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Chris Brown heads to court over community service

Chris Brown is scheduled to return to a Los Angeles courtroom for the first time in more than a year amid questions about his community service.

The R&B singer is on probation for the 2009 beating of his then-girlfriend Rihanna and had been ordered to perform six months’ worth of community service, including graffiti removal, roadside cleanup and other manual labor.

Brown has completed his terms with praise from a judge, however a prosecutor raised concerns about how many hours he had completed.

The singer has received praise from a judge overseeing his probation for the 2009 beating of Rihanna, but an audit of his community service was ordered in July.

Brown was also ordered to appear in court for a review of his probation on Monday.

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Warrant issued for former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart

Police in Kentucky have a warrant for the arrest of former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart stemming from an alleged assault after a recent show.

Harrodsburg Police Lt. Chad Powell told The Associated Press on Thursday that the warrant stems from an incident Saturday after a performance by the Mickey Hart Band at Terrapin Hill Farm in Harrodsburg.

In an email from his publicist, Hart says he is “totally baffled” by the assault claim and says it is completely false and without any basis.

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Michael Madsen hospitalized after DUI arrest

Michael Madsen was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of drunken driving on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, and was expected to spend the night in a hospital, authorities said. It was the second arrest in six months for the Reservoir Dogs actor.

Madsen was pulled over for driving erratically in a red Pontiac GTO shortly before 3 p.m. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said. In a preliminary test Madsen had a blood alcohol level of .21, more than twice the legal limit of .08, Whitmore said.

While he was being booked, Madsen complained of a medical problem and was taken to a hospital, where doctors said he should spend the night. Deputies then cited and released him. READ FULL STORY

Miley Cyrus stalker charged with trespassing

Los Angeles prosecutors have charged a man with trespassing after his weekend arrest at the home of actress-singer Miley Cyrus.

A city attorney’s spokesman says Jason Luis Rivera was charged Monday with two counts of trespassing and one count of resisting arrest.

Rivera was arrested early Saturday after police say he attempted to force his way into Cyrus’ home. Police said at the time that Rivera was carrying a pair of scissors and claimed to be a friend of Cyrus. Police say he repeatedly threw himself against an outside wall as if he was trying to break into Cyrus’ home.

Rivera pleaded not guilty Monday and was ordered held on $100,000 bail. He is scheduled to return to court Sept. 17.

Obama 'Hope' poster artist fined and sentenced to probation

A dispute between artist Shepard Fairey and The Associated Press was settled last year — but Fairey’s legal woes were just beginning. The man behind an iconic poster of Barack Obama has been sentenced to two years of probation and fined $25,000, the New York Times reports.

The case began in 2009, when the AP claimed that Fairey infringed on one of its copyrighted photographs to create his poster. In return, Fairey sued the news organization, saying he had used another photograph under fair use. But as the suit progressed, Fairey admitted that he had been mistaken — and that he tried to conceal his error by both destroying documents and fabricating evidence. He pleaded guilty to a criminal contempt charge in February 2012.

“My wrong-headed actions, born out of a moment of fear and embarrassment, have not only been financially  and psychologically costly to myself and my family, but also helped to obscure what I was fighting for in the first place— the ability of artists everywhere to be inspired and freely create art without reprisal,” Fairey said in a statement after his sentencing.

Michael Moore and other high-profile backers lose Julian Assange bail money

Ecuador may help Julian Assange escape prosecution — but it can’t help Michael Moore, director Ken Loach, and writer Jemima Khan get back the thousands they put up for the WikiLeaks founder’s bail. The Guardian writes that £200,000 (around $318,300) paid to the Westminster magistrates court on Assange’s behalf was forfeited at a hearing in July.

Moore, Loach, Khan, and publisher Felix Dennis are believed to be among the high-profile names who contributed money for Assange’s bail. Information about the lost bail money was revealed Tuesday, when the court held a hearing to determine whether nine other backers would also lose their bail cash; ultimately, that hearing was adjourned until Oct. 3.

Assange, who is wanted for questioning about two incidents of sexual misconduct in Sweden, skipped bail in June. He has since taken refuge in Ecuador’s London embassy.

