Late actor Paul Walker, who was killed in a car crash in November, has reportedly left his entire $25 million estate to his 15-year-old daughter, Meadow. The girl is currently living with her mother, Rebecca Soteros, but Walker named his own mother to be Meadow's guardian.
Walker and Meadow were getting reacquainted with one another in the days before his death. She lives in Hawaii with Soteros and didn't see Walker very much. However, circumstances had changed and the two were working on building a better relationship.
"He told me recently he was the happiest he'd ever been," Walker's close friend Brandon Birtell told People magazine. "It was directly because of the growing relationship with his daughter and the clarity that brought to his life. Paul told Meadow he didn't want to take a particular movie because he didn't want to be away from her. [Meadow] asked where it would be shooting and he gave her the dates and said, 'Overseas.' She thought for a minute and said, 'That's during my summer vacation. We can do that.'" more >>
Justin Bieber received a trial date of March 3 following his arrest on DUI, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license charges last month.
The "Boyfriend" singer initially received a Feb. 14 arraignment date, but his attorneys have already filed a plea of not guilty and therefore canceled it, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Now, Bieber is due back in Florida at a Miami-Dade County courthouse where his legal charges will receive trial just two days after his 20th birthday on March 1.
On Jan. 23, Bieber was arrested in the wee hours of the morning after being stopped by police in Miami Beach when he was observed drag racing a rented yellow Lamborghini with musician Khalil Sharieff. The 19-year-old singer was believed to have been driving while under the influence and smoking marijuana, and he admitted to police that he had been using drugs and prescription medication when he was taken in. more >>
The Tennessee judge who ordered a couple to change their child's name from Messiah to Martin has been released from her position. Lu Ann Ballew, a former Child Support Magistrate, now faces a hearing to determine whether she violated Tennessee's Code of Judicial Conduct, which includes performing one's job without bias or prejudice based on religion.
The case gained national attention in August, when Jaleesa Martin and her husband, Jawaan McCullough went to court to determine their son's official surname. McCullough wanted the child to share his last name, while Martin wanted the baby to carry her last name. McCullough named the boy Messiah DeShawn Martin but was told by Judge Ballew that the name was not legitimate and ordered it changed to Martin DeShawn McCullough.
"The word Messiah is a title, and it's a title that has only been earned by one person, and that one person is Jesus Christ," Judge Ballew told WBIR-TV. "It could put him at odds with a lot of people and at this point he has had no choice in what his name is. Labeling this child 'Messiah' places an undue burden on him that as a human being, he cannot fulfill." more >>
Celebrity chef Mario Batali has settled a lawsuit alleging that he took tips from nearly all of his employees. Batali and business partner, also a celebrity chef, Joe Bastianich settled the lawsuit for $5.25 million.
According to the New York Daily News, two-thirds of the money will be split among 1,100 workers and the rest will go to the lawyers who represented Batali and Bastianich. Neither chef has commented on the settlement, which has been two years coming. Instead, they left the talking to their lawyers, who issued a single statement for both men.
"The matter has been resolved to the satisfaction of all parties," the lawyers said. more >>
Erick Muñoz, husband of the pregnant Texas woman who was recently taken off life support, said in a recent interview that he wishes ultimately God had taken his life instead of his wife's.
Muñoz has been embroiled in a weeks-long legal battle over his wife after a Texas hospital refused to take her off life support due to her pregnancy, even though Muñoz argued his wife had verbally communicated that she would want to be taken off life support if ever such an event took place.
"Many a night, I asked God to take me instead," Muñoz told CNN's "AC360" on Wednesday in his first national television interview since winning a court ruling to have his wife, Marlise Muñoz, disconnected from life support. "But you can't turn off that knowledge, that you know how bad it was. … And I promised her, I told her I will honor her wishes." more >>
Amanda Knox was found guilty yet again by an Italian court for the death of roommate Meredith Kercher. The former student has been sentenced to 28 years and six months in prison, but Knox has repeatedly said that she will run and hide from authorities and not go back to prison.
"I'm definitely not going back to Italy willingly," Knox told the Guardian. "They'll have to catch me and pull me back kicking and screaming into a prison that I don't deserve to be in. I will fight for my innocence," she said before the verdict was announced.