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Robert Downey Jr. speaks out on son’s arrest

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Robert Downey Jr. is speaking out in the arrest of his son Indio (mom is actress Deborah Falconer). “Unfortunately there's a genetic component to addiction and Indio has likely inherited it,” the Iron Man star said in a statement. The 20-year-old got taken in for cocaine possession in Hollywood Sunday, TMZ reports. The sometime actor ( Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) was released after posting $10,000 bail. The actor thanked authorities and said the family was determined to get him the help he needs.


Many memorable moments emerged from Sunday night’s 2014 BET Awards ceremony, broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre on BET: But probably the biggest one was when Nicki Minaj accepted her fifth consecutive award for female hip-hop artist. Minaj gave a rambling speech in which she said she was recently near death. It is unclear to what exactly the Pills N Potions crooner was referring.

Lil Wayne accompanied Minaj to accept the best group award for Young Money, and he didn’t just drop the mic but the whole stand. Chris Rock proved a winning host, opening with barbs aimed at many including rapper Rick Ross, who was arrested and released over the weekend in North Carolina for failing to show up in court to answer a charge for marijuana possession. The night’s leading nominees — Drake, Beyonce and Jay-Z — were all no-shows. Rihanna, with two nods, also blew it off.

Meanwhile, one person was killed and five injured in two separate incidents before the show, L.A. police said. Rapper Nelly said on the red carpet that “you can’t place [the blame] on BET.”


Dust yourself off and try again, Lifetime Network: Zendaya will no longer play Aaliyah. A representative for the Disney Channel star won’t portray the R&B sensation in a TV film currently in the works, much to the late singer’s family’s relief.

No reconciliation

Moving right along! Taye Diggs is dating again. The Private Practice star’s new lady is model Amanza Smith Brown, reports CloserWeekly.com.

Tossed out

The bong-tossing case against Amanda Bynes was dismissed Monday after the actress complied with the judge’s orders to stay out of trouble and go to counseling. Bynes, 28, was charged last year with reckless endangerment and marijuana possession. Building managers called police because they said she was smoking pot in the lobby of her Manhattan residence. When officers entered her pad, they said they saw her heave a bong out the window.


A jury found veteran broadcaster and entertainer Rolf Harris guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault that took place from the ’60s to the ’80s. The 84-year-old was convicted of attacks on four victims aged 19 or younger starting in 1968. Prosecutors said that for years he got away with brazen sexual assaults on young girls. The Australian-born Harris was a prominent British broadcaster for decades and once performed with the Beatles.

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