Celebrity legal affairs

Former MLB pitcher Octavio Dotel is transferred to a police station after his arrest for alleged links to a drug-trafficking and money-laundering ring in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. There was no immediate comment from Dotel, who set a record for playing on more MLB teams than any other player. (Pedro Sosa/Diario Hoy via AP)
August 20, 2019 - 8:28 pm
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Authorities in the Dominican Republic have arrested former MLB pitcher Octavio Dotel and cited ex-infielder Luis Castillo for their alleged links to a drug-trafficking and money-laundering ring, officials said Tuesday. Dominican Attorney General Jean Alain...
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FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2018, file photo, Harvey Weinstein enters State Supreme Court in New York. A lawyer for Weinstein has asked that the disgraced movie mogul's upcoming criminal trial be moved out of New York City, saying he can't get a fair trial. In a longshot motion filed with the state appellate court on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, attorney Arthur Aidala suggested the trial be moved to upstate Albany County or Suffolk County on Long Island. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
August 20, 2019 - 6:18 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer for Harvey Weinstein has asked that the disgraced movie mogul's upcoming criminal trial be moved out of New York City, saying he can't get a fair trial. In a longshot motion filed with the New York State appellate court on Friday, attorney Arthur Aidala suggested the trial...
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FILE - In this May 22, 2019 file photo Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) walks off the field after NFL football practice in Frisco, Texas. Elliott won't face criminal charges in Las Vegas stemming from a scuffle with a security guard at a music festival in May. Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, he and police concluded the results of an investigation "lacked prosecutorial merit." (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth, file)
August 20, 2019 - 4:05 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott won't face criminal charges after scuffling with a music festival security guard in Las Vegas. Prosecutor Steve Wolfson said Tuesday the findings of a police investigation "lacked prosecutorial merit." The NFL said last month that...
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FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2016, file photo, Mateen Cleaves walks out of the district court at Genesee District Court in Flint, Mich. Former Michigan State University basketball star Cleaves is standing trial on sexual assault charges in his Michigan hometown. Opening statements began Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Genesee County Circuit Court in Flint, where Cleaves is charged with criminal sexual conduct, assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct and unlawful imprisonment. He's accused of assaulting a 24-year-old woman after a charity golf event and a visit to a Flint-area bar in 2015. A district judge dismissed the charges in 2016, but a circuit court reinstated them on appeal. (Mark Felix/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP, File)
August 20, 2019 - 3:11 pm
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of Mateen Cleaves (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Former Michigan State basketball star and NBA player Mateen Cleaves is thanking jurors for "giving me my life back" after they acquitted him on sex assault charges. Cleaves was accused of raping a woman in a...
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FILE - This March 4, 2018 file image taken from video shows Oscar winner Frances McDormand, foreground left, walking into the Governors Ball next to Terry Bryant, center, the man accused of stealing her Academy Award in Los Angeles. McDormand won the best actress category for her role in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri." On the day his trial was to begin, charges against Bryant have been dropped. Los Angeles County prosecutors said in court Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019 that they were unable to proceed with the case against him, and a judge granted a defense motion to dismiss it. (AP Photo/Jeff Turner, file)
August 20, 2019 - 2:13 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors on Tuesday dropped the case against a man charged with stealing Frances McDormand's Oscar statuette from a 2018 Academy Awards after-party. Terry Bryant's felony grand theft trial was to begin Tuesday, but Los Angeles prosecutors said in court that they were unable to...
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FILE - In this March 14, 2019 file photo, "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, stands before Cook County Circuit Court Judge Steven Watkins where he pled not guilty at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, in Chicago. A hearing is set for the city of Chicago to recover costs from Smollett after police said his claims of a racist and anti-gay attack were phony and staged. The status hearing Tuesday, Aug. 20, is the first since the lawsuit was moved to federal court from state court in July. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)
August 20, 2019 - 4:30 am
CHICAGO (AP) — A hearing is set in the city of Chicago's effort to recover costs from actor Jussie Smollett after police said his claims of a racist and anti-gay attack were phony and staged. The status hearing Tuesday is the first since the lawsuit was moved to federal court from state court in...
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August 19, 2019 - 3:34 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A felony battery charge has been dropped against singer Chris Brown, who had been accused of attacking a nightclub photographer in Florida two years ago. Hillsborough County prosecutors filed a notice Friday to drop the charge. The State Attorney's Office released a statement...
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FILE - In a July 24, 2013 file photo, Heather Locklear arrives at the TNT 25th Anniversary Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Locklear pleaded no contest to charges that she fought with first responders during two visits to her Southern California home last year. Locklear entered the plea in Ventura County court Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, to five counts of battery on a peace officer, one count of battery on emergency personnel and two counts of resisting, obstructing or delaying a peace officer. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
August 16, 2019 - 7:47 pm
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Heather Locklear has pleaded no contest to charges that she fought with first responders during two visits to her Southern California home last year. Locklear entered the plea in Ventura County court Friday afternoon to five counts of battery on a peace officer, one count of...
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August 15, 2019 - 4:16 pm
MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Michael Madsen has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor drunken driving after crashing his SUV into a pole in Malibu in March. In an agreement with prosecutors, the "Reservoir Dogs" actor entered the plea to one count of driving with .08% blood alcohol content within 10 years of...
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Michael Gargiulo, left, and his attorney Daniel Nardoni confer as Gargiulo's guilty verdicts on all counts are read in Los Angeles Superior Court Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. A jury found Gargiulo guilty of fatally stabbing two women and attempting to kill a third in their Southern California homes. Gargiulo, is also awaiting trial for a similar killing in Illinois in 1993. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)
August 15, 2019 - 3:44 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury on Thursday found an aspiring actor who prosecutors called "The Boy Next Door Killer" guilty of fatally stabbing two Los Angeles-area women, one of whom was killed the night she was planning to meet actor Ashton Kutcher for drinks. The jury also found Michael Gargiulo...
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