EXPECTING Pop king Michael Jackson, 39, and wife Debbie Rowe, 38, are expecting their second child sometime next year. They have a 9-month-old son, Prince.
ARRESTED British rocker Paul Gadd, a.k.a. Gary Glitter, 53, was arrested for possession of child pornography, Nov. 18, in Bristol, England. The material was discovered by staffers at a computer store after the ’70s star took his computer in for repairs. After searching his homes in London and Somerset, police seized ”more indecent photos and videos of children,” according to a statement. Gadd’s lawyer denies the charges…. Rapper Coolio, 34, was charged with shoplifting and assault, Nov. 20, in Boeblingen, Germany. According to officials, Coolio and seven others left a shop wearing clothes that they didn’t pay for; the shop owner was also allegedly punched. In a statement, Coolio said he ”has no knowledge of any assault during the incident, and the shoplifting charge is based on a misunderstanding.”
LAWSUITS Diva of domesticity Martha Stewart, 56, filed a libel suit against the National Enquirer, Nov. 20, in L.A. Stewart is seeking more than $10 million for a Sept. 2 story headlined ”Martha Stewart Mentally Ill.” Stewart claims the piece is false. A statement issued by the Enquirer says the paper is ”comfortable with our story and will defend the lawsuit vigorously.”
DEATHS Legendary acting teacher Robert Lewis, 88, of a heart attack, Nov. 23, in New York City. A disciple of Konstantin Stanislavsky’s teachings, Lewis founded the seminal Actors Studio with Elia Kazan and Cheryl Crawford in 1947, and taught for more than 60 years at acting studios such as the Yale School of Drama and the Lincoln Center Repertory Company. His students have included Marlon Brando, Meryl Streep, Montgomery Clift, and Sigourney Weaver…. Rock critic Robert Palmer, 52, of liver disease, Nov. 20, in Valhalla, N.Y. An accomplished saxophonist and clarinetist, Palmer recorded albums with his experimental-rock band, Insect Trust, in the late ’60s before turning to journalism, becoming The New York Times‘ first full-time pop-music critic in 1981. Palmer also wrote several books, including the scholarly musical work Deep Blues (1981)…. Actor George Petrie, 85, of cancer, Nov. 16, in L.A. Petrie began as a stage actor in the ’30s, then moved on to radio, film, and TV. Most recently, he appeared on Mad About You, where he played Sid the film editor.