A fugitive hip-hop mogul recently linked by a convicted killer to a shooting that wounded Tupac Shakur was arrested yesterday in a drug case after he was discovered hiding out at a popular Manhattan hotel. Drug Enforcement Administration agents and deputy US marshals arrested James Rosemond, 46, on charges he ran a lucrative drug-trafficking ring. According to a criminal complaint, the ring smuggled large amounts of cocaine into the New York City area and the proceeds back to Los Angeles.
Spielberg: ‘Fire her’
Michael Bay says Steven Spielberg demanded he dismiss Megan Fox from the third “Transformers’’ film after she compared Bay to Adolf Hitler. Bay told GQ magazine in its July issue that Spielberg, an executive producer on the film, told the director to “fire her right now’’ after Fox made the Hitler remarks to a British magazine last year. The 25-year-old actress was replaced by Victoria’s Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,’’ which opens next week. Paramount confirmed yesterday that Bay made the comments to GQ but did not elaborate.
Tracy Morgan apologized yesterday to the Tennessee audience members who were offended by his anti-gay remarks during a stand-up routine this month. The comedian and actor returned to Nashville to meet with gay rights advocates and attendees of the show, including the man whose Facebook post to 1,500 friends first brought attention to the comedian’s comments.
Aretha’s foot notes
A misstep on the spiked heel of one of her favorite Jimmy Choo designer shoes left the Queen of Soul in a hospital boot with a fractured toe on her left foot. Aretha Franklin performed last Thursday at the home of a Dallas “oil baron’’ and was packing her clothing later in a hotel room when she stepped on the shoe, causing the heel to “wrap’’ around the toe, spokeswoman Tracey Jordan said yesterday.
Roger & tweet
“I was probably too quick to tweet. That was unseemly.” — Roger Ebert, expressing regret yesterday for an insensitive Twitter post about the death of “Jackass” star Ryan Dunn.