No rape charge for Green
Cee Lo Green was charged Monday with giving a woman Ecstasy at a Los Angeles restaurant, but prosecutors declined to file a rape count against the singer because of insufficient evidence.
Green, 38, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, was expected to be arraigned later in the day on one felony count of furnishing a controlled substance. He could face four years in prison if convicted.
Green was pleased that the rape charge was rejected and will address the Ecstasy charge in court, his attorney Blair Berk wrote in a statement.
She said any sexual contact between Green and the woman was consensual.
Prosecutors claim Green gave the woman ecstasy in July 2012.
Green is the Grammy-winning singer of the hit “Forget You” and performed as part of the duo Gnarls Barkley. He appears as a judge on NBC’s “The Voice” competition show. The network declined to comment on the charge.
Newton’s yacht sinks at marina
Authorities are investigating the sinking Friday of a yacht owned by Las Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton at a Lake Mead marina.
National Park Service spokeswoman Christie Vanover said Monday that the 65-foot vessel sank stern-first in 45 feet of water while it was in a slip at the Temple Bar marina. That’s on the Arizona side of the Colorado River reservoir, about 80 miles east of Las Vegas.
Vanover says no one was on the boat, and no injuries are reported.
Britney’s a ‘crazy mom’
Britney Spears may take on a sexy pop star persona in the video for her latest single “Work B---- ,” but at home she says she feels like a “crazy mom.”
Speaking in London, the 31-year old singer says these days she juggles the demands of an international singing career with taking care of her two sons, Sean, 8, and Jayden, 7.
“Once you’ve done a shoot ... you have to come in and do homework and fix dinner twice and it’s a lot of work,” she told the Associated Press in an Oct. 15 interview. “But I think as women we just manage it, we make it work.”
“Work B----” is the lead single from Spears’ 8th studio album “Britney Jean” – the name her family calls her – and she says it’s her most personal album to date. Produced with will.i.am, Spears co-wrote every track, including a song about her split with Jason Trawick in January.
Clarkson ties the knot
Kelly Clarkson has married music manager Brandon Blackstock.
The pop singer tweeted a photo Monday in her wedding gown next to Blackstock. She writes, “I’m officially Mrs. Blackstock.”
Clarkson says she tied the knot Sunday at Blackberry Farms in Walland, Tenn., outside Knoxville.
Clarkson was the first winner of “American Idol” and has released five albums and sung multiple pop hits. She has won three Grammy Awards.
Blackstock manages country star Blake Shelton.
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