The man accused of breaking into LL Cool J’s home has pleaded not guilty to a felony burglary charge.
Jonathan E. Kirby appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday morning and entered the plea.
Kirby was arrested after the actor-rapper subdued him in his home early Aug. 22, breaking the 56-year-old’s jaw, nose and ribs in the process. He was later charged with felony residential burglary and faces 38 years to life in prison if convicted because of his lengthy criminal history.
Cause for fire
Investigators have determined that a fire at filmmaker Tyler Perry’s Atlanta studios was caused by careless smoking.
Capt. Marian McDaniel is with the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department. McDaniel said Tuesday that no criminal charges were pending.
The fire broke out Monday morning on the roof of a building undergoing repairs. It took firefighters about an hour to get the fire under control.
Couric books guests
Katie Couric says a guest on her upcoming talk show will be Aimee Copeland, the Georgia woman who survived a rare flesh-eating disease.
Copeland, a 24-year-old grad student, will be interviewed on Couric’s new show, Katie, airing Sept. 11. The show announced Tuesday that with the help of her prosthetics, Copeland will walk onto the stage.
Airing weekdays, the syndicated Katie premieres Sept. 10, when its guests will include Jessica Simpson and Sheryl Crow. Locally, it will be seen at 4 p.m. on Channel 21.
Bryan to dance
Viewers have chosen former Cheetah Girls singer-actress Sabrina Bryan to round out the cast of ABC’s upcoming Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars season, the network said Monday.
Bryan last competed in Season 5 of the dancing competition. A dozen cast members were announced in July, with a 13th spot up for grabs by the winner of a nationwide vote. She will be paired with professional dancer Louis van Amstel.
Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor-director Richard Attenborough is 89. Movie director William Friedkin is 77. Actor Elliott Gould is 74. TV personality Robin Leach is 71. Actress Rebecca DeMornay is 53. Actress Carla Gugino is 41. Actor John Hensley is 35. Actress Lea Michele is 26. Singer Liam Payne is 19.