Celebrity news for the week May 31

By Chris Nashawaty
Updated May 31, 1996 at 04:00 AM EDT

LawsuitsMel Gibson may have named his Australian cattle dog Maverick, but at least one person thinks he should’ve used the title of another one of his films — Lethal Weapon. A woman named Terry Adamson filed a complaint for personal injuries and damages against the actor on May 17, claiming that Gibson’s unleashed pooch attacked her outside the star’s Malibu home in May ’95. Gibson had no comment on the biting issue.

Exits After a decade as the toothsome cohost of Entertainment Tonight, John Tesh, 43, announced on May 14 that he’s leaving the show to pursue his music career full-time. Tesh will be replaced by ET correspondent and weekend host Bob Goen.

Recovering ”Happy Trails” cowgirl Dale Evans, 83, from a stroke on May 12. Evans — who starred in 35 movies with husband Roy Rogers, 84 — is undergoing physical therapy at the Loma Linda (Calif.) University Medical Center. ”She’s doing very well,” says Roy Rogers Jr. ”She should have a complete recovery.”

Deaths General Hospital star John Beradino, 79, of cancer, May 19, in L.A. As the fatherly Dr. Steve Hardy, Beradino was a mainstay of the long-running soap, having appeared regularly from the first episode in 1963 until his departure last month. ”He was General Hospital,” says Rachel Ames, who played Beradino’s on-screen wife, Audrey, for more than 30 years….

Pioneering TV sports director Chet Forte, 60, of a heart attack, May 18, at his home in San Diego County. In 1970 Forte was a key player in the launch of ABC’s Monday Night Football, and over the next 17 years he helped turn the telecast into a ratings gold mine. In his 25 years at ABC, he earned 11 Emmys. But Forte also came to know the agony of defeat: In 1990, conceding he had a gambling problem, he pleaded guilty to tax evasion, as well as mail and wire fraud. He later established a second career as a radio host on San Diego’s all-sports station, XTRA-AM….

Bluesman Johnny ”Guitar” Watson, 61, of a heart attack, May 17, in Yokohama, Japan. Watson, revered by axmen from Jimi Hendrix to Eric Clapton, collapsed at a blues bar just as his set began. Watson’s 1993 album, Bow Wow, was nominated for a Grammy. ”He was a master of simplicity,” says Al Bell, president of Bellmark Records, Watson’s label. ”He just poured his emotion and soul into his music.”