Celebrity Arrest Spotlight
We might think that movie stars, musicians, business moguls, political figures and professional athletes are somehow larger than life, but real life catches up with them just like it does the rest of us. A variety of celebrity arrests happen almost every day, some of them more high profile than others-and the consequences may go beyond a simple arrest in some cases. Negative publicity like that surrounding Mel Gibson’s 2006 DUI arrest and his behavior at the scene can impact a career, and professional athletes have been benched, even released, after their criminal defense attorneys have rested their cases.
Check out some of the most unusual arrests, criminal charges, and narrow escapes among the rich and famous.
Celebrity Arrest Updates for October 9, 2008
OJ’s Unlucky Number 13
On October 3, after 13 hours of deliberations, the jury in the OJ Simpson armed robbery and kidnapping case handed down a late night guilty verdict on 12 felony charges against Simpson and co-defendant Clarence “C.J.” Stewart. Simpson’s conviction came 13 years to the day after he was acquitted of the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.
According to a Reuters news report, Simpson was immediately taken into custody after the verdict was announced. Both men were found guilty of conspiracy, burglary, kidnapping, robbery and assault, and face mandatory minimum penalties of five years in prison. However, there is speculation about life sentences being handed down in the case. Sentencing is scheduled for December 5.
Clark County District Court Judge Jackie Glass summarily rejected requests by criminal defense lawyers for Simpson and Stewart that they be allowed to remain free until they are sentenced.
Heather Locklear Arrested for Suspicion of DUI
Actress Heather Locklear was arrested on September 27 for suspicion of driving under the influence. The California Highway Patrol received a witness report of Locklear driving erratically and showed up to investigate. The Associated Press reported that the police arrived to find her sitting in the roadway inside her parked vehicle, allegedly “disoriented and impaired.” Locklear was reportedly cooperative and alcohol was ruled out as a factor in her behavior. A CHP spokesperson said that based on the arresting officer’s observations, Locklear is believed to have been under the influence of prescription medication. She was taken to jail and posted bond several hours later.
Britney to Stand Trial for Driving Offense
On October 7, a three-judge appeals panel in Los Angeles denied a motion by Britney Spears’ lawyer seeking a delay in her driving offense trial and a possible reduction of the charge, according to a report by the Associated Press. Spears is charged with driving without a valid driver’s license. The charge stems from an incident in August 2007, during which Spears reportedly hit a parked car and left the scene. The trial is scheduled for later this month, and Spears is not expected to make an appearance in court.
Mindy McCready Jailed for 60 Days
TMZ reported that country singer Mindy McCready will avoid having to spend a year in jail, provided that she serves 60 days in a Tennessee jail without incident. McCready was ordered to show up at the jail at 9 a.m. on September 30 to begin serving her jail sentence. She agreed to serve 60 days so that she could avoid going to trial for a probation violation. McCready allegedly violated the terms of her probation for prescription drug fraud by falsifying her probation hours.
Comedian Dom Irrera Arrested For Suspicion of DUI
Comedian Dom Irrera was arrested for DUI in Los Angeles on September 29, according to the Post Chronicle. He was reportedly pulled over by the cops at around 12:50 a.m. and arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. Irrera was booked into the North Hollywood police station and held on $5,000 bail. Irrera was cast as Tony the limo driver in 1998′s The Big Lebowski and is currently the host “judge” of the late night comedy show “Supreme Court of Comedy.”
Celebrity Arrest Updates for September 25, 2008
Pics of Younger Spears Spark Criminal Investigation
TMZ has reported that a picture of Jamie Lynn Spears that was taken while she was breastfeeding her infant daughter was allegedly stolen. The stolen picture – showing the exposed breast of the 17-year-old mother – has sparked a federal child pornography investigation.
The pictures were taken with the baby daddy’s digital camera and he later took the camera card into a Wal-Mart store in Louisiana to have prints made.
Federal and local law enforcement officials believe that someone at Wal-Mart made extra copies of the pictures and is trying to sell them. Because Britney’s little sister is a minor, pictures of her in any state of undress could constitute a violation of federal child pornography laws.
George Michael Arrested in London Bathroom
Singer George Michael was arrested for drug possession in a London bathroom. He was released after being questioned by police about the cocaine and pot that he allegedly was carrying. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Michael received a caution from police and no further action will be taken against him. Following the arrest, Michael publicly apologized to his fans.
Ryan O’Neal and Son Arrested
Ryan O’Neal and his son Redmond O’Neal were arrested at Ryan’s Malibu home for alleged drug possession, according to a report by the National Ledger. Police reportedly searched the home and found drugs said to be methamphetamine. Father and son were both hauled in, and each posted $10,000 bail and were released. The search was part of a routine sweep by law enforcement officers that were checking up on Redmond, who is on probation for felony drug charges from earlier this year. Ryan’s lawyer told the press that the drugs that were found did not belong to his client. Redmond told the press that the entire situation was a “major misunderstanding.”
Child Star Faces Felony Charges
Joan Prather, the actress who played Janet McArthur Bradford on the TV series “Eight is Enough”, was arrested on felony hit-and-run charges, according to a report by TMZ. Prather allegedly dragged a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy down a highway with her car. She apparently drove past barricades during the Malibu Triathlon and the deputy had attempted to stop her. When the deputy motioned for Prather to stop and extended his arm, his watch became entangled in her vehicle and she reportedly kept right on driving. The officer ran beside her car for 20 feet until other deputies lent him a hand in freeing his arm. He was treated at a local hospital for a sprained arm and Prather was arrested. She later posted bond and was released.
Another Child Star – Gary Coleman Charged
Former child TV star Gary Coleman has been charged with reckless driving and disorderly conduct in connection with an altercation that took place at a bowling alley in Utah. Fox News reported that Coleman was at the bowling alley and became irritated when he noticed Colt Rushton taking pictures of him. The men argued inside the bowling alley, then took their disagreement outside. As Coleman was leaving, he reportedly backed into Rushton and a car belonging to another person. He was notified of the misdemeanor charges against him through his lawyer. Following this incident, Coleman will also have another legal headache to deal with – Rushton has filed a personal injury lawsuit against him and is seeking damages for medical bills, pain and suffering, and punitive damages.
Celebrity Arrest Updates for September 18, 2008
Oakland Raiders Star Player Arrested for DUI
TMZ reported that Oakland Raiders player Tommy Kelly was arrested in Oakland on September 14 for suspicion of California DUI. Kelly is one of the highest paid defensive players in the NFL. He was arrested after the Raiders had played and beaten the Chiefs in Kansas City earlier in the day. Kelly posted bail and was released from police custody.
Kanye West Arrested at LAX
Rapper Kanye West and his manager, Don Crowley, were arrested on September 11 at LAX for allegedly smashing a paparazzo’s camera. West and Crowley were booked for investigation of felony vandalism, although prosecutors will decide what charges they could face. Other paparazzi cameras caught the incident on tape. According to the Associated Press, at least one witness said that West and his manager were “attacked” by the paparazzi and that they were only defending themselves when they grabbed the camera and flash and smashed them on the floor.
Blue Collar Comedian Faces Drug Charges
Ron White, a comedian who performed in the “Blue Collar Comedy Tour”, with Jeff Foxworthy was arrested on September 10 in Vero Beach, Florida. White was booked into the Indian River County Jail on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and released about two hours later after posting bond. After being released, White went straight to a show and performed at a sold-out event.
Color Me Badd Singer Arrested
Singer Bryan Abrams, formerly of the 90s R&B group Color Me Badd, was arrested in Oklahoma City on September 5, according to a report by WLFI News. Abrams was charged with domestic abuse, public drunkenness and assault and battery after reportedly threatening to kill his girlfriend. Police were called to a restaurant where witnesses reported that Abrams had punched the woman in the nose and then rambled on about killing her. When police arrived, Abrams was arrested and held in jail on a $4,000 bond.
Mackenzie Phillips Charged with Two Felonies
Former television actress Mackenzie Phillips has been charged with felony cocaine and heroin possession stemming from her arrest at LAX on August 27. Phillips, 48, was also charged with unauthorized possession of a hypodermic needle or syringe, according to a Reuters news report. While going through airport security, small bags of cocaine and heroin reportedly fell out of Phillips’ pants.
Celebrity Arrest Updates for August 28, 2008
Charges against Andy Dick Downgraded
E! Online has reported that Andy Dick has caught a break. The criminal charges against him for the recent incident in which he allegedly pulled down a young girl’s tube top have been downgraded. The DA found that Dick’s actions were more along the lines of an assault, rather than sexual battery, so Dick isn’t currently at risk of becoming a convicted sex offender because of the incident. Dick will still face four misdemeanor charges stemming from the incident, including battery, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, public intoxication and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.
Diddy Looks Down the Barrel
Sean “Puffy” Combs, the rapper who has also gone by other various names including “Puff Daddy”, “P. Diddy” and now apparently just “Diddy”, was recently riding in a car in Los Angeles when it was pulled over by the police. TMZ reported that it apparently was not just your regular “license and ID, yawn” type of traffic stop, but that officers drew their weapons during the stop. Here’s what went down: A total of four cars in Diddy’s entourage were stopped, including the car that he was in, because one was improperly tagged. The deputy who pulled the cars over called for backup when the driver of the second car became uncooperative and had to be detained. When that happened, Diddy and the other members of the entourage got out of their cars and started walking back to see what was up with the second driver. That’s when one of the deputies pulled his gun. It was all over fairly quickly though, no shots were fired and the detained driver was released.
Shaq Slapped with Restraining Order
The National Ledger reported that NBA star Shaquille O’Neal has been slapped with a restraining order by a judge in Georgia and must stay away from Atlanta hip hop artist Alexis Miller, aka MaryJane. Miller has accused Shaq of stalking her and threatening her with bodily harm. She also says that he has made harassing phone calls to her and sent her disturbing text messages. Shaq is now prohibited from having any contact with Miller or coming within 200 yards of her or her 19-month-old son. Both parties will appear in court on September 4 before Fulton County Superior Court Judge Karen Woodson to determine if the restraining order is necessary.
Felicia “Snoop” Pearson Released from Jail
The Baltimore Sun reports that actress Felicia “Snoop” Pearson has been released from jail. She was arrested on a warrant for possession of marijuana after refusing to cooperate as a witness in a murder case. Investigators believe that Pearson witnessed Steven James Lashley stab three men in 2005. One of the men died. In April, Pearson did not appear at a court date in the case and told a prosecutor that she did not want to be contacted any further about the case. A warrant was then issued to bring her to court, yet she then failed to appear at another court date that was scheduled for July 7. Members of a police homicide unit then entered her home to pick her up on the warrant and allegedly found two marijuana cigars and some loose plant material. As a result, Pearson was charged with one count of drug possession.
Former GNR Drummer Pleads Not Guilty
Former Guns ‘N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court on August 20 and openly wept as he pled not guilty to drug charges. Adler was arrested in July on suspicion of drug possession and released after posting bond, according to a report by 93X Rock News. The judge has ordered him to remain in rehab pending a preliminary hearing on a felony charge of drug possession and a misdemeanor count of being under the influence.
Celebrity Arrest Updates for August 21, 2008
String of DMX Arrests Confuse Courts (and Everyone Else)
You’ve seen that almost every week we have a new DMX arrest, warrant or court hearing to report. If you don’t keep up, it can easily get confusing. With that in mind, it’s understandable that the judge in a Florida court may have relied on incorrect information when he denied bond for DMX.
After a bench warrant was issued for DMX in Arizona for failure to appear for a pretrial conference in his felony drug case there, he was arrested by Miami Police Department outside a Wal-Mart store, according to TMZ. The judge in Arizona had ordered a $25,000 bond, but at the bond hearing in Miami, the records showed that the Arizona courts have listed him as having a no bail hold.
