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Lindsay Lohan car chase case settled, dismissed

Lindsay Lohan settles car chase case Lindsay Lohan has finally settled her July 2007 car chase case with Tracie Rice.

The actress reached a settlement agreement Wednesday with Rice, the woman whom Lohan allegedly chased down Pacific Coast Highway in her assistant's mother's car and "terrorized," TMZ reported.

The "Gotti: Three Generations" actress had been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and cocaine possession when the chase ended in a Santa Monica parking lot. Rice brought the suit in 2008, but in the meantime, Lohan took a plea deal for the DUI and another from May 2007 and was put on probation, which she subsequently and infamously kept violating.  

The Rice case had been delayed several times because of Lohan's stints in jail and rehab.

Lohan's attorney Ed McPherson confirmed that the actress and Rice reached a confidential deal. 

"Lindsay is very pleased to put this unfortunate event behind her," McPherson wrote in a statement to the Associated Press.

Lohan, who is under house arrest for her probation violation and misdemeanor theft conviction, still faces a lawsuit with the three passengers in the car before she allegedly commandeered it to go after Rice.

Ronnie Blake, Jakon Sutter and Dante Nigro have accused her of assault, battery, negligence, slander, false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress stemming from the incident. McPherson said Lohan expects to be vindicated in that case.


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Photo: Lindsay Lohan during a February arraignment. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Getty Images.

Katie Holmes, apology shocker! Settling 'drug shocker' lawsuit, Star tabloid says it's sorry

Katie Holmes gets an apology in defamation settlement with Star magazine Katie Holmes, who filed a $50-million lawsuit against Star magazine over a January cover story suggesting she was a drug addict, has settled for a high-profile apology from the tabloid and a "substantial donation" to her charity of choice.

"In a recent issue of Star, we published headlines about Katie Holmes that could be read to suggest that she was addicted to drugs," reads the apology inside the mag's May 9 edition. "Star apologizes to Ms. Holmes for any misperception and will be making a substantial donation to charity on Ms. Holmes' behalf for any harm that we may have caused."

The magazine teases to the apology in a headline at the top of its May 9 cover; in January, next to a tired-looking photo of the actress, Star's cover had blared "Addiction Nightmare: Katie DRUG SHOCKER! The real reason she can't leave Tom." That turned out to refer to a story inside about the "addiction" potential in Scientologists' use of E-meters. Holmes and her husband, Tom Cruise, are well known as Scientologists.

In March, when the lawsuit was filed, Holmes' lawyer called the cover a "cheap trick on the public."

At that time, Star issued a statement asserting the "physical effect of the e-meter on its users is a matter of significant public concern" and stating "we plan to vigorously defend the suit filed by Ms. Holmes."

The actress, 32, released her own statement Wednesday, saying she accepted the apology. “With this dispute out of the way, I look forward to once again focusing my attention on my family and career," she said.

The amount of American Media Inc.'s donation to the Dizzy Feet Foundation, which Holmes co-founded and which brings dance training to underprivileged kids, was not made public.


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Photo: Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise at "The Kennedys" miniseries premiere in Beverly Hills on March 28, 2011. Credit: John Sciulli / Getty Images.

Drug, graffiti charges against Keith Richards' daughter Theodora dropped

Charges dismissed against Keith Richards' daughter Theodora Richards Graffiti and drug charges against rocker Keith Richards' daughter Theodora Richards were dismissed Thursday in a plea deal with New York prosecutors.

Richards, 25, who was arrested March 1 on suspicion of tagging the side of a SoHo building and possessing marijuana and hydrocodone, was given two days of community service and told to visit a drug treatment program for a day, a deal she initially had turned down at the time of her arrest.

But prosecutors agreed to the deal laid out by a Manhattan Criminal Court judge because Richards had no previous criminal record and is currently in a drug treatment program. She must complete the community service by June 24, when she is due to appear again in court.

