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Rapper Bobby Shmurda faces gun, drug trafficking charges (Updated)

Rapper Bobby Shmurda, best known for his hit song “Hot Boy,” will face gun and drug trafficking charges in court. According to the Associated Press, Shmurda, whose real name is Ackquille Pollard, was taken into custody on Wednesday in connection with an investigation of gang-related shootings and drug trafficking in New York City.

Pollard was arrested just after leaving a recording studio in Manhattan where the police reportedly found hand guns. Chad Marshal, a fellow hip-hop artist known as Rowdy Rebel, was also arrested.

Pollard’s criminal history reportedly includes two previous arrests for gun and drug possession.

His attorney, Howard Greenberg, told AP that his client was innocent and had been falsely accused.

UPDATE: Pollard appeared before a judge on Thursday, where The Wall Street Journal reports that he was described as “the driving force behind a drug-dealing operation and deadly gunfights.” Pollard’s arrest came at the same time as 14 others, all of whom are allegedly part of a street gang known as GS9, which operates out of Brooklyn. Prosecutors claimed the gang sold drugs—mostly crack cocaine—and then used the money from the sales to buy guns used in 24 shootings, three of which were homicides.

On Thursday, Pollard’s bail was set at $2 million. As of noon on Friday, Pollard had not yet posted bail.

Greenberg told EW, “The indictment is a bunch of bullshit,” before citing its specific weaknesses, such as how counts 5 through 22 recount an open case “where the defendant has a complete defense.”

More generally, Greenberg said: “The government hates rap and it hates rappers, so they target a rapper. Then they construct a narrative around him and then enter into denial and rationalization in order to support the narrative. I’m not going to let them crucify my guys. They recruit guiltless and loveless people, tell them truth is a meaningless concept, and induce them to say what they want to say about a brother who’s on his way up. These people for the most part are jealous. My guy’s rich, he’s busy, he’s on tour. He doesn’t have time for this.”

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.

Man arrested for throwing furniture on set of Woody Allen film

Filming for Woody Allen’s latest (untitled) film, which stars Emma Stone, Joaquin Phoenix, and Parker Posey, was recently interrupted when a man reportedly began throwing furniture on set.

According to the Associated Press, a man the Rhode Island police have identified as Mark Spiridakos showed up to set and “tossed a chair” before assaulting security guards on Tuesday. Security guards said Spiridakos had been asking “weird questions” before he was arrested and charged with assault.

Police said that after Spiridakos attempted to run from the set, he was tackled and then taken to the hospital with a head injury.

Former Destiny's Child member Farrah Franklin arrested

Farrah Franklin, a former member of Destiny’s Child, was arrested Sunday in South Carolina’s Horry County on a charge of disorderly conduct. She was booked at about 5 a.m. and was released at noon later that day, according to police reports.

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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.

 

Three arrested outside Taylor Swift's Rhode Island beach house

Police arrested three people outside Taylor Swift’s Rhode Island beachfront home on Sunday,  reports The Associated Press. READ FULL STORY

Ray J arrested on vandalism, battery charges

Singer Ray J was arrested at a Beverly Hills hotel on Friday for allegedly breaking a police car window and spitting at an officer.

Police were called to the hotel to investigate a report that Ray J, whose legal name is William Ray Norwood, inappropriately touched a woman at the bar, according to The Associated Press. Authorities found the contact to be incidental, but the 33-year-old singer refused to leave and became belligerent. He reportedly kicked out a patrol car window after being taken into custody.

Charges against Ray J include vandalism, resisting arrest, and battery on a police officer.

Brad Pitt prankster ordered to stay away from all red carpets

You can’t just hit Brad Pitt in the face and sneak under America Ferrera’s dress and get away with it.

That’s the lesson Ukranian TV host Vitalii Sediuk learned in an East Los Angeles courthouse when the prankster — who allegedly attacked Pitt at Wednesday’s premiere of Maleficent and exhibited some truly bizarre behavior under Ms. Ferrera’s outfit at the Cannes Film Festival — was ordered to stay at least 500 yards away from all awards shows, entertainment events, and red carpets.

In addition, Sediuk was sentenced to a $200 fine, 20 days of community labor, and 36 months of summary probation. He must also partake in weekly psychiatric counseling once a week for a year (and prove his enrollment in court) and is barred from owning any dangerous weapons. Sediuk had already lost his job at the Ukrainian TV network 1+1 after the Ferrera incident. As a reminder of his Cannes stunt, see the unsettling photo below:

Miley Cyrus gets restraining order against fan

Miley Cyrus has obtained a temporary restraining order against a man who believes the singer is speaking to him through her songs.

A Los Angeles judge granted Cyrus a stay-away order against Devon Meek on Friday, reports The Associated Press. Los Angeles police arrested the Arizona resident on May 16 outside of a property believed to be owned by the pop star. In a sworn statement, one police detective wrote that Meek, 24, told officers they should shoot him in the head if he couldn’t meet Cyrus.

Meek has been placed in a psychiatric hospital, where he remains. According to filings by Cyrus’ attorneys, Meek has said he will continue to try to meet Cyrus once he is released. READ FULL STORY

Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett released following airport arrest

Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett was arrested at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Wednesday afternoon for refusing to cooperate with police.

The America’s News HQ anchor was taken into custody around 12:30 p.m. at the Northern Lights Grill in the main terminal, where he appeared intoxicated and refused to follow officers’ orders, reports The Associated Press. The 59-year-old was charged with obstructing the legal process by interfering with a peace officer and booked at the Hennepin County Jail.

Jarrett posted $300 bond and was released early Thursday.

Update: A Fox News spokesperson has given EW the following statement:

“We were made aware late last night that Gregg Jarrett was arrested in Minneapolis yesterday and charged with a misdemeanor. He is dealing with serious personal issues at this time. A date at which Gregg might return to air has yet to be determined.”

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