The judge at the bond hearing denied bond for DMX based on the documents from Arizona. So DMX will have to hang out in the Florida jail until an October 2 hearing for another drug possession charge against him in Miami unless his lawyer can find a way to spring him.
Actor Craig Robinson of The Office Busted for Drugs
Craig Robinson, who appears in “The Office” as Darryl the warehouse guy, was arrested on June 29 in Culver City, California. Police say that they pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation and found Robinson – and a bunch of drugs – in the car. Robinson was charged with possession of meth and ecstasy and being under the influence of cocaine, amphetamines and cannabinoids, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Rapper Yung Berg Arrested
Rapper Yung Berg, aka Christian Ward, was arrested in New York earlier this month after his limo driver reportedly dialed 911. Billboard reported that when cops responded to the call, they found marijuana on Berg and the other passenger had a .45 caliber pistol. Berg was charged with menacing in the 2nd degree and unlawful possession of marijuana. TMZ reported that there were also two weapons charges against Berg, but those have been dropped.
Gary Glitter Released from Vietnamese Prison
British glam rocker Gary Glitter has been released from prison in Vietnam after serving three years behind bars for molesting two pre-teen Vietnamese girls. Vietnamese officials reportedly want Glitter out of the country and have attempted to deport him back to the UK. However, Glitter flew to Bangkok and refused to take the connecting flight to London. Canada.com has reported that Glitter is now feigning illness to avoid getting on a plane. Sky News reported that if Glitter continues to leave Thailand, he could end up spending time in a Bangkok prison until he can be deported.
Celebrity Arrest Updates for August 13, 2008
Actor Shelley Malil Arrested
Actor Shelley Malil, 43, has been arrested for allegedly attacking his ex-girlfriend at her home and stabbing her approximately 20 times on August 10. The New York Times reported that Malil, best known for his role in The 40 Year Old Virgin, was booked on suspicion of attempted murder, mayhem and burglary. He is being held in lieu of $2 million bail. The victim is said to be in critical condition. Police said that her two small children were at home and sleeping during the attack.
Surprise! Bench Warrant Issued for DMX
This week’s DMX criminal arrest report includes a bench warrant for the troubled rapper’s arrest. TMZ reported that Phoenix Commissioner Phemonia Miller issued a bench warrant for DMX on August 12 after he failed to appear for the initial pretrial conference in his felony drug charge case. MTV reported that the Commissioner also raised his bond to $25,000 as a penalty for his failure to show. This case stems from a raid on DMX’s home in Arizona in May, which resulted in his arrest and criminal charges for one count of marijuana possession and four counts of drug paraphernalia possession. DMX is also scheduled to appear in court on August 19 and August 26 to face charges for other recent arrests. Stay tuned!
Lennon Killer Denied Parole
Mark David Chapman, better known as the man who killed John Lennon, has been denied parole for the 5th time, according to a Yahoo News report. Chapman, now 53, has been in prison for Lennon’s murder for 27 years. The parole board issued a one-page decision, indicating that Chapman was once again being denied parole because he is still a threat to public safety. Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the 1980 shooting death of John Lennon. He first became eligible for parole in 2000. Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, did not testify at the hearing this year but has previously written to the parole board to protest Chapman’s release. Chapman’s next date with the parole board will be in August 2010.
Sean Paul Arrested in Sweden
Reggae singer Sean Paul was recently arrested at a music festival near Stockholm, Sweden, according to a report by EurWeb News. Paul was arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession and was one of as many as 300 people and 10 performers that were taken into police custody. Police collected evidence at the scene and continue to investigate the case. Paul was scheduled to sing at the festival.
Celebrity Arrest Updates for July 31, 2008
Jerry Lewis Cited for Gun in Luggage
Police in Las Vegas say they have confiscated a gun belonging to Jerry Lewis. The weapon was reportedly found in the entertainer’s carry-on bag as he attempted to board a plane from Las Vegas to Detroit on July 25, according to Yahoo News. Lewis was cited for carrying an unloaded concealed weapon at the Las Vegas airport. Lewis’ manager says that the gun is simply a prop that is sometimes used in his act and is not a working gun as it is hollowed out. Las Vegas policeman Bill Cassell said that the gun was not a prop; it was a gun, and otherwise he would not have been cited for carrying a weapon.
Shia LaBeouf Arrested for DUI
Actor Shia LaBeouf was arrested on July 27 for suspicion of DUI after a serious crash in Hollywood at around 3:00 a.m. Although LaBeouf sustained a serious injury to his hand that required surgery, no life threatening injuries were sustained. Because the victim’s injuries were not serious, LaBeouf dodged a felony DUI charge and will be charged with a misdemeanor DUI. TMZ reported that police say that LaBeouf was technically not at fault in the accident.
Rapper Gucci Mane Arrested for DUI and Pot Possession
Rapper Gucci Mane, aka Radric Davis, was arrested and charged by police in Georgia on July 23 for DUI, drug charges and weapons charges. Davis was pulled over just outside Atlanta for a routine traffic stop when police searched his car and reportedly found a small amount of marijuana and a firearm. He was also allegedly under the influence of drugs, according to a report by Contact Music. He was released three hours later after posting bail, which was set at $3,356.
Chris Cagle Not Guilty of Domestic Assault
Country singer Chris Cagle appeared in court on July 24 and was found not guilty of domestic assault. Cagle’s girlfriend, Jennifer Tant, had accused him of roughing her up back in May, but E! Online reported that she refused to testify against him in court. Cagle and Tant were both arrested and booked on misdemeanor domestic assault charges in May after an argument at a Nashville bar led to a physical fight, during which Tant allegedly hit Cagle with an umbrella and he smacked her with her purse. Prosecutors in the case decided to drop the case against Tant.
Mom of Nick and Aaron Carter Arrested
The Post Chronicle reported that Jane Carter, the mother of singers Nick and Aaron Carter, was arrested in Florida after skipping out on a divorce hearing. A hearing was scheduled to settle some details of her divorce from John Holcomb, including allegations that she trashed a house they once shared. Holcomb filed paperwork to force Carter to court. When she didn’t show, a bench warrant was issued for her arrest. She was arrested at a cemetery where the construction company that she works for was doing a job.
Celebrity Arrest Updates for July 24, 2008
Seriously, DMX Arrested Again
While this sounds like a running joke, it’s really not funny anymore – DMX has been arrested again. This time DMX, aka Earl Simmons, was arrested on July 19 for allegedly giving a fake name and Social Security number to Scottsdale Mayo Clinic in April, according to TMZ. DMX is accused of using the name “Troy Jones” at the clinic in order to avoid paying $7,500 in medical expenses. He was arrested outside a mall in Phoenix, Arizona and charged with identity theft.
Dennis Farina Pleads No Contest
ET has reported that Dennis Farina pleaded no contest on July 17 to charges that he had a gun in his briefcase when he attempted to pass through a security checkpoint at LAX in May. Through his lawyer, Farina pleaded no contest to the charge of entering an airport sanitary area with a weapon. The two other charges of carrying a loaded firearm and carrying a concealed weapon were dropped. He will pay $510 in fines plus penalties and will be on informal probation for 24 months. The probation will be terminated by the court after 12 months if Farina stays out of trouble. Farina will not be allowed to own, possess or carry a firearm while he is on probation.
Andy Dick Arrested on Drug and Sex Charges
42-year-old comedian (and we use the term loosely) Andy Dick was arrested just before 2 a.m. on July 16 in Murrieta, California on suspicion of sexual battery and drug possession. According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, a highly intoxicated Dick fondled the breast of a 17-year-old girl and pulled her tank top down in the parking lot of a Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar. Police were called and Dick was arrested. When he was searched, a small amount of marijuana and a Xanax tablet were found in his pocket. Dick was released on $5,000 bail.
“Rampage” Jackson Arrested after Rampage
Former UFC light heavyweight champion “Rampage” Jackson was arrested and charged with felony evading, reckless driving and hit and run in Newport Beach, California on July 15, according to a report by Fox Sports. The Costa Mesa Police Department issued a press release following the arrest indicating that the incident started when a traffic officer saw Jackson weaving in and out of traffic with a flat left front tire while talking on a cell phone. When the officer attempted to pull him over, Jackson reportedly ignored the signal and continued to weave in and out of traffic. At one point, Jackson drove over the raised center portion of the roadway and lost control of the Ford F250 pickup truck he was driving and drove up onto the sidewalk. He regained control of the truck and continued driving southbound in the northbound lanes of the road then crossed through an intersection and crashed into another vehicle. Apparently unphased by the crash, Jackson continued driving while his flat tire disintegrated and ran several red lights along the way. He eventually stopped and surrendered to police and was arrested and taken into custody without incident. Police say that before the traffic officer noticed him and attempted to pull him over, Jackson had been involved in two other collisions on the southbound 55 freeway. He was transported to a Costa Mesa City Jail, booked on the three charges and transported to the Orange County Jail where he was held in lieu of a $25,000 bail. He later posted bail and was released.
Celebrity Arrest Updates for July 17, 2008
Ahmad Bradshaw Released From Jail
Ahmad Bradshaw, star running back for the New York Giants, has been released from the Abingdon, Virginia Regional Jail on July 13 after serving most of a 30-day sentence for a probation violation. The Canadian Press reported that Bradshaw may face a suspension from the NFL as a result of this infraction and jail sentence. The NFL is reportedly investigating to determine whether or not Bradshaw has violated its player conduct policy.
Khloe Kardashian to Report to Jail
Khloe Kardashian – the sister of current “it girl” Kim Kardashian – pleaded guilty on July 3 to a probation violation stemming from a 2007DUI conviction. Fox News reported that Kardashian has until Friday to turn herself in to begin serving up to 30 days in county jail. She was arrested on March 4, 2007with a reported .13 percent blood alcohol content and charged with California DUI. She was sentenced to 36 months probation and ordered to perform community service and to attend an alcohol education program for that offense, but she failed to fulfill these requirements. As we’ve previously learned from other Hollywood types, a 30-day jail sentence could mean up to a couple of hours behind bars for Miss Kardashian due to overcrowding at the jail.
Actors Josh Brolin and Jeffrey Wright Arrested
Actors Josh Brolin, Jeffrey Wright and five other crew members of the Oliver Stone directed film “W.” were arrested outside a bar in Shreveport, Louisiana on July 12. According to an Associated Press report, a crew member of the film was arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest. At that point, Brolin, Wright and the others reportedly attempted to interfere. It has been reported that the police at the Stray Cat nightclub had to call for backup to haul in Brolin and Wright. The Times of Shreveport reported that Brolin was booked, posted $334 cash bond and was released, but made no mention of how the others who were arrested fared.
No Jail Time for Hulk Hogan
TMZ reported that a Florida judge denied Linda Hogan’s request to hold her estranged hubby, Hulk Hogan, in contempt of court and throw him in jail. Linda Hogan filed a contempt of court motion because Hulk refused to close on a $4.2 million condo in Las Vegas. Hulk reportedly wants out of the deal and the judge said that there is no evidence that he violated a court order by not paying for his half of the condo. Linda Hogan claims that the deal was supposed to close on May 30 but didn’t because Hulk won’t fork over what she claims that he owes. The judge will review more information before determining whether or not Hulk has to pay.
Former Ram Charged With Felony Rape
The Los Angeles County District Attorney has charged former Los Angeles Rams kicker Antonio “Tony” Zendejas with drugging a woman and then raping her. Zendejas is accused of giving a woman a drugged drink at his Mexican restaurant in Pomona, California in January. The victim says that the drink Zendejas gave her made her feel groggy and she later woke up in a motel room down the street after having been raped, according to a report by the Post Chronicle. Zendejas was arrested on July 10 and is being held on $260,000 bail. He will face up to 15 years in prison if convicted of the charges. His criminal defense lawyer issued a statement on his behalf saying that the charges “are utterly false” and that Zendejas was looking forward “to the opportunity to prove my innocence.”
