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UPI Entertainment Report

June 26, 2007 at 2:12 PM   |   Comments

Wrestler Benoit in double murder-suicide

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga., June 26 (UPI) -- WWE wrestler Chris Benoit died by suicide after killing his wife and 7-year-old son in their Fayetteville, Ga., home, sheriff's investigators said.

At a news conference Monday night, the Fayette County Sheriff's Department and District Attorney Scott Ballard ruled the deaths a double homicide and suicide, but released few other details.

The bodies of Benoit, 40; his wife Nancy, 43; and their son, Daniel, were found Monday afternoon after WWE officials asked them to check on the family, the WWE said on its Web site.

Benoit failed to appear at two Texas events over the weekend. The report said Benoit initially said he had a family emergency but then friends contacted the WWE, saying they had received unusual text messages from the wrestler, which prompted the call to police, the WWE said.

The three bodies were sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime lab, in Decatur, Ga., where autopsies were scheduled.


Paris Hilton a free woman

LYNWOOD, Calif., June 26 (UPI) -- Socialite jailbird Paris Hilton was sprung from her cage in California Tuesday having served 23 days behind bars for a probation violation.

Hilton, sporting jeans, a white shirt and green jacket, was swarmed by reporters and photographers when she left the Century Regional Detention Center in Lynwood, Calif., shortly after midnight, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Hilton, who was sent to jail for driving while her license was revoked for an alcohol-related reckless driving conviction, departed with her parents in their black Escalade after waving a few times and saying "Hi" to those on hand, the newspaper said.

Next stop -- an interview with CNN's Larry King Wednesday.


Moore defends Guantanamo Bay stunt

NEW YORK, June 26 (UPI) -- U.S. filmmaker Michael Moore is defending his decision to film in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, claiming it was done in the name of journalism.

The U.S. government is investigating Moore after the filmmaker ferried several ailing 9/11 rescue workers to the U.S. naval base as part of his new movie, "Sicko."

Moore said he was trying to make the point that the base is the only place on U.S. soil to offer universal healthcare. He also argued that al-Qaida detainees are being treated better by the government than heroes who risked their lives at Ground Zero.

However, government officials contend that in doing so, Moore violated the long-standing U.S. embargo with Cuba.

"We have responded to the government saying that we did not break the law; that this was a work of journalism," Moore told reporters in New York. "They want us to name the names of the people we took there. I won't do that. And we've taken the necessary precautions to protect the negative of the film, so that it can't be confiscated and the next move is theirs."


Jolie: 'I know I can't help everybody'

NEW YORK, June 26 (UPI) -- U.S. actress and humanitarian aid worker Angelina Jolie says it took her a while to realize she won't be able to change the life of everyone she meets.

"I know I can't help everybody ... I started traveling six years ago abroad and, the first two years, I did nothing but cry for everybody," Jolie told UPI in New York recently.

"I was crying for everybody constantly. And then I spent two years just feeling completely hopeless, like the problem was too big. And then I started to just get angry and decided there are things that we can do."

Jolie said the key was figuring out where to focus her energy.

"Everybody finds their way," she said. "I do work with building schools and wells and all that, but I focus less on that now and I'm working more toward policy change because I realize that (there's a) bigger picture that we have to address sooner or later. As much as I'd love to just do field work, I might be best useful trying to change a law or focus on something else."

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