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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.

Judge keeps ban on Jennifer Lopez 'home videos'

A judge is keeping a ban in place to prevent the release of home videos featuring Jennifer Lopez that her ex-husband and his manager have sought to distribute.

US taxman chases Schwarzenegger over alleged unpaid $80,000 debt

He presides over a state that is billions of dollars in debt and recently began issuing IOU notes to creditors after its coffers ran dry. Now it seems Arnold Schwarzenegger's iffy stewardship of public finances may extend to his private realm.

I was Prince Albert of Monaco's private spook

Ex-novelist who ran intelligence service for Monte Carlo's royal family relaunches legal action against his old boss

Nicole Richie granted restraining order

A judge has granted TV star Nicole Richie's request for a restraining order barring two celebrity photographers from coming close to her or her children.

Ryan Seacrest 'stalker' pleads not guilty

A man arrested outside Ryan Seacrest's workplace has pleaded not guilty to a felony stalking charge.

Dominic Lawson: Let's not forget what Polanski did

The film director has been treated with extraordinary indulgence

Judge allows mother to challenge Jackson estate

A judge has ruled that Michael Jackson's mother can challenge the men currently administering her son's estate without losing her substantial stake.

Son of a bitch – you can't fire me

A court in Barcelona says insulting your boss with one particularly foul obscenity is not grounds for dismissal, insisting the slight is common in arguments in Spain and not that big a deal.

Fashion designer jailed for sex offences

A fashion designer was jailed for 59 years to life for sexually assaulting aspiring models he lured to Los Angeles.

Michael Jackson burial delayed

Michael Jackson's family yesterday delayed his burial by five days as a judge ruled that a touring show of his memorabilia could go on and police raided another pharmacy in their ongoing probe of his sudden death.

Brazil fraud case graduates to appeal

Two British law graduates who falsely claimed £1,000 of belongings were stolen during a robbery in Brazil plan to appeal against a community service punishment, their lawyer said.

Facebook 'will fight' privacy lawsuit

Five Facebook users filed a civil lawsuit yesterday alleging that the social networking site is violating California's privacy laws and misleading members about how their personal information is used.

Jackson mother named as children's guardian

Michael Jackson's mother will become the permanent guardian of the star's three children, a court ruled last night.

Jackson mother 'agrees custody'

Katherine Jackson will raise her son's children under an agreement with the King of Pop's ex-wife, who will have visitation rights under the supervision of a child psychologist, attorneys said.

Litigation may threaten Hobbit films

New Zealand film-maker Peter Jackson may have more in common with JRR Tolkien's heirs than he thought - they are also complaining about big studio accounting methods.

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