Police said they caught her with a paint marker writing "T [heart] A" on a building that houses a convent in an upscale part of SoHo, where she lives. She had 8 1/2 hydrocodone pills without a prescription and a small amount of marijuana, court documents said. When she was arrested she did not enter a plea and was released without bail.

The model, who wore a finely striped shirt-dress and high heels to court, has appeared in ad campaigns for Burberry, Tommy Hilfiger and French Connection.

The Associated Press reported that she "smiled but stayed mum" as she left court. Her attorney, Edward Hayes, said she was currently drug-free.

"She's as clean as the snow," he said.

Richards is one of two daughters of the Rolling Stones guitarist, 67, and model Patti Hansen. Keith Richards, who has two other children from a previous relationship, chronicled his bad-boy lifestyle in last year's best-selling memoir "Life."


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Photo: Theodora Richards enters Manhattan Criminal Court with attorney Edward Hayes on Thursday. Credit: Louis Lanzano / Associated Press

'Happy Days' actors sue CBS over merchandising profits

'Happy Days' actors sue CBS for lost revenue

The days are not so happy for the "Happy Days" actors who played Potsie, Joanie, Mrs. Cunningham and Ralph Malph -- the gang has sued CBS Corp. for allegedly holding out on millions of dollars in merchandising revenue.

Anson Williams (Potsie Weber), Marion Ross (Marion Cunningham), Don Most (Ralph Malph), Erin Moran (Joanie Cunningham) and Patricia Bosley, wife of the late Tom Bosley (Howard Cunningham), filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court seeking $10 million in lost revenue from products bearing their characters' images. Some of those tchotchkes include lunch boxes, board games and, more recently, casino slot machines.

No need to call the Fonz or Richie in to help settle the argument. Neither Henry Winkler nor Ron Howard is participating in the lawsuit.

"We agree that funds are owed to the actors and have been working with them for quite some time to resolve the issue," the company's consumer products unit said Tuesday in a statement.

So maybe those happy days will be yours, mine, Potsie's, Mrs. C's, Joanie's and Ralph Malph's after all.

Get the full scoop on the lawsuit at our sister blog Company Town.


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Photo: The seventh-season cast "Happy Days" in 1981. Left to right, standing: Ted McGinley as Roger, Lynda Goodfriend as Lori Beth, Scott Baio as Chachi, Henry Winkler as the Fonz, Al Molinaro as Al, Cathy Silvers as Jenny, Anson Williams as Potsie; left to right, seated: Erin Moran as Joanie, Marion Ross as Mrs. Cunningham and Tom Bosley as Howard Cunningham. Credit: ABC

Charlie Sheen walks, talks, gets called out by 'Two and a Half Men' lawyer

Charlie Sheen onstage at Radio City Music Hall So what's the torpedo of truth behind rumors Charlie Sheen has had talks about returning to "Two and a Half Men"? Much like reviews of his touring live show, it depends on who you talk to and when.

"There've been discussions" about the unemployed actor returning to the sitcom run by the people who just fired him, Sheen said Wednesday on Boston radio, "but I was asked not to divulge anything." According to Sheen's attorney, those discussions were held as recently as Tuesday, Show Tracker reports.

Warner Bros., however, begged to disagree. And they begged to disagree in a letter from attorney to attorney, reminding Team Sheen for the record that "there have been no discussions, there are no discussions and there will be no discussions, regarding his returning to or having any involvement with the series," according to the document obtained by TMZ.

Coincidentally, in the wake of Catherine Zeta-Jones' admission Wednesday that she recently sought treatment for bipolar II disorder, Sheen on Friday tweeted vigorously about a bipolar-disorder walk he'd organized to raise awareness and money. Fans were invited to stroll with him from his Toronto hotel to Massey Hall, the site of Friday's show, and urged to donate.

"Stop the Stigma!! ... #BIPOLAR #BIWINNING," said the actor, who pledged to match any donations to the Canadian group OBAD, the Organization for Bipolar Affective Disorder.

