Category: Celebrity Justice

Chris Brown accused of 'robbery by sudden snatching' in Miami

Chris Brown

Chris Brown has been accused of "robbery by sudden snatching" after an incident Sunday night in Miami in which he allegedly grabbed a woman's cellphone and drove away with it.

No arrests have been made and no warrants issued, TMZ said Thursday, indicating an investigation was ongoing. According to E! News, the Florida state attorney's office was preparing a warrant for Brown's arrest.

Per the incident report, Christal Spann, 24, and some friends saw Brown leaving Miami Beach's Cameo nightclub by a side door and followed him outside, where she saw Brown get into a black Bentley. Using her iPhone 4S, worth approximately $500, she approached the car and took a picture of him sitting in it, the report said.

It was at that point, she told police, that Brown allegedly reached through the car window, grabbed the phone away from her, called her a name and said, "You ain't going to put that up on no website."

He then allegedly rolled up the car window and drove away with the phone, Spann told police.

Despite positive progress reports, the singer is still on supervised probation related to his 2009 guilty plea to felony assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna. On Feb. 9, a judge in L.A. ordered Brown to continue reporting to a probation officer in his home state of Virginia, rather than going unsupervised because of good behavior.

Though Breezy and Ri-Ri have reconciled to the point of collaborating on a couple of songs together, and Brown recently tweeted that people could hate all they want because he won a Grammy and isn't going anywhere, he still has to obey all laws -- or he could find himself headed to jail on a probation violation.


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Photo: Chris Brown with his Grammy Award in L.A. on Feb. 12. Credit: Robyn Beck / AFP/Getty Images






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Lindsay Lohan in probation 'home stretch,' judge says

Lindsay Lohan in and outside court

Lindsay Lohan had another positive day in court Wednesday, with Judge Stephanie Sautner saying she's in the "home stretch" of a probation saga that dates to 2007.

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.

Though she's still on the hook for five more weeks, Lohan can — with her probation officer's permission — head to New York for a spot of work early in March. It was announced Tuesday that she's going to host "Saturday Night Live" for the first time since 2006.

Lohan's also been cast to play a young Elizabeth Taylor in a made-for-TV flick for Lifetime, TMZ said Tuesday.

What a difference some structure makes?


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Photos: Lindsay Lohan in court, left, and being photographed as she leaves the Airport Courthouse in L.A. on Wednesday. Credits: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images, left; Michael Nelson / EPA, right.





Marston Hefner, Hef's son, accused of assaulting Playmate

Marston Hefner, not shown, is Hugh Hefner's son

Marston Hefner, Hugh Hefner's son, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of domestic violence against girlfriend Claire Sinclair, the 2011 Playmate of the Year.

Marston Hefner was released on $20,000 bond in the wee hours Monday. Pasadena police had responded to a domestic assault call and, upon arrival, determined Sinclair had suffered minor injuries consistent with an assault, L.A. Now reported.

The 21-year-old, Hef's first son with Kimberley Conrad, and 20-year-old L.A. native Sinclair, born Clairissa Irene Riccio, reportedly live together in a Pasadena apartment, where he was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic assault. She is seeking a temporary restraining order against him, according to L.A. Now

Sinclair, who bills herself as a pinup on her retro-chic official website, told E! News that she doesn't want to press charges, despite the restraining order.

"All I want is for Marston to give a public apology," she said Monday, "and I want him to get psychiatric help. I want him to admit that he did hit me more than once."

Hugh Hefner, who on Sunday night was rocking a post-Grammys party at the Playboy mansion, hosted by Diddy, retweeted a picture of himself, his girlfriends and Sinclair at a Music Cares event on Saturday.

He released a statement regarding the arrest, according to TMZ, saying, "If they care about each other, they'll patch it up."

TMZ also posted a picture of Sinclair, only this one was from after the alleged assault. It shows her with a bruised arm.


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Photo: Playboy's Hugh Hefner and his dates arrive at the 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute honoring Paul McCartney on Friday in Los Angeles. Credit: Frederic J. Brown / AFP/Getty Images

Chris Brown's supervised probation will continue

Chris Brown

If it's Grammys weekend, it must be time to check in on Chris Brown and his probation progress in the infamous Rihanna-assault case.

Brown beat then-girlfriend Rihanna just about three years ago, after a party the night before the Grammy Awards, where she was to perform. She was unable to perform, and he wound up pleading guilty to assault, for which he's serving five years' probation.

And that probation will continue, supervised, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge decided Thursday. Brown's attorney, Mark Geragos, had argued that his client should be allowed to finish supervised probation early, on account of good behavior.

However, Judge George Lomeli sided with prosecutors, and Brown will continue to report to a probation officer in his home state in Virginia.

The R&B singer has already completed a yearlong domestic violence program, anger-management classes and about half of the community service he owes the court. Nominated this year for three Grammys, he's slated to perform at the ceremony Sunday night in Los Angeles.


