Lindsay Rejects Plea Deal, Chooses To Stand Trial

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Today was the deadline for Lindsay Lohan to accept a plea deal in her grand theft case, and her lawyer says she’s opted to go to trial. She’s avoided a months-long jail sentence for the time being, but if a judge rules there’s enough evidence for Lindsay to stand trial, she could be sent to jail immediately for a probation violation. Her next court date is on April 22. [AP]

Elizabeth Taylor‘s son Michael Wilding release this statement on behalf of the family: “My Mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love. Though her loss is devastating to those of us who held her so close and so dear, we will always be inspired by her enduring contribution to our world. Her remarkable body of work in film, her ongoing success as a businesswoman, and her brave and relentless advocacy in the fight against HIV/AIDS, all make us all incredibly proud of what she accomplished. We know, quite simply, that the world is a better place for Mom having lived in it. Her legacy will never fade, her spirit will always be with us, and her love will live forever in our hearts.” [Radar]
Elton John said, “We have just lost a Hollywood giant. More importantly, we have lost an incredible human being.” [People]
Madonna said, “I am so sorry to hear that this great legend has passed … I admired and respected her not only as an actress but for her amazing and inspiring work as an AIDS activist. She was one of a kind.” [Us]
Debbie Reynolds said she spoke to Taylor two weeks ago on the phone. “I said, ‘Getting old is really shit,'” said Reynolds. “And she said, ‘It certainly is. It certainly is, Debbie. This is really tough.’ I said, ‘Well, you just hang in there now, Elizabeth,’ and she said, ‘I’m really trying.” She added, “God bless her, she’s on to a better place. I’m happy that she’s out of her pain because she was in a lot of pain.” [People]
Us magazine is claiming that their recent “25 Things You Don’t Know About Me” article was Taylor‘s final interview. [Us]
Horrible: The Westboro Baptist Church is planning to protest at Taylor‘s funeral. [TMZ]

Today on GMA Robin Roberts said Chris Brown was told she was going to ask about Rihanna in her interview. She said of his tantrum, “I was shocked, like everybody else, because we’ve had a wonderful relationship. I’ve spent time with him… at his home. He was very gracious and we had a very easy conversation. You saw me laughing during the interview because when he was doing that I thought he was joking about some things because of the easy relationship that we have, and I’m glad that we’ve extended an invitation, we’d love to have him back, and that he’s seriously considering that.” [Radar]
Chris‘ mom/manager Joyce Hawkins is reportedly angry about his behavior on GMA. “Joyce spoke with Chris immediately after he left the studio in midtown,” says a source. “She was very, very upset with him … She reminded Chris about how hard he had worked on the album, and Joyce didn’t seem distressed about the line of questioning that Robyn Roberts gave him regarding Rihanna. Joyce told Chris not to lose his cool again, that is what people expect him to do.” [Radar]
Chris will still perform on Dancing With The Stars next week and cast members have been ordered not to talk to the press about his appearance. [Radar]

Michael Lohan has been formally charged with one count of domestic violence against his ex Kate Major. [People]
Michael claims Kate attacked him and said he’s going to try to have her arrested. “I want to also have her charged with assault with a deadly weapon — she cut me with something— domestic assault and trespassing,” he said. [Radar]

Gwen Stefani donated $1 million to Save the Children’s Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Children in Emergency Fun. She said, “I’ve been inspired by Japan for many years and have a true love, appreciation and respect for the Japanese people and their culture. The disaster in Japan is beyond heartbreaking and I want to do anything I can to help. I would never be able to make a gesture like this without the love and support of all the fans over all these years.” [ONTD]

  • Here’s the intro to the Lauren Conrad reality show that MTV didn’t pick up. [Popsugar]
  • Ugh. George Lopez is the worst. Last night he said of Kirstie Alley‘s awesome Dancing With the Stars performance, “She did a nice job … Her little hooves tapping away.” He added, “Before the show she went to the market. And then she had roast beef. And this is her going all the way home … wheeeee!” [Radar]
  • Matt Damon says of his makeout sessions with Michael Douglas in Liberace, “It’s scripted that there’s more than one.” [E!]
  • Sarah Silverman says that Charlie Sheen made a joke about her during his surprise appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, but it was edited out. “He said, ‘Oh by the way’, right before he left he said something like, ‘Oh by the way, that whore Sarah Silverman left this at my house.’ and he put like a toothbrush, slammed a toothbrush on the desk,” says Sarah. “Personally I think that’s funny. I mean I think I would be … I would have a lot of nerve to get offended by that or anything.” She adds that “it didn’t make sense” because she and Kimmel “haven’t been together in like, two years.” [Radar]
  • Lady Gaga on why she’s only tattooed on one side of her body: “It was actually per my father’s request. He asked that I remain, on one side, slightly normal. So I only have my tattoos on my left side. I think he sees this as my Marilyn Monroe side and he sees this as my Iggy Pop side.” [Rolling Stone]
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