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Tuesday
Mar122013

Stephen Baldwin Avoids Prison Time, Agrees to Pay Back Taxes

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Actor Stephen Baldwin has agreed to plead guilty to a felony tax charge and pay New York state approximately $350,000 in unpaid taxes, his lawyer tells the New York Daily News.

Attorney Russell Yankwit says Baldwin is “happy that he’s not going to jail,” and has five years to pay back the money.  Yankwit says if Baldwin pays back the debt within one year, the case will be discharged.

Yankwit says Baldwin hopes to pay back the money as quickly as possible, but sought a five-year payback plan because his religious beliefs as an evangelical Christian prohibit him from taking certain acting roles.

The attorney tells the News, “Steve is a faith-based actor.  It’s harder to get jobs these days.  He can’t do his movies anymore.  They have too much violence and drugs in them.”

Baldwin is best known for his role in the 1995 film The Usual Suspects.

Stephen, the youngest of the four acting Baldwin brothers, had faced up to four years in prison.  Baldwin is scheduled to formally plead guilty in the case on March 29.

Baldwin can currently be seen on NBC’s All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.

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Saturday
Mar022013

All-Star Season of "The Celebrity Apprentice" Begins Sunday Night

Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump's NBC series The Celebrity Apprentice returns for its sixth season on Sunday night, but with a new twist.

For the first time, the competition is inviting back past contestants for an "all-star" season. Fourteen celebrities will compete for Trump, including 2010 Celebrity Apprentice champ Bret Michaels, 2008 runner-up Trace Adkins, the always-wacky Gary Busey, Deal or No Deal model Claudia Jordan, actress Marilu Henner, and former NBA star Dennis Rodman.

Adkins says he's going into the show with a different mindset than the one he had when he last competed on The Celebrity Apprentice. He explains, "I did change my strategy, 'cause the first time I was on there, I didn't have a strategy. I didn't know what I was doing. I'd never watched The Apprentice before....I got there, and I didn't know what I was going to do."

Jordan is also taking a new approach -- she tells ABC News Radio that during the upcoming season, she's going to "stand up for myself a lot more [and] not be afraid to throw someone under the bus that deserves it."

Henner learned a few pointers from former Celebrity Apprentice winner Piers Morgan that she'll implement in the upcoming season.  "You have to make sure your entire team knows all the rules, exactly what the objective of the task is, who's going to be assigned what and really pay attention to the strengths and weaknesses of everyone," she tells ABC News Radio.

In contrast, Rodman isn't changing his strategy at all. "I mean it won't be that much different. It's just think it's more like me having fun this time," he said. "It's going to be more of a...comic relief than anything this time because I'm just going to laugh at everybody."

As usual, the stars will be divided into two teams as they attempt to raise money for their respective charities. The ultimate goal for each contestant is to win the grand prize: a bonus donation of 250 thousand dollars.

Trump will rely on his children Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric -- plus Celebrity Apprentice alumni Piers Morgan, Arsenio Hall, Joan Rivers and John Rich -- to serve as his advisers.

All-Star Celebrity Apprentice, the 14th season in The Apprentice franchise, premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

Here's a list of celebrities who will return to Trump's boardroom:

* Trace Adkins, country singer
* Stephen Baldwin, actor, brother of Alec
* Gary Busey, Oscar-nominated actor
* Marilu Henner, former Taxi star
* La Toya Jackson, singer, sister of Michael
* Penn Jillette, magician
* Lil Jon, rapper
* Claudia Jordan, Deal or No Deal model
* Omarosa, rose to fame as season-one Apprentice contestant
* Bret Michaels, Poison frontman
* Lisa Rinna, actress
* Brande Roderick, model
* Dennis Rodman, former NBA star
* Dee Snider, Twisted Sister frontman

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Friday
Dec072012

Stephen Baldwin Charged with Skipping Taxes

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Stephen Baldwin was arrested and charged Thursday with failing to pay three years' worth of New York state income tax, according to the New York Daily News.

A district attorney in Rockland County says Baldwin didn't pay taxes from 2008 to 2010 and now owes more than $350,000, including penalties.

The 46-year-old actor reportedly has pleaded not guilty, and is due back in court on Feb. 5.  He could face up to four years in prison if convicted.

