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Steven Seagal versus journalist John Connolly. Offense: In a Spy profile, Connolly alleges that Seagal tried to hire a hit man to off one of his enemies % and tried to set up and photograph another offending journalist in a homosexual encounter. Damages: Unspecified. Status: Connolly has moved to have the suit dismissed and accused Seagal of attempting prior restraint. Whitney Houston versus the New York Post and its reporters Florence Anthony and Bill Hoffmann. Offense: On June 28, the Post said Houston was rushed to a Miami hospital with a heart ailment due to a diet pill overdose; the story claimed she was depressed over lingering pregnancy weight gain and, worse, jealous over the svelte figure of Janet Jackson-a former girlfriend of Houston’s hubby, Bobby Brown. Damages: $60 million. Status: At press time, the Post has promised to run a correction.

Kathie Lee Gifford versus the National Enquirer. Offense: The tabloid reported that Kathie Lee was artificially inseminated with Frank’s sperm, in a ”controversial” procedure to assure they’d have a daughter. Damages: $45 million. Status: The Giffords are proceeding, since the Enquirer refused to run a retraction.