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Bobby Brown wearing ankle monitor for DUI sentence

Bobby Brown, photographed in 2007. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

This post has been corrected, as noted below.

Singer Bobby Brown is now being monitored by an electronic ankle bracelet as he serves his 55-day sentence in connection with a DUI conviction, sheriff's officials said.

Brown reported to court on Wednesday to begin serving his jail sentence and four years of informal probation.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said Brown was likely to serve no more than nine days in County Jail because of overcrowding, as well as time off for good behavior and credit for "good time work time." But Whitmore also noted the sentence could be influenced by his county probation officials.

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Brown ended up serving just eight hours in jail before being released.

Brown, a onetime member of the singing group New Edition who also had a solo career, pleaded no contest in February to a DUI charge, one of two such charges last year for the singer. 

Whitmore said it was the Probation Department's decision to place Brown on an electronic ankle bracelet. The exact requirements were not available, Whitmore said, but inmates typically cannot travel outside their homes for the time they are under electronic monitoring.

In addition to the jail time for pleas related to drunk driving, driving on a suspended license and a probation violation for a prior DUI incident, Brown also must complete an 18-month alcohol-treatment program and attend three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings a week.

Brown, ex-husband of the late Whitney Houston, had been sentenced to a day in jail and three years' probation for the March 26, 2012, arrest, which took place in the San Fernando Valley after California Highway Patrol officers allegedly spotted him talking on his cellphone while driving.

The second arrest, also in the Valley, took place Oct. 24.

[For the record, 9:45 a.m. on March 22: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that it was the sheriff's department's decision to place Brown on an electronic monitoring device. That decision was made by the Probation Department.]

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Photo: Bobby Brown, photographed in 2007. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Has Perez Hilton gone soft since becoming a father?

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Most people think of Perez Hilton as a pesky celebrity blogger with a sharp tongue and edgy sense of humor. But Hilton, whose real name is Mario Lavandeira, has also been at the center of some profound cultural and ethical issues.

Robin AbcarianAnd there’s something else: Love him or hate him, what he has accomplished in a decade is nothing short of the American dream, building a multimillion-dollar empire from pluck, hard work and a willingness to push the limits sometimes on business practices.

In 2006, he told me his income was about $50,000. Some recent reports, unconfirmed, have put his worth at $30 million.

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When the site first began in 2004, he called it PageSixSixSix. After the New York Post threatened to sue him—Page Six is the name of its famous gossip sheet--he changed course, borrowing the name of the person who was the Lindsay Lohan of the moment, Paris Hilton. In a nod to his Cuban roots, he Latinized her first name, and eventually became more popular than the socialite herself.

When his spokesman contacted me a couple weeks ago to see if I’d be interested in writing about his decision to become a single father, I think it’s because Hilton knows the Los Angeles Times has taken his career seriously and would explain his evolution with care.

He had told me years ago that he intended to become a father by age 35, with or without a partner, so I wasn’t as shocked as some people were. Because the baby, Mario Lavandeira III, was born by surrogate a month early, on Feb. 17, Hilton decided to wait until March 17 for photographs. It was a good decision. By then, the baby’s face had filled out, and he was much more alert.

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In the past, I’d written about the furor he caused when he took it upon himself to out gay celebrities, some of whom have not forgiven him to this day, despite that they are now comfortably out of the closet. “I’ve built my brand on being a bitch,” he once told me. “So what?” 

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Bobby Brown spends only 8 hours in jail

Bobby Brown

Singer Bobby Brown is now wearing an electronic ankle bracelet and is out of jail after serving eight hours behind bars in connection with a DUI conviction, sheriff's officials said Thursday.

Brown, who was part of the group New Edition and for a time had a successful solo career, reported to court Wednesday to begin serving his sentence of 55 days in jail and four years of informal probation after pleading no contest in February to a DUI charge, one of two such offenses last year by the singer.

Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said Brown was likely to serve no more than nine days in County Jail because of overcrowding, as well as time off for good behavior and credit for "good time work time." But Whitmore also noted the sentence could be influenced by his county probation officials.

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It was their decision to place Brown on an electronic ankle bracelet, Whitmore said. The exact requirements were not available, Whitmore said, but inmates typically cannot travel outside their homes for the time they are under electronic monitoring.

In addition to the jail time for pleas related to drunk driving, driving on a suspended license and a probation violation for a prior DUI incident, Brown also must complete an 18-month alcohol-treatment program and attend three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings a week.

Brown, once married to the late Whitney Houston, had been sentenced to a day in jail and three years' probation for the March 26, 2012, arrest, which took place in the San Fernando Valley after officers with the California Highway Patrol spotted him talking on his cellphone while driving.

The second arrest, also in the Valley, took place Oct. 24.

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Photo: Bobby Brown last year in Connecticut. Credit: Associated Press.

Hey, Jimmy Fallon -- Burbank isn't good enough for you?

It may be the end of an era, but does anyone really care whether “The Tonight Show” stays in Burbank?

