Tom Sinclair and Anna Holmes
November 01, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

Legendary lothario Mick Jagger has been attracting trouble the way the Rolling Stones once drew groupies. First, Jagger, 53, was named as a defendant, along with L.A.’s Viper Room, in an assault-and-battery suit filed by paparazzo Russell Einhorn, Oct. 8 in L.A. According to Einhorn’s attorney, the photographer was beaten violently after he shot Jagger embracing actress Uma Thurman, 26, at the Viper Room in the wee hours of Oct. 1. The suit alleges the culprits were either Jagger’s bodyguards or employees of the Viper Room, or some combination of the two. Then came reports that Jagger’s wife, model Jerry Hall, 40, was so outraged she hired Princess Di’s divorce lawyer, Anthony Julius. Jagger’s attorney hasn’t returned calls, and his publicist won’t confirm reports of a split. The Viper Room’s lawyers deny knowledge of the suit…. Teri Hatcher, 31, Lois Lean herself, filed a breach-of-contract suit against Bally’s Health and Tennis Corp. and its ad agency, Oct. 16, in L.A. Hatcher says she’s owed $312,500 for TV commercials and print ads she starred in for the health-club chain. Attorneys for Bally’s did not return calls. The ad agency had no comment.

Free at last! The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, 38, announced he will release his next album, the triple CD Emancipation, Nov. 19, through EMI-Capitol Music Group. He recently fulfilled his contract with Warner Bros. Records, with which he’d been bitterly warring…. A new disclosure from novelist Michael Crichton, 54: Touchstone Pictures just purchased the feature film rights to Crichton’s upcoming novel, Airframe. The sum, reportedly between $8 million and $10 million, would be among the biggest ever paid for a book. (John Grisham received $8 million for the rights to his recently published The Runaway Jury.) Airframe, which concerns the investigation of an airline disaster, will hit bookstores in December.

Idaho-phile Bruce Willis, 41, has purchased Soldier Mountain, a small ski resort in Camas Valley, Idaho, for $850,000. According to Joe McAllister, president of the Willis-owned company that will manage the mountain, an extensive overhaul of the property is under way. ”This has the potential to be a world-class ski resort,” says McAllister. Watch for the slogan: Slalom hard with a vengeance.

Fur was flying over at The New Yorker when the magazine discovered it had been duped by a deceptive ad cooked up by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The spot, which ran in the Oct. 14 issue, offered a ”Free Fur Video” available by calling ”Paul’s Furs.” ”Paul” turned out to be ardent PETA supporter Paul McCartney, 54, whose recorded voice greeted those who dialed the number listed. Callers who then ordered the tape received a graphic video showing animals being brutalized. ”Our question is,” says a magazine spokeswoman, ”why does PETA feel the need to do misleading advertising?” Says PETA’s Dan Matthews: ”If we need to play a prank to attract the attention of people who are insensitive to animal suffering, we’re happy to do so.”

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