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Chris Brown rejects plea deal in D.C. assault case

Lawyers for Chris Brown say the singer has rejected a plea deal in a case in which he’s accused of hitting a man outside a Washington hotel.

Brown appeared Wednesday afternoon in a D.C. court. He and his bodyguard face a misdemeanor assault charge after an October altercation outside the W Hotel.

Speaking outside of court, Brown’s lawyer, Danny Onorato said they had decided not to accept the plea because “Chris Brown’s not guilty.”

His lawyers say they expect a trial date to be set at another hearing, scheduled for Feb. 20.

At the time he was charged, the Grammy winner was on probation in California for a 2009 attack on singer Rihanna, his then-girlfriend. As a result of the charge in Washington, a judge revoked Brown’s probation in California.

Insane Clown Posse sues feds over gang label

The Insane Clown Posse is suing the U.S. Justice Department over a 2011 FBI report that depicts the rap-metal duo’s devoted fans, the Juggalos, as a dangerous gang.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Detroit federal court on behalf of the group’s two members, Joseph Bruce (Violent J) and Joseph Utsler (Shaggy 2 Dope). It also names four fans as plaintiffs.

The lawsuit contends that the description of the Juggalos as a “loosely organized hybrid gang” in a national report on gangs violated the plaintiffs’ rights. The group says its fans are a family, not a gang.

Scott Gandy, who is one of the four fans who are suing, says he was forced to remove Insane Clown Posse tattoos to apply for the Army.

Young Jeezy released after arrest for false imprisonment, battery

Fulton County sheriff’s officials say Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy surrendered late last week on charges including terroristic threats, false imprisonment, and battery.

According to Fulton County jail records, the rapper is free on $45,000 bond.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan says the rapper turned himself in on Friday to face charges linked to a grand jury warrant. A report outlining details of the allegations wasn’t immediately available, including when the allegations were made and by whom.

One of the rapper’s representatives said he didn’t have details of the allegations and had no comment.

Flanagan says the rapper, whose real name is Jay Wayne Jenkins, is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 29 for a plea and arraignment hearing.

Judge tentatively rules against new Michael Jackson trial

A judge has issued a tentative ruling against granting a new trial in a negligence case filed by the mother of Michael Jackson claiming a concert promoter is financially liable for the singer’s death.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos issued the lengthy ruling Friday but did not immediately finalize it after hearing more than two hours of arguments from lawyers.

A jury in October rejected Katherine Jackson’s lawsuit claiming AEG Live LLC negligently hired the doctor convicted of giving her son an overdose of anesthetic in 2009.

Her lawyers argued the verdict form didn’t allow jurors to fully consider evidence in the case.

AEG’s lawyers contend there was no basis for a new trial.

Tom Cruise settles defamation lawsuit

The publisher of two tabloid magazines said it never intended to imply that Tom Cruise had cut all ties to his daughter after his divorce and announced Friday that it had reached a settlement with the actor over two stories it published.

Bauer Publishing and Cruise’s lawyer wrote in a joint statement that the terms of the settlement were confidential.

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Putin pardons Pussy Riot members -- but he's not especially happy about it

In a news conference yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed off on an amnesty bill that pardoned imprisoned Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina. It was part of a larger commutation of prison sentences that freed 25,000 non-violent criminals from prison.

Pussy Riot first came to international attention following a protest staged in February 2012 in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral. The collective performed a song called “Punk Prayer” that stood against the impending re-election of Putin. Their imprisonment inspired a cavalcade of international celebrity support from the likes of Madonna and Paul McCartney.

Though he signed off on their release, Putin clearly still has strong feelings about the group. “I feel sorry not because they went to prison, but because they committed that provocative act, which degraded women,” he told reporters.

The amnesty bill is one of a handful of attempts by Putin and the Russian government to expand humanitarian efforts in advance of the upcoming Winter Olympics, which will begin on February 7 in Sochi, Russia.

Kate Middleton's phone was hacked, U.K. trial reveals

Intercepted phone messages from the days when Prince William and Kate Middleton were dating were read at Britain’s phone-hacking trial Thursday — he calls her “babykins” and makes jokes about almost being shot during a military training exercise.

But the future king was in no danger — the gun was loaded with blanks, not live ammunition.

The transcripts were read at the trial of seven people, including former senior executives in Rupert Murdoch’s U.K. newspaper empire, on charges related to phone hacking and other tabloid misbehavior.

The 2006 recordings reveal the extent of media intrusion into the lives of William, second-in-line to the throne, and Middleton, who at the time was a private citizen dating a senior royal.

The recorded messages were found among the belongings of private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, who has been convicted of hacking the phones of aides to William and his younger brother, Prince Harry, for one of Murdoch’s tabloids.
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Chris Brown's probation revoked over D.C. arrest

A judge has revoked Chris Brown’s probation because of his arrest for allegedly hitting a man in Washington, D.C., earlier this year.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin ordered Brown on Monday to return to court Feb. 10 for another update. The judge told Brown he is still required to perform 1,000 hours of community labor as part of his sentence for the assault of his then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.

Brown was also ordered to stay in rehab. Brandlin said probation officials reported that Brown is doing well in treatment.

The Grammy-winning singer was arrested in October after a man accused the R&B singer of hitting him after he tried to get a photo with the star.

A probation report that Brandlin cited for his decision was not immediately available.

One Direction's Harry Styles wins court order against paparazzi

A British High Court judge has ordered paparazzi to stay away from One Direction member Harry Styles.

The order from Justice Nicola Davies bars several photographers from pursuing the singer by car or motorcycle, placing him under surveillance, and loitering or waiting within 50 meters of his home.

Styles’ lawyer, David Sherborne, said the singer had gone to court after failing to persuade the photographers to stop their behavior voluntarily.

Sherborne said the 19-year-old Styles — one-fifth of the world’s biggest boy band — “is not trying to prevent fans approaching him in the street and taking photos. He remains happy to do that, as he always has.”

The court order was originally granted last week. On Monday, the judge continued it until another hearing on Jan. 13.

'Teen Mom 2' star Jenelle Evans arrested

One of the stars of MTV’s Teen Mom 2 has been arrested in South Carolina and charged with breaching the peace.

Jail records show 21-year-old Jenelle Lauren Evans was booked into the Horry County jail just after 5 p.m. Saturday. She was released about an hour later.

Police say they were called Saturday afternoon about a man and a woman yelling outside a North Myrtle Beach home. Evans’ boyfriend told police she locked him out of the house.

Evans was arrested earlier this year in North Carolina on drug and assault charges. Her lawyer in that case said Sunday he wasn’t representing her on the South Carolina charges, and jail records listed no other attorney for her.

Teen Mom documents the challenges of four teens’ first years of motherhood.

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