Tag: Celebrity legal affairs

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People

Actor Anthony Mackie arrested in NYC on DWI charge

In this April 22, 2103 file photo, Anthony Mackie arrives at the LA Premiere of “Pain and Gain” at the TCL Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Anthony Mackie has been arrested in New York City on a driving while intoxicated charge.

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People

LaBelle son testifies for bodyguard in Texas trial

Singer Patti LaBelle leaves the courtroom after testifying at the Harris County Criminal Courthouse for the lawsuit against her bodyguard Efram Holmes on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Mayra Beltran) HOUSTON (AP) — The son of singer Patti LaBelle told a Texas jury on Friday that he was hit in the face by a man at a Houston airport terminal after the man shouted racial slurs at his mother. Zuri Edwards testified in the misdemeanor assault trial of his mother’s bodyguard, Efrem Holmes, 45, who hit Richard King at the Bush Intercontinental Airport in 2011.

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Entertainment

Appeals court upholds dismissal of ‘Soul Man’ suit

by Brett BarrouquereAssociated Press Writer Sam Moore may be “The Legendary Soul Man,” but a federal appeals court says he doesn’t have sole use of the title. The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld the dismissal of Moore’s suit against the Weinstein Company and MGM studios over the 2008 film “Soul Men” and its soundtrack and promotions.

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Entertainment

Marvin Gaye’s children sue Robin Thicke over ‘Blurred Lines’

This file photo shows singer-actress Nona Gaye by Anthony McCartneyAP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two of Marvin Gaye’s children sued Robin Thicke and his collaborators on the hit song “Blurred Lines” on Wednesday, accusing them of copyright infringement and alleging music company EMI failed to protect their father’s legacy. Nona Marvisa Gaye and Frankie Christian Gaye’s suit is the latest salvo in a dispute over Thicke’s hit and whether it copies elements of Gaye’s song “Got to Give It Up.” Their lawsuit seeks to block Thicke and collaborators Pharrell and T.I. from using elements of their father’s music in “Blurred Lines” or other songs.

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People

Chris Brown heading to rehab after assault charge

Singer Chris Brown is surrounded by bodyguards as he departs the H. Carl Moultriel courthouse Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) by Anthony McCartneyAssociated Press Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Troubled singer Chris Brown is heading to rehab. A representative for the R&B star announced Tuesday that Brown has decided to go to rehab a day after he was released from jail following his arrest for allegedly punching another man in Washington, D.C. Brown remains on probation after his 2009 attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna and could face jail time as a result of the arrest.

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Entertainment

Quincy Jones sues Michael Jackson’s estate

This Feb. 1, 1993 file photo shows Pop superstar Michael Jackson performing during the halftime show at the Super Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. by Anthony McCartneyAP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Quincy Jones sued Michael Jackson’s estate claiming he is owed millions in royalties and production fees on some of the superstar’s greatest hits. Jones’ lawsuit Friday seeks at least $10 million from the singer’s estate and Sony Music Entertainment, claiming the entities improperly re-edited songs to deprive him of royalties and production fees. The music has been used in the film “This Is It” and a pair of Cirque du Soleil shows based on the King of Pop’s songs, the lawsuit states. Jones also claims that he should have received a producer’s credit on the music in “This Is It.” His lawsuit seeks an accounting of the estate’s profits from the works so that Jones can determine how much he is owed.

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People

Police: Chris Brown charged with felony assault in DC

In this Feb. 10, 2013 file photo, Chris Brown arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — Chris Brown was arrested early Sunday in Washington after a fight broke out near the W Hotel, police said, complicating an already snarled legal history for the Grammy Award-winning R&B singer.

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People

Cee Lo pleads not guilty to giving woman ecstasy; DA rejects rape charge

Singer Cee Lo Green, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, left, listens as attorney Blair Berk speaks during his arraignment at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Mel Melcon, Pool) by Anthony McCartneyAssociated Press Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cee Lo Green pleaded not guilty on Monday to giving a woman ecstasy at a Los Angeles restaurant during a 2012 dinner, and prosecutors declined to file a rape count against the singer because of insufficient evidence.

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National

Harry Belafonte takes Martin Luther King’s heirs to court over documents

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Harry Belafonte (Courier File Photo) by Rose Arce NEW YORK (CNN) — Harry Belafonte, one of the nation’s most prominent African-American performers and social activists, is suing the children of the nation’s pre-eminent civil rights leader, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The battle between the families of civil rights titans, over three documents, is detailed in a federal court lawsuit Belafonte filed against Bernice King, Dexter King and Martin Luther King III.

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Opinion

Dr. Boyce: Kenan’s comments about Black women give us excuse NOT to watch SNL

Kenan Thompson I’ve been a fan of Saturday Night Live since I was a child. I enjoyed watching the likes of Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock and many of the other amazing comedians who’ve come through the show over the years. Also, non-Black comedians, like Amy Poehler, Seth Meyers, Chevy Chase and others have set the standard in their genre. In fact, I haven’t even touched the surface when it comes to the long list of talented people who got their start on SNL.