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Celebrity news for the week of March 30, 2007

Celebrity news for the week of March 30, 2007 — Brief updates on births, divorces, court dates, and more

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ENGAGED
Singer Usher, 28, will tie the knot with his girlfriend, stylist Tameka Foster.

SPLITS
Marie Osmond, 47, and her record-producer spouse Brian Blosil, 54, announced March 30 that they’re divorcing after more than 20 years of marriage…. On April 3, Scary Movie star Anna Faris, 30, filed for divorce from her husband, actor Benjamin Indra, 28. The couple wed nearly three years ago.

BIRTHS
Former Spice Girl Melanie Brown, 31, welcomed her second daughter on April 3.

DROPPED
CMT announced March 29 that it will no longer air the Miss America Pageant, leaving the 86-year-old competition without a TV home for the second time since ABC abandoned the low-rated telecast in 2004.

COURTS
A 32-year-old woman was arrested March 29 in front of the Beverly Hills mansion belonging to Tom Cruise, 44, and Katie Holmes, 28, for violating a restraining order. In 2006, the woman was also ordered to stay away from actor John Cusack, 40…. Britney Spears, 25, and Kevin Federline, 29, reached a separation agreement on March 29 in L.A. Details about child custody and finances were not disclosed. Spears filed for divorce on Nov. 7, 2006, citing irreconcilable differences…. Germany-based Constantin Film Produktion sued John Goodman, 54, on April 2 in L.A. for breach of contract. The company, which seeks $3 million in damages, claims the actor violated an oral agreement by dropping out of their movie, Pope Joan, two months before the shoot. Goodman’s reps could not be reached for comment…. On March 28, a British court threw out an appeal from The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail authors Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, who contend that Dan Brown, 42, stole their ideas for his novel The Da Vinci Code…. The Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo (né Jaime Luis Gomez), 31, was arrested near L.A. on March 27 for an alleged DUI. Police say they found marijuana in his car after the singer was involved in a minor traffic accident. He was released on $15,000 bail. Taboo’s lawyer did not return calls for comment…. Ex-Family Ties star Brian Bonsall, 25, was arrested March 28 in Colorado for allegedly assaulting girlfriend Lindsey Dunavan, 25, who was also apprehended. She told police that he choked her; Bonsall claims she attacked him with a knife…. A 32-year-old man was arrested for disturbing the peace at a Michelle Branch concert in Sheboygan, Wis., after she pointed him out in the crowd. In 2004, the 23-year-old singer filed a stalking complaint against him, but it was subsequently dropped.

DEATHS
Producer William Panzer (Highlander), 64, after an accidental fall in his home, March 18, in Boise, Idaho…. Western star Lynn Merrick (Days of Old Cheyenne), 85, of natural causes, March 25, in West Palm Beach, Fla…. Grammy-nominated Tupper Saussy, 70, who penned the 1969 hit ”Morning Girl” for his group Neon Philharmonic, of a heart attack, March 16, in Nashville.


A Knight in Shiny Sunglasses
People just can’t stop honoring Bono. He’s won 22 Grammys, he’s been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and now the U2 rocker/activist, 46, is officially a knight of the British Empire. Bono accepted the title on March 29 in Dublin — but don’t call him ”Sir,” as that’s reserved for British citizens only. ”Call me anything [else],” he joked. ”Lord of the lords, your demigodness, that’ll do.” — Simon Vozick-Levinson


This Week in Sanjaya
Sanjaya Malakar — the pitchless 17-year-old American Idol hopeful with the big, pearly grin — continues to drive America to the edge of despair. For this week’s sappy slaughter of ”Cheek to Cheek,” he ditched the ponyhawk in favor of a slicked-back coif and a blinding white suit (to match his teeth, of course). Once again, our country is divided: On one side stand detractors such as MySpace’s ”J,” who vowed to hunger-strike until Malakar is booted (a protest that was recently aborted). On the other? ”Fanjayas” like Howard Stern, who encourages listeners to vote for the teen in an effort to ruin the Fox hit. Week 4 results were pending at press time, but so far the campaign seems to have been working. — Tanner Stransky

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