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Suspect in Santa Barbara-area killings identified as son of 'Hunger Games' assistant director

The man suspected of killing six people in the Santa Barbara area on Friday night has been identified as Elliot Rodger, the son of an assistant director on The Hunger Games.

“The Rodger family offers our deepest compassion and sympathies to the families involved in this terrible tragedy,” the family said in a statement obtained by People. “We are experiencing the most inconceivable pain and our hearts go out to everyone involved.” Peter Rodger served as a second-unit director on the first installment of the popular film franchise.

According to authorities, the 22-year-old went on a rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara, stabbing three men in his apartment before driving a BMW in a series of shootings. He fatally shot two female university students in front of a sorority and a third male student inside a deli. Thirteen people were injured, including two bicyclists hit by Rodger’s car, while others were hit by gunfire before the car crashed. Rodger — a high-functioning patient with Asperger syndrome, family lawyers tell ABC — was found dead with a gunshot to the head. Authorities believe the wound was was self-inflicted. READ FULL STORY

Miley Cyrus gets restraining order against fan

Miley Cyrus has obtained a temporary restraining order against a man who believes the singer is speaking to him through her songs.

A Los Angeles judge granted Cyrus a stay-away order against Devon Meek on Friday, reports The Associated Press. Los Angeles police arrested the Arizona resident on May 16 outside of a property believed to be owned by the pop star. In a sworn statement, one police detective wrote that Meek, 24, told officers they should shoot him in the head if he couldn’t meet Cyrus.

Meek has been placed in a psychiatric hospital, where he remains. According to filings by Cyrus’ attorneys, Meek has said he will continue to try to meet Cyrus once he is released. READ FULL STORY

Donald Sterling's wife may negotiate sale of the Clippers

Disgraced real estate mogul Donald Sterling has agreed to allow his estranged wife to negotiate the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers.

According to reports, Sterling surrendered control of the team to Shelly Sterling, who has been meeting with the NBA since her husband’s lifetime ban from the league on April 29. The move may prevent an involuntary sale of the team. Both the league and Shelly hope to “resolve the dispute amicably,” according to TMZ, which broke the news.

Bryan Singer files motion to dismiss sex abuse charges

X-Men director Bryan Singer has denied allegations of teen sexual abuse and filed a motion to dismiss recent charges, based on the plaintiff’s own sworn statements.

In a civil lawsuit last month, Michael Egan III accused Singer and three other men of sexually abusing him at lurid parties in California and Hawaii when he was only 17 years old. But in his deposition from a similar 2000 case against three different defendants, Egan claimed to never have taken “any trips outside the continental U.S.” — and when asked then if he had been abused by anyone other than the three initial defendants, he answered negatively. Singer has repeatedly denied the charges and claims to have phone records and receipts that prove he was not in Hawaii when Egan claims the assaults took place. In Singer’s filing, which can be read at the Hollywood Reporter, he asks for dismissal based on the Hawaii court’s lack of jurisdiction.

Last month, Egan had filed charges in Hawaii against Singer, David Neuman, Garth Ancier, and Gary Goddard. Last week, Neuman filed a similar motion to dismiss, based on the same evidence and including Egan’s decade-old testimony that Neuman had “never acted improperly.” Egan’s attorney has not yet responded to his client’s inconsistencies, other than to reiterate his current claim that he was in Hawaii with the defendants. Neuman’s motion already has a court date set for July 28.

Iranian teens arrested for getting 'Happy'

A group of Iranian teens were arrested Tuesday for posting a video to the Internet of themselves dancing to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.” Yahoo News reports that the group of six young teens were arrested in Tehran as a means of preventing the spread of what the country deems to be “decadent” Western culture. READ FULL STORY

Men who plotted to kill singer Joss Stone receive reduced jail sentences

In 2013, two men were convicted of plotting to rob and kill singer Joss Stone. Now, their jail sentences are being reduced.

Junior Bradshaw and Kevin Liverpool were arrested near Stone’s house in 2011 after neighbors reported suspicious behavior. The police later found weapons — including a samurai sword and a chisel — in the pair’s car, along with notes messages such as “Once Jocelyn’s dead … find a river to dump her in.”

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Supreme Court revives 'Raging Bull' lawsuit

Five years ago in 2009, Paula Petrella sued MGM over continuing commercial use of 1980’s Raging Bull, a film that her father Frank Petrella wrote the screenplay for. A federal judge and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Petrella could have filed the lawsuit long before 2009 and therefore had waited too long, but the Supreme Court has now reversed that ruling.

Now, Petrella can revive the lawsuit and potentially receive royalties from MGM. Head over to the Associated Press for the full story.

As I Lay Dying's Tim Lambesis sentenced for murder-for-hire plot

As I Lay Dying lead singer Tim Lambesis has been sentenced to six years in prison for his involvement in a murder-for-hire plot targeting his estranged wife, Meggan. The musician had already pleaded guilty in February for soliciting an undercover cop to murder his wife of eight years and the mother of their three adopted children. The sentencing includes a 48-day credit for time already served. Three of Lambesis’ bandmates, Nick Hipa, Phil Sgrosso, and Josh Gilbert, were among the 80-plus people in attendance at the sentencing.

According to Meggan, who spoke at the sentencing, Lambesis had shown odd behavior in the months prior to his arrest in May 2013, including asking his wife for their children’s Social Security numbers the day before he was taken into custody. Lambesis has been on house arrest leading up to the sentencing and is still involved in a $2 million civil lawsuit filed by Meggan.

Ex-'Scandal' star Columbus Short pleads not guilty to felony battery

Actor Columbus Short has pleaded not guilty to felony battery charges stemming from a fight that left a man unconscious and with a broken nose.

The former Scandal star appeared for the arraignment in a Los Angeles courtroom on Thursday, according to The Associated Press. The incident occurred at a West Los Angeles restaurant on March 15, where Short allegedly sucker-punched the victim after a disagreement.

Short also faces a misdemeanor spousal battery case for allegedly threatening to kill his wife, who has a temporary restraining order against him. READ FULL STORY

Casey Kasem found in Washington state

Casey Kasem was found in Washington state on Thursday, ending a three-day search for the ailing radio host amid a dispute between his wife and children. His condition was not immediately known, according to The Associated Press.

On Monday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Daniel S. Murphy ordered adult protective services and court investigators to try to locate Kasem, who suffers from a form of dementia called Lewy Body Disease. His children believed he had been moved to an Indian reservation by his wife of 34 years, Jean Kasem. The search was ordered when Jean’s attorney admitted he did not know the whereabouts of the former Top 40 host.

Jean and three of Kasem’s children from a previous marriage have been locked in a tense battle over the care the 82-year-old receives; Jean has even barred the children from seeing their father. She had been in control of her husband’s medical care until Monday, when the judge granted temporary conservatorship to Kasem’s daughter, Kerri.

“We are grateful to the local authorities for finding my dad,” Kerri Kasem wrote in a statement. “We are one step closer to bringing him home [to Los Angeles].” READ FULL STORY

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