Judge freezes O.J. money
LOS ANGELES -- A federal judge prohibited O.J. Simpson from using money he may have received from a canceled book deal and TV interview in which he reportedly told a hypothetical tale of how he would have killed his ex-wife and her friend Ronald Goldman. U.S. District Judge Manuel Real issued the order Wednesday, freezing the money during a hearing about a lawsuit filed last month by Goldman's father. It remains in effect until a Jan. 24 hearing.
The lawsuit accuses Simpson of "fraudulent conveyance" and alleges that he created a shell corporation called Lorraine Brooke Associates last March that received at least 1.1 million. The suit contends the company was created to hide money from the book and TV deal so the Goldman family could not seize any of it to satisfy a 1997 wrongful death lawsuit judgment. With interest, that judgment is estimated at 38 million.
Busta Rhymes charged
NEW YORK -- Busta Rhymes, 34, was charged Thursday with misdemeanor assault stemming from a man's complaint that the hip-hop star had beaten him in a dispute over money. A court date for Feb. 20 was set. Police Lt. John Grimpel said a man told police that Rhymes had punched and kicked him numerous times in a confrontation outside a lower Manhattan building on Dec. 26. The man, whose name wasn't released, was treated at a hospital after the incident, Grimpel said.
'Megan Mullally' canceled
LOS ANGELES -- After less than five months, the low-rated "The Megan Mullally Show" has been canceled and production has been halted, NBC Universal Television Distribution said. Original and repeat episodes of the show, which debuted last September, will air through January.
Irwin's family has video
SYDNEY, Australia -- Authorities gave the video of "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin's fatal encounter with a stingray to his family and destroyed all copies to prevent the grisly footage from being made public, an Australian state coroner said Thursday. Irwin, 44, died on Sept. 4 after being stabbed in the chest by the stingray's poisonous barb while filming a documentary.
Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale is 79. Actor Robert Duvall is 76. Football Hall-of-Fame coach Chuck Noll is 75. Actress-director Diane Keaton is 61. Rock singer Marilyn Manson is 38.
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