Jaguar Arrested On Drug Charges
Matt Jones, who was formerly a number-one draft pick for the Jacksonville Jaguars, was arrested on drug charges on July 10 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, according to the Associated Press. Police reportedly found Jones sitting in a parked car scraping a white powder with a credit card. Cops approached the car with their guns drawn as Jones sat inside cutting up what was presumably cocaine. After the arrest, police also found a jar containing possible marijuana residue and another plastic bag with a white substance inside. Police also arrested two passengers in the car.
Celebrity Arrest Updates for July 10, 2008
Handy Andy Arrested in New York
Popular TV handyman Andrew Dan-Jumbo was charged with assault, petty larceny and harassment in Amherst, New York on July 1. WGRZ News reported that the charges are in connection with a domestic violence incident that happened in March. Dan-Jumbo reportedly turned himself in and was charged with one count of misdemeanor assault in the 3rd degree, petit larceny for allegedly stealing property from the victim’s home and harassment in the 2nd degree. He posted $2,500 bail and was released. Dan-Jumbo first got our attention as the hottie handyman on TLC’s show “While You Were Out” and currently stars on “Take Home Handyman.” Last year Dan-Jumbo was arrested by police in Buffalo after refusing to leave the American Red Cross’ Annual Mash Bash after an altercation.
Nate Dogg Charged with Stalking
E! Online reported on July 8 that rapper Nate Dogg, aka Nathaniel Hale, has been charged with three felony counts of making criminal threats and stalking and a misdemeanor charge of driving with a suspended license. His driver’s license was suspended from a previous DUI conviction. These fresh charges stem from Hale’s arrest on June 23 after his estranged wife reportedly called 911 because she said that Hale was making death threats against her and following her as she drove away.
Sisqo’s DUI Arrest Goes Unnoticed
Largely irrelevant rapper Sisqo of “Thong Song” fame was arrested for DUI in December, according to TMZ. Court records show that no one was injured and Sisqo was wearing his seatbelt when he was pulled over. No one reported Sisqo’s DUI arrest until now, because no one noticed. Sisqo was arrested and booked using his real name, Mark Althavan Andrews and thus slipped under the radar. Either that or no one really cared, but a caller to Mix 106.5 in Baltimore spilled the beans about the DUI arrest on July 7. Sisqo was sentenced to probation and paid $1,700 in fines.
Guess Who? DMX Arrested Again This Week
Stop me if you’ve heard this before – Rapper DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was arrested again this week. As he stepped off a plane in Arizona on July 2, DMX was picked up by police for two outstanding warrants and a bond violation in Phoenix. When he was recently arrested in Florida on drug charges, the arrest was a violation of the strict conditions of his $7,500 bond in Arizona. DMX’s longtime criminal defense lawyer told MTV that the rapper knew he would be arrested in Phoenix and decided to man up and face the music. DMX reportedly could spend several months in jail in Arizona as he awaits his next court date and could be sentenced to more time behind bars after that.
Tatum O’Neal Pleads Guilty To Disorderly Conduct
According to a report by People Magazine, Tatum O’Neal appeared in a Manhattan court and pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on July 2 in connection with her drug arrest in June. She is reportedly relieved that she was able to avoid jail time. According to the terms of her plea deal, the arrest could be thrown out entirely on September 4 if she attends two half-day sessions in a drug treatment program and pays a $95 fee.
Celebrity Arrest Updates for July 3, 2008
Weekly DMX Arrest
Rapper DMX, aka Earl Simmons, was arrested again this week, this time in Miami for attempting to buy cocaine and marijuana, according to TMZ.com. The Miami-Dad police department says that DMX was busted during an undercover narcotics investigation when he paid $45 in cash for the drugs. This was at least the fourth arrest for DMX this year.
Dr. Jan Adams Gets Third DUI
Dr. Jan Adams, the surgeon who operated on Donda West just before her death, was arrested on June 26 in California for suspicion of DUI. Adams was reportedly headed the wrong way up an off ramp near Benicia, California when the cops pulled him over. He was arrested for suspicion of DUI after he failed field sobriety tests and later registered 0.15 percent blood alcohol content on a breath test. Adams was officially charged with DUI on June 30 and appeared in court to plead not guilty to the charges, according to a report by All Headline News. He has been in jail since his arrest and the judge ordered him to be held without bail until his hearing on July 7. This was the third DUI arrest for Adams since 2003. Adams has also had his medical license in California revoked for failure to pay child support.
Mindy McCready Arrested Again
Country music star Mindy McCready was arrested in Tennessee on Jun 21 for a probation violation, according to the Associated Press. The singer is accused of falsifying information on her community service report. McCready turned herself in at the Williamson County sheriff’s office, was processed and was released two hours later after posting a $5,000 bond. McCready is on probation for a prescription drug charge from 2004.
Anne Hathaway’s Ex-Boyfriend Jailed
Anne Hathaway has broken up with her long time boyfriend, Raffaello Follieri. It is probably for the best since he may be in prison for quite some time. Follieri was arraigned and charged with six counts of wire fraud and five counts of money laundering on June 24. TMZ reported that his bail has been set at $21 million and if he does come up with the $21 million and five co-signers required to get out of jail, he’ll then be on house arrest. He also reportedly tested positive for opiates during a routine drug screening. Follieri will make his next court appearance on July 9 for a pre-trial hearing.
Celebrity Arrest Updates for June 26, 2008
Dennis Rodman Pleads No Contest
On June 24, Dennis Rodman appeared in court in Los Angeles and pleaded no contest to misdemeanor spousal battery. The Associated Press reported that in exchange for his plea, Rodman received a sentence of 36 months of probation, 45 days of roadside physical labor, one year of domestic violence counseling, and six months of drug and alcohol treatment. The judge also warned Rodman not to threaten, strike or intimidate his girlfriend, who he was arrested for hitting in April.
DMX Arrested Again
We’re losing count here, but TMZ reported that on June 23 rapper DMX was arrested for the third time since May. This time DMX was driving in Miami without a valid driver’s license and was hauled in for another mug shot.
Nate Dogg Locked Up
Rapper Nate Dogg, aka Nathaniel Hale, was arrested on June 23 by the California Highway Patrol after allegedly engaging in a car chase with his estranged wife. The rapper and his wife were both pulled over after the woman called 911 to report that he was chasing her and making death threats against her. According to Hollywood.com, Nate Dogg was arrested for making terroristic threats and driving on a suspended license. He was booked into the medical ward of the Twin Towers jail in Los Angeles because he is currently recovering from a stroke he suffered last December.
Jevon Kearse Popped for DUI
Tennessee Titans star NFL football player Jevon Kearse was arrested near the Vanderbilt University campus in Nashville on June 22 and charged with DUI. According to a report by News Channel 5, Kearse was spotted driving at a high rate of speed and swerving all over the road and was pulled over by university police. He reportedly failed field sobriety tests and refused to take a breath test and was booked into the Criminal Justice Center in downtown Nashville. He was later released on $1,000 bond.
Ahmad Bradshaw Jailed
New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw is being held in a Virginia jail for an unspecified probation violation, according to USA Today. The team issued a statement saying that the situation is not a result of any recent incident and stems from a juvenile arrest that happened prior to Bradshaw’s draft by the Giants. In 2006, Bradshaw was sentenced to two years probation for petty larceny after he reportedly took another student’s PlayStation while he was a student at Marshall University. Bradshaw reportedly arrived voluntarily at the jail to serve 30 days for the probation violation.
Naomi Campbell Admits “Regrettable” Air Rage
On June 20, supermess Naomi Campbell appeared in a London court and pleaded guilty to four charges, two of which were for assaulting a police officer. CNN reported that Campbell was sentenced to 200 hours of community service and a fine of almost $5,000, and she will pay $400 to each of the officers she assaulted and $300 to the pilot of the plane. The charges stem from Campbell’s freak out in first class when she thought the airline had lost her luggage. Campbell has also said that part of her rage was due to a racist remark by an airline employee, but that the incident was “regrettable.”
Martha Stewart Denied Visa
Although the domestic goddess likely has no problems with her credit report, she was turned down for a visa of the variety that is necessary for travel. CNN reported that Martha Stewart was set to tour several areas of England and the Royal Academy of Arts in London, but due to her previous criminal conviction, she was denied a visa to enter the country. Stewart has reportedly said that she would still love to visit the UK and that she hopes the matter can be resolved.
Celebrity Arrest Updates for June 19, 2008
R. Kelly Acquitted of Child Porn Charges
Recording artist R. Kelly was acquitted of child porn charges on June 13. The case centered on a videotape, allegedly of R. Kelly and a then-underage girl having sex. The jurors were shown the sex tape and told reporters following the not guilty verdict that although they fully believed that the man in the video was R. Kelly, they could not find him guilty because the alleged victim did not testify and refused to cooperate with the prosecution. The alleged victim reportedly denied that she was the female in the video, according to the Baltimore Sun.
Blake Fielder-Civil Pleads Guilty
Blake Fielder-Civil, husband of singer Amy Winehouse, has pleaded guilty to committing grievous bodily harm on a pub owner and conspiring to pervert the course of justice. Fielder-Civil has been incarcerated for nearly the entire year that he and Amy Winehouse have been married, according to a report by TMZ.com.
Rapper Warren G Arrested on Drug Charges
The Associated Press reported that rapper Warren G., aka Warren Griffin III, and a man named Ryan Butler were arrested on drug charges in Hollywood, California on June 7. The police pulled the car over for running a red light and reportedly found enough marijuana in the vehicle to arrest Warren G. and Butler with possession of narcotics with intent to sell. The men posted $20,000 bail each and were released. The L.A. County District Attorney threw out the drug charges due to insufficient evidence because the vehicle was not registered to either of the men.
Numskull Charged with 12 Felonies
Garrick Demond Husbands, aka Numskull, who is a member of the two man rap group “The Luniz,” has been charged with twelve felony counts, according to United Press International. Numskull is charged with twelve counts of felony assault that include sodomy, corporal injury and possession of a firearm. He has denied all of the charges.
Dennis Farina Charged
TMZ.com reported that the L.A. City Attorney has charged actor Dennis Farina with three misdemeanors as a result of his arrest at LAX last month. Farina was arrested on May 11 when he attempted to pass through airport security with a loaded .22 caliber, semi-automatic pistol. If convicted, Farina could face a maximum of 2.5 years in prison and up to a $3,000 fine.
Celebrity Arrest Updates for June 12, 2008
Tatum O’Neal Arrested for Alleged Drug Deal
On June 1, 2008, actress Tatum O’Neal was allegedly seen buying crack cocaine by NYC police and was arrested. CNN reported that O’Neal was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and was released without posting bail after her arraignment in Manhattan the next day. She is scheduled to appear in court to answer the misdemeanor charge on July 28.
Francesco Quinn Arrested for Domestic Abuse
Francesco Quinn, son of late actor Anthony Quinn and a lesser known actor himself, was arrested on May 1, 2008 in Van Nuys, California for alleged domestic abuse. The Post Chronicle reported that Quinn spent the night in jail and was released on $50,000 bail. He is accused of battering his wife of 16 years, Julie McCann. TMZ reported that Quinn was originally charged with a felony, but that charge has been reduced to a misdemeanor. Quinn has starred in “Platoon” and a handful of other less popular movies.
Naomi Campbell Charged
Supermodel Naomi Campbell was formally charged with three counts of assaulting a constable, one count of disorderly conduct and one count of using threatening words in connection with the baggage rage incident at Heathrow Airport in April. TMZ.com reports that if convicted of the assault charges, Campbell could be sentenced to six months in prison. She is due to appear in west London magistrates’ court on June 20.
