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Authorities: Neighbor claims battery by Justin Bieber

Deputies were investigating claims made Tuesday by a neighbor that Justin Bieber attacked and threatened him during an argument in suburban Los Angeles, authorities said.

No one was arrested and few details were immediately available.

A representative of Bieber, Melissa Victor, did not immediately return a request for comment. READ FULL STORY

Lamb of God frontman cleared by Czech court

A court has acquitted the frontman of a U.S. heavy metal band of causing a teenage fan’s death at a concert in the Czech Republic.

Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe was charged in December in Prague with causing bodily harm to another person with lethal consequences. Blythe was accused of pushing the 19-year-old man from the stage during a 2010 concert at Prague’s Abaton club.

The man later died of a head injury. Blythe pleaded not guilty.

The court spokeswoman, Marketa Puci, confirmed Tuesday’s ruling by Prague’s Municipal Court.

The state prosecutors, who had demanded a five-year prison term for Blythe, have appealed the verdict.

Released Pussy Riot member offers no regrets

One year after the band Pussy Riot staged an anti-President Vladimir Putin stunt in Moscow’s main cathedral that landed them in jail, a released band member said Thursday that she has no regrets.

Yekaterina Samutsevich told the Associated Press that she is glad that their punk performance made Russians more aware of the Orthodox Church’s close ties with the Russian government.

“I have no regrets about the performance,” she said in an interview outside Christ the Savior Cathedral. “Many people who did not know about the problem became aware of it: the problem in our society, in the Russian Church.” READ FULL STORY

Rick Ross, Jay-Z, and Dr. Dre sued over '3 Kings'

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Poor Rick Ross. This week, somebody filled one of his cars with bullet holes, and now a pair of songwriters are taking aim at his wallet.

Ross, Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, producer Jake One, and Universal Music Group (the company that houses Ross’ label) have all collectively been sued by Clara Shepherd Warrick and Jimmy Lee Weary, the pair of songwriters responsible for 1976’s “I’m So Grateful (Keep In Touch).” Why would they file such a suit? Because according to papers filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the parties responsible for the God Forgives, I Don’t single “3 Kings” did not properly clear the sample of “I’m So Grateful (Keep In Touch)” around which that song is built. Weary is credited as a co-writer, but the pair says they have not been properly compensated nor did they grant permission for the sample’s use.

Not only do the pair object to the use of their sample, but also to the context in which it was presented. “The video [for '3 Kings'] includes very graphic depictions of drug use, vulgarity, nudity, gun violence, criminal conduct, actions demeaning to women, and many other items that are certainly inconsistent with Plaintiffs’ wishes for how Plaintiffs’ song would be portrayed,” the lawsuit said.

The suit is well-timed for maximum exposure, as Ross’ God Forgives, I Don’t is up for Best Rap Album at this Sunday’s Grammy Awards. Jay-Z is also among the most-honored artists, with six nominations.

Give a listen to “3 Kings” and “I’m So Grateful (Keep In Touch)” below. It’s pretty clear the sample is there (no one seems to be denying this), and it’s doubly strange that Weary received a writing credit but apparently no compensation (and Warrick got no notice at all). READ FULL STORY

Mindy McCready committed for alcohol and mental health issues; read the revelatory profile of her from 2009

The sad tale of Mindy McCready got one chapter deeper yesterday. A judge ordered the embattled country star be committed to a treatment facility for issues involving her mental health and alcohol abuse. Family services also removed McCready’s two children from her care.

According to E! News, McCready may be committed for up to 21 days after her family initiated an emergency hearing to get her some help. Several sources noted that McCready was having a difficult time after the death of boyfriend David Wilson in January. His death is still under investigation, but the police have said that it appears his gunshot wound was self-inflicted.

Following a string of country hits in the late ’90s, McCready’s fall from grace has included multiple arrests, a handful of suicide attempts, a run on Celebrity Rehab, the exposure of a long-running affair with disgraced baseball player Roger Clemens, and two stints in jail. Her tragic tale was captured in this profile of her that ran in Entertainment Weekly in 2009.

In the piece, McCready was optimistic about the future, but since then her path has remained rough. In addition to Wilson’s death, she dealt with allegations of child abuse, a number of health issues, and a stumble of a comeback album.

“I don’t want to be a victim,” McCready told writer Whitney Pastorek in 2009. “I’m a fighter. That’s why I’m still alive.”

Read More on EW.com:
Mindy McCready Comes Clean
Mindy McCready gives birth to baby boy
Mindy McCready defends herself to ABC News — WATCH

Chris Brown back in court after prosecutors raise probation questions

Chris Brown is set to return to court Wednesday to face a prosecutor who is asking a judge to revoke the singer’s probation because investigators could not find credible evidence he completed his community labor sentence for the 2009 beating of Rihanna.

A motion filed Tuesday raises for the first time in Brown’s felony assault case several incidents that prosecutors say demonstrate Brown has ongoing anger management issues.

They cited a Jan. 27 fight between Brown and fellow R&B star Frank Ocean, and a 2011 outburst in which Brown threw a chair through a window after he was asked about the Rihanna attack on Good Morning America.

The filing represents a dramatic shift in the case against Brown, who was repeatedly praised by the judge overseeing his case for his completion of domestic violence courses and his community service work in his home state of Virginia. That changed in September, when prosecutors raised concerns about Brown’s community service after he logged 701 hours in seven months — an amount that had previously taken him more than two years to achieve. READ FULL STORY

Imprisoned Pussy Riot member hospitalized

A jailed member of the Pussy Riot feminist punk band has been hospitalized for a full medical check-up after complaining of headaches and suffering from overwork at a prison colony known for its tough conditions, her lawyer and a fellow band member said Friday.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has suffered from headaches since last spring and her condition has worsened since October when she was sent to a prison colony to serve her two-year sentence for the band’s irreverent protest against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow’s main cathedral, her lawyer Irina Khrunova said. READ FULL STORY

Pussy Riot cathedral video banned for 'extremism'

Footage of feminist rockers Pussy Riot’s irreverent protest against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow’s main cathedral last year has been banned in Russia and must be removed from the country’s Internet.

Moscow City Court on Wednesday rejected band member Yekaterina Samutsevich’s appeal of a lower court’s ruling in November, meaning that its ban of the video now takes effect.

Samutsevich said the decision amounted to censorship and vowed to fight on. READ FULL STORY

Convicted Pussy Riot member petitions court to defer sentence

A member of feminist punk band Pussy Riot asked a Russian court on Wednesday to let her serve the rest of her two-year sentence when her 5-year-old son is a teenager, arguing that separation from her child now will do irreparable psychological damage.

Maria Alekhina is petitioning the court in Berezniki, a remote Ural mountains town near where she is imprisoned, to make the extremely rare decision to let her defer her sentence until her young son is 14.

She was convicted last year along with two other band members of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred for an anti-President Vladimir Putin stunt in Russia’s main cathedral. One of the women had her sentence suspended on appeal.

Alekhina told the court on Wednesday that while she wants her sentence deferred, she refused to plead guilty.

“No one will force me to say I’m guilty — I have nothing to repent for,” she said. READ FULL STORY

Frank Ocean cited for pot possession

Grammy-nominated R&B singer Frank Ocean has temporarily lost his driver’s license and faces a marijuana possession charge after police say he was pulled over twice on the final days of the year in California’s Eastern Sierra Nevada for driving more than 90 mph in 65 mph zones.

The Mono County Sheriff’s Department said officers first stopped Ocean’s black BMW on Dec. 30 as he was heading northbound on U.S. 395 near Keoughs, and cited him for speeding.

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