Names in the news
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Janet Jackson won a court order to keep away a man who claims her latest single ``Together Again″ stole from his song.
The order bars Eric Leon Christian 25, of Baltimore, who Jackson claims has been threatening her with letters and phone calls, from contacting Jackson or employees at her Black Doll production company.
Jackson’s spokeswoman Lynne Hook declined to comment Tuesday on the order issued a day earlier.
Christian said he sent a demo tape to Jackson and found parts of his song ``On and On and On″ in the song on her latest album, ``The Velvet Rope.″ He said he tried unsuccessfully to get money ``through the proper channels″ from her former manager, Roger Davies.
. ``I will fight you physically, if necessary to get what’s mine,″ one letter said. ``If (Jackson’s lawyers) think I was too persistent, tough.″
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) _ Bill Cosby’s business and personal telephone records will be made available to lawyers for the teen-ager accused of killing his son, Ennis.
Judge David Perez agreed Tuesday to let the defense review the phone records for several months leading up to the Jan. 16 killing.
The prosecution had cited privacy concerns in shielding Cosby’s records from the defense, but lawyers for Mikail Markhasev argued that the defense should have the same access to them.
``If (the records) were irrelevant, then my suspicion is the people could not have obtained a search warrant to get them,″ deputy public defender Henry Hall said.
Perez set a Feb. 17 trial date for Markhasev, who has pleaded innocent to charges of killing and attempting to rob Ennis Cosby.
TERRELL, Texas (AP) _ Chuck Norris took a page from ``Walker, Texas Ranger″ and played the real-life role of a drug cop.
The star of the CBS-TV drama, a two-year reserve officer for the Terrell Police Department, took part in a raid of three cocaine distribution rings. In all, 67 people were arrested Tuesday and charged with distributing crack cocaine.
Police Chief Geoffrey Whitt said at least one of the suspects appeared confused as Norris read him his rights. He asked, ``Is this a movie?″
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ Jimmy Carter has a simple explanation for why his popularity has increased since he left the White House.
``People just seem to be hungry for something that’s honest and decent,″ Carter said with a grin Monday as he signed copies of his new book, ``Sources of Strength: Meditations on Scripture for a Living Faith,″ a collection of his Sunday school lessons.
``It’s hard to criticize someone when he’s working for world peace and building a house for poor people,″ the 73-year-old former president said.
Carter teaches Sunday School at his Baptist church in Plains, Ga., and builds houses for Habitat for Humanity. As chairman of the nonprofit Carter Center in Atlanta, he has led peacekeeping efforts to Bosnia, Haiti and Sudan.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) _ Who says George Foreman can’t skip chow for a good cause?
The 48-year-old former heavyweight champion put in an appearance at a buffet at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort Tuesday and didn’t eat a thing.
Instead, he chatted with gamblers and posed for pictures before leaving for a workout to prepare for his 10-round heavyweight fight Saturday against Shannon Briggs.
Not that the food didn’t look good to the 250-pound chow hound.
``That’s one mighty good looking piece of beef right there,″ Foreman said, eyeing a piece of prime rib.
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Two movie producers sued Charlie Sheen, alleging that he hired them to make the movie ``The Last Child″ but didn’t pay them.
Alexander Tabrizi and Anthony Esposito claim in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that they were promised 5 percent of the $600,000 budget and production credit for helping to finance the movie, which is still being filmed. They are seeking $1 million in damages.
Also named as a defendant was director Brett Michaels, former singer for the heavy metal band Poison.
Jeff Ballard, a spokesman for Sheen, who starred opposite Michael Douglas in the movie ``Wall Street,″ declined to comment. Michelle Marx, a spokeswoman for Michaels, also wouldn’t comment. Neither had seen a copy of the lawsuit.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) _ Francis Ford Coppola makes no apologies for his flop ``Jack.″
``I think I directed that movie with a lot of heart and imagination,″ the director said of the quickly forgotten 1996 comedy starring Robin Williams. ``I can’t believe how angry people got at me. I had to work. It was a job.″
Hollywood’s expectations have changed over the years, the five-time Academy Award winning director of ``The Godfather″ said in today’s editions of The Orange County Register. He said only one director _ Woody Allen _ is still virtually independent.
``The rest of us are all in the same boat. We are holding our breath wondering if we’ll ever work again,″ said Coppola, who wrote and directed ``The Rainmaker,″ a John Grisham novel adapted for the screen. It opens Friday.