Oct 28 - The day's top showbiz news and headlines including Lou Reed dies at 71, Chris Brown is arrested for assault, and Michael Jackson's physician, Conrad Murray is released from prison. Bob Mezan reports.
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Lou Reed died on Sunday (October 27). The pioneering songwriter and musician behind the Velvet Underground died at his home in Long Island, New York following complications from a liver transplant he had earlier this year. After his time with the Velvet Underground, Reed moved on to a successful solo career, earning fame for his hits like "Walk on the Wild Side," and bringing alternative and punk rock to the mainstream. He was 71.
Chris Brown was arrested and charged with assault in Washington D.C., after getting into a fight with a man outside a hotel. The singer appeared before a judge on Monday (October 28), pled not guilty and was released without bail. Brown was ordered to stay away from the victim, who reportedly suffered a broken nose.
Michael Jackson's personal physician, Conrad Murray was released from a Los Angeles prison on Monday (October 28) after serving half of his four-year sentence. Murray was convicted of manslaughter for administering a lethal dose of anesthetic to the pop singer. Reporters waited outside the jail for Murray, but he was whisked out through a back exit shortly after midnight. Murray's attorney said the physician hopes to practice medicine again.
50 Cent has struck a deal with Los Angeles prosecutors for three years probation and 30 days of community service after allegedly kicking the mother of one of his children and destroying her property during a June altercation. The rapper pleaded no contest to a single count of misdemeanor vandalism while three additional counts against him were dropped.
"Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" kicked Sandra Bullock's 3D space thriller "Gravity" from the top of the North American weekend box office. The prankster comedy garnered 32 million dollars in ticket sales over its first three days in theaters. The film stars Johnny Knoxville in disguise as an 86-year-old man who travels across the United States with his 8-year-old grandson.
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