Baldwin, who lives in Upper Grandview, N.Y., pleaded guilty in New York City this past October to driving without a license.  He will appear on The Celebrity Apprentice's all-star season next spring.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Aug132012

Stephen Baldwin Rescues Woman Having Seizure

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Actor Stephen Baldwin came to the rescue of a young woman having a seizure in the middle of New York City’s Peninsula Hotel.

Baldwin was having a meeting with his publicist, Brad Taylor, in the hotel bar Thursday night when the seizure began.

“All of a sudden every head turned because there was this loud bang,” Baldwin told the New York Daily News. “It was this girl, fallen on the floor.”

Baldwin described the seizure as “pretty violent” as the girl was moaning and foaming at the mouth. The actor grew up with family members who had frequent seizures so he was able to recognize the symptoms. When no one else in the bar tried to help, Baldwin rushed to the woman’s rescue.

“I held her hand and said a few prayers,” Baldwin told the Daily News. “I wanted to make sure the young lady was okay and her breathing wasn’t restricted.”

The seizure lasted three minutes and when it subsided, the woman was confused and began to cry, according to the Daily News. Baldwin, who described the scene to the woman’s mother over the phone, never learned the woman's identity.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Jun142012

Kevin Costner Wins Courtroom Battle over Stephen Baldwin

Charley Gallay/WireImage(NEW ORLEANS) -- In the New Orleans courtroom clash of Hollywood actors, Kevin Costner is the winner.

A federal jury Thursday evening rejected a claim by the actor Stephen Baldwin and his friend, Spyridon Contogouris, that Costner and a business partner duped them by keeping them uninformed on a multimillion-dollar deal between Costner's company, Ocean Therapy Solutions, and the oil company BP.

Baldwin, the youngest of the four acting Baldwin brothers, and Contogouris sold their shares in Ocean Therapy Solutions before it sold cleanup devices to BP for use in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This led Baldwin to file a suit in December 2010 against Costner and Patrick Smith, over profits from the technology leased by BP.

Costner's device is a five-ton centrifuge designed to separate water from oil, spit out clean water and save the oil on ships, Smith said in his testimony.

The timeline of the case goes as far back as the production for Costner's film Waterworld. Costner starred and co-directed the science-fiction film, which tanked at the box office when it was released in 1995.

In the early 1990s, Costner financed and oversaw the development of an oil-and-water-separation technology under the auspices of a corporation owned and managed by him called CINC Inc., an acronym for Costner in Nevada Corporation.

After the April 2010 oil spill, Costner made headlines again marketing his device and snagging a $52 million deal with BP for 32 of his centrifuges.

"It separates oil and water at incredibly high speeds under very difficult conditions," Costner told Good Morning America's Sam Champion in 2010.

The devices weren't used to cap the well but were designed to collect oil on the water's surface.

Baldwin has said he was bought out of Costner's company for $500,000 while Contogouris was bought out for $1.4 million.

BP reportedly never used the 32 devices it ordered from Costner's company, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. By September 2010, the well had been sealed with cement and a relief well.

Costner's memorable work includes starring in The Bodyguard, Dancing with Wolves and Field of Dreams. Baldwin, the younger brother of actor Alec Baldwin, is best known for Bio-Dome and playing Barney Rubble in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Jun082012

Kevin Costner Downplays Stephen Baldwin's Hand in Oil Cleanup

Charley Gallay/WireImage(NEW ORLEANS) -- Kevin Costner testified in a New Orleans court Friday that he never saw actor Stephen Baldwin contribute anything to his company's effort to sell oil cleanup devices to BP in the aftermath of the 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Costner is being sued by Baldwin, who claims he and his business partner were duped out of money in a multimillion-dollar deal for the devices between Costner's company and BP.

Costner took the stand at 10 a.m. Friday and said he wondered what Baldwin was doing for the company before BP agreed to make an $18 million deposit on a $52 million order for 32 oil-separating centrifuges. He also said the company's CEO begged Baldwin and his business partner, Spyridon Contogouris, not to sell their shares before the deal was done, which is contrary to the claims brought in Baldwin's lawsuit.

Friday's testimony followed a tense Thursday in court when the "Waterworld" and "Field of Dreams" star told the court he went to New Orleans after the spill on a "fact-finding mission" to see if the oil-separating centrifuges he helped develop could be of any use in the cleanup. At the height of the oil spill cleanup effort, BP bought 32 of the devices for $18 million.

