According to Rudd’s attorney, Paul Mabey, the New Zealand police charge of “attempting to procure murder” against his client has been dropped.
The 60-year-old drummer for the legendary hard rock band, had been accused of trying to procure the murder of two men. However, the Crown Solicitor decided there wasn’t enough evidence to justify it.
Mabey wrote in a statement, “The charge alleging an attempt to procure murder should never have been laid. The Crown Solicitor’s opinion was not sought. The charge is now withdrawn, within 24 hours of Mr. Rudd’s first appearance in court,” continuing Mabey complained, “Mr. Rudd has suffered unnecessary and extremely damaging publicity as a result of widespread and sensational reporting of a very serious allegation, which on any basis was never justified.”
Rudd still faces several other charges, including threatening to kill.
On Thursday afternoon, Rudd made an appearance in court to face charges of; attempting to procure the murder of two men, threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and possession of cannabis.
Earlier on Thursday police paid a visit to Rudd’s beach front mansion and searched the premises.
The names of the two men he was attempting to have killed have not been released, nor has the name of the potential hit-man.
Rudd did not enter a plea to the charges at the Tauranga District Court and was released on bail. His next appearance is schedule for November 27.
The Australian born Rudd moved to New Zealand in 1983, after being fired by the legendary rock band AC/DC, but rejoined the band years later.
In 2003 AC/DC was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and remains one of the world’s biggest-selling musical acts.
The band is set to release their latest album, “Rock or Bust,” in December. However, when AC/DC gathered to film videos for a pair of ‘Rock or Bust’ tracks in early October, Rudd was a no show due to a “family emergency.” Also, in a shocking turn of events, original founding member, guitarist Malcolm Young, was absent after being diagnosed with Dementia earlier this year.
The legendary B.B. King was forced to cancel the remainder of his current tour after falling ill following a shortened performance at Chicago’s House of Blues on October 3.
The 89-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was scheduled to play another eight shows this year.
According to his reps, King did not feel well enough to continue his performance at the House of Blues in Chicago on Oct 3. He was immediately evaluated by a doctor and diagnosed with dehydration and suffering from exhaustion whereby causing the eight remaining shows of his current tour to be cancelled.
No other information was available.
Earlier this year EW’s The Music Mix wrote that Kings performance in St. Louis was shaky and erratic, with Kings reps issuing a statement of apology soon after the gig. “The combination of the rigors of the very long drive and high blood sugar due to his medication error resulted in a performance that did not match Mr. King’s usual standard of excellence,” the statement read. King suffers from Type II diabetes, a condition he’s lived with for over 20 years.
According to the blues singer’s website, “King is back at his home where he is resting. In order to fully recuperate, he has cancelled his remaining eight shows of the tour. He has been on tour all year with over 70 performances for 2014. He does not have any additional shows scheduled for the remainder of the year.”
Earlier King wrote to his fans, “I’m back at home now listening to music, watching movies and enjoying some down time. I think I’m busier at home now than on the road talking to friends calling to check up on me. I do appreciate everyone’s calls and concern. I want to tell you, I’m doing alright.”
In a statement, the 81-year-old’s daughter, Melissa Rivers, said she was resting comfortably at a New York hospital Thursday night. Melissa had to catch a flight from Los Angeles to be with her mother.
“I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support for my mother. She is resting comfortably and is with our family. We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers,” she said in the statement.
Rivers had stopped breathing during throat surgery after she suffered cardiac and respiratory arrest. She was rushed by ambulance in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
Hospital spokesman Sid Dinsay said in a statement Thursday, “This morning, Joan Rivers was taken to the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where she is being attended to. Her family wants to thank everybody for their outpouring of love and support. We will provide an update on her condition as it becomes available.”
Rivers had been scheduled to perform her comedy act at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey, Friday night.
According to officials, the comedienne was having throat surgery and suddenly stopped breathing. She was transported in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
The 81-year-old Rivers has been very open about her health issues and allowed cameras to film last year when doctors discovered a spot on her throat that was causing a persistent cough.
During the episode Rivers explained, “We’re just not going to be sad about this. We’re gonna do jokes and be up until we know. That’s how I deal with things. I’m not just gonna sit around the next couple of days and go crazy.”
