Accusations In the wake of a Nov. 26 subway token-booth firebombing in New York City that resembled two scenes in Money Train, Sen. Bob Dole urged Americans to ”voice their outrage” by boycotting the Columbia action film starring Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes. A token clerk, Harry Kaufman, 50, was severely burned in the attack and reportedly was near death. Harrelson, whose 1994 film Natural Born Killers also raised Dole’s ire, issued a statement saying he feels ”terrible for Mr. Kaufman and his family” but adding, ”I’m sure the movie did not create the mentality of the men who perpetrated this crime.” Columbia expressed outrage at the suspects but said it had no plans to trim the scenes or withdraw the film. Money Train grossed $15.5 million over Thanksgiving weekend.
Engagements The man Julia Roberts left at the altar, Kiefer Sutherland, 28, announced plans to wed Kelly Winn, 32, next summer. Sutherland has a daughter, Sarah, 7, from a pre-Julia marriage to actress Camelia Kath that ended in 1988. Winn, a full-time mother, has two sons from a previous relationship.
Splits Singer Natalie Cole, 44, has filed for divorce from her second husband, music producer Andre Fischer. In papers dated Nov. 21, Cole cited irreconcilable differences and asked for a restraining order against Fischer, who served as a producer on Cole’s 1991 Unforgettable album. According to her spokeswoman, Cole has separated from Fischer before but this is the first time she has taken legal action.
Deaths Director Louis Malle, 63, of lymphoma, on Nov. 23 in the Beverly Hills home he shared with his wife, actress Candice Bergen. (See story, page 78.). Saxophonist Junior Walker, 53, born Autry DeWalt Jr., of cancer, on Nov. 23 at his home in Battle Creek, Mich. As leader of Motown’s Jr. Walker and the All Stars, Walker’s sax fueled such roadhouse soul classics as ”Shotgun.”. Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant, 60, of a heart attack, on Nov. 21 while en route to his home in southern England. Grant, a former professional wrestler known for his girth and garrulous nature, rewrote the book on rock & roll management and helped make Zeppelin extremely wealthy. ”He loved the game and turned it upside down,” Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant said through his spokesman.
— Casey Davidson and Jessica Shaw