Celebrity news for the week of June 25, 1999

By Will Lee and Troy Patterson
June 25, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

Courteney Cox, 35, wed her Scream and Scream 2 costar David Arquette, 27, June 12 at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral. This is both actors’ first marriage…. Ryan Phillippe (Cruel Intentions), 24, and Reese Witherspoon (Election), 23, expecting their first child in the fall, tied the knot in Charleston, S.C., June 5. It’s the first marriage for both.

Director Oliver Stone, 52, on charges of allegedly possessing an unspecified amount of hashish and driving under the influence, June 9, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Police say Stone’s Ford Mustang was observed ”committing multiple traffic violations.” Stone was released on $12,500 bail the next day. A court date is set for July 16. Stone’s lawyer said, ”Since this is a legal matter, he will make his response to the court.”

Columbia TriStar TV has filed a $25 million breach-of-contract suit against actor Daniel Stern, 41, June 10, in L.A. In court papers, the studio alleges that Stern (City Slickers) sabotaged the pickup of a police comedy called Partners for CBS’ fall 1999 schedule by calling the network’s president, Les Moonves, and saying he no longer intended to star in the series. The actor’s lawyer did not return calls. Columbia TriStar declined to comment…. After 14 months behind bars, Autumn Jackson, 24, was freed when a New York appeals court overturned her 1997 conviction on charges that she’d allegedly tried to extort $40 million from comedian Bill Cosby, 61, by threatening to claim she was his illegitimate daughter. The June 9 decision found that the district court judge had not properly instructed the jury on the legal meaning of the word extort, though it did say that the evidence presented was ”sufficient” to find Jackson guilty. Prosecutors have not decided whether to retry Jackson…. The Chimp Channel cocreator Tom Stern, 34, filed a breach-of-contract suit against TBS, Warner Bros. Domestic Pay TV, Telescopic Pictures, and Palomar Pictures, June 9, in L.A. Stern, who developed the new TBS comedy, was fired after a March 8 incident at the studio in which he improvised a raunchy performance-art piece that involved full nudity. He seeks damages in excess of $1,675,000.

Actress Lorraine Bracco, 43, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in White Plains, N.Y. Bracco, costar of The Sopranos, says the action was necessitated by the nearly $2 million she’d spent on legal fees battling ex-husband Harvey Keitel, 60, for custody of their daughter, Stella, 13. Keitel had no comment.

Talk-show host Rosie O’Donnell, 37, withdrew from an appearance at the June 6 Tony Awards after a caller phoned in to Howard Stern‘s radio show threatening to kidnap O’Donnell’s son, Parker, 4. (Stern cut off the caller within seconds.) According to her publicist, O’Donnell ”reluctantly” skipped the show because she ”felt the need to protect her family.”