TIBURON, CA – Actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead today at his Tiburon home.
Accoring to the Marin County Coroner’s office, the preliminary diagnosis is suicide due to asphyxia.
Williams was last seen alive at his Northern California home on Sunday. He lived in Marin County with his wife.
According to his media representative Mara BuxBaum, the Oscar-winning actor had “been battling severe depression of late,” she went on to tell CNN, “This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”
In 2011 Williams married graphic designer Susan Schneider in a Napa Valley ceremony. Schneider released a statement to CNN through Buxbaum.
“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken.
“On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
TRENTON, NJ – Tracy Morgan is suing Wal-Mart over the New Jersey Turnpike accident that killed comedian James McNair and injured a number of others including Morgan.
On June 7, Kevin Roper, a Wal-Mart truck driver, plowed into a limousine that was carrying Morgan and others on the New Jersey Turnpike. The lawsuit that was filed on Thursday in a U.S. District Court in New Jersey is alleging negligence on Wal-Mart’s part.
Morgan transferred from the hospital on June 20 and checked into a rehabilitation facility.
The complaint explained, “Wal-Mart was careless and negligent in the ownership and operation of its motor vehicle, which caused Mr. Morgan to suffer severe personal injuries. As a direct and proximate result of said collision, Mr. Morgan was caused to sustain severe painful bodily injuries, including but not limited to multiple fractures which required multiple surgeries, extensive medical treatment and will require significant physical rehabilitation.”
The plaintiffs include Krista Millea, the wife of McNair, as well as Morgan’s assistant, Jeffrey Millea, and comedian Ardie Fuqua. The plaintiffs are suing for negligence, and in addition, Millea is suing for loss of consortium.
They are seeking a jury trial for compensatory, statutory and punitive damages, including legal fees.
The complaint alleges that Roper was fatigued after being awake for more than 24 hours and commuted 700 miles from his home in Jonesboro, Ga. to a Wal-Mart facility in Smyrna, Del., before beginning his shift. The suit claims that “Wal-Mart knew, or should have known” that he had been “awake for more than 24 consecutive hours.”
According to the complaint, “Wal-Mart recklessly and intentionally engaged in a pattern and practice of having its drivers violating the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (F.M.S.C.A.) Regulations,” by having drivers routinely work shifts longer than permitted under the F.M.C.S.A. Regulations.
Roper was going 65 mph in a 45-mph zone just prior to and he has pleaded not guilty to death by auto and assault by auto charges.
It’s been almost a year since the death of Glee actor Cory Montieth, and the news is still upsetting to many. The 31 year old was battling a heroin addiction and had checked into rehab just months before his untimely death, this after his Glee castmates, including girlfriend Lea Michele, reportedly held an intervention.
Unfortunately, this wasn’t enough for the Final Destination 3 star and he was found dead from an overdose not long after checking out. Glee paid tribute to the young actor months later in an emotional episode which saw them express their feelings in true Glee style – through song.
To read more on other celebrity’s drug and alcohol related deaths,this infographic shows the multitude of celebrities who’ve hit headlines over the years.
Special thanks to Laura Chapman for sharing this invaluable research with CelebrityExaminer.
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – Actor/Comedian Tracy Morgan is in critical condition after the limo bus he was riding in was involved in a six-vehicle accident early Saturday.
The former “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live” star was riding in the limo bus along the New Jersey Turnpike in Robbinsville when a tractor trailer rear-ended the bus, causing the limo to roll over, this according to Sgt. Gregory Williams of the New Jersey State Police.
“The limo bus is the only vehicle that overturned,” Williams said. “Looks like one of the tractor-trailers may have rear-ended that limo bus, but that’s preliminary at this time.”
One of the passengers in the Mercedes Sprinter limo, comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair of Peekskill, was fatally injured and seven others were hospitalized with three in critical condition, including Morgan.
Morgan’s former “30 Rock” co-star, Judah Friedlander, tweeted that fellow comedians Ardie Fuqua and Harris Stanton were involved in the crash.
After Friday nights show with Morgan, Fuqua posted several photos to Facebook, including the inside of the Mercedes Sprinter. He posted, “This is what it looks like from the stage to see a standing ovation from 1500 people. Then we traveled back to NYC in style in a luxury Mercedes Sprinter. Road life is a good life!”
