We don’t usually come across stories about celebrities who have killed people (or attempted to kill people) that often, but this week there are at least three coming out of Tinseltown. The first story, which we first reported back in June, has to do with former Melrose Place actress Amy Locane. Locane is being indicted on charges of aggravated manslaughter and assault by automobile after killing a motorist in New Jersey. She admitted at the scene that she had been drinking that day. If convicted, she faces up to thirty-five years in prison.
The second celeb to face the court this week is Shelley Malil, the actor from The 40-Year-Old Virgin, who received a life sentence yesterday for attempted murder. Malil stabbed his ex-girlfriend Kendra Beebe twenty times in 2008 after she spent time with another man. He will be eligible for parole in twelve years. Finally, the bizarre case of the Food Network chef Juan Carlos Cruz came to a close this week when the chef was sentenced to nine years in prison for soliciting two homeless men to kill his wife. TMZ has the full, bizarre story on Cruz, which involves a murder-suicide pact and is totally a Law And Order episode waiting to happen.
Happy week before Christmas, everyone, and may you nestle all snug in your bed knowing that Hollywood’s most volatile celebs are locked up tight.
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You mess with the Bieb, you get the…um…sweet smile and adorable wink? In case there was any question in your mind, Justin Bieber has been cleared of criminal charges stemming from an incident in which a 12-year-old boy claimed Bieber punched in him the face at a Canadian arcade. “This investigation into the incident is now complete and no charges will be forwarded as the evidence collected [doesn’t] support doing so,” said Corporal Turley of the Richmond Royal Canadian Mounted Police, suggesting that Justin Bieber has officially become so charming, he has gained total control over the Mounties.
Initially Justin was accused of the crime on October 15 at the Planet Lazer Entertainment Center in Richmond, British Columbia. Evidence quickly came out, however, that his tiny accuser had been bullying Bieber with homophobic slurs. You might think being heckled by a seventh-grader when you’re a high-school-age pop star wouldn’t be so intimidating. If so, you have clearly never been to Canada. [Photo: Getty Images]
Supreme Court, Santa Claus…anyone want to help this guy? Wesley Snipes told Larry King Live last night that he hasn’t given up on evading his three-year prison sentence for tax evasion. “We still have prayers out there, Larry, and we believe in miracles,” said the Passenger 57 star. “Don’t send me up the river, yet.” Wesley is scheduled to be sent up the river Thursday, more than two and a half years after his sentencing.
Snipes, who still argues his accountants and handlers hold all the blame for his negligence (“the system seems to not be working for me”), previously put in a request to stay out of jail until 2011, because…you know, the holidays! Denying Snipes’ Christmas wish, the court noted he has had since 2008 to “put his affairs in order.” “The sooner he begins his sentence,” said Judge Scrooge, “the sooner it will end.” What a humbug!
It turns out James Franco wasn’t born with many leather-bound books and an apartment smelling like rich mahogany, like we had believed. While appearing on a new episode Inside The Actor’s Studio, James Franco admitted to getting up to some trouble as a tween. Or to put it another way, Franco owned and operated the black market at his middle school. “I guess my life of crime started by stealing cologne,” Franco explains, which undoubtedly made host James Lipton’s beard pop right off his skull. Only Franco could make filching things from the mall seem seem sexy. It started with cologne, now he’s stealing hearts, movie roles, your girlfriend and/or boyfriend…
Says the 127 Hours actor, “We’d keep them [cologne sample bottles] in the locker, in our gym locker at school and we’d sell some from the lockers.” Franco also discusses also working at a McDonald’s after dropping out of college his first time around, where at “the drive-through window…I would practice accents.” See, maybe the guy who sold stuff out of his gym locker and worked at McDonald’s from your junior high will turn out to be a Golden Globe winner! But almost certainly he won’t. [Photo: Getty Images]
Don’t ever cross this mom. Nicole Richie got a restraining order against paparazzo Fabricio Luis Mariotto, for generally being a lunatic. The Ã‚Â weirdo was hounding the premises of he preschool that Nicole’s two-year-old daughter, Harlow, attends. We’re taking about stalking a baby girl, just for photos. And just because that wasn’t enough crossing the line already, Nicole’s court papers stated, “[Mariotto] drives erratically around my children and others, yells, screams and attempts to scare us so that he can photograph our reaction.Ã‚Â He trespasses on preschool property to photograph the children. He has often left his car in the middle of a busy street just to chase me for a photograph.” That sort of behavior should warrant jail time, and not just a restraining order.
Either way, Nicole’s now looking to make the temporary order permanent so that Mariotto can’t come anywhere near her kids again. And she’s ready to testify against him in a court hearing happening this week. Good for you, momma. She’s raring to go and put this dude in his place.
We know how serious this situation is, and support her endeavor. But can we just say that the source who told Radaronline about this story gives the best quotes, ever? We cracked up when we read that they said, “Don’t let Nicole’s pint size and soft voice fool anyone. Nicole might be tiny, but she is mighty.” Oh look…is it a bird, is it a plane… no, it’s SuperMom!
They continued, “Nicole won’t give this rogue photographer the gratification of getting a reaction. The photographer wrongly thought that he could illicit a gotcha moment by laying in wait at Harlow’s school and yelling at Nicole trying to get a reaction. Nicole won’t dignify that.Ã‚Â Little did the photographer realize that when someone messes with her kidsÃ‚Â she goes into mother bear mode, big time.”Ã‚Â When the hearing’s over, and the inevitable search-for-the-story begins, please let this source be the one relating the events?
