LOS ANGELES – The judge overseeing Chris Brown’s probation for beating ex-girlfriend Rihanna sang the praises of the R&B artist on Thursday and urged him to keep chipping away at his community service requirement.

Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg did not raise any issues about Brown’s progress during the brief hearing.

“You’re doing very well on probation,” Schnegg told Brown. “You’re doing a great job.”

Brown, 21, did not speak during the hearing.

The judge said Brown had consistently worked to satisfy his six-month community labor sentence, but she did not say how many hours he had completed.

Schnegg also noted that she had read positive reports from a domestic violence counseling program attended by Brown.

His attorney Mark Geragos said at a hearing in May that Brown had logged nearly 300 hours of community work.

The singer was sentenced last year to five years’ probation and six months of community labor for assaulting Rihanna in February 2009 after a pre-Grammy Awards party.

Once known for his squeaky-clean image and dancing ability, Brown has also been working to repair his public image since the beating.

Museum gets Goober’s suit

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. – Goober Pyle was known around the fictional town of Mayberry for his trademark beanie, but it’s his more formal attire that’s now on display in the North Carolina town that inspired “The Andy Griffith Show.”

Multiple media outlets reported that George Lindsey, who played an auto mechanic, donated a suit worn by Goober on the show to the Andy Griffith Museum in Mount Airy on Friday.

Lindsey, who lives in Nashville, Tenn., says he plans to donate more items from the show at next month’s Mayberry Days festival.

Organizers predict a huge turnout this year, as October marks the 50th anniversary of the show’s premiere.

The show’s idyllic setting was inspired by Griffith’s hometown of Mount Airy.

DiCaprio order granted

LOS ANGELES – Leonardo DiCaprio has been granted a temporary restraining order against a woman he said claims that she is his wife and carrying his baby.

Court records show Superior Court Judge Carol Boas Goodson granted the order Wednesday against Livia Bistriceanu, 41, of Chicago.

“Given this obsessive and harassing behavior, I am frightened of Ms. Bistriceanu and feel that my personal safety, and the personal safety of those around me, is in jeopardy,” DiCaprio wrote in a sworn declaration.

An e-mail message sent Friday to Bistriceanu seeking comment was not immediately returned.

DiCaprio’s request included statements from the actor and his security team claiming Bistriceanu had traveled from Chicago to Los Angeles at least twice to try to meet DiCaprio at his home and business office. She refused to leave the properties and acted aggressively, the court filings state.

The Academy Award-nominated actor wrote that she “has evidenced a willingness to make physical contact with me regardless of the consequences.”

Bistriceanu has been placed on a psychological hold twice, according to the documents.

DiCaprio said he has never met Bistriceanu, but she has sent him numerous handwritten letters. Some were attached to his request for the restraining order and reviewed by the judge.

One letter included the greeting, “Dear husband Leo,” and contained statements that Bistriceanu believed DiCaprio was the father of baby Jesus.

On Thursday, another woman was ordered to stand trial on a charge of slashing DiCaprio’s face with a piece of glass during a party in 2005.

Aretha Wilson pleaded not guilty to assault with a deadly weapon after being returned to Los Angeles from her native Canada.

DiCaprio suffered injuries to his face and neck.

After 20 years, five kids, Iglesias marries

MADRID – Spanish singer Julio Iglesias has married Dutch model Miranda Rijnsburger, his partner for the past 20 years.

The 66-year-old singer announced the marriage in a statement to Spanish newspapers.

The wedding took place at the Virgen del Carmen church in the southern jet-set resort of Marbella.

The Rev. Roberto Rojo Aguado, one of three priests who celebrated the ceremony, said Friday that the couple married on Tuesday.

He said the ceremony was attended by two witnesses and the couple’s five children. Rijnsburger is 45.

Iglesias was previously married to Isabel Preysler, with whom he had three children.


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