Thursday, March 18, 2004
Florida child porn charges dropped against R. Kelly
Prosecutors have dropped all child pornography charges against Robert Kelly after a judge ruled that photos allegedly showing the singer having sex with an underage girl were illegally seized, reports The Associated Press.
The decision, announced Wednesday in Bartow, Fla., doesn't mean that the hitmaker is out of trouble. The R&B; singer still faces 14 counts of child pornography in his home state of Illinois stemming from a videotape allegedly showing him having sex with an underage girl.
But last week, Circuit Judge Dennis Maloney agreed with Kelly's attorneys that the Polk County, Fla., sheriff's detectives did not have enough evidence to justify a search of Kelly's Davenport home when the deputies asked a judge for a warrant in June 2002.
Presley clarifies comments about marriage with Jackson
Lisa Marie Presley clarified her remarks in an Australian TV interview, saying in a statement Wednesday that she never saw her ex-husband, Michael Jackson, engage in inappropriate behavior with children, reports The Associated Press.
Presley said in an interview broadcast Monday that she saw things she "couldn't do anything about" during her 1994-96 marriage to Jackson.
"I was in no way referring to seeing something inappropriate with children, as I have stated publicly before. I never have," Presley said in a statement released by her Los Angeles publicist, Paul Bloch.
Jackson is charged in Santa Barbara County, Calif., with child molestation.
'Will & Grace': The soundtrack
New York City -- The stars of "Will & Grace" are hoping for success on the record charts.
Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes will lend their voices to "Will & Grace: Who's Your Daddy?" The album is set for release Sept. 7, BMG Strategic Marketing and NBC Enterprises said Monday.
The "companion" compilation will feature songs from -- and inspired by -- the hit NBC show, including "Got to Be Real" by Cheryl Lynn and "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" by Ella Fitzgerald, performances by cast members and a "Footloose" recording by Kevin Bacon/Bacon Brothers.
Oscar winner dies at 85
Los Angeles -- Actress Mercedes McCambridge, who won an Oscar for the 1949 film "All the King's Men" and later provided the raspy voice of the demon-possessed girl in "The Exorcist," has died. She was 87.
McCambridge died from natural causes on March 2, Cathy Ruppert, the assistant to the trustee of McCambridge's estate, said Wednesday from San Diego. Ruppert said McCambridge died at an assisted-living facility in the La Jolla area of San Diego.
McCambridge's strong, radio-trained voice made her an ideal film portrayer of hard-driving women. She received the Academy Award as supporting actress for her screen debut in "All the King's Men," the secretary and mistress of populist Southern governor Willie Stark.