers are fighting to hold Russian authorities accountable at the ECHR in France over allegations the investigation and prosecution violated their rights under the European Convention on Human Rights.
They are demanding 120,000 Euros ($161,282/£94,872) each in compensation, plus an additional 10,000 Euros ($13,435/£7,903) for court costs.
Pavel Chikov from the human rights legal group Agora, which is representing the two stars, says, "They didn't get fair trial here in Russia so they want to get it finally in the European court of human rights."
"Plus they want this case to set a precedent that Russians can speak publicly on sensitive political issues, even if this speech is not supported by majority. This is a case about freedom of expression and fair trial first of all."
Lately, things aren't looking so dolce for Dolce & Gabbana. On Wednesday, an Italian court sentenced fashion designer duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana to one year and eight months in prison for tax evasion. According to reports, the designers hid almost one billion euros (1.33 billion dollars) from the government through a Luxembourg-based company called Gado (a combination of the first two letters of each of their last names).
This is not the first time the luxury design team has been subject to legal issues. In 2011, they were accused of tax fraud, also in conjunction with the company in Luxembourg. However, the judge threw out the case at a preliminary hearing, ruling that there was not enough evidence. This recent case, however, seems to be gaining more traction.
But don't expect a new line of chic orange jumpsuits anytime soon. (Is that even the uniform in Italian prisons?) The Dolce & Gabbana designers refused to appear in court, and reportedly plan to appeal the guilty verdict. According to Reuters, "Given the complexity and length of the appeals process, they are unlikely to spend any time in jail."
Buona fortuna, ragazzi!
Follow Caroline on Twitter @carolinesb | Follow Hollywood.com on Twitter @Hollywood_com
More:Dolce & Gabbana Tax Fraud Case DismissedRoberto Cavalli's Curve-Less Beyonce Image Causes Uproar, But Is It Warranted?Roberto Cavalli Guilty of Tax Fraud
From Our PartnersStars Pose Naked for 'Allure' (Celebuzz)20 Grisliest TV Deaths of 2012-2013 (Vulture)
Actor Jean Dujardin has been hit with a temporary road ban after he was convicted of driving under the influence (DUI). The Oscar winner was pulled over during a routine traffic stop last year (12) after leaving a club during a vacation in Corsica. He subsequently failed a Breathalyzer test - his blood alcohol content was more than twice the country's legal limit, according to reports.
And now The Artist star has been found guilty of one count of DUI and ordered to pay a fine of several hundred euros, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Dujardin's driving license has also been suspended for three months, though his lawyers plan to appeal the ruling during a hearing later this year (13).
The actor is currently filming The Monuments Men in London with George Clooney and Matt Damon.
Kate Middleton had a major win on Tuesday when a French judge granted her an injunction preventing the further publication of topless pics of the Duchess of Cambridge, the UK's MailOnline reports. The ruling in favor of the royal family prevents the French magazine Closer — which first published the pics of Middleton sunbathing in her bikini sans a top — from distributing, selling, or printing the compromising shots.
While the magazine can no longer print the photos (or additional copies of the controversial issue), the ruling also requires that the pictures be taken down from the magazine's website. The pictures also cannot be published in any other French publication — and a judge has forbidden the publication from selling the images across the world. Closer has 24 hours from Tuesday's ruling to hand over the pictures to the royal family. If this isn't done in the said time frame, the magazine will be fined 10,000 euros. And if the magazine decides to disobey the ruling and sell or print the pics, it will also be fined the same amount for each day that it doesn't adhere to the court's injunction. Middleton is also to be awarded 2,000 euros in legal fees.
Prince William and Middleton have also filed a criminal complaint for the invasion of their privacy. This could cause Closer to be fined 36,000 pounds and the editor in charge of the issue to serve a year in prison. Additionally, the royals have filed against "persons unknown" — the photographer that took the inappropriate shots in the first place. This person has yet to be identified.
