From our Intern Jonathan Lee: Entertainment Recap (May 18-22)
The entertainment business has faced various legal woes this week. From an actor suing a clothing company to an ex-Illinois governor’s wife competing in a reality TV show, this week had it all.
Seventy-three-year-old actor Woody Allen is taking clothing company American Apparel to court following their use of his picture as a Rabbi to promote their brand. If the jury finds in his favor, Allen could win up to ten million dollars.
Model Clair Robinson also filed a lawsuit against talent agency International Creative Management on sexual battery. She claims she was sexually harassed during auditions set up by the agency. All allegations have been denied by ICM.
Seventy-year-old Charles E. Vandergaw faces charges for illegally feeding bears dog food and cookies. Vandergaw, who is the star of Animal Planets “Bear Haven,” faces 20 misdemeanor counts.
Actor Rip Torn, who starred in “Men in Black,” was granted probation Tuesday for his DUI in Connecticut.
From Hollywood glamour to the recording studios—prosecutors asked to add to the sentence of rock legend and music producer Phil Spector, who is charged for second-degree murder of actress Lana Clarke. He is to be sentenced on May 29.
Police in LA have arrested a suspect in the death of rapper Dolla, who was killed at the Beverly Center Monday morning. Louis Berry, 23, is the accused killer.
Hip-hop artist Kanye West pleaded not guilty earlier this week to misdemeanor charges for breaking a paparazzo’s camera back in September. His next hearing will be on July 15, 2009.
On a lighter note, Patti Blagojevich, wife of ex-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, will join one of NBC’s reality TV shows—“I’m a Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of Here”— set in Costa Rica (which her husband could not do because federal judges barred him from leaving the country). Blagojevich faces charges for federal corruption.