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New information on Michael Jackson’s death and Sean Penn’s divorce made news the week of August 28

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MARRIED
Actress Milla Jovovich, 33, wed her Resident Evil director, Paul W.S. Anderson, 44, on Aug. 22 in Beverly Hills. The couple has a daughter…. Funny People‘s Jason Schwartzman, 29, married clothing designer Brady Cunningham in San Fernando Valley, Calif., on July 11.

SPLIT
Robin Wright Penn, 43, has filed for divorce from Sean Penn, 49, according to papers filed Aug. 12 in Marin County, Calif. The couple married in 1996 and had previously filed papers to initiate divorce on two separate occasions. (Most recently, Sean Penn filed for divorce in April, only to withdraw the petition a month later.) The couple has two children.

COURTS
On Aug. 25, an L.A. judge sentenced Chris Brown, 20, to five years of probation and six months of community labor for assaulting his then girlfriend Rihanna, 21, in February. Brown will serve his labor sentence with Commonwealth Catholic Charities in Richmond, Va., where he will also be required to enroll in a yearlong class on domestic-violence prevention. The singer must stay at least 100 yards away from Rihanna — with an exception made for entertainment-industry events — and is prohibited from contacting her in any way for the next five years. According to a probation officer’s report filed for Brown’s sentencing, detectives learned of two incidents of violence that had occurred before the February assault. One incident happened in Europe late last year, when the two stars were involved in a verbal argument that led to Rihanna slapping Brown, who responded by shoving her into a wall. The second incident took place in Barbados about three weeks before the assault; the two had an argument inside a car, during which Brown got out and broke the vehicle’s windows. Neither incident had been previously reported…. Alex Da Silva, 41, who served as a guest choreographer on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, was arrested Aug. 18 in North Hollywood for allegedly sexually assaulting four women whom he met through his dance classes. Da Silva, who is currently being held on $6.2 million bail, pleaded not guilty. He could face life in prison if convicted…. One Tree Hill‘s Antwon Tanner, 34, pleaded guilty Aug. 21 to fraudulently selling more than 10 Social Security numbers. The actor faces up to 10 years in prison.

CONTROVERSY
Jessica Biel, 27, has been named the most dangerous celebrity in cyberspace by Internet security company McAfee, whose research shows that searching for the actress online gives you a one-in-five chance of clicking on a site that will infect your computer with a virus. (Brad Pitt previously held the dubious honor.)

RECOVERING
Actress Melanie Griffith, 52, has checked into a rehab facility, her rep confirmed on Aug. 25, saying, ”This is part of a routine plan that was designed between her and her doctors years ago.”

DEATHS
TV producer Don Hewitt, 86, who created 60 Minutes in 1968, died Aug. 19 of pancreatic cancer in Bridgehampton, N.Y…. Grammy-winning keyboard player and bassist Larry Knechtel, 69, died Aug. 20 of undisclosed causes in Yakima, Wash…. Legendary guitarist and inventor Les Paul, 94, died Aug. 12 of complications from pneumonia in White Plains, N.Y.
Additional Reporting by Stewart Allen


Michael Jackson’s Death: Grim Details Emerge
Another dark chapter in the saga surrounding Michael Jackson’s death unfolded this week, when an unnamed law-enforcement official told the Associated Press on Aug. 24 that the L.A. coroner had ruled the singer’s death a homicide. That same day, disturbing details about Jackson’s final hours were revealed via a newly unsealed search warrant affidavit. According to the affidavit, the star’s personal physician Conrad Murray told police that during the early morning hours of June 25, he administered a cocktail of drugs to Jackson to help him sleep, including lorazepam, Valium, and propofol — the potent surgical anesthetic Jackson referred to as ”milk.” (Murray also told investigators that a number of physicians had given Jackson propofol, and that he feared Jackson was becoming addicted.) Ed Chernoff, Murray’s lawyer, responded in a statement, saying, ”Much of what was in the search warrant affidavit is factual. However, unfortunately, much is police theory…. Most reports by anonymous sources have been proven wrong. We will be happy to address the coroner’s report when it is officially released.” (No one has been taken into custody as of press time.) As family and fans grapple with the news, they can take solace knowing that the King of Pop isn’t entirely out of their lives: Sony still plans to release Michael Jackson: This Is It — a doc featuring footage of the singer’s final rehearsals — for a two-week run starting Oct. 28.
Kate Ward

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