Category: Cops & Courts

Russell Brand arrested for damage done in iPhone snatch-and-hurl

Russell Brand

Russell Brand was spending a chunk of his Thursday with police in New Orleans, having turned himself in on an arrest warrant related to his alleged snatching of an iPhone from a photographer on Monday night.

The paparazzo involved said the comedian and actor got ticked off when the pap started taking pics of Brand with the phone, which was then wrestled away from its owner and hurled through the window of a nearby law firm, according to TMZ, which had pictures of an apparent exchange involving Brand, an iPhone and a guy in a car. Oh, yeah, and a broken window.

People from Brand's camp reportedly contacted the guy who was inside the office when the window was broken, saying the "Arthur" star would pay to replace the window.

Katy Perry's ex justified the incident in his own way: "Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an iphone irreverently," he said Wednesday on Twitter, "what I did was a tribute to his memory."

New Orleans police saw it differently and issued the warrant Thursday. The charge? Simple criminal damage to property, valued at $700.

Brand, who is in New Orleans filming a movie, turned himself in later on Thursday, TMZ said.

It's not the first paparazzi-related arrest for Brand, who was nabbed in September 2010 on a battery charge after tangling with a photographer who allegedly tried to take an upskirt photo of then-fiancée Perry.

Chris Brown was accused in a similar situation last month in Miami, though an amateur photographer was involved: According to a police report, the singer grabbed an iPhone 4S from a female fan who'd taken a picture of him sitting in a Bentley right after he'd left a club.

Brown allegedly rolled up the car window and drove off with the phone. No warrants were issued at the time, though police said they were investigating further.


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Photo: Russell Brand on stage during Amnesty International's Secret Policeman's Ball at New York City's Radio City Music Hall on March 4. Credit: Kevin Mazur / Getty Images


Michael Madsen arrest: Did son's pot smoking lead to fight?

Michael Madsen

Michael Madsen landed behind bars Friday night after a fight with his teenage son. The actor was arrested and now faces felony charges for suspicion of cruelty to a child.

The actor’s attorney, Perry Wander, is already speaking out on his behalf, saying that the incident started when Madsen caught his son with marijuana.

"[Michael] found his son smoking pot and they got in an argument when he tried to take it away,” Wander tells TMZ. “It's a family matter and Michael asks that his family's privacy be respected.”

Malibu law enforcement and later special victims detectives responded to the family dispute call Friday afternoon to investigate suspicion of physical abuse, Deputy Peter Gomez tells our sister blog LA Now. Madsen appeared to be under the influence of alcohol when deputies arrived at 2:15 p.m.

Madsen, who was being held at Lost Hills station on $100,000 bail, told TMZ the ordeal was a “big misunderstanding.”

The 54-year-old brother of actress Virginia Madsen is known for his roles in Quentin Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs” and “Kill Bill Vol. 2.”


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Left photo: Michael Madsen's booking photo. Credit: L.A. County Sheriff

Right photo: Michael Madsen in "Kill Bill Vol. 2." Credit: Andrew Cooper/ Miramax Films

Sean Young says she was sober, well-behaved when arrested

Sean Young says she was sober and well-behaved when she was arrested after the Academy Awards
Sean Young want folks to know that she was sober when she was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor battery after the Academy Awards on Sunday, and that she thinks a lot of things about the situation are "very stupid."

Young, 52, is currently out on $20,000 bail after being booked under her legal name, Mary Sean Young, at the LAPD's Hollywood Division station shortly before midnight Sunday.

She was involved in "some type of physical altercation," police told L.A. Now; Young told People magazine she "was just standing by the little line" outside the Governors Ball, for which she did not have a ticket. "I wasn't bothering anybody."

The "Blade Runner" actress and "Celebrity Rehab" alum did tell People, however, that she struck a security guard after she went to leave and he allegedly grabbed her arm.

Said Young via Facebook on Monday: "I just want everyone to know that I was sober, extremely well behaved when a very stupid security guard went postal on me and then The Academy's very stupid lawyer recommended a 'private person's arrest' and I have grounds for a lawsuit against the Academy although I believe a public apology to me would be much better. I am OK and I have the Hollywood Police Stations support who very carefully and kindly photographed the bruises on my arms which this guard is responsible for doing."

Later Monday, she noted on Facebook that she was "working on not absorbing any toxic spew from this unfair and stupid media silliness," and reiterated her desire for a public apology from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Young is due in court March 19.


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Photo: Sean Young at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards in 2011. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

Brooke Mueller: Fresh out of rehab, she faces felony charges

Brooke Mueller

This post has been corrected. Please see the note below for details.

Brooke Mueller and Aspen are continuing their rocky relationship: Charlie Sheen's ex and the mother of his twins has been charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor in connection with a December arrest in the Colorado ski town.

This as the 34-year-old earlier this week emerged, her rep said, from "an intensive three-month drug and alcohol treatment program."

Felony charges of cocaine possession and possession with intent to distribute — that's more than 4 grams — were filed the afternoon of Feb. 17, along with a misdemeanor charge of third-degree assault, according to the Aspen Times. The charging documents reference 11 witnesses to the night's events, the Times said.

Mueller, 34, was arrested in the wee hours Dec. 3 at the downtown Aspen nightclub Escobar on suspicion of assaulting another woman hours earlier at the nearby Belly Up Aspen bar. At least 4 grams of cocaine was found in her possession, police said at the time.

The last time Mueller was involved in a high-profile Aspen arrest, she was the victim, not the alleged perp. It was Christmas morning 2009, when she called 911 to report she was being attacked by her then-husband, Charlie Sheen.

[For the record, 8:05 p.m. Feb. 24: An earlier version of this post referred to Mueller as the father of Charlie Sheen's twins, rather than as their mother.]


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Photos: Brooke Mueller at Charlie Sheen's Comedy Central roast in September, left, and in her Aspen mug shot, right. Credits: Getty Images, left; Aspen Police Department, right.

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.

CONVICTED: Details from Hoskins' stalking of Madonna

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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'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



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