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Miley Cyrus To Be Penalized For Twerking With Mexico's Flag?

September 18th, 2014 8:21am EDT
Miley Cyrus To Be Penalized For Twerking With Mexico's Flag?
Miley Cyrus is in trouble with Mexican officials for dancing provocatively with the country's flag. The pop star performed in Monterrey on Tuesday night, and video shows her wearing a large prosthetic butt, flouncing around the stage, and dancers whipping her with a Mexican flag.

The performance took place during Mexico's Independence Day, and authorities from the state of Nuevo Leon are trying to determine whether the singer broke the country's law regarding the protection of the national flag.

According to Reuters, local official Francisco Trevino said Nuevo Leon approved a warrant for...
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Chinese Authorities Formally Arrest Jackie Chan's Son On Drug Charges

September 17th, 2014 8:44am EDT
Jaycee Chan
Chinese authorities are formally charging Jackie Chan's son Jaycee Chan on drug charges, according to Beijing News.

The action star's son, 32, was arrested in Beijing last month along with Taiwanese movie star Kai Ko, 23. Both men tested positive for marijuana, and more than 100 grams were found at Chan's home.

Authorities have been increasingly cracking down on illegal drugs in China. Over the summer, President Xi Jinping called for "forceful measures" to tackle drug use. Several B-list stars have been targeted in the new initiative. In early August, police arrested actor Gao Hu ("The Fl...
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Police Detain 'Django Unchained' Actress Daniele Watts After Mistaking Her For A Prostitute

September 15th, 2014 1:07pm EDT
Police Detain 'Django Unchained' Actress Daniele Watts After Mis
"Django Unchained" star Daniele Watts was detained in Los Angeles last week after police responded to a call involving a couple indecently exposing themselves.

Watts, who is black, and her celebrity chef boyfriend Brian James Lucas, who is white, were kissing in their car on Thursday when officers approached them, believing the actress could be a prostitute. Police asked for identification, and an angry Watts walked away, prompting police to handcuff her and place her in their cruiser.

Watts vented about the incident on Facebook, writing: "I knew that I had done nothing wrong, that I wasn...
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South African Sprinter Oscar Pistorius Found Guilty Of Killing Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

September 12th, 2014 2:47pm EDT
Oscar Pistorius
One day after paralympian Oscar Pistorius was deemed not guilty of premeditated murder charges for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013, he was found guilty of culpable homicide -- South Africa's equivalent of manslaughter.

Pistorius shot model Steenkamp four times through a closed bathroom door in his home in Pretoria, South Africa, fearing that she was an intruder. Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled on Thursday that the prosecution did not provide enough evidence to prove their case that the runner intentionally shot and killed Steenkamp, but the judge did call his action...
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Shia LaBeouf Pleads Guilty To Disorderly Conduct Following 'Cabaret' Outburst

September 10th, 2014 11:53am EDT
Shia LaBeouf Pleads Guilty To Disorderly Conduct Following 'Caba
Shia LaBeouf pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on Wednesday for disrupting a performance of "Cabaret" in Manhattan in June.

The star appeared at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City and admitted his guilt over an incident at Studio 54, according to TMZ.com. LaBeouf was charged with criminal trespassing and two counts of disorderly conduct.

According to eyewitnesses, LaBeouf walked through the theatre in a ripped shirt, smoked inside the venue, and chased a homeless man outside.

Police arrested the actor, who reportedly spit at officers and yelled, "Do you know who the f**k I am?...
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Canadian Prosecutors Drop Assault Charge Against Justin Bieber

September 8th, 2014 4:55pm EDT
Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber is pleased after prosecutors in Canada dropped an assault charge against him. The singer was accused of attacking a limo driver in Toronto in 2013, but officials have withdrawn the charge against the pop star.

During the incident, there were several other passengers inside the car, and prosecutors were unable to prove "beyond a reasonable doubt" that Bieber was responsible for the attack.

Prosecutor David Mitchell told the court he would no longer move forward with the case because there is "no reasonable prospect of conviction," adding, "There were a number of people in the...
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Celebrity Nude Photo Hack May Have Been The Result Of Phishing

September 4th, 2014 5:07pm EDT
Jennifer Lawrence
The recent theft of private nude photos belonging to dozens of celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Kirsten Dunst, may have been the result of phishing, and not a security breach or straight hacking of Apple's iCloud.

TMZ.com reports that authorities are looking into whether several of the celebs who were hacked -- specifically Upton, Lawrence, Lea Michele and Mary Elizabeth Winstead -- were actually baited into giving up their passwords via a phishing email they may have gotten that appeared to come from Apple.

The tech giant has denied there were any breaches in its ...
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Chris Brown Cops Plea Deal In Washington, D.C. Assault Case

September 2nd, 2014 8:52pm EDT
Chris Brown
Chris Brown has gotten out of serving more jail time after pleading guilty to assaulting a man outside a Washington, D.C. hotel in 2013 as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.

The singer was involved in the altercation last October when Brown's camp claims a man tried to get onto his tour bus outside the city's W Hotel. Police took him and a bodyguard into custody and charged them with felony assault, which was later dropped to a misdemeanor. He was offered a plea deal in January, but turned it down.

Brown appeared in court in D.C. on Tuesday with girlfriend Karrueche Tran by his side to...
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Justin Bieber Charged With Dangerous Driving & Assault

September 2nd, 2014 6:26pm EDT
Justin Bieber Charged With Dangerous Driving & Assault
Justin Bieber is in trouble with the law again - this time for dangerous driving and assault. Over the weekend the pop star's all-terrain vehicle (ATV) collided with a mini van in his native Ontario, Canada.

The incident occurred on a road in Perth County, the community where Bieber, 20, grew up.

Ontario Provincial Police spokesman Kees Wijnands told CNN: "Investigation revealed that after colliding, the driver of the ATV and an occupant of the minivan engaged in a physical altercation."

Bieber was released on a promise to appear in court on Sept. 29, and his attorney said the singer was...
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Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton At Center Of Massive Celebrity Nude Photo Leak

September 1st, 2014 10:44am EDT
Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton At Center Of Massive Celebrity Nud
Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and supermodel Kate Upton are a couple of the biggest names atop a massive list of celebrities whose private photos have been shared online by a hacker, many of them topless and fully nude shots.

The leak, which, according to Buzzfeed originated on website 4chan, happened on Sunday after hackers got into Apples iCloud via a leak that allowed celebrity cell phones to be hacked.

Earlier this week a hacker claimed to have tons of personal photos and threatened to release them on Sunday. The photos were released, as promised, in several batches, and the...
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