Follow Lindsey on Twitter @LDiMat. [Photo Credit: WENN]
More Kate Middleton Topless Pics Published — REPORT
Kate Middleton Sues French Magazine Over Topless Photos
Kate Middleton Photoshopped onto 'Marie Claire' Cover
From Our Partners:
'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' First Look: Jennifer Lawrence Back as Katniss — EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS
Olivia Wilde Goes Barefaced in New York City: 93 Celebrities Who Dared To Go Makeup-Free — PHOTOS
A lot of times when you bring a form of entertainment from one country to another, the appeal just gets lost in translation. This can happen with anything: Japanese game shows, Scandanavian dramas, and even Madonna. The pop idol recently took her MDNA tour to France, performing a concert at l’Olympia concert hall in Paris. Despite the fact that the stadium was filled exclusively with members of Madonna's fan club — individuals who The Hollywood Reporter reveals camped out overnight on the sidewalks to fill the 2,700-seat venue — the singer's performance was not exactly met with appreciation.
Madonna began the show at approximately 10:15 PM, and only performed for a surprisingly brief forty-five minutes. After concluding the show, Madonna faced an onslaught of boos and insults from the infuriated crowd; Fans called her a "salope" (the French word for "slut"), and chanted, "Remboursez!" (which literally translates to "Repay us!").
The crowd took to Twitter to continue its rage. THR has translated three French tweets from attenders of the concert:"280€ for a seat + 10 minutes of a speech + 40 minutes of a show + 2 days of camping in front of the #Olympa = #Madonna #MDNA #Paris #thatsucks."
"#Madonna 45min/250€ vs @springsteen 3h40/65€ ... what’s the better deal, there’s nothing left to say! #MDNAOlympia"
"How much does it cost to see Madonna at l’Olympia? It’s 6.3 euros per minute!"In addition to being admonished for cutting her show short, Madonna has also received recent heat for flashing and mooning her audiences in Istanbul and Rome, respectively, and even more recently for depicting French politician Marine La Pen branded with a swastika during a recent concert in Tel Aviv, Israel. Not really earning a lot of points with France, Madonna...
[Photo Credit: David Edwards/Daily Celeb]
Dear Madonna: It's Time to Knock Off the Desperate Stunts
Madonna Gets Sued Over 'Vogue' Sample
Madonna Takes a Swing at Lady Gaga (Again) in a Song Mash-Up — VIDEO
AmfAR's annual Cinema Against AIDS event was held during the famous Cannes Film Festival at the Hotel du Cap in Antibes and featured a cocktail reception, dinner and a money-raising auction.
Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and Heidi Klum started off the bidding by offering up a pricey Cartier watch and the supermodel sparked a bidding war by promising the winner a massage.
Weinstein told the crowd, "If a man buys the watch, Heidi Klum will give that man a massage," before the piece sold for 50,000 Euros ($62,839/£39,274).
Other coveted lots in the auction included a guitar owned by Ronnie Wood and the chance to star in a short film by Karl Lagerfeld, while Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev offered to bite a winning bidder.
The night also included performances from Jessie J, who sang her money-themed hit Price Tag, and Aloe Blacc, who performed the aptly titled I Need a Dollar.
The event raised nearly $11 million (£8.9 million), according to The Hollywood Reporter. Other guests included Alec Baldwin, The Artist's Berenice Bejo, Milla Jovovich and Antonio Banderas.
Woody Allen has followed up his most recent Oscar-winning love letter to a romantic European city (Midnight in Paris) with yet another love letter to another romantic European city in To Rome with Love.
Directing an all-star cast that includes Alec Baldwin, Ellen Page, Penelope Cruz (who nabbed an Oscar for her work in the famed writer/director's other other European love letter Vicky Cristina Barcelona), and Allen-esque-neurotic-in-training Jesse Eisenberg, Allen once again portals his trademark wit ("You're figuring it in Euros, in dollars it's much less") through a lens of the intellectual upper class. Oh, and the film ushers in the return of Roberto Benigni. Try to contain your excitement!
