An actress who played a Baltimore drug gang assassin in HBO's "The Wire" is expected to plead guilty Monday in a drug conspiracy case.
Felicia "Snoop" Pearson, 31, is scheduled to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of conspiracy to distribute heroin, a day before her trial was set to begin, attorney Benjamin C. Sutley said.
Pearson was one of 64 people charged in March in "Operation Usual Suspects," a joint state-federal prosecution of an alleged east Baltimore drug gang. The federal indictment states that since 2008, members of the conspiracy bought heroin from New York and marijuana from California and sold the drugs on the streets of Baltimore. As part of the conspiracy, the indictment alleges, members discussed how those who failed to perform required tasks were dealt with violently.
Pearson did not play a significant role in the alleged conspiracy under scrutiny, and she decided to enter the plea to rid herself of the burden of dealing with the charges, Sutley said.
That makes sense. Oh, how do I make all this stuff just go away? I know: plead guilty. At least it's a better fate than she got on the show.
There are words in here you don't want to see in the same sentence.
A West Virginia judge has ordered Andy Dick to stand trial on felony sexual abuse charges stemming from a nightclub incident last year.
Judge Paul Farrell set trial for Jan. 17 and ordered Dick to submit to a urine test. Farrell told him if he returns to court under the influence of drugs he will be jailed. Dick told the judge he's sober.
The entertainer is accused of grabbing a bouncer's crotch and groping and kissing a male patron at a Huntington bar. He was in town for a performance.
Dick, who remains free on bail, has previously been arrested in California on drug and battery charges. A Texas man is suing him, claiming the performer exposed his genitals at a Dallas performance.
Yes, you go to an Andy Dick performance, you expect genteel, cultured entertainment.
Starwhacker-fugitive update!. In case you’re wondering what’s up withe poster kids for folie a deux, the Quaids apparently read about phones being “hacked” in England by reporters, and made the natural assumption that’s exactly what happened to them. As for those warrants? This story lets Evi tell the tale:
"They're fraudulent warrants as far as we're concerned," Evi Quaid said. "Randy Quaid is no more a fugitive from America than Uncle Sam is. I mean, he's the star of `Independence Day.’”
No, Will Smith was the star. Randy Quaid was the comic relief.
The Quaids argue they may still own the home where they were arrested, that there are legitimate questions about whether the actor's signature on documents transferring the house is a forgery.
Evi Quaid also says they hadn't caused any of the damage attributed to them by authorities, but rather had tried to clean up the house in the hopes that it might still be theirs. "All I did was garden," she said.
Despite their current woes, the Quaids say their problems go back much further; they suspect that personal information has been stolen and their phones have been hacked, possibly by reporters.
If that sounds strained, well, it’s not. It makes perfect sense! ENTER DARK LORD MURDOCH.
A 2008 story in the New York Post detailed complaints against the couple over their behavior on the set of a Broadway-bound play being rehearsed in Seattle. The show imploded, the story claimed, due to bizarre behavior by the actor, including lewd comments and hitting a castmate in the head. The end result was an $81,000 fine by the Actors' Equity Association and a lifetime ban from the group.
Drawing parallels with the phone hacking scandal that has engulfed British papers owned by Post parent News Corp., Randy Quaid claims he had discussed many details that were included in the Post piece with his attorney on a cell phone before boarding a flight in New York. As the plane was about to leave, the Quaids said Post columnist Michael Riedel contacted him about the allegations, which the Quaids believe could have only been revealed if someone had hacked their phone.
The paper rejected the allegation in a statement released to the AP late Friday. "Michael Riedel categorically denies this claim," the paper said in a statement, stating that Quaid has provided no proof he was hacked.
The Quaids say they hope other stars will speak out and that inquiries by U.S. authorities will expose dirty tabloid tactics similar to those surfacing in the U.K. "At least they're outraged in England," Evi Quaid said. "I hope that it crosses to New York and people get angry."
People in New York, angry? Never happen. As for that Seattle story, hadn’t heard that one before. Or I did, and somehow it didn’t lodge in my brain. The musical was an update of Shakespeare with Quaid as Falstaff, and his defense was more or less “I was just being in character all the time.” People usually love that! Ask any actor, and they'll tell you how much the cast loves it when someone never goes out of character.
The charges and hearing went as well as expected, acording to Reuters:
Sometime after the cancellation, charges were filed by the cast members against Quaid. On January 25, Quaid's wife, Evi, appeared at Equity's offices in Los Angeles and demanded documents for the hearing. There was a physical altercation, which resulted in four Equity staffers getting temporary restraining orders against Evi Quaid, and Evi Quaid obtaining a restraining order against Equity, according to documents filed by the parties in California Superior Court.
For the first time in more than a year, Lindsay Lohan is returning to a Los Angeles courtroom without the expectation of major drama.
The 25-year-old actress is scheduled to appear at a routine case review conference with a judge who is overseeing her probation for drunken driving and misdemeanor theft cases.
