Celebrity news for the week of August 29, 1997

SPLITS Here we go again. On Aug. 12, actor Dudley Moore, 62, filed for divorce from his wife, Nicole, 33, in L.A., citing irreconcilable differences. The move comes five days after the actor filed a request for a restraining order against Nicole, claiming she’d threatened and attempted to assault him, according to court papers. The couple, who married in 1994, previously filed for divorce in June 1996 but reconciled last month. That’s when Nicole dropped a $10 million civil suit against Dudley alleging he had choked her and forced her to dance for him scantily clad. The couple have a son, Nicholas, 2. Neither side will comment.

EXITS In a move many had expected sooner, Motown Records president-CEO Andre Harrell resigned Aug. 11 after a 22-month tenure marked by a notable absence of hits and the estrangement of the label’s one powerhouse act, Boyz II Men. Harrell was unreachable for comment. While a replacement has yet to be named, day-to-day operations will be handled for now by Motown chairman Clarence Avant. Sources at the company say that Motown may soon come under the purview of Mercury president Danny Goldberg, who’s expected to be bumped up to chairman of PolyGram Music Group, Motown and Mercury’s parent company.

ARRESTED Actor Christian Slater, 28, for assault with a deadly weapon, Aug. 11, in L.A. Police say Slater got into an argument with his girlfriend at a party then bit the stomach of a man who tried to break up the fight. Slater also allegedly fought with arresting officers. The woman was unnamed, but the actor has had an on-again, off-again relationship with writer-producer Nina Huang. The weapon was not identified, though fists are considered deadly weapons.

RECOVERING Actress and writer Carrie Fisher, 40, was admitted to L.A.’s Cedars-Sinai Hospital July 30 to treat an adverse reaction to a prescription drug. According to her spokesperson, Fisher developed stomach problems after changing her manic-depression medication then underwent a manic episode after she stopped taking the medicine. Fisher was released on Aug. 4 in good health.

DEATHS Actress Linda Stirling, 75, of cancer, July 20, in L.A. Though featured in two dozen films, Stirling is known for starring in serials of the 1940s and ’50s, including Zorro’s Black Whip.