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Tracy Morgan released from rehabilitation center

30 Rock star Tracy Morgan was released today from a rehabilitation center to finish his physical recovery at home, according to Reuters. His publicist Lewis Kay confirmed this, releasing a statement saying that “Tracy has been released from the rehabilitation center and will continue his recovery efforts at home with an aggressive outpatient program.  He asked me to pass along his sincerest gratitude to everyone who has helped him get to this point. He would also appreciate some privacy during this crucial point in his recovery.” Morgan was critically injured in a car crash near Cranbury, N.J., on June 7 when a Walmart truck hit the rear of a Mercedes limo bus carrying the comedian. Morgan sustained multiple injuries, including a broken leg, while another comedian, James McNair, was killed in the incident. In July, the driver of the Walmart truck, Kevin Roper, pleaded not guilty to criminal charges that include vehicular homicide and assault by auto. On Thursday, lawyers acting for Morgan sued Walmart, according to CNN.

Legendary jazz bassist Charlie Haden dies at 76

Charlie Haden, whom Time magazine hailed as “one of the most restless, gifted, and intrepid players in all of jazz,” died Friday morning in Los Angeles after a long illness. A rep from ECM Records confirmed the news. He was 76.

A 16-time Grammy nominee and a founding member of the revolutionary Ornette Coleman Quartet, Haden’s career spanned over 50 years and vastly changed the ways that the bass was used in jazz. The Iowa native also founded the politically charged ensemble the Liberation Music Orchestra, a group whose pieces reflected his views on the Spanish Civil War and the Vietnam War, among other political and military conflicts. Considered one of the founding fathers of free jazz, Haden also played alongside Keith Jarrett in the ’60s and ’70s.

According to the statement from ECM, those by Haden’s side at the time of his death included Ruth Cameron, his wife of 30 years, and his children Josh Haden, Tanya Haden, Rachel Haden, and Petra Haden.

Harry Potter actor David Legeno found dead in Death Valley

British actor David Legeno, who appeared as werewolf Fenrir Greyback in the Harry Potter films, was found dead on Sunday, California police said today.

Hikers found Legeno’s body in Death Valley, California, and a helicopter was used to transport him from the area. It appears that Legeno died of heat-related issues, but the Inyo County Coroner will determine the cause of death, the Inyo County Sheriff’s office said in a statement.

The London-born actor was also a boxer and martial arts expert. In addition to the Harry Potter films, Legeno appeared in Snow White and the HuntsmanSnatchCenturion, Batman Begins, and several other films.

Boyfriend of 'Glee' star Becca Tobin found dead in hotel room

Matt Bendik, boyfriend of Glee‘s Becca Tobin, has died.

People reports that Bendik’s body was found Thursday afternoon in his Philadelphia hotel room. The 35-year-old worked in nightlife as a managing partner of AV and Voyeur/DBA nightclubs in Los Angeles. He was also the director of nightlife for Addiction night club at The Modern Honolulu.

According to TMZ, Bendik was on a business trip with Tobin at the time of his death.

Man charged with assaulting author Colum McCann

New Haven police have arrested Michael Mott, 34, of Oxford, Connecticut, for assaulting award-winning novelist Colum McCann, the Associated Press reports. Mott turned himself into the police on Monday evening and confessed to assaulting the National Book Award winner outside of the Study Hotel on June 28.

The Let the Great World Spin author was attending a conference at the The Study Hotel in New Haven. According to the New Haven Registerwitnesses reported that McCann tried to help a woman, Mott’s wife, who was having an argument with Mott after the hotel staff told the couple that their credit card was declined. McCann offered Mott’s wife some assistance, but she declined, and McCann exited the hotel, said the police.

Mott then followed McCann outside and attacked him, according to police. Following the assault, McCann was treated for significant but not life-threatening facial injuries. The New Haven police charged Mott with assault and with family violence breach of peace for the dispute that occurred in the hotel lobby.

 

Justin Bieber pleads no contest to misdemeanor vandalism -- UPDATED

UPDATE: Justin Bieber pleaded no contest to misdemeanor vandalism and has been sentenced to two years’ probation.

After allegedly throwing eggs at his neighbor’s house in Calabasas, Justin Bieber is being charged with one count of misdemeanor vandalism. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office put out a press release announcing that Bieber’s arraignment will occur at 1:30 p.m. PST today, though the singer will not be in attendance.

Husband of 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' star sentenced to eight years in prison

Apollo Nida, the husband of Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks, has been sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of federal fraud including conspiring to commit mail, wire, and bank fraud.

At the sentencing hearing in Atlanta, Nida was also ordered to pay restitution to victims of a $2.3 million scheme. According to the report, Nida and his co-conspirators were able to launder money by opening bank accounts using the names of their victims.

[The Associated Press]

Conor Oberst says rape accusations cost him a record deal (updated)

Last December, a woman posting in the comments section at the online magazine xoJane claimed that in 2003, when she was 16, Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst raped her following a show in North Carolina. Oberst denied the accusations and claimed that the woman, Joanie Faircloth, was a serial liar and, according to an article by Jezebel, had a history of “catfishing” online, at one point claiming falsely to be suffering from cancer.

Back in February, Oberst filed a defamation suit against Faircloth for $1.2 million in damages, and he says that so far she hasn’t even shown up for their court hearings. According to TMZ, he’s asking a judge to rule in his favor and award him the money. Oberst claims that the accusations have damaged his record sales as well as his reputation, and led to the cancellation of a $200,000 label contract.

Update: According to his publicist, Oberst has not been dropped by his label and his libel suit against Faircloth makes no claim that he was.

Emma Watson named Goodwill Ambassador for U.N. Women

Emma Watson, star of the Harry Potter film franchise and recent Brown University graduate, has a new honor to add to her resume: United Nations Goodwill Ambassador.

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Columbus Short arrested in Texas for public intoxication

Former Scandal actor Columbus Short was arrested for public intoxication in Dallas early Saturday morning, CNN reports.

The 31-year-old actor, no stranger to run-ins with the law, was apprehended by local police at around 2 a.m. while at a restaurant and beer garden named Katy Trail Ice House, a DPD spokesperson told CNN.

According to TMZ, Short may have been involved in a bar fight with a guard after a long night of Fourth of July celebration. The TMZ report goes on to say that Short also tried to scuffle with police officers before getting taken to jail.

Short was arrested for a similar incident back in April, when he was charged with a felony for allegedly injuring a man during an altercation at a restaurant in California; the actor has also been involved in multiple domestic violence charges.

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