Under a court order to be funny, Martin Lawrence obeyed the judge and held a charity show last month that raised $10,157 for two nonprofit groups.

Lawrence, who starred in the sitcom "Martin," was ordered to hold the June 21 show as part of his sentence for misdemeanor battery. The money was given to the Hollywood Beautiful Team and another charity on June 29, Los Angeles City Attorney James Hahn said.The 32-year-old comic pleaded no contest last September after a man claimed the entertainer punched him at a Hollywood nightclub in March 1997. Lawrence was sentenced to two years' probation and 240 hours of community service and was ordered to hold the fund-raiser.



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