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Photo: Chris Brown on the "Today" show last July. Credit: Charles Sykes / Associated Press


Madonna stalker Robert Hoskins returned to SoCal mental hospital

Madonna stalker Robert Dewey Hoskins went missing from a mental hospital

Robert Dewey Hoskins, who served a 10-year sentence for stalking Madonna, has been found and returned to the mental hospital he escaped from last week, authorities said Friday.

Hoskins was arrested not far from the Norwalk hospital he walked out of on Feb. 3, L.A. Now reported.

The 54-year-old "is a very psychotic man when not taking his medication and has very violent tendencies," police had said in a statement.

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Hoskins in 1995 made repeated forays onto Madonna's property and threatened to kill the pop star, her bodyguard and an assistant; he was convicted in 1996.

Homeless at the time of the multiple incidents, Hoskins was finally shot twice in the arm by one of Madonna's bodyguards after he'd scaled a wall to get onto her property, taken a dip in her pool and lunged for the bodyguard's gun. Previously, he had threatened to kill Madonna if she did not marry him, saying, "I'm going to slice her throat from ear to ear."

In addition to stalking Madonna, Hoskins was convicted of threatening to kill the bodyguard and Madonna's personal assistant, and of assaulting the bodyguard.

Madonna, who took the stand during the 1996 trial, testified that she felt "sick to my stomach.... I feel incredibly disturbed that the man who repeatedly threatened my life is sitting across the room from me. I feel we are making his fantasies come true."

Following his release, Hoskins was arrested last summer on vandalism charges and was placed in Metropolitan State Hospital, E! News reported.


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Photos: Robert Dewey Hoskins in court in 1996 (Credit: Nick Ut / Associated Press); Madonna at the 2012 Super Bowl (Christopher Polk / Getty Images).

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'19 Kids and Counting': Woman arrested in alleged extortion plot


Duggar family members

An Iowa woman who said she had pictures of a Duggar family member in "intimate situations" with an older man has found herself in a situation of her own: Teresa Hunt is facing federal extortion charges after allegedly trying to convert the photos into a $10,000 payday, or a "19 Kids and Counting" cancellation.

Cousin Amy Duggar, the family member targeted by Hunt, said the accusations of inappropriate behavior couldn't be further from the truth.

Hunt allegedly sent Discovery Communications, TLC's parent company, a typed letter, handwritten note and business card with contact information back on Jan. 4. In the packet, Hunt claimed she had pictures of a female cast member in "intimate situations" with a 56-year-old musician and threatened to go public with the dish, according to an affidavit filed by an undercover FBI agent who'd billed himself to Hunt as a rep for Discovery.

The note read, in part, "You new to get ... off of '19 and Counting.' Cancel that show or pay me off from exposing this story to the National Magazines," according to Iowa's Quad-City Times, which first reported the news.

"It's totally untrue," Amy Duggar said in a statement obtained by the Ministry. The aforementioned musician "is a long time family friend who has always been supportive of my music career. He's a good Christian and it's upsetting that his generosity has been exploited like this."

Also on the side of Team Duggar was the gossip site Radar Online. The photos "were merely harmless snaps rather than incriminating, damning photos," said the site, which explained Hunt had tried to sell it the images. Radar reviewed the pics but didn't buy them, and wasn't aware of any attempt to extort TLC, the site said Friday.

After the agent contacted Hunt on Jan. 20, saying he was following up on the letter, Hunt sent back an email with three pictures attached as proof, demanding that the money be wired to her account, the affidavit said.

In the email, she allegedly said she didn't like the musician, that he owed her money, that she was willing to settle for $10,000 and that she had no reason to hurt the cast member "except that's she's on a reality show and pretends to be a right-wing Christian and she's sleeping with a 56 year old man."

Hunt, of Bettendorf, Iowa, was arrested Wednesday. A rep for TLC had no comment Monday.


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Photo: With other supporters of Sen. Rick Santorum, members of the Duggar family watch the results of the Iowa caucuses come in on Jan. 3. Credit: Andrew Burton / Getty Images


Randy Travis arrested on a public intoxication charge in Texas

Randy TravisRandy Travis' arrest on suspicion of public intoxication early Monday has all the makings of a country song: Travis allegedly smelled of alcohol, was slurring his words and had a open bottle of wine on the passenger seat of his '98 Pontiac.

Which was parked in front ofthe  Sanger, Texas, First Baptist Church. 

Yeah, baby -- the devil's in the details, which come via NBCDFW.com. "Mr. Travis was unaware of his location and kept asking me to take him home," the arresting officer said. Instead of being taken to his ranch about 20 miles away, he was taken to jail to sober up and then released a few hours later after being booked on a misdemeanor charge of public intoxication.

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Later Monday, Travis apologized, saying through his rep that the events followed "an evening of celebrating the Super Bowl" and that he took full responsibility for his actions.

Travis, who divorced Elizabeth Travis, his wife-manager of 19 years, in 2010, told the arresting officer he'd had a fight with his girlfriend and was trying to get home. He won't be home for long: The country star is kicking off a North American tour on Friday.


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Photo: Randy Travis in a booking photo taken after he was arrested Monday in Sanger, Texas, on a charge of public intoxication. Credit: Denton County Sheriff's Office / Associated Press.

