Christian Slater ordered to spend 90 days in jail.
Plus Peter Jennings, Mick Jagger, Steven Spielberg, Toni Braxton and more celebrities making news the week of Dec. 19, 1997.
WEDDINGS ABC News anchor Peter Jennings, 59, to 20/20 producer Kayce Freed, who declines to give her age, Dec. 6, at Jennings’ home in Bridgehampton, N.Y.
BIRTHS An 8-pound 3-ounce boy, Gabriel Luke Beauregard, to Rolling Stone Mick Jagger, 54, and his wife, model Jerry Hall, 41, Dec. 8, in London. Jagger, who has three other children with Hall, was on the road at the time of the birth.
WINNERS In an 11th-hour decision, a U.S. district judge in L.A. decreed that Amistad, the slave-ship-mutiny film directed by Steven Spielberg, 50, will sail on. The Dec. 8 ruling, made just hours before Amistad‘s L.A. premiere, denied author Barbara Chase-Riboud’s request to stop the release of the movie, which she claims plagiarizes her 1989 novel Echo of Lions. Her plagiarism lawsuit, however, will continue…. Oh, behave! On Dec. 3, Austin Powers costar Elizabeth Hurley, 32, was awarded a retraction and 50,000[pounds] ($82,950) in her libel suit against London’s Daily Mirror. Hurley sued the tabloid over an article claiming she could be ”hired” for private functions. According to Hurley’s lawyer, the piece drew ”offensive” comparisons between Hurley and Divine Brown, the prostitute arrested with Hurley’s boyfriend, Hugh Grant, 37, in 1995.
SENTENCED Another actor goes up the river. Christian Slater, 28, was reportedly ordered to spend 90 days in jail for beating his girlfriend, assaulting an LAPD officer, and being under the influence of cocaine during an Aug. 11 confrontation in L.A. (Slater is also being sued by the officer for personal injury.) The actor, whose film Hard Rain is due next month, will reportedly begin his sentence on or before Jan. 10.
LAWSUITS Grammy winner Toni Braxton filed suit against Arista Records and its subsidiary, La Face Records, Dec. 5, in L.A., asking to be released from her contract. Braxton contends the deal violates California’s seven-year rule, which prevents companies from hiring new artists and tying them up indefinitely. Arista representatives can’t be reached for comment.
DEATHS Actor Bob Bell, 75, TV’s Bozo the Clown from 1959 to 1984, after a long illness, Dec. 8, in San Marcos, Calif. Bell was one of several actors to portray the clown but became the most famous when Bozo’s Circus was syndicated nationwide in 1978.
— Kristen Baldwin and Tricia Laine