The military-backed government of Myanmar has deported Hollywood actress Michelle Yeoh, who stars as pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in an upcoming movie, officials said Tuesday.
The Malaysian actress arrived in the country's main city, Yangon, on June 22 and was deported the same day because she was on a blacklist, a government official said.
The official, who declined to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the press, did not say why Yeoh was on the list. But Myanmar's repressive government has routinely rejected visa requests of journalists and perceived critics for years.
Suu Kyi spokesman Nyan Win confirmed Yeoh was deported but had no other details.
Chuck Berry in bronze
The rock legend known for such hits as "Johnny B. Goode" will be getting a statue in suburban St. Louis, but not everyone thinks that's so great.
University City's City Council on Monday night refused to block installation of an 8-foot bronze sculpture by artist Harry Weber honoring 84-year-old Chuck Berry.
Entrepreneur Joe Edwards and KMOX radio host Charles Brennan have led a fundraising driving for the statue across from Edwards' Blueberry Hill, where Berry has performed some 160 times.
Edwards figures the statue will be a tourism draw. But critics have questioned whether it should be placed on city-owned land, and the fact that Berry spent time in jail.
Edwards says the sculpture is to be installed Thursday or Friday, with a formal dedication scheduled for July 29.
Lady Gaga's charity
Lady Gaga's spokeswoman says a lawsuit accusing the music star of misleading fans with an online pitch for donations to victims of the Japan earthquake is meritless.
Lady Gaga's website is selling $5 wristbands that say, "We Pray For Japan." The website also allows people to make additional donations and says "all proceeds go directly to Japan relief efforts."
A lawsuit filed in Detroit notes that sales tax and a $3.99 shipping charge are added. Detroit-area attorney Alyson Oliver believes not all money is going to help the Japanese and she wants an accounting.
Lady Gaga's spokeswoman, Holly Shakoor, said Tuesday that no profit is being made on shipping costs. She says $5 from each wristband is going to Japan.
The lawsuit seeks refunds for people who bought wristbands.
Another year older
Today's birthdays: Actor Gary Busey, 67 ... comedian Richard Lewis, 64 ... actor-turned-politician-turned-radio personality Fred Grandy, 63 ... actress Maria Conchita Alonso, 54 ... actress Sharon Lawrence, 50 ... producer-writer Matthew Weiner (TV: "Mad Men"), 46 ... singer Nicole Scherzinger, 33