Court officials say nothing has been filed indicating Lohan has violated her probation. She has appeared in court numerous times since last July, when she was jailed and ordered into rehab for failing to attend alcohol education classes. Since then, she has been jailed again, arrested for taking a necklace without permission, sent to another rehab and served 35 days on house arrest.
If the "Mean Girls" star stays out of trouble, her probation may end this year.
“Mean Girls” was seven years ago. If the only way the press can identify you is by reaching back to a movie made in the first term of the Bush administration, your career isn’t exactly incandescent. Then there’s that lawsuit from the Betty Ford employee; perhaps the press can chew that cud for a while. TMZ says:
Dawn Holland -- who now goes by Dawn Bradley -- is all set to file the legal docs today ... in which she claims Lohan was combative and violent when she tried to give the actress a breathalyzer test at the rehab center back in December ... after Lohan had allegedly snuck off the property to go boozing.
In the lawsuit, Holland claims Lohan grabbed her right wrist and began "twisting and pulling it for 8-10 seconds."
But here's the rub -- back when Dawn filed her initial incident report with the BFC, she NEVER mentioned the wrist grab ... even though the rest of her story syncs up perfectly.
Details, details. We’re sure the case has merits, and there’s every reason for a lawsuit. You work at a rehab clinic with drug addicts, the last thing you expect is a physical altercation. She wants a million dollars, by the way. $100k per second.
More on that creepy - er, heart-warming! story about Doug Hutchison, the 51-year-old actor who married a 16-year-old. Turns out they were cyberin’:,
"My world turned upside down," he admitted in an interview with ABC's Good Morning America. "[Online communication] is a really unique and beautiful way to get to know someone," he gushed. "We didn't have the distraction of the physical."
I don’t want to hear about his gushing. At all. The article notes that the girl’s parents monitored the exchanges, and eventually gave consent for the marriage, thereby enshrining the father as the first person in the world who thinks it’s okay if his underaged daughter is running off to Vegas with a man who’s 35 years older.
Sixteen? Really? Really?
That’s just terrible. Does it get better after 12 seconds? I bailed. As for Hutchison, this article notes he has other ambitions besides acting.
According to his website, Hutchison recently penned a 99-page memoir titled "Hey, Guess What? Tom Hanks's S**t Smells, Too! (My Adventures in the Toilet of Tinseltown)." He is currently writing a children's book series based on his chihuahua, Everette.
Not saying he’s taken some flack for this move, aside from losing his manager and having his mother drop contact, but his website’s gone.
Charlie Gilmour, the son of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, was jailed for 16 months on Friday for going on a drug-fueled rampage during a student fees protest in London.
Gilmour, 21, had admitted violent disorder. A court heard he had shouted "We're going to break all the laws" during last December's protest.
He was seen hanging from a Union Jack flag on the Cenotaph war memorial and leaping on to the bonnet of a Jaguar car which was traveling in a convoy carrying Prince Charles and his wife Camilla.
His defense team had disputed an allegation that he also threw a trash can at the car but the Press Association reported that Judge Nicholas Price told Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court in southwest London he was satisfied Gilmour had in fact thrown the bin.
Gilmour was also accused of attacking the front window of a clothing store in Oxford Street and making off with the leg of a mannequin.
What can turn a son of privilege into such a hooligan?
The court had heard the Cambridge University student had turned to drink and drugs after being rejected by his biological father, writer Heathcote Williams, and had taken LSD and valium in the hours leading up to the violence.
You might be unfamiliar with Heathcote Williams. He’s a poet and an activist. Doesn’t like cars, which may explain the bonnet jumping. As his wikipedia entry notes:
Autogeddon (1991). still ranks as the most vigorous sustained flow of invective against car culture to date. It characterizes the motor car's global death toll as, "A humdrum holocaust, the third world war nobody bothered to declare." Each poem was made into a film by BBC Television, Autogeddon performed by Jeremy Irons who, somewhat to the chagrin of its author, turned out in promotional interviews to be an unabashed car-lover.
But don’t think he’s some sort of humorless scold! Always a larf when Heathcote’s about:
An affair some years earlier with the model Jean Shrimpton, an icon of 'sixties Swinging London, had resulted in the writer setting himself alight on her doorstep. Whether intentional or the upshot of a magical stunt gone wrong – Williams at the time being an ardent fire-eater – was never entirely clear. It was not unreasonably supposed to be a case of the supermodel dumping the scrivener. Somewhat astonishingly, however, in her autobiography published in the early 1990s, Shrimpton asserted that it was Williams who had in fact walked out on her.
As for rejecting his kid, it’s not clear whether Mr. Gilmour was responding to a recent rebuff, or his biological father’s original act of selfish jerktitude:
Samson was working in publishing when she met Heathcote Williams and she fell pregnant with Charlie almost immediately. But their relationship was short-lived.
In fact, Heathcote Williams walked out on her and baby Charlie after a little more than a year together. Samson has written that when he left, he quoted Cyril Connolly’s famous dictum to her (Connolly was a celebrated literary critic in the Forties): ‘There is no more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall.’
Others might note that there is no more sombre enemy of good art than Mr. Heathcote Williams, but that’s a matter of opinion.