Arnold Schwarzenegger has settled his $50 million lawsuit against the Globe tabloid over a 1998 story concerning his health, his publicist said Tuesday.
After the 52-year-old Schwarzenegger’s 1997 surgery to repair a heart valve, doctors had said there was no reason the star could not continue his active lifestyle. The Globe printed an article saying he was in ill health and in danger of a heart attack. The Terminator himself then sued the tabloid, alleging that the article defamed him by saying his heart was a “ticking time bomb in his chest” and that he was “living in fear that … his heart will suddenly quit.”
The Globe will donate an undisclosed amount of money to Schwarzenegger’s charity, the Inner City Games Foundation, admit the story was wrong and publish a retraction, correction and apology, according to Catherine Olim, the actor’s publicist.
END OF (PLANET HOLLYWOOD) DAYS: While we have your attention, we also bring you word that Arnold Schwarzenegger is out of Planet Hollywood, and he won’t be back.
The action star announced in a statement issued by his publicist Tuesday that he is severing his relationship with the theme restaurant chain now that his five-year contract with the company has expired. His announcement arrives four days after Planet Hollywood recovered from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and made plans to focus on its current restaurants rather than open new ones. It will also announce new celebrity affiliations in the next few weeks. Schwarzenegger’s spokeswoman said there was no connection between his departure and the announcement.
“Of course, I am disappointed that the company did not continue with the success I had expected and hoped for,” Schwarzenegger said. “I wish Planet Hollywood well, but I want to focus my attention now on new U.S. and global business ventures, and on my movie career.”
SUDDENLY STALKED?: A Los Angeles man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to stalking Brooke Shields. Mark Bailey, 41, also pleaded not guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm with its identification numbers filed off.
Prosecutors say Bailey, 41, followed the “Suddenly Susan” star several times between Oct. 21, 1999, and Jan. 10. when he was arrested. The criminal complaint alleged Bailey “did maliciously and repeatedly follow and harass Brooke Shields and made a credible threat with the intent that she be placed in reasonable fear for her safety and the safety of her immediate family,” according to Reuters.
A preliminary hearing was set for Thursday to see if there is enough evidence to try Bailey; no word on if Shields, 34, will be presented as a witness.
TEARFUL TELEVISION: Marie Osmond addressed her marital heartache on her talk show, and the response was an emotional one.
“No outside parties or influences” prompted her to separate from husband Brian Blosil, a music producer, Osmond said at the beginning of the syndicated “Donny & Marie” show Monday. Osmond and Blosil were married 13 years.
She called the separation “a very private family issue,” but said she didn’t want to be secretive about it. She fought tears when she spoke of her seven children, and Donny Osmond, her brother and co-host, cried as he told Marie he loves and supports her.
QUICK TAKES: Robert De Niro will receive a lifetime achievement award at the Berlin Film Festival, which takes place Feb. 9-20 and will feature 12 of his films…
… Mike Myers’ chest hair will compete against Eddie Murphy’s wrinkles for the makeup Oscar nomination Feb. 12. Five films — “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” “Bicentennial Man,” “Blast From the Past,” “Life” and “Topsy-Turvy” — will be screened for the makeup award committee, which will either nominate up to three films, recommend one for a Special Achievement award or decide none of them deserve it…
…Rocker Mick Jagger has applied to the European Union to register his name as a trademark to sell items such as cologne, deodorant, fingernail treatments, footwear and headgear, according to Reuters. Sorry, Mick, but we can’t imagine anyone wanting to buy Jagger Press-On Nails.