November 01, 2005
GOSSIP 2 GO 11/1RONALD ISLEY CONVICTED
A federal jury in Los Angeles has convicted Ronald Isley of five counts of tax evasion and one count of willful failure to file a tax return, putting the singer at risk of spending up to 26 years in prison.
Prosecutors claim Isley attempted to evade the IRS by demanding that his millions of dollars in performance fees earned between 1997 and 2002 be paid in cash.
In addition to the tax charges, Isley was accused of cashing royalty checks issued to his late brother, O'Kelly Isley, and others, using the money to support a luxurious lifestyle. At one time, he owned an 87-foot yacht, expensive cars, and homes in Los Angeles and St. Louis. The government said Isley created a network of bank accounts and shell corporations to hide his income.
The 64 year-old Isley Brothers frontman, who married his 20-something background singer this past August, must return to court for sentencing on Jan. 9.
I guess his songs Mr.Big Stuff,Who's That Lady,Twist and Shout,and Keep it on the Down Low will have new meaning.
GWEN STEFANI PAYS TRIBUTE TO ROSA PARKS
Launch Radio Networks reports that Gwen Stefani paid her respects to the late civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Saturday (October 29), in Parks' home town of Detroit. The No Doubt singer dedicated her socially conscious 'Long Way To Go', from her solo album 'Love*Angel*Music*Baby', to Parks. Read more.
MARGARET CHO OFFENDED BY STEFANI'S CREW
Margaret Cho's Blog is offering pointed commentary towards Gwen Stefani's sidekicks, the Harajuku Girls. Cho writes, "I want to like them, and I want to think they are great, but I am not sure if I can. I mean, racial stereotypes are really cute sometimes, and I don't want to bum everyone out by pointing out the minstrel show. I think it is totally acceptable to enjoy the Harajuku girls, because there are not that many other Asian people out there in the media really, so we have to take whatever we can get. Amos 'n Andy had lots of fans, didn't they? At least it is a measure of visibility, which is much better than invisibility. I am so sick of not existing, that I would settle for following any white person around with an umbrella just so I could say I was there." Read more.
MR.TIMBERLAKE IS LOOKING TO WALK DOWN THE AISLE
A source tells Star magazine that Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz have set a wedding date. "Hawaii is their favorite, so they decided that's the place to do it," a friend of the couple revealed. "The plan is to invite a few close friends and family on a weeklong vacation, then have a casual sunset wedding. Then they'll stay another week to surf, relax and honeymoon." The friend added that it was the *NSYNC star to convinced his older lover to take the marriage plunge. "You'd think that Justin would be the holdout, but for the past year, he's been pushing for marriage," the insider revealed. "He's always been a one-woman guy; he's traditional that way." Read more.
HOLLY ROBINSON PEETE HAS ADVICE FOR BRITNEY
OK! magazine caught up with Holly Robinson Peete for a Q&A and asked the actress and mother of four what advice she'd offer new mother Britney Spears. "When you have kids, you're accountable for your actions, so you've got to be even more concious of the choices that you make," she said. "And I would tell her to take naps when the baby naps. She's going to need her strength!"
GUESS WHO??UNLESS YOU'RE LIVING LA VIDA LOCA ON OPRAH YOU WON'T GET THIS ONE.
A blind item in The New York Post asks, "Which swishy pop star who won't admit he's gay is dating a well-known interior designer? The decorator is recovering from his previous boyfriend's tragic death, while the pop star is equally despondent about his ailing career."
WILL NAS JOIN DEF JAM??
After Nas joined the stage with Jay-Z last week, some are wondering if Nas will sign with Jay. Island/ Def Jam chairman L.A. Reid tells MTV News he's open to having Nas on his team, but would not say for sure. "I don't know if I have a comment for that," Reid said last week in New Jersey about Nas' possible signing. "I'll tell you what, I absolutely love him. He's an amazing artist. I have loved him and supported him for years. He's been a great supporter of mine. And obviously he and Jay-Z have a mutual respect and love and admiration for each other. So let's just see. I really don't know. Let's see what happens." Read more.