NYC judge tells 50 Cent to hold onto N.Y. property
NEW YORK - A judge has told rapper 50 Cent he may not dispose of the Long Island property where a $2.4 million house was destroyed by fire last month.
State Supreme Court Justice Carol Edmead has also ordered 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, to put insurance proceeds in a trust account pending the outcome of his dispute with ex-girlfriend Shaniqua Tompkins.
Tompkins said Jackson promised her a house a decade ago, but had recently wanted to evict her and their 10-year-old son, Marquise, from the house in Dix Hills, New York.
Prosecutor: Winehouse spouse offered victim bribe
LONDON - Amy Winehouse's husband beat up a pub landlord and then offered him $400,000 to keep quiet about the attack, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
Prosecution lawyer Sean Larkin said barman James King suffered a broken cheekbone in the June 2006 attack by Blake Fielder-Civil and another man - but was willing to accept money to spare his attackers jail.
King, 36, is on trial for conspiring to pervert the course of justice (the equivalent of obstruction of justice in the U.S.). He denies the charge, and said he was intimidated into withdrawing the assault claim.
Prosecutors won't pursue drug charges against Warren G
LOS ANGELES - Prosecutors said Monday they won't pursue charges against rapper Warren G, who was arrested a day earlier for being in a car with marijuana.
A spokeswoman for Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley said there was insufficient evidence to prove the rapper, whose real name is Warren Griffin III, knew about the drugs.
Griffin was traveling with another man, Ryan Butler, in a car registered to a third party. That person was not in the vehicle when it was pulled over by Los Angeles police officers early Sunday morning in Hollywood, spokeswoman Shiara Davila said.
Authorities said the men ran a red light and that the marijuana was found in the trunk. Griffin and Butler were released later Sunday after posting $20,000 bail.