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On-the-loose Russian killer demands release of Pussy Riot

The bodies of two slain women were found in Russia beneath a scrawled message demanding freedom for the jailed members of the Pussy Riot band, officials said Thursday.

While a Russian investigator cautioned that the killer was possibly trying to mislead police by drawing attention to the punk provocateurs, the alleged link between a killer and anti-Putin protesters was immediately seized upon by Russian media and pro-Kremlin publicists.

Some publications ran headlines claiming that Pussy Riot supporters “committed” or “inspired” a double homicide. The coverage was full of the mostly negative terms used by Kremlin-friendly television networks and media in their coverage of the protesters’ trial. READ FULL STORY

Prosecutors reject burglary case against Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan will not be prosecuted for a burglary at a home where she had been a houseguest, prosecutors determined Tuesday.
The decision came after Los Angeles police detectives presented a potential felony burglary case against the actress and two men who were reportedly at the Hollywood Hills home of a longtime acquaintance after several items went missing earlier this month.

Prosecutors cited lack of evidence to prove Lohan was involved in the thefts at the home. The items taken were described as keys, cash, sunglasses and a credit card holder. The homeowner, businessman Sam Magid, is an acquaintance of Lohan and later told authorities that he did not want to pursue a case.

“Lindsay is glad this matter has been cleared up so she can focus on her upcoming projects,” her spokesman Steve Honig said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.

One of the men police interviewed was Lohan’s assistant, who told authorities that he, the actress and another man went into the home early Aug. 18. Some items were taken, but the assistant refused to say who stole them, according to a memo rejecting the charges.

“We do not have sufficient evidence to prove this case beyond a reasonable doubt,” the prosecution memo states. The document also noted that none of the missing items were found in the possession of Lohan or the two men who were believed to be at the house on the day of the burglary.

Los Angeles police say their investigation into the thefts will continue.

Lohan remains on probation for a 2011 case in which she pleaded no contest to taking a $2,500 necklace without permission. After completing a strict counseling and morgue cleanup duty program implemented by a judge, Lohan no longer has to report to a judge, but she faces jail time if she is charged with another crime.

In recent months she has resumed acting, portraying Elizabeth Taylor in a Lifetime movie about the actress’ love affair with Richard Burton.

She also recently filmed The Canyons, a film by Less Than Zero author Bret Easton Ellis. That film has Lohan playing opposite James Deen, who is best known as an adult film star with thousands of movies to his credit.

Police in Santa Monica, Calif., continue to investigate a crash involving Lohan and her assistant on the Pacific Coast Highway earlier this year. Lohan was on her way to the set of the Lifetime film Liz and Dick when she slammed into the back of a dump truck and had to be briefly hospitalized.

'The Walking Dead' actor charged with DUI in Ga.

An actor on the television show The Walking Dead has been charged with driving drunk in Georgia, where the show is filmed.

Peachtree City police arrested 70-year-old Scott Wilson at 2 a.m. Aug. 18 after someone called 911 to report a Chrysler PT Cruiser driving erratically.

On the AMC drama, Wilson plays a farmer and recovering alcoholic who’s part of a band of survivors after a zombie apocalypse.

The arresting officer wrote in a report that Wilson said he’d been drinking scotch and wine at a restaurant. The officer says Wilson was swaying and asked to do yoga poses instead of a field sobriety test.

It was not immediately clear if Wilson had a lawyer. A message seeking comment from the network was not immediately returned.

Aurora movie theater shooter made early threats

The Colorado movie theater shooter told a classmate that he was looking to kill people “when his life was over.”

According to published reports, James Holmes made the comment to a University of Colorado student four months before the July 20 shooting at the Century 16 theaters in Aurora. In June, Holmes failed oral examinations in graduate school and was blocked from the university’s medical campus in Aurora “after he made threats to a professor at the school,” according to court papers.

Holmes,  a 24-year-old former Ph.D. student at the University of Colorado, Denver, is charged with killing 12 people and the wounding 58 others during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises. His attorneys say he is mentally ill.

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