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Celebrity Crimes

admin | 9/11/2011, 8:53 a.m.

Katt Williams arrested, released after argument

Ever-embattled comedian/actor Katt Williams is back in the news because he was arrested recently, and his booking photo is being compared to the classic crazy shots that actor Nick Nolte and the late James Brown took a few years back. The reason Williams was jailed in the first place is because of an incident in Palmdale, California on Saturday, June 11. According to TMZ, Williams was busted after a heated standoff with a tractor driver. Authorities said a man doing tractor work on a home in Palmdale where Williams was staying claimed three women approached his vehicle and began attacking him with rocks and dirt clods. The man, who says he suffered facial injuries in the attack, called his wife to pick him up, but when she arrived, Williams pulled up in an SUV and blocked their exit, so she called 911. The L.A. County Sheriffs Dept. arrested the women for assault with a deadly weapon and then arrested Williams for felony intimidating a witness. Williams was booked and bail was set at $50,000. He was released later that night.

"CSI" star arrested again

Gary Dourdan was arrested again on drug charges according to TMZ. The ex-"CSI" actor was arrested in Los Angeles for what police call "a few pills" of the drug ecstasy. Dourdan was arrested when police received a report that he crashed his car into two parked cars around 3:30 a.m. During the investigation, the pills were found and he was arrested on a drug possession charge. He was later released on $10,000 bail.

Reggae star Banton asks for shorter jail sentence

Jamaican reggae singer Buju Banton is asking for a shorter prison sentence. The Grammy winner was convicted in February of conspiring to set up a cocaine deal in Florida in 2009. He faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison at his sentencing hearing June 23 in Tampa federal court. In court documents filed recently, Banton's attorney, David Markus, said a 15-year sentence is "way more than necessary" in Banton's case. He contends that Banton's limited participation in the drug buy, his charitable work in Jamaica and his otherwise clean record entitle the singer to a reduced sentence. The documents include letters of support for Banton from actor Danny Glover, reggae singer Stephen Marley and Atlanta Hawks basketball player Etan Thomas. Banton also seeks an acquittal and a new trial.

Mother of Chris Bosh's daughter files lawsuit

Miami Heat star Chris Bosh has been sued in a civil suit filed in a Florida court, accused of spreading false and defamatory information about a former girlfriend in an effort to get her dropped from the cast of the third season of TV's "Basketball Wives," a reality show. The suit, filed recently in the Ninth Circuit Court in Orange County, Florida on behalf of Alison Mathis, alleged that Bosh and agents acting on his behalf told Shed Media, a production company for the VH1 network program, that Mathis was barred legally from appearing on the show and that allowing her to do so would be in violation of several court orders, threatening to sue Shed Media if

Mathis continued to appear on "Basketball Wives."

Mathis alleged she was subsequently dismissed from the cast -- at a loss of more than $250,000 in compensation. The suit seeks compensation for lost income, damage to her reputation and interference with her ability to earn a living.