Gary Dourdan Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges
Actor Gary Dourdan pleaded guilty to two felony drug possession charges at his arraignment on May 28, 2008. People.com reported that Dourdan pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and ecstasy. The charge Dourdan had faced for possession of heroin was dropped. He will reportedly enter a drug treatment program and upon completion of the 16-class program, the charges will be dismissed. If Dourdan had been tried and convicted of the three original charges against him he could have faced three years and eight months in prison.
Chicago Bulls Player Busted for Pot
Joakim Noah, who plays for the Chicago Bulls, was arrested on May 25, 2008 in Gainesville, Florida for allegedly being in possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and an open container of alcohol. The Chicago Tribune reported that Noah, 23, was stopped by police in Gainesville because they noticed that he had a clear cup containing an amber-colored liquid in his hand. Noah reportedly put his drink down when police approached him, but police examined the beverage and found that it was an alcoholic drink. Noah was arrested and taken to a downtown annex for violating the city’s law that prohibits open containers of alcohol on the sidewalk. Things got worse from there for Noah; during a search at the annex, police found a marijuana cigarette inside a cigarette package that he was carrying. Noah was issued a notice to appear in court for two misdemeanors and was released after being fingerprinted and signing a notice promising to appear at his court date. For the misdemeanor marijuana charge, Noah could face up to six months in jail and a $500 fine.
Celebrity Arrest Updates for May 29, 2008
Rapper “Slick Rick” Pardoned
New York Governor David Patterson has granted rapper “Slick Rick”, aka Ricky Walters, a full and unconditional pardon for two attempted murder and weapons convictions. According to a Reuters news report, Slick Rick was born in the UK and was facing deportation due to his criminal convictions. He served six years of a possible 10-year prison sentence for the shooting of his cousin and another man in 1990. Because Slick Rick was a model prisoner, never violated the terms of his parole and is active in his community, Patterson decided to issue a pardon so that he would not be deported.
Pacman Pays Casino Debt to Avoid Criminal Charges
Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones has paid off a $20,000 gambling debt at Caesars Palace, according to an AFP news report. Pacman paid the debt after learning that the Clark County D.A. was seeking a felony arrest warrant against him for fraud and theft. Police in Las Vegas say that the debt and penalties owed have been paid in full.
Wesley Snipes Free on Bail
Actor Wesley Snipes is free on bail and will not have to report to prison to begin serving his three year sentence until after the appeal of his federal tax convictions. The SF Gate reported that the judge agreed to allow Snipes to remain a free man while his criminal defense lawyers try to craft a way to have his convictions overturned. If bail had not been granted for Snipes, he would have been required to report to jail by June 3.
Lou Pearlman Sentenced to 25 Years
Lou Pearlman, the mastermind behind boy bands such as the Backstreet Boys and ‘NSYNC, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for four federal charges: two counts of conspiracy, and one each of money laundering and using false statements in a bankruptcy proceeding. The National Ledger reported that the judge gave Pearlman the maximum sentence but that he may reduce his sentence by returning money that he swindled from investors. For every $1 million that Pearlman returns to the investors, his jail sentence will be reduced by one month. He has reportedly already returned $103 million and plans to return more of the money to continue reducing his prison term.
Billy Bob Accused of Being a Pest
The former sister-in-law of actor Billy Bob Thornton has accused him of harassing her for the past two years. Elysabeth Cherniak has filed a report with the Los Angeles Police Department alleging that Thornton has been sending her insulting e-mails and that she thinks he has bugged her home with listening devices. According to a report by Ireland Online, Thornton was married to Cherniak’s sister from 1993 to 1997. Through his rep, Thornton denies Cherniak’s allegations and says that he doesn’t even use e-mail. He also says that this woman has a history of making similar false allegations in the past.
Charles Barkley Could Face Felony Charges
Charles Barkley recently faced some legal problems concerning an unpaid gambling debt at the Wynn Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Barkley reportedly owes the casino $400,000 and, according to a report by TMZ.com, despite announcements that he has made claiming that he paid the debt in full, the Clark County D.A. says that it has not been paid. Barkley could be charged with a felony if he doesn’t pay the original debt and an extra 10 percent fee to the bad check unit.
Celebrity Arrest Updates for May 22, 2008
Charged Dropped Against Whitney Houston
After eight years, the misdemeanor criminal charges for marijuana possession against Whitney Houston have been dropped, according to TMZ.com. In 2000, Houston was caught with a bag of less than a half ounce of pot and three partially smoked joints at an airport in Hawaii while trying to board a flight. She was not arrested at the airport and was allowed to board the plane with then-husband Bobby Brown after leaving the weed behind.
Taylor Dayne Charged with DUI
“Tell It to My Heart” singer Taylor Dayne has been charged with misdemeanor DUI stemming from an incident in March. Dayne was arrested on March 6 at 1 am after being pulled over by the police for speeding. According to a report by Star Pulse, Dayne intends to fight the DUI charge because she registered below the legal blood alcohol content limit for driving. She will be in court to answer the charge on June 2.
Pellicano Found Guilty
The Wall Street Journal Law Blog reported that a jury in Los Angeles found celebrity private investigator Anthony Pellicano guilty on 76 of the 77 counts of federal racketeering and conspiracy charges that he was charged with for reportedly wiretapping the targets of his investigations and bribing law-enforcement officials to get information for his high-profile clients. As a result of the criminal conviction, Pellicano could be sentenced to eight to 10 years in federal prison.
Rapper Uncle Murda Arrested for Fake ID
Uncle Murda was arrested at LAX on May 15 for having a fake I.D., according to a TMZ.com report. Airport security in Los Angeles removed the rapper from line because of a suspicious looking I.D. card. TMZ was reportedly informed by law enforcement that Uncle Murda paid $500 for the fake I.D., but no one is really sure why he needed the bogus identification. He was taken to the police station, cited for the violation and released. He’s due in court on June 4.
Seattle Seahawks Linebacker Arrested for DUI
KOMO 4 News reported that Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowl linebacker Lofa Tatupu was arrested in the early morning hours of May 10 for suspicion of Washington DUI in Kirkland, Washington. Tatupu reportedly registered a .155 and .158 percent blood alcohol levels during breath tests conducted 90 minutes after his DUI arrest. Following the news of his arrest, the football star issued a public apology for his poor judgment. In March, Tatupu signed a new contract with the Seahawks worth $42 million and could play for the team through 2015.
Rapper Remy Ma Sentenced to Eight Years
On May 13, rapper Remy Ma, aka Reminisce Smith, cried in court as she was sentenced to eight years in prison for charges of assault, weapon possession and attempted coercion in for shooting a woman outside a nightclub in New York City last summer. According to an Associated Press report, Remy Ma maintains that the shooting was an accident. The sentence was handed down one day after the rapper’s wedding to fellow rapper and longtime boyfriend Papoose was cancelled because he was not allowed into the prison for the wedding due to jewelry he was wearing. Papoose was reportedly wearing a skeleton key on a chain around his neck that could have allegedly been used to open handcuffs. Although Papoose turned over the jewelry without hesitation, he was banned from visiting the prison on Rikers Island for six months.
Celebrity Arrest Updates for May 15, 2008
A Real “Law & Order” Episode at LAX
Actor Dennis Farina was arrested at LAX on May 11 after he allegedly attempted to pass through airport security with a loaded, unregistered, semi-automatic .22 caliber pistol. Farina apparently forgot to remove the gun from his briefcase before trying to catch his flight to Chicago on United Airlines. According to a Reuter’s news report, Farina was initially charged with a misdemeanor count of carrying a loaded firearm and his bail was set at $25,000. However, when it was discovered that the gun was unregistered, the charge was upgraded to a felony and bail his bail was raised to $35,000.
Nick Hogan Sent to Jail
Hulk Hogan’s son, Nick Hogan, pleaded no contest to a charge of felony reckless driving involving serious bodily injury stemming from the tragic accident that happened on August 26, 2007and left Hogan’s friend John Graziano severely injured and in a comatose state. TMZ reported that Graziano’s family and girlfriend had asked the Pinellas County judge to sentence Hogan to a year in jail and provided emotional testimony in court on May 8, 2008. Hogan apologized to Graziano’s family for the first time and was sentenced to eight months in jail, five years of probation and 500 hours of community service. He also will not have a driver’s license for three years. He was immediately taken into custody and booked into Pinellas County Jail where he is being housed in a single cell at the Inmate Healthcare Facility because he is currently the only juvenile in the jail.
Al Sharpton Arrested for Civil Disobedience
On May 7, 2008 in New York, Rev. Al Sharpton and many others were arrested for civil disobedience at a protest over the acquittal of three New York City police detectives who shot and killed Sean Bell. Rev. Sharpton was one of hundreds of people who attended the rally, according to the Daily Voice. Sean Bell was shot more than 50 times by the detectives on the eve of his wedding day.
DMX in Heaps of Trouble
This week alone, rapper DMX, real name Earl Simmons, was arrested two times. TMZ reported that DMX was arrested at his home by Scottsdale police on May 6, 2008 because they claim that he was driving a yellow 1966 Chevy Nova II in excess of 100 mph at three separate checkpoints back in January. He was charged with racing on the highway, reckless driving, two counts of endangerment, three counts of criminal speed and driving on a suspended license.
If that wasn’t bad enough, on May 9, 2008 at around 3:00 a.m., police arrived at DMX’s home again, this time with a search warrant and arrested him on seven misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and four felony drug possession charges. Police also reportedly found a number of weapons, drugs and pit bull puppies, and filed additional charges against the rapper. TMZ reported that when the cops arrived at DMX’s home to execute the search warrant, he initially barricaded himself in his bedroom, but later came out and did not resist arrest. The dogs were taken to First Avenue Jail to be cared for by female inmates.
Amy Winehouse Arrested Once Again
British singer Amy Winehouse was arrested in London on May 7, 2008 for alleged possession of a controlled drug. The arrest stemmed from the video that was circulated earlier this year showing Winehouse allegedly smoking crack from a pipe and snorting cocaine. According to a report by BBC News, Winehouse was arrested after voluntarily reporting to the police department for questioning and was later released on bail.
Celebrity Arrest Updates for May 8, 2008
NBA Star Accused of Assault
New Jersey Nets star Richard Jefferson will be charged with one count of misdemeanor assault over an incident that happened in Minneapolis in January. TMZ reported that Jefferson was at the Graves 601 Hotel, where he got into an argument with another patron. One thing led to another and Jefferson allegedly ended up on top of the other patron and was reportedly trying to choke him. The incident report says that as Jefferson was leaving the club, a witness asked him to stay until the situation was worked out. According to that witness, Jefferson told him, “Say another word, I will kick your ass.”
Uma’s Stalker Found Guilty
Jack Jordan, the man who reportedly stalked actress Uma Thurman, was convicted by a Manhattan jury on May 6, 2008 of fourth-degree stalking and one count of second degree aggravated harassment, according to ET Online. The jury acquitted Jordan of two other aggravated harassment charges. Jordan’s next court date is scheduled for June 2, 2008 and the judge ordered that he be remanded for psychiatric evaluation until that time.
Former Baywatch Star Arrested
Actor Jose Solano who played Manny Gutierrez on “Baywatch” was recently arrested and charged with burglary and hit and run. Solano allegedly entered a tattoo parlor in Placerville, California and left with a book of tattoo drawings. Cinema Blend reports that as he was making his getaway, he put his car into reverse and slammed into a light pole before taking off. Solano was booked into the El Dorado County Jail and later released on bail.
Falcons Linebacker Accused of Domestic Battery
Atlanta Falcons linebacker Michael Boley was arrested on May 3, 2008 at his home in Dacula, Georgia after a disagreement with his wife allegedly turned physical. Boley was booked at the Gwinnett County Detention Center and was later released on $1,200 bond, according to a report by the Canadian Press.
