- The Washington Times - Monday, May 7, 2007

Ty in slammer for DUI

Ty Pennington, host of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” was arrested on a misdemeanor charge this weekend, Associated Press reports.

The celebrity handyman, 42, was booked on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol and drugs while driving, TMZ.com reported. He was arrested shortly after 12:30 a.m. Saturday by the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Traffic Division.

Mr. Pennington was released two hours later after posting $5,000 bail and was due back in court June 4, according to the Web site. Los Angeles police officials said they had no further information. A phone message left with Mr. Pennington’s manager, Bill Stankey, wasn’t immediately returned.

Usher lets mom go

Usher’s mother has been his manager since he was a teen, but now the superstar says he wants her to be just “Mom.”

The 28-year-old Grammy winner yesterday confirmed that Jonnetta Patton is no longer in charge of his career, but denied long-standing rumors that she will be replaced by his fiance, celebrity stylist Tameka Foster, 38.

Crying foul

Celebutante Paris Hilton is calling her 45-day jail term for a driving-related offense as cruel and unwarranted, Reuters news agency reports.

Miss Hilton, 26, was sentenced on Friday to 45 days in jail after Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Sauer ruled she knowingly violated her probation on a previous traffic offense by driving without a valid license. He rejected the socialite’s defense that she didn’t realize her license was suspended and ordered her to report to a county detention facility on June 5.

Her lawyer, Howard Weitzman, said he will appeal “to modify the sentence.”

Meanwhile, Miss Hilton has parted ways with Elliot Mintz, her longtime manager, whom she blamed for the events that led to her jail sentence. According to TMZ.com, Mr. Mintz said he accepted the blame for the “misunderstanding.”

“I am deeply and profoundly sorry,” Mr. Mintz said. “Paris is a wonderful person and does not deserve the punishment that was handed down by the court.”

Not everyone agrees.

Unnamed sources told TMZ.com that Judge Sauer entered the St. Brendan church in Los Angeles on Sunday and was greeted with a standing ovation by the congregation.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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