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November 8, 1991

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ The judge in a $6.2 million lawsuit against comedian Robin Williams is allowing a Los Angeles woman to go to trial on her claim that Williams gave her herpes in 1982.

San Francisco Superior Court Judge William Cahill denied Williams’ request Thursday to dismiss the case filed against him five years ago by ex-lover Michelle Tish Carter, 28.

Williams’ attorney, Philip Ryan, said Williams would appeal the decision.

″This places Williams in an awkward situation because he is such a public personality,″ Ryan said.

Carter claims she contracted the disease in late 1985, more than a year after she and Williams started dating. She said he told her he had caught the sexually transmitted disease in high school.

But Williams has countersued Carter for extortion and claims she took herpes tests in 1986 but they were negative.

Williams’ lawsuit claims that when he tried to end the relationship later that year, she falsely claimed to be pregnant and threatened to tell the public unless he gave her $20,000 and a new car.

A trial has been scheduled for January 13.


CHICAGO (AP) - Proclaiming ″I can sing,″ Woody Harrelson said he’ll perform Saturday at a club with his 10-piece band.

″But I think it’s understandable that there’s skepticism in general about actors turned singers,″ said Harrelson, who portrays naive bartender Woody Boyd on the popular NBC show ″Cheers.″

″That’s one reason I waited so long to go out on the road with my band. I was nervous about what people would say and think. Finally, I realized that the time was right for me to just forget all about that and do it,″ he said in an interview published Thursday in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Harrelson, 30, and his band will appear at the China Club.


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Gov. Norm Bangerter hopes Burt Reynolds will portray him in a movie about a 1988 polygamist standoff.

A casting agent for NBC recently called the governor to ask if he would be interested in playing himself in the made-for-television movie.

″We had a chance to review that script and felt we would probably pass,″ said Bangerter spokeswoman Francine Giani. ″He was recommending that Burt Reynolds play him.″

Giani said that from the script, it appeared the movie will be a ″pretty accurate″ portrayal of a polygamist clan’s 13-day standoff that began in Marion with the bombing of a Mormon meeting house and ended in a shootout that left a law officer killed.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Lionel Richie says he never plagiarized other songwriters and copyright lawsuits have become part and parcel of the music industry.

″When you get a couple of hit records, someone’s going to come along and file a suit,″ Richie testified Thursday in U.S. District Court. ″It’s pretty much predictable that something’s going to surface.″

The pop singer’s testimony came in a suit filed by Tracey Singleton and Gene Thompson that claims parts of Richie’s ″Deep River Woman,″ ″Stuck On You″ and ″Sela″ were copied from two songs they co-wrote.

They claim their taped compositions were given by the late Benny Ashburn to Richie when Richie was a member of the Commodores. Ashburn was the band manager.

Richie’s lawyer, Alan Isaacman, asked Richie on the stand if he ever copied Singleton’s or Thompson’s work. Richie replied: ″Absolutely not.″


NEW YORK (AP) - Stores are dreaming up slogans to go with Imelda Marcos’ shoes.

The former Philippine first lady said last month that she would auction off her collection of 1,200 pairs and the Philippine consul general in New York has been getting calls from people who want to bid on them.

″We figured if we could score some of Imelda’s shoes, we could do a great TV ad,″ said Mark Jubelirer, vice president of Reyers, a Sharon, Pa., shoe store.

Jubelirer said he was kicking around ideas for a slogan like, ″If you don’t own as many shoes as Imelda does, you’re doing something wrong.″

Tambi Wycoco, information officer for the Philippines consulate in Manhattan, said he has received more than a dozen calls from people interested in bidding on the shoes.

The auction hasn’t been scheduled.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gospel-blues singer CeCe Winans says she deplores vulgarity in music.

″I’m totally against vulgar rappers, vulgar any type of music,″ she said in an interview published Friday in The Tennessean.

″It gives negativism. And the world has enough of that. But you have to show love for everybody.″

The album ″Different Lifestyles″ by Winans and brother BeBe has been No. 1 on the rhythm and blues chart. It includes guest appearances by Whitney Houston, Hammer, Luther Vandross and Mavis Staples.

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