Houston Texans runningback Ryan Moats had only seconds to get to the hospital to see his dying mother-in-law when a Dallas police officer pulled him over for running a red light and threatened to arrest him, forcing him to miss the last moments of his relative’s life.
Officer Robert Powell drew his gun at one point and said, “I can screw you over.” When another officer confirmed that Ryan’s mother-in-law was indeed dying, Robert replied, “All right. I’m almost done.”
Dallas Police Chief David Kukle apologized and described Robert’s behavior as “inappropriate.” “His behavior, in my opinion, did not exhibit the common sense, the discretion, the compassion, that we expect our officers to exhibit,” he said.
Robert has been reassigned to dispatch pending an investigation.
In a radio interview, Ryan said, “All I know is what he did was wrong. He stole a moment away from me that I can never get back. I’m really not the judge on what should happen to him.” [Source: The Washington Post]
We knew that Suri Cruise was the most powerfully stylish pre-schooler, like, ever, but we didn’t realize just how far her influence had spread. Even an internationally famous popstar like Lily Allen is now copying her image by the looks of this photo of Lily leaving her gig in Shepherd’s Bush, London. While the Suri look is far from practical (who needs to “see,” anyway?), it shows off that glossy brunette hair something wonderful. With Madonna looking to her tween daughter Lourdes for fash-piration, kids are clearly where it’s at. Next up, Shiloh and Zahara start advising Fergie and Avril Lavigne! (And God knows they need it.) [Photos: Splash News Online]
Barack Obama is the first sitting President to be on the Tonight Show, the first to bravely show off his abs, and the first to hold a live Internet video chat. For the chat, held yesterday, The White House opened itself to questions from the general public and more than 100,000 were received. People then voted on which questions they wanted to hear Obama answer, and wouldn’t you know, one of the top inquiries they got was about legalizing pot.
The question posed asked whether legalizing marijuana might stimulate the economy by allowing the government to regulate and tax it. After realizing that that was one of the top questions on people’s minds, Obama joked, “I don’t know what this says about the online audience.” It says they cared enough to pause Pineapple Express for a half a second to send you a message, Barry! Take it as a compliment.
But Obama got stern when he firmly responded: “No, I don’t think that is a good strategy to grow the economy.” Later, the White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said he thought maybe marijuana advocates had stuffed the online voting boxes to get their question heard, and Norml, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (we love a good acronym), admits that they did tell their supporters to “let the president know that millions of American voters believe that the time has come to tax and regulate marijuana.” Hey, maybe they just want to be taxed in advance because they know they won’t pay them in the future, like Method Man. [Source: NYTimes; Photo: AFP]
It’s official – a judge today confirmed that T.I. will be livin’ his life behind bars for 366 days. The rapper was sentenced this morning to serve a year and one day in a Georgia prison, as part of a plea deal for his 2007 felony weapons charge. “Today I would like to say thank you to some, and apologize to all,” he said in court. “Everything I learned was through trial and error. I’ve learned lessons in my life to put in my music so people won’t make the same mistakes as I.”
The judge praised the rapper for the community service he’s done as part of his deal, saying, “I think this has been a great experiment.”
T.I.’s gotta turn himself in during the next 30-60 days, but E! Online reports that he’s not expected to do so before May 19th. [Photo: GettyImages]
Did Zac Efron drop out of the Footloose remake because he couldn’t bear another screamy premiere? We wouldn’t blame him if he did. In London last night for the premiere of his latest offering 17 Again, the predictable hysterical hordes of teen girls got themselves into a right state, one even being attended to by a paramedic. The film hardly gathered the cream of London celebrity either, with X-Factor rejects, soap actresses and glamor models making up the more famous guests. And doesn’t Zac look thrilled to be there (see the gallery below). Oh dear. Like our other reluctant dreamboatRobert Pattinson, expect to see Zac in an edgy, “arty” experimental flick soon.
