06:07 PM EDT 05/18/2013
Originally posted 05/07/2013 09:15AM
The woman's voice was frantic and breathless, and she was choking back tears. "Help me. I'm Amanda Berry," she told a 911 dispatcher. "I've been kidnapped and I've been missing for 10 years and I'm, I'm here, I'm free now."
Those words led police to a house near downtown Cleveland where Berry and two other women who vanished a decade ago were found Monday, elating family members and friends who had longed to see them again.
Authorities later arrested three brothers. They released no names and gave no information about them or what charges they might face. A relative said one of them is the homeowner, his nephew Ariel Castro.
Originally posted 05/06/2013 05:45PM
Lauryn Hill was sentenced Monday to three months in prison and an additional three months in home confinement for failing to pay taxes on about $1 million in earnings.
The Grammy-winning singer, a South Orange, N.J., resident, pleaded guilty last year in the case.
During a forceful statement to the judge Monday, Hill, 37, explained she had always meant to eventually pay the taxes but was unable to during a period of time when she dropped out of the music business, echoing a defense she wrote last year in a long post online.
"I needed to be able to earn so I could pay my taxes, without compromising the health and welfare of my children, and I was being denied that," Hill said Monday, without explaining what exactly triggered her actions.
Originally posted 05/05/2013 10:30AM
Hats off to Reese Witherspoon.
After a busy week dealing with the fallout surrounding her April 19 disorderly conduct arrest – which included an appearance on Good Morning America – the actress, 37, seems to have made peace with her run-in with the law.
The mother of three was photographed sporting a hat with the City of Atlanta Police Department's insignia on it when she arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on Saturday.
Originally posted 05/04/2013 09:25AM
Whether she's telling off a police officer ("You're about to find out who I am!") or her husband ("I'm allowed to say anything I want to say!"), the dashboard footage from Reese Witherspoon's April 19 arrest shows off a side of the actress that's, well, not exactly her famous good-girl image.
And boy, is she ever sorry. "She really messed up," says a source. "And she knows it."
At the same time, several people who know her tell PEOPLE in this week's issue that the Nashville-bred star has a feisty streak that is rarely glimpsed in public.
Originally posted 05/03/2013 04:00PM
Reese Witherspoon didn't only tangle with a police officer the night of her arrest.
In the latest piece of embarrassing cop-car dashboard footage, Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth can be heard bickering with each other over her behavior.
"He's arresting us. For what? What have I done?" the actress, 37, can be heard demanding of her husband.
Originally posted 05/03/2013 10:20AM
Lindsay Lohan checked into the Betty Ford Clinic in Rancho Mirage, Calif., on Thursday night, for what is to be a three-month stay, her rep confirms to PEOPLE.
"She needs rehab and the whole world knows it," a source tells PEOPLE about Lohan, who was due to check into a rehab facility on Thursday.
"And she showed up [at Morningside Recovery] in the morning and hated it. She thought the facilities are gross. ... She is interested in going back to Betty Ford because she knows everyone there."
Originally posted 05/02/2013 04:40PM
Reese Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth have entered pleas and will pay a few hundred dollars total in fines to close the books on their infamous Atlanta traffic stop.
"The pending criminal matters against Ms. Reese Witherspoon and Mr. Jim Toth have been resolved," says Ronda "Roni" Graham, Deputy Solicitor for the Municipal Court of Atlanta, in a statement.
Although the matter set loose an avalanche of bad publicity, Toth will avoid jail time stemming from his April 19 arrest.
Originally posted 05/02/2013 01:10PM
Her lawyer told a judge Thursday the actress had checked into rehab for 90 days as a condition of settling a lying-to-the -police case – but as with so many things with her it wasn't that simple.
The troubled actress, 26, did in fact head for a rehab center – but not the New York facility approved by prosecutors under the terms of her plea deal in March.
Instead she went to a center in Southern California. The reason, according to TMZ.com, was that the New York program wouldn't let her smoke.
Originally posted 05/02/2013 11:00AM
It's not a performance Reese Witherspoon will ever be proud of.
Videos of her arrest for disorderly conduct are now all over the web, following their release by police.
Taken by an Atlanta police dash cam during her husband Jim Toth's DUI traffic stop, the videos show the actress getting out of the car and berating an officer before he handcuffs her.
Originally posted 05/02/2013 09:00AM
Looking contrite, humbled and wiser for what happened, Reese Witherspoon addressed her arrest two weeks ago at the top of her interview with Good Morning America on Thursday – calling it "one of those nights."
"We went out to a restaurant in Atlanta, and we had one too many glasses of wine," the Oscar winner and mother of three, 37, said, referring to herself and her husband, agent Jim Toth. After their car, which Toth was driving, was stopped, he was charged with DUI, and she with disorderly conduct.
"We thought we were fine to drive," she said, "and we were absolutely not, and we are so sorry and just so embarrassed." She added, "We know better and we shouldn't have done that."
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