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Booted 'Idol' contestant charged with assault

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published March 7, 2003

An Ohio man booted off the Fox talent show American Idol in January has been charged with assault in a bar fight that resulted in a man's death. Jaered N. Andrews, 24, of Austintown, Ohio, is charged with simple assault for allegedly punching a man in the face Nov. 16 at the Blue Ribbon Grille in Farrell, Pa., about 60 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

Thomas E. Blakeley, 39, of Sharpsville, died when he fell and hit his head on the sidewalk after being punched, authorities said.

A Fox official in Los Angeles declined to tell the Associated Press on Wednesday why Andrews had been removed from the show. Andrews appeared on four episodes of the second season of American Idol and had reached the semifinals before he was kicked off.

Rapper faces charges in S.C.

Former 2 Live Crew rapper Luther Campbell faces a felony charge after police said he led a sexually charged performance at a North Charleston, S.C., nightclub.

An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday for the 42-year-old Florida-based rapper on a charge of presenting or participating in an obscene performance.

The October show reportedly featured naked people on stage at the End Zone nightclub.

It's unclear when or how the warrant will be served if Campbell doesn't surrender to police.

Media in dark about Broadway talks

Theater producers and the union representing Broadway musicians are talking to each other -- they just aren't talking to the press.

The two groups imposed a 24-hour media blackout Thursday as they attempted to hammer out a contract agreement while facing a midnight strike deadline -- 12:01 a.m. today -- set Sunday by the union. The blackout started at 2 p.m. Thursday, according to the League of American Theatres and Producers.

Members of Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians and the league are wrangling over minimums -- the number of orchestra players required for Broadway shows.

Judd wins 'I'm a Celebrity'

In Wednesday's finale of ABC's mind-numbingly repetitive I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!, J.Lo's ex, dancer and all-around good guy Cris Judd beat out Melissa Rivers and Stuttering John Menendez for the king of the jungle crown, reports TV Guide Online.

Judd came out on top in the grueling Survivor-esque show in an Australian rain forest.

The $500,000 prize will be donated to the children's charity Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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