- Created on 10 October 2013
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Comic actor Craig Robinson was detained Wednesday for drug possession as he tried to leave the Bahamas and was ordered to pay a fine, authorities said.
The actor best known for his role as Darryl Philbin on NBC's "The Office" was stopped as he tried to board a plane in the capital, Nassau, and head back to the United States. Customs agents found a small amount of marijuana and pills deemed suspicious, said Supt. Stephen Dean of the Royal Bahamas Police Force.
"It was nothing major," Dean said.
Robinson, who was in the Bahamas for a comedy show, was taken into custody and appeared before a magistrate, where he pleaded guilty to two counts of drug possession. Prosecutor Ercel Dorsett told the court that Robinson had a half gram of marijuana and 18 ecstasy pills.
The 41-year-old actor, who appeared calm in a shorts and T-shirt and was not accompanied by a lawyer, told the court he brought the drugs from the United States and did not know they were illegal in the Bahamas.
Magistrate Andrew Forbes ordered him to pay a $1,000 fine and directed that he be turned over to authorities and removed from the country. He could have faced four years in prison.
A publicist for Robinson, Nicole Chabot, declined to comment. Blair Berk, a Los Angeles lawyer who represented the actor after a previous drug arrest, also declined comment.
In June 2008, police in Culver City, California, arrested Robinson on suspicion of possessing MDMA, also known as ecstasy, and methamphetamine. The charges were later dismissed after he completed a diversion program.
Robinson is familiar to many for his portrayal of Philbin, a warehouse foreman on "The Office." He has also appeared in movies such as the "Pineapple Express," ''Zach and Miri Make a Porn," and "Hot Tub Time Machine."
- Created on 10 October 2013
Lee Thompson Young, the star of such beloved shows as "The Famous Jett Jackson" and "Rizzoli & Isles," suffered from bipolar disorder and depression prior to his suicide two months ago, reveals a recently released coroner's report.
Young was found dead in his apartment on Aug. 19 after taking his own life. According to the Los Angeles County Coroner's report obtained by the New York Daily News, the 29-year-old was taking medication for his disorder. Lithium capsules and Quetiapine Fumarate tablets were found in his apartment, and both were detected in his blood.
The actor did not leave a suicide note behind. A witness quoted in the report told coroner's officials that Young did not make any suicide threats or attempts prior to taking his own life, and added she was unaware of any financial problems, NBC reports. E! News adds that the witness said Young was a social drinker who did not abuse narcotics.
The coroner's report goes on to describe the weapon Young used as a 40 caliber Sig Sauer semi-automatic handgun registered to him.
"Lee was more than just a brilliant young actor, he was a wonderful and gentle soul who will be truly missed," Young's publicist told Us Weekly after his passing.
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- Created on 08 October 2013
Jackson dynasty matriarch, Katherine Jackson is reportedly hopping mad that her son Jermaine (pictured) is in debt to the rafters, yet he just plopped down a huge amount of cash to purchase a $160,000 Ferrari sports car (pictured), according to TMZ.
The pricey hot little Italian number was purchased smack dab in the middle of jury deliberations in the wrongful death suit that the Jackson family filed against concert promoter AEG Live. Earlier this month, the jury ultimately determined that AEG Live is not negligent in the death of the King of Pop and will not have to pay damages to the Jackson family.
According to published reports, Katherine recently bailed out Jermaine financially. Alejandra Oaziaza, who has two children with Jermaine’s brother Randy and two with him was reportedly strapped for cash, when the former Mrs. Jackson allegedly went to Jermaine to obtain rent money so she could keep a roof over her...
- Created on 08 October 2013
In this Sept. 19, 2013 file photo, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson attends the New York City Ballet 2013 Fall gala at Lincoln Center, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK (AP) — 50 Cent said he's excited to be part of the new Sundance series "Dream School" because the reality show focuses on uplifting people.
"Dream School," which debuted Monday (10 p.m. EDT), follows a group of high school dropouts who are trying to graduate. 50 Cent appears in the series with filmmaker Oliver Stone and actor David Arquette.
"The actual reality programs that exist right now ... kind of focus on the train wreck, and this show is more about providing opportunity," the 38-year-old rapper said in an interview last week.
The 15 teenagers from the Los Angeles area who appear in the designed "dream school" dropped out of high school because of issues including fighting, financial problems and pregnancy. One transgender student said bullying forced him out of school and another didn't enter the ninth grade because he wanted to care for his cancer-stricken mother.
"I see a lot of myself in some of the kids," said 50 Cent, who grew up in Queens, N.Y. "My son is 17 and he could very well be in that situation if things didn't have a change for the better with me. I remember ... the obstacles of temptation in front of me."
"Dream School," a six-part series, also features Jesse Jackson, journalist Soledad O'Brien, astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison and producer-rapper Swizz Beatz. 50 Cent, who has sold millions of albums and has appeared in films, is one of the show's executive producers.
He said Arquette made an impact on the transgender student.
"The kid immediately had a connection that felt safe," he said of the 42-year-old actor, whose sibling, Alexis Arquette, is transgender. "Because of (David's) own journey, he was able to utilize his experience to make that person's experience better, and the guy went on to graduate."