Top Story: Student Sues Prince Over Photo Taken at Airport
Prince wants a fan to “Gett Off”! A college student from Edina, Minn., has filed a lawsuit against Prince and his bodyguard for allegedly assaulting him after he took a picture of the musician getting off a flight at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, The Associated Press reports. According to papers filed Wednesday in Hennepin County District Court, Anthony Fitzgerald claims that on Dec. 29 Prince‘s bodyguard lunged at him “in an aggressive, threatening manner,” then grabbed his digital camera, leaving him “stunned and humiliated.” Fitzgerald’s attorney Frank Berman said the lawsuit, dated Jan. 14, was filed Wednesday because Prince‘s “people” wouldn’t accept a copy of it. The lawsuit alleges assault and battery, loss of the camera and intentional infliction of emotional distress that left Fitzgerald anxious and unable to sleep, the AP reports. A spokeswoman for Prince told the Star-Tribune Thursday she was not familiar with the lawsuit.
Warrant Issued for Eminem’s Ex-Wife
An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday for rapper Eminem‘s ex-wife after she failed to return to a court-ordered drug treatment program. In February, a Macomb County judge ordered Kimberly Mathers to serve 30 days in the county jail and then be transferred to an inpatient substance abuse treatment program for 90 days. She was taken to a doctor’s appointment Tuesday and was supposed to attend a nearby Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meeting and then return to the treatment facility, but she never returned. Mathers, 28, was sentenced in January to two years’ probation after pleading guilty to charges of cocaine possession and failing to give adequate space to an emergency vehicle. The charges came from a June traffic stop. Mathers and Eminem, whose legal name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III, have an 8-year-old daughter, Hailie.
Trump’s Claims Anger Rival Networks
Donald Trump‘s declaration that his NBC reality show The Apprentice is tops in the ratings, a claim he made while hosting Saturday Night Live last weekend, has upset rival networks, which retaliated with press releases disputing The Donald‘s claim. Fox pointed out that American Idol was No. 1 in virtually every demo, “except perhaps among certain real estate moguls aged 50-plus.” CBS, meanwhile, said that season-to-date, both CSI and Survivor All-Stars lead The Apprentice in viewers. But Trump had the last word. “Ultimately, my statements always become accurate,” Trump told Variety.
Judge Dismisses Battery Case Against Vince Neil
Superior Court Judge Richard Stone dismissed one misdemeanor battery case against former Motley Crue singer Vince Neil Wednesday while another case against him still waits in the wings, the AP reports. The 43-year-old rocker completed more than 100 hours of community service, allowing the judge to drop charges stemming from an April 2002 altercation with record producer Michael Schuman outside a Los Angeles nightclub. Schuman, who had never met Neil before, alleged the singer struck him several times in the face. Neilis not in the clear yet, as he must still stand trial later this month on misdemeanor battery charges stemming from an incident in which he allegedly grabbed and threw a prostitute against the wall of a Nevada brothel.
FCC May Fine Howard Stern Show
U.S. regulators are considering fines totaling $495,000 against six Clear Channel Communications Inc. radio stations that aired indecent comments made on the Howard Stern show, Reuters reports. If members of the Federal Communications Commission voted to propose the fines, it would mark the first time the agency had counted as a separate violation each indecent comment uttered on air. In February, Clear Channel dropped Stern from its six stations after a discussion on his show that included explicit sex talk and a racist remark. Stern has railed against the FCC and the Bush administration for trying to get him off the air.
Janet Jackson’s Chart-Topping Streak Over
Janet Jackson‘s newest album Damita Jo failed to top the charts its first week in stores and marks the first time since the singer’s 1989 Rhythm Nation that one of her albums did not debut at No. 1, Reuters reports. Jackson‘s new album sold an estimated 381,000 units in its first week ended April 4, ranking No. 2 to R&B star Usher‘s Confessions, which remained at No. 1 for a second week running, selling 486,000 units, according to sales tracker Nielsen SoundScan.
Turner Gets His Own Star
Media mogul Ted Turner got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Wednesday, Reuters reports. Some of those in attendance included old-time Hollywood stars Esther Williams, Betty Garrett and child star Margaret O’Brien, thanking Turner for replaying their classic films and reviving their faded fame on his Turner Classic Movies cable channel. “I’m almost at a loss for words,” Turner said. “I’m really excited about it,” he said. “I love show business.”
Role Call: Dafoe Joins von Trier’s Manderlay; Berry, Winfrey Look To God
Willem Dafoe has been cast in Lars von Trier‘s Manderlay, the followup to Dogville, the first of three installments in the quirky director’s USA–Land of Opportunities trilogy. Like Dogville, Manderlay will be shot entirely on a stage and is set in the American South during the 1930s and explores the repression of blacks. It also stars Lauren Bacall, Jeremy Davies, Danny Glover and Chloe Sevigny…Halle Berry and Oprah Winfrey will join forces in an ABC-TV movie Their Eyes Were Watching God