The bi-winner has definitely been up and down on his My Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option tour. After bombing during his debut performance in Detroit, he did well in Chicago, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, then ate it at Radio City Music Hall on April 8, which was also the first time he reached out to Chuck Lorre about working together again "to fix 'Two and a Half Men.' " (Was the show broken? Never mind, we digress.)

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Kourtney Kardashian -- with two Ks -- on 'One Life to Live'

Kourtney Kardashian flaunted her acting chops to daytime viewers Monday in a different grossly over-dramatized series: ABC's "One Life to Live."

The "Kourtney and Kim Take New York" star (a.k.a. the monotone dead-behind-the-eyes Kardashian) appeared on the daytime soap as ambulance-chasing lawyer Kassandra Kavanaugh -- "with two Ks" -- handcuffed to soap star David Fumero.

"Dancing With the Stars" contestant Wendy Williams anchored the news spot that introduced Kardashian's over-the-top plot. Watch the whole clip above.

Kardashian's struggle with learning how to act was documented in Sunday's episode of her reality series, which generally illuminates her tumultuous love life with boyfriend Scott Disick, her relationship with her sisters Khloe and Kim Kardashian, their business-savvy ventures and their less-than-business-savvy adventures.

The fashion-forward starlet and eldest Kardashian admitted that she was fulfilling a lifelong dream but didn't know how to act when she learned that the script contained more lines than she expected.

"I'm not going to be like Nicole Kidman," she told her friend Adrienne Bailon, the former Cheetah Girl and Rob Kardashian's ex-girlfriend, from whom she was seeking acting advice. "I'm not an actress."

A little reminiscent of Kim saying she wasn't Beyonce or Celine Dion when she decided to sing, no? 

Based on the clip above, which is more ridiculous: Kourtney acting as a lawyer or Kourtney acting? Take the poll and let us know in the comments.


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Lindsay Lohan called 911 first during incident, her lawyer says

Lindsay Lohan and Shawn Chapman Holley Lindsay Lohan attorney Shawn Chapman Holley says her client was the first to call 911 for assistance at her Betty Ford Center sober house in the wee hours Dec. 12.

While not commenting further on Lohan's involvement in a battery case that is being investigated, CNN reports, Holley stated Wednesday that "it should be noted" the actress called police first after her post-curfew return.

Holley's statement followed news that the center on Tuesday fired an employee it said violated a patient's confidentiality. 

Rehab tech Dawn Holland gave an interview to TMZ on Tuesday and provided the site with her e-mail account of events. Holland was fired late Tuesday.

Meanwhile, sources told TMZ on Wednesday that Lohan was drinking non-alcoholic mixed drinks and eating fries at the Viceroy Hotel, where she'd gone to get her hair done Dec. 11.

Lohan was sober, the sources said, when she returned to her Betty Ford Center digs around 1 a.m. the next day.


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Photo: Lindsay Lohan, left, and attorney Shawn Chapman Holley in court in Beverly Hills on July 20, 2010, before the actress was taken into custody for a parole violation. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times


Report: Fantasia testifies she knew Antwaun Cook was married

Fantasia Barrino This is an updated version of an earlier post. For details see the note at the bottom.

Fantasia Barrino testified Monday in onetime boyfriend Antwaun Cook's divorce case in Charlotte, N.C., saying she knew from the start that he was married and living with his wife, CNN reports.

The singer had previously admitted the relationship but said then that she didn't know Cook was married. Wife Paula Cook in early August filed for divorce, seeking custody and alimony and citing  "alienation of affection" -- essentially, home-wrecking. Adultery is still a crime in North Carolina.

Two sources in the courtroom spoke to CNN but asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the information.

Though no reporters were allowed at the hearing, Radar Online cited sources, including a Cook family member, as saying Fantasia testified she'd been pregnant and gotten an abortion shortly before her Aug. 9 suicide attempt.

