'Runaway Bride' Wilbanks Served Jail Time
Plus: McCready DUI charge, Lucas salute in Cannes, and more
REVEALED: This week’s PEOPLE cover girl, runaway Georgia bride Jennifer Wilbanks, was prosecuted for shoplifting in 1996, according to court records obtained by the Associated Press. In addition, in 1998, Wilbanks served jail time for shoplifting. Documents state that Wilbanks, now 32, was charged with shoplifting $1,740 in merchandise from a Gainesville mall. Felony charges reportedly were dropped after she completed a pretrial diversion program, which included 75 hours of community service and restitution. In the other case, Wilbanks served two weekends in jail after pleading guilty to shoplifting $98 in merchandise from a store. A municipal court judge sentenced her to probation, a $400 fine and 50 hours of community service.
CHARGED: Country singer Mindy McCready, 29, was arrested early Friday and charged with drunken driving after being stopped for speeding at about 3 a.m. in a Nashville suburb, Cpl. Candace Mowry tells AP. Mowry said the officer smelled alcohol in the vehicle and McCready performed poorly on a field sobriety test. The singer refused to take a breath alcohol test. Besides driving under the influence, McCready was charged with driving on a suspended license and failure to take the breath test, according to Mowry. McCready was booked into the Nashville jail and freed on $3,500 bond about six hours later. McCready (“A Girl’s Gotta Do What a Girl’s Gotta Do”) is already on three years supervised probation after pleading guilty to fraudulently obtaining the painkiller OxyContin at a pharmacy in February 2004, using the name of a friend on the prescription.
SELECTED: Star Wars creator George Lucas, 60, will receive the rare Festival Trophy at the Cannes Film Festival, where his Revenge of the Sith, the sixth and final installment of his fantasy series, will premiere next Sunday. The award – which has only been handed out 10 times – will be presented aboard the Queen Mary II, reports the BBC. Past recipients include Sean Penn, Gregory Peck and Melanie Griffith.
PROMOTED: Good Morning America news reader Robin Roberts is being boosted to co-anchor of the ABC show, alongside Diane Sawyer and Charles Gibson, reports The New York Times. Roberts’s new status is expected to give Gibson more time to sit in for “World News Tonight” anchor Peter Jennings, who is undergoing chemotherapy for treatment of lung cancer, which he announced last month, says The Times. Based on ratings, GMA is closing in on the lead long held by NBC’s Today show.
REFUSED: Foxxy Brown, accused of beating up two nail salon workers, has rejected a plea deal that would have kept her out of jail and off probation. The rapper, 25, got the offer during her appearance in Manhattan Criminal Court, where she faces misdemeanor charges of assault, attempted assault and harassment in an Aug. 29 dispute at the Bloomie Nails salon, AP reports. Her lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, said Brown wasn’t interested in any resolution that involved her admitting to a crime. He said the offer, a plea to a misdemeanor with no jail time, was “normally a good one, but she’s not guilty.”
WED: Bobby Shriver, the nephew of President John F. Kennedy and brother of California first lady Maria Shriver, married Malissa Feruzzi Saturday at a Brentwood Catholic church during an afternoon ceremony attended by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Shriver, along with their 7-year-old son Christopher. Shriver, 51, is an attorney who heads the foundation DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa), which seeks to reduce Third World debt, poverty and illness. He was elected to his first public office last year as a city councilman in Santa Monica. Feruzzi is an artist who was appointed to the California Arts Council by Schwarzenegger in March.
DESIRED: Scarlett Johansson, 20, is the Maria of choice for producer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 2006 London stage production of The Sound of Music, reports Variety. The Lost in Translation star was said to have fallen in love with London while making the Woody Allen movie Match Point. But how’s her “Do Re Mi”?