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June 16, 2006

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Prosecutors won't charge Moss on cocaine allegations

London - British prosecutors said they will not charge Kate Moss on allegations of cocaine use in a west London music studio last year.

The Daily Mirror published pictures in September of the 32-year-old supermodel apparently using cocaine in a studio where her then-boyfriend, Pete Doherty, was recording with his group Babyshambles.

On Thursday, the Crown Prosecution Service said there was "insufficient evidence" to charge Moss.

Rene Barclay, the CPS' London director of serious casework, said there was an "absolutely clear indication" that Moss had been using an illegal substance.

"However, in the absence of any forensic evidence, or direct eyewitness evidence about the substance in question, its precise nature could not be established," he said.

Appeals court holds up conviction of rocker Glitter

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - An appeals court has upheld the child molestation conviction and three-year prison sentence for former British glam rocker Gary Glitter.

The court "rejects the appeal of the accused and sentences him to three years in prison for obscene acts with children," said Judge Truong Vinh Thuy of the People's Supreme Court of Vietnam.

Glitter, 62, was found guilty March 3 of committing obscene acts with girls ages 10 and 11 at his rented seaside villa in southern Vietnam.

Standing before the judge Thursday, he shook his head several times as he listened to a court translator during the 40-minute reading of the court's decision.

"There was no defense allowed!" he screamed to reporters as he left the courthouse.

"I didn't do anything!" he said and yelled an obscenity at journalists before he was driven away in a police truck.

'Idol' singer Ruben Studdard awarded $2 million in suit

Birmingham, Ala. - "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard has been awarded $2 million in his lawsuit against his ex-manager for misappropriating the singer's money and credit cards.

Studdard, 26, of Birmingham, won the television talent show in 2003 and filed suit last year against ex-manager Ronald W. Edwards and Edwards' promotions company, Sez Inc.

Jefferson County Circuit Judge Scott Vowell on Thursday awarded Studdard $500,000 for his actual losses and another $1.5 million in punitive damages, The Birmingham News reported Thursday on its Web site.

Vowell dismissed Edwards' promotions company from the suit because it was bankrupt and had no assets. Edwards filed a petition for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on June 17, 2005.

The suit claimed Edwards misused more than $246,000 of the singer's money.

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