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PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Lohan's father charged over fight with ex

Lohan’s father charged over fight with ex

LOS ANGELES — Prosecutors have charged Lindsay Lohan’s father with a misdemeanor domestic violence charge for an alleged attack on his ex-girlfriend.

Michael Lohan is due in court on May 23 and faces up to a year in jail if convicted. He was arrested late Monday by sheriff’s deputies after his former fiancee, Kate Major, accused him of abusing her.

The 50-year-old has been in the Los Angeles area for months and recently attended a court hearing for his daughter where a judge threatened to send her to jail as she took a plea deal in a necklace theft case.

Actress Helen Stenborg dies at age 86

NEW YORK — Helen Stenborg, a Tony-nominated stage, film and TV actress who was the wife of the late Tony Award-winning actor Barnard Hughes and mother of the Tony Award-winning director Doug Hughes, died Tuesday. She was 86.

Stenborg, who earned a Tony nomination for her 1999 role as pyromaniac Sarita Myrtle in Noel Coward’s ‘‘Waiting in the Wings,“ died at her Manhattan apartment with her son and daughter, Laura Hughes, at her side, according to press agent Chris Boneau.

Showtime spat with Netflix displays rivalry

LOS ANGELES — Amid an emerging rivalry between traditional pay TV operators and rising star Netflix Inc., CBS Corp.’s Showtime pay TV service confirmed Wednesday that back seasons of current original series like “Dexter” and “Californication” will not be available on Netflix’s streaming service as of this summer.

Instead, CBS will offer them to subscribers who pay for Showtime through Comcast Corp. on Comcast’s Xfinity TV platform.

The deal was in place for some time, but news of the deal broke this week after Netflix announced it was buying the right to debut the series “House of Cards” from executive producer David Fincher. Debuting an original series on its service makes Netflix even more of a direct rival to pay TV channels like Showtime and HBO.