Goldstein out of hospital after crash
Celebrity DJ AM has been released from a Georgia hospital after suffering severe burns in a plane crash a week ago, a spokeswoman said Friday.
“While he is deeply saddened by the events, he is thankful for all of the love and support he has been receiving from fans and friends,” Jenni Weinman said in a statement.
DJ AM, whose real name is Adam Goldstein, and former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, were rushed to a burn hospital in Augusta, Ga., after their Learjet crashed on takeoff from a Columbia airport. Doctors expect both men to fully recover.
Two pilots and two other passengers who were close friends of the musicians died in the crash just before midnight Sept. 19.
A hospital spokeswoman would not say when Barker would be released. The head of the burn hospital said it can take up to a year to heal from the second- and third-degree burns the men suffered. But Dr. Fred Mullins said he didn't expect it to take that long for the musicians to heal.
Goldstein, 35, who at one time was engaged to Nicole Richie, was scheduled to be in Charlotte next month for a party at The Forum nightclub. Associated Press
West won't face felony charge
Los Angeles County prosecutors have declined to file felony charges against Kanye West for an incident in which a paparazzo's camera was broken. Spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said prosecutors referred the case to city attorneys, who will decide whether to charge West with a misdemeanor.
West was arrested Sept. 11 at Los Angeles International Airport on suspicion of felony vandalism after he was captured on video struggling with a paparazzo and breaking a flash on the floor. Associated Press
Busta allowed to perform
Rapper Busta Rhymes won a court order Friday in London allowing him to perform at a charity concert in Britain, despite a government attempt to keep him out of the country.
High Court Justice Nicholas Stadlen ruled that Rhymes, whose real name is Trevor George Smith Jr., could play at London's Royal Albert Hall. The judge said he did not want to interfere with the concert, which is being given for volunteers who earned their tickets by doing four hours of community service.
Immigration officials stopped Rhymes on Thursday at London City Airport, with his promoters saying they cited previous legal trouble in the U.S. In March a New York judge sentenced Rhymes to three years' probation for assaulting his former driver and a fan. Associated Press
Actor Wilford Brimley, 74. Rock singer Meat Loaf, 57. Singer Shaun Cassidy, 50. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow, 36. Rapper Lil' Wayne, 26. Singer Avril Lavigne, 24.
This day in history Sept. 27
1964: The government publicly released the report of the Warren Commission, which found that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone in assassinating President Kennedy.