Culture

Celebrities in trouble

Culture

Issue: "Year in Review 2004," Jan. 1, 2005

Pop singer Britney Spears married twice in a year . . . Australia's crocodile hunter Steve Irwin fed a chicken to a voracious croc while holding his month-old baby in the other hand . . . Madonna got religion, trading Catholicism for Jewish mysticism and giving herself the name Esther . . . "King of Pop" singer Michael Jackson was indicted for child molestation. With a media circus and mobs of fans surrounding every court appearance, as well as legal maneuvering by both defense and prosecuting attorneys, his trial will be postponed until 2005 . . . Legendary music producer Phil Spector, who shaped the sound of rock 'n' rollers from the Ronnettes to the Beatles, was indicted for murder after a young actress was found shot to death in his California mansion.

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