Felony Charges against Sean Stewart Dropped
Rod Stewart’s son, Sean Stewart, had been charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon along with other charges stemming from an incident in which he was accused of punching and throwing bricks at a couple outside a Hollywood party in April 2007. The Associated Press reported that a Superior Court Judge in L.A. County dismissed the four felony charges against Stewart on May 1, 2008. Stewart had always denied involvement in the attack and claimed that he was a victim of mistaken identity. The charges were dropped after the prosecutor announced that the case could not proceed because one of the alleged victims could not be certain that it was actually Stewart who attacked them.
Dennis Rodman Popped for Domestic Battery
TMZ reported that former NBA star Dennis Rodman was arrested on April 30 after LAPD police were called to a hotel in Century City where he and his girlfriend were staying. Rodman was charged with suspicion of felony domestic battery and released on $50,000 bail. Rodman’s manager told TMZ that while the couple was arguing, Rodman grabbed the woman’s arm and left a bruise. Since his arrest, Rodman has entered an outpatient rehab program.
Celebrity Arrest Updates for May 1, 2008
Is Kevin Gage Going Back to the Joint?
Actor Kevin Gage, 48, was arrested for drug possession in Annapolis, Maryland on April 29, 2008. Gage starred in the movie “Heat” and was once married to Kelly Preston. He was reportedly observed smoking a hand-rolled marijuana cigarette by police after they were called to the scene of a loud party. Gage was ticketed and released on his own recognizance according to TMZ.com. The actor has previously served time behind bars for growing marijuana. He was jailed in 2003 and spent two and a half years in prison.
UCLA Worker Indicted for Selling Celeb Files
The Smoking Gun reported that on April 29, 2008Lawanda Jackson, a former worker at the UCLA Medical Center, was named in a Federal indictment for allegedly accessing and selling the confidential medical records of celebrity patients. Jackson, 49, allegedly obtained the information between 2006 and May 21, 2007when she was fired from her job as an administrative specialist. A national media outlet reportedly paid Jackson at least $4,600 for the private patient information and wrote the checks to her husband. Although there is speculation that the National Enquirer was paying for the medical files, the indictment does not specify which media outlet allegedly issued the payments to Jackson’s husband. The indictment also does not reveal which celebrity medical files were allegedly sold to the media although The Times has reported that Jackson allegedly reviewed the medical records of 33 celebrities including Farrah Fawcett and Maria Shriver. Jackson could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the felony charge of illegally obtaining individually identifiable health information for commercial advantage. She denies selling the medical files but admitted in an interview with the Los Angeles Times that she viewed the medical records out of curiosity.
Star of “CSI” Star Arrested for Heroin, Cocaine and Ecstasy
Gary Dourdan, star of “CSI,” was arrested in Palm Springs on April 28, 2008on suspicion of possession of several illegal drugs. Dourdan reportedly had heroin, cocaine, ecstasy and prescription drugs in his car when police approached the car he was sleeping in at around 5 a.m. MSNBC reported that Dourdan’s vehicle was parked on the wrong side of the road and the interior light was on when police noticed a person sleeping behind the wheel. Police say that Dourdan was disoriented and possibly under the influence of drugs when he was disturbed and the drugs and drug paraphernalia were then found in his car. Dourdan was then arrested and booked at the Palm Springs jail on possession of narcotics and possession of dangerous drugs. He was released after he posted $5,000 bail.
Vanilla Ice Cool with Wife
According to TMZ.com, the domestic battery charges against Robert Van Winkle, aka Vanilla Ice, have been dropped. He was arrested on April 10, 2008after allegedly hitting and kicking his wife. Mrs. Ice recanted her story and since there were no independent witnesses in the case, the battery charges were completely dropped. The no contact order has also been dropped so that Ice can return to his home and have contact with his wife and children as long as he keeps it cool.
Scott Weiland Sentenced to Eight Days in Jail
Former Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland was sentenced to spend 192 hours in jail for his second DUI arrest in November. Weiland will have until May 28 to do the time. A lawyer for Weiland entered a no contest plea to the DUI charge in court on April 28, 2008. People.com reported that Weiland will be required to complete an 18-month alcohol program and will pay approximately $2,000 in fines. He will also be on probation for the next four years.
Angie Everhart Arrested for DUI
Model Angie Everheart was recently arrested for DUI and held on $15,000 bail. The New York Daily News reported that Everheart posted bail and will return to court to face the music on May 15, 2008.
Amy Winehouse Arrested for Assault
In the early morning hours of April 23, 2008, Amy Winehouse was arrested in London after she reportedly head-butted someone who offered to get her a cab, according to a report by People.com. The alleged assault happened outside of a bar where Winehouse had been spending time that evening. Winehouse was released without being formally charged but given a formal caution, which means that the incident will appear on her record and could be brought up in court if any further incidents happen in the future.
Wesley Snipes Sentenced to Three Years in Prison
On April 24, 2008, actor Wesley Snipes was sentenced by a federal judge to three years in prison. MSNBC reported that Snipes did everything he could to attempt to convince the judge that he should not do jail time, including paying $5 million in taxes that he owed, having celebrity friends write letters of support for him and pointing out that he had a clean criminal record. However, Snipes’ efforts did not pay off as the judge apparently decided to make an example of him and sentenced the actor to the maximum of three years in prison. Snipes was convicted of a misdemeanor charge for not filing his taxes in February. He had faced much more serious charges, but was acquitted of all but the misdemeanor. Lawyers for Snipes have vowed to appeal the sentence.
Celebrity Arrest Updates for April 24, 2008
Richie Sambora Pleads No Contest to DUI
Richie Sambora was charged with two counts of DUI in connection with a traffic stop on March 25. TMZ reported that Sambora was driving with a blood alcohol content of .13 percent with two children in the car. The police wanted to also add charges of child endangerment, but prosecutors declined. On April 22, Sambora was officially charged and pleaded no contest to one charge of driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher. The other DUI charge was dropped as a condition of his plea deal. Sambora will be placed on three years of informal probation during which time he will not be allowed to drink, and will have to attend an alcohol education course and pay about $1,600 in fines and penalties.
Olympic Medalist Pasha Grishuk Slipped GHB
A spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has said that former Olympic ice dancer Pasha Grishuk was drugged with the common date rape drug GHB during a business meeting at an Orange County hotel. Grishuk began feeling sick and numb on April 12 at the St. Regis Monarch Beach. She had found a dissolved pill in the bottom of the drink she had at dinner and another one in the bottom of a drink she had ordered in the hotel’s lounge. Toxicology reports released on April 22 showed that the substance in Grishuk’s drink was GHB, but it is not known who drugged her or why, according to the Mercury News.
Country Singer Accused of Assault
The Houston Chronicle reported that country singer Miranda Lambert, who appeared on the television show “Nashville Star” in 2003, is accused of assaulting a woman at a club in Tyler, Texas. The woman apparently wanted to get a picture of her friend with Lambert so she approached her. Lambert was apparently offended and then cursed and repeatedly shoved the woman into a bar stool. No one was injured in the incident and Lambert has not yet been charged. Police say that they are conducting an investigation and Lambert could face a Class C misdemeanor charge, which is the equivalent of a traffic citation.
Sandra Bullock’s Car Hit by Drunken Granny
On April 18, Sandra Bullock and her husband, Jesse James, were on the road in Gloucester, Massachusetts when they were hit by a drunk driver. The Boston Globe reported that Bullock and James were being driven to their hotel when a 64-year-old woman in a Subaru station wagon crossed the center line and hit the front of their car. Lucille Gatchell was arrested for DUI and also charged with failure to stay in a marked lane. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges and says that she only had two glasses of wine before driving, although her blood alcohol content was reportedly .20 percent. No one was injured in the accident.
CNN Travel Reporter Tied Up in Meth Scandal
Something a bit strange was going on in Central Park in the early morning hours of April 18. CNN International’s business travel specialist, Richard Quest, was found wandering around, reportedly with a sex toy in his shoe and a rope around his neck that was also tied to his genitals. As police were leading Quest out of the park because he was there after curfew, he volunteered that he had drugs in his pocket. TMZ reported that Quest was then searched and the cops found a small amount of methamphetamine in a Ziploc bag. He was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and with being in Central Park after closing time. Quest was arraigned in Manhattan’s Criminal Court and received some good news from Judge Anthony Ferrara. Ferrara told Quest that if he attends counseling and therapy for the next six months, the charges against him will be dismissed, but if not he would likely spend some time in jail. The reporter’s future with CNN is uncertain.
Celebrity Arrest Updates for April 17, 2008
Vanilla Ice Loses His Cool
Robert Van Winkle, better known as Vanilla Ice, was arrested on April 10 and charged with domestic battery after a spat with Mrs. Ice, Laura Van Winkle. TMZ reported that Vanilla Ice allegedly pushed his wife during an argument and she called the cops. The former rapper was taken to Palm Beach County Jail where he spent the night. On April 11th, he was in court, where Judge Nancy Perez ordered him to stay away from his wife. For now he is only allowed to have phone contact with the Mrs. and may have contact with his children through one of his friends. He was allowed to go to the residence with a police escort to pick up his belongings.
Dr. Phil Embarrasses Himself Again
When the news broke this week about six teenage girls in Florida who mercilessly beat a girl and filmed it to post on MySpace, someone from the Dr. Phil show had a bright idea and sent a producer and a production assistant down to Florida to bail the ringleader of the gang of girls out of jail. Fox News reported that Dr. Phil had planned to do a show on teen violence featuring Mercades Nichols, but has since realized that there is a gag order in the case and the show can not go on. The Dr. Phil show took some heat for bailing the girl out of jail and quickly issued a statement saying that the producer acting on behalf of the show had overstepped the guidelines by posting $3,300 bail for Nichols.
Mischa Barton Pleads Out
On April 10, Mischa Barton appeared in a Beverly Hills court and pleaded no contest to DUI. Barton’s DUI lawyers had negotiated a plea deal for her. In exchange for Barton’s guilty plea to the DUI charge, the marijuana charge against her was dropped and the driving without a license charge was reduced. TV Guide reported that under the plea agreement Barton was sentenced to three years probation, paid almost $2,000 in fines and will have to complete a three-month alcohol education class by September 17th.
Paris’ Brother Pleads No Contest
People Magazine has reported that Paris Hilton’s little brother Baron Hilton has pleaded no contest to DUI. He was sentenced to three years probation and has lost his license for one year. He will also have to visit the L.A. County Morgue as part of his punishment. The young Mr. Hilton was arrested in February after a bizarre early morning incident during which he reportedly rammed a gas station employee with his car and produced a fake ID when questioned by the cops.
Pete Doherty Returned To Jail
British musician Pete Doherty has been put in jail where he will stay for 14 weeks because he has violated a probation order. Doherty is the frontman for Babyshambles and is often linked to Kate Moss. He appeared in a London court on April 8 and the judge decided to send him to jail. Babyshambles was to perform a sold-out show on April 26. NME reported that the singer was jailed because he had been using heroin while also receiving methadone treatments.
Celebrity Arrest Updates for April 8, 2008
Nickelback Singer Guilty of DUI
Canadian police pulled Nickelback frontman Chad Kroger over for speeding in his red Lamborghini Diablo on June 22, 2006. When the Surrey, British Columbia police officer smelled alcohol on Kroger’s breath, he was arrested for speeding and suspicion of DUI. Kroger’s DUI lawyers had argued that the police had illegally obtained breath samples during the arrest, but a judge dismissed those claims according to a report by Starpulse. This week Kroger skipped his court date and was found guilty of DUI in his absence. He will be required to appear in court on May 1 for sentencing.
