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Posted on Wed. Dec. 04, 2013 - 12:17 am EDT


France charges Dylan

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French authorities have filed preliminary charges against Bob Dylan over a 2012 interview in which he is quoted comparing Croatians to Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan.

Paris prosecutor’s office spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre said Tuesday the charges of “public insult and inciting hate” were filed in mid-November.

The charges stemmed from a lawsuit by a Croatian community group in France over an interview in Rolling Stone magazine. A lawyer for the group, Ivan Jurasinovic, says they are not seeking monetary damages but only want the legendary singer to apologize to the Croatian people for the comments.

France has strict laws punishing hate speech and racist remarks.

Rapper indicted

Atlanta-based rapper Gucci Mane is facing federal firearms charges after authorities say he was found in possession of guns on two occasions.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Atlanta said Tuesday that Gucci Mane, whose real name is Radric Davis, faces two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon. Prosecutors say Davis, who’s 33, was indicted by a federal grand jury Nov. 19.

Prosecutors say Davis, who was a felon at the time, was found to have a gun Sept. 12 and was found to have a different gun in his possession two days later, on Sept. 14.

Divorce final

A Los Angeles judge has finalized Diane Lane and Josh Brolin’s divorce.

Court records show that the couple’s divorce judgment was entered by a court Wednesday. The pair were married for more than eight years when they filed for divorce in February.

No details of any financial settlement were filed with the court.

Prince to perform

Next year’s Essence Festival is getting a dose of music royalty from Prince.

The “Purple Rain” singer-songwriter is headlining the 20th annual Essence, a celebration of black music and culture from July 3 to 6 in New Orleans.

Organizers said the rest of the lineup will be announced later.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Game-show host Wink Martindale is 80. Singer Freddy Cannon is 77. Bassist Bob Mosley is 71. Actor Jeff Bridges is 64. Actress Patricia Wettig is 62. Singer Cassandra Wilson is 58. Actress Chelsea Noble is 49. Actress Marisa Tomei is 49. Comedian Fred Armisen is 47. Rapper Jay Z is 44. Actor Kevin Sussman is 43. Model Tyra Banks is 40. Singer Lila McCann is 32.

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