August 10, 2005

GOSSIP 2 GO 8/10

Two of 50 Cent's associates -- Lloyd Banks, whose real name is Chris Lloyde, and Young Buck, whose real name is David Brown -- were arrested after police allegedly found weapons in a van carrying the rappers and 11 other people in Manhattan early Tuesday morning.

According to an NYPD spokesperson, officers pulled the vehicle over for running a red light at West 41st Street and Eighth Avenue. Police then found two firearms in the van and arrested and charged everyone in the vehicle with weapons offenses. Another passenger, Darryl Lighty, was charged with obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Banks, 23, and Buck, 24, members of 50 Cent's G-Unit, had just performed at nearby Madison Square Garden as part of the Anger Management 3 tour. The concert also features 50 Cent, Eminem, Mobb Deep, Olivia, Tony Yayo, M.O.P., D12, Proof, Obie Trice, Stat Quo, Pitbull, Lil’ Jon and Lil’ Scrappy.

The NYPD's Intelligence Unit has spent the last few days checking the streets to see if any violence might be directed towards 50 Cent and G-Unit during the tour’s New York dates, but, outside of the Banks and Buck arrest, the shows went off without a hitch.


P. Diddy, Will Smith, Jay-Z and Russell Simmons have all earned a slot on Fortune Magazine's Most Influential Minorities' list.
Other noteworthy African Americans such as Irving "Magic" Johnson, Oprah Winfrey and BET President Debra L. Lee also made the list. There's no rank on the list, just a break down of various categories like "Hitmakers," "Star Makers" and "People To Watch". Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, 35, was listed as a "Hitmaker." As Chairman of Bad Boy Worldwide, Diddy was credited for winning the Council of Designers of America's Menswear Designer of the Year award for his Sean John clothing line last year. Diddy also earned his spot on the list with his new HBO show -The Bad Boys of Comedy; his Making The Band series, and by selling half of his Bad Boy Entertainment to Warner Music Group

No, not Ciara.
Business manager Gabrielle "Gabby" Smith's high profile clients are suing her for allegedly stealing over $3 million and using parts of the money to pay other investors while pocketing the rest of the money.
Through her company, Premier Business Management L.L.C., Smith's client list included DJ Clue, Warner Music Group's Kevin Liles, Fabolous and a slew of music executives. In lawsuits filed in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan, Smith's former clients also named banks, including J.P. Morgan Chase and HSBC, where she held accounts. The suit also shows that at least one former client is filing private claims against Smith's former employers Morgan Stanley and Prudential Securities in the arbitration proceedings. The firms declined to comment on the allegations. J.P. Morgan Chase and HSBC also declined to comment.

(say that 3x fast)
People magazine was arrested Saturday for trespassing on Brad Pitt's oceanfront property in Santa Barbara, where a fourth birthday party was being held for Angelina Jolie's son, Maddox. Jeffrey Neal Weiss, 23, of Beverly Hills, was nabbed at 11:29 a.m. by Pitt's security manager, Richard Malchar, who made a citizen's arrest and held him for police. Cops found a printout of an e-mail in Weiss' car with directions to Pitt's house sent to Weiss by Julie Jordan, People's associate L.A. bureau chief. Santa Barbara Police spokesman Sgt. Erik Raney told PAGE SIX that Weiss is due in court Sept. 8, when charges will either be filed or dismissed. A People editor said Weiss, a stringer for the weekly, "inadvertently trespassed on the beach. He regrets it." "It's too bad that the media can't respect people's privacy," said Pitt's publicist, Cindy Guagenti. "If the media continue to trespass on private property, they will be arrested. This is getting out of control."

Friends of Eddie Murphy's wife, Nicole, aren't happy that she filed for divorce last week - but they aren't surprised, either.
"Frankly, I have no idea how their marriage lasted this long," one pal, who's known the couple since they wed in 1993, was telling us yesterday. "I mean, they both love their five children. Eddie is an amazing dad. But I think Nicole got fed up with other things."
Fed up with what?
"Eddie is a very reclusive guy," said the friend. "He likes dinner at home. When they do go out to a restaurant, he likes to have a private room."
Another friend remembered "a night where everybody was going on to the next party. Nicole really wanted to go along. Eddie wanted to go home.
"This is a young woman who spent most of the last decade having children. She had all the trappings of fame and wealth, but no real fun."
While it's unclear whether the couple signed a prenup, Nicole stands to seek her share of revenue from the string of movie hits Murphy made during their marriage.
Eddie, 44, is also said to have discouraged Nicole, 37, who used to model, from working.
"You make tradeoffs," said one of the friends. "I think this is an opportunity for her to breathe."
One source contends that Nicole may already be breathing easier with a new guy, now that she's separated.
Nicole's lawyer, Neil Hersch, didn't return a call yesterday.
Eddie's lawyer, Marty Singer, said, "I can't comment on the reason for their divorce. It's a personal matter."
But Singer was adamant that the "irreconcilable differences" Nicole cited in divorce papers had nothing to do with Eddie's infamous 1997 incident when police stopped Murphy's car while he was in the company of a transsexual prostitute.
The "Doctor Dolittle" star sued the National Enquirer and the Globe for $5 million each, charging that their stories about his "secret sex life" damaged his reputation and made him physically ill.
Murphy ended up dropping both suits.
His rep confirmed that the Enquirer paid him nothing. Then-editor Steve Coz said at the time that Murphy paid the Enquirer's legal costs.
Singer vowed his client would vigorously defend his good name against any new allegations. "I'm not going to comment on the [Enquirer] resolution," said Singer. "My client was satisfied by the result."

Supermodel Tyra Banks' new talk show doesn't air till September, but it's already set off a blazing catfight.
Karrine Steffans says Banks dissed her horribly when Steffans came on to talk about her memoir, "Confessions of a Video Vixen."
Steffans, who chronicles her many affairs with hip-hop and sports stars in the best seller, says Banks "insisted I wrote 'Confessions' because I was angry and wanted revenge. ... She said, 'These are my colleagues. They're people I know well!'
"Despite what she thinks, she and I are not that different," Steffans tells News contributor Jawn Murray. "I have even heard her being referred to as a 'Hollywood Hop,' for the many men in Hollywood who have bedded her and moved on."
Steffans says she was so mad, "all I could think about was snatching her wig off!"
Banks' manager, Benny Medina, argues, "Tyra certainly never slept around. You can count her relationships on one hand."
Medina says the clash stemmed from Steffans not wanting to discuss the passages in the book. "She glorifies this lifestyle in the book," he says. "But on the show, I think she is ashamed of it."
Ironically, Banks' former flame, director John Singleton, is said to be interested in developing "Video Vixen" as a movie.
Meanwhile, Steffans' relationship with Bill Maher is proceeding nicely.
"She's funny and beautiful," the comic told us yesterday at a lunch that HBO honcho Richard Plepler threw for him at Michaels to celebrate Maher's book, "New Rules."
Maher isn't worried Steffans might turn on him like former girlfriend Coco Johnsen, who filed a $9 million palimony suit (which a judge recently threw out).
"People say I'm into black women," says Maher. "Robert De Niro is into black women. I'm just into women who are real, and they happen to be black."

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