Plus Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, and more celebrities making news the week of July 24, 1998

By Will Lee and Suna Chang
Updated July 24, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

WEDDINGS Strange but true. Though a spokesman initially denied it, he later confirmed that producer Bob Evans, 68, wed former Dynasty star Catherine Oxenberg, 37, July 12, at his Beverly Hills home.

BIRTHS July 8 was independence day for Tinseltown’s newest tykes. Will Smith, 29, and his wife, actress Jada Pinkett Smith, 26, welcomed a son, Jaden Christopher Syre, whose weight was not released. Smith has a son Trey, 5, from his previous marriage…. On the same day, 7-pound 11-ounce Maya Ray was born to Avenger Uma Thurman, 28, and her husband Ethan Hawke, 27. This is the couple’s first child.

ACCUSED Big Baby Jesus, 29, formerly known as Ol’ Dirty Bastard, was accused of stealing a pair of Nikes from a Sneaker Stadium store, July 4, in Virginia Beach, Va., just four days after he suffered gunshot wounds during a robbery at his Brooklyn apartment. A court date is set for July 28…. Rocker Scott Weiland, 30, failed to face the music—again. On July 9, the Stone Temple Pilots frontman missed his second court date for drug possession, prompting an L.A. judge to issue an arrest warrant. Weiland faces up to three years in prison if convicted. His attorney did not return calls…. Whitney Houston, 34, and Bobby Brown, 29, have domestic troubles even when they’re not at home. According to a statement from the prosecutor’s office, an unidentified 19-year-old woman claimed “that an unknown male may have sexually assaulted her” while at a “social gathering” on July 11 in a guest house on the couple’s New Jersey estate. Neither Houston nor Brown was home at the time of the alleged incident. Houston’s spokeswoman says the singer “has no knowledge of the circumstances [of] the alleged rape.” A publicist for Brown declines to comment.

DEATHS Folk singer Jimmy Driftwood, 91, of natural causes, July 12, in Fayetteville, Ark. Driftwood penned such tunes as “Tennessee Stud” and the Grammy-winning “Battle of New Orleans” (both 1959)…. The body of screenwriter Gary DeVore, 56, who had been missing for more than a year, was found July 8 in an aqueduct near Palmdale, Calif. Authorities are treating the death as an ordinary “traffic collision” until the coroner’s inquiry is completed. DeVore, who wrote 1986’s Running Scared, disappeared June 28, 1997…. Author A. Sterl Artley, 91, creator of the Dick and Jane children’s books, of natural causes, July 7, in Leawood, Kan.

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