Names & Faces: Chris Brown, Ted Kennedy, Steven Seagal, Magic Johnson and More
Counseling Chris Brown
Chris Brown will undergo domestic-violence counseling with Commonwealth Catholic Charities in Richmond, the organization has confirmed.
"Commonwealth Catholic Charities has been working with Brown's attorney to ensure that the service being provided by the agency meet court and probation officer approval," Executive Director Joanne Nattrass said in a statement. "As a matter of policy and practice, details of services provided by CCC to individual clients are strictly confidential."
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Brown will complete 52 hours of counseling at CCC. In a brief interview with that paper, Nattrass said details about Brown's treatment -- such as a start date -- haven't been worked out.
Brown was sentenced on Tuesday to five years' probation and six months' community labor in Virginia for beating his then-girlfriend, Rihanna, in Los Angeles in February (he was ordered not to contact her for the next five years). Brown must also complete a year of domestic-violence counseling. Details about his community labor have not been disclosed.
Brown has a home in Montpelier and is a native of Tappahannock, the Times-Dispatch reports.
Kennedy Portrait Goes Up
The National Portrait Gallery has installed an Andy Warhol portrait of Sen. Edward Kennedy, who died Tuesday after battling brain cancer.
The portrait, created in 1980 to raise funds for Kennedy's ultimately unsuccessful campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, features a silk-screened black-and-white image of Kennedy, outlined with freehand red and blue lines. It will hang in a special first-floor gallery "that is designated for remembrance of recently deceased individuals," according to a statement.
The gallery acquired the portrait in 2000.
Seagal's Show in Dispute
We rarely pass up an opportunity to write about Steven Seagal. So we were intrigued to hear that he's got a reality TV show in the works -- and, for good measure, two companies are fighting over it.
A&E Television Networks has sued Genuine Entertainment, an independent production company, claiming that Genuine has wrongly accused A&E of stealing the idea for "Steven Seagal: Lawman." A rep for Genuine had proposed ideas for a Seagal-based reality show at a series of meetings with A&E in 2007 -- but those ideas were different than A&E's ultimate show, the lawsuit claims.
Then it gets kind of he-said, she-said: A&E says Genuine lied about Seagal's availability, claiming he would work on a show for only Genuine. So A&E approached Seagal directly and made a deal. Earlier this month, Genuine demanded money from A&E and threatened to file for breach of contract.
In any case, "Lawman" is due to air on A&E later this year, Reuters reports. The show focuses on the 57-year-old actor's real-life experiences, including his time as a sheriff's deputy in Louisiana.
Spotted: Magic Johnson walking into the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Woodley Park on Thursday morning. The former NBA star (black suit, several inches taller than everyone around him) was in town to give a keynote speech at the Minority Business Development Agency conference, held at the Shoreham through Friday. . . . White House Deputy Chief of Staff Mona Sutphen at a party in the W Hotel's rooftop lounge Wednesday night. On the terrace nearby, White House Social Secretary Desirée Rogers was having what looked to be a business meeting.
Quoted: "I cannot condemn myself to be his wetnurse and I cannot stop him from making himself ridiculous before the world." -- a quote from "Veronica's Way," a new book by Silvio Berlusconi's estranged wife, Veronica Lario. This spring, Lario demanded a divorce from the Italian prime minister, accusing him of filling his Cabinet with only young, attractive women and "frequenting minors," Reuters reports.
-- Marissa Newhall, from staff, wire and Web reports