Phillips charged with drug possession
· LOS ANGELES - Former teen star Mackenzie Phillips has been charged with felony possession of drugs after she was allegedly found carrying narcotics at Los Angeles International Airport.
District Attorney's spokeswoman Jane Robison said Phillips was charged with two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, heroin and cocaine. She also faces a misdemeanor count of unauthorized possession of a needle or syringe.
The 48-year-old Phillips is out on $20,000 bail.
Phillips was heading to New York last month when she failed to pass a security screening and a secondary search turned up needles and suspected drugs.
Judge nixes Ledger suit
· LOS ANGELES - A judge in Los Angeles said a lawsuit filed by a celebrity reporter over a video that purportedly shows Heath Ledger doing drugs failed to adequately state legal claims.
Superior Court Judge John S. Wiley Junior has tentatively dismissed 11 of 12 allegations filed against a paparazzi agency and two photographers accused of secretly filming her and Ledger in a hotel room in 2006.
Attorneys for the unidentified reporter, who was on assignment for People magazine, can amend the lawsuit to try to get their allegations restored. They can still pursue a trespass claim against the photographers, one of whom the reporter dated.
Akon heads to trial in NY case
· FISHKILL, N.Y. - Akon is headed to trial on criminal charges he tossed a fan offstage at an upstate concert last summer.
The 35-year-old singer is accused of tossing a teenager off the stage during a June 2007 concert at a minor league baseball stadium near Poughkeepsie. Another concertgoer said she suffered a concussion when the boy landed on her.
Akon, whose real name is Aliaune Thiam, asked for the jury trial during a brief appearance with his lawyer in Fishkill Town Court on Wednesday. He's due back in court for trial Dec. 1 unless a deal is negotiated in the meantime.