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Cuba Gooding Jr. sought on warrant in New Orleans

New Orleans police say a warrant has been issued for actor Cuba Gooding Jr. after a morning incident at a French Quarter bar.

Police spokeswoman Remi Braden said the warrant issued Tuesday morning was for alleged municipal battery. She was working to confirm details.

Gooding is in New Orleans filming The Butler. His publicist said a statement would be issued later Tuesday.

Sheryl Crow granted temporary restraining order against threatening fan

A judge has granted Sheryl Crow atemporary restraining order against a man who is accused of threatening to shoot the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter.

The order requires Phillip Gordon Sparks, 45, to stay 100 yards away and not attempt to contact Crow, her family or any of her workers. She wrote in a sworn statement that she is fearful of Sparks because he has claimed in profane online tirades that she has stolen money from him and broken into his house.

She also states Sparks recently went to the offices of an entertainment union and told a worker that he was going to “just shoot” her.

A worker at the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists wrote in declaration accompanying Crow’s filing that she spoke with Sparks on July 16 and he made the threat against Crow. He also threatened to shoot film executive Harvey Weinstein because he believed they were filming him and stole millions from him, the worker stated.

The temporary order was granted July 24 and first reported Monday by celebrity website TMZ. A hearing on a three-year protective order is scheduled for Aug. 14 in Santa Monica, Calif.

Attempts to contact Sparks were unsuccessful.

Crow, 50, has won nine Grammy Awards and has two sons, ages 5 and 2.

Aurora shooter formally charged

Colorado prosecutors have formally charged a former doctorate student with 24 counts of murder in the shooting at an Aurora movie theater. Twenty-four-year-old James Holmes appeared Monday and was also formally charged with 116 counts of attempted murder.

Twelve people were killed and 58 people were wounded or injured. The breakdown of the charges was not immediately clear.

He’s also charged with a one count of possession of explosives. Authorities say he booby trapped his apartment.

Holmes was arrested early July 20 outside a Century 16 theater in Aurora during a midnight showing of the new Batman movie. Legal analysts expect his court the case to be dominated by arguments over his sanity. Holmes was a student at the University of Colorado Denver before withdrawing last month.

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Bieber paparazzo faces criminal charges in pursuit

A paparazzo photographer faces criminal charges in connection with a high-speed chase of Justin Bieberearlier this month, marking the first use of a state law designed to clamp down on photographers’ reckless pursuit of celebrities.

The City Attorney’s office on Wednesday filed four charges againstPaul Raef, 30, including reckless driving with the intent to capture pictures for commercial gain, reckless driving, failure to obey a peace officer and following another vehicle too closely.

Raef could not be immediately reached for comment. If convicted, he faces up to one year in county jail and $3,500 in fines.

The charges stem from a July 6 incident where Los Angeles Councilman Dennis Zine, a former police officer, and three other motorists called 911 to report a high speed chase along the 101 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley.

Prosecutors said responding officers saw a pack of six vehicles pursuing a silver Fisker car, which turned out to be driven by Bieber. A Toyota SUV, owned by Raef, was seen driving at speeds well over 80 miles an hour across all lanes and on the shoulder, as well as forcing its way into lanes when it had no room to merge safely.

Motorists were forced to brake and swerve to avoid colliding with Raef’s vehicle and the others, prosecutors said.

Bieber pulled over when officers signaled to, but Raef did not stop.

Bieber was cited for speeding and released.

Prosecutors said that about 30 minutes later, Bieber called 911 and said he was again being followed by the same Toyota.

California Highway Patrol officers arrived at a downtown Los Angeles parking garage, where other paparazzi had congregated, and found the Toyota with the same license plate as the one that had chased the singer.

Officers identified Raef as the driver. He scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 9.

Paparazzi pursuit of celebrities has long been identified as a risk in Los Angeles.

New York club loses liquor license after Chris Brown/Drake brawl

A New York City nightclub that was the site of a bottle-hurling brawl after a dispute between the entourages of singers Drake and Chris Brown has had its liquor license suspended. The State Liquor Authority suspended the license of W.i.P. and its adjacent Greenhouse during an emergency meeting Tuesday night.

Agency Chairman Dennis Rosen tells the Daily News that the authority “would not tolerate violent bars that break the law.”