One other victim, Jeffrey Millea, was confirmed by police.
“Come on @RealTracyMurray @ARDIEFUQUA @harrisstanton you can survive this! Sending prayers.” Friedlander tweeted.
According to Williams, in addition to the limo, two tractor-trailers and an SUV were also involved in the accident.
Officials do not believe alcohol played a role in the accident, but the investigation is ongoing.
Morgan performed that night at the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino in Dover, Delaware with both Fugua and Stanton.
Earlier this year Tracy Morgan performed at Thunder Valley Casino Resort – Read the review
Superman’s achilles’ heel is Kryptonite, and last week we found out that Batman’s weakness is blackjack. Blackjack? Actually, it was future Batman star Ben Affleck who was kicked out of Hard Rock Las Vegas for counting cards during a game of blackjack.
While counting cards isn’t technically cheating, casino owners tend to look down on the strategy. The New York Post describes the method as “keeping a mental count of cards that have been dealt and cards that remain in the deck to determine when to increase or decrease a bet.”
If you’re unfamiliar with the technique, you may remember seeing it in the movie Rain Man, where Dustin Hoffman plays the autistic savant, Raymond Babbitt. During the road trip that he and his brother Charlie (Tom Cruise) take, Charlie discovers that Raymond has an impeccable memory and a rare talent of being able to count things quickly. This gives Charlie the idea to make a stop at a casino where Raymond does the impossible and counts a “six-deck shoe” before being distracted by a Big Six wheel.
Not even Batman can do that, but Ben Affleck sure tried during he and his actress wife’s (Jennifer Garner) recent visit to Las Vegas. It might be the last time the couple will get to spend extended, quality time with each other, as Affleck will soon begin shooting for the 2016’s Batman vs. Superman film. It’s just too bad that they had to make headlines in a bad way. But none of this is new for hubby Affleck. Although he’s had a considerable amount of success playing blackjack—racking up $140,000 in a 2000 blackjack game with close friend Matt Damon, then winning $800,000 a year later—his borderline reckless affection for poker has been less fortuitous.
He used to host high-stakes poker games at the Grand Havana Room, during which time he once lost $400,000 to film mogul Ron Meyer. Nothing, however, was worse than Affleck’s performance in the Brian Koppelman-directed film, Runner Runner, in which he plays online poker mogul Ivan Block. The only positive check in Affleck’s poker column was when he qualified for the 2004 World Poker Tour. Unfortunately, he didn’t place very high.
For counting cards, Hard Rock Las Vegas has banned Affleck for life from playing blackjack in its casino, but the forthcoming caped crusader is permitted to play other games. For his sake, let’s hope he doesn’t turn back to poker.
LOS ANGELES, CA – Investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have presented their case against Justin Bieber for felony vandalism to the District Attorney’s office.
Bieber is accused of throwing eggs at his neighbor’s mansion in the exclusive Oaks community neighborhood of Calabasas.
“No decision will be made this week,” Los Angeles County District Attorney spokesman Ricardo Santiago told CNN.
Detectives presented their findings to a prosecutor who must now determine if the 19-year-old pop-star will be charged with vandalism and if the charge will be considered a misdemeanor or felony.
On January 14 detectives from the Lost Hills/Malibu Sheriff’s Station of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department served a search warrant at Bieber’s Calabasas home. Detectives were looking for video surveillance or other possible evidence related to the egg throwing incident that took place on January 9.
Bieber was detained along with several other men who were at the home when deputies arrived. One of the men, 20-year old Xavier Smith, better known as Lil Za, was arrested on felony narcotics charges that were unrelated to the vandalism incident.
Ironically Lil Za, who was living in the home last year, was kicked out by the Biebs last September, after Za and his brother, Lil Twist, threw a number of parties at the mansion while Bieber was away. When the singer arrived home he discovered some jewelry had gone missing and kicked the pair out.
At the conclusion of the search warrant, deputies walked away with several pieces of evidence. Investigators believe multiple suspects may have been involved in the vandalism which caused an estimated $20,000.00 in damage to the front of the luxury home, raising the charges to a felony.