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News, Dec. 21: Snipes Sues New York City, Rapper Charged in Vibe Melee, Brolin Cited with Domestic Battery, More...

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Dec 21, 2004 | 10:19am EST

Wesley Snipes sues New York City

Blade: Trinity star Wesley Snipes is suing New York City over an arrest warrant issued against him in an Indiana paternity case. Reuters reports the Manhattan judge took the action on an interstate paternity petition filed in Indiana by a woman who claims Snipes fathered her 3-year-old son. But the actor says the city had no authority to seek his DNA and his suit, filed yesterday in Manhattan federal court, alleges the woman involved had a history of making wild claims against celebrities, including Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and Prince. Snipes' suit also charges that the woman is a mentally ill former crack addict who began having delusions about him after watching the movie Blade. Snipes' lawyer Robert Bernhoft said the actor lived in Orlando, Fla., so New York City had no jurisdiction to file the arrest warrant issued by a New York family court judge and is seeking a court ruling to have it invalidated. The suit also names LaPorte County, Indiana, as a defendant. A lawyer for New York, Emily Sweet, said the lawsuit was being evaluated and could not comment further but a hearing was scheduled for Wednesday.

Rapper charged in Vibe Award stabbing

Rapper Young Buck was charged Monday with stabbing a fellow performer at the Vibe Awards in Santa Monica, Calif., last month. Reuters reports Young Buck, whose real name is David Darnell Brown, attacked rapper Jimmy James Johnson after Johnson, who was refused an autograph by Dr. Dre, punched the rap impresario in the face. The dispute set off a chair-throwing melee that that nonetheless did not stop the ceremony. Johnson was arrested and remains in custody on a suspected parole violation while Brown remains free on $500,000. If convicted, Brown faces up to eight years in prison.

Actor Brolin cited with domestic battery

Actor Josh Brolin was cited for misdemeanor domestic battery Sunday after his wife, actress Diane Lane, called police during an argument at the couple's home, The Associated Press reports. Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the city attorney's office, told the AP no charges have been filed. Brolin, the son of actor James Brolin and stepson of Barbra Streisand, was arrested around 3 a.m. Sunday and released on $20,000 bail. Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the couple said the incident was a "misunderstanding" and the couple had reconciled. Brolin, 36, and Lane, 39, were married in an August ceremony on Brolin's ranch north of Los Angeles.

Host Probst dates former Survivor

Survivor host Jeff Probst and former Survivor: Vanuatu contestant Julie Berry are now an item, Reuters reports. "Nobody is more surprised than me," Probst, 43, was quoted as saying on People magazine's Web site. Probst said he and Berry, a 24-year-old youth mentor, started dating after he e-mailed her to say hello once the show was over. Berry, one of 18 contestants on Vanuatu, was among the five still in the running before she was voted off by her rivals during a show that aired Dec. 9.

Alley hawks Jenny Craig

After being tagged a Fat Actress for a new Showtime series, Kirstie Alley is now getting serious about losing weight. The actress has signed a deal to appear in ads for the Jenny Craig weight-management program, the AP reports. "I had a great time getting fat and now I'm going to have an even greater time losing weight," Alley, 53, said in a statement. "I had four offers from other companies, but I wanted to go with the ... one that I knew would work--and, let's face it, Jenny Craig's food is hands-down the yummiest." The TV commercials will begin airing Jan. 10, the Carlsbad, Calif.-based company announced Monday.

Next Harry Potter installment due in July

J.K. Rowling has finished the sixth book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which is due to be released July 16, Reuters reports. The book picks up the story of Harry Potter's sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as his evil foe Lord Voldemort's "power and followers are increasing day by day," Rowling's publishers Bloomsbury and Scholastic said. "I know you all expected this to happen on Christmas Day, but I was sure that those of you who celebrate Christmas have better things to do on the day itself than fight your way into my study, whereas those of you who don't celebrate Christmas would definitely prefer not to wait until the 25th," Rowling said in a message on her Web site.

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