The company that runs Greenhouse sued the city Monday for shutting it down, saying it was losing $264,000 a week. Police shuttered Greenhouse on June 16, citing code violations. Two days earlier, R&B singer Chris Brown and members of rapper Drake’s entourage faced off in W.i.P. Brown and NBA star Tony Parker were among those injured.

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Report: 'Teen Mom 2' star Jenelle Evans arrested earlier this week

Teen Mom 2 star Jenelle Evans is in hot water again.

According to TMZ, Evans, 20, was arrested for assault in North Carolina on Sunday. She was in possession of marijuana at the time of her arrest, the site reports. The troubled star of MTV’s reality series about four young mothers has since posted bail and is apparently free on custody.

The news marks a long-line of transgressions for Evans, who landed behind bars twice in January — once for making harassing phone calls and communicating threats, and later for violating a domestic violence protection order. According to TMZ, she was also arrested in March on stalking charges. Evans had numerous run-ins with the law the previous year as well, when she faced assault, drug paraphernalia and probation violation charges.

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Alec Baldwin and 'Daily News' photographer tussle

Jefferson Siegel for New York Daily News

Moments after obtaining his marriage license in New York City, Alec Baldwin had a physical confrontation with a Daily News cameraman. The 30 Rock actor tweeted that “a ‘photographer’ almost hit [him] in the face with his camera,” but the newspaper has already posted pictures of the encounter, showing a clearly agitated Baldwin. “He comes after me, starts shoving and punching me — one time, right in the chin,” said Marcus Santos (pictured). “And then he started shoving me, and pushing me.” READ FULL STORY

Henry Hill dies 'pretty peacefully, for a goodfella'

Henry Hill, whose life as a high-rolling New York gangster turned FBI informant was the basis for Martin Scorsese’s 1990 film, Goodfellas, died yesterday of complications following a recent heart attack. He was 69. He “went out pretty peacefully, for a goodfella,” his partner and manager Lisa Caserta told CBS News.

Hill was arrested in 1980 for trafficking narcotics and fearing that his associates in the Lucchese crime family wanted him dead, he agreed to cooperate with federal authorities. His testimony led to 50 convictions, and he began a new life in the Witness Protection Program.

In 1986, author Nicholas Pileggi documented Hill’s life in the book, Wise Guy, which became the basis for Scorsese’s film, starring Ray Liotta as Hill, Joe Pesci, and Robert DeNiro. Hill was later expelled from the Witness Protection Program after additional drug-related arrests, and he suffered several setbacks in his struggle with drug and alcohol abuse.

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'Jersey Shore' star arrested for disorderly conduct

A Jersey Shore cast member has been arrested in the New Jersey town where the MTV show is based. Seaside Heights Police Chief Tommy Boyd tells WNBC TV in New York that Deena Cortese was arrested Sunday afternoon on a disorderly conduct charge. Boyd says a borough officer saw Cortese “a little intoxicated” and standing in the middle of a street, slapping cars that were driving by. Boyd says Cortese was taken to police headquarters and later released on a summons.

MTV publicists did not immediately respond to requests for a comment on Sunday night, and a number for Cortese could not be located. The popular reality show just recently started shooting its new season in the Ocean County community.

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Singer Lauryn Hill faces federal tax charges in N.J.

Eight-time Grammy winner Lauryn Hill has been charged with failing to file income tax returns for several years with the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. attorney’s office in New Jersey announced Thursday.

Hill earned more than $1.6 million during 2005, 2006 and 2007, the three years that she failed to file returns, federal prosecutors said. Hill’s primary source of income is royalties from the recording and film industries, prosecutors said. She also owns and operates four corporations: Creations Music Inc., Boogie Tours Inc., L.H. Productions 2001 Inc. and Studio 22 Inc., according to court papers.

Messages left Thursday for her California-based attorney, Nathan J. Hochman, and an e-mail sent to her publicist weren’t immediately returned.

The 37-year-old Hill got her start with The Fugees and began her solo career in 1998 with the critically acclaimed album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

The album, praised by critics for its incisive lyrics and synthesis of rap and soul, sold 8 million copies. Hill was pronounced the face of “The Hip-Hop Nation” by Time magazine.

She then largely disappeared from public view to raise her six children, five of whom she had with Rohan Marley, the son of famed reggae singer Bob Marley.

Hill lives in South Orange, a suburb just west of Newark, and attended Columbia High School in Maplewood.

She is scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate on June 29. She could face a maximum penalty of a year in prison and a $100,000 fine on each charge.

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