COURTS Another bad day for Whitney Houston. Her hubby, singer Bobby Brown, will serve time until at least June 19 for his arrest this month on a probation violation. A Florida judge denied Brown’s request for bond at an appearance Monday, because his wealth made him a flight risk, according to local papers. (Houston reportedly skipped the hearing.) Brown, 31, was busted on an outstanding warrant May 10, when he and Houston were on their way back from a trip to the Bahamas. The warrant had first been issued in June 1999 after he tested positive twice for cocaine. The founding member of New Edition’s original case stems from a 1996 DUI incident, during which he crashed Houston’s Porsche into a signpost. Brown’s lawyer and Houston’s publicist were not available for comment. Maybe now even Whitney is tired of singing ”I Will Always Love You.”
BUSTED Rising Bad Boy artist Black Rob was arrested in New York for weapons and drug possession. The rapper, whose hit ”Whoa!” is No. 10 on the R&B charts, had stopped in Manhattan to sign autographs for fans early Sunday morning when two undercover cops allegedly saw him hand his friend a .22 caliber derringer handgun to hide in their Ford Taurus. An arrest team was called to the scene, and a search allegedly produced the gun and several tablets of ecstasy, according to police and court documents. Bail was set for $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond. Black Rob will appear in court Friday. Bad Boy Entertainment said it lacked enough info to make a statement.
BOOKS Drew Barrymore’s mom, Jaid, is shopping around a book in which she claims to have had liaisons with the likes of Jim Morrison, James Taylor, and Kiefer Sutherland. Jaid, who was arrested last week for criminal possession of a weapon, also claims that Sean Penn taught her how to kiss and that Kevin Costner made a pass at her on a movie set. Her agent says the book, titled ”Confidential,” is an attempt to set the record straight. Or maybe it’s just a chance to cash in on her daughter’s notoriety.
SEX RULES! Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Entertainment Group, can get ready for prime time. The Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional to force sexually explicit programming into late-night hours, just because unscrambled signals occasionally slip through to as many as 39 million nonsubscribed TV sets. Playboy CEO Christie Hefner had argued that a 1996 antismut law which required raunchy networks like the Playboy Channel to restrict their shows to overnight hours, was an intrusion on individual choice by the Federal Government, according to Reuters.
MARRIAGE Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland tied the knot with his girlfriend, model Mary Forsberg, on Sunday in Los Angeles. Among those in attendance were Weiland’s band mates and the Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ Anthony Kiedis. Weiland reportedly wore pink.
STILL SHOOTIN’ Charlton Heston was reelected to an unprecedented third term as president of the National Rifle Association. In his acceptance speech, Heston credited President Clinton’s irritating gun control efforts with boosting NRA membership to 3.6 million, according to Reuters. Heston is in the final production stages of his 80th film, ”The Final Solution,” in which he plays a U.S. Chief Justice. Who knows, if he stays in politics through the next term, maybe he’ll get the part for real.
LEGAL BRIEFS A former employee is suing R&B legend James Brown for sexual harassment. Once head of New James Brown Enterprises West Coast operation, Lisa Agbalaya filed a suit alleging that Brown sacked her after she refused to, er, get in the sack with him. She’s seeking $2 million in damages…. Mr. TV, Milton Berle, sued NBC for more than $30 million for losing filmed copies of 130 of his original TV shows. Berle, 92, helped build the network in the early 1950s (a time when the number of TV sets jumped from 190,000 to 21 million) with ”The Texaco Star Theater” and ”The Milton Berle Show.” He claims NBC misplaced the only surviving copies of the shows, which he had hoped to hawk through infomercials. An NBC spokeswoman expressed surprise at the suit, saying that the network is currently undertaking inventory of its early copies of shows.
NAPSTER SHAKEUP Napster has found a legally savvy interim CEO, Hank Barry, to replace former chief exec Eileen Richardson. Barry formerly served as a lawyer to another digital start-up, Liquid Audio, which has the blessing of the recording industry because of its proprietary technology that secures music files from piracy. In other words, he knows how to convince the tech-illiterate big guys that nobody gets a free lunch.