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October 11, 1995

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) _ Two sisters who sang backup vocals for Tony Orlando at his Yellow Ribbon Theatre are suing him for alleged sexual harassment and discrimination.

Aleta and Sonya Buckelew worked at the entertainer’s Branson theater from June 1993 to July 1994. They quit because of the ``sexually hostile and abusive″ environment, their attorney, Lynne Bratcher, said Tuesday.

Orlando responded through his publicist that he was saddened by the ``scurrilous, ludicrous and baseless allegations.″

The lawsuit filed Oct. 4 in federal court in Springfield seeks unspecified damages for back pay, pain and suffering, medical bills, attorney fees and punitive damages, plus a jury trial.


ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) _ Dr. Joyce Brothers has a lot to show for her maternal instincts: a broken nose, chipped teeth, a busted lip, a concussion _ and an unharmed granddaughter.

The 66-year-old psychologist took a spill during a sled-dog ride in the Eagle River-Chugiak area, forcing her to cancel a lecture Tuesday at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.

A dogfight broke out Saturday when a man walking an Alaskan malamute approached their all-terrain vehicle. It tipped over and Ms. Brothers and her 9-year-old granddaughter were dumped on the ground.

``I was protecting my granddaughter. When you’re a mother or a grandmother, you do these things automatically,″ Ms. Brothers said in a telephone interview from her office in Fort Lee, N.J. ``My granddaughter had not a scratch.″

She said a dentist bonded her teeth and a plastic surgeon told her she won’t need surgery on her nose. ``I look fine except for my lip, thank goodness.″


LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Be warned, Tony Danza has some hidden talent _ as a kick boxer.

The star of the ABC TV series ``Hudson Street″ had a confrontation with two men who videotaped him with his children on a Malibu beach, but prosecutors said Tuesday that there wasn’t enough evidence to charge him.

Conflicting statements from nearly everyone involved in the Aug. 6 confrontation also contributed to the decision not to file charges, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said.

Chris Williams, 25, and Alan Zasi Sr., 34, told deputies that Danza followed them from the beach in his car and demanded the video camera. Then, the police report said, the former boxer-turned-actor kicked and broke the passenger-side window of the men’s car before snatching the camera and walking off.

There was no comment from Danza or his publicist.


LONDON (AP) _ Sting’s former accountant is denying he stole $9.5 million from the British pop star.

Furthermore, Keith Moore insists that Sting actually still owes him about $1.5 million in unaccounted-for fees.

Moore, 51, was in court Tuesday to answer 15 charges of theft from August 1988 to July 1992.

Prosecutors say the accountant siphoned off millions from Sting’s accounts to a Bank of Scotland account, then transferred it to an investment company for his own use.

Moore went bankrupt after plowing his and Sting’s money into a series of largely unsuccessful ventures, including a worldwide chain of Indian restaurants.


NEW YORK (AP) _ Christie Brinkley is asking a judge to give her sole custody of her 4-month-old son, saying her estranged husband has barely ever seen the baby.

Dick Guttman, a spokesman for Richard Taubman, said the real estate developer had tried to see his son in New York but Brinkley prevented him.

Brinkley’s court papers, filed Tuesday, do not ask for any money from Taubman.

``We do not feel that it is in my son Jack’s best interest to be the focus of media attention and we do not intend to comment,″ the supermodel said through a spokeswoman.

Taubman, 46, and Brinkley, 42, married on Telluride Mountain, Colo., last December, eight months after they survived a helicopter crash during a ski trip. Brinkley announced their separation on July 25, seven weeks after the birth of their son.