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Posted on: Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Final arguments made in Rain trial

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A lawyer told federal jurors that South Korean pop star Rain and his handlers "acted disgracefully" in allowing a Hawai'i promoter to continue working and spending thousands for a concert they never intended to perform.

Attorneys on both sides presented closing arguments yesterday in a civil trial over the cancellation of Rain's scheduled 2007 concert in Honolulu, for which fans paid as much as $300 for a ticket.

Hawai'i-based Click Entertainment Inc. alleges Rain and his managers breached a contract and defrauded it of nearly $1.5 million in event expenses.

Jon Crocker, lead attorney for Rain and his former agency JYP Entertainment, said his clients fulfilled their obligations, alleging that other promoters and Click were responsible for the cancellation.

RICHARDSON HURT LEARNING TO SKI

MONTREAL British actress Natasha Richardson was hospitalized after falling on a beginners' trail at the Mont Tremblant ski resort during a lesson, the resort and published reports said yesterday.

www.IrishCentral.com reported that the Tony Award-winning actress and wife of Liam Neeson was in critical condition with a head injury.

She was treated at Sacre-Coeur Hospital in Montreal Monday night and arrived in New York yesterday, said a person close to the family.

Richardson, 45, a daughter of Oscar-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave and late director Tony Richardson, is part of a British theatrical dynasty.

MR. MAGOO'S CREATOR DIES AT 92

LOS ANGELES Screenwriter Millard Kaufman, who co-created the cartoon character Mr. Magoo, was nominated for Oscars for his screenplays for "Take the High Ground!" and "Bad Day at Black Rock," and won a cult following as a first-time novelist at age 90, has died. He was 92.

Kaufman died Saturday of heart failure, said a spokeswoman for McSweeney's Publishing, which published his 2007 novel "Bowl of Cherries."

In 1949, he wrote the screenplay for the short film "Ragtime Bear," the first appearance of Mr. Magoo (voiced by "Gilligan's Island" actor Jim Backus), who gets into constant trouble because of his bad eyesight, which he refuses to acknowledge.

AMY WINEHOUSE TRIAL SET FOR JULY

LONDON Singer Amy Winehouse has pleaded not guilty to assaulting a fan at a party last year.

The headline-grabbing diva posed for photographers before entering a London court hearing yesterday.

The 25-year-old is accused of attacking a fan who tried to take her picture at a London charity ball Sept. 26.

Winehouse's trial was set for July and she was released on unconditional bail.