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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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Alec Baldwin denies relationship with stalking suspect

Alec Baldwin testified Tuesday that he never had a sexual or romantic relationship with a Canadian actress accused of stalking him, saying that after they met she began leaving dozens of voicemails for him a night and eventually started threatening to show up at his homes.

The 30 Rock star said at the Manhattan trial of the woman, Genevieve Sabourin, that he had a meal with her at a friend’s request, gave her an email address and phone number, and later communicated with her about acting classes.

She began to barrage him with as many as 30 voicemails per night and hundreds of emails that started out as lovelorn and pleading, Baldwin said. They escalated into ominous threats to insinuate herself into his now-wife’s yoga class and to come to his homes, even as he implored her to stop and threatened to call authorities, according to Baldwin.

“It was nightmarish,” he said.

Sabourin had some outbursts as he testified, including: “You’re lying!”
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Alec Baldwin expected to testify against accused stalker

Alec Baldwin probably isn’t relishing his part in this scene: a courtroom face-off with his accused stalker.

But it’s likely to play out Tuesday in a New York City courtroom, where the former 30 Rock star is expected to testify at the trial of Genevieve Sabourin, a Canadian actress.

Authorities say it’s a case of an acquaintance with a movie star turning into harassment. Sabourin claims it was a romance that fell apart. READ FULL STORY

DMX's bankruptcy filing rejected

A federal judge in New York has tossed rapper DMX’s bankruptcy filing, making him fair game for creditors.

The Journal News reports that a bankruptcy judge in White Plains dismissed the 42-year-old rapper’s July 29 Chapter 11 filing on Friday.

The hip-hop star’s real name is Earl Simmons. The judge’s move means he could lose his possessions including his share in a home in suburban Mount Kisco.

Simmons’ biggest debt is $1.3 million in child support owed to some of the 10 children he has fathered.
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Kanye West pleads not guilty in battery case

Kanye West has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor battery and attempted grand theft in a case filed over a scuffle with a celebrity photographer earlier this year.

Attorney Blair Berk entered the plea on the rapper’s behalf Thursday in a Los Angeles court. West was charged with two misdemeanors in September over a July altercation with paparazzo Daniel Ramos at Los Angeles International Airport. READ FULL STORY

Michael Jackson's doctor sues Texas over medical license

The Texas doctor convicted in the death of pop superstar Michael Jackson is suing the state for stripping his right to practice medicine, and his attorney said Thursday that the cardiologist has former patients eager for him to work again.

Conrad Murray, who was released from a California jail this week after serving less than two years for involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s death, accuses the Texas Medical Board of prematurely revoking his license. Murray claims in his lawsuit filed in Austin that his 2011 conviction isn’t final in California until his appeals are exhausted. READ FULL STORY

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian sue over leaked proposal video

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West sued a co-founder of YouTube on Thursday claiming he violated a confidentiality agreement by posting a video of the couple’s marriage proposal to his new video-sharing website.

The couple’s lawsuit states Chad Hurley wasn’t invited to the elaborate Oct. 21 proposal at San Francisco’s AT&T Park, but was allowed to stay because he signed an agreement not to post any video or images from the event. West allowed other cameras to film the event for possible broadcast on E! Entertainment Television, home to his fiancee’s show Keeping Up With the Kardashians, according to the suit. READ FULL STORY

Guy Fieri testifies during trial of teen accused of stealing his Lamborghini -- VIDEO

A celebrity chef has taken the stand in the trial of a Northern California teenager accused of stealing his Lamborghini.

Guy Fieri testified for only a few minutes Monday in a Marin County courtroom saying that he does not know defendant Max Wade nor did he give Wade permission to take his $200,000 car out of a San Francisco dealership in March 2011.

The 19-year-old Wade is charged with not only theft but also the attempted murder of two teens.

Prosecutors say Wade shot at a former high school classmate and his girlfriend in Mill Valley in April 2012. That investigation led authorities to Wade’s storage container in Richmond, where they found the Food Network star’s stolen yellow Lamborghini.

Fieri told reporters he thought the theft was a “bad joke.”
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Chris Brown charge reduced to misdemeanor

Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Chris Brown was freed from custody Monday after facing a judge on a charge that he punched a man who tried to pose in a photograph with him.

Prosecutors reduced a felony assault charge to a misdemeanor as a Washington, D.C., judge released Brown, who exited the courthouse to cheers and flashed a peace sign to supporters after more than a day and a half in custody.

Even with the reduced charge, the assault case represents the latest legal trouble for the singer, who remains on probation for assaulting his on-again, off-again girlfriend Rihanna just before the 2009 Grammy Awards.

Brown and his bodyguard, Chris Hollosy, were arrested early Sunday outside the W Hotel in Washington after police responded to reports of a fight. A 20-year-old man told police that he had tried to take a picture with Brown and two women when Brown told him, “I ain’t down with that gay sh–” and “I feel like boxing,” according to charging documents in the case. The man, identified by police as Parker Isaac Adams of Beltsville, Md., said he was punched by both Brown and Hollosy.
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