Bobby Brown's arrest and Madonna's change in representation made news the week of May 12th
ARRESTED Singer Bobby Brown, 26, and two friends were charged with aggravated assault after allegedly hitting a man with a bottle at Mannequins, a Disney World disco, on April 26 in Orlando, Fla. According to Jim Solomons, a spokesman for the Orange County sheriff’s office, the man was taken to a local hospital for surgery to reattach a nearly severed ear. An agitated Brown refused an order to sit on a curb (”It had to do with his clothes — he didn’t want to get them dirty,” says Solomons) and later urinated in a squad car, the spokesman said. Brown, whose wife, Whitney Houston, was on tour in Asia at the time of the arrest, was released on $5,000 bail after four hours in jail. A court date has not been set.
LAWSUIT Actor Jan-Michael Vincent, 49, is accused of an assault and battery that allegedly caused his two-months-pregnant girlfriend to miscarry. In a civil suit filed April 27 in L.A., actress Lisa Marie Chiafullo, 32, alleges that Vincent repeatedly hit her on March 18, causing injuries including the miscarriage. Chiafullo is seeking damages of ”not less than $5 million.” Vincent could not be reached for comment.
DEALS Madonna, 36, has changed agents — again. After 10 years with CAA, the Material Girl switched to William Morris on March 13 and then, on April 25, moved to ICM. ”We felt that circumstances at ICM were ideal for all aspects of her career,” her manager, Freddy DeMann, says in a statement. ”We thought it best to make this move sooner rather than later in order to minimize the need for ‘undoing’ anything under way at William Morris.”
EXPECTING Five months after filing for divorce, Jean-Claude Van Damme, 34, and model Darcy LaPier, 29, announced they’re reconciled and expecting a baby in October. ”I am very happy and excited to start a family with my beautiful wife,” says Van Damme.
RECOVERING Actor Jerry Grayson, 58, suffered a heart attack on stage during an April 30 preview performance of Broadway’s On the Waterfront. Grayson, who plays the thug Barney, collapsed near the end of the first act, leaving understudy Robertson Carricart to finish the show. The actor’s ”doing fine,” according to a spokesman at St. Clare’s Hospital.
DEATHS Screenwriter Robert Paul Breslo, 37, died of complications due to AIDS, on March 10 in New York City. Breslo adapted the Carson McCullers story ”A Domestic Dilemma” for a 1991 HBO TV movie produced by Jonathan Demme. ”I was in awe of his gift,” says Demme, who cast Breslo in a small role in Philadelphia. ”When a brilliant person you know dies young from this damn disease, it’s a tragedy.” … Publicist Henry C. Rogers, 82, cofounder of the Rogers & Cowan PR firm, of heart and kidney problems, on April 28 at his L.A. home. Credited with making publicists true powers in Hollywood, he represented Audrey Hepburn, Kirk Douglas, Joan Crawford, and Rita Hayworth, among others.
— Casey Davidson and Jessica Shaw