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Brand gets community service; Katherine Jackson dispels kidnapping rumors

posted 26 Jul 2012, 15:53 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 26 Jul 2012, 15:54 ]

The latest celebrity news including a judge sentences Russell Brand to community service and Katherine Jackson denies rumors of kidnapping and ill-health.

REUTERS / ESTATE OF MICHAEL JACKSON HANDOUT / MONA EDWARDS / LOCOG - British comedian and actor Russell Brand was ordered by a judge to do 20 hours of community service and pay a fine of 500 (USD) in New Orleans on Thursday (July 26) over a charge related to throwing a photographer's iPhone through a window.

After a not guilty plea was entered by the actor's attorney, the judge ordered the community service as an alternative to criminal prosecution. If Brand completes the community service, the charges will be dismissed.

Katherine Jackson is looking to set the record when she told ABC News that she had not been kidnapped and that she is in fine health. The 82-year-old matriarch of the Jackson Family also added that Wednesday's (July 25) court ruling that gave temporary guardianship Michael's three children to her grandson TJ was "based on a bunch of lies."

The family dispute broke into the open earlier this week in an escalating power struggle within the famous musical family involving the singer's multimillion-dollar estate and the well-being of his elderly mother.

Robert Pattinson has reportedly moved out the home he shared with girlfriend Kristen Stewart, following her public apology for having an affair with director Rupert Sanders, according to People magazine. The couple, who met while filming the "Twilight" franchise, had been dating for three years. Pattinson's camp had no comment.

Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan carried the Olympic flame in London on Thursday (July 26), the last day before the opening ceremony for the 2012 Games.

Bachchan is one of India's most popular actors and interest in his part in the torch relay was huge after he tweeted about it on Wednesday (July 25). Fans were crowding the route to cheer him on and snap photographs.