Friday, July 29, 2011
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Appeals court sides with J.Lo in video fight
LOS ANGELES — An appeals court sided Friday with Jennifer Lopez and ordered that an invasion of privacy lawsuit she filed against her first husband be handled in arbitration rather than through a public court case.
The ruling by California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal states that Lopez’s attorneys provided a Los Angeles judge with plenty of information supporting her request that she had a binding arbitration agreement with ex-husband Ojani Noa.
Lopez sued Noa for $10 million in November 2009 after he and his agent announced plans to use portions of 11 hours of home videos to produce a movie based on the couple’s relationship. The couple was married in 1997, but the union lasted just 11 months.
Will.i.am joins State Dept. for China concert
WASHINGTON — The State Department says it has teamed up with Black Eyed Peas rapper will.i.am to direct a concert in the Chinese capital later this year to support cultural and education exchanges between the United States and China.
In a statement, the department said Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with will.i.am on Friday to discuss the Obama administration’s ‘‘100,000 Strong Initiative,’’ which seeks to significantly increase the number and diversity of American students in China. The Beijing concert, in which will.i.am and other American and Chinese pop stars will perform, will benefit and promote the initiative, it said.
Andy Dick to stand trial on counts of sex abuse
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A West Virginia judge ordered actor-comedian Andy Dick on Friday to stand trial on felony sexual abuse charges stemming from a nightclub incident last year.
Cabell County Circuit Judge Paul Farrell set trial for Jan. 17 and ordered the entertainer to submit to a urine test. The judge said the test was standard to determine if defendants are positive for drugs, but he also told Dick, ‘‘I suspect you may be.’’ Farrell told Dick he would be jailed if he returned to court for a pre-trial hearing in September under the influence of drugs or alcohol.