That suicide attempt, incidentally, was chronicled for her VH1 reality show, "Fantasia for Real." In the most recent episode of the show (see a clip below) she and Antwaun discuss whether he was with his wife or not -- and he tells her he's always been separated. She says later that she doesn't know if she'll see him again.

Barrino and Paula Cook met for mediation Nov. 1, Radar reported, with the singer reportedly willing to hand over $100,000, but Paula unwilling to settle without Fantasia admitting she'd known Antwaun Cook was married.

Barrino performed in Charlotte last week, making little mention of her recent troubles except for "a quick and playful midshow film that dismissed her detractors" and some tearful words about self-acceptance and personal growth, according to the Charlotte Observer.

Fantasia's tour swings by Nokia Theatre in L.A. on Wednesday.

For the record, Dec. 22: Antwaun Cook's first name was misspelled in an earlier version of this post.


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Charlie Sheen files for divorce from Brooke Mueller

Brooke Mueller and Charlie Sheen are getting a divorce. Charlie Sheen filed for divorce Monday from third wife Brooke Mueller, confirming a People report that he intended to do so.

The two negotiated their property split in May, TMZ says, and Monday's filing cites Dec. 25, 2009, as their date of separation. Hmm, wonder why? Sheen's unsupervised probation related to his Christmas Day arrest on suspicion of domestic violence is set to end Tuesday.

Mueller told paparazzi over the weekend that she and Sheen are separated, and therefore he was not cheating on her with a porn -- sorry, adult film -- actress in New York last week.

Sheen, of course, wound up in the hospital for a psych evaluation Tuesday after allegedly trashing his Plaza Hotel room. Although many reports have said Sheen was drunk and possibly high on cocaine, the actor's publicist said the sitcom star simply suffered an "adverse allergic reaction" to prescription medication. Sheen was seen drinking expensive French wine at a restaurant Monday night.

The couple, who married in May 2008 and had twins in March 2009, worked out a property split agreement that includes a nearly $760,000 lump sum payment to her, TMZ said. Child support is proposed at $55,000 a month, with a caveat that the amount paid to Mueller on behalf of sons Bob and Max is never to be less than the amount paid to Denise Richards for care of daughters Sam and Lola. And while Sheen surrendered legal custody of the girls to Richards in May, he and Mueller will share legal custody of the girls, with him getting visitation. He also gets to keep his watch collection.

So, $55,000 times two divorces times 12 months in a year equals $1.32 million -- only slightly more than Sheen's before-tax salary for a single episode of "Two and a Half Men." But boy, does that show have a following.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Brooke Mueller and Charlie Sheen on April 18, 2009, in Las Vegas. Credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images

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Lawsuit allegations: Naked Britney Spears wants her Slurpee! Now! [Poll]

Britney-spears-2009 Britney Spears likes being naked, and having sex in front of people, and having sex where her kids can hear it, and being loud when she's having sex where her kids can hear it -- at least that's what one former part-time security guard is alleging in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Kevin Federline and the Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services, however, beg to disagree -- as did Britney in a statement Thursday on her website.

"Ms. Spears and her attorneys have every expectation that this matter will be dismissed by the courts," the statement said.

Fernando Flores is suing Spears and his direct employer, Advanced Security Concepts Corp., for sexual harassment and intentional infliction of emotional distress, seeking unspecified damages. He alleged a few months ago that Brit is a lousy, dangerous mother who beats her kids and feeds them food they're allergic to, though the Department of Child and Family Services investigated and decided that the kids were just fine.

Federline, Spears' ex and the father of Sean Preston and Jayden James -- and who also has custody of the kiddos -- "is satisfied that the allegations are a product of economic motives," his attorney told the Associated Press. "They are as baseless as they seem." In other words, if his kids were in danger, he would've done something about it already, the lawyer said.

Another shocking accusation in the lawsuit -- and one that hits particularly close to home ...

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