Chris Henry’s Arrest the Last Straw for Bengals
Chris Henry, 24, was cut from the Cincinnati Bengals NFL team this week after being arrested for the 5th time since December 2005. The former wide receiver had been suspended for half of the last season by the NFL due to being arrested four times in 14 months. Henry reportedly turned himself in to police on April 2 for misdemeanor assault and criminal damaging charges after an 18-year-old man accused him of punching him in the face and breaking his car window with a beer bottle. USA Today reported that Henry spent an extra night in jail after posting a $51,000 bond because he had to wait for someone to come to the jail to fit him with an ankle monitoring device. Henry has previously been arrested for incidents involving alcohol, guns and drugs.
Another Crazy Naomi Campbell Arrest
Naomi Campbell was booted off of a British Airlines flight at Heathrow Airport on April 3 and arrested for spitting on a police officer. Campbell was on a flight to Los Angeles before takeoff when she claimed that one of her three carry-on bags was missing. She reportedly threw a fit and would not calm down when the officer attempted to speak with her. Since Campbell was in such a rage, the officer determined that she was unfit to fly and took her off of the plane. CNN reported that she was arrested and taken to the Heathrow police station and later released on bail and ordered to return in May. This was not the first episode in which uncontrolled anger issues have gotten the supermodel in trouble. Her most notable legal troubles include a court appearance in Toronto in 2000 where Campbell pleaded guilty to beating an assistant who displeased her during the shooting of a film in 1998. Because she showed remorse for that incident, she was released without a criminal record or punishment in that case. Then in January 2007, Campbell pleaded guilty to reckless assault on her maid with a mobile phone. She was sentenced to five days of community service and ordered to attend an anger management course and pay the woman’s medical bills.
Anne Hathaway’s Boyfriend Busted for Bad Check
Raffaelo Follieri, the Italian businessman who is also actress Anne Hathaway’s longtime boyfriend, turned himself in to police and was arrested on April 3 by the NYPD for allegedly bouncing a check for $215,000. The check was reportedly written in September and ABC News reported that the complainant had tried to cash the check several times before filing the criminal complaint on March 24. Follieri was issued a desk appearance ticket for a Class B misdemeanor.
Celebrity Arrest Updates for April 3, 2008
Sean Levert’s Dies While Serving Jail Sentence
Singer Sean Levert, member of the 80s R&B trio “LeVert,” died on March 30 while serving a jail term. Levert was the son of the lead singer of the O’Jays, Eddie Levert. The New York Times reported that Levert had been recently sentenced to one year and 10 months in jail for failing to pay $89,025 in child support. An autopsy did not immediately reveal the cause of death, however; no foul play is suspected in the case. The family has reportedly asked the FBI to investigate.
Kenyatta Jones Makes A Bad Move on the Dance Floor
Former Redskins and Patriots football player, Kenyatta Jones was arrested in a club in Tampa, Florida after he reportedly attempted to urinate on the dance floor. The United Press International reported that Jones, who now plays for the Tampa Bay Storm, was asked to leave The Blue Martini dance club after he tried to relive himself. He was escorted out of the club but wound up shoving a police officer against a door as he tried to push his way back in. A second officer shot Jones with a Taser gun, and he was then taken to jail. Jones is charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence and trespassing. He was released from jail on $4,500 bail.
Rapper Beanie Sigel Back in the Joint
Rap artist Beanie Siegel has been put back in jail because he gave his probation officer a fake urine sample after testing positive five times in March for Xanax and Percocet. Siegel had been serving a six-month term in a halfway house because he violated the terms of a previous supervised release. TMZ.com reported that this was just the latest in Siegel’s history of trouble with the law. In 2004, he was sentenced to a year behind bars for weapons and drug charges, and in 2005 he was charged with but acquitted of attempted murder.
Ex-NBA Star in Trouble Again
Former pro basketball player Isaiah Rider was arrested on March 28 for grand theft auto. Rider formerly played for the Lakers and the Timberwolves. Sports Illustrated reports that Rider was driving a 2001 Chevy Monte Carlo when he failed to stop at the limit line at an intersection. Police noticed, ran the tag on the car and discovered that it had been reported as stolen. Rider was arrested and released on $25,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in court on April 23 to answer the charges against him.
Rikki Rockett Arrested for Rape
Rikki Rockett, aka Richard Allan Ream, the drummer of the 80s band Poison, was arrested on March 24 at LAX as he got off a plane from New Zealand. An arrest warrant for rape had been issued for the 46-year-old drummer in Mississippi. Ream was arrested by the Airport Division of the LAPD as he was going through customs and was taken to the L.A. County Jail. He was booked on a felony fugitive sexual assault warrant that stemmed from an incident on September 23, 2007at a casino. Ream is accused of raping a female guest of the Silver Star Hotel & Casino where he was also staying at the time. According to The Huffington Post, Ream was released from jail the day after his arrest because Mississippi declined to extradite him.
Remy Ma Faces Jail Time
On March 27, Rapper Remy Ma was found guilty of two counts of first-degree assault, attempted coercion and criminal possession of a weapon. The charges stem from an incident outside a Manhattan nightclub in July 2007during which Remy shot a friend of hers during a fight. E! Online reported that the defense team tried to argue that the shooting was an accident, but the prosecution was able to convince the jury that Remy deliberately shot the woman after $3,000 was stolen from her purse. She will be sentenced on April 23 and faces up to 25 years in prison.
Richie Sambora Arrested for DUI
Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora was pulled over by police in Laguna Beach, California on March 25 after being seen driving erratically. TMZ reported that Sambora failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI. At the police station, Sambora reportedly submitted to a blood test rather than take a breath test. Ava, Sambora’s 10-year-old daughter with Heather Locklear, was in the car at the time of his arrest.
Celebrity Arrest Updates for March 27, 2008
Nate Dogg Pleads Guilty to Trespass and Battery Charges
Former Death Row recording artist Nate Dogg pleaded guilty to aggravated trespassing and battery on March 20 in Orange County, California. The charges against Nate Dogg, whose real name is Nathaniel Hale, stemmed from a domestic violence complaint filed against him in 2006 when he broke into the home where his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend lived with her mother. Six Shot News reported that Dogg was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to complete a domestic violence/batterers treatment program as a result of his guilty plea. Additionally, he will not be allowed to own a firearm for 10 years.
Adam Sandler’s Pal Arrested
Actor Allen Covert, who is best known for co-starring in many movies with Adam Sandler, was arrested by the LAPD on the set of a movie he is currently filming with Sandler. Covert is accused of battery and was taken to the Wilshire Division police station but was released without being booked. Trans World News reports that Covert approached a photographer, spat on him and attempted to knock the camera out of his hand. Covert had believed that the pap was trying to film his child. Guy Pearce, Courteney Cox-Arquette and Adam Sandler reportedly witnessed the altercation.
Mickey Rourke Pleads Guilty To Reckless Driving
Mickey Rourke pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of reckless driving to settle the charge that he was drunk driving on his Vespa scooter in November. The Palm Beach Post reported that Rourke was sentenced to six months probation, ordered to pay $1,178.75 in fines and perform 50 hours of community service. Rourke has opted to pay $10 per hour for the 50 hours of community service so that he won’t have to serve. He will also have to complete an online driving course. After his sentencing, Rourke commented that the officer who arrested him isn’t liked by his colleagues and is too fat to be a cop.
Rapper Paperboy Facing Drug Charges, Again
One-time Grammy nominated rapper Paperboy is facing drug charges for the second time. Paperboy, whose real name is Mitchell Charles Johnson, was arrested in Merced, California after police found a small amount of marijuana and prescription drugs that were not his in his car during a traffic stop. The Fresno Bee reports that Paperboy was pulled over for driving with a broken brake light. When the officer smelled marijuana, the car was searched. Paperboy was arrested and booked into the Merced County Main Jail on misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession and transportation, illegal possession of prescription medication and driving on a suspended license. He posted $10,000 bail and was released. Paperboy was also arrested last year on June 13 when he was stopped by Merced police and was in possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. In October he pleaded no contest to one felony count of possession for sale of marijuana and was put on three years of felony probation, so this most recent arrest could have serious consequences.
Husband of Corinne Bailey Rae Found Dead
Jason Rae, the husband of British soul singer Corinne Bailey Rae, was found dead in an apartment in Leeds, England on March 22, apparently from a drug overdose. People Magazine reports that police arrested a 32-year-old man in connection with the death and charged him with supplying controlled substances. The man was later released on bail. Police are awaiting toxicology reports to aid in the investigation. Jason Rae and Corinne Bailey Rae were married in 2001. Jason Rae was a saxophonist with the Haggis Horns and Corinne Bailey Rae is best known for her hit song “Put Your Records On.”
Celebrity Arrest Updates for March 20, 2008
Billie Jean’s Not My Wife – Just A Trespasser
There was a strange situation at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch on March 10. Michael was not there, but a woman named Billie Jean Jackson was and she claimed that she was Jackson’s wife. CNN reported that sheriff’s deputies in Santa Barbara County were dispatched to the Neverland Ranch after security officers there had detained Ms. Jackson. She was arrested and taken to the Santa Barbara County Jail.
Chris Rock Exposed
During the criminal trial of disgraced Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano this week, a tape of a telephone call between Chris Rock and Pellicano was entered into evidence. On the tape, Rock talks about a one-night stand he had with Monica Zsibrita in 1998 and provides lots of very personal details. The Huffington Post reports that Rock had contacted Pellicano in order to get information about Zsibrita who had claimed to be pregnant and then accused Rock of raping her. Rock was never charged with rape and the child in question was proven not to be his. Pellicano is currently on trial for bribery, conspiracy and other charges.
“The Punisher” Star Charged sith DUI
Thomas Jane was arrested on March 17 for DUI according to the Austin American-Statesman. California Highway Patrol officers pulled over the star of “The Punisher” in Kern County, California early in the morning. The police say that Jane, whose real name is Thomas Elliot, was driving a late-model Maserati at a high rate of speed when he was stopped. He reportedly failed field sobriety tests Breathalyzer test. Police say that Jane was also driving with a suspended license. He will be in court for his arraignment on April 9th.
All Grown Up, But Crying Like A Little Girl
Danielle Fishel, the actress who played Topanga on “Boy Meets World,” reportedly had a breakdown in front of the judge when she appeared in court on March 18. Fishel was in court because she failed to appear for a hearing in her DUI case and a warrant had been issued for her arrest. TMZ reports that when she was pulled over last December cops found out about the outstanding warrant and arrested her. She reportedly sobbed uncontrollably in front of the judge and her probation was reinstated. The judge warned Fishel to be on her best behavior because if she violates her probation again she will be sentenced to 25 days behind bars.
Busta Rhymes Gets Probation
A NYC judge sentenced Busta Rhymes to three years of probation on March 18 for assaulting a fan and his former driver last year. The judge also told Rhymes to keep his nose clean because if he violates probation he’ll be put in jail. Newsday reports that Rhymes, whose real name is Trevor Smith, was also ordered to perform 10 days of community service. He was fined $1,250 plus court costs and will be required to enroll in an alcohol education program to settle the charges of DUI and driving on a suspended license.
Celebrity Arrest Updates for March 17, 2008
Bai Ling Cops A Plea
Actress Bai Ling has settled the theft charges against her by pleading guilty on March 5 to disturbing the peace. People Magazine reports that Ling was ordered to pay fines and penalties totaling more than $700. She was arrested last month at LAX after she allegedly took two Star magazines and a pack of batteries worth $16.22 from a gift shop. Ling insists that the whole incident was a misunderstanding and that she never meant to take the items without paying for them.
O.J. Trial Postponed
At the request of O.J. Simpson’s lawyers, his trial for charges of armed robbery and kidnapping has been postponed until September. MSNBC reports that Simpson’s lawyers had asked that the judge dismiss some of the charges against him, but that request was denied. District Court Judge Jackie Glass has not made a decision about whether or not O.J. and his co-defendants will stand trial together or separately.
