Mich. Supreme Court sides with rapper Dr. Dre
DETROIT — Detroit officials who were backstage at a concert featuring hip-hop stars Dr. Dre and Eminem had no right to privacy when they confronted organizers in a videotaped exchange that turned up in a DVD, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled in a decision released Saturday.
The ruling dismisses a lawsuit against Dr. Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, that was filed by City Councilman Gary Brown and other Detroit officials after the 2000 show.
Brown was a high-ranking police official at the time and warned concert organizers that power would be turned off if they showed a sexually explicit video at the Joe Louis Arena. The conversation was taped and later used in behind-the-scenes tracks on a popular DVD highlighting the ‘‘Up in Smoke“ national concert tour that also featured rappers Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube.
Brown had argued that his privacy was violated by the video, but Dr. Dre’s lawyer Herschel Fink said there was no privacy when police were doing their job.
Fink said Saturday that the court’s decision was more narrow than he expected, with the ruling dealing only with the event instead of broader privacy issues, but “as I said in an e-mail to Dre, ‘We’ll take it.’”
Report: Valerie Plame Wilson to write fiction
NEW YORK — Former CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson is turning to fiction writing more than three years after publishing a memoir about her career.
The New York Times reports that Wilson has a book deal with Penguin Group USA for a series of international suspense novels. The newspaper says she will team up with mystery writer Sarah Lovett on the books, which will feature a fictional operative.
Wilson tells the Times she’s frustrated by portrayals of female CIA agents in popular culture that emphasize their looks rather than their brains.
Wilson’s 2007 memoir, “Fair Game,” told the story of her CIA career and her 2003 outing that led to the indictment of Vice President Dick Cheney’s top aide, I. Lewis Libby. Her first fiction book is due out next year.