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Ariel Castro, the Ohio man who imprisoned 3 women in his Cleveland home for over a decade, will plead not guilty to multiple charges of kidnapping and rape, say his attorneys.

"The initial portrayal of him is one of a quote 'monster,' and that is not the impression that I got," said one of his two attorneys, Craig Weintraub, during an interview that aired on Wednesday's Today show.

"He is a human being, but what is offensive is that the women and the media want to demonize this man before they know the whole story, and I think it's unfair and not equitable," added Castro's co-counsel, attorney Jaye Schlachet.

Castro's attorneys portray him as a misunderstood, loving father who only wants the best for the 6-year-old girl he fathered with one of his captives, Amanda Berry, now 27.

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OJ Simpson in court

It's been 5 years since Orenthal James Simpson entered a Nevada prison to begin serving a nine-33-year sentence for armed robbery. Simpson, aka O.J., is 65, grayer and chubbier than he was when he was sentenced in 2008.

O.J. was back in a Las Vegas courtroom today to ask for a new trial. Simpson says his attorney in the 2008 trial, Yale Galanter, had a conflict of interest and that he should not have tried Simpson's case. Simpson also said his prior attorney never told him a plea deal was on the table.

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transsexual actress threatens husband's mistress

A transsexual actress who gained notoriety for her small role in Sacha Baron Cohen’s 'The Dictator' was arrested for threatening her husband's mistress, the NY Post reports.

Victoria Beltran, 34, found out that her husband, Brett Bergmann, was cheating on her when she searched through his credit card receipts and found a $500 charge for spa services.

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Gloria Allred dumps Shaquille O'Neal's mistress Vanessa Lopez

Famed attorney Gloria Allred continues her habit of rarely representing her clients in court. The only time she seems to represent her clients is in front of television cameras.

According to Radaronline.com, Allred filed a motion in Miami to withdraw as counsel to Shaquille O'Neal's former mistress, Vanessa Lopez, citing fraud.

Allred wrote in her motion: “Despite engaging in all reasonable, diligent and exhaustive effort on behalf of the client, counsel must withdraw as continued representation will likely result in one or more ethical violations..."

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Oscar Pistorius

A family friend describes Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius as a "broken man" who is on the verge of suicide.

"He has no confidence in his tone of voice and he is almost like someone that is walking around in circles and doesn't know where he is going," Mike Azzie told the BBC in an upcoming documentary.

"I would say that, just speaking to him, he is a broken man. I would go as far as to say that he could be on the verge of suicide. It really worries me," said Azzie in the upcoming BBC documentary, Oscar Pistorius: What Really Happened?

Azzie said the double amputee has been forced to sell off his prized possessions to pay for his spiraling legal fees.

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Charges dropped against pimp Pimping charges were dropped against a Brooklyn man who was accused of forcing a 17-year-old girl into a life of prostitution in 2011, the NY Post reports.

The NY Post reports Robert Pannell, 36, was cleared of all charges of pimping and sex trafficking after prosecutors were alerted to an online ad offering the woman's services in exchange for money.

“We discovered a problem with the credibility of the witness and brought it to the attention of the court,” said Brooklyn District Attorney spokesman Jerry Schmetterer.

“She’s still in business,” said defense attorney David Jacobs. “[Pannell] was very happy this morning when I told him the good news, that [his accuser] was a total liar.”

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