- LEGAL MATTERS
- Amy Winehouse’s husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, 26, has been sentenced to 27 months in jail for assault and obstructing justice. Fielder-Civil admitted to beating up a pub manager in 2006 and offering him $400,000 to keep quiet about it. The 24-year-old singer and Fielder-Civil married in May 2007. He was arrested six months later and has been in jail ever since. • A Philadelphia federal appeals court threw out a $550,000 indecency fine against CBS for Janet Jackson‘s “wardrobe malfunction” during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. Ninety million people watched Justin Timberlake tear off part of Jackson’s bustier, exposing her breast. The court ruled that the FCC “acted arbitrarily and capriciously.” • Khloe Kardashian, 24, who appears on E!’s reality show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, served less than three hours of a 30-day sentence for violating her probation for DUI. Kardashian was released early from an L.A.-area jail on July 18 because of overcrowding.
Broadway mogul Philip Smith, 77—whose wife, Tricia Walsh-Smith, 52, trashed him in a YouTube video that generated more than 3 million hits—was granted a divorce on July 21 on the grounds of cruel and inhuman treatment. The judge upheld a prenup signed before the couple’s 1999 wedding, which said that Walsh-Smith will receive $750,000. She was given 30 days to vacate their Park Avenue apartment.
Steven Page, 38, singer-guitarist for the band Barenaked Ladies, was arrested July 11 near Syracuse, N.Y., for alleged cocaine possession. Page pleaded not guilty and was released on bail. • Scott Michael Foster, 23, of ABC Family’s Greek, was arrested for misdemeanor drunk driving July 21 in Hollywood. Foster, who plays a hard-partying frat boy, was released on $5,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 11.
Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood, 61, entered alcohol rehab July 16. No details were released about where Wood is being treated or how long he will stay.
Actress Estelle Getty, 84, died July 22 in her Hollywood home after battling advanced dementia, her son Carl Gettleman told the Associated Press. Best known for her portrayal of feisty Sophia Petrillo, mother of Bea Arthur’s character Dorothy, from 1985-1992 on TV’s The Golden Girls, Getty appeared in over two dozen movies and TV shows. “She was loved throughout the world,” Gettleman said.