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Harvey Weinstein targeted in actor's alleged extortion attempt

Actor Vivek Shah has been arrested for allegedly sending menacing letters to five moguls — including Oscar-winning producer Harvey Weinstein — in an attempt to extort millions of dollars. ABC News reports that Shah is accused of threatening to kill members of Weinstein’s family unless $4 million were wired to an offshore bank account. Shah allegedly threatened coal magnate Christopher Cline, the owner of an NHL team, an oil executive, and another tycoon as well.

The alleged extortionist’s onscreen roles include an uncredited appearance in The Dark Knight (as “Middle Eastern Bank Hostage”) and bit parts on Bones and Outsourced. He was arrested by federal agents in Illinois on August 10 and is being held without bail in West Virginia, the state where one of the threatened millionaires resides.

A rep for Weinstein has not yet responded to EW’s request for comment.

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John Lennon’s killer Mark David Chapman denied parole for seventh time
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John Lennon's killer Mark David Chapman denied parole for seventh time

John Lennon’s killer was denied release from prison in his seventh appearance before a parole board, New York corrections officials said.

Mark David Chapman, 57, was denied parole by a three-member board after a hearing Wednesday, the state Department of Corrections said Thursday. The transcript of his latest hearing wasn’t immediately released. READ FULL STORY

LL Cool J nabs intruder at Los Angeles home

LL Cool J plays a special agent on TV’s NCIS: Los Angeles, and now he’s caught an actual bad guy.

Los Angeles police say the rapper grabbed and held a burglary suspect at his Studio City home Wednesday morning.

Police got a 911 call shortly before 1 a.m. from someone who said her father had spotted an intruder in their home and was holding him downstairs.

Officers arrived and took a man into custody. Police say he had minor bruises and will be arrested on suspicion of burglary. His name hasn’t been released.

LL Cool J wasn’t hurt and apparently nothing was taken.

Authorities amend Natalie Wood’s death certificate
Rapper Juvenile arrested after Fla. club fight

Authorities amend Natalie Wood's death certificate

Natalie Wood’s death certificate has been changed to reflect some of the uncertainties and lingering questions surrounding the actress’ drowning more than 30 years ago in the Pacific Ocean off Southern California.

The document was amended earlier this month and shifts Wood’s death from an accidental drowning to “drowning and other undetermined factors,” according to a copy of the certificate obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.

Rapper Juvenile arrested after Fla. club fight

Rapper Juvenile has been arrested on disorderly conduct charges after police responded to a fight at a nightclub in Miami Beach’s Fontainebleau Hotel.

A Miami Beach police report says the 37-year-old star was in the middle of a fight that broke out early Monday at the hotel’s Club Liv. The report says it’s not clear what actions were taken by the rapper, whose real name is Terius Gray.

The report says the fight spilled out to the front of the hotel and involved about 100 people. Many were yelling and pushing and shoving each other but no injuries were reported. It’s not clear what started the fight.

Corrections officials said Gray, of Slidell, La., was jailed on $500 bail. An attorney was not listed on jail records.

Chad Johnson's wife Evelyn Lozada speaks out following his arrest

Miami Dolphins wide receiver and former Dancing With the Stars contestant Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson’s wife, Evelyn Lozada (Basketball Wives), has issued her first statement since the football star’s arrest Saturday for allegedly head-butting her.

The AP reports that Lozada is “deeply disappointed” that Johnson hasn’t taken responsibility for his actions. She said she hopes that by taking a stand, “she will encourage other women to ‘break their silence’ on the issue of domestic violence.”

Earlier today, Lozada filed for divorce, her rep confirms to The AP.

The duo were married last month and were set to star on the Vh1 reality show Ev and Ocho, but that program has now been shelved. Since the arrest, Johnson has also been released from the Miami Dolphins.

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Chad 'Ochocinco' Johnson arrested in domestic violence dispute

Miami Dolphins receiver and former Dancing With the Stars contestant Chad ‘Ochocinco’  Johnson was arrested and later released on bail Sunday on a domestic violence charge. He allegedly “head butted” his wife (Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozando) during an argument, People reports.

The couple were married last month in Miami and are currently filming the reality show Ev and Ocho for VH1.

Ellen Page receives death threats on Twitter

Los Angeles police detectives are looking into a series of death threats sent to Ellen Page on Twitter that coincided with threatening calls to the L.A. Film Festival making similar remarks, a Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman confirmed to EW.

The spokeswoman wouldn’t give any details beyond the fact that the investigation started in June and is ongoing. Page’s recent film, To Rome With Love, screened at the L.A. Film Festival in June.

The Los Angeles Times, citing the search warrant affidavit, claims that anonymous calls to the festival threatened Page, and in one tweet the suspect wrote, “I’m going to murder Ellen Page. She’s dead.” Detectives in the case sought a search warrant to trace the Twitter account of the sender.

EW reached out to Page’s publicist, but as of press time, had not heard back.

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Charges dropped against Cuba Gooding Jr.

Misdemeanor battery charges related to a bar dust-up in New Orleans’ French Quarter have been officially dropped against Academy Award-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr.

City spokesman Ryan Berni said an arraignment hearing was held Friday but there was no one to press the complaint. As a result, he said, the city moved to drop the charges.

“This ends the case,” Berni said.


Bar says employee won't pursue Gooding Jr. charges

A bartender who claimed that actor Cuba Gooding Jr. pushed her doesn’t plan to pursue criminal charges against him, managers at a New Orleans restaurant said Wednesday.

On Tuesday, police issued an arrest warrant on a misdemeanor charge of municipal battery for Gooding. Police say the bartender at the century-old Old Absinthe House told them that Gooding became upset after patrons started asking him to pose for photos with them at about 3 a.m. that morning. The bartender told investigators that Gooding pushed her after she asked him to calm down and again after she told him he should leave and that police had been called.

Gooding left the bar before police arrived and he met Wednesday morning with New Orleans police and was issued a court summons.

However, in a statement to The Associated Press, the French Quarter restaurant said its employee wouldn’t press the case.

“It is our understanding the employee involved in the alleged altercation has chosen to drop all charges against Mr. Cuba Gooding Jr.,” said Old Absinthe House spokeswoman Carolyn Pierce. “While we continue to investigate this matter internally, we are hopeful that this will put an end to the matter.”

Calls to Gooding’s attorney were not immediately returned, but his publicist, Nancy Kane, told AP that “Mr. Gooding, his representative and the New Orleans authorities … are moving swiftly to resolve this misunderstanding.”

New Orleans police spokeswoman Remi Braden said the arrest warrant was lifted after the summons was issued. The date for Gooding’s next court appearance was not immediately available.

The city’s municipal court had not yet received documents regarding Gooding’s summons, but they were expected to be delivered by the end of the week. Once the summons is processed, the bartender can officially drop the charges, a court employee said.

The 44-year-old actor is in New Orleans filming The Butler, a movie about a White House butler who serves eight American presidents. The film has a star-studded cast that includes Nicole Kidman, Liam Neeson, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Robin Williams, Alex Pettyfer and Minka Kelly.

The Butler director is Lee Daniels (Precious and Monster’s Ball).

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