Watch the trailer for the film, which was originally titled the arguably less palatable The Bop Decameron, here:
To Rome with Love arrives in America on June 22.
Woody Allen: A Pimp in 'Fading Gigolo' With Sofia Vergara
Woody Allen: Oscars Oldest Winner?
Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson are making sure their marriage date is kept under wraps and aren't even divulging the secret to family members. Simpson slyly remarked, “I can tell you one thing, not one person has nailed [our wedding] date on the head. Nobody knows yet." The singer adds that there are only three people in the world that have access to the highly guarded wedding date, “Me, Eric and the wedding planner." The couple became engaged in November 2010 and they hope to wed by Christmas 2011, so that leaves us about a 4 month window as to when the big day will be. Place your bets now! - Access Hollywood
Lindsay Lohan is not happy with all the rumors circulating that she was falling-down drunk Saturday night while leaving a Hollywood hotel. Lohan is denying these accusations stating, "Reports of me being intoxicated and not even able to stand are nothing but absurd." Right, because it's never happened before. The actress claims she wasn't even drinking during her friend's birthday party at the Palihouse hotel. A friend of Lindsay said, "Lindsay walked out of the party fine and she never once couldn't stand up by herself. It's strange how someone can come up with such detailed lies." Notice no one is denying the fact that she drank, just the part where she was able to walk out of the place afterwards. Oh Lindsay. - TMZ
Looks like Gwyneth Paltrow and Steven Spielberg were heading toward some troubled waters a few weeks ago. Apparently beach goers were "annoyed" by the duo for being too noisy out on the water in the famous director's speedboat. Spielberg was fined 172 Euros by an Italian coastguard on July 11 after his boat came too close to the shore. The angry sunbathers claimed the boat "ventured to close to the shore and breached maritime regulations." Man, uptight much? Spielberg apologized right away, explaining that he didn't know the rules and he's already paid off the fine. Who knew the beach crowd could be so grumpy? - Us
Did I miss something growing up? The Little Prince is a 1943 children's novella that is apparently quite popular. It has sold over 80 million copies and has over 190 different translations, yet until today I had never heard of it. Was my childhood poorer for not reading this? Am I missing something essential? Is it that good? The wikipedia summary of the story makes it seem trippy as can be, but then again, Dr. Seuss wasn’t exactly normal either.
Anyway, Mark Osborne, the director of Kung Fu Panda and the super awesome Weird Al music video Jurassic Park, has been selected to direct this adaptation. Release date is scheduled for 2014 with a production start of 2012 which gives me a decent amount of time to finally read the book.
The project comes from European production company Gallic S3D, which is hoping to create an animated film on par with the products of Hollywood (read: Pixar) and Japan (read: Miyazaki). The reported budget is 45 million Euros, which in real people money is about $63 million. I’m feeling pretty good about this. Kung Fu Panda was one of the better non-Pixar animated films of the past few years and the source material seems pretty unique. We’ll see how this turns out in four years.
The mayor of the town where Tom Cruise will marry Katie Holmes on Saturday is cashing in on the couple's nuptials by charging the media 1,000 euros ($1,280) to cover the event.
TV crews and photographers will have to pay for the privilege to set up equipment outside the Castello Odescalchi in Bracciano--just north of the capital Rome.
Mayor Patrick Riccioni explains, "We have not deep of budget (sic) for occasions like this.
"It's not fair that the citizens of the Commune of Brace are forced to carry the economical weight of the event on their shoulders and therefore I have approved the action for a small contribution from the TV companies to upkeep the town."
The town has expanded its police force, rented public toilets and repaired cobblestones in preparation for the arrival of the world's media.
Article Copyright World Entertainment News Network All Rights Reserved.
With personalities as big as their native countries, six successful European jetsetters are taking Los Angeles by storm. These men and women are stopping at nothing on their rise to the top. With their hearts on their sleeves, they have a few things in common- the pursuit of wealth, power, fame and the American dream.