- The Washington Times - Monday, April 21, 2008

Foxy freed

Family and fans greeted Foxy Brown Friday after the rapper was released from the Rikers Island jail after serving an eight-month sentence.

“The first place I want to go is church. I’ve got to get on my knees,” Miss Brown told Associated Press.

Instead, Miss Brown, 29, went shopping in Harlem, had some soul food and was driven to her childhood home in Brooklyn in a white Rolls Royce Phantom.

“I did almost a year in prison, a year in prison, just because my name is Foxy Brown,” she said.

Miss Brown, whose real name is Ingrid Marchand, was sentenced in September 2007 to a year in jail for violating the terms of her probation after she was accused of hitting a woman with a cell phone. She was on probation at the time for an August 2004 attack on two manicurists at a Manhattan nail salon. She pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault in the 2004 incident.

Known for her saucy outfits and racy lyrics, Miss Brown also is known for her albums “Ill Na Na” and “Chyna Doll.”

Star unhurt in crash

Sandra Bullock and her husband, Jesse James of TV’s “Monster Garage,” were unhurt after a head-on crash with a drunken driver in Gloucester, Mass., police said Saturday.

The couple were being driven in a sport utility vehicle Friday night when a station wagon crossed the center line and hit them, said Gloucester police Lt. Jerry Cook. Both vehicles were totaled, but no one was hurt. The vehicles were traveling 15 to 20 mph, Lt. Cook said.

The other car was driven by Lucille Gatchell, who registered a blood alcohol level of 0.20 percent, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent, Lt. Cook said. She is to be arraigned Tuesday in Gloucester District Court.

Miss Bullock, 43, was “gracious” and concerned about whether Ms. Gatchell was OK, Lt. Cook said.

The actress, who starred in such films as “Speed” and “Miss Congeniality,” is in Massachusetts filming the romantic comedy “The Proposal.”

Suit dismissed

A Pontiac, Mich., jury has dismissed a $25,000 lawsuit against Kid Rock brought by a woman who claimed the rocker roughed her up outside his Michigan recording studio.

Kelly Ann Kozlowski, 29, sued Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie, after the incident last year in Clarkston. Mich. Authorities investigated but did not bring charges.

Kid Rock’s attorney, William Horton, says he and his client are pleased. Miss Kozlowski’s attorney, Scott Norton, says he’ll appeal.

Dry Another Day

The car being used in the latest James Bond film plunged into a lake in northern Italy while being driven to the set.

Producers say the driver of the Aston Martin was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. They say James Bond’s iconic car was being delivered to the filming unit in heavy rain on Saturday morning when it went off the road and plunged into Lake Garda.

Italian state TV has shown footage of the smashed black car being hoisted out of the water.

“Quantum of Solace” is the newest film in the 007 series. It stars Daniel Craig and is due for release later this year.

Compiled by Kevin Chaffee from wire reports.

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