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 »
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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.
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.
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.
An attorney for actress Amanda Bynes has entered a not-guilty plea on her behalf in a driving under the influence case. The actress did not attend the arraignment Wednesday in Beverly Hills. She was charged Tuesday, roughly two months after she was arrested after grazing a sheriff’s patrol car.
The actress also directed a Twitter message at President Barack Obama asking him to fire the deputy who arrested her, writing she doesn’t drink. After her arrest, the 26-year-old refused a test that would have determined if she was drunk or used drugs. District Attorney’s spokeswoman Jane Robison says a pretrial hearing is set for July 18.
Bynes is known for her role in the WB’s What I Like About You.
William “Billy” Bretherton, star of the A&E reality TV show Billy the Exterminator, was arrested on drug possession charges in his home state of Louisiana. Bossier City spokesman Mark Natale said Tuesday that a warrant was issued last week for Bretherton and his wife, Mary, after items recovered from their hotel room tested positive for synthetic marijuana. They surrendered to authorities Friday, posted $6,000 bond each and were released later that day, Natale said.
The reality show follows Bretherton, a pest control specialist in north Louisiana, as he responds to calls to wrangle, trap or kill various critters and pests, among them bees, snakes and cockroaches.
Natale said police were called on April 28 to a Bossier City hotel following a 911 hang-up call from the room. He said police found the Brethertons, both of Benton, La., with suspected synthetic marijuana and a device commonly used to smoke narcotics.
A&E did not immediately reply to a request for comment and it was unclear whether the Brethertons have an attorney.
Bretherton is founder of the Louisiana-based, family-owned pest control business, Vexcon LLC. Messages left at the business Tuesday were not immediately returned. A residential listing for the Brethertons was unavailable.
In a video on A&E, the spikey-haired Bretherton says he’s been in the extermination business for more than 20 years and tries to set most animals he catches free. “I believe in karma,” he said in the video. “If I killed indiscriminately I think it would eventually come back to haunt me.”
An Indiana woman featured on MTV’s reality show Teen Mom has been sentenced to five years in prison after opting out of a drug-treatment program. Amber Portwood pleaded guilty in February to felony possession of a controlled substance and admitted violating her probation. The 22-year-old avoided prison by entering a drug rehabilitation program. But on Tuesday, after she quit the program, a Madison County judge sentenced her to the five-year term she originally faced.
Prosecutor Rodney Cummings tells The Indianapolis Star that Portwood said she just couldn’t do it and “wanted out of the program.” Her attorney didn’t return messages seeking comment.
Portwood received probation in 2010, after pleading guilty to domestic battery charges stemming from an incident with her now 3-year-old daughter’s father that appeared on the MTV show.
Amanda Bynes was officially charged with a DUI Tuesday, following her April 6 arrest after being pulled over in West Hollywood for allegedly side-swiping a police car, People reports. Later Tuesday, the What a Girl Wants actress tweeted directly to President Obama, stating: “Hey @BarackObama… I don’t drink. Please fire the cop who arrested me. I also don’t hit and run. The end.”
Bynes also allegedly refused to take a Breathalyzer or drug test on the scene. She could face jail time, probation, and an alcohol rehab program if convicted.
Justin Bieber is wanted for questioning by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s investigators after a photographer complained of being roughed up by the pop star at a shopping center. Sheriff’s Lt. Robert Wiard says the photographer called 911 on Sunday and complained of pain to his chest. Wiard said the scuffle happened when the photographer tried to snap pictures of Bieber and his girlfriend, teen actress Selena Gomez, after they walked out of a theater at The Commons at Calabasas.
Wiard says the photographer was taken to a hospital where he was treated and released. He says Bieber and Gomez left before deputies arrived, so investigators want to talk to him to get his side of the story. A call to Bieber’s publicist was not immediately returned late Sunday.
Former adult film star Jenna Jameson has been arrested in Southern California for investigation of driving under the influence after she struck a light pole with her vehicle.
Police say Jameson had driven her vehicle into a light pole early Friday in Westminster. She suffered minor injuries but refused medical treatment.
A police statement says a field sobriety test was conduct and there were signs of intoxication. Jameson was booked and later cited and released.
A statement issued by her website says Jameson is home and well but has no immediate comment.
Jameson crossed into the mainstream after publishing a popular autobiography in 2004. She has twin sons with mixed martial arts star Tito Ortiz, who two years ago claimed Jameson was addicted to the painkiller Oxycontin.
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