Nov 15, 2008
Rap superstar Kanye West was arrested after an alleged run-in with a photographer outside a nightclub in Newcastle on Friday morning.
The rapper was arrested on suspicion of assault outside the Tup Tup Palace, reports Britain's Evening Chronicle.
"We can confirm that a 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault following an incident at a Newcastle city center club in the early hours of this morning," said a Northumbria Police spokeswoman. "He was released without charge and no further action is being taken."
Earlier in the night, West performed a sold out show at the Metro Radio Arena as part of his Glow in the Dark world tour, according to People.com.
This is not the rap star's first clash with the paparazzi. In September, the "Love Lockdown" hitmaker was arrested for vandalism at the Los Angeles airport after allegedly damaging a photographer's camera.
A wildfire has destroyed more than 100 homes and injured 13 people in the Mediterranean-style coastal town of Montecito, California, which is home to celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey.
Firefighters struggled to get control of the raging fire, and said they had to work fast before the winds picked up. Evening winds known locally as "sundowners," gusting up to 70 mph from land to sea, pushed the fire with frightening speed Thursday, chewing up mansions, exploding eucalyptus trees and turning rolling hills into a glowing nightmare, The Associated Press is reporting.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in Santa Barbara County on Friday as residents waited anxiously for word of their homes. Many of them fled flames with just a few minutes' notice.
"We're going to have a very, very tough day today for firefighting and when the winds kick up this afternoon, we're going to have an incredibly challenging situation," said Santa Barbara City Fire Chief Ron Prince. "Control of this fire is not even in sight."
Authorities say the fire broke out just before 6 p.m. Thursday and spread to about 2,500 acres — nearly 4 square miles — by early Friday. It destroyed dozens of luxury homes and parts of a college campus in the tiny community of Montecito and an unknown number of homes in neighboring Santa Barbara. The cause was not immediately known. There was no estimate for containment for the fire, which more than 500 firefighters were battling.
The fire temporarily knocked out power to more than 20,000 homes in Santa Barbara, a city of about 90,000.
About 300 Westmont students fled to a gym where they spent the night sleeping on cots. Some stood in groups praying, others sobbed openly and comforted each other.
Montecito, a quiet enclave known for its balmy climate and charming Spanish colonial homes, has long attracted celebrities. Oprah Winfrey and Rob Lowe are among the homeowners there, though their homes had not been destroyed and neither was in the area Thursday night, their publicists told the AP.
Jetting out of town solo, Paris Hilton was spotted out for an early morning flight out of Los Angeles on Friday (November 14).
Sporting a casual ensemble, the hotel heiress was all smiles as she showed up at LAX Airport with McDonald’s breakfast in-hand, prying past paparazzi to the security checkpoint.
Meanwhile, the “My New BFF” starlet and her rocker beau Benji Madden will be teaming up for a trip to Sydney on New Year’s Eve, as they were just recently was announced to be the star guests at the launch of a new online social networking system, Bongo Virus.
Of the event, Hilton told press, “I love the idea ... Sydney is going to go off this New Year’s Eve ... I can’t wait to be partying with the Aussies and Benji deejaying by my side.”