N.Y. governor issues pardon for hip-hop pioneer

ALBANY, N.Y. - Pioneering rapper Ricky 'Slick Rick' Walters, who spent more than five years in prison on a 1991 attempted murder conviction and faced threats of deportation years after rehabilitating his life, was granted a full and unconditional pardon Friday by New York Gov. David Paterson.

Walters, 43, has been under threat of being sent back to his native United Kingdom, although he has lived in the United States since he was a child. In a statement, he expressed gratitude to Paterson and his lawyers, and hoped that he could finally put the turmoil behind him.

In announcing the decision, Paterson noted Walters' commitment to helping young people.

Tila Tequila more guarded in 2nd 'Shot at Love'

LOS ANGELES - Tila Tequila blames the media and her paramour's interest in self-promotion for her breakup, and says she was much more guarded during her second 'Shot at Love' on MTV.

Tequila told The Associated Press in a recent interview that first-season winner Bobby Banhart never met her parents and the two steadily fell out of touch. She announced their breakup last December.

'I felt like he was starting to get caught up more in the Hollywood world,' said the diminutive MySpace and reality star.

Judge vacates $1.5M rapper lawsuit award

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - A judge has vacated a $1.5 million judgment awarded to a woman who filed a defamation suit against rapper DMX after he alleged that she raped him.

Prince George's County Circuit Judge Thomas Smith ruled last week that DMX (real name: Earl Simmons) was not properly served with court papers in the case filed against him by Monique Wayne.

Wayne became pregnant after an August 2003 encounter with Simmons in a Washington hotel room. She gave birth to a boy in April 2004 and DNA tests showed it was Simmons' son.