Robin AbcarianAccording to the Times’ Joe Flint, after Jay Leno retires sometime in the next couple of years, his planned successor, Jimmy Fallon, will want to stay in New York City, where NBC has confirmed it plans to build him a new studio. 

What, Burbank not good enough for you, Jimmy?

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Of course, it wasn’t really good enough for NBC either, which moved most of its operations to Universal City a few years ago. 

When Conan O’Brien had his brief, unhappy stint as “Tonight Show” host, he broadcast from the Universal location. But at least Coco moved from New York to take the job.

After Leno engineered his return to the late-night slot, however, he opted to stay in Burbank, and NBC leased a couple of studios for him.

It was the beloved but inscrutable Johnny Carson who first brought the “Tonight Show” west from New York in 1972. After he retired in 1992, he holed up in Malibu until his death in 2005.

It was Carson who gets credit for popularizing the phrase “beautiful downtown Burbank,” which had first been used on “Laugh-In,” the comedy variety show that launched many careers, including that of a very giggly Goldie Hawn.

Back in 2007, when NBC moved to Universal, then-Burbank Mayor Marsha Ramos told the Times it was a sad moment for her city. "'The Tonight Show’ put us on the map,” she said. “Without that line from Johnny Carson … most people wouldn’t even know that we exist. When ‘The Tonight Show’ leaves, there will be a portion of our heart that will be empty.”

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Twitter: @robinabcarian

Email: robin.abcarian@latimes.com

Jay Leno insulting his NBC bosses is kind of insulting

Jay Leno. Credit: Getty Images

One thing you can say for Jay Leno, his chin isn’t his only huge physical attribute. You gotta be impressed by a guy whose paycheck is in the several-kajillion-dollar range and can nevertheless stand on a stage in front of millions of people and call his bosses “snakes.”

RobinAs The Times’ Scott Collins reports, Leno’s overlords are none too happy with his Monday night monologue.

"You know the whole legend of St. Patrick, right?” Leno said. “St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland, and then they came into the United States and became NBC executives. It's a fascinating story, a fascinating story."

No one should be surprised when the snakes bite back.

According to the New York Times,  at least one top NBC executive fired off a displeased email to Leno, who professed surprise, as poking fun of one’s corporate bosses is a long-standing tradition of late-night TV.

In the long run, as Leno negotiates his eventual network exit, what he’s done is probably counterproductive, said a corporate consultant who specializes in workplace etiquette, despite his lofty position as a late-night star.

“You are never going to change anyone’s behavior by criticizing them in public. Never,” said Mary Mitchell, a protégé of the late Letitia Baldrige, the etiquette maven who served as Jackie Kennedy’s chief of staff. “What good can it do? The other person is going to immediately begin building their defenses and won’t hear a thing you say.”

While it may be acceptable for a highly paid, national entertainment icon such as Leno to publicly insult the people who sign his paycheck, in any other realm, that behavior can be the equivalent of professional suicide.

“It is never OK to insult your boss, at least audibly,” Mitchell said. “Certainly not in public.”

Remember what happened to Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the military equivalent of a rock star, when he revealed his true feelings about his boss to a reporter from Rolling Stone? President Obama fired him for insubordination.

Sadly, most of us will never get the chance to say what we think about our bosses on national television. But what if you take your beef to social media?

Many companies have policies forbidding employees from doing just that, but the National Labor Relations Board, which regulates workplace rules, has recently ruled that such blanket restrictions are illegal.  

The only place that it’s perfectly acceptable to insult the boss is at a roast, you are a speaker and everyone is in on the joke. Otherwise, Mitchell said, “for most of us mortals, it is just really stupid.”

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Photo: Jay Leno. Credit: Getty Images

Bobby Brown turns himself in to begin serving DUI jail sentence

Bobby Brown last year in Connecticut. Credit: Joe Giblin / Associated Press

Bobby Brown reported to court Wednesday to begin serving his sentence of 55 days in jail and four years' informal probation after pleading no contest in February to a DUI charge -- one of two such offenses last year by the singer.

Because of jail overcrowding, as well as time off for good behavior and credit for "good time work time," Brown is likely to serve no more than nine days in county jail, sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said.

He noted that Brown's sentence could be influenced by his county probation officer or a judge's order.

In addition to the jail time for pleas related to drunk driving, driving on a suspended license and a probation violation for a prior DUI incident, Brown also must complete an 18-month alcohol-treatment program and attend three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings a week.

Brown had been sentenced to a day in jail and three years' probation for the March 26, 2012, arrest, which took place in the San Fernando Valley after officers with the California Highway Patrol spotted him talking on his cellphone while driving. The second arrest, also in the Valley, took place Oct. 24.

The singer, who went solo after being part of the group New Edition, also has a previous DUI conviction from 1996. The latest incidents came after the death of his former wife, Whitney Houston.

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Photo: Bobby Brown last year in Connecticut. Credit: Joe Giblin / Associated Press

Lindsay Lohan on Twitter: 'I'm taking this seriously'

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Lindsay Lohan is facing a court-ordered stint in a locked-down rehabilitation center for reckless driving and lying to police, but said on Twitter that she is taking life seriously and -- contrary to tabloid reports -- said she didn't hit the clubs after her Monday sentencing.

