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Ashton Kutcher co. sues DMV for backing out of TV contract


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People wait in line outside of CA Dept. of Motor Vehicles in Los Angeles.

With a lawsuit filed this week, dreams of an Ashton Kutcher-produced DMV show have crashed headfirst into the tent-pole of reality television programming.  

Ashton Kutcher's production company, Katalyst Media Inc., sued the California Department of Motor Vehicles for breach of contract accusing the agency of backing out of a reality series focused on the government agency and its parallel parking patrons. 

The company, which produced Kutcher's show "Punk'd" and some of the actor's other projects, filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Los Angeles claiming it's owed more than $1.4 million on the deal. According to the filing, the DMV peeled out of the program on claims the show was no longer in the agency's best interests.

Katalyst says the series had already been promised to the TruTV channel. The DMV does not comment on active lawsuits, said spokesman Mike Marando.


Deputy pleads no contest to heroin-filled burrito charges

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Henry Marin on the the Fox reality show 'The Academy.'

A sheriff's deputy has pleaded no contest to charges that he smuggled a burrito full of heroin into a courthouse jail.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office says 27-year-old Henry Marin entered pleas Monday in Superior Court to one count each of bringing drugs into a jail and conspiracy to commit a crime.

In early 2010, Marin conspired with at least one person to transport drugs into an airport-area courthouse, according to the indictment.

Marin, who was relieved of duty, at one time starred on the Fox reality show, "The Academy," and was kicked off for poor performance. He will be sentenced in June and faces up to two years in prison.


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