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Young Jeezy in the clear

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Prosecutors have dropped a weapons charge against platinum-selling rapper Young Jeezy. Orange County Superior Court Judge Robert C. Gannon granted the dismissal during a hearing Thursday morning in Newport Beach. The dismissal was warranted due to new evidence.

The rapper was arrested in August and charged with possession of an AK-47 after authorities found the weapon while investigating the shooting death of a man backstage at a concert Jeezy co-headlined with Wiz Khalifa. Jeezy and five others in his entourage pleaded not guilty to possession of an assault weapon.

CLEARING THE AIR

The sound heard ’round the world Wednesday on The View was not caused by flatulence, contends Whoopi Goldberg.

The 59-year-old comedienne insisted that the pfffff noise of air being expelled was caused by something off stage and she just made a joke about having breakfast burritos to cover up the staffers’ mistake.

“There was a sound effect that we had never heard before,” Goldberg explained on the morning chat show the next day. “I’m thinking, ‘Damn, that’s weird, what can I do?’ Oh, I know! I’m gonna pretend I let a little something go.”

Goldberg was born Karen Johnson. In the beginning of her career, while working in a small theater in San Diego she became known as “Whoopi Cushion” because everyone knew when she passed gas in the small space, she has explained.

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

The actor who played Jethro Bodine in the 1960s television series The Beverly Hillbillies is suing CBS, arguing the broadcaster made inappropriate deals with an Iowa restaurant chain to use the character’s name. Max Baer Jr. filed a lawsuit arguing that he had reached a deal with CBS in 1991 giving him rights to use the TV character to establish a chain of restaurants, hotels and casinos.

The lawsuit contends Baer’s rights to the character have been undermined by the Jethro’s BBQ restaurant chain, which is based in Des Moines. The chain’s owner told The Des Moines Register the company isn’t named as a defendant and that customers have nothing to worry about.

ANOTHER CHAPTER

Looks as if the reclusive Kim Basinger has found love again. Pictures on Daily Mail’s website show the 91/2 Weeks star frolicking in the ocean with a man, who kisses her face while she laughs. Basinger split from Alec Baldwin in 2002.

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