Names in the News
KENT, Ohio (AP) _ The hardest working man in show business is taking a forced day off. Kent State University canceled a concert by James Brown, who was arrested on a domestic violence charge.
A university spokeswoman had no details on why the university decided to cancel Saturday’s show.
Brown spokesman Larry Fridie did not return a phone call seeking comment Wednesday. Brown has denied beating his wife.
The soul singer was arrested Tuesday after his wife, Adrienne, called 911 in Aiken, S.C. He was charged with criminal domestic violence and released on a $940 bond. Mrs. Brown was treated and released from a hospital.
Brown was accused in December 1994 of shoving his wife, but charges were dropped when Mrs. Brown refused to testify.
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A woman suing Charlie Sheen says he beat her after she refused to have sex with him.
Sheen’s publicist, Jeff Ballard, dismissed the lawsuit as ``frivolous,″ calling it ``just another lowlife attempt to extort money from a celebrity.″
R. Kateri Foos says Sheen beat her after she met the actor at a restaurant last year and returned to his home.
Sheen ``became enraged and struck (Foos) repeatedly in the head and face for her refusal,″ then ``threatened to kill″ or have Foos killed if she reported the attack, according to the lawsuit, filed Friday.
Foos seeks unspecified damages.
Earlier this year, the star of such films as ``Platoon″ and ``Wall Street″ gave videotaped testimony in the Heidi Fleiss trial, saying he had ordered Fleiss’ call girls at least 27 times, running up a tab of more than $50,000.
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The Hollywood hooker caught with Hugh Grant began serving a six-month jail sentence for lewd conduct.
Estella Thompson, also known as Divine Brown, surrendered to authorities Wednesday and paid a $1,350 fine. Thompson had pleaded no contest to lewd conduct in connection with the Sept. 6 arrest.
Grant, star of ``Four Weddings and a Funeral″ and ``Nine Months,″ also pleaded no contest and was fined $1,180 and placed on two years’ probation.
Since her arrest, Thompson, a mother of three, has modeled lingerie, made a TV commercial and reportedly got thousands from a London tabloid in exchange for her story.
NEW YORK (AP) _ Robert De Niro and ex-girlfriend Toukie Smith are the parents of twin boys, born last month with the help of a surrogate mother.
Though their romantic relationship ended several years ago, they ``obviously still have a very strong bond,″ said Smith’s spokesman Andrew Freedman.
De Niro and Smith, who both live in New York, will share parenting duties, the actor’s spokesman, Steve Rosenfield, said Wednesday.
The twins are a first for Smith, 43. De Niro, 52, has two adult children, Raphael and Drina.
NEW YORK (AP) _ Howard Stern claims he was Michael Jackson’s first pick as host of the interview meant to rehabilitate the singer’s career.
But the meeting of the minds turned into the melting of the makeup for the king of pop, Stern writes in his new book, ``Howard Stern’s Miss America.″
Stern says he and Jackson were talking about the interview at Dolly Parton’s Manhattan apartment, when Jackson’s heavy makeup began melting in the summer heat.
``I want to stand up and call 911: We’ve got a melting Michael Jackson on Dolly Parton’s chair. Over!″ Stern wrote.
Jackson publicist Michael Levine didn’t return a call for comment.
Diane Sawyer interviewed Jackson and his wife, Lisa Marie Presley, on ABC’s ``PrimeTime Live,″ in June. In it the couple denied child molestation allegations against Jackson and discussed their marriage.
``Miss America,″ the follow-up to Stern’s No. 1 seller ``Private Parts,″ is due in stores in mid-November.