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Young Jeezy arrested on firearms-related charges

According to the Mountain View Police Department of California, gunshots were fired during a Wiz Khalifa concert on Friday, Aug. 22 at Shoreline Ampitheatre, which resulted in the death of 38-year-old Eric Johnson.

The following Sunday, the Mountain View Police, along with the Irvine Police Department, executed search warrants at the Verizon Ampitheatre in Irvine, and as a result of that search, six individuals, including rapper Young Jeezy, were arrested on firearms-related charges. The police have not yet announced any connection between the arrests and the shooting.

The homicide investigation is ongoing.

M.I.A. reaches settlement with NFL over 2012 Super Bowl incident

Musician M.I.A. flipped the crowd a middle finger when she performed during Madonna’s set at the 2012 Super Bowl half-time show, and the NFL promptly asked her for money in damages. Now, two years later, M.I.A. and the NFL have reached a settlement.
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Suge Knight shot multiple times at VMAs pre-party hosted by Chris Brown

According to TMZ, hip-hop mogul Suge Knight was shot several times at a pre-party  for the VMAs put on by Chris Brown.

Police were called to the scene at West Hollywood club 1 OAK shortly after 1:30 a.m., and Knight was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital for surgery; he is one of at least three injured, one critically.

The incident is the latest in a series of unfortunate events surrounding the lead-up to this year’s VMAs, which will be broadcast live tonight from Inglewood, Calif.

Backup dancer for Nicki Minaj bitten by snake during VMAs rehearsal

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During rehearsals for Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, a backup dancer for Nicki Minaj’s scheduled performance of her booty anthem “Anaconda” was allegedly bitten by a large snake that was to be included in the performance.

As first reported by TMZ and spotted by People, the injured dancer was reportedly taken to the hospital to prevent bacterial infection; the snake being used wasn’t venomous but can transmit infections.

No word on whether or not the snake will continue to remain a part of the performance. But if it does, it’ll mark a pretty big comeback for snakes—the last time the reptiles made VMA headlines was 13 years ago, in Britney Spears 2001 performance of “I’m a Slave 4 U,” which also featured a tiger. READ FULL STORY

Ray J enters not guilty plea to charges of sexual battery

Ray J, whose full name is William Ray Norwood, has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of sexual battery, vandalism, battery on a police officer, and resisting a peace officer.

According to the Associated Press, Norwood entered the not guilty plea on Tuesday in regards to his arrest on May 30 after a woman claimed he groped her at the bar of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. According to the police, Norwood then resisted arrest, using his feet to shatter a patrol car window.

Norwood’s preliminary court hearing is scheduled for Aug. 28. His reps did not immediately respond for comment.

'Midnight Rider' producer enters not guilty plea in Sarah Jones case

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Midnight Rider executive producer Jay Sedrish has entered a plea of not guilty to the charges of criminal trespass and involuntary manslaughter in the case of Sarah Jones’ death. Jones, a 27-year-old camera assistant, was struck by a train and killed during filming of the Gregg Allman biopic in February.

Sedrish’s plea comes one month after Midnight Rider filmmakers Randall Miller and Jody Savin entered a plea of not guilty after turning themselves in to police. Sedrish also waived his right of personal presence at an arraignment in Wayne County, Ga. where the filming took place. Sedrish’s legal team cited his residence in California as reason not to appear at an arraignment.

'Saturday Night Live' announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

Don Pardo, the voice of Saturday Night Live, is dead. He was 96.

According to The New York Times, Pardo, the longtime announcer of SNL, died in Tucson on Monday. Although most would recognize his voice from Saturday Night Live, Pardo began his career in radio before becoming the announcer for both The Price Is Right and Jeopardy!. Pardo then moved to SNL in 1975, where he announced the show’s first episode in October. Since then, he’d stayed with the show for 38 seasons, having only missed season seven. His final introduction came in May, when he announced the finale, hosted by Andy Samberg.

Pardo is survived by his three daughters, Paula, Dona, and Katherine, and his two sons, David and Michael, in addition to five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Twentieth Century Fox sued over 'Simpsons' hologram used at Comic-Con

Hologram USA, along with Musion Das Hologram Limited and Uwe Maass, are suing Twentieth Century Fox and Gracie Films for willful infringement in regards to a Homer Simpson hologram that was used at Comic-Con in July.

According to the lawsuit filed Thursday, “Defendants do not possess a valid license to practice that technology. Such a license may only be provided by Plaintiffs. In spite of their knowledge of Plaintiffs’ rights, the Performance was made anyway.”

The activity in question is the Simpsons Comic-Con panel, during which a hologram of Homer came out onto the stage for a discussion with the show’s creator, Matt Groening, among others. You can watch it below.

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'Peyton Place' star Ed Nelson dies at 85

Ed Nelson, who made his name as a star in ’60s soap opera Peyton Place, died on Saturday. He was 85.

Nelson co-starred with Mia Farrow and Dorothy Malone in Peyton Place, which premiered in 1964 and ran until 1969. He later starred in TV movie spinoffs of the series, Murder in Peyton Place and Peyton Place: The Next Generation.

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Robin Williams' death was suicide by hanging, Marin County coroner says

At a press conference held Tuesday morning in Marin County, the assistant deputy chief coroner Keith Boyd said that initial findings suggest Robin Williams death was a suicide by hanging.

He was found in his bedroom with a belt around his neck and acute slash marks on his left wrist.

According to Boyd, Williams was last seen alive Sunday evening at 10:30 when his wife, Susan Schneider, retired for the night. She then left the house Monday morning at 10:30 a.m., assuming that Williams was still sleeping. Williams’ personal assistant became concerned later that morning when he didn’t respond to knocks on the bedroom door. The aide gained entry to the room and found the body and immediately called 911. READ FULL STORY

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