NEW YORK — Ice-T came out on top in a brush with real-life law and order Tuesday when prosecutors dropped unlicensed driving charges against the rapper-turned-TV detective.

“That’s what I’m talking about – dismissed!” he called out in a Manhattan courtroom after a judge did just that to the misdemeanor case, which had prompted some choice words about police from the “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” actor.

“Like I said from the gate, I never broke the law,” Ice-T said as he left court with his wife, Coco, a model.

Ice-T, 52, was arrested after a traffic stop of his 2009 Cadillac on Manhattan’s West Side on July 20; he and his wife were on the road after taking their bulldog, Spartacus, to a vet for knee surgery. Police said they pulled the entertainer over for not wearing a seatbelt and a routine check showed his license was suspended.

He said he had a valid New Jersey driver’s license and took to Twitter to call the officer who arrested him a “punk,” and a few considerably less polite things, for “arresting the Notorious Ice T for no seatbelt.”

The actor has played Detective Fin Tutuola on “Law & Order: SVU” since 2000, but he hasn’t always identified with police: His 1992 song “Cop Killer” drew protests from police groups, among others.

Prosecutors said Tuesday that New York records wrongly reflected that his license was suspended because of a lack of insurance, when his car is in fact insured and registered in New Jersey.

Courtney Love, mangement firm settle Nirvana dispute


LOS ANGELES — Court records show a management firm and Courtney Love have settled a $1 million lawsuit over the profits of the sale of Nirvana’s publishing catalog.

Love is the widow of former Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain. London & Co. sued Love two years ago, claiming she failed to share the earnings of a deal in which she sold a portion of Nirvana’s catalog for nearly $20 million.

Court records show attorneys for London & Co. and Love told a judge last Wednesday that they had settled and the case was dismissed.

The Hole frontwoman has controlled many of the rights to Cobain and Nirvana’s work since his suicide in Seattle in 1994.

Love’s attorney, James Janowitz, confirmed the settlement but said he could not provide any further details..

Fantasia back in the swing


NEW YORK — A week after an overdose, Fantasia is back to promoting her new album.

In a statement released Monday, Fantasia says she “can’t thank my fans enough for their prayers and support during such a challenging time.”

The singer overdosed on aspirin and other pills at her home in Charlotte, N.C., last week.

Her manager says she wasn’t trying to kill herself, but police believed they were responding to a suicide attempt. The overdose came days after a woman accused Fantasia in court documents of having an affair with her husband.

The former “American Idol” winner will make TV appearances to promote her third album.

Price of a ‘Window Seat’ set at $500

DALLAS — A city spokesman says singer Erykah Badu has paid a $500 fine and will serve six months of probation for stripping during a music video shoot at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, where President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot in 1963.

Badu performed a walking striptease March 13 for her “Window Seat” music video. The video ends with a nude Badu falling to the ground as if she has been shot.

Police in April cited her for disorderly conduct after a witness made a sworn complaint. A number of children were among the tourists and other random passers-by seen on the video.

Dallas city spokesman Frank Librio says Badu paid the fine Friday.

A spokeswoman for the singer did not immediately comment.


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