- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Prowling the park

CNN reporter Richard Quest has been ordered to undergo six months of counseling after being arrested Friday in New York’s Central Park for possession of drugs. Mr. Quest, 46, was arrested after violating the park’s 1 a.m. curfew.

Police spokesman John Grimphel said officers discovered a plastic bag containing what was believed to be methamphetamine in his pocket.

Mr Quest’s lawyer told BBC News that his client was unaware of the curfew.

State Judge Anthony Ferrara told Mr. Quest the case would be dismissed if he submitted to drug counseling.

Mr Quest, who is a British citizen, is a well-known business news reporter on CNN International and hosts CNN Business Traveler and his own feature program, called “Quest.”

Ray Charles’ legacy

Ray Charles’ children are accusing his longtime manager of mismanaging his estate and tarnishing his legacy by releasing two posthumous CDs the late singer never would have approved.

In claims outlined Sunday in the Los Angeles Times, several of Mr. Charles’ 12 children accused Joe Adams of holding too much power over Ray Charles Enterprises and the Ray Charles Foundation and excluding them from business dealings. They’re seeking a formal investigation and audit looking into their father’s estate, trusts and foundation for possible wrongdoing.

Professional estimates place the value of Mr. Charles’ musical recordings at about $25 million, plus $50 million in other assets.

In a federal lawsuit, Mary Anne Den Bok, the mother of Mr. Charles’ youngest child, claims that Mr. Adams, 86, was paid nearly $1.2 million in “improper compensation” in 2005 and 2006 and that some of Mr. Charles’ master recordings may have been sold.

Mr. Adams’ spokesman, Jerry Digney, has called the assertions “old, baseless allegations.”

Hell to pay

Hells Angels motorcycle club founder Sonny Barger has sued HBO, claiming the pay cable network cut him out of an upcoming pilot he helped develop.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the series “1 Percent” was originally set at an Arizona chapter of the fictional Death Rangers and features a biker, Misfit, sent in from a Northern California chapter to bring it under control.

HBO is getting ready to start production on the show, which will feature Donal Logue as Misfit.

Mr. Barger claims in the lawsuit that he and the show’s executive producer and writer, Michael Tolkin, pitched HBO on a motorcycle club-centered series.

Mr. Barger’s suit claims that a character later introduced by Mr. Tolkin too closely resembles him and that some actual place names used in the script were “too identifiably associated with Sonny Barger and the Hells Angels.”

Mr. Barger also wants compensation for what he calls the exploitation of his publicity rights.

13 for luck

Madonna set a record Sunday by topping the British singles charts with her 13th No. 1 single — the most by any female solo artist.

Her new track, “4 Minutes,” which features Justin Timberlake, pushed Estelle’s “American Boy,” featuring Kanye West, into second position. “Boy” had dominated the charts for the preceding four weeks.

The 49-year-old pop diva’s 13 British chart-topping singles are nearly twice as many as the next-closest female solo artist, Kylie Minogue, who has seven.

Compiled by Kevin Chaffee from wire reports.

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