Kobe's Accuser Must ID Herself in Lawsuit

RULED: The name of the Colorado woman who accused Kobe Bryant, 26, of sexual assault will be made public in the civil lawsuit she is pressing against him, federal Judge Richard Matsch decided Wednesday. In making the ruling, the jurist said that allowing the 20-year-old to remain anonymous could be misconstrued by a jury as a prejudgment in the case. Lawyers for the woman – who intends to follow through with the case – had asked Matsch to protect her identity, saying she has faced death threats. Prosecutors dropped felony charges against L.A.

Jay-Z, OutKast Tie for 4 MTV Video Awards

“I’m feeling vindicated,” declared Jay-Z, whose so-called “retirement” was capped by four trophies Sunday night at MTV’s 21st annual Video Music Awards in a hot and steamy Miami.

In what was a controversy-free evening, the rapper and boyfriend of Beyonce scored big for “99 Problems,” his gritty black-and-white clip that ends with him getting gunned down. But video of the year honors went to the night’s other four-time winner, OutKast, for “Hey Ya!” – which also won best hip-hop video, best special effects and best art direction.

Style Secrets from Andre 3000

With OutKast up for five MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 29 (they’ll perform at the show, too), we’re counting on the hip-hop group’s sartorial savant, Andre 3000, to dazzle on the red carpet. We caught up with him recently to talk fashion.
Have you picked out what you’re wearing to the VMAs yet?
No.

When do you decide what to wear?
Sometimes the day before.

OutKast's Smoking Gun Poster Shot Down

CRITICIZED: A poster showing OutKast’s Andre 3000 holding a smoking gun has been branded “irresponsible” by Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority, reports Reuters. The watchdog group upheld a complaint that the ad could be seen to glorify gun use but rejected another claim that it promoted racial stereotypes. The advertiser, record label BMG, had said it believed the poster for the hip-hop duo was no more likely to provoke violence than ads for James Bond movies.

Andre 3000 Gets Ready for His Close-Up

CAST: Andre Benjamin of OutKast, better known as Andre 3000, will take his first movie leading man role in an as-yet untitled project set in the mid-’70s. Benjamin, 28, will star as an upper-middle-class musical prodigy who falls in love with a white, lower-class free spirit, reports Variety. Production is due to begin in October in New Orleans. The director is Paris Barclay, whose credits include episodes of TV’s The West Wing and the feature Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood.