Latest Celebrity legal affairs News

Brazil police say faith healer has turned himself in

Dec. 16, 2018 4:43 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A celebrity faith healer accused of sexually abusing more than 300 women turned himself in Sunday to authorities in Brazil's central state of Goias, after spending almost a day as a fugitive, police said. Joao Teixeira de Faria, who is known as Joao de Deus, had been given until 3...

Disney actor Stoney Westmoreland fired after arrest

Dec. 15, 2018 4:18 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney Channel actor Stoney Westmoreland has been fired after he was arrested in Salt Lake City for allegedly attempting to have a sexual relationship with an online acquaintance he believed was 13 years old. In a statement Saturday, Disney announced that the 48-year-old Westmoreland had...

Putin says rap should be controlled in Russia, not banned

Dec. 15, 2018 2:31 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Alarmed by the growing popularity of rap among Russian youth, President Vladimir Putin wants cultural leaders to devise a means of controlling, rather than banning, the popular music. Putin says "if it is impossible to stop, then we must lead it and direct it." But Putin said at a St....

Court says no bail as Cosby appeals sex assault conviction

Dec. 14, 2018 5:11 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has rejected a request from Bill Cosby to be released on bail while he appeals his sexual assault conviction. The order from the court issued Friday does not elaborate on the decision. Cosby filed an appeal earlier this month saying that Pennsylvania trial...

Brazil faith healer wanted by police as abuse cases mount

Dec. 14, 2018 4:47 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A celebrity faith healer, accused of sexual violence by hundreds of women throughout Brazil, was being sought by police Friday after a warrant was issued for his arrest. The U.S. Embassy in Brazil put out an alert telling people to contact Brazilian authorities if they had suffered...

State lawmakers urge clemency for woman convicted as teen

Dec. 14, 2018 4:16 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Several Democratic Tennessee lawmakers are urging Republican Gov. Bill Haslam to grant clemency to a woman convicted of murdering a man when she was a 16-year-old prostitute. Newly elected Nashville Sen. Brenda Gilmore led a group Friday calling for 30-year-old Cyntoia Brown's...

Comedian Lange avoids jail time despite positive drug test

Dec. 14, 2018 1:57 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A judge has spared comedian Artie Lange jail time even though he tested positive for cocaine and amphetamine. Despite the positive test Friday in Newark, the judge ordered Lange's attorney to apply to have his client admitted to drug court. Lange was in court Friday for a probation...

Spanish prosecutors file tax evasion charges against Colombian singer Shakira

Dec. 14, 2018 9:14 AM EST
MADRID (AP) — Spanish prosecutors file tax evasion charges against Colombian singer Shakira.

Josh Brent, nightclub owner hit with $25M verdict in death

Dec. 13, 2018 5:10 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas jury has returned a $25 million verdict against former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent and the owner of a now-defunct nightclub in the death of Brent's teammate, Jerry Brown Jr. Brown was killed six years ago when the car Brent was driving at 110 mph (177 kph) in a 45-mph (72-kph)...

Arrest of Nissan star Ghosn raises speculation over coup

Dec. 12, 2018 10:55 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The surprise arrest of Nissan's former chairman on charges of falsifying financial reports is providing a window into possible corporate intrigue at the Japanese automaker. Japanese media and some analysts have raised the possibility that the charges against Carlos Ghosn were engineered to...