How Ja Rule Blew His Chance to Star in the Fast and Furious Franchise

Ja Rule could’ve had it all.

The rapper appeared in the first Fast and Furious film in a bit part that earned him a cool $15,000, 2 Fast 2 Furious director John Singleton told Grantland.

Petra Nemcova Recalls Tsunami Nightmare

MOURNED: Czech supermodel and tsunami survivor Petra Nemcova, 25, has learned that the body of her boyfriend, Simon Atlee, 33, has been recovered in Thailand and identified by forensic experts, say reports. His remains will be flown back to England for burial.

Ja Rule's Manager Arrested in New York

Rap music label Murder Inc. tried to clean up its image earlier this year when the label changed its name to The Inc. But that name change hasn’t erased the company’s reputation, as evidenced by the arrest of rapper Ja Rule’s manager on Wednesday.

Ron “Gutta” Robinson was arraigned and charged with money laundering in a federal court in New York on Wednesday. The 29-year-old rep for Ja Rule was released on $500,000 bond, the Associated Press reports.

Robinson is accused of conspiring to launder more than $1 million over a five-year period, beginning in 1997.

Ja Rule Pleads Not Guilty to Assault

Ja Rule pleaded not guilty on Monday to assault charges stemming from an alleged incident at a Toronto nightclub earlier this summer.

The rapper-actor made the plea through his attorney, Steven Skurka, the Associated Press reports. A pretrial hearing has been set for Oct. 6, with the case expected to get underway in early 2005.

Rapper Ja Rule Faces Assault Charge

Ja Rule surrendered to Toronto police and was charged with assault on Monday, following an incident last month at a downtown club in the Canadian city.

The hip-hop star (real name: Jeffrey Atkins), 28, briefly appeared in court and was released on bail of slightly more than $7,500, Reuters reports.

The judge also was quick to grant a media gag order in the case and ordered the rapper to return to court Aug. 30.

Ja Rule Arrested but Pot Charge Dropped

Rapper Ja Rule and tapper Savion Glover were both charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession and driving without licenses in separate incidents Thursday in New York City.

The Ja Rule bust came in the wee hours of the morning, when the rapper and The Fast and the Furious actor (real name Jeffrey Atkins) was pulled over for an unsignaled lane change while driving his 2001 Mercedes-Benz in Greenwich Village, a police spokesman told the Associated Press.

Jet-Setting with Ja Rule

Ja Rule had a bit of fun in New York City this week, attending the premiere of The Day After Tomorrow, chatting up the action-thriller’s young star Jake Gyllenhaal, and later hitting trendy Spice Market for dinner. But we’re told he was looking forward to returning to work in Toronto the next day, where he’s filming Assault on Precinct 13 with Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishburne, Drea de Matteo and John Leguizamo. “All of (the stars) are mostly in the same scenes, so they are a close-knit family,” says a source.

Ja Rule, 50 Cent in Rap Peace Talks?

Sure, the Middle East is tricky – but can anyone bring peace to feuding rappers Ja Rule and 50 Cent?

Controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan is apparently hoping to do just that, as he met last week with Ja Rule in hopes of heading off further trouble in the longstanding feud between the Murder Inc. star and Eminem’s top-selling protege, reports.