Former Miss Nevada Appears in Court
TMZ reports that the former Miss Nevada, Katie Rees, appeared in court on March 7 to face six misdemeanor charges stemming from her arrest on February 6. The court decided that Rees would remain free without bail until she goes on trial on April 9. She faces charges of speeding, driving with a suspended license, operating a motor vehicle with suspended license plates, failure to produce proof of insurance, and resisting a police officer. The lawyer who represents Rees says that Rees suffered a chipped tooth when police officers pushed her against her car during her arrest, and that she was a victim of police brutality.
Courtney Love Says Her Identity Has Been Stolen
Multiple news outlets reported over the weekend that Courtney Love went to the Los Angeles Police Department to report massive identity theft affecting credit reports of both she and her late husband Kurt Cobain. The Post Chronicle reports that Love claims that identity thieves have opened 188 credit cards, stolen checks and purchased cars using her Social Security number. Love also has told police that a $3.5 million home in New Jersey was purchased last year using the credit information of Kurt Cobain. Four years ago, Love reported that an estimated $69 million had been embezzled from she and Kurt Cobain and their daughter’s trust account. She says that no one has believed that she was a victim of fraud until now, and even now some news outlets doubt her claims. She has hired a forensic financial investigation firm to look into the matter for her.
“Mary Ann” Caught with Pot
Dawn Wells, the actress who played Mary Ann on “Gilligan’s Island,” pleaded guilty on February 29 to one count of reckless driving and was sentenced to five days in jail and six month’s unsupervised probation. Philly.com reports that the actress paid a $410.50 fine and under her plea agreement had three misdemeanor counts against her dropped. Wells had been charged with driving under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. She was arrested on October 18 as she was driving home from a surprise birthday party that was thrown for her. Two half-smoked joints were found in Wells’ vehicle, but she said that she had picked up some hitchhikers and dropped them off when they began smoking.
Celebrity Arrest Updates for March 6, 2008
Steve-O of MTV’s “Jackass” fame was arrested and taken to jail after his neighbor called police. Steve-O was reportedly bashing holes in the walls of his apartment when his neighbor made a citizen’s arrest and held onto him until the cops got there. E! Online reported that Steve-O was booked on March 3 for vandalism, drug charges and for having an outstanding traffic warrant. He was apparently trying to urge his neighbor to move.
The Game Begins Serving Jail Sentence
NME reports that rapper The Game reported to the Twin Towers Correctional Facility on March 3 to begin serving a 60-day jail sentence. Last month he pleaded no contest to a felony charge of possession of a firearm in a school zone and was sentenced to 60 days behind bars, 150 hours of community service and three years probation. The charge against him stemmed from an incident in February 2007during which The Game reportedly got into an argument with another person during a pick-up basketball game at a school and then pulled a gun out of his vehicle and threatened to shoot.
Daughter of Rapper Juvenile Murdered
Rapper Juvenile is mourning the murder of his four-year-old daughter, Jelani, who was murdered by her 17-year-old brother on February 27, 2008in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Police arrested Anthony Tyrone Terrell Jr. for allegedly murdering his mother, Joy Deleston, who worked as a sheriff’s deputy and her two daughters, Micaiah and Jelani. Yahoo News reports that Terrell is charged with three counts of murder and three counts of aggravated assault for gunning down his family.
Heath Ledger’s Doctors Cleared by Feds
Federal agents investigated doctors in Los Angeles and Houston who reportedly prescribed medication to Heath Ledger. According to the New York Post, the DEA questioned the doctors about the Oxycontin and Vicodin that was found in Ledger’s system at the time of his death. It was discovered that these doctors had prescribed medication to Ledger, but they had not prescribed Oxycontin or Vicodin to him.
Driver in Hogan Crash Denies Racing
Daniel Jacobs was driving a silver Dodge Viper owned by Hulk Hogan on August 26 last year when a crash happened that left John Graziano in a coma with permanent brain damage. Witnesses said that Jacobs was racing Hulk Hogan’s son, Nick, when the wreck happened. TMZ reports that Jacobs made a court appearance on February 28, 2008 and admitted to driving the car in question, but denied that he and Nick were racing when the accident happened. He was sentenced to 90 days probation and 25 days of community service, lost his license for 90 days and will pay a $500 fine. Nick will appear in court on April 14.
Judge Says Ja Rule Shouldn’t Have Posted Bail For Co-Defendants
Rapper Ja Rule, aka Jeffrey Atkins, appeared in Manhattan Supreme Court on February 27, 2008for a hearing on the concealed weapons charges against him from last July. The judge in the case noted that Ja Rule secured bail with his $3.5 million home for himself and two co-defendants and she had concerns. The Boston Globe reports that New York Supreme Court Justice Micki Scherer said that by arranging the bail of his co-defendants, Ja Rule put himself in a position to control the outcome of the case and she’s not having it. She ordered the co-defendant’s to arrange their own bail packages without the help of Ja Rule.
DUI for MLB Player
The Irvine Police Department has issued an arrest warrant for St. Louis Cardinals baseball player Scott Spiezio. CBS News reports that Spiezio is wanted on six charges including DUI, hit and run with property damage, aggravated assault, battery and assault. The warrant stems from an incident last December in which Spiezio allegedly left a bar after drinking and crashed into a curb and a fence. A neighbor reported to police that on the same night, Spiezio came to his home, vomited on the floor and assaulted him. Spiezio reportedly received treatment for substance abuse last year.
Celebrity Arrest Updates for February 28, 2008
Alycia Lane Gets off Scott Free – Almost
Former newscaster Alycia Lane was arrested in December for allegedly punching a police officer. She appeared in court on February 25 and the felony assault charge was reduced to a charge of obstructing governmental administration, a misdemeanor, and a harassment charge, The New York Times reports. Prosecutors in the case agreed to drop the charges against Lane if she can manage to keep her nose clean for six months and completes one day of community service. The district attorney’s office released a statement saying that the scratches that Lane put on the officers face did not rise to the legal definition of physical injury, and that was the reason that the felony charge against her was not pursued. Since the incident, Lane has been fired by KYW-TV in Philadelphia.
You Know What They Say about Karma…
Tucker, the son of Dog the Bounty Hunter, has been jailed for violating multiple terms of his parole. Tucker is best known as the son who sold the now infamous tape of Dog’s racist rant to the National Enquirer. TMZ reports that two weeks after the tape surfaced, Dog found out that Tucker was using drugs and made threats to tell his parole officer. Shortly thereafter, the tape was heard around the world. Tucker was then ordered by his parole officer to check into rehab, which he did, but then walked away from it. So last week, the parole officer did a surprise home visit and was not pleased. Tucker’s parole was revoked and he was then picked up by the police and taken to the Oahu Correction Facility. He has allegedly violated the conditions of his parole by failing a drug screening, associating with known felons and leaving rehab without completing treatment.
Ne-Yo Popped for Reckless Driving
E! News reports that R&B singer Ne-Yo, whose real name is Shaffer Smith, was arrested in Cobb County, Georgia on February 19 after cops clocked him driving over 100 mph. Ne-Yo was driving a 2006 Range Rover when he was pulled over by the police and arrested for reckless driving. The singer also could not produce a valid driver’s license, and was cited for that as well. He was released on $1,300 bond and will return to court on March 25 to answer the charges.
Aaron Carter Arrested for Drug Possession
Aaron Carter was arrested on February 21 in Kimble County, Texas after police reportedly found approximately two ounces of marijuana in his vehicle. Fox News reported that Carter was pulled over on I-10 after he was caught speeding, but the search of his vehicle is what really got him in hot water. After the pot was discovered, Carter was taken to jail overnight to wait for his arraignment the next morning. TMZ reported that Carter, 20, was driving alone at the time of his arrest but had two pit bull dogs with him. When he was released from jail the morning after his arrest, Carter had to go to the animal shelter and pay $70 to pick up the two dogs.
Bobby Brown May Face Drug Charges
Singer Bobby Brown was in court on February 19 in Brockton, Massachusetts to face possible drug charges, according to a report by WMUR9. The charges stem from Brown’s arrest last year when he was found to be in possession of cocaine. Brown’s defense attorney characterized the drugs in Brown’s possession as “a very small amount of cocaine residue.” The court did not make a decision as to whether or not to pursue drug charges against Brown. The clerk magistrate took the matter under advisement and will issue a ruling after 10 days.
Celebrity Arrest Updates for February 21, 2008
Criminal Investigation in Britney Spears Case
TMZ reports that there is a criminal investigation underway in the Britney Spears case. Spears is not accused of any crime, but is the alleged victim. The Major Crimes Division of the LAPD is investigating claims by the conservators that Sam Lufti may have drugged Spears in order to keep her under his control.
Charges Dropped against G-Unit’s Yayo
Rapper Tony Yayo, whose real name is Marvin Bernard, appeared in court on Valentine’s Day on the assault charges against him. Bernard had claimed that he was falsely accused, and it seems as though the person he was accused of assaulting backed up his story. As a result, as HipHopGame.com reported, all charges against Bernard were dropped.
Bai Ling’s Five Finger Discount
Chinese movie star Bai Ling was arrested at LAX on February 13 after she was caught shoplifting $16 worth of merchandise from an airport gift shop. IMDB.com reports that the clerk at the shop reportedly put her under citizen’s arrest until the cops got there and took Ling to a police department and booked her for the theft.
Bad News for Farrah Fawcett
The son of Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O’Neal was arrested for DUI and drug possession on January 26. TMZ reports that Redmond O’Neal was pulled over by Los Angeles County Sheriffs because he was speeding, but during the stop police determined that he was intoxicated and was in possession of heroin and methamphetamine.O’Neal has a previous drug conviction from 2005 when he pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and methamphetamine.
Another Arrest for Rapper Juvenile
Juvenile was busted in Meridian, Mississippi after police pulled him over for an expired tag and found that he had marijuana in the car. USA Today reports that Terius Gray, the rapper’s real name, was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession. Gray is no stranger to the law. He has previously been arrested for various offenses although most of the charges against him have been dismissed. He pleaded guilty to felony battery in 2003 and was sentenced to 75 hours of community service in connection with an incident in which he reportedly bashed another man in the head with a champagne bottle.
Heidi Fleiss Arrested Again
Former Hollywood Madame Heidi Fleiss was arrested on the morning of February 7 in Pahrump, Nevada according to a Fox News report. Police were alerted about a possible drunk driver and when they pulled the car in question over, Fleiss was behind the wheel. According to Fox, Fleiss and her passenger John Owen were under the influence of a controlled substance and both were arrested. The police report indicates that prescription narcotics were found in the car, but Fleiss was unable to produce a valid prescription for the drugs. Fleiss was charged with driving under the influence and possession of dangerous drugs without a prescription. Owen was charged with possession of marijuana and being under the influence of a controlled substance. Both posted bail and were released.
Another Hilton DUI
Luckily, it wasn’t Paris Hilton who was busted for DUI this time. It was Paris’ younger and underage brother Barron Hilton who was arrested for DUI on the morning of February 12. Hollywood.com reports that 18-year-old Barron was pulled over by cops on Pacific Coast Highway at 8:30am and arrested for suspicion of drunk driving and possession of a fake ID. He was booked at the Lost Hills Sheriff’s station. According to the report released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Hilton registered a blood alcohol content of .14 on a breath test.
Celebrity Arrest Updates for February 7, 2008
A Lesser Known Spears Arrested
Comedian Aries Spears performed at a Manhattan comedy club on the night of February 1 and ended up being arrested. The NYPD responded to a 911 call from the Comix Comedy Club in Manhattan shortly after midnight. A woman at the club claims that Spears fondled her. He was arrested, taken downtown and booked on a misdemeanor charge of forcible touching. Spears received a ticket and will have to appear in court to answer the charge. He was released on a personal recognizance bond.
