Woman faces trial for Bloom home burglary

LOS ANGELES – A judge denied a request Monday by a woman accused of burglarizing the home of Orlando Bloom to have her statements to police barred from her trial.

Defendant Alexis Neiers, 18, testified that she didn’t understand her Miranda rights to remain silent and have an attorney present for the interviews.

Her attorneys argued that she repeatedly asked for an attorney while being questioned by police at her home and at a police station after her arrest last year.

Superior Court Judge Leslie A. Swain disagreed, saying a videotape of Neiers’ interview showed she had ample opportunity to invoke her right to an attorney.

The judge said the statements will be admissible during the trial, scheduled to begin May 10.

Neiers, star of the E! Entertainment Television show “Pretty Wild,” could face as many as six years in prison if convicted of a sole count of felony residential burglary. She has pleaded not guilty to the break-in at Bloom’s home.

Swain said Neiers turned down plea deals that would have sent her to county jail for a year and required her to be on probation for several years.

“I’ve never been in that situation before,” Neiers testified about her arrest and interview by police. “For me, I didn’t really understand.”

Berry splits with model

NEW YORK – A representative for Halle Berry says the actress has broken up with model Gabriel Aubry.

Publicist Meredith O’Sullivan said in an e-mail Monday that Berry and Aubry “split some time ago.”

The statement said the couple remain close friends and are committed to their daughter, Nahla, 2.

The 43-year-old Berry won a best actress Oscar for the 2001 film “Monster’s Ball.” Her other screen credits include “Die Another Day” and the “X-Men” films.

Chely Wright comes out

WASHINGTON – Country singer Chely Wright is the latest celebrity to come out.

Wright, 39, told People.com on Monday that she’s gay and that nothing in her life has been more magical than the moment she decided to reveal her sexuality.

She said she experienced a community in which homosexuality was shunned and she “hid everything” for her music.

Wright is releasing her memoir, “Like Me,” and her new album, “Lifted Off the Ground,” this week. An e-mail sent to Wright’s record label wasn’t returned Monday.

Osbourne won’t watch herself on television

CHICAGO — Minutes after watching a man stuff 12 snakes in his mouth onstage at the Chicago Theatre last Tuesday, “America’s Got Talent” judge Sharon Osbourne sat upstairs in her dressing room, unable to get the image out of her head.
Osbourne likely won’t watch the segment when the talent competition returns to NBC in June, and not just because it made her uneasy. “it’s the most boring thing in the world watching yourself” on TV, she said.
In addition to “America’s Got Talent,” Osbourne has been a judge on Simon Cowell’s “The X Factor” in the U.K. and can now be seen on Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” on NBC.
While unsure how much longer she’ll do “America’s Got Talent,” Osbourne said she wants to stay active.
“I’m not ready to retire from life,” she said. “I don’t want to sit in my garden all day with my dogs. It might be crazy to some people, but I want more out of life.”


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