SPLITS On Nov. 10, model Darcy LaPier, 31, filed court papers in L.A. accusing her actor husband, Jean-Claude Van Damme, 37, of spousal abuse and mood swings resulting from cocaine addiction. The charges were submitted subsequent to divorce proceedings begun by Van Damme in June. (LaPier had filed for divorce twice before, in 1994 and 1996, but the couple reconciled both times.) In the papers, LaPier says Van Damme’s ”physical and mental abuse…are at a dangerous level.” She is seeking custody of their son, Nicolas, 2. Van Damme’s spokesperson refuses to comment.
RECOVERING Pixieish Icelandic singer Bjork, 32, was admitted to a Reykjavik hospital on Nov. 27, to treat a kidney infection. She was released four days later. The singer will cancel four upcoming appearances in the U.S…. Self-proclaimed Lord of the Dance Michael Flatley, 38, was admitted to a Brisbane, Australia, hospital on Nov. 27, after collapsing backstage during a show. He was released two days later, having been treated for an acute respiratory infection. According to a spokesperson, Flatley was ”worn down from performing every night” and has canceled the remainder of his Australian tour…. Actor Fred Berry, 47, a.k.a. Rerun on the ’70s sitcom What’s Happening!!, was treated at Harlem Hospital Center in New York City for bruises and contusions, Nov. 24. According to a police report, Robert Jenkins, 30, an acquaintance of Berry’s, attacked and punched him in the face — reportedly, they were arguing over money Jenkins owed Berry. Jenkins, who was arrested and charged with assault, was unreachable for comment. Berry, who works for a catering company, was released after being treated.
DEATHS Jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli, 89, of complications from hernia surgery, Dec. 1, in Paris. Grappelli, a technically accomplished musician and a master of improvisation, was probably best known for cofounding, with Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt, the influential Quintet of the Hot Club of France in the early 1930s. The band was the first important jazz group to form outside the U.S., and recorded such classics as ”Tiger Rag” and ”Sweet Sue.”… Film and TV writer DeVallon Scott, 87, of undisclosed causes, Nov. 24, in Woodland Hills, Calif. During his 30-year career, he wrote 15 feature films, including 1955’s The Maverick Queen, and numerous episodes of TV series such as Hawaiian Eye and The Millionaire.