ARRESTED William Holt, 26, and Michael Mischler, 29, for burglary and attempted extortion, July 4, in L.A. According to the DA’s office, Mischler robbed model Elle Macpherson’s home June 12. Then, on July 3, Mischler and Holt sent a letter to Macpherson threatening to put photos of her on the Internet and ”expose a secret” about her if she didn’t pay an undisclosed amount. Neither police nor the DA will discuss details of the letter or photos. Mischler has yet to enter a plea; Holt has pleaded innocent.
LAWSUITS On July 14, in L.A. Superior Court, Brad Pitt filed suit for invasion of privacy and other complaints against Playgirl, which in its August issue published nude photos of Pitt and ex-girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow taken in St. Bart’s in 1995 by an unnamed photographer. Though the issue had already gone to subscribers and newsstands, a judge reportedly issued a partial restraining order to keep any more copies of Playgirl from being distributed. A hearing for a permanent injunction is set for July 29. A spokeswoman for Playgirl refuses to comment…. Lisa Marie Presley, 29, filed suit for libel and other complaints against the National Enquirer, July 14, in L.A. According to court papers, Presley claims that a June 17 story, reporting that she scrawled ”Nobody loves me — I’m ugly” on her arms, is untrue. The Enquirer stands by its story…. The drunk-driving trial of singer John Denver, 53, ended in a hung jury, July 12, in Denver. Prosecutors say the singer’s blood alcohol level was over the legal limit when he wrecked his car in August 1994. Denver’s lawyer said the singer has a thyroid condition that makes it difficult to metabolize alcohol and food, making a blood test inconclusive. A hearing to decide if there will be a new trial is scheduled for Aug. 19.
DEATHS Film executive Max E. Youngstein, 84, of natural causes, July 8, in L.A. In 1951, Youngstein and four partners took over United Artists from surviving founders Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford. After serving as head of production and marketing for 11 years, Youngstein left UA, later producing films, including 1964’s Fail-Safe.