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Monitor: Feb. 24, 2012

Katy Perry and Russell Brand finalize split, Halle Berry continues custody war, and more

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It’s Official
Just six weeks after Katy Perry, 27, and Russell Brand, 36, filed for divorce, a Los Angeles court has finalized the split. Perry asked that her maiden name, Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, be restored, and Brand did not ask for spousal support. The exes will be legally single again on July 14.

Splits
Alcatraz actress Parminder Nagra, 36, filed for divorce from celebrity photographer James Stenson, 37, on Feb. 1. The couple wed in 2009.

Arrests
Record executive Marion ”Suge” Knight, 46, was charged with possession of marijuana after being stopped in Las Vegas for a traffic violation on Feb. 8.

Courts
Actor Gary Busey, 67, filed for bankruptcy on Feb. 7. The reality TV fixture listed over $500,000 in personal debts, but less than $50,000 in assets…. The custody war between Halle Berry, 45, and ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry, 36 — who fathered Berry’s 3-year-old daughter, Nahla — continues to rage. Citing safety concerns in Los Angeles — where she has allegedly been targeted by multiple stalkers — the actress has reportedly filed a request with the family court that would allow her to move to France with Nahla and Berry’s current boyfriend, Olivier Martinez, 46.

Revealed
White Collar star Matt Bomer, 34, quietly came out Feb. 11, thanking his longtime partner, publicist Simon Halls, during his acceptance speech at a charity awards ceremony. They have three children together.

Birthdays
Feb. 18: John Travolta, 58
Feb. 20: Rihanna, 24
Feb. 22: Drew Barrymore, 37
Feb. 23: Aziz Ansari, 29; Dakota Fanning, 18

(Additional reporting by Jason Clark)