The lawsuit brought by Baldwin alleges that Baldwin and his friend were deliberately excluded from the meeting between Costner, his business partner Patrick Smith, and BP executive Doug Suttles where the lucrative deal was struck.

Baldwin and Contogouris say they were deceived into letting go of their shares in the new company, Ocean Therapy Solutions, one day before that deal was finalized. They're seeking more than $21 million in damages.

Costner's attorney has argued the actor had no role in Baldwin and Contogouris' decision to sell their shares, and that he's being sued because he's famous.

There have been several tense moments during the prosecution's questioning of Costner. When Baldwin's attorney, James Cobb, questioned Costner Thursday about whether his celebrity would pressure the oil giant to order his centrifugal machines, Costner countered that he didn't feel the company would buy them just because of him. He admitted he was on the company's radar, but said it was a huge crisis and it was never his intention to use his celebrity to sell the product.

"I'm not just a celebrity," Costner told the court Thursday. "I'm not just a person who opens doors."

At another point, Cobb pressed Costner for an answer about whether or not his business partner is authorized to speak on his behalf. Costner struck back.

"I don't do very well when you get very loud," he said to Cobb. "I'm trying to remember as much as I can."

He said he was nervous and his name was at stake in the trial.

Costner has been involved with the development centrifugal device, dubbed the "Costner solution," for more than 15 years. He previously claimed the machine would "give us a fighting chance to fight back the oil before it got us by the throat."

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Thursday
Jun072012

Kevin Costner Testifies in Stephen Baldwin's BP Oil Spill Suit

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW ORLEANS) -- During a tense day in court, actor Kevin Costner testified he was heartbroken by the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and he had hoped a device he helped develop could aid the cleanup efforts.

Now, he's being sued by fellow actor Stephen Baldwin, who claims he was duped out of money in a multimillion-dollar deal for the devices between Costner's company and BP.

Costner took the stand for about an hour in a packed New Orleans courtroom, sitting just a few feet away from Baldwin, although the two never made eye contact.

The first day of questioning focused largely on Costner's background in the science and technology business. The Waterworld and Field of Dreams star told the court he went to New Orleans after the spill on a "fact-finding mission" to see if the device he helped develop could be of any help in the cleanup. At the height of the oil spill cleanup effort, BP bought 32 of the devices for $18 million.

The lawsuit brought by Stephen Baldwin alleges Baldwin and his friend, Spyridon Contogouris, were deliberately excluded from the meeting between Costner, his business partner Patrick Smith, and BP executive Doug Suttles where the incredibly lucrative deal was struck.

Baldwin and Contogouris say they were deceived into letting go of their shares in the new company, Ocean Therapy Solutions, one day before that deal was finalized. They're seeking more than $21 million in damages.

Costner's attorney argues the actor had no role in Baldwin and Contogouris' decision to sell their shares, and that he's only being sued because he's famous.

There were several tense moments during the prosecution's questioning of Costner. When Baldwin's attorney, James Cobb, questioned Costner about whether his celebrity would pressure the oil giant to order his centrifugal machines, Costner countered that he didn't feel the company would buy them just because of him. He admitted he was on the company's radar, but said it was a huge crisis and it was never his intention to use his celebrity to sell the product.

"I'm not just a celebrity," Costner told the court. "I'm not just a person who opens doors."

At another point, Cobb pressed Costner for an answer about whether or not his business partner is authorized to speak on his behalf. Costner struck back.

"I don't do very well when you get very loud," he said to Cobb. "I'm trying to remember as much as I can."

He said he was nervous and his name was at stake in the trial.

Costner has been involved with the development centrifugal device, dubbed the "Costner solution," at the center of the trial for more than 15 years. He previously claimed the machine would "give us a fighting chance to fight back the oil before it got us by the throat."

There was a brief moment of levity during testimony when Costner described the oil-and-water separating device. He noted its large size and equated the footprint to the witness box, which he called a "jail." That elicited a laugh from the courtroom.

Costner is scheduled to take the stand again at 10 a.m. ET Friday.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Jun072012

Kevin Costner to Testify in Stephen Baldwin Suit

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW ORLEANS) -- Kevin Costner, the Academy Award winner who starred in Dances With Wolves and Hatfields & McCoys, may testify as early as Thursday in a Louisiana court in response to a suit filed by fellow-actor Stephen Baldwin.

