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A big week for (alleged) harassment in Hollywood

Plus Orlando Bloom, Christina Applegate, and more celebrities making news the week of July 30, 2010

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EXPECTING
Christina Applegate, 37, and her fiancé, Martyn Lenoble, 41, are expecting their first child together.

MARRIED
Surprise! A month after announcing their engagement, Orlando Bloom, 33, and model Miranda Kerr, 27, revealed that they married earlier this month.

APOLOGY
After making comments to a British newspaper that were condemned as anti-Semitic — including the claim that Jews dominate the media — director Oliver Stone issued an apology: ”In trying to make a broader historical point about the range of atrocities the Germans committed against many people, I made a clumsy association about the Holocaust, for which I am sorry.”

COURTS
A former contestant on Britain’s Got Talent went before a London labor court July 21, claiming Simon Cowell, 50, humiliated and degraded her during a broadcast in May 2009. Emma Amelia Pearl Czikai alleges that the show treated her unfairly by failing to adjust the acoustics for her performance. Her claim, for a reported $3.8 million, will be decided in late August…. Lawyers for Angelina Jolie, 34, and Brad Pitt, 46, won a suit July 22 in London against Britain’s News of the World tabloid, which copped to printing a false story in January alleging that the couple was preparing to split. The tabloid will publish a printed and online apology in addition to paying Pitt and Jolie an undisclosed sum and covering their legal costs. — With additional reporting by Stewart Allen

BIRTHDAYS
Hilary Swank, 36
July 30

Christopher Nolan, 40
July 30

J.K. Rowling, 45
July 31

Mary-Louise Parker, 46
Aug. 2

A big week for (alleged) harassment in Hollywood
Celebrities and studios have recently been served with a spate of harassment suits alleging everything from lewd conduct to booze on set. A look at the latest litigation:

· Film producer vs. Casey Affleck A woman filed a sexual harassment suit against the actor-director, 34, in an L.A. court July 23, claiming he subjected her to ”repeated incidents of offensive conduct” in 2009 while working on Affleck’s documentary about Joaquin Phoenix. Amanda White seeks at least $2 million in damages. Affleck’s lawyer, who plans to countersue, says the allegations ”are preposterous and without merit.”

· Bones extra vs. David Boreanaz The actor, 41, is accused of harassing Kristina Hagan, who was employed as an extra on the Fox crime series, with sexually explicit pictures and aggressive behavior after the two met on the set in August 2009, according to her suit filed July 22 in L.A. Boreanaz’s rep says Hagan’s claims ”are totally fabricated and absurd.”

· House crew member vs. Universal Network Television On July 20 in L.A., Carl Jones, an assistant prop master, filed a $1 million suit against the studio, claiming that the set was a ”hostile” environment where his supervisors drank alcohol, used cocaine, and visited strip clubs. Jones alleges he was fired in March for not participating. Universal says the suit is ”without merit.” — AR