Wesley Snipes Acquitted of Tax Fraud
On February 1, a jury in Florida acquitted Wesley Snipes of the most serious charges against him. Snipes was found not guilty of federal tax fraud and conspiracy charges, but was convicted on three misdemeanor charges of failing to file tax returns. Although he’s not totally off the hook, he now faces up to three years in prison as opposed to the sixteen years he could have been looking at if he had been convicted of all charges. Snipes’ co-defendants were convicted of the same charges that Snipes was acquitted of – tax fraud and conspiracy.
CBS Reporter Lesley Stahl Robbed
Approximately $100,000 worth of jewelry and electronics were stolen from CBS news reporter Lesley Stahl’s apartment in New York on January 25. Police say that the robbery happened in broad daylight and Stahl was robbed by someone posing as a construction worker. The thief broke a patio door, gained access to the apartment and made a clean getaway with several diamond watches, a pearl necklace, earrings, gold and silver necklaces and a laptop computer.
Trial Date Set for Remy Ma
Rapper Remy Ma appeared in a Manhattan Criminal Court on January 31 and the judge finally set a trial date for her assault and witness-tampering case. Remy Ma was arrested back in July 2007for allegedly shooting a “friend.” The trial is tentatively scheduled to begin on February 25.
Britney Spears’ Psychiatrist Calls the Police
While the call was not in connection with any criminal behavior, Britney Spears’ new psychiatrist called the North Hollywood division of the LAPD on January 31 to get the ball rolling so that Spears cold be taken to the UCLA Medical Center on a 5150 psychiatric hold. Spears’ doctor told police that she had grave concerns about Britney’s driving and erratic behavior. Police and EMS arrived at Spears’ home, where she was transported by ambulance to the UCLA Medical Center where she has been since.
Freelance Reporter Removed from Brad Pitt’s Home
On January 30, a man who claimed to be a freelance reporter was arrested for trespassing at Brad Pitt’s Hollywood home. The “reporter” was noticed blocking the driveway with his car and was reportedly asking which house belonged to Brad Pitt. The police were called, and the man was arrested.
Celebrity Arrest Updates for February 1, 2008
Mexico Closes Case on Dog
Case closed! Duane “Dog” Chapman is finally and officially a free man. A Mexican appellate court judge has ruled that Dog Chapman, his son Leland and his brother Tim won’t be sent back to Mexico to face charges that stemmed from their capture of Andrew Luster, the Max Factor heir. Luster is now serving a 124-year prison sentence in the U.S. He had fled to Mexico during his trial for rape and sexual assault. Chapman and his gang went down to Mexico to apprehend Luster but were arrested while they were there because bounty hunting is against the law in Mexico.
Gladiator Busted for Drug Paraphernalia
One of the original American Gladiators, Lace, was arrested on January 24th in Los Angeles after police found drug paraphernalia on her. Marisa Pare, who went by the stage name “Lace” on the original American Gladiators show from 1989 to 1992, was taken to Van Nuys jail and booked for possession of narcotic paraphernalia. She was later released on $250 bail.
“Moment of Truth” to Question Drew Peterson?
Well, he’s hardly a celebrity, but Drew Peterson sure loves the cameras. Peterson is the main suspect in his wife Stacy Peterson’s disappearance, and although already widely convicted in the court of public opinion, he has not been charged with a crime. Stacy Peterson disappeared in October and is presumed dead. She was Drew Peterson’s fourth wife. His third wife died under suspicious circumstances and her body has been exhumed for forensic examination. Meanwhile, Drew Peterson has been hamming it up in front of news cameras and indicated that he’s ready to start dating again. Any takers?
Peterson’s lawyer has contacted the television show “Moment of Truth” to suggest that Drew Peterson would like to come on the show to take a lie-detector test. Stacy Peterson’s family has reportedly been trying to get Drew to take a polygraph test, without any luck, most likely because they did not offer to bring cameras. Drew still insists that Stacy left him for another man and denies any involvement in her disappearance or his third wife’s death.
Foxy Brown Staying Put in NY Jail
Foxy Brown, who is currently serving a year in a New York jail for violating probation, had wanted to travel to California to have her hearing checked but the judge told her loud and clear that she is going nowhere. Judge Melissa Jackson denied Brown’s motion and called it “desperate and frivolous.” Foxy Brown will have to get permission from the Department of Health and the Department of Corrections to have her hearing evaluated and get treatment in New York.
No More Dead Beetles for Garrison Keillor
Radio host Garrison Keillor has dropped a restraining order that he had obtained against a fan who would visit him and send him gifts such as dead beetles and an alligator foot. The woman, Andrea Campbell, agreed to back off, and Keillor agreed to drop the restraining order against her.
No Witnesses for Wesley Snipes
Attorneys for Wesley Snipes did not put on much of a defense in court against the federal tax charges leveled against the actor. In a Florida federal court this week, attorneys for Snipes called no witnesses before they rested their case. One of Snipes’ attorneys, Daniel Meachum, stated that he believes the government had fallen short on meeting the burden of proof in the case, and therefore there was no reason for them to call witnesses on Snipes’ behalf. Snipes and two co-defendants are on trial for allegedly failing to file federal tax returns for Snipes in 2000, for attempting to collect $11 million in tax refunds that were not owed to him, and writing bad checks to the U.S. Treasury. Snipes’ attorneys say that he was the victim of his accountants and truly believed that he did not owe taxes. That’s why they were not paid. Legal analysts say that if convicted, Snipes could go to jail for several years. Both sides have now rested their cases.
Lil’ Wayne Arrested n Drug Charges
Rapper Lil’ Wayne, aka Dwayne Carter Jr., was arrested on drug charges near Yuma, Arizona. He was charged with felony counts including possession of marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) was involved in the arrest when Lil’ Wayne’s tour bus went through a US Border Patrol checkpoint. Carter and two other people were arrested after cops reportedly found 105 grams of marijuana, 29 grams of cocaine and 41 grams of ecstasy pills on the tour bus. There was also reportedly $22,000 in cash and a 40-caliber pistol found on the bus. Bond for the rapper was set at $10,000. No stranger to the law, Carter was also arrested last year on felony drug charges.
No Jail Time for Busta Rhymes
After dragging things out for as long as possible, Busta Rhymes finally settled all four charges against him by pleading guilty. The charges against him included two assault charges, driving under suspension and a DUI. The assault charges stemmed from incidents last year, and the judge ordered three years of concurrent probation for those charges. On the DUI charge, Busta Rhymes will shell out $750 for a fine and enroll in an alcohol education program. For driving under suspension, Busta will surrender his driver’s license for six months. If Busta violates his probation, he will go to jail for a year. An order of protection was issued for the assault victims, so he will also have to mind his manners to stay out of trouble – and jail.
Celebrity Arrest Updates for January 24, 2008
L.A. Sheriff Tells Paps to Watch It
The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department has declared open season on the paparazzi. Because of a flood of recent complaints by residents and business owners in West Hollywood, the sheriff’s department has issued a warning to the paparazzi that the laws will be strictly enforced. They are hoping to cut down on all of the speeding, reckless driving and the general madness that ensues when the paps are chasing down celebrities in the area.
Kiefer Sutherland Sprung from Jail
By all accounts, Kiefer Sutherland was a model inmate at the Glendale California City Jail, but now he gets a chance to be a model citizen on the outside. Sutherland was released from jail on January 21st after serving time for his most recent DUI arrest. He served exactly 48 days behind bars.
OJ Simpson’s Bail Doubled
The judge at OJ Simpson’s bail revocation hearing had some choice words for him before ordering that his bail be doubled and that 15 percent of it be paid in cash before he was released. Clark County District Judge Jackie Glass scolded Simpson in open court, saying that she didn’t know if he was arrogant, ignorant, or both. Simpson had not paid his $125,000 bail, so Glass ordered that his bail be doubled to $250,000 and that he pony up some cash before getting out of jail again. Glass told Simpson in no uncertain terms that if he violates the terms of his bail again, he will be in jail until his trial starts on April 7th.
Restraining Order against Randy Moss
No criminal charges have been filed against Randy Moss, but Rachelle Washington has been to court and obtained a restraining order against the NFL star. Washington alleges that Moss committed battery against her, causing serious injury and then refused to allow her to get medical attention for her injuries. Moss denies the allegations and is preparing with his team, the New England Patriots, for Super Bowl XLII on February 3rd against the New York Giants.
Brian Transeau’s Child Found
Musician Brian Transeau’s three-year-old daughter was missing for about a month and was finally found on January 15th. The little girl was abducted from Transeau’s hotel room in Maryland by her mother, Ashley Duffy. Duffy had been there to visit the child, but decided to take off with her rather than leave her with Transeau, who has custody. Duffy was arrested for “out-of-state child abduction from the lawful custodian” and “out-of-state child detention from the lawful custodian”and taken to Lynwood Jail.
Gary Collins Does His Time
Gary Collins turned himself in at the Glendale, California City Jail on January 14th. He elected to pay $75 per day to do his time at Glendale, rather than do his time at the L.A. County jail. He spent 96 hours behind bars in connection with his DUI accident, which caused an elderly man’s death. While Collins was technically not at fault in the accident, he was charged, and pleaded no contest to DUI.
Celebrity Arrest Updates for January 17, 2008
“Pulp Fiction” Co-Writer Behind Bars
Roger Avary, who co-wrote “Pulp Fiction” with Quentin Tarantino, was arrested on January 13th on suspicion of manslaughter and felony DUI. Avary was driving in Ojai, California when he crashed his car. His wife was injured and his other passenger, Andreas Zini, was killed in the wreck. Avary was released from jail on $50,000 bail.
OJ Simpson Back In Jail
OJ Simpson was flown with his bail bondsman from Florida back to Nevada to be jailed after his bail was revoked on January 11. OJ reportedly violated the terms of his bail when he left a message with his bail bondsman in an alleged attempt to get a message to one of his co-defendants. OJ had been ordered not to have any contact with his co-defendants in the sports memorabilia hotel armed robbery case. OJ will be back in court on January 16th for his bail revocation hearing.
Marion Jones Sentenced
Disgraced Olympic champion Marion Jones was sentenced to six months in prison on January 11th for lying to federal investigators during a steroids investigation and taking part in a check fraud scheme. Although Jones reportedly begged the judge to not separate her from her children, he was unsympathetic and ordered her to do the time although the prosecution had not necessarily pushed for a jail sentence.
Michelle Rodriguez Released
“Lost” star Michelle Rodriguez found her way out of jail on January 9th after serving only 18 days behind bars for violating her DUI probation. The judge had ordered Rodriguez to serve 180 days in jail and had specified that she would not be eligible for early release. The judge was reportedly not pleased about the Sheriff’s plans to release Rodriguez early, but said that it was ultimately up to the Sheriff to run the jail. Apparently the Sheriff felt that it was important to treat Rodriguez like any other inmate, and therefore she was released after serving 10 percent of her time because the jail is overcrowded.
Little Defendant, Big Win in Court
Matt Roloff, star of the reality show “Little People, Big World,” had his day in court on January 9th for a DUI charge. Roloff waived his right to a jury trial and had the case decided by the judge. The judge heard the case and found Roloff not guilty of DUI. His DUI lawyer had argued that he was just a little tired when cops saw him swerve last June.
Kid Rock Waffle Pop Case Postponed
Kid Rock was scheduled to be arraigned in Dekalb County, Georgia on January 7th, but the case was postponed. This case is in connection with an arrest for misdemeanor battery at a Waffle House restaurant last October. The arraignment was rescheduled for February 4th; however, the Dekalb County Solicitors say the case may not go forward without more evidence.