Halle Berry pulled into Gabriel Aubry investigation

Gabriel Aubry and Halle Berry

Halle Berry has been pulled into the mess that's been bubbling recently between her ex, Gabriel Aubry, and Alliance Kamdem, a nanny who last week alleged battery by Aubry.

The male model allegedly pushed Kamdem into a door while Nahla, Berry and Aubry's 3-year-old daughter, was in her arms, according to a police report obtained by TMZ. Aubry and the nanny had quarreled that day, Jan. 18, over Nahla missing school, the report said.

A judge on Tuesday rejected Kamdem's request for a restraining order. Before the alleged incident, she was required by court order to be at each parent's house -- depending on who had custody at the time -- from 12:30 p.m. until Nahla is put to bed, On the Red Carpet said. The judge, who hasn't been the regular judge in the case, decided Tuesday to leave the orders in place until the regular judge can revisit the situation Monday.

Berry was visited by reps from the Department of Child and Family Services on Wednesday, TMZ reported; interviews of both parents are done routinely when abuse or neglect is being investigated. Aubry is reportedly being investigated for misdemeanor battery and child endangerment.

Custody of Nahla has been a matter of contention between the two since they split in April 2010. Berry, who has famously said she'll never marry again, recently received an emerald-and-diamond ring from beau Olivier Martinez -- whatever that means.


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Garth Brooks awarded $1 million over donation made in mom's name

Garth Brooks gets a hug from a fan outside court

Garth Brooks is getting his money back -- and more -- from a hospital in his hometown that a jury decided had fumbled a $500,000 donation from the country music star.

At issue: whether the half-million bucks Brooks donated to Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital back in 2005 was to have been used for a new women's center in his mom's name, or was given no-strings-attached to be used on whatever the hospital chose. Pretty clear which side was Brooks', and which was the hospital's.

On Tuesday night, the jury awarded Brooks $1 million, half of it actual damages and half punitive, according to the Tulsa World, which noted that the award was the legal maximum.

Brooks, who had testified during the weeklong trial -- along with meeting fans and signing autographs -- was greeted by about 40 people and his own music playing loudly in the background when the trial wrapped up around 8 p.m., the Tulsa paper said.

"One day Mom's name is going to go on the women's center right there where the hospital is," Brooks said outside the courtroom. "But that hospital won't be owned by Integris when it happens, I can tell you that. That's my dream."

The country star reportedly became quite emotional at times testifying about his mom. He also held up his cellphone outside the courthouse so fans could yell, "Hi, Trisha!" to his wife, Trisha Yearwood, when she called him to hear about the verdict.

Brooks' lawyer argued that the singer had a verbal agreement with James Moore, the chief executive of the Yukon, Okla., hospital, to put Colleen Brooks' name on a women's center -- that after Moore first suggested naming an intensive care unit, an idea Brooks said he rejected as not suitable for his mom's image.

Moore recalled a discussion involving several naming options, but no solid deal. According to the World, one rejected possibility was a $15-million donation to name the whole hospital after Colleen Brooks. No written correspondence confirmed a deal to name a new women's center. No new women's center was built, and Integris had not spent the donation, Moore testified.

"Obviously we are disappointed, particularly with the jury's decision to award damages above and beyond the $500,000," Integris spokesman Hardy Watkins said. "We're just glad to see the case come to a resolution."

Colleen Brooks died of complications from cancer in 1999. Garth Brooks, who was born in Tulsa, grew up in Yukon.


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Photo: Garth Brooks gets a hug from a fan outside an Oklahoma courthouse Tuesday night after hearing he'd won his case against a hospital in his hometown. Credit: Cory Young / Tulsa World


Bruno Mars' Las Vegas drug case dismissed

Bruno Mars cocaine charges dismissedBruno Mars has been cleared of drug charges now that he has completed the terms of a plea deal linked to his arrest September 2010 after police said they found him in possession of cocaine in Las Vegas.

A judge dropped the charges against the Grammy-winning "Grenade" singer, whose real name is Peter Gene Hernandez, after confirming that he completed 200 hours of community service and eight hours worth of drug counseling and paid a $2,000 fine, which had been in accordance with the deal.

Mars had been arrested in a Hard Rock Hotel and Casino after a nightclub performance on Sept. 19, 2010, and surrendered a bag containing 2.6 grams of cocaine, according to police reports. The now 26-year-old singer pleaded guilty to the felony drug charges last year to avoid jail time and was offered the plea deal because he was a first-time offender. He did not appear in court on Wednesday for the hearing.

"Bruno earned the dismissal," his attorney Blair Berk said. "He exceeded the expectations of the court."

The "Just the Way You Are" singer, along with his producer-buddies the Smeezingtons, is nominated for six Grammy Awards, including record of the year ("Grenade"), album of the year ("Doo-Wops & Hooligans") and song of the year ("Grenade"). He is scheduled to perform again at the award show on Feb. 12. Here's to no more bathroom busts in his future.


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Photo: Bruno Mars performs at the Gibson Theatre in Universal City on June 12, 2011. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times.



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