Cee Lo Green pleads not guilty in felony drug case
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Cee Lo Green pleaded not guilty on Monday to giving a woman ecstasy at a Los Angeles restaurant during a 2012 dinner, and prosecutors declined to file a rape count against the singer because of insufficient evidence.
Green, 38, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, appeared in court hours after prosecutors charged him with one felony count of furnishing a controlled substance. He could face four years in prison if convicted.
Green spoke only once during a brief arraignment hearing to acknowledge he understood the court's scheduling of his case.
He sat in a front row of the courtroom with his girlfriend while waiting for a bondsman to post his $30,000 bail. His case is due back in court on Nov. 20.
Green was pleased that the rape charge was rejected and will address the ecstasy count in court, his attorney Blair Berk wrote in a statement.
She said any sexual contact between her client and the woman was consensual.
"Mr. Green encouraged a full and complete investigation of those claims and he was confident once conducted he would be cleared of having any wrongful intent," Berk wrote. She declined further comment.
Lady Gaga, ex-assistant settle overtime lawsuit
NEW YORK (AP) -- Lady Gaga and a former personal assistant who sued her won't face off in a New York trial next month after settling their differences.
The settlement in a lawsuit brought by Jennifer O'Neill was revealed Monday in a court order dismissing the case. O'Neill had claimed the singer cheated her out of overtime wages when she worked for her for a few weeks in early 2009 and for 13 months beginning in February 2010.
A trial was scheduled to begin next month. O'Neill had testified she was responsible for sometimes monitoring the singer's communications and for handling about 20 bags of luggage.
Court papers revealed that Lady Gaga and O'Neill were roommates and friends on the Lower East Side of Manhattan before 2008.
Taylor Swift invites special guests to CMAs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Taylor Swift has gathered an all-star band for her appearance on next month's Country Music Association Awards -- and she's bit alone.
Swift will be joined by Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Sam Bush, bassist Edgar Meyer and percussionist Eric Darken for a special version of her hit song "Red."
The 23-year-old singer is one of two top nominees with six nominations for the Nov. 6 awards. Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will co-host the ABC broadcast live from Nashville, Tenn.
The CMA also announced in a news release Monday that Zac Brown will be joined by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl on the broadcast and Jason Mraz will perform with Hunter Hayes.
Elle honors actresses age 21 to 89 at annual party
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Hollywood may be cutthroat, but Elle's Women in Hollywood celebration is all about sisterhood.
The magazine honored Reese Witherspoon, Melissa McCarthy, Marion Cotillard, Naomie Harris, Shailene Woodley, Eva Marie Saint and director Nancy Meyers at its 20th annual event Monday at the Four Seasons hotel.
All were introduced by admiring colleagues, and each shared how women had helped them succeed. Chelsea Handler said Witherspoon helped her get a movie role. McCarthy was introduced by Kathy Bates, whom she cited as an inspiration. Meyers said studio heads Sherry Lansing and Amy Pascal supported her career, and it's up to women to everywhere to vote with their wallets to support projects helmed by and starring women.
She noted there are no Men in Hollywood events.