Entertainment News: celebrity legal proceedings
Singer Lauryn Hill has been sentenced in New Jersey to three months in prison for failing to pay state and federal taxes on nearly $1 million in earnings, The Associated Press reported on Monday, May 6.
She was also sentenced to three addition months of home confinement. Before her sentencing, an attorney for the 37-year-old singer said that Hill had paid more than $970,000 she owed in taxes.
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Comedian Katt Williams has been sentenced to community service after pleading no contest to a charge of reckless evasion of a police officer following his 2012 three-wheel motorcycle chase in Sacramento, California.
The 41-year-old, whose real name is Micah Sierra Williams, was originally charged with a felony. His charge was reduced to a misdemeanor after he made his plea on April 25, court records show.
Lauryn Hill recently wrote about her tax woes on her Tumblr blog and confirmed reports that she has signed a record deal and will release new music soon.
Last year, Hill pled guilty to not paying federal taxes on the $1.8 million she earned from 2005 to 2007, according to the Associated Press. The wire service reported that the amount Hill owes is in dispute and while her attorney claims that it is slightly less than $1 million , the U.S. attorney's office estimates that it is a little more than $1 million.
Conrad Murray has appealed his conviction of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, more than a year after he filed an official notice saying he would do so.
Murray was sentenced to four years in prison -- the maximum punishment -- on Nov. 29, 2011. He is eligible for release in October after serving half his sentence. Murray had on Dec. 2011 filed a legal notice saying he intends to appeal the conviction of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Jackson. He submitted a formal appeal on Monday, April 22.
Bassist Todd Harrell of 3 Doors Down was involved in a fatal DUI crash on April 19.
Harrell, who is one of the band's founding members, was arrested after allegedly causing a fatal crash while under the influence of drugs and alcohol, according to The Tennessean.
Comedian and actor Kevin Hart was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving on early Sunday, April 14, in Los Angeles.
The 33-year-comedian was pulled over by police after his black Mercedes nearly collided with a tanker truck on Highway 101, according to The Associated Press.
Rapper Gucci Mane has reportedly been indicted on an assault charge after allegedly hitting a soldier with a champagne bottle.
According to the local Atlanta news station WSB, the 33-year-old rapper, whose real name is Radric Davis, was indicted on one count of aggravated assault on Tuesday, April 9. Drew Findling, a lawyer for Gucci Mane, told The Associated Press on April 10, that a judge has set a $75,000 bond for the rapper.
Gucci Mane has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault with a weapon following a confrontation with a military man in an Atlanta nightclub.
The 33-year-old rapper, whose real name is Radric Davis, was booked at a jail in the city on Tuesday, March 26, police records show. James Lettley, from Fort Hood, Texas, told authorities that on March 15, Mane smashed a champagne bottle on his head at the Harlem Nights club. The rapper has not commented.
Police are investigating teenage pop star Justin Bieber on suspicion of battery after a reported confrontation with a neighbor.
Bieber, 19, has not commented. A police spokesperson said in a statement obtained by OTRC.com that a man who lives near the singer's home in Calabasas, near Los Angeles, had called police at 9:08 a.m. on Tuesday, March 26 and authorities then arrived to investigate the incident. The man is accusing Bieber of misdemeanor battery and of making threats.
Lindsay Lohan will not face charges over a New York nightclub case, of which she had been accused of assault, her lawyer says, days after she was sentenced to rehab over an unrelated Los Angeles car crash incident.
The 26-year-old "Mean Girls" actress had moved to New York, where her mother and siblings live, last year amid her legal turmoil, which has lasted more than five years. In November, she was arrested in the city on suspicion of assault following a reported fight at a nightclub with a woman, a psychic.
Bobby Brown has been released from jail after serving just eight hours of his 55-day jail sentence stemming from a driving under the influence conviction.
The 44-year-old was released on Wednesday, March 20. He was fitted with electronic ankle monitor, which he will have to wear for eight days, according to an L.A. County sheriff's spokesperson.
Lindsay Lohan has yet another mug shot to add to the collection.
The 26-year-old actress posed for what is her sixth such picture in Los Angeles after being formally booked by Santa Monica police on Tuesday, March 19 ahead of a five-day jail sentence, which is included as part of a 90-day rehab stint she is set to serve after pleading no contest in a 2012 car crash case. She was released from custody the same day and won't serve her time until after a May 2 hearing.