A law enforcement official said Wednesday federal prosecutors have dropped the investigation into how Heath Ledger obtained two painkillers that contributed to his fatal overdose.
The official said prosecutors in the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan bowed out "because they don't believe there's a viable target." The official spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no charges have been filed.
Drug enforcement agents issued a subpoena to Mary-Kate Olsen, to discover what she knew about Ledger's accidental OD, law enforcement officials said. By closing the case, the former "Full House" star will not be forced to talk.
Olsen was the first person called by the masseuse who found Ledger's body in his SoHo apartment Jan. 22. Her attorney has said that, although Olsen knew nothing about Ledger's drugs, she wouldn't testify without immunity.
Investigators said of the five drugs in Ledger's system, they still have not found legal prescriptions for two — OxyContin and Vicodin.
Four out of five doctors would agree: The best thing for a mentally troubled young woman who may have substance-abuse issues, hits cars with umbrellas, shaves her head and loses custody of her children would be to star in a Quentin Tarantino film.
Reports say Britney Spears is high on Tarantino's list to play dancer Varla in a remake of the 1965 cult film "Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" And by "reports," we mean somebody wrote it somewhere on the Internet and we think it would be an awesome idea.
Actually, the Telegraph in London was bold enough to bring us this vital news. The movie's plot features three thrill-seeking strippers encountering a young couple in the desert. Spears' character murders the boyfriend with her bare hands before taking the girlfriend hostage. The troubled woman — we're not sure if they mean Spears or Varla — will also have sex scenes with another girl before the drama ends in a blood bath.
Sounds like another award winner.
Tarantino is in discussions with other Hollywood stars to take the roles of the remaining two strippers, but at this point, does it really matter? He could cast Harvey Keitel and Steve Buscemi in those roles, and this movie would still make perfect sense.
Spears had her first starring role in the 2002 film "Crossroads," portraying a high school graduate on a road trip to find her mother. Which is kind of like playing a homicidal, lesbian stripper, only with less blood and a bit more happy singing.
A BAD WEEK: Morgan Freeman is divorcing his wife of 24 years, his attorney confirmed Wednesday.
In June, Freeman, 71, denied allegations he was splitting from his wife Myrna Colley-Lee after reports alleged the actor had been unfaithful. So, essentially he was lying. Oh, sorry this was Morgan Freeman. Perhaps he was only acting.
But just days after "The Shawshank Redemption" star was involved in a serious car accident, his lawyer, Bill Luckett, confirmed the split in a statement: "For legal and practical purposes, (Freeman and Colley-Lee) have been separated since December."
Freeman was in the car Sunday with Demaris Meyer, described as the actor's friend. Both Freeman and Meyer were cut from the car by a Jaws of Life and airlifted to a Tennessee hospital, where Freeman underwent surgery for serious injuries to his left arm and shoulder. Meyer reportedly suffered only minor injuries in the crash and remains "in good condition."
TWINS STILL THE NEW BLACK: Lisa Marie Presley is joining Brangelina and whatever we call Jerry O'Connell and Rebecca Romijn (Jerryomain? JoRoConnel?) in that she's pregnant with twins, her rep told People.com.
Presley, 40, whose father was some sort of nightclub singer, is expected to give birth in the fall. She has two teenage children: daughter Riley, 19; and son Benjamin, 15, with first ex Danny Keough. The twins will be Presley's first children with husband Michael Lockwood.
Speculation about Presley's pregnancy first surfaced after the Daily Mail published unflattering photographs and alleged that the singer had an unhealthy appetite. Presley sued for libel, and the paper later apologized.
ALSO ON THE MEND: Kelsey Grammer returned home after being hospitalized in New York. The 53-year-old actor, who suffered a heart attack in June, checked into an undisclosed hospital in July when he felt faint.
Medical tests show Grammer is pregnant with twins.
Well, not really. Grammer is "out of the hospital, feeling great and about to resume normal activities at home," his publicist Stan Rosenfield said in a statement Tuesday.
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