In his troubles, Brown is the driving farce

Posted: July 17, 2013

A JUDGE IN LOS ANGELES revoked probation yesterday for Chris Brown, but the singer was allowed to remain free on his own recognizance.

Rihanna's off-again boyfriend was charged last month with misdemeanor hit-and-run and driving without a valid license.

Brown had been on felony probation in the 2009 beating of then-girlfriend Rihanna. He has been in and out of court since, making reports on fulfilling the requirements of his probation.

On May 12, Brown allegedly rear-ended a car in the San Fernando Valley and refused to give the other driver his insurance info. A woman with Brown provided her driver's license, according to police, but Brown did not provide his until his lawyer had it delivered to the other driver two days later.

One day Tattle will get to the bottom of why it is so difficult for celebs to drive with valid licenses. Almost every time they're in a DUI, fender-bender or accident, there's always a license problem.

How hard is it to get a driver's license? You go to the DMV, sit and wait for a few hours, and then leave with a license.

If you're Chris Brown, someone drives you to the DMV in a stretch limo with tinted windows, you send a low-ranking member of your posse in to wait with the masses until your number is called, and then you run in, pose for a bad picture and leave with the ID.

Seriously, it's not that difficult. Hundreds of millions of non-celebs have figured out how to do it.

'Glee' convo a downer

What was supposed to be a weekend celebration of "Glee" turned into an impromptu memorial for Cory Monteith after news of the "Glee" co-star's death rocked a fan convention in England.

The hundreds of "gleeks," as they're known, joined a chorus of thousands worldwide who took to social media with similar expressions about Monteith's passing. The actor's struggles with addiction echoed those of other young stars whose premature deaths also left young fans grieving.

"The whole day was simultaneously the best and worst experience of my life," said Chloe Harvey, an 18-year-old fan from Portsmouth, England. "The news was devastating. No one had any idea what to say or do. It just shows how much of a truly amazing guy Cory was that everyone was so shocked and emotional about the news. Everyone was crying and sharing their stories."

Monteith, 31, was found dead in his Vancouver, British Columbia, hotel room on Saturday, according to police.

An autopsy took place yesterday, but toxicology results may take a few a days.

Lea Michele, his "Glee" co-star and real-life girlfriend, asked for privacy upon hearing of his death.

Monteith's passing recalls that of Heath Ledger, Corey Haim and River Phoenix - actors who battled substance abuse and died in their 20s and 30s.

Outside the Vancouver hotel where Monteith's body was discovered, a makeshift memorial popped up where fans left flowers and notes commemorating the actor. #RipCoryMonteith and #StayStrongLea became trending topics on Twitter.


Emily Kraus, a fan on her way to the Hershey Dave Matthews Band concert with her boyfriend, pulled over to help a stranded bicyclist who turned out to be . . . Dave Matthews.

His bike had broken down and he didn't have a cellphone to call for help.

The couple helped Matthews stow his bicycle on their bike rack (everyone concerned about the environment has a bike rack), and he got in their car for the rest of the ride.

"We didn't know how to make conversation with him, in fact, so we were talking about his tour and where he had come from," Kraus said. "He had just been in Cincinnati and he said, 'I'm taking a short break after this one because I have to drop my daughters off at camp.' . . . He was just a very humble guy."

Matthews invited them to dinner, took them backstage and got them front-row seats.

Justin Timberlake, Elton John, Katy Perry and Queen with Adam Lambert are among the A-list performers set for the iHeartRadio music festival in Las Vegas, Sept. 20-21 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Ryan Seacrest will host.

Clear Channel announced that Chris Brown, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Keith Urban, Miguel, J. Cole and fun. also will perform at the two-day festival, as will Muse, Tiesto, Phoenix, Zedd, Tim McGraw, Ke$ha, 30 Seconds to Mars and Benny Benassi.

The event also will include the iHeartRadio Music Festival Village, featuring performances on two stages from Miley Cyrus, Avril Lavigne, Jason Derulo, Cher Lloyd and others. Tickets for that event are $20.

The festival will air live on Clear Channel stations and on the CW on Sept. 30-Oct. 1.

Mark Tattle's words, at some point during the show, Justin Timberlake will duet with appendix-free Elton John (JT portrayed a young EJ in the video for "This Train Don't Stop Here Anymore," imitated him on "SNL" and Sir Elton wants JT to play him in his biopic), and Katy Perry will front Queen (her last perfume was called Killer Queen, and she's long cited Freddie Mercury and the band as an influence).

* Actress and former Playboy playmate Jenny McCarthy was named yesterday to join the panel of the ABC weekday talk show, "The View." Show creator Barbara Walters made the widely expected announcement on air.

"We love her because she's fun, she's uninhibited and she's opinionated enough to help us begin the latest chapter in 'The View' history," Walters said.

McCarthy arrives at the start of the 17th season on Sept. 9.

She has previously made 17 appearances on "The View" and guest-hosted eight times.

Just one question: Is she replacing Elisabeth Hasselbeck or Joy Behar?

- Daily News wire services

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