Saturday, May 4, 2013
NEW YORK — CNN says Howard Kurtz will address his mistaken story on gay basketball player Jason Collins on “Reliable Sources,” the weekly media criticism show he hosts on the news network.
Kurtz also worked for website The Daily Beast, which retracted one of his stories that suggested Collins hid a previous engagement to a woman when the basketball player came out as gay. In fact, Collins had disclosed the engagement.
Kurtz and The Daily Beast parted ways Thursday after the retraction.
CNN had said Kurtz’s status was under review. The network was also looking into Kurtz’s ties to the media website Daily Download.
Spokeswoman Edie Emery would not say Friday whether Kurtz’s scheduled appearance today indicated the network’s review was complete.
Lindsay Lohan enters rehab at Betty Ford Center
LOS ANGELES — Lindsay Lohan has checked into a rehab and will not face a probation violation for leaving another treatment facility after a few minutes, a prosecutor said Friday.
Santa Monica Chief Deputy City Attorney Terry White said he has received confirmation that Lohan has checked in to a rehab facility and he is satisfied with her location. He declined to say where Lohan is receiving treatment, but a source close to the actress who was not authorized to speak publicly said she has checked in to the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
The “Liz & Dick” star is required to spend 90 days in rehab as part of a plea deal in a misdemeanor case filed after a June car accident.
Lohan has also re-hired longtime attorney Shawn Holley to handle her case. White said he was in contact with Holley on Thursday evening after hours of uncertainty about the actress’ whereabouts.
Attorney Mark Jay Heller told a judge during a hearing Thursday that Lohan had checked in to a different rehab facility, but the starlet left it after a few minutes.
White was given several days to investigate that facility, which a state official said was not licensed to perform residential drug or alcohol rehab treatment. He said Superior Court Judge James R. Dabney will be updated on Lohan’s location, but that it may not require a formal hearing.
Lohan’s sentence called for her to spend three months at a lockdown rehab facility and also receive 18 months of psychotherapy to avoid a return to jail.
She pleaded no contest in March to lying to police and reckless driving.
Lohan has spent time at Betty Ford before. She served another mandatory rehab sentence at the treatment center, although her stay there was not without drama. Lohan, 26, got into an altercation with a rehab worker and within weeks of her release was charged with taking a necklace from a Los Angeles jewelry store without permission.
Witherspoon pleads no contest, fined after arrest
ATLANTA — Reese Witherspoon pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct charge and paid a $100 fine after berating a state trooper in Atlanta while her husband was given a sobriety test, an embarrassing exchange caught on a dashboard camera after the usually squeaky-clean Hollywood star had what she called “one too many” glasses of wine.
The video, which was first obtained by TMZ and publicly released by authorities Friday, shows Witherspoon asking the Georgia state trooper after she was placed in custody, “Do you know my name?” and then adding, “You’re about to find out who I am.”
Witherspoon’s lively exchange with the trooper had already been outlined in a police report, but the video offered a rare glimpse at the actress unfiltered.
Witherspoon, an Oscar-winning actress who has built a wholesome professional image, apologized shortly after her arrest, saying she was “deeply embarrassed.”
Municipal Court of Atlanta Deputy Solicitor Ronda Graham said in a statement that Witherspoon entered the plea and paid the fine, resolving the case.
During an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Thursday, Witherspoon said she panicked and said “all kinds of crazy things,” including falsely claiming that she was pregnant at one point. She said during the interview that she had too much to drink before her arrest.
In the video, the 37-year-old argues with the trooper while he attempts to question her husband, Hollywood agent Jim Toth, after a traffic stop in Atlanta during the pre-dawn hours of April 19.
Toth pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of drunken driving, Graham said.
He was fined $600 and ordered to perform 40 hours of community service and participate in a program for DUI offenders.
That is a “standard sentence for a first-time offender,” Graham said.
In the dash-cam video, Trooper First Class J. Pyland tells Witherspoon to stay in the couple’s vehicle no fewer than five times. For her part, Witherspoon is equally determined to get out and engage him, even at one point feigning to be pregnant and saying she needed to use the bathroom.
In one video clip, the trooper appears to be examining Toth when Witherspoon, out of view, gets out of her vehicle.
“Ma’am, get back in that car,” the trooper tells her.
She apologizes, and asks if she can say something. “No ma’am,” he says, “get back in that car. I’m not going to repeat myself again.”
The video shows the situation quickly escalating.
When Witherspoon approaches and continues to try to intervene, the trooper starts placing her under arrest and she gets irate.
“You better not arrest me! Are you kidding me?” she asks.
“Nope,” he responds.
She protests again, “I’m an American citizen!” The trooper leans toward her and says, “I told you to get in that car and stay in there didn’t I?”
She repeats “This is beyond!” The 5-foot-1 Witherspoon turns to yell at the trooper as he’s handcuffing her and he raises his chin and warns her against resisting arrest.
“You fight me, I promise you...” the trooper says.
“This is harassment!” she says. “You’re harassing me as an American citizen! I have done nothing against the law!”
Witherspoon’s husband mostly observes the exchange, but tries to calm her after the trooper’s warning about resisting arrest. “Reese, can you please?” Toth asks.
As Witherspoon is taken out of view, she can be heard asking, “Do you know my name sir?” When he says he doesn’t need to know, she asks, “You don’t need to know my name?” He says “Not quite yet,” and she adds, “Oh really. OK, you’re about to find out who I am.”
The trooper responds, “That’s fine. I’m not real worried about you, ma’am. I done told you how things worked. You want to get out and get up in my investigation, that’s OK.”
While Witherspoon sits handcuffed in the police car, the trooper returns to view and tells Toth, “I tried”
Toth says “I’m sorry,” and the trooper adds, “I absolutely 100 percent tried.”
“I had nothing to do with that,” Toth tells the trooper.
“I know,” he responds.
No one from the Georgia State Patrol leaked the video before its official release on Friday, agency spokesman Gordy Wright said. The only copy that had been made earlier was for the prosecutor, Wright said.
Witherspoon, a New Orleans native who was raised in Tennesseee, had been in the Atlanta area filming a movie, “The Good Lie.” The star of hit movies such as “Walk The Line,” ‘’Legally Blonde,” ‘’Sweet Home Alabama” and “Election” said during her interview Thursday that “there are so many lessons learned.”
“When a police officer tells you to stay in the car, you stay in the car,” she said. “I learned that for sure. I learned a lot.”