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Dec 14, 2010

Rapper Ja Rule has pleaded guilty to firearm charges in the wake of a July 2007 incident, according to BBC News.

TMZ reports that in the initial incident, Ja Rule, whose legal name is Jeffrey Atkins, was pulled over by police for speeding as he left a concert, after which authorities found a loaded semiautomatic gun in the rear door of his vehicle.

The BBC reports that the plea deal will significantly reduce Ja Rule's sentence in the crime. Had the case gone to trial and were he to be found guilty, the hip-hop artist could have been sent to jail for up to 15 years.

Dec 3, 2010

Jermaine Jackson, a member of the Jackson 5 and the older brother of pop icons Michael and Janet, has had his driver's license confiscated due to nearly $100,000 he owes in back child support, reports TMZ.

The total of $91,921.55 is owed to Alejandra Jackson, the mother of Jermaine's children Jaafar and Jermajesty. Under the terms of his child support agreement, Jackson is required to pay $3,000 each month.

The source states that the Los Angeles County Child Support Services Department filed a complaint with the court over Jackson's failure to pay.

Nov 23, 2010

A man claiming to be the former manager of deceased pop legend Michael Jackson has asked that the people in charge of Jackson's estate allow him to examine his financial records, according to TMZ.

Dr. Tohme Tohme, the man making the claim, argues that he is entitled to 15 percent of the money earned by the pop singer during the duration of his stint as Jackson's manager.

Nov 12, 2010

According to court records, a photographer has settled his lawsuit against Chris Brown that alleged the singer's bodyguards injured him, the Associated Press reports.

The photographer, Robert Rosen, sued Brown in May 2009 alleging he was seriously injured at a gym after he was chased by Brown's bodyguards because he took pictures of the R&B musician.

The settlement was reported by Rosen's attorney in a recent court filing, according to the news provider.

The alleged incident took place approximately one month after Brown was arrested for assaulting po

Nov 4, 2010

In the second plagiarism lawsuit against the Black Eyed Peas this year, a Texas songwriter claims the band based its hit "I Gotta Feeling" on one of his own songs, the Toronto Sun reports. 

The songwriter, Bryan Pringle, filed the lawsuit recently in federal court in Santa Ana, California, claiming the band's popular song was based on his track called "Take a Dive."

Pringle claims he copyrighted his song in 1998 and submitted demo material to Interscope Records, UMG Recordings and EMI during a period of 10 years, the news provider said.