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Suspects Nabbed in Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan Robberies

James Hirsen By Tuesday, 27 October 2009 03:49 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):
1. Suspects Nabbed in Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan Robberies
2. New Reality Show for Alleged Hollywood Burglar?
3. Saudis Sentence Female Journalist for Role in Television Show
4. Prince Albert Trying to Avoid ‘Letterman’ Dilemma
5. Spain Labels ‘Saw VI’ Porn

1. Suspects Nabbed in Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan Robberies

A mix of celebrity obsession and serial crime has created a Hollywood-sized mystery for the police to solve.

Tabloid stars including Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan were Tinseltown targets of a crime spree.

An investigation led police to some mostly female teenage reform school alumni who allegedly stole millions in cash and jewels from various Hollywood mansions.

The young suspects obtained celebrity addresses, property images, and even schedules through use of the Internet, according to People magazine.

Two million dollars worth of jewelry was taken from Hilton's residence in December 2008. Lohan lost $128,000 in cash and designer clothes in August 2009.

In July 2009 “Pirates of the Caribbean” star Orlando Bloom was depleted of $500,000 in jewels and art. And in February 2009, “Hills" star Audrina Partridge had $43,000 in jewels pilfered.

The alleged teen burglars are also believed to have hit the homes of Rachel Bilson of “The O.C.” and Hayden Panettiere of “Heroes.”

Eighteen-year-old Rachel Lee is the alleged ringleader. She was arrested at her father's Las Vegas home. The police seized laptops, photographs, more than 200 hundred-dollar bills, a Korean passport and a vial of marijuana during a search at the arrest site, according to TMZ.

The investigation also yielded items directly linked to the Hollywood burglaries including Lohan's hat, Bilson's jeans and “partially nude photographs linked to Paris Hilton.”

Lee reportedly told police, "Hypothetically, let's say I might know where this property is located and who has it. How could this help me?” KVVU-TV reported.

Lee graduated from the Indian Hills High School for troubled teens, a reform school for wealthy teens located in the upscale Los Angeles community of Calabasas. Her alleged partners in crime, Courtney Ames, 18, Diana Tamayo, 19, and Nicholas Prugo,18, are alumni of the same school.

Another one of alleged perpetrators, Alexis Neiers, 18, is the sister of Playboy model Tess Taylor. She and her sister were working on a reality show.

Lee, Ames, and Neiers have been freed on $50,000 bail each, while Tamayo remains in custody on an immigration hold.

Another Calabasas man, a bartender named Roy Lopez, 27, was also arrested in connection with the crimes.

So far, Prugo is the only suspect formally charged.

He was slapped with two counts of first-degree burglary for the Lohan and Partridge heists and freed on $100,000 bail. He faces six years in prison.

2. New Reality Show for Alleged Hollywood Burglar?

Alexis Neirs is one of the rich reform school teens arrested for the alleged burglaries of the homes of Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, and others.

Neirs is in a reality show pilot with the E! channel, according to Access Hollywood.

“The Arlington family, including Alexis Neirs, are the subject of a pilot for E!,” the cable network indicated in a statement.

“Shooting began several days ago and will continue for the next few weeks. We are concerned by recent events, awaiting further details and will be monitoring the situation closely,” the statement additionally indicated.

Neirs' sister is Playboy model Tess Taylor, who tweeted about the show in August 2009.

“Holy f***balls!!! We just got OFFICIALLY picked up by E!” Tess wrote.

3. Saudis Sentence Female Journalist for Role in Television Show

Here in the U.S. we have a lot to complain about when it comes to our news media. But at the most we give journalists some verbal criticism. Not so in Saudi Arabia.

A Saudi court gave Saudi journalist Rozanna al-Yami a sentence of 60 lashes for her role on a television show that featured a Saudi man talking about his sex life and showing sex-related paraphernalia on the air.

Al-Yami is 22 years of age. She allegedly assisted with the organization and online advertising of the program.

According to al-Yami, the sentence was given “as a deterrence.” Reportedly no Saudi woman journalist has received such a punishment before.

The male guest on the show was sentenced to five years in prison and 1,000 lashes, while three other male guests were sentenced to two years in jail and 300 lashes each.

The government also shut down two offices belonging to the Lebanese LBC satellite channel that aired the show.

4. Prince Albert Trying to Avoid ‘Letterman’ Dilemma

Heads up to Hollywood screenwriters.

A real life plot line is developing that may exceed the imagination of even the most creative of fiction writers.

The lead cast member is one of the world's most eligible bachelors, a man who is about to become Monaco’s ruling monarch.

Prince Albert has been trying to avoid the kind of extortion attempt that TV talk host David Letterman allegedly suffered.

The royal evidently retained former undercover FBI operative Robert Eringer to enlist his help in finding potential dirt that his enemies might be able to use against him.

But the espionage veteran ended up becoming Prince Albert’s worst nightmare.

In addition to his spying activities, Eringer has worked as a journalist. Interestingly, he also writes fiction in the espionage genre.

Eringer was employed by Prince Albert as an in-house spy between 2002 and 2007.

Reportedly, while engaging in his investigative work for the prince, Eringer discovered one of the young monarch’s associates with a video recording of a woman engaged in a sexual act with the prince as part of a 40th birthday bash.

The former FBI operative has filed a lawsuit against Prince Albert claiming that the prince owes him hundreds of thousands of dollars. The aforementioned video recording is disclosed in the suit papers that have been obtained by The Times of London.

Stanley Arkin, the prince’s lawyer, claims Eringer is trying to “extort” money from his client.

Prince Albert is the only son of Grace Kelly, the American actress who left Hollywood to become a real-life princess.

5. Spain Labels ‘Saw VI’ Porn

The plotless, torture-filled “Saw VI” film was bludgeoned at the box-office this weekend by “Paranormal Activity,” a flick that cost about $15,000 to produce. But that's not the end of "Saw's" woes.

"Paranormal" was No. 1 with $22 million as opposed to the disappointing $14.8 million for the “Saw VI” debut, the worst opening ever for Lionsgate's “Saw” series.

Despite expanding nationally, the independent film is on 36 percent fewer screens than the “Saw” movie. “Paranormal” was shown in 1,945 theaters compared to the 3,036 theaters that featured “Saw VI.”

“Paranormal” has taken in an astounding $62.5 million as of this writing.

Meanwhile the “Saw” franchise is having problems overseas.

The Spanish Culture Ministry's Film Institute recently gave “Saw VI” an X-rating because of its malevolent explicit extreme violence. It will now be shown in pornographic film theaters, where it belongs, I might add.

The X-rating prevents a wide release of the film since it cannot be shown in commercial theaters. It will only be allowed in the eight theaters in Spain that feature X-rated films.

This is the first time the Spanish ratings commission has designated a movie X-rated because of violence.

The distributor, Buenavista, has filed an appeal of the decision.

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Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):1. Suspects Nabbed in Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan Robberies 2. New Reality Show for Alleged Hollywood Burglar?3. Saudis Sentence Female Journalist for Role in Television Show4. Prince Albert Trying to Avoid Letterman Dilemma 5....
Tuesday, 27 October 2009 03:49 PM
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