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The New York Times: Shedding a Tear For the Way Celebrities Live Now

09court.ms.600.jpgHere’s a nice servicey piece from the today’s NYT should you suddenly find yourself famous and departing from a Manhattan courthouse. The Times has compiled of short history of celebrity exits from 100 Centre St (complete with slideshow!). We’re not sure what brought on the timing of this piece — it’s not like there’s been a recent rash of celebrity arrests or trials. So yeah, apparently a slow news week for everyone!

It takes only a few seconds to get from the courthouse to the curb outside. Depending on the day, time, weather, the severity of one’s offense or one’s prominence, they can be among the most arduous and downright irritating steps a person can take…It is often along this path that fame and curiosity collide with colorful consequences, as celebrities attempt to evade, or occasionally exploit, the ever-expanding hordes of gawking fans, reporters, microphones and cameras.
Yep, all the news that’s fit to make you gag. Anyway, some more highlights after the jump.

  • Leaving a Manhattan courthouse at lunchtime during his trial on a drunken-driving charge, Rip Torn ran from the crowd of reporters waiting for him outside. The reporters gave chase, and Mr. Torn ended up hiding beneath an 18-wheeler.

  • Courtney Love used the sidewalk like a red carpet, chatting and joking with reporters.
  • Foxy Brown, the rapper whose real name is Inga Marchand, met her court dates in 2005 and 2006 with elegance, if not tact — she was known to show up an hour late because she was getting her hair done.
  • For celebrities facing serious charges, like O.J. Simpson, not much good can come from posing outside the courthouse during the trial. But for someone like Ms. Love, “anything that extends the half-life of her career is probably a net positive.”
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