- Created on 07 November 2013
This Sept. 7, 2012 file photo shows Kanye West at the Alexander Wang collection during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. West pleaded not guilty through his attorney to misdemeanor battery and attempted grand theft charges in a Los Angeles court on Thursday Nov. 7, 2013. (Photo by Dario Cantatore/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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.
- Created on 06 November 2013
When “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Porsha Stewart (pictured left) stated on the show’s premiere on Sunday that her soon-to-be-ex hubby, former NFL player Kordell Stewart (pictured), often didn’t want to have sex with her, the news reportedly sent him into a tailspin. On Tuesday, Stewart went on the wildly popular Atlanta-based “Ryan Cameron Show” on V-103 to rip away at his estranged wife’s insinuations about his sexuality and long-time gay rumors.
Currently, Porsha and Kordell are in the throes of what appears to be a messy divorce, even though Porsha has made it clear that she wants to stay in the marriage. Kordell, on the other hand, decided to throw in the towel before their marriage reached two years.
On Sunday’s “RHOA” sixth-season premiere, Porsha took the opportunity to suggest that perhaps she wore blinders in her marriage with regards to Kordell’s real sexual preference. The Atlanta socialite blatantly stated, “There were definitely times in the marriage that Kordell didn’t necessarily want me physically and that made me wonder what does he want? Did he just want me to be on his arm in the public eye?”
The 31-year-old granddaughter of civil rights leader and philanthropist Rev. Hosea Williams then stated that when she questioned her husband about the swirling gay rumors, “He just explained it away and tried to make me feel comfortable with it. ”
Porsha admits that despite the raised eyebrows of family members and friends about Kordell’s sexuality, she was comfortable enough with her husband’s explanations to marry him. According to Porsha, though, she later became suspicious about Kordell’s sexuality — not because of anyone else’s influences on her — but from the things she herself had “seen and witnessed.”
Watch Porsha discuss her tumultuous marriage to Kordell here:
Now Kordell, who stressed on the radio segment that he is “100 percent man,” is reportedly upset because he feels compelled to publicly defend his sexuality even more.
Kordell passionately told the morning show crew and its listeners, “I’m not on the down low. I don’t do no homophobic. I don’t do no none of that. There’s nothing about no dude that I see, all due respect!”
Kordell also stressed how he is not bisexual and challenged anyone to find one police record verifying the rumor.
Watch Kordell discuss his side of the story here:
In addition, the 41-year-old sports announcer did utter the word “defamation” during the radio interview but did not confirm whether he would make any legal moves against Porsha.
Do I smell a lawsuit?
But a few years back, when Kordell was still a Pittsburgh Steeler, a nasty rumor surfaced about a homosexual dalliance he was allegedly caught in at a park in his NFL city. At the time, a policeman reportedly arrested him for engaging in a lewd act with a transvestite while in a parked car.
And the rumor has followed him, even though Kordell has vehemently denied it time and time again.
- Created on 05 November 2013
In this Sept. 23, 2009 photo, DMX arrives at the 2009 VH1 Hip Hop Honors at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, in New York. (AP Photo / Peter Kramer, File)
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Rapper DMX has been arrested again in South Carolina.
A spokeswoman for the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport says airport police arrested the 42-year-old entertainer, whose real name is Earl Simmons, just after 5 p.m. Monday.
Rosylin Weston says officers familiar with Simmons' previous arrests for driving with a suspended license arrested him after seeing him behind the wheel of a vehicle.
Jail records show Simmons was booked on charges of driving under suspension, having an uninsured vehicle and not having a licensed vehicle. Court records list no attorney for him, and Simmons' spokesman didn't immediately return a message.
This is Simmons' fourth arrest in South Carolina this year. His other charges this year include several charges of driving under the influence and simple possession of marijuana.
- Created on 04 November 2013
Morris Chestnut is best known for his work in films like Boyz n the Hood, The Brothers and Think Like a Man. But, the chocolate eye candy revealed that his most challenging role was in the soon-to-be-released The Best Man sequel.
During a recent interview with Upscale magazine, the 44-year-old actor said playing Lance in The Best Man Holiday “was the most challenging thing that I’ve ever had to do.”
“I was just so emotional. The character was just so emotional—way more than the first one,” the cover star said. “When we did the first movie, the scene where I was at the altar and I had to cry when I was getting married, that shook me. For, like, years, I would think about that scene. It would give me chills.”
He went on to say that he pulls inspiration from his real-life relationship with wife of 18 years, Pam Byse.
“I let my wife be the woman. You know? I let her be the woman…And she, in turn, when it comes down to it, she lets me be the man,” he said. “With my wife, I’m always letting her know what the deal is. ‘It’s you. Ain’t nobody else. It’s you.’ And I think, conversely, that’s what a woman needs to do for a man.”
The Best Man Holiday hits the big screen on November 15, but until then check out Morris’ full interview in the November issue of Upscale.