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'19 Kids and Counting' blackmail case -- Amy Duggar responds

News broke today that Iowa resident Teresa Hunt was arrested for attempting to extort $10,000 from TLC and/or force the network to shut down its show 19 Kids and Counting, starring Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their massive family. Hunt claimed to have scandalous photos of “rebellious” (by Duggar standards) cousin and aspiring musician Amy Duggar with an older man.

EW contacted TLC, who could not comment on the situation. Amy Duggar, however, has issued this statement: “It’s totally untrue. James is a long time family friend who has always been supportive of my music career.  He’s a good Christian and it’s upsetting that his generosity has been exploited like this.”

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'Gasland' director arrested on Capitol Hill

Gasland director Josh Fox, whose 2010 documentary investigated the potential hazards of natural gas drilling, was arrested by Capitol police after he attempted to film a hearing of the House Science Committee on Wednesday. (Watch here.) Though the hearing was broadcast on the committee’s website, Rep. Andy Harris (MD-R) objected to Fox and his camera crew being there and had them handcuffed and removed — they were later charged with unlawful entry. “This is a public hearing!” Mr. Fox shouted as he was led away, according to several news reports. “I’m being denied my First Amendment rights.”

Fox, who is filming a sequel to Gasland, was later released with a misdemeanor citation and a Feb. 15 court date. In a statement posted on IndieWire, Fox said, “I was arrested today for exercising my First Amendment rights to freedom of the press on Capitol Hill. I was not expecting to be arrested for practicing journalism. … It is my understanding that public speech is allowed to be filmed. Congress should be no exception. No one on Capitol Hill should regard themselves exempt from the Constitution…”

'Home Improvement' star Taran Noah Smith arrested for drugs

EW has confirmed that former Home Improvement star Taran Noah Smith was arrested at 1:19 a.m. this morning for driving under the influence of drugs. Smith was alone in the car, which he had parked illegally. After Burbank Police Department officers smelled a marijuana-like odor and Smith failed a sobriety test, officers arrested the actor and searched his car. They did find drugs, but the PD couldn’t confirm the amount or type at this time because tests are still pending. Smith’s bail was set at $10,000. He is scheduled to appear in court on March 1.

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Jeremy London charged with spousal abuse

EW has confirmed that Jeremy London (Celebrity Rehab, 7th Heaven) has been charged with a misdemeanor count of spousal battery stemming from a Nov. custody altercation with wife Melissa Cunningham. According to Palm Springs Police Department Sergeant Mike Kovaleff and Riverside County District Attorney’s Office spokesman John Hall, a warrant for London’s arrest was approved yesterday but had not been issued at time of publication. London is also scheduled for a court hearing in Indio, Calif., on Feb. 6 at 8 a.m.

London and Cunningam, who both struggle with addiction, have been involved in several incidents over the custody of their 5-year-old son, Lyrik. London’s rep told People, “The allegation for which this charge against Jeremy London is being filed is false and no such abuse occurred. The facts regarding the incident do not warrant this case moving forward and will prove to be a waste of resources by the DA’s office. Jeremy continues to be focused on his work and looks forward to clearing his name of this allegation.”

London also made headlines in 2010 when he was kidnapped for nearly 12 hours and forced to smoke crack and meth by armed assailants, then a month later when he attempted to file a restraining order against nay-saying family members. That fall, he joined the cast of Celebrity Rehab.

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Murdoch to pay Jude Law, 36 others over illegal hacking

Rupert Murdoch’s media empire apologized and agreed to cash payouts Thursday to 37 people — including a movie star, a soccer player, a top British politician and the son of a serial killer — who were harassed and phone-hacked by his tabloid press.

The four — Jude Law, Ashley Cole, John Prescott and Chris Shipman — were among three dozen victims who received financial damages from Murdoch’s British newspaper company for illegal eavesdropping and other intrusions, including email snooping.

Lawyers for the claimants said the settlements vindicated their accusation that senior Murdoch executives had long known about the scale of illegal phone hacking and had tried to cover it up. READ FULL STORY

Lindsay Lohan meeting terms of probation, judge says

A judge says Lindsay Lohan is meeting the terms of her probation and has received favorable reports from probation officials.

Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner also told the actress she is on track to complete strict terms of her probation by the end of March. The 25-year-old is required to do cleanup duty at the morgue and attend therapy sessions.

Lohan appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday wearing black slacks, blue blouse, and long-sleeved sweater. The hearing lasted less than five minutes.

The starlet remains on probation for separate drunken driving and theft cases.

Sautner imposed strict new probation requirements on Lohan in November, including monthly update sessions.

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Lindsay Lohan returning to court for probation update

Lindsay Lohan is returning to court today to give a judge her second update on how she’s faring under strict new probation requirements.

The hearing is expected to be much like Lohan’s last progress update: short and without surprises.

The starlet has been doing cleanup work at the county morgue and attending psychotherapy sessions in an effort to avoid problems with her probation for separate drunken driving and theft cases.

Lohan’s spokesman Steve Honig says the actress has made her community service her “primary focus” and is eager for Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner to receive the details.

The 25-year-old struggled with her probation until Sautner imposed a series of tough new rules, including monthly meetings with the court, in November.

'Teen Mom's Jenelle Evans arrested again

A North Carolina woman who stars on MTV’s reality show Teen Mom 2 has been charged with making harassing phone calls and communicating threats. Brunswick County sheriff’s Sgt. Del Routh said 20-year-old Jenelle Evans of Oak Island was released on $1,000 bond shortly after her arrest Tuesday. Evans did not have a listed telephone number, but attorney Dustin Sullivan says the charges are retribution after she accused a local man of cyberstalking.

Evans was charged with assault in March after a fight recorded on video. A month later, she received 12 months of probation and community service on a drug paraphernalia charge. Evans was charged with a probation violation in August after testing positive for marijuana and opiates.

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No new evidence in Natalie Wood case

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s say no new evidence has been uncovered in the death of Natalie Wood and that her death is still considered an accident.

The Los Angeles Times reports that several weeks of interviews and other investigative work have not uncovered any evidence the death was a homicide.

Sheriff’s chief of detectives William McSweeney says cold cases like Wood’s are never really closed and detectives are looking at some aspects of the case.

Natalie Wood died on the evening of Nov. 28, 1981, when the 43-year-old actress was boating off Catalina Island with her husband Robert Wagner and actor Christopher Walken.

The investigation was reopened in November, when detectives say several sources came forward with new information.

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Snoop Dogg arrested for marijuana possession

Looks like Snoop Dogg might have to find something else to do for a little while. On Saturday, Jan. 7, Snoop Dogg was arrested by U.S. Border Patrol agents and detained after agents inspected his tour bus along a highway in Sierra Blanca, Texas, after detecting “the odor of marijuana emitting from the inside of the vehicle” during a routine border-patrol check. A drug dog sniffed to find “a prescription bottle containing rolled marijuana cigarettes” and “two other containers containing marijuana weighing in all total of 0.130 lbs.” (Ironically enough, Snoop’s friend and collaborator, fellow cannabis enthusiast Willie Nelson, was busted for marijuana possession in the same region in 2010.)

According to a statement from the Hudspeth County Sheriff’s office, Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, “freely admitted that the marijuana belonged to him and he was placed under arrest by U.S. Border Patrol agents and detained.” The rapper was “cited for possession of drug paraphernalia, given notification of court appearance on/or before January 20, 2012, and released.” (EW contacted Snoop’s reps for a statement, but they did not immediately respond.)

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