hKanye West charged in scuffle at airport
Prosecutors have charged Kanye West with misdemeanor battery over a July scuffle with a celebrity photographer at Los Angeles International Airport.
City attorney’s spokesman Frank Mateljan says West also was charged Friday with one count of attempted grand theft. The rapper’s arraignment has been set for Oct. 10, but he is not required to appear if he has an attorney.
Photographer Daniel Ramos claims West punched him in an unprovoked attack and wrestled his camera to the ground during an incident at the airport July 19.
Prosecutors declined to file felony charges against West, but city prosecutors decided to pursue misdemeanor charges. Each carries a penalty of up to six months in jail or a $1,000 fine.
An email sent to West’s record label for comment was not immediately returned.
Paula Deen makes public appearance
Celebrity cook Paula Deen fought back tears as she was greeted by a supportive crowd during an appearance at a Houston cooking show.
Saturday’s event was Deen’s first public appearance since June when it was revealed that in an earlier legal deposition she acknowledged using racial slurs in the past. Within a few days, the Food Network yanked her show off the air, Smithfield Foods dropped her as a celebrity endorser, and retailers such as Wal-Mart removed her products from shelves.
The Houston Chronicle reports that about 1,500 people gave Deen a standing ovation Saturday when she appeared at the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show. She told them their hearts were “as big as your state.”
Deen presented two cooking demonstrations, including tips on how to make peanut-butter pie.
Mexican singer Miguel to be honored
Superstar Mexican singer Luis Miguel was honored by the city of Las Vegas, the state of Nevada and the Las Vegas International Press Association during a Las Vegas concert over Mexican Independence Day weekend.
The press association presented its highest award, the Galardon Diamante, during a performance Friday night at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
Brewster welcomes son via surrogate
Jordana Brewster is on diaper duty.
The 33-year-old actress and her film producer husband, Andrew Form, have a baby boy, her publicist confirmed.
Julian Brewster-Form was born via a surrogate Tuesday.
Brewster is best known for her roles in the “Fast & Furious” movies and TNT’s “Dallas” reboot.
The couple married in May 2007 in a private ceremony in the Bahamas.
This is their first child.