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March 28, 1997

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Bad boy Martin Lawrence is in trouble again.

The star of the movies ``You So Crazy,″ ``Bad Boys,″ and television’s ``Martin,″ was arrested early Friday after he allegedly punched a man who bumped into him while dancing at a restaurant-bar, police said.

Lawrence was booked for investigation of misdemeanor battery and freed on $250 bond, Lt. Anthony Alba said.

In July, Lawrence was arrested at Burbank Airport after police found a loaded handgun in a suitcase he was taking on a flight to Phoenix. He was hospitalized last May after he was found screaming in the middle of a busy Los Angeles intersection.

In December, former ``Martin″ co-star Tisha Campbell sued Lawrence, claiming he sexually harassed and sexually battered her, making conditions on the set ``intolerable.″


TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ Barry Manilow may write the songs that make young girls cry, but a judge says in a lawsuit those same songs nearly blew his ears out.

The judge said he has had a constant ringing in his ears ever since the Dec. 23, 1993, concert in Tucson.

``Let me say I expected Barry Manilow to be soft, amplified music,″ Arizona Court of Appeals Judge Philip Espinosa said in a deposition.

Espinosa, 44, said he’s not even a big Manilow fan but he went with his wife because she is. He said it was the loudest concert he ever attended.

``She’s mad at me, I have to tell you,″ Espinosa said. ``She loves Barry.″

Espinosa sued in 1994, seeking unspecified damages, and the trial is set for Sept. 23. The suit also names Manilow’s production company, an Arizona concert promoter and the city of Tucson, which runs the convention center where the concert was held.

Manilow, known for such hits as ``Mandy″ and ``I Write the Songs,″ also plans to give a deposition at a later date.


CHASKA, Minn. (AP) _ The artist formerly known as Prince wants to keep a lawsuit about his private life away from the public.

The ``Purple Rain″ star asked a judge to keep proceedings closed in his lawsuit against two former employees who went public with their story about the death of his newborn son.

The rock star has sued Erlene and Arlene Mojica for going to a London tabloid last October, claiming they violated a confidentiality agreement.

His lawyers asked Carver County District Judge Jean Davies on Thursday to make sure nothing more comes out publicly. Davies gave attorneys for both sides until Monday to file papers on the request.

The Mojica sisters have claimed in interviews that Prince decided prematurely to shut off life support for his baby, who was born with a deformed skull that often causes retardation or early death.

The artist and his wife have not publicly acknowledged the baby’s death, and the child’s birth and death records do not clearly document his parentage.


BOSTON (AP) _ Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy’s ex-wife says she feared him by the end of their 12-year marriage, and he often called her a nobody.

But Sheila Rauch Kennedy said she finally stood up to the Massachusetts Democrat by refusing to have their marriage annulled so he could marry someone else.

``I know in retrospect there were other times when I should have faced up to Joe ... I had never faced the truth that by the end of our marriage I had simply become afraid of him,″ she wrote in her new book.

Excerpts of ``Shattered Faith: A Woman’s Struggle to stop the Catholic Church from Annulling Her Marriage,″ appeared in Friday’s Boston Herald.

After all, she wrote, ``I was, as he so often reminded me, a nobody; and nobody in his town would be on my side.″

Joseph Kennedy, the son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, divorced his wife in 1991, then asked for an annulment so he could marry his aide, Beth Kelly, in a church ceremony. The couple later married in a civil ceremony.

``I love my family very much. I understand Sheila’s feelings, and respect her right to express them,″ Kennedy said in a statement Thursday.


ODESSA, Texas (AP) _ Enrique Iglesias shares his father’s name, but that may be all the two pop stars have in common.

The younger Iglesias said the ballads of his father, Julio, are of a different generation.

``They don’t compare,″ the 21-year-old Enrique Iglesias said of their styles.

Enrique Iglesias begins his first concert tour on Sunday in Odessa. He won a Grammy this year for best Latin pop performance and his second album, ``Vivir,″ has sold 5 million copies in one week of release.

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