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Singer Chris Brown was close to a plea deal in his assault case that would have kept him out of jail, but the talks fell apart when prosecutors and defense attorneys couldn’t agree on what he would acknowledge happened last year.

Brown was arrested in October outside a hotel and charged with misdemeanor assault. A fan accused the singer of hitting him when he tried to get in a photograph Brown was taking with two women.

Brown’s trial was scheduled for Sept. 8.

Oldman apologizes

Gary Oldman has apologized for defending fellow actors Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin from critics of their controversial remarks about Jews and gays.

“I am deeply remorseful that comments I recently made in the Playboy Interview were offensive to many Jewish people,” Oldman wrote in an open letter to the Anti-Defamation League late Tuesday. “Upon reading my comments in print – I see how insensitive they may be, and how they may indeed contribute to the furtherance of a false stereotype.”

During the expletive-laden Playboy interview, Oldman decried the “political correctness” that ensnared Gibson and Baldwin. Gibson delivered an anti-Semitic rant in 2006 while being arrested for drunk driving, and he later apologized. Baldwin last year was accused of using an anti-gay slur in a New York City street confrontation.

McCartney better

Paul McCartney says he is feeling fab and ready to rock ’n’ roll.

The 72-year-old former Beatle posted a brief YouTube video Tuesday night saying he’s recovered from a virus that forced him to cancel shows in Japan and South Korea, and delay the opening of a U.S. tour.

He said the first U.S. show is set for July 5 in Albany, New York. The canceled U.S. dates have been rescheduled for September and October.

The singer seemed fit and in good spirits as he thanked fans for their concern about his health.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Singer Billy Davis Jr. is 74. Singer Georgie Fame is 71. Singer Brenda Holloway is 68. Singer Chris Isaak is 58. Singer Patty Smyth is 57. Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson is 44. Actor Sean Hayes is 44. Actor Chris O’Donnell is 44. Actor Nick Offerman is 44. Singer Gretchen Wilson is 40. Singer Ryan Tedder is 35. Actor Jason Schwartzman is 34. Actress Aubrey Plaza is 30. Singer-actress Ariana Grande is 21.

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