Baldwin, the youngest of the four acting Baldwin brothers, filed a suit in December 2010 against Costner and his business partner, Patrick Smith, over profits from a technology that BP leased for the Deepwater Horizon spill.

The actors' trial proceedings take place daily this week and are expected to last two weeks.  Smith, the trial's first witness, testified for two hours on Monday and eight hours on Tuesday.

Costner's device is a five-ton centrifuge designed to separate water from oil, spit out clean water and save the oil, Smith said in his testimony this week.  The two seeked to place the centrifuges on ships.

The timeline of the case goes as far back as the production for Costner's film, Waterworld.  Costner starred and co-directed the science-fiction film, which tanked at the box office when it was released in 1995.

In the early 1990s, Costner financed and oversaw the development of an oil and water separation technology under the auspices of a corporation owned and managed by him called CINC Inc., which stands for "Costner in Nevada Corporation."

After the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, Costner made headlines again marketing his device and snagging a $52 million deal with BP for 32 of his centrifuges.

"It separates oil and water at incredibly high speeds under very difficult conditions," Costner told ABC's Good Morning America's Sam Champion in 2010.

The devices weren't used to cap the well but were designed to collect oil on the water's surface.

Joining Baldwin in the lawsuit is Spyridon Contogouris, described as a hedge fund consultant and having "been friends for many years" in a court filing.  The two seek more than $21 million in damages against Costner, Smith and their company, WestPac, for duping them into selling their shares in the company, Ocean Therapy Solutions, before making the $52 million deal with BP.

Baldwin says he was bought out of Costner's company for $500,000 while Contogouris was bought out for $1.4 million.

BP reportedly never used the 32 devices it ordered from Costner's company, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.  By September 2010, the well was eventually sealed with cement and a relief well.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jun052012

Kevin Costner and Stephen Baldwin Star in Real-Life Legal Battle

Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- Kevin Costner and Stephen Baldwin were in a New Orleans’ courtroom Monday for the opening of a civil trial on Baldwin’s claim Costner cheated him and a friend out of millions of dollars in connection with investments in an oil separating device that was used to help clean up the Gulf of Mexico after the 2010 BP oil spill.

Baldwin and his friend, Spyridon Contogouris, invested in Costner’s company, Ocean Therapy Solutions, and claim in a lawsuit the Hatfields and McCoys actor and his business partner, Patrick Smith, duped them out of millions of dollars because they didn’t know the company had made a multi-million dollar deal with BP before they sold all their shares.

The lawsuit states BP agreed to make an $18 million dollar deposit on a $52 million deal to buy 32 oil-separating centrifuges from the company.  Baldwin and Contogouris are seeking a portion of BP’s deposit, along with $21 million in damages.

Costner’s attorney, Wayne Lee, says his client played no role in Baldwin and Contogouris’ decision to sell their shares.

Costner and the other defendants in the lawsuit have countersued.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Dec232010

Stephen Baldwin Sues Kevin Costner over BP Oil Spill Technology

Photo Courtesy - -Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- Stephen Baldwin has filed suit against fellow actor Kevin Costner after he said he was tricked into selling his shares of a company that made millions during the BP oil spill.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, claims that Baldwin and a friend were duped out of an $18 million deal with BP that involved the sale of a device that separated water from oil.

The two say they owned shares in a joint venture, Ocean Therapy Solutions, which marketed the technology to BP but were excluded from a meeting at which Costner and a BP executive inked a multi-million dollar order of the devices.

Unaware of the deal that had been made; Baldwin said he and his friend, Spyridon Contogouris, sold their shares in the company for $1.4 million.

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Stephen Baldwin Sues Kevin Costner over BP Oil Spill Technology

(NEW ORLEANS) – Stephen Baldwin has filed suit against fellow actor Kevin Costner after he said he was tricked into selling his shares of a company that made millions during the BP oil spill.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, claims that Baldwin and a friend were duped out of an $18 million deal with BP that involved the sale of a device that separated water from oil.

The two say they owned shares in a joint venture, Ocean Therapy Solutions, which marketed the technology to BP but were excluded from a meeting at which Costner and a BP executive inked a multi-million dollar order of the devices.

Unaware of the deal that had been made; Baldwin said he and his friend, Spyridon Contogouris, sold their shares in the company for $1.4 million.

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