Victoria Beckham's baby rumor and Sean Penn's fight with a paparazzo made news the week of Sept. 4

SPLITS Former TV Superman Dean Cain, 32, and country singer Mindy McCready, 22. The couple, who’ve been engaged a year, gave no reason for the breakup.

EXPECTING Don’t they already have a Baby Spice? Two of the Spice Girls — Posh, 23, a.k.a. Victoria Adams (who’s engaged to English soccer star David Beckham), and Scary, 23, a.k.a. Melanie Brown (who’s engaged to dancer Jimmy Gulzar) — are reportedly pregnant. A publicist for the group won’t confirm it, but a statement released Aug. 24 said, ”We plan to continue on — perhaps adding two new members to the Spice family.”

FIGHTS Actor Sean Penn, 38, got into an altercation with paparazzo Michael Sindell, 20, Aug. 16, in Malibu, Calif., after Sindell allegedly refused to stop videotaping Penn and his ailing father, retired director Leo Penn (Matlock: The Heist). Police say Sindell suffered a cut on his ear; he claims Penn struck him with a rock. The actor contends Sindell lunged and injured himself. No charges have been filed … Actress Nastassja Kinski, 38, allegedly slapped and threw a book at her ex-husband, film producer Ibrahim Moussa (The Insulted and the Humiliated), 51, in a doctor’s office, Aug. 10, in Woodland Hills, Calif. Kinski reportedly objected to Moussa’s insistence that their son, Aljosha, 14, be circumcised. Kinski’s publicist declines to comment.

SENTENCED Rocker and inmate Tommy Lee, Aug. 18, to 30 days for assaulting a security guard during a Mötley Crüe concert in Phoenix last December. Lee, 35, is currently serving a six-month sentence for attacking estranged wife Pamela Anderson Lee last February.

LAWSUITS Comic-book writer Marvin A. Wolfman, 54, filed a $35 million copyright-infringement suit against New Line Cinema, Aug. 20, in L.A. According to court papers, Wolfman claims the studio used his work in the current vampire film Blade without his permission. The writer says that he conceived the characters Blade and Deacon Frost (played by Wesley Snipes and Stephen Dorff) for the Blade comic in 1972, when he was a freelancer for Marvel Comics. A spokesperson for New Line declines to comment.

DEATHS Sonorous-voiced actor E.G. Marshall, 88, after an undisclosed short illness, Aug. 24, in Mount Kisco, N.Y. A veteran character actor who appeared in over 40 films — including 1957’s Twelve Angry Men and 1997’s Absolute Power — and 30 stage shows, Marshall had a knack for political and lawyerly characters. He played John Mitchell in 1995’s Nixon and won two Emmys for his portrayal of attorney Lawrence Preston on CBS’ The Defenders (1961-65) … Actor Phil Leeds, 82, of pneumonia, Aug. 23, in L.A. A stand-up comic throughout the ’20s and ’30s, Leeds capped a long career in film (Rosemary’s Baby, Ghost) and on TV (All in the Family, Everybody Loves Raymond) with a turn as the tooth-obsessed Judge Boyle on Fox’s Ally McBeal … Actress Persis Khambatta, 49, of a heart attack, Aug. 18, in Bombay. The 1965 Miss India, Khambatta was best known for portraying the bald Lieutenant Ilia in 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture … Writer Dorothy West, 91, of heart failure, Aug. 16, in Boston. Part of the 1920s Harlem Renaissance that included Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, West had a renaissance of her own in 1995 with her best-selling second novel, The Wedding, which was made into a TV miniseries earlier this year … Canadian stuntman Mark Akerstream, 44, of head injuries, Aug. 14, on the Vancouver set of the upcoming syndicated series The Crow: Stairway to Heaven. The freak accident was caused by flying debris from a special-effects explosion. It’s the latest tragedy to haunt the Crow franchise, a grim streak that includes the accidental-shooting death of actor Brandon Lee on the set of the original 1993 film … Dairy farmer Delbert Ward, 67, subject of the acclaimed 1992 documentary Brother’s Keeper, of an intradural blood clot, Aug. 6, in Cooperstown, N.Y. Ward was acquitted in 1991 of charges that he’d smothered to death his elder sibling, William, in June 1990.

— Suna Chang, Alexandra Jacobs, and John Voland