David Beckham loses

driving privileges in UK

David Beckham has been banned from driving for six months for using a mobile phone while behind the wheel of his Bentley.

A prosecutor said a member of the public spotted the former Manchester United and England soccer star holding a phone while driving through central London on Nov. 21.

Beckham's lawyer, Gerrard Tyrrell, said his client had "no recollection" of the incident but pleaded guilty.

Beckham already had six penalty points on his driver's license for speeding offenses. The six more District Judge Catherine Moore gave him Thursday for the cellphone put him at the 12 points needed to lose driving privileges.

 

Conan O'Brien settles

joke-theft lawsuit

Conan O'Brien has made peace with a man who heckled him not from the crowd but the courts.

O'Brien and several co-defendants, including his writing staff, agreed Thursday to settle a 2015 lawsuit with California writer Robert Kaseberg, who alleged the talk-show host stole five jokes from his Twitter feed and blog for O'Brien's monologues on his TBS show, "Conan."

Attorneys for both sides filed documents in San Diego federal court announcing a deal had been reached about three weeks before a trial. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

 

Britney Spears granted

restraining order 

Britney Spears was granted a temporary restraining order Wednesday against a former confidante who she says has been harassing her family again.

A Los Angeles judge ordered 44-year-old Sam Lutfi, who has been in legal fights with the Spears family for a decade, to stay at least 200 yards from her, her parents and her two sons, who are 12 and 13.

The judge also ordered that he not contact or disparage anyone from the family.

The restraining order petition alleges Lutfi has been sending harassing and threatening texts to Spears' family and disparaging them on social media.