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Chicago’s Civil Lawsuit Against Jussie Smollett Could Be Dismissed

7 Sep

Jussie Smollett‘s lawyers have filed a motion to dismiss a civil lawsuit against him seeking $130K.

Its no secret that actor Jussie Smollett best known for his leading role on the television series Empire, has been accused of making up an elaborate story of being the victim of an attack outside his apartment in Chicago by two men who allegedly had on MAGA caps. Two hunky Nigerian aspiring actors later admitted that they were the MAGA guys but claimed they were put up to the whole thing by Smollett himself.

Criminal charges stemming from the incident were dropped back in March after Cook County’s top prosecutor, Kim Foxx declined to prosecute the actor after Jussie forfeited his $10,000 bond and agreed to perform community service. However, the City of Chicago continued its public campaign to derail the actor, with everyone from the mayor to police chief holding press conferences shaming the actor for allegedly filing a false police report. (Even if true, he wouldn’t have been the first person of privilege to file a false police report, and he certainly won’t be the last.)

Then Mayor Rahm Emanuel called it a “whitewash of justice” and suggested Smollett received special treatment: “You cannot have, because of a person’s position, one set of rules apply to them and another set of rules apply to everybody else.”

Donald Trump Tweets About Jussie Smollett

Even US President Donald Trump threw in his 3 cents, tweeting: “FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation!” ABC7 Chicago reported that the “FBI is reviewing the circumstances surrounding the dismissal of criminal charges.” According to TMZ, the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police filed a complaint with the Department of Justice.

The actor was later fired from Empire. To make matters worse, the city of Chicago sued the Jussie Smollett seeking reimbursement for the $130K they spent vigorously investigating the alleged hoax attack.  The Chicago Police Department claims to have logged 1,836 hours in overtime trying to resolve the case.

Lawyers for the actor are now asserting that while Smollett is not admitting he staged the incident,  the decision to spend so much time and resources investigating is squarely on law enforcement.

“My client from the beginning has maintained his innocence and disputed the city’s allegations,” said William J. Quinlan, of The Quinlan Law Firm, who filed the motion. He noted that “it’s going to be very difficult for the city to prevail in making a case my client should pay for overtime for a case ultimately dismissed by the state’s attorney.

“It’s ridiculous and a stretch to require him to do so.” “This lawsuit was only filed by the former mayor … out of frustration for the state’s attorney dismissing the charges,” said Quinlan.

U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall, who is hearing the case, said she will rule in October on whether the city could move forward with its lawsuit to redeem the costs.

 

Fetty Wap ARRESTED and CHARGED with ASSAULT of hotel employees!!!

4 Sep

The one eyed rapper, Fetty Wap, whose legal name is Willie Maxwell  was arrested on 3 counts of battery this past Sunday.

Las Vegas local news outlets reported that he hit a parking attendant after getting into an argument. Police originally said Fetty wapped an employee but later said he “committed a battery” on three people.

Fetty Wap Arrested

PHOTO CREDIT: Instagram / @fettywap1738

This isn’t Fetty’s first brush with the law. Back in late 2017, he was arrested and charged with DUI after police say he was caught drag racing another car on a New York City highway.  No word on whether his “trap queen” was accompanying him in either of the ALLEGED incidents.

 

Rapper Coolio arrested in unpaid Vegas ticket case

11 Mar

Rapper Coolio was arrested Friday in Las Vegas on a warrant charging him with failure to appear in court on a traffic ticket almost two years ago.

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Coolio, 48, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr., was a passenger in a vehicle officers stopped about 2:20 a.m. several blocks east of the Las Vegas Strip, Officer Laura Meltzer said.

Ivey was sought on a warrant charging him with failure to appear on an illegal stop and driving without a license summons issued in June 2010.

He was freed later in the day.

Teen Mom 2′s Jenelle Evans Arrested Again On Cyber Stalking Charges

6 Mar

Reality show, “Teen Mom 2” star Jenelle Evans found herself back in the Brunswick County courthouse yesterday on charges of misdemeanor stalking. According to E! News,  the 20-year-old mom’s recent arrest is due to accusations made by her former boss James Duffy, which resulted in an arrest warrant.

Jenelle’s agent, Leo Daniels claims that Jenelle turned herself into authorities in order to clear her name after returning home from the Teen Mom reunion in New York City.

He tells E!, “Duffy filed cyberstalking charges against the MTV celebrity. She has not posted anything about him in a long time. Duffy came up with these accusations…Jenelle was aware of the warrant because Duffy posted all about it on Facebook and Twitter on Friday. Jenelle was in New York over the weekend. When she returned home, she went up to see what was going on. She was read the charges and they let her go.”

Jenelle and her old boss have participated in a hateful merry-go-round of nasty Facebook and Twitter harassment after Duffy, allegedly, posted pictures online of Jenelle’s wild, party girl ways. As if anyone was shocked by that. Yesterday’s arrest marked the third time this year the young mom has been put behind bars…and it’s barely March! This time around, Jenelle was released a few hours after she was booked, having to post $1000 bond.

