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Woody Allen’s lawyer puts blame on Mia Farrow; Justin Bieber’s trial date set

 
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It’s a case of he said, she said, but a lot more tawdry than usual. Woody Allen's attorney denied newly dredged up molestation allegations against the director by his adopted daughter and put the blame squarely on the woman’s mother. On Today, Elkan Abramowitz called Dylan, 28, “a pawn in a huge fight between him and Mia Farrow years ago, and the idea that she was molested was implanted in her by her mother,” Abramowitz said. “That memory is never going to go away. So the fact that she says this now, that it happened 20 years ago, is totally understandable.” Asked whether Allen wants to press defamation charges against Dylan (who’s a married writer/artist living somewhere in Florida under a different name), Abramowitz said no, “the case is over.”

Progress report

A judge turned down a prosecutor’s motion to send Chris Brown to jail, citing the singer’s continued good behavior and progress in a rehab program. Brown was sentenced to three months of in-patient rehab in November after being charged with misdemeanor assault over an altercation in D.C.

And in Justin Bieber land: A trial date has been set for the little troublemaker in Miami for his recent arrest on charges of DUI, resisting arrest and driving with an invalid license: March 3. Bieber's attorneys have already filed a written plea of not guilty. Initial trial dates are often delayed. At least JB’s case with a bodyguard has been settled, reports CNN. Moshe Benabou had accused Bieber of hitting him during a “tirade” backstage at a concert in October 2012. The suit could have gone to trial in L.A. later this month so phew.

Killer diet

Now that his career has taken off again, Oscar nominee Jared Leto continues to push himself. But don’t expect him to mess with his weight. The Dallas Buyers Club star told The Guardian that he developed gout, a type of arthritis, after putting on 67 pounds to play John Lennon assassin Mark David Chapman in 2007’s Chapter 27. Leto, 42, added that his cholesterol skyrocketed, and he was put on Lipitor.

Scary stuff

Little Mia Talerico may be having nightmares lately. The LAPD is looking for the person responsible for making online death threats to the 5-year-old star of the Disney series Good Luck Charlie. TMZ reports disturbing messages started showing up on Mia’s Instagram account last month. According to police reports obtained by the site, one read: “Die Mia, F***ing Die in hell! Kill yourself .T. .” The account is managed by her mom, Claire Talerico (no relation to Steven Tyler, aka Steven Tallarico).

No baby

Eva Mendes denied published reports claiming she said she was pregnant at LAX security. “Eva never said any such thing to the TSA officers about not wanting to go through the scanner because of a pregnancy,” the actress’ publicist, Stephen Huvane, told The New York Daily News in a statement. Furthermore, the 39-year-old beauty recently split with Ryan Gosling, so just who would the daddy be?

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