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Spacey wants woman in jail

Kevin Spacey has asked a federal judge to imprison a Boston-area woman convicted of sending electronic messages that threatened to shoot, torture and disembowel the Oscar-winning actor.

The Boston Herald reports Spacey wrote a letter saying that the threats from 55-year-old Linda Louise Culkin, of Quincy, caused “eminent fear,” and asked that she remain in custody and “undertake intense psychiatric treatment.”

Culkin was scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday in Boston, but a judge sent her for a psychiatric evaluation. She pleaded guilty in November to charges including mailing threatening communications, and sending threats and false information regarding explosives.

Culkin’s lawyer in court documents says there is “no evidence” her client intended to carry out any threats, and asks for mental care at a halfway house.

Blondie praises Vineberg

A jazz musician arrested on drug charges amid an investigation into Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death is getting support from another famous friend – Blondie singer Deborah Harry.

She and bandmate Chris Stein praise sideman Robert Vineberg in a letter filed with court papers Tuesday as “an asset to New York’s culture.”

Vineberg was arrested as police followed leads after Hoffman’s Feb. 2 death from a mix of heroin, cocaine and other drugs.

Vineberg has pleaded not guilty to possessing heroin with the intent to sell. He wasn’t charged with selling it or playing any role in Hoffman’s death.

Hoffman’s publicist didn’t immediately respond to an email.

Swedish director kills himself

Malik Bendjelloul, the Swedish director of the acclaimed “Searching for Sugar Man” documentary, was widely known for his enthusiasm, kindness and high spirits — so the news Wednesday that he had taken his own life shocked colleagues around the world.

Bendjelloul’s brother Johar Bendjelloul confirmed that his 36-year-old younger brother killed himself Tuesday. He said that his brother had struggled with depression for a short period.

“Life is not always simple,” Johar Bendjelloul was quoted as saying, adding that receiving the message that his brother had killed himself was the worst thing he had ever experienced. “I don’t know how to handle it. I don’t know,” he said. Police would not comment on the cause of death but said they suspected no foul play.

Bendjelloul rose to fame in 2013 when his debut feature film, “Searching for Sugar Man,” won an Oscar for best documentary.

Woman claims Bieber took cell

Los Angeles police detectives are investigating allegations from a woman who claims Justin Bieber took her cellphone at a miniature golf course.

“He has been accused of attempted robbery,” Police Officer Rosario Herrera told the Los Angeles Times.

The woman said Bieber allegedly grabbed the phone because he thought she was taking pictures of him Monday night at the San Fernando Valley course, the police official said. Bieber was not accused of keeping the phone.

– From News wire reports