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Justin Bieber charged with assault in Toronto -- UPDATE

Justin Bieber has been charged with assault for allegedly hitting a Toronto limousine driver several times in the back of the head last month, the second arrest in a week for the 19-year-old pop star.

Bieber turned himself in to a police station Wednesday evening, arriving amid a crush of media and screaming fans. He was charged with one count of assault and is scheduled to appear in court in Toronto on March 10.

Police allege Bieber was one of six people who were picked up by a limousine from a nightclub in the early morning hours of Dec. 30, and there was an altercation while en route to a hotel.

Police said during the altercation one of the passengers hit the limo driver in the back of the head several times.

“The driver stopped the limousine, exited the vehicle, and called police,” a statement said. “The man who struck him left the scene before police arrived.”

Howard Weitzman, Bieber’s attorney in California, said his client is innocent and declined to comment on the allegations against Bieber or any potential defense, saying it was now a matter for the court to handle.
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Jude Law testifies at UK phone hacking trial

Jude Law has told Britain’s phone hacking trial that for years the media had an “unhealthy” amount of information about his private life. But the actor said he was unaware until he heard it in court Monday that a close family member allegedly sold stories about him to the tabloid press.

Law appeared as a witness at the trial of two former editors of Rupert Murdoch’s now-defunct News of the World tabloid – Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson – and five others on charges related to illegal eavesdropping. The defendants deny all the charges. READ FULL STORY

Jury sides with Courtney Love in trial over tweet

A jury says Courtney Love did not defame one of her former lawyers in a 2010 Twitter post.

Friday’s verdict comes after an eight-day trial that centered on Love’s statements against San Diego-based lawyer Rhonda Holmes. Love hired Holmes to pursue a case against the estate of her late husband, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. The case was never filed, and Holmes said Love fired her.

The singer’s tweet suggested that Holmes had been “bought off.”

Attorneys for Love maintained that the Hole singer meant for the post to be a private message and few people saw it.

Holmes’ lawyers sought $8 million in damages.

Love attended and testified at the trial but was not present when the verdict was read.

'Behind the Candelabra' author, ex-Liberace lover sentenced to prison

A former lover of Liberace who was the subject of Behind the Candelabra, the HBO film on the pianist’s life, has been sentenced to eight to 20 years in a Nevada prison for failing another court-ordered drug test while on probation for burglary and identity theft convictions.

Washoe District Judge Patrick Flanagan sentenced Scott Thorson on Wednesday after a string of bad drug tests capped by his failure to show up at a court-ordered treatment facility.

Flanagan originally suspended the prison sentence in July and gave Thorson a second chance in September after testing positive for methamphetamine, but he failed tests twice in October and again on Nov. 1. He was arrested Nov. 19 after violating an order to enter an inpatient treatment facility in Reno two weeks earlier, court records show.

Thorson, 54, whose real name is Jess Marlow, had admitted he was an addict but insisted he was determined to get sober when he tearfully appealed to the judge in September to spare him from prison.
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Teen who stole Guy Fieri's Lamborghini gets life in prison

A Northern California man convicted of a series of crimes, including attempted murder and the theft of celebrity chef Guy Fieri’s Lamborghini, was sentenced Thursday to life in prison plus 21 years and four months.

Max Wade, 19, had been found guilty in October of attempted murder, vehicle theft, and other crimes, the Marin Independent Journal reported. He was charged in Marin County Superior Court as an adult even though he was under 18 at the time the crimes were committed, the paper said.

Among Wade’s crimes was a drive-by shooting that occurred on April 13, 2012, in Mill Valley.

Wade was convicted of firing at a truck occupied by two acquaintances — Landon Wahstrom, 18, and Eva Dedier, 17, of San Rafael.

Prosecutors alleged that Wade desired Dedier and was jealous that she was with Wahlstrom.

The investigation of the shooting led detectives to Wade’s storage locker, where he was keeping the $200,000 sports car stolen from Fieri, known for his Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. The Lamborghini was taken in 2011 while it was at a San Francisco dealership. It was stolen by a burglar who rappelled from a high window, authorities said.

Chris Brown assault case prompts internal affairs investigation

District of Columbia police have opened an internal affairs investigation into statements made by a police officer who responded to reports that singer Chris Brown had punched a man outside a Washington hotel.

The investigation centers on a disputed conversation between the officer and an unidentified acquaintance of Brown, discrepancies that will likely be important for the authorities to reconcile as the criminal prosecution moves forward. The apparent inconsistencies are described in charging documents laying out the basis for the assault case against Brown and his bodyguard. READ FULL STORY

Justin Bieber home search ends in one arrest

Detectives searched Justin Bieber’s home looking for surveillance footage that might serve as evidence the pop star was involved in an egg-tossing vandalism case that caused thousands of dollars in damage to a neighbor’s home, an official said Tuesday. Roughly a dozen investigators searched Bieber’s home and arrested one member of the singer’s entourage on suspicion of cocaine possession, Lt. David Thompson said.

The man’s name was not immediately released, but Thompson said the cocaine was in plain view in Bieber’s house when deputies arrived.

Bieber, 19, was at the home and cooperated with authorities but was not interviewed by detectives. Thompson said he expected the singer to speak with detectives when his attorney could be present.

“He has not been arrested, nor has he been exonerated,” Thompson said of Bieber.
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Kanye West under investigation for possible assault

Kanye West is under investigation for an alleged assault, People reports.

A source told People that a man was shouting racial obscenities at the paparazzi outside of a furniture store, causing West’s fiance Kim Kardashian to confront him. Kardashian then summoned West to come to the scene out of fear. The man directed his obscenities at West once he arrived, and the rapper allegedly punched the man.

“The named suspect was identified as Kanye West by the victim and several witnesses,” a statement from the Beverly Hills Police Department read. “Mr. West had left the location prior to officers’ arrival. As of this writing, BHPD detectives are conducting a follow-up investigation.”

Justin Bieber accused of egging neighbor's home

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating Justin Bieber for yet another neighborly dispute that could land him in court.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore says Bieber has been named as a suspect in a misdemeanor vandalism and assault crime report for allegedly throwing eggs at a neighbor’s home in their gated Calabasas neighborhood Thursday evening.

The 19-year-old pop star allegedly egged the house while his neighbor and neighbor’s daughter were on the balcony. They videotaped the incident, Whitmore says.

Whitmore says Bieber won’t speak to deputies. Depending on the damage estimate, a charge could rise to a felony.

In October, prosecutors declined to charge Bieber after a neighbor complained he drove recklessly through the area.

Messages left for Bieber’s representative, Melissa Victor, weren’t immediately returned Sunday morning.

Supreme Court to rule on Aereo's television over Internet service

The Supreme Court will decide whether a startup company can offer live television broadcasts over the Internet without paying fees to broadcasters.

The high court agreed on Friday to hear an appeal from television broadcast networks in their attempt to shut down Aereo Inc., which takes free signals from the airwaves and sends them over the Internet to paying subscribers.

Broadcasters have sued Aereo for copyright infringement. The big networks have supplemented their advertising revenue with fees from cable and satellite TV companies for redistributing their stations to subscribers. If customers drop their pay-TV service and use Aereo, broadcasters would lose some of that revenue.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last year that Aereo did not violate the copyrights of broadcasters with its service, but a similar service has been blocked by other judges.
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