Brown sues in dustup
Chris Brown has countersued a man who accused the R&B star’s entourage of attacking him outside a recording studio earlier this year.
The singer filed an assault and battery lawsuit Wednesday against Sha’keir Duarte, who claimed in an earlier suit that he was injured when a fight erupted between Brown and Frank Ocean’s entourages in January outside a West Hollywood studio.
Duarte sued Brown in August and accused the singer of being the aggressor in the fight. Brown’s countersuit however accuses Duarte of instigating the fight by pushing, kicking and punching the R&B singer and threatening to kill him.
Brown, 24, is seeking unspecified damages.
Duarte’s attorney Joseph Porter III did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.
Plea entered for West
Kanye West has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor battery and attempted grand theft in a case filed over a scuffle with a celebrity photographer earlier this year.
Attorney Blair Berk entered the plea on the rapper’s behalf Thursday in a Los Angeles court. West was charged with two misdemeanors in September over a July altercation with paparazzo Daniel Ramos at Los Angeles International Airport.
Prosecutors declined to file felony charges against West but decided to pursue the misdemeanors. Each carries a penalty of up to six months in jail or a $1,000 fine.
Ramos claims West punched him in an unprovoked attack and wrestled his camera to the ground on July 19.
West’s case is due back in court on Jan. 23.
Aiding wounded in war
Connie Francis, Alan Alda and Joe Mantegna are joining forces to help raise money for veterans suffering the wounds of war.
The trio will host the Homeward Bound telethon to benefit victims of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. The four-hour event, airing at 7 p.m. EST Sunday on the Military Channel, is a fundraiser for several charities.
Other celebrities set to participate include Mark Harmon and other “NCIS” cast members, Kevin Spacey, Jason Bateman, Lou Diamond Phillips, Gloria Loring and James Brolin. Scheduled performers include the American Military Spouses Choir, Patti Austin, Michael Feinstein, Ben Vereen and Steve Tyrell.
Feuding was overblown
Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams play feuding ex-TV partners on an episode of Nickelodeon’s “Sam & Cat,” but they brush aside any comparison to their past.
The former “Laverne & Shirley” stars, who back in the day of their 1976-83 sitcom were reported to have crossed swords, said they were never enemies and remain friends despite lingering suggestions to the contrary.
“That was rumors. Any show you work on for eight years, you’re gonna argue at some point,” said Marshall. “Way overblown.”
Williams agreed, but added a bit of detail.
“Yes, it was a bit overblown,” she said. The actress added that she and Marshall have “very different personalities” with contradictory styles of working, which sometimes led to on-set clashes.
That said, Williams regularly visits Marshall’s house to watch and discuss TV.