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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.

Spector faces life sentence for actress's murder

Record producer shot Lana Clarkson in the mouth at his LA mansion

Mel Gibson's wife files for divorce

'Irreconcilable differences' spark legal fight for star's fortune and custody of son

Love's online spat sparks first Twitter libel suit

It was merely a matter of time: Twitter, the latest social networking phenomenon, appears to have sparked its first libel action. And perhaps inevitably, singer Courtney Love, well known for sounding off online, is at its centre.

Spector trial hears of 'Russian roulette' with women

Record producer's defence team says actress committed suicide</p><p>

Final arguments ready in Spector murder retrial

Six years after actress Lana Clarkson died of a gunshot wound at Phil Spector's hilltop mansion, lawyers will once again deliver final arguments to a jury in the legendary music producer's murder trial.

Chimp attack victim's family seeks $50M

The family of a Connecticut woman mauled by a chimpanzee last month filed preliminary legal papers seeking $50 million in damages against the primate's owner.

Michael Jackson announces 'curtain call'

Michael Jackson has announced a series of London shows after a long absence from the concert circuit.

Polanski faces arrest to clear his name

Director has to return to US if he wants to win appeal against 1978 rape verdict

After 30 years' exile, Polanski challenges US rape charge

Film director claims new evidence proves he was the victim of 'judicial misconduct'

Polanski seeks dismissal of child sex charge

Lawyers for Roman Polanski, a fugitive for 30 years in a notorious sex case involving a 13-year-old girl, filed a request in Los Angeles to dismiss the charge against him because of prosecutorial and judicial misconduct.

Game review: Midnight Club: Los Angeles

Format: PS3, Xbox 360; Publisher: Rockstar Games; Price &pound;44.99

Smelly feet and the family Stone

Sharon Stone has lost a custody battle after a report highlighted her increasingly bizarre parenting style. Guy Adams reports

Audiobook of the Week: Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey, read by Trevor White and Lorelei King

There are those who maintain that Americans don't understand irony. James Frey (inset) does, or he couldn't have given this book such an optimistic title. It is the second-grimmest book about America of recent years: the first was his widely-acclaimed so-called memoir, A Million Little Pieces, which proved to be largely invented and caused a furore. Eventually, people who bought it were offered their money back: some took up the offer.

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