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Chris Brown enters rehab

Following his arrest Sunday in Washington, D.C., for allegedly hitting a man trying to take a picture with him, Chris Brown has checked into rehab, his rep confirmed to EW.

“Chris Brown has elected to enter a rehab facility,” a rep for the singer told EW via email late Tuesday. “His goal is to gain focus and insight into his past and recent behavior, enabling him to continue the pursuit of his life and his career from a healthier vantage point.”

There’s no word yet on what specifically the singer/actor is hoping to treat in the facility, though TMZ is reporting it’s for anger management.

Brown was originally charged with felony assault in Sunday’s incident, but the charge was downgraded to a misdemeanor in court on Monday. Any brushes with the law are bad news for Brown, however, since he remains on probation following his assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna back in 2009.

Chris Brown charge reduced to misdemeanor

Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Chris Brown was freed from custody Monday after facing a judge on a charge that he punched a man who tried to pose in a photograph with him.

Prosecutors reduced a felony assault charge to a misdemeanor as a Washington, D.C., judge released Brown, who exited the courthouse to cheers and flashed a peace sign to supporters after more than a day and a half in custody.

Even with the reduced charge, the assault case represents the latest legal trouble for the singer, who remains on probation for assaulting his on-again, off-again girlfriend Rihanna just before the 2009 Grammy Awards.

Brown and his bodyguard, Chris Hollosy, were arrested early Sunday outside the W Hotel in Washington after police responded to reports of a fight. A 20-year-old man told police that he had tried to take a picture with Brown and two women when Brown told him, “I ain’t down with that gay sh–” and “I feel like boxing,” according to charging documents in the case. The man, identified by police as Parker Isaac Adams of Beltsville, Md., said he was punched by both Brown and Hollosy.
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50 Cent pleads no contest to vandalism

Rapper 50 Cent has been sentenced to three years of probation after pleading no contest to vandalism in a case filed after an alleged fight with his ex-girlfriend earlier this year.

Los Angeles City Attorney’s spokesman Frank Mateljan says the rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, was ordered Monday to pay $7,100 in restitution and take a year of domestic violence classes.

Jackson had previously pleaded not guilty to destroying items in his ex-girlfriend’s condo during a June argument. The woman had accused Jackson of breaking down a door and kicking her, but the domestic violence charge was dropped Monday.

Mateljan says the rapper must comply with a restraining order.

Attorney Scott Leemon said Jackson is pleased the case is resolved and the domestic violence charge was dropped.

Jason Aldean's tour bus strikes, kills a pedestrian

Country singer Jason Aldean’s tour bus ran over and killed a pedestrian early Monday morning in Indiana.

Aldean, who was on the bus when the collision occurred, released a statement via Twitter late this morning:

“With a heavy heart, I’m sad to say that a man passed away last night after stepping out in front of my bus in Indiana,” the country singer wrote. “In all the years I’ve been touring and all the miles we’ve driven, nothing prepares you for something like this to happen. I’m praying for Albert Kennedy’s family and friends today and ask that you do the same.”

According to TMZ, cops on the scene said the accident occurred when Aldean’s bus crashed into Kennedy after he walked into the middle of the road. Law enforcement also told TMZ that the bus driver was not at fault and did everything in his power to minimize the impact.

Quincy Jones sues Michael Jackson's estate

Quincy Jones has sued Michael Jackson’s estate, claiming he is owed millions in royalties and production fees on some of the superstar’s greatest hits.

Jones’ lawsuit Friday seeks at least $10 million from the singer’s estate and Sony Music Entertainment, claiming the entities improperly re-edited songs to deprive him of royalties and production fees. The music has been used in the film This Is It and a pair of Cirque du Soleil shows based on the King of Pop’s songs, the lawsuit states.

Jones also claims that he should have received a producer’s credit on the music in This Is It. His lawsuit seeks an accounting of the estate’s profits from the works so that Jones can determine how much he is owed.

The producer worked with Jackson on three of his most popular solo albums, Off the Wall, Thriller, and Bad.