We always laugh at those PSA’s that show a pothead melting into their couch or running over a small child (sorry, but that’s just comedy). Those never seemed like real dangers of weed. What they should do is make a commercial about how pot will make you forget to pay your taxes. We all remember the huge trouble Willie Nelson got in with the IRS a few years ago, and now Method Man is admitting that the number one reason the New York State Department of Taxation knocked on his door to literally collect everything he owned is because of his pot smoking. Method Man told the NY Daily News:
“Myself, I’m a pothead. It’s no secret. Everyone knows that. I go on the road and forget everything else. Sure, [the tax department] sent letters to my house saying, ‘We need this money.’ They started sending them in 2002. Here it is, 2009, and I never paid this sh*t because I don’t think like that!”
If that wasn’t entertaining enough, he continued:
“I could have easily just written them a check for whatever amount, but no — I waited until they knocked on this door and were like, ‘We got your truck and we outta here.’ Now I’m thinking we’ve gotta get our truck back, which means I have to get all my paperwork together. That means days of going through mail, ’cause I got mail like woah. I’ve found checks from 2005 that have never been opened yet. And we’re talking a significant amount of money! But I never opened [the tax department's] letters … so this is how the tax man came.”
Let that be a lesson to all of you users of the gateway drug. Not only will pot make you forget to pay taxes, but you will probably also tell a large media outlet way more information than they asked you for. [Photo: WireImage]
Rihanna is continuing her bi-coastal pub crawl, and stopped by Nobu on Wednesday for an evening of dinner, drinks and D-Listers. The starlet, who is rebounding after her allegedly ass-whooping by Chris Brown, didn’t let her protective female (!) bodyguard get in the way of her flirting. The songbird chatted with a group of dudes, including doe-eyed Hills hunk, Brody Jenner.
The next night, RiRi hit up Delux in L.A., and cozied up to Brody’s BFF, Frankie Delgado, whose career remains a mystery. A source on the scene says, “Rihanna was all over Frankie Delgado! She was snuggling with him on her couch and the two were all about each other. Rihanna gave Frankie a lap type dance when Destiny’s Child’s song ‘Bug-A-Boo’ started playing.”
The singer apparently downed vodka drinks and was “having a blast.” Photo: Splash News Online]
Holly Madison joins the list of Dancing With The Stars contestants who have injuries.
“After experiencing pain in her rib area, Holly received medical attention,” her rep said. “While she is not suffering from a broken rib, she does continue to feel a great deal of discomfort and was prescribed pain medication.”
Oohhh, what kind? Holly doing the tango while all hopped up on Vicodin will surely be entertaining.
“She is committed to the show and her partner, Dmitry, and will rest when she can,” he said. “She fully hopes and, at this time, expects to dance on Monday.”
Holly reportedly first injured herself while dancing the samba and when it came time to tango this week, she just couldn’t. Holly joins a long list of DWTS contestants who have suffered injuries. Gilles Marini, Steve-O, and Steve Wozniak have all hurt themselves. [Source: E! Online; Photo: Getty Images]
Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi makes love to a Western Bacon Thickburger in this new ad for Hardees. Padma does some shopping for exotic spices and then picks up a Western Bacon Thickburger, sits on her steps, hikes up her skirt, lets her bra fall out a little bit and goes to town on her lunch – because, you know, that’s how everyone eats their Hardees. Especially appetizing is when some mustard falls on Padma’s sweaty ankle, and she wipes it up with her finger and eats that too. MMMMM
We, along with Justin Guarini and just about anyone else who has tuned in to American Idol this season, totally called it that those group numbers they’ve been singing were lip-synced.
In one of our first recaps from this season we mentioned that it was painfully obvious that the music we were hearing during the group song didn’t totally match the lips we were watching, but Idol producers denied the claim. A few weeks ago a spokesman for Idol said simply, “The Idols don’t lip-sync, period.” But now he’s changing his lip-synced tune. Seems that enough people started to notice, so they had to come clean.
That spokesman, Manfred Westphal, released a message yesterday saying, “Due to extensive choreography and to balance their voices with open mikes against a screaming audience, the Idols do sing along to their own pre-recorded vocal track during the group performances only.” Even though it’s just a pre-recorded track and not a full-on Milli Vanilla scandal, we’re glad to hear them admit what we’ve been noticing all along.
If only they could somehow find a way to body-sync so they wouldn’t have to worry about that pesky choreography, the contestants seem to be struggling with that a lot more than the singing. [Photo: Getty Images]