Gucci Mane, the 31-year-old rapper whose real name is Radric Davis, was arrested today on misdemeanor battery charges after a woman accused him of shoving her from a moving vehicle in an Atlanta suburb, the Associated Press reports. In the police report, Diana Graham, 36, alleges that on the morning of Jan. 28, Davis initiated a conversation with her at the South DeKalb Mall and asked if she was interested in getting breakfast. Once she entered his car, he offered her $150 to go to a hotel instead. When she refused, he shoved her out of the Hummer. Graham was treated for soreness and pain at Atlanta Medical Center, while a warrant was issued for Davis’ arrest. Davis, who has had numerous legal issues, served six months in jail for a 2009 probation violation for a 2005 assault.
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The attorney for Dr. Conrad Murray, who has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson’s death, believes that the singer’s crumbling finances resulted in Jackson putting his own life at risk, according to the Associated Press. “The crux of the defense is going to be that Michael Jackson engaged in a desperate act and took desperate measures that caused his death,” Edward Chernoff told Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor at a pretrial hearing. “We believe at the time Michael Jackson died he was a desperate man in relation to his financial affairs.”
Chernoff requested access to Jackson’s financial records to support his argument, but Pastor denied it, saying, “I’m not going to turn an involuntary manslaughter trial into some kind of an escapade in analysis of the finances in Michael Jackson’s entire life … Right now this is major deep sea fishing.”
Deputy District Attorney David Walgren, meanwhile, dismissed the defense’s strategy as a “irrelevant sideshow” and a “smear.”
The trial’s opening arguments are scheduled for May 9.
Vince Neil is being charged with battery domestic violence and disorderly conduct after a confrontation in a Las Vegas hotel with his ex-girlfriend Alicia Jacobs, according to Reuters. The 50-year-old Mötley Crüe frontman — who was released from jail on February 25 after serving 10 days for a DUI conviction — is accused of jabbing his finger into the right shoulder of Jacobs, an entertainment reporter, as well as pointing and swearing at her and two of her friends at the Shimmer Cabaret lounge at the Hilton Las Vegas on March 24. Neil’s attorney says that the singer will plead not guilty and plans to “vigorously defend this case” at his arraignment in Las Vegas Justice Court on May 2.
An attorney representing eight workers from Madonna’s charity Raising Malawi says his clients are suing the singer for unfair dismissal and non-payment of benefits, reports Reuters. Board members were let go last week and replaced with an interim board that includes Madonna, after mismanagement of funds halted plans to construct a girls school near the African country’s capital, Lilongwe, according to the New York Times. ”Their employment was terminated by the trustees of Raising Malawi Academy for Girls ostensibly following the change of plan not to build the school as planned,” noted the workers’ lawyer, Mazondi Chirambo, who said that Madonna had 14 days to respond to the workers’ concerns. “My clients are also being forced to sign a discriminatory termination agreement before they are paid their benefits.” READ FULL STORY
ABC News confirms to EW that it will not press charges against Chris Brown, the hip-hop singer who reportedly vandalized the Good Morning America dressing room after the show’s host Robin Roberts asked him questions about his 2009 assault of then-girlfriend, Rihanna. This morning’s GMA reviewed yesterday’s events, revealing a shattered glass window overlooking Times Square that was in Brown’s dressing room. There was speculation that a charge of vandalism might violate Brown’s probation stemming from his 2009 plea bargain.
Looks like Lindsay isn’t the only Lohan facing a felony: People reports Michael Lohan was taken into custody Tuesday in West Hollywood, Calif., on three felony charges. The charges in question: inflicting corporal injury on a cohabitant, false imprisonment, and preventing a report of victimization. According to police, authorities received a call that Lohan was allegedly involved in a domestic dispute, during which the unnamed victim suffered minor injuries. “He was detained after he was spotted walking on the street near our station,” Lt. John Ratto of the Los Angeles Police Department told People. “He showed no signs of intoxication that I’m aware of and has been cooperative.” Lohan’s bail is set at $200,000.
Lohan is currently checked into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center being treated for an unknown medical condition he announced while at the police station. Lohan’s lawyer has not returned EW’s request for comment.
Wyclef Jean was treated at a hospital and released after getting shot in the hand in Haiti, according to his publicist, as reported by CNN. The incident occurred in Port-au-Prince on Saturday, according to the rep, who said “He is doing well.” The singer is in Haiti a day before that country goes to the polls for a runoff vote in its presidential election.
Mike Starr, the former bassist for the Seattle grunge band Alice in Chains, was found dead today at his home in Salt Lake City. A spokesperson for the Salt Lake City police department said that officers responded to a 911 call from Starr’s apartment at about 1:40 p.m., where they pronounced the rocker dead. Police are still investigating the cause of death, though they’ve ruled out foul play and said there “was nothing glaring [at the scene] that would immediately indicate [a drug overdose].” The Utah Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy, but its results typically take at least a month.
Starr, who was 44, played with Alice in Chains from its formation in 1987 until 1993, including on its multi-platinum albums Facelift (1990) and Dirt (1992), which spawned hit songs like “Man In the Box,” “Would?” and “Rooster.” READ FULL STORY
Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician charged in Michael Jackson’s death, is due in a Los Angeles court today as a judge determines whether to delay his trial for involuntary manslaughter, according to the AP. Murray has pleaded not guilty to the charges, and a trial is scheduled for March 24. However, Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor is considering the prosecution’s request to delay the trial, as they have complained that the defense has been reluctant to present all the necessary information.
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