All jokes aside, we really do hope the decision’s in favor of Nicole and her kids. Stalking children, or anyone for that matter, should not be condoned.
This story can’t be told in just one toke, erm, take. Apparently, country music star Willie Nelson was arrested for possession of pot this weekend. He was on his tour bus en route to Austin, Texas from California when the Border Patrol police found the high-herbs on him at a checkpoint. Not the best way to start the morning, because he was supposedly busted at 9 am. No word on whether he had his morning hit of …coffee, by then.
Willie’s bail of $2,500 bond was posted the same day, so no harm, no foul. Besides, he’s used to being caught with “stuff” on his person. Never-learns-his-lesson-Nelson was busted in 2006 for pot and mushrooms when his tour bus was stopped in Louisiana because, as a spokesperson explained, “The tour bus was stopped on a common interstate vehicle inspection, and when the trooper approached the bus door a strong odor of marijuana was detected…” He was charged then, as he was this time, for a misdemeanor.
Next time, Willie, make sure you open the windows, or a light a candle or something. Especially when you know the po-po are a stop away. Duh.
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Jesus, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Muhammad Ali…and now T.I.. At least that’s how the rapper sees his return to prison for probation violation, comparing his troubles to those of the aforementioned heroes in a Vibe Magazine cover story. “[People] did it to every great person you could possibly think of. When it was all good, they was with them. When things got bad, then they was against them.” But King didn’t fail a drug test while on probation for federal gun charges, you say? Well, the guy who recorded King can explain that, too. “The person who was just in jail for machine guns and silencers turns his life around. And now you want to crucify him—for what? Three pills. I mean, of course it’s wrong and unacceptable and inexcusable. No problem. But in the grand scheme of things, it’s rather petty…All that could have been going wrong—if I was riding with more guns, or if I had gotten into a shoot-out and killed somebody, then I could see that. But just think about it. I’ve gotten it down to this much.” For the record, killing someone in a shoot-out while on probation would probably get you more than the 11 months T.I. is scheduled to serve.
It should also be noted that T.I. got a remarkably light sentence the first time around, spending a year shooting movies, recording tracks and starring in a reality show about his community service before serving 9 months in prison. In fact, it might be the fact that he was supposed to be a role model for kids that got him sent away for just a little bitty bit of chemical abuse, which T.I. claims started with legal pain pills. “I had like five, six prescriptions. So I had, like 80 pills. Everybody else might have a drink or smoke a blunt, I took a pain pill. Times when I had 18-, 20-hour days, I’d take a pain pill. And eventually I developed—I guess—the beginning stages of dependence.” Here’s hoping that dependence ends with the ecstasy cops found in his car.
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And now for the most awful post we have ever written. Michael L. Brea, an actor who has appeared on Ugly Betty and in the film Step Up 3D, reportedly murdered his mother with a samurai sword while screaming passages from the Bible. The slaying took place early this morning around 2 AM in his Brooklyn apartment. Neighbors heard the sounds of screaming and frantic footsteps, and police were summoned soon after.
“I heard him chasing her [his mother] through the house and just saying a bunch of [Bible] passages like, ‘Repent, Repent, Repent,'” a neighbor told WPIX 11 News. “I heard him chasing her through the house, and [then] I heard a loud scream. So I had my father call the cops.”
“I had just dozed off to go to sleep and then I woke up to somebody screaming,” said another resident. “It sounded like lady’s voice and after I while I just didn’t hear the woman’s voice again.”
The police found the apartment “extremely bloody,” and discovered Brea’s 55-year-old mother Yannick lying on the floor, bleeding from multiple stab wounds. One source claims that she was decapitated. Medical services say that she was dead on the scene. Authorities had to tazer the young actor before bringing him to Kings County Hospital for psychiatric evaluation. His condition is described as “emotionally disturbed.”
No charges have yet been filed, and no explanation why the horrific crime took place. But more details to come.
Guess who got her license back? Following almost four years of consistent DUI arrests and probation violations, The Betty Ford Clinic and the LA Country Probation Dept. agree that Lindsay Lohan is ready to drive again. Both parties claim the Mean Girls star isn’t receiving preferential treatment, which makes us kind of scared about how many recidivist drunk drivers are zooming around California. Can’t they wait until she’s actually finished her 90-day rehab stint?
Well, apparently they did, as LiLo was freed from the clinic only three weeks into her planned stay. Three months of rehab, three weeks of rehab…what’s the difference, really? Word is she went straight to the DMV, picked up her license, and immediately rented a car. To be fair, she might need it for her outpatient work: she’ll be enjoying near-daily sessions of therapy and counseling, as well as two drug tests a week, in exchange for freedom. Still, shouldn’t they have warned other drivers first?
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More than two years after Wesley Snipes was sentenced to three years in prison for tax evasion, it looks like the action star will have to start serving his term. U.S. District Judge Terrell Hodges denied a request for a new trial and revoked bail for Snipes in a Miami court this morning. “The time has come for the judgment to be enforced,” said Hodges, ordering Blade to surrender himself to the court immediately. Snipes didn’t file income tax returns from 1999 to 2001, with prosecutors accusing him of hiding up to $39 million. Two of his money handlers, who he’s on occasion blamed for his woes, were previously given ten and four-and-a-half year sentences.
Snipes has put a lot of work in to avoid this day, challenging the location of his trial, refusing to answer questions regarding his debts and even leaving the country to work on movies. Will he turn himself in peacefully or find himself needed on a film shoot with Roman Polanski?
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