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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.

Stun gun 'never used on Michael Jackson's kids'

A lawyer for Michael Jackson's mother said today the late singer's children were never exposed to a stun gun sent to the family's home.

Toyota sued over family crash deaths

Relatives of a family killed in a high-speed crash that highlighted safety flaws of Toyotas and led to the recalls of millions of vehicles have sued the world's largest car maker, according to a lawsuit filed today.

Marie Osmond mourns son, 18

American singer Marie Osmond said her 18-year-old son Michael Blosil has died.

I threw baby from bridge, father tells police

A massive search for a baby believed to have been thrown into a freezing river by her estranged father will resume today.

Swiss won't extradite Roman Polanski until US case is finalised

Swiss authorities won't extradite Roman Polanski to the United States until courts in Los Angeles rule definitively that the director must face further sentencing in person in a 32-year-old sex case, a senior official said today.

Final act of Jackson drama begins in LA

Doctor pleads not guilty to manslaughter as full autopsy report is released on internet

Rip Torn: actor, Hollywood hell-raiser... and bank robber?

Veteran star found with loaded gun in bank after mistaking it for his house

Hopper's dramatic Hollywood ending

As he fights prostate cancer, a vicious battle is already being waged for the millions the actor earned from films such as Easy Rider. Then again, says Guy Adams, this is a hellraiser who was never likely to go quietly

Polanski's wife blames assault on 'crazy' 1970s

LA judge to decide whether Polish-born film director can be sentenced in absentia

Cancer-stricken Easy Rider star Dennis Hopper files for divorce from his deathbed

Cancer-stricken actor Dennis Hopper has filed for divorce from his wife of nearly 14 years, court records have shown.

Prosecutor rejects Polanski plea

A Los Angeles prosecutor has urged a judge to reject the film director Roman Polanski's request to be sentenced in his absence for a 1977 sex crime, claiming he is a fugitive who should not be able to dictate his case from afar. In papers filed with Los Angeles Superior Court, David Walgren argued that Polanski – under house arrest in Switzerland – should not be treated differently because he is a celebrity.

Judge drops battery charge against actor Gerard Butler

A US judge has dropped a battery charge against actor Gerard Butler.

Roman Polanski's plea rejected in court

In a case that has polarised public passions, director Roman Polanski did not win his freedom yesterday for a 32-year-old sex offence, but an appeals court said in a strongly worded opinion there was probable judicial and prosecutorial misconduct in his case.

Woman, 98, kills roommate, 100

A 98-year-old woman was indicted Friday on a second-degree murder charge that alleges she strangled her 100-year-old nursing home roommate after making the victim's life "a living hell" because she thought the woman was "taking over the room."

Court to rule if Polanski can fight case from afar

A Los Angeles appeals court will consider whether Roman Polanski needs to appear in person to pursue his claim that his child rape case was tainted by judicial and prosecutorial misconduct and should be thrown out.

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