Jenelle is due back in court on March 23.

 

Source: RealityTea

Uh-oh…Chris Brown to be interviewed by Police for Theft

3 Mar

Chris Brown may be in big trouble with the State of Florida. He may be “formally interviewed” by Florida authorities following accusations that he stole a fan’s cellphone.

The 23-year-old singer is currently on probation for assaulting his former girlfriend and pop star Rihanna three years ago.

Christal Spann, a fan of Chris’, alleges that the Grammy Award-winning singer became aggravated after she took a picture of him in Miami, according to the Belfast Telegraph.

She claims that the singer grabbed her iPhone, yelled, “B***h, you ain’t going to put that on the Internet”, then drove off in his Bentley.

After Christal filed a police report, the Miami-Dade Police Department launched an investigation into the matter and authorities are now eager to question Chris.

“The Florida State’s Attorney’s Office has asked Chris’ attorney, Mark Geragos, for the opportunity to formally interview Chris,” a source told RadarOnline. “At this point it appears that won’t happen, which isn’t uncommon. The prosecutor handling the case is working with the cops in interviewing the alleged victim and the witnesses. Chris has an attorney for a reason, and Mark is in constant communications with the District Attorney in Miami, it’s not as if Brown has gone on radio silence.”

If Chris is arrested, his probation for his felony battery charge against Rihanna is likely to be instantly revoked. If that should occur, Chris could spend time in jail for violation of probation, despite whether or not he is actually found guilty of theft.

The singer understands the gravity of the allegations.

“Chris wouldn’t need to be convicted in the Miami case to cause problems with his probation, just charged,” the source continued. “The conditions of his felony probation are very, very strict. Chris must obey all laws and not be arrested for any other crimes. This could be a huge nightmare for his probation if he is arrested and charged.”

“Make no mistake, Chris is taking this very seriously. He knows that one arrest could unleash a wave of new legal problems for him because he is still on felony probation.”

Chris is deeply concerned, but remains optimistic about the outcome.

“Chris is letting his lawyer, Mark Geragos, deal with the Florida State’s Attorney’s Office. He will do whatever his attorney asks him to do,” the source explained. “He is no longer in Miami, but if he needs to return for any reason, he certainly will. Chris has nothing to hide.”

“Chris is telling friends that he has done nothing wrong. He is hopeful that the evidence and the true facts of the case will result in no charges being made against him.”

Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/entertainment/news/chris-brown-to-be-interviewed-for-theft-16125700.html#ixzz1o7M5CDwN

Ex-Tarzan Actor Arrested, Tigers Taken

1 Mar


The actor who played Tarzan in several films has been arrested in Florida after state wildlife officers seized two tigers and a leopard from his home.

Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers said actor Steve Sipek did not have the necessary permits to keep the exotic animals, according to a Florida  television station WPBF.

Sipek said he feels he’s being targeted by wildlife officials.

He said he’s being treated “like I’m a criminal,” even though he said he’s paid his insurance so as not to break the law.

“I have an animal that needs help right now,” Sipek told WPBF. “She needs medication twice a day and they took her away from me now. Who’s going to take care of her now? Who? Who’s going to do it?”

Authorities said there had been repeated failure to correct violations, including multiple bites and escapes, fencing and caging deficiencies, and feeding animals an improper diet.  The animals were taken to a sanctuary in central Florida.

Sipek starred as the title character in several Tarzan movies through 1972. He made headlines in 2004 after one of his tigers escaped from his property and was shot to death.

This is what he used to look like….

Chris Brown arrest warrant: Robbery by snatching could land singer in jail

28 Feb

Police in Miami are preparing an arrest warrant for Chris Brown. The singer was leaving a Miami nightclub on Sunday when he allegedly snatched a woman’s $500 white iPhone out of her hand and drove away with it.

According to the report, posted here by E!Online, Christal Spann, a fan of Brown’s, saw Brown and artist Tyga outside Cameo club on Sunday night. She took a picture of him with her phone while he was getting into his car — not an uncommon occurrence when a person with a camera phone spots a high-profile celebrity.

Brown wasn’t having it, though. According to the police report, he shouted, “B****, you ain’t putting that on no website,” grabbed her phone, rolled up his window… and drove away with it. The Florida State Attorney’s Office is issuing a warrant for Brown’s arrest for suspicion of “robbery by sudden snatching.”

Brown, of course, is still on probation after beating then-girlfriend (and current collaborator) Rihanna three years ago. A five-year probation was part of his sentence for felony assault. If he’s convicted of robbery, he would be in violation of his probation and could possibly serve significant jail time.

Rapper Jim Jones Arrested By Police After Fight At Casino

27 Feb

Jim Jones was involved in a fight outside of a Connecticut casino that ended when police intervened and arrested The Capo. Apparently five officers weren’t enough to intimidate Jones who allegedly resisted arrest until police subdued the rapper with pepper spray.

