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Soap opera actor Freddie Smith charged with DUI

Days of Our Lives actor Freddie Smith was found to be legally drunk after he got in a car accident in October and is now being charged with vehicular assault and driving under the influence, according to the Associated Press. READ FULL STORY

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd charged with attempt to procure murder

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd appeared in New Zealand court Thursday to face charges of attempting to hire a hitman and drug possession.

Rudd was charged with attempting to procure murder of two people, threatening murder, and meth and marijuana possession, according to the Associated PressHe was released on bail but will appear in court again Nov. 27. READ FULL STORY

'Jersey Shore' star 'The Situation' to face tax charges in court

Mike Sorrentino, better known as Jersey Shore‘s “The Situation,” will appear in court Thursday to face charges for failing to pay taxes on millions in income.

Sorrentino and his brother, Marc Sorrentino, were charged in September with filing false tax returns, according to the Associated Press“Michael denies the charges,” Sorrentino’s attorney, Richard Sapinski, tells EW. He says his client plans to enter a plea of not guilty.

Kesha sues Dr. Luke for sexual assault, producer fires back with defamation suit

Kesha and Dr. Luke, who the singer’s worked with since 2005, filed complaints against each other Tuesday. Hers accuses Dr. Luke of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse; his accuses Kesha of defamation and repudiation of their recording agreement.

In Kesha’s complaint, she claims Dr. Luke “sexually, physically, verbally, and emotionally abused [her] to the point where [she] nearly lost her life.” The complaint lists examples of the abuse, including a time when Dr. Luke gave Kesha what he called “sober pills” that turned out to be a date rape drug. After taking the pills, Kesha claims she woke up the next morning naked in his bed. READ FULL STORY

Former Fugee slams 'New York Post' with $30 million lawsuit

Pras Michel, formerly of The Fugees, filed a $30 million lawsuit against the New York Post after the publication ran a story claiming Pras didn’t show up for a performance benefiting his own foundation, Hope for Them.

The article appeared on the New York Post website Sunday with the headline, “Ex-Fugee rapper bailed on his own 9/11 benefit concert.” The story goes on to say Pras is a member on the Hope for Them foundation’s board and that the foundation bounced a check to the venue. READ FULL STORY

Miley Cyrus' VMA date gets 6-month jail sentence

Miley Cyrus’ date to this year’s MTV Video Music Awards has been sentenced to six months in jail for violating probation.

Cyrus brought Jesse Helt, a homeless man she met at a shelter for homeless youth, to the VMAs and gave him the chance to accept the award for Video of the Year on her behalf. Helt used the opportunity to discuss homeless youth in an emotional speech that made headlines the next dayand brought to light the warrant that was out for his arrest in Oregon.

Helt pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal mischief and criminal trespass in 2010 and was subsequently sentenced to probation. After the warrant for his arrest was made public, Helt turned himself in.

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'7th Heaven' star Stephen Collins being investigated for child molestation

Stephen Collins, best known for his role as Eric Camden, father and pastor, on 7th Heaven, is under investigation for child molestation.

EW has confirmed that the Manhattan Special Victims Squad received a formal complaint against the actor and that the incident is currently being investigated.

Word first broke when TMZ posted the audio from a 2012 therapy session between Collins and then-wife Faye Grant, who filed for divorce that same year. In the audio, Collins admits to molesting one girl and exposing himself to others, all of whom were reportedly between the ages of 10 and 13.

Iggy Azalea sues ex-boyfriend for stealing, releasing her music

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Rapper Iggy Azalea is suing her ex-boyfriend, Maurice Williams (also known by Jefe Wine in the rap world), for copying files containing unreleased songs off her computer and then releasing them this past August.

In a complaint obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Iggy Azalea, born Amethyst Kelly, claims that Williams “downloaded the entire contents of Azalea’s personal computer, including the [songs], onto a jump drive without her consent” when the two were romantically involved between 2008 and 2009.

“Defendants have defied Azalea’s demands,” the complaint says, “that they refrain from wrongfully exploiting her name, likeness and copyrighted music by distributing her music without her consent and by using her trademarked name and her likeness to promote themselves and the music they misappropriated.” READ FULL STORY

Toronto court withdraws Justin Bieber assault charge

Justin Bieber was charged with assault in January after allegedly attacking a limo driver in Toronto, but the Ontario Court of Justice withdrew the charge Monday when Bieber appeared in court with lawyer Brian H. Greenspan.

“We welcome the decision of the office of the Crown Attorney to withdraw the charge, having reached the conclusion that there was no reasonable prospect of conviction,” Greenspan said in a statement. “We have always maintained Bieber’s innocence.”
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Deadmau5 'will not be bullied' by Disney over mouse ears trademark

Deadmau5 has become known known for wearing what he calls a mau5head (pronounced “mousehead”) to each show, but now, Disney is claiming it bears too much resemblance to Mickey Mouse.

Last year, the DJ applied to get the headgear trademarked with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and Disney is now opposing the application.

The mau5head, which the DJ has used in merchandise and on stage for years, is a registered trademark in nearly 30 countries, including the United Kingdom and Japan. Given his long history with the image, Deadmau5’s attorney Dina LaPolt questioned Disney’s motives in a statement. “Given that the mau5head and other identifying deadmau5 trademarks have been used in the U.S. and around the world for almost a decade, we wonder why Disney is only now coming after deadmau5,” LaPolt said. “Our client will not be bullied by Disney and is prepared to fight to protect his rights to his property.”

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