Jackson’s estate wrote in a statement that it was saddened by Jones’ lawsuit. “To the best of its knowledge, Mr. Jones has been appropriately compensated over approximately 35 years for his work with Michael,” the statement said.

An after-hours message left at Sony Music’s New York offices was not immediately returned.

Jackson’s hits “Billie Jean,” “Thriller,” and “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” are among the songs Jones claims were re-edited to deprive him of royalties and his producer’s fee.

Jones’ lawsuit states the producer’s contracts called for him to have the first opportunity to re-edit or alter the songs, in part to protect his reputation.

Dolly Parton suffers minor injuries in car accident

Dolly Parton is home resting after being treated and released for minor injuries she suffered in a car crash she described as “a fender bender.”

Kirt Webster says Parton was already home Monday afternoon following the accident that happened shortly before noon in Nashville, Tenn. Parton says in a statement that she’s “all good. Just a little tired and sore.”

Police say the 67-year-old Country Music Hall of Fame member was riding in an SUV that was hit by another vehicle. Parton and the two others were taken to local hospitals for treatment. A news release says none of the injuries appeared serious.

Lady Gaga, ex-assistant settle NY lawsuit

Lady Gaga and a former personal assistant who sued her won’t face off in a New York trial next month after settling their differences.

The settlement in a lawsuit brought by Jennifer O’Neill was revealed Monday in a court order dismissing the case. O’Neill had claimed the singer cheated her out of overtime wages when she worked for her for a few weeks in early 2009 and for 13 months beginning in February 2010.

A trial was scheduled to begin next month. O’Neill had testified she was responsible for sometimes monitoring the singer’s communications and for handling about 20 bags of luggage.

Court papers revealed that Lady Gaga and O’Neill were roommates and friends on the Lower East Side of Manhattan before 2008. Lawyers did not immediately comment.

Cee Lo Green pleads not guilty in felony drug case -- UPDATE

Cee Lo Green pleaded not guilty Monday to giving a woman ecstasy at a Los Angeles restaurant during a 2012 dinner, and prosecutors declined to file a rape count against the singer because of insufficient evidence.

Green, 38, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, appeared in court hours after prosecutors charged him with one felony count of furnishing a controlled substance. He could face four years in prison if convicted.

Green spoke only once during a brief arraignment hearing to acknowledge he understood the court’s scheduling of his case.

He sat in a front row of the courtroom with his girlfriend while waiting for a bondsman to post his $30,000 bail. His case is due back in court on Nov. 20.

Green was pleased that the rape charge was rejected and will address the ecstasy count in court, his attorney Blair Berk wrote in a statement.
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Justin Bieber won't be charged for alleged threat against neighbor

Justin Bieber won’t face criminal charges for allegedly threatening a neighbor who complained about his driving.

City News Service says Los Angeles County prosecutors decided Wednesday that there’s insufficient evidence to charge the pop star.

A neighbor in Bieber’s gated Calabasas neighborhood told a sheriff’s deputy that Bieber threatened him and spat in his direction when he confronted the 19-year-old about his driving last March.

Prosecutor Alan Yochelson wrote in a document that Bieber’s response seemed “immature” but not necessarily criminal.

He also said there’s not enough evidence to charge Bieber over a neighbor’s complaint that Bieber drove his Ferrari recklessly through the area in May. Yochelson said it’s unclear who was at the wheel.

Messages left for Bieber’s representative, Melissa Victor, weren’t immediately returned Wednesday.

Singer/songwriter Jackie Lomax dies in England

Jackie Lomax, a singer-songwriter who worked with The Beatles and was signed to their label, has died at age 69.

His official website said Lomax died Sunday in the Wirral, near Liverpool, following a brief illness. Website manager Alistair Hepburn said Lomax’s family told him of the death. The family also released a statement to The Beatles Shop in Liverpool

Lomax was signed to the Beatles’ Apple label in the 1960s. He had known the band members since their early days at Liverpool’s Cavern Club.

He lived for many years in Ojai, California, but recently had returned to England. His website says he recently finished an album that will be released within months.

Hepburn said a funeral will be held Wednesday.

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