Jim Jones was on his way out from a party hosted by Diddy at the MGM Grand in Foxwoods when a man, who remains unnamed, approached the rapper. The man, who may have been intoxicated, wasn’t a fan of Jones and apparently began harassing him, and the rapper managed to ignore the individual until the man became violent and clocked Jim Jones in the face.

Jones claims he was only trying to protect himself when he responded to the attack in kind, and the scuffle soon turned into a brawl after the crews of the two men entered the fray. Police soon arrived on the scene and attempted to put down the fight, but found the fight had grown out of control and say they had to use force to subdue those involved.

Jim Jones was among those arrested and the rapper was later released on bond. The rapper has yet to comment on the event but, according to TMZ, police charged him with disturbing the police. Whether or not the individual who allegedly initiated the scuffle was charged remains to be seen.

Source: http://thisbeatgoes.com/hip-hop-news/rapper-jim-jones-arrested-by-police-after-fight-at-casino/

Lindsay Lohan in ‘home stretch’ of her probation, judge says

23 Feb

A new path may be in store for actress, drug scandaled Lindsay Lohan.
She’s almost done with probation!
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Lindsay Lohan had another positive day in court Wednesday, with Judge Stephanie Sautner saying she’s in the “home stretch” of court supervised criminal probation.

Lohan has 14 days of community service — that’s morgue duty — and five more therapy sessions to complete before March 29, the target date the judge laid out when she finally sentenced the actress to “structure” (plus a little jail time) back in November. Rather than dumping a lump sum of probation duties on Lohan as had been done in the past, Sautner laid out a structured path to be completed in monthly increments.

It seems to be working.

“Miss Lohan, you’re in the home stretch,” Sautner told Lohan at the Airport Courthouse, where she’d shown up with attorney Shawn Chapman Holley for a probation progress check, L.A. Now reported. “You seem to be getting your life back on track.”

Lohan was to fulfill her community service and therapy requirements in regular monthly chunks, the judge decided in November.

If everything’s completed by the next hearing, March 29, the remnants of Lohan’s 2007 DUI convictions will “go bye-bye,” the judge said Wednesday, and her probation for misdemeanor theft in 2011 will be converted to summary probation, in which she doesn’t have to meet with a probation officer. She’d still have to avoid breaking any laws, however.

New Details On Scott Storch’s Cocaine Arrest Unveiled

20 Feb

New details have emerged abut music producer, Scott Storch’s arrest for cocaine possession.  He was busted  in Las Vegas.

From SOHH.com

While celebrity producer Scott Storch made headlines last week for recently getting busted in Las Vegas on a cocaine possession charge, new details have emerged claiming it all began with a hotel bill dispute.

Music producer Scott Storch was arrested earlier this month (February) for cocaine possession – and RumorFix has the mugshot. A spokesperson for the Las Vegas Police Department confirmed that Storch was arrested on Saturday, February 4, for possession of a controlled substance; that substance being cocaine. The rep adds, “Police encountered Storch in connection to a dispute call allegedly concerning his Cosmopolitan Hotel bill.” Storch, who has produced music for artists like Christina Aguilera, has since been released. No word on when he’s due in court to face the possession charge. (RumorFix)

Details surrounding his early February arrest emerged online last week.

According to law enforcement, Storch was arrested at a Vegas hotel around 8:30 AM on Feb. 4. Sources tell us … the arrest went down after an employee called police to complain that Storch wouldn’t pay for his room. When cops arrived to the scene, we’re told officers discovered Storch was in possession of cocaine. Storch was hauled to a nearby police station … where he was released on $5k bond. 10:38 AM PST — Storch tried to hide a baggie of cocaine in a trash can at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Vegas before cops arrived … this according to the police report, obtained by TMZ. In the report, the arresting officer says cops fished out the baggie after receiving a tip from hotel security … and discovered it contained 2.7 grams of blow. (TMZ)

In late 2009, Storch spoke on hip-hop artists helping him fight drug addiction.

“It’s just a matter of regaining respect and trust, but as far as track record, I think I have done way above the average producer in the world,” Storch explained in an interview. “My addiction was based on being trapped in it through, not so much, depressionor escape, but it was more like partying too much and having too much fun until it got unhealthy. I just made a change in my life. It really isn’t a battle or a constant thing. Its just something I don’t want to do. I like the way I feel so it hasn’t been a thought…Dre was there for me. I remember Ludacris came over to check on me to make sure I was ok, just having heard stuff. Different people that care about me…my boy Adam. You know, just various people have remained loyal to me. Quincy Jones. I would have to say Timbaland.” (All Hip Hop)

The hitmaker previously talked about the efforts he made to better himself and get back to his music grind.

“I’m taking it back to square one,” he explained in an interview. “I found myself slipping a little bit, got involved in doing drugs and you know, I had to get myself into recovery, realized I was powerless over it and you know, being in the life that I was living, very fast moving, option to do or buy anything you want, go anywhere you wanna go definitely takes its toll on you. And you lose your concept of reality with the drugs and everything, had to get it under control so I’m taking it back to the beginning, back to the Hit Factory where I made a lot of my hits.” (MTV)

Source: Sohh.com

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