West files digital coin suit
Kanye West has filed a New York lawsuit to stop production of “Coinye West” bitcoins that he says unjustly cash in on his fame.
The rapper’s lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court. It seeks to stop companies and individuals that have not yet been identified from exchanging the digital currency. It also seeks unspecified damages for hurting West’s reputation.
The lawsuit says the creators of the digital coins “brazenly admit” that they used West’s name and likeness to associate their new currency with West because he is a trendsetter.
Fab Two to perform
The Grammys have added fuel to its planned weekend of celebrating Beatlemania by booking a performance from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.
McCartney and Starr are slated to receive the Recording Academy’s lifetime achievement award the day before the telecast. The night after the big show, the legacy of the Fab Four will be feted with a performance special.
“The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles,” will mark the Beatles’ first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” A reunited Eurythmics along with a host of talent in town for the Grammys will perform Beatles’ tunes for the special.
The CBS special will be filmed at the Los Angeles Convention Center and air on Feb. 9 at 8 p.m., exactly 50 years to the very moment of the Beatles’ historic performance (carried on CBS as well).
Arrest made at Bieber’s house
Detectives searched Justin Bieber’s home looking for surveillance footage that might serve as evidence the pop star was involved in an egg-tossing vandalism case that caused thousands of dollars in damage to a neighbor’s home, an official said Tuesday.
Roughly a dozen investigators searched Bieber’s home and arrested one member of the singer’s entourage on suspicion of cocaine possession, Lt. David Thompson said. The man’s name was not immediately released, but Thompson said the cocaine was in plain view in Bieber’s house when deputies arrived.
Bieber, 19, was at the home and cooperated with authorities but was not interviewed by detectives. Thompson said he expected the singer to speak with detectives when his attorney could be present.
Toy creator gets probation
A federal judge in Chicago has sentenced the billionaire creator of Beanie Babies to two years of probation but no prison for tax evasion.
H. Ty Warner appeared somber but composed as he made a brief statement before he was sentenced Tuesday in which he apologized and said he felt “shame and embarrassment” for what he had done.
He could have been sentenced to up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to a single tax evasion count for not paying taxes on $25 million in income stashed in Swiss bank accounts. U.S. District Judge Charles Kocoras also ordered Warner to serve 500 hours of community service.
Warner is among the highest-profile targets in the federal government’s push to prosecute Americans concealing income from the IRS overseas