While I was on my unsolicited hiatus, the celebrities were causing a commotion. Lawsuits, arrests, dropped charges, and more.
- Bill Cosby will not face charges stemming from a woman’s allegation that he fondled her at his suburban mansion after giving her medication that made her woozy, a prosecutor said Thursday. There was insufficient evidence that Cosby wanted to see the woman’s boobies jiggle. She most likely sue Mr. Cosby for the alleged offense. [via ABC News]
- A federal appeals court has declined to reconsider a ruling that former Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith is not entitled to $88.5 million from the estate of her late husband. So the aptly named attorney Howard Stern, will take the appeal to the Supreme Court. I’m hoping she’s still on that Trimspa diet. [via USA Today]
- Actress (hehe) Ashley Olsen is suing The National Enquirer over a story that claimed she was involved in a drug scandal. The suit said that while a story in the tabloid’s Feb. 21 issue does not actually refer to Olsen using or selling drugs, it implied that she was doing so with a misleading headline and cover photograph depicting Olsen with her eyes half-shut. The photo made it appear she was “drugged” but that the actress “does not use or sell drugs,” the suit said. When is the suit denying that Mary-Kate Olsen isn’t a homeless person coming out? [via USA Today]
- Rocker Kid Rock is arrested on assault charges. Kid Rock was arrested Wednesday by Nashville police on charges that he punched a disc jockey at a strip club. The 34-year-old rapper was released after posting a $3,000 bond on a charge of simple assault, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail. Words were exchanged between Kid and the DJ, and Kid, allegedly punched the DJ in face twice. Of course, the incident happened in a strip club. [AP]
- The Robert Blake trial takes another strange turn with the appearance of crack-smoking monkeys. Last week, Ronald “Duffy” Hambleton alleged that he and fellow stuntman Gary “Whiz Kid” McLarty were approached by Blake and asked to “snuff” the actor’s wife, Bonny Lee Bakley. He claimed Blake had provided them with a variety of scenarios of how best to carry out the act. When asked about his history of drug use, Hambleton told the Van Nuys Superior Court that he had stopped using drugs in 1999, two years before Blake allegedly approached him about doing away Bakley.
However, two defense witnesses who took the stand earlier this week testified that the stuntman was a frequent user of methamphetaminess, allowed a meth lab on his property and kept a supply of drugs in a bowl on his dining-room table–right next to his supply of jelly beans. Witness Donna Sharon testified that Hambleton often suffered from paranoid hallucinations–that he believed a large, horned animal roamed outside his house and dug a hole to trap it and that he suffered from a fear of “tree people,” specifically “people dressed like sagebrush or Joshua trees that were sneaking up on his house.” [E Online]
- Pop star Madonna is suing her longtime art consultant Darlene Lutz, claiming she is owed $265,000 for a painting that the adviser sold. “The lawsuit is based on a breach of contract agreement,” said Liz Rosenberg, spokeswoman for Madonna. Rosenberg had no details on the name of the painting or the artist. I believe the painting was entitled “Mommy” by Lourdes Ritchie. [Reuters]
- The trial for Phil Spector won’t take place until September 16. Though it will most likely be postponed once or twice. Spector, 64, known for his layered “Wall of Sound” recording technique and his work with The Beatles, has denied shooting Lana Clarkson on Feb. 3, 2003 after picking her up at a Los Angeles nightclub where she worked as a hostess. An autopsy report concluded that a gun was placed in the mouth of the 40-year-old actress and fired. The reclusive Spector, who lives in an imitation castle outside Los Angeles, has claimed in pretrial hearings that Clarkson committed suicide for reasons he does not understand. [Reuters]