Charges against two men accused of beating the former editor of hip-hop magazine Blaze have been dropped because the journalist would not testify against them. Producer Deric "D-Dot" Angellettie and Anthony Hubbard had been charged with assaulting Jesse Washington in his office last November. A judge dismissed the charges at the request of prosecutors, who said Washington didn't explain why he wanted to abandon the case. Just after the beating, Washington had said he believed Angellettie was angry because Blaze identified him as the Madd Rapper, a performer who recorded songs anonymously. Washington, a former assistant bureau chief for the Associated Press in New York, was dismissed from Blaze in March in a dispute with his employers over editorial policies. . . .
Rammstein frontman Till Lindemann and keyboardist Flake Lorenz were arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious behavior Saturday night after a concert in Worcester, Mass. The portion of the show that led to the arrest? Lindemann simulated a sex act with Lorenz. Both men remain fully clothed during the act. A spokesperson for Rammstein told MTV News, "While they strongly deny any criminal wrongdoing, they have retained local counsel." The pair were released on Sunday; a trial date has not been set. . . .
Mighty Mighty Bosstones frontman Dicky Barrett is in negotiations to portray seminal rocker Bill Haley in "Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story," a CBS miniseries set during the early days of rock-and-roll. According to a report in Variety, Barrett would also lend his voice to a cover version of the miniseries title track, a Top 20 hit for Haley in 1954. Aside from using songs from that era, producers are also planning to incorporate new material from Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, B.B. King, Carole King, Graham Nash, and Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.