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Plus Jane Fonda, Matthew Perry, and more celebrities making news the week of May 4, 2001
BIRTHS Lite-FM staple Phil Collins, 50, and PR-exec wife Orianne, 29, welcomed 7-pound 4-ounce Nicholas Grev Austin, April 21, in Geneva. Collins has three kids from previous marriages.
WEDDINGS Singer Toni Braxton, 32, found someone man enough. On April 21, she wed Mint Condition keyboardist Keri Lewis, 28, near Atlanta. It’s the first marriage for both.
SPLITS On April 16, Oscar winner Jane Fonda, 63, filed for divorce from opinionated mogul Ted Turner, 62, of EW parent AOL Time Warner, citing no hope for reconciliation. They’ve been wed nearly 10 years but separated in January 2000.
ACCIDENTS On April 18, an unidentified 75-year-old woman ran a stop sign and smashed into beleaguered Friend Matthew Perry’s BMW, police say. The actor, 31, crashed a Porsche into an L.A. porch last May….MTV’s Jackass has been blamed for more injuries. On April 17, Jose Serrano, 11, of Hartford, suffered second-degree burns after he ignited a chemical-soaked rag he tied to his leg in imitation of Johnny Knoxville, say police. MTV refused responsibility. And on April 23, Independence, Ky., police charged two unnamed boys, 16 and 17, with felony endangerment after they allegedly drove a car into another boy, breaking his leg and ankle. Cops say the drivers, hoping to send a tape to the show, expected their pal to jump over the car. MTV says it hasn’t aired a similar stunt and discourages viewers from submitting tapes.
ARRESTS On April 21, not-so-shiny-happy R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, 44, was charged with criminal damage after allegedly getting drunk and assaulting two crew members, among other offenses, on a British Airways flight from Seattle to London. In a statement, Buck said he was ”very sorry.”
COURTS On April 23, rapper Eminem (a.k.a. Marshall Mathers III), 27, pleaded no contest in Pontiac, Mich., to weapons charges stemming from a June 2000 spat with Insane Clown Posse’s road manager. Em, who’ll be sentenced June 5, faces up to five years in jail. He’s on probation for another weapons charge. His spokesman had no comment….On April 19, Wu-Tang Clan’s Ol’ Dirty Bastard (ne Russell Tyrone Jones), 32, pleaded guilty to felony drug possession in Queens, N.Y. He faces up to four years in prison….David Warren ”Skippy” Malloy, 30, pleaded guilty April 19 in L.A. to felony assault charges after attacking his old boss, David Spade (Just Shoot Me), 36, with a stun gun last November. Spade’s former assistant got five years’ probation and 480 hours’ community service.
DEATHS Director Jack Haley Jr. (That’s Entertainment!), 67, son of The Wizard of Oz‘s Tin Man and ex-hubby of Liza Minnelli, April 21, in L.A….Director Michael Ritchie (Fletch, The Candidate), 62, of prostate cancer, April 16, in New York City….Oscar-nominated Japanese director Hiroshi Teshigahara (Woman in the Dunes), 74, of leukemia, April 14, in Tokyo.