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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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50 Cent pleads no contest to vandalism

Rapper 50 Cent has been sentenced to three years of probation after pleading no contest to vandalism in a case filed after an alleged fight with his ex-girlfriend earlier this year.

Los Angeles City Attorney’s spokesman Frank Mateljan says the rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, was ordered Monday to pay $7,100 in restitution and take a year of domestic violence classes.

Jackson had previously pleaded not guilty to destroying items in his ex-girlfriend’s condo during a June argument. The woman had accused Jackson of breaking down a door and kicking her, but the domestic violence charge was dropped Monday.

Mateljan says the rapper must comply with a restraining order.

Attorney Scott Leemon said Jackson is pleased the case is resolved and the domestic violence charge was dropped.

Michael Jackson's doctor released from jail

The doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson was released from jail Monday after serving nearly two years of a four-year sentence.

Conrad Murray was released from a downtown Los Angeles jail at 12:01 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office. A change in California law allowed his incarceration time to be significantly cut down. READ FULL STORY

Chris Brown expected in court on assault charge

Chris Brown was expected to appear in court Monday on an assault charge after a fight broke out over the weekend near a Washington hotel, which could further snarl the Grammy Award-winning R&B singer’s ongoing legal troubles.

Brown and another man were charged Sunday with felony assault in the altercation that started just before 4:30 a.m., D.C. police spokesman Paul Metcalf said. It happened near the W Hotel, not far from the White House. READ FULL STORY

Quincy Jones sues Michael Jackson's estate

Quincy Jones has sued Michael Jackson’s estate, claiming he is owed millions in royalties and production fees on some of the superstar’s greatest hits.

Jones’ lawsuit Friday seeks at least $10 million from the singer’s estate and Sony Music Entertainment, claiming the entities improperly re-edited songs to deprive him of royalties and production fees. The music has been used in the film This Is It and a pair of Cirque du Soleil shows based on the King of Pop’s songs, the lawsuit states.

Jones also claims that he should have received a producer’s credit on the music in This Is It. His lawsuit seeks an accounting of the estate’s profits from the works so that Jones can determine how much he is owed.

The producer worked with Jackson on three of his most popular solo albums, Off the Wall, Thriller, and Bad.

Jackson’s estate wrote in a statement that it was saddened by Jones’ lawsuit. “To the best of its knowledge, Mr. Jones has been appropriately compensated over approximately 35 years for his work with Michael,” the statement said.

An after-hours message left at Sony Music’s New York offices was not immediately returned.

Jackson’s hits “Billie Jean,” “Thriller,” and “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” are among the songs Jones claims were re-edited to deprive him of royalties and his producer’s fee.

Jones’ lawsuit states the producer’s contracts called for him to have the first opportunity to re-edit or alter the songs, in part to protect his reputation.

Sugar Ray band members sue Mark McGrath

Two original members of the rock band Sugar Ray, bass player Matthew Murphy Karges and drummer Charles Stanton Frazier, sued frontman Mark McGrath and guitarist Rodney Sheppard, claiming they smeared them on Twitter and cheated them of money. The court papers allege  breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, unjust enrichment, and other counts.

“Not content to simply misappropriate the Sugar Ray trademark by licensing it to a newly created shell corporation or unlawfully divert an additional 48 percent of the band’s revenues into his own pocket, McGrath spent the last year engaging in a bitter campaign to destroy the personal and professional reputations of Frazier and Karges,” court papers obtained by EW state.

Karges and Frazier also claim that McGrath effectively hijacked the recording of Music for Cougars, the band’s most recent LP. The plaintiffs want their cut of touring revenue and future Sugar Ray money.

TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau jailed

A federal judge rejected an impassioned plea from a television pitchman for his freedom on Tuesday, ordering U.S. Marshals to lock up Kevin Trudeau for failing to pay a $37 million civil judgment.

The visibly exasperated judge had already ordered that Trudeau be jailed during a hearing in Chicago when Trudeau stood up and asked if he could address the court. The Federal Trade Commission won the judgment after accusing Trudeau of hoodwinking viewers about his weight-loss books.

“There are no more assets to turn over, your honor,” the 50-year-old Trudeau insisted during a 10-minute plea, at times striking a note of desperation. “I’m going to be incarcerated … and I don’t know what to do.”

Judge Robert Gettleman seemed unimpressed.

“Thank you, Mr. Trudeau,” he said flatly. “My order stands.”

The judge then directed two marshals to lead Trudeau out of the courtroom and take him to a nearby jail. READ FULL STORY

Lady Gaga, ex-assistant settle NY lawsuit

Lady Gaga and a former personal assistant who sued her won’t face off in a New York trial next month after settling their differences.

The settlement in a lawsuit brought by Jennifer O’Neill was revealed Monday in a court order dismissing the case. O’Neill had claimed the singer cheated her out of overtime wages when she worked for her for a few weeks in early 2009 and for 13 months beginning in February 2010.

A trial was scheduled to begin next month. O’Neill had testified she was responsible for sometimes monitoring the singer’s communications and for handling about 20 bags of luggage.

Court papers revealed that Lady Gaga and O’Neill were roommates and friends on the Lower East Side of Manhattan before 2008. Lawyers did not immediately comment.

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