Top Story: Naomi Campbell Sued
AP reports that Naomi Campbell is being sued by a former assistant who alleges that the British model attacked her two years ago in a Beverly Hills hotel. According to the lawsuit, Simone Craig, 29, claims Campbell grabbed her by the arms, threw her down onto a couch, and kept her prisoner in a room at the L’Hermitage Hotel, yelling, “You’re going to stay here and do your job!” Campbell‘s lawyers have stated that the model completely denies the accusations. In February of 2000, Campbell pleaded guilty to an assault charge for beating an assistant in Canada while working on a film in 1998. After this incident however, she was released without punishment.
PETA Makes Fun of Clay Aiken
According to the Associated Press, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has delayed an ad campaign whose slogan is “Get Neutered, It Didn’t Hurt Clay Aiken,” stemming from an interview Aiken gave in the June issue of Rolling Stone, in which he made some negative comments about cats. The ad features Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, a recurring puppet character from Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Angry letters from the pop singer’s fans, as well as those applauding the ad slogan, have been flooding the animal rights organization. Matthews said that his organization sent a letter to Aiken after the Rolling Stone interview, but never received a response. If the issue goes unresolved, PETA will run their original ads next week. “If Clay Aiken intends on staying famous, he has to learn to take a joke,” remarked Dan Matthews, vice president of PETA.
Robert Conrad Charged With DUI
On Tuesday, a judge ordered actor Robert Conrad to stand trial for driving under the influence of alcohol, AP reports. Back on March 31, Conrad crashed head on into another vehicle near his home in Calaveras County in northern California. According to police, his blood alcohol level at the time was nearly three times the legal limit, 0.22 percent. The television actor pleaded innocent to two felony counts of DUI. When Conrad failed to turn up on time for the preliminary hearing, a judge ordered that his lawyer find the former TV tough guy. Conrad later attributed his absence to physical therapy he has had to undergo. Kevin Burnett, the other driver in the accident, suffered a broken wrist and leg. He has filed a lawsuit against Conrad and his production company, Black Sheep Productions, seeking damages and compensation. The actor will be arraigned on Dec. 8.
Britney Fans Camp Out for CD; Critics Unimpressed
With the release of pop sensation Britney Spears‘ new album In the Zone, on Tuesday, hundreds of eager fans camped outside the Virgin Megastore in Times Square for the chance to have their copy of the CD signed by the young diva herself, Reuters reports. Though fans traveled across the country in some cases to meet Spears, many critics maintain that her fourth album is far from her best work. The New York Times described the CD as being “almost perversely devoid of personality.” Other critics have pointed out that the pop star’s vocals sound more like sex sounds than singing. The New York Times said that the 21-year-old singer “works hard to prove that she’s hot blooded, although she sounds colder than ever.”
Berry Feeling Better
Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry, 37, reports that she has recovered from the broken arm she suffered while filming Gothika, and is feeling better about her recent separation from husband Eric Benet, according to AP. The actress has a positive outlook about her romantic future. “I’ve made some bad choices in that area…I used to say that if there was a loser in town, I’d find him. But I don’t say that anymore…I’m going to find the right man.” Berry broke her arm in May while filming a scene for Gothika in which she struggles with a man who tries to sedate her. Because of the accident, filming for the new movie was delayed six weeks.
Eminem’s Ex-Wife Finally in Court
On Tuesday, Kim Mathers, who was married to rap star Eminem until 2001, appeared in two Macomb County, Mich. courtrooms after missing two earlier scheduled hearings for drug charges. According to AP, a Macomb County Circuit judge ordered that Mathers be placed on an electronic tether that will alert authorities if she leaves her home, and that she undergo drug and alcohol testing, as well as attend Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings. Mathers was originally scheduled to attent a Nov. 4 hearing for violating the bond conditions of a St. Clair Shores, Mich. drug case. On Dec. 18, she is scheduled to attend a hearing regarding cocaine possession charges. Also on Tuesday, Mathers appeared before a Warren district court judge in connection with a separate drug charge.
AFI To Name 100 Greatest Movie Songs
The American Film Institute announced Tuesday that it will honor Hollywood’s greatest movie songs in a June CBS special entitled, “AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Songs: America’s Greatest Music in the Movies,” Reuters reports. AFI will enlist the help of some 1,500 directors, screenwriters, actors, editors, cinematographers, critics, and historians in making the final selections from a list of 400 nominated songs. Said AFI director and CEO Jean Picker Firstenberg, “Great songs are a personal and unforgettable part of the storytelling experience, so combining music and film this year will undoubtedly provoke impassioned, heated debate and discord among even the closest friends.” Nominees range from The Wizard of Oz‘s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to 8 Mile‘s “Lose Yourself.”
Role Call: Anthony Anderson May Find “King’s Ransom”
Reuters reports that actor Anthony Anderson of Scary Movie 3 has entered talks to star in the upcoming New Line Cinema comedy King’s Ransom. The project focuses on the exploits of a wealthy and cocky businessman who could lose half his money to the obnoxious wife he is trying to divorce, so he arranges his own kidnapping, unaware of a separate plot to nab and ransom him for real. If he takes the role, Anderson will be one busy guy–he is to appear in the upcoming films My Baby’s Daddy