- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Brown won’t do time

A Los Angeles judge says Chris Brown must serve five years of probation and perform six months of community labor for beating pop star Rihanna.

The 20-year-old appeared in court Tuesday afternoon to be formally sentenced for the February attack on his then-girlfriend.

Brown’s sentence will be served in his home state of Virginia, Associated Press reports. He will have to return to Los Angeles frequently to update a judge on his progress.

He was arrested hours after the February attack and pleaded guilty to felony assault in June. The singer apologized to fans in a video and said he has apologized to Rihanna, who did not appear at Tuesday’s sentencing.

The judge says the chief of police in Richmond will supervise Brown’s community labor directly.

Kiss and tell

Why would anyone claim to have had an affair with Bernard Madoff, one of the country’s most despised men?

For the payday, of course.

Speaking publicly for the first time, self-professed Madoff mistress Sheryl Weinstein admitted she wrote “Madoff’s Other Secret: Love, Money, Bernie and Me” to recoup the cash she lost in her lover’s Ponzi scheme, the New York Daily News reports.

“I don’t have any art. I don’t have any jewelry,” Mrs. Weinstein told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “What I have to sell is my story.”

Mrs. Weinstein, who claims she had a 21-year affair with the swindler, contends Madoff fell in love with her - which surprised them both.

“He really got into it more emotionally than he expected,” Mrs. Weinstein said. “I think he loved me and was very afraid of that type of connection.”

The pair met more than 20 years ago while Mrs. Weinstein was chief financial officer for the Jewish charity Hadassah, one of the hundreds of charitable organizations that lost millions to Madoff. Mrs. Weinstein, who has been married for 37 years, described Madoff far differently from the dour, beaten man seen at court appearances since his mutlibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme crumbled last year.

He was a “good kisser,” she said, who gave her a “welcoming smile” she would “never forget” the moment they met. She even came up with a code name for him - “Mr. Winky Dink” - based on his nervous blinking.

Still, Madoff was “petrified” that his long-suffering wife, Ruth, would find out about the affair. Mrs. Weinstein said she now realizes his concern was about more than marital fidelity.

“Divorces or something like that leads to books being opened, and something might come out,” she said, suggesting he didn’t want his scheme unearthed.

Madoff’s lawyer, Ira Sorkin, has steadfastly denied that his client had an affair with Mrs. Weinstein, the Daily News reported.

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

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