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Ray J enters not guilty plea to charges of sexual battery

Ray J, whose full name is William Ray Norwood, has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of sexual battery, vandalism, battery on a police officer, and resisting a peace officer.

According to the Associated Press, Norwood entered the not guilty plea on Tuesday in regards to his arrest on May 30 after a woman claimed he groped her at the bar of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. According to the police, Norwood then resisted arrest, using his feet to shatter a patrol car window.

Norwood’s preliminary court hearing is scheduled for Aug. 28. His reps did not immediately respond for comment.

'Midnight Rider' producer enters not guilty plea in Sarah Jones case

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Midnight Rider executive producer Jay Sedrish has entered a plea of not guilty to the charges of criminal trespass and involuntary manslaughter in the case of Sarah Jones’ death. Jones, a 27-year-old camera assistant, was struck by a train and killed during filming of the Gregg Allman biopic in February.

Sedrish’s plea comes one month after Midnight Rider filmmakers Randall Miller and Jody Savin entered a plea of not guilty after turning themselves in to police. Sedrish also waived his right of personal presence at an arraignment in Wayne County, Ga. where the filming took place. Sedrish’s legal team cited his residence in California as reason not to appear at an arraignment.

Lionsgate granted restraining order after 'Expendables 3' leak

The Expendables 3 doesn’t arrive in theaters until August 15, but some websites have been streaming leaked versions of the film. Lionsgate, The Expendables 3‘s distributor, filed a lawsuit July 31 and was granted a temporary restraining order against the offending sites Monday.

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Bryan Singer dismissed from sex abuse charges

On Friday, John Doe 117 dismissed his sex abuse suit against Bryan Singer.

In the lawsuit, John Doe 117 had originally claimed that Singer and Broadway production exec Gary Goddard had sexually abused him. Singer had filed a motion to dismiss the case in July, but this latest dismissal came about before that motion was even heard.

The case was dismissed with prejudice, so in the future, the plaintiff will not be able to file new cases against Singer with the same allegations.

As for Goddard, John Doe 117’s lawyers filed a brief opposing his motion to dismiss. His case remains active.

John Doe 117’s attorney, Jeff Herman, issued the following statement: “Upon further review of the facts and circumstances, my client does not want to pursue those claims.” Marty Singer, attorney for Bryan Singer, told EW, “We are pleased the case was dismissed.” Goddard’s attorney did not immediately reply to request for comment.

Buzzfeed has a copy of Singer’s dismissal and the memo in opposition to Goddard’s motion to dismiss.

U.K. court rules that 'Glee' must change its name

Britain’s high court ruled Friday that Glee can’t keep its name—at least not in the U.K.

The ruling comes after a legal battle between Twentieth Century Fox and and Comic Enterprises, which operates a string of comedy venues called The Glee Club, The Associated Press reports.

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Lindsay Lohan sues Rockstar Games over 'Grand Theft Auto V'

Last December, Forbes reported that Lindsay Lohan spoke with her lawyers about the inclusion of a character with her likeness in Grand Theft Auto V. On Wednesday, Forbes reports that the actress has filed suit against Take-Two Interactive and subsidiary publisher and developer Rockstar Games, maker of the blockbuster videogame.

The suit claims that the character Lacey Jonas is an “unequivocal” reference to Lohan, citing the use of her likeness, clothing line, and the Chateau Marmont hotel where she used to live.

For more on the suit, see the Forbes story here.

Ex-'Scandal' actor Columbus Short faces lawsuit after restaurant fight

Columbus Short, who played Harrison Wright on ABC’s Scandal for its first three seasons, was sued on Monday by Felton Hyche III—the man he allegedly assaulted outside of a restaurant on March 15—for battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligence.

According to the seven-page complaint filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday, Hyche alleges that the former Scandal star attacked him outside of Gabe’s Bar and Grill in California. The two men were at a bar to celebrate Hyche’s sister’s engagement.

Hyche claims that the 31-year-old actor attacked him following an argument that took place outside of the restaurant. Short’s “unwarranted and cowardly ‘sucker punch,'” as the suit describes it, allegedly knocked Hyche unconscious and caused him to fall to the ground and hit his head on the concrete. According to the suit, Short fled the scene before Hyche was rushed to the hospital. Hyche claims he suffered a major fracture to his cheek and orbital bones.

Hyche also claims that he continues to endure “ridicule from strangers as the man who was knocked out by Columbus Short,” and thus is seeking punitive and exemplary damages in the amount of $1 million for both the battery charge and the infliction of emotional distress.

On May 15, Short appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to felony battery charges. If convicted, Short faces up to four years in jail.

Short is currently also dealing with a misdemeanor spousal battery case for allegedly threatening to kill his wife, who filed for divorce and a restraining order following the incident.

In April, Short confirmed that he will not be returning four Scandal‘s fourth season.

 

No injuries in post-BET Awards nightclub shooting

Hollywood’s Supper Club was the site of a shooting after the BET Awards Sunday night, according to the LAPD.

A spokesperson for the police department says that shots were fired in the parking lot outside the club; no injuries have yet been reported, and no arrests have been made.

TMZ reports that a number of rappers were inside the club at the time, including Game, Meek Mill, T-Pain, and Busta Rhymes. The site also notes this is the third BET-related violent incident that occurred last weekend: There was also a stabbing inside a Meek Mill-hosted party, as well as a fatal shooting outside an unauthorized BET party in Hollywood that killed one man and injured four others.

Shia LaBeouf escorted from Broadway's 'Cabaret' in handcuffs (Updated)

Not everybody is willkommen.

During the Thursday evening performance of Broadway’s Cabaret, police escorted Shia LaBeouf in handcuffs out of New York’s Studio 54, EW has confirmed. Cast member Danny Burstein confirmed the news, posting on his Facebook: “‘Ladies and gentlemen, this is your places call for Act II. Also, to let you know, Shia LaBeouf has just been escorted from the building in handcuffs.’ Yep, that just happened.” Broadway World first reported the news. READ FULL STORY

Paul Simon, Edie Brickell disorderly conduct charges dropped

Paul Simon and his wife Edie Brickell will not be prosecuted on the disorderly conduct charges previously filed against the singing couple.

Simon and Brickell were arrested on April 26 by police investigating a family dispute at their home in New Canaan, Connecticut. According to the clerk of Norwalk, Connecticut, Superior Court, the prosecutor decided to drop the domestic-violence case.

CNN reports that the couple held hands in court. “Edie and I are fine,” Simon told the judge. Brickell took the blame for instigating the argument in a statement: “I got my feelings hurt and I picked a fight with my husband.”

Simon, one-half of the legendary duo of Simon and Garfunkel, is a 12-time Grammy winner and member of both the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and The Songwriters Hall of Fame. Brickell is known for her 1988 hit “What I Am,” which was recorded with her 1980s rock group Edie Brickell & New Bohemians. The two have been married for 22 years.

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