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Actress pleads guilty to sending ricin-laced letters to Obama

A Texas woman and former actress pleaded guilty Tuesday to sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, under a deal that her attorney has said would cap prison time at 18 years.

Shannon Guess Richardson pleaded guilty in federal court in Texarkana, Texas, to a federal charge of possessing and producing a biological toxin.

Her attorney, Tonda Curry, said last month that Richardson was ready to admit her role in sending toxic letters to Obama, Bloomberg and the head of Bloomberg’s pro-gun control group.

Prosecutors say that before Richardson was arrested in June, she tried to frame her now-estranged husband for mailing the letters containing ricin, a powdery substance that can cause respiratory failure if inhaled.

The letter to Obama, according to a federal indictment, said: “What’s in this letter is nothing compared to what ive got in store for you mr president.”

An FBI affidavit filed in the case says Richardson first contacted authorities to implicate Nathan Richardson in the scheme, but she later failed a polygraph exam and make inconsistent statements to authorities.

Shannon Richardson, who had minor roles in the television series The Walking Dead and the movie The Blind Side, later admitted she mailed the letters but maintained her husband made her do it, according to the affidavit.

Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins pleads guilty to child sex acts

The former lead singer of British rock band Lostprophets has pleaded guilty to a series of sexual offenses, including trying to rape a baby.

Ian Watkins, 36, was arrested last December and charged with more than 20 offenses, including raping a baby, conspiring to sexually assault a child, and making indecent images. He had denied the charges but changed his plea Tuesday at Cardiff Crown Court and admitted 11 offenses, including sexually touching a 1-year-old, encouraging a groupie to abuse her child, and making child pornography.

Watkins will be sentenced on Dec. 18.

Lostprophets — which formed in 1997 and had a U.K. chart-topping album in 2006 with Liberation Transmission — announced it was disbanding after Watkins’ arrest.

Chris Brown ordered back to D.C. court in January

R&B singer Chris Brown’s next court appearance in Washington, D.C., is now scheduled for Jan. 8.

A D.C. Superior Court judge granted the new date Monday. Brown’s attorneys successfully argued that he should not be forced to leave anger management rehabilitation in Los Angeles to travel to Washington for Monday’s hearing.

Brown was ordered into rehab last week following a Los Angeles court appearance.

Brown and bodyguard Christopher Hollosy will be required to appear at the next hearing. They were arrested last month on charges of punching a man outside a hotel who tried to jump into a picture with the singer. Brown faces a misdemeanor assault charge.

His lawyers sought the delay because they said they haven’t had an opportunity to review evidence with him.

Amanda Bynes ruled mentally competent for DUI trial

A California judge has ruled that Amanda Bynes is mentally competent to stand trial for her DUI case, People reports.

The Easy A actress was set to appear in court on September regarding her April 2012 DUI arrest in West Hollywood. The proceedings were put on hold when her attorney, Richard Hutton, claimed that Bynes was mentally unstable to stand trial.  The case was transferred to a mental health court, where a judge ruled on Wednesday that she is mentally competent.

Bynes was placed under psychiatric hold following an incident where she started a small fire in a resident’s driveway in Thousand Oaks, Calif in July.  In August, her stay at the psychiatric hold was extended after doctors evaluated the actress and told judges she is “gravely disabled as a result of a mental disorder.”

Chris Brown ordered back to rehab after throwing a rock through his mom's car window

A rehab center where Chris Brown voluntarily enrolled for treatment says the singer was discharged after throwing a rock through his mother’s car window.

The letter from the facility was included in a probation report that was given to a Los Angeles judge and prosecutors Wednesday.

Superior Court Judge James Brandlin considered the report when he ordered Brown to spend three months in a residential treatment facility.

The rehab center is not identified in the letter, but it states that Brown threw the rock at his mother’s car after a joint counseling session Nov. 10. The incident was a violation of an agreement the singer made to refrain from violence when he entered treatment.

Brown agreed to renewed treatment in court Wednesday.

Chris Brown is going back to rehab, this time with new rules from a judge.
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Chris Brown due back in court to update judge after 2009 Rihanna attack

Chris Brown is scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom to update a judge on his probation for his 2009 attack on Rihanna.

Wednesday’s hearing is the first time Brown has been in court since he was arrested last month in Washington, D.C. A 20-year-old man accused Brown of punching him after he tried to get in a photo with the R&B singer. READ FULL STORY

'Real Housewives of New Jersey' stars indicted on more charges

Two stars of The Real Housewives of New Jersey are now facing additional fraud charges.

Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice and Teresa Giudice were indicted Monday on one count of bank fraud and one count of loan application fraud. Authorities allege Teresa Giudice lied about having a job and a $15,000 monthly salary on a loan application.

The couple was indicted in July on 39 counts, including bank fraud, making false statements on loan applications and bankruptcy fraud. Joe Guidice was also charged with failing to file tax returns from 2004 to 2008.

The north Jersey residents are known for their lavish lifestyle on the reality show. They have four daughters.

The couple will be arraigned on the new charges Wednesday.

Chris Brown checks out of rehab

Chris Brown has voluntarily left the rehab facility he checked into just one month ago in favor of continuing rehabilitation in an outpatient program. A representative for the rapper confirmed Brown’s decision to leave the program to People.

“Chris is continuing his rehab program as an outpatient and is also completing his community services in the Los Angels area,” the rep said. “He appreciates all of your encouragement and support.”

The 24-year-old hip-hop artist entered the unidentified rehab facility shortly after he and bodyguard Christopher Hollosy were released from a Washington, D.C., jail on Oct. 28, where they were arrested on an assault charge. Brown is additionally still on probation for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. His sentence includes community service and a yearlong domestic violence course.

Spike Lee wants Zimmerman tweet lawsuit tossed out

Spike Lee is asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit filed by a Florida couple who say the movie director mistakenly retweeted their address as the home of George Zimmerman.

Lee’s attorneys filed a motion Tuesday to dismiss the lawsuit brought by Elaine and David McClain. Lee’s attorneys argue the lawsuit should be dismissed since the couple reached a $10,000 settlement with Lee last year.

The McClains say Lee tweeted their address instead of the one that belonged to Zimmerman, who was acquitted last summer in Trayvon Martin’s shooting death.

The McClains say they received death threats and had to temporarily move out of their home. Lee’s attorneys say the couple is seeking $1.2 million.

Alleged Alec Baldwin stalker ordered to jail after court outbursts

Before her trial even concluded, Alec Baldwin’s accused stalker was ordered to jail for 30 days Wednesday after a series of courtroom outbursts got her declared in contempt of court.

After Genevieve Sabourin’s days of sobs, gasps, remarks and interruptions continued during some legal arguments Wednesday, Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Robert Mandelbaum told her, “That’s it.” He found her in contempt and issued the punishment, which means she’ll spend in jail while the trial continues.

Mandelbaum had warned Sabourin he might do so if she didn’t stop speaking out during the proceedings. He’s hearing the case without a jury.

Sabourin greeted the development with a soliloquy about the strain of the trial and the pain of hearing what she says are false allegations, calling herself “a person who is totally exhausted, humiliated, beat up, destroyed, alone.”

“My life is shattered in pieces,” Sabourin said.
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