Celebrity news for the week of April 17, 1998


Puff Daddy’s a daddy and the King of Pop’s a pop. Sean ”Puffy” Combs, 27, and his girlfriend, model Kim Porter, 26, welcomed 7-pound 1-ounce Christopher Casey Combs, April 1, in New York City. Each has a child from a previous relationship. The baby was named after the late rap star Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. Notorious B.I.G. Meanwhile, it was a girl for Michael Jackson, 39, and his wife, Debbie Rowe, also 39. According to reports, Paris Michael Katherine, born April 3, in Beverly Hills, weighed in at 7 pounds 9 ounces. The couple also have a son, Prince, 1.


Musicians Roger, Greg, and Scott Wojahn filed a trademark-infringement suit against pint-size country star LeAnn Rimes, 15, as well as ABC and Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing, April 3, in L.A. In court papers, the three brothers claim Rimes’ hit song ”Put a Little Holiday in Your Heart” is a jingle they wrote for a 1996 national ad campaign for Target stores. Rimes was hired to sing for the ads but then allegedly included the tune on her 1996 album Blue, used it as the title for her 1997 Doubleday book, and even starred in an ABC movie based on the story. The Wojahns are suing for unspecified damages. Rimes’ manager did not return calls.


Actor Robert Downey Jr., 32, from the L.A. County jail, March 31, after completing a 180-day sentence for violating probation. Currently in a 120-day program at an unspecified sober-living facility in L.A., the actor is now ”free to come and go and work,” says Ira Reiner, Downey’s attorney. Downey’s next film, Two Girls and a Guy, opens April 24.


Lollapalooza, the seven-year-old alternative-music tour, has called off its ’98 summer fest. The traveling concert was unable to sign a prominent headline act; a number of potential main-stagers, such as Marilyn Manson and Garbage, bowed out because of scheduling conflicts. Festival co-owner Ted Gardner, of Larrikin Management, promises a revamped tour for ’99: ”We’ll get rid of the crap food and the Guatemalan wrist bracelets,” he says. ”The music and the carnival atmosphere will remain.”


Actor Gene Evans, 75, of undisclosed causes, April 1, in Jackson, Tenn. A frequent player in director Samuel Fuller’s films, including 1951’s The Steel Helmet, Evans also starred in the ’50s TV series My Friend Flicka.