Dr. Dre sues over unpaid royalties
LOS ANGELES -- Dr. Dre sued the new iteration of Death Row Records on Thursday claiming the label failed to pay royalties and released a new version of his iconic album ''The Chronic'' without his permission.
Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, filed the suit in federal court in Los Angeles against WIDEawake Death Row Records and its parent companies.
Young has not been paid royalties on the original ''The Chronic'' album since he split with Death Row in 1996, the lawsuit states. The label, a one-time powerhouse of rap music artists, eventually fell into bankruptcy but was bought by WIDEawake and re-formed.
Young's lawsuit claims his attorneys notified the new owners that he was owed royalties, but they have never paid him. He also claims the label issued ''The Chronic Re-Lit'' and a greatest hits collection without his permission or the proper rights.
Swiss vow no extradition for Polanski yet
GENEVA -- Friday was a banner day for director Roman Polanski: His new film premiered in Berlin and Swiss authorities pledged not to extradite him to the U.S. as long as his appeal on a sex case was still being considered in Los Angeles.
Compared to the last four months being under arrest in Switzerland, it was a win-win.
Polanski could not walk the red carpet at the Berlin film festival Friday night for the debut of his movie ''The Ghost Writer,'' starring Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan, because he is under house arrest. But he was still the star of the party, feted by the movie's actors, producer and screenplay writer.
And in a new twist to his long legal saga, the Swiss Justice Ministry declared it would make ''no sense'' to shift Polanski from house arrest at his Alpine chalet until U.S. courts ruled definitively that he must be sentenced in person to further jail time for having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl.
Jillian Michaels: Diet product suit baseless
LOS ANGELES -- Celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels fired back Thursday at a false advertising lawsuit filed against her over a diet supplement, calling the claim baseless and saying she still supports the product.
''My reputation and credibility are of the utmost importance to me,'' Michaels said in a statement to The Associated Press. ''This baseless lawsuit is entirely without merit and is being handled by my legal team."