In a series of messages on Twitter, Lohan wrote, "I'm taking this seriously and focused on the road ahead ... i stayed in last night after a pretty long day ... and ordered sushi to my hotel."

Early Monday morning, Lohan flew on a private jet into LAX and then dashed to the courthouse, where after a couple hours of negotiations, she pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors.

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L.A. County Superior Court Judge James Dabney sentenced the actress to a 90-day stint in a locked-down rehabilitation facility. 

In addition to spending 90 days in rehab, she must also spend 18 months in psychotherapy and serve 30 days of community service.

In pleading no contest, Lohan admitted she had violated her probation in a 2011 shoplifting case.  Dabney sentenced her to 180 days in jail but that sentence was stayed. The judge said if Lohan met the terms of this deal, she wouldn't serve additional time behind bars.

But the judge warned there wouldn't be any discussion about probation if she violated the agreement, implying she would be sent to jail.

Lohan was also ordered to pay restitution to the driver of the truck that Santa Monica prosecutors said she hit June 18 while on her way to the set of "Liz & Dick."

Lohan turned herself in to Santa Monica police on Tuesday.

The booking was largely a formality after Dabney sentenced Lohan to five days in jail as part of a plea agreement; the time will be served as part of her 90-day stint in a locked-down rehabilitation facility.

She was released immediately after the booking that included a new mug shot to add to half a dozen existing mug shots of the actress.

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Photo: Lindsay Lohan and attorneys Mark Heller, right, and Anthony Falangetti in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday. Credit: Reed Saxon / Getty Images

Bauhaus singer Peter Murphy to go on tour despite DUI charge

Peter Murphy released from custodyBauhaus lead singer Peter Murphy plans to go on tour beginning next month despite being charged with driving under the influence in Glendale, his attorney said.

Murphy pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he allegedly rear-ended a vehicle in Glendale and fled to Los Angeles, where an eyewitness blocked his Subaru until police arrived.

Murphy, 55, who did not appear in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday, entered his plea via his attorney, Robert Wilson.

Murphy is charged with three misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, hit-and-run driving and possessing methamphetamine, according to a Los Angeles County Superior Court criminal complaint.

Murphy is best known for his lead vocals with the group Bauhaus, which recorded four albums and ignited the Goth rock movement.

Judge Frederick Rotenberg allowed Murphy to be released on his own recognizance despite concern from the prosecution the British native, who has a residence in Turkey, may be a flight risk, the Glendale News-Press reported.

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Lindsay Lohan mug shot: Latest police photo joins growing list

Linday's Lohan latest mug shot is garnering lots of attention after she turned herself in to Santa Monica police following a no-contest plea to misdemeanor charges stemming from a crash on Pacific Coast Highway.

The booking was largely a formality after L.A. County Superior Court Judge James Dabney sentenced Lohan to five days in jail as part of a plea agreement; the time will be served as part of her 90-day stint in a locked-down rehabilitation facility.

Lohan was released immediately after the booking that included a new mug shot to add to half a dozen existing mug shots of the actress. In the last mug shot, she sported dark hair and looked less than thrilled. "Lindsay Lohan mug shot" was a popular online search term Wednesday.

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The "Mean Girls" star avoided jail Monday in a last-minute deal by pleading no contest to misdemeanor reckless driving and providing false information to police. A charge of willfully resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer was dismissed. In addition to spending 90 days in rehab, she must also spend 18 months in psychotherapy and serve 30 days of community service.

In pleading no contest, Lohan admitted she had violated her probation in a 2011 shoplifting case. Dabney sentenced her to 180 days in jail, but that sentence was stayed. The judge said that if Lohan met the terms of this deal, she wouldn't serve additional time behind bars.

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Rapper 'Too Short' arrested for alleged DUI, drugs in Hollywood

Rapper Too Short.Rapper "Too Short" was arrested early Wednesday in Hollywood on suspicion of drunken driving and drug possession, Los Angeles police said.

The 46-year-old, born Todd Anthony Shaw, was taken into custody shortly after 3 a.m. near Hollywood Boulevard and Las Palmas Avenue, said Los Angeles police Officer Cleon Joseph. Details about the arrest were sparse, but Joseph said the rapper briefly tried to run from police before he was apprehended.

Born in Los Angeles and raised in Oakland, Too Short is considered one of the pioneers of West Coast hip hop, with hits including "The Ghetto," "Burn Rubber" and "Blow the Whistle."

In 2009, he was arrested twice on suspicion of DUI and other charges in Las Vegas. A year later, he was arrested on misdemeanor battery charges after a performance at an Idaho nightclub.

Last month, rumors circulated that Too Short was involved in a shooting and car crash on the Las Vegas Strip that left Oakland rapper Kenny Clutch and two others dead. But a message on Too Short's Facebook page said he "no knowledge or connection to this incident."

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Photo: Rapper Too Short. Credit: KTLA-TV

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