Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

People; Entertainment

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

People; Entertainment

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'Idol' finalist found in contempt

A judge has found former "American Idol" finalist LaKisha Jones guilty of civil contempt for failing to pay her father's nursing home bills.

Jones, of Flint, Mich., finished fourth in 2007 on the TV talent show and performed on Broadway in "The Color Purple."

The Flint Journal says Genesee County Probate Judge Jennie Barkey on Tuesday found Jones in contempt for not paying Lonnie Jones' bills, leading to his involuntary transfer from one home and balances at the new home.

LaKisha Jones, 34, received guardianship of her father, 68, in 2012 after his stroke.

She says she used his Social Security check for his rent and his other living costs, adding that she "didn't steal" his money.

The judge says Jones has 60 days to pay up or risk jail.

Bieber's security guard speaks out * A security guard for Justin Bieber admitted to taking a camera from a photographer but told officers he wanted only to delete photos taken outside an arcade the singer had visited, according to police documents released Wednesday.

Photographer Jason Winslow was in a parking lot outside the Sandy Springs, Ga., Funhouse family entertainment complex when security guard Hugo Hesny told him to leave, according to a police report. Winslow continued to shoot photos from farther away. Hesny then chased him, cut him off, opened the door of Winslow's vehicle, took Winslow's camera and drove away, the photographer told police.

Hesny, 32, of Davie, Fla., is charged with robbery by snatch, Sandy Springs police Capt. Steve Rose said. He is scheduled to appear in court today in Atlanta.

An attorney for Hesny, Elias Hilal of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., said Wednesday that he hasn't had an opportunity to review the police reports.

A representative for Bieber did not immediately return an email seeking comment Wednesday.

Affleck turns attention to Congo * Academy award-winner Ben Affleck understands that celebrity is a double-edged sword, helping him draw attention to the strife and suffering in the Congo while attracting skeptics dismissive of Hollywood stars and causes.

So the actor and director did a self-described tutorial before launching the Eastern Congo Initiative four years ago, a nonprofit advocacy group dedicated to peace and prosperity in the region. …

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