05:54 PM EDT 10/21/2013
Originally posted 10/07/2004 09:05AM
RULED: The name of the Colorado woman who accused Kobe Bryant, 26, of sexual assault will be made public in the civil lawsuit she is pressing against him, federal Judge Richard Matsch decided Wednesday. In making the ruling, the jurist said that allowing the 20-year-old to remain anonymous could be misconstrued by a jury as a prejudgment in the case. Lawyers for the woman – who intends to follow through with the case – had asked Matsch to protect her identity, saying she has faced death threats. Prosecutors dropped felony charges against L.A. Laker Bryant last month after his accuser refused to testify.
Originally posted 08/30/2004 12:00AM
"I'm feeling vindicated," declared Jay-Z, whose so-called "retirement" was capped by four trophies Sunday night at MTV's 21st annual Video Music Awards in a hot and steamy Miami.
Originally posted 08/25/2004 06:00AM
With OutKast up for five MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 29 (they'll perform at the show, too), we're counting on the hip-hop group's sartorial savant, Andre 3000, to dazzle on the red carpet. We caught up with him recently to talk fashion. Have you picked out what you're wearing to the VMAs yet? No.
Originally posted 07/08/2004 09:00AM
CRITICIZED: A poster showing OutKast's Andre 3000 holding a smoking gun has been branded "irresponsible" by Britain's Advertising Standards Authority, reports Reuters. The watchdog group upheld a complaint that the ad could be seen to glorify gun use but rejected another claim that it promoted racial stereotypes. The advertiser, record label BMG, had said it believed the poster for the hip-hop duo was no more likely to provoke violence than ads for James Bond movies. "We regret the ruling because OutKast are the last group that we believe you could level those charges against," said BMG press director Paul Bursche.
Originally posted 05/18/2004 08:00AM
CAST: Andre Benjamin of OutKast, better known as Andre 3000, will take his first movie leading man role in an as-yet untitled project set in the mid-'70s. Benjamin, 28, will star as an upper-middle-class musical prodigy who falls in love with a white, lower-class free spirit, reports Variety. Production is due to begin in October in New Orleans. The director is Paris Barclay, whose credits include episodes of TV's The West Wing and the feature Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood.
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