Wednesday, April 16, 2014
From news service reports
LOS ANGELES — Prosecutors have asked a judge to revoke Chris Brown's probation, saying there is no credible evidence he completed his community service sentence for beating Rihanna, and citing several other incidents that they say point to anger management issues.
R&B singer Chris Brown accepts a Grammy last year in Los Angeles. He beat Rihanna on the eve of the 2009 Grammy Awards. He is due in court Wednesday for a probation hearing.
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The Associated Press
The motion filed Tuesday by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office focuses heavily on issues with Brown's community labor in Virginia, citing numerous discrepancies and claiming the R&B singer essentially was unsupervised.
Brown's attorney Mark Geragos blasted the filing, telling The Associated Press that it was frivolous and defamatory and he planned to seek sanctions against prosecutors.
The prosecution's motion also notes several incidents in which Brown has lost his temper, including throwing a chair through a window after a "Good Morning America" interview in which he was asked about his beating of Rihanna on the eve of the 2009 Grammy Awards. The report also cites Brown's Jan. 27 fight with R&B singer Frank Ocean, including Ocean's claim that Brown threatened to shoot him in the brawl over a parking space.
Sheriff's officials have said they are unlikely to seek charges against Brown for the recent fight with Ocean, since Ocean has posted online that he does not intend to seek criminal or civil penalties. Ocean told investigators that Brown shouted that he and his entourage "can bust on you too," which authorities wrote was a street slang term for shooting someone.
Brown is due in court Wednesday for a probation hearing.
"The motion filed by the DA's office is shameful and a disgrace," Geragos said. "In essence, it calls everyone a liar in the Richmond Police Department and the Virginia Probation Department."
Brown's time serving community service in Virginia has been under scrutiny for months, and Tuesday's motion asked a judge to order the singer to repeat his entire 180-day service sentence in Los Angeles. Brown had been given permission to perform cleanup and manual labor duties in Virginia, but Los Angeles prosecution investigators found no evidence that he completed his work as ordered.
Richmond police spokesman Gene Lepley declined to discuss the allegations.
Olympic figure skater suing NBC, producer
NEW YORK — Figure skater Oksana Baiul is suing NBC Universal and a television skating program producer.
The 1994 Olympic gold medalist says Disson Skating LLC offered her a deal to perform in two shows that were to air on NBC. The lawsuit says Baiul declined, never receiving a contract or signing a promotional deal.
But she says her name and likeness were used to advertise the show on two radio websites. She says she also was named in a news release for the show, which included music performed by Kenny G.
The skater says her reputation was damaged because the incorrect publicity resulted in her being labeled a "no show," making it harder to get work. She's seeking $5 million in damages.
NBC and the producer declined to comment.
Queen Latifah's company signs deal with Netflix
NEW YORK — Queen Latifah's production company, Flavor Unit Entertainment, has signed a deal with Netflix.
The entertainer announced Tuesday that the multiyear deal gives the streaming service first look at titles from her production company. It starts this spring.
Latifah launched Flavor Unit with Shakim Compere. The company has produced films such as "Bringing Down the House" and "Just Wright," both starring Latifah. It also produced the HBO film "Life Support," which earned a Golden Globe Award for Latifah.
Latifah said Netflix is a "strong brand and the perfect place to showcase our projects."
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