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Girls Gone Wild creator Joe Francis has been jailed for 270 days and handed a three year probation for attacking a woman at his Los Angeles mansion.

Paris Hilton intruder receives two-year jail sentence

An intruder who tried to break into Paris Hilton's home has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Baseball: Los Angeles Dodgers file for bankruptcy protection

The Los Angeles Dodgers filed for bankruptcy protection in a Delaware court, blaming Major League Baseball for refusing to approve a multi-billion dollar TV deal that owner Frank McCourt was counting on to keep the troubled team afloat.

Four council workers at centre of fresh Twitter privacy row

A court order has forced Twitter to hand over the personal details of a British user, raising further questions about free speech on the internet and the possibility that celebrities and corporations could head to US courts to unmask users who break injunctions or make libellous comments.

TMX to push on with LSE vote

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice has issued an interim order that TMX yesterday said allowed it to proceed with a shareholder meeting and vote on its proposed tie-up with the London Stock Exchange at the end of June.

'Happy Days' cast sue for share of earnings

Cast members of the vintage US comedy series Happy Days have sued CBS television network, alleging that they are not getting a cut of the money made in sales of DVDs, lunch boxes, board games and other merchandise related to the show.

Lawyers claim Michael Jackson 'committed suicide due to money worries'

Lawyers acting for Dr. Conrad Murray claim Michael Jackson committed suicide as he was facing financial ruin.

Charlie Sheen sued for $20m over reality show

Charlie Sheen is being sued for $20 million.

Screen Talk: Monkey magic

The English author Neil Gaiman has signed to pen English scripts for a big-budget series of 3D movies based on Journey to the West, China's classic novel about the adventures of the Monkey King.

Tarantino sues neighbour over 'blood-curdling' noise of pet parrots

Quentin Tarantino, the director who has made us cover our eyes during the goriest sequences of his films like Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill and Reservoir Dogs is apparently a little squeamish himself when it comes to sound effects, especially those that are, as he puts it, "blood-curdling" and "pterodactyl-like".

Prince chased for concert cash

Prince could lose his home for failing to pay $3 million for pulling out of a concert in Ireland.

Moore sues over profits from 'Fahrenheit 9/11'

The lawsuit reads like the voiceover from one of Michael Moore's provocative documentaries. "This case is about classic Hollywood accounting tricks and financial deception," it begins.

Rooster stabs man to death at cockfight

A man attending an illegal cockfight in central California died after being stabbed in the leg by a bird that had a knife attached to its own limb.

Ice Hockey: Jewish player accuses major US team of anti-Semitism

In the hard-knuckle world of professional ice hockey, disagreements are traditionally settled with a manly punch-up. But the sport now faces the prospect of defending itself against charges of institutionalised anti-Semitism after a discrimination lawsuit was filed by one of its handful of Jewish players.

Judge orders Michael Jackson doctor to stand trial

A judge today ordered the personal physician of Michael Jackson to stand trial for involuntary manslaughter after hearing testimony that he administered a dose of a powerful anesthetic and other sedatives then left the pop star alone.

Hopper's estranged wife pulls star's art from sale

Renowned for his eccentric performances and turbulent life off-camera, even in death Dennis Hopper remains close to controversy.

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