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The celebrity website TMZ said Justin Bieber motioned to the photographers to get out of his way but apparently ended up pinning one of them between his Ferrari and a parked car as he pulled out. AP photo
The celebrity website TMZ said Justin Bieber motioned to the photographers to get out of his way but apparently ended up pinning one of them between his Ferrari and a parked car as he pulled out. AP photo

Justin Bieber hits photographer with his sports car

Plus: Selma Blair leaves Charlie Sheen’s TV show Anger Management; James Franco starts crowd-funding campaign for film trilogy; Rihanna wants cure for broken heart after splitting with Chris Brown; The singer will.i.am doesn’t have a home to call his own.

Justin Bieber hits photographer with his sports car

The pop star Justin Bieber struck a photographer with his Ferrari sports car while driving away from a comedy club in Los Angeles on Monday night. A video taken outside the Laugh Factory comedy club showed the teenager behind the wheel of his white Ferrari, surrounded by photographers as he was pulling away. The celebrity website TMZ said Bieber motioned to the photographers to get out of his way but apparently ended up pinning one of them between his Ferrari and a parked car as he pulled out. He then drove away. “It was not a hit-and-run,” said the Los Angeles Police Department. “The investigation is ongoing.” Bieber is under investigation for a separate driving incident last month after his neighbours complained that he had been speeding through the gated Los Angeles community he lives in. – Agencies

Selma Blair leaves Charlie Sheen’s TV show Anger Management

Selma Blair has made a sudden exit from the Charlie Sheen TV comedy Anger Management. The producer Lionsgate said Selma Blair would not be returning to the FX comedy. The company said it wished her “the very best” but made no other comment. Blair’s departure comes while the comedy is about halfway through completing its 90-episode order from FX. The show represents Sheen’s TV series comeback after he was fired from CBS’ hit comedy Two and a Half Men in 2011 after clashing with producers. Sheen has an ownership stake in Anger Management. Blair played a therapist and colleague to Sheen’s character on the show. – AP

James Franco starts crowd-funding campaign for film trilogy

Following crowd-funding campaigns for Veronica Mars and Zach Braff, James Franco is seeking to raise US$500,000 (Dh1.8 million) to bankroll a trilogy of movies. On Monday night, Franco started a campaign on IndieGogo, a crowd-funding site that sometimes allows people to keep the money they raise even if the project doesn’t come to fruition. Franco doesn’t plan to direct the films; he is raising money so that a collection of young filmmakers can adapt his 2011 short-story collection, Palo Alto. Franco pledges to donate any profits from the films to Art of Elysium, a non-profit that encourages entertainers to visit children with serious medical conditions. Contributions range from $10 for a screenplay copy to $10,000, which gets dinner with Franco and an executive-producer credit. – AP

Rihanna wants cure for broken heart after splitting with Chris Brown

Rihanna is reportedly planning to enrol in a medical programme to help her deal with heartache, following her recent break up with Chris Brown. The 24-year-old singer has been nursing a broken heart ever since her on-again, off-again relationship with Brown came to an end a few weeks back. However, she now wants to move on and, to that end, has signed up for a 12-step programme, reports thesun.co.uk. “Rihanna is still desperately in love with Chris. It’s like she’s obsessed with him and, although he’s told her it’s over, she just can’t get over him,” a source said. “After talking it through with a psychotherapist, Rihanna is now considering doing a 12-step programme to get rid of her demons.” Brown is said to have reconciled with his ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran. – IANS

The singer will.i.am doesn’t have a home to call his own

The singer will.i.am doesn’t have a home despite purchasing properties for several members of his family and paying off their mortgages. The maker of the hit Scream & Shout has never bought a house for himself. “I don’t have a home. But I bought my mum, uncle, aunt and grandma their homes,” said the 38-year-old. “And then, what some people call my home is really my studio, where my other uncle lives,” he added. While he loves staying in hotels while travelling for his performances, he is keen to build a surreal dream home. When asked about his ideal property, he said: “Well, you pull up and say, ‘So where’s the house?’ and I say ‘Right here, don’t you see it?’. And you say, ’It’s a hill, dude.’ Then you go to the top of the hill and out of it shoots an elevator. Then you live in the ground and there are these little holes in the grass that bring light to the subterranean home.” – IANS

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