Rihanna will testify at next month’s hearing in the Chris Brown case, her lawyer has confirmed. Prosecutors have said that they will issue a subpoena calling the singer to discuss the events of Feb. 8, when Brown allegedly assaulted her.
Rihanna’s lawyer Donald Etra said that she will comply with the order and attend the hearing on Monday of next week. This would be the singer’s first court appearance since charges were filed against Brown in March. Etra would not comment on the current relationship between Brown and Rihanna, but said that his client was closely following the case.
Brown is accused of attacking Rihanna in the couple’s rented car on the weekend of this year’s Grammy awards. If convicted, he faces up to five years in jail. Making his first public comments since being charged, Brown said yesterday that he was “not a monster.”
Brown is also confirmed to appear at the June 22 hearing, setting the stage for a tense confrontation between the couple.
Los Angeles superior court judge Patricia Schnegg has also ruled on a motion brought by Brown’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, regarding a police photograph of Rihanna that was apparently leaked to the press.
Judge Schnegg deemed the motion premature, calling it “a fishing expedition.”
A day after fleecing Andorra 6-0, England soccer star David Beckham launched a new underwear campaign for the Giorgio Armani fashion label.
Beckham said he was “proud but a little embarrassed” by the colossal billboard photograph of himself in nothing but a pair of tight, black briefs emblazoned with the Emporio Armani eagle logo, which now looms over London’s Oxford Street retail hub.
The 34-year-old Beckham, currently on loan to AC Milan from the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team, and his Spice Girl wife Victoria, have stripped down before for Armani campaigns.
The photograph shows the English sex symbol naked except for the underpants, perched on a chair with his legs spread. A braided rope is draped around his torso which partially covers his tattooed arms.
“He’s gorgeous,” 18-year-old model Georgia Palmer raved, one of hundreds of fans who turned up to witness Beckham’s three-minute appearance, despite a city-wide tube strike that plunged large parts of the British capital into chaos.
Fans in the crowd were mostly appreciative of the photograph, though some were more impressed by his football prowess.
“I preferred him last night on the pitch,” said eight-year-old Ben-Jasper from Germany, who stumbled upon the crowd of onlookers while exploring London on a family holiday.
Court records show singer Usher has filed for divorce from Tameka Foster Raymond after less than two years of marriage.
The 30-year-old Grammy-winning artist, whose real name is Usher Raymond IV, filed the petition Friday in Superior Court in Atlanta.
The court record did not give any details about the split between the R ’n’ B star and his wife, who were married in August 2007.
Morgan Freeman’s attorney claims a woman who was with the actor when he wrecked a car in Mississippi last August was partly to blame for the accident, though he won’t elaborate.
Demaris Meyer is suing Freeman in US District Court, claiming Freeman was negligent when the car he was driving ran off the road and flipped.
Both Meyer and Freeman were seriously injured in the crash on a two-lane highway about 8km west of Freeman’s home.
Meyer sued Freeman in February for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, permanent disability and property damage.
Meyer has denied reports she’s romantically linked to Freeman.
Freeman’s attorney, Jack H. Hayes Jr, responded to the lawsuit Friday in a four-page court document denying almost all the allegations or saying Freeman doesn’t know enough about them to form an opinion.
Hayes would not elaborate Friday when contacted by phone.
“It’s just a car wreck case and that’s it,’’ he said.
Chen Wang-shi (陳罔市) doesn’t know where to go if she is forced to move. The 78-year-old Chen is an active “sea woman” (海女) in Taiwan’s easternmost fishing village of Makang (馬崗) in New Taipei City’s Gongliao District (貢寮). When the waves are calm, she ventures out to forage for algae, oysters and other edible marine morsels. She lives alone in the village, as her children have moved to the cities for work, returning for weekends and festivals. “I cannot get used to living in Taipei, and I feel very uncomfortable if I don’t go out to the ocean to forage. I
Aug. 10 to Aug. 16 They called him the “No Problem Doctor” (沒關係醫生) because that’s what he always told his patients when they couldn’t pay up. Operating the only clinic in Changhua County’s Pusin Township (埔心) during the 1950s, Hsu Tsai-chih (許再枝) knew that life was difficult in his remote hometown. “They barely had enough to survive, so it was pointless to chase after them for the money,” an 81-year-old Hsu told the United Daily News in 2002. “I just went with the flow, some offered to pay me back years later but I had already forgotten
A widely criticized peer-reviewed study that measured the attractiveness of women with endometriosis has been retracted from the medical journal Fertility and Sterility. The study, “Attractiveness of women with rectovaginal endometriosis: a case-control study,” was first published in 2013 and has been defended by the authors and the journal in the intervening years despite heavy criticism from doctors, other researchers and people with endometriosis for its ethical concerns and dubious justifications, with one advocate calling the study “heartbreaking” and “disgusting.” The study’s conclusion was: “Women with rectovaginal endometriosis were judged to be more attractive than those in the two control groups.
Back in the 1950s, the lifeguards of Bondi Beach, Sydney, were not only charged with rescuing surfers and scanning for sharks. In their role as “beach inspectors” they were also responsible for ensuring that swimsuits conformed to New South Wales state regulations. At least 7.6cm of fabric was required over the thigh, no navels were to be exposed and shoulder straps had to be “sturdy.” One of the best-known beach inspectors was Aubrey Laidlaw, who had already laid down the law when the first bikini debuted on the beach in 1946. By the turn of the 1960s, the “Bikini Wars” were